Skyrim:Hjaalmarch

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Hold:
Hjaalmarch
(lore page)
Capital Morthal (map)
Jarl's Residence Highmoon Hall
Military Fort Fort Snowhawk
Initial Affiliation Imperial
Imperial Government
Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone
Steward Aslfur
Housecarl Gorm
Stormcloaks Government
Jarl Sorli the Builder
Steward Pactur (only with the Hearthfire add-on, see bug)
Housecarl Teeba-Ei
The salt marshes of Hjaalmarch

Hjaalmarch is a hold in northern Skyrim, with its capital in Morthal. It is initially affiliated (if only in practice - the Jarl is unapologetically lackluster in her enthusiasm) with the Imperial Legion, but can be captured by the Stormcloaks after completing A False Front and The Battle for Fort Snowhawk.

Despite its position just east of the capital of Skyrim, Solitude, Hjaalmarch is remote and isolated. The enormous, festering swamp dominating the northern part of the hold could be a factor, as could be the tall, snowy mountains in the south, and the ancient, cursed city of Labyrinthian blocking a possible trade route to Whiterun Hold.

It is the poorest hold in Skyrim, sustained by the Morthal lumber mill and the mining town of Stonehills. Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone is comparatively lax with taxation, but her people are unhappy with her governance and several will complain openly.

[edit] Topographical Overview

Hjaalmarch is divided into halves by the east-west road. The northern half is mostly swamp, formed by the River Hjaal breaking into many tiny streams east of Fort Snowhawk. However, on the eastern edge the terrain shifts to become more like the Pale along the border with that hold - snowy plains broken up by crags around the Stormcloak camp and Ustengrav. The southern half is mountainous terrain above the snow line, with the exception of the River Hjaal valley.

Swamp fungal pods are endemic to Hjaalmarch

[edit] Flora and Fauna

The swamp boasts the highest numbers of wild deathbells in Skyrim, as well as being the only place to find swamp fungal pods and giant lichen. Other plants include canis root, mora tapinella, spiky grass and a few scattered nightshade. The snowy areas have few usable plants besides the humble snowberry bush, but there are some mountain flowers to be found.

As for fauna, all manner of beasts roam the swamp; even chaurus might ambush you at night, but more commonly frostbite spiders and trolls lurk between the trees. Of course, mudcrabs are always in abundance, from the swamp to the banks of the River Hjaal.

Your typical predators, bears and sabre cats, and the expected prey, deer and goats, roam the south, but there are also more trolls to watch out for, particularly within Labyrinthian's walls. There have even been sightings of dragons circling around Eldersblood Peak and Skyborn Altar...

[edit] Routes and Pathways

A single paved road runs from the west near Dragon Bridge, past Skyrim:Fort Snowhawk (where the residents may attack you even if you stay on the path) and Morthal, curving north around the Stonehills area before entering the Pale.

The most notable pathway starts southwest of Stonehills and ends in Whiterun Hold between Hamvir's Rest and Silent Moons Camp, passing through the ruins of Labyrinthian along the way. Other paths run from the road east of Fort Snowhawk south to Dead Men's Respite, and north from Morthal to Movarth's Lair. Beyond that the swamp is pathless, however, so beware of getting lost.

[edit] Places

All locations in Hjaalmarch with individual map markers are listed. There are a few places without map markers listed for their significance.

Morthal, the capital of Hjaalmarch

[edit] Hold Capital

[edit] Farms, Towns, and Settlements including Orc Strongholds and Inns

[edit] Camps, including Giant Camps and Military Camps

[edit] Caves

[edit] Dragon Lairs

The ruined city of Labyrinthian, once home to the dragon cult in ancient times

[edit] Ruins including Dwarven and Nordic

[edit] Towers and Forts

[edit] Standing Stones and Daedric Shrines

[edit] Landmarks, including Bodies of Water, Clearings, Ships and Shipwrecks

[edit] Unmarked Places

[edit] Hjaalmarch Quests

All quests that are started in or are related to Hjaalmarch (except for radiant quests begun in other holds) are listed here:

[edit] Main Quest

[edit] Stormcloaks Civil War Quests

[edit] Daedric Quests

[edit] Dark Brotherhood

[edit] Bards College

[edit] Side Quests

[edit] Other

In addition, many miscellaneous quests are located in Hjaalmarch. They are listed here.


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