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Lore:Merethic Era Wars

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A Nord warrior

The following is a list of all known wars and conflicts during the Merethic Era. Due to the limitation of sources, the order of events is approximate and should not be taken as necessarily chronological.

Nedic/Iron Orc WarsEdit

Late Merethic Era

During periods of rapid Nedic advancement in metal and stonecraft, conflicts between the Iron Orcs and Nedes of Craglorn became more common and intense. This resulted in a fundamental rearrangement of Iron Orc civilization. From a largely peaceful, shamanistic society into a community of miners, smiths, and warriors.

Night of TearsEdit

Saarthal circa 4E 201

Late Merethic Era

The Night of Tears (also known as the Crying Night) is the night an Elven force attacked and burned the first human city of Skyrim, Saarthal, built by the first Nordic inhabitants. In retaliation, Ysgramor, the leader of the human colonization effort and the founder of the Companions, drove the elves out of Solstheim and Skyrim.

The ReturnEdit

Late Merethic Era

According to legend, the only humans to survive the Night of Tears was Ysgramor and his two sons, who fled back to Atmora. It's there they gathered the famed Five Hundred Companions and sailed back to Skyrim to slaughter any Elves they came across, founding new cities as they went and clearing the way for new settlers.

Major BattlesEdit

  • Battle of the Moesring — The final stand between the Nords and the Snow Elves which took place in the Moesring Mountains of Solstheim.
  • Sinmur's Defeat — Ysgramor and the Five Hundred Companions fought a large-scale war with the Giant chieftain Sinmur and his kin. Both sides suffered severe casualties and the conflict culminated in a final battle between the two leaders in Sinmur's barrow. As they dueled, Ysgramor shattered Sinmur's club and finally slayed him with his legendary battleaxe, Wuuthrad.

Dragon WarEdit

Alduin's Wall depicting the Dragon War

Late Merethic Era

The dragon priests in Tamriel became more tyrannical and the populace eventually rebelled some time in the Merethic Era, leading to the Dragon War. Some dragons turned against their own kind and taught the Nords powerful magic that allowed them to turn the tide of the war in their favor. After a long and bloody campaign, the rule of the dragons was ended, and the remaining wyrms fled to remote areas.

Major EventsEdit

War of the PinesEdit

Merethic Era

A little-known war in ancient Skyrim.[1]

Wars of YokudaEdit

Late Merethic Era

The Na-Totambu, the royalty of the Yokudans, fight to a standstill among themselves to decide who will lead the charge against the Lefthanded Elves. Leki intervenes and a victor emerges. Diagna, an avatar of the HoonDing, brings orichalc weapons to the Yokudans, which prove instrumental in defeating the elves.[2]

The Narfinsel SchismEdit

Narfinsel circa 2E 582

Late Merethic Era1E 198

A centuries long civil war between the more conservative Aedra-worshiping Ayleid clans and the more decadent, vigorous clans that had adopted Daedra-worship begins.[3]

Major EventsEdit

  • Scouring of Wendelbek — The conflict reached its climax in 1E 198 when King Glinferen of Atatar led a combined force of Daedraphile warriors against the traditionalist Barsaebics of Ayleidoon. The Barsaebics were driven out of the Heartland into northwest Argonia, and thereafter organized opposition to Daedra-worship in Cyrodiil was effectively over.


  1. ^ Drain Vitality third word wall in Skyrim
  2. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  3. ^ Ayleid Survivals in ValenwoodCuinur of Cloudrest, 4th Tier Scholar of Tamrielic Minutiae