- You probably heard of the Camonna Tong. It's the name whispered in dark alleys as blood pools on the cobblestones, the signature on the ransom note left on a neighbor's bed. A shadow, a curse, a boil upon the arse of our society. — The Lure of the Camonna Tong
The Camonna Tong was a large Dunmer criminal syndicate hailing from the land of Morrowind. The Tong was characterized by their fierce opposition to any foreign incursions into Morrowind. Many of the syndicate's schemes were designed to get rid of outlanders or put them into fearful and subordinate positions, with most Tong members believing they should be tolerated only as slaves. However, on a handful of occasions, the business potential of working with foreigners has outweighed their strong distaste for those of other races. The Tong engaged in a wide variety of criminal activity, including using slaves as drug mules, and kidnapping and torturing outlanders who they perceived as a "threat" to Dunmeri businessowners.
The Camoran Dynasty was an aristocratic dynasty that ruled Valenwood for much of its history. One of the earliest known dynasties in Tamriel, its founding by King Eplear is an event traditionally regarded as the beginning of Year Zero of the First Era. Eplear's success in uniting the inherently wild Bosmer has been argued to be one of the greatest military feats in Tamriel's history. The Camorans remained in power for centuries afterwards, even resisting the aggressive expansion of the Alessian Empire, until Valenwood was conquered by the Second Empire in 1E 2714 following years of unrelenting warfare and the devastation of the Thrassian Plague. The Camoran Dynasty survived, but the Empire broke its influence by granting independence to Valenwood's lesser nobles.
When the Second Empire fell in 2E 430, the Camorans unsuccessfully attempted to reestablish their reign, but Valenwood's territories had drifted too far apart culturally to be united and the region descended into conflict. Valenwood would briefly achieve unity under Camoran rule only twice during the Interregnum, and then only as a member of the first and second Aldmeri Dominions. At the time of the first Aldmeri Dominion in the Sixth Century of the Second Era, Aeradan Camoran was crowned king and joined the Dominion to defend his realm against encroaching Colovians in the north. A dispute over the succession between the Camoran heirs in 2E 830 led to the intervention of the Altmer and the crowning of Camoran Anaxemes, who pledged fealty to the king of Alinor and thereby ushered in the second Dominion. Anaxemes was then forced to cede much of his power to the Thalmor, a congress of Bosmeri chieftans and Altmeri diplomats who proved modestly effective until Tiber Septim swept them away.
Under the Third Empire, the Camorans retained the throne of Valenwood as figurehead monarchs. The year 3E 249 saw another dispute arise over the Camoran succession, a dispute which soon escalated into a massive war that threatened the whole of the Empire. One claimant to the throne, Camoran Kaltos, conquered most of Valenwood in two years with the aid of Haymon Camoran, also called Haymon Hart-King, another claimant and Kaltos's chief advisor and sorcerer. Against Kaltos's wishes, however, Haymon declared war on the people of Colovia and marched his armies north. Kaltos pleaded with Haymon to return to Valenwood, but Haymon betrayed him and claimed the Camoran throne for himself, thus becoming the Camoran Usurper. The Usurper's armies ravaged western Tamriel for nearly twenty years, driving through Hammerfell all the way to High Rock while Kaltos unsuccessfully fought to stop him. At last the Principality of Dwynnen marshaled the other city-states of High Rock and joined forces with Camoran Kaltos to defeat the Camoran Usurper at the Battle of Firewaves; Haymon Hart-King was killed in the battle.
Census and Excise
The Census and Excise is an establishment operated by the Empire in an attempt to manage census counting for tax/excise purposes. Imperial taxes are based on head counts of citizens; Census and Excise is responsible for both head counts and tax assessment and collection. Census and Excise officers also administer many Imperial licenses, e.g. importation, mercenary company incorporation.
Circle of Champions
The Circle of Champions was a guild formed in the Second Era to test the greatest fighters of Tamriel in games of martial skill. Lead by a Dunmer gladiator named Battlemaster Rivyn, the group would seek out dangerous locales for use as battlegrounds, and would reward fighters for taking part in various lethal games at these remote locations. Games were team-based, with participants being divided into three factions: the Fire Drakes, the Pit Daemons, and the Storm Lords.[nb 1] Many soldiers from the Alliance War took part in these games, as they were encouraged to participate in Battlegrounds exercises with payments of scrip known as Alliance Points.
