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Cyrodiil is a fictional province in The Elder Scrolls series of games, homeland of the Imperials.


The First Era

Cyrodiil, also known as the Dragon Empire, Starry Heart of Nirn, or Seat of Sundered Kings, is the largest region of Tamriel, and seat of the Empire, united by Tiber Septim at the end of the Second Era. Cyrodilic History begins around the time of Saint Alessia, when agriculture and rudimentary forms of government allowed it to become a power in Tamriel. The Alessian Priesthood, for a long while, was the dominant political force in Tamriel, binding the merchants and people to its monotheistic tenets. This order continued until the year 1220 of the First Era, when the Thrassian Plague decimated much of Tamriel's population. This led to the growth of wealth in the Colovian areas, which culminated in the War of Righteousness, and the end of Alessian rule over central Tamriel.

The Second Era

It was not until Reman Cyrodiil, in 2703, when the Akaviri invaded Tamriel, that the whole of Cyrodiil united against the attackers. By the end of this war, which culminated in the defeat of the Akaviri invasion force in the Battle of Pale Pass, on the Skyrim border. After vanquishing the Akaviri, the united Cyrodiil nation emerged as a powerful force in Tamriel, responsible for the protection of the northern regions against further invasions. At this point, the elves of Summerset Isles took note of Cyrodiil's increasing power and perceived imperialism, which caused the newly crowned emperor Reman I to recruit captured Akaviri warriors into the army. The armies of the Second Empire succeeded in conquering all of Tamriel except Morrowind, which eventually proved the end of the Reman Dynasty. Reman's dynasty lasted two-hundred years, until the rise of the Akaviri Potentate.

The Akaviri, having been taken into the army and culture of the Empire during the time of Reman I, gradually gained understanding and power in the Empire. The highest-ranking Akaviri in the Kingdom, and second-highest ranking person in the Empire, the Potentate, rose to power after the Morag Tong assassinated the last Reman Emperor. This rule lasted four-hundred years, and made a lasting impression on the people and culture of Cyrodiil, including the Dai-Katanas, Dragonscale armor, and Red Dragons. The Akaviri Empire, known as the Interregnum, became smaller and smaller, until the reign of Cuhlecain.

A year after the rise of Cuhlecain, due to the help of General Talos, more than half of the Cyrodilic Empire had been reclaimed. As Cuhlecain prepared to invade Cyrodiil City, the combined forces of Skyrim and High Rock faced him at Sancre Tor. The Nords of Skyrim quickly joined the side of Cuhlecain and General Talos, and the Bretons returned to High Rock, sending an assassin to kill Cuhlecain and General Talos. Cuhlecain was slain, and although Talos' throat was slit, he lived, and, being crowned emperor, took the name of Tiber Septim, thus beginning the Third Era.

The Third Era

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The Third Empire, through various means, conquered all of Tamriel, although the region of Morrowind, the one province unconquered during the Second Empire, retained a great deal of self-determination by donating the Numidium to Septim's cause. Further, some of the other provinces, such as Daggerfall, Orsinium and Wayrest, have at various times given less than full recognition to the Empire's sovereignty over them (in some cases, extending to outright rebellion.) Today, Uriel Septim VII, twenty-first of that line, is of advanced age, and his heirs are considered by many to be false; put in during the reign of Jagar Tharn, who briefly assumed the throne after kidnapping Septim on his fortieth birthday. On the 27th of Last Seed, in the Year of Akatosh, 433, Uriel Septim VII was assassinated, along with his sons, sparking the Oblivion Crisis. One illegitimate son remained, and a massive effort was mounted by the Blades to recover the stolen Amulet of Kings and enthrone Martin. They succeed, but Martin promptly sacrifices himself to cast Dagon back into Oblivion, ending the line of Septim and the Third Era.


Cyrodiil is mostly an expanse of endless forest. Its heart, the Nibenay Valley, is a great vastland, enclosed by equatorial rain forests. Many rivers flow through this area, and as one ventures further down the rivers, the land slowly becomes more sub-tropical, eventually giving way to the swamps of the Black Marsh. The elevation rises gradually to the west and sharply to the north. The western part of the region is relatively dry, and the Velothi Mountains to the west have some roads, but mostly travel in Cyrodiil is dominated by rivers. Cyrodiil seems to be the most diverse province in terms of geography, climate and race.

The Nibenay Valley is the most prominent area of the land, a great grassland with a lake in its heart. Several small islands dot the surface of this lake, and between them stand great bridges. It is on these islands that Cyrodiil Imperial City stands. The rest of Cyrodiil also contains the cities of Anvil, Bravil, Bruma, Chorrol, Cheydinhal, Kvatch and Leyawiin.


