The Improved Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel — Author Foreward

(Rough draft of my Foreword for the Improved Guide – not sure if I’ll get this much space in the final, however.)

Tamriel is embroiled in turmoil and insurrection. Catastrophe and war may be inevitable. The inhabitants [I’ll call them savages and foreigners] of the Provinces merge into great packs and seek to undermine Cyrodiil, to grab the great bastion of power for their own illegitimate causes. The Empire is in need of heroes and bravery, as well as cartographers, unimpeachable journeymen swift of foot and with wit at the tip of their quills…

Venestinius Perquitienus. Fronto Maecilius. Helgreir Lute-Voice. All seasoned travelers, scribes, and emissaries with multitudinous volumes in the Imperial Library. And now Flaccus Torentius :seeks to join their: is added to their elite ranks.

It is with great pride and honor that I was chosen by His Excellency Chancellor Abnur Tharn to provide our leaders with accurate verbal and pictorial evidence of the upheaval across Tamriel. Chancellor Tharn is wise and just, placing his trust in such an unworthy untested academic and granting me the power and title of Envoy-Scholar to the Empress Regent. This is testament to his incorruptible nature. [Perhaps a little to unctuous?]

It is my intention to create a guide both thorough and comprehensive in nature, while at the same time grief and compact so as to be easily accessible, yet also colorful and personalized, but offering critical and accurate observations.

The Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel was a sterling effort for its time, and young Emperor Leovic was justly proud of this first to his flitting power. Such an undertaking is reflected in this revised and illustrated tome, as the many accurate parts of the original book are placed within their new contemporary context. However, since Leovic’s time, Imperial lore keepers have been frustrated by the more egregious inaccuracies, just as many historians have winced at the outdated anachronisms, demanding a complete revision. Lament no more, all men of learning!

As Stendarr witnesses the tempest of my enthusiasm, my exploration shall gather accurate and recent evidence, written in an unbiased and meticulous manner to surprise and delight. Revelations about Tamriel’s denizens and inhabitants will change your entire outlook on Tamriel – that I guarantee you!

The rolling pastures and inferior fortresses of High Rock. The strange customs and seething deserts of Hammerfell. The primitive Orc strongholds and rock screes of Wrothgar and the Reach. The incessant chill and bleak mountains of Skyrim. The choking gray ash and fungal delights of Morrowind. The fetid swamps and deviant lizard-folk of Black Marsh. Re plague-ridden savannas of Elsweyr. The ancient audacity and graceful loftiness of Summerset’s Altmer. And the fickle forest-dwellers of Valenwood. All the lands of men, mer, and more!

Any cobblestone, upturned rock, of gnarled tree not mentioned on these divinely inspired pages is of worth knowing  about. [These are all inaccurate but educated guesses. I’ve never been farther from home than Bruma.] The result is a guidebook so superior that previous publications of this nature have but two new uses: to fill the heaths or line the windows of an improperly isolated hovel.

:It is my heartfelt desire that: I dare hope that you, gentle reader, may enjoy this interminable drudgery humble offering and, furthermore, may wish to convey your pleasant satisfaction to the publisher, so that the author’s subsequent works may continue to grace the bookshelves of every library center of learning, and perhaps even tavern of Tamriel.

Assuming you peasants can read and aren’t content to dribble on the pages while stabbing an excitable but dirty finger at my pristine paintings.

I am but one nobleman and envoy, but I work for the edification of many.

Flaccus Torentius
6th of Rain’s Hand, 2E 578, Bravil

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