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The Eras

An overview of the various eras:

  1. The Dawn Era - The birth of time itself. Different from the Merethic Era.
  2. Mythic Era or Merethic Era - Includes creation of Time and Nirn, the Aedra, Daedra and the races of Tamriel.
  3. The First Era - Includes both the First and Second Empires. (The First Empire, either the Ysgramor Dynasty of Skyrim or the Alessian Empire, the Second, the Reman Dynasty)
  4. The Second Era - is also known as the "Common Era" and includes the rule of the Akaviri Potentates, as well as the 400 year time period known as the Interregnum. The Elder Scrolls Online takes place in this era.
  5. The Third Era is the Empire of Tamriel, ruled by the Septim Dynasty, and lasts 433 years. Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Oblivion all take place during this era.
  6. The Fourth Era is the era that occurs after the end of the Septim Dynasty, and includes the events in Skyrim.

Dawn Era

  • The brothers Anu and Padomay enter into the Void, and time begins.
  • They give birth to their own Souls, Anui-El and Sithis, whose interplay creates the Aurbis.
  • Lorkhan and Auriel are the first spirits born into the Aurbis, Lorkhan wanders and Auriel creates time.
  • The Original Spirits or et'Ada emerge within the Aurbis are either aligned with Anu (Anuic spirits) or Padomay (Padomaic spirits).
  • Lorkhan, a Padomaic spirit, travels the Aurbis and conceives the concept that Mundus should be created.
  • Lorkhan then tricks/convinces other et'Ada to join him. Those that do become the Aedra and those that don't become the Daedra.
  • The Aedra create 12 worlds of creation. Some creation myths believe each world is a God. These 12 worlds are molded together to create Nirn.
  • Many of the Aedra die during the creation with some becoming mortals to ensure the continuation of life on Mundus whilst some become the Ehlnofey or "Earthbones", the Laws of Nature.
  • Many of the Aedra flee back to Aetherius, which is a part of Aurbis, and become the Magne-ge, tearing holes in Oblivion.
  • Auri-El establishes the first kingdoms of the Old Ehlnofey on Atmora and Aldmeris. These lands are where the Aldmer originate.
  • A large number of Aedra are disappointed and angry with the creation of Mundus and seek revenge. These include the ancestors of Elves - the Old Ehlnofey, whose leader was Auri-El and whose heroes included Trinimac, Phynaster and Syrabane.
  • Auri-El sought out Lorkhan in battle and warred with him. Lorkhan's followers included the ancestors of Man - the Wandering Ehlnofey and whose heroes included Kyne, Tsun, Stuhn, Jhunal.
  • Altmora is conquered by the armies of man.
  • The great war ends when Trinimac tears Lorkhan's heart out and Auri-El fires it into the sea with his bow.
  • The war causes the mega-continent on Nirn to become flooded and fracture into smaller continents and islands.
  • The lands inhabited by the Wandering Ehlnofey, which include Akavir, Atmora, and Yokuda, become isolated. These lands are where the Tsaesci, Atmorans and Yokudans originate.
  • Some Wandering Ehlnofey remain on Tamriel, they become the Nedes.
  • The Old Ehlnofey remain on Aldmeris and become the Aldmer.

Sources: The Monomyth, The Annotated Anuad, Vehk's Teaching

Merethic Era

Merethic timeline provided by the Imperial Library

Circa ME 2500

Early Merethic Era

  • Aboriginal beastpeoples (ancestors of the Khajiit, Argonian, and other beastfolk) live in preliterate communities throughout Tamriel.

Middle Merethic Era

  • The Aldmer leave the doomed and now-lost continent of Aldmeris (also known as 'Old Ehlnofey') and settle in Tamriel. First colonies are distributed widely along the entire coast of Tamriel. Later, inland settlements were founded primarily in fertile lowlands in southwest and central Tamriel.
  • The sophisticated, literate, and technologically advanced Aldmeri culture drove the primitive beastfolk into the jungles, marshes, mountains, and wastelands.
  • The Adamantine Tower is rediscovered and captured by the Direnni, a prominent and powerful Aldmeri clan. Crystal Tower is built on Summerset Isle and, later, White Gold Tower in Cyrodiil.
  • One of these Aldmeri Explorers, Torval the Pilot, explores and charts Tamriel sea-lanes and the River Niben, located in southern Tamriel. He sails deep into central Cyrodiil, and acquires the Eight Islands (the site of White Gold Tower) from the beastfolk natives for the secret of literacy.
  • Aldmeri explorers map the coasts of Vvardenfell, building the First Era High Elven wizard towers at Ald Redaynia, Bal Fell, Tel Aruhn, and Tel Mora in Morrowind.
  • The Ayleids flourish in the jungles surrounding White Gold Tower (present day Cyrodiil). Ayleids, also known as the Heartland High Elves, preserved the Dawn Era magicks and language of the Ehlnofey.
  • Ostensibly a tribute-land to the High King of Alinor, Cyrodiil was often so isolated from the Summerset Isles as to be its own sovereign nation.

