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Lore:Kingdom of Black Marsh

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Black Marsh

The Kingdom of Black Marsh also known as the Kingdom of Argonia[1] is a kingdom located in the province of Black Marsh. Almost nothing is known about the Argonian kingdom. Almost all mentions of the king (dating as far back as the mid-Second Era) involve the Shadowscales, who were said to be ancient protectors of the royal family, the Argonain Royal Court and the king's personal assassins.[2][3][4][5] Conversely, some believe this is simple misinterpreted information, and that no such king has ruled since the pre-Duskfall days when Argonian civilization was at its height. The so-called "Scalded Throne" has supposedly been empty for centuries (if it existed at all), and the monarch's role as commander of the Shadowscales is said to be overstated.[UOL 1] In the pre-Duskfall era, the priests of Sithis (also known as Nisswo or Nothing-Talkers) ruled as kings and would often make sacrifices to Sithis.[6]

Whatever the existence of an Argonian monarchy may be, by the time of the Oblivion Crisis a political group known as the An-Xileel formed and were instrumental in defending Black Marsh from Mehrunes Dagon's invasion. The kingdom later seceded from the Empire after the Thalmor incited the Argonians to mount a massive uprising against southern Morrowind.[7] The exact structure of the An-Xileel is unknown, but they were known to have had an Archwarden by the name of Qajalil in 4E 48,[8]:30 and were led by The Organism, the ruling council based in Lilmoth.[8]:37



  1. ^ Teinaava's dialogue in Oblivion
  2. ^ Veezara's dialogue in Skyrim
  3. ^ Skyrim's RuleAbdul-Mujib Ababneh
  4. ^ Onyx Shadowscale Scroll Case codex entries in ESO
  5. ^ Scar-Tail's dialogue in Oblivion
  6. ^ Xukas's dialogue in ESO
  7. ^ Rising Threat, Vol. IVLathenil of Sunhold
  8. ^ a b Keyes, Greg. The Infernal City. Del Rey Books, 2009.

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.