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The Ebonheart Pact is a major faction in the upcoming MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.
It was one of the most fragile of the alliances in Tamrielic history. The three races shared a great distrust for each other and only held respect for one another because of their old rivalries.
The Ebonheart Pact stretched over the provinces of Skyrim, Morrowind and Black Marsh. Its capital was the city of Mournhold, located on the mainland of Morrowind, the homeland of the Dunmer, though the faction was led by a Nord known as Jorunn the Skald-King.
The Ebonheart Pact was a fragile but strong alliance. It was formed in 2E 572, during the Second Akaviri Invasion.
After the Sack of Windhelm and death of Skyrim’s royal family, the Akaviri began marching south towards Riften. In desperation and grief, the last remaining member of the royal family, Jorunn, approached the Greybeards for guidance. The Greybeards answered his plea and summoned Wulfharth the Ash-King from Sovngarde to aid him. Inspired by Wulfharth’s presence, Jorunn’s army of Nord warriors were ready to face the Akaviri.
Seeing the Nords as a growing threat prompted the Akaviri to avoid an encounter and head straight for Morrowind, hoping that the Nords would ignore them. The Nords, however, forcibly pushed the Akaviri army, catching them in a pincer attack between the Dunmer and the Argonians who had joined the battle for reasons not yet explained by Bethesda. Victory over the Akaviri forces in this battle played a crucial role later in the forging of the alliance.
Following the Akaviri’s defeat, the Nords, Dunmer and Argonians formed the Great Moot. They fought as one, repelling the invasion of the Akaviri slavemasters.
The Ebonheart Pact controls the largest area on the mainland of Tamriel.
The leading race of The Ebonheart Pact. They were known as the great conquerors. Nords once broke the power of the Ayleids, nearly drove the Altmer out of High Rock and ruled much of Morrowind before the arrival of the Dunmer. They believe themselves to be the destined rulers of Tamriel. Nords are amongst the fiercest warriors of the continent, facing their enemies with unmatched ferocity.
Known for their application of diplomacy, subterfuge and strategic ability. The Dunmer have had a long history of defending against provincial invasions. This had made them a very paranoid collective, and their culture learned to embrace this mind-set. The Dunmer are led by the living gods of the Tribunal.
Not all of the Dunmer agreed to set their differences aside with their old enemies, the Argonians, and House Telvanni was one such example.
Famous for employing guerrilla style warfare, Argonians had suffered years of slavery at the hands of the Dunmer. This experience made them skilled in defending their borders from much larger forces. Argonians served as the scouts and skirmishers of the Pact.