Late Middle Merethic Era

  • The Dwemer, a free-thinking, reclusive Elven clan devoted to the secrets of science, engineering, and alchemy, established underground cities and communities in the mountain range (later the Velothi Mountains) separating modern Skyrim and Resdayn/Morrowind.
  • The Late Middle Merethic Era is also the period of the High Velothi Culture.
  • The Chimer (ancestors of the modern Dunmer, or Dark Elves), dynamic, ambitious, long-lived Elven clans devoted to fundamentalist ancestor worship, followed the Prophet Veloth out of ancestral Elven homelands to settle in the lands now known as Morrowind.
  • Despising the secular culture and profane practices of the Dwemer, the Chimer also coveted the lands and resources of the Dwemer, and for centuries provoked them with minor raids and territorial disputes.
  • Trinimac (strongest of the Altmeri ancestor spirits) and his people (who became the Orsimer or the Pariah Folk) try to halt Velothi dissident movement. However, Daedric Prince Boethiah, as one of the masterminds of the movement, eats Trinimac. Trinimac's body and spirit are corrupted, and he emerges as Daedric Prince Malacath. The rest of his people are changed as well. They are now known as Orcs.

Late Merethic Era

  • Velothi high culture disappears on Vvardenfell Island. The earliest Dwemer Freehold colonies date from this period.
  • Degenerate Velothi devolves into tribal cultures, which, in time, evolves into the modern Great Houses of Morrowind, or persists as the barbarian Ashlander tribes. The only surviving traces of this tribal culture are scattered Velothi towers and Ashlander nomads on Vvardenfell Island. The original First Era High Elven wizard towers along the coasts of Tamriel are also abandoned about this time.
  • The proto-Nords in the final migration from Atmora (also 'Altmora' or 'the Elder Wood' in Aldmeris) settle in northern Tamriel. Nordic hero Ysgramor, leader of a great colonizing fleet to Tamriel, develops a runic transcription of Nordic speech based on Elvish principles, and is the first human historian.
  • Ysgramor's fleet lands at Hsaarik Head at the extreme northern tip of Skyrim's Broken Cape.
  • The Nords build there the legendary city of Saarthal.
  • The Elves drive the Men away during the Night of Tears, but Ysgramor soon returns with his Five Hundred Companions.

Late Merethic Era - Circa 1E 660

  • An immortal hero, warrior, sorcerer, and king variously known as Pelinal Whitestrake, Harrald Hairy Breeks, Ysmir, Wulfharth, Hans the Fox, etc., wanders Tamriel, gathering armies, conquering lands, ruling, then abandoning his kingdoms to wander again.

First Era

Undetermined Date/Works In Progress

  • Daggerfall defeats the Akaviri Invasion ("If Daggerfall had not spent its first thousand years preparing for the battles of the next thousand years, it is indeed conceivable that the Iliac Bay today might be Akavarian.")[2]

1st Century

1E 0

1E 20

  • The earliest recordings of the Psijic Order is recorded, telling the tale of the renowned Breton sage and author Voernet, traveling to the Isle of Artaeum to meet with Iachesis, the Ritemaster of the Psijics.[6]

1E 68

  • The last visit from Atmora to Tamriel occurs: two ships, largely laden with corpses. [7]

2nd Century

1E 113

  • Harald is born. He later becomes the first Nordic ruler.[8][9]

1E 139

3rd Century

1E 200

1E 221

1E 221+

1E 222

1E 227

  • The Gradual Massacre begins.[11]

1E 240

1E 240+

  • At some point after 1E 240, King Gellir becomes High King of Skyrim and conquers the weakened Dwemer city states across the land. [14]

1E 242

1E 243

1E 246

  • First recorded use of Daggerfall to describe the capital in Iliac Bay, however, "there is sufficient archaeological evidence to suggest that it existed as much as a thousand years before that."[2]

1E 263

  • Several Ayleid princes continue to rule, as vassals of the new Empress.[23] From here until 1E 498, Ayleids would continue to have minor influence, in what can be called the "Late Ayleid Period".

