Lore:Third Era Major
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- 3E 0 — Beginning of the Third Era
- The Third Era is proclaimed by Emperor Tiber Septim at the end of 2E 896, after the unification of all provinces in Tamriel.
- Tiber Septim, conqueror and ruler of all of Tamriel for 38 years, dies and is succeeded by his grandson, Pelagius.
- Emperor Pelagius is assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood. With no direct heirs to the throne, the crown passes to the departed Emperor's second cousin.
- Empress Kintyra dies. Kintyra's son is crowned after her death, the first Emperor of Tamriel to use the Imperial name Uriel.
- Emperor Uriel I dies and the kingdom is taken over by his son, Emperor Uriel II, the Fifth Emperor. Tragically, the rule of Uriel II is cursed with blights, plagues, and insurrections. The tenderheartedness inherited from his father does not serve the land well, and little justice is done.
- Uriel II dies after an 18-year reign. The Emperor is succeeded by his son, Pelagius II. Pelagius II inherits not only the throne, but the debt from his father's poor financial and judicial management.
- 3E 98, 15th of Evening Star — Emperor Pelagius II dies
- The Emperor dies in the waning days of the year after a seventeen-year reign, and his successor isn't appointed until the following year.
- 3E 99 — Emperor Antiochus is crowned
- Emperor Pelagius II dies and his son, Antiochus, inherits the kingdom. His reign is rife with civil wars, surpassing even that of his grandfather, Uriel II.
- 3E 110 — War of the Isle
- During the reign of Emperor Antiochus, the province of Summerset is nearly lost to the Maormer. The united alliance of the kings of Summerset and Antiochus only manage to defeat King Orgnum of the island-kingdom of Pyandonea due to a freak storm. Legend later credits the Psijic Order of the Isle of Artaeum with the magic behind the storm.
- Princess Kintyra is chosen by the Elder Council over King Uriel Mantiarco, despite the lobbying efforts of his mother Potema.[nb 4]
- 3E 121 — Uriel III is proclaimed Emperor
- The Imperial City itself is taken over in only a fortnight, as two other attacks draw away Imperial forces. Uriel III is proclaimed Emperor of Tamriel. He abandons his father's surname of Mantiarco and takes the Septim name. Empress Kintyra II is taken captive in High Rock as Tamriel takes sides between Uriel III and his uncles.
- 3E 121 — War of the Red Diamond
- This war was between the three surviving children of Pelagius II: Potema, Cephorus, and Magnus, and their respective offspring. Potema, of course, supports her son Uriel III, and has the support of all of Skyrim and northern Morrowind. With the efforts of Cephorus and Magnus, all of High Rock eventually supports them. Hammerfell, Summerset Isle, Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh were divided, but most kings supported Cephorus and Magnus.
- 3E 123, 23rd of Frost Fall — Empress Kintyra II dies in her cell
- Although reported to have died in 3E 114, the captive Empress Kintyra dies in secret in her cell. The 23rd of Frostfall is later named the day of Broken Diamond in her memory.
- Uriel III is captured at the Battle of Ichidag in Hammerfell. En route to his trial in the Imperial City, a mob overtakes his carriage and burns him alive within it. His captor and uncle continues on to the Imperial City, and by common acclaim becomes Emperor Cephorus I. Cephorus' reign is marked by nothing but war. The Empire acquiesces to demands for greater autonomy from the nobility of all the outlying provinces except Elsweyr. It takes Cephorus an additional ten years of constant warfare to defeat his sister Potema.
- The so-called Wolf Queen of Solitude dies during the siege of her castle.
- Cephorus never had the time to marry, so it is his brother, the fourth child of Pelagius II, who assumes the throne. The Emperor Magnus is elderly, and the business of punishing the traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond drains much of his health.
- Pelagius leaves the throne of Solitude to his sister Jolethe. Almost from the start, Pelagius III, sometimes called Pelagius the Mad, becomes noted for his eccentric behavior. He embarrasses dignitaries, offends his vassal kings, and, on one occasion, marks the end of a grand ball by attempting to hang himself.
