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Lore Lapses, Part IX: The Third Era Timeline

Lore Lapses, Part IX: The Third Era Timeline

  11:21:00 am, by   , 380 words  
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Categories: Elder Scrolls, Analysis

The Third Era doesn't make sense.

I recently completed a review of the Third Era lore page, and added several discrepancies in the Notes section. In addition to all that, the introduction in TES Arena also says the following:

Now, 492 years after Tiber Septim took control and kept the peace, the land of the Arena has a new threat. The Emperor, Uriel Septim VII celebrates his forty-third birthday. But jealous hearts desire the throne and plot his downfall.

Obviously, we know now that the Third Era only lasted 433 years, and that Arena started in 3E 389. So that leaves us with a 103-year discrepancy. Even if we assume that it was dating back to when the Tiber Wars began, not when the Third Era began, we're left with a gap.

I honestly think someone just ran out of steam when writing A Brief History of the Empire during the development of TESII: Daggerfall. "Seriously, 492 years? Can we trim that down a bit? Cut me a break, here, boss; we've got enormous bugs that need fixing."

Anyways, I started this series because the blog was nascent, but that doesn't seem to be an issue currently. Other contributors are coming out with some really interesting stuff, which I'm hoping to see more of. And you can't add a new blog post without calling attention away from the previous one (sorry, thuum, looking forward to the rest of your Civil War series!). So, I'm cutting the Lore Lapses series back to biweekly, maybe monthly if activity stays up.

If anyone's interested, it's Sunday morning, and that means Classic Elder Scrolls has just started! Of all the Elder Scrolls podcasts and videos I've watched (and trust me, I've watched or listened to a ridiculous amount), this and Elder Scrolls Off the Record are the ones I've enjoyed the most. A lot of TES video/audio series are focused on informing, which gets old fast, while others are poorly planned out. The QGN team finds a fantastic middle ground, and really gives great coverage on virtually everything TES. Occasional developer interviews, lore, news, gameplay tips, mods, comparisons of the games, etc., etc. Every once in a while I have to shake my head at some lore oversight, but they're always entertaining, and the product placement is tolerable.



Comment from: Bols Andaryn [Visitor]  
Bols Andaryn

Agreed on Elder Scrolls Off The Record and Classic Elder Scrolls podcast. However, they really need a Morrowind expert, I feel like they never touch on TES III!

02/22/15 @ 12:34 pm
Comment from: Savor Valandros [Visitor]
Savor Valandros

That’s easy to explain. TES: Arena manual states that every era lasts for 1000 years. We do some maths: 2E897 + 492 = 1389 = 3E389, and it’s exactly the year when Jagar Tharn usurped the throne. In Daggerfall it was retconned, and Second Era finished in 896, so we’ve lost these 104 years, because the date 3E389 wasn’t changed accordingly.

02/24/17 @ 08:40 am

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