"When High Lord Torinaan came to this isle, our city sprang from his first step onto its rocky shores. Be welcome to First Hold, birthplace of the High Elves who carry our past..."
Arena greeting when entering the city.[src]

Firsthold or First Hold is one of the eight major cities located in the province of the Summerset Isles, being the capital of the region of Auridon. As its name describes, Firsthold is the first settlement on the Summerset Isles and is perhaps the very first modern settlement on Tamriel, predating the cities of the human races and the beast races.

By game[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Geography[edit | edit source]

Firsthold is located on the northernmost point of Auridon, the second largest island of the Summerset Isles and the eastern bulwark of the province. Firsthold was founded by High Lord Torinaan, who originated from Aldmeris, the ancestral home of the Elves. Torinaan landed on the northern coast in modern-day Vafe and eventually created Firsthold, on the highest cliffs overlooking the Abecean Sea. The cliffs of Firsthold are large, and the hidden coves underneath Firsthold are vast, seemingly endless. Firsthold is a heavily secured city-state with nigh impenetrable walls and water canals built around the Diceto River, which eventually falls into the Rilis Basin. Firsthold has beautiful parks, and gorgeous gardens with a wide variety of flora ranging from Kanthleaf and trimmed hedges. Castle Firsthold is situated on the northern edge of Firsthold, separated by the Diceto River and large walls. The Great Orrery is a structure built by Vanus Galerion that looks into the cosmos and gives an interesting look of Tamriel. Because of how much of a thriving metropolis Firsthold represents, many settlements have inhabited the area including Greenwater Cove, West Guard, and North Beacon.

Traditions[edit | edit source]

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  • The High Elves of Firsthold celebrate the New Life Festival on the 1st of Morning Star. It is a day of celebration where the drinks are free and people party in the streets all day. It truly is, a day of merriment.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day where the creepy ghouls and creatures of the night gather to terrorize the denizens of Tamriel. Many have not dared to wander the streets at night, in fear of being nabbed by a creature.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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 by weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
  • The High Elves of Firsthold 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.[1]
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History[edit | edit source]

Merethic Era[edit | edit source]

The Lay of Firsthold & Torinaan the Foresailor[edit | edit source]

During the Merethic Era, the Aldmer of the distant land of Aldmeris had left their ancestral home for unknown and vague reasons. High Lord Torinaan was one of the first pioneers from the Elven homeland to venture into Tamriel and inhabit the continent. Aboard his ship, Torinaan landed on an alcove called the Nine-Prow Landing, located north of the ruins of Castle Rilis. From there, Torinaan named himself the first Kinlord of Auridon and made an oath, never to leave his new home and to protect it at all costs. After this, he established a Kinhouse which became the famous Firsthold Castle that still exists in the city-state to this day. His home was then invaded by the long forgotten denizens of Auridon. The Gheateus and Welwa had invaded his home, but his swift action defeated the monsters with the power of the stars and his Varla Stones. Torinaan and his people began a large exodus against the forest creatures of the Blessed Isles until they were smitten from the face of Nirn. After Torinaan's accomplishments on Auridon, many other Elves from Aldmeris began to migrate into the Summerset Isles and spread out into the rest of the Summerset Isles. They establishing more Kinhouses and Kinlords from as far as Sunhold to Lillandril.[3][4]

Second Era[edit | edit source]

Main article: Firsthold (Online)

Vanus the Ambitious; Enter the Mages Guild[edit | edit source]

During the early years of the second era, Vanus Galerion was a student of the well-known Iachesis, a member of the Psijic Order of Artaeum. Galerion had a passion for the arcane arts and wanted to share his knowledge to the denizens of Tamriel, so he sought out a way to spread this knowledge, and he began his pursuit out of the city of Firsthold. His actions were met with great opposition by the public when they realized that he would give the world, the ability to use fire, lightning, and concoctions to manipulate being's body. Galerion was forced to meet with Iachesis and Rilis XII, the Kinlord of Firsthold to talk about the group he was created. What the Psijic Student said to the Kinlord and Master Psijic has tragically not been recorded but has been pondered by the modern scholars of the world. After that meeting, the Mages Guild was formed and was forced to have guards. Because earning loyalty doesn't just require money, Galerion created the Order of the Lamp, a knightly order operating throughout Tamriel like the County of Phrygias in the Iliac Bay. The Guild brought many people together as friends like Rilis towards Iachesis and Galerion of the Psijic. As time went on, the Mages Guild spread throughout all corners of Tamriel, teaching the people the ways of Magic from the rich, to the poor.[5][6]

The Queen and the Eagle; the Tale of Ayrenn[edit | edit source]

