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Elden Root (or Eldenroot) is a city in eastern-central Valenwood, located north of Southpoint, in the Grahtwood region. It is home to the Elden Tree, an enormous and ancient graht-oak commonly believed to have seeded all of Valenwood. The Ayleids built a university and great libraries in and around the Tree, which were later pillaged by the raiding Maormer. Elden Root served as the capital of the first Aldmeri Dominion, and was made capital of Valenwood by the Thalmor during the second Dominion centuries later. Due to its history, Elden Root's architecture is a unique and beautiful intermingling of Bosmer and Altmer styles. Traditional dwellings on the forest floor give way to woven, naturalistic abodes in the graht-oak's branches, connected by mobile platforms that ferry about people and supplies under manual power.
- Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Elden Root's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Cavaliers".[oog 1]
- Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — The Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
- Events of Elder Scrolls Online
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Valenwood — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Original TES: Arena texts at The Imperial Library
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