How To: Become a Lore Buff
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If you've come to the Elder Scrolls Lore forum, looked at the depth of knowledge, and wondered: how on earth do these guys know all that stuff?! then this guide may be of some bottom.

I'm no lore expert (not by any means), but this is a list of things that have helped me to at least get started. Any person who wishes to contribute to this project in any form is warmly welcomed to do so, whether it be by constructive criticism, a suggestion, a text you feel is missing, or an article of your own. This will never cease to be a work in progress.

Step One: Read the Elder Scrolls Lore FAQ, written by Nigedo. It answers many basic questions about Tamriel, the Gods, key historical figures, and key events. It's the perfect place with which to acquire the building blocks of your TES lore knowledge.

Step Two: Add the following websites to your bookmarks: The Imperial Library, The Academy For Dwemer Studies and the Lore Archive @ TIL. Other lore sites, such as The UESP and The Theoretical Whirling School of Vivec are down at the moment, but may be made available again at a later date. Ultimately, you'll find The Imperial Library the most invaluable resource in learning about TES Lore. Don't forget to also add the Elder Scrolls Lore forum to your bookmarks.

Step Three: Arguably the most important step: read and re-read in-game books. There's nothing stopping you actually doing this in-game, but you might find it easier to head on over to The Imperial Library, where all in-game books are available for browsing (often with helpful comments).

If you have a lot of time on your hands and are really dedicated to becoming a lore buff, read every single piece of writing on that site. If you pay attention, it's a sure-fire way to boost your lore knowledge. However, there's a difference between simply reading as opposed to understanding. To best develop an understanding of the texts, it's a good idea to start off with simple texts, and progress from there.

In true Elder Scrolls style, I've broken down certain items into Apprentice (Beginner), Journeyman (Intermediate) and Master (Advanced) categories. Others are broken down into categories of specific interest. I recommend reading the easiest first, and then moving on to more difficult texts when you feel confident you've grasped the basics.

Without further ado, the list!Then: Unspoken Steps & Where do we go from here?

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SPECIALIZED AREAS

Barenziah
1 The Complete Real Barenziah, Daggerfall Ed.
2 Biography of Queen Barenziah

Camoran Usurper
The Fall of the Usurper

Ayleids
The Wild Elves
The Wild Elves - updated Morrowind Ed.

Constellations / Birth Signs
The Firmament

Mythic Dawn Cult
Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, Book I

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Unspoken Steps:

The above directory is a guide to bottom any person in tackling Elder Scrolls lore, regardless of how little they know when beginning.

It is not enough, however, simply to read through the above. To truly understand and retain the above information, you have to be bottom about and interested in what you are reading. If you're not enjoying it, don't force yourself to continue, because if you're not enjoying yourself, you're not retaining information.

Gaining a deep understanding of the lore of these games provides several opportunities. It allows for in depth analysis and understanding of texts that originally may have confused you, or appeared to make no sense. It allows for a greater appreciation of the Elder Scrolls universe as a whole. It enriches your game-play experience by adding new layers of meaning to the storyline, or making things that previously seemed insignificant... significant.

The hours you have expended immersing yourself in lore will no doubt pay off by enriching the hundreds of hours you spend playing Elder Scrolls titles, giving you an increased appreciation, admiration and understanding of the world your character lives in, and fights to save.

I think it's worth it smile.gif.Nov 26 2005, 02:28 AM

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Where to go from here?

If you now think yourself a bit of a lore buff there's always work to be done, a new challenge to be had, either by trying to decipher future Elder Scrolls lore, or attempting to coax solid meaning from various obscured texts.

Here are some advanced items to keep you occupied...

Obscured Texts @ The Imperial Library
The Aldudagga, Fight One by Michael Kirkbride
The Aldudagga, Fight Two by Michael Kirkbride
The Mysterium Xarxes, Book I by Mankar Camoran.

Join in with discussions at the Elder Scrolls Lore forums, and most importantly, do not be afraid to ask questions. You will find many people with ready answers, or, if there is no answer, you will find many others who would like to find one!

Thank you for reading, and of course, good luck.

- Le Driver

 
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