Lore:Second Era Wars

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The following is a list of all known wars and conflicts during the Second Era.

Ranser's War[edit]

King Emeric

2E 566[1]

King Emeric of Wayrest had been courting Rayelle, daughter of King Ranser of Shornhelm, when he met and abruptly married Princess Maraya, daughter of the Redguard King Fahara'jad of Sentinel. Ranser was deeply offended, and withdrew his diplomats from Wayrest, surreptitiously raising levies and hiring mercenaries in Rivenspire over the course of a year.[2] Finally, in Last Seed of 2E 566, he swept down from the northern mountains, taking Emeric by surprise and nearly razing Wayrest immediately. Only the efforts of the king's personal guard saved the city, and forced a protracted siege.[1] Ranser's forces were insufficient to take the fortified city by storm, and so the siege dragged on as the tide of the war turned against him. Ranser's aggression was unpopular even among his own nobles, and several prominent houses of Rivenspire withdrew their military support and sued for peace.[3] While internal stresses took their toll, the original Daggerfall Covenant paid dividends, as Camlorn, Evermore, and Daggerfall were compelled to come to Wayrest's aid.

Meanwhile, Emeric was cannily leveraging his diplomatic connections. His recent marriage ties with the Redguards summoned a fleet of fierce warriors across the Iliac Bay, while an offer to restore Orsinium brought the Orcs into the fray.[1] Under Kurog gro-Bagrakh, the old enemies of Shornhelm burned Ranser's holdings and were waiting to prevent the troops' retreat from the advancing Breton and Redguard forces. Caught between the hammer and anvil at Markwasten Moor, Ranser's army was utterly destroyed. Only a select few were able to escape with the king, who retreated to a tor overlooking the smoking ruins of Shornhelm, hoping to make a last stand.[4] Driven to desperation, Ranser turned to dark sorcery, but was murdered during the ritual by one of his own generals.[5] The Crown of Shornhelm went missing during the chaos, and that evil place has henceforth bore the name Traitor's Tor.[6]

Second Akaviri Invasion[edit]

2E 572[7]

Also called the Liberation War by the Argonians.[8] A fleet originating from the Akaviri nation of Kamal, under the command of Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal, invaded northern Tamriel during the Interregnum of the Second Era. For reasons unknown, the fleet, although originating from the east, bypassed the eastern shores of Vvardenfell and Solstheim, instead landing near Windhelm, in the north of Skyrim.[9] Windhelm was taken by surprise and utterly sacked, resulting in the death of Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair and her heir, Princess Nurnhilde, who both fell leading their troops.[9] Only Prince Jorunn survived, and he sought the aid of the reclusive Greybeards, who summoned the mythical Ash-King, Wulfharth.[10] With the aid of Wulfharth, Jorunn rallied his troops and fortified Riften, expecting an imminent assault. However, the invaders simply bypassed the city, passing into Stonefalls in western Morrowind. There, on a beach just to the west of Ebonheart that would later be named Vivec's Antlers,[11] Dunmeri troops under the command of the living god Almalexia met and held them, while Jorunn and Wulfharth pursued the Akaviri force into a surprise pincer attack.[9] The fighting was fierce, but the Nord army was overextended, and victory seemed uncertain until an elite Argonian phalanx of Shellbacks led by Heita-Meen[12] reinforced the Dunmeri army, turning a stalemate into a slaughter.[13] With the aid of a tidal wave summoned by Vivec, the Kamal were obliterated by the three unlikely allies.[11]

Jorunn returned home and was crowned the Skald-King of Eastern Skyrim, while the Dunmer freed the Argonian slaves in recognition of their crucial aid.[7] This conflict united three races who had held great animosity towards each other for centuries, leading to the formation of the Ebonheart Pact.[13]

Varen's Rebellion[edit]

