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Armor[edit | edit source]
House Indoril holds a strong connection to the Temple of Morrowind. The Dunmer of House Indoril provide the vast majority of the forces for the Ordinators. The influence of the Indoril can be seen in the armor worn by the Ordinators, and in its members proudly serving the Tribunal.
Beliefs[edit | edit source]
House Indoril saw itself as a political powerhouse in Morrowind since its founding in the First Era, and gained support from the Dunmer by their many gifts and donations. The House is conservative and Orthodox in their ways, and always in support of traditional Dunmer customs and practices. Believing that change weakens the Dunmer, the Indoril believe that the culture of Morrowind must be preserved at all costs. House Indoril cherishes the religion of Morrowind, and greatly revere their ancestors, while also making up the majority of the priesthood of the Temple. The Ghostfence was built from the bones of many devout Dunmer, including those of House Redoran and Indoril, as well as the bones from the catacombs from Necrom. House Indoril, like the Redoran, disproves of the Morag Tong.
History[edit | edit source]
The Great House Indoril was founded early in the First Era, and has always held political influence since then. During the War of the First Council, House Indoril, as well as the other Great Houses, were rallied by Lord Indoril Nerevar, and eventually found victory in their war against the Dwemer. Ever since 1E 784, House Indoril has dominated the government in Morrowind, and would not lose this power until the Tiber Wars, where their traditional rivals of House Hlaalu took most of their power.
During the Alliance War of the Second Era, House Indoril controlled most of the southern shore of the Inner Sea, holding authority in both the Deshaan and Stonefalls region. House Indoril, as well as House Redoran and House Hlaalu, temporarily abolished slavery in their lands, accepting everyone within their territory as free people.
When Tiber Septim invaded Morrowind with the Imperial Legions, House Indoril, alongside the Dres and Redoran, were willing to resist the Imperial forces. Being on the frontier, House Redoran requested aid from the Indoril and Dres to fight back the Legions. Both Dres and Indoril refused, preferring to wage a guerilla war instead. When Lord Vivec appeared with a proposed treaty, House Redoran joined House Hlaalu in attempting accomodation with the Third Empire. House Telvanni followed suit. Being supported by a majority of the Grand Council, the treaty had to be accepted. House Indoril, however, strongly disagreed with the notion. The Lord High Councilor of the Grand Council, who was an Indoril, refused to sign it, and was assassinated shortly afterwards and replaced by a member of the Hlaalu. Rather than submit to the Empire, many Indoril officials committed suicide, greatly weakening the House. Further weakening the House were coups staged by House Hlaalu, resulting in the power and influence lost by the Indoril to go towards the Hlaalu.
The city of Mournhold, the capital of Morrowind and the Indoril, was also located within the Indoril District. The Indoril at the time were seen as conservative and orthodox supporters of the Tribunal. During the late-Third Era, the Indoril were openly hostile to Imperial Culture, religion, and openly opposed Imperial law.
Within Indoril territory slavery was considered common during the late-Third Era, however, the power of the Indoril and the Redoran was waning, being unable to change with the time. Indoril itself was considered to be in ruins. It is unknown if the Indoril released their slaves after Hlaalu Helseth outlawed the practice. What is known is that the response to the outlawing was bloody, and an unlikely alliance formed, with House Hlaalu and House Dres both releasing their slaves, and forming an alliance to pick apart the ruined Indoril.
House Indoril suffered during the Fourth Era. Due to their close connection to the Tribunal, the collapse of the Tribunal Temple also saw a great weakening of House Indoril. While still existing, House Indoril was weakened politically, with its members now being the priests of the New Temple, resulting in the Temple and Indoril being considered the same entity. As such, the political power that the Indoril had is now under the hands of the Temple, of which the old-Indoril are overrepresented in its priesthood.
While the eruption of Red Mountain is said to not have affected the Indoril capital of Mournhold itself, with relief efforts even being organized by a member of House Redoran within the city at the time, the An-Xileel did. When they invaded Morrowind, Mournhold was sacked, and southern Morrowind suffered from the invading Argonians. Because of this, the capital of Morrowind was moved to Blacklight. Because of this weakness House Sathil, a Dunmeri House on Solstheim, also declared independence from House Indoril in 4E 16, as the Great Houses couldn't stop the wrack of Morrowind.
Around 4E 201, House Indoril had redesigned Mournhold in some capacity, with the Plaza Brindisi Dorom having a new building meant for all the pilgrims and priests who have come to the city to pay their respects. Almalexia's Temple in Mournhold had also been altered, with most of her marks being removed by the Redoran.
Notable members[edit | edit source]
- Indoril Nerevar, a Chimeri general who united the forces of the Chimer with the Dwemer to fight back against Nord invaders. He later united the Chimer against the Dwemer during the Battle of Red Mountain due to discovering that the Dwemer had constructed the Numidium. Indoril Nerevar died shortly after the battle, being killed by the Tribunal.
- Tanval Indoril, the Dunmeri head of the Ebonheart Pact during the Alliance War, who led the army of Morrowind with Almalexia during the Akaviri Invasions, eventually finding victory through the combined forces of Nord, Dunmer, and Argonian.
- Saint Delyn, a former leader of House Indoril, a lawyer, and author of many learned treatises on Tribunal law and custom. He later became the Saint of Potters and Glassmakers.
- Indoril Brindisi Dorom, the Duke-Prince of Mournhold during the Four-Score War, playing a role as both a general and politician. He was killed when Mehrunes Dagon invaded Mournhold. A part of the city, the Plaza Brindisi Dorom, is named after him.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Nightingales state that House Indoril has a "house quite close to the borders of Skyrim," and that the Nightingale mentioned in The Real Barenziah, Book IV is actually Drayven Indoril, a member of House Indoril.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends (mentioned only)
References[edit | edit source]
- Mottos of the Dunmeri Great Houses
- Dialogue with Vivec during "Hortator and Nerevarine"
- Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- Crafting Motif 49: Militant Ordinator Style
- Ordinators: A Comprehensive Guide
- Grasping Fortune
- Understanding House Indoril
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Morrowind
- Ancestors and the Dunmer
- Naryu's Journal, Craglorn
- War of the First Council
- The Great Houses and Their Uses
- Pact Pamphlet: Congratulations!
- On Morrowind
- "House Indoril" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- Dialogue with Brallion
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Morrowind
- Overheard rumors in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Reclamations
- The Red Year, Vol. II
- Dialogue with Adril Arano
- An Elder Scrolls Novel: Lord of Souls, part 2, chapter 5
- To Milore from Nilara
- Message from Dagoth Ur
- Nerevar at Red Mountain
- The (Improved) Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Stonefalls and Deshaan
- The Second Akaviri Invasion
- Lives of the Saints
- 2920, vol 11 - Sun's Dusk
- The Nightingales Vol. 2
- The Real Barenziah, Book IV
- The Nightingales Vol. 1