Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3

Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3
Collection Craglorn Secrets
Author Grassius Vilco

Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3 is a Book in Elder Scrolls Online. Contained within Eidetic Memory, these books are part of the subcollection Craglorn Secrets


Where to find Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3

      • Belkarth
      • Top floor of Rahni'Za Library, Rahni'Za



Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3 Content

We come now to the Iron Orcs of Craglorn. I was shocked to find that almost no scholarly work on the subject exists. It did not take me long to find out why. Studying the Iron Orcs proved to be a difficult endeavor given that they are uniformly hostile toward anyone perceived to be an outsider. Hostile is an understatement in this case: during my time in Craglorn I routinely found bodies hacked and cleaved, then pinned to trees with crude iron nails. This was unsettling, but informative. What could drive such brutality, I wondered. As with most things, the answer lay in the past. Study of ancient Orcish cave paintings and Nedic ruins revealed a surprising number of stylistic similarities. These shared motifs clearly indicate a rich cultural exchange between primitive Orcs and Nedes. Abandonment of this shared symbology appears to have been gradual, indicating a prolonged period of estrangement. Conflicts became more common and intense during periods of rapid Nedic advancement in metal and stonecraft. Numerous Nedic frescos depict armored warriors in conflict with unarmored Orcs. We can only assume that these paintings depicted actual military victories against their less developed neighbors. At some point in the late Merethic Era, a fundamental rearrangement of Iron Orc civilization occurred. What had been a largely peaceful, shamanistic society rapidly transformed into a community of miners, smiths, and warriors—much more in keeping with the conventional Orsimeric narrative. There were some notable differences, however. The Iron Orcs adopted a warfare methodology that was almost bestial in nature. My associates and I discovered a series of mass graves filled with corpses in every state of disrepair—broken spines, shattered skulls, cracked ribcages. Most of these injuries were sustained after the killing blow, and many of the corpses bore no weapons or armor of any kind. I believe the evidence we uncovered in Craglorn paints a compelling narrative. The Iron Orcs (whose reverence for stone persists to this day) were driven to mining and war by a desperate need to defend themselves and the pristine stones they worshipped. In taking up the pick and spade, they were committing a dreadful blasphemy. Anger eventually gave way to hatred—specifically for the Nedes who drove them to this sacrilege. If this interpretation is accurate, we can conclude that Iron Orc anger is anger of the most dangerous kind: anger driven by self-loathing. In order to protect their culture and the stone they worship, they had to twist both into something dark and horrifying. I fear that it is an anger and quiet sadness too dark and deep to ever truly recover from. We can only hope for a cultural shift from within their own ranks. I suspect we will be waiting a long time.


Craglorn Secrets
A Citizen's Petition  ♦  A Merchant's Orders to His Guards  ♦  A Prayer to the Serpent  ♦  A Recipe of Surpassing Danger  ♦  A Rumor of Serpents  ♦  A Star Walks In Craglorn  ♦  A Star-Gazer's Ramblings  ♦  A Werewolf Hunter's Advice  ♦  Agganor's Journal  ♦  Aldmeri Court Transcript  ♦  Alvada's Journal  ♦  An Amazing Opportunity  ♦  Ballad of Dorzogg the Gutter-King  ♦  Blackcaster Notice  ♦  Blasius' Unfinished Manuscript  ♦  Blood for Our Enemies  ♦  Blood-Feathers Battle Slogans  ♦  Caecilius' Journal  ♦  Cassipia's Change of Heart  ♦  Castles and Coffers Volume III: Hel Ra Citadel  ♦  Challenge the Arena  ♦  Chiselshriek Foreman's Log  ♦  Closed Until Further Notice  ♦  Covenant Intelligence Report 2,502  ♦  Daggerfall Covenant Missive  ♦  Dawn of the Exalted Viper Book  ♦  Dead Sword-Disciple's Note  ♦  Defaced Mages Guild Reward Notice  ♦  Defaced Nedic Prayer Book  ♦  Dragon Priest—Arise!  ♦  Dragonstar Arena Guest Book  ♦  Elenaire's Journal  ♦  Exarch's Orders  ♦  Final Thoughts  ♦  Five Claws Battle Cries  ♦  Frederick's Letter  ♦  From Regent of Serpentine Stratagems  ♦  From the Regent of Fanged Fury  ♦  Glorious Balamath  ♦  Grazzar's Threat  ♦  How the Yokudans Chased the Stars  ♦  Ibrula's Journal  ♦  Ilthag's Orders  ♦  In Praise of Regent Cassipia  ♦  Intercepted Star-Gazer's Document  ♦  It Lives!  ♦  Join Dragonstar Caravan Company!  ♦  Lamias of Craglorn  ♦  Lanista's Journal  ♦  Letter to Amirmil  ♦  Letter to Ariana  ♦  Letter to Armorer Uthik  ♦  Letter to Dusandar  ♦  Letter to Elanwen  ♦  Letter to Exarch Braadoth  ♦  Letter to Isrudde  ♦  Letter to Runescriber Kulth  ♦  Letter to Windhelm  ♦  Life In the Scaled Court  ♦  Merchants, Scoundrels, Thieves  ♦  Mystic Visions of the Guardians  ♦  Nedes of the Deathlands  ♦  Nirncrux: A Study  ♦  Orders from Regent Elska  ♦  Origin of the Scaled Court  ♦  Phillip's Note to Yasmine  ♦  Sanavar's Research Notes  ♦  Saradin's Diary  ♦  Scaled Court Communique  ♦  Scorpion Observations  ♦  Selene's Letter  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Five  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Four  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume One  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Six  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Three  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Two  ♦  Smuggler's Note  ♦  Star-Gazer Merith's Journal  ♦  Strange Riddle  ♦  Tales of Abba Arl: The Fat Mother  ♦  Tales of Abba Arl: The Ox's Tale  ♦  Targa's Note  ♦  The Care and Feeding of Trolls  ♦  The Flourishing of Elinhir  ♦  The Hidden Trials  ♦  The Perfection of Fearfangs Cavern  ♦  The Serpent's Blade  ♦  The Serpent's Song  ♦  The Stars Have Eyes  ♦  The Trial of Air  ♦  The Trial of Fire  ♦  The Trial of Martial Knowledge  ♦  The Trial of the Arena  ♦  The Trial of the True Path  ♦  The Unearthing of Kardala  ♦  The Way of the Blade  ♦  The Wonders of Craglorn  ♦  Tishi's Research Notes  ♦  To Zelguma the Strong  ♦  Tome of the Anka-Ra Guardians  ♦  Torn Page  ♦  Tracking the Arena  ♦  Tracking the Butcher  ♦  Treasure Hunter's Journal  ♦  Treasure Hunter's Note  ♦  Trumbull's Note  ♦  Virmaril's Journal  ♦  Vosh and Rakh: A History  ♦  Wamasu Observations  ♦  Watcher Shavmar's Journal  ♦  Waterlogged Journal  ♦  Waylaid Traveler's Journal  ♦  We Who Are About To Die  ♦  Worn and Torn Page  ♦  Yamanu-ko's Letter to Her Apprentice


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