Lore:Third Era Major
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 First Century
- 3E 0 — Beginning of Third Era
- The Third Era is proclaimed by Tiber Septim in 2E 897, after the unification of all provinces in Tamriel.
- 3E 12 — "Encyclopedia Tamrielica" is published
- "Encyclopedia Tamrielica" is first published in 3E 12, during the early years of Tiber Septim's reign.
- Tiber Septim, conqueror and ruler of all of Tamriel for 38 years, dies and is succeeded by his grandson, Pelagius.
- Emperor Pelagius is assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood. Having no children, the crown passed to his second-cousin.
- Empress Kintyra dies. Kintyra's son was crowned after her death, the first Emperor of Tamriel to use the Imperial name Uriel.
- Emperor Uriel I dies and the kingdom is taken over by his son, Emperor Uriel II, the Fifth Emperor. Tragically, the rule of Uriel II was cursed with blights, plagues, and insurrections. His tenderheartedness inherited from his father did not serve Tamriel well, and little justice was done.
- 3E 82 — Emperor Uriel II Dies, Emperor Pelagius II Crowned
- Emperor of Tamriel, son of Uriel I, dies after 18 years of ruling. The Emperor is succeeded by his son, Pelagius II. Pelagius II inherited not only the throne, but the debt from his father's poor financial and judicial management.
- 3E 99 — Emperor Pelagius II Dies, Emperor Antiochus Crowned
- The Emperor of Tamriel, son of Uriel II, dies after 17 years of ruling Tamriel. His son, Antiochus, now reigns over the kingdom. Antiochus was certainly one of the most flamboyant of the usually austere Septim family. He had many mistresses and nearly as many wives, and was renowned for his grandness of dress and good humor. Unfortunately, his reign was rife with civil wars, surpassing even that of his grandfather, Uriel II.
 Second Century
- 3E 110 — War of the Isle
- The province of Summerset is nearly lost under the leadership of Antiochus. The united alliance of the kings of Summerset and Antiochus only managed to defeat King Orgnum of the island-kingdom of Pyandonea due to a freak storm. Legend credits the Psijic Order of the Isle of Artaeum with the magic behind the storm.
- Emperor Antiochus dies after a 13 year rule and his daughter, Kintyra II takes the throne. The story of Kintyra II, is certainly one of the saddest tales in modern history. Her first cousin Uriel III, son of Queen Potema of Solitude, accused Kintyra of being a bastard, alluding to the famous decadence of the Imperial City during her father's reign. When this accusation failed to stop her coronation, Uriel bought the support of several disgruntled kings of High Rock, Skyrim, and Morrowind, and, with Queen Potema's assistance, coordinated three attacks on the Septim Empire. The first attack occurred in the Iliac Bay that separates High Rock and Hammerfell. Kintyra's entourage was destroyed and the Empress was taken captive.
- 3E 121 — Uriel III Proclaimed Emperor
- Empress Kintyra II had been reportedly killed several years ago while in prison and the battle between the empire and Uriel III with his alliance of unhappy kingdoms of High Rock, Skyrim, Morrowind and Queen Potema. In the third major and final attack, the Imperial City itself was taken over in only a fortnight. At this time, Uriel III proclaimed himself Emperor of Tamriel. He improperly named himself Uriel Septim III even though his true name was Uriel Mantiarco from his father.
- 3E 121 — War of the Red Diamond
- This war was between the three surviving children of Pelagius II: Potema, Cephorus, and Magnus, and their offspring. Potema, of course, supported her son Uriel III, and had the support of all of Skyrim and northern Morrowind. With the efforts of Cephorus and Magnus, High Rock turned. Hammerfell, Summerset Isle, Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh were divided, but most kings supported Cephorus and Magnus.
- 3E 123, 23 Frostfall — Empress Kintyra II Dies in Her Cell
- Although reported to have died in 3E 114, Empress Kintyra dies in her cell in 3E 123. The 23rd of Frostfall is now named the day of Broken Diamond after her memory.
- Uriel III was captured at the Battle of Ichidag in Hammerfell. En route to his trial in the Imperial City, a mob overtook his carriage and burned him alive within it. His captor and uncle continued on to the Imperial City, and by common acclaim, was proclaimed Cephorus I, Emperor of Tamriel. Cephorus' reign is marked by nothing but war. By all accounts, he was a kind and intelligent man, but what Tamriel needed was a great warrior, and that he was. It took an additional ten years of constant warfare for him to defeat his sister Potema.
