Lore:Jehanna

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Jehanna
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province High Rock
Region Western Reach
(Wrothgar)
Appears in Arena, ESO
Jehanna during the Imperial Simulacrum
Map of High Rock

Jehanna (also called Jehenna[1][2] or Jelhana)[3] is one of the eight major kingdoms in the province of High Rock,[4][5] situated on the northernmost icy shores of Wrothgar. Nestled in the snow-covered forests of the Western Reach, it is described as being as beautiful as its name.[6]

Layout & Geography[edit]

Jehanna lies on the northeast coast of High Rock, right near the border of Skyrim. It lies in the ancestral territory of the Fharun Clan, one of the major Orcish clans that reigned over the Wrothgarian wilderlands for countless years. Before it was the kingdom seat of power it is now, it was an isolated dock that was nestled between the base of Mount Sorrow, the tallest peak of Wrothgar and the mountain that holds the Fharun clanhold. It sat at the end of a lightly-forested valley and laden on the Sea of Ghosts. At the end of an off-beaten path, east of the dock is an old ruin called the Coldwind's Den, the tomb of the legendary mount, Coldwind. Jehanna is neighbored by several settlements, including Cloud Spring to the southwest, Farrun to the west, and Skyrim to the east, towards Solitude.[4][7]

History[edit]

Jehanna Docks circa 2E 582

Jehanna and the rest of the Western Reach was conquered by the First Empire of the Nords[1] and incorporated as one of the holds of Skyrim. Many Nordic colonials settled in the region until they were viciously displaced by the Direnni Hegemony.[8] Jehanna as a name is recognized by scholars in the mid-Second Era.[UOL 1] The Jehanna Road is a major roadway that runs near the Bjoulsae River in Bangkorai and rolls northeast into the Wrothgarian Mountains near the Murtag Stronghold.[9] In 2E 582, an isolated dock with the name Jehanna Docks could be found just to the east of Fharun Stronghold. By 2E 864, the modern-day kingdom of Jehanna had been marked on maps of the province.[10]

During the Imperial Simulacrum to the late-Third Era, the city-state of Jehanna was an active settlement. It was ruled by King Bedyctor and had a rivalry with Farrun.[6] When the War of the Bend'r-mahk occurred at the time, the land around Jehanna and other nations like Elinhir were engulfed in warfare with the Nordic warlords of nearby Skyrim. By the time, Uriel Septim VII returned to the throne in 3E 399, Jehanna had fallen under the control of Skyrim and the landscape was swiftly claimed by their Counts. By the waning years of the Third Era, resistance in the cities was feeble at best, but the fight remained strong toward the border.[1]

By the Fourth Era, the wealthy Ice-Blade clan had come to possess significant influence over the lands surrounding Jehanna. At some point, the heir to the clan's fortune, Pjofr Ice-Blade, abandoned his family to become the Gray Fox.[11] Circa 4E 201, a plot against the clan was put into action by a group of associates led by the siblings Erikur and Gisli of Solitude. The plotters poisoned Pjofr's sister, leaving her young son Smaref Ice-Blade as the heir to the clan's titles and wealth. Smaref was then used as a political puppet, allowing the plotters to make the necessary land transfers in order to construct a new port east of Jehanna. The orphaned Smaref was sent to Riften to live his life in relative comfort, unaware of what had occurred.[12] These actions forced Pjofr to relinquish his role as the Gray Fox, and with the help of the Last Dragonborn he left his life of crime behind him in order to adopt Smaref and return to Jehanna as head of the Ice-Blade clan.[11][13]

Notes[edit]

  • Jehanna is the home of Sir Sienne, whose adventures were documented in the book The Travels of Sir Sienne of Jehanna, written by the author Gidan.[14]
  • Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Jehanna's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Iceblades".[UOL 2]
    • A slideshow of screenshots from Arena's Beta contains a picture of a Bosmer player character named Jehanna Khel, which perhaps lent (or borrowed) its name to the city.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: SkyrimImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  2. ^ A Dance in Fire, v4Waughin Jarth
  3. ^ Map of Tamriel — The Elder Scrolls Anthology
  4. ^ a b Map of High Rock — The Elder Scrolls Arena
  5. ^ Etiquette With RulersErystera Ligen
  6. ^ a b Jehanna location and rumors in Arena
  7. ^ Map of Skyrim — The Elder Scrolls Arena
  8. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High RockImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  9. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Northern Bangkorai and the MountainsFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  10. ^ Map of Tamriel — Pocket Guide to the Empire (1st Edition)
  11. ^ a b Stranger's JournalPjofr Ice-Blade
  12. ^ Letter to Gisli — M
  13. ^ The Gray Cowl Returns! Creation for Skyrim Special Edition
  14. ^ Screenshots from the Elder Scrolls Website Archive

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Loremaster's Episode of ESO-RP ZOS Interview — The Elder Scrolls Online Roleplaying Community
  2. ^ Original TES: Arena texts at the Imperial Library