The various teams that compose the Circle of Champions have their own styles of armor. The fire drakes utilize draconic symbolism in their armor. The Pit Daemons favored skull motifs, and the Stormlords bore lightning and crown motifs on their armor. The teams are also known to wear armor resembling the Ordinator's Order of War armor, something normally forbidden by the Order. Furthermore, representatives of the teams have been known to sell the knowledge of crafting Ordinator armor to those that have earned the most honored of participants.
Circa 2E 582 the Circle of Champions had established camps in several of Tamriel's major cities. Known as Gladiator's Quarters, these camps were located outside the walls of Alinor, Daggerfall, Davon's Watch, Rimmen, Solitude, Vivec City, and Vulkhel Guard.
Citadel of Ebonarm
The Citadel of Ebonarm is the religious order devoted to worshipping Ebonarm, the God of War. They are allied with the Fighters Guild and they are enemies of the Temple of Stendarr. They lead a Templar Knightly Order called the Battlelords. Fighters Guild guildhalls in the Alik'r region of Hammerfell are used as places of worship by the Citadel, and are considered holy ground.
Clan Dagon is a Daedric clan led by Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction. The clan is based in the Deadlands. Dremora Clan, Shardai Clan and Xivilai's Clan are all in the service of Clan Dagon.
During the Imperial Simulacrum, Dagon attempted an invasion of the Battlespire. The clanless Seducers were accepted into Clan Dagon to aid in this endeavor. However, the conquered realms left the clan overextended. Imago Storm of Dremora Clan disapproved of Dagon's acceptance of the Seducers and his tolerance of the antics of Faydra Shardai and Xivilai Moath, and viewed this as an unfortunate divergence from his otherwise prudent policies. Following the unnecessary invasion of the Shade Perilous, Storm allied himself with an apprentice from the Battlespire in order to restore Clan Dagon to its normal stability. He supplied the apprentice with the protection of Dremora Clan, along with the incantory neonymics of Faydra, Xivilai, and Dagon. The apprentice tricked Xivilai and successfully banished Faydra and Dagon to the Void, which allowed Storm to temporarily take control of Clan Dagon and relinquish its hold on several realms. This ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Battlespire.
Those seeking to become an Apostle must possess great expertise in magic, machinery, or some other skill that they deem worthy. Apostles are known to replace their limbs with "perfect" clockwork parts designed by Sotha Sil. They consider this practice to be an expression of faith to their god as well as a means to improve upon what they consider to be flawed biological anatomy.
Apostles are often seen as elitist by outsiders, and they are known to delegate menial tasks to others. They follow the Sermons of Sotha Sil and devote their work towards one goal: achieving Tamriel Final, a new Nirn.
College of Sapiarchs
The College of Sapiarchs is an institution located on an island west of the city of Lillandril on Summerset Isle. It is home to the Sapiarchs, a sagely order considered by many to be Summerset's foremost scholars and finest magical minds. The Sapiarchs reputation is renowned, and some of the greatest mages in history can be counted among their numbers. These scholars of magical and esoteric knowledge are each devoted to a specific and singular topic of study, but also serve as instructors of the heirs to the royal throne of Summerset and possess considerable political leverage.
College of Whispers
The College of Whispers is one of the organizations formed after the dissolution of the Mages Guild at the start of the Fourth Era, the other being the Synod. The two groups are rivals, and constantly strive to earn the favor of the Elder Council. The College played a part in defending the Imperial City from Umbriel circa 4E 40. The organization participates in research, and is known to summon Daedra and practice Necromancy.
Both the College of Whispers and the Synod have attempted to create alliances with the College of Winterhold, but despite pressures the independent organization has remained neutral.
College of Winterhold
The College of Winterhold is a school for magic in the city of Winterhold. Its campus is imposing and fortress-like, arranged around a large central courtyard and reachable only across a narrow stone bridge. It functions much like the Mages Guild in other parts of Tamriel, but is a resolutely independent establishment separate from the Guild. The College holds documents dating back as far as the late Second Era, though the College itself is even older. It is said to have been founded in the First Era by the legendary mage Shalidor, although it is one of many dubious feats attributed to him. One of the oldest reliable mentions of the College comes from the early Second Era.
