The Elder Scrolls Online will see three factions vying for control of Cyrodiil. These alliances will make Cyrodiil, home of the Imperial City, the centerpiece ESO as they fight for supremacy. This excites me because I’ve always loved faction gameplay in MMOs. It is one thing for a game to say, okay here’s the red team and here’s the blue team. It’s another thing entirely for a game to give context for why you fight. Say what you will about World of Warcraft, but they did know how to get you invested in faction warfare. It’s a combination of good story, and forcing constant conflict with players of the opposite faction.
Each faction in ESO seems to be pretty well defined, each with its own crest and goals. Each alliance consists of three playable races, and once you join an alliance you are enlisted for life; however, you can obviously roll an alt. This will be encouraged of course, because each faction has its own unique quests.
I for one am pretty undecided at the moment. Seems to me like a lot of people are leaning toward the Ebonheart Pact because of their unlikely alliance. Three fiercely independent races forced to band together to fight for their freedom? Yeah, that’s pretty badass. For those of us who have played Skyrim (that better be all of us) we automatically label the Aldmeri Dominion the “bad guys”. I guess elven supremacy is a touchy subject. It makes them the Nazis of Tameriel. I’ve really been exploring the Orcs recently while playing Skyrim, and they are quickly becoming my favorite race. They are allied with the Daggerfall Covenant. The Daggerfall Covenant is said to be more like a democracy, as such they arguably could be labeled the”good guys”.
In any case, you will have to choose. You and whoever you plan to play ESO with that is. If you’re still undecided like me educating yourself wouldn’t hurt…
The Aldmeri Dominion
“When word reached the High Elves of Summerset that the Imperial City had fallen under the control of the human supporters of Molag Bal, the Aldmeri Dominion was formed. The High Elves reached out to the neighboring races of Wood Elves and Khajiit with a plea that their combined forces might prevent the younger races of Tamriel from bringing disaster to the world, as they had so many times in the past.
The High Elves were the original settlers of Tamriel and created the common tongue used throughout the continent today. They are also naturally proficient with magic.
The Wood Elves inhabit the thick, near-impenetrable forests of Valenwood. They are supreme hunters, guides, and masters in sneaking and thievery. They are also the most gifted archers in all of Tamriel.
The Khajiit, a proud feline race, are fearsome warriors, proficient with bladed weapons. They stand proudly at the forefront of every battle.
The power and determination of the Aldmeri Dominion should not be underestimated.”
Leader: Queen Ayrenn
Territories: Alinor, Elsweyr, and Valenwood
- Alinor is a great city and capital of the Summerset Isles. It is a city of towers and glass and is considered the heart of Aldmeri Dominion. This province is home to the Altmeri.
- Elsweyr is a province in the South of Tamriel and serves as the homeland of Khajiit.
- Valenwood is a South-Western province of Tamriel. It’s features include tropical forests and swamps. Valenwood is a homeland of Bosmer.
The Daggerfall Covenant
“The Daggerfall Covenant is formed by the three races of northwest Tamriel , united by High King Emeric to fulfill a common goal and take back the Ruby Throne.
The Bretons have the gifts of magic and diplomacy. The Orcs are stalwart soldiers and talented armorers who manufacture the finest weapons and armor in all of Tamriel. The Redguards are supremely athletic, and raised to be outstanding warriors from the moment they’re born.
The Daggerfall Covenant’s varied talents make it a force to be reckoned with.”
Leader: High King Emeric
Territories: High Rock and Hammerfell
The Ebonheart Pact
“The Ebonheart Pact is the most unlikely of the three alliances. The Nords and Dark Elves have a long history of conflict, and the Argonians were enslaved by the Dark Elves for thousands of years.
It was the Akaviri invasion that forged a bond between them. Now they are determined to control their own destiny by defeating the Empire, while preserving their own fiercely independent homelands.
The Nords are the brash, boisterous front line of the Pact; fierce warriors and expert weapon masters. The Dark Elves have a natural affinity for magic. The Argonians are the best guerilla warriors in Tamriel.
The combined strength of these unlikely allies makes the Ebonheart Pact a fighting force of extraordinary power.”
Leader: Jorunn the Skald-King
Territories: Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh
- Skyrim is the most well known province of Tamriel. It is situated in the north of the continent. The climate of Skyrim is cold and severe. There are a lot of high mountains and snow. It is a homeland of Nords.
- Morrowind is a very famous province. It consists of two main parts: Morrowind proper and Vvardenfell (a huge island). Morrowind has a lot of swamps and is surrounded by mountains on the west. It is a homeland of Dunmer.
- Black Marsh is a southeastern province. There are many marshlands and rainforests there. The climate in Black Marsh is tropical. It is a homeland of Argonians.