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- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 2.1 Since the Beginning of Time
- 2.2 The Sixteen Kingdoms
- 2.3 The Two Kingdoms
- 2.4 The Formation of the Elsweyr Confederacy
- 3 Notable Places
- 4 Other Information
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 References
Elsweyr is a province that lies on the southern coast of Tamriel, and is home to the feline Khajiit. The Khajiiti government is a confederacy held together by the Mane, which are the rarest of the various Khajiit breeds. An important part of Khajiiti culture is the Moon Sugar that is harvested in Elsweyr. Moon Sugar is said to be created by crystallised moonlight falling from the Ja'Kha-jay into the Bay of Topal on the southeastern coast. The waters are then drawn into the sugar plantations of the jungles of Tenmar, which cover much of the southern area of the province.
Anequina encompasses the northern half of Elsweyr. The region is dominated by harsh badlands and dry plains, which gave rise to a hardened warrior culture among the local Khajiit that viewed their neighbors to the south as decadent and depraved.
The region of Reaper's March in northwest Elsweyr is shared with neighboring Valenwood. While Valenwood controls the sparsely-forested Northern Woods area, the other parts of Reaper's March, known as Dawnmead and Jodewood, consist of savannas and are territories of Elsweyr. These areas contain the cities of Dune and Rawl'kha, and are home to numerous Moon Sugar plantations.
Pellitine encompasses the southern half of Elsweyr. The region is considerably more fertile than the arid north, and is replete with jungles, rainforests, and river basins. The Khajiit of Pellitine were consequently wealthier than their neighbors to the north, whom they derided as uncouth barbarians. The capital city of Elsweyr, Torval, is located here.
Khenarthi's Roost, also called the Isle of Three Temples, is a small island off the southwestern coast of Elsweyr. According to legend, the hawk goddess Khenarthi rested upon a tree on the island during her first journey across the heavens. This tree would later become the Great Tree, found along the coast west of the island's principal settlement, Mistral. During the First and Second Eras, Khenarthi's Roost was home to populations of Maormer as well as Khajiit.
Since the Beginning of Time
The origins of the region of today's Elsweyr and the Khajiit lies far back in the Dawn Era, when Nirn was only one large continent. As the war amongst the wandering Ehlnofey and Old Ehlnofey broke out, the continent broke apart into four. The later lands of Elsweyr remained on what is now known as Tamriel. The Khajiiti creation myth explains the hot deserts of northern Elsweyr and the wet and poisonous Tenmar Forest in the south to be made by Nirni as revenge for being tricked by Azurah.
Early records and encounters reveal the Khajiit to have lived far beyond today's borders of Elsweyr—reaching north into the Heartlands, close to today's Imperial City, and west into Valenwood—making them the dominant culture of southern Tamriel. It was already highly developed as Men and Mer just arrived on the continent and fought for dominance in the north. The ancient Khajiit in the Heartlands also may be responsible for the extinction of the Bird Men home to City Isle.
The Sixteen Kingdoms
By the beginning of the First Era, sixteen realms in the region of today's Elsweyr existed. These were not comparable to the kingdoms of Men and Mer, as those Khajiiti realms were not fighting each other for power or land. Instead they were existing in harmony and complementary. Each such kingdom was specialized on providing goods or services and shared it with their neighbours. Ne Quin-al, also known as Anequina in Cyrodilic, for example provided their excellent trained fighters of the Two-Moons Dance to Torval in exchange for fish and other goods from the sea. Influence and power shifted constantly, and the dominance of the regions cycled through the kingdoms depending on the phases of Masser and Secunda. For example, Ne Quin-al was in power at full moons, while Torval was when both moons were half, or Senchal when they were both new.
In all this time, the Ayleids seemed to have shown little activity in the regions controlled by the Khajiit. Only after 1E 243, when Alessia begun to persecute the Ayleids, the clan of Atatar tried to find refugee in the Khajiiti lands. However, most of them died on the ill-fated expedition.
At similar time Pelinal Whitestrake has been slaying many Khajiit, having them mistaken for another strain of Aldmer. Alkosh is being attributed to have repelled this attack, although it also is said Pelinal had realized his error himself.
In the fifth century of the First Era the Golden Beast of Anequina, Darloc Brae, expanded the territory of Ne Quin-al in the process of the Anequine Conquests until it ranged from Khaj Rawlith in the west, over Arenthia, up to the north at Larsius River, and Rimmen in the east. The loot of the Conquests he used to build Do'Krin Monastery He was also invited to the coronation of the Emperor Gorieus in 1E 461.
