|Darius Septim I|
Darius in 4E 218
|Titles||Emperor of Tamriel, High King of High Rock (Formerly), King of Shornhelm (Formerly)|
|Factions||Empire, High Rock (Formerly), Shornhelm (Formerly), Stormcrown Alliance (Formerly), Second Septim Dynasty|
|Birthplace||Shornhelm, High Rock|
|Family||Louis Lariat (Ancestor - Deceased)|
Tiber Septim (Ancestor - Deceased)
Barenziah Ra'athim(Ancestor - Deceased)
Katariah Ra'athim (Ancestor - Deceased)
Gallivere Lariat (Ancestor - Deceased)
Uriel Septim IV (Ancestor - Deceased)
Andorak Lariat (Ancestor - Deceased)
Andre Lariat (Father - Deceased)
Garth Lariat (Cousin)
Livia Mede-Septim (Wife)
Marcus Caius Septim (Son)
Messalina Septim (Daughter)
Severina Septim (Daughter)
|“||Today we will liberate High Rock from the tyrannical grip of Augustus Mede. Today we will achieve victory!||”|
— Daric to his men, at the siege of Evermore
Darius Septim I, previously known as Daric Lariat, is a Breton emperor of the Empire of Tamriel. He previously ruled as King of Shornhelm and then as High King of High Rock after he started his rebellion against the Colovian Tyrant, Augustus Mede. He is the first emperor of the Septim Dynasty since Martin Septim, who wasn't officially coronated, and the first from Tiber's direct line since Pelagius Septim I. As a member of the New Septim Dynasty he is dragon-blooded. He is married to Titus Mede II's daughter, Livia Mede.
Darius is a descendent of Andorak Septim, also known as Andorak Lariat. He was the son of Emperor Uriel Septim IV, son of Empress Katariah Septim and her lover Gallivere Lariat. Darius discovered, with the help of a Nord scholar, that his ancestor Katariah was the daughter of Tiber Septim and Barenziah's son. The pregnancy was said to have been aborted but Barenziah had the baby secretly then gave it away to one of her family members, of House R'Aathim. That child grew up as a member of the House and was Katariah's father.
The Lariat family has ruled the kingdom of Shornhelm since Andorak Lariat was given the kingdom in order for him to stop rebelling against the Empire, as his father was Uriel IV. Instead of the throne being passed to Andorak it was passed to another Septim, one actually belonging to the line of previous emperors. Some Lariats still felt cheated from the throne, however most accepted their place as the royal family of Shornhelm.
Darius was born as Daric Lariat, in 4E 179. He is part of the noble family of Shornhelm, that has ruled the city since Andorak Lariat received it from the Empire in order to stop his rebellion. He grew up like any noble child in High Rock, by being prepared his whole life to rule. Darius fought in the 2nd Great war, just as his father fought in the 1st. Darius's father, Andre Lariat, was killed as he was one of the Breton nobles that cursed Augustus Mede for his betrayal of the Talos Pact after the 2nd Great War. Since then Darius has hated the Emperor, which is why he agreed wholeheartedly to aid the scholar in proving his blood connection to Tiber Septim, as it would give him a valid reason to war against the Emperor.
Marcus Mede, Augustus' younger brother, became a friend of Daric after he joined him in 4E 212. Marcus had supported his eldest brother's claim to the throne, who was defeated by Augustus and killed. Marcus hated his brother since then, almost as much as Daric did. When he heard of Daric's claim he wanted to be by his side as it was his only chance to defeat Augustus. He soon became one of Daric's most trusted advisors and generals.
Events of Return of the Septim Dynasty
In 4E 213 Daric began his rebellion against the Empire, against Augustus Mede. The Nords had pledged their allegiance to him as they hated the Emperor more than anybody, this alliance formed the Stormcrown Alliance. The kingdoms of High Rock were reluctant to join King Daric as they feared Augustus too much. So Daric was forced to attack the neighboring kingdoms. The first he invaded was the kingdom of Northpoint, the north most city in High Rock. Since he only had his own men from Shornhelm and a few others that had joined his cause he had to request aid from the Nords. He led his army, fighting from his horse and wielding his father's blade. With the Nords aiding him in the siege it didn't take long for the city of Northpoint to fall. The king was replaced with someone that supported Daric's rebellion. After capturing the city Daric returned to Shornhelm. When he arrived in his palace he received word that a Blade had come by requesting an audience with him. He found the Blade sleeping and woke him up. The Blade introduced himself as Knight-Brother Caccian Vulpin, he had been sent to evaluate Daric's claim of being related to Tiber Septim. He, unlike his fellow Blades at Sky Haven Temple, pledged to serve Daric even without proof. Daric welcomed Caccian and brought him to his library, where the scholar and him had kept their research on the his ancestry.
The next day Daric went to meet with his generals in his war room, including Marcus Mede. Marcus informed him that Camlorn had agreed to side with Daric, and that the next step in their war would be to attack Daggerfall. While they were discussing a strategy Marcus was assassinated, the killer slit his throat from behind. Both Daric and Caccian were too late to help Marcus, and so he fell lifeless to the ground. Marcus was meant to lead the siege in Daggerfall but now Daric had to do it personally. He sent a letter to High King Ulfric Stormcloak, asking him to send his navy to aid in the battle. A few days later Caccian returned from Skyrim and met with the king at his study. The Blade told him that after returning to Sky Haven Temple with the documents showing the research on Daric's ancestry some of his guild-mates decided to leave for High Rock to join the Breton. The Blades had split into two groups, the Dragonguard that remained in Skyrim and the Blades that decided to go with Caccian to High Rock. The night before leaving for Daggerfall Daric was in his study and the assassin that had killed Marcus reappeared. Daric was startled but quickly composed himself and asked the assassin if he had come to finish the job. The assassin told him that he was hired by the Emperor and said that he would aid Daric in getting revenge if he paid him 50,000 septims, Daric refused. The assassin tried to convince Daric but the king said he wouldn't stoop to Augustus' level. However he acknowledge the assassin's skill and agreed to hire him to aid in their siege of Daggerfall, as someone with masterful sneaking like him would be useful in the battle.
Daric, Caccian and Kastus left for Daggerfall along with the Breton army, which was now larger as it contained Camlorn's troops and some from Northpoint. Caccian asked why Kastus was coming along, Daric explained that he was hired to sabotage the defenses in Daggerfall, but said that he didn't trust him and asked Caccian to keep an eye on him. When they arrived at the outskirts of Daggerfall, Daric sent a messenger to ask the High King of the city to surrender. Kastus returned after heading out to sabotage the outer wall's defenses, namely the catapults and ballistae. The Nords had arrived with their navy. The messenger returned with the High King of Daggerfall's reply, he refused to surrender to the usurper as he was still loyal to the Emperor. Daric then ordered the army to attack the city, leading them on his horse. The Daggerfall soldiers fired down on the besieging army, killing many with arrows. The High King came with some of his men and met with Daric on the battlefield, after an exchange of pleasantries the two returned to the battle. Kastus had managed to open the city's gates from the inside and Daric took advantage of that, charging with the cavalry into the city, Caccian at his side. As the Nord ships fired onto the city Daric led his men deeper into the city, towards the palace. By the time he made it to the Upper Quarter of the city Caccian spotted Imperial ships in the horizon, Augustus had sent reinforcements to Daggerfall, the Nord ships turned their attention to the incoming ships. Daric encountered Kastus in the city, the latter following the former to the city. Daric met up with Caccian and the Blade followed the king, Kastus, Ulfric and his men to the Daggerfall Palace. Kastus broke off from the group, Daric started to notice fallen guards as they moved deeper into the palace. The guards tried to stop them from continuing but they were no match for the king and his group, they eventually made it to the throne room's double doors. Daric warned the others to be ready and then went inside, where High King Arnand and his Royal Guard were waiting. Daric asked the High King to surrender one last time, he refused. Caccian tried to convince the High King but he still refused, Daric told him to stop trying. Arnand ordered his men to attack Daric and his followers, Daric cast a fireball at a guard. While the Royal guards were fighting Daric and his men Kastus appeared behind Arnand and slit the High King's throat, then the assassin joined the fight. Daric didn't approve of what Kastus did, as he hadn't hired him to assassinate anyone. To him assassination was the coward's weapon. The remaining Royal Guards surrendered when Daric asked them to, saying that they wouldn't be harmed if they did. One of Daric's soldiers entered the throne room and told him that Augustus was leading the Imperial reinforcements into battle against the Nords. Since the High King of Daggerfall was dead and the city was mostly secured, Daric ordered his men to assist the Nords, who had been holding the Imperials at bay. Caccian pleaded for Daric to remain in the city, as the battlefield was too chaotic and it would have been suicide for the king to go out there. Daric reluctantly agreed and had one of his generals lead the Bretons into battle. Daric remained on the walls of the city and watched the battle. He saw a bunch of Penitus Oculatus leave the battle and stop fighting. From there he also saw the Bretons charge the Imperials on their weak flank and force them to retreat. Augustus and his men returned to their ships and retreated to Hammerfell. With the battle won the Bretons had taken Daggerfall, however they lost a good portion of their soldiers in the fight. They restored order to the city and put the High King's sister in charge of the city.
Caccian had went to meet with the Penitus agents that apparently had defected from the Empire. Daric followed behind him and approached them. He questioned if it was Augustus that had left them behind or if they chose to remain. Caccian and a Penitus officer argued as Daric watched, he eventually got the two to settle down. Daric asked the officer if the Penitus Oculatus agents that defected would join him willingly or if they had to be sent to jail, to which the officer agreed to join, but only if Daric was indeed a descendant of Tiber Septim. Caccian assured the officer but he didn't believe the Blade. Daric told him of how he and the scholar followed the trail left by his ancestors Uriel IV and Katariah, leaving to detail untold. The story had convinced the officer enough that he agreed to go back to Shornhelm to see the documents himself. Daric welcomed the Penitus agents and asked for the officer's name, to which he replied Ortius Civello. Caccian asked if it was wise to trust those that abandoned the man they had sworn to protect, but the Breton king said they had a valid reason after one of the Penitus agents told him why they defected.
Ortius, Caccian and Daric then talked about what strategy would be best to take. Ortius suggested that they kill the Emperor and be done with it but Daric didn't agree. They eventually agreed that they first needed more allies before taking on the Emperor and the Legions in Cyrodiil. The next day Daric and his men left for Shornhelm after the Nords returned to Skyrim. Daric gave his condolences to Caccian as his comrades that were coming to High Rock were ambushed by the Legion and killed. Kastus showed up asking for his money, the king kept his promise and paid the assassin the other half of the agreed amount. He told the assassin that their deal was now done and tha he better not catch the assassin trying to kill one of his generals again. A messenger brought the King the news that the kingdoms of Jehanna and Farrun had agreed to swear fealty to him. Kastus gave the king an evil grin, then rushed past by the messenger. The courier fell to one knee and grabbed his side; the assassin had stabbed him. Daric yelled for the guards to deal with Kastus, but he was already long gone. Daric knew that the assassin had stabbed the messenger just to spite him, and that had made him lose his patience with Kastus. He ordered the guards to look for the assassin but he was long gone.
