coloviian:


x the sack of the imperial city, the great war
          In 4E 174, the Thalmor leadership committed all available forces to the campaign in Cyrodiil, gambling on a decisive victory to end the war once and for all. During the spring, Aldmeri reinforcements gathered in southern Cyrodiil, and on 12th of Second Seed, they launched a massive assault on the Imperial City itself. One army drove north to completely surround the city, while Lord Naarifin’s main force attacked the walls from the south, east, and west. The Emperor’s decision to fight his way out of the city rather than make a last stand was a bold one. No general dared advise him to abandon the capital, but Titus II was proven right in the end.
          While the Eighth Legion fought a desperate (and doomed) rearguard action on the walls of the city, Titus II broke out of the city to the north with his main army, smashing through the surrounding Aldmeri forces and linking up with reinforcements marching south from Skyrim under General Jonna. However, the capital fell to the invaders and the infamous Sack of the Imperial City began. The Imperial Palace was burned, the White Gold Tower itself looted, and all manner of atrocities carried out by the vengeful elves on an innocent populace.

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coloviian:

x the sack of the imperial city, the great war

          In 4E 174, the Thalmor leadership committed all available forces to the campaign in Cyrodiil, gambling on a decisive victory to end the war once and for all. During the spring, Aldmeri reinforcements gathered in southern Cyrodiil, and on 12th of Second Seed, they launched a massive assault on the Imperial City itself. One army drove north to completely surround the city, while Lord Naarifin’s main force attacked the walls from the south, east, and west. The Emperor’s decision to fight his way out of the city rather than make a last stand was a bold one. No general dared advise him to abandon the capital, but Titus II was proven right in the end.

          While the Eighth Legion fought a desperate (and doomed) rearguard action on the walls of the city, Titus II broke out of the city to the north with his main army, smashing through the surrounding Aldmeri forces and linking up with reinforcements marching south from Skyrim under General Jonna. However, the capital fell to the invaders and the infamous Sack of the Imperial City began. The Imperial Palace was burned, the White Gold Tower itself looted, and all manner of atrocities carried out by the vengeful elves on an innocent populace.

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I watch. I wonder. I build. I tear down.
Am I a god? A surely as any are.
Gods have forever to measure their words. Mortals only moments to hear them.
Is the Lord Vivec a god? As surely as I am.
Vivec is a poet. Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to sieze the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth.
Is the Lady Almalexia a god? As surely as is Lord Vivec.
Almalexia is a warrior. Beware the warrior, as her steel may not distinguish friend from foe. But in a true hand, a sharp blade may carve history.
Again you ask, am I a god?
I am Sotha Sil. I am the Mage. I am the Clockmaker.
You ask where my Clockwork City is? Some say in the swamps of Black Marsh. Others claim it is deep in the ground beneath Ebonheart. I have even heard it told that my city is contained within a jar on the Lady Almalexia’s mantle. These are all true, and false. My city is where I live, and I live in my city. Its location is unimportant, as I am its only citizen.
The Dwemer were the Dwemer. The Chimer were the Chimer. Now the Dwemer are gone and the Chimer are changed. Azura’s words weigh heavy, but we have discussed the words of gods already, have we not?
I am Sotha Sil.
I watch. I wonder. I build. I tear down.

I watch. I wonder. I build. I tear down.

Am I a god? A surely as any are.

Gods have forever to measure their words. Mortals only moments to hear them.

Is the Lord Vivec a god? As surely as I am.

Vivec is a poet. Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to sieze the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth.

Is the Lady Almalexia a god? As surely as is Lord Vivec.

Almalexia is a warrior. Beware the warrior, as her steel may not distinguish friend from foe. But in a true hand, a sharp blade may carve history.

Again you ask, am I a god?

I am Sotha Sil. I am the Mage. I am the Clockmaker.

You ask where my Clockwork City is? Some say in the swamps of Black Marsh. Others claim it is deep in the ground beneath Ebonheart. I have even heard it told that my city is contained within a jar on the Lady Almalexia’s mantle. These are all true, and false. My city is where I live, and I live in my city. Its location is unimportant, as I am its only citizen.

The Dwemer were the Dwemer. The Chimer were the Chimer. Now the Dwemer are gone and the Chimer are changed. Azura’s words weigh heavy, but we have discussed the words of gods already, have we not?

I am Sotha Sil.

I watch. I wonder. I build. I tear down.

