The Alik'r Desert, Alik'r, or Alik'ra is a massive desert region located on the northern coast of Hammerfell and the south of the Iliac Bay. The Sands of the Alik'r stretch for miles and miles, buried civilizations are found deep within the desert, from the Yokudans to the Rourken Clan of Dwemer.
The Myrkwasa region of the Alik'r Desert is the westernmost region found in the area and has many ruins coming from a variety of races and cultures. The roads of Myrkwasa are straight-forward, a long stretch of road and a curve leads into the city of Bergama and Morwha's Bounty. Many ruins dot the landscape such as the fallen cities of Santaki and Salas En. Both cities were built by the Elves that arrived into the Alik'r in the first era. Santaki was built by the Rourken Clan of Dwemer when they left Resdayn for Hammerfell and the Dragontail Mountains. Salas En was built by the Corelanya Clan of Altmer sometime before the Ra Gada arrived into Hammerfell after Yokuda sank into the sea. The large temple that was known as Tu'whacca's Throne was built as a burial site for Redguards to enter into the Far Shores, the afterlife for Redguards.
The Hollow Wastes can be described just by its name alone. It is a barren wasteland with nothing but sand. These endless oceans of sand give the average traveler a lack of direction; you can get easily lost in the midst of this sand. Only the strongest of Alik'r can navigate through the harsh desert with ease. Despite this, a few notable settlements inhabit the Hollow Wastes albeit towards the Iliac Bay. The capital of the Hollow Wastes is Bergama, which is located on the southern roads to Sentinel and the Myrkwasa region. The city of Lainlyn is located on the northern shores of the Hollow Wastes, and it serves as the royal harbor for the Sentinel Navy. The town of Leki's Blade is named after Makela Leki, a recognizable warrior in Redguard History that fought at the Battle of Bangkorai Pass. A giant sword statue is erected, and it was known as Leki's Blade. The town of Aswala Stables is home to the Yokudan Chargers, the greatest horse breeders in Hammerfell. These towns are not far from Lainlyn.
The Tigonus region is the more mountainous than the other two regions; it shows since the Eastern border is mostly made of the Dragontail Mountains which divides the Alik'r Dunes from the Bangkorai Canyons. The cities of Kozanset and Satakalaam are the only established settlements found in Tigonus, but a long time ago, Tigonus was home to so many great cities that were eventually swallowed up by the desert. The Lost City of the Na-Totambu was home to the nobles of Yokuda that came into the Alik'r Desert and eventually became the Crowns, a political faction of Hammerfell. The ruins of Volenfell were once the home of the Rourken Clan of Dwemer that came into Hammerfell after being exiled from Resdayn after refusing to join the First Council. North of Satakalaam is the vast necropolis known as the Motalion Necropolis, many great warriors of the Alik'r are buried in here.
The Duneripper is a large reptilian creature that swims through the desert with great speeds, making them a formidable threat to an Alik'r Nomad traveling across the region. A Duneripper is perhaps a relative to the distant Crocodile since both have a similar body shape. What makes the Duneripper different is that it has large scales to protect it from the desert winds as well as letting it glide across the sands. A Duneripper mother would travel along with her children and usually hunt together. Even in their youth, a young Duneripper can easily hurt someone unsuspected. To successfully kill a Duneripper, one must flip the creature over and cut it from the belly. Since they have stubby legs, they can easily be tipped over and be completely defenseless. They can be found around the Bergama area.
The Harpy are bird-like creatures that come in swarms in the rugged lands of Tigonus. A Harpy resembles a petite woman, but despite this, they can be dangerous and pick up a single person, only to drop them to their doom. They have sharp talons that claw into the flesh of anyone and have territories across the Alik'r Desert, more specifically in the Western Tigonus area near the city of Kozanset. A Harpy's wing can create a big gust that can push a well-grounded hunter with a large force. The leader of a Harpy flock is known as the Harpy Matriarch and have a distinct gray feather that appears different than the red feathers regular Harpies sport. Harpies come in swarms and can overwhelm a single hunter with ease. A group can range from two to about seven Harpies, depending on whether it is in the open or in a cave. The city of Lainlyn has a folktale known as Ghraewaj and the Harpies which talks about the origins of the Harpies.
Skeletons & MummiesEdit
The Alik'r Desert hosts a wide variety of ruins that date back generations of Redguard History. The ruins of Ancestor's Landing and the Motalion Necropolis host the remains of the Ra Gada as well as many key figures during the early years of Hammerfell. So as a result, Skeletons and Mummies are prone to lurk throughout the Alik'r Desert. Many necromancers travel to holy sites such as the Motalion Necropolis and Tu'whacca's Throne to resurrect the mummified remains of Hammerfell's greatest rulers and champions. A Mummy, for example, is commonly the dead remains of famous people of Hammerfell and since they are preserved, a lot of their original body is well intact. This makes them able to hold weapons and wear armor without disintegrating. A Skeleton Warrior, on the other hand, is a reconstructed Skeleton that is held together by magic and gives them the durability to carry equipment. The Skeleton is more commonly used by Necromancers since bones are found everywhere and Mummy bodies are found in Western Hammerfell generally near cities such as Sentinel and Satakalaam.
Camels & HorsesEdit
The Camel and the Horse are creatures used as a form of transportation in the Alik'r Desert, more so the former. A Camel can be found in the wilds mainly around the Goat's Head Oasis or roaming the wastelands in search of water or food. The Redguards breed Camels to survive the desert and to carry large amounts of supplies. Camels can carry more stuff than the Horse or the Guar and are used by Redguard Gypsies traveling from city to town and by the Baandari Clan going from province to province. They can also survive without a lot of water making them easier to thrive in the desert. The Horse is not as qualified to live in the desert, but regardless, Horses are used primarily for battle rather than traveling. The town of Aswala Stables breed a powerful breed of horse known as the Yokudan Charger. Those horses came from Yokuda, from the province of Akos Kasaz.
