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Champions against the Star-Wounded East
by Lars Battle-Born of Whiterun
A report on the Nordic Champions during the Skyrim Conquest of Morrowind.

Author's Note: I come from the ancestral clan of Whiterun known as Clan Battle-Born. My ancestor was among the Five Hundred Companions that was a part of the crew of Jorrvaskr and built Whiterun from the ground up, so my background has historical significance. At my family's crypt, I uncovered the journal of my great ancestor, Korst Battle-Born, a Thane of Whiterun during the reign of High King Vrage the Butcher, the 15th monarch of the Ysgramor Dynasty. The Jarl of Whiterun drafted Korst Battle-Born, to join Vrage's conquest over Morrowind, a movement that was spearheaded by the High King's prized general, Hungunthar Time-Eater, who hailed from The Pale. It had been a year since Vrage's invasion took place, when the majority of Morrowind was conquered and the Nordic Empire had established themselves in the Chimer's homeland. The following information comes from Korst Battle-Born's diary and is re-worded in a third person view.

Korst Battle-Born traveled to Hungunthar's stronghold in the region of Velothdril known as Dunkreath. A sizeable Nordic fort, reminiscent to the ancient and historic Old Fort. The moment he crossed the Dunmeth Pass, and witnessed the ruined city of Blacklight on the horizon, a wave of unfamiliarity had brushed over Korst, like many who arrive into Morrowind for the first time. Dunkreath was a boisterous and unclean city, where Nordic architects are crafting siege weapons and armor for their warriors. Because of his position as Thane, as well as his somewhat well-known reputation, Korst Battle-Born was appointed a General in his army. At Castle Dunkreath, he met the Warlord Hungunthar Time-Eater, along with other notable warriors of that time. The Warlord was described as a cold and stalwart man, with black-silver hair, adorned in traditional Nordic Carved Armor. He was considered no-nonsense and utterly loyal to High King Vrage, a true warrior himself. The news that Hungunthar was a tongue was common knowledge, specifically his proficiency with Slow Time. It was with this shout that the Warlord had managed to conquer Blacklight and the Great House Redoran. He addressed the Thanes formally and assigned them to the different campaigns across Morrowind. Korst Battle-Born was sent across the Sea of Ghosts to the recently-founded city of Dagon Fel, and the Tongue War-Chief, Derek the Tall, and the Warlord's son, Tohan Silver-Crown.

Derek the Tall's name is by all means no exaggeration. By the words of Korst Battle-Born, "he was one tall bastard!" Derek the Tall comes from the forest-town of Falkreath, home of the Skjoralmor Clan. It is said that Derek was a bastard descendant of Bjarfrud Skjoralmor, the founder of Falkreath Hold. Many of his soldiers liked to think that Derek was a giant that pretended to be a Nord, which was only enforced by his unkempt appearance. With long hair and beard that looks one of the same, like a typical giant. But Derek's tall demeanor does not mean he was entirely menacing, he was cloud-headed, simple, and a prime example of Nordic hospitality but a shrewd tactician and honored warrior that defeated the Dwarves of Bthungthumz, known for their dangerous Mechanical Colossi. While he focused on the campaign at hand, his contemporary, Tohan Silver-Crown concentrate on the land that they had already claimed. Tohan was known for his Helmet of Adamantium, which is made from a scarce metal in Skyrim. He was a short but proud and intelligent man, a powerful combination in early Skyrim's provincial history. The young warrior was more of a politician and focused on expanding Dagon Fel into a prosperous industrial town, hoping to move the Conquest's headquarters to his castle. But this never happened. Tohan had never experienced battle following the founding of Dagon Fel, where he remained throughout the Nordic Occupation. Derek's armies stationed themselves across the archipelago of Sheogorad, as well as the Grazelands of northeast Vvardenfell. It was reported that they stalled their attack on House Telvanni, knowing their lack of concern, yet their expertise in battle magic. Derek's armies took hold across the western-half of Vvardenfell, rendezvousing with the main army under Hungunthar's control.

