Lore:University of Gwylim

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The University of Gwylim (also called the University of Gwilym or Gwylim University) is an ancient scholarly organization possibly dating back to the late First Era. The University of Gwylim Press has been responsible for many publications throughout history. It is known that the university awards the Gwylim Prize to scholars at times.[1]

The university's faculty are known to have an interest in practical pedagogy,[2] and is known to offer training in the magical school of Illusion.[3] Tjurhane Fyrre, an Ayleid scholar, was one of the finest sages of the university. His book on Ayleidic culture, Nature of Ayleidic Poesy, was published by the university in 2E 12.[4] Fyrre was also responsible for writing a number of unpublished biographies on various Ayleid kings, including King Narilmor of Garlas Malatar.[5] Other Ayleidic texts were also published by the university, including Ayleid Cities of Valenwood, written by the Esteemed Historian Homfrey in 2E 455.[6] "The Gwylim Praxis" by the Aureate Serpent is a book that describes methods of draining magicka from intelligent creatures at the moment of death, but it is unknown what its connection to the university is.[7]

The wizard and author Gabrielle Benele was once a member of the university before she joined the Mages Guild around the time of the Alliance War.[2] At some point, the university funded a scholarly expedition to the ruins of Skyreach in Craglorn, led by Historian Reginus Buca and Ancientist Verita Numida.[8] The scholar Mederic Vyger was a lecturer at the university and an expert on Nedes who helped the Scaled Court in their study of the Skyreach ruins in 2E 582, although he left the cult after awakening the ancient Celestial creatures in Skyreach Pinnacle and subsequently aided the Vestige in restoring their wards.[9]

Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Marobar Sul's infamous eleven volumes of fictional stories about the Dwemer published around 2E 670, was originally presented as a serious, scholarly work based on research in the archives of the University of Gwylim. The stories proved popular, and were accepted as fact. However, scholars later surmised that Marobar Sul was simply a pseudonym for Gor Felim, a prolific writer of the era, and the writings were debunked.[10] The university continued to publish the surviving fragments of Sul's writings, although they were noted as being works of fiction.[11]

Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie, written by the scribe Mabei Aywenil, was first translated and published by the university in either 2E 105 or 3E 105.[12] The university first published Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation: A Social History of Cyrodiil in either 2E 344 or 3E 344.[13] Doctor Intricatus of Gwylim University was noted for his ethnographic research into the "Primal" style of weapons and armor, worn by goblins and other primitive beastfolk.[14] The Gwylim Praxis is a rare book written by the Aureate Serpent, which details methods of draining magicka from intelligent creatures at the moment of death.[15]

The University of Gwylim itself is found in Cyrodiil. Phrastus of Elinhir originally taught at the university before being forced to flee to Elinhir due to the Alliance War.[UOL 1] They have a satellite campus called the Gwylim Annex in Solitude.[16]

The Antiquarian Circle is the University's most prestigious historical society, which scours the continent for lost antiquities to collect and catalogue.[16]

Known Members[edit]

  • Tjurhane Fyrre, an Ayleid scholar and founder of the University
  • Erer Darothril[3]
  • Phrastus of Elinhir
  • Homfrey[17]
  • Exerius Talos[18]
  • Glabrian Tuliel
  • Mirannah[19]
  • Doctor Intricatus[20]
  • Midara Salviticus
  • Mathinn Palard[21]
  • Valenca Arvina
  • Vashu gra-Morga, Chief Daedrotheologist
  • Zamshiq af-Halazh, Associate Folklorist
  • Members of the Antiquarian Circle
    • Gabrielle Benele
    • Amalien
    • Eveline San
    • Historian Phedre
    • Reginus Buca
    • Ugron gro-Thumog
    • Verita Numida
    • Ysrudda
    • Yvara Plouff

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilo Sylla's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  2. ^ a b Proposal: Schools of MagicGabrielle Benele, Daggerfall Mages Guild
  3. ^ a b SilenceGanpheril Kimeth
  4. ^ The Wild ElvesKier-Jo Chorvak
  5. ^ Meet the Character - King NarilmorTjurhane Fyrre
  6. ^ Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — the Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
  7. ^ The Library of Dusk: Rare Books
  8. ^ Skyreach ExplorerReginus Buca, Historian, University of Gwylim
  9. ^ Events of ESO
  10. ^ Dwemer History and CultureHasphat Antabolis
  11. ^ The Ransom of ZarekMarobar Sul
  12. ^ Opusculus Lamae Bal ta MezzamortieMabei Aywenil, Scribe
  13. ^ Frontier, ConquestUniversity of Gwylim Press, 3E 344
  14. ^ Crafting Motif 13: Primal StyleSeif-ij Hidja
  15. ^ The Library of Dusk: Rare Books
  16. ^ a b Verita Numida's dialogue in ESO: Greymoor
  17. ^ Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — the Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
  18. ^ On VoriplasmsConcordia Mercius of Cyrodilic Collections
  19. ^ Akaviri Potentate Charger mount description in ESO
  20. ^ Crafting Motif 13: Primal StyleSeif-ij Hidja
  21. ^ Crafting Motif 96: Arkthzand Armory StyleMathinn Palard, University of Gwylim

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to provide a rounder background to this article and may not consist of definitive lore.

  1. ^ Loremaster's Episode of ESO-RP ZOS Interview