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Overview

Vvardenfell

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is the third game in the Elder Scrolls RPG series, preceded by Daggerfall, and is the first to release on a console (the Xbox) as well as PCs. Morrowind takes place on a large volcanic island known as Vvardenfell in the province of Morrowind.

As in other Elder Scrolls games, Morrowind's world is large and open to exploration, containing many distinct regions populated with villages, NPCs, enemies, caves, temples, and other points of interest.

Story

An Ordinator guarding the city of Vivec

The Demigod Dagoth Ur has successfully used the Heart of Lorkhan to make himself immortal and now seeks to cast out the Imperial forces occupying Morrowind.

The game starts with the protagonist in prison, a staple of the Elder Scrolls games. The player is released from a prison boat into a small fishing village called Seyda Neen.

In the waning years of the

Third Era of Tamriel,

a prisoner born on a certain day

to uncertain parents was sent

under guard, without explanation, to Morrowind,

ignorant of the role he was

to play in that nation's history…

In the Census office the released prisoner is given a package by an Imperial Officer to be delivered to a man named Caius Cosades who is currently residing in the town of Balmora. Thus begins the game, and story in earnest. The player at this point is given the freedom to visit any location and complete any side quest without harming or disrupting the main questline. If you so wish, the prisoner continues onward to a new life and Balmora; the main hub of the Hlaalu faction and major economic center that effectively links the civilized western world with the technologically backwards and savage east.

Upon arriving at Cosades abode, the player is admitted as a novice into the Empire serving faction "Blades". The Blades is indicated to be an organization with the duty of spying for the Empire; "We're spies. We're the Emperor's hidden eyes and ears in the provinces." Cosades gives you your second task: visit his friend Hasphat Antabolis at the Balmora Fighters Guild and get schooled on the local lore and learn of various cults gaining strength in Vvardenfell. Unfortunately, Hasphat Antabolis won't simply share his knowledge for nothing and thus gives you your third task: visit a nearby Dwemer ruin and find a specific artifact.

Upon the retrieval and delivery of the artifact, Antabolis gives the player notes to be delivered to Cosades and read by you. The note describes the various cults in Vvardenfell: the Sixth House, "House Dagoth is an extinct Great House. In the wake of the ancient Battle of Red Mountain, its leadership was revealed to have plotted treason, and was discredited", and information on relevant historical events, the War of the First Council: "...a First Age religious conflict between the secular Dunmer Houses Dwemer and Dagoth and the orthodox Dunmer Houses Indoril, Redoran, Dres, Hlaalu, and Telvanni.". And the Nerevarine cult: "When the Dunmer followed Veloth to Morrowind, they were many warring clans ... One Dunmer warlord, Nerevar, had the ambition to rule all the Dunmer."

The player is tasked, from Cosades, to seek further information on the Nerevarine by searching for ancient texts and informants scattered around Vvardenfell. Why all this is important to the player remains a mystery, until Cosades reveals that the Imperial Legion believes the player character could very well be the Nerevarine reborn. The benefits the Empire could reap from such an event would be immense; having an ancient Dunmer man-god ally would gain the Imperial Legion an even stronger foothold in Morrowind, and the continued attempts of thwarting Dagoth Ur and his fanatical cults would win some support amongst the native Dunmer.

Cosades is recalled to the Imperial City; "Internal politics. Some concern about my sugar ... As the Emperor's health declines, factions are maneuvering for advantage. I may be gone a while ...". The player is now the top ranking Blades agent in Vvardenfell. The player continues on his or her journey to discover whether they truly are the Nerevarine; and is soon on the search for ancient prophecies, 'the Lost Prophecies'.

"From seventh sign of eleventh generation,

Neither Hound nor Guar, nor Seed nor Harrow,

But Dragon-born and far-star-marked,

Outlander Incarnate beneath Red Mountain,

Blessed Guest counters seven curses,

Star-blessed hand wields thrice-cursed blade,

To reap the harvest of the unmourned house."

The search leads the player to a monastery where they are informed they must go through a series of tests to determine if they truly are the Nerevarine. The first prophesy being that the Nerevarine, incarnate of Nerevar, is born from uncertain parents on a certain day. The second prophesy dictates that the Nerevarine must contract and overcome the Corprus disease. The fourth, the player character must find Indoril Nerevar's ring Moon-and-Star. Upon finding the Moon-and-Star, the player has a vision and Azura, a Daedric Queen, confirms that the player is indeed the Nerevarine.

