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Joined: 11/27/2018

HI, my name is Kristine! I've been a long time elder scrolls player, and have a huge interest in the lore of elder scrolls. I'm excited to be on here and to explore the lore with all of y'all! 

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Joined: 12/02/2018

Hello! I am not an automaton! or any-other sentient type mechanical fiend 
I'm glad this site exist, thank you! 

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That's exactly the sort of thing an automaton would say! 

(welcome!) 

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Joined: 12/08/2018

Hello! I’m Lee, and I’m very interested in making TES art! If anyone ever needs my services, don’t hesitate to contact me :) I paint, draw and do digital art but I certainly would love to expand the mediums I use as well.

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Hello.  I'm Crimson Paladin.  I'm sure some of you remember me.  I frequented the old lore forums on the the old Bethesda forums and was even here on the previous Storyboard for a while before redsrock paid me a hundred dream dollars to leave.  With the closure of those forums and the evident lack of success in the new forums, coupled with the fact that Reddit seems to have replaced the official forums for most lore discussion, I figure I should try and reconnect with old forumites in the hopes that with the passing of both the old TES Forums and old Storyboard, it's possible to let bygones be bygones.

I'm unsure if I'll be able to stay given previous drama with the previous Storyboard, so I figure I should use this as an opportunity to clear the air while I still have a line of contact with the people here- a lot of the stuff I said ten years ago, I was wrong about it.  I'm sorry for derailing the commentary thread, I should've just opted to not participate.  I'm sorry for being so stubbornly opposed to the revelation from MK about the disappearance of the dwarves, which has since become one of my favorite pieces of the lore even if it is just End of Evangelion.  I'm sorry for being so opposed to the thoughts of Obscure Texts being considered canon early on.  And I'm sorry if I offended anyone.

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Welcome to TIL!

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Joined: 01/01/2019

Hi I'm Ben. I thought I had already made an account but if so I can't find it. I just joined your Discord under the name Mandalore

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Joined: 06/26/2010

No hard feelings, Crimson. It's been like a decade and it's water under the bridge. 

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mandalore2385 wrote:
Hi I'm Ben. I thought I had already made an account but if so I can't find it. I just joined your Discord under the name Mandalore

Welcome! or welcome back i should say. anyway, I gave you the "member" role on the discord. so, yeah. there you go.

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I keep hearing about this drama on the old story board. It must have happened immediately after I left, though I suppose it was probably starting back in my day. I'm still bummed to hear that Toesock and dinmenel ended up gone.

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The whole deal with Toesock and Din happened long after the Storyboard. The old school stuff was more centered around that whole forum commentary thread and your classic canon arguments, as I recall, as well as a fair amount of interpersonal conflict. 

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Joined: 01/26/2019

Hi there,

My name's Astra (they/them) and I've been playing TES since Skyrim. I fell in love with the series and immediately went back and played oblivion (which was the only one I had access to at the time). I've been playing ESO for a couple of years now (I love it) and have been on and off trying to get through Morrowind for the last year or so. (Just picked it up again :P) Have played a little bit of Arena & Daggerfall and really appreciate how far the series has come.

As for my love of the lore, I really didn't know all that much, except that which was very obvious from the games. I love to read but tend to lose focus and motivation when it comes to the sheer amount of reading there is in TES and how dry (from my perspective) a lot of that reading it. A friend recently invited me to join a lore buff group, The Dreamsleeve, a sister group to the fan publication, the Tel Mora Independent. I was invited to join in their casual Lorecast and felt very much out of my element. Here there were people who have been studying this stuff for YEARS in detail and in depth and here I am all like "lol dragon breaks are a lazy plot device to explain splits in the linear story because of player choice".... this was me one month ago.

Anyway, because I felt utterly embarrased for how LITTLE I KNEW and how I could barely follow a conversation, I ended up digging into videos and audio, because those are the two ways I learn best, and came Aramithius' 'Written in Uncertainty' podcast, which is very beginner friendly and very in depth. I think it aims to be a 101 kinda thing which I can definitely see and LOVE. It gives you the foundation for basically all lorenerd stuff, which is something I DESPERATELY needed. Anyway. Here I am, down the rabbit hole.

Apologies for the lifestory. Hope it wasn't too painful <3

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Joined: 07/02/2010

Hi, I'm Ted Kaczynski. You may have read my book, Industrial Society and It's Future.

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Sup Ted. Nice to see the old ghosts are still around.

Astralura I am amazed to see that all these little groups and casts still show up. PS: Dragon breaks totally the result of going down a choose your own adventure books via all paths at the same time. Multiple story tellers, shared narratives, co-creation are all fundamental principles in the elder scrolls metaphysics. Not a hacky work around. Funny thing is. The high tech industry I'm working in right now is based on the same principles. I just fixed mending a six way dragon break (with two of my own branches). It's a bit hard to explain without going all Elfish.

