The Ilessan Hills, or the Illessan Hills is a major city located on the mainland areas of the Iliac Bay and is the capital of the Barony of the Ilessan Hills of the Iliac Bay. The regional diety is Arkay. The Ilessan Hills are infamous throughout Tamriel for being a mystical and eerie place, as if all the mysteries in the world are located inside the Barony.
The city of the Ilessan Hills is located on the westernmost edge of the Barony of the Ilessan Hills, which is a landlocked nation surrounded by other factions such as the March of Glenpoint to the west and the Duchy of Daenia to the east. Ilessan Hills itself is in the western mountains, just before the base of the mountain, which is where Glenpoint starts. The Barony is rather mountainous, with an abundance of ancient forests. Northeastern Ilessan houses a large lake that takes a large portion of the eastern area. After the Warp in the West in 3E 405, the Barony of the Ilessan Hills was annexed into the Kingdom of Daggerfall, which extends to the Wrothgarian Mountains and the northern coast of the Iliac. The local deity and regional temple is the Order of Arkay, which is found in other regions such as the County of Shalgora, the Kingdom of Sentinel, and County Cheydinhal. The local Vampire group is the Haarvenu.
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The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills celebrate the Merchant's Festival on the 10th of Sun's Height. It is a day that benefits the consumer in the market. Traders and Gypsies drop the prices on their stock. The only place that does not celebrate it is the Mages Guild. This is the same day as the Summoning of Boethiah.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
The Bretons of Ilessan Hills 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.
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The Bretons of High Rock villages celebrate Scour Day on the 2nd of Morning Star, serving as a second party after the New Life Festival, even though this day is when everyone cleans up after the initial celebration.
The Bretons of High Rock celebrate Flower Day on the 25th of First Seed, where the Children would pick new flowers from the spring while older Bretons would come out from home and dance the night away.
The Bretons of the Iliac Bay celebrate Fishing Day on the 30th of Second Seed. Bretons become so loud and rambunctious that it scares the fishes for weeks, which is odd since the Bretons are not usually so flamboyant.
During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, EmperorUriel 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 town of Ilessan Hills in their quest to recover the pieces.
During the Warp in the West in 3E 405, the Barony of the Ilessan Hills was under the reign of an unknown Baron, whose name was not recorded in the history books. The Ilessan Hills existed among the twenty-three other nations of the Iliac Bay. The Ilessan Hills, itself is in a mainland march that is next to the Kingdom of Daggerfall, one of the three great kingdoms of the Iliac Bay. Later in the same year, the Warp in the West resulted in the Kingdoms expanding their territories, absorbing the smaller nations. The Barony of the Ilessan Hills was annexed into the Kingdom of Daggerfall along with other regions on the northern coast of the Iliac. The forested regions of the Ilessan Hills and Daenia were affected greatly by the Warp. Forest fires would erupt between the Wayrest and Orsinium kingdoms.