The fifth and sixth prophesies see the Nerevarine rally the people of Vvardenfell under a single banner. In order to do so, the player must be acknowledged as a war leader, the so called Hortator, by all three Great Houses of Morrowind (Hlaalu, Redoran, and Telvanni), and as Nerevarine, the true incarnate of Nerevar, by four native Dunmer tribes (Ahemmusa, Zainab, Urshilaku, and Erabenimsun). Shortly after that, Vivec, the warrior-poet man-God of Morrowind, invites the Nerevarine to his palace to discuss Dagoth Ur, his followers, and the Heart of Lorkhan. The Heart is immune to normal weapons and requires the ancients Dwemer artifacts. 'Wraithguard' to protect the user, and 'Sunder' and 'Keening' to cause damage to the Heart itself.

After finding 'Sunder' and 'Keening', the Nerevarine then travels to Red Mountain to Dagoth Urs stronghold. The player finds Dagoth Ur deep within Red Mountain. Dagoth Ur attempts trick the Nerevarine into joining him and asks the Nerevarine his last questions: "My first question is: Are you really Nerevar reborn?" the Nerevarine responds: "By the grace of gods and fate, I am Nerevar reborn.". After a short discourse, Dagoth Ur and the Nerevar incarnate, long ago brothers fighting together for the same cause, now commence fighting each other.

After overpowering Dagoth Ur, he retreats to the hall where the Heart of Lorkhan resides. Before the Nerevarine can hope to defeat Dagoth Ur, he must first destroy the Heart with 'Sunder' and 'Keening'. Upon destroying both Dagoth Ur and the Heart of Lorkhan, the Nerevarine escapes the crumbling cave and surfaces to find the Blight gone and Azura waiting for him or her;

"You no longer bear the burden of prophecy.

You have achieved your destiny.

You are free.

The doomed Dwemer's folly, Lord Dagoth's temptation,

the Tribunal's seduction, the god's heart freed,

the prophecy fulfilled.

All fates sealed and sins redeemed.

If you have pity, mourn the loss, but let the weeping cease.

The Blight is gone, and the sun's golden honey gilds the land.

Hail savior, Hortator, and Nerevarine.

Your people look to you for protection.

Monster and villains great and small still threaten the people of Vvardenfell.

Enemies and evils abound, yet indomitable will might rid Morrowind of all its ills.

For you, our thanks and blessings; our gift and token given.

Come; take this thing from the hand of god."

This marks the end of the main story. After Defeating Dagoth Ur and the Heart of Lorkhan, the Nerevarine remains on Vvardenfell to protect and serve the people of Morrowind.

However, you do not need to follow the main questline; after leaving the Census you can simple drop all main quest items and never touch the main quest. You can complete side quests for citizens of Vvardenfell in need of help. Alternatively, there are also guilds to join, each of which offer a line of quests of their own.

Besides the quest storylines, the Elder Scrolls III continues and furthers the deep and detailed fiction, or lore, surrounding Tamriel and Nirn. The Elder Scrolls series is well renowned and praised for its fiction, often being compared to Tolkien's Middle-Earth in depth and quality of writing.

For more on the setting, see Nirn.

Side-Quests

At any time the player can undertake any number of side-quests. There are hundreds of quests to find in Morrowind. There are three political great house factions and seven lesser guilds. The player can only join one great house, but is free to join any and every lesser guild with your character. The factions/guilds don't follow a linear story in the same vein as the main quest, but some do have a continuing story over several quests, and often have a set goal and/or "end-quest" for the player to work toward. They sometimes even intersect with one another across factions. Aside from the factions/guilds there are many other quests to find in towns, in all the different dungeons and other locations scattered across the map, or just out on the roads and plains.

Gameplay

Players start the game creating a character which they will advance throughout the course of the game. Eleven separate races are available to choose from, each having their own abilities and bonuses. Players can also choose their "birthsign," which also adds bonuses and abilities, before they are released into the world almost immediately after starting the game. Morrowind's completely open world is all available to the player to explore from the moment they disembark from the prison ship, although certain towns and villages must be visited to advance the main quest. Unlike Oblivion, encounters do not scale to match the player's level. As such, it is quite possible to run into impossibly high-level situations as a weak player accidentally, or grind to a high level from the start (which requires a large time investment) and breeze through the low-level content.

Races

High Elf

High Elf

High Elves, or Altmer in the elven language, are often seen as the most noble race in Tamriel or the most arrogant, depending on the observer. Tall and gold-skinned, High Elves originate from the Summerset Isle and are distant relatives of the Wood Elves and Morrowind's Dark Elves. They are especially gifted in magic but are also weak to it.

