This article is about the city. For the person, see The Silvenar.
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The first Silvenar and the first Green Lady were a childless couple who tended the Eldest, an ancient strangler blessed by Y'ffre himself, as their own offspring. The graht-oak of Silvenar, like the one of Elden Root, probably was seeded by the one in Falinesti. During this time, the holiest city of the Green-Pact Bosmer was founded or occupied by the first of the Silvenar and his followers, making it the holiest place in Valenwood. When a Silvenar died, he was soon after replaced by a new one. The Silvenar of old stated that he represented all Wood Elves by being held simultaneously by three to eight Bosmer from all walks of life, an arrangement that would become completely impractical by the mid-Second Era. It is probable that during this time, the Jaqspurs were first founded as a personal guard to the Silvenar.
Before the Alessian Slave Rebellion, in the Merethic Era, during the Golden Age of Ayleid rule of Cyrodiil, the Bosmer cities of Haven and Silvenar flourished as a result of increased trade after the establishment of the great White-Gold Tower in what is now the heart of Cyrodiil.
The holy city was incorporated to a unified Valenwood kingdom after King Eplear, a Bosmer warlord, united the tribes of the entire region under his rule, an event traditionally regarded as the beginning of Year Zero of the First Era. However, the figure of the Silvenar and the Green Lady continued to be more respected than the king himself, only third in power after the Silvenar and the Green Lady.
In 1E 2714, the holy city, along with the rest of Valenwood was conquered by the Second Empire, after centuries of unrelenting warfare along the border with Cyrodiil and a plague from Thras. Although the province became occupied by the Imperial Legion, they continued to experience resistance from some natives for several years.
During the Second Empire rule of Valenwood, each of the treethanes of Falinesti, Silvenar, Haven, Cormount, Elden Root, and Woodhearth were given a minor kingdom, rising from local to regional powers. This way, Valenwood was divided into six independent kingdoms ruled by local Bosmer nobility, but under the Second Empire banner and protection. During this time, in which Silvenar treethanes ruled their kingdom on behalf of their spiritual leaders: the Silvenar and the Green Lady, the already well-established settlement grew into a major city. The Jaqpspurs, as a personal army at the Silvenar commands, were probably disbanded by the Potentate Versidue-Shaie by 2E 310, along with the rest of vassals' armies.
In 2E 580, Silvenar was incorporated to the First Aldmeri Dominion along with the rest of Camoran-controlled Valenwood after Blacksap Rebellion was put down by Ayrenn and Aeradan Camoran joined forces. The Dominion recognized that at the time of the its founding, the Green Lady and the Silvenar spoke on behalf of the Wood Elves and the Green Pact. The Jaqspurs, the famous archers who form the personal guard of the Bosmer "Voice of the People" were revived as elite troops by the Silvenar during his alliance with the Dominion. In 2E 582, Ulthorn the Hound, a Bosmer leader of a Hircine-worshipper cult, took the city without violence after Maormer killed the Silvenar Edhelorn in Khenarti's Roost. The intimidated treethane let the Hound and his troops enter the city. He blamed the Dominion for letting his spiritual leader to be murdered and convinced many Bosmer of Malabal Tor to join his Houndsmen. Once in love with the new Green Lady, the Hound's reasons after taking over the holy city were many and he intended to marry her and overtake the Silvenar position among the Bosmer, but with Hircine support, instead of the traditional one of Y'ffre. However, the Soulless One defeated the Hound, ending all his plans and retaking the city for Dominion forces. After that, the new Silvenar Indaenir married the new Green Lady Gwaering during the sacred ceremony known as the Handfast and officiated by a Spinner who sealed the new covenant with the Green: "By the blood we consume, by the hills and vales we protect, let the spirit of the Silvenar and the body of the Green Lady become as one. Before Y'ffre and those gathered for this celebration, and those that came before and will come after, be joined". The Dominion government recognized the union and the new shared leadership of the Bosmer people. Along with the Mane and the Queen of the Summerset Isles, they became the highest ranking leaders of the Dominion. That same year, an Ebonheart Pact cover team, lead by a Dunmer, excavated the roots of the graht-oak of Silvenar to take samples. The Soulless One killed the Dunmer and ended their plans below the holy city. Silvenar remained in Aldmeri hands until the eventual dissolution of the Dominion.
Again in 2E 830, the city was annexed by the Second Aldmeri Dominion after the intervention of Summerset in another Camoran civil war. However, the catastrophic use of the Numidium by Tiber Septim resulted in the conquest of both the entirely of Valenwood and the Summerset Isles in 2E 896, ending the Second Aldmeri Dominion control of the settlement, which was incorporated to the Third Empire.