Caccian knocked on the door to the king's study. He shared with Daric his idea of having the former Penitus Oculatus agents join him to reform the Blades. Daric agreed to the idea, but he wasn't sure that Ortius would follow the Blade, he suspected that Caccian would have to share a bit of authority with the former officer. The king sent a letter to Ulfric asking for assistance in the siege of Wayrest, as he was unaware the Nords had their own problems back home. Ortius walked into the study and, as Daric has suspected, argued with Caccian over what he and the king had decided to do with the former Penitus agents. Daric was able to calm Ortius down and make him accept his decision. Daric then left the study and headed to the War Room, leaving the two behind. Daric discussed strategies for besieging Wayrest with his generals. Since they hadn't received a reply from the Nords Daric knew they needed a new ally in order to take Wayrest. Daric suggested the Forebears of Hammerfell, and so he sent a letter to them. The Forebears leader, King Bodean, agreed to help Daric with his war in High Rock if Daric would assist him in taking Hammerfell. Bodean went to Shornhelm to make the alliance official, then the Redguard and Daric discussed the strategy for taking Wayrest. The Nords sent a letter to Daric, asking for assistance in lifting the siege of Whiterun. Daric had the Blades and a small Breton Army head to aid the Nords. Bodean left for Hammerfell to prepare his army for the attack. When the king received word that Grandmaster Caccian of the Blades had died, he mourned for his friend. Daric left for the outskirts of Wayrest, he sent a letter to Ortius and General Roderic telling them to head straight for Wayrest when they return from Skyrim. In a few days the troops Daric had sent to Skyrim returned, after a successful mission. Daric sent a courier to Ortius, asking him to come to the king's tent. Daric filled Ortius in on the plan for the siege, the Blade then left to tell him men of the battle plan. At the break of dawn the Daric's army was ready for the attack, the Forebears still hadn't arrived but Daric knew they would come. Daric ordered his men to merely distract the Wayrest soldiers while they awaited for the Forebears. However, the Forebears took too long and Daric had to order the charge. The siege of Wayrest began, and Daric was leading the cavalry. The garrisoning soldiers fired down on the Breton king's army, Daric was lucky not to get hit. He led the horsemen away from the enemy's range of fire. Later, some of the Wayrest soldiers exited the city to meet Daric's men on the battlefield. Daric led the cavalry in a charge at the enemy's flank. When the Forebears arrived, holding Imperial flags, the Wayrest soldiers began to fight with renewed moral. This made the fight harder for Daric's men and they began to lose. However when the Forebears got to the battlefield, and some in the city, they showed their true colors and attacked the defending troops. Daric watched as the Redguards fought the garrison into submission, quickly turning the tide of the battle and ending the siege. The King of Wayrest surrendered to Daric and got to keep his throne after swearing fealty to him.
Daric decided to march straight for the last city still in Imperial control, Evermore. He called General Roderic to his tent. He and the general began to think of a way to take the city, as they figured a frontal assault would cost to many soldiers their lives. Roderic suggested sending a small force through the city's sewers, and have them open the gates from the inside. Daric agreed to the general's plan and told him to go with a group of Blades, as they were better at sneaking than most men in the army. The general said that taking so many Blades away from Daric would be risky but Daric dismissed the claim by saying he could take care of himself. He told Roderic not to take too long as the longer he took the more men would die outside. The next morning the Army marched for Evermore, arriving there two days later. The king wished good luck to Roderic on his mission. Daric decided to see the army's enchanter to fill the enchantment on Flamerend. He told the khajiit that he had been watching him for some time and that his skills in magic were wasted on only being the army's enchanter. He asked Jo'Khar to be his Court Wizard, and the khajiit agreed. He told Jo'Khar to get ready, as he would be joining the attack on Evermore. An hour later the army was ready to assault the city, they had given more than enough time for Roderic and the Blades to make it inside. Ortius rode at the king's side. Daric told his men what they were fighting for, to liberate High Rock from tyranny. He ordered the charge and the army headed towards the city's walls. The forces at Evermore had been reinforced by Orcs from Orsinium, making the battle harder for Daric and his men. Daric had Jo'Khar and the Battlemages go up against the Orcs, hopping to get the upper hand using magic. Jo'Khar cast a dual Chain Lightning spell at the Orcs, staggering a good deal of them. Daric led the cavalry to flank the Orcs, which caused them to break ranks and flee. Daric saw that the gates of the city were opened, he knew that Roderic had accomplished his mission. The king ordered Ortius to take out the catapults on the walls. Daric went to see if the khajiit was ok. Since Ortius was too busy to take out the catapults he asked Jo'Khar to find Roderic and tell him to take them out. Daric charged with a few of his cavalry men into the city, towards the castle. The pyromancer, that was leading part of the garrisoning forces, cast a wall of flames in front of Daric and the other horsemen. The king's horse went out of control when it was hit by the spell and Daric fell. Roderic ran over to help Daric, the fall had broken a few ribs, knocked the air out of him and probably caused some internal bleeding. Roderic led the king back to the army camp, as he needed immediate medical attention because from the pain he was feeling the injuries were more serious than they looked. As the healer began to look him over Daric told the general to capture the castle and end the battle. Caesar Autrus, a Blade, burst into the healer's tent and told them that the King and the Legion were retreating, however they were burning the city down. Daric ordered them to save the city.
The Breton king stayed out of the rest of the battle, as he was recovering back at camp. He returned to his tent and when the battle was done Roderic and Caesar brought King Barnand to Daric. Daric cursed Barnand for his incompetence and cowardice, Barnand tried to explain himself but Daric didn't listen. He sentenced the fat king to the dungeon and revoked his crown for his role in burning Evermore. Daric's army restored order to Evermore and instated the son of Barnand's cousin as the new King. Daric and his forces returned to Shornhelm, there he called all the Kings and Queens of High Rock to attend his coronation. Other than the nobility the important members of Daric's army also attended the coronation, and his allies as well. The Primate of High Rock crowned Daric Lariat as High King in the light of the Nine Divines, and the crowd cheered for the new High King.
High King Daric was in his study in Shornhelm, a letter from Hammerfell was in his hand. It was from his ally, King Bodean of Taneth, the leader of the Forebears. The province was completely in chaos, the Forebears were no match for the Crowns, since they had the support of the local 6th Legion. Bodean requested Daric's assistance. The letter also told where the cities of Hammerfell stood in the conflict. Daric met with General Roderic and Jo'Khar. He told the khajiit that the Redguards requested help and that he wanted to send aid to them, but he was too busy restoring and maintaining order in High Rock to lead the army. He told them that he needed them to lead in his stead and to go with the force to Taneth, where King Bodean would be expecting them. A Redoran ambassador arrived in Shornhelm, Daric goes to meet with him. The ambassador told him that the Archmaster believes that Daric is a worthy ally now that he has Skyrim, half of Hammerfell and all of High Rock on his side. He said that House Redoran would be honored to fight by their side against the tyrant Augustus Mede. Daric asked what other Great Houses would fight beside them. The ambassador replied that House Indoril would surely help. Houses Telvanni and Sadras had been neutral so far and House Hlaalu and Dres were supporters of Augustus Mede. But he told the king that for now Indoril wasn't going to help, they expect House Redoran to liberate Blacklight from Imperial Occupation first. He also said that it would take some time to put their plans into motion. And to expect word from them in the future.
High King Daric was in the War room. He had received word from the Forebears that Stros M'Kai had been captured. The most important military leaders in High Rock were there. The High King told Etienne Geles, one of his commanders, that he might need to go with the rest of the army to Hammerfell. Even with the help of the Bretons the Forebears were still outnumbered by the Crowns and their Imperial allies. Daric suggested that he should take the rest of the army and go through the Reach and Dragontail Mountains and attack Dragonstar. The commander acknowledged the order and left to coordinate and plan for the attack. Daric decided to check up on him and told him to be careful near the Reach, as that was were Orsinium was located. Etienne said he had a feeling the Orcs would stay put, then he offered some wine to Daric. The king accepted and had a drink with the commander. Etienne told the king that he didn't like the sound of King Bodean, as the commander thought he only joined up with Daric for personal gain. Daric agreed that it was a likely possibility as one of the terms of their alliance was that Daric help Bodean become High King of Hammerfell. However the king said that as long as they help Bodean the Redguard would help them. Etienne started to discuss strategy with Daric, asking where they should try to get one side of Dragonstar to attack the other. Dragonstar was a city that was split into East and West, and each part had its own government. Daric told the commander that both sides were vassals of the High King of Hammerfell, Ennah, but they still despised each other thanks to their governmental differences, as the West was a monarchy while the East was a oligarchy. Etienne said that he would try diplomacy, but that he would fight both sides if it came down to it. He said farewell to the king and asked that Daric not get shot or invaded while he was away. Daric laughed and told him he would try not to, as the Blades had been doing a good job so far and Ortius was a good Grandmaster. He then suggested that Etienne should take Caesar Autrus with him if he planed on using subterfuge. The King them took another sip of wine then returned to the castle, saying farewell to the commander.
High King Daric had received a letter from King Bodean telling him of how he was back and Taneth is once again in Forebears control. A few days later, Daric received a letter from Etienne Geles and then sent a reply, congratulating him on the success of his siege. In the letter he told Etienne that he could decide what course of action would be best now that he had taken Dragonstar. Because of General Roderic's absence in Hammerfell he promoted Etienne to General. Sometime later Daric received a request from General Etienne for assistance and sent the Breton Navy to Sentinel. The Bretons blockaded the Hammerfell capital and awaited for the arrival of their allies to take the city.
High King Daric was in his castle's study in Shornhelm. He had just recently heard the news of Bodean Suda's coronation in Taneth, as High King of Hammerfell. His alliances were paying off. High Rock, Skyrim and Hammerfell were under his control and House Redoran had taken control of all Northwestern Morrowind. Soon he would have the armies necessary to attack Cyrodiil. A few days ago he had received an envoy from Morrowind, whom were primarily House Nerevar members. While he was in his study one of his guards informed him that Jina Nerevar requested a meeting with him. He agreed and told the guards to escort her there. Jina introduced herself and asked for forgiveness. She asked if he had received her father's, Joran Nerevar, letter, then informed him that she was there to negotiate with him about the acquisition of the troops of High Rock for the liberation of Morrowind. Daric said that he got the letter, but that his men were busy elsewhere. They were already assisting Bodean in the expulsion of the last Imperials from Hammerfell and the Nords were helping House Redoran under his authority. He looked up at the girl and asked if she wasn't a little too young to be a diplomat, as she looked to be only a teenager. She eyed Daric and asked if he wasn't a little too young to be an Emperor, throwing the rude question back at him, and then said that she had done more than he will ever know. She kept an indignant tone, Daric assume that the question had made her a little angry. She then composed herself a little and said that House Redoran and House Indoril, whom House Nerevar were a part of, didn't always see eye to eye. Daric raised an eyebrow, thinking that the girl was bold. He said that he was 35 years old. There had been numerous younger emperors than him. He looked back down and signed some reports. As for the rivalry between House Redoran and Indoril, he said that it wasn't his priority. All that he cared about was that Morrowind was united under him against Augustus Mede. House Redoran had been helping him and the Nords for a while now. While Jina's House had just recently contributed to his war.
Jina narrowed her eyes and said that she hoped they meet in the future. She wished the high king good day and hoped he would rethink his position on House Indoril. The Dunmer informed Daric that they had taken down House Sadras and that House Dres would soon fall as well. Unlike House Redoran, who just freed their cities, they were more successful in their rebellion. With out waiting for an answer, she turned on her heel and left the room. The High King thought that she had an attitude. House Indoril had failed to make a good impression on him. He continued signing more reports before retiring to his room. The next day Daric woke up to find a raven on his window. He was surprised at the sight of it. He went over to it and saw it had a letter strapped to its leg. He wondered who it was from before he got it from the bird and read it. The letter was from Nelthro Kanir, leader of the Nelthar Organization, and he said that he was coming to High Rock to negotiate with the Breton. Daric was interested and looked forward to their meeting.
Once more, Jina requested a meeting. He headed to his study and told his guards to bring the girl there, as he figured that he might as well give her another try. He sat at his desk and awaited for her. She greeted him and asked how he was, keeping her composure. He said he was fine, and asked what it was that she wanted to speak about. Jina asked Daric if he knew how it felt to have his rightful throne denied to him, because that was how her father felt. It was denied to him by the Empire and the other great houses. She took a shuddering breath. She said that the Archmaster of House Redoran intended to make himself the new King of Morrowind, not only the leader of the Great Council and that he had no right to such a title. Daric said that Jina didn't understand why he was doing why he was doing. He was not trying to become the Emperor because it was his birthright, he was doing it for the good of Tamriel. Augustus was a good strategist and general, but he was an awful Emperor. He was a tyrant, ruled with fear and deception. To him the ends always justified the means. He needed to be stopped, but no one would stand up to him due to fear. With someone like him, Daric, to lead people they would stand up for themselves and fight against oppression. The fact he was related to Tiber Septim only served as a strong claim to the throne which he used to form the rag tag Stormcrown Alliance. Daric got up and walked over to the window. He asked Jina who was it that protected the Dunmer from the Argonians, then answered it himself, House Redoran. He asked under who's guidance did the Dunmer fight in the Talos Pact against the Aldmeri Dominion during the 2nd Great War, also House Redoran. He asked what had her House, her father, done to show his devotion to the Dunmer. What had he done for Morrowind. He then stated that had Augustus not crippled House Redoran when he conquered Morrowind they would have become the new ruling house already.
