Skyrim, Map of Whiterun, Guide to Whiterun

Excerpts from A Gentleman's Guide to Whiterun (by Mikael the Bard)

The city is located rather centrally in Skyrim, and this is well, for it is not far from anywhere. Perched high upon a rocky hill, Whiterun dominates the grassy plains that surround it. High wooden walls protect its denizens from the wolves, mammoths, bandits and other dangers lurking beyond.

When you first enter through the city's main gate, you will find yourself in the Plains District. This is so named because it is the lowest of the city's three neighborhoods. Here are located all the merchants, market and inns as well as a few residential houses.

Most of the buildings in the second tier of the city, Wind district, are residences, though there is also a Temple of Kynareth and Jorrvaskr, the mead hall of the Companions.

The Cloud district is the exclusive domain of the Jarl's castle, Dragonsreach, and is the highest point in Whiterun.


Quests starting in Whiterun:
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  • Main Quest:
    • Bleak Falls Barrow;
    • Dragon Rising.
  • Companions:
    • Take Up Arms;
    • Proving Honor;
    • The Silver Hand;
    • Blood's Honor;
    • Purity of Revenge;
    • Glory of the Dead.
  • Daedric:
    • The Whispering Door (Required Level: 20);
    • A Night To Remember (Required Level: 14).1
  • Side:
    • The Blessings of Nature;
    • In My Time Of Need;
    • Missing in Action;
    • Forbidden Legend.

