"There's an Empire to be built, you know, and Tiber Septim shows no sign of slowing its increase from here to the edge of the world map."

Tiber Septim during the Wars

The Tiber Wars,[1] also known as the Talosian conquest,[2] were a series of wars during the late Second Era, in which the Septim Empire led a campaign to conquer every province of Tamriel. The Wars started in 2E 854[3] or 2E 855[4] and lasted for 42 years, with the end of the Tiber Wars marking the start of Third Era and Tamriel standing united under the Imperial banner.[3][5]

Background[edit | edit source]

The Tiber Wars were inspired when the Greybeards told Tiber Septim that he was destined to become the Emperor of Tamriel.[2][6] After the death of Cuhlecain, Tiber Septim took his role, and started his conquest of Tamriel in the 855th year of the Second Era or in the 854th year of the Second Era.[4][3] Tiber himself, however, found the initial administration of a fully united Cyrodiil a time-consuming task, and, because of this, the Underking dealt with the Imperial expansion into Skyrim and High Rock.[2]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Human kingdoms[edit | edit source]

Skyrim[edit | edit source]

Despite Skyrim's armies swearing loyalty to Tiber Septim after their defeat at Sancre Tor,[7] Skyrim itself had not joined the Empire during Cuhlecain's rule. Tiber Septim invaded Skyrim with his Legions, one of his commanders was known as Beatia of Ylliolos, and had been ambushed by the Nords after a meeting with the Emperor.[4][8] The exact date as to when Skyrim fell to the Empire is unknown, but it is known that it was prior to 2E 854.[9] Compared to the conquest of Hammerfell, Skyrim's occupation was done with relatively little bloodshed. The Kings of Skyrim had outlasted Empires before, and expected this one to be no different.[10]

High Rock[edit | edit source]

High Rock had lived on pretty well after the fall of the Reman Empire, but due to it existing of multiple kingdoms, it was easily conqeured by Tiber's armies.[11] The official date on which High Rock was conquered by the Empire is also unknown, though it was before 2E 864, by which point the Bretons were considered to be "solidified" by the Empire.[12] The Emperor's governor in High Rock, Titus Alorius, was liked by the Breton population, as Alorius ended the feuding between the Bretons kings with tact and skill.[13]

Hammerfell[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hammerfell Civil War

The Battle of Hunding Bay, where The Crowns met their last stand

Hammerfell was the last of the human kingdoms to fall to the Empire.[8] Hammerfell's High King Thassad II, the leader of the Crowns, signed a truce with the Forebear leader Baron Volag in 2E 854. Done in response to the growing tensions between the province and the Empire, the treaty sought to strengthen Hammerfell's defenses and armies so that Septim would not invade the province.[9] Over time, the relations between the Crowns and Forebears would deteriorate, and with the death of High King Thassad II in 2E 862, Hammerfell had been plunged into a civil war.[14]

The civil war was fought between the major political factions of Hammerfell: the Crowns, led by Thassad's son A'Tor, and the Forebears, led by Sentinel ruler Baron Volag.[14] When the civil war was slowly being won by the Crowns, the desperate Forebears signed a pact with Septim, allowing his armies to march into Hammerfell, crush the Crowns, and claim Hammerfell as part of the Empire. The Imperials conqeured Hammerfell with ease, though began to treat the province as their own property, causing Volag to disappear from Sentinel.[15]

Atrrebus, a member of the Third Legion, stationed in Hammerfell.

The fateful Battle of Hunding Bay at Stros M'kai was the only event where the Crown forces matched the might of the Empire, resulting in New West Navy Commander Amiel Richton to send Nafalilargus to obliterate the Crown forces during the battle, killing Prince A'Tor in the process.[14] After the Imperial victory there, Richton became provisional governor of Stros M'Kai. The Redguard deity HoonDing arrived in the form of Cyrus, a Redguard mercenary, and the Soul Sword, an artifact imbued with A'Tor's life force.[16] Under Cyrus' and Restless League leader Basil's guidance, a successful rebellion was launched on Stros M'kai, overthrowing Richton's government. Another rebellion followed in Sentinel, led by the forces of Baron Volag.[17] As a result of the rebellions, Tiber Septim came to Stros M'kai and negotiated the terms of the Treaty of Stros M'kai with the rebel leader of Stros M'kai, Iszara and the rebel leader of Sentinel, Baron Volag.[17]

