The Elder Scrolls Online: Hero of the Ebonheart Pact 1

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    The Elder Scrolls Online: The Tale of Avarain Hlel, Hero of the Ebonheart Pact

     

    Part 1

     

    Ian S. McClure

     

     

     

    By decree of His Royal Majesty of the Ruby Throne, Uriel Septim the Seventh, and with the Eight Divines as my witness, I, Kessius Laventar, will begin to detail the life and exploits of a Dunmeri hero of the Ebonheart Pact. His name was Avarain Hlel, also known as Banisher of the Brothers, Hand of Almalexia, Savior of the Saxhleel, Skald-King's Arrow, The Elf-Champion of Skyrim, and many other titles.

     

    First, a history of the Pact. Although much of the Second Era remains lost to the entropy of time, there exists numerous records of an 'Alliance War', circa 2E 580. This conflict was over the then-empty throne of the Empire, and was carried out by three Alliances between the races of Tamriel. The First Aldmeri Dominion (not to be confused with the Second Dominion of 2E 830, or the modern radical Thalmor movement) was formed between the magical High Elves (a.k.a Altmer) of the Summerset Isles, the stealthy Wood Elves (a.k.a Bosmer) of Valenwood, and the feline Khajiit of Elsewyr, though beyond this I have found little about them. The Greater Daggerfall Covenant is slightly more well-documented—formed between the crafty Bretons of High Rock, the hardy Redguards of Hammerfell, and the powerful Orcs (a.k.a Orsimer) of an old version of Orsinium, they aspired to recreate the Empire under their rule.

     

    And then, the Ebonheart Pact, between the tough Nords of Skyrim, the resilient Dark Elves (a.k.a Dunmer) of Morrowind, and the reptilian Argonians (a.k.a Saxhleel) of Black Marsh. Until recently, this storied army was little more than a name, but a recent discovery in the ruins of a keep, later identified as Kingscrest, changed that. Kingscrest was a major foothold of the Pact in Cyrodiil, and seemed to be a line of defense for one of the Temples of the Elder Scrolls they controlled. More importantly, an underground cache of documents was discovered there, shedding new light on the short-lived Alliance. It was formed in the aftermath of the Second Akaviri Invasion, where the Nords under Skald-King Jorunn and the Dark Elves under the Tribunal encircled the invaders in the region of Stonefalls. They were unexpectedly assisted by none other than the Argonians, who used their assistance during the conflict to ensure freedom from the slavery they had historically endured under the Dark Elves.

     

    As with many armies, the Pact had many champions. There was Grand Warlord Zimmeron, who led from the frontlines in Cyrodiil. There was Kiskayeel, an Argonian recruit who fought off a Goblin horde single-handedly. And of course, there was Eulek War-Cry, the Nord who secured the Elder Scroll of Ghartok for the army. But Avarain Hlel was different than those heroes. For according to the texts, due to the machinations of the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, he had actually lost his soul. Though most scholars insist this is mere hyperbole or legend, it is documented that most notable Shezarrine heroes of the time were unusually focused on stopping Daedric plots (especially those of Molag Bal), to say nothing of their extremely potent abilities and resilience to harm. Examples include Narlat gra-Daralan, the Orcish heroine of Old Orsinium, and Faldaril, the High Elf who assisted in sealing the dro'm'Athra at the Maw of Lorkhaj in Elsewyr.

     

     

    Of particular interest is that it was—indeed, is—common for great heroes to carry a journal or diary, and Avarain was no exception. However, the Kingscrest archives had a copy of his personal logs—evidently, it was common in the Second Era to use copies of such stories for inspiration and morale amongst troops, considering the other instances of Imperial scholars encountering such copies dating back to the time period. Owing to this, this record of Avarain's life can be augmented with his own personal thoughts, as he transcribed them in his journal.

     

    Attached is a painting of the Dunmer made by an unknown artist. The next entry in these records will begin Avarain's tale. Until then, may the Divines keep whoever reads this safe.

