The Elder Comps VI: The Aldmeri Dominion
The Aldmeri Dominion refers to any of at least three separate empires
established by the Altmer on the continent of Tamriel over the course of its
history. The term "Aldmeri" is literally translated as "Home of the Elves"
The original Aldmeri Dominion, also known as the First Dominion, was an empire
founded by Queen Ayreon in 582. It was conceived after Ayreon assumed the
throne of Elinor. Having traveled Tamriel extensively before returning to the
Summerset Isles, she was aware of the dire threats menacing the world and saw
it as the proper duty of the Elves to put things right. At the same time, the Bosmer
and Khajiit were facing troubles of their own and in need of allies. Consequently,
the Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr joined together to form the
Dominion, which waned with the rival Daggerfall Covenant and Ebonheart Pact
over possession of Cyrodiil' s Ruby Throne and control of Tamriel. The First
Dominion' s ultimate goal was to usher in a new age of Elven rule across Tamriel in
order to protect the land from the careless actions of the younger races.
The Second Dominion was formed in 830 when the Summerset Isles
conquered Valenwood over a dynastic dispute. When the heirs of the Comoran
Dynasty sought to capture Valenwood' s throne, a faction of Bosmer attempted
to make peace with their enemies in the Bolivian Estates by offering part of
the Valenwood territory in exchange for the faction' s own claimant. The Altmer,
upon hearing of this, invaded Valenwood, citing a stewardship clause in a
treaty between their nations, the elves also made allies with
some Coachmen, the Marrier of Abandonia, and the Elsweyr Confederacy.
The use of the Rubidium by Tiber Septim in 896, resulted in the surrender
of the Summerset Isles and the human conquest of Tamriel.
The Oblivion Crisis that ended the Third Era and weakened the Empire provided
the opportunity for the Third Aldmeri Dominion to form. The Thalmor, who had
survived as a marginalized political faction that espoused Elven superiority,
painted themselves as the saviors of the Summerset Isles during the Crisis. The
Altmer public believed these claims, and with the Empire too disarrayed to reassert
its authority, the Thalmor' s popularity swelled. In 22, the Thalmor solidified their
position and seized total control of the Summerset Isles, renaming it Elinor. Seven
years later, a coup overthrew Valenwood' s government, routing
Imperial forces and their Bosmer supporters. Elinor and Valenwood then
proclaimed a union, and the Aldmeri Dominion was reborn. In 115 Elsweyr split
into the kingdoms of Arequipa and Pelleting, and subsequently become client
states of the Dominion. In 171, the Thalmor invaded Hammerfell and Cyrodiil
after Emperor Titus Mede II rejected their ultimatum, opening the Great War which
ended in the creation of the Whitefield Concordat.
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