Hammerfell: The Eastern Grasslands is a port of the original for Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, This version is updated to fit the newer game engine that Skyrim has to offer. Every 3D Model has been Optimized and Every Single texture has been Re-compressed and up-scaled to 1k, This Beautiful Landscape is home to the Redguards, formerly known as the Yokudans, They reside primarily in the province of Hammerfell. The Grasslands where the Rich City of Rihad is Located, Is a Primary Trading Post between Anvil in Cyrodiil and it's Western neighbor Taneth the City of Fish and the City of Poor. Across the Grasslands is the Alik'r Desert, A harsh wasteland known for it's scorching sun and deadly predators that roam the Great Dunes and walk the Halls of the Dwemer Ruins. The adventure Continues!
A Brief History
By: Lady Nerevar
The Dwemer became the first to fully settle Hammerfell in the year 1E420. The Rourken Dwemer left their Morrowind brethren after the formation of the First Council alliance between the Dwemer and Chimer. Legend has it that the leader of the Rourken threw his hammer, Volendrung, and built Volenfel, the capital of the Western Dwemer, where it landed. Other famous Dwemer cities include the citadel on the island of Stros M’kai and Fang Lair in the Dragontail Mountains. After the battle at Red Mountain and the disappearance of the Dwemer in the year 1E700, their fantastical cities were lost to looters and the elements of nature. Savage beasts that had once been kept at bay by the Dwemer returned to Hammerfell once more.
The arrival of the Ra Gada in the year 1E808, marked the beginning of the modern era of Hammerfell.
Leaving their homeland of Yokuda following its decimation in the early 800’s, the Ra Gada first landed on the isles of Herne, and then continued onto the other eastern isles and to the mainland by way of the Hew’s Bane peninsula. The Redguards – as the Ra Gada came to be called – were a fierce and warlike people, and easily conquered the Breton and Cyro-Nedic peoples along with the savage beasts and beast-folk of the province.
The Redguards, due to their warrior prowess, managed to subdue all of Hammerfell in a few battles. They quickly built cities atop the ruins of newly conquered cities and ancient ones alike, and within a matter of years the province was theirs. The Cyrodiilic, Nordic and Breton peoples did not forgive the Redguard conquest of their lands, and skirmishes continued along the borders for the rest of the century.
Only when the Orc nation of Orsinium appeared to challenge their dominance did the Redguards join forces with the Bretons. An alliance of the Sword Singer Order of Diagna, lead by Gaiden Shinji; the kingdom of Dagerfall, lead by King Joile; and the armies of Sentinel, begins an epic siege on Orsinium in the year 950. After 30 years of seige the Orc kingdom proves too much for the alliance. This shared battle leads to improved diplomacy between the Redguards and their neighbors. The Redguards open their borders for trade and assist other nations in their wars – such as the alliance with Bendo Olo of the Cyrodiilic kingdom of Anvil against the Sload.
Bringing in experience from their native Yokuda, the Redguards were able to tame the harsh land and thrive where others perished. Their culture, religion, and even government was transplanted whole in the new land and the civilization flourished. The new environment did however bring about change. The yoku language was replaced with the common tongue of Tamriel to better trade with their neighbors, and some of the yoku gods (minor deities in particular) began to take on more Tamrielic aspects. Many of the lower class Yoku and the Ra Gada wanted to adapt and assimilate to the ways of their new land, while the upper class and Na-Totambu, or ruling class, wanted to keep the traditional ways.
Cities along the border, such as Sentinel in the north and Rihad in the south, adapted particularly fast to the new Tamrielic culture. Trade and cultural interaction encouraged assimilation, and the people in these areas became increasingly imperial. Over time, their views and customs differed enough from that of the traditional Redguards for them to separate into a wholly new socio-political faction: The Forbears. Tension between the factions continues to build for the next two thousand years.
In the year 862 of the Second Era, High King Thassad II dies of natural causes and the province plunges into a bloody civil war between the Crowns and Forbears. Prince A’tor, heir to the throne of Hammerfell, leads the Crown forces against the Forbears. Just as Crown victory appears certain, the Forbears make a pact with Tiber Septim, who agrees to send his forces into Hammerfell to defeat A’tor in exchange for Hammerfell’s allegiance to the empire.