The College is a selective institution, which allows entrance only to those students who prove themselves adept at the magical arts. However, once a student earns admittance, they are granted more freedom of experimentation than in the Mages Guild, with even Necromancy regarded as an acceptable arcane practice. The College's main building is the Hall of the Elements, which is used for all kinds of magical practice. It holds the famous Arcanaeum library as well as the Arch-Mage's quarters, while accommodations for students and faculty are provided in separate buildings. Beneath the college campus lies the Midden, a remnant of the college's past where many of its greatest secrets lie.
The Companions are a group of warriors who take on private and public contracts for the people of Skyrim, and who purportedly carry on the tradition of the Five Hundred Companions of Ysgramor. Although the two groups offer a similar service, the Fighters Guild historically had a strong presence in Skyrim until the Companions seemingly replaced it entirely in the Fourth Era. They are based in the city of Whiterun, within the mead hall Jorrvaskr. The most elite members are included in the Circle of Jorrvaskr, and the chief councilor and arbitrator is known as the Harbinger, after Ysgramor, the "harbinger of us all" and the only real recognized leader of the Companions. Each new Harbinger is chosen by the last.
To learn more of the Companions and their history, see the lore article.
Conclave of Baal
The Conclave of Baal was a religious temple that was prominent across Tamriel in the Imperial Simulacrum, in the late years of the Third Era. It had regional chapters across the provinces, in major cities such as Cloudrest and Dragonstar, as well as smaller settlements such as Silgrad Tower and Moonguard.
Conclave of Riana
The Conclave of Riana (also called the Order of Riana) is a religious temple that was prominent in the late-Third Era during the Imperial Simulacrum. It had regional chapters across the provinces in major cities such as Falinesti and Snowhawk, as well as smaller settlements including Darkarn Place and Verkarth City. The order is known to begin their recruitment once every year.
The Corelanya Clan was a tribe of Altmeri Daedra worshippers who settled in Hammerfell sometime in the sixth century of the First Era. They established colonies along the coasts of Hammerfell, inhabiting and expanding on structures originally built by the Ayleids. One such place was the Ayleid city of Salas En. Research suggests that Corelanya may have also participated in the Bosmer coastal trade.
They were founded by Dark Brotherhood member Greywyn Blenwyth, who, after receiving a "vision" from Sithis, conceived an elaborate coup whereby he would infect the ranks of Dark Brotherhood with Porphyric Hemophilia, eventually creating enough vampires to overthrow the Black Hand. Unfortunately for Blenwyth, one of the Brotherhood members he turned, a Dunmer named Silarian, betrayed the Scars to the Black Hand. The Hand then ordered the second "Purification" in the history of the Dark Brotherhood, which destroyed the Crimson Scars, leaving Greywyn and Rowley Eardwulf as the only survivors.
The Crowns are what is left of the old ruling class of Yokuda, the Na-Totambu. They can be found mostly in northern and inland Hammerfell and are known for still honoring the ancient Redguard ways. Alongside the Forebears and the Lhotunics, they are considered one of the major political parties of Hammerfell.
In the mid-Second Era, the Crowns supported Grandee Zizzeen's claim to the title of High King of Hammerfell, but lost out to Fahara'jad. The last High King of the province is considered Thassad II, who was a Crown. During the Common Era, Thassad's son Prince A'tor led the Crowns in a fierce civil war against the Forebears and later the Septim Empire, culminating in their defeat at the Battle of Hunding Bay.
Cult of Emperor Zero
The Cult of Emperor Zero is a cult dedicated to the worship of Cuhlecain, the Emperor Zero. The cult was founded by Tiber Septim in the Second Era and by 2E 864 the cult had become one of the most famous in Nibenay.
Cuhlecain was worshipped for his wisdom, notably when he appointed Talos (who later became known as Tiber Septim) as a general. He was also venerated for his bravery, as shown by his actions during the battle for the Imperial City. The aspect of the Emperor Zero was shaped in the palace gardens of the Imperial Palace so to provide advice to Tiber Septim, similarly to the aspects of other former emperors.