- 3E 137 — Potema, Queen of Solitude Dies
- It took ten years of constant warfare for Emperor Cephorus to defeat his sister Potema after becoming emperor of Tamriel. The so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude died in the siege of her city-state.
- Cephorus never had the time during the war years to marry, so it was his brother, the fourth child of Pelagius II, who assumed the throne. The Emperor Magnus was elderly, and the business of punishing the traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond drained much of his health.
- Legend accuses Magnus' son and heir Pelagius III of murder, but that seems very unlikely. For no other reason, Pelagius was King of Solitude, following the death of Potema, and seldom visited the Imperial City. Almost from the start, Pelagius III, sometimes called Pelagius the Mad, was noted for his eccentric behaviour. He embarrassed dignitaries, offended his vassal kings, and, on one occasion, marked the end of a grand ball by attempting to hang himself.
- 3E 153, 2nd of Suns Dawn — Pelagius III Dies
- After being taken from the throne due to his madness, Pelagius III was sent to a series of healers and asylums until his death at the age of thirty-four. He died on a warm night in Suns Dawn after a brief fever, in his cell at the Temple of Kynareth, located on the Isle of Betony. The 2nd of Suns Dawn, which may or may not be the anniversary of his death (records are not very clear), is celebrated as Mad Pelagius, the time when foolishness of all sorts is encouraged.
- 3E 153 — Empress Katariah Takes Over Throne
- Katariah, Duchess of Vvardenfell and long-suffering wife of Emperor Pelagius III was finally awarded the regency of Tamriel as Empress Katariah I. Some consider the ascendancy of this Dunmer woman as the end of the Septim bloodline, others see the death of Kintyra II as the true mark. Her defenders assert that though Katariah was not descended from Tiber, the son she had with Pelagius, was, so the chain does continue. Despite the racist assertions to the contrary, Katariah's forty-six year reign was one of the most glorious in Tamriel's history. Uncomfortable in the Imperial City, Katariah traveled extensively throughout the Empire, as no Emperor ever had since Tiber's day. She repaired much of the damage that broken alliances and bungled diplomacy had created. The people of Tamriel came to love their Empress far more than the nobility did.
 Third Century
- Katariah's death in a minor skirmish in Black Marsh is a favorite source for conspiracy-minded historians. The sage Montalius' discovery of a disenfranchised branch of the Septim family's involvement with the skirmish was a revelation indeed. When Cassynder assumed the throne at the death of his mother, he was already middle-aged. Only half-elven, he aged like a Breton. In fact, he had left the rule of Wayrest to his half-brother Uriel due to poor health. Nevertheless, as the only true blood relation of Pelagius, and thus Tiber, he was pressed into accepting the throne.
- To no one's surprise, the Emperor Cassynder's reign did not last long. In two years, he was dead. Uriel Lariat, Cassynder's half-brother, the child of Katariah I and her Imperial consort Lariat, left the kingdom of Wayrest to reign as Uriel IV. Legally, Uriel IV was a Septim: Cassynder had adopted him into the family when he had become King of Wayrest. Nevertheless, to the Council and the people of Tamriel, he was a bastard child of Katariah. Uriel did not possess the dynamism of his mother, and his long forty-three year reign was a hotbed of sedition. Uriel IV's reign was a difficult and long one. Despite being a legally adopted member of the Septim family, and despite the Lariat family's high position -- indeed, they were distant cousins of the Septims -- few of the Elder Council could be persuaded to accept him fully as a blood relation of Tiber. The Council had assumed much responsibility during Katariah I's long reign and Cassynder I's short reign, and a strong-willed alien monarch like Uriel IV found it impossible to hold their unswerving fealty. Time and time again, the Council and Emperor were at odds; and time and time again, the Council won the battles. Since the days of Pelagius II, the Elder Council had consisted of the wealthiest men and women in the Empire, and the power they wielded was ultimate.
- 3E 247 — Emperor Uriel IV Dies
- The Council's last victory over Uriel IV was posthumous. Andorak, Uriel IV's son, was disinherited by vote of Council.
