Lore:Alessia

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Saint Alessia
ON-statue-St. Alessia, Paravant.jpg
Statue of Alessia holding the Amulet of Kings (ESO)
Race Nede Gender Female
Born 1st Era
Cyrodiil
Died 1E 266
Reign 1E 243-
1E 266
Next Ruler Belharza
Resided in White-Gold Tower
Sardavar Leed
Sancre Tor
"Though she is gone to me, she remains bathed in stars, first Empress, Lady of Heaven, Queen-ut-Cyrod."—Morihaus on Alessia

Alessia, also known as Queen Alessia, Saint Alessia,[1] the Lady of Heaven,[2] Queen-ut-Cyrod,[2] Queen of Mortals,[3] Slave Queen of Cyrodiil,[4][5] Mother of the Empire,[6] Queen of Stars,[6] and El-Estia,[7] was the first Empress of Cyrodiil and the founder of the Alessian Empire, the first of three Cyrodilic empires. She led the Alessian Slave Rebellion against the Ayleids in the third century of the First Era, freeing the Nedes of Cyrodiil from slavery and founding the Alessian Empire. As the first Empress of Cyrodiil, she established a new religion, a fusion of the Nordic and Aldmeri pantheons known as the Eight Divines. On her deathbed in 1E 266,[8] she was canonized by Akatosh,[3] and her soul placed in the central stone of the Amulet of Kings, thus forging Akatosh's covenant with men to protect Tamriel from the forces of Oblivion.[9] Among worshippers of Pelinal Whitestrake, Alessia is the patron saint of humanity.[10] The Empress is associated with The Thief Constellation.[11]

Alessia is not her birth name, but rather a corruption of a title, Al-Esh ("High Highness"), that was given to her by her followers. Another title bestowed on her was Paravant ("The First"). From corruptions of these two titles come countless other names by which she is known to various peoples, including Perrif, Paraval, Pevesh, Perrethu, Paravania, and Aleshut.[2] The Alessian Order was so-called because she purportedly appeared to the prophet Marukh in a vision and bestowed her teachings upon him, for which she was known by the Order as the "Enlightened One".[12][13] The Ayleids derogatorily called her the "cattle-queen" during the Rebellion.[14]

Biography[edit]

Alessia (Tarot Card)
Depiction of Alessia and Morihaus' child, Belharza

Alessia was born to an unknown tribe and grew up in Sardavar Leed, then known as Sard.[2] In Cyrod, the heart of the Ayleid Empire, all races of men were slaves of the Ayleids. She prayed to Akatosh and the Aedra for liberation from the Daedra-worshipping Ayleids.[9]

Alessia's prayers were answered when she was granted three visions by Akatosh at Sancre Tor.[15] Another legend states she received a vision from Akatosh in one of the old Ayleid shrines beneath the White-Gold Tower, after which her followers tore it down and built the Dragonfire Cathedral.[16] Regardless, once she was free she began an open revolt against her slavemasters.[17] Working alongside her demigod lover Morihaus, Alessia raised an army. In 1E 242, Pelinal Whitestrake wandered into her encampment covered in Ayleid blood; her second champion had arrived.[18] With momentum growing stronger, human forces took control of Cyrodiil east of the Niben River.

A Tales of Tribute card depicting Alessia's Wrath

Forging alliances with Skyrim and rebel Ayleid lords,[19] Alessian forces encircled the capital of the White-Gold Tower. With coalition forces hesitant to attack, Pelinal Whitestrake stormed the tower alone and slew the Sorcerer-King Umaril the Unfeathered. Eventually Morihaus followed with the rest of the army and captured the citadel. The Ayleids were gradually pushed out of Cyrodiil; many became refugees, fleeing to Valenwood.[20]

With the capture of the White-Gold Tower in 1E 243,[21] Alessia declared herself the first Empress of the new Cyrodilic empire, and established Sancre Tor as her holy city. According to legend, Akatosh made a covenant with Alessia and gifted her the Amulet of Kings as a token of this pledge and proof of her claim.[3][17][22] His second gift was the Sublime Brazier, a powerful relic built in the Dragonfire Cathedral that was instrumental in upholding the covenant through the lighting of the Dragonfires.[16] Empress Alessia inherited the Laureled Diadem from the Ayleid Empire, though instead of destroying it, she fashioned it with Twin Red Diamonds and wore it as the Star-Made Diamond Diadem.[23]

