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If I recall correctly, we took it down along with quite a few other articles because they were were not accurate, not based on anything, or simply not what we were looking for in the FSG.

 

We still have the article though. Here it is:

 

What Happened At Red Mountain - Analysis, Chronology

by Sinder Velvin


Prologue

Welcome, dear reader, to my study about the events that took place at Red Mountain in the First Era, where I have taken every single piece of official information about the battle that I could get my hands on, trying to find out what really happened. I started doing this study when I realized that many people wanted to know what had really happened at Red Mountain, myself included, and also because nobody else was doing a similar study. But please note that much of what is written here are my personal opinions and thoughts and, also, a large part of my study is based on guesswork. Despite that, I think that my study is, so far, the most comprehensive one when it comes to Red Mountain.

Before I start, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I did not "steal" this information from anywhere. Although I might not be the first person to come up with the theories presented in this document, I have come up with them through my own research and effort. You might not agree with all of my comments and theories, but I'm not forcing you to. Believe what you want to believe.

With that said, I would like to say only one last thing before beginning: enjoy!

Sources of Information

Dagoth Ur's Plans

A psychological analysis of Dagoth Ur. Not much about the battle can be learned here.

Kagrenac's Tools

The Dissident Priests' version. Quite different from other versions, and I've made an entire theory based on what's written here.

Message from Dagoth Ur

Shows that Dagoth Ur is bitter for the fact that Nerevar tried to kill him.

Morrowind Game Dialogue

Now, I'm especially talking about Peakstar, Dagoth Ur and Vivec's dialogues, since they're the only people who know what REALLY happened and they're the only people who talk about the matter rather freely (even though Vivec appears to be lying). But other dialogue should not be neglected, even though it's the point of view of those respective people.

Morrowind Game Dreams

At one point during the story of Morrowind, the Nerevarine starts to get dreams from Dagoth Ur. They show Dagoth Ur's point of view on the battle.

Morrowind Game Journal

It is the point of view of the Nerevarine, isn't it?

Nerevar at Red Mountain

Alandro Sul's version. Implausible, even though some might be inclined to think otherwise.

Nerevar Moon-and-Star

The Ashlanders' version, collected by Imperials. It's really short, but it's quite plausible.

Obscured Texts, Sotha Sil's Last Words

I initially doubted the words of "Divayth Fyr", but knowing as he was, after all, Gary Noonan, he couldn't have just made up that stuff. I don't know about "Sotha Sil", however, but I'd think he was also a developer.

Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur

Made by Vivec on behalf of the two other Tribunes. Has a little information about the war.

Poison Song

A lot of info about the aftermath of the battle is given here.

Saint Nerevar

Temple pamphlet for western readers. There are more lies in it than I dare count.

Skeleton Man's Interview

An interesting, though slightly outdated interview.

The 36 Lessons of Vivec

Vivec's version of all the events until Red Mountain, made for Temple followers. It is mostly implausible, but what should we make of the Secret of the Sermons? That would imply that Vivec murdered Nerevar, but why would he write that if he wanted the whole thing to remain a secret?

The Battle of Red Mountain, and the Rise and Fall of the Tribunal

Vivec's version for the Dissident Priests. If Vivec was truly a killer, this book should not be too plausible. However, it seems to fit right in with Dagoth Ur's game dialogue.

The Five Songs of King Wulfharth

The Nords' version. I doubt this book has a lot of truth in it.

The Pocket Guide to the Empire

It's not about the battle, but it mentions the eruption.

The Progress of Truth

The part about the Tribunal killing Nerevar was taken from Ashlander tradition, but the document itself is made by the Dissident Priests.

The Real Nerevar

The Telvanni's version. Doubtful.

The Seven Curses

And by this I mean the comments made by the Dissident Priests, not the poem.

The Trials of Vivec

I believe the information found in the Trials of Vivec to be official, but I do not know how much truth there is in Vivec's words. I will transcribe the most important things said by Vivec.

The War of the First Council

The Imperials' version. It says the small group formed out of Nerevar and his companions slayed the "secular leaders" at the Dwemer stronghold at Red Mountain, the "secular leaders" being Dagoth Ur and Dumac. Why do I get the feeling this isn't correct at all?

Vehk's Teaching

Ah, Vivec explains the mysteries of Elder Scrolls. There is a mention of the eruption of Red Mountain, which is quite interesting.

Vivec and Mephala

It's more about Vivec than it is about the war, but it does make a reference to it.

Zainsubani's Notes

Well, it's not REALLY about the battle.

A Battle In Acts

Act I: Peace between the Chimer and the Dwemer

Here are different accounts of how there came to be peace between the Chimer and the Dwemer:

"Resdayn, present day Morrowind, was contested ground between two very different types of mer: the Chimer, who worshipped Daedra, and the Dwemer, who worshipped a profane and secret power. These two people warred with each other constantly until their lands were invaded by a young, vibrant, and violent alien culture, the Nords. Two heroes, one from the Chimer and one from the Dwemer, Indoril Nerevar and Dumac Dwarf-Orc, made peace between their people and together ousted the alien invaders. Then these two heroes worked long and hard to maintain that peace thereafter, though their counselors thought it could not last or, worse, that it shouldn't. Nerevar's queen and his generals-- Almalexia, Sotha Sil, Vivec-- told him to claim all Resdayn for his own. But Nerevar would not listen, for he remembered his friendship with Dumac. There would be only peace." Nerevar at Red Mountain

Neither the Chimer nor the Dwemer liked the peace between their two peoples too much. That's why the Rourken clan of the Dwemer left and settled in Hammerfell. The Chimer did not publicly say that they didn't like the peace, but they showed it. The Tribunal showed it, especially. So I'd say this account is the most plausible when it comes to describing how the Chimer came to make peace with the Dwemer.

"Then came the war with the northern men, where Vivec did guide the Hortator into swift and tricky union with the Dwemer." The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Sermon Nine

It is said here that Vivec instructed Nerevar to ally himself with the Dwemer. But, then again, if Vivec wanted the Chimer to be allies with the Dwemer, why would he, Almalexia and Sotha Sil later urge Nerevar to attack the Dwemer?

"When the Chimer first abandoned the herds and tents of their nomadic ancestors, and built the first Great Houses, we loved the Daedra, and worshipped them as gods. But our brethren, the Dwemer, scorned the Daedra, and mocked our foolish rituals, and preferred instead their gods of Reason and Logic. So the Chimer and Dwemer were always at bitter war, until the Nords came and invaded Resdayn. Only then did the Chimer and Dwemer put away their strife and join together to cast out the invaders. Once the Nords were driven out, General Nerevar of the Chimer and General Dumac of the Dwemer, who had come to love and respect one another, resolved to make peace between their peoples. In that time I was but a junior counselor to Nerevar, and Nerevar's queen, Almalexia, and his other favorite counselor, Sotha Sil, always doubted that such a peace might long survive, given the bitter disputes between Chimer and Dwemer, but by negotiation and compromise, Nerevar and Dumac somehow managed to preserve a fragile peace." The Battle of Red Mountain

This seems plausible enough.

"When the Dunmer followed Veloth to Morrowind, they were many warring clans, with no law or leader in common. One Dunmer warlord, Nerevar, had the ambition to rule all the Dunmer. In that time, House Dwemer were great enchanters, so Nerevar went in secret to a Dwemer smith and asked for an enchanted ring that would help him. The ring gave its wearer great powers of persuasion; for safety, it was enchanted to instantly kill anyone who wore it except Nerevar. The ring was called Moon-and-Star, and it helped Nerevar unite the various clans into the First Council." The Real Nerevar

The ring increased Nerevar's speechcraft skill and he was able to succesfully use the "Admire" action on the leaders of the clans. Right?

"Nerevar is a First Age hero of the Dunmer people. He was a great general and leader. He helped form the First Council, and united the Dunmer Houses against foreign invaders aided by the traitors of House Dagoth." Sharn Gra-Muzgob's Dialogue

Hmmm... He was a hero of the Chimer people, not the Dunmer.

"The enchanted ring called Moon-and-Star -- or One-Clan-Under-Moon-and-Star, as the Ashlanders call it -- was forged for the hero Nerevar by one of the Dwemer Sorcerer-Priest Kagrenac's smiths, and blessed by the Daedra Lord Azura. The ring gave Nerevar supernatural powers of persuasion and indisputable proof of identity, since any other who tried to wear the ring would be killed instantly... Dumac was a king among the Dwemer and a friend of the hero Nerevar before the war began. He served with Nerevar on the First Council and died with Nerevar at Red Mountain." Telvanni Dialogue

Quite correct, if you ask me.

All accounts except the one in The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Sermon Nine appear to be correct, as they do not contradict each other. However, in Nerevar at Red Mountain, the Chimer are called Dunmer, even though they had not yet become Dunmer. Of course, that doesn't make the account false, as this is just a little mistake of the author.

Act II: What led to the War of the First Council

Here are different accounts of how the War of the First Council started and, especially, why:

"Beneath Red Mountain, Dwemer miners discovered a great magical stone. By diverse methods, Lord Kagrenac, High Priest and Magecrafter of the ancient Dwemer, determined that this magical stone was the heart of the god Lorkhan, cast here in the Dawn Era as a punishment for his mischief in creating the mortal world. Determined to use its divine powers to create a new god for the exclusive benefit of the Dwemer, Kagrenac forged three great enchanted artifacts, which are called 'Kagrenac's Tools.'" Kagrenac's Tools

And the fact that the Dwemer intended to use the tools eventually led to war.

"Until Dagoth-Ur arrived. House Dagoth had discovered the source of the profane and secret power of the Dwemer: the legendary Heart of Lorkhan, which Dumac's people had used to make themselves immortal and beyond the measure of the gods. In fact, one of the their high priests, Kagrenac, was building a New God so that the Dwemer could claim Resdayn for their own. The Tribunal urged Nerevar again to make war on the Dwarves. Nerevar was troubled. He went to Dumac, his friend of old, and asked if what Dagoth-Ur said was true. But Kagrenac and the high priests of the Dwemer had kept their New God secret from their King, and Dumac said the Dwemer were innocent of any wrongdoing. Nerevar was troubled again and made pilgrimage to Holamayan, the sacred temple of Azura, who confirmed that all that Dagoth-Ur said was indeed true and that the New God of the Dwemer should be destroyed for the safety of not only Resdayn, but for the whole world. When Nerevar went back and told his Tribunal what the goddess had said, his queen and generals felt themselves proved aright and again counseled him to war. There were reasons that the Dwemer and Chimer had hated each other forever." Nerevar at Red Mountain

I do not think that the Dwemer had used the heart of Lorkhan to make themselves godlike, like the Tribunal did. Perhaps they intended to eventually do this, but I don't think they had already done it. If the Dwemer actually had made themselves both immortal and godlike, like the Tribunal would eventually make themselves, wouldn't the Dwemer have been a little... undefeatable? Also, I'm sure Dumac knew about Kagrenac's work, since, supposedly, if all the Dwemer were immortal, how could he not have known that he himself was immortal?

"In ancient days, the Deep Elves and a great host of outlanders from the West came to steal the land of the Dunmer." Nerevar Moon-and-Star

The Dwemer might have wanted to eventually attack the Chimer and try to steal their lands, but Nerevar attacked first.

"High Craftlord Kagrenac created enchanted tools intended to tap the power of the heart. The War of the First Council was fought to prevent this sacrilege." Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur

Yes, that's about it.

