About Us

The Imperial Library began its life on September 1st 1998 as Xanathar’s Library, a fan site dedicated to the lore of Elder Scrolls and Dragonlance. Today, we are the biggest and oldest website dedicated specifically to the lore of the Elder Scrolls, and host over 7,000 documents on our virtual bookshelves.

Our current librarians are:


Benefactor began his journey with TES back in 1994 by watching his uncle player Arena at the tender age of 3. The obsession grew from there and over the years he would delve deep into the deepest and most obscure lore of the series leaving no stone unturned. In 2013 he turned his focus towards the community and worked as a writer for Tamriel Foundry, a site dedicated to The Elder Scrolls Online. After leaving he became an assistant librarian before becoming a full librarian in 2021. Outside of TES he spends his day job as a product manager for a Credit Union and spending time with his family.

Lady Nerevar

Lady N was born in the Soviet Union and has lived in Russia, Belarus, Germany, and several states in the United States. She discovered the Elder Scrolls in 2003, when Morrowind came free with her new videocard, and has been hooked ever since. Since then, she has played nearly every game in the series, and has modded both Morrowind and Oblivion extensively. She became an Assistant Librarian in the summer of 2010 and was soon promoted to full Librarian status. Currently, she also serves as the Imperial Library’s webmaster. Her other hobbies include history, art, and worldbuilding. She has a degree in Illustration, Game Art, and Art History, and works as a producer in the video game industry.

We also want to thank our inactive and retired staff for their contributions:


Xan, also known as Xanathar, lives in Indonesia. At the time Daggerfall was released, there were no websites dealing with the vast lore Bethesda Softworks had established. He felt that a website was needed to store the lore, which is why Xanathar’s Library was created in 1998. The Library, at that time, consisted of two main sections: a The Elder Scrolls section and a Dragonlance section. In 1999, Xan got married and a year later his daughter was born. Real life became hectic soon after that point. Having no choice, and hating to see the library die, he gave the control of the Library to Qwerty. Xan came back in 2002 and the Library was renamed to The Imperial Library. It became a website fully dedicated to The Elder Scrolls lore.


Qwerty’s real name is Vsevolod (Seva for short). He was born in Moscow, Russia in 1976. He became familiar with the Elder Scrolls series over there in Russia, mainly due a magazine article that mentioned that tavern rooms in Daggerfall sometimes had prostitutes. The prostitutes turned out to be an empty promise, but Qwerty already got hooked on the game. In 1997, he found out about The Essential Site (then Andel Crodo’s Daggerfall Fashion Gallery) and became rather active in the community. In 1998, right after graduation, Qwerty moved to the United States, by pure accident settling in the very town where Bethesda Softworks was headquartered. Because of emigration-related stresses, Qwerty completely missed on Battlespire. However, he bought and beat Arena and (as soon as it came out) Redguard. And, of course, Morrowind.


His first introduction to the Elder Scrolls was through a friend, who turned him on to murderous rampages through the streets of Daggerfall while being persued by “HALT!”-ing guards (A pastime which, alas, has yet to be duplicated). As time went on and development on Morrowind began, he developed his website Aldrien’s Chalice in honor of other classic Elder Scrolls sites. He also was fortunate enough to work on the Modern Adventurer with fellow librarians B and Striker, as well as GhanBuriGhan and Salohcin. He became a TIL Librarian in September 2002. After graduating from college, Raptormeat became a programmer at Bethesda.


In 1994, while at college, he purchased a little-known game called Arena. He and his friends were sucked in almost instantaneously. Several years later, Daggerfall was added to B’s collection, and he started to become interested in The Elder Scrolls Lore. After joining the Official Forums and purchasing Morrowind, B became an active member of the TES community. A short while later, he joined with Raptormeat, GhanBuriGhan, Striker, and Salohcin to create a Morrowind in-game publication called the Modern Adventurer. In July 2003, B joined The Imperial Library.

Eras have passed, and the scholar known simply as B has retired. He’s now a father of two and works to educate the future scholars of our planet.


The first Elder Scrolls game he played was Daggerfall back when it was released, and he’s been hooked ever since. A frequent visitor to both Xanathar’s Library and the Unofficial Elder Scrolls pages, he discovered the vast amounts of detail in the lore, which started his obsession. He was asked to join The Imperial Library in late 2004.

Sinder Velvin

Staff Member from 2004 to 2006. The only two video games he likes more than TES 3: Morrowind are Heroes of Might And Magic 3 and Planescape: Torment. As for his experience with the The Elder Scrolls series, he’s finished all the games expect Dawnstar, Stormhold and Shadowkey. After he wrote several articles for the Imperial Library back in late 2004, he was asked to join the Imperial Library. His departure occurred in 2006.


Zeph discovered the Elder Scrolls series in late 2002 with the release of Morrowind and soon got addicted to its lore so much, that in late 2003 he decided to write his own offline reference work which he entitled The Elder Scrolls Treasury. TIL got the permission to host his work in September 2004 and asked him to join in December 2005.


Some day in the year 2003, Adanorcil came across a place where the mushrooms grew as tall as five men and ash was always on the wind. He ended up spending a long time there and met many wonderful people. He was asked to join the Imperial Library in July 2006, where he helped maintain a number of site sections and hasoccasionally functioned as an impromptu web master. He has modded Morrowind and Oblivion for a variety of personal and community-based projects. He currently works as a video game developer. His interests include fiction, linguistics and probably all Wikipedia topics bizarre and wonderful enough to have had fewer than twenty, but more than two authors. Once in a while, he still visits the mushrooms.


Lorus first became aware of the Elder Scrolls series in 2004 when she started playing Morrowind. What she loved about it was its focus on world- and story-development. Since, Lorus has played Oblivion, but has yet to finish the rest of the series. She became a part of the Imperial Library in October 2006.


Proweler got into Morrowind at the same time as everybody else, around 2002, and fell in love with it reading the previews that spoke of a “completely handcrafted world”. He didn’t actually get into Lore until a few years later when the expansions came out and it all started to make a bit more sense. He was inducted into the Imperial Library’s Staff in September 2007.

Pilaf The Defiler

Born and raised in a small rural town in the American South, Pilaf has been a lifelong fan of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Introduced to Morrowind in 2003 via the X Box release, he took a quick interest in the lore via the extensive quest dialogue and intriguing books of that title. In the subsequent years, he has become quite active in the ES community, being most active in lore groups across the internet. In March of 2014 he was given the position of Assistant Librarian and tasked with uploading the majority of the new books from Elder Scrolls Online. In late August of the same year he attained the rank of Librarian after largely completing this daunting task.

Tailin Sero

Tailin started playing Oblivion: 5th Anniversary Edition in 2010, but only got into the lore after playing Skyrim. After multiple playthroughs of both TES IV and V, he tried Arena and then Daggerfall, never really getting the hang of it. A few years later, he found himself playing Morrowind (by that time he already had an “alright” understanding of TES lore) and fell in love with the series all over again. It was around this time that he joined The Imperial Library, though he had been a visitor many times before.


Editor of both English and Polish TES Wikis in the past. TES series player in general since can’t remember when, but until forever for sure. ESO player since 2015 (plus some beta in 2014) and absolutely loves it. One of the leads of the fan project of translating The Elder Scrolls Online to Polish in 2017-2020 (the project continues). Organizer of fan meetups in Poland. Became an Assistant Librarian in October 2017.

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