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Dawn Era — Merethic Era — First Era — Second Era — Third Era — Fourth Era
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All Events | Only Major Events
Note: The Second Era of Tamriel is also commonly referred to as the Common Era, CE.
 First Century
- 2E 1 — Beginning of the Second Era.
- 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.
 Second Century
- 2E 120 — Baroness Viana the Pure becomes ruler of Lainlyn.
- 2E 148 — Baroness Viana the Pure dies.
 Third Century
- Sickened by the foolishness of his superiors in the Psijic Order, Vanus Galerion founds the new guild in Firsthold.
- At around this time, the island of Artaeum, home of the Psijic Order, goes missing.
- 2E 283 — Potentate Versidue-Shaie declares martial law at the Council of Bardmont.
- Following the destruction of his fortress at Dawnstar, Versidue-Shaie convenes the Elder Council and declares martial law throughout Tamriel, warning the rebellious leaders of his vassal kingdoms to disband their private armies or face his wrath. This sparks 37 years of intense conflict, at the end of which Versidue-Shaie's Imperial legions stand victorious as the sole army in the land.
 Fourth Century
- Keirgo and Eshita, rulers of the minor kingdoms Anequina and Pellitine, marry. The kingdoms are combined to create the province of Elsweyr, sparking a great class war which almost resulted in outside intervention.
- Since Potentate Versidue-Shaie had destroyed all armies but his own, the Syffim were intended to act as a hired army to suppress brigandage in the provinces.
- The Potentate was murdered in his palace, in what is today the Elsweyr kingdom of Senchal, by the Morag Tong.
- 2E 358 — Earliest known written record of the Dark Brotherhood
- A note was found beneath the floorboards of an abandoned house in the Nordic village of Jallenheim. Depicting a war between two shadowy organizations, scholars speculate that this is a rare piece of evidence of the war between the Morag Tong and its hated offshoot, the Dark Brotherhood. The Brotherhood was probably in existence before this date, but its secrecy shrouds its true origins, though it was most likely formed by several ex-members of the Morag Tong.
- 2E 360 — Earliest known date of a person enlisting the services of the Dark Brotherhood
 Fifth Century
- 2E 401 — Prince Anton is crowned king
- On 17 Hearthfire, prince Anton inherits the throne of his father.
- 2E 412 — Earliest mention of the name of the Dark Brotherhood.
- This reference was found in the journals of the Blood Queen Arlimahera of Hegathe. "...with the help of the Night Mother and her Dark Brotherhood, the secret arsenal my family has employed since my grandfather's time." It can be surmised that the Dark Brotherhood was already well organized in 2E 360 if her grandfather truly used them.
- 2E 430 — Potentate Savirien-Chorak dies.
- Savirien-Chorak and all of his heirs were murdered, ending the years of the Akaviri Potentate and the Second Empire of Cyrodiil. Some historians date this event to 2E 431.*Orsinium loses the status of an Imperial territory, as a result of the death of the last Potentate and the dissolution of the Second Empire.
- 2E 431 — Skyrim splits into Eastern and Western kingdoms.
- After High King Logrolf is assassinated, Jarl Svartr of Solitude challenges the legitimacy of Logrolf's heir, Freydis, and a Moot is convened. Although Freydis is accepted by the Crown of Verity and named High Queen in Windhelm, a partial Moot held in Solitude declares Svartr to be High King. From then on, Skyrim is divided into an Eastern kingdom, ruled by the successors of Freydis, and a Western kingdom, ruled by the successors of Svartr.
- 2E 435 — The Lamia Invasion
- The invasion is preceded by a storm that is believed to have originated at the Island of Storms off the northwestern coast of Valenwood.
- 2E 450 — King Anton dies
- On 11 Hearthfire, King Anton's forty nine year reign ends with his death. He is sealed in a tomb with the spirit of Magiul Shiana, his former Seneschal, serving as his guardian.
- 2E 486 — An Altmeri navy pursues a Maormeri fleet to Pyandonea.
- After a fleet of Maormer ships is sighted off the coast of Alinor, King Hidellith orders his navy to give chase. The Altmer follow the Maormer through uncharted waters into an ambush near Pyandonea itself. Only one Altmeri ship survives to return to Alinor.
 Sixth Century
- 2E 521 — Emeric is born.
- Emeric, the future King of Wayrest and leader of the Daggerfall Covenant, was born to Pierric of Cumberland.
- 2E 541 — The Reachmen invade High Rock.
- Durcorach the Black Drake, Emperor of the Empire of Cyrodiil and progenitor of the Longhouse Emperors, invaded the land of the Bretons, but was defeated by the kingdoms of High Rock and slain by Emeric. The kings of Daggerfall, Camlorn, Shornhelm, Evermore, and Wayrest signed the first Daggerfall Covenant after the victory.
- 2E 546 — Jorunn is born.
- Jorunn, the future High King of Skyrim and leader of the Ebonheart Pact, was born to Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair of Windhelm.
- 2E 555 — Ayrenn is born.
- Ayrenn, the future Queen of Alinor and leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, was born on the 5th of Second Seed to King Hidellith and Kinlady Tuinden of Summerset Isle.