1E 266

4th Century

1E 340

1E 361

  • Alessians gain control of the Empire, and enforce the Alessian Doctrines of Marukh throughout the Empire.[23][27]
  • Ayleid lordships are outlawed.[23]
  • Little resistance to this, and so most Ayleids simply left Cyrodiil, and many are absorbed into the native population of Elves in Valenwood.[23]

1E 369

1E 376

  • The traditional rule of Yokuda's emperors is overthrown. Each successive emperor, though they maintained the status of figurehead of the empire, had their powers very much reduced. Since then, 300 years of almost continuous civil war ensues between the Yokeda warlords, warrior monks and brigands, all fighting each other for land and power.[29]

1E 393

5th Century

1E 415

1E 416

1E 420

1E 448

  • Rislav Larich - future King of Skingrad, is born, son of King Mhorus.[27]
  • Queen Lynada, Rislav's mother, dies shortly after giving birth to her son.[27]

1E 461

1E 472

  • The Kingdoms of Skingrad and Kvatch had formerly been at war with one another, but peace is declared in this year.[27]
  • It can be presumed that the children, Rislav and Belene, daughter of King Justinius of Kvatch were married here to make peace.[27]

1E 478

  • Battle of Sungard: The High Chieftain of Skyrim (Kjoric the White) is killed by Emperor Gorieus.[27]
  • Rislav Larich is known to be in Kvatch, with Belene.[27]
  • A great plague sweeps through Cyrodiil, wiping out King Mhorus and the rest of the Larich family, excepting Dorald, who had survived, as he was in Imperial City, as a priest of Marukh.[27]
  • Dorald returns home and assumes the throne of King of Skingrad.[27]
  • Dorald cedes the kingdom of Skingrad to the Empire, as he had been taught by the Alessian monks of Marukh that "to resist the Empire was to resist the Gods."[27]
  • Rislav Larich rides from Kvatch with his wife and two dozen of the King of Kvatch's cavalry, which he defeats easily, as the guards hated the new ruler. He kills Dorald, and is crowned King of Kvatch.[27]
  • Rislav Larich vows to fight Emperor Gorieus, despite having little experience at either warfare or kingship. When Gorieus arrives, he tells him that his force is "too large for Skingrad" and to "Next time, write before you come." [27]
  • Rislav defeats the army of the Emperor, using archers to pick off an army that has no choice but to follow him.[27]
  • The Direnni clan is inspired by these events and starts making plans to rebel.[27]

1E 479

1E 480

1E 482

6th Century

1E 500

  • A song is made about Wulfharth of Atmora. Following the death of King Hoag Merkiller of the Alessian armies at Glenumbria Moors, Wulfharth is made King following the Pact of Chieftains.[35][39]
  • High Rock is freed from Aldmeri tyranny around this time.[1]

7th Century

1E 609

  • King Thagore of Daggerfall defeats the army of Glenpoint.[2]
  • Daggerfall becomes "the preeminent economic, cultural, and military force in southern High Rock. A position the kingdom has precariously kept ever since." [2]
  • Mansel Sesnit becomes prominent in Redguard society.[29]

1E 617

  • Mansel Sesnit is assassinated, and a commoner takes over the government. Randic Torn continues Sesnit's work, solidifying much of the Empire [29]

1E 660

1E 668

  • Theory: (by Borgusilus Mailer, Historian) that the Dwemer enclaves were called together by one of their powerful philosopher-sorcerers, possibly "Kagrenak", to embark on a great journey, one of such sublime profundity that they abandoned all their cities and lands to join the quest to foreign climes as an entire culture.[41]
  • Red Mountain erupts, and Sun's Death occurs.[19]
  • It is supposed that the "Sun's Death" event greatly affected the Nirnroot plant species.[42]

1E 675

8th Century

1E 700

1E 720

1E 734

  • Frandar's father dies.[29]

1E 737

1E 760

1E 771

  • Divad the Singer enters the "Hall of the Virtues of War" and begins his training there.[46]

1E 776

  • Divad the Singer leaves the "Hall of the Virtues of War" in anger, breaks his swords, and vows to "become an acrobat in a travelling circus." [46]

1E 780

1E 792

9th Century

1E 800

  • It is suggested that Wayrest was founded at this time.[48]

1E 803

1E 808

10th Century

1E 937

  • Gaiden Shinji (Blademaster) is quoted as saying "The best techniques are passed on by the survivors." [52]

1E 940

  • First official historical reference to Wayrest, a letter by King Joile, to Gaiden Shinji of the Order of Diagna, which reads: "The orcs have been much plaguing the Wayresters and impeding traffic to the heart of that land. [48]

1E 950

1E 973

1E 980

11th Century

1E 1030

1E 1033

  • Empress Hestra demands "the head of the most infamous of the brigadiers", Red Bramman.[25]

12th Century

1E 1100

  • Farangel Gardner, from a successful mercantile family, is proclaimed as the first King of Wayrest after being accepted by ambassadors from the Camorian Empire. The city would then have four major dynasties in later times: that of Gardner, Cumberland, Horley, and finally Septim. [48]

1E 1188

13th Century

The Middle Dawn begins (1E 1200)

