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Bangkorai is an inland region east of Wayrest and the Iliac Bay which straddles the border between High Rock and Hammerfell. It takes its name from the famous Bangkorai Pass. The Bangkorai Garrison located there has served as High Rock's defense against the wild raiders of Hammerfell for countless generations. The thickly wooded uplands in the northern Mournoth region give away to the blistering heat of the southern Fallen Wastes, which are part of the Alik'r Desert. In between them lies an area known as Ephesus, where the Pass is located. The headwaters of the Bjoulsae River are found in Bangkorai, as well as the legendary Redguard crypt the Hall of Heroes. The two largest settlements in the region are Evermore and Hallin's Stand. Bangkorai is ruled from Evermore.
Many different races have called Bangkorai home, including the Ayleids and Dwemer. In modern times, it is inhabited predominantly by Redguards in the south, and Bretons in the north. The Ash'abah, the ancient pariah tribe of Redguards, roam the wastes in the southern region. Due to Bangkorai's strategic importance to the Breton homeland, it is sometimes called the "Shield of High Rock". A longstanding belief in northern Bangkorai is that their settlements are protected from the dangers of the wilderness by the Viridian Sentinel, a mystical office of guardianship which has been passed on to an anointed successor since the days of fall of the Direnni Hegemony.
The Sunken Road is a subterranean pass linking Mournoth and the Fallen Wastes. It is far less famous than the Bangkorai Pass, known mainly by the peasants in the region, who sometimes use to avoid paying the toll at the Pass.
Many times throughout history, the soldiers of the Bangkorai Garrison have successfully stopped invaders from pouring through the Bangkorai Pass, protecting the lands beyond it from military conquest. In 1E 874, a horde of Orcs and goblins which had been displaced by the Redguards flowed west, but were denied passage at the Bangkorai Pass. They were forced to head northeast into the Dragontail Mountains in order to reach Orsinium. Then, in 1E 1029, when the Imperial Legion under Empress Hestra deposed King Styriche, the Vampire of Verkarth, he and his Gray Host fled west, burning and killing as they came, but were successfully stopped and routed at the Pass. Their success is attributed to the sacrifice of Saint Pelin, who is still praised in the region.
Hestra's legions caught and killed the stragglers from the Gray Host, and High Rock was annexed into the Alessian Empire. When High Rock decided to secede in 1E 2305, the Legions of Piety and Grace under the command of Abbot-General Priscus Mactator were sent to quell them. Though the legions are said to have filled the Fallen Wastes from end to end, they found themselves unable to get past the Bangkorai Garrison, which then under the rule of Baroness Falinne Guimard. After a five-month siege, they gave up and returned to Cyrodiil. On Sovereignty Day, the people of the region traditionally celebrate this victory by going for a picnic.
Only once did the Garrison fail to protect High Rock: when Durcorach's horde of Reachmen poured down the south shore of the Bjoulsae circa 2E 541, they found a way to filter through the Northwest Spine of the Dragontail Mountains. The Garrison was left unprepared, as the mountains had always served as a barrier to invading armies before. After a three-day siege, Evermore was sacked, and the Garrison was taken from behind. Hallin's Stand held out longer, but nevertheless, Durcorach's horde sped through Bangkorai in a matter of days.
In the Second Era, besides trouble from the Reachmen, there were fears of an Imperial invasion from the south. The populace looked to powerful rulers around the Iliac Bay to help drive out the troublemakers.
- For game-specific information, see the ESO article.
- Bangkorai, Shield of High Rock by King Eamond — King Eamond's Final Address to His Troops
- From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki by Makela Leki — Diary of Leki, a Redguard warrior and master of Ansei
- The Legend of Fallen Grotto — A cautionary tale surrounding the worship and summoning of Hircine
- The Royal House of King Eamond by Seneschal Derric Andras of Castle Evermore — On the lineage of the King of Evermore
- The True-Told Tale of Hallin — A tale about Sword-singer Hallin and his defense of Ojwambu
- Events of ESO
- The Viridian Sentinel
- Bangkorai, Shield of High Rock — King Eamond
- The Martyrdom of Saint Pelin — Priestess Adie Rodeau
- The Royal House of King Eamond — Seneschal Derric Andras of Castle Evermore
- Picnic at Pelin (A Horror Story) — DeWitte Bourbois
- Triumphs of a Monarch, Ch. 3 — His Majesty King Emeric
- Crafting Motifs 5: The Bretons — Doctor Alfidia Lupus
- A Child's Tamriel Bestiary — Shane gro-Orath (Clever, no? Ha, ha!)