2E 576 - 2E 577

Varen's Rebellion,[14][15][16] also known as the Colovian Revolt,[17][18], was a rebellion against Emperor Leovic of the Longhouse Emperors. After he had legalized Daedra worship throughout the Empire of Cyrodiil, Duke Varen Aquilarios of Chorrol marshaled the military forces of the Colovian Estates to depose him,[19] triggering a widespread rebellion in 2E 576.[20] Varen based his rebellion out of Bruma, where he coordinated his troops as they liberated Cyrodiil's other cities to further weaken Leovic's control.[21] Meric Renmus pledged allegiance to Varen and was given the rank of general for his loyalty.[18] The rebellion claimed victory in 2E 577, when Varen's forces stormed the Imperial City and confronted Leovic's last legion in a bloody battle that razed the city's Market District.[22] Varen personally dispatched Leovic at the foot of the Ruby Throne before proclaiming himself emperor.[23][24]

Frostfall Coup[edit]

Euraxia Tharn during the Frostfall Coup

2E 576[25]

Euraxia Tharn entered Elsweyr as the Empire's envoy following the start of Varen's Rebellion. Received at Rimmen as an emissary of the new emperor at the head of a large contingent of Nibenese mercenaries, Euraxia turned on her hosts and deposed King Hemakar of Rimmen in the Frostfall Coup, slaughtering the royal family and establishing herself as queen.[25][26] From Rimmen Euraxia consolidated an iron grip over much of northern Elsweyr,[25] training siege weapons on her own capital to quell any signs of revolt from the local Khajiit.[27] Unbeknownst to Euraxia, however, Hemakar's daughter Khamira survived the Frostfall Coup, and would ensure her eventual overthrow after the Usurper Queen's attempt to ally with Kaalgrontiid and his rage of dragons in 2E 582.[28]

Three Banners War[edit]

Three Banners War

2E 580[29] - 2E 582[11][nb 1]

In the years leading up to the Three Banners War, also called the Alliance War or the Great War,[30] a divided Tamriel had witnessed a series of conflicts and crises that had inspired the different nations of the land to band together into three distinct alliances: the greater Daggerfall Covenant in 2E 566,[31] the Ebonheart Pact in 2E 572,[7] and the first Aldmeri Dominion in 2E 580.[32][33] The competing ideologies of these alliances set them on a course for war; tensions between them were further exacerbated by the Soulburst and subsequent military aggression of the Empire of Cyrodiil under Empress Regent Clivia Tharn. Each alliance saw the opportunity to overthrow the corrupt Imperial regime and install their own emperor on the Ruby Throne, but also had to deal with the other two alliances. As the armies of the Covenant, Pact, and Dominion invaded Cyrodiil with the goal of capturing the Imperial City, they additionally launched attacks against each other. The war's ultimate outcome is unknown, but all three alliances, as well as the Empire of Cyrodiil, had ceased to exist by the ninth century of the Second Era.

Major Battles[edit]

  • Battle of Chalman Keep, 2E 582.[34] A notable three-way battle between Pact, Dominion, and Covenant forces at the contested and strategically important Chalman Keep. The Covenant defenders held out against two enemy armies, but ultimately the keep fell to a Dominion invasion force, after which the Dominion crowned a figurehead Emperor from among their warriors.[35]

The Tiber Wars[edit]

Tiber Septim

2E 852 - 2E 896

The Tiber Wars were a series of conflicts spanning through the second half of the last century of the Second Era, started by the Colovian warlord Cuhlecain and continued by his general Tiber Septim. The results of the wars were manifold, most important of them being the end of the Interregnum with the founding of the Third Empire with Septim as its first Emperor, the proclamation of the Third Era, and the unification of Tamriel for the first and only time in its history.

Major Battles[edit]

