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===The Third Empire===
Under the Septim Empire, the Imperial Legion regained its reputation as a model military force.{{ref|name=MUT|{{Cite Book|Mixed Unit Tactics}}}} From Morrowind to the Summerset Isles, the Legion helped keep the peace. It had to manage a great deal of insurrection, the many major wars of the [[Lore:Third Era|Third Era]],{{ref|name=BHOTE|{{Cite Book|Brief History of the Empire}}}} and piracy,{{ref|name=CDJ|{{Cite Book|Cap'n Dugal's Journal}}}} not to mention the disastrous invasion of Akavir circa {{Year|3E 288}}.{{ref|name=RDAI}} They developed and maintained a system of garrisons throughout Tamriel, manning and supplying each in accordance with the threats they faced (though some questioned the significance of these threats given the exorbitant cost of maintaining this system).{{ref|name=TEP|{{Cite Book|The Eastern Provinces}}}} During this time, they were known for their close association with the [[Lore:Imperial Cult|Imperial Cult]], which frequently provided services in their forts.{{ref|name=FMGAE|{{Cite Book|For My Gods and Emperor}}}} The Legion maintained a strong presence in Morrowind throughout the Third Era, and it is believed that [[Lore:Dagoth Ur|Dagoth Ur]], before his defeat at the hands of the [[Lore:Nerevarine|Nerevarine]], was preparing for an extended campaign against them utilizing assassination and terror.{{ref|name=DUP|{{Cite Book|Dagoth Ur's Plans}}}}
 
====Reachmen of Bthardamz====
[[File:LG-quest-The Betrayal 02.jpg|left|thumb|Porcia Loran amongst the burning Reachmen]]
At an unknown point during the 3rd Era, an Imperial Spymaster of the [[Lore:Blades|Blades]] known as Porcia Loran was in command of an Imperial Legion phalanx that were preparing to wipe out the [[Lore:Reachmen|Reachmen]] Doomfang clan at [[Lore:Bthardamz|Bthardamz]]. However, her past subordinate [[Lore:Talym Rend|Talym Rend]] was forced by [[Lore:Sheogorath|Sheogorath]] to ensure Porcia would go insane.{{ref|[[Legends:Episode 4 Intro (Isle of Madness)|Isle of Madness Episode 4]] intro dialogue}} Talym found a letter with a recipe for poison gas on it, which would be used by the Reachmen in the [[Lore:Dwemer Animunculi|Dwemer Animunculi]] against the Legion's forces, Talym refused to show Porcia this letter resulting in his companion Cyriel leaving him. Regardless of this, Porcia was captured by the Reachmen and found the letter herself, this led her to come to the conclusion that an antidote for the poison could be found at a Grove of [[Lore:Mara|Mara]], using the sacred flowers that grew there. However, the priestesses of Mara refused to let Porcia have the flowers, and so she personally assaulted the Grove for the sacred flowers so that her men could live.{{ref|[[Legends:Grove of Mara|Grove of Mara]] dialogue in Isle of Madness}}
 
The Legion's alchemists refined these flowers into a gas that was meant to negate the effects of the poison, with the plan being to wait for the Reachmen to release the poison and then deploy the antidote so that no poison would be left for the Reachmen to use. However, due to Talym's betrayal, this gas actually caused large explosions when it reacted with the poison, killing most of the Reachmen and the legionaries. Her mission whilst technically a victory, caused her to retire from the Legion due to the fear of uttering a command that could potentially hurt anyone.{{ref|[[Legends:The Betrayal (Isle of Madness)|The Betrayal]] dialogue in Isle of Madness}}
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[[File:MW-place-Moonmoth Legion Fort.jpg|thumb|right|A Legion fort in Morrowind]]
 
===After the Septims===
====Reachmen of Bthardamz====
[[File:LG-quest-The Betrayal 02.jpg|left|thumb|Porcia Loran amongst the burning Reachmen]]
At an unknown point during the 3rdearly 4th Era, an Imperial Spymaster of the [[Lore:Blades|Blades]] known as Porcia Loran was in command of an Imperial Legion phalanx that were preparing to wipe out the [[Lore:Reachmen|Reachmen]] Doomfang clan at [[Lore:Bthardamz|Bthardamz]]. However, her past subordinate [[Lore:Talym Rend|Talym Rend]] was forced by [[Lore:Sheogorath|Sheogorath]] to ensure Porcia would go insane.{{ref|[[Legends:Episode 4 Intro (Isle of Madness)|Isle of Madness Episode 4]] intro dialogue}} Talym found a letter with a recipe for poison gas on it, which would be used by the Reachmen in the [[Lore:Dwemer Animunculi|Dwemer Animunculi]] against the Legion's forces, Talym refused to show Porcia this letter resulting in his companion Cyriel leaving him. Regardless of this, Porcia was captured by the Reachmen and found the letter herself, this led her to come to the conclusion that an antidote for the poison could be found at a Grove of [[Lore:Mara|Mara]], using the sacred flowers that grew there. However, the priestesses of Mara refused to let Porcia have the flowers, and so she personally assaulted the Grove for the sacred flowers so that her men could live.{{ref|[[Legends:Grove of Mara|Grove of Mara]] dialogue in Isle of Madness}}
 
The Legion's alchemists refined these flowers into a gas that was meant to negate the effects of the poison, with the plan being to wait for the Reachmen to release the poison and then deploy the antidote so that no poison would be left for the Reachmen to use. However, due to Talym's betrayal, this gas actually caused large explosions when it reacted with the poison, killing most of the Reachmen and the legionaries. Her mission whilst technically a victory, caused her to retire from the Legion due to the fear of uttering a command that could potentially hurt anyone.{{ref|[[Legends:The Betrayal (Isle of Madness)|The Betrayal]] dialogue in Isle of Madness}}
====Umbriel Crisis====
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, Umbriel was banished by a group of heroes, but by that time the Legion already suffered heavy losses.{{ref|name=TIC}}{{ref|name=LOF|{{Cite Book|Lord of Souls}}}}
====The Great War====
 
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 with the Aldmeri Dominion 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. However, General Decianus allowed a great number of "invalids" to be discharged from the Legions before they marched east in an effort to drive the Altmeri back from [[Lore:Skaven|Skaven]]. These veterans formed the core of the army that eventually drove the Altmeri General [[Lore:Arannelya|Arannelya's]] forces back across the Alik'r late in 174, with the Dominion forces taking heavy losses on their retreat from harassing attacks by the Alik'r warriors.{{ref|name=TGW}} This successfully duped 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 end, 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 [[Skyrim:Dragonborn|Dragonborn]]}}{{ref|name=TIC}}
====Skyrim's Civil War====
 
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]]}}
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