Dominion of Winds

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the city. For the area in Caledon Forest, see Dominion of Winds (area). For other uses, see Dominion (disambiguation).
The Dominion of Winds' wall as seen from Kessex Hills.
Map of Tyria from novels; the borders of the Dominion of Winds are shown.

My people tell tales of the day when we will be free, when our lands will be revealed by a heavenly star and rise. When that day comes, human, only then will our races live in peace.

Talon Silverwing

The Dominion of Winds, sometimes referred to as the aerie,[1][2] is the inaccessible city of the tengu. Built atop the island formerly known as Sanctum Cay, the tengu of the world migrated here after the rise of the Elder Dragon Zhaitan, an event which they call the Great Tsunami.

The Dominion was founded approximately a century ago, the Canthan tengu having been led by the descendant of the Angchu Talon Silverwing through the Risen forces and cut through the Dead Ship fleets to reach land. When they arrived, they built a great wall to repel enemies and separate the tengu from the rest of the world. To this day, the wall fulfills its purpose, making it the last completely tengu-controlled area in the world.[1]

Within the city, tengu society is ruled by an emperor,[3] who presides over four great houses[2]—one for each of the winds.[3] The tengu rarely leave, although recently two trading outposts have been settled just outside the city, namely the Hanto Trading Post and Ireko Tradecamp.

There are entrances at Quetzal Bay in the Caledon Forest and the Dominion Killing Zone in Kessex Hills; however, both are currently closed off. The Shuttered Gate in Lion's Arch is said by its tengu guards to lead to the Dominion of Winds, but is not likely to lead directly there as Lion's Arch is not directly next to the Dominion of Winds, and recently the guards have been refusing to let anyone pass.

In recent times, destroyer burrows have begun appearing on both sides of the wall.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hayato
  2. ^ a b Jormag's Madness
    Kalidris Sparrowhawk: I'm a messenger. My speed is unmatched, and I know every shortcut through the aerie. [...]
    Kalidris Sparrowhawk: I can't speak for all of us, but my family - everyone in the Great House - thought humans would destroy us.
  3. ^ a b Shou
  4. ^ Sangdo Swiftwing