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"King Emeric of Cumberland can be rightly described as the pinnacle of Breton achievement. His youth wasn’t misspent idling in a palace and abusing his servants; he learned his father’s trading business, counterbalanced by a regiment of sparring with the Menevia Heavy Dragoons. The canny Emeric used this new wealth wisely, and when the horrific plague of Knahaten Flu slew the entire royal household of the Gardeners, Emeric was the natural choice to assume the throne. The Cumberland dynasty was born."
―Anonymous[src]

Emeric of Cumberland was the Breton High King of High Rock during the Interregnum. Emeric was the founder of the Daggerfall Covenant, one of the strongest alliances in the province of Tamriel. Emeric is a brilliant individual, well-rounded in trading, speechcraft, and the military. He was also the founder of the Cumberland Dynasty.

By gameEdit

PersonalityEdit

Emeric is a cunning and shrewd negotiator, who firmly believes the Covenant is the true heir of the Reman Empire, with the current Tharn-led Empire being merely a puppet of Molag Bal and the Worm Cult.

He has a dry and sarcastic sense of humor, and can be impatient and rude at times, as evidenced by his comments at the Stirk meeting where he refers to Jorunn and Ayrenn as "a snow barbarian and an adolescent female" to their faces.[1]

HistoryEdit

Second EraEdit

Main article: High King Emeric (Online)

Early Life & the Black Drake's InvasionEdit

Emeric of Cumberland was born in the city-state of Wayrest in 2E 521, as the son of Pierric. Throughout his childhood, Emeric would be taught in the ways of trade and speechcraft, although, Pierric was not content with Emeric only learning these things. Knowing the ways of the world, Pierric had Emeric train in the art of combat, sparring with the Cumberland Arms Master, spending the summer as a lieutenant for the Evermore Caravan, and exercising with the Menevia Heavy Dragoons. By the time he was twenty in 2E 542, Emeric was a master warrior and brilliant politician. But at this point, Durcorach the Black Drake would invade the province of High Rock, beginning with Bangkorai. The region of Bangkorai was captured within a week or so, making Wayrest the next target.[2]

The Siege of Wayrest had lasted for fifty-seven days, Emeric had taken part in the defense against Durcorach. Fortunately, the Reachmen Horde did not have Siege Weapons to break down the walls, nor did they have ships to enter the port, so Durcorach was not able to enter Wayrest, deciding to move towards Daggerfall. Emeric asked King Gardner to give him merchant ships so that he could help Daggerfall in the fight against the Reachmen. As Bergamot Deleyn held the defense against the Reachmen, Emeric advanced towards the Kingdom, cornering the Reachmen as they attacked the city walls. In the end, Earl Emeric had slain Durcorach, ending the Reachmen's invasion. Afterward, the Kingdoms of High Rock had formed the Daggerfall Covenant, an alliance of Kingdoms, created to defend against foreign threats such as Durcorach.[2]

Emeric's Ascension to High King & Ranser's FuryEdit

The Kingdom of Wayrest would live in peace, though things would take a turn for the worst with the coming of the Knahaten Flu, a deadly disease that killed a large population of Tamriel. In High Rock, there were many notable casualties, including the death of Hurlbert Branquette and Pierric of Cumberland. King Gardner had also succumbed to the disease, ending the Gardner Dynasty. At the same time, House Cumberland had found a large deposit of Orichalcum in Stormhaven, which was used to elevate Wayrest's Armada and trade, considering this and his efforts in the Black Drake's Invasion, Emeric was promoted to the position of King of Wayrest. With that being said, Emeric of Cumberland was named the High King of High Rock, and was in need of a wife, to rule by his side. Initially, Emeric chose Rayelle, Princess of Shornhelm, but instead opted for Maraya, the Princess of Sentinel. This was done to establish relations with King Fahara'jad and the province of Hammerfell. This had enraged King Ranser, the leader of Shornhelm, to the point of preparing for war. He was furious to the point where he did not show to Emeric's wedding in 2E 566. After this would begin King Ranser's War, a civil war between the Daggerfall Covenant and the Kingdom of Rivenspire.[3][4]

