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"Bruma is understood to be a Nibenese county, but in truth it is more Nord than Nibenese, on account of its close proximity to the Skyrim border, and on account of the terrible cold and discomfort of its location high in the Jerall Mountains. Bruma is always cold and covered with snow, with braziers kept burning in every quarter to prevent the citizens from freezing to death."
Alessia Ottus[src]

Bruma is one of the nine major counties in the province of Cyrodiil, being the capital of the Jerall Mountains, within the Imperial Province. Bruma is known for the pre-dominantly Cyro-Nordic population, to which the county seat has embraced wholeheartedly. The architecture emphasizes the northern culture.

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DescriptionEdit

GeographyEdit

The County of Bruma is situated in the north, along the Jerall Mountains, in areas around the northern reaches of the Great Forest and the Nibenay Basin. It consists of snowy forests and steep mountain paths along the Jeralls. Not many settlements exist in the area, or at least established towns or hamlets. The only one worth noting is the settlement of Bleaker's Way, found off the Silver Road between Bruma and the Red Ring Road, and the fortress of Cloud Ruler Temple found deeper in the mountains beyond Bruma's northern gate. Bruma is the first settlement to be encountered, coming from the north from Skyrim. The area between the province is called the Pale Pass, with Bruma on the south, and the city-state of Falkreath and Neugrad Watch on the north. In the far east from Bruma is the wizard's tower, the Frostcrag Spire.

The city-state of Bruma itself is built just off the Silver Road, being walled off, on a somewhat steep hill. The eastern gate is the main entrance, connecting to the Silver Road. Around the northern wall is a minor dirt path that leads to the north gate, and subsequently both the Cloud Ruler Temple and the northwest region around Applewatch. Castle Bruma is on the highest point of the city, separated by another wall from the rest of Bruma city. Everything between the Castle and East Gate is an ascending hill to the Castle. The southern town is the Chapel of Talos, where many buildings are found built around it. The north city has several businesses and even the local guild chapters.

TraditionsEdit

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  • The Imperials of Bruma celebrate the New Life Festival on the 1st of Morning Star. It is a day of celebration where the drinks are free and people party in the streets all day. It truly is, a day of merriment.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day when Lord Hollowjack of Detritus spreads his influence across Tamriel. Monsters and Ghouls swarm across Tamriel, terrorizing the innocent. Many people do not dare to leave their home, in fear of being nabbed by these creatures.[1][2]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
  • The Imperials of Bruma 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.[1]
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HistoryEdit

Second EraEdit

Main article: Bruma (Online)

In 2E 576, Varen Aquilarios, the Duke of Chorrol had waged war with Emperor Leovic of the Longhouse Emperors, in the event known as the Colovian Revolt. The city-state of Bruma served as the base of operations, while his forces were able to take the faraway city-state of Leyawiin by the command of Sai Sahan and the Gold Coast was sealed off, under the reign of Carolus Aquilarios. As time went on, Leovic's rule had dwindled until he was eventually usurped by Aquilarios in 2E 577. Bruma, along with the rest of Cyrodiil was inducted into Varen's Empire, but after a year, Varen disappeared amidst an event known as the Soulburst. Because of this, the Imperial City was captured by the Daedra of Molag Bal. The Order of the Black Worm had erected Dark Anchors across Tamriel, one found in the center of Bruma. The inter-planar connection between Bruma and Oblivion had led to the city's downfall, leaving only the Chapel and the Manor standing.[4][5][6][7]

During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the city-state of Bruma was still in ruins, with the people forced to stay in both the chapel and the manor as the Daedra roamed the ruined streets. Around this time, the Alliance War had occurred with Central Cyrodiil becoming the battlefield of the conflict. Cheydinhal was situated in what was considered, the territory of the Daggerfall Covenant, and so soldiers of the Alliance would frequent the city ruins. The de-facto leader was the Interim Prefect, Grigerda. The city-state of Bruma's ownership was depending on control over Fort Dragonclaw, found directly north of the town, and south of the Pale Pass. Grigerda had sought aid from both the Covenant and the Ebonheart Pact, to help fend off the Daedra. Bruma was one of the three major settlements, sought over by the Alliances. This included the towns of Cropsford and Vlastarus. In Bruma, there were two groups of survivors, ones that were with Grigerda in the Manor, while the other ones were with Hjorik, a local priest of the Divines. Bruma remained in this state for quite some time.[7][8]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Bruma (Oblivion)

During the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, the County of Bruma was ruled by Countess Narina Carvain, an aficionado in everything related to the Akaviri. Countess Carvain had a vast collection of Akaviri-related items, considering the serious conflict of the First Akaviri Invasion, specifically the Battle of Pale Pass, near Bruma. At around this time, the ruins of Fort Pale Pass was lost, deep within the vales of the Jerall Mountains. Carvain had tasked a wandering traveler with acquiring the Draconian Madstone, deep in the Pale Pass. The Madstone was brought to Countess, and news of the Pale Pass discovery had spread across the province. And for the first time in years, the Pale Pass was reused, becoming the main supply line between Cyrodiil and Skyrim.[9][10]

At around the same time, Oblivion Gates had open all across the continent, but the conflicts in Bruma was one of the more significant ones. Like other cities, a standard gate had opened on the outskirts of East Bruma. When it had appeared, Captain Burd had sought the help of the Blades in Cloud Ruler Temple, and so the Grandmaster, Jauffre had sent the Hero of Kvatch to destroy the gate. Eventually, the gate was gone, but another, and much stronger portal was inevitably going to appear. To prepare, the Hero of Kvatch traveled to the other seven counties of Cyrodiil, asking for aid, to which they compiled. The Battle of Bruma was one of the biggest battles, as a Great Gate had opened in a clearing near the Silver Road. The Hero of Kvatch delved deep into the Gate, bypassing the Siege Crawler and acquiring the Sigil Stone. Many warriors were lost, but Bruma was saved, and a statue of the Savior of Bruma was erected near the Castle. Sigil Stone from the battle was a necessity for the end of the Oblivion Crisis.[11][12][13][14]

Fourth EraEdit

The city-state of Bruma was one of the only settlements in Cyrodiil that were not attacked by the Third Aldmeri Dominion, during their campaign at the Great War. The area around Bruma and the Silver Road was the northern supply route for the Imperial Legion, who were facing the Dominion in various fronts, until in 4E 173, when the Dominion were surrounding the Imperial City from all fronts, with the Silver Road being the only one left. When the Dominion took over the Imperial City, Titus Mede II was forced to escape north, when the Dominion overwhelmed them. In 4E 174, Bruma was the staging ground for the retaking of the Imperial City, and so, Titus Mede II descended down from Bruma, with General Decianus' forces in the west, and General Jonna's forces in the east. Wielding Goldbrand, Titus Mede II was able to retake the Imperial City and win the war with the Battle of the Red Ring.[15]

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