Rek los kiin do vul nuz lost hez sil ahrk los nu vul rel. rek los kiin al nuz lost fask sil ahrk los nu kun rel. pahvoth nust los dovah jud, in do lokoltei.
She [Serana] was born of dark but with bright soul and became the dark Ruler. She [Ayrenn] was born a destroyer but with a gentle soul and became the light Ruler. Together they are the dragon queens, masters of the empire.
Parthunax on the Dragon Queens Serana and Ayrenn II
When we think back on the lives of our two queens we must remember that they began their lives as regular mortals. Our Night Queen Serana Volkihar was born in the first era, even she does not know the exact date. She was born to the ancient warlord Harkon and his wife Valerica, both worshippers of the deadric lord Molag Bal.
Through this worship they became true blooded vampires, and offered their daughter to the deadric lord as well. This made her a daughter of cold harbour like her mother and caused her to become imortal. In the following centuries Harkon became obsessed with the ancient prophecy of the tyranny of the sun. One that would allow him to extinguish the bane of night dwellers.
Valerica in an attempt to prevent this prophesy from occurring stole Harkon's Elderscroll and hide it with Serana in what would become known as Dimhollow crypt in later eras, before fleeing into the Soul Cairn.
The story of the Day Queen Ayrenn II begins with her being born in 115 2nd century 4 era with the name Erenwyn to Aicedaen Alkinus and his wife Mirkril with her twin sister Elenwyn and her younger brother Aidyon. Aicedaen was a Thalmor Justicar first class and Mirkril was a teacher for the Healers collage of Skywatch. She and her siblings grew up in a fairly traditional Altmer home, but her parents died when Ayrenn was barely 60.
She became a Justicar first class like her father and grew to have a reputation of fairness and efficiency that earned her several enemies amongst the Thalmor. Her twin, Elenwyn was ambitious and joined the diplomatic corps, aiming for an ambassadorial position. Her younger brother Aidyon was much like his elder sister but more politically minded. He too saw the cruelty of the Thalmor and thus entered into politics to mediate some of the more violent and racist policies, always doing his best to stall the zealots.
In 190 2nd century and 4th era Elenwyn was appointed the Thalmor ambassador to Skyrim. She used this appointment to gain control over her twin, often going out of her way to humiliate or discredit Erenwyn. Despite these actions Erenwyn still maintained her reputation as a fair Justicar and was noticeably popular among the lower classes in the Dominion because she never discriminated by race. All were equal to her and this infuriated her elitist twin who began plotting a way to dispose of her sister.
It was during these times that the Thalmor began executing lower class Altmer, Bosmer and Kahjit of any caste. Sickened by these actions Erenwyn and Aidyon begin smuggling those slated for "cleansing" to other kingdoms, saving families. Elenwyn discovered these activities but Erenwyn took full blame, freeing her brother from their sister's wrath.
Because of Erenwyn's position Elenwyn was unable to expose her sibling without being implicated as a sympathizer herself. So she concocted a plan that would destroy her sister, if not politically then at least fatally.
She ordered her sister's squad to patrol in the mountains near the border of Skyrim, near where intelligence had placed a Stormcloak patrol. Then she hired a Bandit Clan to attack and kill the entire squad save for Erenwyn. The plan went perfectly, Erenwyn's squad was massacred and she was beaten until she was unrecognisable before she was sold to the imperials as a murderer and a thief. Fortune turned its back during that raid for Erenwyn, as in that raid the empire captured none other than Ulfric Stormcloak.
Elenwyn was summoned and seeing her sister in amongst the prisoners swiftly ordered for the execution of them all. The appearance of Alduin at Helgen that day interrupted the execution allowing for the escape of both Ulfric and Erenwyn in the confusion; Ulfric running back to Windhelm to gather his forces and begin the Skyrim civil war while Erenwyn fled in the company of and imperial officer Hadvar.
She left for Whiterun at the behest of the people of Riverwood to warn Jarl Bulgruf of the dragon threat. Through a series of event she aided the guards of Whiterun to slay a dragon threatening the city, it was then that she was revealed to be Dragonborn. One of the first Altmer Dragonborns in almost 13 centuries.
Events began to move quickly, as she was summoned by the Greybeards to study the way of the voice and set on a quest to destroy Alduin the world eater. During this titanic quest she was able to send a message to her brother in Alinor, telling him of what their sister's betrayal and that she desired revenge. His advice to her was to build contacts, form allies, lay as low as her new position as the Dragonborn would allow and to bide her time with her revenge on Elenwyn. But, he added, if she could shake things up for their beloved bitch of a sister but keep the peace in the civil war, then to knock herself out. Erenwyn gleefully did so.
