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A timeline of significant world events in The Elder Scrolls backstory and series.

Note: Elder Scrolls lore is generally not clear-cut. Reasons for this range from biased in-universe sources intentionally only giving you only one side of a story, to sources lacking critical information or working from false information, to the implication that All Myths Are True, despite the contradictions, or that at least all myths are Metaphorically True. Out-of-game developer supplemental texts (frequently referred to as "Obscure Texts" by the lore community) are more trustworthy, but are frequently left unofficial and sometimes later contradicted. Because of this, it is entirely possible for two contradictory statements in the below examples to both be true. (And due to frequent events in-universe that alter the timeline, both may literally be true in-universe.)



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    Dawn Era 
The earliest period and very much a Time of Myths. Linear time had not been conceived of as a concept and the very laws of of the universe had not yet been set, meaning any attempt to put the events of the Dawn Era into any kind of chronological order is an exercise in futility. Thus, the below "timeline" is instead a grouping of known events from this era.

Conflict in the Void:
The series Creation Myth occurs. Though the specifics vary between every culture and religion, a few details are consistent. The anthropomorphized primordial forces of "stasis/order/light" and "change/chaos/darkness", most popularly known as the two brothers Anu and Padomay, interplay in the great "Void", leading to Nir, "creation". Both Anu and Padomay fell in love with Nir and attempted to court her, but Nir would ultimately choose Anu, and together they gave birth to 12 worlds in which life flourished. Padomay, Driven by Envy of Nir's love for Anu and angred by her rejection of him, killed Nir and destroyed the 12 worlds she gave birth to. Anu wounded Padomay, driving him off. Presuming Padomay dead, Anu salvaged the pieces of the 12 worlds to create one world: Nirn. Padomay returned and wounded Anu, seeking to destroy Nirn. Anu then pulled Padomay and himself outside of time, ending Padomay's threat to creation "forever". What they left behind became known as the "Aurbis", the universe or "totality".

Formation of the et'Ada:
From the intermingling of the spilled blood of Anu and Padomay came the "et'Ada", or "original spirits", who would go on to become either the Aedra or the Daedra depending on their actions during the creation of Mundus. (Some myths state that the Aedra come from the mixed blood of Anu and Padomay, while the Daedra come purely from the blood of Padomay). The first of these spirits to "crystallize" was Auri-El (aka Akatosh). Soon after, the "strongest" of the recognizable spirits form, including Mephala, Arkay, Y'ffre, and Magnus. Others remain as concepts, ideas, or emotions, their personalities slowly congealing.

The Creation of Mundus:
One of these "original spirits", said to have been "begat" by Padomay, was Lorkhan (aka Shor, Shezarr, Sep, etc.). Lorkhan shares his vision with the other et'Ada, a plan to create "Mundus", the mortal plane. Mundus would serve as the "center" of Aurbis, like the hub of a wheel, and be a place where spirits could self-reflect and thereby reach immortality, equaling or even surpassing those who made them. Kynareth is said to be the first et'Ada to agree to Lorkhan's plan, followed by many others. Magnus joins as well, becoming the "architect" of Mundus. Finally, Lorkhan convinces Auri-El to join, promising him that he can be "king" of the realm. These et'Ada who contribute to the creation of Mundus become known as the Aedra, "Our Ancestors" in Old Aldmeris.

Other et'Ada reject Lorkhan's idea and instead create their own worlds within themselves over which they have total control. These et'Ada are now known as the Daedra, "Not Our Ancestors", and these worlds are the Daedric Planes, within the void of "Oblivion".

However, Lorkhan's plan is not what it seemed. According to some sources, particularly the ancient Aldmer, he even tricked the et'Ada into agreeing with it. Creation of Mundus required great sacrifice, outright killing some of the et'Ada while leaving the survivors significantly weakened. Magnus and his followers (the Magna-Ge) decide to abandon the project, ripping holes in the fabric of the universe in their departure to Aetherius. Now known as the sun and stars, it is through these holes that magic flows into Mundus.

Mundus in this state is highly magical and dangerous plane. The physical make-up of Mundus and even the timeless continuity of existence itself are wildly unstable. Chaos reigns, decay is constant, and the et'Ada exist as shadows of their former selves. Their hatred and resentment of Lorkhan grows.

Wars of the Ehlnofey:
Some of the et'Ada who did not abandon Mundus become the Ehlnofey, or "Earthbones", sacrificing themselves to establish the laws of nature and physics which stabilize Mundus and make life possible. Others "make children" with one another, becoming the progenitors of the modern races. However, each generation is "weaker" than the last, being one more removed their divine ancestors. For unknown reasons, war eventually breaks out between different groups of the Ehlnofey. It is said that this war reshaped the face of Nirn, forming the first oceans and continents. One group of Ehlnofey become the Aldmer, or "the First Folk", the ancestor race of Mer (Elves). Another is the ancestor of all of the races of Men. Over time, these races begin to split into the modern and extinct races we know today.

Other sources claim that the Ehlnofey were instead a distinct race which originally inhabited one of the "12 worlds" of creation birthed by Nir and destroyed by Padomay. A piece of their world including surviving Ehlnofey was saved by Anu and used to create Nirn. (Other such survivors are believed to include the Hist and the Dreugh.) Some stayed in this piece of their original world ("Old Ehlnofey", believed to be a pre-war Tamriel.) Others were scattered throughout Nirn, becoming known as the "Wanderers". The two groups eventually fell to war, with those in Old Ehlnofey more powerful (thanks to possessing knowledge from their old world) but less numerous, while the Wanderers had greater numbers and were "hardened" by the challenges of surviving Nirn. The highly destructive war played out similarly, with the group of Old Ehlnofey eventually becoming the Aldmer, while the "Wanderers" became the Men.

The remaining eight Aedra (Auri-El/Akatosh, Arkay, Dibella, Julianos, Kynareth, Mara, Stendarr, and Zenithar to use their most commonly known names) craft the "Ada-Mantia", or "Adamantine Tower, where they hold "Convention", deciding on what to do with Mundus. Ultimately, it is determined that Lorkhan must pay for his (perceived) treachery.

From here, the details of the stories vary wildly. According to some, Lorkhan submits voluntarily for his punishment. According to others, he gathers the "weakest souls" ("Wanderer" Ehlnofey and/or Men) and forms an army in opposition to Auri-El, the Aedra, and the other Ehlnofey (including the Aldmer). In any case, Lorkhan cannot be killed outright. Trinimac, an Aldmeri ancestor spirit and Auri-El's greatest champion, instead cuts Lorkhan's heart or "divine center" from his body. Auri-El ties it to an arrow and shoots it down into Mundus (forming the Red Mountain), exiling his spirit to the mortal plane to wander through creation. Some tellings, particularly those of Men, state that this was part of Lorkhan's plan all the long, and that he submits to his "punishment" voluntarily, with his spirit then "impregnating" Nirn. Lorkhan's body, meanwhile, was according to most myths sundered into two halves during his destruction, both to symbolize his duality and reminding his creations of his struggle, becoming Nirn's two moons of Masser and Secunda.

Having dealt with Lorkhan, the Aedra then set the physical, temporal (including the beginning of linear time), spiritual, and magical elements of Nirn before ascending back to Aetherius. Auri-El in particular is stated to ascended "in full view" of his followers, so that they might learn the steps to escape Mundus as well. Magic "ebbs" with the divine exodus and the Aurbis stabilizes.

This is considered "the end of the Dawn".

    Merethic Era 
Also known as the "Era of the Elves", the Merethic Era is the first after the establishment of linear time. Despite this, very few dates are known for certain. It should also be noted that some of the below events are still ascribed to the Dawn Era by some sources and, indeed, it cannot be determined from available sources as to exactly when the Dawn Era ended and the Merethic began.

The Aedra have withdrawn from Mundus, though continue to influence it in subtle ways. In their absence, the Daedra, who made no sacrifices to create Mundus and thus remain at full divine power, begin to more greatly influence the world.

Aldmeri Arrival in Tamriel:
The Aldmer (Precursors of the modern races of Mer) live on the now-lost continent of Aldmeris. Orgnum, an extremely wealthy Aldmeri nobleman and powerful wizard, leads a rebellion against the leadership of the Aldmer. He and his followers were defeated, however, and banished from Aldmeris. They are forbidden to return, with it being said that a literal, impenetrable veil of mist blocks them from the continent. They leave and settle the island-continent of Pyandonea, far to the south of Tamriel, becoming the Maormer ("Sea Elves"), the earliest known sub-race of Mer to split off from Aldmer. Through unknown magics, Orgnum makes himself immortal and has ruled the Maormer ever since.

Later, Aldmeris comes under an unrecorded threat, forcing the Aldmer to flee. In their exodus, they land in Tamriel's southwestern island archipelago, now known as the Summerset Isles. The isles are occupied by the Sload, "Slug-Men", who the Aldmer displace. The Sload will continue to be a constant threat to the Aldmer for millennia to follow. The Aldmer go on to colonize the Summerset Isles; as they do so, they establish their first city, Alinor, and with it the High Kingship of Alinor.

As they colonize the Summerset Isles, the Aldmer also encounter the small tribal humanoids known as Goblins. Though numerous compared to Elves, the Goblins wield remarkably more primitive weapons and magic and are fragmented into several small tribes that lie in varying degrees of constant conflict with each other. To begin with, the Aldmer establish diplomatic contact with the goblins tribes on the Isles, establishing trade agreements with all of them. As trade increases, however, the High King of Alinor becomes wary about the dealings since the Goblins would not swear their undying loyalty to him. Eventually, the territorial ambitions of the Aldmer leads to them pushing for the subjugation of the Goblin tribes, bringing the two people into armed conflict. What follows is a great battle between the Elves and the Goblins that effectively ends their relationship forever, with the Aldmer emerging victorious.

However, the Aldmer continue to desire a return to Aldmeris. Unfortunately, its location has been lost. They dispatch three explorer ships in three different directions in an attempt to find it. Two of the ships are never heard from again, but the third, led by Topal the Pilot, which was dispatched to the northeast toward mainland Tamriel, returns with a wealth of information about the continent. They find Tamriel occupied by tribes of goblins and various Beastfolk Races, including the Sload, ancestors of the Khajiit and Argonians, as well as numerous now-extinct beast races such as the Bird Men and the Lilmothiit "Fox Folk".

In emulation of the Adamantine Tower constructed by the Aedra, the Aldmer construct the Crystal Tower ("Crystal-Like-Law") in Summerset.

The Early Men Settle on Atmora:
According to old myths shared amongst the Nords, the first Men to walk on Nirn came into being in Skyrim on the slopes of the Throat of the World, when Kyne expelled her breath onto the mountain, but they did not stay there for long. Instead, many of them would build ships and take to the sea to seek their homes elsewhere. Some of these early Men journeyed to the north over the Sea of Ghosts, where they found the continent of Atmora.

Though colder than Tamriel, Atmora was still somewhat temperate those days (indeed, Atmora means "Elder Wood" in Ehlnofex), and so the Men decided to settle there. An Aldmeri colony already existed on Atmora, but through warfare and, according to the legend, divine help from Shor, the new arrivals expelled them from the continent and claimed the land for themselves. The Atmorans would come to thrive there, building a mighty civilization.

Dividing of the Aldmeri:
At an unrecorded point in history following the Aldmeri arrival in Tamriel, the Dwemer ("Deep Elves" or "Dwarves") split off and settle in northern Tamriel. The epicenter of their culture forms around Red Mountain in modern day Morrowind, though they establish underground cities in Skyrim, High Rock, and Hammerfell as well.

At other points lost to history, two other groups of Aldmer settle Tamriel's northern lands. One group, the Direnni Clan, settle on the island of Balfiera in the Iliac Bay, the site of the Adamantine Tower itself. The other settle the frigid northern reaches of the continent, now known as Skyrim, and become the Falmer ("Snow Elves"). A third, known only as the "Left-Handed Elves", leaves to settle in Yokuda, far to the west of Tamriel.

Another group of Aldmer reject the formal traditions of Aldmeri culture, splitting off to live simple lives more in tune with nature. They strike an agreement with Y'ffre, the Forest God of Valenwood and the first et'Ada to transform into the Ehlnofey, known as the Green Pact; in exchange for Y'ffre's patronage, they have sworn never to harm any plantlife in Valenwood. They begin taking "mannish wives" and eventually become the Bosmer ("Wood Elves").

Veloth, a prophet born into a wealthy Aldmeri family, receives visions from the Daedric Princes Azura, Boethiah, and Mephala, urging him to lead his people away from the ambition, greed, and decadence of Aldmeri society. Trinimac, champion of Auri-El and an Aldmeri ancestor spirit, urges against this. Boethiah "consumes" Trinimac in order to "speak with his voice", using it to convince many of Trinimac's followers to join Veloth. Veloth leads his followers, now known as the Chimer ("Changed Elves"), to the promised land of modern day Morrowind.

Later, Boethiah "excretes" Trinimac, who has been twisted and tortured in her belly. The tormented remains of Trinimac becomes the Daedric Prince Malacath, a vengeful shadow of his former glory. Trinimac's remaining followers become the Orsimer ("Pariah Folk" or "Orcs"), who would settle the mountainous regions of the Iliac Bay and the deep forests of Valenwood.

The Ayleids ("Wild Elves" or "Heartland High Elves") eventually split off mainly in protest of the strict laws and regulations of Aldmeri society, which forbade (among many other things) the worship of Daedra. They settle the center of the continent, in what is modern day Cyrodiil. The Ayleids preserve knowledge from the Dawn Era, particularly the Ehlnofey, including their magicks and language (hence their non-"Merrish" name). The Ayleid also reject the Aldmer's political system of a large centralized state, instead dividing themselves into several minor, loosely affiliated city states as they colonize their new lands. They build the White-Gold Tower on what is now the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. Daedra worship eventually grows to become one of the main facets of Ayleid culture, and as the Ayleids, unlike the Chimer, make no real distinction between "good" and "bad" Daedra, the worship of even some of the more cruel, bloodthirsty, and heinous Prices is gradually adopted and endorsed by Ayleid kings and aristocrats.

At some undefined point, and probably due to cultural and language drift over the centuries, the Aldmer themselves cease to exist in their original form, as they eventually become the modern Altmer ("High Elves").

The Arrival of Men:
Around the 1000th year of the Merethic Era, Men enter recorded history for the first time. Sources conflict greatly, as some mention aboriginal tribes of Men, colloquially known as the Nedic people (or simply "the Nedes"), who were present in Tamriel even before the Aldmer arrived. It is ultimately ambigous if the Nedes were the descendants of previous, smaller migration waves from Atmora, or were descendants of Men who chose to remain behind when the Early Men journeyed North over the Sea of Ghosts. Whatever the the case, what is certain is that around this time that Men from Atmora begin raiding northern coastal settlements from across the Sea of Ghosts. Some Atmorans even begin to settle along the coastlines. The exact reasons behind the Atmorans' sudden bout of wanderlust are somewhat vague, but some sources refer to a civil war raging in Atmora at the time, motivating many to head out to seek more peaceful shores.

One of these early settlers is Ysgramor, who leads a colonizing fleet to Tamriel and establishes the city of Saarthal. Ysgramor develops the first system of writing by Men (based on Elvish linguistic principles) and becomes the first historian of Men. However, after some initially peaceful coexistence, the Falmer destroy Saarthal in what is known as the "Night of Tears". (Both sides blame the other, naturally.) Ysgramor and his two sons, Ylgar and Yngol, survive, then return to Atmora. There, they rally an army 500 strong of Atmora's greatest warriors, known as the "500 Companions". After a perilous return journey to Tamriel, which would cost Ygnol his life, they wage a war of extermination on the Falmer, driving them to near extinction. Some Falmer turn to their Dwemeri cousins for aid, but are only accepted on the condition that they consume a poisonous fungus, rendering them blind and, eventually, feral. Upon their victory, Ysgramor establishes Skyrim as the first kingdom of Men in Tamriel.

Ysgramor would go on to order the construction of a new human city, Windhelm, where the White River meets the Sea of Ghosts, near the site where Yngol was buried. The city is built by Elven captives in Atmoran fashion. A crypt for Ysgramor is also constructed there, but it would ultimately not see use.

As Ysgramor oversees the construction of Windhelm, his captains spread out and explore most of Skyrim. Among these are Captain Jeek of the River and his companions of the ship Jorrvaskr. They move south into the modern-day tundra in central Skyrim where one of the crew members, Jonder the Tiny, discovers a mysterious monument with a bird figurehead lit by fire. The fact that there are no elven settlements in sight, leads Captain Jeek to conclude that the monument contains very old magic which the elves fear, and he names it the Skyforge. Seeing it as a good omen, the crew of the Jorrvaskr decides to settle next to the Skyforge and turns their old ship into a mead hall. The newly-founded settlement, built from exported Atmoran wood, is named Whiterun, as it circles the running of the White River.

Inspired by Captain Jeek and his crew's success, more of Ysgramor's captain's gradually strike deeper and deeper inland into Skyrim in search of land of their own. Once such of these crews, discover a fertile region in the southeast of Skyrim, which they call "the Rift", where they establish a headquarters by constructing a mead hall, which they call "Fallowstone Hall".

When Ysgramor's time finally comes, his final wish is to be buried on the coast of the Sea of Ghosts, looking in the direction of Atmora. News of Ysgramor's final breath went over Tamriel like a huge, dark cloud. It is said that even the fiercest of warriors put down their mighty axes, and in grief swore never to pick them up again. Meanwhile, his surviving son, Ylgar, succeeds him as ruler.

The Men from Atmora gradually undergo a cultural change as the generations pass, likely through interbreeding with Tamriel's native Nedes, and become the proto-Nords. They start creating writings on their history and their culture. It is here the concept of Sovngarde, a magnificent Hall of Valor built by Shor where the departed who acted honorably in their mortal life can enjoy an eternal afterlife, first appears.

The Dragon War:
Around this time, the dragons led by Alduin establish dominion over the Men in Atmora and Skyrim. Worshipped as gods by the Atmorans/Proto-Nords, the Dragon Cult grows strong in Atmora and Skyrim, but a schism happens in the latter place when the local Dragon Priests grow increasingly tyrannical, leading to revolt.

In one particular event, two of these Dragon Priests (known as the Guardian and the Traitor according to Nord myths) waged a titanic battle which resulted in the island of Solstheim splitting off from mainland Tamriel.

Many are killed in the resulting civil war, but Alduin's chief lieutenant and brother, Paarthurnax, switches sides and, at the behest of Kyne, teaches the Thu'um, the draconic Language of Magic, to mankind. Several dragons join Paarthurnax's faction, and eventually, Alduin and the dragons who remained loyal to him are defeated and a trio of mortals use an Elder Scroll and the power of the Thu'um to banish Alduin, by propelling him into the future, since they cannot defeat him by convential means. The temporal disruption created by this act becomes known as the "Tid-Ahraan", or the Time-Wound, and is believed by some scholars be the first recorded Dragon Break in history, though this is disputed.

In their defeat, the surviving members of the Dragon Cult scatter and hide themselves in various secluded places throughout Skyrim. They entomb the remains of the Dragons that died during the war within Dragon mounds, with the belief that Alduin would one day return and resurrect the faithful.

The End of the Era:
The latter end of the Merethic Era is marked by ever increasing interaction between Men and Mer. Much of it marked with strife, and much of it centering around the various Nedic peoples in different regions of Tamriel.

The Ayleid civilisation grows stronger over time, as their leaders gain access to many kinds of obscure and powerful magics, due to making several deals with the Daedric Princes many of them worshipped, and they would employ entire armies of Daedra to conquer, subjugate, and enforce their rule. As their power and control grow, the Ayleids increasingly turn their attention to the Nedic peoples of Cyrodiil. For a long time, the Nedes had enjoyed the protection of the mytic Shezarr, widely believed to be Shor in another guise, whose power held the Ayleids at bay. But Shezarr then suddenly vanishes, presumably to go help humans elsewhere. Without his leadership, the Nedes find themselves increasingly dominated and enslaved by the Ayleids. At first the enslavement of the Nedic peoples only happens occasionally and sporadically, but eventually this becomes a systematic, widespread institution of Ayleid society. The Ayleid control of the entirety of modern-day Cyrodiil eventually become total, and Nedic peoples there are kept enslaved for generations.

Around the same time, in High Rock, Clan Direnni tightens their hold on the areas under their control by increasingly subjugating the local Nedic people, and making them their servant class. Ultimately, this power exercise expresses itself as a more benign version of what the Ayleid are doing in Cyrodiil, as the Nedes are placed under serfdom, rather than outright enslavement, and there are even some historical evidence that some Nedes welcome the Elven takeover with open arms. Over the years, the Direnni noble class, in need of servants with more magical aptitude and more technical responsbility, begins a widescale breeding program, where they select the ones they consider the most beautiful amongs their Nedic subjects as concubines, and produce children with them. The resulting half-Elven offspring, while still viewed as "lesser" and "sub-mer" by the Direnni, are elevated to a more privileged position in their society, and gradually start taking shape as a low noble class under the Direnni. The bloodlines of these "Manmer" start intermingling with the ones of other locals, as they were only allowed by their overlords to marry humans, resulting in some degree of Elven blood becoming being a near-universal feature amongst the Nedes of High Rock. This is considered the genesis of the race of Men who will later become known as the "Bretons", a name derived from the Ehlnofex "beratu", meaning "half".

Meanwhile, in Yokuda, a race of Men known as the Yokudans (ancestors of the Redguards) wages war on the Left-Handed Elves. Diagna, an avatar of the Hoon-Ding (the Yokudan "Make-Way God"), proves decisive and allows the Yokudans to drive the Left-Handed Elves to extinction.

The Merethic Era reaches its end as the Camoran Dynasty is founded in Valenwood. King Eplear unites the scattered tribes of Bosmer into one kingdom separate from Altmeri rule in Summerset, forever after limiting Altmeri influence on the mainland.

    First Era 

First Century:

  • 1E 20: Though presumably much older, the first historical mention of the Psijic Order is recorded by the Breton sage and author Voernet. A secretive Magical Society founded during the ancient times by an Aldmeri sect, the order rejected the transition to Aedra worship from ancestor worship, known to them as the "Old Way" or "Elder Way". They settled on the island of Artaeum, the third largest island in the Summerset Isles, where Voernet met with Iachesis, the Ritemaster of the Psijics.
  • 1E 68: The last major colonization wave from Atmora arrives in Tamriel. Atmora is undergoing the "Frost Fall", a gradual but extreme cooling which is rendering the continent unihabitable.

Second Century:

  • 1E 113: Lord Harald Hand-Free, 13th descendant in the line of Ysgramor, is born in Skyrim.
  • 1E 139:
    • Lord Harald Hand-Free orders a Campaign against the remaining Falmer in the region near Lake Honrich.
    • On the 13th of Sun's Dusk, during their campaign agianst the Falmer, one of Harald Hand-Free's generals, Skorm Snow-Strider, and his men stumble upon Forelhost, the last known bastion of the Dragon Cult in Skyrim. They lay seige to it for two months. As the hard winter causes problems for the seige forces, Skorm decides on the 21st of Evening Star to send a messenger to Harald to request a Tongue to be send to aid in the seige.
  • 1E 140: On the 4th of Morning Star, Skorm Snow-Strider and men has a breakthrough in their seige of Forelhost, when the Tongue send by Harald Hand-Free brings down the temple's main gate with the power of the Thu'um. Skorm and his men spend two days searching the monastery, only to meet little resistance from the cultists as most of them have committed mass suicide. Skorm eventually discovers the means of the cultists' suicide, namely that they have poisoned the local water supply. He is, however, too late to prevent some of his men to drink from the supply, and he eventually loses half of his force to the poison. Demoralized by this, Skorm decides to leave Forelhost to the elements and instead push north with his remaining men.
  • 1E 143: Lord Harald Hand-Free relinquishes all his ancestral holdings in Atmora, as he founds the independent Kingdom of Skyrim. Declaring himself High King, Harald takes Windhelm as the capital for his new kingdom. To symbolize his new kingship, he forges the Jagged Crown, which is passed to all subsequent rulers from his bloodline. During his reign, all Elves were finally driven from the present boundaries of Skyrim (at least on the surface, the Dwemer and Falmer would continue to occupy their holds in the underground).
  • ca. 1E 150-200: Gauldur is a renowned Archmage and master in Conjuration magic residing in Skyrim. His fame casts a long shadow over his three sons, Jyrik, Mikrul, and Sigdis, who murder Gauldur and steal his amulet, a major source of magical power. They split the amulet into three pieces and, consumed by their newfound power, use their magic to wreck havoc across Skyrim. High King Harald of Skyrim orders a company of battlemages, led by Geirmund, to put a stop to the brothers' rampage. The battlemages confront the brothers, leading to a deadly duel with magic. Despite suffering great losses, Geirmund and his men emerge victorious with Jyrik and Mikrul slain. Only Sigdis, the middle child, remains. Unable to flee, he challenges Geirmund to a formal duel in the fields near Ivarstead, a challenge which Geirmund is honor-bound to accept. After a fierce duel, Sigdis manages to defeat Geirmund, but Geirmund is able to take Sigdis with him in death, bringing an end to the rampage of the Gauldursons. To commemorate Geirmund's courage, High King Harald orders a tomb built for him on an island in Lake Geir, and has Sigdis' body interred there, as well, so that he would be forever guarded by the one who slew him. Because of the destruction caused by Gauldur's family, High King Harald orders the Gauldur name struck from all historical records, but the true story of the events eventually emerges over time.
  • 1E 184: High King Harald of Skyrim summons the Jarls of his kingdom to his mead-hall, and thereby establishes the Moot of the Nords.
  • 1E 198: The Narfinsel Schism occurs, a small scale conflict between Aedra-worshipping Ayleids (Barsaebics) and Daedra-worshipping Ayleids (Atatar). The climatic battle of the conflict happens when King Glinferen leads a combined force of Atatar warriors against the Barsaebics of Ayleidoon who have holed up in Wendelbek. The Barsaebics are defeated in the battle, which becomes known as the Scouring of Wendelbek, and are forced into exile in northwestern Argonia. This would be the last organized resistance movement to Daedra worship within the Ayleid Empire.