"The Champion's Fates:"'

Derek the Tall's death was the ultimate spark of the Chimeri rebellion. When news of the Direnni uprising had reached Morrowind, the former Queen of Necrom, Almalexia and her consort, Indoril Nerevar orchestrated a rebellion in the city walls and retook the city. The elderly Derek was in Hel-Nim-Wolk at the time, preparing for Nerevar's impending assault on the stronghold. The Battle of Hel-Nim-Wolk occurred at the dead of night, and ended with the death of Derek the Tall, who was killed by Nerevar and the news became a warning to Jarl Tohan Silver-Crown. Open rebellion across Morrowind had taken place in the following week. Nerevar and Telvanni warriors had besieged the city-state of Dagon Fel, forming a blockade that prevented Tohan's escape from his castle. Indoril Nerevar killed Tohan in what has been described as an epic battle. Despite Tohan's lack of experienced battle, he was an excellent swordsman. Tohan was beheaded by Queen Almalexia, and his body was cast into the ocean. His head was used as a threat and warning to the disgruntled Vegunthar Chrono-Walker, and his helm was sealed in the ancient Velothi temple of Onnissiralis, assuming that the ruins would sink or erode. Unlike his lover, Nerevar had preserved Derek's body, knowing the warrior's true nature and respecting him. His body was interred in a Nordic tomb underneath Dagon Fel, which was kept a secret from Almalexia. Historians from Windhelm later came to move Derek's body to the Tomb of the Skjoralmor Clan in 3E 402, following a revelation that Derek was indeed a son of Skjoralmor.

Jorg Helmbolg was one of the most successful in their conquest over Morrowind. Jorg Helmbolg's talent in the Thu'um was comparable to that of Hungunthar or even Vrage the Gifted, but Korst's information about the War-Chief comes from rumors while stationed at the Chimer stronghold of Hel-Nim-Wolk. Jorg was an orphaned farm boy that lived in the wilderness of Eastmarch, raised by the priestess known as the Keepers of the Grove, in the holy forest of Kynesgrove. Vrage had taken notice of Jorg's existence when the Dragon renegade, Sahloknir attacked Kynesgrove and was killed by Jorg Helmbolg's hand. From then on, he was raised into Vrage's armies and was accepted as the High King's adopted son, but not his heir apparent. Jorg's troops swiftly took control of Virak Pass and unleashed a storm across the region of Stonefalls. His contemporary was the High King's half-brother, Olmgerd the Outlaw, a former outcast during his father's reign and became an outlaw in the Reach, but following Vrage's ascension, he was pardoned and made an honorary member of the Ysgramorsen Clan. Olmgerd, known as the Stone-Ogre, was a brute, but of honor. He was exiled for his rebellious nature, his lack of proper kingliness and undesired to change. Jorg Helmbolg and Olmgerd's conquest spanned central Morrowind, and the former took the city of Ebonheart as his seat of power, the former capital of Morrowind. All the while, Olmgerd terrorized the Deshaan countryside, burning the villages across the southern woods and eventually moving towards the Thornmarsh peninsula, where the city-state of Tear was located. Olmgerd's execution of King Slathil Dres marked the end of Chimeri rule over Resdayn and the beginning of the Nordic reign.

The Champion's Fate: The former monarchs of Ebonheart, the Ra'athim Clan escaped to Firemoth Island, where their patriarch, King Kronin Ra'athim used powerful illusion magic to cover the island in an impassible fog. When news of Queen Almalexia and Indoril Nerevar's rebellion reached their doors, the family staged an assault onto their former city. Using an underground passage, Prince Cruethys Ra'athim dueled Jorg Helmbolg in a Nordic Traditional Duel for leadership. The Chimer Prince had narrowly defeated the Nordic Champion and seized the crown. Jorg Helmbolg's remains were not recovered by the Nordic Empire. It is said that his head is kept as a trophy in Castle Ra'athim's treasure room. When news of Helmbolg's death had reached Olmgerd, his militia traveled to Ebonheart, to kill the newly-sworn prince and his family. However, he was greeted by King Kronin himself, known for his expertise as a battlemage. The Battle of Tukushapal rocked Azura's Coast, swallowing the eponymous battlefield. King Kronin and Olmgerd were both killed in their battle, the Kind was interred in the Ra'athim Ancestral Tomb while Olmgerd was buried in Tukushapal, where the Marvani Clan prepared a Nordic burial, by the request of the King himself. His Nordic battleaxe, the Stormkiss was kept with him and his location was lost to time.

