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Ra Gada[edit]

The Ra Gada (sometimes spelled Ra' Gada or Ra'Gada) was the name given to the Yokudan "Warrior Wave" that left the doomed continent of Yokuda and sailed towards Tamriel. This mass colonization occurred in four successive waves during the eighth and ninth centuries of the First Era, and spanned approximately twenty eight years. The native Orcs, Nedes and Bretons fell to them quickly, as did the various creatures and beasts further inland. Eventually, they claimed the entire province after only a few major battles and established a new home for the Yokudan people called Hammerfell.

The term Ra Gada became corrupted to Redguard, and although it originally referred only to the warriors of the refugees, it gradually came to be used to refer to the whole race.

Ra'athim[edit]

The Ra'athim Clan (also spelled R'Aathim) is an ancient family of Dark Elves that hail from the city-state of Ebonheart, in the province of Morrowind. Originally, the Ra'athim Clan were a group of miners with the territory that stretches across the central mainland, but they would eventually become the royalty of Ebonheart. Their lineage would go on to become the great leaders of both Morrowind and Tamriel. The Empress-Regent, Katariah is arguably one of their most well-known members. In early Morrowind history, the Ra'athim Clan held the High Kingship of Morrowind.

History[edit]

The Staff of Chaos

The Ra'athim Clan were known as prominent figures throughout history. In early Morrowind History, the Ra'athim Clan retained the High Kingship of Morrowind and held lucrative mining fiefdoms across Morrowind, between Ebonheart and Mournhold. According to Tribunal mythology, the Morag Tong had a sphere of influence in the Ra'athim's territory. King Kronin Ra'athim was the King of Ebonheart when the First Empire of the Nords had invaded the province of Morrowind in 1E 240. The Nords had driven the Ra'athim Clan out of Ebonheart and into hiding. Several years later when the Dark Elves fought back, King Kronin and his three sons took to guerrilla warfare, driving out the Nords out of their domain. Moraelyn's aunt, Yoriss would become the Queen of Kragenmoor after the war. At one point, King Kronin had passed away, and left his son, Cruethys to the throne at Ebonheart, but he too would die. Moraelyn, Cruethys' brother, would become the King of Ebonheart afterward. The third brother, S'ephen was an illegitimate son of Kronin and was born in Mournhold. He was not considered a Ra'athim. To honor him, Moraelyn had created a temple cult dedicated to Ephen. Moraelyn had left the Staff of Chaos in the protection of Ephen, in his tomb underneath Mournhold. Eventually, King Moraelyn would pass the mantle to his daughter, Lian, who would, in turn, have twin sons that were left, joint heirs. At this point, the High Kingship had been left vacant due to a provincial emergency. Both twins were given separate kingdoms that resulted in the split that became modern-day Ebonheart and Mournhold.

Throughout the years, the Ra'athim Clan continued to rule over Ebonheart. A group called the Nightingales were affiliated with the Ra'athim and Ebonheart. Prior to this, the Ra'athim Clan were a part of the minor House, House Mora. House Mora would, in turn, become absorbed into the Great House Hlaalu. Despite the fact that Ebonheart is Morrowind's oldest city, Mournhold was given the Staff of Chaos due to Moraelyn's declaration and Ephen's origins. And so their jealousy had become greater when the Staff was placed in Mournhold, and Tiber Septim had taken the Horn of Summoning from them. In the early-mid Third Era, the city-state of Ebonheart, and the Ra'athim Clan were allies of Potema Septim, the Wolf-Queen of Solitude. Ebonheart fought alongside her during the War of the Red Diamond, which ended with Potema's death in 3E 137. Because Mournhold was an ally of the Third Empire, Ebonheart was in a bad situation, and to preserve the peace between both factions, Emperor Magnus Septim had arranged the marriage of Katariah Ra'athim, Duchess of Vvardenfell with his son, King Pelagius Septim III of Solitude in 3E 141. Because of Pelagius III's crippling madness, Katariah had essentially taken control of the Empire, working alongside the Elder Council to not only govern the Empire but hide Pelagius III's madness. As time went on, Katariah had a child with Pelagius III named Cassynder Septim, and Pelagius III died on Betony. Katariah I was named the Empress-Regent, and her reign (lasting for forty-six years) was known for being the Empire's celebrated years. However, some people would claim that Katariah's ascension would be the decline of the Septim Dynasty. When Katariah died, Cassynder Septim was the Emperor of Tamriel, and his half-brother, Katariah's son, Uriel Septim IV was named the King of Wayrest and the rest is history.

