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Et'Ada
 GM, 1 post
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 18:14
Story Information
This thread will be used to record the story and lore of this game, as it's uncovered. It will consist of a timeline, maps, snippets from in-game books and other miscellaneous tidbits of information, all of which may or may not be crucial to the story, but exist for purposes of immersion.

ALL FUTURE LORE WILL BE RECORDED ON THE GAME'S WIKI AND NOT IN THIS THREAD!

Table of Contents
  1. Cartography.
  2. Timeline.
  3. Important People.
  4. Lore.

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Et'Ada
 GM, 7 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2015
at 19:56
Cartography
TAMRIEL in 4E 251

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A map with more cities/towns can be found, HERE (An edited version of the map found at the Imperial Library, no credit is claimed)

For maps of the individual provinces, please consult THIS page.

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Et'Ada
 GM, 8 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2015
at 19:03
Timeline
For a more detailed timeline of the 4th Era leading up to 4E 203, look Here.


Summarized timeline;
4E 201-215
  • Dragon Crisis ends, with the defeat of Alduin the World-Eater by the Last Dragonborn.
  • Emperor Titus Mede II is assassinated in Skyrim, he is succeeded by High Chancellor Augurius Primus as Potentate of the Empire.
  • Whiterun is left in ruins, after the Empire and Stormcloaks fight over it in three major battles.
  • The Last Dragonborn disappears.
  • Potentate Augurius enacts many reforms, which increase the size of the Empire's military, at the cost of liberties enjoyed by the general populace.
  • The Argonian Hegemony is formed and seals its borders.
  • General Tullius dies in battle.
  • The Skyrim Civil War ended inconclusively, dividing Skyrim into Western (Imperial) and Eastern (Independent) halves.
  • Prejudice, segregation and slavery of non-Nord races, begins to run rampant in Eastern Skyrim, under King Ulfric "The Liberator"'s iron fist.
  • The Hammerfell Ascendancy is formed, an uneasy union of the Crown and Forebear clergy.
  • Tamriel enters an age of poverty, following economic policies in the Empire and Aldmeri Dominion, prioritizing the military and government, resulting in widespread recession.

4E 223-227
  • Cyrodiil is invaded by Olivia of Drusillia, a sorceress who is as powerful, as she is mysterious and leads a mighty army, which decimates both Imperial and Thalmor forces.
  • High Rock, Western Skyrim and Morrowind briefly secede from the Empire, forming the "Triumvirate Confederation".
  • Potentate Augurius supposedly commits suicide, though evidence suggests foul-play. As the Elder Council fights over who should succeed Augurius, General of the Imperial Army Mondrar Selvilo seizes control in the hopes of saving the Empire, and Cyrodiil enters under the rule of military dictatorship.
  • In the Empire's last-ditch defensive, the Sorceress ambushes the Imperial forces, leading her army whilst riding upon a dragon. The Empire is defeated and the Elder Council executed. Olivia of Drusillia, is crowned Queen Livia of Cyrodiil.
  • While Western Skyrim and Morrowind surrender without a fight, High Rock refuses Queen Livia's ultimatum, in an attempt to remain independent. Rather than dispatch an army, the Queen herself, flies upon her dragon companion to High Rock and lays waste to towns and villages, until the death tolls force High Rock to surrender.
  • Empress Livia dissolves the Elder Council and invites members of the Synod, College of Whispers and other magical guilds, even the College of Winterhold, to the Imperial City. After days of discussion, a new ruling council is formed; The Arcane Ministry, consisting of twenty-nine archmagisters, lead by the Empress herself. Succeeding both the Mages Guild of the 3rd Era and the Elder Council, the Arcane Ministry becomes the Empire's executive body with the highest authority, beneath the Imperial throne.
  • After Ulfric Stormcloak passes, the ensuing power vacuum leads to the assassinations of his two eldest sons, Vasgar and Ulfric. Eventually, Ulfric I's youngest, Junnes, ascends to the throne.
  • Following her heroic battle with a rogue dragon, Empress Livia gains the nickname of "Livia, Dragon of the South", and the adoration of the people.
  • Slavery is abolished in Eastern Skyrim.

