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  • Melam - November 30, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Remember Matt, if anyone points out any flaws in the continuity or accuracy of your wonderful timeline, all you have to do is find a way to blame everything you got wrong on CHIM.
  • HeavyTank - December 1, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    Being a massive fan of Elder Scrolls lore myself, I still found this immensely useful since there are SO MANY books in Skyrim and I don't know which ones to read to actually get bits of story and not fake porn stories (although "The lusty Argoniam maid" is really funny). To be honest, I find the Nord's indignation justified if indeed the Emperor signed a treaty that was exactly like the original one after winning a battle of significant importance... So Ulfric's beliefs may be extreme, but the Empire had it coming. I'm planning on playing Morrowing one of these days to get the full picture. The Emperor might've been a sod, but at least you can have the satisfaction -SPOILERS OMG SPOILERS OMG- of murdering his successor in Skyrim -SPOILERS END-
  • UFAlien - December 1, 2011 6:25 a.m.

    Little tidbit left out here: After Elsweyr seceded, it was absorbed into the Aldmeri Dominion and split into two states. So if you want to split up the original map from Oblivion into nations/kindgoms at the start of Skyrim: Cyrodiil, High Rock, Skyrim, and Hammerfell are The Empire. Summerset Isle, Valenwood, and Elsweyr are the Aldmeri Dominion. Black Marsh and Morrowind are Argonia. You're welcome.
  • rabidpotatochip - December 1, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    We also would have accepted "a wizard did it".
  • Person5 - December 1, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    hm. I was an Argonian in Oblivion and again in Skyrim, but knowing that Black Marsh seceded kinda makes me not want to fight for the empire anymore. Though its either that or joining the Stormcloaks, winning, then them saying "thanks for winning us the war, lizard, but Skyrim is for the Nords, so get out" then I can only play in Black Marsh since I would be deported
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - December 2, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    I think situations like that point out that neither side is good or evil. They're both just out for different goals. Also, I also love playing as an Argonian. It really helps give the feeling of futility when first starting out the game, then the feeling of growing stronger and stronger comes in while I play, all to be ultimately shut down by the end when I realize: Sure, I've helped the empire, and myself to an extent, but what about my fellow Argonians? My position in this world is still small.
  • EdDeRs1 - December 1, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    i just hope that they releaise some DLC that allows whatever faction u supported (Empire or Stormcloackes) to teach those elven bastards a lesson, and your caracter is at first used as a spy/assassin by his/her commanders, weakening the enemy and trying to start an elven rebellion against the bitch elves, and when the rebellion is in full swing, u take command of a newly established unit of Blades/Stormcloack elites and take fortress cities from within before the big invasion comes, and u act like the Rock and layeth the smackdown on some candy arses
  • Yeager1122 - December 1, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Super heplful dont have the time to read all the books nice to know the backstory.
  • archnite - December 1, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Gamesradar remember when every article was like 7 pages? So you reformatted and have like 3 at max... well TWO is TOO many can you cut down every article to like maybe a parenthetical phrase? ALSO WTF how do I type an epsilon into captcha?
  • talleyXIV - December 1, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    I was going to read it but then it was super long, and I don't even play this game so you know.
  • boondocks50 - December 1, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    im still so confused, the aldemari are high elves or just elves in general?
  • EdDeRs1 - December 2, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    high elves, there is no term for elves in general except well, elves
  • mattboyd - December 2, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    Ok, so: Altmer = high elves Aldmer = first elves, the common descendants of all elves in Tamriel. Altmer think they're the closest to the original elves.
  • jarrett-regal-k - December 3, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    I think you mean Aldmer are the common *progenitors* of all elves in Tamriel.
  • mattboyd - December 8, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    Oops. Yes. The common ancestors, not descendants.
  • mattboyd - December 2, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    More to the point: The Aldmeri Dominion is a nation, and the people in charge are high elves. Not everyone loyal to the Dominion is a high elf, and not every high elf is loyal to the Dominion.
  • Stahlbrand - December 2, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    Nice summation. You have to read alot of Skyrim in-game books to put it all together yourself (or the not-at-all-good 'The Infernal City'). So putting it all here is a good service for the many people playing now who either didn't play Oblivion, or didn't go nuts-deep in the fiction. Also, bonus points for the Warp in the West jape.
  • BIGMercenary - December 2, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Now, add in the mobile game storylines and you've got nothing but more confusion, even though the Travels games have little to do with the overall history.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - December 2, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    I am a Dark Elf and I joined the Empire because the StormCloaks only like Nords
  • jackthemenace - December 3, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    I'm a Khajiit and I joined the Stormcloaks. I decided that, to add to the RPG aspect, my Khajiit had been arrested purely based on racism, and then jailed because of homosexuality (which I decided that the empire's against). So, after he bust out of Prison, my Cat-man decided to join the Stormcloaks to take down the empire, and avenge the loss of his beloved, Jeremy. Anyway, brilliant guide :D Me and a mate had spent AGES the other week trying to piece together what had happened between the two games, so thanks a lot for this :)

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