Lore:Reman

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Emperor Reman Cyrodiil
Race Imperial Gender Male
Born
Cyrodiil
Died 1E 2762
Cyrodiil
Reign 1E 2703-
1E 2762
Previous Ruler None
Next Ruler Kastav
Resided in Cyrodiil

Reman Cyrodiil, called the Worldly God, is a cultural god-hero of the Second Empire, founder of the Reman Dynasty, and the greatest hero of the Akaviri Trouble of 1E 2703.[1][2][3] His name, Reman, means "Light of Man".[4] Contrary to popular belief, the province of Cyrodiil was not named after him, rather he adopted the ancient Ayleid name for the province, Cyrod, as his surname.[5][6]

History[edit]

The Akaviri invasion is what allowed Reman, called a "son of the West", to first unite many disparate factions under his leadership.[1] Many of the old forts and castles in Skyrim are remnants of the network of fortifications Reman had built to defend against Akavir.[7] Reman not only stopped the foreign invaders, he convinced them to help him build his own empire, and conquered all of Tamriel (except for Morrowind).[1][2][3] The Akaviri were the first to acknowledge him as Dragonborn. In fact, it was the Akaviri who did the most to promote his standing as Emperor (although Reman himself never took that title in his lifetime).[8] They had apparently been searching for Dragonborn, and when they heard Reman's voice during the climactic battle at Pale Pass, they realized what he was, knelt, and swore fealty to him.[9]

The formation of Cyrodiil as it is known today is credited to Reman, who incorporated aspects of High Rock, Colovia, the Nibenay region, and the sophisticated if strange culture of the defeated Akaviri into a common whole.[10] He instituted the rites of becoming Emperor, which included the ritual geas to the Amulet of Kings, a soulgem of immense power.[2][3] He died in 1E 2762, and was buried in Sancre Tor, which had enjoyed a resurgence of wealth and culture under his rule.[11][12] After two hundred years of ruling, his dynasty ended with the assassination of his last heir, Reman III (purportedly at the hands of the Morag Tong), bringing about the end of the First Era.[1][2]

Remanada describes Reman as the product of a union between King Hrol (who was killed in the union) and the spirit of St. Alessia (who was considered to be the land itself), and some other sources seem to corroborate this, though skeptics suspect that this heritage was a fabrication intended to legitimize his rule.[13][8] The text goes on to say that Sancre Tor means "Golden Hill", and it is the place where Reman was conceived and born. He was found there by a shepherdess with the Amulet of Kings already in his hand. She carried the infant directly to the White-Gold Tower and placed him on the throne without contest.[4]

During a duel which is believed to have taken place at Sancre Tor over twenty-five hundred years before Reman's birth, Pelinal Whitestrake purportedly screamed out the future leader's name.[6]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  2. ^ a b c d Varieties of Faith in the EmpireBrother Mikhael Karkuxor
  3. ^ a b c Narina Carvain's dialogue in Oblivion.
  4. ^ a b Remanada
  5. ^ The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard: The Origin of Cyrus!
  6. ^ a b The Song of Pelinal - Volume 3: On His Enemy
  7. ^ Ice and ChitinPletius Spatec
  8. ^ a b The Book of the DragonbornPrior Emelene Madrine, Order of Talos, Weynon Priory
  9. ^ The Rise and Fall of the BladesAnonymous
  10. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  11. ^ The Legendary City of Sancre TorMatera Chapel
  12. ^ Tomb in Sancre Tor: "Here lies Reman of Cyrodiil. He defeated the Akaviri Horde and brought peace to Tamriel. 2762."
  13. ^ The words of The Prophet: "I AM CYRODIIL COME, he said, Old Reman, born from the earth that IS Al-Esh..."