In 2E 563, Ayrenn of Alinor was to be named the next Queen of the Summerset Isles after her father, Hidellith. Her family gathered at the Crystal Tower to celebrate her enrollment into the Sapiarchs' Labyrinth where she would study there for about three-thousand five-hundred and fifty-five days, and then become the next leader. However, Ayrenn had disappeared and left the province to get a glimpse of the life outside of her domain. The Sapiarchs had noticed strange occurrences implying something important is bound to happen. One such event was that the Great Orrery of Firsthold had spun around backward and a young eaglet sat atop the statue of Topal the Pilot. Because of her disappearance, her younger brother, Prince Naemon was to inherit the throne in Ayrenn's absence and study at the Sapiarchs' Labyrinth. In her travels, Ayrenn drank with Mabjaarn Flame-Hair, the High Queen of Skyrim from Windhelm and stole the Indigo Scrolls from the city of Necrom. Years later, Ayrenn would assume the throne of Alinor and established the First Aldmeri Dominion.[7][8]

Estre's Gambit; Battle of Firsthold[edit | edit source]

During the Alliance War in 2E 582, the city of Firsthold was ruled by High Kinlord Rilis XIII, who was the leader of the First Auridon Marines and was a staunch supporter of the First Aldmeri Dominion under Queen Ayrenn. At this time, a radical group known as the Veiled Heritance began to rise throughout Auridon in response to the formation of the Dominion. The Heritance committed terrorist attacks throughout Auridon and the Blue Divide ranging from burning the township of Silsailen and conspiring with the Ebonheart Pact. When High Kinlady Estre was exposed as the leader of the Veiled Heritance, she had begun the next stage of her plan and unleashed a Daedric army from the depths of the Deadlands, the Oblivion Plane of Mehrunes Dagon. Through her magic, she was able to take control of the city of Firsthold, operating out of the Castle. The Aldmeri Dominion had to step in and seize control over Firsthold, but the process was dwindling. With the help of the Vestige, the Dominion was able to withstand the Daedric Forces and reach the castle. Trying to contact Dagon, Estre chanted in the depths of the Deadlands while the attack was continuing. The Vestige entered deep into the Deadlands and encountered Estre in the center of the lava basin. In an epic battle, the two fought until Estre was ultimately defeated. Even though their leader perished, the Veiled Heritance continued to torment the Dominion, especially after the events in Grahtwood.[9][10]

Third Era[edit | edit source]

Main article: Firsthold (Arena)

Firsthold during the Imperial Simulacrum[edit | edit source]

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 the span of 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 Firsthold in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Firsthold was under the rule of King Kalalian.[11]

Enter Morgiah of Wayrest; the Firsthold Revolt[edit | edit source]

During the Warp in the West in 3E 405, the city of Firsthold was under the leadership of Reman Karoodil, who had lost his son around this time. When news of this reached Wayrest, Lady Morgiah, the daughter of Queen Barenziah met with Mannimarco, the King of Worms to bring back his son from the dead, so that she can become the Queen of Firsthold. Later on in the year, Morgiah had married Reman Karoodil from the city of Firsthold, but this had brought about controversy throughout the two kingdoms of Wayrest and Firsthold. Many people would conspire against the holy matrimony to prevent foreign influence within Auridon and Firsthold. Lady Gialene of Skywatch had sought a way to expel the Black Queen from Firsthold and had planned to do so with the help of the Trebbite Monks, who have valued pure Altmeri bloodlines as their leaders.[12][13]

While King Karoodil was dealing with pirates off the coast of Calluis Lar, Gialene planned the Firsthold Revolt and had Friar Lylim orchestrate the attack in secret. The court of Firsthold gathered in the war room where Morgiah planned out the defense for Firsthold. Somehow, Morgiah knew Gialene was responsible and exclaimed that she would use Battlemages to attack the revolutionaries. Gialene had given the order to Lylim to use a reflection spell of Mysticism to counterattack the firebolts. However, upon breaching the Firsthold Gates, the opposition was met with the City Archers, who fired into the army, demolishing the group. Before King Karoodil returned, Morgiah executed Gialene's conspirators and exiled her back to Skywatch. Morgiah and Karoodil remained married and had two children, Goranthir and Rinnala. The two led Firsthold into the fourth era.[12][14]

Minor Events[edit | edit source]

  • ME ? – The Great Orrery in Firsthold was created by celestial mineral gathered by travelers during the Merethic Era. The Sun Birds of Alinor were one of the few groups that attempted to travel into Aetherius. The Orrery is one of their remaining legacies.[15]
  • 2E 456 – The well-known scholar, Ahrtabazus in Firsthold created the Faerie Chain theory, which is a controversial theory regarding the Faerie, leaving them on a hierarchal chain from the Pixies to the Gheateus. It garnered controversy when he included Elves in the Chain.[16]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In an earlier development stage, Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, where each city had their own gladiatorial team. Firsthold's team was known as the Reapers.[UL 1]

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