Books: Pocket Guide to the Empire: 3rd Edition
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A Pocket Guide to The Empire and its Environs (Being a Description of the Lands and the Chief Features of their Histories) (commonly shortened to Pocket Guide to the Empire: 3rd Edition or PGE3) was part of the Collector's Edition package for TES IV: Oblivion. It was a rewritten version of the Pocket Guide to the Empire: 1st Edition that had shipped eight years earlier with TESA: Redguard, but while the old version had been stridently pro-Imperial in its tone, the new version was much more even-handed and less propagandist.
The book opens with a history of the guide itself, before devoting sections to the universe, Oblivion, Aetherius, birthsigns and History. There are then detailed sections on each of the provinces of Tamriel, which take up the vast majority of the book, before a final section on Other Lands, that briefly describes Thras, Pyandonea, Akavir, Yokuda, Aldmeris, and Atmora.
The guide can be read in full here.
Behind the Scenes
- Michael Kirkbride was originally contracted to create a new Pocket Guide for the then-upcoming Oblivion release, as he had done with previously for Redguard. In his own words, Kirkbride stated he only wrote about 18 or so lines for the guide; lore such as the Sun Birds of Alinor and the Imperial Mananauts was originally conceived of (and if not fully than partially written) by him. Evidently, it seems Kirkbride had a conflicting vision for the guide and ended up not finishing it himself due to creative differences with the studio. Ted Peterson was then contracted to pen the remaining work on the guide, and he accepted, not having a problem with the directives and dictates for the guide as requested by the studio.
- Ted Peterson drew on many ideas settled on during lore discussions and role-playing sessions from the (now defunct) Elder Scrolls forums to create the guide. A partial archive of these threads exists here: on Loranna's RP site.