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Miraclestone's Dusty Bookshelf

Post by Miraclestone » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:58 am

I'll be posting my crappy TES fanfics here I guess ;)

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Post by Miraclestone » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:59 am

The True Life of Ormax Woodborne. Volume 1
By Faric Hearthcroft, Scholar of the Wayrest Society of Liturature and History
Commissioned by Lord Tristyn Gane of the Court of Wayrest
Treasonous, Ruthless, Cunnying: the traitor who almost became king.
418 E3

One of High Rock's greatest villains has come from our very own city, the traitorous former lord known as Ormax Woodborne of Wayrest. Many of the events that unfolded during the Warp of the West are clouded in mystery but what is clear are Woodborne's treacherous actions against Wayrest and the Empire which undermined the fragile peace of the Illiac. When Ormax was revealed Wayrest sent its finest agent to bring the Emperor's Justice, resulting in his due death within his hold. House Woodborne was stripped of its honors, wealth, titles and land which were rightfully returned to the crown. It is lucky that our great Queen Elysana, who was betrothed to this scoundrel during the time period, discovered his evil heart before the marriage took place. While mention of Woodborne may have ceased in polite conversation, let us not forget who Ormax was so we can better understand how someone like him could tarnish our kingdom's good name.

Ormax's parent's were from different classes, though both were little better than commoners based on accounts of their actions and poise. His mother was from a lesser Glenpoint House, her name was Faralda Woodborne. The Woodbornes were a rural House residing outside of Glenpoint in their own hold, which was situated in the murky waters of Glenumbra. They are not true Bretons due to intermingling with Bosmer settlers during the second era. Faralda was the fifth daughter of the lord of the house and supposedly angered her father resulting in a disownment. She traveled to Wayrest where she met the Imperial merchant Aliem Marcius, a swindler who preyed on the unfortunates of the south district for illegal profit. Aliem allowed Faralda the level of comfort which she was accustomed to and so they married at the Temple of Tosh, a disgrace to the Divine's glory which saved Ormax from the fitting title of Bastard. A short time later Faralda gave birth to Ormax Marcius, which resulted in her death due to her weakness in pregnancy.

Ormax had a undisciplined and corrupt childhood, following his father's path of dishonest work. Rather than participate in a formal education or trade, Ormax followed Aliem's example and learned how to manipulate others at an early age. He and his friends would often sell fake magical trinkets said to bless the wearer with luck, spreading false hope to the citizens of our city. One may wonder if only Aliem had taken his duties as a father responsibly if High Rock could have been spared of his son's crimes. Justice caught up with Aliem in the end, resulting in his imprisonment in the darkest depths of the Wayrest dungeons. Without a parent to support him Ormax should have perished in the harsh streets which would have saved the Illiac from his monstrous actions but fate gave him a second chance.

The great hero and champion Knight-Commander Lord Ernand Darkworth showed his favor on Ormax and decided to take him on as a squire. Whether because he saw something in Ormax or because he didnt want to see a child of noble blood abandoned to the world he took him in. The kind Lord Ernand could not have predicted the damage this boy would cause in the future. Ormax excelled at his role as a squire, becoming quick friends with Darkworth's many sons and becoming almost like a member of the family. He learned and caught up with his noble peers, becoming an excellent duelist and gathering prodigious knowledge of the histories and schools of magic. Ormax's best skill continued to be his guile and manipulation, however. Ormax may has grown to be an honorable servant of Wayrest if things had continued in this more humble life. That would not be, however, for Wayrest would soon be in one of its most violent war's of the third era, the War of Totambu Aggression.

Lord Darkworth, his sons and Ormax were all called to defend Wayrest against the vile Redguard extremists from across the river. Lainlyn and its southern allies sought to take the trade rites of the Bjoulsae for themselves, the life blood of Wayrest. Only of fifteen years at the time, Ormax was barely a man and was only brought along to help squire for the Darkworths. As the war waged on, however, the number of men needed increased forcing Lord Darkworth to rely on Ormax in combat. The war waged for three years, during which all of Darkworth's sons died. Ernand himself later confessed that he thought Ormax may have taken his son's deaths harder than even he did in fact. Even so Ormax used this opportunity to get closer to Darkworth in his grief, solidifying his rise in station. Once the war was over, Wayrest was able to beat back the Redguards and even secure fortifications to the south of the Bjoulsae Delta. Soon after Lainlyn's dynasty fell to a coupe carried out by the ruthless Baron Shrike Barovar. When Ormax returned to Wayrest, he was a much colder individual with much more prestige and political potential than when he left.
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Post by Miraclestone » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:00 am

The True Life of Ormax Woodborne. Volume 2
By Faric Hearthcroft, Scholar of the Wayrest Society of Liturature and History
Commissioned by Lord Tristyn Gane of the Court of Wayrest
Treasonous, Ruthless, Cunnying: the traitor who almost became king.
418 E3