The Marukhati Selective accidently (or purposefully) create a Dragon Break that lasts one thousand and eight years. The few texts that survive this period are known to conflict with each other greatly due to the lack of a linear timeline.[61][OOG 1]

1E 1250

14th Century

1E 1301

15th Century

1E 1427

  • Battle of Duncreigh Bridge: The "famous victory" of Anticlere's Duke over the neighboring hamlet of Sensford is celebrated in High Rock each year by the people marching down Sensford's main street. This results in numerous injuries on both sides, even when it doesn't provoke a brief war between the two "knightly orders" of the two villages. The battle itself achieved nothing, because both villages still boast about their ruling families' antique lineage.[1]

23rd Century

1E 2200

The Middle Dawn Ends (1E 2208)

After one thousand and eight years of conflicting nonlinear time the Dragon Break ends.[61]

1E 2260

24th Century

1E 2321

28th Century

1E 2702

1E 2703

1E 2714

1E 2790

1E 2794

29th Century

1E 2801

1E 2804

1E 2805

1E 2806

1E 2809

1E 2811

1E 2812

1E 2815

  • Grandmaster of the Dragonguard visits Sky Haven Temple, to investigate rumours of the cost of Alduin's Wall, and consequently writes a Writ of Requisition for more supplies.[71]

1E 2818

1E 2820

1E 2837

1E 2840

1E 2851

1E 2871

1E 2877

  • Reman III succeeds to the throne.

1E 2899

30th Century

1E 2903

1E 2911

1E 2917

1E 2920

Second Era

No Date Determinable

  • The Dark Brotherhood is formed from a then-religious order, the Morag Tong, during this time. The Morag Tong were worshippers of the Daedra spirit, Mephala, at this time.[75]

1st Century

2E 12

2E 24

2nd Century

2E 120

  • Viana the Pure, Virgin Baroness of Lainlyn, begins her 28 year reign.[77]

2E 148

  • Viana the Pure, Virgin Baroness of Lainlyn, ends her rule.[77]

2E 184

3rd Century

2E 212

2E 227

2E 230

2E 259

2E 283

  • Potentate Versidue Shaie, ruler of Tamriel, is faced with a disintegrating empire, with "the vassal kingdoms throughout Tamriel reaching a new height of rebellion and openly challenging his rule." [66][67]
  • The kingdoms refuse to pay taxes, and lead sorties against Imperial garrisons in many countries.[66][67]
  • the Imperial fortress, Dawnstar is destroyed.[66][67]
  • Council of Bardmont is held, whereby the Imperial Council is gathered, and martial law is declared.

2E 283 - 2E 320 [66][67]

  • Potentate Versidue-Shaie begins a bloody process of wiping away all opposing resistance to the Empire, expending the majority of his legions, and nearly all of the Imperial gold, in the process.[66][67]

4th Century

2E 309

  • Elsweyr, the Khajiit kingdom, is created after Keirgo of Anequina and Eshita of Pellitine combined their long-feuding kingdoms, and created a class struggle that briefly threatened to draw in outside intervention.[3][24][85]

2E 320

  • Dinieras-Ves "The Iron", a relation of Versidue Shaie, presented both himself and a host of warriors before the Potentate, suggesting an order of mercantile warriors-for-hire, who could be hired by nobility in lieu of a standing army, and that the "employment would be temporary, and a percentage of the fee would go to the Potentate's government, thus putting salve on two of Versidae-Shaie's (sic) greatest pains.[66][67]

2E 321

  • The Guilds Act is passed: "In the 321st year of the Second Era, the Potentate gave his approval to the Guilds Act, officially sanctioning the Mages, together with the Guilds of Tinkers, Cobblers, Prostitutes, Scribes, Architects, Brewers, Vintners, Weavers, Ratcatchers, Furriers, Cooks, Astrologers, Healers, Tailors, Minstrals (sic), Barristers, and the Syffim." [66][67][3]
  • The Guild of Fighters was established under the section 4 of the "Guilds Act", the charter first confirmed under Potentate Versidue-Shaie in this year.[3][86]

2E 324

  • Morag Tong assassinate "Potentate Versidae-Shae" (sic). The Morag Tong had become so drunk with murder that they literally wrote the words "Morag Tong" in blood on the walls.[74][75]
  • Morag Tong is outlawed throughout Tamriel. [74]

2E 358

  • A note about the Morag Tong is found beneath the floorboards of an abandoned house in the Nordic village of Jallenheim in this year. It was said that the house had belonged to "a quiet cobbler, who was whispered by some to have been a Morag Tong member." [74]

2E 369

5th Century

2E 456

2E 486

6th Century

2E 546

2E 555

2E 560

2E 563

2E 565

2E 568

2E 572

2E 579

  • The Soulburst takes place: An arcane explosion of energy in the Imperial City set off mystical aftershocks that swept across Nirn. Mages died or went mad. Supernatural abominations from the plane of Oblivion, the Daedra, appeared in greater numbers than ever before. The constellation of the Serpent grew so large that it dominated the night sky. [91]