Jina grew angry and argued with the High King. She claimed that if not for House Redoran, the Argonian Invasion wouldn't have cost so many lives. She admitted, however, that they did guide the Dunmer armies well against the Aldmeri Dominion, but her father had lost his sons and his city for the sake of the Dunmeri people. House Indoril had lost hundreds of lives during this war. House Redoran cared only about themselves and war. Her father had traveled across Tamriel and back to help the Stormcrown Alliance and the Dunmer. She pleaded the high king not to ignore them. House Redoran only knew one way to end conflicts, with blood and steel, they could never end it with words. All they knew was how to kill. She even claimed that they always set their sights higher. Once Daric was Emperor, what was there to stop them from attacking him, she asked. Daric said that a few Legions would be more than enough to stop House Redoran's army. Though they weren't foolish enough to try anything that dumb. As for ignoring House Indoril, that he was not doing. He acknowledged their help in taking Sentinel. Though he wondered if there was a connection between helping the Redguards and asking him for support. Or if it was a coincidence that Jina was in Shornhelm so soon after her father assisted Bodean. Jina got defensive and her voice grew louder. She said that Joran came to help the Stormcrown Alliance, to help Daric's cause. He didn't know that the High King had remained behind in High Rock, or he would have to Shornhelm himself. His intention was to negotiate with him personally, but he was fighting for his country, something Daric probably understood. Her father sent her here to be safe while he went to Sentinel, as Mournhold had just recently freed itself from a siege. He thought Daric would be there fighting. Since he wasn't he asked her mother to be a diplomat. Sadly, she was 8 months pregnant. So Jina took up the position in her stead. The Breton said that he understood, though he found it interesting that she said she came to help him, negotiate with him yet he had yet to hear any terms or conditions. All Jina had done was brag about her father and his right to rule. The High King walked back to his desk and sat in his chair. He then got out a septim and stared to play with it in his hand. He congratulated her on the upcoming sibling and wished him or her the best of luck.
A guard knocked on the door. He told Daric that a Nelthro Kanir had come to see him. The High King nodded and told Jina that he had another appointment. He excused himself and got up, leaving his study and heading to the throne room. He sat on his throne and told the guards to let the Nelthar in. As the doors open he walked into the throne room and to the middle of the room just before the throne and knelled. He introduced himself and asked if he got his letter. Daric said that he did. He asked what the cost of granting the High King free reign over the Nelthars would be, as that was not mentioned in the letter. The old man said that he wished for his family to be granted rank in the Breton's Empire, nothing more. He only wished to see his family prosper and in return he would help Daric seize the throne and grant him free reign of the Nelthar Family as he said in the letter. The Breton asked for him to clarify, if he wanted a noble titles or land or something else. Nelthro said he wanted title and power, a small reward for an Emperor to give out. Still Daric pressed the question, wanting the old man to clarify what he wanted specifically, for he was reluctant to agree to a deal without knowing the details. Nelthro offered much, so it seemed only logical that he asked for much in return. The Nelthar said that he wanted his family to have a reserved seat on the Elder Council, as well as a county for his family to rule. Daric thought a bit. A seat in the Elder Council meant a lot of power over the Empire, though the other members of the council will have just as much power. He thought those were terms he could deal with, especially since he could always deal with them later should they pose a problem to his reign. He told Nelthro that he agreed to his deal and asking him to come to his study so that they could sign a document and make it official. Nelthro followed Daric to his study. He sat at his desk and told the old man to have a seat. Daric started to write out a contract. When he was done writing the terms and conditions, he signed the bottom and then pushed the paper towards Nelthro and handed him a quill. Nelthro first read the contract carefully in case there was anything they hadn't agreed upon. When everything seemed in order he signed the paper with Ultima Nelthar, saying no one would believe him if he used his Kanir name. He rose from his seat and told the High King that now he had temporary free reign over the Nelthar family and his services were also on the table. He asked what his orders were, giving a grin.
Daric said that he could use more troops and he needed to know what was happening in Cyrodiil. Dark rumors had been spreading around about the Imperial City. My men couldn't get close to the city, but he was sure the Nelthars had their ways. Nelthro nodded, with their resources the Nelthars could infiltrate just about anywhere. Daric heard running outside his study. He stood up, wondering what it was. He said for Nelthro to excuse him as he checked the sound. He went outside and saw Jina running towards his quarters. He asked her what she was doing. Jina told him that two of his guards just attacked her. She screamed at him, outraged. She kept asking why would that happen. Nelthro also walked out of the study, asking if the guards weren't assassins. The Dunmer honestly didn't know. She just recognized one of them as the guard insulting her as she walked out of the High King's study during their first negotiation session, using air quotes as she said the word because of how the session went. Nelthro leaned on the wall next to Daric and asked why anyone would wish to kill her. She said she didn't know, it could be because she was Joran's daughter or anything. Maybe someone from House Hlaalu, or someone trying to get at her because of her affiliations. Nelthro bowed after hearing that Jina was the daughter of Joran Nerevar. He said to forgive his rudeness, for he had no idea who she was. As for the assassins, he offered to investigate. He enjoyed a good assassin hunt. He followed Jina to her room where the bodies of the guards were and inspected their armor, their cloaks and pockets. Daric had gone with Jina and Nelthro. He found it odd that his men insulted her, for Bretons weren't known for their racism. Due to the race being half-mer and half-men, they were known to be rather kind to others. He also asked what she meant about her affiliations, but she dodged the question. The Dunmer asked Nelthro who he was, she glanced at the symbol he wore. She pointed at the dead guard and told Daric to tell him that. Nelthro introduced himself as Ultima Nelthar but said he cared little for names.
She asked about the mark he had on his shoulder. He said it belonged to the The Nelthar Organization, which he was the leader of. Nelthro turned one of the dead guards over to look for anything suspicious. He picked up a note just visible poking up from the shirt of the guard and read it. It mentioned House Redoran. With the note was also a Redoran pin, worn by members of the house. Jina got angry, and turned that anger towards Daric. She said that House Redoran just tried to kill her for being there, trying to take their place as Daric's Dunmer ally. She asked him what he was going to do about that. Nelthro pointed out that it was not uncommon for someone to pin the blame on someone else. He then asked Daric to check the other body, to see if anything could shed some light on the situation. The High King still found it too odd for House Redoran to send assassins to kill Jina in his castle. He agreed with Nelthro in that the situation looked set up. Jina suddenly gasped and fainted. Nelthro turned quickly and ran over to her. He saw that her wound was tinged green and asked Daric to call a healer immediately. Daric ran out into the halls and called for the guards. He came running back with a group of guards and told them to take Jina to the magister to heal.The guards then grabbed her and ran outside to the Magister's shop. Daric then turned to the dead guards and Nelthro. The old man asked where the guards stayed, to which Daric replied that they stay in the Barracks. He supposed that one of the men there could identify the dead guards. Nelthro asked if they should take the bodies with them, but the High King said that he'd have some guards gather them and bring them to the barracks to see if any of my men knew them. Daric went back to his quarters and told the two guards next to his door to go gather the bodies in Jina's room.
Daric and the two guards went to the barracks with the corpses. The guards in the barracks stood in attention. The High King told them that he was there to ask a simple question, if they knew the two dead men that they had brought. The two guards from Daric's quarters dropped the corpses in front of the other guards. One of the guards said that they didn't, they were new and never talked much with the rest of them. That is what Daric figured. He asked when they did they first arrive. Another guard said that it was a week ago. He noted that they were very odd. One time he caught them talking about a Dunmer girl and when they noticed him they went real quiet. The Breton thanked them and returned to the castle. He decided to go check on Jina so he went to the Magister's quarters. He walked into the Magister's room and went over to Jina and Nelthro. He asked her how she was doing. She said that she had been better and asked the high king how he was with a smile. Nelthro suggested that she rest, then walked out of the room with Daric, closing the door. The old man asked if he found any clues about the assassins, if they were indeed sent by House Redoran. The Breton said that like he suspected those guards were new. One of his men even heard them talking about a Dunmer girl. It was obvious to me that they were in fact sent to assassinate Jina. Though if they were sent by House Redoran or not is unknown. It seemed stupid to him to leave evidence with the assassins. He had the gut feeling that it was a set up. Nelthro agreed, and added that whomever was behind it held a grudge against House Redoran and the Dunmer girl. Whom was from House Indoril. Daric thought that had to mean it had something to do with the war in Morrowind, probably a rival house. Nelthro said that they'd need to go to Morrowind to find out then. The Breton said he wouldn't personally go to Morrowind. He had duties in High Rock as its High King, he couldn't leave. He decided to send someone else in his stead. The High King headed back to his study and wrote a letter for General Etienne, requesting that he go to Morrowind to investigate this mysterious assassination attempt with Caesar Autrus. After that he returned to the Magister's quarters to check on Jina. When he entered the Magister was telling Jina that she could leave, but not to put to much strain on her body. The poison had left her weakened.
Daric thanked his Magister for the help. He really didn't want another of his guest to be killed by an assassin, like Marcus Mede had been. He then turned to the Dunmer girl and told her that he had ordered more guards to patrol around her quarters, so this shouldn't happen again. She stood up shakily and thanked Daric. She really wanted to get to the bottom of this, though. The Dunmer asked if he had anyone working on it. The Breton said that he sent one of his most trusted generals to Morrowind to uncover the mystery, as well as one of his Blade agents named Caesar Autrus. She asked to if she could go with and what Nelthro was doing about it. Seeing as he seemed interested. The High King didn't know what Nelthro was doing, as he didn't keep tabs on him. She turned to the window and asked if he thought Nelthro would come with. She spotted him outside sleeping in a carriage in the castle's courtyard. The Dunmer said her farewells to Daric and her family, that were still staying in Shornhelm, and headed down to meet the ancient man. After Nelthro and Jina were gone, the High King returned to his regular duties. He received reports that an Altmer ruler was starting a rebellion down in the Summerset Isles, but didn't do much about it.
Daric was in his study thinking of a way to get the Argonians on his side. He figured once Morrowind as whole, joined him, he may be able to convince the Argonians to join as well as he'd be as strong as the Empire then. A few days later the package Daric had been waiting for had just arrived from Whiterun. The armor he had requested from Eorlund Gray-Mane and his son, masters of the Skyforge, had arrived. Daric had the armor put in his room. He would only wear it when he marched on Cyrodiil to reclaim his throne. It was the armor with which he would become Emperor.
Sometime later he received word of the Battle near Narsis. House Indoril and House Redoran had fought each other and while they were killing each other, House Hlaalu and the Empire came and crushed them both. Daric cursed them. He need the Dunmer of Morrowind to be united under one ruler, not divided by rival houses. It seemed that he would have to take matters into his own hands. He wrote two letters, one to House Redoran informing them that he would soon arrive in Blacklight, another to House Indoril, requesting an audience with Joran Nerevar in Mournhold. After sending the letters he set off for Blacklight. Daric arrived Blacklight sometime later. There he met with Caesar who began acting as his personal bodyguard once again. Caesar told him all he had uncovered during his investigation into the attempted assassination of Jina, which he had mostly done alone since Etienne was sent back to High Rock to prepare the troops there for their invasion of Cyrodiil. Daric entered the palace in Blacklight and met with Dandras Redoran, the Archmaster of the house. Their meeting was short as Daric didn't want to talk with him alone. He asked that Dandras get them an escort to Mournhold so they could negotiate with House Indoril. The Dunmer as outraged, saying he would not negotiate with Indoril dogs. Daric persisted and told him he insisted or else he would end his alliance with House Redoran. Dandras reluctantly accepted. Daric, Caesar, Dandras, Dandras' Commander of the Guard and a small escort rode to Mournhold. They sported Stormcrown Alliance flags so House Indoril wouldn't attack them on sight. Daric rode in the front with Dandras, Caesar and the Redoran Commander. Dandras said that he didn't like this, he didn't trust the Indoril dogs. Daric said that he could and he would. Morrowind needed to be united in order to defeat the Empire. The Battle near Narsis only proved his point. They didn't talk much the rest of the way. They arrived a couple days later because of the slow pace they were going. The Mournhold gates were soon opened and a party rode out to meet them. Joran was at the head of it, and Daric recognized Jina with him. Joran greeted Daric, and a Redoran Commander by the name of Balyn Omoran. He paused when he saw that the Redoran Archmaster was with them. Though he greeted him as well, before inviting everyone to his palace.
