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Zenimax Online Writer Interview

The writing team of Zenimax Online did an Ask Me Anything with the good people of /r/elderscrollsonline back in September, and now we've got a transcript of it for you. It's very long but very much worth a read, as just about any and every lore topics gets a mention. 

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: The Final Chapters

The last bits of text from the Emperor's Guide to Tamriel are finally up on the Library. One is the ominously titled Dreams of Cyrodiil, and the last a short afterword letter. Neither are in the same style as the rest of the book, and rather than spoiling things with a summary, I'm going to go ahead and let you read it for yourselves. 

We are also in the process of adding images to the Guide. While Bethesda is not allowing anyone to scan in the images from the guide itself, we are able to fill in much of it with previously released art from the game and promotional materials. 

Go ahead and finish off Flaccus Torentius' saga right here

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Valenwood

The penultimate chapter to the Emperor's Guide is now available. In it, Flaccus encounters Maormeri pirates, explores the Valenwood jungle, and imbibes many intoxicating substances before finally spiraling down towards what will be his end. The sidebars, meanwhile, do a great job of explaining the Green Pact and other facets of Bosmeri culture and religion. 

Definitely give it a read!

All Elder Scrolls Online Books Now in the Library

You read that right, we've finally completed the monumental task of uploading all the books from Elder Scrolls Online into the library's databases. This includes all the books in the original game, as well as books added in subsequent updates, as well as books released on the official website. You should direct the bulk of your thanks to Pilaf the Defiler, our newest Librarian, who did the majority of the work on this colossal project. 

What's next? We've got a few books from the beta that were subsequently cut from release, courtesy of Benefactor. We've also got a whole bunch of dialog-based books which we will be adding shortly. Articles will also be updated, written, and rewritten, starting with the Timeline. 

Go ahead and start your reading!

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Auridon

Today's chapter on Auridon is a short one, covering the early history of the Summersets, daedra summoning, and Altmeri visual culture, as well as letting us be part of Ayrenn's return to the Isles. Flaccus, our hero, once again manages to get himself kicked out of a province due to his inability to hold his liquor.

Head on over and read it right here.

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Elsweyr

Journey to the northern red deserts of Elsweyr in today's Emperor's Guide update. In between getting himself into trouble, Flaccus gives us many new notes on Khajiiti culture, history, architecture, and religion. Goblins, ogres, and the Knahaten flu are also discussed. 

As always, you can find the Emperor's Guide in the sidebar under the Pocket Guides heading, or by clicking right here. Enjoy!

The New Whirling School

Rotten Deadite, a staple on /r/teslore, has relaunched the Whirling School with all new, very in-depth analysis of the 36 Lessons of Vivec and a nice selection of introductory materials. So if you're confused by the Sermon's content, or would just like to see new meanings and references you've not thought of before, head on over.

Cartography Overhaul

As you might have noticed, the Cartography section has been completely reworked. The maps are now more clearly arranged and labeled, with big thumbnails and a division between official and fan-made maps. The section has also been updated with regional maps from Elder Scrolls Online. 

Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black Marsh

In today's Emperor's Guide update, Flaccus travels to Black Marsh. Much of this chapter involves dispelling or confirming stereotypes about the province, and although the author does not get to travel very deep into the province, we get a considerable number of sidebars covering the history of the Argonians, their culture, their relationship with the Hist, and the mysterious group known as the Shadowscales. 

Read it right here

Happy 12th Birthday, Imperial Library!

Today, 12 years ago, Xanathar chose to abandon the Dragonlance section of Xanathar's Library, and the modern Imperial Library was born. To honor this occasion, we've updated the About Us section with a timeline of the major events of TIL and Elder Scrolls in general. You'll noticed that the actual birth of the Library was on September 1st, 1998, but you can't blame me for being eager to celebrate :) 

If you're looking for an even bigger blast from the past, check out our backup of The Essential Site. It was one of the first, and best, early Elder Scrolls sites, and many of the books and obscure texts which are now housed here began their life there. 

In addition to all of that, we've added two Redguard-related interviews conducted by the now-defunct AdrenalineVault. Although they don't really contain lore information, they do give a fascinating look into the mentality and function of Bethesda Softworks in 1998, before they made it big. Check them out here and here