- After being committed to an asylum due to his madness, on a warm night after a brief fever, the 34-year-old Emperor Pelagius III dies in his cell at the Temple of Kynareth, on the Isle of Betony. Katariah, Duchess of Vvardenfell and Empress Regent following the commitment of her husband, formally becomes the controversial new Empress. Katariah's forty-six year reign is later remembered one of the most glorious in Tamriel's history (assertions to the contrary being dismissed as racist). Katariah travels extensively throughout the Empire, as no Emperor had since Tiber's day. She repairs much of the damage that broken alliances and bungled diplomacy had created. The people of Tamriel come to love their Empress, though many nobles are not as fond.
- Katariah's death in a minor skirmish in Black Marsh later becomes a favorite topic of conspiracy-minded historians. It later comes to light that a disenfranchised branch of the Septim family is involved. When Cassynder assumes the throne at the death of his mother, he is already middle-aged and in poor health.[nb 5]
- Cassynder dies after a two-year reign. Uriel Lariat, Cassynder's half-brother and the child of Katariah I and her Imperial consort, abdicates the throne of Wayrest to reign as Emperor Uriel IV. Legally, he was Uriel Septim IV: Cassynder had adopted him into the family when he had become King of Wayrest. Nevertheless, to many of the people of Tamriel, Uriel IV is a bastard child of Katariah. Uriel does not possess the dynamism of his mother, and his long forty-three year reign becomes a hotbed of sedition.
- The Elder Council's last victory over Uriel IV is posthumous: they vote to disinherit Andorak, Uriel IV's son. They also vote to coronate a cousin more closely related to the original Septim line as Emperor Cephorus II. Cephorus, formerly a Nordic king, battles those loyal to Andorak for nine years. The Council controversially grants Andorak the High Rock kingdom of Shornhelm to end the war.
- 3E 249 — Camoran Usurper invades
- During the reign of Cephorus II, the Camoran Usurper leads an army of daedra and undead warriors on a rampage through Valenwood, conquering the whole province in two years, then turns to Hammerfell. Cephorus II sends more and more mercenaries into Hammerfell to stop the Usurper's northward march, but they are bribed, turned into undead, or slaughtered. Animosity grows against the seemingly ineffective Empire.
- 3E 267 — Camoran Usurper is defeated
- Baron Othrok and his less legendary allies, the rulers of Ykalon, Phrygias, and Kambria, assembles the greatest navy to date along the High Rock edge of the Iliac Bay, and defeats the Usurper's forces in the Battle of Firewaves.
- 3E 268 — Emperor Uriel V is crowned
- Uriel V changes the perception of a weak Empire by embarking on a series of invasions almost from the moment he takes the throne.
- Uriel V sets sail with the largest fleet assembled in recorded history to invade the continent of Akavir. They arrive in Tsaesci six weeks later.
- Uriel V is killed in Akavir on the battlefield of Ionith. His five-year-old son becomes Emperor Uriel Septim VI. The consort Thonica, as Uriel VI's mother, is given a restricted Regency until Uriel VI reaches the age of majority. The Elder Council retains the real power, as they had since the days of Katariah.
- Uriel VI falls from his horse and cannot be saved by the finest Imperial healers. His beloved sister Morihatha takes the throne.
- Assassins kill Empress Morihatha, and her nephew becomes Emperor Pelagius IV.
- Emperor Pelagius IV dies after a twenty-nine year reign, with Tamriel closer to unity than it had been since the days of Uriel I. Emperor Uriel Septim VII succeeds him, and continues with the unification of Tamriel. He focuses his efforts in eastern Tamriel, and is greatly aided by his Imperial Battlemage, Jagar Tharn.
- 3E 389 — The Imperial Simulacrum begins
- On Tirdas, the 1st of Hearthfire, Emperor Uriel Septim VII is betrayed by the Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn and imprisoned in a dimension of Tharn's creation.
- The Five Year War breaks out, the first of several major regional wars in Tamriel over the next several years.
- Jagar Tharn makes a deal with Mehrunes Dagon. Tharn offers Dagon control of the Battlespire.
- 3E 397 — Umbra' Keth is destroyed
- A Shadow of Conflict being created by the ongoing War of the Bend'r-mahk is destroyed by an unknown hero wielding the power of the seven Star Teeth.
- The Apprentice places second in a competition determining the next pupils of Battlespire, and is sent to the citadel.
- A mysterious champion defeats the Battlemage in the dungeons of the Imperial Palace and frees Emperor Uriel Septim VII from his other-dimensional cell, ending the Imperial Simulacrum.