Daric accepted the invite, and said that it was a pleasure to meet the Dunmer in person for the first time. He said that Jina had told him a lot about her father, like his rank within House Nerevar and House Indoril and his rightful claim to the throne of Morrowind. Caesar rode next to him while Dandras, Balyn and the escort rode behind him. Dandras looked around with disgust. Joran replied rather humbly, saying it was what some people claimed and that on occasion he fancied that it was true. But that ultimately it would fall on Daric to decide who would be the next king, as only someone with his backing would be able to win the throne. Joran turned to Caesar, asking if he had been at the siege of Sentinel. Caesar confirmed that he was, under the command of General Etienne. Daric said that that was the reason why he had called this meeting between House Redoran and House Indoril. The group entered the Palace. The High King requested to be led to a room where they could have their meeting. Joran led them to a large, circular room with a long table in the middle. He took the seat at one end and motioned for them to do the same. Jina took a seat next to her father. Her father then asked what the purpose of the meeting. Dandras sat at the other end. Balyn and his men stood guard behind him. Daric sat in the middle with Caesar standing by his side. Daric firstly said to Dandras that he'd like the meeting to go undisturbed, as the Dunmer looked quite angry. He told him to remove his guards from the room, save for one. Dandras reluctantly agreed and ordered his soldiers out of the room, only Balyn stayed behind. Joran ordered the Indoril Guard out, keeping only the Captain. Daric then replied to Joran, telling him that this was a negotiation. House Redoran and House Indoril must be united in order to defeat the Empire and House Hlaalu. They had already defeated both of them and had begun reclaiming the territories they had previously had conquered from them.
Joran agreed, their recent defeat had brought some things to his mind, including the Great Council. He wanted to reform it, giving more rights to the Great Houses. The Great Houses needed to be united. Dandras said that is what House Redoran were doing before the Empire stepping in and made House Hlaalu the ruling house again. The Archmaster said, yelling, that now when Redoran try to continue their work Joran and House Indoril stepped in and messed everything up. The Breton told him to calm down, that there was no need to yell. He acknowledged that it was true that House Redoran had done much for the Dunmer for the past 200 years but that was all in times of war and tragedy. The Oblivion Crisis, the Argonian Invasion, the 2nd Great War. It is true that House Redoran led the Dunmer in those times but other than that Morrowind was separated into rival Houses. Morrowind needed unity, it needed a leader.
Joran suggested that Daric pick someone to back so that the rivalry would stop. Daric said the Empire backing House Hlaalu as they claimed kingship only aggravated their rivalry with the other Great Houses. Him picking a side would have the same effect. The Dunmer needed to settle the matter between themselves, he was only there to make sure it happened. Dandras said that House Redoran's past actions proved that they could and would lead the Dunmer. The Breton asked if the other houses would follow. The Archmaster said they they would make them follow. Daric claimed that that was the problem. House Redoran was a military aligned house. They would always do thing with force according to their code of honor. Dandras explained the Code of Virtues: Duty, Gravity and Piety. Daric nodded, he said that someone more calm minded and not so militaristic needed to be the leader. Someone who was already a born leader. He then turned to Joran and said that it was where came in. The Redoran leader grew angry and yelled. Joran asked if Daric was proclaiming him as king. Daric shook his head and reaffirmed that it was not his place to do that. He was merely saying that he thought Joran was the best person to rule and lead Morrowind. He was the grandson of the Nerevarine. Dandras pointed out that just because he was the descendant of the Nerevarine didn't mean that he should rule. The Breton asked why not. Joran had claim to the throne, he was a spiritual descendant of King Indoril Nerevar of the Chimer. The other Great Houses were far more likely to accept him as ruler than they were of the Redoran Archmaster. All Joran needed was the support of House Redoran. With their armies added to his the Empire and House Hlaalu wouldn't stand a chance. Dandras contemplated, saying that the High King spoke the truth. Joran asked if Dandras would swear fealty to him as king. He promised the Redoran a spot in the future Great Council of Morrowind. The Archmaster pointed out that he was far too young, too inexperienced at ruling. Daric argued that Joran would have the Great Council to aid him. Dandras thought for a bit and said that if he truly would reestablish the Great Council and give House Redoran the freedom and autonomy that House Hlaalu has stolen from them, then he would accept. Indoril would have House Redoran's army by their side, but they would not swear fealty to Joran until the whole of Morrowind was united under his banner.
Joran accepted the deal. Though he said that many may think that House Hlaalu should be destroyed, but he didn't. Not all of them favor the Tyrant, and it was to that side that he would be extending a hand of acceptance and forgiveness. They would still be part of the Great Council. The Redoran said that they haven't been a part of the Council since the 3rd Era. They were kicked out because the Empire abandoned Morrowind in the Oblivion Crisis. They were the Empire's lap dog and now they were back as their lap dog. He asked Joran what made him think they would ever change. They had always been corrupt, working with the Morag Tong, the Camonna Tong and the Thieves Guild. Daric chose to stay out of it since this part of the negotiation didn't involve him. Joran argued that one of the main reasons they rejoined the Empire was because they were exiled. He asked how he would feel if House Redoran was exiled, after all that they had done for Morrowind, and after all the promises he had made him. Besides, being deceitful and working with thieves and assassins was in the very nature of the Dunmer. Once Edras was gone, Joran felt that they could put them back on the right path. Dandras argued that that may be the way of the other houses but House Redoran didn't work with thieves and murderers. If they had ever been kicked out of the Council for being the Empire's lap dog then they wouldn't go back to the Empire and be their lap dog. They would restore their honor, not taint it some more like House Hlaalu has done. Be he said that if he truly thought that House Hlaalu could change their ways once they conquered Narsis and brought unity to Morrowind then it would be on Joran's head when they went back to their old ways and screwed over the Dunmer once more. Joran was fine that that and asked if there was anything else that they needed to discuss. Daric said that that was all. Everyone exited the room. As they were going out of the room Daric approached Joran and asked to speak in private with him.
The Dunmer agreed and stayed in the room. After everyone else was out he shut the door and asked what this was about. Daric said that there was something he should know. He wasn't sure if Jina had told him but he told the Dunmer about the assassination attempt on her. He said all his men were able to find on the assassins was the pin, which he handed to Joran. It was a fake House Redoran pin. Caesar was unable to figure out if it was a plot from the Empire and House Hlaalu or House Redoran or someone else entirely. Joran said that assassins weren't House Redoran's style. House Hlaalu was way more subtle than this, they wouldn't get the color wrong. He then asked who were the three other men that had been with them in the negotiations. The Breton said that they were Nelthars. It was hard to explain to him who they really are since even the High King didn't really know. All he knew was that they are a powerful faction that was spread through most of Tamriel. They were currently in an alliance with him, other than that they were a wild card. The Dunmer noted that his daughter couldn't keep her eyes off of two of them. He trusted that the High King would help him get tot he bottom of the assassination when the war was over. Daric agreed. She was almost killed in his castle, he couldn't let that stand. Joran was glad to hear it. He thanked him for the help in the negotiations. Morrowind would've been crippled with civil war for many generations, otherwise. Daric said that that was why he intervened. He would stay in Mournhold for two more days before he began his journey back to High Rock. The next day Daric was walking in the Palace. He was thinking of the coming war in Cyrodiil, and he was thinking of being the Emperor. He had many doubts that he could even pull off being the Emperor, ruling the entirety of Tamriel was much different from ruling Shornhelm. Even being the High King of High Rock was a little overwhelming. He reached for his Amulet of Talos, then was filled with the certainty that this was something that he needed to do and that he could face it and overcome it. He retired to the guest quarters. He held the fake Redoran pin in his hand and wondered who else would have reason for assassinating Jina. To blame House Redoran, to cause a divide between Redoran and Indoril. There must be something they were missing.
Daric had received a letter a few weeks ago from the Altmer Marquess, Yanniss Mothril, asking for assistance in freeing the main island in the Summerset Isles from Imperial Control. Daric replied stating that he would send a few Redguard ships to help them but that he was too busy with preparing to invade Cyrodiil to give full assistance. Daric's armies gathered as they got ready to set out for Hammerfell, where they'd meet up with the Redguards. Daric went to his quarters and looked at his new set or armor. He put it on and got Flamerend. He was ready to march for war. As he was leaving Shornhelm a courier arrived with a letter, he said it was important. Daric got the letter and saw the crest that was on the letter, of the Camoran Line. He opened the letter and read it. It was odd, the Bosmers were pledging their support. They hadn't shown any signs of being on my side before. Though this was good, they could help them in Cyrodiil. Though by the looks of it that might take some time, they hadn't completely kicked out the Imperials yet. Daric sent a letter back accepting the proposal from Celegorn. After which he left Shornhelm and marched to Hammerfell with his armies.
As the army marched into Hammerfell Daric began to have a strange feeling. He didn't like leaving High Rock mostly defenseless but he needed all his troops in Cyrodiil. He had heard reports from Nelthar spies that the Empire had brought their all their remaining Legions into Cyrodiil. He would need the full might of his alliance to fight them. Daric's Army had met up with Bodean Suda's Army. The Redguard Navy set out to blockade Anvil while the rest of the Redguards and the Bretons invaded Western Cyrodiil. That way was guarded by the 1st and the 11th Legions. Cyrodiil wasn't going to give up without a fight. Daric's alliance had a hard time advancing through Cyrodiil. The Legions were well trained and disciplined, their formations were strong and unbreakable. The Bretons, under Daric were cut off north of Anvil by troops of the 1st Legion and couldn't help Bodean take the city. The Bretons were fighting an in an open field with the Imperials. The Legion's tactics gave them the upper hand. Though the Breton Battlemages are unmatched in all of Tamriel. Daric was in the front lines wielding Flamerend and casting fireballs at the Imperials alongside his Blades. The Bretons were still locked in open combat with the 1st Legion. They remained unable to help the Redguards. Daric and his Breton Battlemages were able to force the Imperials to retreat, though they just as many casualties as the Imperial. They marched South to Anvil to assist the Redguards.
When Daric's men arrived at in Anvil the city it had already been surrounded by the Bosmer and the Redguards. The Legionnaires stationed in the city had no where to go. Together the three armies took Anvil in no time. The Imperial soldiers inside were either killed or imprisoned if they surrendered. Daric went to greet the Bosmer King Celegorn. He thanked him for the assistance, saying that Bodean would have lost the battle had he not arrived. Celegorn said that it was his pleasure and asked the Breton if he had not received his letter. Daric said that he did but he wasn't sure if the Bosmers would be able to help, given that they didn't fully retake Valenwood. Celegorn said that it was more important to help Daric win in Cyrodiil than to retake Valenwood, for if Daric won then the Legions in Valenwood would surrender without a fight. Daric agreed with him and thanked him again. They couldn't have taken the city without them. Celegorn told the High King that he would remain in Cyrodiil and fight with the Stormcrown Alliance. A Bosmer approached Celegorn, it was his brother. He asked the Bosmer what was wrong with him. Valenwood needed them. He told him to think of his people. Celegorn tried to reason with him but his brother disagreed and said that he would be taking his men back to Valenwood. He stated that the Bosmer Prince would surely also come back with him. They were returning to bring order to their homeland.
Two thirds of the Bosmer army left for Valenwood while the rest joined Daric's army, bring it back to full strength. Daric's men and the Redguards marched for Kvatch. The Redguards and Daric's men continued their march to Kvatch. The 1st legion that Daric's Men had fought had rendezvoused with part of the 11th Legion that was guarding Kvatch. Daric his allies made it near the city of Kvatch. They still hadn't climbed the hill up. Celegorn had the feeling that it could be a trap so him and his bosmer stayed behind while the Bretons and the Redguards climbed the hill to the city. The Bretons and the Redguards climbed the hill to Kvatch. The path up was pretty narrow so the armies had to break formation to climb up. From the walls of the city part of the 11th Legion had begun bolstering their defenses. Daric and his men had almost made it to the top when war horns started blowing in the south. The 1st Legion had been hiding and waiting for Daric and his men to partly climb the hill so they could be trapped between the 11th and the 1st Legions. The Bretons and Redguards were forced to fight on two fronts as the 11th legion from Kvatch also attacked them. The Breton and the Redguards were trapped in the hill that lead up to the city. From the top they had to fight the 11th legion and the bottom they fought the 1st Legion. Celegorn and his Bosmer then attacked the 1st legion's flank as they had separated from Daric's men before they went up the hill. With the help of the Bosmer, the Redguards and the Bretons were able to break the ranks of the 1st Legion at the bottom of the hill. The 11th Legion kept advancing however so Daric and his men had to retreat further down the hill.
