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"Blackrose, near the legendary forest of Murkwood, holds many secrets. You feel eyes on your back as the city gates shut behind you with a hollow boom."
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Blackrose is one of the eight major cities in the province of Black Marsh, situated on the southern end of the legendary forest, Murkwood. Blackrose was once a community created by the Lilmothiit, until they were no longer around. The site is known for the Blackrose Prison, perhaps the notorious prison in all of Tamriel.

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  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the South Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Morning Star. It is a day to pray to the Gods for a bountiful harvest, and it is for citizens who cannot afford to heal from the local temple to get healed from an ailment.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate Heart's Day on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. It is in honor of a legend passed down from generation to generation about a couple named Polydor and Eloisa. Every Inn in Tamriel become free for visitors arriving into town.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the First Planting on the 7th of First Seed. It is the day that begins the harvest, where neighbors reconcile their difference, bad habits are dropped, and the clerics heal people for free.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the Second Planting on the 7th of Second Seed. The holiday is ideally the same holiday as First Planting, to improve one’s soul, and to improve relationships with others.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the Mid Year Celebration on the 16th of Mid Year. A day to distract everyone from the increased taxes. It is a day celebrating the halfway mark in the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate Sun's Rest on the 20th of Sun's Height. It is a day when the workers of Tamriel take a day to relax, businesses across town are closed in observance of this day. Some people have to have to leave the province to actually buy something.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate Harvest's End on the 27th of Last Seed. It is the final day of the harvest, and it is where the people eat the crops they have grown since the First Planting. Travelers are given the option to join a farmer’s family for a feast.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate Tales and Tallows on the 3rd of Hearthfire. It is the day of superstition where the elderly do not speak for an entire day, in fear of evil spirits entering their body. The Mages of Tamriel favor this day since it is a day to study the oldest forms of magic.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day where the creepy ghouls and creatures of the night gather to terrorize the residents of Tamriel. Many have not dared to wander the streets at night, in fear of being nabbed by a creature.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the Warriors Festival on the 20th of Sun's Dusk. It is a day where many warriors gather to practice their fighting prowess. Travelers buy weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the North Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Evening Star. It serves as a thanksgiving to the Gods for the year's harvest. It is a day when the local temples heal and bless anyone for a lower price.[OOG 1]
  • The Argonians of Blackrose celebrate the Old Life Festival on the 31st of Evening Star. It is a day of rest, where many leave the events of the passing year behind and to reflect their past. They rest for the New Life Festival.[OOG 1]


Second Era

Since the Second Empire, Black Marsh was known as the Prison province, as many Empire sanctioned prisons were built throughout the land, among them was the White Rose Prison in Shadowfen, and the Blackrose Prison in Murkmire. The Blackrose Prison was commissioned by Versidue Shaie, the Akaviri Potentate that reigned after Reman Cyrodiil III. Shaie had used his Battlemage, Pelladil Direnni to construct the Prison from the ruins of the Lilmothiit settlement. Within the span of a single day, the Blackrose Prison was completed, utilizing summoned Stone Atronachs. The Blackrose Prison has since been used by the Empire, and other groups beyond their time.[1][2]

Third Era

Main article: Blackrose (Arena)

During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city of Blackrose in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Blackrose was under the rule of King Claudios.[3]

Minor Events

  • 1E 1033Empress Hestra and the Imperial Navy had traveled into the depths of Black Marsh, seeking the head of Red Bramman, a notorious bandit king who operated outside of Blackrose. He was ultimately caught and killed. This was also the earliest reliable records of Argonian culture.[1]
  • 3E ? – An Argonian Ambassador from Blackrose had approached Pelagius Septim III, the then King of Solitude. However, this encounter was not well-received as Pelagius the Mad had mocked the Argonian language, Jel, insisting that people responded in grunts and squeaks. This was one of many of Pelagius III's stories.[4]
  • 3E ? – During the reign of Morihatha Septim, the city-state of Blackrose had rebelled against the Empress, creating an Army to topple her. But, her trusty battlemage, Welloc was able to quell them by using a Vampiric Cloud. At that time, Welloc was known as an accomplished scholar, but was not well-known for his skills in Destruction Magic.[5]
  • c. 3E 432 – A prison outbreak had occurred at the Blackrose Prison. At that point in time, associates of Jagar Tharn, among other notorious criminals had escaped. While several notable people were able to wholly escape into the marsh, some were confined and repairs to the prison were swiftly executed.[1]



  • In an earlier stage of development, Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, where each city had their own gladiatorial team. Blackrose's team was known as the Warriors.[OOG 2]



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