2E 580

2E 582

7th Century

2E 670

  • Ancient Tales of the Dwemer is presumed to have been published, in the Interregnum (sic) between the fall of the First Cyrodilic Empire and the rise of Tiber Septim, and was "originally presented as a serious, scholarly work based on research in the archives of the University of Gwylim.[93]

9th Century

2E 803

2E 812

  • Rimmen seceded from The Mane of Elseweyr (The Elseweyr Nation) in this year, during the Interregnum.[85]

2E 830

2E 852

2E 862

2E 864

2E 882

2E 894

  • Breton assassins decide to counterattack Talos, and set fire to the Imperial Palace, with Cuhlecain inside it, they also "slit the throat of General Talos." However, "from the smoldering ruin he came, one hand to his neck and with Cuhlecain's Crown in the other." [34]

2E 895

  • General Talos has already changed his name to Tiber Septim, and has begun his conquest of Tamriel.[99]
  • One of General Talos' commanders, Beatia of Ylliolos, and her Lieutenant, Ascutus, are ambushed on their way to Porhnak, where a legion was stationed. They are ambushed by Nords ("the warchiefs of Danstra").[99]

2E 897

Third Era

1st Century

3E 6

3E 12

3E 20

3E 38

3E 41

3E 48

3E 55

3E 63

  • Pelagius Septim arrives at the High Rock city state of Camlorn, with the intention of wooing Princess Quintilla, who is also an accomplished sorceress. Instead, he learns about a werewolf that is plaguing the city, where it stays until the birth of their first child.[106]

3E 64

3E 67

3E 77

3E 79

3E 80

The Wolf Queen mentions the following rulers:

3E 81

3E 82

3E 97

3E 99

2nd Century

3E 100

3E 104

3E 105

  • University of Gwylim translates "Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie" (A brief account of Lamae Bal and the Restless Death).[110]

3E 109

3E 110

3E 111

3E 112

3E 114

  • Biography of the Wolf Queen states that Kintyra II is executed during this year.[112]

3E 119

3E 120

3E 121

3E 123

3E 125

3E 127

3E 131

3E 137

3E 139

3E 140

3E 145

3E 147

  • "A Dance in Fire" infers that Magnus Septim was Emperor this year (250 years before 3E 397). This can probably be attributed to the large time difference between the two dates.

3E 150

3E 153

  • Pelagius, also known as Pelagius the Mad, died in his asylum, age 34.[49][114]
  • Katariah becomes Empress.[114]
  • Sir Amiel dies, leaving a note as to how to find the pieces of the Knights of the Nine Artefacts.[121]

3rd Century

3E 200

3E 202

3E 227

3E 246

  • During the reign of Uriel Septim IV, the Imperial Council, in an attempt to clean up the issues surrounding property rights in Skyrim, decreed that "any man without a Liege who occupied a castle for more than three months would be granted the rights and titles of that estate. The reason for this was to discourage absent and foreign landlords.[123]

3E 247

3E 249

3E 253

  • The "Forebear" Redguard Cities of Rihad and Taneth request aid from Elinhir to fight against the Camoran Usurper, but are denied.[37]
  • The people of Dwynnen are reported to have been ruled by "a Lich and its armies of zombies, ghosts, vampires, and skeletons." (NOTE: Source states that this date has been "agreed upon by archivists").[36][126]

3E 266

3E 267

  • Battle of Firewaves occurs in and around Dwynnen, despite it not having a sea port.[4][126]
  • High Rock actually begins building defenses against the Camoran Usurper. The reason for the delay was the "The primary powers of the Bay were ruled by particularly inept monarchs - Wayrest and Sentinel both had kings in their minority (EDITOR: Children), and Daggerfall was torn by contention between Helena and her cousin Jilathe. The Lord of Reich Gradkeep (now Anticlere) was deathly ill through 266 and finally died at the end of the year. There were, in short, no leaders to unite the province against the Usurper."[126]
  • Eight separate, minor landowners make deals with the Camoran Usurper to allow them to keep their land.[126]
  • The reign of the Camoran Usurper is ended.[3]

3E 268

3E 271

3E 276

3E 279

3E 282

3E 284

  • Esroniet is conquered by Uriel Septim V [124][128] Esroniet is likely a small "island-kingdom" that "lies between Tamriel and Akavir." [128]
  • Prince Bashomon, the ruler of Esroniet, surrenders to Uriel Septim, allowing him to concentrate fully upon the planned Akavir attack. [source?]

