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The year is 5th Era 117. The Long War had ended over a century ago. After the defeat of Alduin the World-Eater by the Last Dragonborn, it was the beginning of the next Great War, later to be known as the Long War. The Dragonborn united Skyrim and teamed up with the Empire to combat the Thalmor. The Thalmor crushed Hammerfell as soon as the Dragonborn united Skyrim, seeking to surround Cyrodiil, High Rock, and Skyrim. Then the Argonians joined the Thalmor, launching yet another attack on Morrowind. What was left of the Dark Elves were forced to retreat to Vvardenfell and Solstheim, isolated from the Empire and Skyrim. Years of fighting ensued, most of Hammerfell was won by the Dragonborn Allies, as they had come to be called. The Last Dragonborn led the forces in the ending battle, The Storm of Alik'r. Finally the main Thalmor army in the west was pushed out of the city of Gilane and into the sea, where it is said sea monster swallowed the elves and khajiiti. The Thalmor with ships fled to the only island they could keep, Stros M'kai. It was deemed impenetrable because of the remaining wizards' magic and the islands natural defenses. After the successful campaign, the Elder Council made the Dragonborn the Emperor.