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First Century[edit]

4E 1[1] — Beginning of the Fourth Era
  • The Fourth Era begins without an emperor to rule the Empire. Newly appointed Potentate Ocato and the Elder Council attempt to maintain order. The provinces of the continent begin to take advantage of the Empire's weakened state.[2]
4E 5Red Year
4E 5-6 — Black Marsh secedes from the Empire after the eruption of Red Mountain[6]
4E 6 — The Accession War
4E 10 — The Stormcrown Interregnum begins
  • Potentate Ocato is assassinated, likely by Thalmor agents, and the Elder Council becomes fractured by petty infighting over the Ruby Throne, further weakening Imperial power in the provinces.[6]
  • Never-ending freak storms engulf the Imperial City during this time, with the eye of each storm looking directly down upon the White-Gold Tower.[6]
4E 11–15 — Sacking of Orsinium
4E 17 — The Stormcrown Interregnum ends
4E 18 — Birth of Attrebus Mede[9]
4E 20Decree of Monument for Refugees' Rest
  • The Jarls of Skyrim decree Refugee's Rest a monument to the Dunmer refugees who fled to Skyrim from Morrowind after the events of the Red Year.
  • By 4E 201, Refugee's Rest is in ruin after years of abandonment and neglect.[12]
4E 22 — The Thalmor seize control of the Summerset Isles and rename the province Alinor[13]

4E 40Umbriel materialises on Nirn
  • The floating city escapes from Oblivion and appears south of the coast of Lilmoth.[14][15][16] Powered by an Ingenium, it floats over Black Marsh in the direction of Morrowind, killing every living thing lying beneath it, stealing their souls to feed to the floating city's Ingenium and lords, and raising their corpses, creating an army of the undead.[17][18][9]
  • The first city destroyed by Umbirel's shadow is Lilmoth, whose Hist tree became rogue around the same time Umbriel appeared on Tamriel; it stopped communicating with the Argonians whom hatched from it, only communicating with the An-Xileel and the Hist trees of Umbriel. As Umbriel approached Lilmoth, the Hist tree attempted to call back its Argonians to "go back to be born"; to attempt to gather as many souls as possible.[19][17]

4E 42 — The Night of Green Fire occurs in Sentinel.
  • Altmer dissidents who had fled to Sentinel from the Thalmor in Summerset Isle are attacked by Thalmor operatives. Their efforts to fight back against the Thalmor are in vain, and by the time Imperial Legion soldiers arrive, the entire refugee district of the city had been destroyed. The event became known as "The Night of Green Fire" due to the destructive magic attacks employed by both sides during the battle.[20]
4E 50 — The Keepers of the Razor first appear in Imperial records.
4E 65 — Brara Morvayn, ruler of Solstheim, passes away and is replaced by her son Lleril.
4E 95 — An unsuccessful attempt is made on the life of Lleril Morvayn as part of a plot masterminded by House Hlaalu to take control of Solstheim from House Redoran.
4E 98 — The two moons of NirnMasser and Secunda—vanish for two years in what becomes known as the Void Nights.[13]

Second Century[edit]