- 2E 560 — The Knahaten Flu spreads across Tamriel.
- A strain of the Knahaten Flu hits the southern provinces of Tamriel causing many deaths. The Argonians were strangely immune to the flu which has led some to believe they were responsible for it in some way. The flu continued until around 2E 603.
- 2E 563 — The Voyage of the Crimson Ship occurs.
- A vessel filled with Kothringi tribesmen fleeing from the Knahaten Flu leaves Black Marsh on 9 First Seed. After spending over a year being turned away from port after port, it sets sail to the west and is never seen again.
- 2E 563 — Emeric is crowned King of Wayrest.
- 2E 572 — The Akaviri invaders of Morrowind are defeated.
- The Akaviri invaders are killed when the land mysteriously becomes flooded. Despite the extensive flooding, almost no Dunmer people are injured or killed. Legend has it that the god Vivec taught the Dunmeri to breathe water and flooded the island. Another version of the event states Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal landed in northeast Skyrim with an Akaviri army and proceeded to capture Windhelm. En route to Riften, Dir-Kamal learned it was protected by forces under Jorunn the Skald-King and Wulfharth the Ash-King, and bypassed that city in favor of attacking Mournhold. Dir-Kamal was then trapped between Jorunn's forces and a Dunmer army led by Almalexia; with the timely aid of a phalanx of Argonian troops, they drove the Akaviri invaders into the sea to drown.
- 2E 572 — Jorunn the Skald-King is crowned High King of Skyrim.
- Having defeated the Akaviri invaders, Jorunn returns to Windhelm and is crowned High King of Skyrim in the throne room of the Palace of the Kings.
- Leovic, the last of a dynasty of Reachmen known as the Longhouse Emperors, legalizes Daedra worship, immediately sparking a rebellion. Varen Aquilarios, the Duke of Chorrol, marshals the armies of the Colovian Estates against Leovic. After a long and bitter war, Varen kills Leovic in the Imperial Throne Room and proclaims himself emperor.[nb 2]
- 2E 577 — Emperor Varen Aquilarios leads the Five Companions on a quest to retrieve the Amulet of Kings.
- Seeking to legitimize his rule, Varen and his allies Lyris Titanborn, Sai Sahan, Abnur Tharn, and Mannimarco embark on a quest for the lost Amulet of Kings, which Mannimarco asserts can be used in a ritual to persuade Akatosh to make Varen a Dragonborn. After two years of searching, the Five Companions finally recover the Amulet from Sancre Tor.[nb 2]
- 2E 579 — The Soulburst occurs.
- Mannimarco betrays Varen Aquilarios during his attempt to use the Amulet of Kings to become Dragonborn, corrupting the ritual and 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, 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.
- 2E 579 — Clivia Tharn becomes Empress Regent following the disappearance of Varen Aquilarios.
- In her husband's absence, Clivia Tharn assumes regency over the Imperial Throne. Clivia's reign reportedly ushers in a time of "madness, murder, and decay".
- 2E 580 — Ayrenn is crowned Queen of Alinor.
- After having disappeared in 2E 563, Ayrenn was assumed lost and her eldest brother Prince Naemon was named the next heir to the throne. When King Hidellith died and Naemon prepared to assume the throne, Ayrenn returned to Summerset Isle, asserted her prior claim, and was crowned.
- 2E 582 — The Alliance War begins.
- Three competing alliances are formed by the nations of Tamriel to defend against the Imperials under Molag Bal's influence. The Aldmeri Dominion, consisting of Summerset Isle, Valenwood, and Elsweyr, seeks to reestablish Elven dominance over Tamriel to protect it from the carelessness of the younger races. The Daggerfall Covenant, consisting of High Rock, Hammerfell, and Orsinium, intends to restore the Second Empire and return peace and stability to Tamriel. The Ebonheart Pact, consisting of Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh, desires to defeat the Imperials in order to preserve the independence of their homelands.
 Seventh Century
- 2E 603 — Last documented case of the Knahaten Flu.
 Eighth Century
- 2E 730 — Artaeum returns.
- The island of Artaeum reappears, having vanished for 500 years. The Psijic Order returns with the island, but is no longer led by Iachesis.
 Ninth Century
- 2E 812 — Rimmen secedes from Elsweyr.
- Despite ostensibly becoming its own kingdom, Rimmen continues to pay tribute to the Mane of Elsweyr to ensure its independence.
- The dominion was formed by the realms of Summerset Isles and Valenwood when the heirs of the Camoran Dynasty began to fight over the Valenwood throne.
- 2E 831 — Cyrus is born.
- 2E 852 — The Tiber Wars begin.
- Forces led by General Talos, later known as Tiber Septim, begin a series of conflicts that result in the unification of Tamriel under the Third Empire and mark the final years of the Second Era.
- The stronghold of Sancre Tor is captured by Nord-Breton invaders. In the dead of winter, General Talos led a daring assault and retook the stronghold against overwhelming odds. He recovered the Amulet of Kings from the Tomb of Reman III below Sancre Tor.
- 2E 854 — Cuhlecain is assassinated.
