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Lore:Night of Tears

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:''This article describes the event known as the '''Night of Tears'''. For the related book, see '''[[Lore:Night of Tears (book)|Night of Tears (book)]]'''.''
[[File:SR-quest-The Eye of Magnus.jpg|thumb|right|The Eye of Magnus, the supposed cause for the Night of Tears]]
The '''Night of Tears''' is the night an Elven force attacked and burned the first human city of Skyrim, [[Lore:Saarthal|Saarthal]], built by the first Nordic inhabitants. <ref name=NoT>{{Cite book|Night of Tears (book)}}</ref> In retaliation, [[Lore:Ysgramor|Ysgramor]], the leader of the human colonization effort and the founder of the [[Lore:Companions|Companions]], drove the elves out of [[Lore:Solstheim|Solstheim]] and [[Lore:Skyrim|Skyrim]]. <ref name=NoT/> <ref name=BtAoM>{{Cite book|Before the Ages of Man}}</ref> <ref name=FotSP>{{Cite book|Fall of the Snow Prince}}</ref> The reason for the Night of Tears has been lost to time, but it is speculated that it was spurred by a discovery of something beneath the city of Saarthal, which prompted the elves to destroy the city to claim the power for themselves. <ref name=NoT/> While it is impossible to know if this was the true cause for the Night of Tears, it was later discovered by the [[Lore:College of Winterhold|College of Winterhold]] that a powerful artifact was hidden within the ruins of Sarthaal, which they dubbed "[[Lore:Eye of Magnus|The Eye of Magnus]]". <ref name=Skyrim>Events of [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]].</ref>
 
The reason for the Night of Tears has been lost to time, but it is speculated that it was spurred by a discovery of something beneath the city of Saarthal, which prompted the elves to destroy the city to claim the power for themselves. <ref name=NoT/> While it is impossible to know if this was the true cause for the Night of Tears, it was later discovered by the [[Lore:College of Winterhold|College of Winterhold]] that a powerful artifact was hidden within the ruins of Sarthaal, which they dubbed "[[Lore:Eye of Magnus|The Eye of Magnus]]". <ref name=Skyrim>Events of [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]].</ref> Another proposed theory for the Night of Tears is that the elves feared that the humans' culture would surpass their own and so sought to drive the humans from their lands. This particular theory however may reflect the human-centric bias of its proponents. <ref name=PGE1>{{Cite book|Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Skyrim}}</ref>
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