circa 4E 100Artaeum disappears.
  • For the second time in recorded history, the island Artaeum, home of the Psijic Order, vanishes.
4E 100 — The Void Nights end, with the Thalmor taking credit for the return of Nirn's moons.
  • The Khajiit credit the Thalmor as their saviors and Imperial influence in Elsweyr begins to wane dramatically.
4E 115 — The Elsweyr Confederacy becomes the two kingdoms of Anequina and Pelletine, which the Aldmeri Dominion accepts as client states.[13]
4E 122 — Most of Winterhold collapses into the sea during an event known as the Great Collapse.
  • The citizens blame the College of Winterhold due to its remaining unscathed when everything around it falls into the Sea of Ghosts. The College denies this, theorizing that the collapse is tied to the destruction of Vivec and eruption of the Red Mountain.
4E 129Riften is razed during an uprising against its Jarl.
  • Hosgunn Crossed-Daggers controversially ascended to Riften's throne in 4E 98 and instituted harsh taxes for his personal benefit. The citizens rebel and burn Hosgunn's castle to the ground with him inside, but the fire spreads to the rest of the city. Riften is rebuilt over the next five years, but remains little more than a "glorified fortress" of "wooden structures and rough stonework" compared to the sprawling city of old.
4E 130 — Lleril Morvayn uses his personal wealth to repair the Bulwark, a barricade which protects Raven Rock from ash storms.
4E 150 — A small force of Argonians land on the island of Solstheim bent on destruction, but Lleril Morvayn repels them.
4E 168 — Emperor Titus Mede II ascends to the throne.
  • The Empire is now a shadow of its former glory. Valenwood and Elsweyr have been ceded to the Thalmor, Black Marsh has been lost to Imperial rule since the Oblivion Crisis, Morrowind has yet to fully recover from the eruption of Red Mountain, and Hammerfell is plagued by infighting between the Crown and Forebear factions. Only High Rock, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim remain prosperous and peaceful.[13]

4E 171 — The Great War begins
  • On the 30th of Frostfall, Titus Mede II rejects an ultimatum to make massive concessions to the Thalmor demanded by an ambassador. The ambassador reveals the Dominion have slain every Blades agent in the Summerset Isles and Valenwood, and within days the Dominion invade Cyrodiil and Hammerfell.[21][13]
  • An army led by Thalmor general Lord Naarifin emerges from hidden camps in northern Elsweyr and assaults southern Cyrodiil, flanking Imperial defenses along the Valenwood border. Leyawiin falls to the invaders, and Bravil is surrounded and besieged.[21][13]
  • Simultaneously, an army under Lady Arannelya crosses western Cyrodiil, bypassing Anvil and Kvatch and entering Hammerfell. This army is joined by smaller forces landing on Hammerfell's coast. Imperial troops are forced into retreat across the Alik'r Desert.[13]
4E 174 — Sacking of the Imperial City
  • Lord Naarifin invades the Imperial City, forcing Titus Mede II to flee north, smashing through the surrounding Dominion forces with his main army, and linking up with reinforcements in Skyrim. The Imperial City and Cyrodiil falls to the invaders, the Imperial Palace is burned, and the White-Gold Tower is looted. Lord Naarifin plans on sacrificing the entirety of the Imperial City's inhabitants to fulfil a Daedric prophecy called 'the Culling' on behalf of Boethia.[21]
4E 174 — The Reachmen rebel, taking over the Reach.
  • With the Empire busy fighting the Thalmor, Markarth is left undefended. The Reachmen take the opportunity to overthrow the Nords of the Reach, retaking The Reach easily. The changeover is relatively peaceful, with only a few of the harshest Nord landowners being put to death.
4E 175 — The Battle of the Red Ring
  • The Imperial forces launch two surprise attacks on the Imperial City, allowing the Forgotten Hero, in the guise of Titus Mede II, and their allies to breach the city gates. Wielding Goldbrand, the Forgotten Hero duels Lord Naarifin in the Temple of the One, where a gate to Oblivion has been opened. The Forgotten Hero defeats Lord Naarifin, closing the gate to Oblivion, ending the Culling, and allowing the Imperial forces to retake the Imperial City.[21][13]
  • The Imperial victory results in the complete destruction of the main Dominion force in Cyrodiil, precipitating the end of the Great War. Despite the victory, however, the Empire is exhausted and unable to continue the war. Realizing this, Titus II seeks to negotiate with the Aldmeri Dominion to end the war.
4E 175 — The Elder Scrolls mysteriously disappear from the Imperial Library.
  • The Elder Scrolls are scattered across Tamriel by forces unknown. Members of the Cult of the Ancestor Moth set out to search for them.
4E 175 — The Great War ends with the White-Gold Concordat.
  • The peace treaty between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion gives the Thalmor free rein to stamp out the worship of Talos throughout the Empire, and cedes a large section of southern Hammerfell. Critics note that these terms are almost identical to the ultimatum that Titus II rejected at the start of the war.
4E 175Hammerfell leaves the Empire after rejecting the White-Gold Concordat.
  • Titus II renounces Hammerfell as a province of the Empire to preserve the treaty after the Redguards oppose ceding their lands. The Redguards see this as a betrayal, and a lasting bitterness between Hammerfell and the Empire is sown to the delight of the Thalmor. Hammerfell continues to war with the Aldmeri Dominion for the next five years.