Third Century:

  • 1E 221: After a long reign of 78 years, High King Harald of Skyrim dies at the age of 108. He is succeeded by his son Hjalmer.
  • 1E 222: After only having reigned for barely a year, High King Hjalmer of Skyrim dies. His brother, Vrage the Gifted, 15th descendant in the line of Ysgramor, assumes the throne of Skyrim. He begins a series of expansions into Morrowind and High Rock, known as the Skyrim Conquests. These conquests would continue for another 50 years. During this time, Vrage also leads several campaigns of extermination against various Mer populations both within and in areas neighboring Skyrim, earning him the less than flattering epithet of Vrage the Butcher.
  • ca. 1E 222-300:
    • The Nordic historian Khosey writes the Tamrielean Tractates, which includes the first hand account of a Nord raiding party operating in High Rock who attack a group of what they presumed to be Aldmer, but the Nords cease their assault when one of the "Elves" speaks to them in broken Nordic, and realize that they are on closer inspection, a "mongrel race between elf and human" who they called "Manmer". This is believed to be the first written account of the Bretons. The raiding party takes the story of the encounter back to Windhelm, where High King Vrage, believing that these Manmers from beyond the Reach are descended from human slaves taken during the Night of Tears, makes it the Nordic Empire's main priority to liberate them from their Elven masters. The Tractates also mentions what is believed to be the earliest recorded ancestor of House Tharn, one "Tharanus Ye Redde-Hand", who historians assert may have served the Ayleids as a clerk.
    • The Dwemer of Skyrim uncover a considerable source of Aetherium, a rare and valuable mineral with magical properties, near the city-state of Raldbthar. Four Dwemer city-states, led by Arkngthamz, form an alliance to oversee the extraction, processing, and study of the Aetherium. To this end, they spend several years constructing an Aetherium Forge to smelt the crystal under precisely controlled conditions, far below the settlement of Bthalft in the Rift. The alliance between the four Dwemer city-states eventually shatters, when each city-state desire to take control of the Aetherium Forge for themselves, and they all declare war on each other. This conflict lasts for decades and becomes known as the Aetherium Wars.
  • ca. 1E 223-272: Olmgerd the Outlaw, bastard son of Harald Hand-Free, dies while raiding in present-day Morrowind. He is buried "as befits a Nord lord's son": on his ship, in the Tukushapal caverns.
  • 1E 227: The Gradual Massacre occurs. One of the few named participants in the event is the notorious Tharhan the Mutilant. Later scholars has theorized that Tharhan and the Tharn ancestor Tharanus Ye Redde-Hand might have been one and the same.
  • 1E 242:
    • The Alessian Slave Revolt begins in Cyrodiil. Alessia, an escaped Ayleid slave, leads her Nedic people (ancestors of the modern Bretons and Imperials) in the uprising. She is joined by the Nordic Empire under the leadership of High King Vrage, various rebel Ayleid lords, and the Aedra themselves (the Ayleid Empire long ago having forsaken Aedra worship in favor of the Daedra). She is joined by Morihaus, the demi-god "Man Bull" son of Kynareth, and Pelinal Whitestrake, the "Star-Made Knight'', who is believed to be a Shezarrine, avatars of the spirit of Lorkhan.
    • Pelinal Whitestrake becomes infamous amongst the Khajiit of Elsweyr, when he, in the mistaken belief that they are another type of Elves, assaults and slaugthers a great number of them over several encounters. Whitestrake eventually realizes his mistake and resolves to leave the Khajiit alone, though sources conflict on whether he came to the realization himself or was informed of it in a moment of divine intervention by Akatosh himself. Regardless, Whitestrake has ever since been a reviled figure amongst the Khajiit who remember him under the name "White Snake".
    • Pelinal Whitestrake challenges the Ayleid sorcerer-king Haromir of Copper and Tea to a Duel to the Death at Sancre Tor. Whitestrake wins the duel and proceeds to eat the neckveins of his slain foe; as he does so, he is purported to have screamed out "Reman Cyrodiil", the name of a future Emperor that would not appear in history until nearly two-and-a-half millenia later.
    • The Ayleids kill Huna, a grain slave who Whitestrake raised to hoplite and was said to "love very much". This sends Whitestrake into an Unstoppable Roaring Rampage of Revenge where he not only slaughters the Ayleids responsible, but erases their very lands from the world. The Divines are so disgusted with his actions that they nearly left the world if not for Alessia making sacrifices to regain their favor.
  • 1E 243:
    • Having captured most of Cyrodiil, Alessia's forces surround the White-Gold Tower occupied by the Ayleid leader, Umaril the Unfeathered. With her forces frozen in fear of the Ayleid sorcerer, Pelinal Whitestrake charges the tower on his own. In the hope of weakening Whitestrake, Umaril sends several waves of his soldiers against him despite knowing that they will die. Only after Whitestrake is severely winded and bleeding from the prolonged fight does Umaril enter the fray. Despite his exhaustion, Whitestrake is nonetheless able to fight Umaril, defeating and maiming him, but is unable to kill him. Whitestrake's victory is short-lived, however, as Umaril's servants descend upon him and cuts him to pieces. By this point, however, Morihaus is able to rally the frightened troops, and is able to capture the citadel.
      • In the aftermath of the battle for the White-Gold Tower, Morihaus finds Pelinal Whitestrake's dismembered head, which is still alive and able to talk. The two have a conversation, the exact contents of which are largely lost to history. According to the most popular retellings of the event, Morihaus chides Whitestrake for going beyond Alessia's counsel and getting himself killed, but also predicted the warrior will one day be return. Whitestrake, in turn, warns Morihaus that Umaril is still alive and will also return some day.
    • With the capture of the White-Gold Tower, Alessia declares herself Empress of the First Cyrodiilic Empire. She creates the religion of the Eight Divines, fusing the pantheons of the Nords and her Nedic people (who followed the Aldmeri deities) in honor of the Aedra who supported her against the Ayleids. In the aftermath, the defeated and neutral Ayleid cities are absorbed into the new Empire as submissive client-states. Meanwhile, many of the defeated Ayleids flee to Valenwood, Alinor, and the Altmeri colonies in High Rock and Argonia.
  • ca. 1E 243-250:
    • Empress Alessia births a son with Morihaus. He is given the name Belharza the Man-Bull, and is considered the first historical minotaur.
    • Ayleid refugees displaced in aftermath of the overthrowing of their governments in Cyrodiil, come into increasingly violent conflicts with the Wood Orcs of Valenwood, as they in search of new homes intrude on their territory and in some places attempt to forcibly take control of them. The most infamous of these conflicts is the Taking of Abamath, were an entire Wood Orc tribe ends up being decimated after trying to stand their ground at their sacred side of Abamath against a group of Ayleid intruders, and had their land taken from them, with only a few survivors either being taken as slaves or managing to escape. The defeat at Abamath has since remained a very important cultural event for the Wood Orcs, who has continued to employ it as a rallying cry against any would-be oppressors and invaders for centuries.
  • 1E 244: Fuldimar Hookhand forms the hold of Kyne's Aegis on an island in the Sea of Ghosts.
  • 1E 246: During their invasion of High Rock, the Nord army founds the city of Daggerfall, near the site of an old Nedic settlement.
  • 1E 266:
    • Empress Alessia dies. Akatosh or Shezarr (sources conflict) appears at the White-Gold Tower and transforms Alessia's soul into the main jewel of the Amulet of Kings, beginning the Covenant between the Imperial Dynasties and the Divines to protect Mundus from the forces of Oblivion. Alessia becomes Saint Alessia, the first Cyrodiilic Saint. She is succeeded as Emperor by her son, Belharza the Man-Bull.
      • The records of Alessia's death indicates that Pelinal Whitestrake was present at the side of her deathbed and has a last conversation with her, despite having supposedly died 23 years prior. The complete conversation have been lost to time, but according to the surviving fragments, Whitestrake makes several allusions to his possibly divine origins, making references to having been present at the Convention and having walked on Nirn in the Dawn Era, and tells Alessia that he has been tasked with escorting her soul the afterlife, where she will meet the other divines, so that she may see their "true faces".
    • Following her death, Empress Alessia is buried in the catacombs beneath Sancre Tor. However; some sources dispute this, claiming that she is instead buried on the site of the Temple of the One in the Imperial City.
    • The warlike Colovians of western Cyrodiil begin to organize annual raids of the vulnerable Direnni and Breton cities of the Iliac Bay. These raids will sporadically continue for much of the First Era.

Fourth Century:

  • ca. 1E 300-350: High King Gellir of Skyrim exploits the fact that the Dwemer of Skyrim have been weakened due to their internal strife in the Aetherium Wars, and successfully conquers several Dwemer cities and settlements; most prominently Nchuand-Zel (which will later become known as the city of Markarth) and Mzulft.
  • 1E 340: The Bosmer of Valenwood establishes a trade treaty with the Alessian Empire.
  • 1E 355: Clan Direnni seizes power in High Rock through political maneuvering and underhanded schemes, becoming the last remaining Altmeri ruling family in lands ruled by Men. They claim the Adamantine Tower as their seat of power.
  • 1E 358: Emperor Ami-El of Cyrodiil lends his forces to Skyrim in a military campaign against Clan Direnni in the Western Reach. Anti-Altmer sentiments rise as Skyrim loses more and more of High Rock to the Direnni.
  • 1E 361: The Alessian Order, a rabidly anti-Elven order of religious extremists, comes to power within the Cyrodiilic Empire. Formed by the "Monkey Prophet" Marukh, who reportedly received a vision from the spirit of Alessia, the Order begins a purge of all remaining Ayleid influence in Cyrodiil. They also seek to remove the Elven aspects of the Eight Divines themselves.
  • ca. 1E 361-369: High King Borgas of Skyrim becomes a supporter of the Alessian Order. As a result, he outlaws the traditional Nordic pantheon of deities in favor of doctrine based on the Alessian Order. The decree proves very unpopular amongst the Nords, and it becomes known under the epithet of "Borgas' Shadow".
  • 1E 369:
    • Borgas, High King of Skyrim and last direct descendent of Ysgramor and Harald Handfree, is killed by The Wild Hunt during an assault on Valenwood. As an ardent supporter of the Alessian Order, Borgas was leading an army in an attempt to exterminate the Bosmer.
    • As High King Borgas died without leaving an heir, Jarl Hanse of Winterhold is the most obvious candidate to succeed Borgas as the new High King of Skyrim. But the Moot that is called in the wake of Borgas' death ultimately fails to agree upon a successor, and as such Skyrim erupts into the War of Succession. The Nordic Empire falls apart as all its territory outside of Skyrim is lost during the war.
    • Borgas' body is secretly returned to Skyrim and buried with the Jagged Crown in a tomb called Korvanjund. As a result, one of the oldest symbols of the High King's regal power disappears.
    • Daggerfall starts expanding its military, as it becomes a minor base of operations for Clan Direnni and their allies.
  • 1E 370-477:
    • Clan Direnni unite the remaining Altmeri colonists and their Breton servant caste against the disorganized Nords, who still suffer widespread division from the War of Succession. They manage to take back control of much their old territories on the mainland.
    • Clan Direnni capture the settlements of Daggerfall and Reich Gradkeep but fail to conquer the Nordic colonies in the Wrothgarians and Gedalan which are fortified within the mountains.
    • The Direnni begin a push into the western part of the Reach, colonizing it with the construction of several towers. This is seen as the point where the clan officially evolves into the Direnni Hegemony.
  • 1E 374: The Alessian Order delivers an ultimatum to the city of Nenalata, the last remaining Ayleid stronghold in Cyrodiil, to evacuate or be destroyed. King Laloriaran Dynar of Nenalata gathers those who wished to leave and begins an exodus to the lands of the Direnni Hegemony. Shortly afterwards the Alessian Army arrives at Nenalata and massacres all who choose to stay behind.
  • 1E 375-1E 452: Under leadership of King Laloriaran Dynar, a large detachment of Ayleid refugees found the city of Bisnensel on an island in the Halcyon Lake in High Rock after displacing the Orcs that originally occupied the area.
  • 1E 376: The Yokudan Emperor is overthrown. Yokuda begins nearly three centuries of continuous Civil War as contenders vie for the throne.
  • 1E 393: The Alessian Order sacks Malada, an ancient Ayleid temple.

Fifth Century:

  • ca. 1E 400: The Alessian Reforms spread to High Rock from Skyrim, becoming very popular among the Bretons of the Bjoulsae Delta.
  • ca. 1E 400-450: About a century after it was conquered by High King Gellir of Skyrim, the city of Mzulft is retaken by the Dwemer.
  • 1E 416:
    • The Nords are driven out of Morrowind by a coalition of Chimer and Dwemer forces, led respectively by Lord Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarfking. The two form the First Council of the nation of Resdayn, bringing unheralded peace and prosperity to both races.
    • The Rourken clan of the Dwemer, opposed to the alliance with the Chimer, self-exile to Hammerfell. According to the legend, the Rourken chieftain threw his mighty hammer, Volendrung, across Tamriel, promising to lead his clansmer to "wherever it should fall", thus giving the province its name.
    • Jurgen Windcaller, one of the last "Tongues" of the Nords (those who can use the Thu'um), begins his "Seven Year Meditation" in response to the Nordic defeat.
  • ca. 1E 416-420: Olaf One-Eye, the Jarl of Whiterun, confronts the dragon, Numinex, with some of his troops on top of Mount Anthor, where he challenges the beast to a duel. Using the Thu'um to aid him in the duel, Olaf is able to defeat Numinex. Olaf then conveys the dragon back to Whiterun where he imprisons it in his castle, Dragonreach. For this act of bravery and strength, Olaf wins much fame and admiration amongst the disunited Nords.
  • 1E 420:
    • The Nordic War of Succession ends via the Pact of Chieftains, which acknowledges Olaf One-Eye, the Jarl of Whiterun, as the new High King of Skyrim. Olaf is elected to the position primarily due to the renown he garnered subduing the dragon Numinex, and not for any benevolence or statesmanship on his part. The Pact also limits the powers of the Moot, establishing that a Moot only be convened in event the High King dies without any direct heirs.
    • The Dwemer clan Rourken arrives in the Deathlands, establishing trade relations with Bretons and Bosmer.
  • 1E 420-452: High King Olaf One-Eye conquers the Reach, and officially makes it a part of the Kingdom of Skyrim.
  • 1E 423: Jurgen Windcaller founds the Greybeards, a monastic order dedicated to the use and knowledge of the Thu'um as a means to honor the gods, at High Hrothgar on the Throat of the World.
  • 1E 448: Rislav Larich is born as the son of Queen Lynada and King Mhorus of Skingrad.
  • 1E 452:
    • High King Olaf One-Eye of Skyrim dies. He leaves behind a legacy as a controversial ruler, with some scholars even describing him as a tyrant and his reign being marked by great strife and division among the Nords. Other scholars, however, take a more balanced view of this reign, highlighting his military accomplishments, most importantly the annexation of the Reach. He also dies without any clear heir, leaving the choosing of the next High King in the hands of the Moot once more.
    • Following Olaf One-Eye's controversial and relatively unstable reign, along with the loss of the Jagged Crown, the Moot decides a new crown must be crafted to symbolise that the time of strife in Skyrim is over. To this effect, each of the holds of Skyrim sends a mage to a convocation to create the crown and imbue it with a powerful enchantment that allows the crown to test the worthiness of its wearer. As such the Crown of Verity, which will later be known as the Crown of Freydis, is crafted.
    • With the Crown of Verity completed, the Moot picks the tribal chieftain Asurn Ice-Breaker, a mighty warrior of unmatched skill in the vein of Olaf One-Eye, to be the next High King of Skyrim. However, the Crown of Verity refuses to let itself be placed on his head, signalling his unworthiness as ruler. Angered by this, Asurn summons his loyal followers and threatens to kill every member of the Moot if they do not name him as the rightful king. One of the members of the Moot, a soft-spoken man named Kjoric the White, challenges Asurn to a Duel to the Death, in accordance with Nordic tradition. The ensuing battle is short and to the point: Asurn is defeated and killed. Victorious, Kjoric the White picks up the Crown of Verity and places it easily upon his head, thereby becoming the new High King.
  • 1E 453-460: The Primeval Seekers, a cult devoted to Hermaeus Mora, are formed in the city of Bisnensel. Their leader, High Priest Uluscant, calls for more influence in municipal affairs as the cult grows in power, but King Laloriaran Dynar refuses to bow to his demands. As a result, Dynar is deposed in a coup and and he and his family are forced to flee from Bisnensel. They escape to the city of Balfiera, where they are granted asylum among the Direnni.
  • 1E 461:
    • Darloc Brae, a Khajiiti warlord known as the "Golden Beast of Anequina", begins a series of conquests throughout the rest of Elsweyr.
    • Gorieus is crowned Emperor of the Alessian Empire on the 23rd of Sun's Dawn, a somber event in accordance with the Alessian Doctrine. It is notably attended by numerous world leaders including Rislav Larich (a Colovian Prince), Darloc Brae (a Khajiiti Warlord), Kjoric the White (High King of Skyrim), Hoag Merkiller (Kjoric's son and future High King of Skyrim), Indoril Nerevar (leader of the Chimer), Dumac Dwarfking (leader of the Dwemer), and Ryain Direnni (leader of the Direnni Hegemony).
  • ca. 1E 462: Ryain Direnni buys Balfiera and begins several military campaigns into High Rock, Hammerfell, and Skyrim to further the Direnni Hegemony's expansion.
  • 1E 463: A group of Merrunz (the Khajiiti aspect of Mehrunes Dagon) cultists burn Corinthe's Grand Archive, destroying most of Elsweyr's Merethic Era records. Darloc Brae goes to great lengths to preserve the remaining texts and hides them across Elsweyr.
  • 1E 472: After decades of skirmishing over common territory, the Colovian cities of Skingrad and Kvatch are able to broker a peace deal. The exact terms of the deal is lost to history, but it is believed to have involved a royal wedding.
  • 1E 477:
    • After years of warfare, the Direnni Hegemony under Ryain Direnni conquer all of High Rock, as well as large parts of Hammerfell and western Skyrim. In total, they rule about 1/3 of Tamriel's land mass.
    • Skyrim rebels against the Alessian Empire. High King Kjoric the White is killed during the Battle of Sungard. His son, Hoag Merkiller, is named the new High King and continues the war.
  • 1E 478: King Mhorus Larich of Skingrad and his eldest sons die as a result of a plague. His eldest surviving son, Dorald, is a priest of the Alessian Order and immediately cedes Skingrad to the Empire. His younger brother Rislav executes Dorald and is crowned King. Emperor Gorieus mobilizes his army to reclaim Skingrad for the Empire, but is defeated by Rislav's forces (along with their allies from Kvatch) and Gorieus is slain. Rislav's victory inspires additional acts of defiance against the Empire: the other kings of the Colovian West form an alliance with Skingrad and Kvatch, Ryain Direnni outlaws the Alessian Reforms in High Rock and mounts incursions into Imperial territory, and Skyrim under High King Hoag Merkiller joins the resistance. The Alessian Empire, meanwhile, begins to wage open warfare against the Direnni Hegemony.
  • 1E 480: The Direnni Hegemony's armies, under leadership of Aiden Direnni, cousin of Ryain Direnni, achieves several minor but important victories in battle against the Alessian Empire. But despite their defeats, the Empire continues their advance into High Rock.
  • 1E 482:
    • The resistance forces, including the Direnni Hegemony, with help from the disposed King Laloriaran Dynar and the Nords of Skyrim, defeat the forces of the Alessian Empire at the Battle of Glenumbria Moors, putting a decisive end to their attempt to conquer High Rock. However, the Hegemony is severely weakened and Hoag Merkiller, High King of Skyrim, is killed.
    • The mysterious Ysmir Wulfharth (aka Wulfharth Ash-King), believed to be a Shezarrine (mortal avatars of Lorkhan), is named High King of Skyim by the moot. His first act is to overturn High King Borgas' ban on the old Nordic pantheon, and reinstate it as Skyrim's official religion, thereby putting an end to "Borgas' Shadow". As a part of this process, he orders The Purge of all members of the Alessian Order within Skyrim's borders as well as the burning of their temples. Some of the Skyrim priesthood manage to escape the purge and seek refuge in the Heartlands.
  • ca. 1E 482-484: King Laloriaran Dynar returns to the ruins of his homecity of Nenalata in Cyrodiil. There he is lured into a trap by Molag Bal and ends up being imprisoned in Coldharbour, where he remains for the next three thousand years.
  • 1E 485-498: Through mostly peaceful seizures of power, Breton nobles overthrow the weakened Direnni Hegemony throughout most of High Rock. As a result, the Hegemony also loses its grip on their holdings in Hammerfell and Skyrim. In the end, the only place the Direnni are able to retain uncontested control over is their main seat of power on the Isle of Balfiera.

Sixth Century:

  • ca. 1E 500:
    • The first tower of the Direnni Hegemony in the Reach falls to outside invaders. This is the start of a long and slow process of the Direnni losing their towers and thereby their foothold in Skyrim and the Reach, that will stretch well into the Ninth Century.
    • The Reachmen, a tribal and often violent people that consist of a mix of Bretons, Nedes, and Nords who wield various forms of dark magic in combat, enter written record for the first time.
    • The Corelanya Clan, a tribe of Altmeri Daedra worshippers, migrates to Hammerfell, where they establish several colonies along the coasts, mostly by inhabiting and expanding on structures originally built by the Ayleids.
    • Mordrin Hanin, a revered figure in Morrowind and possessor of the Bretonic artifact shield Eleidon's Ward, is murdered by traitors. Representatives from all over Morrowind gather in northern Vvardenfell for nine days of mourning, during which many slaves and traitors are sacrificed. On the final day, a lethal concoction is passed to every guest and kills most of them, providing Hanin with companions in the afterlife. His body and treasures are sealed in a Daedric tomb, guarded by the ghosts of the traitors who murdered him, of which the location is soon lost.
  • 1E 533: High King Wulfharth dies (for the first time). According to legend, the evil god Orkey, the Old Knocker, turned all of the Nords into children by summoning the ghost of Alduin the Time-Eater, who ate the Nords down to six years old. Wulfharth, in turn, summoned the ghost of Shor to fight Alduin off, and in the process he learned how to use the Thu'um to restore the Nords to their proper age, but as he did so, he accidentally aged himself up too much and died.

Seventh Century:

  • ca. 1E 600: The War of the Crag breaks out as the Dwemer's Falmer slaves rebel in Skyrim. The main force of the rebelling Falmer flees from their oppressors and regroups in the underground cavern system the Dwemer call Fal'Zhardum Din, using it as a base from which they wage war on their former masters. This conflict continues until the disappearance of the Dwemer following the Battle of Red Mountain a century later.
  • 1E 609:
    • King Thagore of Daggerfall defeats the army of Glenpoint, establishing the Kingdom of Daggerfall as the preeminient power in southern High Rock, a position the kingdom has precariously kept ever since.
    • Mansel Sesnit comes to the fore as the Elden Yokeda, or military dictator of the Yokudans, and for eight years successfully gains control of nearly the whole empire.
  • 1E 617: Randic Torn, a commoner, assassinates Yokudan Military Dictator Mansel Sesnit and assumes his position as the head of the Empire.
  • 1E 668: Red Mountain erupts in Vvardenfell, spewing ash which blocks the sun for a year. This year is also called Sun's Death or the Year of Winter in Summer.
  • ca. 1E 668-700:
    • Through means lost to history, the Chimer nobleman Voryn Dagoth learns of a Dwemer scheme: deep in the bowels of Red Mountain on the island of Vvardenfell, the Dwemer have found the Heart of Lorkhan, and one of their leaders, the High Craftlord and Tonal Architect Kagrenac plans to harness it and use it to power a giant mechanical god called the "Numidium". Voryn Dagoth alerts Lord Indoril Nerevar, and the members of his council, the Tribunal, which includes his wife, Almalexia, his closest friend and mighty wizard, Sotha Sil, and his most trusted general, Vivec, to his discovery. Azura, the Daedric Prince and patron of Nerevar, then appears to confirm Dagoth's story.
    • Indoril Nerevar decides to confront his friend, Dumac Dwarfking, over Kagrenac's plans, and they quarrel bitterly (some sources assert that Dumac did not know of Kagrenac's plan at the time and thus misunderstood Nerevar's concerns) leading to a falling out between them. As a result, Nerevar calls the Chimer people to war in order to stop the Dwemer's "profane" plan, thereby starting the War of the First Council. The exact events and dates of the war stands out as an especially murky spot in Tamriel's recorded history. Not only did the Chimer (and later the Dunmer) write many conflicting accounts on what happened, both during and after said events, sources on the war written or passed down in oral tradition by Nord, Orc, and even Khajiit scholars also exist and muddle up the picture futher.
    • At some point, the Nords of Skyrim under High King Wulfharth (who was resurrected by Shor to lead his armies) enter the War of the First Council. Some sources claim that they planned to exploit the distraction caused by the war to attempt to recapture Morrowind and restore the First Empire of the Nords. Others claim that they simply want to take the Heart of Lorkhan for themselves, or to protect it from the Dwemer and the Chimer. Other sources claim that they were invited into the war at the behest of House Dagoth and/or the Dwemer as an ally.

Eighth Century:

  • 1E 700:
    • The Battle of Red Mountain takes place between the Chimer and the Dwemer, concluding the War of the First Council. Accounts vary greatly regarding the details of the battle, but both Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarfking are killed. Some sources claim that High King Wulfharth was involved in the battle and slew Dumac, before Vivec blasted Wulfharth to pieces. Other sources imply that Dumac was killed by Nerevar. Exactly when and how Nerevar died is an especially disputed subject in history, as he by most accounts plays a significant role in a quite a few of the events immediately following the battle. The very differing tales of the event is suspected to be the result of a Dragon Break resulting from the Dwemer using Heart of Lorkhan to activate their secret weapon known as the "Numidium", in a last ditch attempt to ward off the Chimers and the Nords — but as always, this is highly disputed. What follows is an amalgamation of the most popular accounts of the event and the following years:
      • The details regarding the involvement of High King Wulfharth and his Nord army in the Battle of Red Mountain are again surrounded by much ambiguity. Most sources say that the Nords entered the battle as a third party, rendering it a full-on Mêlée à Trois. The fate of Wulfharth is also contentious. He was either slain in the battle, or he was greviously wounded and had to be evacuated from the battlefield by his troops. Whatever happened, the general consensus is that the Nord army ultimately failed in whatever goal they were trying to accomplish, as they were defeated and had to retreat back to Skyrim.
      • During the Battle of Red Mountain, the Dwemer disappear in a single instant from all across Tamriel. The exact reason why is unknown, but it is believed to involve their experiments on the Heart of Lorkhan. Following the Dwemer's disappearence, Indoril Nerevar and Voryn Dagoth find both Kagrenac's tools and the Heart of Lorkhan inside Red Mountain. Voryn Dagoth insists that the tools must be destroyed, which leads Nerevar to believe that Dagoth can be entrusted with guarding them, so that he can have time to regroup with the Tribunal and confer with them on what to do next. But during Nerevar's absence, Dagoth ultimately falls for the temptation to experiment with the Tools on the Heart and somehow manages to steal some of its divine essence and power.
      • Nerevar and the Tribunal convene and they reach the conclusion that Kagrenac's Tools should be preserved but never used. However, when they return to Red Mountain, they find an empowered Voryn Dagoth, who now calls himself Dagoth Ur (though it is possible Nerevar may have actually coined the name), and he refuses to give up the Tools, maintaining that he had been entrusted with guarding them. Nerevar and the Tribunal's guards battle and manage to defeat Dagoth Ur, who is driven off and thought to have been killed.
      • Indoril Nerevar, Almalexia, Sotha Sil, and Vivec then all swear a solem oath before their Daedric patron, Azura, that Kagrenac's Tools will never be used in the profane manner that the Dwemer had intended. According to some sources, Nerevar was mortally wounded during the preceeding battle with Dagoth Ur and swearing the vow is his last act before he expires from his injuries. According to other sources, Nerevar is betrayed and murdered by the Tribunal, who themselves all have become enamoured with the prospect of tapping into the power of the Heart of Lorkhan. Whatever the cause, with Nerevar's death, the Tribunal is elevated to the ultimate power in Chimer society. As a result of Dagoth Ur's betrayal, House Dagoth is dissolved. Some members are executed or exiled, while others are assimilated into the other Houses.
      • A few years after the Battle of Red Mountain, Sotha Sil learns how to use Kagrenac's Tools tap into the Heart of Lorkhan to gain divine powers. He convinces both Vivec and Almalexia to become gods with him. The Tribunal successfully use the Heart's powers and ascend to godhood. But in doing so, they break their vow to Azura. Furious at their betrayal, Azura curses the entire Chimer race, and they are transformed into the ashen-skinned and red-eyed Dunmer, aka Dark Elves or "Cursed Elves". Ironically, only the Tribunal, who can use their divine powers to alter their appearance, are unaffected. (Sotha Sil ultimately chooses the form of a Dunmer, Vivec splits his appearance directly down the middle of his body becoming half-Chimer/half-Dunmer in appearance, while Almalexia chooses a purely Chimeri form.)
    • With the Dwemer's disappearence, the Falmer, their former slaves, win the War of the Crag by default. With no one to oppose them, the Falmer prosper and are able to spread throughout the abandoned halls of their former masters around Skyrim.
  • 1E 720: Frandar Hunding, who will achieve future fame as the most revered Ansei warrior and accomplished Sword-singer to ever live, is born in the province High Desert in Yokuda.
  • 1E 734: Frandar Hunding's father is amongst those killed in one of many attempted insurrections against Emperor Randic Torn. The teenaged Frandar is as such left to as the sole provider for his mother and four brothers. Already quite skilled with a sword, Frandar quickly builds up a reputation and finds himself in high demand as a hired guardian.
  • 1E 737:
    • Emperor Randic Torn of Yokuda dies after having ruled for 120 years. In the wake of his death, Yokuda erupts into a vicious civil war.
    • Frandar Hunding rises to true fame in Yokuda during the civil war, becoming known for many daring deeds across many of the war's battlefields and for his powess and skill with the sword at such a young age.
  • ca. 1E 750: The now legendary Sword-Saint Frandar Hunding, wins his ninetieth sword duel. Thinking himself invincible, Hunding retires from fighting, and instead largely resigns himself the life of an hermit, spending most of his time in living in a cave in the mountains of high desert to focus on writing down his philosophy of the Way of the Sword. His writings eventually becomes the Book of Circles.
  • 1E 760: Divad Hunding, Frandar Hunding's only son, is born.
  • 1E 776: Divad Hunding, frustrated by his father's absence in his life, forsakes the Way of the Sword and quits his training at the Hall of the Virtues of War, instead beginning to work as a bard and acrobat. However; rumors suggest that he still continues to practice combat training in secret.
  • 1E 780:
    • The War of the Singers breaks out in Yokuda when Emperor Hira attempts to wrestle control of the empire from the people by exterminating the sword-singers. Amongst those arrested at the Emperor's order is Divad Hunding, who is captured by guards while eating dinner with his elderly mother. Though Divad plans to let himself be taken in quitely, his captors strike and end up killing his mother in the process of making their arrest, enraging Divad, who kills four of the guards as he makes his escape, vowing revenge for her death.
    • On the run from the law, Divad Hunding along with a group of fellow sword-singers seek out his father, Frandar Hunding, in his solitude and try to convince once to once more lead the Ansei in their rebellion against Emperor Hira. Frandar is at first resistant to the idea of seeking violent conflict with Emperor Hira, even in spite the death of his wife at his hands, wanting instead to negotiate with the monarch in order to save the countless lives that would no doubt be lost in a war. Divad strongly disapproves of this stance, and this results in a five hour long heated arguement between father and son, at the end of which eventually Frandar succumbs to Divad's persuasion and reluctantly agrees to lead the rebellion against Hira. As they organize their rebel army of sword-singers, Divad becomes an advisor for his father.
    • Frandar Hunding leads an outnumbered Ansei army to victory over Emperor Hira at a climatic battle at Hattu Mountain. Less than twenty thousand singers survive the fighting, but over three hundred thousand of Hira's army are killed. Despite their triumph, Hunding mourns the many dead and remains conflicted if he made the right choice.
    • In the aftermath of the War of the Singers, Frandar Hunding and the remaining singers realize that they are considered "red with blood" and no longer welcome in Yokuda. Hunding and his son Divad leads his surviving army to Tamriel in self-exile, setting sail from the port city of Arch.
  • ca. 1E 792-808: Yokuda is destroyed and mostly sinks beneath the sea, save for a few islands. According to rumors, those responsible for the disaster are the Hiradirge. Sources conflict as to whether they were a rebel band of Ansei or a tribe of powerful Stone Mages. It is said that the Hiradirge had plans of conquering Yokuda, but following their defeat in battle, they decided to destroy the continent in an act of revenge. The survivors of the disaster flee east to Tamriel, eventually joining Hunding and his men.