  • Battle of Old Hroldan, 2E 852. Cuhlecain's general Hjalti Early-Beard successfully led his king's Colovian troops and their allies' berserkers into breaking the Reachmen lines, forcing them to fortify themselves at Old Hroldan. The next day Hjalti approached the gates of the besieged city, protected by the winds created by a storm following his trail. Reports say that the ancient Nord art of thu'um was used to shout down the walls of Old Hroldan, after which Hjalti's army took the city with relative ease by force. As a result, he was nicknamed Talos, meaning Stormcrown, by his Nordic troops.
  • Sack of Sancre Tor, 2E 852. While his army was distracting the majority of the defenders, Talos made his way inside the fortress of Sancre Tor, capturing the Nord and Breton leaders and making them order their troops to surrender. St. Osla of Chorrol has a statue dedicated to her for her actions in the battle, where she healed the warriors that had fallen in battle. Sancre Tor was abandoned and Talos recovered the Amulet of Kings.
  • Battle of Five Bridges. After the initial success of his foes, Tiber Septim commanded his reserves to victory, attacking only after his foes were completely victorious, as advised by his Battlemage Zurin Arctus. Having been lulled into a false sense of security by their victory, Tiber took the enemy army by surprise, routing an army twice the size of his own.
  • Taking of the Imperial City, 2E 854. After a siege of the capital, the battlemages of the Eastern Heartlands surrendered before Cuhlecain's armies. Before he could crown himself Emperor, he was assassinated, and Talos was crowned in his stead as Tiber Septim.
  • Moth Rebellion, 2E 857.[nb 1]An uprising in the Imperial City. The Third Legion, mostly made out of newly-recruited Colovian peasant boys, was sent from nearby Anvil to quell it. There the Legion earned its sobriquet "The Faithful" while besieged in the Hesod Barracks by the Cultists. After the rebellion ended, Tiber Septim triumphantly reentered the capital.
  • Battle of the Bjoulsae. Under the command of Amiel Richton, an Imperial squadron crushed Wayrest's naval power in a surprise dawn attack.
  • Sack of Senchal. After the besieged Khajiiti refused to surrender, General Pottreid ordered the Third Legion to attack the city of Senchal, with free reins. Due to heavy civilian casualties, including children, the battle was omitted from officially-sanctioned Imperial history.
  • Battle of Black Rocks, 2E 863.[nb 2] The forces of the Aldmeri Dominion caught the Third Legion by surprise and almost completely destroyed it. The remnants of it made the core of the newly created Ruby Legion stationed in Nibenay Valley.
  • Battle of Stros M'Kai, 2E 864. Also known as Battle of Hunding Bay by Imperials.
    Battle of Stros M'Kai, the penultimate battle of the Crowns
    Fleeing from the capital of Sentinel, Prince A'tor rallied the remaining Redguard Crowns for one final battle. The navies of both sides clashed near the isle of Stros M'Kai in the Hunding Bay. Leading the Imperial New West Navy was Lord Admiral Amiel Richton, who brought in a dragon called Nafaalilargus. The turning point of the battle was Prince A'tor's death by a poisonous arrow from Dram, a Dunmer assassin. Arch-mage Voa tried to save the prince, but due to the strength of the poison he was forced to place his soul in a soul gem and to put his body in a magically induced stasis before being burned by the dragon. After their defeat, the remaining Crowns fled to Stros M'Kai, most of them to the Old Quarter of the city, which was promptly burned to the ground by the dragon, killing them all as a result. Some of the survivors took refuge at the local temple of Arkay. The priests there gave them asylum, hiding the body of prince A'tor in the temple and healing the wounded, only to be forced to surrender the latter to the Imperials. The result of the battle was that the Redguard forces, aside from the Crown-allegiant Restless League, were either completely annihilated or subdued. Following the crowning achievements of his career, Richton was made the Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai, reigning over the city with terror for the next three months.
  • Stros M'Kai Uprising, 2E 864. Led by siblings Cyrus and Iszara, the Restless League came out of hiding and stormed the Palace, with Cyrus himself cornering the Provisional Governor Amiel Richton and the Imperial Emissary Dram aboard a Dwemeri dirigible. Cyrus' sword, enchanted with the soul of Prince A'tor, then killed them both. This act was allegedly the third incarnation of HoonDing.
  • Rebellion of Sentinel, 2E 864. After hearing of the Crown rebellion in Stros M'Kai, Baron Volag, leader of the Forebears, came out of hiding and retook Sentinel from the Provisional Governor Senecus Goddkey. As a result of these two rebellions, the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai was signed.
  • Sack of Mournhold. One of the several battles that occurred after Septim's legions invaded Morrowind and before the Armistice was signed. The city was razed and the royal family of Mournhold was wiped out, except for the five-year-old heiress Barenziah.[nb 3]
  • Surrender of Alinor, 2E 896. Given to the Empire as a part of the terms of the Armistice by the Tribunal, Numidium besieged the capital of Summerset Isles, its fall happening within an hour. Alinor's fall marked the end of the Tiber Wars, finally unifying Tamriel, in turn leading to the proclamation of the Third Era. The great Altmer battlemage Areldur died during Tiber Septim's conquest of the Summerset Isles.