Author's Note: The book ends here, my ancestor, Korst Battle-Born died on the battlefield and his remains were recovered by his childhood friend on the battle, one Tharstan Grey-Mane. The date is unknown, but it precedes the ascension of Hungunthar's successor, Vegunthar Chrono-Walker. For completion sake, we will cover Vegunthar's story and rap up these stories.

King Hungunthar Time-Eater ruled over Resdaynia until his untimely death in 1E 355, his youngest son, Vegunthar Chrono-Walker took the position as King, contemporary with High King Gellir, who conquered the vast city of Nchuand-Zel and turned it to the modern-day city of Markarth. The High King was the prodigal son of the former King Hungunthar, inheriting his skills in the Voice and his battle prowess. Vegunthar's battle at the Obsidian Gorge gave the Nords the leverage to infiltrate the Hlaalu and Dres territories of southern Morrowind. As Olmgerd Stone-Ogre took control of Tear and defeat Baron-King Slathil Dres, Vegunthar swiftly claimed the Narsis lake plains. King Nevurem Hlaalu pleaded forgiveness and ceded the Kingdom to Prince Vegunthar, but was killed nonetheless. The Prince attained the role of Jarl of the Hlaalu region until the death of his father. When it was time he had to bury his father, he buried him at their ancestral home, the fort-town of Korvanjund. He was interred in the deepest crypt of Korvanjund's Temple of the World-Eater. Vegunthar's reign over Resdaynia was strict. His attempt to sustain the large Hold was admirable, but the lands where his dominion had reached its limit were lawless and riddled with Reavers. Surprisingly, King Vegunthar managed to outlive the Ysgramor Dynasty when High King Borgas was killed in faraway Valenwood. The elder King did not intend to interfere with the growing political strife across Skyrim. He lent his support to King Hanse, a descendant of the Ysgramorsen Clan, but it was not enough for the Jarl-Prince to claim his rightful title as the High King. Eventually, King Vegunthar was involved in the conflict, roughly by 1E 393. Using the knowledge from Chimeri warfare, the King made his campaign for the throne all the more apparent.

The Champion's Fate: His participating has been accredited for Skyrim's loss in the territory. Several figures across Resdaynia took over the land, Queen Almalexia in Molagreahd, King Kronin in Ebonheart, Dumac Dwarfking in Vvardenfell, Battle-Maiden Yoriss in Velothdril, Prince Ulseth Hlaalu in Narsis, and the Warmonger of Thornmarsh. By 1E 415, the capital of Dunkreath was sacked by Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarfking, and his remaining forces spilled into the Sea of Ghosts. The historic battle that followed suite was known as the Battle of Sheogorad Strait, or the Battle of Red Mountain to the Dunmer, consisted of Sheogorad, the Dagoth-Ur Ashlands, and the surrounding ocean. Skyrim's last resort to retaining their hold, but it was in vain. Vegunthar's armies in Skyrim's War of Succession were slowly turning on their leader, fleeing to Morrowind where they helped their brothers defeat the conquerors. The King's plan was to rendezvous with King Hanse in Winterhold, but upon learning of his untimely death, he was cornered. His armada obliterated by the advanced technology of Dumac Dwarfking and his warriors killed by Indoril Nerevar's forces. According to Dunmer historians, Vegunthar was killed by Indoril Nerevar, but his body was never seen in the aftermath. Not even ancient records from Arkngthunch-Sturdumz, whose people were heavily involved in the battle, were unable to provide info on Vegunthar's whereabouts. Regardless, the Chimer and the Dwemer reclaimed their homes and established the First Council But sometime in the mid-First Era, the Legend of the Sunken Daemon, an interesting name, to say the least, appeared in the same region of the Sea of Ghosts. A ghastly-figure in ancient armor weighed down by an iron anchor. He whispers a soul-wrenching song that slows time around their victim. Now I'm not saying that this "Sunken Daemon" is the Vegunthar of yore. How can a First Era King be a haunting spirit well into the Fourth Era? But it is an interesting theory, he was known as the Chrono-Walker for his unique talents, but no one can surely travel through time. But his description and Vegunthar's demise certainly match. Maybe they couldn't recover his body was because he sank into the sea, presumingly by Indoril Nerevar. But who is to say.