Books:Pocket Guide to the Empire: 3rd Edition

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Release Date 2006
Time Period 3E 432
Author Ted Peterson
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Pages 112
Game Oblivion

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[edit]

  • Michael Kirkbride was originally contacted to create a new Pocket Guide for the then upcoming Oblivion release, as he had done with Redgaurd. But he chose not to pursue it due to creative differences with the studio. Ted Peterson was later contacted to create the Guide based on the First Guide. Peterson said, "What Kirkbride wrote in the [The First] Pocket Guide to the Empire is great but the there were different directives of what we were going to do with the second one, and I think [Kirkbride] was offered it and wasn't interested or had a problem with the dictates, but it was fine with me."
  • Ted Peterson drew on many ideas settled on the during lore discussions and role playing sessions from the (now defunct) Elder Scrolls forums to create the guide.