Over many centuries there are no further records of the happenings in the kingdoms of the Khajiit. Only the Dragon Break from 1E 1200 until 1E 2208[UOL 1] was mentioned to be observed by the Mane, using the constancy of the ja-Kha'jay to record it.
The political balance in the sixteen Khajiiti kingdoms proved stable enough for thousands of years. Neither the Alessian Empire nor the Bosmer of Valenwood dared to extend their borders too far into the lands of the Khajiit, but caused increasing animosity between the Khajiiti realms.
The Two Kingdoms
After two millennia the political landscape of the Khajiiti territory changed drastically with the emerging Thrassian Plague of 1E 2260. It expanded along the trading routes deep into the realm of the Khajiit and caused a mass mortality. The balance between the sixteen kingdoms was finally destroyed as the survivors were forced into undesired roles; initial consternation turned to distrust and violence.
The remains of the original sixteen realms were two realms with opposing cultures: The northern Ne Quin-al with it's many warrior clans, and the wealthy southern Pa'alatiin, also known as Pellitine in Cyrodilic. Both kingdoms fought for centuries, but none of both could ever gain the upper hand of Elsweyr.
In the Second Empire
With the rise of the Reman Dynasty in 1E 2703, the new found Second Empire begun to expand. Also the two kingdoms of Anequina and Pellitine could not resist the Empire's power and were conquered, alongside with a propaganda campaign to justify the invasion. Later, in 1E 2920, Queen Naghea of Riverhold lead the left flank for the Empire on in the Battle of Bodrum. Also in the same year the King of Senchal, Dro'Zel, became appointed advisor to the court of Reman III.
As long as Anequina and Pellitine were part of the Empire, they found security in it, but also never stopped rebelling against it at the same time. And so also the Empire never could bring an end to the fights between the two Khajiit kingdoms.
The Formation of the Elsweyr Confederacy
The ongoing strife between Anequin and Pellitine was finally resolved by the Khajiit themselves. Keirgo of Anequina and Eshita of Pellitine married in 2E 309 and combined the two conflicting kingdoms, aware of the political impact, into one: The Elsweyr Confederacy. The reason for the name is a matter of debate; either a reference to the old Khajiiti proverb "A perfect society is always found elsewhere", or to the Sands Behind the Stars, in Ta'agra called Llesw'er. The latter however is a paradise promised by the Riddle'Thar two years after the Elsweyr Confederacy had already formed.
The formation of the new kingdom did not bring the expected peace. The cleft between tribal culture of the north and nobility of the south was still present. The power between the two former kingdoms, each had their own central government and allied tribes, shifted to the nobility. The chieftains of the north felt betrayed by both their ruling classes and forgot about their vendettas only to sign treaties of their own. Soon the cities of former Anequina were under constant attack, leaving King Keirgo no choice than to petition to the Empire for help. But the Empire itself was in similar unrest, as they lost their own ruler, Potentate Versidue-Shaie, assassinated in his palace in Senchal, in 2E 324. As Ne Quin-al, the old capital, fell to the rebels, the young Confederation seemed to soon break apart.
As the rebellion kept going on, Mane Rid-Thar-ri'Datta—the spiritual leader of the Khajiit—revealed the Riddle'Thar Epiphany in the Temple of Two-Moons Dance of Rawl'kha in 2E 311. The edicts from this key event in Khajiiti theology however were not accepted by everyone at this time, leading to those exiled and their temples deconsecrated. Rid-Thar-ri'Datta was since then known as the First Mane, although there have been at least two Manes before him. The Mane, usually nonpartisan, used Riddle'Thar to proclaim a new system of dividing the powers in Elsweyr. Bound to the dance of the two moons—their different phases—the power in a region shifted between the nobility of the cities and the chieftains of the deserts. The Mane itself was overseeing this shift of powers, and as this system was implemented it finally brought peace to Elsweyr some time around or after 2E 324—lasting under many more Manes.