- 3E 247 — Emperor Cephorus II Crowned
- Cephorus II was chosen as emperor by vote of Council, since he was a cousin more closely related to the original Septim line than was Emperor Uriel IV 's son, Andorak. Cephorus had been a Nordic king. For the first nine years of Cephorus II's reign, those loyal to Andorak battled the Imperial forces. In an act that the sage Eraintine called Tiber Septim's heart beating no more, the Council granted Andorak the High Rock kingdom of Shornhelm to end the war. Andorak's descendants still rule that land.
- 3E 249 — Camoran Usurper Invades
- Of course, Cephorus II had foes that demanded more of his attention than Andorak. From out of a nightmare, in the words of Eraintine, a man who called himself the Camoran Usurper (rumored to be a lich) appeared. The Usurper led an army of Daedra and undead warriors on a rampage through Valenwood, conquering kingdom after kingdom. None could resist his onslaughts, and as month turned to bloody month, fewer even tried. Cephorus II sent more and more mercenaries into Hammerfell to stop the Usurper's northward march, but they were bribed, turned into undead, or slaughtered. The result was a great regional victory and an increase in hostility toward the seemingly ineffective Empire.
- 3E 267 — Camoran Usurper Defeated
- The Baron Othrok and his less legendary allies, the rulers of Ykalon, Phrygias, and Kambria, changed this unfavorable perception. News of the Usurper's barbaric treatment of captives and abuse of conquered lands, mostly true, spread rapidly through their territories. Within a few months, the greatest navy to date assembled along the High Rock edge of the Iliac Bay. The tales of how the combined forces of High Rock defeated the endless army of the Camoran Usurper is certainly worthy of a lengthy book in itself and perhaps best left to public imagination. They were helped by good fortune, the weather worked against the Usurper, which is reason in itself to attribute divine intervention.
- 3E 268 — Emperor Uriel V Crowned
- Uriel V changed the perception of a weak Empire away from internal strife and embarked on a series of invasions, beginning almost from the moment he took the throne.
- 3E 288 — Uriel V Invades Akavir
- Uriel V embarked on his most ambitious enterprise, the invasion of the continent kingdom of Akavir. This endeavor was ultimately a failure, for two years later Uriel V was killed in Akavir at the Battle of Ionith and four legions were lost along with most of the invasion fleet. Nevertheless, Uriel V holds a reputation second only to Tiber as the great warrior emperor of Tamriel.
- Uriel V is killed in Akavir on the battlefield of Ionith. His son, Uriel VI, was but five years old. In fact, Uriel VI was born only shortly before his father left for Akavir. Uriel V's only other progeny, by a different woman, were the twins Morihatha and Eloisa, who had been born a month after Uriel V left. The consort Thonica as the boy's mother was given a restricted Regency until Uriel VI reached his majority. The Council retained the real power, as they had ever since the days of Katariah I. The Council so enjoyed its unlimited and unrestricted freedom to make laws (and profits), Uriel VI was not given full license to rule until 307, when he was 22 years old.
 Fourth Century
- 3E 307 — Emperor Uriel VI Takes Crown
- It was not until Uriel VI was 22 years old that he was given full license to rule.
- Uriel VI fell from his horse and could not be saved by the finest Imperial healers, his beloved sister Morihatha took the throne, at 25 years of age. Many provinces outside Cyrodiil rebel.
- Assassins kill Empress Morihatha who is succeeded by her nephew Emperor Pelagius IV.
- When Emperor Pelagius IV died, after an astonishing twenty-nine year reign, Tamriel was closer to unity than it had been since the days of Uriel I. Uriel Septim VII then succeeded him, and continued with the unification of Tamriel.
- Emperor Uriel Septim VII is betrayed by the Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn and imprisoned in a dimension of Tharn's creation.
- 3E 396 — The Arnesian War
- After a slave revolt, Morrowind forces destroy the armies of Black Marsh. With Symmachus deceased, Queen Barenziah, rightly fearing for her life, fled across the Empire to the High Rock kingdom of Wayrest. The Queen abdicated her throne, leaving it to her uncle Athyn Llethan, a House Hlaalu noble.
- 3E 397 — Umbra' Keth Destroyed
- A Shadow of Conflict being created by the ongoing War of Bend'r-mahk was destroyed by an unknown hero wielding the power of the seven Star Teeth.
- A mysterious champion defeated the Battlemage in the dungeons of the Imperial Palace and frees Emperor Uriel Septim VII from his other dimensional cell.