Special Abilities

  • Resist Common Disease 75%
  • Weakness to Shock Magic 25%
  • Weakness to Frost Magic 25%
  • Weakness to Fire Magic 50%
  • Weakness to Magicka 50%
  • Fortify maximum Magicka 15 points

Race Bonuses

  • Destruction Magic 10 points
  • Enchant Magic 10 points
  • Alchemy Magic 10 points
  • Alteration magic 5 points
  • Conjuration Magic 5 points
  • Illusion Magic 5 points

Argonian

Argonian

Argonians are a reptilian race that originates from the swamps of Black Marsh. They are well equipped for both land and water warfare, especially if it involves stealth.

Special Abilities

  • Water Breathing Spell.
  • Resist Poison 100%
  • Resist Common Disease 75%

Race Bonuses

  • Athletics 15 points
  • Alchemy 5 points
  • Illusion 5 points
  • Medium Armor 5 points
  • Mysticism 5 points
  • Spear 5 points
  • Unarmored 5 points

Wood Elf

Wood Elf

Looked down upon as barbarians by the other elf races, the Wood Elves, or Bosmer, live and originate in the trees of Valenwood. Expert marksmen and gifted in stealth, Wood Elves make especially good thieves and scouts.

Special Abilities

  • Beast Tongue Spell - ability to command creatures
  • Resist Common Disease 75%

Race Bonuses

  • Marksman 15 points
  • Sneak 10 points
  • Light Armor 10 points
  • Alchemy 5 points
  • Acrobatics 5 points

Breton

Breton

The ancestral land of the Bretons is High Rock. Being gifted in the arts of magic, many Bretons become mages or sorcerers.

Special Abilities

  • Dragon Skin Spell - Shield
  • Resist Magicka 50%
  • Fortify Maximum Magicka 5 points

Race Bonuses

  • Conjuration 10 points
  • Mysticism 10 points
  • Restoration 10 points
  • Alchemy 5 points
  • Alteration 5 points
  • Illusion 5 points

Dark Elf

Dark Elf

The Dark Elves, or Dunmer, inhabit the land of Morrowind. These dark-skinned elves are tough and fearless, having provided some of the fiercest resistance to Imperial hegemony under the leadership of their living gods, Vivec, Almalexia and Sotha Sil, making them known as some of the best warriors in the land. They are skilled in swordplay and several types of magic.

Special Abilities

  • Ancestor Guardian Spell
  • Resist Fire 75%

Race Bonuses

  • Long Blade 5 points
  • Destruction 10 points
  • Light Armor 5 points
  • Athletics 5 points
  • Mysticism 5 points
  • Marksman 5 points
  • Short Blade 10 points

Imperial

Imperial

From their homeland in Cyrodiil, Imperials are the stewards and peacekeepers of the powerful Empire of Tamriel. Although not as physically imposing as other races, their martial discipline and diplomatic skills have

Special Abilities

  • Star of the Wast Spell - Absorb 200 points of fatigue
  • Voice of the Emperor Spell - Charm

Race Bonuses

  • Speechcraft 10 points
  • Mercantile 10 points
  • Long Blade 10 points
  • Blunt Weapon 5 points
  • Light Armor 5 points
  • Hand to Hand 5 points

Khajiit

Khajiit

The Khajiit are feline creatures originating from the desert province of Elsweyr. Khajiit's natural agility and acrobatic skills make them expert thieves.

Special Abilities

  • Eye of the Night Spell
  • Eye of Fear Spell

Race Bonuses

  • Acrobatics 15 points
  • Athletics 5 points
  • hand to Hand 5 points
  • Light Armor 5 points
  • Security 5 points
  • Short Blade 5 points
  • Sneak 5 points

Nord

Nord

Tall and strong, Nords make tough and resilient warriors. Born in the cold lands of Skyrim, Nords are especially resistant to cold and frost. Nord are also known to be great warriors due to their skills in weaponry and armor.

Special Abilities

  • Thunder Fist Spell - 25 Frost Magic damage points
  • Woad Spell - Shield
  • Resist Shock 50%
  • Resist Frost 100%

Race Bonuses

  • Axe 10 points
  • Blunt Weapon 10 points
  • Medium Armor 10 points
  • Heavy Armor 5 points
  • Long Blade 5 points
  • Spear 5 points

Orc

Orc

Courageous and strong, Orcs or Orsimer as they are sometimes called, are from the land of Orsinium, but inhabit many other areas of High Rock alongside the Bretons. With green skin and sharp teeth, Orcs are fearless on the front line and make brutally effective warriors.