The Desert Lamia is a dangerous creature that has the body of a giant snake but the torso of a woman with snake scales of course. Lamias are found along the coast of the Alik'r Desert, more so in the Kingdom of Sentinel in the Ancestor's Landing cape. Lamia's are known to be quite powerful and uses deadly lightning magic to destroy challengers. Lamias are found in groups of two or three and are commonly associated with the Maormer of Pyandonea. A Lamia can create an apparition of themselves to protect them, and some can call upon other Lamias to fight alongside them. Lamias are very similar to the Nereid in that they use their beautiful music to bring seafarers into their nest, to kill them and feast upon them. It takes a really dim-witted explorer not to become entranced by their music. According to legends, the Lamia is considered the descendant of Lamae Bal, the first Vampire that was raped by Molag Bal, resulting in her abhorrent form.
The Alik'r Desert hosts pockets of flora across the region ranging from the different oasis spots in Myrkwasa and the mountain basin of Tigonus. Despite this, Alik'ra has a wide variety of exotic fruits and plants that many seek out, from the Colovian West to the Greater Bretony. The shores of Sentinel has all sorts of fruits that made the area a contender for the groundwork of Sentinel. Fruits such as the Pomegranate, the Fig, and the Olive are grown in vineyards across the Kingdom of Sentinel. Before the Ra Gada, these fruits was the main trade in Sentinel's former city owned by Elves.
In Southern Myrkwasa, the Ash'abah use many different exotic plants to create antidotes for deadly poisons. One instance of this is during the Interregnum when the leader of the Ash'abah, Marimah was afflicted and a variety of plants were mixed to cure him of the poison. Ingredients such as Dry Juniper Leaves, Cave Palm Fruit, Satakal's Blossom, and Cactus Powder was used in the mixture. Each plant is grown in different areas along Myrkwasa. For example, Satakal's Blossom is grown on shrubs found on the rocky terrain and Cave Palm Fruit is found in palm trees grown under the shade of nearby caverns.
Other plants are used either for medicinal purposes or as a natural sweetener. Two commonly medicinal used plants are the Aloe and the Basil. The Aloe is used to staunch the flow of blood in the veins and to enhance healing of severe wounds. It was also used to subdue and prevent the spread of the pox in Hammerfell. The Basil, on the other hand, is used more practically. The Basil Leaf is used to reduce swelling in the nose and is common among the Alik'r. It is used as poultice on the particular area, and the patient must have straw plugged into the nose before applying it.
The Alik'r Desert is host to a wide variety of fiefdoms, baronies, and duchies among other political regions. Prior to the Warp in the West, the entire northern coast of Hammerfell was riddled with many of these political areas ranging from the Barony of Abibon-Gora to the March of Ephesus, and from the County of Antiphyllos to the reaches of the Dragontail Mountains. The divided area would later become integrated into the Kingdom of Sentinel under the rule of Queen Akorithi and eventually to her youngest son, King Lhotun.
From the beginning since the Ra Gada, the realms of the Alik'r was under the occupation of the Na-Totambu, descendants of Yokudan Kings that brought in an advancement of metallurgy, agriculture, and architecture. The Na-Totambu ruled for years and had a great city in the mountains of Tigonus. Several years later, the Na-Totambu slowly faded away and became divided into two political parties. The Crowns and the Forebears are the two political parties that have influenced the province for generations and still do to this day. The Crowns are a conservative party that yearns for the olden days of Yokuda and has close ties to their original culture. The original capital of Hammerfell was the city of Old Hegathe, located on the western coast of Khefrem and it was the capital of the Crowns.
The capital of Hammerfell moved to the Forebears city of Sentinel since the area had an exceptional grip on the Iliac Bay trade in the south. The Crowns took over the city of Sentinel and the neighboring regions as a result. By 2E 862, the last of the Crown Kings was High King Thassad II, and he was assassinated by the Forebears. This event led to a civil war between the two parties and subsequently the entirety of Hammerfell. The Forebears eventually sought the aid of the Third Empire to defeat the Crowns and soon the city of Sentinel fell to the Empire. A new government was issued called a Provisional Government, a form of government that is used to set up a transition from one thing to another, in this case, it is from the Crowns to the Empire. The leader of Sentinel was Senecus Goddkey, how stepped in when Baron Volag disappeared after the siege. After the signing of the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai, the province of Hammerfell was integrated into the Third Empire in a way that was comfortable to them. Based on later events, Sentinel's leaders would be Forebears affiliated and continue onwards into the Mede Empire and the Fourth Era.
Years later during the waning years of the Third Era, the Kingdom of Sentinel was ruled by the Forebears. During the Imperial Simulacrum, Sentinel was under the control of King Caacte and eventually, was ruled by King Camaron and his wife, Queen Akorithi. Camaron's Sentinel rivaled King Lysandus' Daggerfall after the Simulacrum, and the two soon fought a war against each other for the Protectorate of Betony. The War ended with both Kings perishing in the battle, leaving Prince Gothryd to become the New King of Daggerfall and for Queen Akorithi to become the leader of the Sentinel. To establish relations between the two kingdoms, Princess Aubk'i of Sentinel married Gothryd and became a part of the Court of Daggerfall. After the Warp in the West, both Akorithi and her eldest son, Prince Arthago, had died of an unknown disease, leaving the youngest child, Prince Lhotun to become the King of Sentinel. During his reign, Lhotun established the gray area between the Crowns and the Forebears called the Lhotunic. What would soon follow is a civil war between the Lhotun Sentinel and the True Crowns from the city of Elinhir.
When Hammerfall was integrated into the Third Empire, temples were erected across the province that was dedicated to a member of the Nine Divines. The Nine Divines are a group of gods that are worshiped in Cyrodiil and the Empire. They were created by the Slave Queen, Alessia who originally came up with the concept of the Eight Divines. The Ninth God is the founder of the Third Empire, Tiber Septim otherwise known as Talos. The region of Alik'r had a temple dedicated to Stendarr, the God of Mercy and Justice. Many other areas have a temple to Stendarr, places such as the Fiefdom of Mournoth, the Barony of Phrygias, County Chorrol, and even the Kingdom of Dawnstar with the Vigilants of Stendarr. Stendarr's teaching is primarily to help those in need whether they need protection or healing from opposing threats. These teachings are what inspired the Vigilants of Stendarr in Skyrim and the eventual rise of the Dawnguard. The Temple of Stendarr are allied to the Benevolence of Mara but are enemies to the worshippers of Ebonarm, who in some ways is similar to what Talos represents.
