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Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Orcs and Reachmen

The next section of the Emperor's Guide is now available. Named Northern Bangkorai and the Mountains, it covers the Orcs of the Daggerfall Covenant and the Reachmen plaguing the region. In addition to insights into both those cultures, we get to learn a bit more about the Daedra and Mannimarco, and are introduced to Vanus Galerion, the founder of the Mage's Guild. He turns out to be kind of a jerk. 

You can find it right here, or in the sidebar under the Pocket Guides heading. Many thanks to laurelanthalasa for transcribing this section. 

The Selectives Podcast #01: Unreliable Narrator

As seen on r/teslore a selective bunch of people started a podcast on youtube. It's about lore and stuff and kinda interesting. I'd strongly recommend to lend it your ear for a while.

The Selectives Podcast #01: Unreliable Narrator.

Loremaster's Archive Update

The question and answer portion of the Loremaster's Archive series now has a home in the library. You can find it in the Interviews section as Loremaster's Archive Q&A, under the Developer's heading in the sidebar. Although there are many individual entries in the series, we've chosen to keep them all in one article for ease of access. 

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Hammerfell

The next part of the Emperor's Guide, covering Hammerfell, is now up! Like the game, the Guide sticks to the northern Alik'r. It introduces a new group of Redguards - the Ash'abah, the nomadic caretakers of Hammerfell's necropoli - and focuses heavily on the Redguard's religion and views on the undead. The architecture, fauna, and history of the province also gets some loving attention. 

Many thanks to laurelanthalasa and the nighthawker for helping to type this section up. 


Loremaster’s Archive and a Progress Update

Have you been keeping up with ESO's Loremaster Archives? This weeks entry is all about Hircine and werewolves, and is definitely worth a read. As always, you should submit questions for the series to - I'm sure you guys have some great things you're itching to know. 

Although we've fallen behind on reporting news around the Library, lots of progress has been made. Thanks to the help of laurelanthalasa and the nighthawker, the Emperor's Guide transcription is nearing completion. The next chapter, covering Hammerfell, will go live early next week, and we'll be rolling out the rest week by week. Art, currently absent, will be added as the final step. 

We are also most of the way through uploading the new books from ESO, with most of the remaining texts being journals, notes, or duplicates from previous games. New books are being added every day, and once they're all up, we'll be turning out attention to uploading the Loremaster's Archive series mentioned above, as well as books from Beta that did not make it into the final game. Not to mention, of course, updating the timeline and our articles with all the new information. 

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: High Rock

The next part of the Emperor's Guide is now up! In addition to all the expected information about the history, geography, politics, and culture of High Rock, there are some great bits about Dreugh, werewolves, witches, and knightly orders... as well as a clever allusion to a very famous hero from the future. As if all that wasn't enough, our narrator gets himself into the first part of a whole lot of trouble. 

ESO Book Highlights: Khajiit & Elsweyr

This week's entries were really hard to pick. Although masterfully painted in broad strokes within past lore, Elsweyr has not been explored until now. ESO features gorgeous visual design and wonderful new books to give us a look into this province and its mysterious, alien inhabitants. 

The Moon Cats and their Dance - a great book about Khajiiti philosophy, their forms, and the foreign views of them. Attributed to the famous Clan Mother Ahnissi
Moon Worship among the Cat Men - a biased text about Khajiiti religion and politics. 
A Dance in Moonlight - the story of a maiden who stole the light of the moons. 
The Seven Shadows of Rajhin - a fable about this famous culture hero.
The Thief God's Treasures - another take of Rajhin, this time explaining his relationship with the famous Ring of  Khajiit
Litter-Mates of Darkness - the dual, moon-tied afterlife and worship of the Khajiit.

Due to the great work of Pilaf, we have a scant 765 books remaining! The majority of them are journals and correspondences, and we will continue to add them in the coming days. Give him a big round of applause, and head over to the Online section to read all our uploads thus far. 

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel

The first few parts of The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel are now available. The Guide tells the story of Flaccus Torentius, a painter tasked by Chancellor Abnur Tharn with traveling the provinces and updating the old Emperor's Guide. The book includes excerpts from the previous Guide, other Tamrielic books, and the journal and paintings of Flaccus. All that amounts, of course, to tons of new lore and plenty of throwbacks to the old.

Currently, the dedication, introduction, and Cyrodiil sections are online - we'll be adding more from this enormous book in the coming weeks. You can find it in our Pocket Guides section, as Emperor's Guide. 

Please note that, to keep this collector's item a collector's item, images and scans are not allowed to be republished unless they have previously appeared elsewhere. 

ESO Book Highlights: Bretons & High Rock

To follow up last week's highlight of the Reachmen, today we'll be looking at the more 'civilized' denizens of High Rock, the Bretons. In addition to the political intrigue for which the region is famous, ESO delves deeper into the lore of the Direnni elves and the ancient mysteries surrounding the Iliac Bay. Here are a few of our favorites: 

A Royal Embarrassment - a anti-Daggerfall Covenant pamphlet lambasting Emeric and his family.
The Knightly Orders of High Rock - an overview of High Rock's social classes and their origins.
The Bretons: Mongrels or Paragons - discuses the dual genetic heritage of the Breton peoples.
Tower of Adamant - a history of the Adamantine Tower.
Once - a poetic history of the Direnni.

As of this post, we have just under a thousand ESO books in our library, largely due to the effort and dedication of Pilaf. Give him a big round of applause when you next see him!

Also brand new this week is TIL's Facebook page. We'll be posting news, questions, discussions, and all kinds of other things there, so if you'd like to stay up to date on TIL and on lore, be sure to head on over and give us a "like". The address is

ESO Book Highlights: Reachmen

Skyrim introduced the defeated 4th era remnants of this culture by way of the Foresworn, and now ESO is expanding on their lore on the other side of the border. Remember to keep in mind the bias 'civilized' authors have against the clans of the Reach when reading the works below. 

Clans of the Reach: A Guide - three particularly hostile clans and their rituals
A Life Barbaric and Brutal - a young Breton is abducted and held as a slave. 
Triumphs of a Monarch - King Emeric's account of Durcorach the Black Drake's raids on High Rock. 
Aspects of Lord Hircine - a Reachmen shaman's description of the Daedra prince.

This is, of course, just a small sampling of the over 750 ESO books added thus far. Take a look at the Online section of the TES Game Books menu to read them all. Have you found a cool book, dialog, or location on your travels through 2nd era Tamriel? Post it over on the Storyboard for us all to ponder and admire.