"This is of little concern to the Tribunal. They got what they came for. To walk in the 'Shadows of Gods'. To send their general off to a Battle and recover their prize. Nerevar was, in my opinion, expendable, to them. Nerevar would know the truth behind the Dwemer and the Tribunal hunger for Power... We know that in order for the Tribunal to gain their "God-Men" Power, they had to defeat the Dwemer to recover what they had in their possession. It is not very likely that the Tribunal feared the Dwemer, they simply feared what the dwemer could become. Afterall, an entire race that was as powerful as the small Tribunal would be quite a power to be reckoned with... This brings up many other interesting revelations. The Dwemer apparently had the Gods on the virge of fear with their new and amazing power (thus, the term, "technology" could be used). Did the Dwemer seek out such Godly power and attempt to achieve a sort of Nirvana?... Surely, Lorkhan would dearly love to retrieve his Heart, but Dagoth Ur was also intent on the unknown power of the Heart. The Dwemer were merely an obstacle, no? Expendable. Dagoth Ur had no love for the Dwemer." Divayth Fyr, taken from Obscured Texts, Sotha Sil's Last Words

Although this information is not from the Morrowind game, the person role-playing as Fyr is Gary Noonan, so what he says can be considered official information. Apparently, both the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur had found out what power they could gain from the heart, and they all wanted the heart's power for themselves. Interesting. That would mean they orchestrated the whole thing.

"For these were the days of Resdaynia, when Chimer and Dwemer lived under the wise and benevolent rule of the AMLSIVI and their champion the Hortator, though the Dwemer had become foolish and challenged their masters." The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Sermon Thirty-Six

I don't think so.

"But when Dagoth Ur, Lord of House Dagoth, and trusted as a friend by both Nerevar and the Dwemer, brought us proof that High Engineer Kagrenac of the Dwemer had discovered the Heart of Lorkhan, and that he had learned how to tap its powers, and was building a new god, a mockery of Chimer faith and a fearsome weapon, we all urged Nerevar to make war on the Dwarves and to destroy this threat to Chimer beliefs and security. Nerevar was troubled. He went to Dumac and asked if what Dagoth Ur said was true. But Kagrenac took great offense, and asked whom Nerevar thought he was, that he might presume to judge the affairs of the Dwemer. Nerevar was further troubled, and made pilgrimage to Holamayan, the sacred temple of Azura, and Azura confirmed that all that Dagoth Ur said was indeed true and that the creation of a New God of the Dwemer should be prevented at all costs. When Nerevar came back and told us what the goddess had said, we felt our judgements confirmed, and again counseled him to war, chiding Nerevar for his naive trust in friendship, and reminding Nerevar of his duty to protect the faith and security of the Chimer against the impiety and dangerous ambitious of the Dwemer. Then Nerevar went back to Vvardenfell one last time, hoping that negotiations and compromise might once again preserve the peace. But this time the friends Nerevar and Dumac quarreled bitterly, and as a result, the Chimer and Dwemer went to war." The Battle of Red Mountain

Once again, this account seems plausible enough.

"The Dwarves and Devils of the eastern kingdom had his Heart, and this was the reason for their recent unrest." The Five Songs of King Wulfharth

Suprisingly true.

"Later, however, disputes over religion divided the Council, with House Dwemer and House Dagoth on one side and all the other Houses on the other." The Real Nerevar

Disputes over religion? I guess you could say that, seeing that the Dwemer wanted to build a new god. But what did House Dagoth have to do with that? The War of the First Council also says that House Dagoth allied with the Dwemer against the orthodox Dunmer Houses, but it is a known fact that House Dagoth helped the other houses fight the Dwemer. Perhaps the Tribunal were trying to discredit House Dagoth.

"...The impiety of the god-mocking House Dwemer... It may, however, refer to unspecified broken oaths of peace between Lord Nerevar and Lord Dumac, founders of the Grand Council. Nerevar and Dumac were loyal friends until the disagreements between the Dwemer and the other Great Houses broke out in open conflict." The Seven Curses

Doesn't say much.

"The War of the First Council was a First Age religious conflict between the secular Dunmer Houses Dwemer and Dagoth and the orthodox Dunmer Houses Indoril, Redoran, Dres, Hlaalu, and Telvanni. The First Council was the first pan-Dunmer governing body, which collapsed over disputes about sorceries and enchantments practiced by the Dwemer and declared profane by the other Houses. The Secular Houses, less numerous, but politically and magically more advanced, and aided by Nord and Orc clans drawn by promise of land and booty, initially campaigned with great success in the north of Morrowind, and occupied much of the land now comprising Redoran, Vvardenfell, and Telvanni District. The Orthodox Houses, widely dispersed and poorly organized, suffered defeat after defeat until Nerevar was made general of all House troops and levies." The War of the First Council

The first pan-Dunmer governing body? Maybe pan-Chimer. And House Dagoth actually helped the other houses against the Dwemer, so this account is proof of the Tribunal trying to discredit Dagoth Ur. And, as if that wasn't enough, it says that the Chimer suffered defeat after defeat until Nerevar was made general, when, in fact, Nerevar was the king, who had his own generals.

"Kagrenac, high priest of the Dwemer, forged enchanted artifacts to steal the power of the gods. Nerevar fought the Dwemer to prevent this blasphemy." Peakstar's Dialogue

Right.

"The sin of the Dwemer was the creation of a new god from the substance of a dead god, Lorkhan." Vivec's Dialogue

Yes.

The most plausible account regarding this is The Battle of Red Mountain.

Act III: The Defeat of the Dwemer

Here are many different accounts of how the battle took place or about different details of the battle:

"When Kagrenac used these tools on the heart in the Battle of Red Mountain, no one knows what happened, but the Dwemer race disappeared entirely from the mortal world. Lord Nerevar and Lord Dagoth retrieved these tools, and didn't know what to do with them. Nerevar asked Dagoth to guard the tools while he went to consult with his counselors, Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil." Kagrenac's Tools

Very plausible.

"Lord Nerevar helped to unite the barbarian Dunmer tribes into a great nation, culminating in his martyrdom when leading the Dunmer to victory against the evil Dwemer and the traitorous House Dagoth in the Battle of Red Mountain." Lives of the Saints

In fact, he led the Chimer, not the Dunmer. Hmm... Suppose the Tribunal wanted to kill Nerevar all along, why would they make him their greatest saint? Unless they regreted what they had done...

"Finally, Nerevar, angered that his friend Dumac would lie to him, went back to Vvardenfell. This time the Chimer King was arrayed in arms and armor and had his hosts around him, and he spoke harshly to Dumac Dwarf-Orc, King of Red Mountain. 'You must give up your worship of the Heart of Lorkhan or I shall forget our friendship and the deeds that were accomplished in its name!' And Dumac, who still knew nothing of Kagrenac's New God, but proud and protective as ever of his people, said, 'We shall not relinquish that which has been our way for years beyond reckoning, just as the Chimer will not relinquish their ties to the Lords and Ladies of Oblivion. And to come at my door in this way, arrayed in arms and armor and with your hosts around you, tells me you have already forgotten our friendship. Stand down, my sweet Nerevar, or I swear by the fifteen-and-one golden tones I shall kill you and all your people.' And so the Chimer and Dwemer went to war. The Dwemer were well-defended by their fortress at Red Mountain, but the bravery and cleverness of Nerevar's queen and generals drew most of Dumac's armies out into the field and kept them there, so that Nerevar and Dagoth-Ur could make their way into the Heart Chamber by secret means. There, Nerevar met Dumac and the Dwarf King and they both fell from grievous wounds. Dagoth-Ur slew Kagrenac and took the tools the Dwemer used to tap the power of the Heart. He went to his dying lord Nerevar and asked him what to do with these tools. And Nerevar summoned Azura again, and she showed them how to use the tools to separate the power of the Heart from the Dwemer people. And on the fields, the Tribunal and their armies watched as the Dwemer turned into dust all around them as their stolen immortality was taken away. Back in Red Mountain, Nerevar told Dagoth-Ur to protect the tools and the Heart Chamber until he returned. Dagoth-Ur said, 'But shouldn't we destroy these tools at once, so that they might never be used for evil again?' But Nerevar was confused by his wounds and his sorrow (for he still loved Dumac and the Dwemer people) and so went to the fields outside of Red Mountain to confer with his queen and his generals, who had foreseen that this war would come and whose counsel he would not ignore again. 'I will ask the Tribunal what we shall do with them, for they have had wisdom in the past that I had not. Stay here, loyal Dagoth-Ur, until I return.'" Nerevar at Red Mountain

What? The Dwemer had already used the Heart's power? And it was Nerevar and Dagoth Ur who made the Dwemer disappear? I don't think so.

"So, when Nerevar pledged upon his great Ring of the Ancestors, One-Clan-Under-Moon-and-Star, to honor the ways of the Spirits and rights of the Land, all the Tribes joined the House People to fight a great battle at Red Mountain. Though many Dunmer, Tribesman and Houseman, died at Red Mountain, the Dwemer were defeated and their evil magicks destroyed, and the outlanders driven from the land." Nerevar Moon-and-Star

Once again, the Chimer are called Dunmer, even though their transformation had not yet taken place. But, otherwise, the account is plausible. What outlanders? Well, the Orcs and the Nords, of course!

"Kagrenac's use of these tools and the disappearance of the Dwemer race marked the end of the war. Kagrenac's tools were recovered by Lord Nerevar and Dagoth Ur. Dagoth Ur was left to guard the tools while Nerevar came to consult with us, his advisors. In Nerevar's absence, Dagoth Ur experimented with the tools upon the heart, and was corrupted." Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur

That's right.

"Yes, you would be too young to have ever seen the crest of the Sixth House, the House of Dagoth. Our enemies together with the accursed heretical Dwemer in the War of the Red Mountain, now totally destroyed, thanks be to Lord, Mother, and Wizard." Poison Song II

Apparently, some Dunmer actually believe that the Tribunal were at the battle.

"There was not a part of Morrowind that wasn't ravaged. There was even a battle here on the island. Do you remember that burned pile of wreckage you and Tay and poor little Vaster discovered so many years ago? That was the remains." Poison Song V

The island mentioned is an island named Gorne which appears in the Poison Song series. Interesting information.

"He's got a half dozen mer with him, and they're going to try to assassinate the fella that led the Indoril army in the War. General Indoril-Triffith." Poison Song VI

Ah, the name of one of Nerevar's generals.

"Ages ago, Nerevar was the greatest Dunmer general, First Councilor, and companion of Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil, who, with the power of the great Ring of the Ancestors, One-Clan-Under-Moon-and-Star, united the Dunmer Houses to confront the evil Dwemer, the treacherous House Dagoth, and their Western allies at Red Mountain. By Providence, the faithless Dwemer were utterly destroyed, and their allies and the traitor Dagoth Ur were defeated. Nerevar died not long after, but he lived to see the birth of the Temple, and to bless the unity of the Dunmer into the safekeeping of Almsivi, the Temple, and all its communion of saints." Saint Nerevar

Nerevar never got to see the birth of the Temple, since he was already dead when the Tribunal became gods. And, even if he wasn't dead, he wouldn't have liked what the Tribunal had done.

"The Temple honors Saint Nerevar as the greatest Dunmer general, First Councilor, and companion of Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil, who united the Dunmer Houses to destroy the evil Dwemer, the treacherous House Dagoth, and their Western allies at Red Mountain." Sharn Gra-Muzgob's Notes

Is she saying that House Dagoth was allied with the Dwemer? Since that's what I think she's saying.

"But, by then, and for a long time coming, the Doom of the Dwarves marched upon the Mountain and they were removed from this world." Xal, Skeleton Man's Interview

"Doom of the Dwarves"? That's an interesting name for the Chimer...

