Lore:Darloc Brae

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Warlord Darloc Brae
ON-npc-Aspect of Darloc Brae.jpg
An aspect of Darloc Brae
Race Khajiit Gender Male
Born 1st Era
Reign 1E 461-
Previous Ruler Unnamed Moon-Emperor
Resided in Anequina
Appears in ESO

Darloc Brae was a Khajiit warlord active throughout the 5th century of the First Era.[1] In his time, he was known as the "Golden Beast of Anequina", and his conquest spanned across the northern wastelands between the Larsius River and the Eastern Strid River.[2][3] Darloc Brae's reign is thought by some to be the inspiration for Anequina's modern-day martial tradition,[4] and he made the effort to preserve Elsweyr's ancient history,[2] despite his worship of the Fire-Cat, Merrunz.[5]

HistoryEdit

Darloc Brae was born in the early First Era during the reign of an unnamed Moon-Emperor of Elsweyr.[6] He had conquered much of what is now Anequina by 1E 461. That same year, he attended the coronation of Emperor Gorieus of the First Empire. He was contemporary with other important figures of the time, such as the leaders of Resdayn, Dumac Dwarfking and Indoril Nerevar, and the High Chiefdom of Skyrim, Kjoric the White.[1] Though his reign was described as glorious,[7] most accounts say life under Darloc Brae was brutal and terrible, and many people sought refuge from his growing power in the Anequine Conquests. In fact, the Desert Wind Adeptorium was built for this purpose.[8] Darloc Brae worshipped Merrunz, the Khajiiti aspect of Mehrunes Dagon. He conquered all of Anequina and surrounding territories in Merrunz's name. He excavated several mines (such as Darkpool Mine)[5] and erected temples and strongholds. His crowning architectural achievement was the Do'Krin Monastery in the region of Reaper's March.[9] The stronghold of Khaj Rawlith marked the westernmost point of his domain, a couple of miles from the Xylo River.[3]

One of Darloc Brae's most well-known contributions to the culture of modern-day Elsweyr was the preservation of the province's history as the sixteen kingdoms. In his early reign in 1E 463, cultist of Merrunz burned down the Grand Archive in Corinthe, which contained the province's records from the Merethic Era. As far as the Second Era, history regarding this era was seldom at best. However, Darloc Brae went through great lengths to preserve the remaining texts and hide them across Elsweyr, placing them in smaller vaults and archives.[2] It is unknown when the Golden Beast died, but his entire army was buried at the Rimmen Necropolis. In 2E 582, an aspect of Darloc Brae had reanimated his ancient army in the necropolis and dueled with Dremora conjured by a champion of Mehrunnez. They were defeated by wandering travelers.[10][11]

LegacyEdit

Despite Darloc Brae's notorious reign over Elsweyr, his endeavors changed the province forever. It was his unique style and aesthetic that inspired Anequina's modern-day martial tradition, which is exemplified by their armor.[4] His preservation of Merethic records is what gave current historians insight on the sixteen kingdom period, such as the rise and fall of the Hunt-Lord's aristocracy.[2] His angry and feral demeanor was replicated in beast masks that are used in the Khajiiti Havoc Dance,[12] and artifacts dating back to the conquests were considered valuable across the Tenmar Forest, between Torval and Senchal.[7]

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  • After his many battles, Darloc Brae carried a spittoon for his hairballs during his post-battle grooming rituals. It was later acquired by the Thieves Guild of Abah's Landing in 2E 582.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rislav The RighteousSinjin
  2. ^ a b c d Origins of the Khajiiti Martial TraditionTendwuayne, Sapiarch of Foreign Customs
  3. ^ a b Khaj Rawlith loading screen in ESO
  4. ^ a b Crafting Motif 73: Anequina StyleCaptain Nala-do, Northern Elsweyr Defense Force
  5. ^ a b Darkpool Mine loading screen in ESO: Elsweyr
  6. ^ Anequina and Pellitine: An IntroductionSulema, Initiate Scholar of the Pa'alatiin
  7. ^ a b Kuna's Delve loading screen in ESO
  8. ^ Desert Wind Caverns loading screen in ESO: Elsweyr
  9. ^ Do'Krin Monastery loading screen in ESO
  10. ^ On the Trail of the Forgotten Mane — Investigator Vianis Orania
  11. ^ Aspect of Darloc Brae and Champion of Mehrunnez group event in ESO: Elsweyr
  12. ^ Flavor text for Darloc Brae Beast Mask
  13. ^ The description of Hairball Spittoon of Darloc Brae in ESO: Thieves Guild