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"My research has led me to seek out Ebon Stadmont, a forest of much rumor and speculation, but little known fact. Specifically, my curiosity lies within the mysterious language found throughout the forest, inscriptions etched within decayed ruins. This language is unknown, unstudied, and largely unquestioned. I suspect this has much to do with the hazards the forest possesses, rather than an inability to properly research said language."
―Anonymous[src]

Ebon Stadmont is a mysterious forest located along the southern base of Eton Nir in the Isle of Summerset, situated in the province of the Summerset Isles. Ebon Stadmont is shrouded in mystery, with various tablets in an unknown language and a seemingly endless forest, with no end in sight.

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DescriptionEdit

GeographyEdit

Ebon Stadmont is a large forest off the road between Sea Keep and Cloudrest, along the river that flows down from the latter city-state. Beyond the road leads to a path into the forest, to which anyone can get immediately lost. The hills in Ebon Stadmont lead upwards to the Ebon Sanctum, which is nestled in the cliffs of Eton Nir. Traversing the forest requires shifting portals which are the leading cause of very lost travelers. Upon entering the Ebon Sanctum, you are greeted with the typical Altmer ruins, covered in vines. Paths are leading to the rest of the temple, which each one are exposed to the outside. Dead woods emphasize how abandoned the temple is. Not much can be said about Ebon Stadmont, but along the roads towards the temple, there are tablets riddled in the unknown language to which Ebon Stadmont is known for.

TraditionsEdit

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  • The High Elves of Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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 Ebon Stadmont 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]
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HistoryEdit

Second EraEdit

Main article: Ebon Stadmont (Online)

During the Interregnum in 2E 583, the forests of Ebon Stadmont were under investigation by Andewen, an apprentice of Telenger the Artificer and member of the Mages Guild. Andewen and her friend traversed the forest, getting lost in the mists of Stadmont. Eventually, they reached the Ebon Sanctum, where they would be revealed the ugly truth. An ancient spirit that was dubbed, the Spirit of Ebon Stadmont had tormented Andewen and her associate by taking them through time, all the while having them deal with her agent of some sort, Fletch, an ancient member of the House of Reveries, before Grand Maestro Forte was the Grand Maestro. Andewen was endangered of being trapped in the Sanctum forever, though fortunately, the friend was able to escape Ebon Stadmont with writings of Andewen's alternate self, who was trapped in Ebon Stadmont till her waning years. With these notes, the Mages Guild uncovered the dangerous truth of the legendary forest.[2][3]

At around this time, the Court of Bedlam had risen from the shadows, aiding their Daedric Princes in acquiring the Heart of Transparent Law from the Crystal Tower. The Psijic Order had undergone investigations of the Court, eventually capturing Earl Leythen of the Mephala cult. As time went on, Earl Leythen had reluctantly helped the Psijic Order foil the plot of Nocturnal, who had betrayed both Mephala and Clavicus Vile. When it was revealed that Iachesis had hidden the Heart of Transparent Law, the Psijics needed to access the Dreaming Cave, though they were unable to enter it, needing a passcode in an ancient language, one reminiscent to the one in Ebon Stadmont. And so, Leythen and a friend of the Psijics sought to uncover the language at Ebon Stadmont, but Leythen was bound to Artaeum, so the friend carried a rune, which projected Leythen at their side. At Ebon Stadmont, the traveler gathered notes of Ebon Stadmont but was interrupted by Nocturnal's Earl, Tundilwen, who told the traveler about the spell that would help them recover the Heart. With that information, the traveler returned to Iachesis at Artaeum.[4]

Third EraEdit

Main article: Ebon Stadmont (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel 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 Ebon Stadmont in their quest to recover the pieces.[5]

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References

Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Holidays in Arena