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The Golden Age of the Tribunal
The Dunmer were, of course, startled to see how their skin had changed from the color of pale gold into a dark ashen grey, and how their eyes had become red, but Sotha Sil assured them it was a blessing.{{ref|name=TBORM}} Few knew or understood what had happened to them or the transformation of these new living gods, but most came to accept them and worship them as their new deities.{{ref|name=TBORM}} They incorporated the existing worship of Daedra and ancestors into a new [[Lore:Tribunal Temple|Tribunal Temple]], and each founded large cities bearing their own names, to act as their personal capitals (Vivec's was on the southern coast of [[Lore:Vvardenfell|Vvardenfell]], and was the largest on the whole island).{{ref|name=GTVV}}{{ref|name=DUP|{{Cite Book|Dagoth Ur's Plans}}}} As the Tribunal harnessed their powers, they apparently learned, among a great many other things, how to remove the appearance of the curse upon themselves. Vivec chose to appear as both Chimer and Dunmer. But one group never accepted the Tribunal: the Ashlanders. The contention that the Tribunal murdered Nerevar is derived from Ashlander oral tradition, and was flatly contradicted by all orthodox Tribunal Temple traditions.{{ref|name=VAM}} Nonetheless, the tale became firmly established in the Dunmer imagination, as if to say, "Of course Vivec would never have conspired to murder Lord Nerevar, but it happened so long ago... who can know the truth?"{{ref|name=VAM}} Vivec denied it if asked, and attributed the story to [[Lore:Alandro Sul|Alandro Sul]], a disgruntled Ashlander who served as Nerevar's shield-companion.
 
From their inception as deities around 1E 700 to the latter half of the [[Lore:Second Era|Second Era]], the Tribunal flourished and exhibited great heroism with their divinity, but it was Vivec who exhibited the greatest heroism and who became the most popular with the people.{{ref|name=VAM}} Vivec distinguished himself as an unstoppable force and shrewd commander in the [[Lore:Four-Score War|Four-Score War]], which started in {{Year|1E 2840}} and lasted until the end of the First Era in {{Year|1E 2920|2920}}, which he helped finally bring to an end with a de facto victory for the Dunmer using his diplomatic prowess with him signing the Cervant Truce in [[Lore:Caer Suvio|Caer Suvio]].{{ref|name=2920L|{{Cite Book|2920, The Last Year of the First Era}}}} He saved the Dunmer people from certain death on numerous occasions, such as when he flooded a small part of [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]] and killed the [[Lore:Akaviri|Akaviri]] invaders around {{Year|2E 572}} (in fact, the Tribunal repelled at least two Akaviri invasions from Morrowind).{{ref|name=PGE3M}} Possessed with an unmatched, unique perspective on the course of history, Vivec was able to foresee the meteoric rise of General [[Lore:Talos|Talos]] to heavenly and earthly prominence, eventually leading him to cease hostile resistance and ally himself with [[Lore:Cyrodiil|Cyrodiil]] (though he and the other Tribunes ensured Morrowind maintained its autonomy).{{ref|name=PGE3M}}
 
He was one of the more active members of the Tribunal, prolific both in poetry and in the writing of his own versions of history and philosophy. As well as playing a role as a political leader (to this end he created the [[Lore:Buoyant Armiger|Buoyant Armiger]]s, a personal military order who exemplify his best traits), he was and is still considered a final authority on many esoteric and metaphysical concepts, such as the means of attaining divinity - the Walking Ways.