- Gortwog gro-Nagorm refounds the nation of Orsinium and begins fighting for its independence.
- The Five Year War ends.
- Nulfaga of Daggerfall finds the exact location of the Mantella, the heart of Numidium.
- Camaron, King of Sentinel and husband to Queen Akorithi, dies.
- 3E 417, 9th of Frost Fall — The Miracle of Peace, or the Warp in the West
- A mysterious event takes place between the 9th and 11th of Frostfall in which the forty-four independent kingdoms, counties, baronies, and duchies surrounding the Iliac Bay were condensed into four: Daggerfall, Sentinel, Wayrest, and Orsinium.
- Almalexia and Sotha Sil lose the artifacts Keening and Sunder to the minions of Dagoth Ur during a battle at Red Mountain. Vivec rescues them, but fails to recover the artifacts. They retreat from Red Mountain in disorder and return to their respective capitals, continuing to perform their ritual functions, but soon stop appearing in public altogether. They grow weaker without access to the Heart of Lorkhan, and because of resources required to support the Ghostfence. The inner circle of the Temple priesthood begin to suspect the Tribunes have suffered seriously from wounds and demoralization in the wake of reverses at Red Mountain, but do not recognize the scale of the problem.
- 3E 421 — The Levitation Act is passed throughout the Empire, outlawing the use of levitation magic.
- 3E 427 — The Blight
- The Morrowind government, already weakened in power over questions of authority, is further threatened by the re-awakening of the ancient curse of the Blight from the giant volcano Red Mountain.
- On the 16th of Last Seed, the legendary Nerevarine arrives in Vvardenfell by order of the Emperor, destined to kill Dagoth Ur and bring peace to Morrowind.
- 3E 427 — Discord among the Tribunal
- After the loss of her divine powers, Almalexia of the Almsivi becomes insane and kills her fellow Tribune Sotha Sil. The Nerevarine reforges Indoril Nerevar's blade - Trueflame - and uses it to kill the mortal Almalexia in the Clockwork City.
- 3E 427 — Bloodmoon Prophecy
- As the prophecy foretold, the Daedric Prince Hircine performs a ritual hunt on the frozen island of Solstheim, as he does once every era. The Nerevarine is chosen to play a part in it, and ultimately defeats Hircine at his own game.
- 3E 433 — Oblivion Crisis
- On the 27th of Last Seed, Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his heirs are murdered by the Mythic Dawn, a secret cult devoted to Mehrunes Dagon. Oblivion Gates open all over Tamriel as Dagon begins to invade the mortal plane. Kvatch is destroyed.
- In Black Marsh, the Hist (which have foreseen the crisis) calls Argonians from across the Empire back to Black Marsh. Led by the An-Xileel, the Argonian armies defeat the invading daedra.
- The Crystal Tower in the Summerset Isles is destroyed by daedra.
- Ald'ruhn on Vvardenfell is sacked by daedra.
- Solstheim goes remarkably unscathed; there's no record of any Oblivion Gates opening on the island.
- The Daedric invasion of Tamriel is ended after the Battle of Bruma, during the Battle of the Imperial City. Martin Septim, escorted by the Champion of Cyrodiil, transforms into the Avatar of Akatosh and defeats Mehrunes Dagon, ending the Third Era.
- 3E 433 — Count Corvus Umbranox of Anvil reappears
- After 10 years, Corvus Umbranox returns to his wife in Anvil.
- A new Gray Fox leads the Thieves Guild. History is rewritten by the use of an Elder Scroll, and the Cyrodilic branch of the guild flourishes.
- 3E 433 — Death of Mannimarco
- Mannimarco, "The King of Worms", falls in a duel in the Jerall Mountains against the Mages Guild's newest Archmage, with the help of the previous Archmage Hannibal Traven.
- 3E 433 — The Blackwood Company is destroyed by the Fighters Guild
- 3E 433 — Purification of the Dark Brotherhood
- Internal strife caused by a traitorous Speaker results in the assassination of half of the Black Hand and the decimation of the Cheydinhal sanctuary. The Night Mother appoints a new Listener after the traitor is killed.
- 3E 433 — Reformation of the Knights of the Nine
- Following daedric attacks on clergymen, an unknown pilgrim receives a vision of Pelinal Whitestrake, reunites the Crusader's Relics, and reorganizes the Knights of the Nine.
- 3E 433 — The Greymarch