Special Abilities

  • Resist Magicka 25%
  • Berserk Spell

Race Bonuses

  • Armorer 10 points
  • Block 10 points
  • Heavy Armor 10 points
  • Medium Armor 10 points
  • Axe 5 points

Redguard

Redguard

Quick and agile warriors, Redguards make good skirmishers and scouts. They originate from the desert region of Hammerfell.

Special Abilities

  • Adrenalin Rush Spell
  • Resist Poison 75%
  • Resist Common Disease 75%

Race Bonuses

  • Long Blade 15 points
  • Athletics 5 points
  • Axe 5 points
  • Blunt Weapon 5 points
  • Heavy Armor 5 points
  • Medium Armor 5 points
  • Short Blade 5 points

Birthsigns

The following is an explanation of the birthsigns within the world of Morrowind (Tamriel). It is an excerpt taken from the book in the game called The Firmament which was written by Ffoulke.

"The Stars of Tamriel are divided into thirteen constellations. Three of them are the major constellations, known as the Guardians. These are The Warrior, The Mage, and The Thief. Each of the Guardians protects its three Charges from the thirteenth constellation, The Serpent.

When the sun rises near one of the constellations, it is that constellation's season. Each constellation has a Season of approximately one month. The Serpent has no season, for it moves about in the heavens, usually threatening one of the other constellations.

The Warrior

The Warrior
The Warrior is the first Guardian Constellation and he protects his charges during their Seasons. The Warrior's own seas is Last Steed when his Strength is needed for the harvest. His Charges are The Lady, The Steed, and The Lord. Those born under the sign of The Warrior are skilled with weapons of all kinds, but prone to short tempers.

The Mage

The Mage
The Mage is a Guardian Constellation whose Season is Rain's Hand when magicka was first used by men. His Charges are The Apprentice, The Golem, and The Ritual. Those born under the Mage have more magicka and talent for all kinds of spellcasting, but are often arrogant and absent-minded.

The Thief

The Thief
The Thief is the last Guardian Constellation, and her Season is the darkest month of Evening Star. Her Charges are The Lover, The Shadow, and The Tower. Those born under the sign of the Thief are not typically thieves, though they take risks more often and only rarely come to harm. They will run out of luck eventually, however, and rarely live as long as those born under other signs.

The Serpent

The Serpent
The Serpent wanders about in the sky and has no Season, though its motions are predictable to a degree. No characteristics are common to all who are born under the sign of the Serpent. Those born under this sign are the most blessed and the most cursed.

The Lady

The Lady
The Lady is one of The Warrior's Charges and her Season is Heartfire. Those born under the sign of the Lady are kind and tolerant.

The Steed

The Steed
The Steed is one of The Warrior's Charges, and her Season is Mid Year. Those born under the sign of the Steed are impatient and always hurrying from one place to another.

The Lord

The Lord
The Lord is one of The Warrior's Charges. Its Season is First Seed and he oversees all of Tamriel during the planting. Those born under the sign of the Lord are stronger and healthier than those born under other signs.

The Apprentice

The Apprentice
The Apprentice is one of The Mage's charges and its Season is Sun's Height. Those born under the sign of the apprentice have a special affinity for magick of all kinds, but are more vulnerable to magick as well.

The Atronach

The Atronach (Golem)
The Atronach (often called the Golem) is one of The Mage's Charges. Its season is Sun's Dusk. Those born under this sign are natural sorcerers with deep reserves of magicka, but they cannot generate magicka of their own.

The Ritual

The Ritual
The Ritual is one of The Mage's Charges and its Season is Morning Star. Those born under this sign have a variety of abilities depending on the aspects of the moons and the Divines.

The Lover

The Lover
The Lover is one of The Thief's Charges and her season is Sun's Dawn. Those born under the sign of the Lover are graceful and passionate.

The Shadow

The Shadow
The Shadow is one of The Thief's Charges and its Season is Second Seed. The Shadow grants those born under her sign the ability to hide in shadows.

The Tower

The Tower
The Tower is one of The Thief's Charges and its Season is Frostfall. Those born under the sign of the Tower have a knack for finding gold and can open locks of all kinds.

Skills and Attributes

There are 27 skills governed by 8 attributes in Morrowind.