(Source: suharevj)

"Truth doesn’t have to be liked. It only has to be spoken. Speak it out. The truth may hurt you, but it will set you free."
-

Amish Tripathi, The Secret of the Nagas

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The Merethic Initiative stands as the crowning jewel of Thalmor-inspired Aldmeri tactical reinvigoration. As per the Cultural Warfare Praxis, it is paramount that the governing body of the Aldmeri people, and all client races, be subjected to only the most tried and tested of methods with which to combat internal and external threat.
Anything less, is to open ourselves to the folly of man.
Provenance is not earned through the flick of a coin, but through rigorous vigilance. The Thalmor Inquiry is one of the first in what will be an extensive effort to uproot the rot of of Colovian, Imperial dominance, and supplant it with a time-proven, merish management.
What it entails is as follows: what the common word would 
describe as the Three Banners War, where the land-bound Lion and the long-dead Dragon would seek to somehow best the Eagle’s soar by pawing meekly at her shadow. 
It is a war of mere ripples across the surface of Tamriel, while beneath the surface rages torrents of truer, Daedric threats - all vying to deceive, usurp, and drive the 
denizens of Dawn’s Beauty into chaos. If nothing else, the current Interregnum brought about by the agents of these Daedra is testament to the truth of the danger they represent.
All of these elements are what our Queen Ayrenn Arana Aldmeri has outwardly branded as in opposition to our Dominion, and with that declaration in mind, The 
Inquiry will respond by investigating, rooting out and nullifying any and all Daedric threats, regardless of their intent.

The Merethic Initiative stands as the crowning jewel of Thalmor-inspired Aldmeri tactical reinvigoration. As per the Cultural Warfare Praxis, it is paramount that the governing body of the Aldmeri people, and all client races, be subjected to only the most tried and tested of methods with which to combat internal and external threat.

Anything less, is to open ourselves to the folly of man.

Provenance is not earned through the flick of a coin, but through rigorous vigilance. The Thalmor Inquiry is one of the first in what will be an extensive effort to uproot the rot of of Colovian, Imperial dominance, and supplant it with a time-proven, merish management.

What it entails is as follows: what the common word would 

describe as the Three Banners War, where the land-bound Lion and the long-dead Dragon would seek to somehow best the Eagle’s soar by pawing meekly at her shadow. 

It is a war of mere ripples across the surface of Tamriel, while beneath the surface rages torrents of truer, Daedric threats - all vying to deceive, usurp, and drive the 

denizens of Dawn’s Beauty into chaos. If nothing else, the current Interregnum brought about by the agents of these Daedra is testament to the truth of the danger they represent.

All of these elements are what our Queen Ayrenn Arana Aldmeri has outwardly branded as in opposition to our Dominion, and with that declaration in mind, The 

Inquiry will respond by investigating, rooting out and nullifying any and all Daedric threats, regardless of their intent.

The Thalmor Inquiry Altmer Aldmeri Dominion Sarinteal Ralleidril Ayrenn The Elder Scrolls Elder Scrolls Online


by Ruxandra Lache

Clarity, my friends, is not something that you can simply relinquish. 
No more than the smith who has burned his hands in the flame can say ‘no’ to his scars can the dabbler who has touched the shadow of Oblivion say ‘no’ to her marred soul. 
Such is the stinging cost of clarity and it is a cost we, the Inquiry, must pay to ensure that the ongoing daedric threat - and all future threats - are understood, controlled, contained and extinguished.

Sarinteal Ralleidril, on the Thalmor Inquiry

by Ruxandra Lache

Clarity, my friends, is not something that you can simply relinquish. 

No more than the smith who has burned his hands in the flame can say ‘no’ to his scars can the dabbler who has touched the shadow of Oblivion say ‘no’ to her marred soul. 

Such is the stinging cost of clarity and it is a cost we, the Inquiry, must pay to ensure that the ongoing daedric threat - and all future threats - are understood, controlled, contained and extinguished.

Sarinteal Ralleidril, on the Thalmor Inquiry

Sarinteal Ralleidril The Thalmor Inquiry The Elder Scrolls Elder Scrolls Online Altmer Thalmor Soraya Ruxandra Lache

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
Alison 
Coursera
FutureLearn
open2study
Khan Academy
edX
P2P U
Academic Earth
iversity
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
OpenLearn
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit
Saylor
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
TED
FORA
Big Think  
99u
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
IFLScience
YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
wikiHow
Wonder How To
instructables
eHow
Howcast
MAKE
Do it yourself
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
FullBooks
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
LibriVox
Poem Hunter
Bartleby
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library
WikiBooks
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scitable
PLOS
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
ArXiv
Open Access Library
LEARN:
1. LANGUAGES
Duolingo
BBC Languages
Learn A Language
101languages
Memrise
Livemocha
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
Lingualia
OmniGlot
OpenCulture’s Language links
2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING
Codecademy
Programmr
GA Dash
CodeHS
w3schools
Code Avengers
Codelearn
The Code Player
Code School
Code.org
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bento
Bucky’s room
WiBit
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy
3. YOGA & MEDITATION
Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Yome
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Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center
4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING
Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
nyvs
Learn About Film
Film School Online
5. DRAWING & PAINTING
Enliighten
Ctrl+Paint
ArtGraphica
Google Cultural Institute
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6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
Music Theory
Teoria
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
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Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now
7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS
Investopedia
The Chess Website
Chesscademy
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Spreeder
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Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

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