3E 285

3E 288

3E 289

3E 290

4th Century

3E 307

  • Uriel Septim VI is officially given full license to rule, having reached his "majority" age at 22. Thonica's Regency ends.[129]

3E 313

3E 314

3E 320

3E 331

3E 336

3E 339

3E 340

3E 344

3E 345

  • Irlav Moslin signifies his knowledge of the Daedric Alphabet.[131]

3E 346

3E 353

3E 354

3E 360

3E 368

3E 369

3E 370

3E 375

3E 376

3E 377

3E 378

3E 380

3E 381

3E 384

3E 386

3E 389

3E 395

3E 396

3E 397

3E 399

5th Century

3E 400

3E 401

  • A census of Daggerfall reveals that there are currently 110,000 people living in the capital city. This is compared with the original population of 211 people.[2]

3E 404

3E 405

3E 407

  • Kazagh, a Khajiit slave, kills a number of slavers, particularly around the city of Tear. He is helped in this by Peliah, the daughter of a slaver named Serjo Dres Minegaur.[140]

3E 410

3E 411

3E 414

  • Vvardenfell Territory, previously a responsibility of the Temple preserve under Imperial protection, becomes an Imperial Province District.[142]

3E 415

3E 417

3E 421

  • The events taking place in Greywyn's Journal occur in this year.[144]
  • The Crew of the Emma May mutiny against the captain, except for Blakeley, who is still loyal to him.[145]
  • The Levitation Act is passed throughout the Empire that banned the use of levitation magic.[146]

3E 426

3E 427

3E 428

3E 429

3E 431

  • An Addendum is added to the Mages Guild charter: "Any guild member commiting a crime against the guild is to be suspended immediately. The suspension may be lifted at the discretion of the Steward of the Council of Mages. Any guild member receiving multiple suspensions may, at the determination of the council, be summarily and permanently dismissed from the guild." [78]
  • Mages Guild Charter changed by Arch-Mage Hannibal Traven to include a provision that all candidates for membership of the Mages Guild must first gain acceptance from all the Guild Hall stewards.[78]
  • Mages Guild distributes the schools of magic to different Guild Halls. For instance, Alteration is taught at Cheydinhal.[78]
  • Farwil, son of Cheydinhal's Count Andel Indarys, forms the Knights of the Thorn [57]
  • The events taking place in Grommok's Journal occur in this year. [128]
      • 13th of Rain's Hand; After opening the cask they discover an Akaviri sword which they name "Dawnfang" and "Duskfang", on account of its varying colours at different times. Grommok claims the sword for his own. [129]

3E 432

3E 433

Fourth Era

1st Century

4E 1

4E 02

4E 05

4E 16

4E 20

4E 22

4E 29

  • The government of Valenwood is overthrown by the Thalmor sympathizers. The Bosmeri, allied with the Empire, were unprepared. Valenwood becomes a Thalmor territory.[158]
  • The Third Aldmeri Dominion severs all ties with the Empire.[158]

4E 38

  • A great warrior from Windhelm, Vundheim, dies. His son, Deroct, lights a candle above the hearth in his home in his honor. The building later becomes known as Candlehearth Hall.

4E 49

  • Umbriel appears, terrorizing Tamriel, starting with Lilmoth.[159]
  • Umbriel besieges the Imperial City, but is stopped before Vuhon can emancipate the city from Oblivion.

4E 65

4E 95

4E 98

4E 100

2th Century

4E 115

4E 122

4E 130

4E 150

  • An Argonian invasion fleet arrives on Solstheim. [source?]

4E 168

4E 170

4E 171

  • The Ambassador of the Aldmeri Dominion orders the Empire to step down from power. The Empire resists, and the Great War between The Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion begins.[158]
  • Aldmeri Forces led by Lord Naarifin invade Hammerfell and Cyrodiil. The city of Leyawiin falls, and the city of Bravil is besieged.[158]
  • A 2nd Aldmeri Force, led by Lady Arannelya, cross western Cyrodiil and invade Hammerfell. The Redguards in Hammerfell, divided by civil war and disorganized, put up little resistance. The southern coastline falls to the Aldmeri forces as the Imperial Legions in Hammerfell retreat North into the Alik'r Desert.[158]

4E 172

  • Aldmeri Forces advance into Cyrodiil to capture the Imperial City.[158]
  • Cyrodiil: The cities of Bravil and Anvil in Cyrodiil both fall to Aldmeri Forces. Naval battles ensues in Lake Rumare surrounding Imperial City and along the Niben River leading to the Rumare.[158]
  • Hammerfell: The entire southern coastline falls to the Aldmeri Forces with the exception of Helgathe.[158]

4E 173

  • Cyrodiil: Aldmeri Forces cross the Niben and advance towards Imperial city through the eastern bank surrounding Imperial city from the east, south, and west.[158]
  • Hammerfell: The siege of Hegathe is broken. Imperial Forces make a stand in Skaven to fight off the advancing Aldmeri soldiers. Skaven falls to the Aldmeri. However, the victorious Aldmeri force is severely weakened by the advance through the desert, and is unable to continue their campaign.[158]

