Once a free city, Windhelm is another center for free thought, personal expression and its mage-college, Gothenstad, is the most widely accepting of all sorts of magic. Indeed since Gothenstad produces massive amounts of research into the arcane arts. It has been producing great mages since it was first built during the Great Colonization, in honor of its patron Arch-Mage Gothe. It has been one of the Dominion’s greatest resources and thus enjoys much independence in governing its populous. It is because of this independence and the support the Dominion gives Windhelm that they gave up their status as a free city.
Windhelm is oft called the Dark Sister of Arberdeen. For though both are centers of freethough, progress, and liberty, Windhelm offers a liberty even the most amoral sorts in pursuit of progress, and its free thinkers tend to have more nihilistic leanings.