Venture Though Tamriel
Morthal is the capital of Hjaalmarch, although it is a fairly small, humble town of little economic or strategic importance. Sitting on the southern edge of a marsh, dry ground can be hard to come by in Morthal. It is often shrouded in a thick fog, and ominous twisted trees grow from the surrounding marsh, giving it a foreboding appearance to approaching travelers. The torches of the town glowing in the fog often give the impression of wisps at a distance. Many choose to steer clear of the place altogether. Morthal is a town shrouded in mystery. Its people are reclusive and wary of newcomers, and only a single lumber camp supports its weak economy. The Jarl is among the most relaxed in Skyrim when it comes to taxation, but Hjaalmarch is also the poorest of the nine Holds. The Hold is still part of the Empire, but the Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone is unapologetically vague in her enthusiasm for the Imperial Legate stationed in her dwelling. A number of the people in the town are concerned about the prospect of war. War brings outsiders, and outsiders are not a welcome sight in Morthal. Most would rather the conflict were kept outside their home, leaving them free to pursue their own interests. The swampy lands immediately surrounding Morthal are rich in deathbells, swamp fungal pods, and giant lichen.
Idgrod Ravencrone is an elderly Nord mystic. She is the Jarl of Morthal, and is heavily protected by her personal bodyguard Gorm, due to people treating her “differently.” She also runs the administration with her husband, Aslfur, who serves as her steward. She is also mother to Idgrod the Younger and Joric. According to the townsfolk, Gorm, and Ravencrone herself, she is “gifted” with the ability to see visions granted to her from the Nine, and seems to rely on her visions more than the opinions of her people, as evidenced when she is asked about her stance in the war.