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The Era of Order

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Author - General Aulus 


 

The following is an excerpt from the journal of one Logius Livius, an Elven scholar and historian.

1st of Frostfall, 8E 112

Since the fall of the Empire at the end of the Fourth Era, Tamriel has been a realm of chaos. The horrors of the Aldmeri Dominion in the Fifth Era and the Return of the Reman Dynasty in the Sixth Era contributed little more than madness to the history books; though very few history books survived through the violence of those times. It wasn't until the Seventh Era, when the "Orders of Order" and their armies unified the provinces of Tamriel under a single banner that the world would know some semblance of peace. Though the Order claimed to bring forth an era of prosperity to Tamriel, it was truly nothing more than another, different brand of madness than the ones that had dominated Tamriel in the previous eras. 

The Orders of Order were a collective of cultists that worshipped Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of Order. The Orders enforced Jyggalag's rule over Tamriel not by naming emperors or a high king to the Ruby Throne, but by enforcing the laws of Logic and Deduction. Much of what could have been known about the Orders has been lost to the chaos that engulfed Tamriel after their downfall at the end of the Seventh Era, but we have managed to scrape together a few fragments of precious information on how they operated. While we know for certain that there were hundreds of Orders that collectively made up the Orders of Order, all of which had a different role to play in the enforcement of Jyggalag's will on Tamriel, we only know of two of them in any significant detail: the Order of Scryers and the Order of Annalists.

The Scryers are said to have predicted future events using some form of mathematical equation centuries before the events had even occurred. These predicted events, which they called "Anticipated Histories", were then taken to the Annalists to be recorded and archived as if they had already taken place. As mad as all of this sounds, the Scryers predictions were proven to be quite accurate. Every birth and death of every individual was calculated to exact dates. The rise and fall of local leaders was predetermined and strictly enforced by the Orders. Even rebel armies and the battles they fought to challenge the authority of the Orders were archived and studied long before they ever came to pass. The conquests of General Aulus Cyprinius, the prevention of Landfall, the Maw of Voids, the departure of the Argonians- all foreseen by the Order of Scryers. They even precisely deducted the exact date of their very own defeat at the hands of the Hordes of Madness on the 9th of Sun's Dusk in 7E 3919; though they must have believed the numbers to be off in that equation since they didn't try very hard to prevent their own downfall from becoming a reality.  

To make matter during the Seventh Era worse, the other 16 Daedric Princes amped up their efforts to intervene in the affairs of Mundus. These Princes had already known what it was like to live in the shadow of the Prince of Order, and few of them wished to return to that state. They had defeated and stripped Jyggalag of his power once before eons ago, and believed that they could do it again and claim Mundus for themselves. Their meddling resulted in the War of Princes, the war between the forces of Oblivion that swallowed up all of Tamriel.

The Seventh Era was a time of madness indeed.
 

 

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