  • Endurance - Heavy Armor, Medium Armor, Spear.
  • Strength - Acrobatics, Armorer, Axe, Blunt Weapon, Long Blade.
  • Agility - Block, Light Armor, Marksman, Sneak.
  • Speed - Athletics, Hand to Hand, Short Blade, Unarmored.
  • Personality - Illusion, Mercantile, Speechcraft.
  • Intelligence - Alchemy, Conjuration, Enchant, Security.
  • Willpower - Alteration, Destruction, Mysticism, Restoration.
  • Luck - No skills fall under luck.

Modifications

Morrowind ships with The Elder Scrolls Construction Set, a program players can use to tweak aspects of the game. Mods exist for new races, different texture sets, completely new houses, player-made quests and guilds, and more. Mods are one of the principle reasons why Morrowind is so replayable. A number of websites exist that encourage player modifications to the game and host player-uploaded modifications.

Websites

Commonly Recommended Mods

The Elder Scrolls community have hand selected a few popular mods for their Hall of Fame.

Morrowind Overhaul- Sounds and Graphics

A complete compilation of replacements for the graphics in Morrowind. Includes all the notable mods, and greatly enhances the look of the game.

BTB's must have mods list

Pluto's Mod Recommendations to New Players

Povuholo's ToMorrowind List

Expansion Packs & Game of the Year Edition

GOTY Edition for PC

Since Morrowind's release, Bethesda have delivered two expansion packs for the game. Tribunal was released in the U.S. on November 6th 2002, whilst Bloodmoon arrived on June 3rd 2003. Both featured completely new and unique settings, with Bloodmoon taking place on the island of Solstheim to the north of Vvardenfell, and Tribunal taking place in Morrowind's capital city, Mournhold. In addition to the new locations, the expansions featured new independent Main Quests alongside new side quests. The expansion made improvements to the game's Journal, organizing quest threads into separate sections instead of a linear format, which forced players to spend time flipping back through the Journal for long periods of time to find quest details. A Game of the Year Edition was released in October '03, which included the original game and both the expansions. This version (along with Oblivion's Game of the Year Edition) was also made available on Steam on June 16, 2009.

Soundtrack

Original Soundtrack

Soundtrack Cover from the Collector's Edition

Morrowind's soundtrack was composed by Jeremy Soule and earned an AIAS nomination for Best Soundtrack. The original CD was included with the Collector's Edition and contained the following 15 tracks.

Track #Track NameLength (Total Length: 40:22)

1

Nerevar Rising

1:56

2

Bright Spears, Dark Blood

2:08

3

Over the Next Hill

3:06

4

Knight's Charge

2:07

5

Peaceful Waters

3:07

6

Dance of Swords

2:15

7

The Road Most Traveled

3:17

8

Hunter's Pursuit

2:20

9

Blessing of Vivec

3:18

10

Ambush!

2:35

11

Silt Sunrise

3:13

12

Stormclouds on the Battlefield

2:13

13

Shed Your Travails

3:15

14

Drumbeat of the Dunmer

2:05

15

Caprice

3:27

Remastered Soundtrack

Remastered Soundtrack Cover

In 2006, Soule released a remastered edition through his website, directsong.com that contained the following 21 tracks.

Track #Track NameLength

01

Nerevar Rising

01:54

02

Peaceful Waters

03:06

03

Knight's Charge

02:05

04

Over The Next Hill

03:05

05

Bright Spears Dark Blood

02:07

06

The Road Most Traveled

03:15

07

Dance of Swords

02:14

08

Blessing of Vivec

03:16

09

Ambush

02:34

10

Silt Sunrise

03:11

11

Hunter's Pursuit

02:19

12

Shed Your Travails

03:13

13

Stormclouds on the Battlefield

02:11

14

Caprice

03:28

15

Drumbeats of the Dunmer

02:03

16

Darkened Depths

00:51

17

The Prophecy Fulfilled

01:12

18

Triumphant

00:15

19

Introduction

01:12

20

Fate's Quickening

00:18

21

Nerevar Rising Reprise

02:14

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • Operating System: Windows ME / 98 / XP / 2000
  • RAM Memory: 128 MB RAM (Windows ME/98), 256 MB RAM (Windows XP/2000)
  • Processor: 500 MHz Intel Pentium III, Celeron, or AMD Athlon processor
  • Hard Drive Space: 1 GB
  • DirectX: DirectX 8.1 (included)
  • Video Card: 32MB Direct3D Compatible video card and DirectX 8.1 compatible driver
  • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
  • Peripherals: Keyboard; Mouse

Recommended

  • Processor: 800 MHz or faster Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon processor
  • RAM Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS or ATI Radeon 7500 or faster video card

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