By the late Third Era, the most prominent member of the Ra'athim Clan was High King Athyn Llethan of Mournhold, and his niece, Barenziah. The Ra'athim lineage was supposedly dying out at this point. Barenziah had ruled Mournhold for several years, as far as the early Third Era. During Barenziah's late reign around 3E 376, the Staff of Chaos was stolen from Ephen's tomb. Barenziah had been seduced by the Nightingale, a bard commonly known to have been Jagar Tharn. In actuality, the Nightingale was a former Indoril noble named Drayven Indoril. Drayven was one of the Nightingales, a group of extremely-talented thieves that serve Nocturnal. And so, Tharn had hired Drayven to obtain the Staff of Chaos. Despite Drayven's ties to House Indoril, the thief may have been an unknown member of the Ra'athim Clan. According to the book, The Real Barenziah, v 4, the Nightingale was an heir of Moraelyn and the last of his line. With his exclamation, the Nightingale was able to acquire the Staff of Chaos and given it to Jagar Tharn. The Imperial Battlemage attempted to kill the Nightingale, but it ended in failure and so he retired to Shor's Stone in Skyrim. Barenziah had a child with the Drayven Indoril, named Dralsi, but later abandoned her to keep the truth quiet. Eventually, Dralsi took the mantle of Nightingale, same as her daughter, Karliah, who was alive during the Skyrim Civil War in 4E 201. Barenziah was the Queen of Morrowind since the early Third Era, but when the Arnesian War occurred in 3E 396, she had become the Queen of Wayrest, only to return to Morrowind around 3E 427. Her son, Hlaalu Helseth would be the High King during the waning years of the Third Era. Her daughter, Morgiah married King Reman Karoodil of Firsthold and currently has two children, Goranthir and Rinnala.

Known Members[edit]

Queen Barenziah of Mournhold
Kronin
King of Ebonheart during the Nordic Occupation in Morrowind.
Yoriss
Queen of Kragenmoor after the Nordic Occupation.
Cruethys
Son and Successor of King Kronin.
Moraelyn
Legendary warrior known as the Witch-King of Ebonheart
Lian
Moraelyn's daughter and successor.
Lian's twin sons
Moraelyn's twin grandsons that were given joint heirs as Ebonheart and Mournhold.
Katariah
Duchess of Vvardenfell and Wife of Emperor Pelagius III.
Athyn Llethan
High King of Morrowind and successor of Barenziah in the late Third Era.
Barenziah
Former High Queen of Morrowind, and mother of Helseth Hlaalu.
The Nightingale
Master Thief that stole the Staff of Chaos.

References[edit]

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Red Sabre[edit]

A fleet of pirates formed during the Camoran Usurper, under the leadership of Torradan ap Dugal. Destroyed by Commodore Fasil Umbranox of the Imperial Navy around 3E 286.[1]

Renrijra Krin[edit]

The Renrijra Krin (which translates as The Mercenary's Grin, The Laugh of the Landless or The Smiling Scum, and is often shortened to Renrijra) are a long-standing Khajiiti criminal organization. The Renrijra Maor (also called the Renrijra Pirates) are a naval subgroup of the organization.

The Renrijra's name reflects the group's philosophy of bravery and enjoyment of life, while also indicating that they owe allegiance to no ruler. It was originally a derogatory term, but was adopted by the amused group. The organization has no fixed rules, preferring to call its tenets "thjizzrini", or "foolish concepts". Their ranks are made up of thieves, thugs, bandits, smugglers, pirates and saboteurs. They are ruthless in pursuing their aims, but depend on guerrilla tactics to operate, giving freely to Khajiit civilians in return for their support.

During the Alliance War, the Renrijra Maor were hired by the Aldmeri Dominion as privateers. They raided the coast of Glenumbra, seeking to conquer the shores, which elicited an attack by the Breton Navy. In 2E 582, they began operating along the western coast of Morrowind and Black Marsh. They attempted to enslave the Argonian population of Silent Mire, a village in Deshaan, but were driven off by a series of counter strikes. They were also responsible for helping to supply the failed Dominion invasion of Shadowfen, but changed allegiance to the local pirate boss Captain One-Eye after their leader was killed.

