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The {{Lore Link|Armistice}}, also known as '''The Treaty of the Armistice''', was signed sometime in the final years of the {{Lore Link|Second Era}}.{{ref|name=TAH|{{Cite Book|The Arcturian Heresy}}}}{{ref|name=Artisa|[[Morrowind:Artisa Arelas|Artisa Arelas]]' dialogue in [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}}{{ref|name=Morrowind|Events of [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} It created a lasting peace between [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]] and the [[Lore:Third Empire|Cyrodilic Empire]], furthering Emperor [[Lore:Tiber Septim|Tiber Septim]]'s dream of a unified [[Lore:Tamriel|Tamriel]] in the final years of the [[Lore:Second Era|Second Era]]. It was signed as the result of a personal meeting between Tiber Septim and the [[Lore:Dunmer|Dunmer]] god [[Lore:Vivec|Vivec]], which took place after several Empire-won battles, one of which laid waste to {{Lore Link|Mournhold}}.{{ref|name=OM|{{Cite Book|On Morrowind}}}}{{ref|name=BOB1|{{Cite Book|Biography of Barenziah, v 1}}}} Though it was not known to the population at large, the {{Lore Link|Tribunal}} had grown weaker and more isolated ever since the awakening of [[Lore:Dagoth Ur|Dagoth Ur]] and the loss of access to the [[Lore:Heart of Lorkhan|Heart of Lorkhan]] circa {{Year|2E 882}}.{{ref|name=DUP|{{Cite Book|Dagoth Ur's Plans}}}} Thus, Vivec was practically compelled to negotiate with Septim, whom he expressed respect for in his writings.{{ref|name=LOV19|{{Cite Book|36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 19}}}}{{ref|name=LOV34|{{Cite Book|36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 34}}}} On the Empires side, Tiber Septim felt similarly compelled to reach a truce instead of dealing with the three livings gods and the lingering threat of the returning Dagoth Ur.{{ref|name=PGE3M|{{Cite Book|PGE|3|Morrowind}}}} Many Dunmer were shocked and angered by what they viewed as the Tribunal's betrayal.{{ref|name=Orvas|[[Morrowind:Orvas Dren|Orvas Dren]]'s dialogue in [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}}
The terms of the Armistice were intended to make Morrowind a part of the Empire, while also allowing it a large degree of autonomy.{{ref|name=Artisa}} To succeed in this, Tiber Septim knew that he would have to severely limit Morrowind's military power. Accordingly, he successfully demanded Morrowind's surrender of [[Lore:Numidium|Numidium]] to the Empire and its acceptance of a substantial Imperial presence in terms of Legion soldiers.{{ref|name=TAH}} In exchange, Morrowind was permitted to keep its autonomy, maintaining the power of the Tribunal Temple and the Great Houses,{{ref|name=OM}} while being supervised by Imperial representatives in the capital, [[Lore:Almalexia (city)|Almalexia City]], and in each of the six newly-created administrative districts.{{ref|name=ASHOM|{{Cite Book|A Short History of Morrowind}}}} Additionally, and perhaps most importantly in the minds of Dunmer elites, the practice of slavery in Morrowind was protected by the Empire.{{ref|name=BB|{{Cite Book|Brown Book of 3E 426}}}} Dunmer religious practices were similarly protected.{{ref|name=OM}}