4E 176Ulfric Stormcloak retakes The Reach, instigating the Markarth Incident.
  • The Empire and the son of the deposed Jarl promise Ulfric Stormcloak free worship of Talos in exchange for retaking The Reach. Ulfric forms a Nord militia and crushes the Reachmen at Markarth with the aid of the thu'um. The survivors flee into the wilds, forming a group called the Forsworn. Ulfric is arrested when the Thalmor discover the open worship of Talos. Ulfric and his men are eventually released, but the incident kindles what will become the Stormcloak Rebellion.
4E 180 — The Second Treaty of Stros M'Kai is signed.
  • Having been fought to a standstill by the Redguards, the Aldmeri Dominion withdraws from Hammerfell.
4E 181 — The ebony mines of Raven Rock are completely exhausted, and the colony turns to hunting and fishing for sustenance.

4E 188Wayrest falls to corsairs
  • King Barynia, King of Wayrest, allies himself with a fleet of corsairs and allows them to attack the city. During the chaos, the local Dark Brotherhood sanctuary is destroyed. By the end of the seige, the king is presumed dead, and his daughter, Princess Barynia, replaces him as ruler of the now ruined city.[22][23]
4E 188 — Bravil erupts into violence
  • A war of control being waged by Cyrodiil's two largest skooma traffickers leads to violent fighting within the city. During the fighting, the Lucky Old Lady statue is destroyed, the Night Mother's crypt is raided, and Listener Alisanne Dupre is killed defending it. The Night Mother's remains are transported out of the city to Cheydinhal.[22][23]
4E 189, 25th of Morning Star — Cicero is appointed Keeper of the Night Mother's remains by the remnants of the Black Hand.[24]
4E 189, 1st of Hearthfire — Cheydinhal erupts into violence[25]

Third Century[edit]

4E 200, 23rd of Evening Star — Cicero discovers an ancient Dark Brotherhood sanctuary in Dawnstar[26]
4E 201[27] — The Stormcloak Rebellion
  • Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm, murders Torygg, High King of Skyrim, in Solitude's Blue Palace, in a challenge for rule over the province.
  • This initiates a civil war between the Stormcloaks of eastern Skyrim, Nords who believe their culture is at risk under Imperial rule and seek independence from the Empire, led by Ulfric Stormcloak, and the Imperial Legion mobilized in western Skyrim, led by General Tullius, whose supporters believe Skyrim should remain a part of the Empire and must follow its laws and customs.[12]
  • On the 15th of Last Seed[28], Ulfric Stormcloak and several Stormcloak bodyguards were ambushed outside of Darkwater Crossing by General Tullius and several Imperial Legion soldiers.[27]

