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</noinclude>{{Lore Link|Silvenar}} is a city in central {{Lore Link|Valenwood}}, located by a tributary of the {{Lore Link|Xylo River}}, in the region of {{Lore Link|Malabal Tor}}.
== History ==
The first [[Lore:The Silvenar|Silvenar]] and the first {{Lore Link|Green Lady}} were a childless couple who tended the Eldest, an ancient strangler blessed by {{Lore Link|Y'ffre}} himself, as their own offspring.{{ref|name=TEAPT|{{Cite book|The Eldest: A Pilgrim's Tale}}}} The [[Lore:Graht-oak|graht-oak]] of Silvenar, as like the one of {{Lore Link|Elden Root}}, probably was seeded by the one in {{Lore Link|Falinesti}}.{{ref|name=PG1AD|{{Cite book|Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Aldmeri Dominion}}}} During this time, the holiest city of the {{Lore Link|Green-Pact}} {{Lore Link|Bosmer}} was founded or occupied by the firsts first of the Silvenar and his followers, making it the holiest place in Valenwood. When a Silvenar died, he was soon after was reemplaced replaced by a new one.{{ref|name=TVoP|{{Cite book|The Voice of the People}}}} The Silvenar of old stated that he represented all Wood Elves by being held simultaneously by from three to eight Bosmer from all walks of life, an arrangement that would become completely impractical by the mid-{{Lore Link|Second Era}}.{{Ref|name=ESOS|Description of [[Online:Silvenar|Silvenar]] in [[ON:Online|ESO]]}} It is probable that during this time, the Jaqspurs were first founded as a personal guard to the Silvenar.{{Ref|name=JESO|Description of [[Online:Hats (collectible)#Silvenari Felt Bycoket|Silvenari Felt Bycoket]] in [[ON:Online|ESO]]}}
Before the {{Lore Link|Alessian Slave Rebellion}}, in the {{Lore Link|Merethic Era}}, during the Golden Age of {{Lore Link|Ayleid}} rule of {{Lore Link|Cyrodiil}}, the Bosmer cities of {{Lore Link|Haven}} and Silvenar flourished as a result of increased trade after the establishment of the great {{Lore Link|White-Gold Tower}} in what is now the heart of Cyrodiil.{{ref|name=ACOV|{{Cite book|Ayleid Cities of Valenwood}}}}
The holy city was incorpored incorporated to a unified Valenwood kingdom after King {{Lore Link|Eplear}}, a Bosmer warlord, united the tribes of the entire region under his rule, an event traditionally regarded as the beginning of {{Year|1E 0|Year Zero}} of the {{Lore Link|First Era}}. However, the figure of the Silvenar and the Green Lady continued to be more respected than the king himself, only third in power after the Silvenar and the Green Lady.{{Ref|name=PGE3V|{{Cite book|PGE|3|Valenwood}}}}{{ref|name=DDTH|{{Cite book|Diplomacy during the Handfasting}}}}
In {{Year|1E 2714}}, the holy city, along with the rest of Valenwood was conquered by the {{Lore Link|Second Empire}}, after centuries of unrelenting warfare along the border with Cyrodiil and a plague from {{Lore Link|Thras}}.{{ref|name=PGE3V|{{Cite book|PGE|3|Valenwood}}}} Although the province became occupied by the {{Lore Link|Imperial Legion}}, they continued to experienced experience resistance from some natives for several years.{{ref|name=TFARORB|{{Cite book|The Fall and Rise of Reman's Bluff}}}}
During the Second Empire rule of Valenwood, each of the treethanes of Falinesti, Silvenar, Haven, {{Lore Link|Cormount}}, Elden Root, and {{Lore Link|Woodhearth}} were given a minor kingdom, rising from local to regional powers. This way, Valenwood was divided into six independent kingdoms ruled by local Bosmer nobility, but under the Second Empire banner and protection. During this time, in which Silvenar treethanes ruled their kingdom in on behalf of their spiritual leaders: the Silvenar and the Green Lady, the already well-stablished established settlement grew into a major city.{{Ref|name=PGE3V|{{Cite book|PGE|3|Valenwood}}}} The Jaqpspurs, as a personal army at the Silvenar commands, were probably disbanded by the [[Lore:Akaviri Potentate|Potentate]] {{Lore Link|Versidue-Shaie}} by {{Year|2E 310}}, along with the rest of vassals' armies.{{ref|name=HOFTFG|{{Cite book|History of the Fighters Guild}}}}
In {{Year|2E 580}}, Silvenar was incorporated to the [[Lore:Aldmeri Dominion|First Aldmeri Dominion]] along with the rest of [[Lore:Camoran Dynasty|Camoran]]-controlled Valenwood after Blacksap Rebellion was put down by [[Lore:Ayrenn|Ayrenn]] and [[Lore:Aeradan Camoran|Aeradan Camoran]] joined forces.{{ref|name=WTNAI|{{Cite book|Welcome to New Aldmeri Irregulars}}}}{{ref|name=TROC|{{Cite book|The Rise of Cormount}}}} The Dominion recognized that at the time of the its founding, the Green Lady and the Silvenar spoke on behalf of the Wood Elves and the Green Pact.{{ref|name=TGPaD|{{Cite book|The Green Pact and the Dominion}}}} The Jaqspurs, the famous archers who form the personal guard of the Bosmer ''"Voice of the People"'' were revived as elite troops by the Silvenar during his alliance with the Dominion.