"Out of their fortresses they came with golden ballistae that walked and mighty atronachs and things that spat flame and things that made killing songs. Their king was Dumac Dwarf-Orc, but their high priest was Kagrenac the Blighter. Under mountains and over them the war with the Dwemer was raged, and then came the northern men to help Kagrenac and they brought Ysmir again. Leading the armies of the Chimer was the slave that would not perish, the Hortator Nerevar, who had traded his axe for the Ethos Knife. He slew Dumac at Red Mountain and saw the heart bone for the first time. Men of brass destroyed the eleven gates of the Mourning Hold and behind them came the Dwemeri architects of tone. Ayem threw down her cloak and became the Face-Snaked Queen of the Three in One. Those that looked upon her were overcome by the meanings of the stars. Under the sea, Seht stirred and brought the army he had been working on in the castles of glass and coral. Clockwork dreughs, mockeries of the Dwemeri war machines, rose up from the seas and took their counterparts back beneath, where they were swallowed forever by the sea. Red Mountain exploded as the Hortator went too far inside, seeking the Sharmat. Dwemeri high priest Kagrenac then revealed that which he had built in the image of Vivec. It was a walking star, which burnt the armies of the Triune and destroyed the heartland of Veloth, creating the Inner Sea. Each of the aspects of the ALMSIVI then rose up together, combining as one, and showed the world the sixth path. Ayem took from the star its fire, Seht took from it its mystery, and Vehk took from it its feet, which had been constructed before the gift of Molag Bal and destroyed in the manner of truth: by a great hammering. When the soul of the Dwemer could walk no more, they were removed from this world. Resdaynia was no more. It had been redeemed of all the iniquities of the foolish. The ALMSIVI drew nets from the Beginning Place and captured the ash of Red Mountain, which they knew was the Blight of the Dwemer and that would serve only to infect the whole of the middle world, and ate it. ALTADOON DUNMERI!" The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Thirty-Six

This account is a little crazy. Was Vivec actually expecting anyone to believe this!? Of course, if you look behind the meaning of the words, a little bit of truth can be obtained. For example, even though things are rather messed up when it comes to the chronological order of events, the eruption of Red Mountain is mentioned.

"The Dwemer were well-defended by their fortress at Red Mountain, but Nerevar's cunning drew most of Dumac's armies out into the field and pinned them there, while Nerevar, Dagoth Ur, and a small group of companions could make their way into the Heart Chamber by secret means. There, Nerevar the Chimer King met Dumac the Dwarf King and they both collapsed from grievous wounds and draining magics. With Dumac fallen, and threatened by Dagoth Ur and others, Kagrenac turned his tools upon the Heart, and Nerevar said he saw Kagrenac and all his Dwemer companions at once disappear from the world. In that instant, Dwemer everywhere disappeared without a trace. But Kagrenac's tools remained, and Dagoth Ur seized them, and he carried them to Nerever, saying, 'That fool Kagrenac has destroyed his own people with these things. We should destroy them, right away, lest they fall into the wrong hands.' But Nerevar was resolved to confer with his queen and his generals, who had foreseen that this war would come and whose counsel he would not ignore again. 'I will ask the Tribunal what we shall do with them, for they have had wisdom in the past that I had not. Stay here, loyal Dagoth Ur, until I return.' So Nerevar told Dagoth Ur to protect the tools and the Heart Chamber until he returned." The Battle of Red Mountain

Of course the Tribunal had seen that this war would come! They probably even orchestrated it themselves, if their mortal selves were the arrogant power-thirsty people that I think they were (read Divayth Fyr's account at Act II to see why I would think such a thing possible). But, other than that, it seems quite plausible.

"The fifth song of King Wulfharth is sad. The survivors of the disaster came back under a red sky. That year is called Sun's Death. The Devil of Dagoth had tricked the Nords, for the Heart of Shor was not in the eastern kingdoms, and had never been there at all. As soon as Shor's army had got to Red Mountain, all the Devils and Dwarves fell upon them. Their sorcerers lifted the mountain and threw it onto Shor, trapping him underneath Red Mountain until the end of time. They slaughtered the sons of Skyrim, but not before King Wulfharth killed King Dumalacath the Dwarf-Orc, and doomed his people. Then Vehk the Devil blasted the Ash King into Hell and it was over. Later, Kyne lifted the ashes of the ashes of Ysmir into the sky, saving him from Hell and showing her sons the color of blood when it is brought by betrayal. And the Nords will never trust another Devil again." The Five Songs of King Wulfharth, Red Mountain

I would rather believe the version in the 36 Lessons than this one. As incorrect as it gets. Now, it should be acknowledged that Orcs and Nords did fight in the Battle, on the side of the Dwemer. In which case, they should regard the Dwemer as allies, shouldn't they?

"The Heart of Shor was in Resdayn, as Dagoth-Ur had promised. As Shor's army approached the westernmost bank of the Inner Sea, they stared across at Red Mountain, where the Dwemeri armies had gathered. News from the scouts reported that the Chimeri forces had just left Narsis, and that they were taking their time joining their cousins against the Nords. Dagoth-Ur said that the Tribunal had betrayed their King's trust, that they sent Dagoth-Ur to Lorkhan (for that is what they called Shor in Resdayn) so that the god might wreak vengeance on the Dwarves for their hubris; that Nerevar's peace with the Dwemer would be the ruin of the Velothi way. This was the reason for the slow muster, Dagoth-Ur said. And Lorkhan (for that is what they called Shor in Resdayn) said: 'I do not wreak vengeance on the Dwarves for the reasons that the Tribunal might believe I do. Nevertheless, it is true that they will die by my hand, and any whoever should side with them. This Nerevar is the son of Boethiah, one of the strongest Padomaics. He is a hero to his people despite his Tribunal, and he shall muster enough that this battle will be harder going still. We will need more than what we have.' And so Dagoth-Ur, who wanted the Dwarves as dead as the Tribunal did, went to Kogoran and summoned his House chap'thil, his nix-hounds, his wizards, archers, his stolen men of brass. And the Ash King, Wulfharth, hoary Ysmir, went and made peace with the Orcs in spite of his Nordic blood, and they brought many warriors but no wizards at all. Many Nords could not bring themselves to ally with their traditional enemies, even in the face of Red Mountain. They were close to desertion. Then Wulfharth said: 'Don't you see where you really are? Don't you know who Shor really is? Don't you know what this war is?' And they looked from the King to the God to the Devils and Orcs, and some knew, really knew, and they are the ones that stayed. Nerevar carried Keening, a dagger made of the sound of the shadow of the moons. His champions were Dumac Dwarfking, who carried a hammer of divine mass, and Alandro Sul, who was the immortal son of Azura and wore the Wraith Mail. They met Lorkhan at the last battle of Red Mountain. Lorkhan had his Heart again, but he had long been from it, and he needed time. Wulfharth met Sul but could not strike him, and he fell from grievous wounds, but not before shouting Sul blind. Dagoth-Ur met Dumac and slew him, but not before Sunder struck his lord's Heart. Nerevar turned away from Lorkhan and struck down Dagoth-Ur in rage, but he took a mortal wound from Lorkhan in turn. But Nerevar feigned the death that was coming early and so struck Lorkhan with surprise on his side. The Heart had been made solid by Sunder's tuning blow and Keening could now cut it out. And it was cut out and Lorkhan was defeated and the whole ordeal was thought over." The Five Songs of King Wulfharth, The Secret Song

So, the Nords themselves have two accounts of the battle, but they give themselves too much credit in both of them. And I still don't understand why they didn't say they were the Dwemer's allies. Hmm... maybe the Nords felt the battle was a re-enactment of the battle that took place in Morrowind during the War of Succesion, in which the Dwemer were allied with the Chimer against the Nords. Also, you know how these Nords like to combine fact with fiction. That's why I think "The Arcturian Heresy" is not plausible. But that's another, completely different topic. Also, it says that the Nords had approached the westernmost bank of the Inner Sea, but many say that the Inner Sea was not formed until Red Mountain erupted.

"Ashlander tradition does not place the Tribunal at Red Mountain, and holds that the Dwemer destroyed themselves, rather than that Nerevar destroyed them. Ashlander tradition further holds that Nerevar left Dagoth Ur guarding the profane secrets of Red Mountain while Nerevar went to confer with the Grand Council (i.e., the Tribunal)..." The Progress of Truth

Quite correct.

"Dwemer and Dagoth invited Orc and Nord clans as allies, and held northwest Morrowind, while Nerevar mustered the other Houses and nomad tribes and marched to meet the Dwemer-Dagoth-Westerner forces. The armies met at Red Mountain, a Dwemer stronghold. The Dwemer were defeated, with great slaughter, and terrible sorceries were used, resulting in the utter extermination of House Dwemer, House Dagoth, and their allies. Nerevar was killed in the battle, and his ring lost, but Nerevar's alliance survives in Morrowind's ruling political institution, the Grand Council." The Real Nerevar

Does the "terrible sorceries" part refer to Kagrenac using his tools on the heart ? Probably.

"Nerevar secured the aid of nomad barbarian tribesmen, and contrived to force a major battle at the Secular stronghold of Red Mountain on Vvardenfell. The Secular forces were outmaneuvered and defeated with the help of Ashlander scouts, and the survivors forced to take refuge in the Dwemer stronghold at Red Mountain. After a brief siege, treason permitted Nerevar and his troops to enter the stronghold, where the Secular leaders were slain, and Nerevar mortally wounded. General slaughter followed, and Houses Dwemer and Dagoth were exterminated. Nerevar died shortly thereafter of his wounds." The War of the First Council

Clearly false. It says here that House Dagoth was allied with the Dwemer, just like in "Nerevar Moon-and-Star", but, even though this is the Imperial version, the author mostly took his information about the conflict from the Temple, who probably sought to discredit House Dagoth and Dagoth Ur by saying that he had been allied with the Dwemer from the very beginning, the very same thing probably being true for "Nerevar Moon-and-Star". Also, it says that after Nerevar died, there was a general extermination of the members of the House Dagoth and of the Dwemer. I don't know exactly what happened to the other members of House Dagoth after Dagoth Ur's betrayal, but the Dwemer disappeared when Kagrenac used his tools on the heart and they were not exterminated by the Chimer houses.

"Nerevar (Godkiller): The Chimeri king of Resdayn, the Golden Age of old Veloth. Slain during the Battle of Red Mountain, Nerevar was the Herald of the Triune Way, and is the foremost of the saints of Dunmeri faith. He is said to have killed Dumac, the Last Dwarven King, and feasted on his heart." Varieties of Faith...

WHAT!? He feasted on Dumac's heart? Impossible!

"They worship the Great Ashkhan and Hortator, Nerevar Moon-and-Star, who in ages past destroyed the evil, godless dwarves..." Zainsubani's Notes

Doesn't say much, really...

"As the Dwemer left no corpses or traces of conflict behind, I believe that generations of ritualistic 'anti-creations' resulted in their immediate, but foreseen removal from the Mundus. They retreated behind math, behind color, behind the active principle itself. That the Dwemer vanished during a conflict with Nerevar and the Tribunal is merely coincidence... It was unfashionable among the Dwemer to view their spirits as synthetic constructs three, four, or forty creational gradients below the divine. During the Dawn Era they researched the death of the Earth Bones, what we call now the laws of nature, dissecting the process of the sacred willing itself into the profane. I believe their mechanists and tonal architects discovered systematic regression techniques to perform the reverse -- that is, to create the sacred from the deaths of the profane... Yes, I can now translate these books. This first one is Bthuand Mzahnch's refutation of a popular theory from Nerevar's time. A few tones of Dwemer believed that using the power Lorkhan's Heart was an unjustifiable risk. 'The Egg of Time' contains Bthuand's arguments against this idea, many of which are quite compelling. The next book, 'Divine Metaphysics,' is an explanation of how the Dwemer tried to make a new god, Anumidium, using Kagrenac's tools and the sacred tones on Lorkhan's heart." Baladas Demnevanni's Dialogue

Nope, I don't think they vanished because they used many "ritualistic anti-creations", as Baladas initially thinks. But, after he translates the books, he realizes that the Dwemer probably disappeared because Kagrenac didn't know what he was doing.