The 1st Legion couldn't hold their line and were forced to retreated after the bosmer routed their forces. The archers continued to pick off a few of the retreating units before switching focus to the 11th Legion that was pushing the Breton and the Redguards off the hill. Without the other front to worry about Daric and his men could focus all their efforts on the 11th Legion and were able to stop them from advancing any further. The Bosmer archers and the Breton Battlemages fired onto the Legionnaires. With all of Daric's men focused on the 11th legion they outnumbered the Legionnaires almost 2 to 1. However the Legion was fighting downhill, which gave them the tactical advantage. Despite this, they still got pushed back into Kvatch by Daric's armies. There they besieged the city. The Bretons started mounting ladder onto the wall of Kvatch and the Bosmers quickly made their way up. They cleared the way so the Reguards can follow. The Bretons Mages provided cover from bellow. The Bosmer captured part of the wall and fired on the Legionnaires bellow, while the Redguards captured the rest of the wall. The Redguards and the Bretons set up a battering ram and proceeded to ram the southern gates of Kvatch. The battering ram broke through and the alliance troops flooded into the city engaging the Legionnaires stationed there. As the Bosmer archers were atop the walls firing with extreme precision onto the Imperials and the Bretons and Redguards fought them in the streets. The Legionnaires didn't have anywhere else to go. They were trapped in Kvatch with Daric's army and were outnumbered. It wasn't long before the city was taken and the troops rested after the battle. After capturing the city Daric and his armies stayed there to rest.
Darius was notified that a Dunmer courier had arrived in the city and needed to speak with him. He told the guards to let him through. Daric was in the Kvatch Castle. He headed outside to meet the courier. Seeing the messenger being escorted by his men he went up to him. He asked him what news he brought. Outside two other messengers had arrived, the Nord scout and the Redguard courier. The Dunmer said that Joran Nerevar's army had taken Cheydinhal, and defeated 3 Legions at different times. He told the High King that the Dunmer were staying in Fort Usarek, across the river from the Imperial City. They attempted to infiltrate it, but 5 of the 7 infiltrators were unsuccessful and were beheaded by the Imperials. He was the second courier sent to Daric, he found the first one murdered by skeletons wearing the Armor of Augustus Mede's personal guard. So the Imperial were using necromancers. Daric stated that that was odd. He said to have the Dunmer wait for them and the Nords to arrive. They still had to capture Skingrad before reaching the Imperial City. The other couriers made their way to Daric as well. The Nord said that he had a message from Ulfric. He wanted support in taking Chorrol, they needed to take the city or risk an attack from the rear by the troops stationed there once they besiege the capital. Daric turned to the Dunmer courier and told him to tell Joran to send reinforcements to the Nords. Then the last courier came up to Daric. He had an urgent message, High Rock was under attack from the Orcs. Daric was shocked. He asked since when. The Redguard told him that they received the news a few wees ago. They have sacked Evermore and were heading towards Wayrest last time he heard. Daric thought for a minute. He sighed, there was nothing he could do. Caesar Autrus, who was Daric's personal bodyguard now, spoke. He said that there had to be something. They couldn't just leave High Rock at the mercy of the Orcs. Daric asked him what he could do. He couldn't march his army back there and jeopardize the Cyrodiil invasion. He realized that this was what Augustus wanted, for him to choose: High Rock or Cyrodiil. He was distraught but he couldn't help, as much as he wanted to. He just couldn't.
The Dunmer left to return to Joran's camp. The Nordic Scout nodded and set out for the Nordic Camp near the Orange Road. Daric couldn't stop thinking of High Rock and how it was now in the mercy of the Orcs. He knew the Orcs hated the Bretons for destroying Orsinium multiple times. He dared not think of the state they would leave his country. Daric and his men marched through the Golden Road towards Skingrad. The Breton King turned to his bodyguard and told him that it hardly felt like two months had already passed since the start of the Invasion. Caesar said that it felt like longer. Daric and his troops continued on their way to Skingrad. Daric and his men were in the outskirts of Skingrad. A few days ago a few Imperials had started to join his army. They had heard of the capture of Bruma, Cheydinhal, Anvil and Kvatch and had become hopeful that Augustus could be defeated by Daric. Even some Imperials had begun questioning his methods, though most who did wound up dead. Daric and his men surrounded Skingrad, but maintained a safe distance so they couldn't get hit by projectiles. They had begun building some siege equipment, like ladders and such, before attacking. Daric and his men had begun the siege, they charged the walls bring their ladders with them. Daric's armies had broken the western gates with their battering ram, while others had climbed the wall on their ladders. The legionnaires were outnumbered 2 to 1, they wouldn't be able to hold out for long. Daric was inside the city slashing legionnaires with Flamerend and casting fireballs at them. Caesar was at his side protecting him. Bodean and his men were storming the market district like a wave, their scimitars cutting Legionnaires in half. The bosmer were atop the roofs raining arrows down on their foes. Daric and his soldiers overwhelmed the Legionnaires defending the city.
Skingrad was taken and a few days after Daric and his armies marched along the Golden Road to the Red Ring. The Nords marched down the Orange Road to the Red Ring, the Dunmer who were in Fort Urasek also marched onto the Red Ring. Daric was in his tent in the Breton Camp when a Messenger came approached, he had news of High Rock. Daric's heart skipped a beat when he heard the name of his country. Daric asked, in an angry tone, if the Orcs had burned everything to the ground yet. The messenger told him that the Orcs were defeated and were retreating to Orsinium. Daric was confused and shocked, but happy at the same time. He couldn't decide which question to ask first. Last he had heard they were marching on Shornhelm. The messenger explained that the Dragonguard and Ysmir stopped them. Daric could not speak, a tear fell down his face. He was overjoyed to hear his home was not destroyed by the Orcs. He wanted to crush them for what they've done to his land but he knew mercy and forgiveness would be the wisest choice. Many thought of him as a conqueror, a usurper. He needed to change their minds, and he was getting tired of war. He muttered that the Nines had answered his prayers.
Daric heard from the Nords that Augustus had platoons of undead guarding Chorrol. There was no doubt in his mind that the Imperial City held more of the foul creatures. From his camp he could see the White-Gold Tower, now it was more red than white just like the rest of the city. The armies had begun constructing the siege equipment they would need for the coming battle. Many were scared, many were tired, many were anxious. All were determined to fight, for fighting they must to secure their freedom and their future. Soon the Dunmer army arrived at the Stormcrown camp. Joran headed to Daric's tent to report some desertion to him. He informed him that as they reached Daric's camp west of the Imperial City the Dunmer received a letter from Emperor Augustus. It told them that if they turned back now they would be spared, but if they joined Daric in his assault on the capital then not only they would die but also their families in Morrowind. This message caused many members of Houses Dres and Telvanni to desert, as well as some from House Hlaalu. However the rest of the army didn't falter in their determination and instead got ready to attack. Daric said that it was a shame, but it didn't matter. The Stormcrown Alliance was united. The Bretons, Nords, Redguards, Dunmer and Bosmer were ready to fight as one. They could take the Imperial City. Daric told Joran to return to his camp and ready his men, the war horns would sound the beginning of the attack. Joran nodded and headed to his tent.
Daric mounted his horse. The Catapults were being loaded. The men were in position. It was time. He blew on the horn and the Artillery started to fire on the walls. The Men got on the row boats they had made to cross the river. The Undead on the walls fired arrows and spells at the Invaders, the Ballistae installed into the towers of the city fired on the armies bellow. Ulfric had brought a platoon of Bear Berserkers to the Main Gates, as he was planning to help take it down. Daric was with the Cavalry men, who were leading the battering rams to the gates. The artillery rounds were starting to break off bits of the outer wall, killing some of the undead on the western wall of the city. The Imperial Ballistae had managed to destroy a few boats and catapults. The undead soldiers shot arrows and fired spells at the Dunmer Silt Striders that tried to make it over the walls. The Catapults of the Dunmeri began to fire, shooting giant green balls. When they were over the city, the balls uncurled, revealing Ogrim. They dropped into the city, crushing anything beneath them. The boats had begun landing on the other side. There the soldiers were putting up the ladders to climb the wall. Ulfric and the battering rams were reaching the gates. One of the rams was destroyed by the Ballistae. The other began ramming the gates while Ulfric helped with his thu'um. Daric was casting fireballs at the wall. The artillery was aimed at the sections of wall where the ladders. Some of the ladders were pushed down by the undead. More and more silt striders got over the walls, and Dunmer began to land. Some of them also began to climb the ladders with the Nords. With Daric and a few others protecting the battering ram and Ulfric helping to break the gates they were open soon enough. When they were broken open Daric and the Cavalry men charged into the city, with the Redguards right behind them. The artillery was aimed farther into the city, so they wouldn't hit any friendlies.
Daric had to dismount as the streets of the Imperial City were no place for fighting on horseback. With Ulfric and the Bear Berserkers at his back, along with his Calvary men who had dismounted as well, they charged into the Market District. The streets were full of undead soldiers. He asked what had Augustus done. The Bosmer troops had climbed the wall with the Nords and were assisting from above. The Bretons were trying to take out the Imperial artillery that were still firing on the invading forces. The Redguards were following Daric into the city from the broken gates. Joran and the rest of his army came through the gates. The fighting in the streets of the Talos Plaza District was wearing down the Alliance troops in an alarming rate. Everyone of theirs that died would be reanimated and would attack his former friends. He asked how Augustus was able to do this. There was no way that Augustus was this powerful. He killed an undead Breton. Bodean found Daric after a while in the north of the Talos Plaza. He told the Breton that he found out how Augustus acquired his undead army, Sloads. He spotted one near the gates to the Temple District. Daric said that they needed to take care of those Sloads. He told Bodean to deal with the one he found and he would relay the information and go looking for others. Bodean nodded. He rounded up some of his men and they fought their way to the gates to the Temple District.
With both the Sloads from the Talos Plaza dead, one killed by Bodean and the other by Joran, Daric and his allies were able to clear out the undead in it after a while. They regrouped in the center of the Plaza. Daric said that if there were Sloads like the ones they encountered all over the city then they had to hunt them dow. Green Emperor Way was probably too overrun with undead to take before they get rid of their biggest advantage, being able to turn their dead against them. Joran looked at Daric. He said that if there were only two Sloads per district then they should split up. Balyn Omoran could lead one of the expeditions, while he offered to lead another. He said that if they kept using the same tactics, they could win the battle. They also had the Bosmer archers to aid them. Daric ordered the Dunmer and the Nords to head tot he Elven Gardens District. The Bretons, Bosmer and the Redguards would go to the Temple District. The fighting was still going on atop the walls and alliance artillery was still firing on the city. The armies had spread into the city and were fighting all over. When he entered the Temple District Daric could see the Martin Memorial Statue inside the Temple of the One. He could see that the temple looked pretty abandoned but interestingly some undead shades were coming out of it. He bet that the Sload was inside. Bodean told Celegorn to have his men look for the other one while they take out the one in the temple. Daric ondered some of his officers to organize the attack in the District while he, Caesar, Bodean and Celegorn headed to the Temple. As they approached the Temple Daric could clearly see the Dragon statue and the state of the Temple. When he was Emperor he would rebuild the Ttmple and remodel it. It was a shame the state that is had gotten to. They fought they way to the Temple's entrance as shades were still coming out from inside the Temple. The group were able to defeat the shades and entered the Temple. The Sload was using the long unlit dragonfires to fuel his necromancy. The pyre stand still held magic within it, despite the fires having gone unlit for over two centuries. Daric said that they must stop him. He cast a Fireball at the large creature who blocked it with a Ward. Bodean said that spells wouldn't work, Sloads were excellent mages. They needed to use brute strength to defeat it. Celegorn suggested that they surround him, his slowness was his weakness. The group spread out trying to surround the Sload, all the while dodging his spells and trying to fight off the shades.