In the space of a few short months saw her the thane of several holds including Whiterun, Riften and Solitude, Arch-mage of the collage of Winterhold, as well as the leader of the newly reformed thieves guild now operating as a guild of noble thieves, stealing from the rich and aiding the less fortunate. During this time she became the leader of the resurrected dark brotherhood as the listener, also using the same aid the less fortunate method. Assassinating those who would use the brotherhood to kill because of race or for personal gain, all the while she delved into the deepest caverns and in the wildest and most remote locations to expand her knowledge of the Thu'um and searching for an Elderscroll.
It was during one of these dungeon dives as she called them, that she encountered a coffin with a young woman inside of it. This was how Erenwyn met Serana, they traveled back to castle Volkihar where Serana discovered the truth to her father's madness and fled with Erenwyn into the wilds of Skyrim taking her father's Elderscroll with her.
They dove into the Dwemer ruins of Blackreach and found the dragon Elderscroll in the tower of Mzark. Every step of the Dragonborns fight against Alduin, Serana was right beside her. All the way to her flight to Skuldafiin where just before she left they swore an ancient Altmer sibling oath.
Serana waited as her sister did battle with the world eater and though neither of them knew it at the time, Erenwyn became immortal with her absorbing Alduin's soul.
With her destiny as the Dragonborn fulfilled and an uneasy peace between the Stormcloaks and the Empire that was reached during the dragon threat She and Serana turned their attention to the vampire threat.
Serana's father Harkon had been hunting the pair across Skyrim seeking to use his daughter blood to taint the bow of Auri-el. This hunt caused the two women to begin to bring about the end of Harkon's madness by slaying him and the majority of his coven. During this fight the found the bow of Auri-el which they used to defeat Harkon and Serana was crowned the new queen of the vampires with her mother Valerica as her advisor.
Queen by right -Ayrenn
The Aldmeri Dominion had become steadily more violent. Purges and inquisitions were carried out with greater frequency. With Elenwyn now leading the radicalized Thalmor she began pushing forward the Dominion's attempts to remove the Oblivion Gates in a truly deluded attempt to grant the Altmer immortality.
It was in this time that Akatosh came to Erenwyn, his youngest daughter now immortal through the soul of his eldest Son and offered to extend to her the ancient pact that ad once existed between him and the Septim dynasty so that the Oblivion gates could never be truly opened, that as long as she ruled the people of Nirn the malevolent Deadric Princes would remain barred from Mundus.
She accepted and asked if Akatosh would send signs of this new pact to the priests of the various peoples. He did so, with dreams and omens raining down on the priests across the Empire and Dominion, creating rumours of a queen who was destined to rule through the will of the gods. Through the careful manipulations of her brother Aidyon she was placed upon the throne of the dominion through a coup d'état whereby the common and oppressed of the Dominion rose up and killed many of the officials including her sister Elenwyn and demanded that Erenwyn claim her birthright as both the decedent of Aerynn the Unforeseen queen and the child of Akatosh, as well was the blessed on of Auri-el (as it was revealed that only she could use the bow).
She was placed upon the throne of the summerset isles and named high queen Ayrenn II the Unknown Queen of the Aldmeri Dominion ruler of the Altmer, Bosmer and Kahjit and she began a campaign to eradicate the prejudice against other races, striving for complete racial equality.
During this time the priest of the Empire where frantically searching for the Dragonborn Erenwyn as they needed another emperor after the assassination of the previous emperor Titus Mede II (Erenwyn's own handiwork) and tradition declared that the favoured one of Akatosh must sit upon the ruby throne but no one could find her.
Queen by Challenge- Serana
Serana began to establish herself as a rampant political force in Skyrim, becoming wildly popular with the common people with her approach of peace and racial equality like her sister in the south.
Finally she was named the Jarl of Riften through the challenging of Maven Blackbriar with the hold as the prize. With her position as a jarl of Skyrim she called a moot of the jarls and through careful politicking was crowned the high queen of Skyrim. This caused Ulfric Stormcloak to challenge her to a duel, the end result being that she killed him and took his hold as her own.
She produced the Jagged crown and being crowned by the greybeards, her coronation was marked by the appearance of Talos who named her the true queen of Skyrim and the presence of the new High Queen of the Dominion.
Death of the old Empire
Now with two high queens ruling their kingdoms with a near ruthless equality, the empire found itself in between two blooming super powers. Desperate, the elder council attempted to contact the dark brotherhood but to no avail, as they refused to kill either queen.
The Dawnguard, a group vampire hunters also refused to kill Serana as she had entered into a working relationship with them by employing them to hunt down the feral vampires and police existing ones. Vampires were offered a choice join the Volkihar vampire clan and submit to the laws now in place to limit and regulate feeding and turnings (one solution was for prisoners that would have been executed to now handed to the vampires to act as steady sources for blood potions) or be killed, this act was also enforced in the Aldmeri Dominion.
