Elder Scrolls Online posts a Morrowind province primer

    
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Elder Scrolls Online posts a Morrowind province primer
So let’s assume that you’re a regular MMORPG player who’s never really been into Elder Scrolls series, wasn’t around for TES III: Morrowind, never picked up Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC, or didn’t side with the Ebonheart Pact in The Elder Scrolls Online. Or maybe you just have nothing but antipathy for dark elves in fantasy. If you’re in those groups but are still interested in The Elder Scrolls Online as just a solid themepark MMORPG rather than fanservice, you might be wondering just why the heck everyone is freaking out in anticipation of the Morrowind expansion.

That’s exactly what ZeniMax’s new lore piece out today tries to explain, giving newbies some backstory on the island of Vvardenfell during the time period of the MMORPG, from the politics to the ecology of the region.

“Morrowind, the land of the Dark Elves, occupies the northeast corner of Tamriel. The centerpiece of the province, the large island of Vvardenfell, fills the Inner Sea. The volcanic Red Mountain rises from the island and dominates the skyline. It is said that on a clear day, the mountain can be seen from every corner of Morrowind. Recently opened to aggressive settlement by the Great Houses of the Dark Elves, Vvardenfell is the new frontier of Morrowind, full of enough promise, untapped riches, and enduring mysteries to attract the most-seasoned adventurers, fortune hunters, and settlers alike. As the Dark Elves of House Redoran, Hlaalu, and Telvanni compete to carve up the island for themselves, the nomadic Ashlanders struggle to maintain a hold on their traditional hunting grounds and sacred sites throughout the Ashlands.”

Speaking as someone who doesn’t like dark elves but loves Morrowind in general, I assure you it’s worth a read to brush-up or get acquainted for the first time.

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Jeff

ZoS has several of the old guard from TSR like Bill Slavicsek, and Lawrence Schick, and that really shines through in ESO. The game more than any other TES product has that old 1st and 2nd edition D&D vibe.

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Teala Te'Jir

Totally agree. No other MMO right now really gives you that feeling of playing through a D&D type world or campaign setting as this game does. Just loving it.

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Fisty

I did not know this. Those are huge names from my past, but unfortunately, players running around kills so much of the immersion.

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Alex Willis

I am especially interested in the Redoran efforts to colonize Ald’ruhn. It’s interesting that, given the period of history this is set in, that Balmora is considered a Redoran-run “frontier” town. by TES3, it’s more or less fully civilized (and run by Hlaalu).

I know that they will have more housing units available for Morrowind’s release, so I am saving my money for the inevitable Telvanni Mushroom Tower. I never really cared much for Sadrith Mora as a town but I would absolutely lay some money down on the table to buy a mushroom house there in ESO.

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TBPlayer2112

“Speaking as someone who doesn’t like dark elves but loves Morrowind…..” Bree, I am disappoint. Dunmer for life.

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Chris Walker

I play ESO, but I never played the single-player games, so this kind of information is perfect for me.

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xpsync

I could probably charge admission for people to come see you in a freak show.

Gather round folks and meet the one who never played any of the ES series. That’s correct you heard right, step right this way,

*cameras flashing* pop, plenty of Oohh’s & Aahh’s and several gasps of shock to find you’re a regular real human, can you solve the hidden mystery???

That’s right folks, step right up…

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camren_rooke

IT WALKS!

IT TALKS!

IT CRAWLS ON ITS BELLY LIKE A REPTILE!