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The books from Daggerfall

Fiction

Histories & Biographies

  • A Brief History of the Empire - Stronach
    A nice account, covers the whole 3rd Era, from the conquests of Tiber Septim to the reign of Uriel VII. Retells the storyline of TES: Arena. The composition and the tone of this work reminded me of "Annals of Kings and Rulers".
  • A Compilation of Redguard History - Anonymous
    This is another version of Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes.
  • A History of Daggerfall - Odiva Gallwood
    A surprisingly unbiased overview of Daggerfalll, and the Iliac Bay area in general.
  • Biography of Queen Barenziah - Stem Gamboge
    An "official" version of Queen Barenziah's early years. Approach this book only after reading "The Real Barenziah".
  • Divad the Singer - Destri Melarg
    Tells about Divad, son of Frandar Hunding. Read alongside other stories about Redguards and Sword-singers.
  • Galerion The Mystic - Asgrim Kolsgreg
    A short story about the first Archmagister of the Mages Guild
  • Notes For Redguard History - Destri Melarg
    Summary of Destri Melarg's magnum opus about Redguard Sword-Singers.
  • Redguards, History and Heroes - Destri Melarg
    This version tells mainly of Frandar Hunding.
  • The Brothers of Darkness - Pellarne Assi
    Tells how the religious organization called Morag Tong evolved into a business called Dark Brotherhood.
  • The Fall of the Usurper - Palaux Illthre
    Another inquiry in political history, this work discusses how the defeat of Camoran the Usurper was arranged by the joint forces of High Rock, led by Dwynnen.
  • The Madness of Pelagius - Tsathenes
    A story about Emperor Pelagius III Septim. Read in conjunction with other historical accounts.
  • The Origin of The Mages Guild - Salarth
    How Vanus Galerion made Magic available to everyone. Describes the structure of the Guild, which is not relevant to gameplay.

Information & Records

Jokes, Songs, Poems & Plays

  • A Dubious Tale of the Crystal Tower - Bibenus Geon
    An eons old joke about an actor who was hired by a Zoo.
  • Banker's Bet - Porbert Lyttumly
    An old joke about a person who made living off of bets.
  • Fools' Ebony - Frincheps
    An interesting, somewhat funny reading. Contains some lewd hints, but nothing explicit. Rather long.
  • Healer's Tale - Anonymous
    A well-known medical joke. Contains a minor gameplay hint.
  • Jokes - Butha Sunhous
    Mostly old ones. Gives you an idea of different races of Tamriel though.
  • Rude Song - Anonymous
    Not so rude, but quite naughty. A rare example of poetry.
  • The Alik'r - Enric Milnes
    Impressions of a poetic nature who seems to have fallen in love with the Alik'r Desert of Hammerfell. Reminded me of Herbert's "Dune".
  • The Arrowshot Woman - Anonymous
    An ancient blonde joke.
  • The Epic of the Grey Falcon - Anido Jhone, editor
    A popular joke about a shipwreck survivor.

Religion, Myths, Legends & Metaphysics

  • An Overview Of Gods and Worship In Tamriel - Brother Hetchfeld
    A naive introduction into theology. Contains gameplay hints on interaction with temples, but these are obvious.
  • Ark'ay the God - Mymophonus the Scribe
    How a shopkeeper called Ark'ay became a god. Looks like a folk tale.
  • Ghraewaj and the Harpies - Tidasus
    The legend about the origin of harpies, which connects them to the worshippers of Daedric Prince Nocturnal.
  • Invocation of Azura - Sigillah Parate
    Written by a Daedra worshipper. Contains critical gameplay info!
  • Mara's Tear - Zhen
    Child's fairy tale.
  • Oelander's Hammer: An Instructive Tale For Children - Krowle
    Child's tale directly referencing "The Ebon Arm".
  • Of Jephre - Anonymous
    A legend about Jephre, the Wood Elven god.
  • The Ebon Arm - Witten Rol
    A story about Reymon Ebonarm, the God of War.
  • The First Scroll of Baan Dar - Arkan
    An story about mysterious Baan Dar, the Bandit God. In the game there are shrines devoted to him.
  • The Legend of Lovers Lament - Croll Baumoval
    A romantic legend.
  • The Light and The Dark - Irek Unterge
    This work is the precursor to all the theology that surfaced in and after TES:Redguard. It mentions the struggle of the two entities, Order and Chaos, it also mentions et'Ada... In other words, The Monomyth and its aspects evolved from this book.
  • The Sage - Aegrothius Goth
    A story about a great mage who spent numerous years learning and researching, finally settled in the Kurallian mountains in High Rock and started teaching younger Mages. Looks like this story was initially meant as a gameplay hint, but I don't know about anything of the like in the game.
  • The Story of Lysirius - Bresne Smythe
    A story about a hero who had a gift from Boethiah, a shield called Fearstruck.
  • Wabbajack - Anonymous
    A child accidentally summons Sheogorath instead of Hermaus Mora, and pays the price.

Pamphlets

Research

  • A Scholar's Guide to Nymphs - Vondham Barres
    How a nymph made a scholar abandon his scholarly ways.
  • Fragment: On Artaeum - Taurce il-Anselma
    The Isle of Artaeum is the home of the Psijic Order.
  • Mysticism: The Unfathomable Voyage - Tetronius Lor
    Tells about the origins of the magic school of Mysticism, which lies in the Psijic teachings.
  • On Oblivion - Morian Zenas
    An introductory guide to Oblivion. Lists all Great Daedra. Contains a minor gameplay hint.
  • The Faerie - Szun Triop
    A book about creatures that never made it into the game.

Other

  • Bothdorji Scroll - Anonymous
    Found in one of the quests in Daggerfall. Its purpose is summoning a Fire Daedra.

Journals, Notes & Correspondence

  • The Memory Stone - Makela Leki
    Personal diary of Leki, one of the Redguard warrior-saints. Connects tightly to Destri Melarg's cycle about Sword-Singers. Leki (or, rather, her image) played a major role in TES: Redguard.
  • Vampires of the Iliac Bay - Anonymous
    Like "On Lycantropy", it's a players' guide to being a vampire.