The city of Sentinel worships a different deity than the Alik'r Desert and the other settlements in the Alik'r. Arkay is the God of the Life Cycle and is the patron of life. Many other areas in the Empire worships Arkay; these places include but are not limited to, the Barony of the Ilessan Hills, the Kingdom of Stros M'Kai, County Cheydinhal, and the Kingdom of Falkreath. Arkay's teachings revolve around the Cycle of Life and Death, and his followers embrace this fact. He also represents that seasons and funerals, a Priest of Arkay usually hosts a funeral and communes with Arkay to ensure the spirit of the deceased passes on into Aetherius. The Order of Arkay is unaffiliated with any other temple but are enemies to the Temple of Dibella.
The other cities in the Alik'r Desert worship other divines, but they do not have a significant influence in the region. The Barony of Bergama worships Akatosh, the God of Time. The Barony of Lainlyn and the County of Satakalaam worships Julianos, the God of Learning and Philosophy. The Barony of Kozanset and the Fiefdom of Myrkwasa worships Kynareth, the God of Wind. The Fiefdom of Tigonus worships Dibella, the God of Beauty. The County of Santaki also worships Stendarr.
- The Redguards of the Alik'r Desert celebrate Ovank'a on the 12th of Morning Star. The holiday is considered very holy to the people of the wastes. People pray to Stendarr for a merciful and bountiful year.
- The Redguards of the Alik'r Desert celebrate the Festival of Blades on the 26th of First Seed. This holiday is in honor of the victory against the race of Giant Goblins, even though some consider this tale a myth.
- The Redguards of the Alik'r Desert celebrate the Fiery Night on the 29th of Sun's Height. Natives of the Alik'r would venture across the desert on the hottest day of the year; its meaning was lost in Antiquity.
- The Redguards of the Alik'r Desert celebrate Dirij Tereur on the 5th of Frostfall. It is a special day dedicated to Frandar Hunding, an exceptional warrior that lead the Ra Gada upon their arrival into Hammerfell.
- The Redguards of the Alik'r Desert celebrate Baranth Do on the 18th of Evening Star. It can be considered a part of the New Life Festival since it represents the passing of the year and into a new one.
Pilgrimage across the Desert; The Rourken ClanEdit
In 1E 416, the Dwemer and the Chimer of Resdayn formed an alliance together after a series of conflicts that tore the region apart. This new agreement was known as the First Council and leading the helm was Indoril Nerevar and Dumac. The First Council did not set in well with some of the clans in both races. One significant example would be the Rourken Clan of Dwarves. According to legend, the Rourken Chieftain took his prized hammer, Volendrung, and flung it to the west. Wherever it landed, would be the new home of the Rourken Clan. This area was the modern-day Kingdom of Gilane and modern-day Khefrem, Hammerfell. It was there they built their grand city of Volenfell in 1E 420, they eventually established trade with the Southern Elves in the Cape of the Blue Divide. Like many of the Dwarves, the Rourken Clan vanished out of the blue and left their cities in the harsh deadlands.
Remnants of Old Yokuda; Enter the Ra GadaEdit
Even before the Rourken Clan's migration to the Sands of the West, large groups of Nedes, and large groups of Goblins have lived in Hammerfell for quite some time, as denizens of Tamriel. It is unknown whether these civilizations interacted with each but, the region would soon be populated by another group of wayfaring warriors that escape a doomed continent. This group of travelers was known as the Ra Gada, the modern-day Redguards. The Ra Gada a.k.a. The Warrior-Wave, this was an invading group of Yokudans that came from the islands of the Abecean Sea such as Herne and Stros M'Kai to take the region from the Nedic People and the Goblin People. The Goblin People, led by Warlord Thulgeg were driven out of Hammerfell and tried to escape to High Rock via the Bangkorai Pass. However, they were pushed back by the Bretons and forced into Cyrodiil. The nobles of Yokuda, stayed on the Island of Herne to wait for the Ra Gada to finish. When the Ra Gada defeated the Goblins and the Nedes, the Na-Totambu was implemented into the new Redguard Society as the government to rule.
Sentinel; The Jewel of the Alik'rEdit
In the aftermath of the Ra Gada Invasion, many Yokudan explorers scoured the landscape to find new settlements in their new homeland. The Yokudan explorer called Grandee Yaghoub arrived onto Cape Shira with an armada of Akos Kasazian ships. Yaghoub's impression on the Iliac Bay was that he deemed it laudable and vowed to have a city built on the shores. Yaghoub sailed across the Iliac and towards the Steed Constellation at the dawn of the 17th of Second Seed. One of his watchmen spotted a right area on the northern coast of Myrkwasa, and the city of Sentinel was founded. Sentinel was named after the person who founded the landscape, who was a Sentinel of Yaghoub's Navy.
The area in Sentinel was already inhabited by the Elves of Alik'ra and Humans that consorted with the Elves. The shores of Sentinel was filled with all sorts of exotic fruits such as Pomegranates, Figs, and Olives. Grandee's men wanted to come ashore despite warnings and port-rabbles from the mainland. When Yaghoub landed into the harbor with his warrior-singers, the townsfolk was begging to be spared. He saved their lives, but he used them as servants to build his legendary palace, Samuruik. The Crowns that arrived from Herne after the Forebears made Sentinel their home. The port-rabble became Yaghoub's laborers and soon built the city's marketplace and walls. The holiday called Koomu Alezer'i was created as a remembrance to Yaghoub and the founding of Sentinel.