Upon his homecoming Ernand Darkworth was granted the station of Knight-Commander of the Knights of the Rose and Marshal of Wayrest for his extensive service. With Darkworth's encouragement his surrogate son, Ormax, was proclaimed a hero as well. Darkworth used his station to anoint Woodborne as a full fledged noble in the eyes of the court. This is when Ormax officially revoked his father's sire name in favor of his mother's, a bid for legitimizing his aristocratic worth by associating with his noble ties. Woodborne was given an opportunity that most can only dream of but he couldn't help but return to his dastardly roots by using his new privileges for selfish gain. There are many accounts of him cheating honorable lords and ladies out of their rites and wealth through trickery and blackmail, a wrong which our gracious Queen has righted by returning that which was stolen back to the Houses. Once Ormax had gained enough power, he began to erase his past so that none could discover his true origins. Accounts claim that during Woodborne's rise to power his father mysterious disappeared from his cell in the dungeons only to wash up on the shores of the Bjoulsae, butchered and mangled. This is how Woodborne rewards those that who teach him wrongs, by using those heinous skills against his own flesh and blood just to save his own. Ormax continued his parricidial schemes by sending assassins to murder the entire Glenpoint line of Woodbornes. In a dark twisted sense of poetry Ormax was able to claim the inheritance of the Woodbornes, creating an even larger boon to his status and wealth.

This was only the start of Woodborne's achivalrous plots, he would exploit much more out of the people of High Rock before his judgment came. By now the talk of the court was all about this rags to riches story of Lord Darkworth's squire turned impressive eligible lord, everyone ignorant to his true nature. He was able to play the Lords of Wayrest against the Orcs of the Wrothgarians to remove his enemies and gain favor with the Orc tribes. He conspired with the vile Daggerfall Houses against Wayrest and then turned on their King Lysandius when it suited him. He even disgraced Lord Bowyn by engineering the duel he had with Gortwog, now King of the Orcs, over the lands of Orsinium. This removed a key opponent for him within the court and allowed him to claim Bowyn's lake side hold which he renamed to Woodborne Hall. He even worked against the Hlaalu of Morrowind during his time in court, setting the stage for the eventual conflict between them and our Queen. All of these actions did nothing but make the tensions of the bay far worse, leading the powers closer to inevitable war.

Woodborne was finally rewarded for his grievous crimes when the old King Eadwyre began to consider him as a serious candidate for his daughter's hand in marriage. He was not the only suiter, however, having to compete with the good Lord Ulrich Castiellian the Third, Wayrest's master of coin at the time. With Ulrich out of the way there would be nothing between him and the crown of Wayrest so to many who have read this far would have a hard time guessing what Ormax did next. Ulrich died in his home when a robe was delivered to him as a gift, reportedly summoning Daedra that tore the poor nobleman apart. The fact that Ormax went so low as to consort with Daedra worshipers in order to assassinate his competition shows the shallow ethics he lived by in life. This action would be his undoing, however, for the robe was evidence enough. With the great kingdom's of the Illiac bay preparing for war, it looked like no one would have time to investigate the assassination but our great Queen decided to find out what happened to her loyal lord and admirer. With the help of the Blades, she was able to discover that Lord Woodborne was behind the murder. At her request Wayrest's greatest knight went to Woodborne hall to bring Ormax to justice. Ormax abandoned his honor and tried to flee, forcing the agent to kill him in his retreat.

So ends the story of Ormax Woodborne the treasonous, ruthless, cunning man who almost became the king of Wayrest. He ruined many lives for his own gain and dishonored the court in which he was so amicably welcomed into. He let down Lord Darkworth, who retired from the Knights of the Rose shortly after Woodborne's transgressions were known. He almost defiled our Queen, who had the foresight to see the danger before it was too late. Ormax Woodborne is a villain our great kingdom and city will not soon forget, born to its very streets only to try and undue what makes our nation great from the inside. Men and Mer like Ormax don't win in the end, for the Divines are on the side chivalrous character, fair ethics and lawful citizens. Those who use others and lie to get what they want are not welcome in our city any longer, we are prepared for the next person that betrays our city because we remember who Woodborne was.
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Post by Miraclestone » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:43 am

King Emeric and the Disastrous Wayrest Bargain
By Aronius Didatus, Scholar of Kvatch
A historical narrative of a failed alliance in the Illiac Bay
E3 148

During the long Interregum of the Second Era, Tamriel was full of strife, ambition and conquest. In no place was this better exemplified than the court of the Illiac Bay, where the millennia old rival kingdoms continued their dance of words and swords to an intensity unmatched even to this day. There are stories of kings and kingdoms spouting up within a matter of months and then being undone just as quickly. Alliances were common in this time of insecurity, for without an Imperial authority there was little to protect one's kingdom from invaders. One such alliance is still the talk of rulers and scholars alike, an abomination of contradicting treaties and broken promises which collapsed in on itself catastrophically. It is none other than the infamous 'Wayrest Bargain', King Emeric Cumberland the Second's attempt at creating a unified Illiac Bay for his own ridiculous aspirations.