Peace Treaties[edit]

  • Forebear Truce. After the Crown forces regrouped at Stros M'Kai and even got close to retaking the capital of Sentinel, the Forebears, desperate at the prospect of losing the civil war, asked Tiber Septim for aid. The Empire was to lend its armies to the Forebear cause in return for a swath of holding titles along the southeast border of Hammerfell. After the Crowns were crushed and the Forebear leader Baron Volag went into hiding not a day later, rumored to be dead, the treaty was revised, and Imperial garrisons were stationed across Hammerfell "until such a time as the native rulership can see fit to reinstate itself safely on its rightful throne."
  • First Treaty of Stros M'Kai, 2E 864. Following the double rebellion of both most prominent Redguard factions, the Empire was forced to draw a treaty with the rebels, finally legitimizing their rule. It was signed by Tiber Septim, Iszara, and Baron Volag, representing the Empire, the Crowns and the Forebears, respectively. While Hammerfell's status as a province remained, a remark from almost two hundred years later stated that the Redguards felt that they "are part of the Empire, but not a subject."
  • Armistice. After the Imperials amassed their forces at Morrowind's western borders and had several skirmishes with Tribunal-led Dunmeri forces, Lord Vivec himself proclaimed that he would initiate peace talks with Septim's Empire. The terms of the Armistice were culturally very favorable to Morrowind, such as the freedom of religion and perseverance of the ancient Dunmeri right to own and trade slaves. Strategically, the Armistice was very favorable to the Empire, most importantly the access to Morrowind's rich ebony mines and to the Dwemeri Brass God Numidium.


  1. ^ As the timeline of Elder Scrolls Online is ongoing, the end-date of the war is the latest "present" date that has been reached within the game.


  1. ^ a b c The Fury of King RanserWafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
  2. ^ Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
  3. ^ House Tamrith: A Recent HistoryChancellor Regina Troivois, the Department of Interior Affairs
  4. ^ King Ranser's TiradeKing Ranser
  5. ^ The True Fate of King RanserSerinal Gane, Royal Scribe of Shornhelm
  6. ^ Shornhelm, Crown City of the NorthLord Wylon, 39th Baron Montclair
  7. ^ a b c Guide to the Ebonheart Pact
  8. ^ Heita-Meen Answers Your QuestionsVicecanon Heita-Meen
  9. ^ a b c The Second Akaviri InvasionYngmaer Raven-Quill, Historian Royal of the Bards' College, Solitude
  10. ^ Jorunn the Skald-KingHelgreir Lute-Voice, Bard of Windhelm
  11. ^ a b c Events of ESO
  12. ^ From Argonian to SaxhleelVicecanon Heita-Meen
  13. ^ a b Unexpected Allies
  14. ^ Varen's WallMidara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
  15. ^ County Kvatch Map Tapestry contraband item in ESO
  16. ^ Longhouse Legion Banner Fragment contraband item in ESO
  17. ^ Colovian Revolt Forge Yard name and Caretaker Ministe's dialogue
  18. ^ a b Aeliah Renmus's dialogue in ESO
  19. ^ Eulogy for Emperor VarenLord Abnur Tharn, Chancellor of the Elder Council
  20. ^ Pirate Queen of the Gold CoastMidara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
  21. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 5Abnur Tharn
  22. ^ Groundskeeper's Letter
  23. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 4Abnur Tharn
  24. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 1Lyris Titanborn
  25. ^ a b c The Frostfall CoupTandemen, Sapiarch of Foreign Observations
  26. ^ Khamira's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  27. ^ Abnur Tharn's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  28. ^ Events of Two Queens in ESO: Elsweyr
  29. ^ The Chorrol Crier
  30. ^ Fasaran's DiaryFasaran
  31. ^ Guide to the Daggerfall Covenant
  32. ^ The Rise of Queen AyrennNuulehtel of Skywatch
  33. ^ Ayrenn – The Unforeseen QueenHeadmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
  34. ^ Battle of Chalman Keep card in Legends
  35. ^ Those Who Stood at Chalman Keep