 

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Owh and whats up Paladin?! I'd be surprised if you haven't changed in a decade. No hard feelings. All fiction is based on other fiction with the serial numbers filled off. I'm still running into things I recognize only because of the Elderscrolls.

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Good to see a familiar mask, Prow. Yes, Paladin was a surprise to see. I thought him lost in the Outer Realms for good, but then I remember the Web winds round, and we all tend to end up back here eventually. I just couldn't get into that newfangled Discord, or I'd stick around. Welcome, Astralura and others.

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Hey there, I'm Mythranil, and I'm here to expand my lore knowledge. I started my journey with Oblivion, and play ESO, Skyrim, and run a D&D 5E game set in Tamriel (3E 389) with my SO. I'm currently reading through all the lorebooks from Daggerfall onward, and will soon be chronicling my D&D game with character bios and session summaries somewhere online.

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Joined: 02/21/2019

Hi, I'm Miroslav. I'm a writer and mod creator who is making a mod about the starting of the Fifth Era and the cycle of hatred between the Aedra and Lorkhan, Elves and men. I made a whole alternate universe for this mod, with details of the society, ideology, and philosophy of the Mede Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, modeling both of them after actual nations that existed in the history.

As I have made a whole alternate universe and established a great amount of lore for this mod's setting - particularly the gaps that Bethesda's writers did not write for the Fourth Era - I would like to share them on the Fan-Fiction board; or if there is a more appropriate place, I would be glad to post there!

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Hey all,

I'm dBlod, and been a fan of TES since Morrowind released. I was really into learning as much as could about the lore for awhile. Played too much Oblivion and Skyrim and frequented the old bethesda forums. Wrote a d20 rule and setting book based on D&D 3.5 for running TES games. Haven't kept up with the lore for ten or so years and am finding I missed some exciting things like Hunting the Amaranth, c0da, etc. Anyway, TIL and UESP have been instrumental in my love for the series and it's been fun catching up on what's happened in the lore community since then.

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Oh man that's awesome Mythranil. A few people in my lore group are doing a similar game. It sounds like a great time and I'm honestly keen to try it out.

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Joined: 03/13/2019

          Hello. I go by several names, but please call me Akobel. I am known for being extremely active and involved in my projects and fandoms. I am the author and inventor of an original TTRPG, Valmyra. I write, compose music, paint/draw, and cosplay. I like to create my own props (scrolls, wands, magical artifacts, potions, etc), create characters and develop personalities as a pass-time, and game rather excessively.

I came to the Imperial Library in search of the histories of Skyrim, otherworldly beings, and magic... and I may show off some of my written works and characters if permitted.

I am looking forward to being part of this community, thank you!

- Akobel

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Joined: 03/13/2019

Hi all! I came here by way of recently deciding to play through Morrowind for the first time again since I played it back in 2002 or so, when I was a teenager. I never played the main quest all the way through back then, but I did this time (along with Tribunal and Bloodmoon), and I was incredibly impressed by the politics of Vvardenfell and the various conversations you had with Vivec about his godhood and perception of the world. That led to me wanting to learn more about the TES world, which led me to Aramithius' podcast, which led me here...and I'm loving it!

Anyway, I look forward to learning from the community, and to contributing once I've had some time to catch up on everything I've missed in the last 17 years!

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Hello! Welcome to the Library!

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I'm not new here exactly but this is my first time posting because I've been a little shy. There was just something I found incredibly intimidating about attempting to assert myself in an already pre-established lore community for such a popular franchise.

I joined the Imperial Library because I take a lot of notes while I play the Elder Scrolls games when I can't find the information I want online and my boyfriend recommended that I see about posting my content for others. I make no assumption that I can go straight into making submissions though.

I've been an Elder Scrolls fan since I started playing Skyrim back in 2015. Very oddly, I was bored for the first 13 or so hours that I spent playing the game. To this day I can't remember why I continued to play it even 2-3 hours in but I'm certainly glad I persevered.

I love reading and I was very keen on the books I kept finding during my travels around the Skyrim countryside. Eventually, I realised that the different books were connecting the dots of information I hadn't previously realised were even fully detailed subjects. Suddenly, I was hooked. I was a rookie loremaster.

To date, I've played Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online and a little of Oblivion and Elder Scrolls Legends. Though I've tried to be a completionist, it's very easy to get distracted by the mass amount of content in the games so I haven't yet technically finished the main story for any of them. I will be the first to admit that I probably should get around to doing so and I can only assure you that I'm working on it.