"Dagoth Ur was the leader of the extinct Sixth House, House Dagoth, the traitor house destroyed in the War of the First Council." Hasphat Antabolis' Dialogue

So, after Dagoth Ur was defeated by Nerevar, did the Chimer attack House Dagoth? Just because their leader had become mad? Or, when Dagoth Ur was attacked by Nerevar, did he, Dagoth Ur, ask his troops to attack the other Chimer houses?

"Veloth's people are the Dunmer, all Dunmer, Ashlander and Great House. The last time the Velothi were united were with Nerevar at the Battle of Red Mountain." Nibani Maesa's Dialogue

This doesn't say much at all. Except for the fact that all the Chimer fought at Red Mountain, which was already known.

"Pity Dagoth Ur and the Sixth House. All they do, all they are is foul and evil, but they began in brightness and honor, and the cause of their fall was their loyal service to you, Lord Nerevar. You told Lord Dagoth to guard the profane tools beneath Red Mountain, and thus he was tempted... But Dagoth Ur took these tools to make himself a god." Peakstar's Dialogue

Exactly. The truth of Peakstar's word incontestable, as she "works" for Azura (don't take it literally), and Azura knows the truth.

"Nerevar was a legendary Dunmer general who, in ancient times, defeated the evil Dwarves, Nords, Orcs, and traitor Dunmer at the Battle of Red Mountain." Savant's Dialogue

Uh? "Dunmer general"? Wasn't he a Chimer king? This account also says that the Chimer houses fought House Dagoth, but I think that they fought House Dagoth when Dagoth Ur didn't want to give the tools, and not that House Dagoth had been allied with the Dwemer.

"He triumphed over Morrowind's enemies at Red Mountain, but died in the battle." Sharn Gra-Muzgob's Dialogue

Morrowind's enemies? Wait a minute, lady! "Morrowind" did not even exist back then, as it was called Resdayn. And we're talking about the Chimer's enemies here, not Morrowind's or Resdayn's.

"The Dwemer were ancient enemies of the Dunmer, but they are long dead, destroyed in a holy war by Saint Nerevar and the Tribunal... Saint Nerevar and the Tribunal defeated the Dwemer in holy war, and banished them from the face of the world for their blasphemies." Temple Dialogue

The Tribunal did not even participate in the battle!

"Dagoth Ur is the former Lord High Councilor of House Dagoth. He was of Lord Nerevar's generation, older than we, and a mighty sorcerer and enchanted in life." Vivec's Dialogue

Hmm... This doesn't say much.

"The Dwemer were not unified in their thinking. Kagrenac and his tonal architects, among them Bthuand Mzahnch, believed they could improve the Dwemer race. Others argued that the attempt would be too great a risk. The war with Nerevar and the Dunmer may have led Kagrenac to carry out his experiments prematurely. Although this book argues that nothing disastrous could result, the disappearance of my race argues otherwise." Yagrum Bagarn's Dialogue

Improve the Dwemer race? Make them gods, like the Tribunal would later make themselves? This would mean that Alandro Sul didn't know what the heck he was talking about when he said that the Dwemer had already made themselves gods.

Okay, now comes the difficult job of taking what's real from each account and throwing out what's not real. Here it goes:

The Dwemer invited Orc and Nord clans as allies, and held northwest Morrowind, while Nerevar mustered the other Houses and nomad tribes and marched to meet the Dwemer-Westerner forces at Red Mountain. The Chimer King was arrayed in arms and armor and had his hosts around him, and he spoke harshly to Dumac, King of Red Mountain. 'You must give up your worship of the Heart of Lorkhan or I shall forget our friendship and the deeds that were accomplished in its name!' Dumac, proud and protective as ever of his people, said, 'We shall not relinquish that which has been our way for years beyond reckoning, just as the Chimer will not relinquish their ties to the Lords and Ladies of Oblivion. And to come at my door in this way, arrayed in arms and armor and with your hosts around you, tells me you have already forgotten our friendship. Stand down, my sweet Nerevar, or I swear by the fifteen-and-one golden tones I shall kill you and all your people.' And so the Chimer and Dwemer went to war. Out of their fortresses came the Dwemer with golden ballistae that walked and mighty atronachs and things that spat flame and things that made killing songs. The Dwemer were well-defended by their fortress at Red Mountain, but Nerevar's cunning drew most of Dumac's armies out into the field and pinned them there, while Nerevar, Dagoth Ur, and a small group of companions could make their way into the Heart Chamber by secret means. There, Nerevar the Chimer King met Dumac the Dwarf King and they both collapsed from grievous wounds and draining magics. With Dumac fallen, and threatened by Dagoth Ur and others, Kagrenac turned his tools upon the Heart, and Nerevar said he saw Kagrenac and all his Dwemer companions at once disappear from the world. In that instant, Dwemer everywhere disappeared without a trace. But Kagrenac's tools remained, and Dagoth Ur seized them, and he carried them to Nerever, saying, 'That fool Kagrenac has destroyed his own people with these things. We should destroy them, right away, lest they fall into the wrong hands.' But Nerevar was confused by his wounds and his sorrow (for he still loved Dumac and the Dwemer people) and so went to the fields outside of Red Mountain to confer with his queen and his generals, who had foreseen that this war would come and whose counsel he would not ignore again. 'I will ask the Tribunal what we shall do with them, for they have had wisdom in the past that I had not. Stay here, loyal Dagoth-Ur, until I return.'

So, let's analyze the battle. Nerevar draws the troops of the Dwemer into the field and pins them there while he and a small group of companions, a group which included Dagoth Ur, made their way to the Heart Chamber through secret means (maybe they all had amulets of invisibility with "Constant Effect"). Nerevar fought Dumac while his companions probably fought the other Dwemer present. Both Nerevar and Dumac were wounded badly. Now comes the confusion. The two most plausible accounts, Nerevar at Red Mountain and The Battle of Red Mountain, both say that Nerevar fought Dumac and that they both "fell from grievous wounds", but wouldn't that mean they both died?

griev·ous adj. 1. Causing grief, pain, or anguish: a grievous loss. 2. Serious or dire; grave: a grievous crime.

Or maybe Nerevar was healed by one of his companions? But, then, why would Alandro Sul write in his account that Dagoth Ur "went to his dying lord Nerevar and asked him what to do with these tools"? And then, after they were supposedly taught by Azura how to use the tools, which they supposedly used to make the Dwemer disappear, Dagoth Ur went to Nerevar and asked him whether they should destroy the tools or not. Nerevar replied that he would confer with his queen and his generals (the Tribunal) first, because he was "confused by his wounds and his sorrow". Now, please tell me how can a dying man (or mer, in this case) go all the way to his queen and generals, who had not even participated at the battle, and ask them for advice? And then go all the way back to a really big mountain and fight the nasty and tough Dagoth Ur, of whom Vivec says "was of Lord Nerevar's generation, older than we, and a mighty sorcerer and enchanted in life"? Or maybe he was healed by the Tribunal when he got to them? But even that journey would be a little hard for a dying mer. There is also the possibility that Dumac killed Nerevar, but I find that very incredibly doubtful, since, if that would have happened, what reason would Vivec and Alandro Sul have had to write that Nerevar had gone to confer with the Tribunal? What reason would Dagoth Ur have to say that Nerevar betrayed him? What reason would Azura have had to curse the Chimer and turn them into Dunmer if the Tribunal wouldn't have vowed not to use the tools of Kagrenac? So Nerevar somehow managed to go from Red Mountain to his queen and his generals, who might have actually gone to Red Mountain following the battle, thus making Nerevar's journey shorter. Also, please note that this was all happening before the eruption of Red Mountain, which probably took place a short while after the battle. But... what kind of suicidal people would make their capital at the heart of a volcano, even if a god's heart was there? Or was Red Mountain inactive by that time? It would appear that the vast area surrounding Red Mountain back then was made up of fields and it would appear that the Inner Sea did not exist back then.

The 36 Sermons and Five Songs of King Wulfharth are not at all plausible. As I have said, the 36 Sermons is the brain-washing done by the Tribunal to the people of Morrowind, while the person writing Five Songs of King Wulfharth had probably drunken a little too much. There is also another possibility, a possibility which has been hinted: the Five Songs of King Wulfharth is not the Nords' version, but instead is the Arcturian Heresists' version. Who are the Arcturian Heresists? Worshippers of Zurin Arctus and the Numidium, it would appear. Here's a small text taken from Obscured Texts, Elder Scrolls Forum:

"My colleagues have already pointed out Hasphat's Imperial loyalties. And, of course, it is in the best interests of the Septim Regime to scorn the Two Tiber Theory of our Heresy. Or, rather, to fear the notion that the One True Tiber Septim is of a blood that would render theirs illegitimate. The Warp continues in the West, and not even the Blades can help their precious Empire of lies. Era's end awaits. All hail Arctus Underking! All hail the Brass God! ANUMIDUM!"

Act IV: The conference with the Tribunal, when some say Nerevar was murdered

Here are different accounts of how the conference with the Tribunal took place:

"He left and spoke with his three counselors, and they decided to return together to Red Mountain to decide what to do." Kagrenac's Tools

We normally believe that the conference in which the Tribunal and Nerevar swore not to ever use the tools took place after Nerevar entrusted Dagoth Ur with the tools, not after Dagoth Ur was defeated. This account has made me re-evaluate my standing on the battle, but, in the end, I figured out that my initial theory was more plausible. But you'll also find another theory mostly based on this account at the end of this document.

"Then Nerevar told his queen and generals all that had transpired under Red Mountain and how the Dwemer had used special tools to turn their people into immortals and of the wondrous power of the Heart of Lorkhan. The Tribunal decided that the Chimer should learn how to use this power so that Nerevar might claim Resdayn and the world for their people. Nerevar did not expect or want this, so he asked his queen and generals to help him summon Azura yet again for her guidance. But the Tribunal had become as greedy as Kagrenac upon hearing of the power of the Heart and they coveted it. They made ritual as if to summon Azura as Nerevar wanted but Almalexia used poisoned candles and Sotha Sil used poisoned robes and Vivec used poisoned invocations. Nerevar was murdered. Then Azura came forth anyway and cursed the Tribunal for their foul deeds. She told them that she would use her powers over dusk and dawn to make sure Nerevar would come back and make things right again. But the Tribunal laughed at her and said that soon they would be gods themselves and that the Chimer people would forget their old ways of worship. And Azura knew this would be true and that it would take a long time before her power might bring Nerevar back. 'What you have done here today is foul beyond measure and you will grow to regret it, for the lives of gods are not what mortals think and matters that weigh only years to mortals weigh on gods forever.' And so that they might know forever their wicked deeds Azura changed the Chimer into Dunmer, and their skin turned ashen and their eyes into fire. 'Let this mark remind you of your true selves who, like ghouls, feed on the nobility, heroism, and trust of their king.'" Nerevar at Red Mountain

False. It says here that Nerevar was murdered at the conference and that it was then that Azura cursed the Chimer people, turning them into Dunmer. But we know for sure that Nerevar eventually went back to Red Mountain and asked Dagoth Ur to give him back Kagrenac's tools, something which couldn't had happened if the Tribunal had murdered Nerevar at the conference. But, there might be some truth in this story, as it could be possible that the Tribunal poisoned Nerevar during the conference. Of course, it usually takes a while for poison to make its effect, so maybe the poison only killed Nerevar after Dagoth Ur was defeated.