Cult of the Ancestor Moth
- "The priests of the Ancestor Moth are devoted to veneration of those who came before us, for the wisdom of the ancestors can sing the future into the present. As such, we alone have the privilege of interpreting the Elder Scrolls." --Sister Terran Arminus
Before the Cult of the Ancestor Moth (or Ancestor-Moth, also called the Order of the Ancestor Moth or the Scrollkeepers of the Imperial City), the Cyro-Nords had long exported ancestor-silks, simple but exotic shawls woven with the silks of the gypsy moth and inscribed with the genealogy of the buyer. For the cult, the ancestor and moth became synonymous. The singing and hymnal spirits of one's forebears are caught in the special silk-gathering ritual. The swishing of the silk material during movement reproduces the wonderful ancestral chorus contained in the silk. It became a sacred custom among the Nibenese, which persists to this day. The higher order Monks of the cult are able to forgo the magical ritual needed to enchant the silk and instead merely wear the moths themselves. They are able to attract the ancestor-moths through the application of ground bark from the moth's favorite tree, and through chanting inaudible mantras which they must constantly maintain to keep the moths in contact with them.
The members of the cult are, by tradition, the only people allowed to read the Elder Scrolls, a privilege which eventually strikes them blind. They care for the Imperial Library (also called with Elder Library) within the White-Gold Tower in the Imperial City. The monks use special cleansing bowls to remove impurities from their fingers before, during and after they read the Elder Scrolls, this leaves a residue in the bowls that has been suggested to be aetherial residue that could deaden their fingers like the scrolls deaden the eyes. They are known to be reclusive and have hidden, or at least out of the way, sanctuaries scattered throughout Tamriel.
In 4E 175, the Elder Scrolls mysteriously disappeared from the Imperial Library and were scattered across Tamriel by forces unknown. Members of the Cult set out to search for them and return them to the White-Gold Tower.
Cult of the Spider
The Cult of the Spider (or simply the Spider Cult) is an outlawed and notoriously secretive temple of worship dedicated to the Daedric Prince of Sin and Secrecy, Mephala the Webspinner. To the common-folk, the inner workings have been a great mystery for many years and have been denounced as a club of debauched orgies, a claim that has some validity. The cult uses seduction and copulation to lure in new people to the cult, and these inductees must engage in such activities to join the Spider Cult.
The Cursed Legion of High Rock was a legendary traveling militia of Orc warriors that existed before the founding of Orsinium. They served as champions of the Orcs, enforcing whatever borders they could for the proliferation of their people. The only known person who purportedly rode with the Cursed Legion is an Orc named Tunner. According to Orsinium and the Orcs, "Old Tunner" was an elderly servant to a Wayrest nobleman in 3E 399, but he had once been a trainer to other Orc warriors (presumably during his service in the Cursed Legion).
Cyrodiil Vampyrum Order
The Cyrodiil Vampyrum Order, simply called "Our Order" by its members, is a powerful Cyrodilic tribe of vampires. Much like the Imperials, the order has ousted all competing clans from the Imperial Province and become the single dominant bloodline within its borders. Members of the order are experts of concealment and political manipulation, so much so that the clan's true name is unknown, having been lost to history. What they lack in numbers, the vampires make up for in influence and the manipulation of society. The clan consider themselves to be a civil fraternity and see all other vampiric tribes as inferior, although they remain wary of the more enlightened clans such as the Glenmoril Wyrd or the Whet-Fang sodality. The order has a strict conduct to ensure discretion among its members. The order honors its Dual Patrons: Molag Bal the Kin-father, who all vampires owe their existence to; and Clavicus Vile, who they owe for their successes and social stature, and who helps them control their blood craving.
The clan is made up of members who are influential in society and have procurement in politics. It is implied they are an ancient clan whose creation preceded their control of Cyrodiil from the rival bloodlines. As in the case of Janus Hassildor, they do not tolerate scattered nomadic vampires who are either alone or have nests and factions of their own as they could challenge their authority if crossing into the province.