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Akavir, also known as Dragon Land, is a continental landmass east of Tamriel. The two continents have a history of animosity towards each other, with Akavir invading Tamriel several times in the past and Tamriel invading Akavir at least once.[1] Much of what is known about it in Tamriel is acknowledged to be incomplete or inaccurate.[2]

Inhabitants

No mer have ever lived there; the men that did live in Akavir were all "eaten"Template:Intnote long ago by the Vampiric Serpent Folk of Tsaesci. There are four major nations on Akavir, each with its own race.[3]

Kamal

Kamal

Tsaesci

Tsaesci

Tang Mo

Tang_Mo

Ka Po' Tun

Ka Po' Tun

History

Most Akaviri history is only known so far as it affects Tamriel, which means it is a story of conflict and violence, betrayal and intrigue. During time periods where they show no interest in Tamriel, they are thought to be fighting among themselves.[3]

The exchange began with reports of pirates with strange features.[2] Perhaps the earliest narrative concerning Akavir is The Story of Lyrisius, in which the eponymous General had his own army destroyed before going on to destroy the Akaviri army through other means.[4] Thus, even the oldest tales from Akavir are about war.

The most famous and important interaction between the two continents concerns the Reman Dynasty of Tamrielic emperors and their successors, the Akaviri Potentates. In 1E 2703,[5] Tsaesci forces of Akavir invaded Tamriel and were decisively defeated at Pale Pass by the army of Reman I.[2] As Reman's empire was also under threat from the elves, he agreed to allow the survivors of the disaster to remain in Tamriel and strengthen his army.[2] They eventually rose to positions of power and in 1E 2920, the last year of the First Era, Versidue-Shaie brought about the deaths of Reman III and his heir Prince Juilek, then took the throne as Potentate.[6][7] After his assassination by the Morag Tong in 2E 324, the empire passed to his son Savirien-Chorak, who was in turn assassinated along with his heirs in 2E 430.[8]

A second, short-lived Akaviri invasion of Tamriel occurred in 2E 572. The Akaviri army was destroyed when Vivec intervened and flooded the land.[9] Regardless of how the Kamal were defeated, it is noted that some of their number survived and later resurfaced in Cyrodiil, where they seized control of the Imperial Throne from the successors of the warlord Attrebus.[10]

Centuries later, Tamriel would finally retaliate against Akavir. At the height of his power in 3E 288 and after twenty years of strategic preparation, Uriel Septim V launched an invasion of the continent and captured two cities, which he dubbed Septimia and Ionith.[1] The enterprise ultimately came to utter ruin at the Battle of Ionith in 3E 290.[1] Since then, the two continents have had little or no contact.

Influences on Tamriel

The martial ability of the Akaviri soldiers had a strong influence on the military hierarchies of Tamriel. The Imperial Legion benefited from the superior organization and tactical knowledge of the Akaviri, and the political and legal systems of the Empire were both improved as well. The high crafts of daikatanas and dragonscale armor came from Akavir, as did the banners and military dress of Septim's shock troops, the Blades. The Red Dragons that have come to represent the Empire and the Imperial City were originally Akaviri war mounts.[11]. The Empire in general benefited from the influence of Akavir.[2]

Akaviri surnames are rare and prized possessions among the Cyrodilic citizenry of today, and there are trace facial features of the Akaviri in many distinguished Cyrodilic families. Some colonies of "true Akaviri" still exist in both the Empire and its border regions, but they are named so for their practices and customs, rather than for the purity of their blood.[11]

Notable Places

Imperial Province of Akavir
A briefly-conquered territory in Tsaesci.
Ionith
A Tsaesci city.
Kamal
A snowy nation of Akavir.
Ka Po' Tun
A nation of Akavir.
Septimia
A Tsaesci port town.
Tang Mo
An island nation of Akavir.
Tsaesci
A nation of Akavir.

Notes

{{note|Eaten|1.|The meaning of term "eaten" as given from what is known of the land of Akavir is not clear. Although description of the "vampiric" Tsaesci might suggest literal meaning, it could be a metaphor for being subdued. In Mysterious Akavir by anonymous writer, the Tsaesci are told to have "tried to eat all the Dragons. They managed to enslave the Red Dragons, but the black ones had fled to (then) Po Tun".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Report: Disaster at Ionith
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition/Other Lands
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mysterious Akavir
  4. The Story of Lyrisius
  5. 2920, MidYear (v6)
  6. 2920, Last Seed (v8)
  7. 2920, Evening Star (v12)
  8. Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition/Cyrodiil
  9. Varieties of Faith...
  10. Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/The Elsweyr Confederacy
  11. 11.0 11.1 Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Cyrodiil

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