The Orc homeland of Orsinium has had a troubled history. Indeed, for most of the past two thousand years [[Lore:Orsinium|Orsinium]] has existed only in the dreams of the Orc people. The current land, sometimes called Nova Orsinium, is the second incarnation of an [[Lore:Orc|Orc]] homeland in the [[Lore:Wrothgarian Mountains|Wrothgarian Mountains]] of [[Lore:High Rock|High Rock]]. The first was a creation of the tenth century of the [[Lore:Second Era|Second Era]], a refuge for Orcs harried from High Rock, [[Lore:Cyrodiil|Cyrodiil]], and [[Lore:Skyrim|Skyrim]] by the expansions of the Empires of the men and mer.
High in the mountains, far from their enemies, the Orc chieftain Torug gro-Igron brought his people together. A few huts grew into more permanent structures as word spread to the far-flung Orcs of [[Lore:Tamriel (continent)|Tamriel]] that there was a civilization on the rise that would welcome them from their wanderings. If the Myth of [[Lore:Mauloch|Mauloch]] is to be believed, the Orcs or Orsimer had been pariah of the land for two hundred years, and if it is not true, their destitution was even longer. The dream of Orsinium was too beautiful not to be sought.
It is impossible to achieve an objective look at the reality of the first Orsinium. The chronicles of the time paint a picture of a fortress ruled by savage law, leading raids on its neighbors along the [[Lore:Bjoulsae River|Bjoulsae River]]. According to Orc historians, though, it was a utopia, a peaceable land of agriculture and commerce. The truth is likely somewhere in between, but all written and archeological evidence was destroyed in the Siege of Orsinium. For thirty years, a joint military force from [[Lore:Daggerfall|Daggerfall]], [[Lore:Sentinel|Sentinel]], and the [[Lore:Ansei|Ansei]] [[Lore:Order of the Diagna|Order of Diagna]] attempted to breach the seemingly impenetrable walls of Torug gro-Igron's fortress kingdom. In {{Year|1E 980}}, they succeeded, annihilating all who lived within, scattering the stones into dust.
The Orsimer exodus was long and particularly deleterious to the character of its people. They had never been well-regarded by the other inhabitants of Tamriel, but now, with no hope, they became little more than monsters. Other Orcs with vision attempted to create homelands over the next three thousand years, but all were attacked and destroyed before they could take root.