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Lore:Imperial Legion

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===={{Year|3E 433}}====
 
During the [[Lore:Oblivion Crisis|Oblivion Crisis]], the Legion mainly found itself engaged in a stalling action against the incredible onslaught of [[Lore:Mehrunes Dagon|Mehrunes Dagon]]. Leyawiin's Count in Cyrodiil complained that High Chancellor [[Lore:Ocato|Ocato]] was inordinately concerned with other provinces even as {{Future Link|Oblivion Gate}}s opened throughout the Imperial Province itself.{{ref|[[OB:Count Marius Caro|Count Marius Caro]]'s dialogue in Oblivion}} The denizens of Morrowind's Great House Redoran claimed that the Legions were recalled to Cyrodiil instead.{{ref|name=DBAdril|[[Dragonborn:Adril Arano|Adril Arano]]'s dialogue in [[Dragonborn:Dragonborn|Dragonborn]].}} Due to the Legion focusing on the other provinces, Martin Septim could not count on Legion support during the battle at the Great Gate at Bruma.{{Ref|name=BrumaAllies|Events of [[Oblivion:Allies for Bruma|Allies for Bruma]] quest in Oblivion}}
 
A company of Legion soldiers were traveling to the Imperial City during the Crisis in order to protect it from the Daedra, however, an Oblivion Gate opened in the middle of them, killing half of them. The Imperial Captain, Tertius Ione managed to save the rest and temporarily retreated, he then mustered together local farmers and hunters from the surrounding areas and from [[Lore:Pell's Gate|Pell's Gate]]. Ione returned with his remaining legionaries and freshly recruited auxiliary forces and slaughtered the Daedra, he then entered the Gate with about 52 men, whilst the other half guarded the gate. Due to Ione's sacrifice, a [[Lore:Bosmer|Bosmer]] named Fenton was successful in closing the Gate. The remaining Legion soldiers settled the area and named the settlement [[Lore:Ione|Ione]] in the Legion Captain's honour.{{ref|name=TIC|{{Cite Book|The Infernal City}}|Part Two Chapter Three}}
 
On the island of [[Lore:Solstheim|Solstheim]], a group of Nords attempted to destroy [[Lore:Fort Frostmoth|Fort Frostmoth]] and claim the island for themselves, the Legion held them off from the Fort and from Raven Rock.{{ref|[[Oblivion:Radiant Conversations|Rumours]] in Oblivion}}
[[File:LG-quest-The Siege of the Imperial City 04.jpg|thumb|right|Imperial Legion Cavalry]]
 
===After the Septims===
Following the Oblivion Crisis, the Imperial Legion steadily grew weaker. During the [[Lore:Umbriel Crisis|Umbriel Crisis]], an undead army advanced on the Imperial City in an effort to take control of the White-Gold Tower, causing mass panic among its citizens. The Imperial Legion attempted to hold the line along the [[Lore:Red Ring Road|Red Ring Road]], but were ultimately driven back to the walls of the city. The Synod and the College of Whispers worked together with the Legion to bring down the floating city, but also failed. In the end, the Umbriel was bansihedbanished by a group of heroes, but by that time the Legion already suffered heavy losses.{{ref|name=TIC|{{Cite Book|The Infernal City}}}}{{ref|name=LOF|{{Cite Book|Lord of Souls}}}}
 
The [[Lore:Thalmor|Thalmor]] rose to power again in the Summerset Isle, and the Legion could not stop them from reforming the Aldmeri Dominion. The Thalmor eventually delivered an ultimatum to [[Lore:Titus Mede II|Emperor Titus Mede II]] demanding a series of enormous concessions. When the Emperor refused, the [[Lore:Great War|Great War]] began.{{ref|name=TGW|{{Cite Book|The Great War (book)}}}} The Aldmeri Dominion initially invaded deep into the heart of Cyrodiil, capturing [[Lore:Leyawiin|Leyawiin]] and [[Lore:Cheydinhal|Cheydinhal]] rapidly before the Legion could mobilize an effective defense. More Dominion armies invaded into Hammerfell, bypassing western Cyrodiil entirely. When they realized the weakness of the Legion, however, the Aldmeri Dominion grew bolder and mobilized an offensive against Cyrodiil as a whole, intending to bring the entire Empire under their control. Quickly, [[Lore:Bruma|Bruma]] and the Imperial City were the only cities that remained under Legion control in Cyrodiil. Meanwhile, the legions in Hammerfell were pressed hard and forced to retreat, leaving the entire southern half of Hammerfell to fall to the Dominion. The Imperial City itself came under siege. Though relieved by several legions of hardened Nord legionnaires, the Emperor ultimately gave the order to break the siege and abandon the city. An entire Legion sacrificed itself to defend the Emperor's rear.{{ref|name=TGW}}
 