Through this act she secured peace between the vampires and the humans, and made vampirism and legal but controlled practice. Working in concert with Ayrenn she also did the same with lycanthropy establishing them as a clan that was represented by their own monarch as long as they would control themselves, with the Dawnguard branching out to patrol both groups.
Meanwhile the agents of the empire had finally discovered that high queen Ayrenn of the dominion was also Erenwyn Alkinus, the Dragonborn they sought. This revelation sent the elder council into chaos, with panic causing several major economical disasters for the empire. Eventually the truth was revealed to the people and asked what the people of the empire wished. By this time stories of the high Queen Ayrenn had become tales of horror because of her allying Aldmeri Dominion with the now annexed kingdom of Skyrim and coupled with the fear of the Dominion caused the people to decree that the empire would never submit to the Aldmeri Dominion.
To rule Nirn
In the intervening years before the final unification, Serana and Ayrenn formed new alliances with the Bretons, Argonians, Redguard and Dunmer kingdoms. slowly over a period of 40 years absorbing them into their respective kingdoms and increasing their power, but doing it peacefully with very little changing in the day to day lives of its people.
Religion is left untouched save for malevolent Deadra worship which is illegal, but otherwise people are allowed to worship whomever they choose. Racial characteristics being a cause to fire someone or not hire them is outlawed with heavy fines and restrictions on those that do. All in all the various races under the rule of the two queens thrived. Magical research was encouraged, technological innovations and revival of ancient Dwemer arts became more common. Yet during this time the empire of Cyrodiil was in chaos, because they were not ruled over or in alliance with the high queen Ayrenn they were not defended from Deadra.
The empire was fracturing, provinces and cities splintering away and finding safety from the deadric hoards under the protection of the 4th Aldmeri Dominion or the Skyrim protectorate, until only the very core of the empire was all that remained free and overrun by Deadra. The elder council still refused to join either side whilst their people fled into the two kingdoms that now surrounded the Imperial city. Finally the two queens summoned an army to take the city together, to end the deadric threat, for as long as there was one city state that held out, the Deadra would continue to assault all of Tameriel using it as a gate. Their armies were massive combined formed a force of 48 thousand troops.
They took the white gold tower in 2 days, fighting through the streets of the city through the hordes of Deadra that stood between them hand what was left of the elder council barricaded in the white gold tower.
On the 7th of Morning star in the year 259 2nd century 4 era the city was cleared and the white gold tower breached. The remaining elder council submitted themselves to queen Ayrenn and therefore closed the continent of Tameriel off from the Deadra. In what is now famously called the meeting of Queens and Dragons the ancient dragon Parthunax descended on the white gold tower with a small contingent of dragons and on behalf of the ancient Dovah swore their allegiance to Queen Ayrenn and Queen Serana.
This day, now celebrated throughout the empire is when the two Queens formed the Tamrielic Empire with the two of them as co rulers. So did the 5th Era begin with two Queen standing side by side dressed in armour with the Winged and Jagged crowns upon their heads as all the races of Tameriel bowed to them and the sky filled with dragons.
The Birth of an Empire
The golden armoured forces of the dominion were arrayed out behind her as she stood before her troops to the south of the imperial city. From where she stood she could make out the Stalrim clad forces of the Skyrim Protectorate of the northern side of the city.
A speech cloud appeared and Serana's voice echoed from the cloud "see you at the towers Renn". Queen Ayrenn II grinned and raised her horn to her lips and blew. And answering horn call came from Serana and their trebuchets launched together. Magically enhanced stones battered the walls. Smashing through the ancient walls that now swarmed with all manner of creatures from oblivion.
Once the walls were breached she raised her sword "RANGED!" she shouted, using her Thu'um. The air became charged as hundreds of mages readied spells and filled with the creaking of bows being drawn "FIRE!" the sky turned black with arrows lit by the arcane forces that were hurled with their trebuchets at the city. Most struck home and she smiled grimly, proud of her people.
Then she gathered her Thu'um and with her curved sword in one hand and a spell in the other her bellowed "EAGLES ADVANCE!." And began to sprint toward the city whose moat had been filled and frozen to hold the army's weight. A ringing cry came from her forces "FOR THE QUEEN!" they cried, their voices shaking the heavens and their boots shaking the ground as they charged after their queen. Bosmer rangers stayed on the high ground sniping the enemy from afar. Redguard warriors and Breton knights ran along with Kahjit rogues and Altmer battle mages and warriors with lycanthropes roaring into battle beside them.
To the north came the Nordic Battle cry "GLORY OR SOVERNGARD!" and the answering cry "FOR OUR QUEEN" as the Skyrim berserkers, Dunmer spellswords, Argonian warriors and vampire forces also charged forward into the city smashing through their enemies with all the subtlety of a battering ram, ready to meet their allies in the center. Like two pincers gripping the city. The fighting was brutal, they took the city street by street, alley by alley square by square. Days dragged by filled with blood death and horror. Until the two armies surrounded the white gold tower and the last Deadra was slain.