King Ranser's War & the Greater Daggerfall CovenantEdit

King Ranser's War had begun with the Siege of Wayrest, which occurred sometime after the wedding. High King Emeric had led the defense against Ranser's forces, wielding his Orichalc Longsword, the Orichalc Scalpel. Emeric and his Cumberland Guard were able to push back the Oldgate Lancers and Ranser's Armada, all the way back to Rivenspire. Sometime before this, Emeric had met Kurog gro-Bagrakh, an Orcish mercenary that originally hailed from Wrothgar. Both Kurog and Emeric met under the circumstances of Zephrine Frey, a Breton Chronicler of Wayrest that works for Emeric. Both warriors were bonding with each other rather well, essentially becoming best friends afterward. After their meeting, Kurog had become the leader of his clan, and sought to re-establish Yashnag's Chiefdom in Falkreath Hold, but this plan would fall apart. When Emeric was dealing with Ranser's forces in Rivenspire, he had sent Frey to deliver a message to Kurog, to which he received in Dragonstar. If Kurog helped Emeric defeat Ranser's forces in Markwasten Moor, then he would offer new land in Wrothgar, and so Kurog and his Orcish Brigade defeated Ranser. What came out of this was the Greater Daggerfall Covenant, with the Bretons of High Rock, the Redguards of Hammerfell, and the Orsimer of Orsinium. This Greater Covenant would join the fray known as the Alliance War, with the hopes of re-establishing the Empires of Tamriel and overthrowing the Empress Regent, Clivia Tharn.[3][5][6][7]

Nightmares in Stormhaven; Vaermina's GambitEdit

During the Interregnum in 2E 582, High King Emeric and High Queen Maraya lived in Wayrest, overwatching the Daggerfall Covenant from within their lands. Around this time, Stormhaven has been undergoing a crisis where various groups such as the Supernal Dreamers and the Midnight Union were running amok in the region. The Dream Shard from the Pariah Abbey had been stolen by the Midnight Union and was reported to King Emeric, who guided an Agent of the Covenant to the At-Tura Estate along the Menevia coast. Eventually, the Dreamer's plot at the Estate was stopped, and the Dream Shard was retrieved. Emeric was once again informed about an impending threat to Gavaudon, to which it was dealt with by the Agent. The Daedric Prince, Vaermina had attempted to destroy the Daggerfall Covenant, by possessing various figures throughout Stormhaven. She had corrupted the shrine of Azura in Gavaudon and infested Emeric's dreams, sending him in a twisted form of Wayrest in the realms of Quagmire. The Night Terror had taken control of his mind but is defeated by the Agent, saving both the King and the Covenant.[8][9][10]

The Rivenspire Situation & Barony Wylon MontclairEdit

Sometime later, High King Emeric and his entourage had traveled to the city-state of Shornhelm, attempting to aid the Kingdom with the situation against Wylon Montclair. When the Daggerfall Covenant reclaimed Shornhelm, Emeric arrived into Castle Shornhelm, convening with Countess Eselde Tamrith and Baron Alard Dorell on the situation, aiding the fight from there. Knowing about Wylon's history, Emeric tasked the Agent of the Covenant with finding Count Verandis Ravenwatch deep within the Eyebright Feld. From there, the two would deal with House Montclair and uncover the way to destroy the Lightless Remnant from atop of the Doomcrag. With Wylon Montclair dead and Verandis Ravenwatch passing away, a new leader was needed to rule over Rivenspire, a new leader since King Ranser. Emeric convened with the Agent and was ultimately able to choose a new leader, being either Eselde Tamrith or Alard Dorell. It is unknown who claimed the throne of Rivenspire, but the region was safe, and Emeric returned to Wayrest, where he continued to govern over the Daggerfall Covenant. But as this was going, Magus-General Septima Tharn had invaded the realms of the Dragontail Mountains, slaying King Eamond Guimard of Evermore, the husband of Emeric's niece, Arzhela of Cumberland.[11][12][13][14]