Most of Cyrodiil is Imperial, but the Nibenay Valley is largely multicultural, and is often the site of conflicts between rival Khajiit and Argonian. The northern city of Bruma is largely occupied by Nords. Elves are dispersed throughout Cyrodiil and the Count of Cheydinhal is a Dark Elf.


The dominant section of Cyrodiil, the Nibenay Valley, often overshadows the western Colovian areas, although often the Emperors come from this region. To add to this, many Colovians feel that their people are superior to the people of the Valley. Because of this, many Colovians become very proud of their region, and try to advocate its interests whenever possible. West Cyrodiils make up the majority of the Imperial Legions, and as such are often the most common Imperials in the other regions.

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Total comments: 14 | Last comment: 04-14-2009 at 03:44

 #1 - 11-07-2006 at 12:06
From: (The Heartlands)
Joined: November 5th, 2006
Posts: 334
why does is the place shaped similar to austrailiaconfused

 #2 - 03-19-2007 at 04:24
From: (Istanbul)
Joined: December 4th, 2006
Posts: 68
go get some geography lessons Aggron Hmmm Donut!

 #3 - 04-13-2007 at 14:48
Joined: December 11th, 2006
Posts: 442
That looks nothing like Australia

 #4 - 04-14-2007 at 04:41
Joined: January 16th, 2006
Posts: 5
that looks kind of like Australia if you tilt your head a bit, but not really

 #5 - imperials suck - 07-07-2007 at 20:47
From: (Vancouver BC)
Joined: July 7th, 2007
Posts: 8
Fake lying snakes, that have corrupted and eploited land and people. Better for all if the Aldmeri rule once more. or better yet have no rule. Anarchy (no government) is the best government!

 #6 - whats next - 09-06-2007 at 10:23
Joined: May 15th, 2007
Posts: 12
i wonder what happens now that the septims line is over...

 #7 - They aren't dead! - 10-02-2007 at 22:01
From: (Imperial City)
Joined: October 2nd, 2007
Posts: 1
I am the true last of the Septims...my ancestor, Tiber Septim, is just mad at me...so he wouldn't let me wear the amulet. Anyways! I am a level 33 Imperial that is currently Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild, Master of the Fighters Guild, Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, Grand Champion of the Arena, Sheogorath, and Divine Crusader of the Knights of the Nine! I just wish there was a way to non-canonically become Emperor! That'd be awsome!

 #8 - 10-17-2007 at 08:58
From: (Southend-on-Sea)
Joined: October 11th, 2007
Posts: 5
Aggron again!?!?!? I keep seing you... By the way, I'm not aggron, I keep seeing him, lol...

And Aggron said similar to australia, not like, australia has a bend at the bottom, like cyrodil stick out tongue

 #9 - 11-26-2007 at 18:00
Joined: August 15th, 2007
Posts: 14
If Bethesda doesn't create a game where the residents of Tamriel attempt to overthrow the Empire, with your charcter playing a significant role among the rebels, then someone should create a similar mod. I'm not a good programmer at quests.

 #10 - want to know what happens in the next elder scrolls - 12-20-2007 at 23:46
From: (boise, idaho)
Joined: December 20th, 2007
Posts: 5
well first this is the truth, you start in valenwood, you can go to three country's summerset isle, high rock, and cyrodiil, anyways in the year 2012 the elder scrolls V: valenwood well come out, and in the story line you go to cyrodiil and you are going to proclaim as the emperor, but Jagar Tharn who we initially called dead comes back and since there is no emperor he is trying to proclaim the throne, and his home land, summerset isle, he sends his high elves to assassinate you, and you try to kill Jagar Tharn once and for all. and proclaim the throne.

 #11 - YOU START IN VALENWOOD? - 02-28-2008 at 09:58
Joined: February 28th, 2008
Posts: 5
ahhahahaah! if thats true it is going to be amazing!
I loong to see those Imgas!
And Those Forests!!!! arhhhhhahagagag! eek!


 #12 - 04-07-2008 at 08:20
Joined: August 25th, 2007
Posts: 109
LOL isnt elder scroll v coming out in 2010?But im not sure,i just heared that info on a site!eek!eek!eek!

 #13 - 04-16-2008 at 01:05
From: (Melbourne)
Joined: April 6th, 2008
Posts: 302
2010? Seems way too soon. I haven't heard ay news.

 #14 - 04-14-2009 at 03:44
From: (wolverhampton)
Joined: April 14th, 2009
Posts: 2
i think its coming out in 2010 will be class i also think it summer set isles dunno smile i want it to come out sooner tho !! fallout 3 was a good game from bethesda but oblivion is somthing else !!!

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