In 3E268, Uriel V is sworn in as Emperor. The first task he gives himself is to restore faith in the Empire. He takes the throne after the death of his father, Cephorus II, under whose reign Tamriel had seen the devastation invasion of the Camoran Usurper. Commonfolk had begun to doubt the power and safety of the Empire, and had grown distrustful.
Uriel V quickly decides that the quickest way to unite the Empire was to point their swords at a common enemy. Within two years of sitting the throne, he begins planning a full-scale naval invasion of distant and mysterious Akavir. He spends the next ten years building a navy worthy to the task. Despite the planning and preparation, what follows is one of the Empire’s most devastating defeats.
Years later, after the dust settles, Imperial investigators looked into the campaign looking for someone to blame for the Empire’s defeat. Imperial Chairman Pottreid scribed the report in which the details of the invasion were laid bare. The report, which will be read here for your listening pleasure, was aptly called Disaster at Ionith.
It was a cold night, and there was a boisterous crowd in the tavern hall of the small Inn on the hill. The bard called shrill over the noise, playing a song of mirth and mead. Smoke from the peat-fires rose slowly to the thatch roof and escaped through small flue holes. Three young men, arrayed in leathers and mail, boasted loudly of their deeds. They are reforming the Dawnguard, they spoke to the Inn’s attendants, and we are going to lend our swords. They yelled and sang on through the night, thinking themselves saviors of the world. They touched their swords and straightened their armor, grabbing serving girls and throwing food scraps onto the floor. But all the noise seemed to die when the Wanderer spoke.
You are young yet, and know not the dangers that await in the wide circle of the world. The voice was gravel and sand, and came from the dark corner between two guttering torches. The speaker leaned forward into the light, revealing himself a bent and withered old traveler. It seemed, at that moment, that all in the tavern had quieted, straining to hear the man’s words.
And what do you know of it, old man? The man was deep in his cups, young and boastful.
I met a man once, when my travels brought me to the disreputable winesinks and skooma-dens of Bravil. Movarth was his name, and he was all muscle and sinew. A hard face he had, and an even harder story. And so the Wanderer told his story, and the men and women of the Inn listened intently with wide eyes.
Thanks for waiting a little bit longer than I originally said for this episode, we got a little backlogged in all the server maintenance I did last weekend. Anyway, the episodes are now hosted right here on the blog, and (starting with this episode) we are encoding at a lower bit rate in order to allow for smaller file sizes.
In this episode we discuss the different disciplines of magic, and where magical energies come from. We touch on Aetherial travel (space travel, for lack of a better phrase) and Shadow magic. We probably should have done this episode a long time ago, but we didn’t. At any rate, here it is.
After extensive uploading/downloading/renaming/link fixing this weekend I think we are all up and running. All of our episodes have been moved to our own servers here at WordPress, which has no bandwidth or file size limits. This means that our episodes should download and be available more reliably than they have been in the past. All of the links on the blog have been updated (I think), so you should be able to find them all here. Note: if you find dead links anywhere, please let me know! I’ve also updated the RSS feed, but sometimes it takes a few weeks for those changes to actually make it to iTunes. I’ve also done my best to clean up the code in the feed, so the dates should be arranged better in the iTunes Store. As of right now, some of them are still not showing up right, but I chalk that up to just needing more time to fully update.
We will be having a new episode coming out very soon, but I do want to give all of these changes some time to roll over and normalize before releasing. Be on the lookout for it within the next week or so. I have been working on the mod as well, but I am waiting to push those updates until our next Wanderer’s tale so as to minimize the amount of updates needed to download. So be on the lookout for that as well.
Thank you for your continued patience as I iron out all the mistakes I’m sure I’ve made.
We will be performing ongoing maintenance on our servers over the next several days, so expect to see some strange things happening. If you have subscribed to the podcast through the iTunes store, then nothing should change for you. However, if you listen to the episodes on the blog you might come across a dead link here or there. Long story short: all of our episodes are going to be moving to a new location and old links will no longer work. To be updated, keep checking to blog or get our updates through Facebook. Thank you for your patience.
Our first episode of our new season also marks a new first, for it is the first episode of our podcast written by a member of the community. Reddit user AzraelDomonov put this piece together for a thread on the Elder Scrolls Lore subreddit, where I read it and decided that I absolutely had to make an episode out of it.
