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Lore:Fourth Era

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*The Fourth Era begins with no Emperor on the throne of Tamriel. [[Lore:Ocato of Firsthold|High Chancellor Ocato]], the [[Lore:Elder Council|Elder Council]], and the [[Lore:Blades|Blades]] try to maintain order. The provinces start to take advantage of the Empire's weakened state.}}
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|4E 5|The [[Lore:Red Year|Red Year]]. [[Lore:Red Mountain|Red Mountain]] erupts; [[Lore:Vvardenfell|Vvardenfell]] is devastated by natural disasters.|In [[Lore:Vivec (god)|Vivec]]'s absence, the [[mw:Ministry of Truth|Ministry of Truth]] becomes unstable. [[Books:The Infernal City/Vuhon|Vuhon]] creates an [[Books:Ingenium|Ingenium]] that uses at first dozens of dying souls, then a small number of living ones to stabilize the rock. The soul of [[Books:The Infernal City/Sul|Sul]]'s wife [[Books:The Infernal City/Ilzheven|The Infernal City/Ilzheven]] was among them. In a fight to free her, the Ingenium is destroyed and the rock crashes into the city of [[Lore:Vivec (city)|Vivec]] with all the energy it originally had. The impact causes Red Mountain to erupt and destroys the entire island of Vvardenfell, as well as causing massive destruction to the rest of the province.{{Ref|name=TIC|{{Cite book|The Infernal City}}}}}}
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|4E 5–10|The Empire begins to collapse. [[Lore:Black Marsh|Black Marsh]] secedes from the Empire after the explosion of Red Mountain; it is soon followed by [[Lore:Elsweyr|Elsweyr]].
|4E 150|A small force of Argonians land on the island of Solstheim bent on destruction, but Lleril Morvayn repels them.}}
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|4E 168|The Infernal City/Emperor Titus Mede II ascends to the throne.|The Empire is now a shadow of its former glory. Valenwood and Elsweyr have been ceded to the Thalmor, Black Marsh has been lost to Imperial rule since the Oblivion Crisis, Morrowind has yet to fully recover from the eruption of Red Mountain, and Hammerfell is plagued by infighting between the Crown and Forebear factions. Only High Rock, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim remain prosperous and peaceful.}}
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|4E 171|The [[Lore:Great War|Great War]] begins with armies from the [[Lore:Aldmeri Dominion|Aldmeri Dominion]] invading the Imperial provinces of Hammerfell and Cyrodiil.|After Titus II rejects an ultimatum to make massive concessions to the Thalmor, Aldmeri armies invade. An army led by Thalmor general Lord Naarifin emerges from hidden camps in northern Elsweyr and assaults southern Cyrodiil, flanking Imperial defenses along the Valenwood border. Leyawiin falls to the invaders, and Bravil is surrounded and besieged. Simultaneously, an army under Lady Arannelya crosses western Cyrodiil, bypassing Anvil and Kvatch and entering Hammerfell. This army is joined by smaller forces landing on Hammerfell's coast. Imperial troops are forced into retreat across the Alik'r Desert.}}