Since the beginning of the Third Era, Silvenar became part of the Province of Valenwood. The Imperials established a Septim-controlled Kingdom based on the city. Kintyra Septim was Queen of Silvenar when she assumed the Ruby Throne in 3E 48. During the play A Hypothetical Treachery, a group of adventurers recovered the Ebony Mail from the legendary Elden Grove of Valenwood. In the end, only one is left alive and sold the artifact to the king of Silvenar. Despite the rule of Septim kings over Silvenar, the Silvenar continued to be the spiritual leader of the Bosmer and became the Valenwood political representative to the Emperor, instead of the Camoran kings of Falinesti, who did not represent the Bosmer outside Valenwood. The settlement remained in Imperial hands except for the Camoran Usurper Rebellion between 3E 249 and 3E 267. The Oblivion Crisis that ended the Third Era and weakened the Empire provided the opportunity for the Thalmor to seized the Summerset Isles. In 4E 29, a Thalmor-backed coup overthrew Valenwood's government, routing Imperial forces and their Bosmer supporters, ending the Imperial Kingdom of Silvenar. Alinor and Valenwood then proclaimed a union, and a new Aldmeri Dominion was formed. The city fell into Aldmeri hands for the third time in history.
The city has been home to The Silvenar, the spiritual leader of the Bosmer, since, at least, the Merethic Era. He is assisted by a number of Spinners, commonly three, who help him in keeping the oral history of the Bosmer and the integrity of the Green-Pact.
In springtime, the Bosmer pilgrim to the Den of the Eldest, an ancient strangler. There, they offer thanks to Y'ffre for the blooming of yet another spring, and they read the history of their home in the branches of the Eldest. Then, a great festival is thrown by the Green Pact Bosmer, in celebration of the Springtime and the Eldest. Then, Elves celebrate long into the night, drinking and regaling each other with stories of past festivals, honoring the first pilgrim who tended to the Eldest: the first Silvenar and the first Green Lady.
Silvenar, like other graht-oak big cities as Elden Root, have a few dwellings on the forest floor, but many homes are both concealed and cradled within the canopy of graht-oak trees. Bosmer favor a life among the branches and have woven them together to form limbed pathways, and trails of thick, living vines anchor dozens of platforms that carry goods and people among the graht-oak without contravening the Green-Pact. Bone, resin, and sinew are employed in Bosmeri bridge design.
A secondary market in such scraps allows the tree-dweller to tip their animal waste from above to the ground below, where it is scavenged and reworked into a variety of items. Bone, leather, and ivory items, made in the holy city from local materials and with many different designs, are common in Valenwood markets. But the artisans also import ivory and silk from other regions to made artworks, commonly with religious-themed designs. Pottery, silversmith and goldsmith works made by the holy city artisans are also well-priced, specially those ancient, from the First Era or earlier.
It is common among Silvenari Bosmer to eat live bugs.
- 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, Silvenar's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Rangers".[UOL 1]
- The Eldest: A Pilgrim's Tale
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Voice of the People
- Description of Silvenar in ESO
- Description of Silvenari Felt Bycoket in ESO
- Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — Homfrey
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Diplomacy during the Handfasting
- The Fall and Rise of Reman's Bluff — Praetor Aemilianus Lector
- History of the Fighters Guild
- Welcome to New Aldmeri Irregulars — Aicantar of Shimmerene, Sapiarch of Indoctrination
- The Rise of Cormount
- The Green Pact and the Dominion
- A Time of Troubles — Gwilgoth Branchbreaker
- Events of ESO
- A Tale Forever Told
- An Unusual Alliance — Aicantar of Shimmerene, Sapiarch of Indoctrination
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- A Hypothetical Treachery — Anthil Morvir
- A Dance in Fire, Chapter 6 — Waughin Jarth
- The Refugees — Geros Albreigh
- The Fall of the Usurper — Palaux Illthre
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- Spinning a Story — Cirantille
- The description of Great Seal of Silvenar in ESO
- The description of Green "Official Decree" Inkwell in ESO
- Arboreal Architecture — Cirantille
- The description of Dancing Duo Silvenar Bone Marionette in ESO
- The description of Set of Monkeybone Bug Tweezers in ESO
- The description of Tattooed Mammoth-Ball Trophy in ESO
- The description of Spinner's Ivory Silvenar Puppet in ESO
- The description of Blessed Horker Tusk On Gilt Plaque in ESO
- The description of "Watching Silvenar" Hand Mirror in ESO
- The description of Embroidered Silk Silvenar Pillow in ESO
- The description of Champion of Silvenar Figurine With Gold Spontoon in ESO
- The description of Set of Silvenar Marrow Spoons in ESO
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.