- Gortwog gro-Nagorm founded the nation of Orsinium and began fighting for its independence.
 Fifth Century
- 3E 417 — The 'Miracle of Peace', also known as 'The Warp in the West' occurs
- A mysterious event taking place between the 9th to the 11th of Frostfall in which the forty-four independent kingdoms, counties, baronies, and dukedoms surrounding the Iliac Bay were condensed into four: Daggerfall, Sentinel, Wayrest, and Orsinium.
- 3E 427 — Blight Curse Begins
- In 3E 427, the Morrowind government, already weakened in power over questions of authority, was further threatened by the re-awakening of the ancient curse of the Blight from the giant volcano Red Mountain, or "Dagoth-Ur". This is also the date when the reincarnation of the Chimer war hero Nerevar, the legendary Nerevarine arrived at Vvardenfell under order of the Emperor, being destined to kill Dagoth-Ur and bring peace to Morrowind.
- 3E 427 — Discord among the Tribunal
- After the loss of her Divine powers, Almalexia of the Almsivi becomes insane and kills fellow Tribunal god, Sotha Sil. The Nerevarine reforges Nerevar Indoril's blade - Trueflame - and uses it to kill the mortal Almalexia in the Clockwork City.
- 3E 433 — Oblivion Crisis and assassination of Uriel Septim VII
- Following the murder of Uriel Septim VII and his heirs by the secret daedric cult, the Mythic Dawn, Oblivion gates open all over Tamriel leading to a daedric invasion by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon. Kvatch is destroyed by the daedra.
- In Black Marsh, the Hist (which have foreseen the Oblivion crisis) calls Argonians from across the empire back to Black Marsh. Led by the An-Xileel political faction, the Argonian armies defeat the invading daedra.
- Daedric Invasion of Tamriel is ended when Martin Septim escorted by the Champion of Cyrodiil transforms into the Avatar of Akatosh and defeats Mehrunes Dagon.
3E 433 — Corvus Umbranox Reappears
- After 10 years, Corvus Umbranox reappears as the Count of Anvil.
- The curse of the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is removed, allowing its bearers to retain their identities.
- A new Grey Fox leads the Thieves Guild. History was re-written by the use of an Elder Scroll, and the Cyrodilic branch of the guild flourishes.
- 3E 433 — Death of Mannimarco
- Mannimarco, "The King of Worms", falls in a duel against the Mages Guild's newest archmage in the Jerall Mountains, with the help of the previous archmage, Hannibal Traven.
- 3E 433 — New Listener of the Dark Brotherhood
- Internal strife caused by a traitorous Speaker results in the assassination of half of the Black Hand and the purification of the Cheydinhal sanctuary. The Night Mother appoints a new Listener after the traitor was killed.
- 3E 433 — Reformation of the Knights of the Nine
- Following daedric attacks on clergy an unknown pilgrim receives a vision of Pelinal Whitestrake, reunites the Crusader's Relics, and reconstitutes the Knights of the Nine.
- 3E 433 — Replacement of Sheogorath
- The Daedric Prince Sheogorath's curse is broken, allowing him to remain as Jyggalag. Sheogorath's champion takes on the title of Mad God, and becomes the first mortal to supplant a Daedric Prince.
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- ^ The Dragon Break Re-Examined — Fal Droon
- ^ a b c Notes For Redguard History — Destri Melarg
- ^ a b c d e f g h Tamriel Timelines, The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- ^ a b c d Biography of the Wolf Queen — Katar Eriphanes
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Two — Waughin Jarth
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Three — Waughin Jarth
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Four — Waughin Jarth
- ^ The Knights of the Nine — Karoline of Solitude
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Five — Waughin Jarth
- ^ a b c d e f The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- ^ a b Broken Diamonds — Ryston Baylor
- ^ a b c d e f g h Brief History of the Empire, Part II — Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Six — Waughin Jarth
- ^ a b The Wolf Queen, Book Seven — Waughin Jarth
- ^ a b c The Wolf Queen, Book Eight — Waughin Jarth
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- ^ a b c The Fall of the Usurper — Palaux Illthre
- ^ a b c Report: Disaster at Ionith — Lord Pottreid, Chairman
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- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Foreword — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ The Black Horse Courier, Special Edition
- ^ Daggerfall CD inlay advert
- ^ The Infernal City, page 34