1 Quest may start in any tavern, once you reach level 14.

Whiterun People:
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  • Dragonsreach:
    • Jarl Balgruuf the Greater:
      • Quest: The Whispering Door (Ask Jarl about his son, Nelkir);
    • Dagny, Jarl's daughter;
    • Frothar, Jarl's son;
    • Nelkir, Jarl's son;
    • Hrongar, Jarl's bodyguard;
    • Farengar Secret-Fire, court mage:
      • Quest: Forbidden Legend (Read Lost Legends in Farengar's study),
      • Quest: Find Red Eagle's sword (Read The Legend of Red Eagle in Farengar's study),
      • Quest: Deliver Frost Salts to Arcadia (Reward: Potions),
      • Merchant (Staves, Books, Spell Tomes, Clothing, Jewelry, Scrolls, Soul Gems);
    • Proventus Avenicci, Jarl's steward:
      • Sell a house in the city (Breezehome) for 5000 gold and upgrades to the house;
    • Irileth, Jarl's Housecarl;
    • Lydia, player's Housecarl;
    • Commander Caius, guard;
    • Fianna, maid;
    • Gerda, maid;
  • Jorrvaskr:
    • Kodlak Whitemane, the Harbinger of the Companions;
    • Skjor;
    • Aela the Huntress:
      • Archery Training, Expert (1-75);
    • Farkas:
      • Heavy Armor Training, Master (1-100);
    • Vilkas:
      • Two-handed Training, Master (1-100);
    • Athis:
      • One-handed Training, Expert (1-75);
    • Njada Stonearm:
      • Block Training, Expert (1-75);
    • Torvar;
    • Ria;
    • Tilma the Haggard, maid;
  • Temple of Kynareth:
    • Danica Pure-Spring, priestess of Kynareth:
      • Quest: The Blessings of Nature,
      • Restoration Training (after complete The Blessings of Nature), Master (1-100);
    • Acolyte Jenssen;
    • Maurice Jondrelle, pilgrim;
  • Hall of the Dead:
    • Andurs, priest of Arkay:
      • Quest: Retrieve Andurs' Amulet of Arkay from the catacombs (Reward: 15 gold);
  • Warmaiden's:
    • Adrianne Avenicci, Blacksmith:
      • Quest: Deliver the sword to Proventus Avenicci (Reward: 20 gold);
      • Quest: Learn the basics of Smithing;
      • Merchant (Weapons, Arrows, Armor, Animal Hides, Ore, Ingots);
    • Ulfberth War-Bear, Adrianne Avenicci's husband:
      • Merchant (Weapons, Arrows, Armor, Animal Hides, Ore, Ingots);
  • The Drunken Huntsman:
    • Elrindir, shopkeeper:
      • Merchant (Weapons, Arrows, Armor, Food);
    • Anoriath, Elrindir's brother:
      • Merchant at the market (Food);
    • Nazeem, owner of Chillfurrow Farm;
    • Ahlam, Nazeem's wife;
    • Jenassa, Mercenary (500 gold);
  • Olava the Feeble's House:
    • Olava the Feeble;
  • Severio Pelagia's House:
    • Severio Pelagia, owner of Pelagia Farm:
      • Quest: Get paid to gather crops (Cabbage, Potato);
  • Belethor's General Goods:
    • Belethor:
      • Merchant (All);
    • Sigurd, servant;
  • Ysulda's House:
    • Ysulda:
      • Quest: Bring one Mammoth Tusk to Ysolda (Reward: Speech +1);
  • Arcadia's Cauldron:
    • Arcadia:
      • Merchant (Food, Ingredients, Potions, Recipes);
      • Alchemy Training, Expert (1-75);
  • The Bannered Mare:
    • Hulda, innkeeper:
      • Quest: Chop Wood,
      • Bounty Quests,
      • Merchant (Food);
    • Mikael, Bard;
    • Saadia, servant-maid:
      • Merchant (Food);
    • Sinmir;
  • Heimskr's House:
    • Heimskr, priest of Talos;
  • House Gray-Mane:
    • Eorlund Gray-Mane, Blacksmith at the Skyforge:
      • Merchant (Weapons, Arrows, Armor, Animal Hides, Ore, Ingots);
      • Smithing Training, Master (1-100);
    • Fralia Gray-Mane:
      • Quest: Missing in Action,
      • Merchant at the market (Jewelry, Ore, Ingots);
    • Vignar Gray-Mane;
    • Avulstein Gray-Mane;
    • Olfina Gray-Mane;
    • Brill;
  • Amren's House:
    • Amren:
      • Quest: Retrieve Amren's Family Sword (Rewards: One-handed +1, Block +1),
      • One-handed Training, Common (1-50);
    • Saffir, Amren's wife;
    • Braith, Amren's daughter;
  • Uthgerd's House:
    • Uthgerd the Unbroken:
      • Quest: Fist fight with Uthgerd (Reward: 100 gold);
  • Carlotta Valentia's House:
    • Carlotta Valentia:
      • Quest: A Few Words with You (Reward: Leveled amount of gold),
      • Merchant at the market (Food);
    • Mila Valentia, Carlotta's daughter;
  • House of Clan Battle-Born:
    • Olfrid Battle-Born;
    • Bergritte Battle-Born;
    • Idolaf Battle-Born;
    • Alfhild Battle-Born:
      • Quest: Get paid to gather crops (Gourd, Leek, Wheat);
    • Jon Battle-Born;
    • Lars Battle-Born:
      • Quest: Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars (Reward: 2 gold);
  • Whiterun Stables:
    • Skulvar Sable-Hilt Hostler:
      • Sell a black horse for 1000 gold;
    • Jervar, Skulvar's son;
    • Bjorlam, carriage driver;
    • Lillith Maiden-Loom;
  • Beggar Brenuin:
    • Quest: Steal the Argonian Ale from The Bannered Mare (Reward: Potion of Vigorous Healing).
Map of Whiterun

Whiterun: 1 - Gates, 2 - Guard Barracks, 3 - Warmaiden's, 4 - The Drunken Huntsman, 5 - Breezehome, 6 - Olava the Feeble's House, 7 - Severio Pelagia's House, 8 - Belethor's General Goods, 9 - Ysolda's House, 10 - Arcadia's Cauldron, 11 - The Bannered Mare, 12 - Guard Barracks, 13 - Heimskr's House, 14 - House Gray-Mane, 15 - Amren's House, 16 - Uthgerd's House, 17 - Carlotta Valentia's House, 18 - House of Clan Battle-Born, 19 - Temple of Kynareth, 20 - Hall of the Dead, 21 - Jorrvaskr, 22 - Underforge, 23 - Dragonsreach, 24 - Dragonsreach (Jarl's Quarters), 25 - Dragonsreach Dungeon.

Player Owned House - Breezehome

Upon completion quest Bleak Falls Barrow the Jarl Balgruuf the Greater will permit you to buy the house in Whiterun from his steward Proventus Avenicci. If quest Dragon Rising is completed too, Lydia will be assigned as the player's Housecarl and a bedroom for her will be added to house upstairs.

Upgrades:

After purchase all of the upgrades these items will appear in the house on weapons plaque above bed: Iron Greatsword (2) and Iron Shield (1).

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