Celegorn fired arrows at the Sload to get his attention. As he did that Caesar killed shades and moved closer to the creature. Daric and Bodean were trying to get the attention of the shades so Caesar could go after the Sload. Caesar was able to get behind the Sload. Celegorn kept firing arrows at him so he wouldn't see Caesar. Bodean and Daric kept the shades at bay. Caesar stabbed the Sload with his katana. With the Sload dead the shades dispersed. Daric looked around the temple. He told Celegorn to check with his men, to see if they had found the other Sload. He told Bodean to come with him, they were going to rally the troops. They left the Temple and went to the streets to join the fighting. The Alliance troops pushed back the undead. The bosmer were atop the roofs shouting at the undead below. At the far end of the district they could see the Sload that was commanding the fiends. One of them reported to Celegorn. The Bosmer King went to Daric's side. He told the Breton that they had found the second Sload. Daric said to go to him. The last Sload in the Temple district wasn't able to hold the allies for long, as the Nords had arrived to help from the Elven Gardens. The bulk of their army was in that district so the undead wasn't a match for them. This time it was Daric that killed the Sload, by stabbing him in the chest with Flamerend. With the Sload dead the army dispersed to the other districts. A soldier came running to Daric. The soldier reported that Augustus had brought a platoon of undead to the Elven Gardens, they weren't able to defeat him. Daric turned to the other leaders, he told them to continue going after the other Sloads, he would go after Augustus. Celegorn, Ulfric and Bodean nodded. Daric had rallied his Breton soldiers in the Temple District to head to the Elven Gardens. Daric charged into the Elven Gardens with his men.
Daric spotted Augustus among the skirmish, he was standing over Balyn with a sword to his neck. Augustus roared in outrage as he saw Daric. Without giving it a second thought, he brought down his sword, stabbing Balyn through the neck and killing the Dunmer. Augustus charged at Daric while the Bretons engaged the undead. He clashed blades with Daric and told the Usurper that he was going to kill him. The Breton said that his time as Emperor was done. Galmar and the rest of the army fought the Undead to a standstill, giving Daric and Augustus room to duel. Augustus bashed Daric staggering him. He shot a fireball at the Emperor. The blast gave Daric enough time to get back up. The two then continued their duel but it was obvious that Augustus was stronger. He relentlessly attacked Daric. The undead were getting the upper hand when the dead Bretons started attacking their former companions. Galmar cursed. He charged in at Augustus, remembering how futile it was last time, but he had to try. Augustus kicked Daric aside and then blocked Galmar's attack. The Bretons were being pushed back by the undead. Daric was starting to lose hope. But then he heard a roar in the sky. Augustus bashed Galmar then slashed at him, wounding him. Daric stood up and struck Augustus in the back. The Emperor was momentarily staggered by the blow but composed himself and the blocked Daric's second attack. The roar got louder and closer. Galmar looked at the sky. The undead were almost pushing the Bretons out of the Elven Gardens. Augustus and Daric were fighting near the gates to the Talos Plaza. The Emperor told him that he couldn't win. Daric tried to block his blows as he slowly retreated. He cursed in his head. Galmar kept looked around at the sky. Daric looked perplexed at the Nord, wondering what he was waiting for. He also noticed that the roaring had stopped. Then out of nowhere a red dragon swooped into the Elven Gardens and breathed fire down on the undead. Augustus was distracted by the dragon's sudden appearance. Galmar cheered, yelling Ysmir at the top of his lungs.
The dragon devastated a good portion of the undead foes with his fire after a few swoops over the Elven Gardens. Augustus saw that his army was suffering heavy losses thanks to the dragon and the new moral boost that Daric's men had gotten. He reluctantly ordered his undead to retreat to the Market District to regroup. After the undead started to retreat the Red Dragon landed in the Elven Gardens. The Dovahkiin jumped off his back. Daric went to greet the Dovahkiin. Daric approached the Dovahkiin and greeted him. He looked at the Dragon with a bit of fear, as he had never seen a dragon firsthand. Ysmir greeted him, speaking partly in the Dragon tongue: Dovahzul. He noticed that Daric looked at the red dragon and introduced him as Odahviing. The dragon greeted the Breton King. The Breton looked back at Ysmir. He thanked him for what he did for High Rock while the Stormcrown forces were away and thanked him for coming to his aid once more in the Imperial City. Ysmir said that it was the least he could do. Tamriel had suffered enough at the hands of the Tazaar Augustus. It would be in the best interest of Tamriel that Daric succeed in his war against him, that is why he was there. Daric appreciated his aid. The Dragonborn mentioned that there was something he wanted to give the High king. He pulled a sword out of Odahviing's saddle and handed it to Daric. He said that its name was Tazzarfeyn, Tyrant's Bane. He explained a bit of the enchantments he gave the weapon. Daric thanked him and said that the sword had a fitting name. He promised to use it in his next duel against Augustus. Daric sheathed Tazaarfeyn and asked Ysmir if he would stay and fight. The Nord nodded, saying he'd see this through. Daric said that it would be an honor to have him fight by his side. Ysmir said that the honor was his. He drew his Waraxe and his shield. A woman approached them. She introduced herself to Daric as Nilya Nelthar and told him that Naritin Nelthar broke into the palace district, but the Emperor was approaching with many undead. More than they could handle. She asked him to send help, quickly. Nilya glanced at the Nord. She then ran back to the palace district turning invisible. Ysmir got on Odahviing's back and the red dragon flew off. Jina Nerevar appeared before Daric and frantically asked him where her father was. Daric told her that he last saw him with Ulfric Stormcloak in the Arboretum. She raced to the Arboretum to try to catch up with her father.
Daric rallied his soldiers and headed to the Palace District. The Bretons marched towards the Palace District. Augustus and his undead army charged into the Palace District. He was leading the attack, the Sloads were in the back of the army controlling the undead. The Bretons and the Nords entered the Palace District to aid the Nelthars. The Dunmer followed the Nords and Bretons. The armies clashed. Daric was fighting undead with his new sword, it was much stronger than his old red glass sword. He saw Joran and Augustus in the distance. Daric slashed his way through the undead to go aid Joran. Despite the Allies having greater numbers the Sloads' power to reanimate the fallen soldiers helped keep the battle pretty even on both sides. Daric stabbed a zombie then ran past a group of skeletons, making his way towards Augustus. Augustus blocked a spell with his shield, then bashed the Dunmer King. He said that Joran was no match for him. He was already an excellent warrior without all the enchantments of his new armor and weapons. With them, his foes were hopeless. The High King of High Rock jumped into the fight and said that Joran was not hopeless if he had help. Daric shot a fireball at Augustus, who turned around and lifted his shield. Augustus commented on Daric's new sword, saying that it would not change anything. He then charged at the Breton. He said they would see and blocked Augustus's first attack, but the was hit by the second. He rolled the side after that. Joran ducked under the bash, and saw Daric enter the battle. Joran followed him after Daric, and stabbed Trueflame into his other calve. Augustus was angered by Joran. He pointed his sword at the dunmer and then shot a bolt of dark energy. Daric got up and got attack by two skeletons, he cast a fireball killing them both. Joran got blasted back. He said groggily as he stood up again.
Suddenly, Jina Nerevar stepped in between her father and Augustus. Joran was confused, he had left his daughter in Mournhold before departing for Cyrodiil. A powerful lightning bolt shot straight towards Augustus, and Daric saw the masked man who was Jina's acquaintance and realized that the Nelthars must have brought her with them. Jina shouted Naerion in joy. Naerion, the masked man, walked over to him and his daughter and said that he wasn't doing this for either of them. Jina said that she didn't expect anything more from him. The bolt hit Augustus and staggered him, his armor's enchantment absorbed most of the damage but he still got hurt. He angrily swung his sword at Jina, since she was in between him and Joran. Daric blocked the attack and criticized Augustus for try to strike a child. Augustus said that all would fall by his blade. He was getting weakened from the fighting. Daric clashed swords with the Emperor. The Alliance forces were winning but slowly, the Sloads' powers to reanimate dead soldiers were keeping the fight relatively even. Jina ducked as an arrow flew over her head. She was utilizing her training to get behind Augustus as Joran got to his feet. Joran got up and struck at Augustus' stomach. An undead came up behind Naerion but Naerion grabbed it's arm and place his fist in its face so it's head flew off. Augustus jumped back to evade the attack, the blocked an attack from Daric. Daric cast a Fireball straight at Augustus. Then power attacked the Emperor. Augustus was slashed by the Breton, he kicked the usurper and then power attacked Joran. Joran shouted and rolled away, getting grazed on his side by Augustus' sword. Jina struck, while Augustus was off balance. She drew her Nightingale Sword and drove it into his back. Augustus yelled in pain, then he turned around and bashed the girl, making her lose her grip on her sword, that was still stuck on the Emperor's back. He asked Daric if he was fighting four on one because he was so afraid that he'd die. He asked the Breton were was his sense of honor. Daric looked around and told the others to stand down. This was his fight, he had to defeat him alone. Joran and Jina backed up.
Daric lunged at the Emperor, who blocked the attack with his shield. However from all the damage he suffered from fighting everyone else was slowing him down. Daric cast a firebolt at the Augustus. The Emperor power attacked the Breton. Daric held the sword and blocked the attack. He knew that he needed to get rid of the Emperor's shield. Daric charged in clashing blades with Augustus. He cast flames at Augustus' head. The Emperor moved back, Daric grabbed his shield then hit him with his sword's hilt. Augustus let go of the shield. The Breton said that now it was a fair fight and threw the shield away. Augustus lunged at Daric and the two clashed blades again. Augustus kicked Daric, then slashed him across the chest. Daric grabbed his chest in pain. He fell, Augustus standing over him. He put his legs in between the Emperor's and tripped him. Daric got up and cast Close Wounds on himself. Augustus rolled back and stood up. Daric lunged forward with his sword, stabbing Augustus in the stomach. Augustus punched Daric in the face the pulled the sword out of his stomach. The Emperor said that he'd pay for that. He was wielding both swords. Daric cast a dual Fireball at him, when the Emperor fell to one knee he jumped over him. Behind the Emperor he pulled out Jina's Nightingale sword. Daric had to endure an onslaught of attacks from Augustus now that he had two swords. He kept his sword in a blocking position. Augustus kicked him, causing Daric to stop blocking and tried to strike the Breton. Daric jumped back and then cast a fireball at the ground in front of the Emperor. Augustus now pretty weakened fell to one knee. Daric sliced his left arm, and then caused Augustus to drop Tazaarfeyn. Daric tossed Jina's sword aside, close to the girl, and picked up his sword. Augustus struggled to get up, saying that he'd kill the usurper. Daric asked Augustus if he knew the name of the sword he was using. Slowly getting up, Augustus asked if it mattered. Daric said that its name was Tazaarfeyn, Tyrant's Bane. He lunged forward at Augustus, who lifted his sword to block the attack. He pushes Daric back and then slashes at the Breton. Daric catches the attack mid air, then he fires a firebolt at Augustus' chest. The Emperor moved back, Daric sliced him across the chest. The Emperor was very weakened. He could barely stand, the Sloads were preoccupied with the battle and couldn't assist him this time. Daric kicked Augustus in the chest, knocking him down. He said that Augustus' time was up, he was relieving him of the throne. He stepped on Augustus's right arm so he couldn't lift his sword and asked what were his last words. Augustus told him to rot in Oblivion. Daric gripped his sword with both hands, then thrust it into the Emperor's chest. The Emperor screamed for a second before dying.
Joran gasped at the scream Augustus let out. He soon recovered from his shock, and shouted in joy. Jina ran to Daric, giving him a big hug, before stepping back and telling him good job. Daric thanked her, but said that they still needed to deal with the undead. Jina looked around and supposed that he was right. Daric joined the soldiers against the undead horde. Caesar found Daric and caught up with him. He asked Daric if he was okay then asked where was Augustus. The Breton told him that he was dead. Caesar was glad, now all that was left was to kill the undead. Daric nodded, they needed to clean up Augustus' mess. The last Sloads were put down by the alliance. With the Sloads all taken care of the undead forces couldn't maintain their numbers by resurrecting dead alliance forces. The Alliance were able to kill the undead with greater ease. It didn't take that long, only a few short hours, to kill all the undead left in the city. Jina walked over to Daric and bowed to him, calling him his majesty. Daric said that there was no need for that just yet. He hadn't been crowned and the Empire was still fragmented. The first thing he needed to do was send word to the Imperial troops stationed in the other provinces and recall them to Cyrodiil, so the fighting stopped. Then he must call the Province leaders to the capital, they had the integrity of the Empire to discuss. And he needed to clean up the mess Augustus left in the capital. It would take time. Once all that is done then he would have his coronation. Jina smiled then asked about the Elder Council's fate and who the Nelthars would put on it. Daric said that Augustus had abolished the Council long ago, so he could rule without interference. As for the Nelthars he promised Nelthro a seat on the council, but he was never told who he would give it to. He had not met any of the other Nelthars in person so he wasn't sure. Jina smiled, turned on her heel, and left. Daric headed to the White-Gold Tower.
