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The Ouroboros depicting the alliance mascots in a chain of devouring one another.

For the joinable factions in Elder Scrolls Online, see Factions (Online).

The Alliances are the three major factions of the Alliance War, also called the Three Banners War. They are as follows:

The province of Cyrodiil remains disputed, and is a constant battleground between the three alliances.


Alliance Banners

The alliance banners.

In 2E 579, an arcane explosion in the Imperial City known as the Soulburst set off a mystical aftershock that swept across Nirn, resulting in Emperor Varen Aquilarios' disappearance. His consort Clivia Tharn succeeded him as Empress regent, though was unknowingly manipulated by Mannimarco, who became the true power controlling the Imperial City. As Dark Anchors opened up across Tamriel, the White-Gold Tower fell into the hands of Molag Bal and the Worm Cult, with Clivia Tharn missing and the Elder Council disbanding.[1] The border between the plane of Oblivion and Nirn was broken, and Molag Bal began his attempt to bring Tamriel into his realm of Coldharbour, in an event known as the Planemeld. The Daedra spawned all over Tamriel in greater numbers than ever before. The constellation of the Serpent grew so large that it dominated the night sky.

Without an Emperor sitting on the Ruby Throne, the Empire fell into disrepair. Facing a great danger, many provinces united into different factions, each seeking to reclaim the throne and fulfill their own agendas.


Aldmeri Dominion[]

Crest of the Aldmeri Dominion
"For the Queen!"
―Dominion Motto[2]

The Aldmeri Dominion was a faction that united the provinces of Summerset Isles, Valenwood and Elsweyr. Its capital, Elden Root, was found deep within the forests of Valenwood.

The faction's dominant race was the Altmer, who ensured that the races of Bosmer and Khajiit would join their cause. The Aldmeri Dominion was led by the young Altmer Queen Ayrenn.

The main goal of the Aldmeri Dominion was to protect Tamriel from the Daedric disasters that Nirn faced, and spare the continent from the corruption of Men. To their minds, the short-lived race of Men were not worthy of ruler's role, and the only solution would be to take the throne for themselves.

Daggerfall Covenant[]

"One land! One Emperor!"
―Covenant Motto[2]

The Daggerfall Covenant was a faction uniting the provinces of High Rock, Orsinium and Hammerfell. Its capital, Wayrest, was a great port city on the shore of the Iliac Bay.

The dominant race of the Daggerfall Covenant was the Breton. With the help of their merchant' skillful diplomacy, the Daggerfall Covenant manages to ally with the races of Redguard and Orsimer. The faction was led by the merchant High King Emeric.

With the fall of the Imperial City the renown trade routes of the Daggerfall Covenant races were disrupted.

With no more trade the region could not prosper. Poverty and suffering spread throughout the land. By reclaiming the Ruby Throne, the Daggerfall Covenant sought to return the Empire and, more importantly, cities of the Iliac Bay to their former wealth.

Ebonheart Pact[]

Online ebonheart crest
"Blood for the Pact!"
―Pact Motto[2]

The Ebonheart Pact was a faction uniting the provinces of Skyrim, Morrowind and Black Marsh. Its capital, Mournhold, was situated on the mainland of Morrowind.

The dominant race of the Ebonheart Pact was the Nord. The Dunmer and, eventually, the Argonians joined forces along with the Nords to survive the Second Akaviri Invasion. The leader of the faction was High King Jorunn. He, however, did not have all the power over the provinces, as a Great Moot was summoned, a council of all the allied races, whom he had to hear out.

Having protected Tamriel from the Akaviri, the members of the Ebonheart Pact thought to have earned the right as the rulers. Moreover, ever since the great conquests of the Nords in the First Era, they thought themselves to be superior and the rightful rulers of Tamriel.

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