It all started in the sixth century of the second era. Wayrest was suffering in the years of the Interregum due to a divided Tamriel, the trade drying up as kingdoms turned inward. King Emeric could do little to bring in the gold needed to maintain his much need military and rightfully worried for his land's safety. At the time the Kingdom of Daggerfall, Wayrest's historical nemesis, was crippled by repeated raids from land and sea. Emeric, to his credit, saw this as an opportunity to increase his prestige and demanded tribute from Daggerfall. With a new steady income of gold from his former enemy, Emeric received a massive boost to his ego which helped to drive him into even riskier ventures. Using intimidation and assurances, he was able to unite the neighboring lands of Menevia, Gavaudon and Alcaire under him in the Wayrest Bargain. This was a complicated treaty that dealt with a variety of issues such as trade rights and taxation but it's main purpose was to require any member of the bargain to defend another member if attacked. He went to war with Kambria and Koegria in order to bring them into the Bargain, growing his alliance even further.

With Evermore reeling from a horde of barbaric Reachmen and Lainlyn halted by an infestation of harpy, Emeric kept his attention to the North and West. The Orc tribes still called Wrothgarian Mountains their home but had not had a true settlement for hundreds of years, repeated exterminated and driven out by the Breton nations. Shornhelm was allied with its sister city Wrothgaria and was at war with Camlorn. The Skeffington nations of Dwynnen, Ykalon and Phrygias feuded over the woods for territory. Daggerfall remained impotent as it recovered. Emeric saw these nations for the picking and fancied himself an emperor. Rather than picking a side, he instead played the diplomat and promised them each what they wanted. To the Skeffington nations he promised land, much of the land that he did promise was promised to all three. To Camlorn and Shornhelm he promised an ally who would join their side in war if they were attacked or even if they attacked someone else. He additionally promised Camlorn a sizable donation of mercenaries and to Shornhelm he promised to marry the daughter of their King. With the list of nations within the Wayrest Bargain growing, Emeric felt invincible.

Emeric revised the Wayrest Bargain on nearly a weekly basis, sweetening the deal for Wayrest while defaulting on many of his promises. He proclaimed himself High King, curbing the rights of the members of the treaty in order to enhance his own power. He reportedly would rant deep into the night to the court of Wayrest about his divine purpose. Claiming he was the reincarnation of Reman Cyrodiil, he announced that the real purpose of the Wayrest Bargain was not for protection but instead was to establish a third empire of man under the Cumberland dynasty. Even as other members of the Bargain tried to point out the absurd nature of this plan, Emeric was convinced the armies of High Rock would be able to conquer their way to the Imperial City and hold it. At this point many of the members of the Bargain had begun to default on their tributes, noticing the cracks in the facade beginning to show. Emeric Cumberland may have been able to retain his status for alittle while longer if it werent for his grievous mistake.

Seeing an opportunity to expand his alliance even further, Emeric made the inane decision to spurn the King of Shornhelm by agreeing to marry the Princess of Sentinel instead of his promised betrothed. This infuriated the King of Shornhelm, who had had enough of this deceit and declared war on Wayrest along side his other Norman allies. Emeric expected the members of the Bargain to protect his kingdom but only Gavaudon honored the treaty. The nations of the Skeffington had broken into a bloody war as a result of failed diplomacy of Emeric, none of which would come to save Wayrest. Camlorn kept the mercenaries which were donated for themselves, far more than Emeric could afford to lose. The lands he bullied and conquered broke free, returning to their normal bickering. Sentinel canceled the marriage arrangement with Emeric, refusing to provide aid to the now significantly weaker Wayrest. Emeric sunk so low as to plead for assistance from the Orc tribes, promising to help them regain the lands of Orsinium and that he would recognize their nation once he became Emperor. The Orc tribes characteristically instead took the opportunity to raid Cumberland's lands as the Norman army pushed through them. The King of Shornhelm quickly capture Wayrest and Emeric was forced to surrender. The King showed mercy to Emeric and allowed his house to continue ruling Wayrest in return for a sizable tribute as well as the formal disbandment of the Wayrest Bargain.

And with that the Wayrest Bargain was no more, an alliance that lasted less than two years which once encompassed over half of High Rock and nearly all of Greater Bretony. Emeric was only able to achieve this feat through lies, unable to resolve the inherent conflicts of the region with any true commitments. The Cumberlands continued to rule for many more generations but Wayrest's power was never what it once was under them. By the time Tiber Septim came to High Rock with his legion, Cumberlands had been replaced by the Horley Dynasty, a house which had inherited many of its predecessor's flaws. Tiber wisely choose to replace them with a council made up of the local merchant princes upon conquering Wayrest. Any attempt to unite the Illiac Bay from within has been a failure since the time of the Direnni. The kingdoms of High Rock have never gotten along and lack the will required to unify as Emeric had envisioned. It is wise to remember that the greatest peace the region has ever known has been under the stable guidance and law of Imperial rule.

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