All over the city the Breton troops put Daric's Septim flag up. They started cleaning up the city. The citizens that were locked in their houses had begun to come out and life slowly came back to the capital. The alliance forces set up camp outside the city, with only a few staying inside to keep order. Daric had wrote a letter with the Emperor's seal, ordering all Legionnaire forces back to Cyrodiil. Telling them that Augustus is dead. The Troops from Elsweyr, Black Marsh, Valenwood and Summerset Isles returned to Cyrodiil. He wrote another letter to each of the Provinces' leaders, except the ones that were already in the capital. King Yanniss, the Mane, King Garzonk gro-Snat of Orsinium and the An-Xileel leader, King Azeez-Nassa of Argonia, came to Cyrodiil. Despite him being a Septim many imperials disliked a foreigner in control of Cyrodiil, Daric knew he had to find a way for the locals to accept him. When all the Legionnaires had returned to Cyrodiil Daric had most of the Alliance soldiers sent back home, to go maintain order in their own provinces. The Blades followed him everywhere he went, the order had become his personal guard like it used to be for the Septim Emperors before him. The Penitus Oculatus were changed into a spy faction. Daric though he had found a way to make the Imperials accept his rule better, he all he had to do was marry an Imperial Noblewoman and he had just the right one in mind. When the Province leaders arrived in the capital with their escorts Daric had them all brought to the Elder Council Chamber. He needed the fighting in Tamriel to stop and the only way to do that is to make a treaty with the other leaders.
Joran walked into the Elder Council chambers with his family, escorted by the Indoril Guard. He introduced Daric to his family, then asked how were things. Jina just stared up at Daric, the awe in her eyes very apparent. Joran's wife, Elva, who had just recently arrived from Morrowind, walked in after him. She greeted Daric, saying it was a pleasure to meet with him. The Breton greeted her and welcomed her to the Imperial City. After he greeted the Nerevars, the family sat at the table next to Joran. Daric sat at the middle of the table. Caesar Autrus was standing right behind him. Celegorn Camoran, the Bosmer King, his brother and his son arrived. Bodean Suda sat down next to Daric, to the right of Daric was his cousin, who had replace him as High King of High Rock. Ulfric arrived right after. Bodean asked Ulfric how Galmar was doing, as he had been hurt during the battle. Ulfric said that he was fine, he was just getting too old for that kind of thing. The other leaders arrived and all sat down at the Elder Council Chamber. Daric said for them to get the matter at hand, bringing all the provinces back into the Empire. They needed everyone so they could maintain peace in Tamriel, which was the motive behind this meeting. The Argonian King, Azeez-Nassa, said that they didn't need the Empire. The Argonians would not be ruled by the Empire any longer. Daric said that he was right. This confused many of them. Azeez-Nassa asked what he meant. Daric explained. He said that things were going to be different. Under his rule the Empire would not intervene in matters only concerning one province, unless requested by that province. They would maintain the peace and order between the Imperial Provinces but we would not impose their rule on them. Similar to how Morrowind had it in the 3rd Era. All the Provinces would have self-rule, only some Imperial laws would have to be followed by all, in order to maintain unity within the Empire, like the abolishment of slavery and such. Joran nodded slowly. Elva looked at Daric and asked who would enforce those laws, imperial soldiers. Joran looked at her, and they seemed to have a silent conversation with their eyes. Finally, Joran sighed and looked away. Jina continued to stare at Daric, before Joran patted her shoulder and she looked away.
Daric said that each ruler and his people would enforce their own laws including the universal imperial laws. The universal laws wouldn't be anything like forced religion or anything like that, they would do basic things like the adoption of the Septim coin in all provinces. The Legions would maintain order and peace in Tamriel, having a headquarters in each of the provinces, but they would not interfere with the local governments. The Khajiiti Mane asked that even if he maintained this policy how would they know that one of his successors wouldn't turn out a tyrant like Augustus. The Breton said that in the treaty he would declare that if any Emperor broke even one of the terms, he would be unfit to rule and should be relinquished from command by any means necessary. The Empire was not meant to rule all of Tamriel with an iron fist. It was mean to maintain the peace and prosperity of the provinces. Bodean said that that was an admirable then but asked if they were meant to swear fealty to him. Daric nodded, saying that it would guaranty that they would follow the universal laws and his orders should he had to intervene in extreme circumstances. Each province would also have to donate a proportionate amount of troops to the Legions so the Empire could defend its territories. Azeez-Nassa said that they were just fighting the Imperials and now they were just supposed to pretend it didn't happen. Daric said that he didn't, but Augustus was gone. He would rule fairly and the autonomy that each province had would make sure that they didn't feel oppressed. The Orc King, Garzonk, asked what would happen to Orsinium. If he was going to be razed to the ground once again. Daric assured him that Orsinium would still be recognized as an official Imperial Province.
Jina spoke up. She asked what would happen if one of the leaders broke their oath. Jina looked over at Naerion, who was also at the meeting. Daric said that if one of the leaders broke an Imperial Law, by invading another province or committing atrocities, then the Legion would be forced to step in. The Empire's purpose was to maintain peace and order on Tamriel, if one province or its leader threatened that peace the Empire would intervene. Daric then grabbed a scroll and opens it on the table. He said that it was the 2nd White-Gold Concordat. It detailed all the imperial laws and the other terms. Signing this would make them an Imperial Province, as for swearing fealty that was a formality for after his coronation. He handed it over to his cousin, the new High King of High Rock. High King Garth Lariat signed the Concordat. He then passed it over to Ulfric. Ulfric said that the Empire had brought peace and prosperity to Tamriel before, the 3rd Era was evidence of that, but Titus II was a weak ruler, and Augustus was too strong a ruler. He believed that Daric had the right amount of strength. Galmar behind him grunted in agreement. Ulfric signed the Concordat, and then passed it to High King Bodean. The Redguard told Daric to keep his word and bring prosperous trade back to Hammerfell. He signed the Concordat, then passed it to King Celegorn. He signed without a word. His brother, Fargoth, gave him a strange look. Celegorn passed it to Joran.
Joran took the Concordat. He believed that with Daric's help, Tamriel would be stronger. He signed the Concordat, and passed it to the Altmer King Yanniss Mothril. Elva looked around the room, lingering a little bit on Celegorm and Naerion, and looking between the two. She agreed with her husband, but added that Daric needed the right people beside him to be a strong leader. Elva's eyes lingered on Daric for a split second, before laughing a small bit and whispering something to Joran. Joran glanced at her, stunned. Jina glanced over to the two of them, her eyes bitter and upset at something Elva had said. Jina looked back at the leaders. The Altmer said that this was the best thing for his people. He signed the Concordat, passing it to King Garzonk. Garzonk was impressed that Daric defeated Augustus in single combat and said that he had earned the respect of the Orcs. Since they had pledged to the Empire before and Orsinium was going to remain under Imperial protection, he agreed to sign it. He signs the Concordat, then passed it to Azeez-Nassa. Azeez-Nassa said that they didn't need Imperial rule. Daric said that he had more to lose by not signing than anyone else. Black Marsh was know for being economically stagnant, they would not survive forever as an independent province. Azeez-Nassa was adamant in his position, saying that the Argonians would make do on their own. Daric tried to reason with the Argonian, saying that the Empire would let them have self-rule as well as bring prosperous trade and guarante peace. Azeez-Nassa looked Daric straight in the eyes. He was about to say something but stopped himself. He accepted, reluctantly. He signed the Concordat. After that he passed it to the Mane. The Khajiit was very grateful that he was freed from the Imperial prison that Augustus had locked him in. His people had been pawns of the Thalmor and Augustus, this was going to help them in more ways that one. He accepted and signed the Concordat. He gave it back to Daric. The Breton was pleased. The Empire was back to its former self. He knew that there was still rebuilding and reestablishing order to take care of, but they are on the right path to secure Tamriel's future. He thanked them all for that. They had one more matter to discuss, the Elder Council. He had decided that each provincial ruler would get to nominate one person to a seat at the council. The Nelthars also had one seat, that meant 11 councilors. They would vote on a Chancellor to lead the Elder Council. But that was for later, for now he requested that you remain in the capital for a while longer. The preparations for his coronation were almost finished.
Before he left, Naerion spoke to Daric. He warned him that trying to please everyone would end badly for him. Daric felt that the warning was very ominous. Daric wanted to do things right, he had called a few priests of Talos to the Temple of the One for them to refurbish it and get everything ready for his coronation. With Augustus' belongings he had found what remained of the Amulet of Kings, the ruby was broken but the gold part of the amulet was pretty much intact, he had the best blacksmiths re-forge the amulet at the presence of priests from each of the nine divines, whom said blessings at each step of the process. The result was a new amulet which Daric intended to wear as a substitute to the Amulet of Kings. It was the Amulet of the Nine. A few days later everything was ready for his coronation. He had put on his new white and red Emperor's Robe and the Amulet of the Nine. The Throne Room was set for the coronation too, the guests were all there awaiting for the Daric to walk to the Ruby throne, where the Nine Priests of the Divines. The Talos priest was holding the crown in his hand. Daric started to walk down the red carpet towards the Ruby Throne. Daric walked to the Ruby Throne, the 9 High Priests awaited until he made it there. Then Daric kneeled in front of the High Priest of Talos. They all blessed him in the name of the 9 Divines, then the Talos priest placed the Ruby Crown on Daric's head. The priest said that he came as a Lariat, but now he'd rise in the name of the Nine Divines as a Septim, as Emperor of Tamriel. He beckoned the Emperor to rise and proclaimed him Darius Septim I. The Nerevar family clapped along with the rest of the people present. Darius and the High Priests started walking outside, followed by the guests from the coronation. They headed outside the White-Gold Tower where the citizens were outside. Darius waved at his subjects as he made his way to the Temple District. The Emperor entered the Temple of the One with the High Priest of Talos and other select few important guests. He had the Dragonfire pedestal rebuilt next to the Martin Statue, it didn't serve any purpose now but all the Septim Emperors had lit the Dragonfires so he wanted to maintain the tradition. He lit it with a flames spell and the whole Temple became illuminated with the glow of the Dragonfire. The Nerevars cheered along with the other guests. Ysmir approached him and bowed. He greeted the Emperor and said that he was grateful to be there but said that he needed to return to Skyrim. He had a hold to rule. He said his farewells to Darius. The Breton thanked him for everything and said his farewells. Ysmir nodded and then left the Temple, heading outside the city where Odahviing was waiting for him.
Many of the Imperial nobles didn't support Darius yet. He had hoped that taking an Imperial name and having his coronation like the Septims of the 3rd Era would be enough. He had hoped that he could've avoided the arranged marriage. Apparently not. In the White-Gold Tower he wrote a letter to a respectable Imperial Noblewoman who also had a claim to the throne. He requested that she come to the capital so they could arrange the marriage, for he knew that only then would the other nobles of Cyrodiil accept him, especially the Colovians. It took a few days for her to arrive in the capital. A group of Blades were waiting for her in the entrance to the city. Darius was in the Palace. He figured that she was probably taking so long just to spite him. Well it was not going to work. Darius was in his study. He heard a knock on the door, they told the Emperor that she had arrived. He told them to let her in. A Blade guard opened the door. It was the first time that Darius had laid eyes on his future betrothed. She was in her late twenties and extremely beautiful, but that isn't why he chose her. It was her name. He greeted Princess Livia Mede, saying it was a pleasure to meet her. She curtsied and returned the pleasantries. Darius gave her his condolences for Augustus' death. Livia told him that he killed her oldest brother, Augustus hadn't been her brother for a long time. But she said for them not to talk about the past, it didn't matter any longer. She said that she received his letter, she knew that the noblemen were still giving Darius trouble. The Breton said that they couldn't accept a foreigner on the throne. She realized that she was Darius' secret weapon. Something to shut all the annoying nobles up. He was indeed hoping that she could help. Her family had ruled the Empire for 200 years, there was a big part of the people who didn't even remember the Septims. He also told her that if she agrees to the marriage proposal, he would nominate her to the Elder Council. Livia said that he was indeed desperate. She wasn't expecting to be given so much political influence. She thought he expect her to just be a pretty face and to be the mother of his children.