The Conquest over Bangkorai; Septima Tharn's TiradeEdit

With the Reachmen threat dealt with in Northern Bangkorai, the Kingdom of Evermore had begun to retake Bangkorai from Septima Tharn and the Seventh Legion. High King Emeric and his Lion Guard take a position on the outskirts of the Bangkorai Garrison, in the wilds of Ephesus. The Agent was once again utilized to infiltrate the Garrison, to open the northern gates for Emeric and his forces. The battle for the Garrison had begun, as the Agent delved in the Garrison, defeating the summoned Daedra. Because of Clivia Tharn's allegiance with Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince himself had appeared before the Agent. He brought about a Dark Anchor on the courtyard, having the Xivilai Daedra Lord, Moath led the defense. Fortunately, the Xivilai was banished, and the Covenant reclaimed the Bangkorai Garrison, paving the way to Southern Bangkorai, eventually retaking Hallin's Stand. Septima's forces moved south to the Hall of Heroes, to which the Covenant followed suit, being able to corner them. As the Covenant moved forth in the Hall of Heroes, Septima Tharn kidnapped Emeric and took him to the Chamber of Passage, where she killed him, sending him to the Far Shores, the Redguard afterlife. Septima followed him into the realm of Aetherius, attempting to destroy him once and for all. Fortunately, she was killed by the Agent, ending her tirade. Tu'whacca himself, had brought both the Agent and Emeric back to Nirn, where Emeric was revived. The battle was finally over and Emeric continued his rule at Wayrest.[15][16][17]

A Message across Tamriel & AfterwardsEdit

After the events in Bangkorai, Vanus Galerion of the Mages Guild, in association with the Ring of Daggers and the Fighters Guild, sought the Alliance leaders to meet, regarding the Planemeld that is affected the continent. High King Emeric and Galerion convened, and so the Alliance leaders, including Queen Ayrenn and Jorunn the Skald-King, met at the old ruins on Stirk. At first, all three disagree with each other until the meeting was abrupted by Molag Bal, who summoned his Daedra to kill them. Fortunately, the leaders were saved and had given their blessing to allow the Guilds to invade Coldharbour. With the Planemeld threat over, the Alliance War continued to rage on, with Emeric operating the Covenant from Wayrest. A year later in 2E 583, Kurog gro-Orsinium was assassinated for attempting to control the Orcish Clans of Wrothgar unjustly. The new leader, Bazrag gro-Fharun was willing to accept further negotiation with Emeric, but it is unknown whether it happened or not.[18][19][20]

LegacyEdit

Main article: High King Emeric (Legends)

The history surrounding Emeric of Cumberland after 2E 582 is unknown, but Emeric paved the way for a new era of prosperity to the Kingdom of Wayrest. Emeric was the first in-line for the Cumberland Dynasty that ruled over Wayrest. Considering Emeric's age, he had likely passed away a few years since he was killed in Bangkorai, with his son of likely Breton-Redguard descent assuming the throne of Wayrest and likely the Daggerfall Covenant. Eventually, the Cumberland Dynasty was killed off for unknown reasons. Being replaced by the Horley Dynasty, who would then be replaced by a line from the Septim Dynasty, beginning with Magnus Septim. By the time the Tiber Wars had occurred, Emeric's Daggerfall Covenant was over, likely through internal strife, since the Second Orsinium was sacked by then and both High Rock and Hammerfell had little to no relation with each other. While Emeric's legacy of the Covenant had failed, to an extent, his legacy in Wayrest would last forever.

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References

King of Wayrest
King Gardner 2E 563 – 2E ? Eventually Cassynder Septim
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