"But after this great victory, the power-hungry khans of the Great Houses slew Nerevar in secret, and, setting themselves up as gods, neglected Nerevar's promises to the Tribes. But it is said that Nerevar will come again with his ring, and cast down the false gods, and by the power of his ring will make good his promises to the Tribes, to honor the Spirits and drive the outsiders from the land." Nerevar Moon-and-Star

The "power-hungry khans" probably means the Tribunal. Fits right in with Nerevar at Red Mountain though it doesn't say exactly when after the battle was Nerevar killed. Could just as well be after Dagoth Ur was defeated.

"Then Nerevar was carried to us where we waited on the slopes of Red Mountain, and he told us all that had transpired under Red Mountain. What Nerevar had said was that the Dwemer had used special tools to turn their people into immortals and that the Heart of Lorkhan held wondrous powers. (Only later did we hear from others present that Dagoth Ur had thought the Dwemer destroyed, not made immortal. And no one knows for sure what really happened there.) After hearing Nerevar, we gave our counsel as he requested, proposing, 'We should preserve these tools in trust for the welfare of the Chimer people. And who knows, perhaps the Dwemer are not gone forever, but merely transported to some distant realm, from which they may some day return to threaten our security once again. Therefore, we need to keep these tools, to study them and their principles, so that we may be safe in future generations.' And though Nerevar voiced his grave misgivings, he was willing to be ruled by our counsel, under one condition: that we all together should swear a solemn oath upon Azura that the tools would never be used in the profane manner that the Dwemer had intended. We all readily agreed, and swore solemn oaths at Nerevar's dictation." The Battle of Red Mountain

The Tribunal apparently wanted to use the power of the tools in the same manner the Dwemer had intended. It is possible that they poisoned Nerevar during this conference.

"...that Nerevar died at the conference [not of his wounds, according to the Ashlanders, but from treachery]..." The Progress of Truth

Also fits right in with Nerevar at Red Mountain.

"For example, one of the most striking persistent myths associated with Vivec is the story that Vivec conspired with his co-rulers Almalexia and Sotha Sil in the murder of Lord Nerevar, the greatest of Dunmer heroes and generals. The story is derived from Ashlander oral tradition, and is flatly contradicted by all Temple traditions. Nonetheless, the tale is firmly established in the Dunmer imagination, as if to say, 'Of course Vivec would never have conspired to murder Lord Nerevar, but it happened so long ago... who can know the truth?'" Vivec and Mephala

Although this quote is also in act VI, I decided to put it here as well, as some think that the Tribunal murdered Nerevar before confronting Dagoth Ur (even though this is wrong).

"But after the victory, Ashlanders say the power-hungry Tribunal slew Nerevar in secret." Huleeya's Dialogue

Ok, but when, exactly, after the victory? After Nerevar left Dagoth Ur with the tools or after Dagoth Ur was defeated? I, for one, would think the second is correct, in which case I should have put this quite over at Act VI. But, in the end, I decided to put this both here and there.

"Along with Lord Nerevar, and at his insistence, Almalexia, Sotha Sil, and I swore before our god of oaths at the time, the Daedra Lord Azura, never to employ the tools of Kagrenac for any purpose." Vivec's Dialogue

So, that would mean that Nerevar himself swore to never use the tools. But if he was dying, it couldn't really have ever been possible for him to even get the chance use the tools, would he? So why would he have sworn such a thing if he was dying and he knew he would never have even been put in the position to make the choice whether to use the tools or not in the first place? He wouldn't. This shows us that he was healed before making the oath. But... uh... "Daedra Lord Azura"? She's a "Daedra Princess", not a "Daedra Lord".

Ok, so, if you ask me, the Tribunal didn't murder Nerevar during the conference. No, they murdered him after they defeated Dagoth Ur.

Act V: The fight with Dagoth Ur

"The Incarnate represents Saint Nerevar, a mythic force that has previously defeated Dagoth Ur, and Dagoth Ur is obsessed with this threat... Further, when Nerevar and the Tribunal defeated Dagoth Ur, they were strong and allied."

Nerevar defeated Dagoth Ur. Clear and simple.

"In the wake of the ancient Battle of Red Mountain, its leadership was revealed to have plotted treason, and was discredited. Many of House Dagoth died defending the House; those survivors who were faithful to the Great Council were redistributed among the other houses." Hasphat Antabolis' Notes

I was right. House Dagoth was discredited following the battle.

"But while Nerevar was gone, Dagoth was tempted and confused by the powers of the tools. When Nerevar and the counselors arrived, he refused to give up the tools, claiming he had sworn to Nerevar to protect them. Then Dagoth fought with Nerevar and the counselors, and was mortally wounded and driven off, and the tools were recovered." Kagrenac's Tools

Mortally wounded, eh? And, yet, he survived...

"Yet beneath Red Mountain, you struck me down as I guarded the treasure you bound me by oath to defend. It was a cruel blow, a bitter betrayal, to be felled by your hand." Message from Dagoth Ur

Clearly states that Nerevar fought Dagoth Ur.

"One you betrayed was three times true!" Morrowind Game Dreams

Dagoth Ur is a little upset for the fact that Nerevar attacked him.

"Dagoth Ur says Nerevar and he were friends and brothers, but that Nerevar struck Dagoth Ur down beneath Red Mountain while Dagoth Ur protected a treasure Nerevar had sworn Dagoth Ur to protect." Morrowind Game Journal, basically Dagoth Ur's words through Dagoth Gares, one of his subordinates

Too bad he was a little too... overprotective.

"And then the Tribunal went into Red Mountain and met with Dagoth-Ur. Dagoth-Ur saw what had been done, for his skin had changed as well, and he tried to avenge the death of Nerevar but to no avail. He was driven off and thought dead." Nerevar at Red Mountain

Bah! The Tribunal fought Dagoth Ur by themselves after killing Nerevar? In that case, why would Dagoth Ur be bitter for the fact that Nerevar defeated him when, in fact, Nerevar had already been dead when the Tribunal fought Dagoth Ur? This account is clearly false.

"We returned to discover a deranged Dagoth Ur who refused to turn over the tools. When he attacked us, we drove him away... House Dagoth has a tradition of subterfuge and treachery, and because he is a deceiver, he will expect deception." Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur

In fact, they attacked him first.

"That House was a curse on our land for millennia..." Poison Song II

That quote is about House Dagoth, eight years after the battle. Apparently, the Tribunal had already brain-washed their followers.

"You were not born of House Indoril; they brought you into their house after the War, like they and the other Houses brought in all the orphans. It was the only way they saw to erase history and remove all traces of their enemies, by raising their enemies as one of them." Poison Song III

This is some interesting information. One thing is strange, though: "by raising their enemies as one of them". This typo makes it sound as if they raised all their enemies as a single one of them. Heh... Writer's mistake.

"My tutor Kena Gafrisi taught us that the House Dagoth was a curse on Morrowind... Edebah told me that the five Houses adopted the orphan children of Dagoth, raising them in their own traditions. I thought she was mad or a liar, but the real lie was all those years I thought my family was House Indoril." Poison Song IV

This is a summary of the quotes over at Poison Song II and Poison Song III.

"I am the heir of House Dagoth... Raised after the War as House Indoril, but driven by the Song of my ancestors... And after the War, when that accursed House was finally defeated, we saw the little innocents, the orphans whose only crime had been born to wicked parents. I admit there were some in our armies, the combined forces of the Houses, who would have had them all slaughtered to annihilate the legacy of Dagoth. In the end, compassion prevailed, and the children of the Sixth House were adopted into the other five. And so we thought that we had won the war and the peace." Poison Song V

As was found out in Poison Song III, the heirs of House Dagoth were brought into the other houses.

"I was Tython before you butchered my family and sought to dispel my tribe. I was Tay when you brought me into your House to poison me against my own people... It tells me you made my father beg for his life before you killed him, and I want to see you do the same... The next sound you'll hear will be the death rattle of the man who slaved my House." Poison Song VII

Tay's words to and about Triffith.

"The lost clan is House Dagoth, who perished to a man during the Dwemeri War [First Era - MN]. Dagoth's ancient homeland was swallowed up by Vvardenfell, and little is now known of them beyond their name and their legendary last Clanstead, Dagoth Ur. Recent excavations of some of the few known Dwemeri sites have also produced artifacts bearing the clan markings of Dagoth, indicating that Dunmer and Dwemer once mingled within the same communities, a finding that has met with furious denial by many of my less open-minded countrymen." Hasphat Antabolis, Skeleton Man's Interview

They mingled within the same communities? That's really interesting. "Dwemeri War"? I've never heard it called like that before.

"So then we went with Nerevar back into Red Mountain and met with Dagoth Ur. Dagoth Ur refused to deliver the tools to us, saying they were dangerous, and we could not touch them. Dagoth Ur seemed to be irrational, insisting that only he could be trusted with the tools, and then we guessed that he had somehow been affected by his handling of the tools, but now I feel sure that he had privately learned the powers of the tools, and had in some confused way decided he must have them for himself. Then Nerevar and our guard resorted to force to secure the tools. Somehow Dagoth Ur and his retainers escaped, but we gained the tools, and delivered them to Sotha Sil for study and safe-keeping." The Battle of Red Mountain

Too bad the account completely skips Nerevar's death. What about that, Vivec?

"...The treacherous diplomacy of the subtle House Dagoth, or both. House Dagoth, however, was reviled as oath-breakers for their treachery at Red Mountain." The Seven Curses

And that's why they were discredited.

"Once before, Lord Nerevar thought Dagoth Ur and all his kin were dead." Ashlander Dialogue

This doesn't say much at first sight, but it seems to imply that Nerevar had his troops kill all the members of House Dagoth, probably following Dagoth Ur's betrayal (even though Nerevar attacked him, it's probably still Dagoth Ur's fault, since he didn't give the tools back).

"I wish that this time you had come to honor your Lord's friendship, not to betray it... 'Yet beneath Red Mountain, you struck me down as I guarded the treasure you bound me by oath to defend.'" Dagoth Gares' Dialogue

Too bad Nerevar was Dagoth Ur's lord and not the other way around. Anyway, Dagoth Ur says through Dagoth Gares that Nerevar attacked him. Which is not new.

"I served you faithfully once, Lord Nerevar, and you repaid me with death." Dagoth Ur's Dialogue

Ok, so if Nerevar killed him, how was he still alive? He probably meant that Nerevar defeated him or seriously wounded him. Which is what I think happened.

"It is you who must beg forgiveness." Other Dagoths' Dialogues

Even though they don't say why Nerevar should apologize to Dagoth Ur, the reason isn't hard to find. I mean, maybe Dagoth Ur was a traitor, but he was Nerevar's friend. And you don't kill friends, even if they have Kagrenac's tools. I, for one, wouldn't. Then again, Kagrenac's tools don't exist in real life...

"He did your bidding when he tried to keep these tools from the Tribunal, and so he hates you, who betrayed him, and the Tribunal, who mocked his honor, attacked him, and stole the profane tools for their own use." Peakstar's Dialogue

Hey, I told him to give me the tools! Uh... I mean... Nerevar told him to give him the tools! No, no, I didn't say "I". You're... hearing things.

"He appears, by turns, lucid and deranged, compassionate and bestial, profoundly wise and profoundly disordered. In short, he is a mad god." Vivec's Dialogue

Here Vivec is talking about Dagoth Ur, which he calls a "mad god". I agree. But that doesn't mean he has distorted memories related to his "former" life, since other people also say that Nerevar fought Dagoth Ur (the main exception being Alandro Sul). So Dagoth Ur didn't just make that up.

So it's perfectly clear that the Tribunal went back to Dagoth Ur together with Nerevar. Otherwise, why would Dagoth Ur be bitter for the fact that Nerevar tried to kill him?

