Lore:Night of Tears

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{{About|the event|the related book|Night of Tears (book)}}
[[File:SR-quest-The Eye of Magnus.jpg|thumb|right|The Eye of Magnus, the supposed cause for the Night of Tears]]
The '''Night of Tears''' is the night an Elven force attacked and burned the first human city of Skyrim, [[Lore:Saarthal|Saarthal]], built by the first Nordic inhabitants.<ref {{Ref|name=NoT>|{{Cite book|Night of Tears (book)}}</ref>}} In retaliation, [[Lore:Ysgramor|Ysgramor]], the leader of the human colonization effort and the founder of the [[Lore:Companions|Companions]], drove the elves out of [[Lore:Solstheim|Solstheim]] and [[Lore:Skyrim|Skyrim]].<ref {{Ref|name=NoT/><ref }}{{Ref|name=BtAoM>|{{Cite book|Before the Ages of Man}}</ref><ref }}{{Ref|name=FotSP>|{{Cite book|Fall of the Snow Prince}}</ref>}}
The reason for the Night of Tears has been lost to time, but it is speculated that it was spurred by a discovery of something beneath the city of Saarthal, which prompted the elves to destroy the city to claim the power for themselves.<ref {{Ref|name=NoT/>}} While it is impossible to know if this was the true cause for the Night of Tears, it was later discovered by the [[Lore:College of Winterhold|College of Winterhold]] that a powerful artifact was hidden within the ruins of Saarthal, which they dubbed "[[Lore:Eye of Magnus|The Eye of Magnus]]".<ref {{Ref|name=Skyrim>|Events of [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]].</ref>}} Another theory, proposed by Imperial scholars, is that the elves feared that the humans' culture would surpass their own and so sought to drive the humans from their lands.<ref {{Ref|name=PGE1>|{{Cite book|Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Skyrim}}</ref>}}
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