The episode is all about the renegade witch-warrior women of the Ashlander tribes, known as the Mabrigash. AzraelDomonov wrote this piece based on dialog information from Morrowind (the game), in addition to game data about the Ghost Snake spell and quest information. It is truly a well crafted masterpiece, and I can only hope that I have done it adequate justice.
We will be accepting community generated content for use in episodes from here on out, but keep in mind that there is a certain level of research and polish that should go into submissions. I have also been hard at work on content for the mod, including books written by community members. Send submissions to me through Facebook, email, or Google Drive.
On April 24, 2013 at 12:43pm, my daughter and first child was brought kicking and screaming into this world. Naturally, this will mean that the blog and podcast may be entering a brief period of inactivity. Rest assured, however, that we are not gone forever. In fact, we’ve already begun production on a number of new episodes for the beginning of our next season. So stay tuned for more episodes in the Tales’ series, in addition to academic discussions about magic and space travel, renegade Wise Women of the Ashlands, and more.
I hope everybody has been enjoying the mod, I’ve been working hard on it the past few weeks. It’s still far from finished, however. In fact, by very definition, it will probably never be finished until I stop publishing episodes of the podcast.
I pushed an update on the mod today which adds two new volumes to Carac Oswyn’s collection. They are the last two books in his series on Myth and Religion (Book 5: Pantheons in Tamriel, and Book 6: The Enantiomorph), so be sure to head on over to the Bards College and fork over some gold to add them to your personal libraries. The update should’ve been pushed a few days ago but, in case you hadn’t noticed, Steam was being a little weird about Workshop subscriptions the last few days.
A few people have asked me to share it on the Nexus also. I’m planning on doing so eventually, but the mod is currently in the very beginning stages of its life. I’ll be updating it often over the next few months and the Workshop makes it easier for me to easily distribute updates. Once the mod is in a more final form, I will post it to the Nexus as well.
Planned updates for the mod include an actually wandering Wanderer who, like Maiq, travels the roads of Skyrim. I also hope to introduce quests of some kind, and couriers to update the player-character in-game when updates to the mod have been downloaded. So, if you have experience with the Creation Kit and are willing to help out, please contact me and let me know. I got big ideas, and no skill to back them up.
We close out our fourth season with a new format, which is to introduce The Wanderer’s Tales. In this episode, the mysterious Wanderer visits the campsite of Imperials fleeing the invading Thalmor forces. In exchange for their food and company, he tells them the story of Miraak and Vahlok, the traitor and the guardian. The story does not offer any spoilers for the Dragonborn expansion pack, but merely (in a creative way) tells the story of how Miraak originally became imprisoned in the first place.
We’re finishing up our fourth season with some big news! Our 40th episode marks the beginning of a new era for the Elder Lore Podcast. We’re moving into the realm of interactive podcast experience with the introduction of our new mod! The mod is called The Wanderer’s Tales, and follows in the wake of a new segment of our podcast by the same name.
The Wanderer’s Tales is a series of stories told by a mysterious wanderer, who travels Tamriel telling stories to whomever may find themselves listening. There are many parts of Elder Scrolls lore where facts are known, but details are scarce. The Wanderer’s Tales represent an opportunity I’ll be taking advantage of, to write and publish creative fiction that is heavily researched and cross-checked and as lore-friendly as it can possibly be.
As episodes in the Tales series are released, so too will the mod be updated. Book versions of the episodes will be found in-game, for your player characters to collect and read. If you’re watchful, and travel a lot, you might even find the Wanderer himself
But wait, there’s more! There’s also a new itinerant historian spending some time at the Bards College in Solitude. He’s working on his masterpiece: a comprehensive lore compendium of the history of Tamriel and, indeed, Nirn at large. He might be willing to sell you a few volumes, if you’ve got the coin.
And so we usher in a new era for the Elder Lore Podcast. I hope you enjoy both the episodes and the new mod. There will also be more content in the podcast that is produced by listeners, so if you have an article that is based in documented lore and you want to hear it on the podcast, be sure to send it over.
You can find more information about the mod over at the Tales page, or subscribe to the mod on the Skyrim Workshop.
We (finally) approach the strange and mysterious topic that everybody has been asking about (for three-and-a-half seasons). We don’t know much about them, but I’ve tried my best to compile all of the available knowledge without providing any spoilers. We also talk briefly about the Order of the Ancestor Moth. The monks of the Ancestor Moths are, by time-honored tradition, the only people allowed to view the Elder Scrolls. Check out the new episode now!