Act VI: The death of Nerevar following the fight with Dagoth Ur

Here are accounts in which Nerevar's death following the fight with Dagoth Ur is mentioned. Too bad it isn't described.

"Then Nerevar and his counselors decided to take the tools for safekeeping. They all swore a great oath never to use the tools, but after Nerevar's death, Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil yielded to temptation." Kagrenac's Tools

It seems to avoid explaining how Nerevar died.

"Three belied you, three betrayed you!" Morrowind Game Dreams

So, he (Dagoth Ur) knows that the Tribunal killed Nerevar.

"Vivec committed no crime." The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Sermon Zero (hidden message)

This Vivec, maybe. But the mortal Vivec did kill Nerevar.

"He was not born a god. His destiny did not lead him to this crime. He chose this path of his own free will. He stole the godhood and murdered the Hortator. Vivec wrote this." The 36 Lessons of Vivec: Sermon Twenty-Nine (hidden message) and The Trials of Vivec

Vivec finally admits that he killed Nerevar, but then why does he refer to himself as "he"? Well, because he thinks that the person he was before becoming a god is someone else. That's why he's refering to himself as "he".

"As Vehk and Vehk I hereby answer, my right and my left, with black hands. Vehk the mortal did murder the Hortator. Vehk the God did not, and remains as written. And yet these two are the same being. And yet are not, save for one red moment. Know that with the Water-Face do I answer, and so cannot be made to lie... But the mortal Vehk before this one is not the one who stands here now, for I am Remnant. And innocent of the charge you would bring onto the head of my former life." The Trials of Vivec

Hmm... Yes, he does indeed have his Water-Face on, so he cannot lie. But that doesn't mean he cannot speak in riddles. As I said slightly above, Vivec thinks of his former mortal self as a completely different person. At least he confesses that he killed Nerevar, but he does not tell how.

"For example, one of the most striking persistent myths associated with Vivec is the story that Vivec conspired with his co-rulers Almalexia and Sotha Sil in the murder of Lord Nerevar, the greatest of Dunmer heroes and generals. The story is derived from Ashlander oral tradition, and is flatly contradicted by all Temple traditions. Nonetheless, the tale is firmly established in the Dunmer imagination, as if to say, 'Of course Vivec would never have conspired to murder Lord Nerevar, but it happened so long ago... who can know the truth?'" Vivec and Mephala

The Dunmer don't exactly seem to care too much whether the Tribunal murdered Nerevar or not.

"But after the victory, Ashlanders say the power-hungry Tribunal slew Nerevar in secret..." Huleeya's Dialogue

The question remains: when after the victory? I would think that it was after the fight with Dagoth Ur.

"The Sharmat Dagoth Ur speaks to you, in the voice of prophecy. He curses the three betrayers, the three false gods, Vivec, Almalexia, Sotha Sil... 'The cursed false gods' must be the Tribunal. They are surely false gods, evil sorcerers and necromancers, and they murdered Nerevar so they might set themselves up as gods." Nibani Maesa's Dialogue

I would be interested how they murdered him.

"You want to chide me... why did I murder Nerevar? ...We did not murder Nerevar. The legend that we murdered Nerevar comes from a story told by a shield-companion to Nerevar, Alandro Sul, who lived among the Ashlanders. The Ashlanders have retained Alandro Sul's account as part of their oral histories. The account is persuasive in some details, implausible in others, and is in any case false. I have two accounts of Nerevar's death here in my library. Read them, and judge for yourself." Vivec's Dialogue

Ha! Vivec, are you stupid? You just said you had killed Nerevar, and then you said that, in fact, you did not kill him! And what are you talking about? Two different accounts about Nerevar's death? Ah, you're referring to Battle of Red Mountain and Nerevar at Red Mountain. Too bad that Battle of Red Mountain doesn't say how Nerevar died.

It is quite clear to me that the Tribunal murdered Nerevar after the battle with Dagoth Ur. The exact details are, from my knowledge, not mentioned anywhere (except in Nerevar at Red Mountain, but the events are in the wrong chronological order, so I doubt the book's veridicity). Despite that, I have formulated several theories. You will find them at "Theories".

Act VII: Becoming gods

Here are different accounts of how the Tribunal became gods:

"They took these tools themselves and went to Lorkhan's heart buried beneath Red Mountain, and gave themselves divine powers." Kagrenac's Tools

"Divine" powers? I thought the Dissident Priests said that the Tribunal gave themselves "profane" powers...

"The Tribunal found the tools he had been guarding and, through study of Kagrenac's methods, turned themselves into gods." Nerevar at Red Mountain

Something like that.

"We left Red Mountain with the tools, and subsequently Sotha Sil discovered their secrets. Collectively we used the tools to establish a connection with the Heart, enabling ourselves to transform our mortal natures. Thus we became the Tribunal." Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur

The real question is when they used the tools.

"The Advent of the Tribunal (Blessed Be Their Holy Names) changed all this. By the Apotheosis, the Tribunal (Blessed Be Their Holy Names) became the Protectors and High Ancestor Spirits of the Dunmer, and bade the Daedric spirits give proper veneration and obedience." Lakelos Char, Skeleton Man's Interview

Sure...

"Thieves? An interesting concept. Did we steal the essence of the Divine, or was it given to us freely, that we might lead our people into a new age? Few called us thieves when by words and by rite the Princes of Oblivion were bound to a truce." Sotha Sil from Obscured Texts, Sotha Sil's Last Words

No, it was not given to you freely.

"For some years we kept the oaths we swore to Azura with Nerevar, but during that time, in secret, Sotha Sil must have studied the tools and divined their mysteries. And at last he came to us with a vision of a new world of peace, with justice and honor for nobles, and health and prosperity for the commoners, with the Tribunal as immortal patrons and guides. And dedicating ourselves to this vision of a better world, we made a pilgrimage to Red Mountain and transformed ourselves with the power of Kagrenac's tools." The Battle of Red Mountain

Years!? It was months at most, if we believe what is written in Poison Song! (in which the Tribunal are mentioned as gods after just seven years from the battle and, frankly, it would have taken the Tribunal some time to convert all the Dunmer to follow their new religion).

"Temple doctrine claims their apotheosis was miraculously achieved through questing, virtue, knowledge, testing, and battling with Evil; Temple doctrine claims their divine powers and immortality are ultimately conferred as a communal judgement by the Dunmer ancestors [including, among others, the Good Daedra, the prophet Veloth, and Saint Nerevar]. Dissident Priests ask whether Dagoth Ur's powers and the Tribunal powers might ultimately derive from the same source -- Red Mountain. Sources in the Apographa suggest that the Tribunal relied on profanely enchanted tools to achieve godhead, and that those unholy devices were the ones originally created by the ungodly Dwemer sorceror Kagrenac to create the False Construct Numidium." The Progress of Truth

Really? That's how the Tribunal say they acheived their powers? I would have thought that they would come up with a better story.

"But when Vehk the mortal reached into the Heart, he ceased to be anything except for what he wished to be. The axis erupted. There was an exact cracking, an instant of pure Aurbis, his hands burnt black by that ever-nil of static change, and Vivec the god who had never been had always been. A whole universe swelled up to legitimize his throne... as the old universe, where Vehk the mortal still lapped up Godsblood, warped itself to accept its new equivalent. And like all things magical it simply could not happen, could not Be. Red Mountain was the intersection of the Is-Is Not as it was of old, its center point, and it did not hold. And so the Dragon, having broken, saw fit to heal, turning into the world you know. Except now Vivec the God was alive before his own birth, which had, in fact, really happened in the death of the last universe. Hard to grasp in three-dimensional thought? Why, of course it is. And so that is why some semblance of my anguished personal reconciliation found its way into my own scripture. Why did I leave the Nerevarine two accounts of his death, one that I could have easily erased from the minds of my own people? Because he is Hortator, GHARTOK PADHOME AE ALTADOON DUNMERI, my lord and king in this world and the last, and as Vehk and Vehk I murdered him, then raised him, then taught to him to know, and so would I have it when he came to me at last that he decide. I give you this as Vivec... But I gladly—no, delightfully—admit to stealing my bridge to godhood! Let the court record I would do it again and again. Moreover, I’ve left instructions for others to do the same, and look more pretty than I did doing it!... What we did was far more calculated, precise in accordance with laws set down in ancient days. Unfortunately I cannot present you with the drafts of Magnus we worked from. I love you too much... Without the Heart, the glory of the Dunmer would have never grown as radiant... I am the Thief of this World, with stars, and by my Charges I put you down." The Trials of Vivec

He says that there was a Dragon Break at Red Mountain, but, unfortunately, there just isn't enough information to go along with.

"Three of Nerevar's associates among the Orthodox Houses, Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil, succeeded to control of the re-created First Council, re-named the Grand Council of Morrowind, and went on to be come the god-kings and immortal rulers of Morrowind known as the Tribunal, or Almsivi." War of the First Council

That's interesting. They "went on to be come the god-kings". Besides the fact that there is a typo ("become", not "be come"), how did they become "god-kings"? Now, that's a good question for the author of this book.

"...Set themselves up as gods..." Ashlander Dialogue

A few more details would be nice.

"And that is why you are standing here now, telling me this story of the Tribunal stealing power from a god's heart with Dwemer tools." Miner Arobar's Dialogue

That's exactly the reason.

"And the Tribunal took these tools to make themselves gods. Though the Tribunal sought to do good with their power, they are tainted by the same corrupt desires that move Dagoth Ur." Peakstar's Dialogue

That's what I'm talking about.

"...Why did I break my oath to Azura not to use Kagrenac's tools? ...We broke our oaths. We turned our backs on the old gods. I still see no compelling reason to worship any of the Aedra or Daedra. But, for the respect I held for Nerevar, and the respect I held for myself, I should never have betrayed my oath. Of all my life's actions, I most regret that failure... The sin of the Tribunal, however, is in the breaking of an oath to Azura to forebear from tapping the Heart with Kagrenac's tools, and in the folly of seeking to become gods. Breaking the oath was evil. Becoming gods was folly. If we sinned, we have paid the price." Vivec's Dialogue

I would have been more interested why you killed Nerevar. Better yet, why didn't you confess it to the Nerevarine? Were you afraid that you would not be spared? Anyway, is that really what you regret doing the most? Do you regret it more than murdering Nerevar? Or maybe it's not your fault, seeing as your "former", mortal self killed Nerevar, right?

So, those are the accounts regarding the Tribunal's ascension to godhood.

Act VIII: Eruption

Ok, so there was a Dragon Break at Red Mountain. And, as is written in "Vehk's Teaching", every time there's a Dragon Break, Red Mountain erupts. But, if the Tribunal caused the Dragon Break while they were inside Red Mountain, wouldn't they be killed? I mean, it's not a good idea to be too close to a volcano when it erupts, since you might die, but inside it? That's even worser... And it wasn't just a little eruption, seeing as it formed the Inner Sea.

"...And when at last their pestilence was snuffed out, the very earth itself breathed a cloud of fire and ash in relief, bringing night to day for over a year's time." Poison Song II

This quote is about House Dagoth and it describes the eruption of Red Mountain. Too bad the supposed annihilation of House Dagoth was not the cause of the eruption.

"He said that when they were all destroyed at the end of the War, the very earth itself breathed in relief." Poison Song IV

This is a summary of the quote over at Poison Song II.

"He had known the land of east Vvardenfell his entire life. Every forest, every garden, every small village between Red Mountain and the Sea of Ghosts had been home to him. But now it was all different, twisted into a world he did not recognize since the eruption and the year of Sun's Death... The Ashlanders found a low jagged crevasse in the hills, a crack from a lava flow even predating Sun's Death." Poison Song VI

So, there were forests and gardens in Vvardenfell before the eruption, but the crack from the lava flow would suggest that there had been other eruptions before as well.