4E 201 — The return of the dragons

4E 201 — The last known remaining sanctuary of the Dark Brotherhood is attacked by the Penitus Occulatus and loses many of its members during a plot to assassinate Emperor Titus Mede II.[12]}}
4E 201 — The College of Winterhold and the city of Winterhold are saved from a Thalmor plot.
  • A Thalmor agent, Ancano, attempts to draw power from an ancient artifact called the Eye of Magnus discovered during an expedition to the ancient ruins of Saarthal. After killing the College's leader and almost sacking the city of Winterhold, Ancano is killed by a member of the college, who uses the Staff of Magnus to contain the Eye's power. The Eye is secured by members of the Psijic Order who had foreseen Ancano's plot.[12]
4E 201The Thieves Guild in Skyrim is restored to its former glory.[12]
4E 201The Companions reassemble Wuuthrad, the weapon used by their ancient patron Ysgramor.
  • The death of Harbinger Kodlak Whitemane at the hands of a werewolf hunting group known as the Silver Hand triggers a retaliatory attack leading to the group's destruction.[12]
  • The surviving members of the Circle travel to Ysgramor's tomb and posthumously cure Whitemane's lycanthropy, freeing his soul from an eternity of service to Hircine.[12]
4E 201 — An ancient vampire hunting group known as the Dawnguard is reformed to fight the growing threat of vampires in Skyrim.
  • Lord Harkon of the Volkihar vampire clan seeks the Elder Scrolls in order to discover the location of Auriel's Bow, which has the means to blot out the sun.[12]
  • Auriel's bow is found, and Lord Harkon is slain.[12]
4E 201Miraak, the first Dragonborn, awakens on Solstheim.
  • After being intercepted by cultists, the Last Dragonborn travels to the island of Solstheim and is challenged by Miraak.[5]
  • The Last Dragonborn defeats Miraak after gaining forbidden knowledge from Apocrypha.[5]
4E 201 — The ebony mines of Raven Rock reopen after an investigation reveals an old draugr crypt and large amounts of ebony.[5]
4E 201 — A second attempt on Lleril Morvayn's life by assassins of House Hlaalu is thwarted by the Last Dragonborn.[5]

Look Into[edit]

These are events I need to look into, mostly just finding references and perhaps finding an exact time setting.

4E 5-10Elsweyr secedes from the Empire shortly after Black Marsh[3]
4E 16 — The High King of Skyrim formally cedes control of Solstheim to Morrowind[3]
4E 23 — Birth of Annaïg Hoïnart[3]
4E 29 — The Third Aldmeri Dominion is formed
  • The union comes about after a Thalmor-backed coup overthrows Valenwood's government. The Empire and its Bosmer allies in the Imperial-backed government are caught off-guard and defeated by better-prepared Bosmer and Thalmor troops following the coup. after Alinor and Valenwood proclaim a union[6][13]
  • The Dominion severs all contact with the Empire and is silent for the next 70 years. Most Imperial scholars believe that there was some sort of internal strife in Alinor during this period.[6]
4E 38 — Death of Vundheim, a great warrior and resident of Windhelm.
  • His son, Deroct, lit a candle above the hearth in his house in his honor. As of 4E 201, the candle was still burning for reasons unknown, and the house had become an inn, Candlehearth Hall.[29]
4E 201 — Events of Return to Clockwork City
  • This is set after the return of the dragons.


  1. ^ Loading screen in Skyrim
  2. ^ a b Rising Threat, Vol. IIILathenil of Sunhold
  3. ^ a b c d e The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  4. ^ The Red YearMelis Ravel
  5. ^ a b c d e Events of Dragonborn
  6. ^ a b c d e f Rising Threat, Vol. IVLathenil of Sunhold
  7. ^ Lymdrenn Tenvanni's JournalLymdrenn Tenvanni
  8. ^ a b Adril Arano's dialogue in Dragonborn
  9. ^ a b c d Part 2, Chapter 1 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  10. ^ Lord of Souls — Gregory Keyes
  11. ^ Loading screen in Skyrim
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Events of Skyrim
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
  14. ^ Prologue of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  15. ^ Part 1, Chapter 1 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  16. ^ Part 1, Chapter 3 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  17. ^ a b Part 1, Chapter 6 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  18. ^ Part 1, Chapter 7 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  19. ^ Part 1, Chapter 5 of The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  20. ^ Legate Fasendil's dialogue in Skyrim.
  21. ^ a b c d Events of The Forgotten Hero
  22. ^ a b Events of The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood
  23. ^ a b Cicero's Journal - Volume 2Cicero
  24. ^ Cicero's Journal - Volume 3Cicero
  25. ^ Cicero's Journal - Volume 4Cicero
  26. ^ Cicero's Journal - Final VolumeCicero
  27. ^ a b Hadvar's dialogue in Skyrim
  28. ^ Ralof's dialogue in Skyrim
  29. ^ Dialogue with Elda Early-Dawn in Skyrim