Tiber crushes the weakened Crown forces and takes mainland Hammerfell. A’tor and the loyal Crown forces are forced to flee to Stros M’kai, an island fortress in the south of Hammerfell. At the Battle of Hunding Bay A’tor met the forces of Tiber Septim in a magnificent naval battle. Just as the Crown forces were about to defeat the eastern navy, Dram, a famous Dunmer assassin, shoots Prince A’tor with a poisoned arrow. The dragon Nafaalilagus, thrall of the empire, burns down the remaining Redguard forces – and with it the hopes of Hammerfell’s sovereignty. Tiber Septim garrisons imperial forces in each of Hammerfell’s cities and installs imperial governors to rule the province. The proud Ra Gada are finally subdued.
Shortly after, in the year 864, rebellion again arises in Stros M’kai. Cyrus, a Redguard mercenary, defeats first Nafaalilagus and then Governor Richton, forcing Tiber Septim to sue for peace with Hammerfell. The empire concedes to let Hammerfell keep many of their traditions and government, and removes the imperial garrisons and governors from the province.
Cyrus, Sura in the Yoku tongue, is the center of many legends. Many Redguards consider him an incarnation of the HoonDing – the Yokudan god of Make Way and Perseverance over Infidels – due to his defeat of the empire at Stros M’kai. Additionally there are legends of him battling the Dunmer god Vivec among the wreckage of Yokuda. It is hard, if not impossible, to know which legends are true and which are purely imaginary.
The coming of the empire only widened the rift between the Crowns and Forbears however. When the Camoran Usurper marched on Hammerfell the Crowns refused assistance to their Forbear brethren in Rihad and Taneth, leading to their defeat and the fall of southern Hammerfell in the Battle of Dragontooth in 3E253. the Camoran Usurper decimates much of western Hammerfell until he is finally defeated by the navy of High Rock.
Neither did the forbears come to the assistance of the Crowns in 3E396, when the Nords attacked Hammerfell in what is now known as the War of Bend’r-mahk. This division left Hammerfell weakened, allowing the Nords to capture significant parts of eastern Hammerfell, including the cities of Elinhir, and Dragonstar. Dragonstar becomes divided into two distinct cities, its eastern half controlled by Skyrim and its western by Hammerfell. This division remains to this day.
War came again to Hammerfell in the year 3E402, when the kingdoms of Sentinel and Daggerfall go to war over the control of Betony Island in the Illiac bay. Priest Vanech of Daggerfall considers the island a holy realm of Kyanreth and refuses to cede it to Hammerfell. The Highrock city-state Reich Gradkeep agrees to mediate between Lysandus of Daggerfall and Camaron of Sentinel. At these negotiations Vanech submits a fake treaty, upsetting Camaron and eventually plunging the city-state of into chaos. Full out war erupts. The war reaches its climax at the battle of Cryngaine Field. King Lysandus is slain in the field, and his son, Gothryd, is crowned King of Daggerfall. King Camaron is likewise slain, and Lord Oresme surrenders to Highrock.
In an attempt to cement peace between the rival states of Sentinel and Daggerfall King Gothryd of Daggerfall is married to Princes Aubk-I of Sentinel.
In the year 3E417 conflict again plagues the Illiac bay region as the kingdoms of Sentinel, Daggerfall, Wayrest, and Orsinium, as well as the Blades, the Underking, and the King of Works vie over the control of the Numidium, a powerful Dwemer golem used by Tiber Septim to conquer the continent. The Mantella, needed to power the Numidium, is in the hands of a mysterious Imperial champion.
In the end, it is not known who received control of the Numidium. It is said that each faction did and each destroyed the other, bringing about the mysterious event known as the Dragonbreak, or, in this case, the Miracle of Peace.
The Miracle of Peace redefined politics in the Illiac bay. Highrock, once a realm of a hundred squabbling city-states, now consist of three: Daggerfall, Wayrest, and Nova Orsinium. Manimarco, the King of Worms, ascended into godhood and the Underking was able to die a mortal death after the Mantella (made from his life-force) was returned to him. Finally, there is peace between Highrock, Sentinel, and Orsinium.
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Edited by Daggerfall Dev, 17 April 2017 - 01:26 AM.