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Ulath[edit]

The Ulath Tribe (also known as the Ulathi) is a minor Ashlander tribe that lives in the Stonefalls region of mainland Morrowind. Little is known of them, as they are hostile to outsiders. The Cave of Memories, a small cave northwest of Heimlyn Keep, serves as their ancestral burial grounds. They are particularly devoted to the Daedric Prince Mephala, one of the Three Good Daedra, and make silver armlets fashioned in the semblance of a spiderweb to honor her.

Undaunted[edit]

The Undaunted were a loose faction of adventurers contemporary with the Alliance War, with a history that spanned back as far as the Merethic Era. Neutral in the ongoing war, the Undaunted had members all across Tamriel and worked together to raid the greatest dungeons in the land for wealth and glory. They had so-called enclaves in some major cities, but often chose to meet at inns or taverns. Members were taught magical spells as they rose in rank. They used "practical" necromancy[1] and viewed it as simply another branch of magic, whose beneficial applications are overshadowed by its' taboo nature.[2] Few Undaunted would shy away from such magic if it means the difference between life and death.[2]

The Undaunted had a tendency to strip dungeons of all of their wealth, looting them for all the treasure they could get at. The Undaunted would always take the heads of those they defeated; sometimes to wear as armor and sometimes to use as furniture. Examples include Selene's Web, where they took Selene's head; the Crypt of Hearts, where they claimed the heads of Dremora and a Lich; and many other dungeons. Their exploits also took them outside Nirn to other realms, such the Oblivion realms known as the Deadlands, where they took the head of a Valkyn, part of Dagon's personal guard, and Coldharbour, where they took the head of a flesh atronach . They even managed to visit the Clockwork City which location is obscure and stopped three Dunmeri saints who went mad from threatening the City and claimed the head of a clockwork titan.

University of Gwylim[edit]

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.

The university is devoted to practical pedagogy, and is known to offer training in the magical school of Illusion. 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. Fyrre was also responsible for writing a number of unpublished biographies on various Ayleid kings, including King Narilmor of Garlas Malatar. Other Ayleidic texts were also published by the university, including Ayleid Cities of Valenwood, written by the Esteemed Historian Homfrey in 2E 455.

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. 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. 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 Soulless One in restoring their wards.

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. The university continued to publish the surviving fragments of Sul's writings, although they were noted as being works of fiction.

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. The university first published Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation: A Social History of Cyrodiil in either 2E 344 or 3E 344. 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. 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.

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.

Urshilaku Tribe[edit]

The Urshilaku Tribe is one of the four distinct tribes of the Ashlanders of Vvardenfell, in the province of Morrowind. The Urshilaku are known as lore-keepers and mystics, they are highly-respected, and are in fact, the second-most populated tribe in the region. They commonly live along the northern coast, in the Urshilaku Camp where the West Gash meets the Ashlands. The Urshilaku Tribe are staunch believers in that the Nerevarine would return to unite the people. A sub-sect of the Urshilaku, known as the Nerevarine Cult are the ones that enforce this belief and worshipped Indoril Nerevar. The Urshilaku Tribe are known to keep Guar bones, because it is believed that the soul lingers and that they can continue to guide them, even after death. The Urshilaku Burial Caverns are found just east of Bthungthumz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Undaunted skills Bone Shield and Necrotic Orb
  2. ^ a b Yisareh's dialogue during Casting the Bones