4E 232-251
  • Shortly after an earthquake surrounding High Hrothgar, the Graybeards are reported missing from their sanctuary atop the mountain.
  • The Aldmeri Dominion demands to have their mages participate in the Arcane Ministry, but are refused.
  • The Argonian Hegemony invades Morrowind, greedy for more land, however are thwarted by Empress Livia's fast response.
  • Both the Empire and Dominion begin a general mobilization of forces, along their shared borders.
  • The "Blood-Soaked Plague" appears and terrorizes southern Morrowind.
  • Across Tamriel, four prisoners, their lives seemingly inconsequential and their crimes irrelevant, are executed.



Complete timeline;
Fourth Era, Third Century; ''The Age of Turmoil''

4E 201
  • The Last Dragonborn defeats Alduin the World-Eater, bringing an end to the Dragon Crisis. The remaining dragons, few in number and now without a leader, scatter across Tamriel.

  • With the Dragon Crisis over, both General Tullius and Jarl Ulfric consider the Treaty of High Hrothgar void and the armistice is declared nullified.

  • Emperor Titus Mede II is assassinated in Skyrim by unknown assailants, although many suspect the Dark Brotherhood to be behind it.

  • The Stormcloaks take advantage of the confusion following the assassination and make several advances into Imperial territory in Skyrim, officially resuming the Skyrim Civil War.

  • High Chancellor Augurius Primus acts swiftly and after an exchange of favors, is quickly named the new Potentate by the Elder Council. His first act in office, is to publicly inculpate the Stormcloaks for Titus Mede II's assassination, declaring the rebelling Nords as "..men of cowardly actions.." and using the accusations as justification for sending more troops to Skyrim.

  • The (First) Battle for Whiterun takes place and Whiterun falls to the Stormcloaks. Jarl Balgruuf is executed publicly by Jarl Ulfric, so as to inspire his own men, whilst demoralizing Nords loyal to the Empire.

4E 203
  • After many heroic deeds, the Last Dragonborn disappears and is never heard of again.

  • The Second Battle for Whiterun takes place and Whiterun is returned to Imperial control.

  • The Bloody Siege of Solitude occurs when a Stormcloak army several thousand strong, lays siege to Solitude in a surprise attack - Invading both from land and from the sea. The siege lasts for several months, consisting of countless failed assaults both ways, until it is finally broken by reinforcements from Cyrodiil and High Rock.

4E 207
  •   The Third Battle for Whiterun occurs and the city and hold, once more fall under Stormcloak rule.

  • Potentate Augurius increases the Empire's standing army size and begins conscription in all provinces of the Empire. All males and females between the ages of 18 and 40, regardless of race or occupation, are required to undergo military service for at least one year. The minimum length of service is later increased to three and then further to five years. Especially Cyrodiilian aristocracy abuse their wealth and influence, to elude conscription, to the great dismay of the lower classes. A pejorative term, "Faustus Filis ('fortunate child')" becomes popular among commoners, to refer to the 'high and mighty' who support and reap the benefits of Potentate Augurius' policies, without having to pay the costs themselves.

  • The An-Xileel officially form the Argonian Hegemony and subsequently cut off all ties with the other provinces and close their borders; As a result, thousands of Argonians are sealed outside of Black Marsh and thousands of non-Argonians become trapped within.

  • General Tullius is killed in battle, marking the beginning of the end, for Skyrim's Civil War.

  • A small Stormcloak army invades Solstheim and secures it, without facing much resistance.

4E 208
  • The Skyrim Civil War ends inconclusively, with the signing of the Second Treaty of High Hrothgar, ushered by the total exhaustion of both parties and the loss of many important figures. Skyrim becomes divided into the Imperial-controlled Western- and independent Eastern -halves. Ulfric Stormcloak declares himself "King of the Free Nords" and is named King Ulfric 'The Liberator'.

  • The Empire begins a substantial operation to blockade Eastern Skyrim diplomatically, economically and politically - This effort is thwarted, however, when Hammerfell and the Argonian Hegemony recognize Eastern Skyrim's independence. The Argonians especially go to great lengths to undermine the Empire, by establishing close ties with Ulfric's Skyrim. Unwilling to risk a war with any of its former provinces, the Empire is forced to lift its embargoes.

