"Gilane, the southern port of Hammerfell, welcomes thee into its walls. We stand ready for all who would come to us in peace..."
―Description in Arena[src]

Gilane is one of the nine major kingdoms in the province of Hammerfell, situated on the northern end of the isthmus of Khefrem. Gilane is most well-known for being the seat of power for Cephorus Septim, who thwarted the Wolf Queen of Solitude in the War of Red Diamond.

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Traditions[edit | edit source]

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  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day when Lord Hollowjack of Detritus spreads his influence across Tamriel. Monsters and Ghouls swarm across Tamriel, terrorizing the innocent. Many people do not dare to leave their home, in fear of being nabbed by these creatures.[2][3]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
  • The Redguards of Gilane 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.[2]
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History[edit | edit source]

First Era[edit | edit source]

The Tavan Wave & the Kingdom of Gilane[edit | edit source]

The city-state of Gilane was one of the many settlements founded amidst the waves of the Ra Gada, which began their movement in 1E 808 from the island of Herne. The wave that moved across the southern coast was known as the Tavan, worshippers of Tava, the Bird Spirit of Air, who guided the survivors of doomed Yokuda to Hammerfell. The Tavan sailed across the southern waters of Hammerfell, landing in places such as Stros M'Kai, Taneth, and Khefrem's Boot. Gilane was in the path as well. Gilane's affiliation is unknown, but based considering the Forebears control over the southern coast, Gilane is likely a city of the Forebears. The ancient capital of the Rourken Clan, Volenfell was founded not far from Gilane.[4][5][1]

Third Era[edit | edit source]

Main article: Gilane (Arena)

King Cephorus Septim I; the Rising Kingdom[edit | edit source]

In 3E 98, the city-state of Gilane was ruled by Cephorus Septim, who assumed the throne at the age of 21, where he married Bianki, a Redguard noble of Gilane. Cephorus' control over Gilane was very prosperous, with a hearth of children to inherit the throne and continue the Septim Dynasty. The triad of rulers that directly descend from Uriel Septim II had ruled exponentially, improving relations throughout the continent. The Kingdom of Gilane was one such Kingdom that was at the forefront of this movement. But when Potema Septim had denounced Kintyra Septim II's claim to the Ruby Throne, talks of war had arrived and so in 3E 120, the War of the Red Diamond had occurred, between the joint kingdoms of the north, and the Septim Empire. The Kingdom of Gilane and King Cephorus I were the leading force against the Kingdom of Solitude, specifically at their armies in High Rock.[6][7][8]

King Cephorus Septim I; War of the Red Diamond[edit | edit source]

The tides of battle would shift when in 3E 127, King Cephorus defeated Uriel Septim III at the Battle of Ichidag, to which the Prince was taken to Gilane for trial. In the middle of travel, Uriel III's caravan was wrecked, killing the Wolf-Queen's son and was proclaimed the Emperor of Tamriel. Cephorus Septim I continued the fight against Potema Septim, until at the Siege of Solitude in 3E 137 where Potema Septim had died of old age amidst the barrage on the Blue Palace. Emperor Cephorus Septim I later died in 3E 140 after falling off a horse, his brother, Magnus Septim assumed the throne. Queen Bianki, had died in 3E 136, as did Cephorus' children, heirs to the throne of the Imperial City, and most likely the Kingdom of Gilane. Though it was not explicitly told, one of Cephorus' children could have inherited the throne of Gilane, until their untimely death.[9][10]

Gilane 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 Gilane in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Gilane was under the rule of King Coc.[11]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

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