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  Hammerfell
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Hammerfell



Hammerfell is a fictional province in The Elder Scrolls series of games. It is the home of the Redguard.



History



Hammerfell's original name was Volenfull, given to it by the Rourken Clan of Dwemer during the First Era. It is said that the leader of the clan threw his mighty hammer, Volendrung, across the continent, and followed it to their new home (This scene is depicted on many frescos in Ruins throughout the region.) The Rourken were opposed to the creation of the joint Dwemer-Chimer state of Resdayn, which prompted their move westward.

The fate of the Volenfull Dwemer, like that of all Dwemer, remains a mystery, as they all disappeared at some time during the First Era. However, Hammerfell did not stay uninhabited for very long. A great cataclysm sank the continent of Yokuda to the west, forcing the ancestors of modern Redguards eastward, toward Tamriel. They originally landed on the isle of Herne, and the Ra Gada warriors, eventually anglicized to Redguard, went on to Tamriel, paving a bloody trail through the native Men and Mer for the Yokudans to settle. Assimilation into the rest of Tamriel began relatively quickly, as the Yokudans, while displacing the Men, had adopted many of their customs and traditions.

Hammerfell was conquered by the Second Empire in the Second Age, during which time the Ra Gada warriors were finally granted semi-equal rights to the Na-Totambu ruling class. During the Interregnum (See; Cyrodiil), however, the Na-Totambu regained control, making the Ra Gada a subservient class again. The capital was moved from Old Hegathe to the merchant power of Sentinel, capital of the province to this day.

After the death of Thassad II, the Ra Gada took Sentinel by force, resulting in the bloodiest massacre in Hammerfell history, at the hands of Crown Prince A'tor. Tiber Septim and the Third Empire were called to help, defeating A'tor's forces at the Battle of Hunding Bay. Hammerfell then became a province of the Third Empire.


Geography



Hammerfell is a barren and rocky place, the vast Alik'r desert taking up most of it, fertile exists grassland only on the coasts. As such, the major population centers are on the coastline, while the majority of the country is inhabited only by shifting sands and nomadic tribes. In the north are the Dragontail Mountains, home of the misunderstood groups of Orcs reviled by many Bretons and Redguards.


Politics



Redguards are divided between the mostly Imperial cosmopolitan Redguards, and the wild desert Redguards (Some, at one time, took to biting the heels of the guards, like snakes, as part of their religious beliefs). Many of the Desert people dislike Imperial rule, and as such have been banished from the cities, for the safety of the people.

Notable Places



Sentinel

Judging by its location, Sentinel could be nothing other than a Merchant power- it is situated on rocky, infertile hills overlooking Iliac Bay. It was built in the time of the first Redguard Colonization of Hammerfell, to serve as a base for their battles against the Bretons, but has since been expanded. Its main street is a great market leading from the docks to the front gates. Sentinel is an exotic retreat for the nobility of Daggerfall and Wayrest, who delight in its exotic cooking, craftsmanship, and bizarre plays.


Stros M'kai

Once the home of Crown Prince A'tor, Stros M'kai is an important island near the Cape of the Blue Divide, renowned for its Dwemer ruins, including the marvelous observatory known as the Orrery.


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Total comments: 4 | Last comment: 12-23-2007 at 14:52

 #1 - Go Redguards ! - 09-23-2006 at 04:13
Mage_and_Assassin
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Posts: 83
I still prefer Redguards more than Nords as warriors, because they are better in athletics ! big grin

 #2 - - Go Redguards - 12-22-2006 at 22:06
Zerrok
From: (Auckland)
Joined: December 22nd, 2006
Posts: 7
I so agree Redguards Rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
---"I'm sorry I'm cleptomaniac"---

 #3 - 01-20-2007 at 13:53
Tiber_Zann
From: (Ochten)
Joined: January 20th, 2007
Posts: 113
I think redgaurds are Puke!

 #4 - 12-23-2007 at 14:52
BaconWarrior
Joined: July 13th, 2007
Posts: 325
Hmm Hammerfell reminds me of the band Hammerfall.



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