The Lost Corelanya Clan and Salas EnEdit
The ruins of Salas En has been abandoned for many years, and it holds historical significance as the only settlement built by the Ayleids. Salas En was originally home to the Ayleids, as evident by the architecture. This unknown Ayleid clan left the settlement through strange circumstances, leaving Salas En available to any other settler. The city was eventually occupied by the Corelanya Clan of Altmer, one of the few Altmer clans to inhabit the Iliac Bay, with the other distinct group was the Direnni Clan of Balfiera. According to Crowns historians, the Corelanya Clan were Daedric worshippers that arrived into Salas En in the sixth century of the First Era. Bosmer relics were discovered in the ruins implying that the Corelanya traded with the Wood Elves from places such as Woodhearth or Haven, cities along the Cape of the Blue Divide.
In the middle of the 23rd century in the First Era, the Corelanya Clan was displaced by the Redguards from the Isle of Yath, an island nation from the lost Yokuda. Those Redguards that took refuge into Salas En, stayed in the city up until the Thrassian Plague, which killed many people throughout Western Tamriel from as far as Skywatch to Shornhelm. The ruins of Salas En were abandoned ever since.
The Siege of the First OrsiniumEdit
In 1E 874, Warlord Thulgeg and his army of Orsimer, and Goblins were driven out of Hammerfell and into the Bangkorai Pass. They traveled along the Bjoulsae River and across the Wrothgarian Mountains into their new home of Wrothgar. Eventually, a single Orc by the name of Torug gro-Igron gathered the many tribes of Wrothgar and formed a single civilization of Orsimer called Orsinium or Orc-Town in translated Aldmeris. The dream of Orsinium was a beautiful sight that many in the future sought to achieve with Torug being the first one.
The Kingdom of Daggerfall despised the growing metropolis of Orsinium and sought a reason to destroy the city. Raiders from Orsinium razed villages such as the Village of Wayrest across the Bjoulsae River in an event known as the Bjoulsae Raids. It was led by Clan Bagrakh and Golkarr of Orsinium in the name of Clan Igrun. During the Annal of Daggerfall, King Joile of Daggerfall sent a letter to Gaiden Shinji of the Order of Diagna about these raids. The two parties soon plotted an attack on the Kingdom of Orsinium in 1E 948.
In 1E 980, the Siege of Orsinium ended in a thirty-year conflict across the Eastern Wrothgar Tundra. Torug gro-Igron's fortress kingdom was annihilated, and the Orsimer Clans dispersed into their separate strongholds across Wrothgaria (i.e. Morkul and Fharun). Gaiden Shinji with members of the Order of Diagna and the Knights of the Dragon led by Lord Trystan led the offense on Orsinium and besieged the city from the southern wall. Gaiden Shinji believed the siege to be unjust and that King Joile should call off the battle. It was there that Gaiden Shinji and Baloth Bloodtusk of the Savage Sons fought to the death in the efforts of ending the war. They were both (along with Trystan) betrayed by the Winterborn Clan of the Reach which were led by General Mercedene. Mercedene was given the position of leading the force by King Joile to ensure victory over the war, a war where all combatants wanted to end. The Siege continued, and both Gaiden Shinji and Baloth Bloodtusk perish in the battle. Both were buried at Honor's Rest in the Western Wrothgar.
The Siege left a tremendous impact on Western Tamriel History, the city of Wayrest actually began to thrive when the destruction of Orsinium opened the Bjoulsae River into the reaches of Stormhaven and the Fiefdom of Menevia. Soon, other settlements began to grow in Wayrest's wake such as the city of Evermore and the settlements of Northglen and Wilderidge. The Armies of King Joile moved southwards into the Bangkorai Mountains to fight the weakened city-state of Sentinel after the Battle. Makela Leki of the Ansei took up a defense at the Bangkorai Pass to defeat the incoming invasion and defeated them with her small army. Leki's battle prowess inspired many to follow in her footsteps resulting in the town of Leki's Blade. Many Orsimer Chieftains were inspired by Torug gro-Igron's Orsinium and soon built many iterations of the city of Orsinium. Mer such as Kurog gro-Bagrakh and Gortwog gro-Nagorm created their own Orsiniums that rivaled the Kingdoms of the Iliac.
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The Rise of Fahara'jad & Suturah of the Withered HandEdit
During the early years of the Interregnum, the Alik'r Desert and the Province of Hammerfell was under the rule of High King Ramzi the Distrait, a denizen of the Alik'r from the city of Kozanset. He was considered a self-served and weak-willed King who failed to save his people from the devastation known as the Knahaten Flu. The Flu originated from the city of Stormhold in Black Marsh, and it eventually spread to the port cities of Tamriel. Ramzi himself saw this disease as a punishment by Ruptga for his shoddy work as ruler. He kept to himself in Samuruik where he eventually died in isolation. According to some records, the Forebears used the paranoia in Sentinel to establish rule among the realms and they used Prince Fahara'jad of Antiphyllos to become the new ruler. Many saw Fahara'jad as usurper and not a legitimate ruler.
The newly appointed King Fahara'jad had gathered a new group of advisors and viziers that aided him during the early years of his rule. Many members of his court were either people of untarnished reputations or Forebears loyalist that sharply criticized Ramzi's reign prior and during the Knahaten Flu. One of these people was Suturah, a cunning and secretive man. Suturah made an assassination attempt on Fahara'jad by killing the other members of the Court and resurrecting them into the Undead. Suturah failed and fled to the Tigonus region to get away from the Sentinel Government. He was able to join the Order of the Black Worm which had a presence in Tigonus at the time. Suturah resurrected an army of Ra-Netu and marched across the Alik'r to Sentinel to take the city. Fahara'jad learned prior and utilized the Ash'abah to fight his army. Marimah of the Ash'abah intercepted the army in the southern sands of Myrkwasa and killed the man in cold blood. Suturah's exploits later inspired his three children to do the same later on in the second era.