One of the first challenges facing the new empire was the establishment of a religion acceptable both to the people of Cyrodiil, accustomed to an Aldmeri-derived pantheon, and to her Nordic allies, who were opposed to any elven deities.[5] As a compromise, she established the Eight Divines, which incorporated elements of both Aldmeri and Nordic religions.[5] As of the Fourth Era, this religion remained the dominant faith of Cyrodiil, although, with the addition of Talos, it became more commonly known as the Nine Divines. At the end of the Great War, the Empire signed the White-Gold Concordat, which outlawed worship of Talos throughout the Empire, reverting the official Imperial pantheon to Alessia's original pantheon.[24]

At some point, Alessia bore a son named Belharza.[25][26][23] Belharza was thought to be fathered by Morihaus and is considered by some to be the first Minotaur.[25][26][27] Their union is believed to have created the entire Minotaur race.[25][28]

Upon her death in 1E 266, Alessia was said to have been buried in the catacombs beneath Sancre Tor. This later developed into a tradition for Reman Cyrodiil and the Reman Dynasty, who were also buried under the city; however, a competing tradition asserts Alessia was instead buried on the site of the Temple of the One in the Imperial City.[17] On her death, Belharza succeeded her as the second Emperor of Cyrodiil.[25][29]

Legacy[edit]

Following the rise of the Alessian Order, depictions of Saint Alessia were posthumously outlawed, leaving very few contemporary depictions of Alessia herself.[30] The earliest known depictions were believed to have been created nearly a millennium after her reign had ended, and are presumed to have been commissioned as gifts for Empress Hestra by the newly admitted province of High Rock.[30] Fort Alessia, situated just east of Sardavar Leed, was presumably named after her.[31]

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See Also[edit]

  • More information on Alessia can also be found in these books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Dance in Fire, Chapter 1Waughin Jarth
  2. ^ a b c d The Adabal-aMorihaus
  3. ^ a b c Trials of St. Alessia
  4. ^ 2920, Sun's HeightCarlovac Townway
  5. ^ a b c Shezarr and the DivinesFaustillus Junius
  6. ^ a b The Prophet's dialogue in Oblivion: Knights of the Nine
  7. ^ Remanada
  8. ^ Cleansing of the Fane
  9. ^ a b The Amulet of KingsWenengrus Monhona
  10. ^ Philius Dormeir's dialogue in ESO
  11. ^ High Astrologer Caecilus Bursio Answers Your QuestionsHigh Astrologer Caecilus Bursio
  12. ^ The Illusion of Death
  13. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  14. ^ Umaril is UndoneThadoril
  15. ^ Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your QuestionsChancellor Abnur Tharn
  16. ^ a b Drake of Blades' dialogue in ESO: Imperial City
  17. ^ a b c The Legendary Sancre TorMatera Chapel
  18. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 2
  19. ^ The Last King of the AyleidsHerminia Cinna
  20. ^ Ayleid Survivals in ValenwoodCuinur of Cloudrest, 4th Tier Scholar of Tamrielic Minutiae
  21. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our HistoryImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  22. ^ Chim-el Adabal: A Ballad
  23. ^ a b Star-Made Diamond Diadem description in ESO
  24. ^ The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
  25. ^ a b c d On MinotaursNonus Caprenius, Temporarily Unaffiliated Scholar of Imperial Antiquities
  26. ^ a b The Truth of MinotaursTyronius Liore, Scholar of Imperial Antiquities
  27. ^ Belharza's Band antiquity codex entries in ESO
  28. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 5
  29. ^ Lady Clarisse Laurent Answers Your QuestionsLady Clarisse Laurent and Stibbons
  30. ^ a b St. Alessia, Paravant antiquity codex entry in ESO
  31. ^ Fort Alessia in Oblivion