[TES Lore] Lorekhan #3: The Imperial City and the Empire [Part 2]

In the first Lorekhan, we covered the Elder Scrolls themselves; in the second, we covered the Imperial City, White-Gold, and their significance in the history of the Empire, as well as a large portion of the important Imperial history up to the start of the Second Era. This time, we will be covering the Second Era, which is also the era The Elder Scrolls Online takes place during.

Early to Mid Second Era

2E 230-283: The worthwhile events of the Second Era begins pretty much with the Mages Guild being formed in 2E 230 and then in 2E 283 with Potentate Versidue-Shaie  trying to hold !@#$ together. There’s almost four decades of war between the Potentate and his vassal kingdoms, at the end of which only the Potentate’s army remains. Basically, Mount & Blade happens.

2E 309-324: Elsweyr is founded in 309. The Morag Tong murder the Potentate in Elsweyr in 324. At around the start of the second half of the Fourth Century, the Dark Brotherhood (boooooo… calm down don’t take it personally I’ve just played too much Morrowind) comes into being.

2E 546-572: Skipping ahead to the Sixth Century, Jorunn and Ayrenn are born, the future leaders of the Ebonheart Pact and Aldmeri Dominion, respectively, followed by the Knahaten Flu which kills lots of peeps in southern Tamriel. Akaviri also invade Morrowind.

2E 579: Getting to familiar events, Emperor Varen Aquilarios is like “maaan, I need to do somethin’ cool” so he gathers the other four companions of the Five Companions, and goes off to find the Amulet of Kings, in the hope of becoming Dragonborn and stuff. Mannimarco (I keep saying it Minnimarco just by habit) is a douchebasket though, and once the Amulet of Kings is found, instead of using it for a good reason like showing it off on Omegle, he betrays Varen and his dreams of Fus Ro Dah-dem and opens up Nirn’s defenses against Daedric invasions so that Daedra can invade. This is known as the Soulburst. You could alternatively call it “TRION INSPIRATION BEGINS”

Of course Daedra do invade, and Molag Bal is first in line for his GameStop preorder of the entire planet, and so decides to  try and pack all of Nirn into his Subaru (Coldharbour) via the use of Dark Anchors. Obviously Molag Bal never goes camping or he’d know that bungee cords work a lot better.

2E 582: Three years later, Tamriel: Total War begins, as all three major alliances, the Daggerfall Covenant, the Aldmeri Dominion, and the Ebonheart pact, wage war on each other, with the Imperial City as the centerpiece. Meanwhile, Molag Bal is also trying to pull the Imperial City and the White-Gold Tower into Coldharbour, because just the entire planet wasn’t quite up to par.

The Beginning and Reign of Tiber Septim and the Third Empire

2E 828: At around 2E 828, Tiber Septim, later to be known as Talos, was born. He has many names, and multiple conflicting stories of his life exist.

There are two main stories — the “official” one of orthodoxy, and a heretical story (the latter is my personally preferred tale) — but they both do share certain common details with each other. We will be doing a more in-depth look at Tiber Septim/Talos/Hjalti later, but for now, I’ll give you a generalized overview of what he accomplished.

2E 852-854: His first major achievement was conquering Cyrodiil, and eventually the Imperial City in 2E 854 for King Cuhlecain, whose goal was to become the Emperor of Cyrodiil. After which Cuhlecain was assassinated (some believe by Tiber Septim/Hjalti/Talos, others believe by a nightblade from High Rock), meaning Septim rose to power as the new Emporer.

2E 854-896: In the proceeding years, he sent armies to conquer the adjacent lands while he stayed in Cyrodiil. Skyrim and Hammerfell fell first. After razing Mournhold (Barenziah, later to be queen, was a survivor of this) and some possible other skirmishes, it is said Tiber Septim made a deal with Morrowind in exchange for the Numidium, which is a massive Dwemer mech; the terms were that Septim would successfully siege the Summerset Isles. To power it, he took his Imperial Battlemage buddy, who had helped him during the wars (and was possibly a source of Tiber’s great might in battle), and threw his soul into the Numidium to power it.

2E 826: After that, he went all HAWKEN on the Aldmeris, and united Tamriel in 2E 896, the last year of the Second Era. This is around the time that Cyrodiil’s climate was thought to have been changed, possibly by Talos achieving CHIM. It is also theorized in Subtropical Cyrodiil: A Speculation [Read on UEPS.net] that the White-Gold Tower has the ability to change the climate around it.

Thanks for reading, and join us next time for the Third Era and the part the Imperial City plays in it. I’d like to thank the UESPWiki and the Imperial Library helping my research greatly. Leave a like or subscribe (via email) or Follow (via WordPress) if you enjoyed this and want to see more.

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