Some time after the last Potentate, Savirien-Chorak, of the Second Empire was killed in 2E 430, warlord Attrebus persecuted the Akaviri in Cyrodiil. The Khajiit granted the Tsaesci and others asylum in and around Rimmen in northern Elsweyr. They later built the Tonenaka in the city.:164
Outbreak of the Knahaten Flu
Two hundred years after the rebellion—that followed the formation of the Elsweyr Confederacy—the Knahaten Flu ravaged the land of the Khajiit just as unprepared as the Thrassian Plague before. The flu, reported the first time in Stormhold in 2E 560, appeared in Elsweyr the first time on Sweet Street in the Black Keirgo slums of Senchal. First dismissed as a toxin in the goods by the city's elders, it spread over to Dagi's Pride, Squint-Eye, and the docks of Alabaster. The expansion of the flu accelerated, soon to be in Torval, Orcrest in 2E 565, Dune, Corinthe, and everywhere between.
As the Khajiit were focused on fighting their own extinction, Colovian armies, in the time of the Longhouse Emperors, invaded the northern part of Elsweyr and annexed it. Their invasion went as far as Riverhold and Orcrest, until they were fought back there in 2E 562 or a few years later.
In the meantime, Clan Mother Mizaba-ko of Corinthe identified the transfer of the flu, and Rathuni-la Dawnwhisker distilled a sorghum-tea that mitigated the worst of the symptoms. Lord Gharesh-ri, Speaker for the Mane, organized the remnants of the Mane's Legion to maintain order and use the newfound knowledge. However, all this did not prevent further spreading of the flu and many more dead. When hope was almost lost, unexpected help came from the Altmer of Summerset Isles, bringing direly needed physicians, healers, and supplies. This aid gradually defeated the Knahaten Flu and saving the Khajiit. Most of them were however suspicious about the Altmer's help, as it was given to preserve the Khajiit as possible alliance partners in times of need.
In the First Aldmeri Dominion
With the death of King Hidellith of Alinor in 2E 580, Queen Ayrenn took up the throne. As around this time invading armies moved towards south-west Tamriel, she summoned the Khajiit to stand by her side, as compensation for helping them defeating the Knahaten Flu. The signing of the Elden Accord by Queen Ayrenn, Lord Gharesh-ri and King Aeradan Camoran formed the First Aldmeri Dominion in which the Khajiit thus entered. Under the united banner of the Dominion, they now also moved into the Three Banners War.
Attack on Reapers March
Also in this year, once again the Colovians invaded northern Elsweyr. Javad Tharn worked together with the Stonefire Cult, and they were able to corrupt the current Mane Akkhuz-ri as he was on a travel to Valenwood—to show condolence to the death of Silvenar Edhelorn in the same year. The Mane's was henceforth posessed by the Dark Mane—a Dro-m'Athra—and worked together with Javad Tharn. On the way to the Handfasting of the new Silvenar Indaenir and Green Lady Finoriell, Akkhuz-ri attacked his followers and fled to Reapers March.
On his way, the now Dark Mane freed the Dro-m'Athra in the long forgotten temple of Khaj Rawlith, below Fort Grimwatch, to aid Colovian siege there. The Moon Hallowed and both Lunar Champions, Shazah and Khali, fought the Colovians and Dro-m'Athra back with the aid of the spirit of Rid-Thar-ri'Datta. In Arenthia, the Moon Hallowed helped the local milita to end the Colovian occupation, destroy a Dark Anchor, and drive the Dark Mane out of Akkhuz-ri.
The Mane resigned due the dark influence that had befallen him, leading the two Lunar Champions on the way to become his successors. In the temple of Rawl'kha, Shazah and Khali faced the Trial Path successfully. Before this point there never have been two Lunar Champions at the same time to contest for the position of the Mane before in recorded history.
Martialis Tharn, Javad Tharn and the Stonefire Cult also seeked to acquire the Golden Claw—a powerful relic from the era of Mane Tullar-dra—in Do'Krin Monastery, but were fought back by the Moon Hallowed and Rid-Thar-ri'Datta's spirit.
After this, Shazah, Khali and the Moon Hallowed fought the Dark Mane and by him and Javad Tharn released Dro-m'Athra in Moonmont. One of the two Lunar Champions sacrificed herself to contain the Dark Mane, leaving only one Lunar Champion left.
Later the Moon Hallowed and remaining Lunar Champion arrived in Dune. At this time, the city was under an attack of Daedra, summoned up by Bayya and Javad Tharn. The city was liberated, the by the Stonefire Cult befouled temples cleansed, and an Dark Anchor at the Shrine to Lorkhaj in the temple district destroyed. In presence of the Dominion's leaders and other important figures at the Two Moons Path temple, the Moon Hallowed and Lunar Champion walked the last path—the Two Moons Path. There they ultimately defeated Javad Tharn and the Dark Mane. The other Lunar Champion that sacrified herself before was set free by this, able to reach Aetherius. Returned from the Path, the remaining Lunar Champion rose as new Mane of the Khajiit.