Gathering across the Iliac; Enter the Daggerfall CovenantEdit
In 2E 542, the Kingdoms of High Rock gathered together to form a group known as the Daggerfall Covenant, with High King Emeric of Wayrest leading the helm. To further establish relations, Emeric sought to marry someone of high status. Initially, Emeric asked the hand-in-marriage of Princess Rayelle of Shornhelm, who was the daughter of King Ranser Branquette. Emeric however, decided to marry Princess Maraya in 2E 566 to establish a relationship between High Rock and Hammerfell. The marriage resulted in a civil war between Emeric's Daggerfall Covenant and the Houses of Rivenspire. The Civil War ended with Ranser's demise at the Battle of Markwasten Moor. The final battle established a bond with the Orsimer of Wrothgar and King Kurog gro-Orsinium of Orsinium. These three races came together to form the Daggerfall Covenant in their purest form. The Covenant was able to compete with the likes of the First Aldmeri Dominion and the Ebonheart Pact. Princess Maraya, the Jewel of Satakalaam was King Fahara'jad of Sentinel's eldest daughter. Following Maraya's marriage, Fahara'jad's second daughter, Lakana married Duke Nathaniel of Alcaire.
Assault on Sentinel; The Withered HandEdit
During the Interregnum in 2E 582, a group of Necromancers known as the Withered Hand began to rise from the shadows of Alik'ra and conducted terrorist attacks across the Desert. One of their first attacks was on the Sentinel Docks in northern Myrkwasa, in the city of Sentinel. The Withered Hand resurrected the Ra-Netu from the depths of the Iliac Bay to attack the City Guard on the Harbor. The Deceased body is considered a holy chalice, regardless whether it was manipulated by Necromancers. The Withered Hand used this to their advantage and used this to attack Sentinel. A mysterious traveler that was known as the Vestige arrived into the Sentinel Docks and purged the Ra-Netu from the harbor. It was revealed by Prince Azah of Antiphyllos that the Withered Hand invaded Sentinel to enter the Impervious Vault, where the Ansei Wards were kept. Before the Sentinel City Guard was able to stop them, the Withered Hand took the Ansei Wards and escaped to the three regions of the Alik'r Desert. Due to the Redguard's Religious Practice, King Fahara'jad sent the Vestige to find the Ash'abah, Nomads of the Alik'r Desert.
Becoming one with the Ash'abahEdit
The Ash'abah Tribe of Redguards is a group of Pariah Nomads that live in the southern sands of Myrkwasa; they have a reputation for disrespecting the deceased and are willing to fight Ra-Netu when needed. This can give the Withered Hand a huge disadvantage because there is a fighting force that can fight the Undead, regardless of their culture. Members of the Withered Hand has poisoned the warriors of the Ash'abah to ruin their group from the inside. The Vestige arrived into their camp and helped the Warriors regain their strength. The Vestige must become one with the Ash'abah to aid the region against the Withered Hand further. With the help of Marimah, the Vestige underwent an initiation where they learned about the origins of the Ash'abah. The warrior had completed their trial and moved to Tu'whacca's Throne, where one of the leaders was seen with one of the Ansei Wards.
Uwafa of the Withered Hand; Tu'whacca's ThroneEdit
Uwafa of the Withered Hand was seen at the ancient temple known as Tu'whacca's Throne trying to resurrect an army of undead Yokudan warriors to destroy the Daggerfall Covenant. Uwafa sealed himself inside the Tu'whacca Sanctum, conducting his undead thralls from there. His necromancers continued to bring back died warriors from the temple and used them to drive out the acolytes residing in the temple. The Ash'abah led by Talia at-Marimah and the Vestige arrived onto the scene and rendezvous with Throne Keeper Farvad and the Ash'abah Warriors stationed there. The Vestige stormed the temple and reached the inner sanctum. Uwafa and the Vestige fought while Farvad dispelled the curse on the Temple. The Vestige and the Ash'abah were able to recover one of the Ansei Wards. News reached from Bergama that Alasan of the Withered Hand was seen among the Hollow Wastes.
The Bergama Conspiracy; Among the Hollow WastesEdit
According to Covenant Agents in Bergama, citizens have been disappearing from the city, and many remaining residents have been leaving the area to other settlements such as Sentinel and Kozanset. With Uwafa's demise at Tu'whacca's Throne, many Withered Hand Cells have sprung up throughout the Hollow Wastes, and reports have come in from Bergama. The Vestige traveled to the capital of the Barony to learn from Magistrate Sulma herself about the situation. She becomes in denial about the situation, however, Justice Istah had a lead and used the Vestige as an undercover agent in the Fellowship halls of the Crowns and Forebears. With enough evidence, it was revealed that Sulma made a pact with the Withered Hand to spare the city all the while giving specimens for necromancy. She was executed in Bergama Square.
Alasan of the Withered Hand; Tava's BlessingEdit
Alasan of the Withered Hand was seen in the port city of Tava's Blessing with a legion of Ra-Netu swarming the city streets. The Daggerfall Covenant and the Sentinel Guard has created a perimeter around the city gates to prevent the spread of the Withered Hand. Prince Azah and Talia at-Marimah were in charge of the ordeal and ordered the Vestige to enter the town, kill Alasan, and to retrieve the second Ansei Ward. Alasan was stationed at the Lighthouse and was using the Ansei Ward to perform a ritual. The Vestige was able to enter the lighthouse and kill Alasan by destroying the Ansei Ward. The Vestige rebuilt the Ansei Ward by using Goat Milk, Desert Winds, and Grave Dirt and returned it to Sentinel.
Retaking Satakalaam; The Seventh Legion ConquestEdit
During the rule of Clivia Tharn, many divisions of the Imperial Legion including the Seventh Legion have spread out across Tamriel to expand their borders. The Seventh Legion led by Septima Tharn moved across the Dragontail Mountains into the Tigonus region of the Alik'r Desert and captured Satakalaam with the help of an agent in the city. Fahara'jad's army led by General Thoda fought to retake Satakalaam. It was revealed that a Redguard Mage known as Shiri was the last leader of the Withered Hand and she had fled to the Motalion Necropolis, which is only accessible through the Western Satakalaam Gate. The Vestige infiltrated the ranks of the Seventh Legion and found the mole from within. Magnifico Khorshad was revealed to bring in the Legion to change the Alik'r through conquest. Caverns underneath the city were destroyed, and the Legion was brought to justice. The gates to the Motalion Necropolis was open. The Legion's conquest over Hammerfell would continue into Bangkorai and places such as Evermore and Hallin's Stand.