By the late Third Era, the Renrijra had proclaimed dedication to reclaiming areas of Cyrodiil that they saw as rightfully belonging to Elsweyr. They blamed the Count of Leyawiin for driving the Khajiit from the fertile land around Lake Makapi and the River Malapi. In this they disagree with their ruler, the Mane, who was responsible for making the agreement with Cyrodiil. However, it was the belief of the Empire that the organization was simply posing as freedom fighters in order to further their criminal agenda and their Cyrodilic skooma smuggling. In 3E 433, Special Inquisitor Drels Theran of Bravil was in charge of suppressing the Renrijra insurgents.

Resolution of Z'en[edit]

The Resolution of Z'en is a temple devoted to Z'en, the God of Commerce and Patron of Merchants and Mercenaries. Long ago, in the movement's birth, early members made a temple like no other: one meant to be adaptable, but resilient to the storm of time. They are thus called Resolutions, a far more descriptive term than temples.

Restless League[edit]

The Restless League was a group of Redguard pirates based out of a hidden cove near Stros M'Kai. The League played a critical role in the uprising there during 2E 864. Their leader was a man named Basil; other prominent members included Iszara and later her brother Cyrus. The League used the lighthouse in Saintsport as a signal for members to receive transport to their hideout.

Root-Whisper Tribe[edit]

The Root-Whisper Tribe was an Argonian tribe that resided in Root-Whisper Village. In their past life they came across the Barsaebic Aylieds who raided into their xanmeers and as a final countermeasure, they created the artifact known as the Remnant of Argon that would preserve their souls in a different reality.

In the Second Era during the Soulless One's expedition through Murkmire, they went into a vision to learn more about the tribe. There they learned of the Remnant and was granted an artifact which materialized from the vision into reality known as the Rootmender's Staff with the ability to locate the Remnant of Argon with the purpose of freeing the souls of their tribe. The imperialized Argonian Kassandra who was aiding the expedition revealed herself to be a traitor and snatched the staff from the Soulless one. She used the Staff to locate the Remnant and found it in a xanmeer where she was devoured by a Miregaunt and the Soulless One had to put her down. what she planned to do with the artifact that contained the tribe's souls was anyone's guess. After Celebrations of their victory over the Blackguards, both artifacts retrieved, the Argonians of Murkmire granted the Soulless One the Rootmender's staff along with the title of Rootmender. The Remnant of Argon was absorbed along with a willing sacrifice by the Hist tree of Root-Whisper Village. Conflicting accounts say that the Argonian Xukas or Naga Jaxsik-orn sacrificed themself along with the Remnant of Argon to lead the souls of the former Root-Whisper tribe to a new life. The Root-Whisper Tribe was Reformed.

Rourken[edit]

The Rourken were a clan of Dwemer who migrated from Morrowind to Hammerfell during the First Era, in a self-imposed exile. They left after refusing to join the First Council due to a longstanding animosity with the Chimer, led by Indoril Nerevar at the time. According to legend, their leader hurled the great hammer Volendrung towards the setting sun and vowed to settle wherever it landed. After a long journey through the forests of Cyrodiil, they arrived in the southern Alik'r Desert near Gilane in 1E 420. There, they founded Volenfell ("City of the Hammer"), which later gave its name to the entire province as well. Establishing trading relationships with neighboring Bretons and elves, the Rourken prospered and spread across the province, exploiting the harsh landscape's plentiful mineral resources with massive mines and workshops.

Despite the physical separation from their brethren in Morrowind, the Rourken shared the fate of all Dwemer, mysteriously disappearing overnight. Their cities, now abandoned, fell prey to pirates, raiders, and the ravages of time. The ruins of their civilization can still be found, half-buried in sand, all across Hammerfell, including in Rkundzelft, Santaki, and Stros M'Kai. It would be over a hundred years before another civilization, the Ra Gada, would arrive to occupy the southern deserts.

Royal Guard[edit]

The Royal Guard are private guards for the Royalty of Morrowind and other regions of Monarchy rule. They operate separately from both the Imperial Legion and the Ordinators, and can mainly be found in or around Mournhold.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cap'n Dugal's JournalTorradan ap Dugal