  • King Ulfric begins a widespread manhunt for Thalmor operatives within his realm and all of their remaining strongholds, are sacked and pillaged.

  • Many temples dedicated for the Eight Divines are seized and converted for Talos worship.  The Worship of Talos becomes Eastern Skyrim's primary pantheon and for many Free Nords, Talos supersedes all the other Divines.

  • With no more Imperial rule, races other than Nords become targets of open segregation and prejudice, especially Imperials and Altmer, who find themselves under constant threat of slander, beatings, murder or worse. There is an exodus en masse, as non-Nords escape to neighboring Imperial lands. Redguards and Argonians, due to their open support of King Ulfric, are spared of this and instead, become welcomed guests in many Nord cities.

  • Pressured by the An-Xileel, King Ulfric decrees that Argonias who were previously treated as cheap labor and forced to live and work under reprehensible conditions, be either freed of their contracts or treated equally to Nords. In exchange, the An-Xileel allows all Nords still trapped within the Hegemony, to return to Skyrim - Although their assistance in arranging travel, is negligible at best and most Nords are forced to find transport on their own.

4E 211
  • King Ulfric officially permits the slavery of Elves, Orcs and Khajit, whose social rights are now virtually nonexistent.

4E 215
  • After a violent uprising in Sentinel, the "Hammerfell Ascendancy" is formed; An uneasy political and religious union between the Crown and Forebear clergy. Its leader, High Priestess Cegila Sh'Balan allows both the Empire and Aldmeri Dominion to open consulates in Hammerfell, hoping to secure Hammerfell's neutrality in their conflict, by engaging both parties simultaneously and equally.

  • The Empire and Dominion begin a contest of diplomacy over Hammerfell, each vying for its membership in their respective domains. This has the undesired effect of further straining relations between the Imperials and Altmer.

  • In order to bolster the Imperial army's manpower, the Potentate dismantles many local garrisons and Imperial Guard units, replacing them with localized, often peasant-driven militias. With no Imperial regulation, many militias become corrupted with bribery, false arrests and guilt by association.

  • In order to fund the Empire's growing military, taxes are increased, which leads to economic problems for smaller towns and villages - Many of which have to abandon services and programs or turn to desperate measures to compensate.

  • Similar taxation and military reforms take place in the Aldmeri Dominion, as the Dominion strives to maintain military superiority over the Empire, in preparation for another war.

  • An age of poverty begins in Tamriel, affecting mostly the Empire and Dominion, but Hammerfell, Argonia and Eastern Skyrim as well, through recession.

  • Alarmed by the Empire's militaristic expansions, King Ulfric increases feudal levies and creates a larger, central Nord army; Whilst leaving his Jarls with the bare minimum of forces, with which to defend their holds.

4E 223: Rise of the Drusillic Dynasty
  • Abruptly and without warning, a mysterious and powerful sorceress invades Cyrodiil from the Northeast, presumably High Rock. The sorceress, known as Olivia of Drusillia, leads a fierce army clad in armor made of ebony and wielding weapons imbued with powerful enchantments. Worrisome rumors claim, she leads her army whilst riding upon a mighty dragon. As it is a feat known only to have been achieved by the Last Dragonborn, these claims are quickly dismissed as propaganda.

  • The King and nobility of High Rock, claim to know nothing of this new invader. Potentate Augurius reacts quickly and sends a large army to intercept the sorceress' forces. The Battle of Sancre Tor ensues, in which the Imperial army is decimated and retreats to Chorrol, whilst the Sorceress advances to Applewatch and Bruma.

  • Concerned by the appearance of this powerful Sorceress, the Thalmor send an emissary to Bruma, in the hopes of negotiating a secret alliance - The entire Thalmor envoy is slaughtered and so the Thalmor dispatch an expeditionary force, to retaliate. What follows is later named the, 'Golden Massacre in the Jerall Mountains', from which not a single Altmer soldier survives. The Dominion officially declare the Sorceress a 'problem of the Empire' and refuse to dispatch any additional ''support''.

