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Emperor Durcorach
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Durcorach the Black Drake
Race Reachman Gender Male
Born 2E 485
The Reach
Died 2E 541
Reign 2E 533-
2E 542
Previous Ruler Attrebus
Next Ruler Moricar
Resided in The Reach
Imperial City
Black Drake Villa
Appears in ESO

Emperor Durcorach, known as the "Black Drake", was a Reachman warlord during the chaotic Interregnum period. At some point he raised an army from the Reach and seized control of the Empire of Cyrodiil, reigning as the first of the Longhouse Emperors, while his kin and allies in the Reach founded the Blackdrake Clan.[1] Durcorach married Veraxia Tharn of the prominent Nibenese Tharn family, allegedly to legitimize his claim to the Ruby Throne.[2] He had a warhound named Elf-Biter.[3] Rule of the Empire passed to Durcorach's son, Moricar.


According to a heavily biased manuscript commissioned by Durcorach, on the night of his birth (around 2E 485[4]) a great comet blazed across the sky and "seven sevens of silver swans" flew over his mother's shelter in the snowy mountains of the Reach.[5] All who beheld the infant were said to be "struck by the strong beauty of his young face, with eyes so dark and fierce that great warriors could not bear to meet his gaze". He was raised in the challenging wilderness of the Reach, which taught him "the value of courage, honor, endurance, and wisdom". The propaganda continues to describe his early life; At the age of three, a young Durcorach allegedly saved his mother's life by seizing his father's hunting-spear and instantly slaying a great black bear that had already devoured twenty men. At the age of five, he saved his village from starving in a harsh winter by hunting a herd of "a hundred elk from Karthwasten to the high peaks of the Druadach Mountains". On his seventh birthday, a tribe of Giants invaded the peaceful pastures in which his people kept their flocks, and he once again somehow managed to beat them back.[6]

Durcorach soon became an exceptionally strong and clever chieftain, and in 2E 527 began building a following in the Reach. He soon caught the eye of the Witchmen coven, the Tagh Droiloch, and allied with them, subduing all rival clans with their help through means involving Daedric bargains.[7][8] By 2E 528, he became warlord commanding two thousand soldiers, which rose to ten thousand by 2E 529.[7][4] A deal was struck with Mehrunes Dagon to have Durcorach crowned, with his sorcerers performing countless tasks in wait for the day when the "final part of the arrangement" would be carried out and Dagon will "claim his due" with the Four Ambitions.[9]

Conquest of Cyrodiil[edit]

With years of preparation, Durcorach summoned a great horde of Reach warriors and descended upon Cyrodiil in 2E 533, seizing the Ruby Throne for his own.[10] The Tagh Droiloch disappeared afterward, with some suspicions that his most trusted sorcerers were original members.[7] He was known for his imposing stature, savage temper, prowess with blades, and hedge magic.[11][7][4] According to some sources he saw certain patterns in the the flames.[12] He occasionally applied the war paint designed by Tagh Droiloch. It consisted of asp oil and soot. According to some sources it was causing him to fall into a battle frenzy.[8] In an attempt to embrace the Imperial culture and win more support in Cyrodiil, he attempted to merge Reach sensibilities with Imperial culture during his reign. In 2E 534 he married Veraxia Tharn, of the prominent Nibenese Tharn family, to reinforce his connection and commitment to the Empire. He also appointed Imperial tutors to educate his son Moricar.[4]

On 1 Sun's Dawn, 2E 534 Emperor Durcorach appointed new members of Elder Council and bestowed the title of Chief Councilor to Legate Tarnian Lovidicus of Leyawiin.[13]

Invasion of High Rock[edit]

In 2E 541[14] or 2E 542,[15] Durcorach led the Reachmen in a bloody invasion of High Rock, ravaging the countryside and pillaging many cities. In 2E 541, Hallin's Stand was briefly captured by Durcorach during his invasion of High Rock.[16] All goods of value were stolen or destroyed.[11]. A year later, in 2E 542 Durcorach's forces conquered and sacked Evermore and were responsible for the death of King Heseph of House Moile.[15] After abandoning a lengthy siege of Wayrest, he set his sights towards Daggerfall. As his forces massed before the gates, Emeric of Cumberland led a daring maneuver that completely flanked Durcorach's ranks, taking them by surprise. The defenders of Daggerfall sallied forth for a devastating pincer attack, during which the Black Drake himself was struck down by Emeric and his forces were scattered. His son Moricar, already a vital advisor to the throne, declared himself Emperor as soon as news of his father's death reached him in Imperial City.[14][4]Upon his death, Durcorach's soul was sent to the Deadlands.[17]



  1. ^ On the Clans of the ReachTheopho Harvian, Scribe
  2. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 4Abnur Tharn
  3. ^ Elf-Biter's Collar's description in ESO
  4. ^ a b c d e Secret History of the Longhouse EmperorsCouncilor Vandacia
  5. ^ A Reach Travel GuideCamhain Tharn
  6. ^ The Crowned DragonAuguthan Corovel
  7. ^ a b c d High Chancellor's Papers: The Tagh DroilochAbnur Tharn
  8. ^ a b The Black Drake's Face Warpaint's description in ESO
  9. ^ A Deal is Struck
  10. ^ History of Markarth: A Story in StoneConsul Cardea, the Ard's Administrator
  11. ^ a b Mazrahil the Sly Scarab's dialogue in ESO
  12. ^ The Black Drake's Body Warpaint's description in ESO
  13. ^ Imperial Decree Regarding the Elder Council
  14. ^ a b Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
  15. ^ a b The Royal House of King EamondSeneschal Derric Andras of
  16. ^ Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
  17. ^ Events of the The Last Ambition in ESO