"Excavation has shown that, even before the major eruption which created the Vvardenfell we know today, the northern highlands were a region of constant volcanic and geologic activity. Morrowind has always lived in the shadow of the ash drifting across it in the prevailing northerlies." Travis Ulchovik, Skeleton Man's Interview

That's interesting.

"Yes, until the volcano erupted and wiped them out, vast underground cities and all." Yul Marshee, Skeleton Man's Interview

He's talking about the Dwemer. But the volcano's eruption isn't what killed them.

"It is not for another two centuries that we first hear of the Tribunal, who perhaps arose to prominence in the ruin wrought by the first eruption of Vvardenfell, which laid waste at least half of Morrowind, and led to a permanent shift of population south towards the Deshaan, the broad southern plain which gradually slopes down into the dismal swamps of Black Marsh... The eruption is still recalled in the tales of numerous peoples - to the Nords it was 'The Year of Winter in Summer', to the khajiit, 'Sun's Death'." The Pocket Guide to the Empire

Now, this means it was a really big eruption. How did the Tribunal survive if they were inside the volcano? Sure, they had become gods, but in the Morrowind Game you can kill Vivec quite easily (at least, I could), even though he is a god. You could say that a large of his power has faded by the time of the events in the Morrowind Game, but still...

"The city's original entrance to the surface must have been in the part of the city to the northeast - the part that fell into the sea long ago when the eruption of Red Mountain created this mind-bogglingly vast crater." The Ruins of Kemel-Ze

Hehe... That sounds like a pretty big crater...

"Major eruption or no, Veloth was still full of ash prior to the Temple. I would quote myself, but fear for appearances." The Trials of Vivec

No comment.

"...Of special note is the Blue Star, which the Alesstics call 'Mnemoli', that runs through this part of the Aurbis every untime. The psijiics hold it in much reverence, and many of their folk make pilgrimages to Veloth when it appears because a mountain there catches fire at its passing. This mountain is reputed to be one of the last refuges of the Dwemer before they departed from this world..." Vehk's Teaching, Vehk's Book of Hours

So, every Dragon Break, Red Mountain erupts. Which means there was a Dragon Break at Red Mountain. But why does he say "a mountain"? Why doesn't he just say "Red Mountain"? Is he trying to confuse us?

"The lava from Red Mountain is very fluid, and it runs almost like water, and during an eruption, fire-rivers run down the mountain, clearing the ravines of vegetation." Savants' and Scouts' Dialogues

Sounds like eruptions are quite frequent.

I really don't know the Tribunal escaped the eruption of Red Mountain, but they probably became so powerful through their use of the heart that they were invulnerable. In the Morrowind Game and Tribunal Game, they are very weak, but they hadn't used the heart for a loooong time and their power had somewhat faded.

Theories of Sin, Murder and Fire

Brief introduction

I have carefully analyzed every single piece of information about the battle and have come up with a few very plausible theories. Read them and decide for yourself which you would rather believe. But I would like to point out that they are identical up to a point: the conference with the Tribunal. Thus, the events up to that point are found before the theories themselves, in the sub-section "Events before the conference". Please note that I have simply summarized the most plausible information found, also adding a little information obtained through guesswork. So expect my theories to be brief, but detailed. Also, the first theory is the most plausible, the second is less plausible, the third is even less plausible and the fourth is a little unplausible. But they're the most plausible ones I could come up with considering all the different information about the battle.

And, by the way, the events after the Tribunal became gods can be found in the sub-section "Aftermath of Red Mountain".

Events before the conference

The nomadic Chimer, who worshipped Daedra, were initially made up of many warring clans, with no law or leader in common, living in Velothi together with the Dwemer, which they often raided, though there were no conflicts of a very large scale between the two. It is that the Chimer of that time were so divided between themselves that their warriors would pledge themselves to any Nord chieftain who went to war with their clan enemies, a circumstance which undoubtedly facilitated their Conquest by the First Empire of the Nords. During the War of Succesion, when the Nords were weak and disunited, one Chimer warlord, Nerevar Indoril, had the ambition to unite the Chimer and drive out the foreigners from the land. The Dwemer were great enchanters back then, so Nerevar secretly went to a Dwemer smith and asked for an enchanted ring that would help him unite his people. The ring was called Moon-and-Star and it was blessed by Azura, giving its wearer great powers of persuasion, and also being enchanted to instantly kill anyone who wore it except Nerevar. Nerevar used the ring not only to unite the Chimer, but also to ally himself with the Dwemer against the Nords, who were then easily defeated and driven out of the land. After that, Nerevar Indoril of the Chimer and Dumac Dwarfking of the Dwemer, who had become friends and had started to respect each other, decided to make peace between their people, forming the united Chimer and Dwemer kingdom of Resdayn. Also, the two leaders, Nerevar and Dumac, formed the First Council, which was the Chimer-Dwemer governing body. However, not everybody liked this peace, since they thought that a peace between the two peoples was simply not meant to be. A Dwemer faction, Rourken clan, disliked the peace so much that they left Resdayn and settled in Hammerfell. But that did not sway Dumac's decision, as both and Nerevar claimed that this alliance was set in stone and that there would be no turnining back whatsoever. They were both told by their councilors that this peace was too fragile to be kept, but Nerevar and Dumac managed to keep it by negotiation and compromise.

Until Voryn Dagoth (who would later be known as Dagoth Ur), the Lord High Councilor of House Dagoth, told Nerevar of the plans of the Dwemer, of how they wanted to build a new god using Kagrenac's tools on Lorkhan's heart, making a fearsome weapon and a mockery of Chimer faith. Apparently, House Dagoth got along very well with the Dwemer, sometimes even possibly intermingling, even though the Dunmer of today do not believe such a thing. Either way, Voryn was quite friendly with the Dwemer, but he was more loyal to his lord, Nerevar. The Tribunal had secretly learned of the heart and its powers, which they wanted for their own, so they urged Nerevar to attack the Dwemer and to destroy this threat to Chimer beliefs and security. Nerevar, remembering his alliance with the Dwemer, was troubled. He went to Dumac at his stronghold at Red Mountain and asked him if what Voryn had said was true, but Kagrenac, Dumac's High Engineer, who had overheard the conversation between Nerevar and Dumac, took great offense and asked Nerevar who he thought he was to presume to judge the affairs of the Dwemer. Dumac himself would have rather had his people continue their experiments and eventually unleash the powers of the heart than preserve his friendship with Nerevar and his fragile peace with the Chimer, so he lied to Nerevar that he was not aware of any wrongdoing of his people.

Nerevar trusted Dumac, but he was troubled by what Kagrenac had said, so he went to the sacred temple of Azura at Holamayan, where he asked Azura if what Voryn had said was true, to which Azura replied that it was, indeed, true, and that the creation of a new god of the Dwemer should be prevented at all costs. Nerevar came back to his lands and told his councilors that what Voryn had said had been confirmed by Azura, and the Tribunal felt their judgement confirmed, and, once again, counseled him to war, chiding Nerevar for his naive trust in friendship, and reminding him of his duty to protect the faith and security of the Chimer against the impiety and dangerous ambitious of the Dwemer. Then, Nerevar went back to Red Mountain and he talked to Dumac once again but, this time, they both quarreled bitterly and they declared war on each other. Nerevar was in Dumac's citadel at Red Mountain and, thus, at Dumac's mercy, since he could have had Nerevar killed easily, but Dumac was honorable and he still respected Nerevar, so he allowed him to leave. Also, if Dumac would have had Nerevar killed, the Chimer would quickly attack the Dwemer, probably defeating them. The Dwemer had to hire mercenaries in order to improve their forces, and Dumac knew that.

This was the start of the War of the First Council. Nerevar went back to his capital and told his followers what had transpired, and he started to gather his troops. The Dwemer had an improved technology compared to the Chimer, using golden ballistae and centurions, but they were fewer in number than the Chimer, so that's why Dumac sent representatives to the Nords and Orcs to hire mercenaries, promising them land and booty. Dumac was faster in gathering troops than Nerevar was, so he was able to initially campaign with great success in the north of Morrowind, occupying much of the land now comprising Redoran, Vvardenfell, and Telvanni District. Nerevar, however, planned a decisive battle at Red Mountain, where the future of the Chimer and the Dwemer would be decided. The main bulk of the Chimer army came from Narsis, and they met their brethren along the way. They quickly arrived at Red Mountain, as the Inner Sea did not exist back then. At Red Mountain, Nerevar tried to negotiate with Dumac, asking him to abort his experiments on the heart of Lorkhan in order to preserve their friendship and peace. But Dumac had no intention of doing this, and he told Nerevar that the Dwemer would not relinquish that which has been theirs for years beyond reckoning just as the Chimer would not relinquish their worship of the Daedra Princes. Dumac threatened Nerevar that he would kill him and all of the Chimer if he would not surrender, but Nerevar cared little for Dumac's threats. And, thus, the Battle of Red Mountain started.

The Dwemer and their allies were very well defended at Red Mountain, and Nerevar knew that he would not win the battle easily, so he lured the Dwemer troops into the fields, pinning them there, meanwhile secretly making his way into the Dwemer stronghold with Voryn and a few other companions, eventually reaching the Heart Chamber, where Dumac and Kagrenac were, and possibly a few other Dwemer as well. Nerevar fought Dumac and they were both injured, and Dumac fell to the ground. Kagrenac, fearing for his life, used the tools on the heart and, in that moment, all the Dwemer disappeared from this world. Nerevar was healed and he told Voryn to keep the tools safe while he went to consult the Tribunal what to do with them. Voryn told Nerevar that the tools are dangerous and that they should be destroyed, but Nerevar would not ignore his conuncilors' advice again. Thus, he left the Dwemer stronghold and made his way to the fields in front of the mountain. His men had eliminated all the Orcs and Nords that had not fled, but they had no idea what had happened to the Dwemer. Nerevar briefly explained to them that the Dwemer had disappeared, after which he met with the Tribunal.

Other possibility:TSBasilisk says that Dagoth Ur might have tricked the Nords and Orcs into coming to Red Mountain for land and booty. He also says that this was all a part of Nerevar's brilliant strategy and that he took advantage of the big battle between Nords, Orcs, Chimer and Dwemer by slipping into the Sixth House citadel unnoticed.

Theory I: To stab a friend, to be stabbed by friends

Nerevar met with his Tribunal and told them what had happened inside the stronghold. The Tribunal, who had secretly learned of the powers of the tools, told Nerevar that they should preserve the tools for the welfare of the Chimer people, and not destroy them, as it was possible that the Dwemer might have been transported to another realm from which they might one day return to threaten the security of the Chimer, and that the tools could be used to defend themselves against that threat. Nerevar did not like the plan too much, but he was willing to do as the Tribunal suggested with one condition: that the tools would never be used in the profane manner that the Dwemer had used them. The Tribunal agreed, and they all swore oaths to Azura at Nerevar's dictation, after which they went to the Dwemer stronghold at Red Mountain together with their guards.

In the Heart Chamber, they found an irrational Voryn, who had either been affected by his handling of the tools or had actually used them on the heart. When asked by Nerevar and the Tribunal to surrender the tools, Voryn said that the tools were dangerous and that they could not touch them, that only he could be trusted with the tools, so Nerevar and his guards had to resort to force to secure the tools from Voryn, mortally wounding him and driving him off. After Voryn was presumed dead, Nerevar ordered his troops to attack the rest of the members of House Dagoth, and only those that had been loyal to the Council were spared and later moved to the other Chimer house. When Nerevar's troops were fighting House Dagoth or shortly after, the Tribunal secretly stabbed Nerevar, and that is when Nerevar realized how evil his Tribunal were. When Nerevar died, they said he had died from his wounds. Which was the truth... But they forgot to say who had inflicted the wounds upon him.

