Tales of Skyrim
Tales of Skyrim
It has been more than 300 years since the end of the Civil War. With the Empire driven from their borders, the Nords of Skyrim are now free to once again follow the old traditions, without fear and condemnation. Currently, the Aldmeri Dominion has simply lost interest in Skyrim, especially since the Empire no longer holds claim there. And for the High Elves, there are always other pursuits to follow. The Thalmor, operating in small groups, are nothing more than a nuisance easily dealt with these days. But the continued tension has rooted deep in the hearts of most Nords, as all elves are regarded with suspicion and prejudice. The Civil War was won by the great Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm and friend of the Last Dragonborn. It is said that the support of the Dragonborn during the war is what really brought the Stormcloaks victory. Although it was never tied to Ulfric, Emperor Titus Mede II met his end when he travelled to Skyrim. The rumors say the Dark Brotherhood was responsible for this, some say Ulfric Stormcloak hired them, and even a few rumors say the Dragonborn herself cut the Emperor’s throat. No one really knows the truth. In any case, the Empire, while not recognized in Skyrim, has managed a trade treaty with the High King. And while they know the necessity of such relations, many Nords still protest the treaty to this day. As for the Last Dragonborn, her adventures are songs and legends now. No one really knows the details of how she did it, but the Dragonborn ended the tyranny of the great dragon, Alduin. After his death, Alduin’s dragonkin followers simply scattered. The legends say that the Dragonborn took up residence in Skuldafn, to watch over the souls of those who would pass into Sovngarde, and to make sure that nothing can ever disturb the bones of Alduin. Some say you can still see dragons flying over the ruins of Skuldafn. Dragons who have sworn their allegiance to the Last Dragonborn, and watch over her tomb.
Today, the largest threat in Skyrim are the Bloodcrows, who have declared a Holy War on the High King and his Jarls. A dark daedra worshipping cult built from the scattered remains of the Forsworn tribes, they follow the teachings of the Queen of Crows. The rumors say that the Queen of Crows flew from high in mountains of the north. She made a a deal with the Daedra for unnatural long life and power to destroy the invaders of the Reach. She quickly organized the Forsworn tribes under the Bloodcrow banner, and attacked the settlements of the Reach without mercy. But, their most heinous act was the murder of Jarl Torag and his family. Somehow the Queen and her men breached the gate through ancient Dwemer tunnels into Understone Keep in Markarth. There, the witch herself cut the throat of the Jarl, while her men butchered his family and inner court. The attackers were never caught, and now no one really knows where the Queen of Crows is now hiding. But the Bloodcrows, growing in ranks, have campaigned against the walls of Markarth and pressed their attacks to the eastern borders of the Reach…once again bringing war to Skyrim. And with all of the Holds spreading their forces thin against the Bloodcrows, many of the people of Skyrim have no one to turn to for help with other matters. They cannot turn to the Companions either, as Jorrvaskr has been empty for many years. No one truely knows what happened after the vampires assaulted the great hall. Many died, and the remaining Companions swore revenge and pursued the attackers…Jorrvaskr has been quiet ever since.
With no help, the people are easy prey for the likes of bandits, beasts, and all manner of unholy and unnatural things.