Ninth Century:

  • ca. 1E 800: The earliest recorded mentioning of Wayrest City in High Rock. A settlement of some variety had been existent for a long time where the Bjoulsae River feeds the Iliac Bay, but it is difficult for historians to declare a certain date for the foundation of Wayrest proper.
  • 1E 808-853:
    • A "warrior wave" of surviving Yokudans, known as the "Ra Gada" (later corrupted into Redguard) drive the beastfolk, Orcs, and Nedes from the deserts of Hammerfell, claiming it as their own new homeland. The place they land first is at a natural harbor at the southeastern edge of the Alik'r desert, where they quickly displace the local beastfolk. There the Ra Gada establish the settlement of Hegathe, which they use as a base of operations for their futher expeditions and incursions deeper into Hammerfell.
    • At nearly 90 years of age yet still leading Ra Gada forces as a Frontline General, Frandar Hunding falls in battle against the giant goblins of Hammerfell. His son Divad assumes command and wipes the goblins out in revenge.
    • One of the leaders of the Ra Gada, Yaghoub the Seafarer, sails out from Hegathe on an expedition to explore the northern coast of Hammerfell. He and his men thereby become the first of the Ra Gada to discover Iliac Bay. On "the seventeenth of Second Seed", a watchman spots a suitable harbor, where the expedition sets anchor. Yaghoub declares they will build a city there, calling it Sentinel after the watchman. Yaghoub and his men go on to conquer the area surrounding the newly-christened Sentinel from the local elves and men, who offer little if any opposition. Yaghoub then conscripts the locals to serve as masons and servants in the building of his new palace, Samaruik, and the rest of the city.
    • As they explore Hammerfell, the Ra Gada finally reach the mountainous Craglorn region in the southeast of the province. Here they encounter the last bastion of the old Nedic civilization, but after a brief bit of warfare, this area too is conquered and annexed by them. This is considered the final end of any real influrence of the Nedes had as a seperate race of Men, and the beginning of the point where they were completely subsumed into other human populations.
    • With the wars against the Left-Handed Elves in Yokuda still fresh in their minds, the Ra Gada come to see the Corelanya Clan as the foremost threat against their colonizing of Hammerfell. As such, they set out to eradicate the Corelanya elves wherever they find them.
    • With the warrior wave of Yokudans having settled the coastline around Hammerfell, a second wave of the surviving Yokudans, the so-called Na-Totambu, arrive. They represent the old Yokudan government and aristocracy, and expect to reestablish their control over the first wave of warriors. Not all of the Ra Gada are willing to accept this, prefering self-rule and autonomy to being beholden to an overclass, and so the seeds to a deep-running future conflict are sown. In time, the descendants of the first wave of warriors become known as "the Forebears" and the descendants of the Na-Totambu become known as "the Crowns", and their political disagreements will shape and divide Redgard society for many centuries to come.
  • 1E 853:
    • The Yokudan monarch, King Xakhwan, leads his armed forces in a final push to completely drive out the Corelanya Clan from Hammerfell. While his two sons, Prince Haqmir and Sameer, are able to kill the Corelanyan leader in the Battle of Ash'abah Pass, the Corelanya elves uses the distraction to sneak in a skilled necromancer, Wraithmaster Venerien, into Xakhwan's palace, where he proceeds to assassinate the King and reanimate his corpse. But this minor victory is not enough for the Corelanya to turn the tide. In their desperation, they begin to raise the corpses of their own dead to fight back. Ultimately, their resistance is unsuccessful and the remaining Corelanya that do not manage to flee are eventually slaughtered by the Ra Gada.
    • The death and reanimation of King Xakhwan presents Prince Haqmir and Sameer with a dilemma, as Yokudan laws are sacred and their father is now considered an "honored dead". To harm their father means dishonoring themselves, which in turn requires would require the offender's exile. Conversely, both brothers refuse to leave their father as a walking undead husk. The brothers come to an agreement that one of them would deal with their father and accept exile, while the other would take their father's place as king. Which of the brother that accepted this sacrifice (known later as "the first sacrifice") is lost to history, but ultimately the raised corpse of King Xakhwan was killed in his own throne room.
  • 1E 874: The Orcish Warlord Torug gro-Igron leads a great emigration of Orcs and Goblins to the Wrothgarian Mountains after being driven from Hammerfell by the Yokudans. Breton forces deny the survivors passage through the Bangkorai Pass, forcing them to flee northeast through the Dragontail Mountains. Here Torug founds the settlement of Orsinium and becomes its first king. As word spreads to the other Orcs of Tamriel, Orsinium grows as it attracts new inhabitants over the years and eventually it becomes a proper city.

Tenth Century:

  • ca. 1E 900:
    • Despite initial hostilities, the relations between the Redguard and Imperial people quickly improve. A vibrant exchange between the two cultures begins to take place.
    • The settlement of Northpoint is established in High Rock by Captain Yric Flowdys as a waystation to accommodate trade route vessels.
  • 1E 907: A small army of Redguards from Sentinel attempt a naval invasion of the island of Balfiera. They are driven back by Peregrine Direnni, who defeat them by using magic to merge her very will with the waves of the Iliac Bay.
  • 1E 946: The legendary Redguard hero Gaiden Shinji is quoted saying his famous credo: "The best techniques are passed on by the survivors."
  • ca. 1E 948: Gaiden Shinji comes to the Imperial City to oversee the construction and establisment of the new Arena, becoming its first Blademaster.
  • 1E 948: King Joile of Daggerfall sends a letter to Gaiden Shinji, leader of the Order of Diagna. Joile proposes a joint attack on Orsinium, considering it a threat to both their races and especially the people of Wayrest.
  • 1E 950: King Joile and Gaiden Shinji agree to a formal alliance and initiate a siege of Orsinium. Orsinium, however, has grown into a mighty fortress protected by three massive gates, and the siege drags out over several decades.
  • 1E 960: Ten years into the siege of Orsinium, Smelter, the first of the gates, falls.
  • 1E 970: Twenty years into the siege of Orsinium, Gaiden Shinji challenges the Orc hero Baloth Bloodtusk to a duel. As the combatants meet for their showdown, however, King Joile betrays Shinji, and by collaborating with the Reachman leader, General Mercedene of the Winterborn, he has both Shinji and Bloodtusk assassinated. The distraction caused by this event allows the invaders to break through Hammer, the second gate.
  • 1E 973: King Joile attempts to invade Hammerfell but is defeated at the Battle of Bangkorai Pass and killed by the Ansei warrior Makela Leki.
  • 1E 980:
    • After a thirty year siege of Orsinium, the gate of Temper falls and the Orc leader King Golkarr is killed in the ensuing battle, which proves to be Orsinium's final stand. With this, the Orcs are defeated and Orsinium is sacked and mostly raised.
    • With Orsinium gone, Wayrest flourishes and grows into a mighty center of trade for the entire Iliac Bay.
  • 1E 983: The settlement of Evermore is founded on the banks of the Bjoulsae River in High Rock by the River Horse Bretons, as result of trade opening thanks to the fall of Orsinium.

Eleventh Century:

  • 1E 1000: Wayrest's trade continues to thrive and its profits are now equal those of Daggerfall.
  • 1E 1020: Wayrest is formally acknowledged as the greatest mercantile power in the Iliac Bay trade.
  • 1E 1029:
    • Hestra becomes Empress of the Alessian Empire.
    • Under Hestra's leadership, High Rock is admitted to the Alessian Empire becoming the Empire's first expansion in several centuries. She then begins a military push in the Reach region on the border of High Rock and Skyrim. Divided into ten squabbling petty kingdoms, the Reachmen are at first unable to mount any meaningful organised resistance, and the majority of the petty kings quickly submits to the invaders.
    • House Dorell, and by extension, Northpoint, is granted the status of Barony by Empress Hestra. Northpoint has shaped the trading industry in the northwest coast route of High Rock ever since.
  • 1E 1030: The Reachmen, under the leadership of Red Eagle, form a resistance to the Empire's invasion of the Reach. Though ultimately defeated, Red Eagle and his followers makes the Empire pay dearly for invading their land and becomes a cultural icon to the Reachmen. Although the Empire is ultimately able to exert control over the Reach, scattered resistance from the Reachmen continues long afterward.
  • 1E 1033: Empress Hestra puts a massive bounty on the head of the legendary pirate "Red" Bramman, who has gained fame and wealth by attacking ships and sacking settlements along the east coast of Topal Bay, then using the rivers and swamps of Black Marsh to escape. He is pursued by the Imperial Navy deeper into Black Marsh than any non-Argonian had ever gone before. The fleet catches and executes Bramman.
  • 1E 1051: Vinicius Imbrex becomes Archbishop of the Church of Stendarr in Chorrol. During his 36 year tenure, he authors a list of "abominations" that should be slain in the name of Stendarr.
  • 1E 1085: The Colovian city of Skingrad enters recorded history for the first time.

Twelfth Century:

  • 1E 1100: Farangel Gardner accepts ambassadors from the Camoran Empire and becomes acknowledged as the first independent King of Wayrest.
  • 1E 1102: Ceyran, a minor Ayleid warlord, is killed by an unknown assassin. Ceyran, rumored to be a devotee of Molag Bal, is best known for building and losing three separate dominions during his long life.
  • 1E 1152: Bravil, a major city on the eastern banks of the Niben Bay, enters recorded history for the first time.
  • 1E 1167: Bruma, the northernmost city of Cyrodiil, enters recorded history for the first time.
  • 1E 1188: Fervidius Tharn becomes Arch-Prelate of the Alessian Order. Under his leadership, the Maruhkati Selective, a fanatical sect within the already fanatical order, grows in influence.

Thirteenth Century thru Twenty-Second Century:

  • The Middle Dawn: During an unknown year of the thirteenth century, the Marukhati Selective perform a ritual in an attempt to purge Akatosh of his Aldmeri aspect (Auri-El). The result is the longest Dragon Break on record, lasting 1008 years. (Using the phases of Nirn's moons, unaffected by the Dragon Break, to determine the length of time.) During this event which came to be known as the "Middle Dawn," bizarre and impossible events occurred; people gave birth to their own parents, some sources mention wars and major events which explicitly did not happen according to other sources, the sun changed color depending on the witness, and the gods either walked among the mortals or they didn't. The Alessian Empire is said to have spread itself to the stars, becoming an interstellar empire, and under the rulership of an "Emperor Shor-El", Cyrodiil temporarily took the shape of an egg. Even the Elder Scrolls themselves cannot rationalize the conflicting events of the Middle Dawn. When the Scrolls are attuned to that time period, their glyphs are said to simply disappear. Exactly when the Middle Dawn came to an end is contested by scholars, but the timeline returns to normal around 1E 2200.

Twenty-Third Century:

  • 1E 2200:
    • The Sload unleash the Thrassian Plague upon Tamriel. More than half of Tamriel's population, particularly along the western coast nearest to the Sload kingdom of Thras, is wiped out over the next two centuries.
    • The Thrassian Plague leads to a significant political shift in the Khajiit kingdoms of Elsweyr. As far back as the Khajiit have had recorded history, Elsweyr has been split into sixteen small kingdoms. But the massive death toll from the plague leaves these kingdoms destabilized and weakened. In the end, the kingdoms absorb one another, until only two remain; Anequina, an alliance of warrior clans in the deserts and badlands to the north, and the wealthy and cosmopolitan Pellitine in the forested south. The two kingdoms frequently conflict for centuries to follow, but neither is able to gain the upper hand.
  • 1E 2208: Most historians believe this to be the year where linear time is firmly reestablished by the mending of Akatosh, thereby finally ending the Middle Dawn after 1008 years.
  • 1E 2260: The All-Flags Navy is formed in a coalition of the navies from every nation in Tamriel. The Navy sails to Thras and uses powerful magics to sink it beneath the sea in retribution for the plague.

Twenty-Fourth Century:

  • 1E 2305: High Rock secedes from the Alessian Empire and then defeats the forces sent to reclaim it for the Empire.
  • 1E 2321: The War of Righteousness breaks out between the Alessian Empire and its quickly fragmenting provinces, most notably the Kingdom of Colovia in western Cyrodiil. This follows years of internal strife within the Alessian Order's bloated priesthood and territorial movements to curtail or outlaw the Order's religion.
  • 1E 2331: The War of Righteousness ends with the dissolution of the Alessian Empire and the collapse of the Alessian Order. The Order's headquarters on Lake Canulus in Cyrodiil are burned, destroying many records of the 1st Era as well as of the war itself. The Empire's former territories solidify their independence, and its heartland, Cyrodiil, splits into their historical eastern and western halves, Colovia and Nibenay, both of which continue to diverge culturally over the following centuries.

Twenty-Seventh Century:

  • ca. 1E 2690: The approximate time of Reman Cyrodiil's birth. According to the legend surronding the event, Reman was concived at the hill of Sancre Tor, by the act of his father, King Hrol, fusing his essence with the spirit of St. Alessia (who was considered to be the land itself), a union that killed Hrol and his shieldthane in the process, and drove the rest of his servants to madness. Nine months later, Sed-Yenna, a local shepherd, would climb the hill after hearing the infant Reman's cries, allegedly finding him with the long lost Amulet of Kings upon his forehead. The shepherd would take in the small boy and give him his name, it meaning "Light of Man". More skeptical scholars suspect that this story is most likely a later fabrication by Reman himself, intended to legitimize his rule.

Twenty-Eighth Century:

  • ca. 1E 2700-2702: Infrequent reports from the eastern coasts of Tamriel mention attacks by pirate ships manned by bizarre beast-folk. Later scholars believe these attacks to be made by scouts for the upcoming Akaviri invasion.
  • 1E 2702: The entire population of the city of Wayrest is forced to move into the walled estate of the Gardners as protection against pirates, Akaviri raiders, and the Thrassian Plague.
  • 1E 2703:
    • The first Akaviri invasion of Tamriel takes places. Akaviri forces quickly shoot through Morrowind and Skyrim into Cyrodiil. Unbeknownst to the citizens of Tamriel, the invaders are on a crusade against the dragons of Nirn. Angered by the intrusion, the Dunmeri Tribunal deity Vivec allies with the Trident-Kings of the Dreugh to attack from behind, cutting off the Akaviri supply lines and their route to the sea. Reman, now a teenage warrior noble in Colovia, unites the fractured Colovian west and Nibenean east of Cyrodiil, as well as parts of Skyrim to counterattack the Akaviri, who have been slowed due to a lack of supplies. Reman and his force eventually engages the Akavari at the Battle of Pale Pass along the Skyrim/Cyrodiil border. When the Akavari forces hear Reman's voice during the battle, they recognize him as Dragonborn, and cease fighting, instead kneeling before him and swearing fealty to him, claiming that he is who they were seeking. Reman accepts the Akavari forces' surrender and absorbs them forces into his army, naming them the Dragonguard, and with their backing he forms the Second Cyrodiilic Empire. To commemorate the event, Reman takes the surname Cyrodiil, the ancient Ayleid name for the province that forms the heart of his Empire.
    • After being reformed into the Dragonguard, the warriors from Akaviri desire to continue their crusade against the dragons. Reman Cyrodiil allows them to do so, provided they do so under his oversight from here on out.
  • 1E 2704-2762: Under the pretext of wanting to defend his new realm, Reman Cyrodiil begins waging an aggressive campaign of expansion all across Tamriel. All of the continent, save Morrowind, the Summerset Isles and the Argonian heartland, eventually become a part of his Second Empire.
  • 1E 2704: In an attempt to weaken the threat of the Reachmen, Reman Cyrodiil divides the Reach between the provinces of High Rock and Skyrim. The Reachmen do, of course, resist this decision fiercely, and from here on out there is never a single decade when the troops of either Solitude or Evermore won't be sent in an attempt to pacify them.
  • 1E 2714: The Second Empire conquers Valenwood, which is severely weakened by years of unrelenting warfare and the devastation of the Thrassian Plague. The Camoran Dynasty manages to survive the annexation, but in the following years the new Imperial administration heads a largely successful effort undermine their power and influence by granting independence to Valenwood's lesser nobles.
  • 1E 2729: Zantonius, the Colovian governor of Valenwood, fights off a raid of Wood Orcs at Reman's Bluff. As a result, he is awarded a plot of land in the far southeast of the province. There he founds a fortied settlement on the 1st of Rain's Hand, which eventually grows into the city of Southpoint.
  • 1E 2762:
    • Emperor Reman Cyrodiil dies. The details surrounding his death are mostly vague and semi-lost to history, but some surviving accounts claim it was at the hands of the Morrowind guild of assassins, known as the Morag Tong. He is succeeded by Emperor Kastav.
    • In emulation of Empress Alessia, Emperor Reman is buried in the catacombs beneath Sancre Tor.
  • 1E 2786: The year Reman II is said to have been born, though some historical records disagree on the exact year of his birth.
  • 1E 2790: The great Ayleid sage Tjurhane Fyrre is born.

Twenty-Ninth Century:

  • 1E 2801-2805: Emperor Kastav issues of a series of orders which turn both the province of Skyrim and his own Akaviri Dragonguard against him. Rebellion breaks out in Winterhold in protest of the forced conscriptions Kastav had imposed upon on the local populace. Kastav orders the Dragonguard station at Sky Haven Temple in the Reach to intervene and put down the rebellion, but they refuse these orders on the grounds that it would violate their Oath of Allegiance.
  • 1E 2805:
    • With the Dragonguard refusing to intervene in the Winterhold Rebellion, Emperor Kastav instead sends another group of Akaviri warriors, lead by Commander Kalien, to supress the rebels. Kalien's forces ends up attacking and sacking Winterhold.
    • Angered by Kalien and his men's attack on Whiterun, a Nord milita lays seige to Sky Haven Temple as they do not distinguish between Akaviri.
    • Reman II deposes the incompetent Kastav and is crowned Emperor. Kastav is exiled to the coastal region Murkmire in Argonia.
  • 1E 2806: In order to restore the peace in Skyrim, Reman II pays a visit to the province. He is able to quickly negotitate an end to the Winterhold Rebellion and smooths over the misunderstandings between the Dragonguard and the local Nords, ending the seige of Sky Haven Temple.
  • 1E 2811: Reman II attempts to expand the Empire further into Argonia in what is known as the Blackwater War. The war effort, headed by the Fourth Legion under leadership of the young and popular Commander Augurius Bucco, goes well at first, as the Legion very persuasively wins the one-sided Battle of Argonia, but it soon turns into a disaster, when the Argonians starts waging a guerilla war from the deeper parts of the swamp. Accustomed to fighting in the comparatively tame hills of Cyrodiil, the Legion only make very limited headway into the hostile terrain of the thick swamp forest over the next years. Due to the humid climate, disease runs rampant amongst the Imperial forces, and becomes the leading cause of death in the campaign, killing roughly half of the legionnaires. The rest are slowly, but surely, bled dry from constant skirmishes and harassment by Argonian warriors.
  • 1E 2812:
    • Former Emperor Kastav dies in his exile in Murkmire.
    • With Emperor Reman II's permission, the Dragonguard begins the construction of an elaborate sculpture called "Alduin's Wall" at Sky Haven Temple. It purpose is to record the accumulated dragonlore, as well as the Prophecy of the Dragonborn
  • 1E 2813: Cyrodiilic (a precursor to Tamriellic) replaces Aldmeris as the language of all official documents within the empire.
  • 1E 2816: The Empire sends significant reinforcements to aid Augurius Bucco and the Fourth Legion's war effort in Argonia, after the once so proud Legion has been severely decimated. Bucco attempts to use the bulk of these reinforcements to aid the war effort by having them construct a paved road through the jungle, which which he dubs "Reman's Way". However, due to a constant barrage of attacks from the Argonians, few defensive capabilities, and poor working conditions, the project, which becomes more popularly known as "Swamp Road" and even "Bucco's Folly" rather than its intended name, is never more than half-finished.
  • 1E 2818: The construction of Alduin's Wall is completed. Emperor Reman II himself arrives at Sky Haven Temple to officially dedicate the Wall and consecrate the Blood Seal of the temple in the presence of all Akaviri Dragonguard in Skyrim. The Dragonguard then abandons the temple in its sealed state, only ever to be opened one day by a Dragonborn in need of its knowledge and power.
  • ca. 1E 2819: War breaks out between Colovia and the Redguard city-state of Rihad. During the conflict, which would become known as the War of Rihad, the Colovians attempt to employ Bosmer archers against the Redguards, but this strategy was a resounding failure due to a lack of discipline amongst the Wood Elves, many of whom ends up deserting.
  • 1E 2820:
    • Augurius Bucco and the Fourth Legion's campaign in Argonia finally ends in catastrophic failure. Down to only a few hundred men, and having barely survived a mutiny against him, Bucco decides to cut his losses and orders a full retreat out of the innermost Argonia. Argonian warriors, however, manage to catch up to the retreating army on the 14th of Last Seed and annihilate it, in an event named the Xi-tsei Massacre, leaving only a few surviving stragglers. Shortly thereafter, the Elder Council decides to reconstitute the Fourth Legion under the command of General Regulus Sardecus and begin the second campaign of the Blackwater War.
    • Reman II appoints Governor Pomptinus to the position of ruler of Craglorn. During his administration, Pomptinus oversees the construction of a proper sewer system for the city, which is considered one of his greatest public works.
  • 1E 2823: Regulus Sardecus and the rebuilt Fourth Legion's campaign in Argonia proves succesful, as he manages to reconquer all the territory that was lost in the wake of Bucco's retreat. He manages this by a combination of systemically burning down the jungle that the Argonian warriors use for cover and allying himself with disenfranchised local tribes.
  • 1E 2828: One of Regulus Sardecus' most trusted Legates, Elissia Mallicius, orders the burning of a peat bog near Stormhold. This proves a terrible mistake as the bog is but a part of a massive underground network, and the fire spreads rapidly. Violent wildfires starts randomly appearing all over Argonia and trigger a disaster known as the "Great Burn", which lasts for three years. Both the Legion and the Argonians suffer significant losses in the process. Regulus Sardecus decides to order a retreat, but he himself falls ill and dies from an infection of a battle wound before reaching the Imperial City.
    • Despite the cause of Regulus Sardecus' death being listed as an infected wound, his very sudden demise is seen as highly suspicious by his soldiers, few of whom accept the official explanation. The later Imperial historian, Valenca Arvina, even suggests that the Shadowscales, a group of highly-trained Argonian assassins, might have had something to do with Sardecus' death.
  • 1E 2831: The Great Burn ends. In the process, large areas of Argonia have been rendered uninhabitable, dozens of Argonian tribes have been wiped out, and countless species of flora and fauna that were unique to Black Marsh have been made extinct by the event.
  • 1E 2833: General Lucinia Falco is placed in charge of the Fourth Legion and a third campaign of the Blackwater War begins. A hardened veteran of the war herself, she decides to further Sardecus' strategies, allying herself with local pirates and running counter-insurgency warfare to challenge the Argonian guerilla warriors on their own home turf. It results in a grueling and slow campaign for the next couple of years, where both sides suffer great losses and commit several atrocities.
  • 1E 2836: Late in the year, all Argonian warriors all suddenly lay down their weapons and returns to peaceful everyday life. The Fourth Legion, though at first confused by this development, quickly decides to seize the moment and advances across Argonia without facing any great resistance.
  • 1E 2837: The Blackwater War comes to a sudden and inexplicable end as Imperial forces seize much of Argonia and officially declare it as the province of Black Marsh. The full reasoning behind the "inexplicable" end to the war is unknown, but historians generally agree that in addition to infighting within the Argonian tribes, it also had something to do with the Argonians' relationship with the Hist.
  • 1E 2840: Reman II declares war on Morrowind, in what will become known as the Four-Score War. It ultimately drags on for 80 years.
  • 1E 2843:
    • Reman II is killed in battle against the Dunmer of Morrowind. He leaves behind a legacy of having lead the Second Empire into a golden age.
    • Brazollus Dor is crowned Emperor. Little is known of him other than he "was neither skilled nor interested in running the Empire", instead preferring to spend most of his time in his county estate near Skingrad. He ends up leaving most of the duties to his Akaviri Potentate, Sidri-Ashak, which historians call his only wise decision since Ashak proves to be a gifted administrator and a man of integrity.
  • 1E 2871: The dragon Krahjotdaan is slain by the imperial Dragonguard in the southern Jerall Mountains.
  • 1E 2877: Emperor Brazollus Dor dies. Reman III is crowned Emperor.
  • 1E 2899: Empress Tavia is accused of treason by her husband, Reman III, and is imprisoned in Gideon in Black Marsh.