{{Ref|name=JESO|Description of [[Online:Hats (collectible)#Silvenari Felt Bycoket|Silvenari Felt Bycoket]] in [[ON:Online|ESO]]}} In {{Year|2E 582}}, {{Lore Link|Ulthorn}} the Hound, a Bosmer leader of a {{Lore Link|Hircine}}-worshipper cult, took the city without violence after {{Lore Link|Maormer}} killed the Silvenar {{Lore Link|Edhelorn}} in {{Lore Link|Khenarti's Roost}}. The intimidated treethane let the Hound and his troops enter the city.{{ref|name=AToT|{{Cite book|A Time of Troubles}}}}{{Ref|name=ON|Events of [[ON:Online|ESO]]}} He blamed the Dominion for letting his spiritual leader to be murdered and convinced many Bosmer of Malabal Tor to join his Houndsmen. Once in love with the new Green Lady, the Hound 's reasons after taking over the holy city were many and he intended to marry her and overtake the Silvenar position among the Bosmer, but with Hircine support, instead of the traditional one of Y'ffre. However, the {{Lore Link|Soulless One}} defeated the Hound, ending all his plans and retaking the city for Dominion forces. After that, the new Silvenar {{Lore Link|Indaenir}} married the new Green Lady Gwaering during the sacred ceremony known as the Handfast and officiated by a {{Lore Link|Spinner}} who sealed the new covenant with the Green: ''"By the blood we consume, by the hills and vales we protect, let the spirit of the Silvenar and the body of the Green Lady become as one. Before Y'ffre and those gathered for this celebration, and those that came before and will come after, be joined"''.{{Ref|name=ON|Events of [[ON:Online|ESO]]}}{{ref|name=ATFT|{{Cite book|A Tale Forever Told}}}} The Dominion government recognized the union and the new shared leadership of the Bosmer people. Along with the {{Lore Link|Mane}} and the Queen of the {{Lore Link|Summerset Isles}}, they became the highest ranking leaders of the Dominion.{{ref|name=DDTH|{{Cite book|Diplomacy during the Handfasting}}}}{{ref|name=AUA|{{Cite book|An Unusual Alliance}}}} That same year, an {{Lore Link|Ebonheart Pact}} cover team, leadered lead by a Dunmer, excavated the roots of the graht-oak of Silvenar to take samples. The Soulless One killed the Dunmer and ended their plans below the holy city. Silvenar remained in Aldmeri hands until the eventual dissolution of the Dominion.{{Ref|name=ON|Events of [[ON:Online|ESO]]}}
Again in {{Year|2E 830}}, the city was annexed by the Second Aldmeri Dominion after the intervention of Summerset in another Camoran civil war.{{ref|name=PGE1AD|{{Cite book|PGE|1|Aldmeri Dominion}}}} However, the catastrophic use of the [[Lore:Numidium|Numidium]] by Tiber Septim resulted in the conquest of both the entirely of Valenwood and the Summerset Isles in {{Year|2E 896}}, ending the Second Aldmeri Dominion control of the settlement, which was incorporated to the [[Lore:Third Empire|Third Empire]].{{ref|name=BHotE1|{{Cite book|Brief History of the Empire v 1}}}}
Since the beginning of the [[Lore:Third Era|Third Era]], Silvenar became part of the Province of Valenwood. The [[Lore:Imperial|Imperials]] stablished established a {{Lore Link|Septim}}-controlled Kingdom based on the city. {{Lore Link|Kintyra}} Septim was Queen of Silvenar when she assumed the {{Lore Link|Ruby Throne}} in {{Year|3E 48}}.{{ref|name=3EAAT|{{Cite book|The Third Era Timeline}}}}{{ref|name=BHoE1|{{Cite book|Brief History of the Empire v 1}}}} During the play [[Lore:A Hypothetical Treachery|''A Hypothetical Treachery'']], a group of adventurers recovered the {{Lore Link|Ebony Mail}} from the legendary {{Lore Link|Elden Grove}} of Valenwood. In the end, only one is left alive and sold the artifact to the king of Silvenar.{{ref|name=AHT|{{Cite book|A Hypothetical Treachery}}}} Despite the rule of Septim kings over Silvenar, the Silvenar continued to be the spiritual leader of the Bosmer and became the Valenwood political representative to the Emperor, instead of the Camoran kings of Falinesti, who did not represent the Bosmer outside Valenwood.{{ref|name=ADIF6|{{Cite book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 6}}}} The settlement remained in Imperial hands except for the [[Lore:Camoran Usurper|Camoran Usurper Rebellion]] between {{Year|3E 249}} and {{Year|3E 267}}.{{ref|name=TR|{{Cite book|The Refugees}}}}{{ref|name=TFOTU|{{Cite book|The Fall of the Usurper}}}} The [[Lore:Oblivion Crisis|Oblivion Crisis]] that ended the [[Lore:Third Era|Third Era]] and weakened the Empire provided the opportunity for the Thalmor to seized the Summerset Isles. In {{Year|4E 29}}, a Thalmor-backed coup overthrew Valenwood's government, routing Imperial forces and their Bosmer supporters, ending the Imperial Kingdom of Silvenar. Alinor and Valenwood then proclaimed a union, and a new Aldmeri Dominion was formed. The city fell into Aldmeri hands for the third time in history.{{Ref|name=TGW|{{Cite book|The Great War (book)}}}} 
== Culture ==
The city has been home to The Silvenar, the spiritual leader of the Bosmer, since, at least, the Merethic Era.{{ref|name=ACOV|{{Cite book|Ayleid Cities of Valenwood}}}} He is assisted by a number of Spinners, commonly three, who help him in keeping the oral history of the Bosmer and the integrity of the Green-Pact.{{ref|name=SaS|{{Cite book|Spinning a Story}}}}