The Akaviri of Rimmen later joined the cause to restore the Second Empire, when remnants of the Kamal army of the Second Akaviri Invasion of 2E 572 tried seizing the Throne from Attrebus' successors. This attempt did not succeed, and the Khajiit used the chaos of these events to reclaim lost land in a series of border wars. Rimmen seceded from Elsweyr in 2E 812, forming the Kingdom of Rimmen. They however still were paying taxes to the Mane in return for protection of their independence.
In the Third Empire
Towards the end of the Second Era, the ascending Tiber Septim conquered parts of Anequina and cast out all Khajiit. There, in the Halls of Colossus, he reconstructed and reactivated Numidium.[UOL 2] Not long after, Senchal was besieged by Imperial troops under General Pottreid. The population did not surrender and was slain entirely. Ultimately, Elsweyr was annexed to become a province of Tiber Septim's Third Empire, but as under the Second Empire, there have been rebellions against the Empire.
Under the reign of Emperor Pelagius Septim II a rebellion broke out in Torval. It proved to strong and forced the Emperor to lend money from King Mantiarco to pay additional mercenaries next to the Imperial Legions to strike it down successfully. In return he had to promise him the hand of his daughter, Galana.
The Five Year War
During the Imperial Simulacrum—from 3E 389 to 3E 399—a conflict between Valenwood and Elsweyr escalated: In 3E 395, Bosmer invaded Torval, slaying thousands of citizens as retaliation for, as they claimed, Khajiiti bandit attacks. This Slaughter of Torval marked the beginning of the Five Year War for the Khajiit. The Bosmer date its beginning back to 3E 394. After a lost battles at Zelinin, the Khajiit won the upper hand in all following. The Heart of Anequina, 3E 396 at Fort Sphinxmoth, Athay and Vindis. The Khajiit occupied both banks of Xylo River in Malabal Tor. At the end of the Imperial Simulacrum, with Emperor Uriel Septim VII back on the throne, the Empire tried to give back the land to the Bosmer. But Khajiit had already settled down in the area and refused to leave, leaving the Empire to leave the situation, possibly convinced that the land rightly belonged to the Khajiit by ancient treaty, and not to cause another conflict.
Loss of Territory to Leyawiin
At or before 3E 432 there has been another border conflict; Between Elsweyr and the County of Leyawiin. A long lasting dispute was resolved by an agreement between the Mane and Marius Caro, Count of Leyawiin, leading to a loss of territory for Elsweyr comparable to the win of the previous Five Year War. This agreement however is not accepted by all Khajiit, and so the Renrijra Krin tried to take back the land.
The last two decades of the Third Era in Elsweyr were marked by the flourishing of Moon Sugar trade. Under this influence, the formerly dangerous slum Senchal rose up to a resort for wealthy and powerful Khajiit. The sugar trader Ya'Tirrje, called Gold Cat by his wealth, had a rumoured villa in the port city, and paid the guards to keep it crime-free, while continuing his business in Torval, Corinthe and Rimmen.
After the Oblivion Crisis
After the Oblivion Crisis and the following assassination of Potentate Ocato of Firsthold, the Stormcrown Interregnum begun. In this time, Elsweyr once again found itself independent of the Empire, but was granted no peace. In or around 4E 48 the Mane was assassinated, causing the south of Elsweyr sinking into chaos. In the north at this time a unknown proclaim himself Potentate of Rimmen and surrounding areas.:179 While the city was rich of Moon Sugar, distribution was tightly controlled, and entirely forbidden to Khajiit clans refusing to work in the city.:179, 186
With 4E 98 Masser and Secunda vanished from the sky for two entire years. The so called Void Nights ended with the claim of the Thalmor to have them brought back. As the Khajiit are tied close to the moons, the Thalmor was able to win great influence over them as their presumable saviours. Within the following fifteen years, until 4E 115, the influence of the Empire dwindled so much it was unable to stop the coup which dissolved the Elsweyr Confederacy and recreated the original kingdoms of Anequina and Pellitine as client states of the Third Aldmeri Dominion.