Thirtieth Century:

  • 1E 2906: The Khuras mines in Glenumbra, once famous as a source of crystals and gems, are abandoned after a ceiling collapse renders most of the tunnels inaccessible.
  • 1E 2911-2917: The War of the Uvichil is waged as the Sload of Thras unsuccessfully attempt to invade the Summerset Isles. The Altmer remember the war as an especially horrible and traumatic event, due to the use of infernal machines and necromancy by the Sload.
  • 1E 2920:
    • The Daedric Prince Molag Bal is summoned on the 19th of Sun's Dawn by Dro'Zel, the Mad King of Senchal, and destroys the southern Valenwood town of Gilverdale. Dro'Zel was appearently motivated by dissatisfaction with a piece performed by a Bosmer bard from Gilverdale, having found it "depressing".
      • As a result of the destruction of Gilverdale, the Tribune Sotha Sil holds council in Artaeum's "Dreaming Cavern" with eight of the "more prominent" Daedric Princes. The exact details of the deal are lost to history, but Sotha Sil makes a "credible threat" to these Princes in exchange for their agreement not to answer any summoning by amateurs until the Four Score War ended. This agreement would become known as the Coldharbour Compact.
    • Crown Prince Juliek Cyrodiil compromises the Dunmer defenses of Morrowind. Under the leadership of the Tribunal, the Dunmer negotiate to sue for peace and bring an end to the Four-Score War. However, Juliek is assassinated by the Morag Tong.
    • The Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, in defiance of the Coldharbour Compact, destroys the Dunmeri city of Mournhold before being banished by the Tribunal deities Almalexia and Sotha Sil.
    • Emperor Reman III is assassinated in a plot involving the Morag Tong, Akaviri Potentate Versidue-Shaie, and the vengeful sister of his wife Tavia. As they failed to prevent the assassination, the Dragonguard is officially disbanded after this ignominious event. Many of the former members go on to become mercenaries. Others continue their dragon extermination mission in an unofficial capacity. A selected few are, however, are kept on hand by Versidue-Shaie as unofficial retrainers, as he uses them mostly as assassins and spies.
    • Versidue-Shaie assumes the Imperial throne, but does not declare himself Emperor, retaining his title of Potentate. He declares the current year will mark the end of the 1st Era, and the next the beginning of the 2nd.
    • On the 8th of Evening Star, Potentate Versidue-Shaie meets with the Tribunal God Vivec in the town of Caer Suvio to sign the Cervant Truce, acknowledging Morrowind as an independent nation and agreeing to end the Four-Score War between Morrowind and the Empire. Versidue-Shaie also uses the signing of truce as a pretext to impose several limitations on the Imperial nobility's ability to raise private armies.
      • Though this event marks the formal end to the Four-Score War, it does not result in a complete cessation of hostilities between the Empire and the Dunmer, as during his term as Potentate, Versidue-Shaie continues to attack and harass Morrowind in several small skirmishes.

    Second Era 
First Century:
  • 2E 1: By decree of Potentate Versidue-Shaie, year one of the Second Era begins on the first of Morning Star. The marking of the new era commemorates the demise of the Reman Dynasty and Versidue-Shaie's official assumption of stewardship of the Second Empire.
  • 2E 12: Tjurhane Fyrre, now a leading scholar at the University of Gwilym and one of the few known surviving Ayleids, publishes the book Nature of Ayleidic Poesy, an account of his research into his people and their history, culture, and religion.
  • ca. 2E 1-99:
    • Potenetate Versidue-Shaie names Pelladil Direnni as Imperial Battlemage.
    • Under orders from Versidue-Shaie, Pelladil Direnni constructs the infamous Blackrose Prison in Black Marsh. Direnni famously summons an army of Stone Atronachs to build the prison using rubble from the nearby Lilmothiit ruins of Blackrose.

Second Century:

  • 2E 100-199: The remanants of the Dragonguard continue to exterminate the ever-dwindling Tamriellic dragon population.
  • 2E 120: Baroness Viana the Pure becomes ruler of Lainlyn.
  • 2E 148: Baroness Viana the Pure dies.
  • 2E 184: The dragon Grahkrindrog perpetrates a great slaughter in Winterhold and Eastmarch. The Dragonguard hunt down and kill the beast in the southern Jerall Mountains.

Third Century:

  • 2E 227: Tjurhane Fyrre, the great Ayleid sage, dies. His last writings were about the life of Narilmor, the Ayleid King of Garlas Malatar, who sealed his city amidst the Alessian Slave Rebellion.
  • 2E 230:
    • Vanus Galerion, a member of the Psijic Order, sickened by the foolishness of his superiors, founds the Mages Guild believing that the study and use of magic should be openly shared.
    • The island of Artaeum, home of the Psijic Order, disappears from Nirn for the first time.
  • 2E 231: The Order of the Lamp, a knightly order, is formed to protect the newly established Mages Guild.
  • ca. 2E 231: A group of mages led by the illuminated Felix "Blackcaster" Augustus leaves the Mages Guild to practice their arts in the province of Craglorn in eastern Hammerfell, near the border to Skyrim. Blackcaster and his followers soon cast their interest on the old, but rather lawless and chaotic city of Elinhir, due to its Apex Towers which indicates the city's Nedic origins. The mages at first repeatedly try to persuade the unruly local populance accept their leadership and protection, but are unsuccesful in this endeavour. It is first when the city is attacked by a horde of marauding Iron Orcs, and Blackcaster and his men drive them off with their magic that they are able to win the respect and love of its people. Grateful for him and his followers' help, the people of Elinhir declare Blackcaster their new mayor, and with this power vested in him, he negotiates the charter known as the Apex Accord with representatives from the city, which states that the mages of Elinhir's Apex Towers will provide protection for the city for as long as the city supports them in the operation of their mages' academy. With this, law and order is established in Elinhir, and the city flourishes under Blackcaster's leadership, becoming a prominent center of civilization in the wilderness of Craglorn and gets the sobriquet of "The City of Mages".
  • 2E 283:
    • Potentate Versidue-Shaie declares martial law throughout the Empire following various provincial rebellions and the destruction of his fortress at Dawnstar. He orders all vassals to disband their private armies or face his wrath. Some comply, but others resist, leading to nearly four decades of intense conflict.
    • Guided by the writings of the late Tjurhane Fyrre, an Imperial expedition surveys the surface ruins of the Ayleid city of Garlas Malatar and uncovers the entrance to the city's depths. The expedition constructs Fort Wistwatch to function as a base, while they loot the ruins for valuables, but in the process of doing so, they run afoul of the guardians of the Wrathstone, and every member is forcibly converted into Meridian Purified. The entrance to Garlas Malatar is once again lost, and the unfortunate fate of the expedition remains unknown for three centuries.
  • 2E 284: The Draggin Tale tavern on Stros M'Kai is established.

Fourth Century:

  • 2E 301: The Breton Kingdom of Camlorn is founded in High Rock.
  • 2E 307: The Ghost Harrowing occurs in Stormhaven. The Menevia Catacombs and Menevia Abbey are abandoned as a result.
  • 2E 309: Keirgo, the King of Anequina, and Eshita, the Queen of Pellitine, marry each other and formally join their two realms together into the Elsweyr Confederacy, finally bringing an end to the long feud between the two Khajiit kingdoms.
  • 2E 311: Mane Rid-Thar-ri'Datta reveals the Riddle'Thar Epiphany at Rawl'kha Temple, marking a key event in modern-day Khajiiti theology.
  • 2E 320:
    • The Imperial Legions of Potentate Versidue-Shaie successfully subdue the rebellious provinces. All private armies in the Empire are disbanded, leaving only the Legions. However, a sharp rise in brigandry follows as the Legions are stretched too thin to maintain order throughout the whole of the Empire.
    • The Syffim, an all-Akaviri organization of "warriors for hire" formed under the leadership of Dinieras-Ves, is tasked with combating the rising threat of brigandry, but demand is far higher than they can keep up with.
  • 2E 321: Encouraged by Pelladil Direnni, Potentate Versidue-Shaie signs the Guild Act, officially sanctioning guilds of workers and craftsmen, including most famously the Mages and Fighters Guilds, requring them to pay levies to the Empire in exchange for the protection of imperial law. The Fighters Guild spawns from the Syffim and quickly provides much-needed public order.
  • 2E 324: Potentate Versidue-Shaie is assassinated by the Morag Tong. His son, Savirien-Chorak, succeeds him as Potentate. One of his first acts is to officially ban the Morag Tong from operation throughout the Empire. He also reverses his father's order and allows nobles to once again establish private armies. Finally, he accepts the Orcish city-state of Orsinium into the Empire.
  • 2E 342: Donel Deleyn is crowned as King of Daggerfall.
  • 2E 358: The date of the earliest possible record of the existence of the Dark Brotherhood. It comes from a letter found beneath the floorboards of an abandoned house in Skyrim addressed to "Brother" and mentions an ongoing war two shadowy organizations, the group having split off from the Morag Tong sometime prior.
  • 2E 369: The Dragonguard end the alliance between the dragon Nahfahlaar and King Casimir II of Wayrest. But despite losing his ally, Nahfahlaar is able to escape the Dragonguard alive.
  • 2E 373: Brother Mathnan of the Dragonguard authors The Atlas of Dragons, an incomplete list of dragons slain by the Dragonguard and Akaviri since the time of the order's founding.

Fifth Century:

  • 2E 401: King Donel Deleyn of Daggerfall dies. On the 17th of Hearthfire, he is succeeded by his son, Prince Anton, who is crowned as King Anton I of Daggerfall.
  • 2E 408: Queen Sylvie Garclay of Aldcroft, the consort of Donel Deleyn and mother of King Anton I of Daggerfall dies.
  • 2E 409: King Anton I of Daggerfall survives an assassination attempt, due to the heroic efforts of his Seneschal, who dies saving him. After recovering from the incident, the king holds a funeral for the deceased servant. Magiul Shiana, the royal cook, is chosen as the next Seneschal.
  • 2E 412: The earliest confirmed record of the Dark Brotherhood from the journals of Blood Queen Arlimahera of Hegathe. She describes how her family has enlisted the services of the Brotherhood since her grandfather's time.
  • 2E 418: Abnur Tharn is born, the future Chancellor of the Elder Council is born into the Tharn family.
  • 2E 420: In Valenwood, tensions between the native Bosmer of Cormount and the citizens of the migrant settlement of New Joy reach a boiling point. As a result, New Joy is burned to the ground.
  • 2E 422: In Abah's Landing, four mercantile houses begin working together to elevate the settlement and create a center for trade and commerce between High Rock and Valenwood. Despite their good intentions, the mercantile houses slowly become more and more corrupt over time, and eventually turn into major criminal enterprises, taking to rule the growing city as the feared and ruthless "Merchant Lords".
  • 2E 425: King Anton I of Daggerfall survives a second attempt on his life as an assassin tries to poison his food, but the would-be poisoner is slain by Magiul Shiana, and Anton's life is saved.
  • 2E 428: The Curse of the Crimson Moon, a widespread epidemic of lycanthropy, ravages High Rock. The Order of the Silver Dawn, a militant group of werewolf hunters, is founded in response.
  • 2E 430: Potentate Savirien-Chorak and all of his heirs are assassinated. Details of the event are lost. With their death, the Second Cyrodiilic Empire is disolved, and Cyrodiil falls apart into several squabbling independent kingdoms and city-states. This begins a long series of various mad and incompetent rulers attempting to claim the Imperial throne. The results are widespread chaos, disease, and war, which leads to a period of decay, misrule, and anti-intellectualism. Known as the Interregnum, it is effectively the Tamriellic equivalent of Dark Age Europe.
  • 2E 431:
    • Motivated by the political chaos left in the wake of the fall of the Second Cyrodiilic Empire, the Camoran Dynasty attempts to reestablish themselves as the rulers of Valenwood. But their efforts ultimately come to nothing, as Valenwood's territories have drifted too far apart culturally to be united and the region descends into conflict.
    • Following the death of Potentate Savirien-Chorak, a large number of Akaviri and their followers decide to leave Cyrodiil, as they no longer feel welcome in the province. Many of them wind up in the Anequina region of Elsweyr, where they settle down and establish several small communities, the largest of which are the town of Hakoshae.
    • Without the protection of the Empire, the Second Orsinium loses its status as an Imperial territory and is sacked by their ancient enemies from High Rock and Hammerfell. Not content to simply destroy Orsinium this time, the Bretons also apparently seize control of the land and scatter the Orcs across northern Tamriel.
    • With the fall of the Second Orsinium, some of the displaced Orcs flee towards Skyrim. There they settle and establish a large cheifdom in the western parts of Falkreath hold under Yashnag gro-Yazgu. For several years, the Orcs harass the hold capital, and due to their might in numbers, the Nords are largely unable to dispatch them.
    • Similarly, brigandry grips Black Marsh. Former Imperial officials found warlord dynasties which earn a reputation for tyranny. Dunmeri slave raiding activity intesifies, freer than ever to exploit their southern neighbor. Entire tribes of Argonians are dragged in chains to Morrowind.
    • High King Logrolf of Skyrim is assassinated. Jarl Svartr of Solitude claims that Logrolf's daughter, Freydis, is illegitimate, and manages to successfully argue that the Moot be convened to choose a successor. But the Moot is ultimately unable to come to an unanimous decision. When the Crown of Verity chooses Freydis, some in the Moot cast their votes in her favor and she is coronated as the High Queen of Skyrim in Windhelm. Part of the Moot, however choose to support Jarl Svartr, and crowns him as High King in Solitude. Skyrim is thus split into the Western Kingdom, ruled by Svartr and his heirs, and the Eastern Kingdom, ruled by Freydis and her heirs, who eventually rename the Crown of Verity in her honor.
    • Magiul Shiana, the Seneschal of King Anton I dies on the 12th of Last Seed, but his Undying Loyalty to the king causes him to immediately come back as a ghost, and he continues to serve the monarch in his undead.
  • 2E 432:
    • The warlord Attrebus claims the Ruby Throne in the Imperial City, and decrees that any remaining Akaviri in the Imperial City are to be persecuted. Though there are pratically no "pure" Akaviri still around, due to them having intermingled with the local Imperials over several generations, the decree still affects their mix-blooded descendants, of which there are several hundred. The majority of these descendants flee into northeastern Elsweyr. Elsweyr's monarchs, King Savlian and Queen Padala, grand them asylum as political refugees and allow them to settle the area across Anequina's outer wilderness, in the northwestern hills and the southern valleys. The refugees go to found isolated settlements, including Hakoshae, and become known as the "Rim-Men".
    • Cavor Merula, a warrior-priest of Akatosh, re-establishes the ancient Order of the Hour in response to the collapse of the Second Empire.
  • 2E 450: After having reigned in Daggerfall for fourty-nine years, King Anton I dies. His daugther, Donella, succeeds him as Queen of Daggerfall. King Anton's body is sealed in a tomb with the spirit of Magiul Shiana, his former Seneschal, serving as his guardian.
  • 2E 465: Abnur Tharn becomes Chancellor of the Elder Council and serves as Imperial Battlemage.
  • 2E 466: The yearly wheat harvest in Kvatch is ruined by what becomes known as the red wheat blight.
  • 2E 467:
    • Jarl Skjoralmor of Falkreath is killed by Orc marauders from Yashnag gro-Yazgu's chiefdom. The Jarl's son, Hakkvild Skjoralmor, challenges Yashnag to a Duel to the Death to avenge his father. Hakkvild wins the fight and kills Yashnag, thereby earning the title Yashnag-Slayer. With their leader dead, Yashnag's cheifdom quickly falls apart as its inhabitants scatter to the winds, with most of them returning to the Wrothgarian Mountains.
    • The wheat harvest in Kvatch is once again ruined by the red wheat blight. In what becomes known as the Kvatch Bread Riots, the starving citizens of Kvatch revolt against the priests of the Catherdral of Akatosh. But before the rioters can burn down the city's Cathedral, the Order of the Hour intervens and slaughters half of the angry mob. By the next year, the red wheat blight has run its course.
  • 2E 480: The charismatic Orc marauder, Baz Swordbreaker, attempts an assault on Kvatch with an army of brigands, but he is defeated by the Order of the Hour. The Primate of Kvatch thereafter grants the Order the privilege to form into an army during times of religious emergencies.
  • ca. 2E 480: Camoran Aeradan proclaims himself the de jure King of Valenwood. Aeradan seeks to renew his domain through the progression from ancient Bosmeri traditions, but in doing so he garners many vocal critics that accuses him of being too lenient in regards to the Green Pact.
  • 2E 485: Durcorach the Black Drake is born in the Reach. According to a heavily biased manuscript later commissioned by Durcorach himself, a great comet blazed across the sky and "seven sevens of silver swans" flew over his mother's shelter in the snowy mountains of the Reach on the night he was born.
  • 2E 486: The Altmeri Navy gives chase to a Maomeri fleet sighted off the coast of Alinor. The Maomeri fleet leads them into an ambush off the coast of Pyandonea. Only one Altmeri ship survives to return with news of the defeat.
  • 2E 489: In response to King Camoran Aeradan's controversial policies, his cousin from Cormount, Camoran Gelthior, proclaims himself to be the true King of Valenwood and promises to take a more hardline stance on the Green Pact and uphold Bosmeri traditions. To enforce his goals, Gelthior forms the Blacksap Rebellion, kicking off a civil war in Valenwood.

Sixth Century:

