Tamriel (meaning “Dawn’s Beauty” in Aldmeris and “Starry Heart” in Ehlnofex; Taazokaan in the Dragon Language), also known as the Arena, is the main continent on Nirn. While all of Tamriel was once united under the Empire, at the beginning of the third century of the Fourth Era the Empire is comprised of only Cyrodiil, High Rock, and Skyrim—and Skyrim’s continued loyalty is not unquestioned.

Cyrodiil is the center and capital of the Empire, home of the Imperial race, and of the Emperor himself.
Black Marsh is the swampland to the southeast of Cyrodiil, home to the Argonians.
Elsweyr is comprised of the deserts and jungles to the south of Cyrodiil and is home to the Khajiit.
Hammerfell, a sunbaked region to the northwest of Cyrodiil, is home to the Redguards.
High Rock, a feudal patchwork of small baronies and large city states to the north of Hammerfell, is home to the Bretons.
Morrowind, a varied region to the northeast of Cyrodiil, is dominated by the island of Vvardenfell and its volcano. The Dunmer call this province home.
Skyrim, an alpine province of mountain ranges and river valleys to the north of Cyrodiil, is home to the Nords.
Summerset Isle actually refers to several islands to the southwest of Cyrodiil across the Abecean Sea. It is home to the Altmer.
Valenwood, a densely forested area to the south of Cyrodiil, is home to the Bosmer.
Additionally, the Orcs have established a homeland in Orsinium, a region of High Rock, though not its own province.

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