Darius said that he couldn't rule Cyrodiil with most of the nobles refusing to accept his right to rule. Livia was siting at the chair in front of the Emperor. She said that all the influence she would obtain from being Empress and an Elder Councilor was more than she had hoped in the agreement. Darius got up and walked to the other side of the desk, kneeling in front of Livia. He officially asked her to marry him, pulling out a diamond gold ring. She accepted and let him place the ring on her finger. She said that her father would never have guessed that she would marry a Septim. He then handed her a legal document, binding the both of them to the terms agreed upon. They both signed and Darius put his Imperial Seal on it. He said that the wedding would be in a few weeks, it took the liberty to start making preparations. But he figured that she would most likely want to take over in that department. Livia confirmed it, saying that a girl only got married once. It was an important marriage, one that would unite two dynasties. With a chuckle he asked her not to spend too much, Cyrodiil was still recovering from the war. Darius told the Blades to show Livia to her room.
Livia had finished planning the wedding, it had taken her the better part of a two weeks. She had scrapped most of what Darius had planned calling it without taste. But she didn't spend that much on it. Like Darius had wanted it was in the Temple of the One. The Mede Banners and the Septim Banners were hanging on the inside and the outside. Most of the Other Provincial leaders had already left Cyrodiil but the Temple was full with Imperial nobility. Darius had declared the day a one time holiday, to celebrate the joining to the two dynasties. Livia was wearing a long elegant white dress. It had many intricate designs along the fabric. Darius was wearing expensive white and red clothes. He couldn't believe Livia had insisted on him wearing something so expensive. But he didn't want to anger his future wife before they were even married so he let her decide everything. Darius and Livia said their vows in the presence of the High Priestess of Mara. After the ceremony the guests went back to the White-Gold Tower, where a banquet was set up in the Main Hall. Darius and Livia mingled with the guests. The rest of the day was filled with celebration.
Like Darius had wanted the nobles calmed down after his marriage to a respected imperial noblewoman. They didn't antagonize his rule any longer. Despite it being an arranged marriage he was starting to become fond of Livia, she was definitely more like Marcus Mede than Augustus. Sometime later, Darius attended a party held by his new wife. It was time for the Emperor to dance with his new Empress. The floor was cleared and they both headed there and started a slow dance. Livia said that she never knew that Darius could dance so well. He smiled and said that she never asked. He explained that all Breton nobles were taught dance lessons in their childhood. After the first song other couples joined in the slow dance. When it was time to change dance partners Darius gave Livia to another noble. He then walked up to Jax and Jina asked for her next dance. Jax let Jina go, and went to dance with another of Jina's bodyguards. Jina took Darius' hand. She greeted the Emperor and they began to dance. Daric said that Jax seemed like a good lad and said that the two made a good couple. Jina raised an eyebrow and asked what made them seem like a couple. She asked how things were with Livia. Daric pointed out that they had been together the whole night, which was what couples did. He smiled and said that as for Livia, it was too early to tell, but she was a good person. Jina laughed and told him that Jax had proposed to her not long ago. Daric nodded, saying that the Dunmer did seem to have a thing for her. He asked her about how she was dealing with the responsibility of an Elder Councilor. He was surprised when her father appointed her to the Morrowind seat. Jina nodded her head, and revealed that she turned Jax down. She was too young yet. They danced in silence for a few moments, before she revealed that she asked her father to appoint her. She wanted to get out of Mournhold, see the world a little. The Imperial City was one place she wanted to explore. She also thought herself the best person for the job. She also had advisors with her to help her. Jina laughed as she was spun out, then in again.
He asked her how old she was now. When they had first met she was 17. Jina said that she was currently 18, but would turn 19 soon enough. To have a little fun she asked him how many kids Livia and he would have. Darius was a little stunned by the question, he blushed and began to mutter his words. He said that this wasn't really the time or place to be talking about that. Jina laughed at his shocked face. Jina laughed as the music stopped going. She noticed Livia at Darius' side, taking his hand to go dance. Darius and Livia danced one more song, the Empress laid her head on Darius' shoulder and said that this was a strange turn of events. Darius agreed, he never thought he would marry Titus Mede's daughter, or that he would be Emperor. That ambition only came when he found out about his heritage.
Everything had been going well for the next few months. Darius was sitting on the Ruby Throne. He was holding court, he listened to some citizen's proposals. After Darius heard the proposal he decided the correct action to take. A Blade and a Bosmer barged into the throne room. The Blades inside next to the door tried to stop them, saying that they couldn't interrupt the Emperor. The Blade that had led the Bosmer in told them that the Bosmer needed to talk to Darius, that it was urgent. Darius saw the commotion and told them to let the two pass. If it was urgent then they shouldn't keep him waiting. The Bosmer approached the Emperor, he said that he was the Prince of Valenwood. He had been running for days from assassins just to get to the capital. It is important. He looked around at the Blades and then walked up to Darius's throne. Caesar drew his sword as the Bosmer approached. Darius told him to lower his blade. The Bosmer continued approaching him and soon they were right next to each other. The prince said that he couldn't trust anyone except Darius. His uncle had told him to come to the Emperor should anything happen to him. He was dead, killed by the same assassins that were after him now. They also killed anyone else who knew the truth. Darius asked him what was this truth. The prince said that his father, Celegorn, was not himself. He was somehow being controlled. The Breton asked by whom. The Bosmer said that it had been since they were taking Falisnesti. His men saw Celegorn talking to him right before he started acting weird. Once again, Darius asked with whom. The prince revealed that it was the Masked Man. Darius was shocked. He immediately thought of Naerion and asked himself if that is who the Bosmer meant. He questioned himself, asking why a Nelthar would do this. Darius asked the Bosmer to specify features of the Masked Man, but the Bosmer didn't know any more details. Darius thought that it couldn't be Naerion, he'd have nothing to gain from this and he questioned how Naerion would even be able to control Celegorn.
Darius turned his attention to Jina who had just run into his throne room. She yelled, saying that Naerion had hired assassins. That made the Emperor realize that the prince was speaking the truth, but he still questioned why and how Naerion did this. He turned to Caesar and ordered him to dispatch the city guard to arrest Councilor Naerion and bring him to him. Caesar nodded and ran with a group of Blades to alert the city guard. Jina asked if there was something that she could help with. Darius asked her what she knew about Naerion. She told him about Naerion mind controlling magic and all that she knew about the Nelthars. Darius was troubled now that he understood that Naerion had mind control magic. The Nelthar had been in the Imperial City for months, who knew who else Naerion was controlling. He asked her how Naerion used his magic. Caesar returned after having relayed the order. Nelthro walked into the throne room and stated that the guards had found Naerion, but that they would have to fight for their lives. He said that a Nelthar would never allow another Nelthar to be captured. Darius turned to Nelthro. He was also surprised at seeing Nelthro again. The Emperor said that Naerion committed a crime and he must be tried. He didn't care if the Nelthars didn't like it, they weren't above the law. He would be brought to him, Darius wanted to learn why he did this. He stood up and turned to Caesar, ordering him to get more me and assist the guards. Then he turned to Nelthro and asked him if he knew that Naerion could control minds. Caesar went to gather some men. Nelthro revealed that he helped teach Naerion that magic. He turned to walk out and turned his head to look at Darius. He stated that his allegiance was with the Nelthars, if he didn't tell his guards to step down he would have to step in. Jina walked next to Darius' throne, standing away from Nelthro.
She pleaded for Darius to let the Nelthars take Naerion. Darius was still angry. He asked Nelthro if that was a threat and reminded Nelthro who he was speaking to. He then turned to Jina and said that the Nelthars probably wouldn't punish one of their own. He would just be set free to roam Tamriel and control peoples' minds. He turned back to Nelthro and asked why in Oblivion would he make someone so dangerous the Nelthar Councilor. Naerion could have used his magic on the other Councilors and basically controlled the whole Elder Council. For all Darius knew he did do that, just like he did with the King of Valenwood. He was obviously trying to get power and influence, he might've even been attempting a coup. Darius paced around the throne room a bit. He said that he couldn't let Naerion roam free, it was too dangerous. He looked over to Nelthro and asked him what the Nelthars would do with him if they got a hold of him. Jina said that letting them take Naerion was better than going to war with them, Cyrodiil was still being rebuilt and the Nelthars had dangerous members. Nelthro said that Nelthar heads had been exiled before and at least 3 had been imprisoned. It was rare, but it happened. He assured Darius that Jina was right, it was far better than a war. The Emperor knew that he couldn't afford another war, it was too soon since the last one. Darius said that Naerion was too dangerous, but out of respect for Nelthro and his clan he would let them take custody of Naerion. However, he would not accept him to be set free. They needed to keep him in their lands in the Jerral Mountains. He could not risk Naerion plotting anything. He looked over at the Bosmer who was watching the conversation. He asked Nelthro when the mind control wore off, if there was a way to break it. Nelthro said that only Naerion could break his hold on them, but he could force Naerion to do so. He also accepted Darius' proposal of keeping Naerion there, but said that they would keep him as long as they wanted. He then exited the throne room to go get Naerion.
The Emperor still looked angry, he wasn't going to accept the Nelthars letting Naerion free whenever they wanted. He turned to one of his blades and ordered him to inform Caesar and the other guards to let the Nelthars take custody of Naerion. He walked out of the throne room and into his study. The Blade ran out to find Caesar and the guards. Jina followed Darius into his study and told him that he should get somewhere safe in case Naerion came after him. Darius said that he was not afraid of him. He walked into his study and sat at his desk, and began writing an Imperial Decree. Darius finished writing the Imperial Decree, then he place his seal on it. He looked up at Jina. He said that he put Naerion on the list of Tamriel's most wanted criminals and sentenced him to exile. The only place on Tamriel he could legally be in on his clan's lands in the Jerral Mountains. That would make sure that even if the Nelthars set him free he would not be able to be on Tamriellic soil plotting and abusing his powers. Jina was glad that he did that. Darius leaned back in his chair and said that if Celegorn's son hadn't made it to the capital, Naerion may have been able to complete his plan, whatever it was. Jina sat down. She muttered something. Darius asked what she meant. Jina dodged the question. Darius dropped the subject, but he figured that she was hiding something, saying that he had other things to attend to. He grabbed some papers and started signing reports.
- Class: Spellsword
- Skills: Master Speech, Expert One-Handed/Destruction(Fire specialization), Adept Restoration/Heavy Armor/Alteration
- Spells: Incinerate, Wall of Flames, Close Wounds, Greater Ward, Telekinesis, Detect Life, Flame Cloak, Heal Other
- Powers: Dragonskin, Charisma
- Equipment: Fine Garments, Fine Boots, Crown of Shornhelm, Amulet of Talos, Lariat Family Armor, Flamerend (Initially). Red-White Emperor's Robes, Fine Boots, Ruby Crown, Amulet of the Nine, Emperor's Armor, Tazaarfeyn (After becoming Emperor).
Darius received word that the Nelthars had requested an audience with him. He agreed and headed to the throne room to speak with them. Darius entered the throne room from the door that led to his private quarters and then sat on the Ruby Throne. He ordered his Blades to let them in. The Blades that were guarding the throne room opened the door for Naritin and Tolinai to enter. Naritin and Tolinai bowed before the throne. Then Naritin petitioned the Emperor to grant the Nelthar lands in the Jerall Mountains indepence from County Bruma and the High Kingdom of Skyrim. He petitioned for the land to be ruled indepently by the Nelthars. Tolinai reworded Naritin's request, being less blunt and more diplomatic. She asked for Nelthar controlled lands to be completely under Cyrodiil as it's own county. Darius though for a minute. He turned to Naritin and said that their territory was far too small to be its own independent entity. Afterwards he turned to Tolinai, her petition seemed more reasonable. However, they were still too small to be their own county. Naritin insisted, asking the Emperor to reconsider. Darius proposed another solution, if they were so insistent. He proposed that their lands become a Viscounty, not granted the same benefits as a full county, but still allowing the Nelthars to answer directly to the Emperor instead of having to answer to multiple local rulers. As Leader of the Nelthars, Naritin agreed to the proposal and named the Viscounty, Kaniros.
- When creating Darius I chose the name Imperial name first and then the Breton name, as I wanted the two names to be similar. The Imperial one was first because he would ultimately be named Darius after the first RP and for the rest of his life, making it more important.
- Darius is the only character to appear in all 5 parts of Return of the Septim Dynasty.
- Darius is the only character in his family not to have had his name changed later on by BMC lore rewrite.