Shiri of the Withered Hand; Motalion NecropolisEdit
Shiri of the Withered Hand was seen in the vast necropolis of Motalion with a resurrected army of dead warriors, Mummies, and Bone Colossus. With the finally Ansei Ward, she plans to resurrect Suturah of the Withered Hand, to seek revenge on Fahara'jad and to destroy the Daggerfall Covenant. The Vestige along with Prince Azah, Talia at-Marimah, and Throne Keeper Farvad stormed the necropolis and reached the inner sanctum. Shiri resurrects Suturah as a Lich, and the Vestige defeated both of them. The Alik'r saved and Hammerfell continued to serve the Daggerfall Covenant.
Prince A'Tor & The Tiber WarsEdit
In 2E 854, Emperor Cuhlecain of Falkreath was assassinated by a Breton Nightblade from the Western Reach and the Seat of Sundered Kings needed a new emperor to rule over the Colovian West and the Nibenese East. Cuhlecain's prized general assumed the throne and began a conquest throughout Tamriel, his name was Tiber Septim. Tiber Septim sought to unite the provinces of Tamriel under a single banner and had already taken Skyrim and High Rock under his wing. In 2E 862, the city of Sentinel was under the control of the Crowns and their leader, High King Thassad II. Like the rest of the Crowns, Thassad believed in the old ways of Yokuda and rejected large-scale change such as the integration of the Third Empire. The Forebears on the other hand, encouraged changed and rejected the old ways. This proved to be his downfall when Thassad II was assassinated, and civil war ensued between the Crowns and the Forebears.
Baron Volag of the Forebears pursued to claim the throne of Sentinel after Thassad II's death, and they managed to take the city after a long siege. Prince A'Tor of the Crowns led the retaliation force against the Forebears and spilled Forebear blood across the Alik'r. A'Tor was stationed at the city of Port Hunding and Stros M'Kai while the Forebears were stationed in Sentinel. As the war raged on, A'Tor was able to accumulate a powerful force that eventually brought the Forebears back to the wall. Fearing the Crowns' victory, the Forebears sought aid from Tiber Septim himself and utilized the Imperial Legion to defeat the Crowns. The Legion obliterated the Crowns leading to many to retreat to Stros M'Kai or to go AWOL and to join the soon to be Imperial Province of Hammerfell. The war eventually moved to the Abecean Sea and into the Hunding Bay of Stros M'Kai. The Battle of Hunding Bay was the final battle of the civil war, and at that point, the Forebears left the Third Legion to deal with the Crowns. Prince A'Tor fought valiantly in the battle until he was assassinated by the Empire. After the war, Sentinel had to use a Provisional Government, and their leader was Provisional Governor Senecus Goddkey. After the death of Provisional Governor Amiel Richton of Stros M'Kai, a new deal created by Iszara of the Restless League and Tiber Septim firmly established a relationship with the two provinces. The treaty was known as the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai.
- Main article: Alik'r Desert (Daggerfall)
The Alik'r and its cities during the SimulacrumEdit
During the Imperial Simulacrum in 3E 399, the borders of the Alik'r Desert were undefined, and many settlements dotted the landscape or at least the general area. The city of Sentinel was located on the northwestern point of the province. Smaller settlements such as Lainlyn, Vulnim Gate, Chasetown, Riverview, Thorstad Place, and Verkarth City existed in the area. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited these settlements in their quest to recover the pieces of the Staff of Chaos to defeat Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace.
Conflict across the Iliac; The War of BetonyEdit
The Protectorate of Betony has been sought out by many foreign nations throughout the ages. An example would be in 2E 582 when the Seamount Clan of Orsimer took the island and renamed it to Betnikh. For years, the kingdoms of Sentinel and Daggerfall have argued for ownership of the island, and in 3E 403, this age old argument reached a higher level than ever before. King Lysandus of Daggerfall used a series of doctrines, treaties, lies, and invasions to take Betony from its people. Many members of his court such as Lady Medora Direnni and Dowager Queen Nulfaga were horrified by Lysandus' heinous acts and begged him to cease the bloodbath that is the invasion. Sometime later, King Camaron of Sentinel sought to end the attacks by employing civil diplomacy with Daggerfall, but it ended with a declaration of war. The War of Betony had officially begun.
The War of Betony spread across the Iliac Bay, and it had involved many islands territories such as Craghold and Cybiades. Eventually, neighboring fiefdoms and baronies became involved in the matter. Lord Graddock of Reich Gradkeep became a neutral facilitator to negotiate peace between the two kingdoms. Both Lysandus and Camaron met at Castle Reich Gradkeep to discuss peace among the realms. The Treaty of Gradkeep was very promising and fair to the King of Sentinel, he was willing to give up a few rights to bring peace in the Iliac. However, the Treaty was a ruse designed by the Scribes of Daggerfall to give Betony to Daggerfall practically. The discovery led to a bloodbath dubbed the Riot in Reich Gradkeep, the war continued shortly, and Lysandus fled to the Cryngaine Fields. The Battle of Cryngaine Field raged on through the night, and eventually, smog blew across the battlefield and left the Warriors blinded in its wake. The Battle ended in Daggerfall's victory, but it left a terrible price for both sides. Lord Woodborne of Wayrest assassinated Lysandus by using a stray arrow, Prince Gothryd of Daggerfall believed Camaron to be the killer, and both fought valiantly to the death. Gothryd slew Camaron and became King of Daggerfall shortly after. Camaron's wife, Queen Akorithi took over as leader of Sentinel. Both Gothryd's Daggerfall and Akorithi's Sentinel have become bitter enemies in the following years.