     

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17 Comments   |   Sotek and 2 others like this.
  • Paws
    Paws   ·  July 21
    Try inserting this into the Edit Blog Style box:

    /*-- Page background --*/

    body {

    background-color: rgba(195,162,127); 

    background-image: url(http://tamrielfoundry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/...  more
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      Try inserting this into the Edit Blog Style box:

      /*-- Page background --*/
      ...  more
        ·  July 21
      The line background-image:
      url(http://tamrielfoundry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tribunal-temple.jpg);
      represents the background image. That can be changed to anything you
      like, just keep the (bracket before and after, followed by ...  more
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        The line background-image:
        url(http://tamrielfoundry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tribunal-temple.jpg);
        represents the background image. That can be changed to anything you
        like, just keep the (bracket before and after, followed by the semi ...  more
          ·  July 21
        Holy crap, that looks amazing! Thanks a million, Phil!
  • Paws
    Paws   ·  July 21
    Those heroes you list, Narlat gra-Daralan and Faldaril, are they characters you have played the game with?

    Thank for using the tutorial, btw, and thanks Sotek for linking :) Perhaps a thematic Blog Style would add to the atmosphere you're goi...  more
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      Those heroes you list, Narlat gra-Daralan and Faldaril, are they characters you have played the game with?

      Thank for using the tutorial, btw, and thanks Sotek for linking :) Perhaps a thematic Blog Style would add to the atmosphere you're going for going forward?
        ·  July 21
      Nope. I actually haven't done the DLC content. That said, these characters may pop up in future stories.  Anyhoo, thanks for reading!

      P.S: How do I do a Blog Style?
  • Tenebrous
    Tenebrous   ·  July 20
    Fixed the images! Thanks to Sotek for the tip.
    • Sotek
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      Fixed the images! Thanks to Sotek for the tip.
        ·  July 20
      Haha Don't thank me, thank Soly. I'm just passing on what I learned...
  • DeltaFox
    DeltaFox   ·  July 20
    I really like the way you described the three alliances and the different heroes of that age. I haven't played ESO yet, so this will give me a good insight into the game and the Ebonhearth Pact. Looking forward to part 2!
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      I really like the way you described the three alliances and the different heroes of that age. I haven't played ESO yet, so this will give me a good insight into the game and the Ebonhearth Pact. Looking forward to part 2!
        ·  July 20
      Thanks, DeltaFox! I tried to make it a bit more "believable" and add a bit of uncertainty to the events, which is why it's a Third Era scholar. Thanks for reading!
  • Sotek
    Sotek   ·  July 19
    I like this Tenebrous, I like it a lot. 
    There's a way to be able to click on images and have them enlarged. This would be an ideal candidate for it.
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      I like this Tenebrous, I like it a lot. 
      There's a way to be able to click on images and have them enlarged. This would be an ideal candidate for it.
        ·  July 20
      Thanks, Sotek! I'm hoping for a more artistic angle for this series, so that tutorial is really appreciated. Thanks for reading!
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        Thanks, Sotek! I'm hoping for a more artistic angle for this series, so that tutorial is really appreciated. Thanks for reading!
          ·  July 20
        Now that is easily readable.... This really works well. I've another piece of advice which I learned from Soly depending on your tools.
        Did you use Paint.Net to type this out?
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          Now that is easily readable.... This really works well. I've another piece of advice which I learned from Soly depending on your tools.
          Did you use Paint.Net to type this out?
            ·  July 20
          No. I typed in Libre Office. For the images, I used the Planewalker font, exported the document as a PDF, then edited the pages in GIMP for the backround.
          • Sotek
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            No. I typed in Libre Office. For the images, I used the Planewalker font, exported the document as a PDF, then edited the pages in GIMP for the backround.
              ·  July 20
            Hmm not sure about those. I would guess you used a transparency tool like Paint.Net's wand to make the background disappear from the type setting? 
            With Paint.Net you can do this before you actually type so all the spaces in letters like 'o' an...  more
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              Hmm not sure about those. I would guess you used a transparency tool like Paint.Net's wand to make the background disappear from the type setting? 
              With Paint.Net you can do this before you actually type so all the spaces in letters like 'o' and 'e' ...  more
                ·  July 20
              Oh, I get you. Well, Libre Office is a text editor, like Word. And GIMP is basically free Photoshop. So that's totally doable. I'll take a look!
              • Sotek
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                Oh, I get you. Well, Libre Office is a text editor, like Word. And GIMP is basically free Photoshop. So that's totally doable. I'll take a look!
                  ·  July 20
                Let us know how you get on.
                • Sotek
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                  Let us know how you get on.
                    ·  July 20
                  That's it!!!  A major difference!!!