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The Alik'r, best known as The Alik'r Desert, is a large region which forms the heart of Hammerfell. The desert borders almost every region in northwestern Hammerfell, from Abibon-Gora to the Dragontail Mountains, and completely surrounds the province of Bergama. In truth, the distinction between the Alik'r's shifting sands and the kingdoms of Hammerfell is hazy; travelers in the vast desert report never being entirely sure which kingdom they may be in. An enormous red mist seems to rise up from the sand in the mornings, though it disappears again well before noon. The constant battle for survival in the Alik'r has been called a "holy war" for the Redguards. Satakal, the Yokudan god of everything, is a popular deity amongst the desert's nomads. The winds and sands of the Alik'r are said to possess a magic all their own. The provincial seat is Alik'ra. The Anthotis clan is the predominant vampire bloodline in the region.
Many Dwemer ruins lie under its sand, as does a stronghold of the Blades, Wind Scour Temple. During the Warp in the West, there were reports of a large, spontaneous sandstorm, and the region ultimately came under the rule of Sentinel. At the beginning of the Great War in 4E 171, the Imperial legions in southern Hammerfell, overwhelmed by the sudden onslaught of the Aldmeri Dominion, were forced to retreat across the Alik'r in the now-famous March of Thirst..
The Alik'r Desert in The Elder Scrolls Online
 See Also
- The Alik'r by Enric Milres — A description of time spent in the Alik'r Desert
- Wind and Sand by Afa-Saryat — A treatise on desert magic
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Map of Iliac Bay
- ^ The Alik'r — Enric Milres
- ^ Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor
- ^ Wind and Sand — Afa-Saryat
- ^ Events of Daggerfall
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Ra Gada: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ The Rise and Fall of the Blades — Anonymous
- ^ The Warp in the West — Ulvius Tero
- ^ A Concise Account of the Great War Between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion — Legate Justianus Quintius