So, here I am. And it's an absolute pleasure to make your acquaintance.

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Welcome, everyone!

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Welcome. At the Inn of Ill Omen sleeps a man named Rufio. Kill him, and your initiation will be complete.

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Nevermore wrote:
I joined the Imperial Library because I take a lot of notes while I play the Elder Scrolls games when I can't find the information I want online and my boyfriend recommended that I see about posting my content for others. I make no assumption that I can go straight into making submissions though.

 

I used to do the same. Even made my own crude character map for the Dragon alphabet. Coincidentally, after roughly 4 years, I (along with Almaflexia) was tasked with adding a bunch of scripts from Skyrim to the Library (dragon alphabet included). I suggest you make a forum topic and share your notes. It could be interesting to read.

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Hello, I'm an OG gamer and have currently decided to really dive (back) into my favorite series - The Elder Scrolls. I'm aging myself a bit; however, I still remember buying my copy of Arena at a game store called Babbages. I believe they were bought out by Gamestop? Anyway, I purchased Arena and Hardball 5 ( I think it was 5). Hardball was a great baseball series for the PC only back then and I remember playing that for weeks before I even opened Arena! Well, once I opened and played Arena I was hooked. I remember Daggerfall as well, although I don't remember purchasing that one.  

Then of course there was Morrowind. The first of the 'modern day' games. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed at the scale of the game being so much smaller compared to the previous games. That was until I started really playing the game and being amazed at the level of detail. Gameplay will always trump graphics; however, I was blown away by the water in Morrowind and to this day have a fondness for the water in this game. 

Oblivion followed and is the games that I've played the most in the series. I sunk an ungodly amount of hours into Oblivion back in 2007-08. It's probably my favorite setting out of the three modern games. I'm a sucker for medieval/Tolkien fantasy. Boring for many I know and most OG gamers pick Morrowind for setting. Give me rolling hills, green forests, an emperor/king, knights (Imperial Legion soldiers on horseback patrolling the roads) and a save-the-world quest six days a week and twice on Sundas!

Skyrim was next and is close to Oblivion in hours played, albeit spread over many more years. While there are certainly elements of Skyrim that feel 'dumbed down' (dumbing down started in Oblivion to be sure), I still enjoy the game very much. I also think it has the most amazing mods out of the three. Tamriel Rebuilt notwithstanding. I mod my games heavily and in my opinion the modding community is, along with the lore community, the main reason these games have the popularity that they do.

Since this is a lore site it's probably a good idea if I mention my love for the lore. I probably spend more time reading/thinking about the lore more than I do playing the games. I'm fairly knowledgeable simply because I've been playing the games from the start. I also read and research most areas of the lore. Like anyone else I focus on the areas that interest me the most; however, I l do try and have a well-rounded knowledge of all lore.  My favorite areas of the lore- The Dwemer, Ayleids, necromancy, The Oblivion Crisis, why are the poor Argonians the red-headed step children of Tamriel, moon sugar and a bunch of stuff really. I like almost all of it, although I'm not a huge fan of the really esoteric stuff (e.g., parts of creation myths, dragon breaks, chim, etc.). 

Why the renewed interest in a gaming series where the last installment is nearly eight years old? A series where the next proper game is probably at least two years away (very optimistic I know). Unfortunately, it's for a sad reason. I am currently home on medical leave because of cancer. There is not a lot of activities that I currently have the energy for; however playing/modding/reading about TES is one hobby that I can occupy my time with. I fired up Skyrim again and forgot how much fun TES is.

To keep my mind occupied and distracted I have decided to play Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim again. All three heavily modded and all three with various characters and various playthroughs. I'm also going to dive into ESO. I know a lot of lore enthusiasts don't like ESO and maybe there will be some lore aspects that I will not like. However, it does seem like they have really made an effort to appeal to the fans. I'm also well aware that this game plays much differently than the aforementioned games. I played quite a bit of WOW for a few years so I'm prepared for the style I hope. I'm honestly not that picky and am certainly not one of those OG TES fans that think it's all down hill since Morrowind. A grognard I am not. 

Hopefully I can learn a lot from this site and I look forward to getting to know everyone. I apologize for writing a thesis - I can ramble a bit. 

TL;DR - I'm currently on medical leave and am going to play Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim (all heavily modded) with various characters and playthroughs. I'm also going to explore ESO mostly for the quests and lore aspects. I'm an OG TES fan and really enjoy modding and reading/learning about the lore as much as playing the games. 

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Joined: 03/28/2019

Hi im mark. Is this forum area still used i wonder.. 

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Interestingly enough we are looking for people who can make elder scrolls type art. Would you email ? Dev@rampagegames.net