- The King of the Colovian Estates was assassinated by a High Rock nightblade, just prior to his coronation as the Emperor. The assassin also burned the Imperial Palace to the ground and attempted to kill General Talos, who was crowned in Cuchlecain's stead as Tiber Septim.
- 2E 862 — Thassad II dies.
- The High King of Hammerfell, Thassad II, dies from natural causes, being considerably ill and old at the time of his death. After his death, leader of the Forebears, Baron Volag, starts a revolution to reinstate the republic.
- 2E 864 — The Battle of Hunding Bay.
- Crown Prince A'tor, son of Thassad II, heir to Hammerfell and leader of the Crowns, led his forces in continual victory over the Forebears. Desperate, they asked Tiber Septim for help, who sent his forces led by Lord Admiral Amiel Richton, who destroyed the Crown forces at the harbor of Stros M'Kai.
- 2E 864 — The first edition of the Pocket Guide to the Empire is published.
- At the request of Tiber Septim, this heavily-biased guide is published under the authority of the Imperial Geographical Society.
- 2E 864 — The Stros M'Kai Uprising.
- The date of the Redguard rebellion on the island of Stros M'Kai off the coast of Hammerfell. The Restless League, led by siblings Cyrus and Iszara, destroyed the Imperial fleet in the harbor of Stros M'Kai and defeated the small contingent of the Imperial Legion stationed on the island.
- Lord Amiel Richton, Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai, dies at the hands of Cyrus, wielding a sword enchanted with the soul of Crown Prince A'tor.
- Baron Volag came out of hiding and retook the Forebear city of Sentinel. Following the two uprisings, Emperor Tiber Septim was forced to sign a peace treaty on terms more favorable to Hammerfell.
- 2E 865 — Symmachus is born.
- 2E 882 — Dagoth Ur reawakens.
- Dagoth Ur and his Ash Vampires awaken underneath the Red Mountain, where they bind themselves to the Heart of Lorkhan. They ambush the Tribunes during their annual ritual bathing in the Heart's power, and drive them off.
- 2E 893 — Barenziah is born.
- 2E 896 — The transformation of Cyrodiil.
- After the fall of Alinor, Tiber Septim changes Cyrodiil's tropical climate into a temperate one.[OOG 1]
- 2E 896 — Tiber Septim conquers Tamriel.
- Tiber Septim finishes conquering all the lands of Tamriel with the aid of the Dwarven artifact Numidium and the battlemage Zurin Arctus, finally uniting them in peace. The time of Tiber's reign was a just (even from serf to king) and glorious one, among the best of Tamriel's history.
- The beginning of the Third Era is pronounced by Tiber Septim at the end of the year.
- ^ Mystery of Talara, v 1 states that in 3E 405 there was a millenial celebration of the kingdom's founding, making 2E 301 the year it was actually founded.
- ^ a b The date of Varen's Rebellion, which concluded with the death of Leovic of the Longhouse Emperors and ascension of Varen Aquilarios to the Ruby Throne, is not specified. The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel states that Leovic was Emperor as of 2E 573, when he commissioned the original version of the Guide. After Varen Aquilarios was crowned Emperor, he and his Companions spent two years (according to Lyris Titanborn) questing for the Amulet of Kings before returning to the Imperial City and causing the Soulburst in 2E 579. Therefore, Varen's Rebellion had to have occurred between 2E 573 and 2E 577.
- ^ The Wolf Queen, v1 suggests Tiber Septim was born in 2E 288, but since that would mean he was nearly 650 years old when he died, it seems more likely that Potema was misremembering her lessons. The Arcturian Heresy states that Tiber was 108 when he died, which places his birth in around 2E 827-828. If Potema simply had the digits in the wrong order, 828 seems more likely.
- ^ 2920, The Last Year of the First Era — Carlovac Townway
- ^ a b Ghraewaj — Tidasus
- ^ The Wild Elves — Kier-Jo Chorvak
- ^ a b c d e Tamriel Timelines, The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- ^ a b On Artaeum — Taurce il-Anselma
- ^ a b c History of the Fighters Guild
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the South — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b c d The Brothers of Darkness — Pellarne Assi
- ^ Fire and Darkness: The Brotherhoods of Death — Ynir Gorming
- ^ a b Journal of Magiul Shiana — Magiul Shiana
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ The Crown of Freydis — Taleon Mythmaker
- ^ Maormer Correspondence
- ^ The Maormer of Pyandonea
- ^ a b c d Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
- ^ a b c Jorunn the Skald-King — Helgreir Lute-Voice, Bard of Windhelm
- ^ a b Ayrenn: The Unforeseen Queen — Headmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
- ^ Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor
- ^ a b c Chronicles of the Five Companions 1 — Lyris Titanborn
- ^ a b Events of ESO
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ Falicia's dialogue in TESA: Redguard.
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Cyrus' biography on Redguard's old site
- ^ Battle of Sancre Tor
- ^ The Legendary City of Sancre Tor — Matera Chapel
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Prologue — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b c Events of Redguard
- ^ Dagoth Ur's Plans — Tribunal Temple
- ^ Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes Book Three — Mankar Camoran
- ^ a b Brief History of the Empire, Part I — Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian
Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.