  • Another major Imperial defensive is formed at Bleaker's Way, with armies from Cheydinhal, Chorrol, Skingrad and the Imperial City - It is the largest Imperial force gathered, since the Great War. The Battles for the Heartlands ensue; A series of significant battles in the Cyrodilic Heartlands, as the Sorceress' army spread from Bruma across Northern Cyrodiil, conquering cities, towns and backwater hamlets from Aleswell to Cheydinhal and Harlun's Watch.

  • Being defeated at almost every turn and the Sorceress appearing unstoppable, morale in the Imperial army is at an all-time low and it spreads to the general consciousness as well,  manifesting as widespread panic and fear. Potentate Augurius declares martial law and increases conscription, to include any able-bodied adolescent.

  • High Rock, Western Skyrim and Morrowind - Realizing the Sorceress' attacks are restricted within Cyrodiil, secede from the Empire, hoping it will spare them the slaughter taking place in the Imperial Province. The secessionists establish the 'Triumvirate Confederation', as an informal- and, in the eyes of many, arrogant -successor to the Empire.

  • The Sorceress' forces, now referred to (informally) as the 'Drusillic Army', begin their invasion of southeastern Cyrodiil, starting with the Assault of Drakelowe. In only three months, the Drusillic Army has conquered the entire region from the Nibenay Basin, down to Blackwood.

  • Plagued by stress and the pressure of constant defeats, Potentate Augurius leaps to his death from the top of the White Gold tower, in the Imperial City. There is suspicion of foul play, as many close to him insist the Potentate had been considering unconditional surrender - Which, after the White-Gold Concordat, many councilors and nobles would have found unacceptable nay, intolerable, as a sign of the Empire's weakness and cowardice to all of its enemies.

  • As the Elder Council and Cyrodilic nobility yet again descent into infighting and bickering over who should succeed Potentate Augurius, General of the Imperial Army Mondrar Selvilo seizes control in the hopes of saving the Empire, and Cyrodiil enters under the rule of military dictatorship. Despite this, the fate of the Empire seems sealed, as the Drusillic Army continues its relentless advance, with Leyawiin conquered by the end of the year.

  • In Eastern Skyrim, King Ulfric adapts even harsher racial laws, officially decreeing all non-Nords as inferior to Nords, prior laws of slavery are expanded to include these races as well. King Ulfric's popularity has generally waned in the last fifteen years, with many Nords, even former Stormcloaks, coming to accept more tolerating views.

4E 224
  • The Nibenay Valley Disaster occurs, when the Empire's last-ditch defensive fails and the Drusillic invaders carve a path to Weye and thus, the Imperial City. No siege takes place, for when the Sorceress of Drusillia descends upon the Imperial City, indeed riding on the back of a dragon, General Selvilo surrenders unconditionally, sparing the slaughter of his last remaining soldiers. The Imperial City is occupied and the Elder Council executed, after which the Sorceress claims the Cyrodilic throne, as its first Queen.

  • As the combined Drusillic-Cyrodilic army marches West to deal with holdouts in Skingrad, Chorrol and Kvatch, an ultimatum is sent to the Triumvirate, demanding their immediate surrender and annexation to the new Empire. Both Morrowind and Western Skyrim accept, with High Rock defying and remaining independent. No army is dispatched, but instead Queen Olivia rides her dragon to High Rock and lays waste to towns and villages, until the death tolls are so high, the King of High Rock is overthrown by his own vassals, who finally accept the ultimatum.

  • With no further opposition, Olivia of Drusillia is crowned 'Empress Livia of the Drusillic Dynasty'.

  • Empress Livia dissolves the Elder Council and invites members of the Synod, College of Whispers and other magical guilds, even the College of Winterhold, to the Imperial City. After days of discussion, a new ruling council is formed; The Arcane Ministry, consisting of twenty-nine archmagisters, lead by the Empress herself. Succeeding both the Mages Guild of the 3rd Era and the Elder Council, the Arcane Ministry becomes the Empire's executive body with the highest authority, beneath the Imperial throne. As its first act, the Ministry begins an extensive reconstruction of the old Mages Guild and new Arcane Colleges are built across the Empire.

  • Opposed to the new authority and heightened position of mages in the Empire, Baro Sestius, a noble from Skingrad forms the "Mundane Order" and organizes protests against the Arcane Ministry, as countless people still hold mages responsible for the Oblivion Crisis and many other disastrous events in history.