  • 2E 515: King Anton Deleyn II of Daggerfall dies. He is succeeded by his nephew and only surviving heir, Bergamot.
  • 2E 518: Moricar, son of Durcorach, is born in the Reach.
  • 2E 521: Emeric of House Cumberland, son of Earl Pierric, is born in Wayrest.
  • 2E 522: Hurlburt of House Branquette, who led Breton forces at the Battle of Granden Tor, is crowned as the King of Shornhelm.
  • 2E 527: Durcorach the Black Drake begins to rise to notority in the Reach as an exceptionally strong and clever chieftain.
  • 2E 528: Durcorach unites many of the Reachmen tribes under him. During this year, his army grows from two thousand to ten thousand.
  • 2E 529: As his might in the Reach grows, Durcorach sets his sights on Cyrodiil. To aid in his conquest, he summons Mehrunes Dagon, and strikes a deal with the Daedric Prince to be crowned Emperor.
  • 2E 532: Prince Phylgeon, son of King Hurlburt of Shornhelm, is born.
  • 2E 533: After years of preparation, Durcorach and his horde of Reachmen sally forth from the Reach and assault the Imperial City. Durcorach successfully seizes the Ruby Throne, and proclaims himself Emperor. In a bid to prevent widespread chaos from breaking out from this very sudden and violent transition of power, Chancellor and Imperial Battle Mage Abnur Tharn begrudgingly decides to serve the "alien" and "barbaric" Durcorach.
  • 2E 534: On the 1st of Sun's Dawn, Durcorach strengthens his position as Emperor by appointing new members of Elder Council and bestowing the title of Chief Councilor to Legate Tarnian Lovidicus of Leyawiin.
  • 2E 536: Varen Aquilarios, the future Duke of Chorrol is born.
  • 2E 541:
    • Durcorach invades High Rock. He captures Hallin's Stand and has all goods of value stolen or destroyed.
    • Chancellor Abnur Tharn uncovers the "Scroll of Precursor Saints" in the vaults below the White-Gold Tower. Supposedly, the scroll disproves his ancestor, Tharanus Ye Redde-Hand's connection to the Gradual Massacre in the First Era.
  • 2E 542:
    • Leovic, son of Moricar and grandson of Durcorach, is born in the Imperial City.
    • Durcorach's forces lays seige to Evermore, which falls after only three days, and proceeds to sack the city. Evermore is later retaken by Duke Blaise Guimard, who is elected to the throne.
    • Durcorach's forces lays seige to Wayrest for fifty-seven days. Durcorach eventually abandons the seige, as he comes to consider Daggerfall a more valuable target, and he instead moves his horde westward, where he assualts and sacks the city of Camlorn.
    • As Durcorach forces amasses before the gates of Daggerfall, Emeric of Cumberland leads a Breton army in a daring maneuver that completely flanks Durcorach's ranks, taking them by surprise. The defenders of Daggerfall then sally forth for a devastating pincer attack, during which the Black Drake himself is slain by Emeric and his forces are scattered.
    • With Durcorach's death, his son Moricar ascends as Emperor at the age of twenty-three. Moricar soon gets epithet of "the Middling". Abnur Tharn decides to continue serving as Imperial Battle Mage under Moricar and advice the so-called "Longhouse Emperor", despite his misgivings over his "low birth".
    • The victorious Kings of Daggerfall, Camlorn, Shornhelm, Evermore, and Wayrest sign the first Daggerfall Covenant, a defensive alliance against future invasions.
  • 2E 546:
    • King Hurlburt of Shornhelm dies without leaving a clear heir, so the Concil of the North is convened to pick his successor. The leading candidates for the throne are Hurlburt's son Prince Phylgeon, who is championed by House Montclair, and his illegimate older half-brother, Prince Ranser, who is championed by House Branquette and Tamrith. Through various political machinations, Prince Ranser wins by a narrow victory. In response, Prince Phylgeon chooses to voluntarily give up his claim to the crown, and instead becomes the Baron of Montclair. As a ruler, Ranser quickly becomes infamous for his hot-headed temper and brutal style of government.
    • Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair of Eastern Skyrim gives birth to a pair of twin brothers, Jorunn and Fildgor. Jorunn will later become the High King of Skyrim and leader of the Ebonheart Pact.
  • 2E 550: Carolus Aquilarios, nephew of Varen Aquilarios, and future Count of Kvatch is born.
  • 2E 551: The Bloody Funeral occurs in Rivenspire, when an argument at the burial grounds of Sanguine Barrows erupts into a bloody skirmish between the houses of Tamrith and Montclair.
  • ca. 2E 555-560: Emperor Moricar's son and heir, Leovic, disguishes himself in a battle against border raiders. A cermony is arranged to celebrate his triumphant return home to the Imperial City, which is attended by both the Tharn family and Emperor Moricar himself. To award him for his service, Moricar asks Leovic to name any reward he wants. Leovic responds by asking for the hand of Clivia Tharn, the favorite daugther of Chancellor Abnur Tharn, in marriage. Though he doesn't let it shown in public, the act enrages Abnur Tharn and further embitters him against the Longhouse Emperors.
  • 2E 555: Ayrenn, the future Queen of Alinor and leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, is born on the 5th of Second Seed to King Hidellith and Kinlady Tuinden of Summerset Isle.
  • 2E 559:
    • The War of the Two Houses errupts in Morrowind between House Hlaalu and House Dres, culminating in a bloody battle south of Narsis. Hlaalu emerges victorious due to the heroics of Purilla Falen.
    • Emperor Moricar grants his nephew, Caddach, the title of Imperial Governor of Markarth.
  • 2E 560: The first reports of the Knahaten Flu, a mysterious disease which ravages Tamriel for the next 43 years, occurs in Stormhold. It is blamed on the Argonians, who are immune to the disease, though its actual origins are unknown.
  • 2E 561:
    • The largest orichalcum deposit in recorded history is found near Wayrest. Earl Emeric proposes to use the resulting wealth to enhance the city's fleet and improve trade throughout High Rock.
    • Emperor Moricar and his son Leovic spend most of the year cloistered away in parts of the Imperial Palace that are off-limits to everyone but a select few from their inner circle. Their time is spend busy preparing a grand sacrifice to Mehrunes Dagon in the hope that the Daedric Prince will grant them powerful weapons to use in their further conquests.
    • The Knahaten Flu ravages the province of Shadowfen in Northeastern Black Marsh. The settlements of Stillrise Village and Zuuk are entirely wiped out by the plague.
  • 2E 562: Emperor Moricar and Leovic re-emerge from their seclusion. Moricar begins planning his next conquest — the total subjugation of the Kingdom of Western Skyrim.
  • 2E 563:
    • Earl Emeric is crowned King of Wayrest after the Knahaten Flu wipes out the entire ruling family, thereby beginning the Cumberland Dynasty. Reportedly, there was a "Halo of Gold" around the sun on the day of his coronation.
    • The Kothringi, an indigenous tribe of Men native to Black Marsh, are devastated by the Knahaten Flu. The few survivors board what becomes known as the Crimson Ship which sets out from Black Marsh on 9 First Seed. It is denied port anywhere else in Tamriel and sails west, never to be seen again.
    • Emperor Moricar marches his army into Western Skyrim, but is met with strangely little resistance. It is first, as him and his men are about to march on Solitude, that High King Svargrim and his gathered forces finally show up in a massive ambush and fall upon them. The battle ends in a crushing defeat for Moricar as his army is routed and he himself is gravely wounded during the fighting, and him and his surviving warriors beat a hasty retreat back to Cyrodiil. Despite the best attempts of both Imperial and Reach healers, Moricar is never able to recover from his injuries.
  • 2E 564: After a long illness, Emperor Moricar succumbs to the injuries he sustained in his failed invasion of Western Skyrim. He is succeed as Emperor by his son, Leovic. Like with his father and grandfather, Abnur Tharn continues to serve him as Chancellor and Imperial Battlemage.
  • 2E 565:
    • Unseasonably warm weather in Skyrim drives hordes of trolls to stampede the western half of the province, in what become known as the Great Troll Rut. High King Svargrim helps stop the rampage.
    • Orcrest is infested by the Knahaten Flu. A team of alchemists, under the leadership of Ubraz — father of the Lunar Champions Shazah and Khali — are dispatched to the city to fight the flu; but despite their best efforts, the disease proves to be too potent and the entire team ends up dying from the plague.
  • 2E 566:
    • King Ranser of Shornhelm offers his daughter's hand in marriage to King Emeric of Wayrest. Emeric refuses and instead weds Princess Maraya of Sentinel.
    • Greatly offended by King Emeric's rejection of his daugther, King Ranser instigates Ranser's War by laying seige to Wayrest. Early in the conflict, Ranser's half-brother, Baron Phylgeon, tries to broker a peace between both sides. While Emeric's response to Phylgeon's attempt at diplomacy has since been lost to history, Ranser angrily refuses it, insisting on continuing the war. Emeric uses his marriage to Princess Maraya to leverage the Redguards of Sentinel into joining the war as allies. He also contacts the several Orc clans, promising to restore Orsinium in exchange for their help; the clan of Orc chief Kurog gro-Bagrakh answers his call and joins the fray on Wayrest's side. While the combined onslaught of Wayrest and Sentinel's armies forces Ranser and his troops to retreat back into Rivenspire, the host of Orcs lead by cheif Kurog gro-Bagrakh raid Shornhelm and set it ablaze. The three allied armies then meet up at the Battle of Markwasten Moor, where they descively crush Ranser's remaining army. Ranser himself is persumed killed in action, but in actuality, he manages to flee the battlefield with a small troop of his most loyal soldiers, vowing revenge.
  • 2E 566-582: The Orc chief Kurog gro-Bagrakh orders the construction of a new Orsinium in the mountains of eastern Wrothgar, near the border with Skyrim. The ruins that marks the site of the previous Orsinium are henceforth known as "Old Orsinium", while the new settlement is known as the Second Orsinium. Kurog takes on the surname gro-Orsinium, and becomes the city's first king.
  • 2E 567:
    • In the aftermath of Ranser's War, the Second Daggerfall Covenant (later as known as Greater Daggerfall Covenant) is signed, adding Hammerfell and Orsinium to the original agreement. Aware of the historical animosity the Bretons and Redguards had harbored against the Orcs, chief Kurog gro-Bagrakh insists that the written terms of the allience include provisions that forbid any army from High Rock or Hammerfell from entering the Wrothgar area under any circumstances.
    • Still wanting revenge for his defeat, the disposed King Ranser prepares a ritual given to him by Reezal-Jul atop a then-nameless tor overlooking Hoarfrost Downs, during which he is murdered by his own general, Dathieu. Ranser's blood serves as the sacrifice needed for the ritual, transforming him and his warriors into skeletal undead, and the tor from which he ruled become known as Traitor's Tor.
  • 2E 568: King Blaise of Evermore dies, and is succeed by his son King Eamond.
  • ca. 2E 570: At the direction of the shadowy cabal that rules the Imperial City, the Colovians Estates involves themselves in the civil war in Valenwood, offering military aid to Camoran Gelthior and the Blacksap Rebellion. This tips the sales of the civil war in Valenwood decisively in Gelthior's favor and King Camoran Aeradan finds himself being forced into a defensive position.
  • 2E 572:
    • The Second Akaviri Invasion of Tamriel takes place, led by Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal. They invade Skyrim and quickly sack the city of Windhelm. Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair of Eastern Skyrim is killed in the ensuing battle. Her daughter, Princess Nurnhilde, briefly assumes rulership before she is also killed in the battle, and thus becomes known as "The Brief Queen". Mabjaarn's eldest son, Jorunn the Skald-Prince is wounded in the fight, but manages to escape the battle alive. He then rallies an Nord army to fight against the Akaviri and avenge his mother and sister's deaths.
      • A legend claims that Jorunn appealed to the Greybeards of High Hrothgar for aid in rallying his army, and they granted his request by summoning Wulfharth the Ash-King to fight by his side.
    • Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal next moves to strike the Morrowind capital of Mournhold, but is trapped along the sea by the Nord forces of Jorunn the Skald-King and Dunmeri forces led by the Tribune, Almalexia. After fighting to a stalemate, the Akavari are broken by the timely arrival of fresh Argonian troops. The Akaviri are driven into the sea and slaughtered by the thousands, Ada'Soom included. Another account claims that it is Vivec who ultimately defeats the Akavari army, and that he does so by using his powers to summon a massive tidal wave that floods the entirety of Morrowind.
      • Following the defeat of the Akaviri, Wulfharth Ash-King is said to have returned to Sovngarde.
    • Thanks to his success against the Akaviri, Jorunn the Skald-King is named High King of Eastern Skyrim. His twin brother, Fildgor Strong-Prince, however challenges his claim. With the land still recovering from the Akaviri invasion, the two brothers agree that it is not in their nor the people's interest to start a civil war over the question, and so they decide to settle the question with a duel. Jorunn wins, and the defeated Fildgor goes into exile.
    • Queen Nurnhilde is eventually buried in the catacombs of Morvunskar, along with the Crown of Freydis.
    • The Ebonheart Pact is signed by the leaders of Skyrim, Morrowind, and Argonia as a mutual defense treaty between the three nations.
  • 2E 573: Emperor Leovic commissions the first Emperor's Guide to Tamriel.
  • 2E 576:
    • Emperor Leovic legalizes Daedra worship throughout the Empire. This sparks immediate rebellion led by the Colovian Count Varen Aquilarios of Kvatch.
      • Varen Aquilarios allies with Chancellor Abnur Tharn, who is looking for any excuse he can get to rid Cyrodiil of what he views as the illegitmate "Longhouse Emperor" dynasty. Abnur leaks intelligence about the defenses of the Imperial City to Varen and helps him rally an army to march on the city. Varen, meanwhile, leaves his home fiefdom in the hands of his nephew Carolus. Varen instucts Carolus to construct a massive wall spanning around the Gold Coast, later dubbed "Varen's Wall", in order to protect the region in the event of Leovic's forces wanting to retaliate against him.
    • The powerful Cyrodiilic noble, Euraxia from House Tharn of Cheydinhal, and the half-sister of Chancellor Abnur Tharn, conquers a portion of the Khajiit kingdom of Anequina in what becomes known as the Frostfall Coup. She goes on to proclaim herself Queen in the city of Rimmen. Her reign over Rimmen is strict, and full of strife.
    • A conflict between Kvatch and Anvil erupts. Shortly after Carolus Aquilarios assumed temporary command of Kvatch, Anvil's Imperial prefect Ephrem Benirus attempts to seize Varen Aquilarios's property and holdings. Carolus repels several attacks on Kvatch, and severely weakens Anvil's defenses.
  • 2E 577:
    • Varen's Rebellion ends when his armies storm the Imperial City and defeat Emperor Leovic's last remaining legion. Varen personally kills Leovic in the Imperial Throne Room and proclaims himself Emperor. In exchange for Chancellor Abnur Tharn's assistance in his rebellion, Emperor Varen marries his daugther, the widowed Empress Clivia Tharn, to consolidate his rule.
    • In a further effort to legitimize his rule, Emperor Varen embarks on a quest to locate the long lost Amulet of Kings. It is located and recovered from Sancre Tor, the tomb of the Reman dynasty emperors.
    • With the end of the rebellion and the death of Emperor Leovic, the remains of his Reachmen army in Cyrodiil head north in an attempt to invade and plunder the holds of Western Skyrim. But they are mostly unsuccesful as they are repelled and ultimately driven back to the Reach by the armies of High King Svargrim.
    • Leovic's cousin, Caddach, decides to cast aside his Imperial title of Governor of Markarth, and instead claims the traditional title of Ard of the Reach. To consolidate his rule, he carries out a purge against all surviving Blackdrakes.
    • High King Svargrim of Western Skyrim establishes the hold of Karthald to guard his kingdom's southern border from incursions by the hostile Reachmen. The town of Karthwatch is also established shortly after.
    • As Anvil is left weakened from its conflict with Kvatch, Captain Fortunata ap Dugal, the infamous "Pirate Queen", and her army of Red Sails pirates are able to break through the city's defenses. Captain Fortunata then deposes the local Imperial Prefect and declares herself Provincial Governor.
  • 2E 578: Following advice from the legendary necromancer Mannimarco, Emperor Varen attempts to perform a ritual using the Amulet of Kings to become Dragonborn and be recognized by Akatosh as the rightful emperor. Mannimarco, however, corrupts the ritual, breaking the ancient covenant with Akatosh that sealed Nirn from Oblivion. An explosion of arcane energy, the Soulburst, causes Varen to vanish, and its mystical aftershocks sweep across Nirn, causing mages to die or go mad, lesser Daedra to appear in greater numbers, and the constellation of the Serpent to dominate the night sky. In the ensuing chaos, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal deploys Dark Anchors to begin pulling Nirn into his realm of Coldharbour to merge the two together, a process known as the Planemeld.
    • Chancellor Abnur Tharn, in the belief he has no other real choice, hands the reins of the Empire over to Mannimarco and pledges his loyality to him to avoid execution. Pleased by his immediate submission, the King of Worms grants him stewardship of the Imperial City.
    • In the wake of the Soulburst, Mannimarco manipulates the situation so that the Mages Guild is blamed for the explosion, and as a result their imperial charter is revoked by the Elder Council, who also expel them from the Imperial City. The Arcane University is instead given over to the "Fellowship of Anchorites" (a pseudonym for Mannimarco's Worm Cult).
  • 2E 579:
    • Empress Clivia Tharn becomes Empress Regent following Varen's disappearance. In fact, however, she is effectively little more than a puppet ruler for Mannimarco, who has promised to teach her the dark arts of magic that will give her mastery over life and death in exchange for her loyality.
    • Despite his submission, Mannimarco decides to marginalize Chancellor Abnur Tharn, and has him cloistered away in Coldharbour.
  • 2E 580:
    • Ayrenn is crowned Queen of Alinor.
    • The First Aldmeri Dominion is formed between the nations of the Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr by the signing of the Elden Accord. With the signing, King Camoran Aeradan of Valenwood becomes a member of the Thalmor's Inner Council, while his seat of power at Elden Root becomes the Dominion's formal capital.
      • With their alliance formalized, Queen Ayrenn lends massive military support to the struggling King Camoran Aeradan in order to help him put down the Blacksap Rebellion that is threatening his rule over Valenwood. The combined might of Aeradan and Ayrenn's forces launches a vicious counter-campaign against Camoran Gelthior's rebels and their Colovian allies, quickly overwhelming them. The decisive blow comes when the Jade Dragoons, an elite Altmer unit under the command of General Endare, leads a direct assault on the rebellion's captial Cormount. In the battle, which becomes known as the Massacre at Cormount, most of the Blacksap rebels are killed, and the organization is thrown in disarray. Gelthior himself is covertly captured alive by members of the elite Bosmeri unit, the Vinedusk Rangers, but is persumed killed in the battle. Meanwhile, Gelthior's two sons, Lorchon and Gorinir, manages to escape with a few men, and retreat deep into the woodlands, where they begin to reorganize their forces.
    • The Three Banners War begins. The Aldmeri Dominion, Ebonheart Pact, and Daggerfall Covenant clash to wrest control of the Ruby Throne from the Empire of Cyrodiil and defend themselves against the Imperials under Molag Bal's influence. The Dominion seeks to reestablish Elven dominance over Tamriel to protect it from the carelessness of the "younger" races. The Covenant intends to restore the Second Empire and return peace and stability to Tamriel. The Pact desires to defeat the Imperials in order to preserve the independence of their homelands.
  • 2E 582:
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls Online. A prophesied hero known as the "Soulless One" appears to stop the Planemeld. With the aid of an amnesiac Emperor Varen, his companions, the three factions of the Three Banners War, the Mages Guild, the Fighters Guild, and the Daedric Prince Meridia, the Soulless One defeats Molag Bal within Coldharbour.
      • In recognition of their efforts to help stop the Planemeld, the Mages Guild have their imperial charter restored.
    • Queen Ayrenn's position as ruler over the Summerset Isles is ratified at a grand ceremony at the Orrery, attended by King Camoran Aeradan.
    • King Laloriaran Dynar is freed from his imprisonment in Coldharbour by the Soulless One, as they inflitrade the Daedric Realm with help from with the Fighters and Mages Guilds to stop the Planemeld. The former Ayleid king assumes command over the Fighters Guild forces, who had been left leaderless after their captain had been slain in battle with the Daedric forces. Dynar is eventually mortally wounded while trying to close a Daedric portal. He dies soon afterwards in the Hollow City, in Meridia's Chapel of Light.
    • The Three Banners War continues to rage. The three alliances take turns capturing the Imperial City, naming a figurehead Emperor from among their warriors, then losing the city once again. The names of these brief emperors have been lost to history.
    • As the Second Orsinium is still under construction and in a politically fragile situation, King Kurog gro-Orsinium sends invitations to the mightiest warriors of Tamriel to come and help him build the united Orc nation. The Soulless One is one of the warriors to answer his call, with their help, Kurog manages to drive the last of the Reachmen known as the Winterborn out of Wrothgar. Kurog, meanwhile, is also bogged down by internal strife amongst the Orcs, and orchestrates to rid himself of his most powerful political opponents. He arranges for an attack of Malacath cultists on the local temple of Trinimac, and pins the blame on his main opponent, Bazrag gro-Fharun. He then arranges for moot under false pretenses, where he plans on assassinating the chiefs of Morkul, Shatul and Tumnosh clans. The Soulless One uncovers his plot and sides with Bazrag. They manage to invevene in Kurog's plan and then kill him. Afterwards, Bazrag is crowned the new king of Orsinium.
    • The Soulless One also stops numerous smaller-scale Daedric invasions, as well as threats in Elsweyr and Argonia.
    • A surviving Kothringi tribe is discovered in the Shadowfen region of Argonia. They made a pact with the Daedric Prince Clavicus Vile to survive the Knahaten Flu, which Vile "fulfilled" by rendering them all undead, though this fact is hidden by Illusion magic. After surviving an attack by the Order of the Black Worm, infighting broke out among the tribe. Their ultimate fate is unknown, but this is the last confirmed sighting of any Kothringi in Tamriel.
    • Fildgor Strong-Prince, still bitter about his defeat in the duel against his brother, King Jorunn, moves to usurp him. To achieve this, he rallies an army of Orcs and takes on the name Fildgor Orcthane. He also steals the Crown of Freydis and the corpse of his sister, Nurnhilde, from Morvunskar, and brings them to Skuldafn. There, he attempts a ritual that involves him entering Sovngarde where he tries to forcibly fuse with Nurnhilde's soul and thereby convince the Crown to accept him. His plot is foiled, however, when the ritual is interrupted and the Crown recovered by Jorunn's forces.
    • The Daedric Princes Nocturnal, Mephala, and Clavicus Vile form an alliance known as The Triad in order to conquer Nirn, instigating what later became known as the Daedric War:
      • Clavicus Vile sends Barbus to replace Vivec's advisor. They steal the staff Sunnarah from Sotha Sil and place it in the hands of an Ashlander who uses it to prove they are the Neravarine. The staff actually drains Vivec's power from him, which Barbus uses to locate and enter the Clockwork City. The Souless One uncovers the plot and prevents Barbus from taking over the Clockwork City.
      • Later on, Nocturnal takes control of Sotha Sil's shadow and uses it to impersonate him while her minions seek the lost Skeleton Key. Nocturnal plans to use the Skeleton Key to "unlock" Sotha Sil and the Clockwork City giving her full access to its vast power. The Souless One once again prevents this invasion with the assistance of the Telvanni sorceror Divayth Fyr.
      • The Triad turn their attention to Summerset, prompting an invasion by the Sload in order to seize control of the Crystal Tower. This time, however, Nocturnal betrays the other Daedric Princes in order to take the Tower for herself and become the ruler of all of reality. With the aid of the Psijic Order, the Souless One ends the Triad's plot once and for all.
    • The Imperial battlemage Abnur Tharn accidentally unseals the legendary Halls of Colossus using the Wrathstone, believing it to contain a powerful weapon. This results in a rage of Dragons — sealed away by the Khajiiti hero Khunzar-ri in the Merethic Era—being unleashed upon Elsweyr.
    • Queen Euraxia Tharn of Rimmen form an alliance with the unleashed dragons. The alliance proves short-lived, however, as the Soulless One slays Euraxia, bringing Rimmen back under the control of the Khajiit.
    • Provincial Governor Fortunata ap Dugal of Anvil is assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood at the behest of Count Carolus Aquilarios of Kvatch.
    • The Vampire Lord Rada Al-Saran forms an alliance of Werewolves, Vampires, and Witches known as the Gray Host. He corrupts Svargrim, the King of Solitude, who aids him in using the souls of the people of Western Skyrim to resurrect his most powerful allies. Aided by House Ravenwatch and Lyris Titanborn, the Souless One kills Svargrim, but Rada Al-Saran escapes.
    • Rada Al-Saran allies with the Nighthollow clan to gain access to the Dark Heart, an ancient artifact believed to be part of the primordial void. Al-Sarn attempts to sacrifice the souls of everyone in Markath to the Dark Heart in order to sever the Gray Host's connection to Coldharbour and grant them their own plane of Oblivion. Count Verandis Ravenwatch manages to merge with the Dark Heart, releasing the trapped souls and killing Al-Saran.
  • 2E 583: The Three Banners War ends. The war's ultimate outcome is unknown, but all three alliances, as well as the Empire of Cyrodiil, cease to exist by Ninth Century of the Second Era.

Seventh Century:

  • 2E 603: The last documented case of the Knahaten Flu occurs. Even with the plague having seemingly passed, non-Argonians tend to avoid entering Black Marsh for years afterwards out of fear for the disease.
  • 2E 638: The Mages Guild on Stros M'Kai gets fully chartered.

Eight Century:

  • 2E 730: The island of Artaeum reappears, having disappeared for 500 years. The Psijic Order returns with the island, but is no longer led by Iachesis.

Ninth Century:

  • ca. 2E 800: A force of remaining Kamal from the failed Second Akaviri Invasion seize the Ruby Throne from the "heirs of Attrebus". The Kamal were soon joined by the Akaviri of Rimmen, who had previously fled to Elsweyr to avoid Attrebus' persecution. Details of the event have been lost, but these Akaviri "attempt to rebuild the empire", but their efforts are ultimately "doomed to failure."
  • 2E 803: Rangidil Ketil, the later Commander of House Indoril's Temple Ordinators, is born in Morrowind.
  • 2E 812: The Kingdom of Rimmen formally secedes from the Elsweyr Confederacy, though it continues to be a tributary state under the Mane.
  • 2E 828: The most widely accepted birth year of Tiber Septim. Where he was born is highly disputed, with the two leading candidates being Alclaire in High Rock or Atmora.
  • 2E 830: The Second Aldmeri Dominion is formed between the Summerset Isles and Valenwood in response to the Camoran dynasty once again infighting over Valenwood's throne. The Altmer justify this de facto annexation of Valenwood by citing an ancient treaty between the King of Alinor and the Camoran dynasty, which they claim give them the authority to create this government on behalf of a claimant to Valenwood's throne, and they further purport that their intervention is a necessary step to maintain order in the region and "uplift" their Bosmer brethren. In the aftermath, Camoran Anaxemes ends up getting crowned as the rightful ruler of Valenwood, but he only does so at the sufferance of Alinor's nobility, and he is forced to give several concessions in exchange for their endorsement, including swearing fealty to the King of Alinor and ceding much of his formal power to the Thalmor, a congress of Bosmeri chieftans and Altmeri diplomats.
  • 2E 831: Cyrus, the legendary Redguard pirate, mercenary, and revolutionary, is born in the city of Sentinel.
  • 2E 852:
    • Tiber Septim, then known as Talos and/or Hjalti Early-Beard, comes into the service of Cuhlecain, the Colovian petty king of Falkreath hold. The two begin a series of battles to unite the Colovian Estates under Cuhlecain's rule.
    • Needing to secure Colovia's northern border, which had been engulfed in conflict between the Nords and Reachmen dating back centuries, Cuhlecain's Colovian forces join the Nords as allies. With their armies led by Hjalti, the Colovians and Nords beseige the Reachman stronghold of Old Hrol'dan. After the walls proved impenetrable to conventional means, Hjalti uses the Thu'um to break them down. His soldiers give him the name Talos, "Stormcrown" in the old Nordic language.
    • Hjalti/Talos's use of the Thu'um during the siege of Old Hrol'dan is noticed by the Greybeards, who summon him to their monastery of High Hrothgar. Accepting their summons, Talos journeys to the Throat of the World and stands before them as they speak, where upon they name him "Ysmir, Dragon of the North". The Greybeards tell him that he will one day come to rule Tamriel, but that he must go south to do so. It is said that before he left the company of the Greybreads, they learned Talos to how command the wind itself with his voice, and when he returned to his men, he came riding in with the clouds, striding through the air in great boots he claimed were gifts of the Greybeards for his cunning craft and riddling.
    • Cuhlecain, impressed with Hjalti/Talos's skills as a warrior and growing reown as a commander, promotes him to the rank of general in his army.
    • General Talos faces down the the combined army of Skyrim and High Rock, who are hostile to Cuhlecain, on the field of battle near Sancre Tor. Upon witnessing Talos using the Thu'um during the battle, the Nord warriors lay down their weapons in respect of him, recognizing him as the son of Skyrim and heir to the Empires of Men and swear fealty to him, joining Cuhlecain's army in his quest to unite Cyrodiil and form a new empire.
    • In awe of Hjalti/Talos' achievements in battle, Cuhlecain names him as his heir.
    • In the dead of winter, Talos defeats a force of Reachmen by taking their leaders captive and forcing them to order their troops to surrender. He thereby captures the stronghold of Sancre Tor where he reclaims the Amulet of Kings.
    • According to tales considered heretical by Imperial historians, Hjalti is aided in these achievements by a mysterious figure known as the Underking, believed to be the third incarnation of the old Nordic High King Wulfharth. The Underking serves Hjalti as an advisor and benefactor, while using powerful magicks (possibly the Thu'um) to aid and protect Hjalti in battle. It is also rumored that the Underking can take the form of Hjalti, allowing the pair to rule and conquer in two places at once, as well as take the form of a massive cloud of ash.
  • 2E 854:
    • The forces of Cuhlecain and Talos capture the Imperial City. Cuhlecain declares himself emperor, but is assassinated by a Breton Nightblade before he is officially crowned. Talos is also attacked and his throat slashed. He survives but is no longer able to use the Thu'um as a result. Talos is crowned instead as Emperor Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire.
    • According to tales considered heretical by Imperial historians, Talos conspires with the assassin(s) to have Cuhlecain killed so that he may ascend to the throne instead.
    • With Tiber Septim being recognized as a Dragonborn Emperor due to his mastery of the Thu'um, the descendants of the old Reman era Dragonguard come out of hiding and offer Septim their fealty. Recognizing their historical roots and significance for the Cyrodiilic Empires of old, Septim accepts their offer, and allows them to form the organization known as "the Blades", who become his personal bodyguards. With time, however, the Blades rise to greater promience than the Dragonguard ever did, as Septim decides to expand the scope of their operations to also include intelligence gathering, leading them to become a continent-spanning intelligence service working under the personal direction of the Emperor.
  • 2E 857: An uprising in the Imperial City known as the Moth Rebellion forces Tiber Septim to flee the capital. The newly created Third Legion, mostly made out of young, freshly-recruited Colovian peasants, is sent in from Anvil to quash the rebellion, and is successful in doing so, earning Legion the sobriquet The Faithful. With the rebellion put down, Tiber Septim makes a triumphant return to the capital.
  • ca. 2E 857-561:
    • Under the command of Admiral Amiel Richton, Imperial forces crush the navies of Wayrest in the Battle of the Bjoulsae, effectively conquering High Rock.
    • After the besieged Khajiiti refuse to surrender, the Third Legion attack the city of Senchal in what has become known as the Sack of Senchal. Civilian casualties, including women and children, are quite high.
  • 2E 862: The elderly King Thassad II of Hammerfell dies, after a prolonged period of illness. Baron Volag, leader of the republican Forebears, starts a revolution, succesfully taking control of the city of Sentinel. Crown Prince Ator, son of Thassad II, flees to the island of Stros M'Kai, where he recovers his strength and gathers his forces, before leading the Crowns against the Forebears in a Civil War.
  • 2E 864:
    • Ator and his Crown supporters defeat Volag and his Forebear rebels, causing them to lose control of the city of Sentinel. Desperate, the Forebears appeal to Tiber Septim for help. Septim sends Imperial forces led by Lord Admiral Richton, who destroys the Crown forces at the harbor of Stros M'Kai in the Battle of Hunding Bay with the aid of the dragon Nafaalilargus (a Cyrodiilicized version of his three syllabic draconic name, Nahfahlaar). Septim claims Hammerfell as a province of his Third Empire, naming Richton as the provincial governor. Volag, meanwhile, is disillusioned with the Empire as they refuse to uphold their end of the deal and respect the independence of the Forebears. He disappears on the day of the Battle of Hunding Bay.
    • With the support of the Daedric Prince Clavicus Vile, the Sload necromancer N'Gasta sets up a "soul snare" over the island of Stros M'Kai where he captures the souls of the dead.
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard. The Stros M'Kai uprising occurs as the Restless League, led by Cyrus and his sister Iszara, destroy the Imperial fleet in the harbor of Stros M'Kai. Cyrus slays N'Gasta, the dragon Nafaalilargus, and ultimately Richton as well. The Redguards offer to name Cyrus their king, but he turns them down to return to Walking the Earth.
    • Baron Volag comes out of hiding and retakes the Forebear city of Sentinel. Between the two uprisings, Tiber Septim is forced to sign a peace treaty with terms more favorable to Hammerfell.
    • The Dwarven Reclaimation Act is passed by the Empire, giving the Imperial Archaeological Society exclusive right to excavate Dwemer ruins within the Empire's borders.
  • 2E 882:
    • Dagoth Ur and his minions reawaken beneath Red Mountain. They ambush the Dunmeri Tribunal during their annual ritual to replenish their divine power from the Heart of Lorkhan, driving them off. The Tribunal are cut off from the Heart chamber and launch intermittent campaigns to attempt to force their way inside without success.
    • With the Tribunal having lost their access to the Heart of Lorkhan, Sotha Sil devices a plan to create an artificial replica of both it and Kagrenac's Tools. As such, he begins development on a highly advanced artifact what will be known as the Mechanical Heart.
  • 2E 893: Barenziah, future Queen of Morrowind and Wayrest, is born.
  • ca. 2E 895-896:
    • Septim's legions sack the Morrowind capital of Mournhold, killing the entire ruling family save their youngest daughter, Barenziah. Septim is convinced to keep Barenziah alive as a future puppet ruler by his Dunmeri General Symmachus.
    • The Great Houses of Morrowind convene to determine a response to the Imperial incursion, but are unable to reach a unanimous agreement. The strong and militaristic houses of Indoril, Redoran, and Dres swear to resist the western invaders to the death. House Telvanni, however, remains netrual on the question, and House Hlaalu advocates for accommodation and negotiation with the Empire. It soon turns out that even the three houses in favor of resisting the Empire are unable to agree upon a common strategy; while Redoran advocates for facing the Empire head-on in an honorable battle at Morrowind's western border, Indoril and Dres are in favor of retreating into Morrowind itself and waging a guerrilla war. As a result, Redoran is effectively standing alone against a possible full-on invasion by several Legions from the west, a position Redoran find untenable, but are unable to refuse as doing so it would go against their principles of honor.
    • Cut off from the source of their divine power, the Tribunal are forced to seek peace with Tiber Septim as his legions prepare to invade Morrowind. He meets with one of the Tribunes, Vivec, to craft an armistice. Vivec agrees to the voluntary vassalization of Morrowind and offers the Dwemer-crafted Numidium as tribute to Septim in exchange for numerous concessions including continued rule of the Dunmeri Great Houses (though an Imperial Puppet King and other Imperial posts such as duchies would be established as well), free worship of the Tribunal (though the Dunmeri had to allow for worship of the Eight Divines as well), and continued practice of slavery (which was illegal everywhere else in the Empire). House Hlaalu expresses enthusiastic support for the treaty, while House Redoran grudgingly follows Vivec's lead. House Telvanni remains initially neutral on the treaty, but eventually comes out in support of it after Hlaalu and Redoran voices their approval. House Dres eventually gives the treaty their grudging support too, but only because of the strong provisions protecting slavery.
    • Despite the formal signing of the Armistice between Tiber Septim and Vivec, the Imperial takeover faces some local resistance, most notably by House Indoril. Several high ranking members of the house are so resistant to the idea of Imperial rule that they commit suicide. Meanwhile, the High Councilor of Morrowind, himself also a member of House Indoril, publicly refuses to accept the treaty and also refuses to step down. He is, however, soon thereafter assassinated and replaced by a noble from the Empire-friendly House Hlaalu. As a result of these developments, the previously powerful House Indoril finds itself severely weakened and in decline. House Redoran, meanwhile, despite their inital reluctance towards the treaty, quietly breathes a sign of relief, as the Armistice gives them a face-saving excuse to avoiding to face the might of the Imperial military in a battle they know they were not likely to win.
    • According to the heretical tales, the Underking feels betrayed by the concessions given to the Dunmer and abandons Septim.
    • Septim orders his Imperial Battlemage, Zurin Arctus, to find a power source and a means of control for the Numidium. Arctus creates the Mantella, an unimaginably powerful soul gem, to power the machine. He also creates a control rod, which can only be used by someone of royal blood or supernatural power.
      • According to orthodox Imperial history, Artcus betrays Septim and is killed as a traitor.
      • According to more heretical tales, Arctus is killed while soul-trapping the Underking/Wulfharth using the Mantella. The two are fused into the undying entity known only as the "Underking".
  • 2E 896:
    • Tiber Steptim activates the Numidium for the first time in northeastern Elsweyr, near the city of Rimmen. Possibly testing the Numidium's abilities on the Khajiit populace, Steptim wroughts great trauma upon the region and the locals and even causes local temporal distortions. Appearently satisfied with the results, Steptim then marches the Numidium towards the Aldmeri Dominion's terrority.
    • Septim starts his assault on the Aldmeri Dominion with the Numidium by using it to violently overthrow the Thalmor-lead government in Valenwood. In the aftermath, Steptim allows the Camoran dynasty to reign over Valenwood once again and agrees to lift many of the restrictions the Thalmor had imposed upon them, as long as they pledge loyalty to the Empire in return.
    • Septim uses the Numidium to sack the Aldmeri Dominion capital of Alinor. Due to severe local temporal distortions caused by his use of the Numidium, Septim's attack both lasts less than an hour, but also an eternity. With their armies devastated and their population deeply traumatized by the numerous temporal disruptions left in the Numidium's wake, the Dominion has no choice but to offer their humiliating surrender to Septim.
    • With all of Tamriel united under his Empire, Septim declares the end of the Second Era and the beginning of the Third. Most historians considers this the official end of the long Interregum.

    Third Era 
First Century:
  • 3E 0: Emperor Tiber Septim delcares the beginning of the Third Era at the end of the year 2E 896.
  • ca. 3E 1-37:
    • According to reports deemed heretical by the official Imperial histories, Septim uses Numidium to destroy the neutral ruling families of Tamriel in order to enthrone those loyal to him. Outraged at this use of Numidium, the Underking appears and attempts to reclaim the Mantella, destroying Numidium in the process.
    • According to other reports deemed heretical by the official Imperial histories, the future Queen of Morrowind Barenziah escapes her Imperial-loyalist foster family in Skyrim, spending time with the Thieves' Guild and as a prostitute. She is recovered by General Symmachus and delivered to the Imperial Palace to be groomed for the throne by Tiber Septim himself. Septim and Barenziah fall in love and have a sexual tryst, resulting in Barenziah's pregnancy by Septim. Knowing that a bastard child from a Dunmeri Queen would be a threat to his legitimate heirs, Septim orders his healer to magically abort the pregnancy. A heartbroken Barenziah is sent to rule Morrowind as a Puppet Queen for the Empire and eventually takes the retired Symmachus as her consort. In spite of everything, Barenziah occasionally returns to the Imperial City to visit Tiber, and the two of them manage to maintain a somewhat positive relationship.
  • 3E 6: Hlaalu Athyn Llethan begins his reign as the Duke of Mournhold.
  • 3E 12: The Encyclopedia Tamrielica is published
  • 3E 20: Destri Melarg, who would later become known as a famous Redguard historian and translator, is born in the city-state of Rihad.
  • 3E 36: The holy site of Sancre Tor is suddenly corrupted by an unknown evil. Emperor Tiber Septim sends out the four greatest Blade agents of his day — Alain, Valdemar, Rielus, and Casnar — to investigate what has befallen the sacred place. It turns out to be the work of the Underking, who in an act of vengeance curses the Blade agents with undeath to guard the ruin for all time. The Grandmaster of the Blades subsequently seals the ruins to prevent any other from falling to the Underking's powerful magic.
  • 3E 38:
    • After having reigned for 81 years, Emperor Tiber Septim dies at the age of 108. His grandson, Pelagius I, succeeds him. With Tiber's death several magic artifacts associated with him is said to have mysteriously vanished.
    • All of Tamriel is drenched by two straight weeks of rainfall following Tiber's death. Scholars of the era state that it was as if "the land itself was weeping".
    • According to reports deemed heretical by the official Imperial histories, the Underking appears before Pelagius I after his ascension to Emperor, claiming to have been sent by Tiber himself to help the new emperor run his Empire. Pelagius I proceeds to accept him as an advisor, and it is suggested that with the Underking's guidance Pelagius is able to continue his grandfather's legacy of peace and prosperity.
  • 3E 39: Destri Melarg journeys to the Imperial City to begin his studies into history, thereby becoming one of the very first Redguards to visit the city.
  • 3E 41: Emperor Pelagius I is assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood while praying at the Temple of the One in the Imperial City. Although short, his reign is considered just as glorious as his grandfather's. With no direct heirs, his cousinnote  Kintyra, Tiber's niece via his brother Agnorith and the Queen of Silvenar, is crowned Empress. During her reign, Kintyra I becomes known as an avid patroness of art, music, and dance, and the Empire is blessed with prosperity and several years of good harvests.
  • 3E 48: Empress Kintyra dies. Her son, Uriel I, succeeds her. During his reign, Uriel I establishes a reputation as a great lawmaker, who rules with a firm, but kind hand, and a promoter of independent organizations and guilds. With his help, the Fighters Guild and the Mages Guild increases in prominence throughout Tamriel.
  • 3E 55: Prince Antiochus is born to the future Emperor Pelagius Septim II.
  • 3E 64: Emperor Uriel I dies, leaving behind a Tamriel that has grown stable and increasingly unified under his rule. His son, Uriel II, succeeds him. In stark contrast to his father, Uriel II's reign is cursed with plagues and insurrections, driving the Empire into severe debt. The only trait he seems to have inherited from his father is his tenderheartedness, but this ultimately does not serve him well as an Emperor.
  • 3E 67: Princess Potema, future Queen of Solitude, is born as the only daugther of Pelagius Septim II.
  • 3E 81: Princess Potema, the only granddaughter of Uriel II, is wed to King Mantiarco of Solitude in order to settle debts and smooth relations between the empire and the kingdom.
  • 3E 82: Emperor Uriel II dies. His son, Pelagius II (father of Potema), succeeds him. He inherits an empire plagued by debt and poor judicial decisions, setting out to right his father's wrongs. Most controversial and radical is one of his very first decisions, which is to dismiss the entire Elder Council and only allowing those willing to pay great sums to return. Despite his contentious methods, Pelagius still proves capable as a ruler, and near the end of his seventeen year reign, he has managed to restore the Empire to relative prosperity.
  • 3E 97: Uriel Mantiarco, son of King Mantiarco and Queen Potema, is born. Potema had suffered several miscarriages prior to Uriel's birth, and he will remain her only surviving child.
  • 3E 98: Emperor Pelagius II dies on the 15th of Evening Star. Rumors claim that he was poisoned by a vengeful former Council member. His successor isn't named until the following year.
  • 3E 99: Antiochus Septim succeeds his father as Emperor. During his reign, Antiochus quickly distinguishes himself as a very flamboyant member of the usually austere Septim family, taking many mistresses and nearly as many wives, and becomes famous for his grandness of dress and his good humor. His time on the throne is, however, also marked by being rife with civil wars and general unrest, surpassing even the tumultuous times of his grandfather, Uriel II.

Second Century:

  • 3E 104: Antiochus' daughter, Princess Kintyra, is born. A persistent rumor that Kintyra is an illegitimate heir to the Ruby Throne quickly spread throughout the Empire.
  • 3E 110: The War of the Isle breaks out in the Summerset Isles. A Maormer army led by Orgnum invades and nearly conquers the province. The Kings of Summerset reluctantly appeal to Emperor Antiochus for aid, but their combined forces still falter. The Maomer are only defeated when a freak storm, attributed to the Psijic Order, destroys their fleet. According to some sources, Queen Potema had three months prior to the war's outbreak held a diplomatic meeting with Orgnum himself in Solitude, where she had encouraged the King of the Maormer to attack the Altmer in order to weaken the Empire, hoping that her son could then usurp the throne from Antiochus.
    • The crushing defeat appears to have humbled Orgnum and his Maormer followers, and caused them to turn increasingly isolationist, as after this point their fleets all but completely stop their semi-regular harrasment and raiding of the Summerset Isles, and no confirmed sightings of any Maormer on the Tamriel mainland have been made ever since.
  • 3E 111: Sir Amiel Lannus, a hero of the War of the Isle establishes the knighty order of the Knights of the Nine, along with his friends Sir Caius and Sir Torolf, setting up base at the Priory of the Nine in the West Weald. The order's ambition is to recover the lost Relics of the Divine Crusader, Pelinal Whitestrake. They quickly establish their reputation by defeating the Wyrm of Elynglenn to recover the Cuirass of the Crusader, inspiring many other knights to join their cause. Several succesful expeditions then follows over the years, and the order steadily grows in prestige and reown.
  • 3E 120:
    • The obese and lecherous Emperor Antiochus dies after a turmoil-plagued and debaucherous reign. Despite this, he ultimately leaves behind a legacy as an overall good ruler despite his drinking and "moral laxity".
    • Queen Potema alleges that Princess Kintyra is an illegitimate bastard and lobbies the Elder Council to recognize her son, Uriel Mantiarco, as Emperor instead. Despite her lobbying, the council crowns the princess as Empress Kintyra II. The young Kintyra is formally coronated on the 3rd of First Seed, and betrothed to Lord Modellus of the Elder Council.
  • 3E 121:
    • The War of the Red Diamond breaks out. Forces of Uriel Mantiarco invade and capture the Imperial City in less than a fortnight. Empress Kintyra II is captured in High Rock and held prisoner. Their uncles, Cephorus and Magnus (brothers to Antiochus and Potema), rally support against Uriel. The loyalties of the provinces are heavily divided between the two factions.
    • Uriel Mantiarco is crowned Emperor Uriel III and takes the surname Septim in an attempt to legitimize his rule.
    • The Knights of the Nine under Sir Amiel Lannus' leadership tries to remain netrual in the War of the Red Diamond. However, many of its members quarrel and bicker vehermently politically, as they come from important families with stakes in the war, and many of them end up leaving the order.
  • 3E 123: Empress Kintyra II is murdered in her cell on the 23rd of Frostfall. This is considered by some historians to be the "true" end of the Tiber bloodline as the lineage of later Emperors is doubtful. Though attempted surpressed, the news of Kintyra's death eventually leak out and spread throughout the Empire, inspiring public outpours of sympathy for the slain Empress across Tamriel, both amongst nobels and the citizenry alike, ultimately fuelling a new wave of widespread anger and resistance against Emperor Uriel III, who find himself more hated in the eye of the public than ever. The 23rd of Frostfall is later named the Day of Broken Diamond in her memory.
  • 3E 127:
    • Emperor Uriel III is captured at the Battle of Ichidag in Hammerfell. As he is transported to the Imperial City for trial, a mob overtakes his carriage and burns him alive within it. Though Uriel III's mother, Queen Potema, would continue her insurrection for years afterwards, his sudden death is considered the formal end of the War of the Red Diamond.
    • Uriel III's uncle and captor, Cephorus, is named Emperor. In a bid to ensure the loyality of the Empire's nobility, one of Cephorus' first acts as ruler is to acquiesce to demands for greater autonomy for all the outlying provinces except Elsweyr.
  • ca. 3E 127-136: Queen Potema and her supporters continue a protracted insurgency against her brother, Emperor Cephorus I. It takes Cephorus 10 years of constant warfare to fully quell the rebellion.
  • 3E 131: An Imperial decree officially disbands the order of the Knights of the Nine. This is mostly seen as a formality as the order had been in severe disarray since the War of the Red Diamond.
  • 3E 133: Destri Melarg, famed Redguard historian and translator, dies at the age of 113, after a long and productive academic career. He leaves behind numerous unfinished writings.
  • 3E 137: Abandoned by her supporters and having turned to necromancy as well as summoning Daedra to bolster her armies, Queen Potema dies during the Siege of Solitude.
  • 3E 140: Emperor Cephorus I dies. Having never married, his younger brother Magnus succeeds him. Already elderly when ascending the throne, Emperor Magnus is left with the business of punishing the traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond, something which takes a major toll on his health.
  • 3E 141: Emperor Magnus arranges the marriage of his son and heir, Pelagius III, to the Dunmeri Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah. Even the most orthodox Imperial histories record Pelagius III as "eccentric", with Magnus hoping that having the consummate politician Katariah as his wife will cover for his madness.
  • 3E 145: Emperor Magnus dies. Emperor Pelagius III succeeds him. Unlike most Emperors, and perhaps as an early public sign of his "eccentricity", he decides to mainly rule from Solitude in Skyrim and not the Imperial City.
  • 3E 147: Emperor Pelagius III acquires the dubious nickname of "Pelagius the Mad". He embarrasses dignitaries, offends his vassal kings, and, on one occasion, marks the end of a grand ball by attempting to hang himself. He is committed to an asylum and Katariah is named Empress Regent by the Elder Council.
  • 3E 150:
    • The last recorded public sighting of Sir Amiel Lannus. According to a passing traveler, the knight resides as a hermit in the priory that once housed his now defunct order of the Knights of the Nine.
    • A group of House Dagoth is discovered hiding out near Ebernanit in northern Vvardenfell. House Indoril's Ordinators, with support from the Buoyant Armigers, Vivec's personal guards, undertakes an operation, headed by Rangidil Ketil, the leader of the Ordinators, to root them out. The event, known as the Siege of Abernanit, is recorded in the poem Death Blow of Abernanit.
  • 3E 153:
    • Pelagius III dies from a sudden bout of fever in his asylum on the 2nd of Suns Dawn.
    • Katariah is declared Empress by the Elder Council, the only non-Mannish ruler of the Septim Empire. Her reign is remembered as one of the most glorious in Tamriel's history. Katariah travels extensively throughout the Empire, as no Emperor had since Tiber's day. She repairs much of the damage that broken alliances and bungled diplomacy had created. The people of Tamriel come to love their Empress, though many nobles are not as fond.
    • With all his former comrades dead, Sir Amiel Lannus of the Knights of the Nine goes on one last quest to recover the Helm of the Crusader in the hope of reclaiming the lost honor of his forgotten order. He does not return.
  • 3E 195: Rangidil Ketil, the famous Dunmer hero and leader of the Temple Ordinators, dies at the age of 288.

Third Century:

  • 3E 200:
    • Empress Katariah is killed in a minor skirmish while visiting Black Marsh. Though official Imperial histories downplay the circumstances of the tragic incident, a disenfranchised branch of the Septim family is involved leading to many conspiracy theories.
    • Katariah's son by Pelagius III, Cassynder, is crowned Emperor. Unlike his Dunmer mother, Cassynder ages like his Breton father. He is already older and in ill-health by the time he ascends to the throne. He adopts his half brother Uriel Lariat, Katariah's son by her consort Gallivere Lariat, into the Septim family and names him heir.
    • Thirsk Mead Hall is established in Solstheim by a group who leave the Skaal village "to live as true Nords".
  • 3E 202: Emperor Cassynder dies. He is succeeded by his half brother, who is crowned Emperor Uriel Septim IV. Despite his legal status as a Septim, the people of his empire see him only as the bastard son of Katariah and he clashes frequently with the Elder Council.
  • 3E 246: In an attempt to clear up some questions of property rights in Skyrim and discourage absent and foreign landlords, the Elder Council decrees that any man without a liege who occupys a castle for more than three months will be granted the rights and titles of that estate.
  • 3E 247: After a turmoil plagued reign, Emperor Uriel IV dies. His son and chosen heir, Andorak, is denied the throne by the Elder Council who instead crown a distant cousin more closely related to the original Septim bloodline — Emperor Cephorus II, a Nordic king. Andorak and his supporters go to war with the Empire.
  • 3E 249: The Camoran Invasion. Haymon Camoran, best known as the Camoran Usurper, leads an army of Redguard and Bosmer mercenaries as well as summoned Daedra and undead warriors on a rampage through Valenwood, conquering the whole province. He then sets his sights toward Hammerfell. Already preoccupied with the civil war against Andorak, Cephorus II is only able to send a token force who are quickly bribed and/or defeated, making the Empire appear weak and powerless.
  • 3E 256: The civil war comes to an end when the Elder Council grants Andorak a conssession in form of rulership over the High Rock kingdom of Shornhelm in return for an armistice and aid against the Camoran Usurper.
  • 3E 263: Haymon Camoran is defeated and killed at the Battle of Firewaves without the help of the Emperor. The private armies of minor kings and nobles from High Rock and Hammerfell unite to defeat him instead. This sparks a wave of increased prestige among local rulers while fueling seperatism from the Empire.
  • 3E 268: Emperor Cephorus II dies and is succeeded by his son, Uriel V.
  • 3E 271-284: In an effort to restore the prestige of the Empire, Emperor Uriel V embarks on a series of invasions and conquers the island nations which lie in the sea to the east of Tamriel, toward Akavir. These conquered territories include Roscrea, Cathnoquey, Yneslea, and Esrionet.
  • 3E 288: Emperor Uriel V sets sail with four legions and the largest fleet in recorded history to invade Akavir. They land in Tsaesci six weeks later, capturing the port city of Septimia and the nearby settlement of Ionith which becomes the Imperial headquarters for the invasion. The Tsaesci are said to have been taken by surprise by the invasion, and their forces are in disarray. However, despite initial successes, Uriel V wastes time sending messengers to Tsaesci leadership seeking to negotiate, none of whom seen again, instead of advancing and taking advantage of the Tsaesci disarray.
  • 3E 289: The invasion is bogged down by seemingly supernatural bad weather which also badly disrupts Uriel V's oceanic supply lines. The decision to leave many of his army's specialists behind due to space restrictions on the fleet, particularly cavarly, becomes detrimental as his infantry is vulnerable to attacks by mounted Tsaesci raiders. His Battlemages are also overextended, spending more of their time as healers. Uriel V survives an assassination attempt by the Tsaesci.
  • 3E 290:
    • Imperial forces retreat from Akavir. Emperor Uriel V himself leads the Tenth Legion to cover the retreat and is presumed killed.
    • When news of his death reaches the mainland, his five year-old son by his consort Thonica is crowned as Emperor Uriel Septim VI. Thonica is given limited regency powers until he is of age, while the Elder Council wields most of the actual authority within the Empire.

Fourth Century:

  • 3E 307-313: Emperor Uriel VI is given license to rule, though he has to spend the following six years strong-arming the Elder Council in order to get full power restored to his office.
  • 3E 319: Arslan II, future King of Daggerfall, is born.
  • 3E 320:
    • Emperor Uriel VI dies after falling from his horse. His sister Morihatha is crowned Empress. She quickly distinguishes herself as a ruler, proving to be well-learned, vivacious, and a well-practiced politician.
    • Empress Morihatha restores the position of Imperial Battlemage for the first time since Zurin Arctus served Tiber Septim, naming Skyrim Archmagister Welloc to the position.
    • Empress Morihatha embarks on a series of military campaigns to surpress rebellions and revolts throughout the Empire. Though very successful, her aversion to over-extending her forces causes the efforts to be frustratingly slow and deliberate.
  • ca. 3E 325: The Dark Brotherhood is decimated due to an internal power struggle. Some suspect that the conflict involved Mehrunes' Razor, an artifact long sought by the Brotherhood because of its ability to kill any target in a single strike.
  • 3E 331: Recognizing the changes that had taken place in the empire in the 375 years since the first edition was published, Empress Morihatha commissions the Second Pocket Guide to the Empire.
  • 3E 335: Princess Eloisa, younger sister of Uriel VI and Morihatha, dies from a fever.
  • 3E 336: Nulfaga, the future wife of Arslan II and Queen of Daggerfall is born.
  • 3E 339:
    • Empress Morihatha is assassinated. An Argonian ambassador, Thoricles Romus, is accused of having hired the assassins; his motive is believed to have been anger over the Empress refusing to send forces to aid in his troubled homeland. Though Romus protests his innocence, he is arrested, tried, and executed.
    • As Empress Morihatha died childless, her nephew by her sister Eloisa succeeds her as Emperor Pelagius IV. He continues his aunt's successes in bringing the seditious provinces into line and invests heavily in the infrastructure of the Empire.
  • 3E 340: Eadwyre, future King of Wayrest, is born.
  • 3E 345: The Bible of the Deep Ones is given by the Chief of the mystery Deep Ones to Irlav Moslin, founder of the isolated forested community of Hackdirt.
  • 3E 346: Uriel Septim VII, future and final Emperor of the Septim Dynasty, is born.
  • 3E 353: Mynisera, future Queen of Daggefall, is born as the daugther of Prince Klaius.
  • 3E 360: The Book of the Dragonborn is written at Weynon Priory.
  • 3E 368: Carolyna, future Queen of Wayrest, is born.
    • Emperor Pelagius IV dies. He leaves behind a Tamriel that is stable, prosperous, and closer to unity than it had been since the days of Uriel I. He is succeeded by his son, Uriel VII.
    • Camaron, future King of Sentinel, is born.
  • 3E 369: Akorithi, future Queen of Sentinel, is born.
  • 3E 376:
    • Helseth, a future prominent member of House Hlaalu and King of Morrowind, is born to Queen Barenziah and Symmachus.
    • The powerful mage Jagar Tharn or his ally Drayven Indoril (sources are differing on which of them) travels to Mournhold in the disguise of an enigmatic bard named "Nightingale". The goal of the quest is to recover the artifact known as the Staff of Chaos from its hiding place in the Mournhold mines. Tharn or Indoril then manages to trick Queen Barenziah into revealing the staff's exact location. The staff is successfully stolen and ends up in Tharn's hands.
  • 3E 377:
    • King Arslan II of Daggerfall dies. He is succeeded by his son Lysandus.
    • Crown Prince Geldall Septim is born as the eldest son of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and Empress Caula Voria.
  • 3E 378: Prince Enman Septim, the middle son of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and Empress Caula Voria, is born.
  • 3E 380: Prince Ebel Septim, the youngest son of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and Empress Caula Voria, is born.
  • 3E 382: Prince Gothryd, the only child of King Lysandus of Daggerfall and Queen Mynisera is born.
  • 3E 385: Arthago, the first child of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel, is born. Arthago, however, proves to be a sickly child with a preference for scholary pursuits, and the king and queen show him little affection, appearently embarrassed that the heir to the throne is infirm.
  • 3E 386: Aubk-i, the second child of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel, is born. In stark contrast to her sickly brother, she quickly becomes the royal couple's favorite child.
  • 3E 389:
    • On the 1st of Hearthfire, Emperor Uriel VII is betrayed by his Imperial Battlemage, Jagar Tharn, who uses the Staff of Chaos to imprison the Emperor in a pocket realm of Oblivion, use magic to take his form, and usurp the throne in what becomes known as the Imperial Simulacrum. Tharn, who is working in league with the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, does little to curb the uprisings, rebellions, and Allowed Internal Wars which plague the Empire in the years that follow. Tharn breaks the Staff of Chaos into eight pieces and hides them throughout Tamriel.
    • Elysana, future Queen of Wayrest, is born as the daugther of King Eadwyre and Queen Carolyna.
  • 3E 391: Unrest leads to rioting in Mournhold. Symmachus, Royal Consort to Queen Barenziah, sends her to the relative safety of the Imperial City along with their two children, Helseth and Morgiah. Symmachus is killed by revolting peasants only a few days later.
  • ca 3E 391-399: Queen Barenziah and King Eadwyre of Wayrest realize Jagar Tharn's deception. They enact a plan where they use Tharn's attraction to Barenziah against him. While playing as his lover, Barenziah uses every opportunity she can get to decipher his journals and locate the pieces of the Staff of Chaos needed to defeat him and free the rightful Emperor.
  • 3E 392: Greklith, the third child of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel, is born.
  • 3E 393:
    • Lhotun, the fourth child of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel, is born.
    • Queen Carolyna of Wayrest dies.
  • 3E 395: The Five Year War breaks out between Valenwood and Elsweyr stemming from a border dispute. After some initial defeats, the Khajiit fire their Nord advisors (who gave them very poor advice) and use their own style of warfare to drive deep into Bosmer territory.
  • ca. 3E 395: A few years after the death of his wife, Queen Carolyna, King Eadwyre of Wayrest proposes to and eventually marries the infamous Dunmer Queen Barenziah.
  • 3E 396:
    • The Arnesian War breaks out between Morrowind and Black Marsh. It started as a small Slave Revolt, involving the death of a Dunmer trader, Roris, who was tortured and killed by Argonian sorcerers for not renouncing his faith in the Tribunal. When the news of his death reaches the rest of Morrowind, the situation quickly escalates into full-on war. The Dunmer defeat the Argonians and push their territory further south. Roris is later canonized as the Patron Saint for Furnishers and Caravaners.
    • Jagar Tharn strikes a mysterious deal with Mehrunes Dagon, in which he offers the Daedric Prince control over the Battlespire.
  • 3E 397:
    • The War of the Bend'r-mahk breaks out between Skyrim and an alliance of High Rock and Hammerfell. The Nords capture eastern territory in High Rock, including several cities. The aftershocks of the war continue for the next 30 years. The war results in a deeper division between the Redguard factions of Crowns and Forebears, as the Forebear cities showed no inclination to help the Crown cities assaulted and occupied by the Nords, which in turn was a response to the lack of help by Crowns to the Forebears during the Camoran Usurper's invasion.
    • The War of the Blue Divide breaks out between the Summerset Isle and Valenwood after the Altmer provide aid to rebel Bosmeri tribes (particularly the Parikh tribe) who then "rampage" through the province. Summerset wins in a "vicious but short" war, claiming several coastal islands while destroying many of Valenwood's harbors.
  • 3E 398:
    • Archbishop of the One, Calaxes Septim, a bastard son of Uriel VII, disappears under mysterious circumstances. Rumors say he was advocating for a full-scale rebellion against his father and the installment of a theocratic regime at the time of his disappearence. Because of these rumors, the Imperial Guard is suspected of having assassinated him, seeing as a him as a threat to the Emperor.
    • The events of An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire. The Daedric forces of Mehrunes Dagon invade the Imperial Battlespire, a training ground for the Imperial Battlemages located in the "slipstream" between Oblivion and Mundus. The actions of an apprentice battlemage lead to Dagon's banishment and his forces retreat into Oblivion, but the Battlespire itself is destroyed in the process.
      • After his failure at taking the Battlespire, Mehrunes Dagon withdraws his favor from Jagar Tharn. Though it is not obvious at the time, the loss of Dagon's support seals Tharn's attempt at usurping Emperor Uriel VII as being ultimately doomed to fail.
  • 3E 399:
    • Barenziah deciphers the location of the eighth piece of the Staff of Chaos, arranges for one of Tharn's prisoners to escape (The Eternal Champion), and then flees the Imperial City to the safety of Wayrest.
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. A hero known as the "Eternal Champion" travels around Tamriel to gather the pieces of the Staff of Chaos. With the restored staff, they manage to defeat Jagar Tharn and thereby rescue Emperor Uriel VII from his prison in Oblivion, restoring him to the throne and ending the Imperial Simulacrum. However, significant damage is done to both the reputation and fighting force of the Empire.
    • In the wake of his restoration, Emperor Uriel VII initates a widescale purge to rid the Imperial government of those who knowingly and willingly collaborated with Jagar Tharn. Most of those arrested in the process are given life sentences in the infamous Blackrose Prison in Black Marsh.
    • The Five Year War ends with the Bosmer invoking The Wild Hunt. The Khajiit retreat, but have still expanded their borders into Valenwood.
    • The Orc hero Gortwog challenges the Breton noble Lord Bowyn to a duel over the claim to the site of Old Orisinium. Bowyn is defeated in the battle and Gortwog refounds Orisinium, henceforth know as Nova Orisinium or the Third Orisinium, and wages a war of independence on its neighbors. Gortwog also petitions Uriel VII for provincial status and citizen rights, citing Orisinium's original agreement with Reman I.

Fifth Century:

  • 3E 400:
    • Forces of Dagoth Ur expand beyond Red Mountain in Vvardenfell and recapture the old House Dagoth stronghold of Kogoruhn. Blight Storms become more frequent and powerful, while the Corprus Disease begins spreading.
    • Crown Prince Arthago, the sickly elder brother of Greklith and Lhotun, and the heir appearent to the throne of Sentinel, vanishes under mysterious circumstances. It is widely rumored that Arthago had either died of a fever or had been kidnapped by the Underking. The truth, however, is that King Camaron, disgusted with his weak heir, pays to have his son kidnapped as he is out talking a walk. Arthago is imprisoned in Castle Faallem on an island slightly north of Sentinel, where he is able to write one last letter, detailing the truth of his tragic fate and his father's transgressions, before he is eventually killed by Camaron's hired thugs. With Arthago's disappearance, Greklith becomes the new heir appearent.
  • 3E 401: Queen Mother Nulfaga of Daggerfall discovers the location of the Mantella, the power source of Numidium, within a realm of Aetherius.
  • 3E 402:
    • Lord Mogref, the ruler of the independent island Betony in the Iliac Bay, agrees to become a vassal of King Lysandus of Daggerfall in exchange for protection against pirates and brigands. This offends King Camaron of Sentinel, who cites a two hundred year old agreement that lists Betony as a traditional holding of his kingdom. Attempts at diplomacy between the two kingdom fails, triggering the War of Betony between the Kingdom of Daggerfall and the Kingdom of Sentinel. The war quickly turns out poorly for Sentinel, with the kingdom only winning a few skirmishes and ends up suffering defeat in several major battles.
    • A few months into the War of Betony, Lord Woodborne, a minor but ambitious noble from Wayrest, asks for an audience with King Lysandus of Daggerfall. His request is granted, and during the audience Woodborne asks for his support in usurping King Eadwyre of Wayrest and taking his throne. King Eadwyre is a good-hearted man, who doesn't suspect Woodborne's plans of betraying him, and has even bethrothed his daugther, Princess Elysana to him. But Lysandus finds himself unwilling to involve himself in Wayrest's succession disputes and already having his hands full with the war against Sentinel, he ultimately rebuffs Woodborne's request. Lysandus' son, Prince Gothryd, however, turns out to have a more sympathetic ear for Woodborne's conspiratorial whisperings, as he views him as a kindred spirit, seeing how they are both ambious men of roughly the same age, and the two nobles enter into an informal and secret agreement of helping each other out in achieving their ambitions.
    • Queen Mynisera of Daggerfall discovers evidence of an affair between her husband King Lynsandus and the court sorceress Medora Direnni. She has Medora banished from court, something which King Lynsandus is very upset about, but he is unable to interfere as he is out leading his armies.
  • 3E 403:
    • King Lysandus of Daggerfall suddenly sues for peace in the War of Betony; something that is considered a very strange move, as the High Rock kingdom clearly has the upper hand in the conflict and Sentinel is on the ropes, being only one lost battle away from having to concede defeat. The two sides meet on neutral ground in the small High Rock fiefdom of Reich Gradkeep, with the local ruler, Lord Graddock, appointed as their mediator. The two kings manage to negotitate a compromise, with Camaron making some concessions, cheifly of which is surrendering Sentinel's old claims on Betony pro forma, and the kingdoms agreeing to jointly rule Betony and that they both have equal and open access to the island. Vanech, an Arch-Priest of Kynareth from Daggerfall and the scribe in charge of drafting up the treaty, does, however, have an agenda of his own, fervently believing Betony to be a holy realm of Kynareth and considering any idea of ceding it to Hammerfell unthinkable. Instead, he gives the two kings a fake treaty with offensive wording to sign. King Camaron discovers the ruse, and flies into a rage, slaying Vanech on the spot, which causes the negotations to turn into a confused bloodbath, which ends up costing the lives of Lord Graddock and all but one member of his family. Sentinel's forces start sporatially sacking the city surrounding Graddock's keep, but Daggerfall's forces quickly intervene, turning the city into a chaotic battlefield for several hours, until Lysandus and Camaron are finally able to regain control of their and both sides exhaustedly withdraw. The forces of Sentinel eventually retreat to the Yeorth Burrowland and Daggerfall to the Ravennian Forest, their positions separated by the flowering meadowlands of Cryngaine Field.
    • With the force of Sentinel and Daggerfall poised to meet at a battle at Cryngaine Field, King Lysandus of Daggerfall receives a delegation from Wayrest, led by Lord Woodborne. While the delegation is officially sactioned by King Eadwyre and is meant to push for negiotation between Lysandus and King Camaron, Woodborne once again has his own designs, and he instead wishes to covertly discuss his ambitions of usurping Eadwyre once more with both Lysandus and Prince Gothryd. Their talk takes a dramatic turn when it turns out that Lysandus has been hatching a secret plan of his own...
    • The Battle of Cryngaine Field is inciated between Daggerfall and Sentinel. King Lysandus of Daggerfall is appearently killed on the battefield. Lysandus' eldest son Gothryd is crowned as the new King of Daggerfall in the midst of the battle and leads the army to victory, as he personally slays Sentinel's King Camaron during the fighting, ending the War of Betony.
      • Unbeknowst to most people at the time, most of the circumstances surrounding King Lysandus' death is actually a carefully planned deception. In a conspiracy involving Lysandus himself, Gothryd, and Lord Woodborne from Wayrest, Lysandus attempts to fake his death by replacing himself with a lookalike so he can retire in secret and live out the rest of his life in the company of his mistress, Medora Direnni. Gothryd, wanting his father to be happy and having no qualms about about rising to the throne of Daggerfall prematurely, gives the plan his support. However, Woodborne ultimately turns out to have other plans and doublecrosses Lysandus; as soon as the king has been replaced by his body double and taken to a secluded location by Woodborne, the Wayrest noble catches Lysandus off-guard and kills him with a single stab between his ribs. The exact reasons for Woodborne's betrayal of Lysandus has remained a historical mystery, but it is not unlikely that he feared Lysandus might change his mind at some point and didn't want to leave any loose ends.
    • Nulfaga is driven to madness by her son's death and retreats to a fortress in the Wrothgarian Mountains along with her knowledge of the Mantella's location.
    • As a part of the of the terms of Sentinel's surrender to Daggerfall, Princess Aubk-i, Camaron's daughter, is to give her hand to the newly-crowned King Gothryd in marriage. While this is seen in Daggerfall as a means to restore peaceful relations between the kingdoms, those in Sentinel consider Aubk-i little more than a prisoner of war.
    • With King Camaron's death, his heir, Crown Prince Greklith, is formally considered the ruler of Sentinel. Due to his young age, however, he is not pronounced king, and Sentinel instead enters a regency under Queen Akorithi.
    • With the death of Lord Graddock and most of his family, and the only survivor being a sickly infant son, the nobles of Reich Gradkeep appoint Graddock's cousin, Auberon Flyte, to the regent of the hold of Reich Gradkeep. The surviving son dies soon thereafter, however, and it is agreed to elevate Flyte to the official ruler of the hold. It is also agreed to rename the hold in Flyte's honor; thus, Reich Gradkeep becomes Anticlere, named after Lord Flyte's ancestral home.
  • 3E 404:
    • The scholar Vulper Newgate writes The War of Betony, a book on the eponymous war with a heavy pro-Daggerfall bias.
    • A few months after King Lynsandus' death, his restless ghost spirit appears in Daggerfall, bringing with him a legion of ghost soldiers. Lysandus and his undead warriors begin haunting the Daggerfall's streets at night, rendering the streets unsafe for its citizens after sundown. The ghost of the king becomes infamous for his repeated of uttering the word "vengeance" as he stalks the streets. This causes (not entirely unfounded) rumors that King Gothryd was involved in the death of his father to spread.
  • 3E 405:
    • The beginning of the events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. Emperor Uriel VII sends a trusted associate, known as "The Agent", to Daggerfall to investigate the appearance of the ghost of King Lynsandus as well as to find the missing letter the Emperor sent to the Queen of Daggerfall, Mynisera.
    • With help from Gortwog, Medora Direnni, and the Underking, the Agent eventually manages to uncover the full story of the conspiracy behind the assassination of King Lysandus, by entering his tomb in Menevia and summoning his ghost who reveals Lord Woodborne as his true murderer. Following Lysandus' wish to be avenged, the Agent infiltrates Woodborne Hall and, depending on sources, either confronts and slays Lord Woodborne, who with his dying breath reveales his co-conspirator in this sordid affair to be none other than King Gothryd, or finds irrefutable evidence detailing the entire conspiracy. Others sources say that it is Medora Direnni herself who, upon learning the truth from the Agent, ends up avenging the death of her lover by summoning a flock of Daedra who descends upon Woodborne Hall and carries the treasonous nobleman off to his doom. No matter the case, Lysandus' vengeance is completed, and with that he is finally able to find rest. The wraiths and ghosts of his loyal soldiers vanishes as his soul passes to the afterlife, leaving the city of Daggerfall to the living.
  • 3E 407: The mysterious anti-slavery vigilante known only as "The Lopper" takes up operation in Tear, the capital of the Great House Dres, where they are believed to have been carred out least 10 murders on local slavers.
  • 3E 410: The Sixth House Cult, in service to Dagoth Ur, grows in influence rapidly throughout Vvardenfell. Sixth House operatives exploit smuggler organizations and communications to spread their influence among victims unbalanced by Dagoth Ur's influenced dreams.
  • 3E 414:
    • Vvardenfell is opened for settlement by King Llethan of Morrowind. Formerly a Tribunal Temple preserve inhabited by only a small number of Temple workers and the Ashlanders granted as a term in the Armistice, it is largely uninhabited and undeveloped. A flood of Imperial colonists and the Great Houses come to Vvardenfell. This also opens up exploitation of valuable resources like glass and ebony.
      • House Hlaalu stands out as the biggest winners of the intial colonization race for Vvardenfell, having managed to grab the lion's share of the best lands in the fertile Ascadian Isles, and also secured themselves the charter to the rich ebony mines in Caldera.
      • House Redoran, under the leadership of Archmaster Bolvyn Venim, are able to secure most of the frontier areas on Vvardenfell. As a result, Venim decides to move Redoran's council to the settlement of Ald'ruhn.
  • 3E 415: Sixth House agents infiltrate every settlement in Vvardenfell.
  • 3E 417:
    • Finale to the events of Daggerfall. The Dragon Break known as "The Warp in the West" occurs between the 9th and the 11th of Frostfall when The Agent acquires the Mantella and the Control Rod for Numidium. To some observers the three days simply merge into one, with no explanation for the missing time. During the time the event happens, several natural disasters ravages the region, from earthquakes and freak sandstorms in the Alik'r to fires and tsunamis along the Bjoulsae River. In addition, there are also scattered reports that tell of seven titanic battles waged simultaneously around the Iliac Bay that day, prominent amongst them a battle between Orsinium and Wayrest in Principality of Gavaudon, and a three-way battle between Daggerfall, Wayrest, and Orsinium in Daenia and the Ilessan Hills. When the dust settles, 44 independent kingdoms, counties, baronies, and duchies surrounding the Iliac Bay are condensed into four: Daggerfall, Sentinel, Wayrest, and Orsinium — all swearing fealty to the Empire. Mannimarco ascends to his station as God of Worms, though a "mortal" King of Worms version is left behind who now leads a cult in service to the God of Worms. The Underking reclaims the Mantella, frees his soul from it, and is finally able to die. Lastly, the Numidium is rendered inoperable and The Agent is presumed killed.
    • As a side-effect of the Warp in the West, the Kingdoms of Northpoint and Evermore absorb many of the smaller nations surronding them.
    • Theorized to be related to the death of the Underking and the Warp in the West, the deity Talos becomes the Ninth Divine in the Imperial pantheon. Talos is believed to be, at least in part, the soul of the former Emperor Tiber Septim.
    • In the years immediately following the Warp in the West, the event gains another sobriquet, namely "The Miracle of Peace". Despite the indescribable death and destruction that took place during the event, what emerges afterwards is a stable, relatively peaceful Iliac Bay region that is loyal to the Empire and more unified than at any point in modern history.
    • Following the Warp in the West, Orsinium is recognized by the Empire as a kingdom of High Rock (though its king, Gortwog, continues to press for elevation to Provincial status). As a result, the Orcish people are given equal status among the races of the Empire, and within ten years many Orcs have become fully integrated Imperial citizens and can be found in all walks of life across the regions of Tamriel.
    • In Morrowind, the Tribunes Almalexia and Sotha Sil attempt to force their way into the heart chamber but are attacked by Dagoth Ur and his minions. Vivec, the third Tribune, rescues them but they lose two of the Tools of Kagrenac needed to tap into the heart — the hammer Sunder and dagger Keening.
  • ca. 3E 420-430:
    • A plague ravages Sentinel, claiming the lives of Crown Prince Greklith and Queen Akorithi. In the aftermath, Prince Lhotun remains as Camaron's sole surviving heir, causing his ascension to the throne as King of Sentinel.
    • A significant shift occurs in Redgard politics, as a third faction outside the two traditional forces of the Forebears and the Crowns emerges under King Lhotun, who is forced to content with the fact with the fact that Sentinel is historically a Forebear city, but the majority of the new lands merged into his kingdom due to the Warp in the West are overwhelmingly lands sympathetic to the Crowns. To keep the peace in his new, larger kingdom, Lhotun decides on a compromise between the Forebears and the Crowns' positions, preaching reverence for the Yokudan past, but also respect for the Imperial ways. This attempt at finding a moderate stance is somewhat succesful at stabilizing the Kingdom of Sentinel, but in the rest of Hammerfell the so-called "Lhotunic" position is met with nothing but contempt by both the Forebears and the Crowns.
    • The union between King Gothryd and Queen Aubk-i of Daggerfall eventually produces four children. One of them, their son, Camaron, is wedded to Lady Kelmena, daugther of Duke Senhyn of Camlorn, leading to rumors of a possible personal union between to the two realms.
  • 3E 421:
    • The Empire passes the Levitation Act into law, thereby outlawing the use of levitation magic throughout Imperial territory. Only Morrowind is exempt from the act, due to its higher level of self-rule under the Treaty of the Armistice. Some areas of Morrowind do still end up introducing the levitation ban on a voluntary basis, such as Mournhold, where it is enforced by the will of Almalexia herself.
    • The Dark Brotherhood member, Greywyn Blenwyth, believing that Sithis has personally tasked him with the removal of all non-vampires from the Brotherhood, forms the order of the Crimson Scars to achieve this goal. The Crimson Scars are later killed by the Black Hand upon the discovery of Greywyn's plot.
    • On the 14th of Last Seed, the ship known as the Emma May sinks in Niben Bay shortly after a mutiny.
  • 3E 426: Sixth House cultists assassinate several high-ranking Imperial and House Hlaalu representatives in Vvardenfell.
  • ca. 3E 426-427:
    • Hlaalu Helseth is crowned as the King of Morrowind, succeeding King Llethan. Though Llethan was very old at the time of his death, there are still rumors abound that Helseth personally poisoned and killed him, though no evidence of this ever surfaces. During his reign, King Helseth forms an alliance with House Dres, which is seen as a shrewd political move. Subsequently, he publicly renounces the slave trade, which turns the Houses of Indoril and Redoran belligerent towards him, causing a period of civil unrest.
    • Remas Morvayn, member of the Redoran Council of Vvardenfell and the Councilor of Maar Gan is killed when his homestead, Morvayn Manor, is invaded by Corprus creatures. As a result, he is succeeded by his wife Brara Morvayn.
    • Persistent rumors that Emperor Uriel VII's heirs, the Princes Geldall, Enman, and Ebel Septim, have been replaced with doppelgängers created by Jagar Tharn during the Simulacrum cause widespread unrest to break out in the Imperial City, when a series of mobs gathers and demands the destruction of the "false heirs". Local Legion forces decide to intervene and violently surpress the mobs, leading to the killing of several citizens.
  • 3E 427:
    • The Blight spreads throughout Vvardenfell. The island is quarantined from the mainland.
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. On the orders of Emperor Uriel VII himself, a prisoner meeting the requirements of the ancient Dunmeri "Nerevarine Prophecy" is released from the Imperial City prison and sent to Vvardenfell. This prisoner, known to history as the Nerevarine, works with the Blades, the Ashlanders, the Dissident Priests, and later the Great Houses and Tribunal deity Vivec to fulfill the prophecy. The Nerevarine survives the Blight, recovers the lost Tools of Kagrenac, and severs the enchantments on the Heart of Lorkhan, killing Dagoth Ur while also stripping the Tribunal of their divinity.
    • The nascent Vvardenfell branch of the Thieves' Guild defends against an attack by their rival, the native Dunmeri criminal syndicate known as the Camonna Tong. The Fighters Guild and Great House Hlaalu are also involved in conflicts with the Camonna Tong, severing the Tong's influence over both groups.
    • Archmagister Gothren of Great House Telvanni is assassinated by a rival on House Telvanni's Klingon Promotion system.
    • Archmaster Bolvyn Venim of Great House Redoran is killed in a Duel to the Death for his position in the Vivec Arena.
    • The Morag Tong survives an attack from their ancient enemies, the Dark Brotherhood, in Vvardenfell. The Morag Tong retaliates, killing the Dark Brotherhood's guild leader, Severa Magia.
    • The Imperial Cult locates and recovers a number of legendary artifacts, including the Boots of the Apostle, the Iceblade of the Monarch, and the hammer Skullcrusher.
    • The tomb of Olmgerd the Outlaw, bastard son of the ancient High King of the First Era Nordic Empire Harald Hand-Free, is discovered.
    • The tomb of Modrin Hanin, a revered figure in First Era Morrowind, is uncovered along with his vast treasury of artifacts, including an arsenal of Daedric weaponry and the legendary shield Eleidon's Ward.
    • King Hlaalu Helseth of Morrowind sends the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate the Nerevarine, who he sees as a threat to his rule. The Nerevarine survives the attempt and traces the attack back to Helseth, who then recruits the Nerevarine to spy on the now-mortal Tribune, Almalexia.
    • Almalexia, now gone mad due to the loss of her divine powers, kills fellow Tribune Sotha Sil and attempts to kill the Nerevarine. After reforging the ancient sword of the original Lord Nerevar, True Flame, the Nerevarine kills Almalexia within Sotha Sil's Clockwork City.
      • Having been forewarned that Almalexia would betray and attempt to kill him, Sotha Sil had set up a contingency plan to make sure that his greatest achivements, the Clockwork City and the still in-development Mechanical Heart, would survive him. In his final moments, he manages to seal the Mechanical Heart inside the Chamber of Lorkhan, along with several of his machines, having given them orders to finish the construction of the Heart in his absence.
    • With the aid of the Nerevarine, the Imperial ebony mining colony of Raven Rock is founded on the island of Solstheim, to the northwest of Morrowind.
    • The Bloodmoon Prophecy comes to fruition on Solstheim, as the Daedric Prince Hircine captures the four strongest fighters on the island (including the Nerevarine) to take part in his one-per-era hunt on Mundus. The Nerevarine ultimately defeats Hiricine.
  • 3E 431: Hannibal Traven is narrowly elected to position of Archmage of the Mages Guild. Traven immediately imposes a couple of controversial policy changes within the guild, such as tightening admission to the Arcane University and a banning the practice of Necromancy within the Guild. Technically speaking, the original ban on Necromancy enacted in the Second Era was still active, but several Archmagisters had been content to ignore it, while some reputedly practiced it in secret. Traven's enforcement of the ban creates a significant schism, as members who wish to practice necromancy abandon the Guild and flock to Mannimarco's Order of the Black Worm.
  • 3E 432:
    • On the authority of Emperor Uriel VII, the Third Pocket Guide to the Empire is published with updates on events which have occurred since the Second Edition was published, especially the Warp in the West.
    • The Hist, who forsee the events of the upcoming crises, recall most Argonians to Black Marsh. Through drinking Hist sap, the Argonians are changed physically and mentally to be greater tools of war.
    • The Nerevarine reportedly leaves Tamriel on an expedition to Akavir.
    • Senchal has been noted to be undergoing a renaissance from the drug-capital of the Empire, to a coastal resort-town populated by powerful merchant-lords of Elsweyr.
    • A number of inmates escape from the infamous Blackrose Prison in Black Marsh, including several of Jagar Tharn's co-conspirators in the events of the Imperial Simulacrum. Authorities presume that the majority of the escapees are killed by the hostile environment of Black Marsh.
    • In Valenwood, the Imperial Geographic Society reports that Falinesti, the famous "walking city" of trees, has rooted itself for the first time in recorded history.
  • 3E 433:
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. On the 27th of Last Seed, Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his legitimate heirs, the Princes Geldall, Enman, and Ebel Septim, are assassinated by members of the Mythic Dawn, a Daedric cult in service to Mehrunes Dagon, beginning what is known as the Oblivion Crisis. Just before he dies, Uriel VII passes the Amulet of Kings to an escaped prisoner, who later becomes to be known as the Champion of Cyrodiil.
    • Oblivion Gates begin to open across Tamriel, with the greatest concentrations in Cyrodiil and Morrowind. The Daedric forces of Mehrunes Dagon spill out, destroying many cities including Kvatch in Cyrodiil and Ald-Ruhn in Vvardenfell. The Crystal Tower in the Summerset Isles is destroyed by the invading Daedra. In Black Marsh, the Argonians mount a successful defense, forcing cultists to close Oblivion Gates as the Argonians begin to counterattack into Oblivion.
    • The Champion delivers the amulet to the retired Grandmaster of the Blades, but it is stolen from their possession by members of the Mythic Dawn and delivered to their leader, Mankar Camoran, the son of the imfamous Haymon Camoran.
    • At the urging of the Blades, the Champion rescues a Priest of Akatosh named Martin from the city of Kvatch which is beseiged by Daedric forces. It is revealed that Martin is actually the Martin Septim, bastard son of Uriel VII and now the rightful heir of the Empire.
    • Together with Martin, the Blades, and forces from the cities of Cyrodiil, the Champion kills Mankar Camoran and retrieves the Amulet of Kings.
    • Mehrunes Dagon himself enters Mundus and leads an attack on the Imperial City. Martin sacrifices himself and shatters the Amulet of Kings, which summons an avatar of Akatosh to banish Dagon and end the Oblivion Crisis.
    • Mannimarco, the King of Worms and leader of the Order of the Black Worm, is killed in a duel with the new Archmage of the Mages Guild.
    • The Blackwood Company, a rival and much more ruthless mercenary organization, is destroyed by the Fighters Guild.
    • An Elder Scroll is stolen from the Imperial Library by a member of the Thieves' Guild, reportedly the Gray Fox himself.
    • Frathen Drothan, a rogue Telvanni wizard, assembles a mercenary force with the intent of toppling Imperial rule. He seeks Mehrunes Razor, a legendary dagger said to be able to kill anyone in a single strike. Before he can recover it, he is defeated by the Champion of Cyrodiil.
    • Umaril the Unfeathered, an ancient Ayleid sorcerer from the time of St. Alessia, returns and makes targeted attacks against clergymen and temples of the Nine. The Champion reforms the Knights of the Nine, gathers the Crusader's Relics used by Pelinal Whitestrake to defeat Umaril in the past, and slays Umaril once and for all.
    • The Shivering Isles, the Daedric realm of Sheogorath (Daedric Prince of Madness) comes under attack by Jyggalag (Daedric Prince of Order), in an event known as the Greymarch. The Champion defends the Shivering Isles from the attack and brings an end to the vicious Eternal Recurrence, by assuming the mantle of Sheogorath themselves.
    • The Imperial mining colony of Raven Rock is abandoned for the first time due to a combination of financial issues and the local Imperial Legion garrison being recalled to defend against the Oblivion Crisis.

With the death of the final known member of the Septim dynasty, the Third Era ends.

    Fourth Era 
First Century:
  • 4E 1:
    • With no known living members of the Septim family left to take the throne and having exhausted all other options, High Chancellor Ocato of the Elder Council takes over rulership of the Empire as Potentate.
    • With their capital city of Ald-Ruhn destroyed during the Oblivion Crisis, Great House Redoran councilor Brara Morvayn strikes a deal with the East Empire Company to allow her people to settle in Raven Rock. The situation was mutually beneficial as it provided work for the displaced Dunmer while providing labor to the cash-strapped colony.
    • In the aftermath of the Oblivion Crisis, Rimmen declares its secession from the Elsweyr confederacy, becoming an independent city state once more.
    • With Cyrodiil still reeling from the chaos and devastation from the Oblivion Crisis, the Counts of Bravil and Leyawiin declare independence from the Empire, who finds itself too weakened to stop their secession. The independent Bravil and Leyawiin almost immediately find themselves warring with each other for control over the Eastern Nibenay area.
  • ca. 4E 1-5:
    • Vivec, the last surviving member of the Dunmeri Tribunal, disappears. Various conflicting reports state that he was either kidnapped by Daedra, slain, or ascended to Aetherius.
    • After the Oblivion Crisis, a strong anti-magic sentiment sweeps across the Empire. The Mages Guild finds itself a target of it in particular, and even faces scattered accusations of having started the crisis in the first place. This suspicion and hostility causes infighting in the guild, and eventually provokes its dissolution. Instead, two splinter organisations, the Synod and the College of Whispers, rise up to fill its place. The two groups quickly form a heated rivalry, constantly striving to earn the favor of the Elder Council.
  • 4E 5:
    • With Vivec's disappearance, the Ministry of Truth (a moonlet named Baar Dau which was hurled at Vivec (the city) by Sheogorath in a past age and frozen in place by Vivec with his divine power) becomes unstable. Vuhon, a Dunmer mage, constructs a device called the "ingenium" which is powered by souls to stabilize it. One soul it used was that of the wife of Sul, an Argonian, who fought Vuhon in an attempt to get it back and caused the ingenium to fail. As a result, Baar Dau resumes its descent with its original momentum, and crashes into the city of Vivec, completely wiping it out, along with much of the surrounding area. The force of the impact also causes Red Mountain to massively erupt, spewing out copious amounts of ash and magma, in an event known as the Red Year. Much of Vvardenfell is destroyed and a large portion of mainland Morrowind is rendered uninhabitable due to the volcano's choking ash. Many villages and towns are laid to waste, and thousands of Dunmer are killed, with several more thousands of survivors fleeing to northern Morrowind, to Solstheim, and into eastern Skyrim.
      • In the aftermath of the crash, the crater where the city of Vivec once stood is filled with water from the surrounding sea. It becomes a permanently boiling body of water known as "The Scathing Bay".
    • Solstheim's southern half is blasted with ash from Red Mountain's eruption. The Imperial Legion garrison at Fort Frostmoth, including garrison commander Falx Carius, is wiped out. The event causes widespread panic and disarray to erupt in Raven Rock, but with the East Empire Company's blessing, Brara Morvayn uses her position in House Redoran to successfully petition the Redoran Guard to set a small detachment of soldiers to restore law and order in the port town.
    • With the Empire still weakened from the Oblivion Crisis, Black Marsh secedes from the Empire under the direction of the xenophobic An-Xileel party, whose close ties to the Hist give them great political sway.
    • Elsweyr quickly follows suit with Black Marsh, also seceding from the Empire.
  • 4E 6:
    • The Accession War breaks out. Spurred on by local agent provocateurs in the employ of the Thalmor and exploiting the fact that the Dunmer are still severely weakened by the Red Year, a large army of Argonian warriors invades Morrowind from the southern border, pillaging wherever they advance and capturing many of the still-habitable areas, including the capital city of Mournhold, as well as their valuable ebony mines. House Dres and House Telvanni, infamous for being the main slavers of the Great Houses, are especially singled out for revenge by the invading Argonians, and are hit extra hard as a result, the latter in particular having all of their strongholds sacked and driven to near extinction. Thousands of Dunmer are killed, while many others are exiled. The Argonian incursion is eventually stopped by the forces of House Redoran, who are able to rally an army of Dunmer that manage to push Argonians back while retaking some of the captured cities. The Argonians are, however, ultimately able to hold on to a portion of Southern Morrowind.
    • Following the dual crises of the Red Year and the Argonian invasion, many of the Dunmer feel that the Empire has failed them in their hour of need as they did nothing to intervene in either. Although the Empire still claims domain over Morrowind, they lose the de facto control of the province as the Dunmer population reject Imperial rule.
    • Having a close relationship to the Empire immediately turns House Hlaalu into the scapegoat for the Dunmer people's suffering. The House is, in short order, uncermononiously stripped of their Great House status, as well as their lands, and is dismissed from the Morrowind Grand Council. Their seat on the council is taken by the emergent House Sadras, while House Redoran rises as the eminent power in Morrowind.
    • Morrowind's once-proud capital of Mournhold, having suffered tremendous damage after having been invaded and sacked by the Argonian army during the Accession War, has effectively been recuded to a lingering shadow of its former self. As a result, House Redoran decides to move the administrative capital to the northern city of Blacklight, while Mournhold begins a very slow and arduous rebuilding process.
  • 4E 10: Potentate Ocato is assassinated as part of a plot by the Thalmor (a religious extremist Altmer political party) to destabilize the Empire. It works as the petty squabbling of the Elder Council causes the Empire to further deteriorate, initating a very tumultuous period for the Empire, known as the Stormcrown Interregnum.
  • ca. 4E 11-15:
    • The Elder Council votes between two contenders to the Ruby Throne: Thules the Gibbering, a Nibenese "witch warrior", and Titus Mede, a Colovian warlord. Not well-liked by the people and known for having various perversions, Thules was nonetheless named Emperor by vote of the Elder Council.
    • The Third Orsinium is sacked by forces from High Rock and Hammerfell. The Seventh and Fifteenth Legions intervene in the attack and rescue numerous Orc survivors, many of whom later resettle in Skyrim. At some point after the attack, the Orcs in Dragontail Mountains establish the Fourth Orsinium.
  • 4E 16:
    • The High King of Skyrim officially cedes Solstheim to the Dunmer. Ostensibly a sign of compassion for the suffering Dunmer people following the devastation of the Red Year, the act serves a pragmatic political purpose: denying the numerous Dunmer refugees access to Solstheim could lead to an unwanted conflict with Morrowind, which had long maintained a theoretical claim to the island, but just standing by and allowing the Dunmer to settle its territory would have resulted in a loss of face for the High King. By relinquishing its own claim to Solstheim, Skyrim handily defuses the tense situation and emerges looking like a savior.
    • Following Skyrim relinquishing its claim on Solstheim, the island comes under the formal control of House Redoran, who place their local base of operations in Raven Rock, ejecting the local branch of the East Empire Company in the process. The House appoints Brara Morvayn as their first Councilor of Raven Rock.
    • Hleryn Sathil, the head of House Sathil, declares his house formally independent from House Indoril, citing their failure to protect the people of Morrowind against the Argonian invasion. Hleryn proceeds to resettle himself and his family on Solstheim, where he fonds a village named after his house.
  • 4E 17:
    • Titus Mede captures the Imperial City with a mere 1000 men, overthrows Emperor Thules the Gibbering, and declares himself Emperor. This marks the beginning of the Mede dynasty as the rulers of the Empire of Tamriel and the end of the Stormcrown Interregnum.
    • With an Emperor once again in place, the Blades once again assume their traditional role of bodyguards and spies. But as Titus Mede is not Dragonborn, they feel no special loyality to him.
  • ca. 4E 18-21:
    • Eddar Olin, a southern pretender to the Ruby Throne, is routed by Emperor Titus Mede with a force of only 2000 men.
    • Emperor Titus Mede enforces his authority over Bravil and Leyawiin, putting an end to their brief stint as independent city-states as he reincorporates them into the Empire.
  • 4E 22: The Thalmor ride a wave of populist support and seize control of the Summerset Isles. They rename it Alinor.
  • 4E 26: Attrebus Mede, son of Emperor Titus Mede is born. The Emperor later formally names him as his heir by making him Crown Prince.
  • 4E 29:
    • A Thalmor-backed coup suddenly overthrows Valenwood's government and seizes control of the province. A resistance of Imperial-backed forces is quickly defeated.
    • The Thalmor announce the formation of the Third Aldmeri Dominion unifying Alinor and Valenwood. They cut off all communication with the Empire for the next 70 years, with rumors stating that they are putting down internal strife during this time.
  • 4E 38: Vundheim, a great warrior and resident of Windhelm, dies. His son, Deroct lights a candle above the hearth in his house in his honor. For reasons unknown, the candle keeps burning for years, and eventually an inn is established in the building and named Candlehearth Hall after said candle.
  • 4E 42: The Night of Green Fire occurs in Sentinel, where Thalmor agents carry out an assault on a large number of Altmeri dissidents who have sought political asylum in the city to escape from the oppression of the Aldmeri Dominion. Both sides fight with magical attacks, giving the event its name. Though local Legion forces attempt to intervene, they are ultimately too late to make any difference. All of the Altmer dissidents in the city are killed in the attack.
  • 4E 48:
    • The Mane of Elsweyr is assassinated, quite possibly by the Thalmor, causing the south of Elsweyr to sink into chaos. Meanwhile, an unknown potentate seizes control of the city state of Rimmen.
    • The Umbriel Crisis happens throughout the year. The floating island of Umbriel, a piece of the Daedric realm of Clavicus Vile, appears over southern Black Marsh, moves up through the province and into southern Morrowind, before finally floating into Cyrodiil. The flying island is followed by a great army of undead that murder all living beings in their path. Several major cities are destroyed or besieged, culminating in an assault on the Imperial City. The Synod and the College of Whispers join forces in an attempt to bring down the floating city, but do not succeed. Umbriel is eventually banished from Mundus by a group of heroes, including Prince Attrebus Mede, heir to the Ruby Throne.
  • 4E 65: Brara Morvayn, the Redoran Councilor of Raven Rock and formal ruler of Solstheim, dies peacefully in her sleep and is succeeded by her son, Lleril.
  • 4E 95: Assassins hired by House Hlaalu attempt to kill Lleril Morvayn as part of a plot to seize control of Solstheim from House Redoran. The plot is ultimately foiled, and the conspirators are executed.
  • 4E 98:
    • Nirn's two moons, Masser and Secunda, disappear from the sky for unknown reasons. This time period is known as the "Void Nights". The Khajiit, whose culture highly reveres the moons and whose reproduction is tied to their phases, is thrown into extreme disarray.
    • The Jarl of the Rift is assassinated by unknown culprits. This allows Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers, a powerful local noble, to be appointed the new Jarl of the hold. Many of Riften's citizens suspects Jarl Hosgunn of being involved in his predecessor's assassination, and so takes to the streets of the city to protest. In response, the Jarl orders the city guard to violently break up the protests and establishes a harsh curfew. This marks the beginning of Jarl Hosgunn's ironfisted rule over the Rift, during which time he imposes several draconian laws and unreasonably high taxes on the citizens of the hold. Under these conditions, the city of Riften undergoes a remarkable decline over years, slowly transforming from a healthy trade city, to a squalid slum plauged by poverty, famine, and disease.

Second Century:

  • 4E 100:
    • The island of Artaeum, home of the Psijic Order, disappears for the second time in recorded history and has not been seen since. It is strongly believed to be related to the rise of the Thalmor.
    • The Void Nights end with the sudden return of Masser and Secunda. The Thalmor take credit for their reappearance, claiming that they used previously unknown Dawn Magicks to achieve it, and are hailed as saviors by the Khajiit. It remains unclear if the Thalmor truly restored the moons or merely took advantage of foreknowledge that they would return.
  • 4E 115: A Thalmor-backed coup dissolves the Elsweyr Confederacy, causing it to divide into the two old kingdoms of Anequina and Pelletine, which the Aldmeri Dominion accept as client states.
  • 4E 122: The Great Collapse of Winterhold occurs as most of the Skyrim city plunges into the sea. The College of Winterhold remains unscathed and is quickly blamed by the citizens for the incident. The College denies any association with the event. The story of the collapse spreads around Skyrim, leading to increased suspicion, distrust, and even outright hostility towards mages and other practitioners of magic by the Nords.
  • 4E 129: A popular revolt against the tyranical Jarl Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers breaks out in Riften. The Jarl attempts to take refuge in his castle, but the rebels set it on fire, burning it down and killing him in the process. Unfortunately, the fire spreads amongst the city's mostly wooden houses and is soon out of control, burning down the city entirely and killing many citizens in the process. Riften is rebuilt over the next five years, but remains little more than a "glorified fortress" of "wooden structures and rough stonework" compared to the sprawling city of old.
  • 4E 130: Lleril Morvayn invests his personal wealth in repairing the Bulwark, a barricade which protects Raven Rock from ash storms.
  • 4E 150: A small Argonian force lands on the island of Solstheim and attacks Raven Rock, but is repelled by Dunmeri forces led by Lleril Morvayn.
  • ca. 4E 166: Skald Felgeif becomes the Jarl of the Pale in Skyrim. He rules under the name Skald the Younger, though in time, he becomes known as Skald the Elder.
  • 4E 168: Emperor Titus Mede II ascends to the throne. The Empire he inherits is but a shadow of its former glory, with only five provinces remaining. The bad situation is further compounded by Morrowind only being an Imperial province in name and Hammerfell being plagued by internal strife. Only High Rock, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim remain prosperous and peaceful.
  • 4E 171:
    • On the 30th of Frostfall, emissaries from the Aldmeri Dominion presents the Empire with a ultimatum wherein they demand several massive concessions from the Empire. The long list of these demands includes staggering tributes, disbandment of the Blades, a ban on the worship of Talos, and ceding large sections of Hammerfell to the Dominion. Despite his generals warning him about the Empire's military being in bad shape, Emperor Titus Mede II rejects the ultimatum. The Thalmor then send him wagons full of the severed heads of every Blade agent who was operating within the Dominion, triggering the Great War.
    • The Great War proper kicks off, as Dominion forces led by the Thalmor generals Lord Naarifin and Lady Arannelya invade Cyrodiil. Naarifin's forces march out of northern Elsweyr, flank the Imperial defenses along the Valenwood border, swiftly conquering Leyawiin, while Bravil is cut off and besieged. Meanwhile, Arannelya's forces march out of northern Valenwood, cut through Cyrodiil, bypassing Anvil and Kvatch, and heading straight for southern Hammerfell, while smaller Aldmeri forces land along the province's southern coastline. The disunited Redguard forces only offer scattered resistance to the invaders, while the outnumbered Imperial Legions quickly decide to cut their losses and regroup in northern Hammerfell, retreating across the Alik'r Desert in what will later be known as the March of Thirst.
  • 4E 172:
    • The Aldmeri Dominion forces under Lord Naarifin advance deeper into Cyrodiil. Kvatch manages to withstand them, but Anvil and Bravil fall to their onslaught, and by the end of the year they reach the walls of the Imperial City itself. Fierce naval clashes in Lake Rumare and along the Niben result, as the Imperial forces attempt to hold the eastern bank.
    • In Hammerfell, Lady Arannelya's Dominion forces are content to consolidate their gains as they take control of the whole southern coastline, which was in fact their stated objective in the ultimatum delivered to the Emperor. Of the southern cities, only Hegathe still holds out. In northern Hammerfell, the survivors of the March of Thirst regroup, where they are joined by fresh reinforcements from High Rock.
  • 4E 173:
    • Despite fierce resistance from the Legions, and reinforcements from Skyrim, Lord Naarifin's Dominion forces continues their advance into Cyrodiil, and by crossing the Niben River, they manage to surround the Imperial City on three sides. By this point, only the northern supply line towards Bruma remains open.
    • Meanwhile, in Hammerfell, the Dominion starts marching on the north of the province, but Imperial fortunes ultimately take a turn for the better. A reconciliation between the Crowns and the Forebears allows the Redguards' own warriors to mount a more successful resistance against Lady Arannelya's forces, though the Dominion armies still manage to cross the Alik'r Desert. Lady Arannelya's forces and the Imperial Legions under General Decianus eventually face off in a bloody battle outside the city of Skaven, which ends indecisively. General Decianus eventually chooses to perform a tactical withdrawal, leaving Lady Arannelya's forces in control of Skaven, but too weakened to continue their advance.
  • 4E 174:
    • With the war in Hammerfell turning into a stalemate, the Aldmeri Dominion decide to focus on taking the Imperial City in a gamble to win the war quickly, and relocate most of their resources to reinforce Lord Naarifin's armies in Cyrodiil during the early spring.
    • On the 12th of Second Seed, the gathered Dominion forces in Cyrodiil initiate an all-out assault on the Imperial City. With their armies attacking the city from the north, east, south, and west. In a bold move, Emperor Titus Mede II and his main army makes a tactical withdrawal from the city, managing to cleave a path through the Altmeri forces to the north, and continuing onward to regroup with fresh reserves coming in from Skyrim. The Eighth Legion, the only one left in defense of the city, performs a heroic Last Stand on the city's walls. However, Dominion forces capture the Imperial City and initate the infamous Sack of the Imperial City, as they loot the White-Gold Tower, burn down the Imperial Palace, and inflict many horrific atrocities on the populace. Unbeknownst to the Dominion, Lord Naarifin's true agenda is to bring about a mysterious Daedric prophecy known as "The Culling" on behalf of his secret Daedric patron, Boethiah.
    • With their conquest of the Imperial City, the Aldmeri Dominion's leadership believes the war to be mostly won and for the Empire to soon arrange a meeting to negotitate its formal terms of surrender. Emperor Titus Mede II makes appearent overtunes to begin this process, but in reality, he is merely stalling the Dominion while he reaccesses the situation with his generals and start to plan a counter-offensive. With the main bulk of the Empire's forces being reorgainzed in southern Skyrim, the Emperor calls in the other available Legions to prepare for a campaign to retake the Imperial City.
    • In Hammerfell, General Decianus is preparing an assault meant to drive the Dominion out of the city of Skaven when he is ordered to march for Cyrodiil, in order to amass forces for an assault on the Dominon forces holding the Cyrodiil heartlands. Unwilling to abandon Hammerfell completely, he allows a great number of "invalids" to be discharged from the Legions before they march east. These discharged legionaires ally with local Reguard warriors to form an unoffical Legion of their own and continue the campaign against Lady Arannelya's forces. Late in the year they eventually manage to force the Dominon to retreat from Skaven and back across the Alik'r desert.
    • With the Empire engaged in war with the Dominion, a faction of radical Reachmen, under leadership of the charismatic Madanach, seize the moment and rebel in the city of Markarth, where they kill Jarl Hrolfdir, the ruler of the hold. This revolt quickly gains support among the Reachmen, and it is eventually successful in overthrowing Imperial rule by putting many of the unpopular Nord landowners to the sword or driving them out of the Reach. Madanach declares the hold an independent kingdom, with himself as leader. During the time it is active, the kingdom is claimed to be ruled more or less fairly, with local Reachmen, Bretons, and Nords all allegedly being treated as equal citizens.
  • ca. 4E 175: Jarl Istlod of Solitude is elected as High King of Skyrim. His leadership is credited with keeping the province together, despite the chaos of the Great War.
  • 4E 175:
    • The Battle of the Red Ring sees Emperor Titus Mede II recapture the Imperial City with support of his reserves from Skyrim and destroy the main Dominion army in Cyrodiil. Lord Naarifin's reign of terror is ended with his capture by Legion forces and he is hanged from the top of White-Gold Tower where he is kept alive for thirty-three days. However, the Empire is exhausted and unable to continue the war. Realizing this and seeking to avoid a Pyrrhic Victory, Titus II seeks to negotiate with the Aldmeri Dominion to end the war. He signs the peace treaty known as the White-Gold Concordat which ends hostilities, but places a ban on Talos worship, outlaws the Blades, gives Thalmor agents free reign to enforce these terms throughout the Empire, and cedes large tracts of Hammerfell to the Dominion. Critics note that the terms of the Concordat are almost identical to those of the original ultimatum presented by the Thalmor prior to the war.
      • Rumors claim that Emperor Titus Mede II had been seriously injured in a failed assassination attempt on the night before the Battle of the Red Ring, and as a result was too wounded to personally participate in the fight. Knowing that his presence on the battlefield was important to the morale of the Legion forces, the injured Emperor asked a mysterious invidual known only as the "Forgotten Hero" to don his armor and impersonate him on the field. This Forgotten Hero allegedly wielded the legendary sword Goldbrand at the Battle of the Red Ring while impersonating the Emperor, leading to a pervasive rumor that Titus II himself wielded it during the battle. In the climax of the battle, the Forgotten Hero confronted and defeated Lord Naarifin in personal combat. Imperial sources have never officially confirmed this story.
    • With the Blades officially disbanded by the White-Gold Concordat, the emergent organisation of Penitus Oculatus officially takes over their duties as the Emperor's bodyguards and spies. The surviving Blades go into hiding, as the Concordat gives the Thalmor free range to hunt and kill them in Imperial territory.
    • Outraged over the White-Gold Concordat demanding the ceding of a portion of southern Hammerfall, the Redguards rejects the terms of the treaty. In an attempt to preserve the treaty and keep the peace, Emperor Titus Mede II decides to officially denounce Hammerfell as an Imperial province. The Redguards see this as a further betrayal and a lasting bitterness between Hammerfell and the Empire is sown to the delight of the Thalmor. The Redguards go on to continue the war against the Dominion on their own.
    • The Elder Scrolls themselves go missing from the Imperial Library and are scattered throughout Tamriel. Members of the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, keepers of the Scrolls since time immemorial, begin to search for them.
  • 4E 176:
    • Igmund, the son of Jarl Hrolfdir, learns that Madanach is making political moves to have his independent Reachman kingdom officially recognized as a part of the Empire. Desperate to retake the jarldom his family has been disposed from, Igmund strikes a deal with Ulfric Stormcloak of Windhelm, a veteran of the Great War, and son of Jarl Hoag Stormcloak of Eastmarch. Ulfric will lead a Nord militia to retake the Reach in exchange for permitting the free worship of Talos in Markarth. Despite being aware that this would constitude a flagrant breach of the White-Gold Concordat, Igmund agrees to Ulfric's terms, hoping that the Thalmor will not learn about it.
    • Ulfric Stormcloak leads the militia to recapture the Reach, in what will become known as the Markarth Incident. Having studied under the Greybeards of High Hrothgar, Ulfric is able to utilize the Thu'um in battle, and with it he forces the Reachmen into full retreat from the city. The survivors, who are still loyal to Madanach, flee into the wilds, forming a resistance group known as the Forsworn. After the Empire reestablishes control over the Reach, Ulfric is arrested when the Thalmor discover the open worship of Talos. The newly crowned Jarl Igmund does nothing to resist this and instead follows in his father's footsteps by siding with the Imperial Legion.
    • King Madanach is captured alive during the retaking of Markarth. Many, including himself, believe that he is to be executed, but the powerful local noble, Thonar Silver-Blood, approaches him with an offer. Thonar will see it to that Madanach is imprisoned indefinitely rather that executed, and he will be allowed to stay in contact with his supporters and personally direct their rebellion, as long as he promises to have the Forsworn serve the Silver-Blood family's interests.
    • Guildmaster Gallus Desidenius of the Skyrim Thieves Guild in Riften is killed, starting a period of decline for the infamous group of outlaws, which sees its power and influence in Skyrim dwindle significantly. Though its not known at the time, Gallus was killed in an act of betrayal by one of his allies, Mercer Frey.
  • 4E 179: An Imperial treasure hunter named Cresitus is on an expedition in the mountains of Eastern Skyrim, when he all of a sudden falls down a hole. He finds himself within the long-lost crypts known as Champion's Rest with both of his legs broken. Stranded and dying, Cresitus has a dream, wherein the Daedric artifact known as the Umbra Sword calls out to him. Cresitus then awakes to find the sword next to him; upon picking it up, his legs immediately start to heal, as if by magic, and he eventually makes a full recovery. Over the next several days, Umbra begins to whisper to Cresitus in his sleep, hungering for souls. Cresitus' psyche slowly, but surely starts merging with the one inside the sword, and he eventually gives up on the idea to escape the ruin, instead making it his permanent home as he dons a set of armor and takes to call himself Umbra.
  • 4E 180: After the Redguard armies have managed to fight the Dominion forces to a standstill in Hammerfell, the two parties sign the Second Treaty of Stros M'Kai, which results in the Aldmeri Dominion's complete withdrawal from Hammerfell. Hammerfell's success in resisting the Dominion strengthens the voices of Emperor Titus Mede II's critics, who claim that the Emperor's acquiescence to the White-Gold Concordat five year prior was unnecessary and that the Dominion could have been defeated back then. In Skyrim, the event sparks outcries for independence from the Empire.
  • 4E 181: The ebony mines of Raven Rock are completely exhausted. The population turns to hunting and fishing for survival.
  • 4E 183: While he and his men are imprisoned, Ulfric Stormcloak's father, Jarl Hoag Stormcloak, the Great Bear of Eastmarch, dies. Due to his incarceration, Ulfric is unable to attend the funeral, and has to deliver his eulogy for his father through a letter he has smuggled out of prison. The Empire eventually decides to release Ulfric and his men, upon which Ulfric returns to Windhelm and takes up his father's place as Jarl. Feeling betrayed by the Empire, he uses his position to start kindling what will become the Stormcloak Rebellion. Ulfric and those loyal to him wage open insurgency against local Imperial forces, engaging their patrols in several small skirmishes around Skyrim. The unrest receives only scant attention from Cyrodiil, however, out of a belief that it is too unimportant to waste additional manpower on and that the local Legion forces are sufficient to handle the problem. This will be the status quo for years to come.
  • 4E 188:
    • Wayrest is attacked and plundered by corsairs, who also raid and destroy the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary located there.
    • Widespread violence and riots errupt in Bravil when Cyrodiil's two largest skooma traffickers initate a gang war against each other. The Lucky Old Lady statue is destroyed in the fighting, and the local Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, which contains the Night Mother's crypt, is raided. Alisanne Dupre, the Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, is killed defending the crypt. However, other members manage to salvage and smuggle out the Night Mother's remains unharmed.
  • 4E 195: Septimus Signus, a scholar at the College of Winterhold who spealizes in studying the Elder Scrolls, publicizes Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls.

Third Century:

  • 4E 200: Sotha Sil's machines finally complete the construction of the Mechanical Heart, approximately 649 years after it was first conceived and 207 years after Sotha Sil's death.
  • ca. 4E 200: High King Istlod of Skyrim dies after having reigned for almost 25 years. The Moot convenes, in spite of the on-going insurgency in eastern Skyrim, and names Istlod's son, Torygg, as his successor. Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak decides to use the event as a forum to argue for his desire for an independent Skyrim in terms just shy of treason. As the Moot is merely seen as a formal occasion when a direct heir to the previous High King exists, Ulfric's act of making a political arguement is rather controversial, but due to his status as a war hero and for the daring act in and off itself, Ulfric garners much admiration and respect amongst those present, including Torygg himself.
  • 4E 201:
    • Ulfric Stormcloak rides to Solitude and asks for an audience with Torygg, the High King of Skyrim. Torygg, in the belief that Ulfric has come to further argue for Skyrim's independence, agrees to meet with him. But much to the surprise of both Torygg and his court, Ulfric instead challenges him to a Duel to the Death for his position. This is an archaic but legitimate tradition among the Proud Warrior Race Nords. Knowing that he would lose honor and also very likely his kingship should he refuse, Torygg accepts the challenge. However, Ulfric uses the Thu'um during the duel to easily defeat Torygg. Ulfric and his supporters believe that this is a legal duel in accordance with ancient Nordic customs. The Empire and its Nord supporters believe that his use of the Thu'um qualifies as cheating, and that what happened to Torygg was an unforgivable murder due to the fact Ulfric had not exhausted his diplomatic alternatives before killing him. Regardless, Ulfric flees from Solitude after the duel and journeys back to Windhelm, from where he rallies eastern Skyrim to his support, officially seceding from the Empire and starting the Stormcloak Rebellion, also known as the Skyrim Civil War.
    • Following Torygg's death, his widow, Elisif the Fair, succeeds him as Jarl of Solitude. While she privately also seeks to claim the title of High Queen of Skyrim, she does not formally announce her intention to do so, believing it best to wait until after the Stormcloak Rebellion has been quashed.
    • Dengeir of Stuhn, the Jarl of Falkreath, comes out in support of Ulfric's rebellion, but with his court and hold being overwhelmingly loyal to the Empire, he is swiftly removed from power in a coup organized by local nobles and forced to formally abdicate his throne in favor of his nephew Siddgeir, a supporter of the Empire, under the pretense that Dengeir's old age and poor health had made him unfit as Jarl.
    • Realizing that the Stormcloak Rebellion is starting to become a serious threat to the Empire's rule in Skyrim, Emperor Titus Mede II dispatches General Tullius, a seasoned Legion commander, to the province as a military governor to quell the uprising. In a few months, Tullius, with the help of Legate Rikke, the commander of the local Imperial forces, manages to turn things around for the Empire and puts the Stormcloaks on the defensive.
    • The events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Ulfric, several of his men, and a lone individual are captured near the Skyrim/Cyrodiil border by Imperial forces lead by General Tullius and are taken to the nearby town of Helgen for execution, arriving there during the morning hours of the 17th of Last Seed. A small group of Thalmor agents led by First Emissary Elenwen attempt to interfere, but Tullius refuses to budge on his decision. However, Alduin the World-Eater, a massive black dragon banished during the Merethic Era, attacks the town, with Ulfric and the lone individual managing to escape in the confusion. Dragons begin reappearing all over Skyrim as Imperial, Stormcloak, and Thalmor forces scramble to make sense of the situation.
    • After slaying the dragon Mirmulnir, the lone individual is revealed to be the Last Dragonborn and reports to the Greybeards of High Hrothgar for training in the use of the Thu'um.
    • With the support of the surviving Blades and the Greybeards, the Last Dragonborn establishes a temporary ceasefire between the Empire and the Stormcloaks in order to deal with the dragon menace.
    • After being defeated by the Last Dragonborn in an initial skirmish atop the Throat of the World, Alduin retreats into Sovngarde to recharge by feasting on the souls of the recently deceased (and there are plenty thanks to the Skyrim Civil War). With the aid of the dragon Ohdaviing, the Last Dragonborn enters Sovngarde and defeats Alduin.
    • A group of necromancers in the wilds of Haafingar attempts to raise and bind Wolf Queen Potema's spirit, but the ritual is interrupted by the Last Dragonborn. Potema's spirit escapes and is allowed to roam free, and she returns to her old catacombs beneath Solitude to build up her undead forces. The Last Dragonborn follows her there, defeats her and finally has her remains sanctified by a priest of Arkay to banish her spirit.
    • Members of the College of Winterhold, with the help of the Psijic Order, stop a Thalmor plot to activate the Eye of Magnus. The Psijic Order then takes custody of the Eye of Magnus for safekeeping.
    • The last surviving Dark Brotherhood sanctuary is nearly exterminated by the Penitus Oculatus. However, at least one member survives and assassinates Emperor Titus Mede II.
    • The Skyrim branch of the Thieves' Guild, in dire straights for many years, overcomes internal strife and resumes operations throughout the province with great success.
    • Kodlak Whitemane, Harbinger of the Companions, is killed by the Silver Hand, a band of werewolf hunting mercenaries. The rest of the Companions rally and wipe out the Silver Hand in retaliation.
    • Vampire attacks, led by Lord Harkon of Clan Volkihar, strike many of Skyrim's major settlements. In response, the ancient vampire hunting organization known as the Dawnguard reforms in defense. The Last Dragonborn is involved with the struggle, eventually bringing an end to the attacks.
    • Miraak, the First Dragonborn, returns and forms a cult in Solstheim. With the backing of the Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora, the Last Dragonborn defeats Miraak and ends his tyranny.
    • Ebony mining resumes in Raven Rock after the investigation of a nearby Nordic barrow leads to the discovery of large amounts of ebony.
    • A second assassination attempt on Lleril Morvayn by House Hlaalu is thwarted by the Last Dragonborn.