Theory II: Poison takes some time to work

Nerevar met with his Tribunal and told them what had happened inside the stronghold. The Tribunal, who had secretly learned of the powers of the tools, gave Nerevar a potion which they might have said was a fortify potion of sorts or a different kind of beneficial potion, but they lied to him, as the potion contained poison. Nerevar had no idea what the potion contained, as he could not sense its effect for the time being, since the poison was made to slowly kill him over a longer period of time. That way, the Tribunal could say that Nerevar died of his wounds. The Tribunal told Nerevar that they should preserve the tools for the welfare of the Chimer people, and not destroy them, as it was possible that the Dwemer might have been transported to another realm from which they might one day return to threaten the security of the Chimer, and that the tools could be used to defend themselves against that threat. Nerevar did not like the plan too much, but he was willing to do as the Tribunal suggested with one condition: that the tools would never be used in the profane manner that the Dwemer had used them. The Tribunal agreed, and they all swore oaths to Azura at Nerevar's dictation, after which they went to the Dwemer stronghold at Red Mountain together with their guards.

In the Heart Chamber, they found an irrational Voryn, who had either been affected by his handling of the tools or had actually used them on the heart. When asked by Nerevar and the Tribunal to surrender the tools, Voryn said that the tools were dangerous and that they could not touch them, that only he could be trusted with the tools, so Nerevar and his guards had to resort to force to secure the tools from Voryn, mortally wounding him and driving him off. After Voryn was presumed dead, Nerevar ordered his troops to attack the rest of the members of House Dagoth, and only those that had been loyal to the Council were spared and later moved to the other Chimer house. Sometime during the fight with House Dagoth or a short time after the battle, the poison killed Nerevar. The Tribunal said he had died of his wounds, but Nerevar had only small physical injuries when he died.

Theory III: Poisoned after the battle with House Dagoth

Nerevar spoke with his three counselors, and they decided to return together to Red Mountain to decide what to do. In the Heart Chamber, they found an irrational Voryn, who had either been affected by his handling of the tools or had actually used them on the heart. When asked by Nerevar and the Tribunal to surrender the tools, Voryn said that the tools were dangerous and that they could not touch them, that only he could be trusted with the tools, so Nerevar and his guards had to resort to force to secure the tools from Voryn, mortally wounding him and driving him off. After Voryn was presumed dead, Nerevar ordered his troops to attack the rest of the members of House Dagoth, and only those that had been loyal to the Council were spared and later moved to the other Chimer house.

Then Nerevar and the Tribunal decided to take the tools for safekeeping. They all swore an oath to Azura to never to use the tools, but after they swore their oaths, the Tribunal gave Nerevar a potion which they said would heal his injuries, but, in fact, it contained poison. The Tribunal then said that Nerevar had died from his wounds. But they were not fatal wounds.

Theory IV: Drain health - drain intelligence

Nerevar met with his Tribunal and told them what had happened inside the stronghold. The Tribunal, who had secretly learned of the powers of the tools, gave Nerevar a potion which they might have said was a fortify potion of sorts or a different kind of beneficial potion, but they lied to him, as the potion was, in fact, a drain health and drain intelligence potion, both to kill him and cloud his judgement. Nerevar had no idea what the potion contained, as he could not sense its effect for the time being, since the potion was made to slowly kill him and slowly drain his intelligence over a longer period of time. That way, the Tribunal could say that Nerevar died of his wounds. The Tribunal told Nerevar that they should preserve the tools for the welfare of the Chimer people, and not destroy them, as it was possible that the Dwemer might have been transported to another realm from which they might one day return to threaten the security of the Chimer, and that the tools could be used to defend themselves against that threat. Nerevar would not have agreed to follow this plan, but the potion was already working, and Nerevar agreed, but only if the Tribunal would swear to Azura that they would never use the tools in the profane manner that the Dwemer had intended. The fact that Nerevar would never have agreed with the Tribunal's plans would raise the following question: why was he consulting them in the first place if he wanted to do things his way? Anyway, the Tribunal agreed, and they all swore oaths to Azura at Nerevar's dictation, after which they went to the Dwemer stronghold at Red Mountain together with their guards.

In the Heart Chamber, they found an irrational Voryn, who had either been affected by his handling of the tools or had actually used them on the heart. When asked by Nerevar and the Tribunal to surrender the tools, Voryn said that the tools were dangerous and that they could not touch them, that only he could be trusted with the tools, so Nerevar, whose judgement was clouded, attacked Voryn together with his guards, mortally wounding him and driving him off. After Voryn was presumed dead, Nerevar ordered his troops to attack the rest of the members of House Dagoth, and only those that had been loyal to the Council were spared and later moved to the other Chimer house. Sometime during the fight with House Dagoth or a short time after the battle, the potion finnaly killed Nerevar. The Tribunal said he had died of his wounds.

Aftermath of Red Mountain

Azura was quite fond of Nerevar, and his death annoyed her, but she did not punish those responsible yet. Almalexia, being Nerevar's wife, became the ruler of Morrowind. Although Vivec says in his account "the Battle of Red Mountain" that they, the Tribunal, waited for a few years until they made themselves gods, "Poison Song" contradicts that.

So, some months after the battle (not exactly after the battle), Sotha Sil managed to find out how to use the tools successfully and informed Almalexia and Vivec of his discoveries. The three decided to take a risk and went to the Dwemer citadel of Red Mountain and into the Heart Chamber, where they proceeded to use the tools on the heart. Here's what Vivec says happened:

"But when Vehk the mortal reached into the Heart, he ceased to be anything except for what he wished to be. The axis erupted. There was an exact cracking, an instant of pure Aurbis, his hands burnt black by that ever-nil of static change, and Vivec the god who had never been had always been. A whole universe swelled up to legitimize his throne... as the old universe, where Vehk the mortal still lapped up Godsblood, warped itself to accept its new equivalent. And like all things magical it simply could not happen, could not Be. Red Mountain was the intersection of the Is-Is Not as it was of old, its center point, and it did not hold. And so the Dragon, having broken, saw fit to heal, turning into the world you know. Except now Vivec the God was alive before his own birth, which had, in fact, really happened in the death of the last universe."

Ok, Vivec's words are open to interpretation (I suggest you read B's excellent "Dragon Broke Study" for an explanation of the phenomenon). I, for one, would rather not comment, since I if I would comment anything whatsoever I would probably be insulted for my lack of knowledge. Judge for yourself what happened.

Anyway, they became gods and the volcano erupted. Somehow they escaped the eruption (either they were invulnerable or they used recall) and Azura cursed them for what they had done. Okay, killing Nerevar was not nice, but Azura could live with that. But now, the Tribunal had not only broken their oath to Azura, but they had also become gods, so Azura was really annoyed. She went to the Tribunal, scolded them and cast a curse on the Chimer people to make their skin black, a reminder of the foul deeds done by the Tribunal. After that, the Dunmer were pretty scared for the fact that their skin had changed, but Sotha Sil told them that it was a blessing, not a curse. The rest is history.

Epilogue

What have I proven through this study? Well, here's a small list:

  • The Tribunal murdered Nerevar.

  • Nerevar at Red Mountain is science-fiction.

  • Nerevar was not exactly the benevolent ruler that we are used to think that he was.

  • House Dagoth was not allied with the Dwemer, the Nords or the Orcs.

  • The Tribunal discredited House Dagoth's role in the battle.

  • Vivec is a liar and should not be trusted.

  • There is not a single account regarding the battle that is correct from the beginning to the end. They all contain some truth, but they also contain lies or they skip a lot of details.

That's all folks! Now, have a nice day.

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A thousand thanks! I have been looking for this for a long time! :)

I think I see why have you taken it off. I think this is a well written study but while I don't think it would be unfounded, it isn't properly proven either. Sinder Velvin's theories however fit to my own, but this won't make them facts. As I recall one of the devs said that even they didn't know what was the truth about Red Mountain.

But least now I can read it again and return to my head canon! :p

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I think my comments on it were "too long, too focused on semantics, does not reflect modern knowledge." 

 

For future reference, you can find stuff on older incarnations of this website (or just about any other website) by going to the wayback machine. From there, you can navigate to the old FSG. Here's the article backed up on that.

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The old "forum" is still up. I don't know if it's supposed to be, but just fyi.

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It should be up, but closed. Just for posterity really.

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Is there a reason why I'm unable to edit my posts? I made a bunch of typos and have some bits of incorrect information in that non-TES world-building thread that was made, and I'd like to make those corrections.

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Long story short? I'm not sure and I'm looking into it.

It does look like the button is just missing. So with some trickery you can edit your own post just fine.

1. Click reply.
2. You'll see a linke that ends with /comment/reply/1495/8314
    The last number is the number of the post you are replying to. Which is also the post you want to edit.

3. Replace reply/1495 with edit so that it now says /comment/edit/8314 and press enter.

You should now be able to edit your post. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

 

edit:

 

~~ Proweler.

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Thankee-sai. No reason to apologize. :)

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In "Fools' Ebony", found in the section TES Game Books - Daggerfall, there is what I believe to be an error in "Fools' Ebony, Part The Sixeth". There is no Scene 5 present, and Scene 6 is not in bold. I have not read the book "in-game" so I do not know if the Scene 5 was accidently labeled Scene 6 or if it was intentional to follow to actual book, but I wanted to point out the oddity. Perhaps if there really is no Scene 5, it should be noted in the Librarian's Comments section?

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Hey thanks for spotting that. In the original there was indeed no part 5. 

 

I've fixed the bolding.

 

Cheers!

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The Library was loading rather slowly. I've disabled some things. I hope this speeds it up a bit.

 

Should it slow down again please let me know.

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Proweler wrote:

The Library was loading rather slowly. I've disabled some things. I hope this speeds it up a bit.

 

Should it slow down again please let me know.

It might be my imagination, but things seem to be running a bit faster.

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Faster over here too.

It was outright crashing on me earlier today.

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Drupal errors out the ass, this past 24 hours.

 

 

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Great. Looking into it.

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Is it possible to remove all traces of my existence in the Storyboard?

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Yes. But not in a fast way.

 

You'll have to delete all these by hand.

http://www.imperial-library.info/user/87/track

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Nothing from your end?

 

If that's the case, no thanks.

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KnightMariel wrote:

Is it possible to remove all traces of my existence in the Storyboard?

But we like you!

 

Even though you called me 'cupcake' that one time.

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'Skryim' typo here.

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Fixed the typo and the wonky formatting. Added a comma.

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Linking in posts is broken.

Also using apostrophes inserts backslashes for some reason.

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Same reason. Somehow entering " or \' adds slashes, which messes up the url. Proweler is the code god around here, but in the meantime you can paste the url as usual and use the little widget to remove the link from it. 

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Ok, librarians. There are way too many typos in The Great War and Rising Threat.

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dinmenel wrote:
Ok, librarians. There are way too many typos in The Great War and Rising Threat.

Considering those are in-game books and we just extract the text for those from the game itself, those are likely embarrassingly Bethesda's own errors and not ours for a change. Not much we can do about that, unfortunately.

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Are they? I thought they'd been typed out by hand, 'cause the Wiki has the texts without typos (at least in the instance I checked).

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Likely then that the Wiki was edited, as is wont to happen on Wikis.

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Indeed... normally I would believe the Library over the wiki on this sort of thing, of course, but I didn't think that many typos could actually have made it in. You need to hire a bloody editor, Bethesda.

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Testing links: 

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Testing links: 

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