4E 174

  • Cyrodiil: The Thalmor leadership decides to focus their forces in the Cyrodiil campaign.[158]
  • Imperial City falls to the Aldmeri forces.[158]
  • The Reach and Markarth falls to the Reachmen in The Forsworn Uprising and is ruled as an independent kingdom.[163]

4E 175

  • The Battle of the Red Ring takes place as the Empire embarks on a campaign to retake Imperial City, which fell to the Aldmeri Dominion the previous year. The battle was an Imperial victory, but not without heavy losses.[158]
  • Exhausted from war, the Empire negotiates a peace treaty and signs the White-Gold Concordat with the Aldmeri Dominion, thus ending the war. The terms of the agreements are the surrender of the remaining territory still occupied by Aldmeri Force, and the banning of the worship of Talos. Thus, the Great War ends.[158]
  • As a result of the White-Gold Concordat, relationship between the Imperials of Cyrodiil and the Redguard of Hammerfell deteriorated. Although allies during the war, the Empire is forced to renounce Hammerfell as an Imperial province.[158]
  • All the Elder Scrolls housed in the libraries of White Gold Tower vanish, and are scattered across Tamriel by unknown means.[164]

4E 176

  • Ulfric Stormcloak and his militia retake the The Reach and Markarth from the Reachmen. The surviving Reachmen flee to the hills of the Reach and became known as the Forsworn.[163]

4E 180

4E 181

4E 189

3th Century

4E 201

The events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim take place this year.

4E 202

Examples of timeline conflicts

Due to the nature of history itself, sometimes dates and events come into conflict. This occurs in Real Life frequently, but this also occurs in The Elder Scrolls lore occasionally, too. The following are some examples where this was the case:

  1. The rule of King Harald is recorded as starting in 1E 143 and lasting for 78 years until his death in 1E 221, however Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition/Skyrim mentions Skyrim was under his rule in 1E 113, which was also the year of his birth: "In the 113th year of the First Era, the entirety of modern Skyrim was under the reign of King Harald". This makes it unclear if Harald was crowned high king at birth in 1E 113 or if the pocket guide is simply incorrect.
  2. A Dance In The Fire states: It seemed as if the palace had always housed the Atrius Building Commission, the company of clerks and estate agents who authored and notarized nearly every construction of any note in the Empire. It had stood for two hundred and fifty years, since the reign of the Emperor Magnus. This would mean he was Emperor in 3E 147, which conflicts with several other reports which state that it was Pelagius Septim III at this time.
  3. Disputes surrounding the death of Kintrya II.
  4. Disputes surrounding the date that Uriel Septim III was sworn in as Emperor.
  5. Disputes surrounding the date of the Camoran Usurper.
  6. Slight dispute about the date that the Mages Guild was created (Fighters Guild disputes the date of the "Guild Act" by one year).
  7. Some events are also results of Dragon Breaks. See that page for more details about this.
  8. The Wolf Queen, Book III, states that Pelagius Septim II died in 3E 98, not 3E 99, as is generally believed.
  9. Two books claim that Pelagius Septim II was born on 314 and 319 in the Third Empire.[citation needed]
  10. Oblivion, in Sancre Tor, has Reman Cyrodiil II's rule starting at 1E 2812.[57] Annals of the Dragonguard puts it at earlier than 1E 2806.[71]
  11. The death of Kintyra Septim (former Queen of Silvenar, Valenwood) is listed by some sources as 3E 48, while some other sources list it as 3E 53.[citation needed]
  12. The ending of the Stormcloak and Imperial Legion civil war in Skyrim before the Dragonborn and Greybeards' truce meeting in the main quest Season Unending conflicts with the timeline stating that the civil war ends before Alduin is defeated. Possibly meaning that the civil war is meant to end after Alduin is defeated in the main quest Sovngarde. Expanding on this - why would the truce meeting in the main quest Season Unending occur in Skyrim if it had nothing to do with the main quest in the first place. The only plausible explanation is that the civil war ended shortly after the truce meeting and the events of Alduin's defeat being right after.
  13. Some of these events may have slightly innacurate dates. For example the death of Harkon may have occured shortly after 4E 201.