  • The Dragon Guard, an elite unit of battle-mages is formed, as the Empress' personal guard and military force.

  • Conscription laws in the Empire are reduced, to only include able-bodied adults and the length of minimum service is lowered to three years. Alternative forms of service are enacted as well, such as in civil service or through membership in the Fighters or Mages Guilds.

4E 227
  • King Ulfric Stormcloak passes away and is succeeded by his firstborn, Vasgar. A dark shadow is cast over King Vasgar's reign by Ulfric's legacy of Nord supremacism, the slavery of the other races and an economy in shambles. Only days after his coronation, King Vasgar returns much of the authority of his Jarls and reduces levy laws.

  • A rogue Dragon begins to wreak havoc in Northern Cyrodiil, feeding on livestock and ravaging farms in the process. Instead of sending an army, Empress Livia herself rides out upon her Dragon companion and engages the rogue in battle over the skies above the Heartlands. After two hours of intense combat, the rogue dragon falls and Empress Livia is victorious. Upon her return, the defeated dragon's skull is hung up on display in the Green Empress Way -district. This feat later on gains Empress Livia the nickname of "Livia, Dragon of the South" and the adoration of the people.

  • King Vasgar approaches the Empire for financial assistance, believing a stable Eastern Skyrim to be beneficial for the entire province. Only a few days after initiating negotations, Vasgar's younger brother Ulfric, challenges him for the throne. Vasgar is killed in combat and his brother seizes the throne, as King Ulfric II. The Jarls of Eastern Skyrim do not support Ulfric II, however and plot to kill him. Several weeks later, King Ulfric II's convoy, whilst traveling to the College of Winterhold, is ambushed by his own Jarls' men. Caught off-guard, Ulfric II, his wife and entire escort are killed. Ulfric II goes down in history as, Ulfric "The Kin(g)slayer".

  • After some discussion the other Jarls agree that King Ulfric I's third child, Junnes Stormcloak, shall succeed the throne. Thus a third new King of Eastern Skyrim is crowned, in the span of a single month, which becomes known to the Nords as the "Month of Many Kings".

  • King Junnes resumes his eldest brother's negotiations with the Empire, to the dismay of his Jarls at first, but less so when he successfully brokers an agreement, more beneficial to Eastern Skyrim than to the Empire.

  • Slavery is abolished in Eastern Skyrim and former slaves are assisted in returning to their homelands.

4E 232
  • High Hrothgar and the surrounding areas suffer from a violent earthquake. Later on, it is discovered that the Graybeards have inexplicably disappeared from their dwelling atop the mountain.

  • Reportedly, all Falmer disappear from their cavern dwellings, all across Skyrim, leaving no trace of their existence behind.

  • Giants slowly vanish from the steppes of Skyrim and migrate into the mountains.

  • The Aldmeri Dominion demand Empress Livia, to grant the Thalmor a presence in the Arcane Ministry. The Empress 'cordially' reminds the Thalmor of the results of their last demands of her, and declines.

4E 245
  • The Argonian Hegemony invades Morrowind again, only this time they're repelled by a much stronger Imperial response. The resulting peace treaty, returns a large portion of the Argonian Emerald Province in Morrowind, to the Dunmer.

  • The Dominion increases their forces within Valenwood and Elsweyr. In response, the Empire establishes a stronger military presence along the respective borders.

4E 250
  • A virulent disease breaks out in southern Morrowind, known as the "Blood-Soaked Plague", as it leaves its victims with heads soaked in blood, after severe bleeding from the ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Afflicted cities are quarantined, with orders to kill any who attempt to leave and burn their corpse on the spot.

  • A moment of terror sweeps through Vvardenfell, when tremors emanate from the Red Mountain. Fortunately, there is no new eruption, though a few settlements suffer some superficial damages.

  • The Aldmeri Dominion occupy Stros M'kai. The Empire offers to assist in its retaking, but Hammerfell declines, not wanting the Empire to meddle in their affairs, insisting they're more than capable of handling it themselves.

4E 251
  • Across Tamriel, four prisoners, their lives seemingly inconsequential and their crimes irrelevant, are executed.

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