Archon's Grove or Archen Grangrove is a sacred site located in the southern mountains of the Isle of Summerset, amidst the province of the Summerset Isles. Archon's Grove houses the Rose-of-Archon, a flower that is special to Mara, the Goddess of Love and Fertility.
Archon's Grove is situated in the southern mountains of Summerset Isle, with the entrance located off the road near Sil-Var-Woad and Shimmerene. Archon's Grove is a grove located on a cliff that overlooks Southern Summerset, with a view of the Eltheric Ocean and the city-state of Sunhold. Water flows from the summit, through the Grove, and towards the lower forest. Much of Archon's Grove is open-aired with dirt paths that lead to the inner den. Statues covered in vines and natural arches dot the area. Archon's Grove is known for growing a plant known as the Rose-of-Archon, which is a plant that is considered Mara's beauty incarnate. People from all over Summerset come to harvest these flowers.
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the South Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Morning Star. It is a day to pray to the Gods for a bountiful harvest, and it is for citizens who cannot afford to heal from the local temple to get healed from an ailment.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate Heart's Day on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. It is in honor of a legend passed down from generation to generation about a couple named Polydor and Eloisa. Every Inn in Tamriel become free for visitors arriving into town.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the First Planting on the 7th of First Seed. It is the day that begins the harvest, where neighbors reconcile their difference, bad habits are dropped, and the clerics heal people for free.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate Jester's Day on the 28th of Rain's Hand. The holiday’s purpose is unknown, likely to celebrate the Daedric Prince of Madness and Whimsicality, Sheogorath. It is a day to play pranks on each other and to have overall fun.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Second Planting on the 7th of Second Seed. The holiday is ideally the same holiday as First Planting, to improve one’s soul, and to improve relationships with others.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Mid Year Celebration on the 16th of Mid Year. A day to distract everyone from the increased taxes. It is a day celebrating the halfway mark in the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Merchant's Festival on the 10th of Sun's Height. It is a day that benefits the consumer in the market. Traders and Gypsies drop the prices on their stock. The only place that does not celebrate it is the Mages Guild. This is the same day as the Summoning of Boethiah.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate Sun's Rest on the 20th of Sun's Height. It is a day when the workers of Tamriel take a day to relax, businesses across town are closed in observance of this day. Some people have to have to leave the province to actually buy something.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate Harvest's End on the 27th of Last Seed. It is the final day of the harvest, and it is where the people eat the crops they have grown since the First Planting. Travelers are given the option to join a farmer’s family for a feast.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate Tales and Tallows on the 3rd of Hearthfire. It is the day of superstition where the elderly do not speak for an entire day, in fear of evil spirits entering their body. The Mages of Tamriel favor this day since it is a day to study the oldest forms of magic.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day where the creepy ghouls and creatures of the night gather to terrorize the residents of Tamriel. Many have not dared to wander the streets at night, in fear of being nabbed by a creature.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Warriors Festival on the 20th of Sun's Dusk. It is a day where many warriors gather to practice their fighting prowess. Travelers buy weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the North Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Evening Star. It serves as a thanksgiving to the Gods for the year's harvest. It is a day when the local temples heal and bless anyone for a lower price.[OOG 1]
The High Elves of Archen Grangrove celebrate the Old Life Festival on the 31st of Evening Star. It is a day of rest, where many leave the events of the passing year behind and to reflect their past. They rest for the New Life Festival.[OOG 1]
A long time ago, there was an Altmer poet by the name of Nenamil, who would always sing ballads about Mara, the Goddess of Love. As he grew older, Nenamil became known as the Archon of Song, and became more infatuated by Mara, traveling all over Summerset to be able to see her beauty for himself. It was until he reached what would become, Archon's Grove, that he realized that Mara was not a mere being, but rather beauty incarnate, and he felt this way when he saw the Rose-of-Archon, to which it became a staple of Mara. From then on, Nenamil taught Mara's ways to the people, and the flower was named after him, becoming sacred to Mara. Archon's Grove upheld this legend for many years.
During the Interregnum in 2E 583, the area of Archon's Grove was inhabited by the Thornfang Clan, a group of Werewolves that worship Hircine, the Daedric Prince of the Hunt. Because of their presence, pilgrims and the Sapiarchs were unable to go to and harvest these flowers, and so they hired the Divine Prosecution to retrieve the flowers for the upcoming 58th day of the Divine Reverence. The leader of the Thornfang, Den Mother Toamna, had captured various pilgrims to sacrifice to Hircine. Eventually, the Den Mother was killed, and the flowers were acquired by a Newcomer hired by the Divine Prosecution.
During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, EmperorUriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in the span of ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the town of Archen Grangrove in their quest to recover the pieces.