- A city found inland from the Niben River on the Elsweyr side of the border.
- A city in central Elsweyr.
- A city in northwestern Elsweyr, near the Valenwood border.
- The Halls of Colossus
- The secret complex that housed Numidium during its reconstruction and activation.
- Khenarthi's Roost
- A large island off the south coast where Khajiit and Maormer live peacefully together.
- A city on Khenarthi's Roost.
- A city in northern Elsweyr, south of Riverhold.
- A city in western Elsweyr, on the Valenwood border southwest of Dune.
- A city in northeastern Elsweyr, near the border to Cyrodiil.
- A city in northern Elsweyr, near the Cyrodiil border.
- A slum turned into a coastal resort, it lies on the northern shores of the southeastern "tail" of Elsweyr.
- The capital of Elsweyr, near the southwestern Valenwood border.
The cuisine of Elsweyr is invariably sweet. Meals such as candies, cakes, puddings, sugarmeats and honey stews makes the staples of the Khajiit diet. Non-Khajiiti are often advised against eating these dishes as most of them contain moon sugar, a dangerous substance to which the Khajiit have both a natural predisposition and a resistance developed from a lifelong consumption of the substance. On such occasions, merely touching the food with lips is considered a polite form of declining. Elsweyr Fondue is a dish containing ale, moon sugar and Eidar cheese, which is a prime example of the cuisine.
PGE1 (TES3 variant)
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the South — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Events of ESO
- The Annotated Anuad
- Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi — Clan Mother Ahnissi
- Father Of The Niben — Florin Jaliil
- Pacrooti's hireling letters in ESO
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Elsweyr — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Centurion Burri's dialogue in ESO
- Ayleid Survivals in Valenwood — Cuinur of Cloudrest, 4th Tier Scholar of Tamrielic Minutiae
- Varieties of Faith: The Khajiit — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- Loading Screen of Do'Krin Monastery in ESO
- Loading Screen of Khaj Rawlith in ESO
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Morrowind — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Moon Bishop Hunal Answers Your Questions — Moon Bishop Hunal
- 2920, First Seed — Carlovac Townway
- 2920, Sun's Dusk — Carlovac Townway
- ESO Loading Screens: Rawl'kha Temple
- The Brothers of Darkness — Pellarne Assi
- Shazah's dialogue in ESO
- ESO Loading Screens: Claw's Strike
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- Crafting Motif 53: Tsaesci — Kiasa-Veda, the Chronicler of Blades, Dir-Tonenaka
- The Eagle and the Cat — Lord Gharesh-ri, Speaker for the Mane
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Khali's dialogue in ESO
- House Tharn of Nibenay — Count Opius Voteporix
- Ayrenn: The Unforeseen Queen — Headmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
- Lord Gharesh-ri's dialogue in ESO
- The Chorrol Crier
- Welcome to New Aldmeri Irregulars — Aicantar of Shimmerene, Sapiarch of Indoctrination
- Bodring's dialogue in ESO
- Kazirra's dialogue in ESO
- Events of quest The Colovian Occupation in ESO
- Events of quest Grim Situation in ESO
- Events of quest Grimmer Still in ESO
- Events of quest Stonefire Machinations in ESO
- Akkhuz-ri's dialogue in ESO
- Kauzanabi-jo's dialogue in ESO
- Events of quest The First Step in ESO
- Rid-Thar-ri'Datta's dialogue in ESO
- Azahrr's dialogue in ESO
- Events of quest Motes in the Moonlight in ESO
- Events of quest The Golden Claw in ESO
- Bayya's dialogue in ESO
- Esan's dialogue in ESO
- Dagila's dialogue in ESO
- Events of quest The Fires of Dune in ESO
- Events of quest The Den of Lorkhaj in ESO
- Events of quest Breaking the Shackle in ESO
- Events of quest The Final Assault in ESO
- Attrebus' biography on Redguard's official website
- The Wolf Queen, v1 — Waughin Jarth
- Mixed Unit Tactics — Codus Callonus
- Cherim's Heart of Anequina — Livillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University
- A Dance in Fire, Chapter 3 — Waughin Jarth
- A Dance in Fire, Chapter 4 — Waughin Jarth
- A Life of Uriel Septim VII — Rufus Hayn
- Rising Threat, Vol. IV — Lathenil of Sunhold
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Where were you when the Dragon Broke? — Michael Kirkbride
- Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel