Lore:Armistice

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The Armistice, also known as The Treaty of the Armistice, was signed sometime around 2E 896.[1][2] It created a lasting peace between Morrowind and the Cyrodilic Empire, fulfilling Emperor Tiber Septim's dream of a unified Tamriel, and thus marking the end of the Second Era. After several battles, one of which laid waste to Mournhold, the Dunmer god Vivec concluded peace talks between the two nations, resulting in the accord.[3][4] Though it was not known to population at large, the Tribunal had grown weaker and more isolated ever since the awakening of Dagoth Ur and the loss of access to the Heart of Lorkhan c. 2E 882.[5] Thus, Vivec was practically compelled to negotiate with Septim, whom he expressed respect for in his writings.[6][7] Many Dunmer were shocked and angered by what they viewed as the Tribunal's betrayal.[8]

The terms of the Armistice were intended to make Morrowind a part of the Empire, while allowing it a large degree of autonomy.[1] To succeed in this, Tiber Septim knew that he would have to severely limit Morrowind's military power. Accordingly, he successfully demanded Morrowind's surrender of Numidium to the Empire and its acceptance of a substantial Imperial presence in terms of Legion soldiers.[9] In exchange, Morrowind was permitted to keep its autonomy, maintaining the power of the Tribunal Temple and the Great Houses,[3] while being supervised by Imperial representatives in the capital, Almalexia City, and in each of the six newly-created administrative districts.[10] These representatives were carefully chosen to be acceptable to both the Emperor and the Dunmer people.[citation needed] Additionally, and perhaps most importantly in the minds of Dunmer elites, the practice of slavery in Morrowind was protected by the Empire.[11] Dunmer religious practices were similarly protected.[3]

The Armistice was supported most enthusiastically by House Hlaalu, with House Redoran grudgingly following Vivec's lead, while House Dres did so only with the strong provisions protecting slavery.[3] House Telvanni remained neutral and isolationist throughout the proceedings, until the support of Hlaalu and Redoran was officially established, when they joined in on the support of the treaty.[3] House Indoril bowed to the will of the Tribunal, but remained hostile to the Empire; in fact, many Indoril nobles chose ritual suicide rather than to rule an occupied nation.[3] At this time, House Hlaalu seized the opportunity to settle old scores with Houses Indoril and Redoran, using its new alliance with the Empire to reclaim lost lands and to place Hlaalu nobles in positions of power within the new Imperial administration. House Indoril remained powerful in the capital, Mournhold, but quickly fell into disrepair elsewhere.[2]

Following the Armistice, the island of Vvardenfell became a Temple preserve with some small settlements maintained by the Great Houses as well as scattered Ashlander tribes. However, the island was not opened to large-scale settlement by civilians or exploitation by the East Empire Company until 3E 416.[10]

[edit] List of Terms

[edit] Morrowind's Terms

These were generally of cultural and religious nature and are as follow:

  • Allowing the Dunmer to define and preserve their own laws and customs[2][10]:
    • Slavery and persecution of abolitionists
    • Local House guards and the Great House Law
    • House Wars and Morag Tong
    • Dunmeri religious practices are recognized as a faith by the Empire
  • Outlawing of necromancy (punishable by death)[2]
  • Great Houses are given control over most local government functions[2]
  • Vvardenfell is kept a Temple preserve[10]
  • The Temple is given impunity to persecute religious dissidents and worshippers of the Bad Daedra[2]
  • A general policy of noninterference with the Tribunal is applied[2]

[edit] Empire's Terms

These were generally of economic and military nature and are as follow:

  • Morrowind is ruled by a figurehead King, chosen directly by the Emperor
  • Numidium is dismantled and secretly taken out of Morrowind piece by piece to be given over to the Empire[9]
  • The Empire is allowed to have a constant military presence in Morrowind (including manned forts)[2]
  • Mages Guild is given monopoly on all magical services[12]
  • An Imperial charter is needed to deal with ore and dwarven artifacts
  • With the exception of Great House Law, Morrowind is governed under Imperial Law[10]

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Artisa Arelas' dialogue in Morrowind.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Events of Morrowind.
  3. ^ a b c d e f On MorrowindErramanwe of Sunhold
  4. ^ Biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 1Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
  5. ^ Dagoth Ur's PlansTribunal Temple
  6. ^ The Thirty-Six Lessons of Vivec, Sermon NineteenVivec
  7. ^ The Thirty-Six Lessons of Vivec, Sermon NineteenVivec
  8. ^ Orvas Dren's dialogue in Morrowind.
  9. ^ a b The Arcturian HeresyThe Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
  10. ^ a b c d e A Short History of MorrowindJeanette Sitte
  11. ^ Brown Book of Great House Telvanni
  12. ^ Aryon's dialogue in Morrowind.

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