Eastern Provinces[edit | edit source]

Black Marsh[edit | edit source]

When the invasion of Black Marsh occurred is not known, but it is known that there was fighting between the Legions and the Argonians in 2E 861,[18] it is also known that Black Marsh fell prior to Hammerfell,[8] though some sources state Black Marsh was yet to be conqeured when Hammerfell fell.[19] However, it could be that Hammerfell wasn't recorded as "fallen" yet due to the rebellions in the land. It was said that Tiber Septim himself thought twice before conqeuring Black Marsh, the border regions fell easily to his Empire, but he wisely decided to avoid strategically unimportant inner swamps, and thus met with little resistance.[20] Even under Imperial rule, the inner swamps were still controlled by the Argonians while the Empire controlled the coasts and borders of the province. Eventually, Black Marsh joined the Empire, mainly through a treaty.[21]

Morrowind[edit | edit source]

Morrowind became an Imperial province after Hammerfell had fallen.[8] Initially, the Temple and the Great Houses of Redoran, Dres and Indoril wanted to fight until the death, Telvanni remained neutral and House Hlaalu proposed accommodation.[8] There were several battles between Morrowind and the Empire, one of which laid waste to Mournhold, now called Almalexia.[22] Other battles were fought on the border of Black Marsh and in western Morrowind, such as at Silgrad Tower, Kragenmoor, and west of Cormar View and Blacklight.[23] The situation changed, when Vivec appeared and announced his negotiation of a treaty with the Emperor, which allowed the Dunmer to keep most of their traditions while joining the Empire. The Temple greeted the announcement with an awkward silence, Indoril and Dres still said they would resist to the death, while Redoran gladly took the opportunity to not have to fight the Legion unsupported. Redoran then switched sides, and backed House Hlaalu's proposal of accommodation. Telvanni, seeing which way the wind blew, joined Redoran and Hlaalu in their accommodation. Despite this, the Lord High Councillor of Morrowind, an Indoril, refused the treaty and refused to step down. Because of this, he was assassinated and replaced by a Hlaalu.[8]

Second Aldmeri Dominion[edit | edit source]

Valenwood and the Summerset Isles[edit | edit source]

The Thalmor increased its hold on Valenwood during the founding of the Third Empire. Savage Bosmer tribes fought with the Estates along the Strid River.[24][25] However, when the Empire stood united these skirmishes stopped. After the attacks stopped both sides waited on either side of the Valenwood border for the decisive battle. On the occasions that the Dominion probed the Empire's defenses, the Legion sent them back in tatters.[25] The Colovians even took to calling them the ''Old Mary Dominion'' due to the womanly offensives of its Elven soldiers. The situation at sea, however, was another story, as the Dominion terrorized the southern waters from the Cape of the Blue Divide to the Topal Bay. Tiber Septim later used the Numidium to conqeur the Aldmeri Dominion.[25][26][27]

Elsweyr[edit | edit source]

Not much is known about how Elsweyr fared during the Tiber Wars, however, it is known, that Elsweyr had an agreement with the Aldmeri Dominion, like the Maormer and a few Reachmen.[25] It is also known that the Third Legion sacked Senchal, a city in the far south of Elsweyr, after they'd refused to surrender.[18] Smuggling businesses ran from Elsweyr into the Empire, though they were later cracked down on after the Empire had strengthened their grip on the area.[12]

Battles[edit | edit source]

  • Battle of the Five Bridges - Tiber Septim faces a force twice the size of his own. Heeding the advice of Zurin Arctus, Septim did not commit his reserves until the enemy thought they were victorious. Due to this, he was able to rout the large army. [28]
  • Battle of Black Rocks - After falling into a trap laid by the Aldmeri Dominion, the Third Legion is almost completely wiped out. The remnants of the Legion went on to form the "Ruby Legion". [18]
  • Sack of Senchal - After Senchal refuses to surrender, General Pottreid orders the Third Legion to attack. Due to the high numbers of civilian casualties, this battle was removed from official Imperial history.[18]

Imperial Force Used[edit | edit source]

The recorded Imperial forces during the Tiber Wars are as follows:

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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