Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition

This Pocket Guide was written in the early years of Tiber Septim’s reign, and contains Imperial propaganda and biased information. As such, it is not only an overview of Tamriel and its inhabitants, but also of how those lands and peoples are viewed by the Empire.

In addition to the Imperial document, notes appear throughout by one “Y.R.,” who appears to be an elf with strong anti-Imperial sentiments. Y.R.’s notes appear in red at the bottom of the text, with the section of the main text that they refer to likewise highlighted in red.

The document uses Common Era to refer to what we now call the Second Era. 

Our transcription includes some information not available in the final version of the Pocket Guide. The information was taken from the Pocket Guide design document, provided to the Library by Michael Kirkbride.

and its environs

Being a Description of the Lands
and the Divers Customs of the Inhabitants

and furthermore a useful history of those places
of interest by Nature of their
Locations & Influence.


To the unswerving Commitment to Truth and Knowledge
of His Most Discerning Majesty the Emperor Tiber Septim

Promulgated under the Authority of the Imperial Geographical Society

CE 864

Scions of Emperors, King of Earth and Sky,
Lord of Shining Hosts,
Protector of Oathman, Freeman and Yeoman,
Guarantor of Right and Justice,
Broad Blessing of Thrones and Powers,
Cynosure of Celestial Glory,
The Most High Tiber Septim

The 8 Invocations and 16 acceptable Blasphemes.

To AKATOSH whose perch from Eternity allowed the Day.
To KYNARETH who returns the Masculine Breath.
To DIBELLA who pay Men in Moans.
To ARKAY who braves the Diminuendo.
To JULIANOS who incants the Damned Equation.
To MARA who fills the Empty and drains the Stones.
To ZENITHAR who Provider of our Ease.
To STENDARR who suffers Men to read.

.noitaripsnI fo tnuoF eht HAIHTEOB oT
.neM fo ecneicsnoC eht flaH si ohw ENICRIH oT
.syawediS egaugnaL lla skaeps ohw HTACALAM oT
.nuS gnizalB si ssertsim esohw NOGAD SENURHEM oT
.neM fo retrofmoC eht HTAROGOEHS oT
.luoF tsoM si htaerB esohw LAB GALOM oT
.reverof erudne skroW esohw ARIMAN oT
.seviw fo riaH eht htiw eldeeN eht sdaerht ohw ALAHPEM oT
.srewsna syawla ohw ELIV SUCIVALC oT
.kniM si hcuoT esohw LANRUTCON oT
.kcoR gnillaF si noitadnuoF esohw ETIYREP oT
.seloH lla fo miR eht ARUZA oT
.munelP eht sniatnoc ohw AIDIREM oT
.thgiL eht ot repaP eht sdloh ohw AROM SUEAMREH oT
.tiurF nevahS eht setsat ohw ENIUGNAS oT
.ylponaP eht fo revaeW AMINREAV oT


With the dawn of a new era before us, it is time that we take stock of where we have been and where we are, in order to better illuminate the way ahead. Written in celebration of the Battle of Hunding Bay, which marked the return of all human kingdoms to the unchallenged rule1 of the Cyrodilic Emperor, this pamphlet seeks to briefly describe the present provinces of the Empire and the surrounding regions– their history, people and current condition. We strove to balance timeliness with accuracy and completeness; if we have erred in our zeal to place this valuable guide in the hands of interested citizens everywhere, we beg the kind reader’s indulgence.

The Empire stretches across Tamriel, the largest known continent of the World. To the north of Tamriel is Atmora, from whence the Men of the World came. To the west is Yokuda, the lost native land of the Redguards. To the east is Akavir, whose armies invaded Tamriel in the previous era. To the south all is mystery and the whisper of a lost Elven homeland2.

Tamriel itself is generally divided into eight major regions: Skyrim, Cyrodiil, High Rock, the Aldmeri Dominion of the Summerset Isles and Valenwood, Hammerfell, Morrowind, and the Elsweyr Confederacy. Some of these, such as Morrowind or Skyrim, have historically been unified into kingdoms; others, such as High Rock or Elsweyr, are looser groupings of many kingdoms, chiefdoms, village confederations, and so forth, united under a dominant race or culture. At its zenith, the Second Empire formally organized these disparate groups into the Imperial Provinces, which were administered by provincial governors, either dispatched directly from Cyrodiil or appointed from the native populations. (Morrowind is a notable exception, having never been conquered by the original Cyrodilic Empire and, thus escaping investment as an Imperial Province.). With the fall of the Cyrodilic Empire, control reverted to the individual rulers of each province, resulting in centuries of chaos, as many of the provinces devolved into independent kingdoms and petty statelets. Now, happily, all of the human kingdoms have been recovered by the Third Empire of Tiber Septim, and once again they all bear the proud title of Imperial Provinces3.

The Aldmeri Dominion, the Elsweyr Confederacy, and Morrowind have yet to join the Empire, but are described in this book for the edification of the scholar, the fascination of the common citizen, and the preparation of the soldier. The Third Empire is yet in its youth, and who can predict what new horizons might yet greet the dawn under the Red Diamond Banner?

Some regions escape provincial classification due to the primitive civilization of their beastfolk inhabitants. Collectively, these beastfolk ‘states’ are known as the Wild Regions, which may or may not be of interest to the Emperor. They are included only for the most intrepid of travelers, and to throw the achievements of Civilization into more brilliant relief by contrast with these benighted corners of Tamriel.

Now, citizen, we entreat you to review our modest survey of the Empire’s dominions. If it entertains and edifies, reflect not upon the humble labors of this scribe, but on the gracious benevolence of our beloved Emperor, whose very name is as ambrosia upon our tongues, who in his wisdom has ordained that this survey be created and distributed among the earnest and wise people of Tamriel, that they might better understand the glories and challenges of these Lands and Dominions, and that they might better appreciate the great burdens of rulership he bears in our names with such fortitude.

A note on Elven designations: The Elves as a whole are sometimes referred to as the ‘Aldmeri,’ or ‘the Elder Races.’ Their individual pedigrees 4are likewise referred to by both their human and Aldmeri names; thus, High Elves are the ‘Altmer,’ Dark Elves the ‘Dunmer,’ Wood Elves the ‘Bosmer,’ etc., etc. ‘Mer’ is also used to denote a single Elf. Words that designate an Elven member of a profession or trade can therefore correctly be said as ‘craftsmer,’ for example, or ‘noblemer.’

Notes by Y.R.
  1. this remain to be seen ↩︎
  2. So, even the humans have heard of the Old Ehlnofey ↩︎
  3. Breathtaking arrogance! ↩︎
  4. Dangerous racialism ~ there shall be no accommodation as with Reman ↩︎

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The reverse text above is a dedication to the Daedric Princes. Here it is in plain text: 

To VAERNIMA Weaver of the Panoply.
To SANGUINE who tastes the Shaven Fruit.
To HERMAEUS MORA who holds the Paper to the Light.
To MERIDIA who contains the Plenum.
To AZURA the Rim of all Holes.
To PERYITE whose Foundation is Falling Rock.
To NOCTURNAL whose Touch is Mink.
To CLAVICUS VILE who always answers.
To MEPHALA who threads the Needle with the Hair of wives.
To NAMIRA whose Works endure forever.
To MOLAG BAL whose Breath is Most Foul.
To SHEOGORATH the Comforter of Men.
To MEHRUNES DAGON whose mistress is Blazing Sun.
To MALACATH who speaks all Language Sideways.
To HIRCINE who is Half the Conscience of Men.
To BOETHIAH the Fount of Inspiration.

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