416. The beacon of Bangkorai



My hopes of an inconspicuous arrival at Evermore are dashed as I am approached by a member of the Evermore Guard at the gates of the city. The Reachmen have already landed and taken control of the lighthouse.

Worse news was to follow. Not only is King Eamond dead, but his heirs too, and the rightful regent Queen Arzhela is in no fit state to rule a city under siege.

Evermore teeters upon the edge of defeat before the main host of the Reach has even arrived. It must not be allowed to fall for Evermore itself is a lighthouse. No matter how heavy the storm or dense the fog, there is no night so dark that this beacon of Bangkorai cannot light. 



415. Crossing the Bjoulsae Bridge

The Stormhaven Bridge

By night I crossed the Bjoulsae Bridge into Bangkorai. With such grim news coming from the region of late, I figure the fewer eyes seeing an agent of the Covenant entering Evermore the better. King Eamond Guimard is dead, killed by the Reachmen who, as I write this, march down upon the Kingdom in numbers not seen since the Black Drake’s invasion some 40 years ago.

And as I stood upon the mighty stone bridge, the storm raging o’er, the clocks struck midnight across Evermore. The storm lit up the city walls, the river, and the lands all about, all made bright but for a dark cloud rolling down the Wrothgarian mountains. A shadow so black that even the spears of the Aedra could not alight it. The Witchmen of the Reach are marching tonight.


414. What evil fears

The Chamber of Agony at the heart of the Halls of Torment.

One thing has puzzled me since we first arrived at this prison, what does the Duchess of Anguish have to fear so much that she hides away in a fortress such as this?

Is it all just to keep her prisoners inside? Unlikely, for even if they could escape their bounds and their jailers, where would they run to in the middle of Coldharbour?

Is it to keep someone else out? Are there conflicts and disunity within the tribes of Coldharbour itself that we could never have imagined? Perhaps not, for who would dare attack such a favoured minion of Molag Bal’s in the Lord or Brutality’s own realm?

Or is it to protect the Duchess from something that goes far beyond her own understanding of reward or punishment, the one inevitability of all existence and that one thing that all evil fears… consequence.


413. The Chamber of Dark Seduction


A second chamber within the Halls of Torment and we find Sai Sahan no longer being provoked and vexed by a reflection of Tharn, but now enticed and baited by a doppelganger of Lyris, as the Duchess of Anguish’s efforts to break the Redguard intensifies.


Daedric Seducers protect the chamber and the shielding stones that we need to destroy in order to break up this perfidious tryst. Perhaps then we might get a chance to see what truly lies beneath this artful masquerade.


412. The Chamber of Humiliation


In the malefic Halls of Torment in Coldharbour we are greeted with the sight of a doppelganger of Abnur Tharn interrogating the captured Redguard. Growing up in Cyrodiil, doppelgangers were but phantoms told of in fireside ghost stories.

Like the story of the commander at Chalman Keep who was woken one night by a night-watch captain who told him of an apparition that had been seen walking the ramparts looking just like the commander in both appearance and manner. When the commander got up and went out to investigate the claim however the apparition was nowhere to be seen.

The next night and the same thing happened again, but yet once more he arose too late to catch sight of the phantom. So resolute was the captain in his claims that the apparition was the commanders mirror double that on the third night the commander resolved to keep watch with his soldiers on the walls of the keep.

Lo and behold that very night just as the captain had said, the apparition walked the ramparts again and indeed, the commander was aghast to see that the figure was his exact reflection in look, dress and walk.

Fearing the phantom to be some harbinger of misery or catastrophe to come, the panicked commander ordered his soldiers to shoot at it with their bows. To the shock of the archers their arrows struck and brought down the ghostly figure, but when they turned back to their commander for guidance, he had disappeared. The next day the entire nights-watch were hung for the murder of the commander of Chalman Keep.

Another popular story I recall was that of the first era Emperor Kastav. One Frost Fall eve a maid was said to have entered his chambers to find the Emperor sat at the end of his bed, seemingly oblivious to a figure standing over him. The figure was his exact replica only dressed in rags looking down on him with a mournful expression. Then the ragged figure sat down on the bed next to the Emperor and buried its face in its hands, as if in deep despair.

Within a week the Emperor was deposed by Reman Cyrodiil II and was to spend his remaining days incarcerated in the Blackrose Prison in Murkmire, eventually dying in rags some six years later.

Yet for Tharn however his ego is such that on the face of it he seems to have taken this experience of meeting, and fighting, his own doppelganger as a compliment.

I was warned never to turn my back on Tharn, but I now wonder, after watching me strike down his reflection, will he ever again be able to turn his back on me?