Upon entering the unexpected city I am greeted by a women who introduces herself as the ‘Groundskeeper’, and claims to be one of the few survivors in what she calls, The Hollow City.
There something more to this woman then meets the eye. She is rather plain in appearance, yet perfectly so, and I find her captivating, yet cannot recall why. She knows all about our invasion, and even offers her city as an ‘Armour against the hazards of Coldharbour’. And though she seems sincere, I sense she isn’t being wholly honest.
As she leads me on a tour of her Hollow City, she tells the story of how back on Nirn the city, whose citizens were devoted to the daedric prince Meridia, came under attack by the minions of the Lord of Brutality. Seemingly on the verge of defeat, Meridia warded the entire city, and then used Molag Bal’s own portals to push it into Coldharbour.
I recall whilst working with the Fighter’s Guild to discover the fate of the dread weapon Mortuum Vivicus, the then guildmaster Sees-All-Colors opened a portal for us into the ruins of Abargarlas, an ancient Ayleid city whose citizens worshipped Molag Bal. She then cast another spell so we could experience the events prior to the city’s destruction through the eyes of a servant of Meridia. The priest was tasked with destroying the Mortuum Vivicus before it destroyed his home city of Delodiil. At the same time the King of Abagarlas was marching his own army upon Delodiil. However, when he crossed the valley he found that the city was gone. Could this Hollow City be vanished Delodiil?
Whilst the city itself arrived in Coldharbour intact, many of its citizens were scattered across the realm, much the same as has happened to the guilds invasion. The Groundskeeper claims that the remaining survivors lost their faith in Meridia ,and left the safety of her warded city in an attempt to return to Nirn. ‘They were foolish’, she says, ‘and they paid the price for rejecting Meridia’s edicts.’ How little these daedric princes understand us mortals, who think our own bodies but a prison.