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 A History of Daggerfall
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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Valenwood
  5. Before the Ages of Man
  6. Fragment: On Artaeum
  7. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Atmora
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation: A Social History of Cyrodiil
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  13. The Daggerfall Chronicles
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 The Aetherium Wars
  15. Katria's Journal
  16. King Edward, Book X (A work of fiction)
  17. The Daggerfall Chronicles
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  21. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Cyrodiil
  22. 22.0 22.1 Shezzar and the Nine Divines
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  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Black Marsh
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 The Chronicles of the Holy Brothers of Marukh, Volume IV: The Cleansing of the Fane
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  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 29.6 Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes
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  31. The Dragon Break Reexamined
  32. Many more references to this
  33. Olaf and the Dragon
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  35. 35.0 35.1 Shor's Tongue
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  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Hammerfell
  38. The Final Lesson
  39. 39.0 39.1 The Five Songs of King Wulfharth
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Varieties of Faith in the Empire
  41. Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Part VI: Chimarvamidium
  42. 42.0 42.1 Nirnroot Missive
  43. 43.0 43.1 Poison Song, Book I
  44. The War of the First Council
  45. The Ash King
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  51. 51.0 51.1 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Thras
  52. 52.0 52.1 The Elder Scrolls: Arena
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  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 56.3 56.4 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Orsinium
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  58. 58.0 58.1 From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki
  59. The Wolf Queen
  60. 60.0 60.1 The Legend of Red Eagle
  61. 61.0 61.1 Where Were You When the Dragon Broke?
  62. 62.0 62.1 The Dragon Break Reexamined
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  64. The Song of Pelinal, Book VII
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  68. 2920, vol 06 - Mid Year
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  70. 70.0 70.1 70.2 The Wild Elves
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  72. 72.0 72.1 72.2 72.3 Atlas of Dragons
  73. 2920, vol 07 - Sun's Height
  74. 74.0 74.1 74.2 74.3 Fire and Darkness: The Brotherhoods of Death
  75. 75.0 75.1 The Brothers of Darkness
  76. The First Scroll of Baan Dar
  77. 77.0 77.1 Ghraewaj
  78. 78.0 78.1 78.2 78.3 Imperial Charter of the Guild of Mages
  79. Galerion the Mystic
  80. Galerion's Ninth Law
  81. The Black Arts on Trial
  82. Mannimarco, King of Worms
  83. Feyfolken, Book I
  84. War of Two Houses
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  86. Fighters Guild Charter
  87. The Faerie
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  90. 90.0 90.1 Jorunn the Skald-King
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  95. Battle of Sancre Tor
  96. The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard
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  99. 99.0 99.1 Ice and Chitlin
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  102. The Art of War Magic
  103. Remanada
  104. Hospitality Papers
  105. Notes for Redguard History
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  107. 107.0 107.1 The Wolf Queen, Book II
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  110. Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie
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  114. 114.0 114.1 114.2 114.3 114.4 114.5 The Madness of Pelagius
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  116. Broken Diamonds
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  121. Sir Amiel's Journal
  122. Daravyn the Gray's Long Forgotten Note
  123. The Rear Guard
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  125. The Refugees
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  130. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Arena Supermundus
  131. Bible of the Deep Ones
  132. The Book of the Dragonborn
  133. 133.0 133.1 Interviews With Tapestrists vol. 18: Cherim's Heart of Anequina
  134. Mixed Unit Tactics
  135. A Dance in the Fire, Book I
  136. Shadowkey Map
  137. The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey
  138. Events of An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
  139. 139.0 139.1 How Orsinium Passed to the Orcs
  140. Last Scabbard of Akrash
  141. Charwich-Koniinge Letters
  142. A Short History of Morrowind
  143. The Warp in the West
  144. Greywyn's Journal
  145. Log of the Emma May
  146. Overheard conversation in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: "He's getting older, but he can still teach a bit about Alteration. He's been teaching it since before the Levitation Act of 421."
  147. 147.0 147.1 147.2 Brown Book of 3E 426
  148. Red Book of 3E 426
  149. Yellow Book of 3E 426
  150. Deed to Indrele's House
  151. 151.0 151.1 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  152. 152.0 152.1 152.2 152.3 The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
  153. Assassination!
  154. 154.0 154.1 154.2 The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles and The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine
  155. Lymdrenn Telvanni's Journal
  156. 156.0 156.1 Lord of Souls
  157. Decree of Monument
  158. 158.00 158.01 158.02 158.03 158.04 158.05 158.06 158.07 158.08 158.09 158.10 158.11 158.12 158.13 158.14 158.15 158.16 158.17 158.18 The Great War
  159. An Elder Scrolls Novel: The Infernal City States this took place 43 years after the Red Year, which is established as occurring in 4E 6 (see above)]]
  160. 160.0 160.1 History of Raven Rock, Vol. II
  161. 161.0 161.1 161.2 161.3 History of Raven Rock, Vol. III
  162. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  163. 163.0 163.1 The Bear of Markarth
  164. Dialogue with Dexion Evicus
  165. Thonar's Journal
  166. Cicero's Journal, Volume III
Note: 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. Where were you when the Dragon Broke? (Kirkbride)

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