The Miracle of Peace; The Warp in the WestEdit
With King Camaron's death at the Battle of Cryngaine Field in modern-day Anticlere, Queen Akorithi became a widow and the de facto leader of the Kingdom of Sentinel. Princess Aubk'i married King Gothryd of Daggerfall to establish a relationship between the two kingdoms and as a result, conflict across the Iliac has remained stagnant. The ghost of King Lysandus had haunted the surrounding Daggerfall kingdoms to the point it caught the attention of the Septim Empire. Uriel Septim VII sent an Agent to investigate these paranormal activities.
At this time, the Agent gained hold of an artifact that had the ability to control Numidium, the Brass God of Dwemeri origin and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Only those of royal blood and a soul gem known as the Mantella can use the Numidium. The Agent was not able to activate Numidium, so the rulers of the major Iliac kingdoms such as Akorithi, Gothryd of Daggerfall, and Gortwog gro-Nagorm of Orsinium each persuaded the Agent into giving the artifact to them. In the end, talk of civil war plagued the Iliac Bay and eventually, the great rulers of the Iliac gained control of the object at the same time. This lead to a magical phenomenon known as the Dragon Break that ended with all possible outcomes to happen while the Agent died in the unexplainable process.
During the Warp in the West in 3E 403, the traditional Alik'r Desert region had been divided into small yet significant kingdoms including Sentinel, Bergama, Kozanset, Antiphyllos, and Pothago. Territory not claimed by other nations was still referred to as the Alik'r Desert, but the northern coast became multiple different regions. The city of Alik'ra was created for a central hub to the barren Alik'r Desert. When the Warp in the West ended, the Kingdom of Sentinel began to annex all of the regions in the Hammerfell Iliac including parts of the Alik'r Desert. At that point, there was only the Kingdom of Sentinel.
The Coup d'etat of Lainlyn; Knights of the True HornEdit
During the Warp in the West, the Barony of Lainlyn was under the leadership of Baron Shrike. Shrike was described as a tyrannical ruler that was hated by his people, and many of his close friends were also against his practices. Shrike's brother, Lord Kain of the True Horn led the Knights of the True Horn, the Regional Knightly Order which are similar in vain to the Knights of the Flame in the Fiefdom of Alcaire. Kain gathered the Knights to form a coup d'etat against Shrike's rulership but failed in the end, and the Knights had to scatter and regroup for another attempt. Kain had unfortunately passed away shortly after the battle. Lord Jaren fled to the Colovian Highlands in Cyrodiil and constructed Battlehorn Castle, where all the remaining members gathered to wait for Kain's message. Kain and his message never arrived, this resulted in the disbandment of the Knights of the True Horn.
The Rise of King Lhotun & the Third Political PartyEdit
Sometime around the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, Queen Akorithi and Prince Arthago had passed away and left young Prince Lhotun to become the New King of Sentinel. Lhotun became incredibly invested in the political world by taking up militaristic, diplomatic, and even religious missions to keep the Crowns territories at bay and under his protection. The situation grew, even more, when Lhotun created a third political party that was separate from the Crowns and the Forebears. The Lhotunic is considered the gray area in between the two mentioned political parties, it highly respects the Yokudan Traditions all the while respecting the Imperial Way of Life. The Lhotunic group has risen contempt between the two major parties; this resulted in prominent members of the Crowns and Forebears to rebel. Queen Clavilla of Taneth tried to revoke independent guilds in the Kingdom of Sentinel because of the worship of the Redguard Pantheon but more specifically, the worship of Satakal, this failed, however.
Ayaan-si, the High Prophet of Elinhir tried to start a rebellion in the northeastern Crown Territories in places such as Craglorn and Bangkorai. With the help of the higher-ups in the Crowns, Ayaan-si was able to deploy forays in places such as the Barony of Bergama and the Dak'fron Desert. Ayaan-si's rebellion was to make the Fiefdom of Totambu independent from Sentinel. The revolution raged on across the Alik'r Desert, and the war reached the Totambu Forest were Lhotun's Army fought Ayaan-si's Army. The outcome of the war is unknown, but it was possible that the Oblivion Crisis interfered with the conflict.
The Fall of an Empire; The Great WarEdit
In 3E 433, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was assassinated by the Mythic Dawn Cult of Mehrunes Dagon in the attempt to bring the Daedric Prince into Nirn. The last heir to the throne, Martin Septim, sacrificed himself by creating an Avatar of Akatosh to defeat Mehrunes Dagon and plunge him into the depths of Oblivion. Martin's sacrifice resulted at the end of the long-lasting Septim Dynasty that dated back to the beginning of the Third Era with the rise of Tiber Septim. The following years would be dubbed the Stormcrown Interregnum and would last several years. It was not until 4E 17 when a Colovian Warlord that was known as Titus Mede ascended to the Ruby Throne and began the ongoing Mede Dynasty. Despite not being Dragonborn, the Mede Dynasty was able to rule the Empire and manage the different provinces under their belt. Years later in 4E 168, Titus Mede II became the Emperor of Tamriel and sought to rebuild the Empire from before the Oblivion Crisis.
While the Empire struggled to find a new Emperor after Martin Septim, the Third Aldmeri Dominion took the crippled state of Southern Tamriel and the Void Nights as an advantage to become the growing political power to dominate the Continent. By 4E 99, the Dominion had the people of Alinor, the people of Valenwood, and the people of Anequina & Pelletine under their control. On the 30th of Frostfall in 4E 171, a Dominion Ambassador arrived into the Imperial City to discuss with Titus Mede about an ultimatum. The Following requests were given from the Dominion: Staggering Tributes, Disbandment of the Blades, ceding large sections of Southern Hammerfell, and banning Talos worship. Titus Mede greatly opposed the ultimatum and soon the Great War commenced. The War would encompass the borders surrounding Cyrodiil, the Southern Hammerfell Coast in places such as Hew's Bane and Khefrem.
