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|name=NoT|{{Cite bookBook|Night of Tears (book)}}}} 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|name=NoT}}{{Ref|name=BtAoM|{{Cite bookBook|Before the Ages of Man}}}}{{Ref|name=FotSP|{{Cite bookBook|Fall of the Snow Prince}}}}
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|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|name=Skyrim|Events of [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]].}} 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|name=PGE1|{{Cite bookBook|Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Skyrim}}}}