Lands of Tamriel, an Epic Fantasy
Whiterun is a major city located in the center of Skyrim, to the northwest of the Throat of the World, the highest mountain on the entire continent of Tamriel.
The capital of Whiterun Hold, Whiterun’s central location makes it the province’s major commercial hub.
Its central location also makes it a crucial strategic point in the Civil War between the Imperial Legion loyalists and Stormcloak rebels, as control of Whiterun Hold grants access to all the surrounding areas. Initially, Whiterun is nominally aligned with The Empire, but the Jarl, Balgruuf the Greater, seems to care more about the people of Whiterun than either side of the conflict, and so the hold is effectively neutral.
Whiterun comprises three districts arranged in tiers and connected by stairways. The Plains District is the lowest and contains all the shops, the city’s marketplace, inns, and a few homes as well at the city gates. The Wind District is the main residential area; its more important buildings include the Temple of Kynareth and Jorrvaskr, headquarters of the Companions. The Cloud District is the location of Dragonsreach and is the highest point in Whiterun.
Local businesses and services in Whiterun include: the Warmaiden’s smithy and weapons store, The Drunken Huntsman tavern and hunting supply store, Belethor’s General Goods store, the Arcadia’s Cauldron alchemy store and The Bannered Mare inn. The Jarl’s Palace, Dragonsreach, is the center of political matters and law enforcement, housing Dragonsreach Dungeon below. The Jarl’s court wizard Farengar Secret-Fire also resides here. He can also teach you the basics of enchanting.
The Companions are based in Whiterun, as the city itself was established and expanded around their mead hall, Jorrvaskr. The Skyforge is worked by the greatest blacksmith in Skyrim, Eorlund Gray-Mane, who forges weapons and armor for the Companions. This ancient forge predates even Jorrvaskr and is said by Eorlund to produce the finest steel found anywhere in Tamriel.
Locations in the City
The Bannered Mare
Belethor’s General Goods
The Drunken Huntsman
Hall of the Dead
Temple of Kynareh