The Hammerfell Front; Lady Arannelya's CampaignEdit
Several days after the 30th of Frostfall, the Aldmeri Dominion invaded Hammerfell and Cyrodiil simultaneously from their southern borders. The Cyrodiil front was overrun by Lord Naarifin, and his legion of Dominion Troopers was able to besiege the cities of Bravil and Leyawiin, giving the Southern Niben to the Aldmeri Dominion. The war would soon reach the Niben Bay, and series of Naval Battles ravaged the Nibenay Valley. The Hammerfell front was invaded by Lady Arannelya, and her army was able to destroy the cities of Anvil and Kvatch. By 4E 172, Arannelya's Campaign reached places such as Taneth and Abah's Landing. Many Imperial Legion Warriors had to flee the uncontrollable conflict by crossing the Alik'r Desert and into the Colovian Highlands. A large army was now crossing the Alik'r Desert, leaving many died in the process, this became known as the March of Thirst. The growing conflict left the Crowns city of Hegathe the only standing city in the Southern Coast of Hammerfell not occupied by the Dominion.
The Forebears Army of Sentinel marched across the Alik'r Desert to the Kingdom of Hegathe to aid their Crowns brethren in the war. The two rival parties soon joined forces to push back the advancing Aldmeri Dominion from Hammerfell. At this point, the survivors of the March of Thirst met with reinforcements in the city of Skaven. General Decianus led the militia in Skaven and was soon called to return to the Imperial City for an impending battle coming up at the Red Ring Road. Decianus did not want to leave Hammerfell defenseless, so he discharged invalid soldiers at the last minute before heading back to Colovia. These invalid soldiers formed the core of veterans that defended Skaven and pushed back the Aldmeri Dominion out of Hammerfell. Arannelya's campaign came to a close, and the only threat to the Empire was Naarifin's Campaign across the Imperial Province of Cyrodiil. Naarifin was able to capture the Imperial City until he was defeated by a Forgotten Hero with the legendary sword, Goldbrand. The war ended when the Empire defeated the Dominion at the Siege of the Imperial City.
The White-Gold Concordat; The Alik'r stands AloneEdit
The outcome of the battle resulted in several Imperial Legions such as the Eighth Legion were annihilated amidst the war. The Empire was in no condition to continue the fight and desperately wanted to end the war, to prevent another Interregnum. In late 4E 175, the Empire signed the White-Gold Concordat which gave the Dominion, a large portion of Southern Hammerfell and banned the worship of Talos. The denizens of Hammerfell were unwilling to concede to the Dominion, and as a result, Titus Mede was forced to renounce Hammerfell as an Imperial Province. The Redguards saw this as betrayal, and they continued the Great War by fighting the Dominion across Southern Hammerfell for another five years. The Dominion army was still weak from the Battle of the Red Ring, making them easier to fight than before the continued conflict. Finally, in 4E 180, the Dominion and the Redguards signed the Second Treaty of Stros M'kai, to have the Dominion withdraw from the Hammerfell Province. Soon similar events would occur in 4E 201 when the Imperial Province of Skyrim conducted a Civil War between the Mede Empire and the Stormcloak Militia.
- Myrkwasa (Kingdom of Sentinel, Fiefdom of Myrkwasa, County of Santaki)
- Hollow Wastes (Barony of Bergama, Barony of Lainlyn)
- Tigonus (Barony of Kozanset, County of Satakalaam, Fiefdom of Tigonus)
- Leki's Blade
- Morwha's Bounty
- Rain Catcher Fields
- Saltwalker Militia Camp
- Aswala Stables
- Wind Scour Temple
- Myrkwasa City
- Tigonus City
- Alezer Kotu
- Ancestor's Landing
- HoonDing's Watch
- King's Rest
- Lost City of the Na-Totambu
- Motalion Necropolis
- Salas En
- Tu'whacca's Throne
- Abecean Sea
- Aswala's Remembrance
- Ash'abah Pass
- Cape Shira
- Dragontail Mountains
- Goat's Head Oasis
- Iliac Bay
- Leki's Blade
- Na-Totambu's Landing
- Sep's Spine
- Tears of the Dishonored
- The Alik'r Desert has been described as the entire desert in Hammerfell, stretching from as far as Sentinel to Hegathe and the cities of Taneth and Rihad. The overall scope of the Alik'r is unknown; it extends far beyond the region in Online.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Mentioned only)
- ↑ Reverence for the Dead
- ↑ Memory Stone of Makela Leki, Pt. 1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Legend of the Yokudan Chargers
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion/Hammerfell
- ↑ Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion/High Rock
- ↑ Ghraewaj and the Harpies
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Sentinel, the Jewel of Alik'r
- ↑ Events of "Morwha's Bounty"
- ↑ Flora of Hammerfell
- ↑ The Na-Totambu of Yokuda
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Hammerfell
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Fav'te's War of Betony
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Eras
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Hammerfell
- ↑ What is Volendrung?
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Bangkorai, Shield of High Rock
- ↑ Notes for Redguard History
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 The Salas En Expedition
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Orsinium
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay
- ↑ Events of "The Ashes of Our Fathers"
- ↑ The Memory Stone
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls Online: Orsinium
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 The Royal Lineage of Sentinel
- ↑ The (Improved) Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black Marsh
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 The (Improved) Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Hammerfell
- ↑ Sacrilege and Mayhem in the Alik’r
- ↑ Guide to the Daggerfall Covenant
- ↑ The Fury of King Ranser
- ↑ Events of "Risen from the Depths"
- ↑ Events of "Rise of the Dead"
- ↑ Events of "The Impervious Vault"
- ↑ Events of "Morwha's Curse"
- ↑ Events of "The Initiation"
- ↑ Events of "Tu'whacca's Breath"
- ↑ Events of "A Reckoning with Uwafa"
- ↑ Events of "Gone Missing"
- ↑ Events of "Alasan's Plot"
- ↑ Events of "Imperial Incursion"
- ↑ Events of "Amputating the Hand"
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 Introduction to Redguard
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- ↑ Lord Woodborne's Private Journal VII
- ↑ The Warp in the West (Book)
- ↑ Lord Kelvyn's Last Will and Testament
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ Rising Threat, Vol. IV
- ↑ 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 The Great War (Book)
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls: Legends
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- ↑ The Rise and Fall of the Blades