At this time, the Imperial Palace was sacked, plundered, and burned. The Aldmeri Dominion began seeking an Imperial surrender. While the Emperor strung them along, he recalled all the legions defending Hammerfell and rearmed and refreshed the Skyrim and Cyrodilic legions. The legions from Hammerfell left a considerable number of veterans behind as they returned to Cyrodiil, successfully duping the Thalmor into believing the entire army was still fighting them there. The Emperor stormed south with his refreshed legions as the Hammerfell legions came in from the west. The Aldmeri Dominion, caught by surprise, was attacked by the Hammerfell legions from the west, while the Skyrim legions swept east and south and the Emperor, along with his personal Cyrodilic legions, assaulted the Imperial City, surrounding it on three sides and fending off Dominions piecemeal reinforcements and blocking their retreat from the Imperial City. They retook the Imperial City and all of Cyrodiil. In the Endend, the Legion was victorious, though exhausted, no Legion had more than half its forces fit for duty, and Two Legions of soldiers had been effectively annihilated, not including the loss of the Eighth Legion in the retreat from the Imperial City the previous year. But the Emperor believed that with this victory was the best time to negotiate peace with the Dominion and put an official end to the war, resulting in the [[Lore:White-Gold Concordat|White-Gold Concordat]] being signed, which essentially gave in to all the Thalmor's initial demands.{{ref|name=TGW}} Hammerfell, however, was unwilling to concede defeat and the loss of so much of their territory, and so, in order to preserve the peace with the Dominion, the Emperor officially renounced Hammerfell as part of the Empire.{{ref|name=TGW}}{{ref|name=Dragonborn|Events of [[Dragonborn:Dragonborn|Dragonborn]]}}{{ref|name=TIC}}
 
Unfortunately, the Legion's woes were not yet at an end. In Skyrim twenty-five years later, with the ascension of [[Lore:Ulfric Stormcloak|Ulfric Stormcloak]] to the Jarlship of [[Lore:Eastmarch|Eastmarch]] and the death of High King [[Lore:Torygg|Torygg]] at Ulfric's hands, [[Lore:Stormcloak Rebellion|civil war]] broke out. The Imperial Legion was forced to fight in Skyrim against many warriors who had previously been legionnaires themselves, weakening the Legion even further.{{ref|name=Skyrim|Events of [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]]}}
*Legion Zero — A traitorous Imperial Legion that had sworn fealty to [[Lore:Molag Bal|Molag Bal]] during his invasion of the Imperial City, becoming [[Lore:Mind-Shriven|Mind-Shriven]].{{ref|[[Online:Captain Regilus|Captain Regilus]]'s dialogue in ESO}}
 
*Second Legion — Led by General Nipia, the Second Legion accompanied Varen Aquilarios during the Colovian Revolt, and were headquartered in the vicinity of Bruma during peacetime. After Leovic was desposeddisposed inof in {{Year|2E 577}}, the Second Legion pursued the Icereach Coven of [[Lore:Reachmen|Reachmen]], who had worked alongside Leovic, into [[Lore:Falkreath|Falkreath]] where many legionaries fled due to the effects of Mother Ciannait's magic. The Optio in charge of this particular regiment was prepared to continue the chase if the High Command of the Second Legion wished for it, but advised the Legate to allow legionaries to return to Cyrodiil. {{ref|name=MTCMC|[[Lore:Meet the Character - Mother Ciannait|Meet the Character - Mother Ciannait]]}} The Imperial War Mastiff is their mascot and symbol.{{ref|{{Cite Book|The Wolf and the Dragon}}}}
 
*Third Legion — Helped to put down the Moth Rebellion in the Imperial City in {{Year|2E 857}} alongside [[Lore:Tiber Septim|Tiber Septim's]] honor guard. In {{Year|2E 863}} the forces of the [[Lore:Aldmeri Dominion|Aldmeri Dominion]] caught the Third Legion by surprise and almost destroyed it. The remnants of it made the core of the newly created Ruby Legion stationed in the [[Lore:Nibenay Valley|Nibenay Valley]]. The [[Lore:Tiber_Wars#Sack_of_Senchal|Sack of Senchal]] was carried out by the Third Legion. [[Lore:Attrebus (soldier)|Attrebus]] was a known member.{{ref|name=RGAttrebus|[[Redguard:Attrebus|Attrebus]]' [http://web.archive.org/web/20040705033821/http://redguard.bethsoft.com/characters/attrebus.html biography] on Redguard's old site}}
 
*Hawkmoth Legion – An Imperial Legion based in [[Lore:Castle Ebonheart|Castle Ebonheart]] in {{Year|3E 427}} led by Knight Protector Frald the White.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Hawkmoth Legion Garrison|Hawkmoth Legion]] in Morrowind}}
 
*Moonmoth Legion - An Imperial Legion based in Fort Moonmoth in [[Lore:Balmora|Balmora]], led by Radd Hard-Heart. {{ref|[[Morrowind:Moonmoth Legion Fort|Moonmoth Legion]] in Morrowind}}
 
*Diamond Marines – A division that participated in the [[Lore:The Blackwater War|Blackwater War]].{{ref|name=TBW|[[Lore:The Blackwater War, Volume 7|The Blackwater War, Volume 7]]}}