The doors to the ancient tower creaked open to reveal the trembling face of Lord Cyril, head of the elder council. He peaked fearfully out, only to see the two armies led by two very angry looking women standing outside his door. He heaved open the doors and stumbled down the steps toward the two queens followed by the rest of the council. The two women looked awe inspiring.
On the left stood Queen Ayrenn of the dominion, easily 6 feet in height she towered over most men, lending to her air of authority. Her long white blond hair was swept back from her face and held there by a crown like helm with two wings sweeping back from her temples revealing her long pointed ears. Her golden skin was accented by her black armour highlighted with gold and her emerald green shoulder decoration and cloth accents on her armour fluttering in an errant ash laden wind. Her curved elven blade was still unsheathe and gleaming beneath the gore in her left hand while her right glove bore the scorch patterns seen with mages who favored flame destruction magic. Her golden eyes fixed on him with an intensity that brought to mind an eagle that has spotted its prey.
The lord swallowed nervously and looked at the woman on the right. Queen Serana looked no more welcoming then her ally. Standing at a height of 5'7" she was a tall and imposing woman, her glowing golden eyes stared at him from a snow white face and beneath a crown made from the teeth of Alduin the world eater that sat upon midnight black hair. Her crystalline Stalrim armour with silver edging and red cloth accents and a cape gave her a powerful air as she held her deadric blade in her right hand and her left glove was covered in frost.
He walked forward the last few steps and fell to his knees before the Elven queen, his head bowed "I surrender to you" he said brokenly "the empire lays itself at the feet of the Aldmeri Dominion and swears its loyalty to you." The rest of the council followed suit swearing their oaths of loyalty to the Mer queen.
"Rise and take your place among the peoples of the Dominion" she said, her voice a clear and beautiful soprano, "Your error nearly cost your empire everything, but we shall help you rebuild. We hope you will find new purpose and strength among the people of the Dominion". Lord Cyril bowed his head and rose to stand before his new queen "thank you, your majesty" he said then gesturing to the tower said "all we have is now yours".
She smiled and nodded, then there was a great roar and the sounds of many wings causing the air to throb. Men, Mer and Beast shouted in fear as a collection of dragons filled the northern sky "DOVAHKIIN" rumbled an massive Thu'um "PARTHUNAX' the queen shouted back before ordering to both armies in a shout that the entire city could hear "LET THEM APPROACH" shakily they lowered their bows and spells.
The great wing of Dragons swooped down upon the assembly before the tower and a massive dragon landed before it making the ground shudder "Drem Yol Lok Dovahkiin" the massive dragon said "we have come wah vaat vahrot, to swear and oath to you" queen Ayrenn's eyes opened wide in surprise "what kind of oath Zuwuth?" she asked "an vahrot do midrot, of loyalty. The Dov will aam, serve you, Dovah jud dragon queen" he stated in his deep voice. There was stunned silence throughout the city as all head this, then Serana and Ayrenn looked at each other and nodded.
The two queens walked up the steps until they were visible to all, then Serana spoke "when I was crowned queen I swore to do what was right for my people, no matter what" she told the assembled armies in her soothing mezzo. Ayrenn nodded "I also took this vow." she told the hosts before her.
"Now we stand, a Tameriel with two great powers." Serana told the crowd who cheered "A strong Tameriel to be sure, but a Tameriel united would be even stronger" Ayrenn told them her head held high and her eyes flashing "so we declare, together that the Tamrielic Empire is born. An empire form of two powers and ruled by two queens" The roar of the assembled armies shook the very sky, for indeed, and empire had been born
To the Stars
Centuries passed, and as both queens were imortal they guided their people with foresight, always planning ahead. The Aldmeri dominion and the Skyrim protectorate still operated the same, with each race's leaders ruling their people and the High Queens ruling the leaders.
They formed the council of Monarchs which governed the empire in the day to day rulings while the queens handled the larger issues. The standard of the empire was that of a black dragon with its wings outstretch flying over a mountain on a sea green field and dovahzul was the language of the court though the common tongue remained the same.
The queens became known as the dragon queens and in the 4th century they were named: Vulrel and Kunrel, by the Snow elf Gelebor and a small group of surviving snow elves who had remained since the betrayal but now that there looked to be peace on the surface they had decided to approach them and after swearing and oath of loyalty. The Maomer eventually accepted Ayrenn as their queen and after several centuries put aside their hatred for the Altmer and were integrated into society, making fabulous sailors and crewing many of the ships in the now combined navies.
The Queens became revered, although they did a lot to dispel this, there was still a great deal of reverence towards the dragon queens because of their immortality.
Expeditions to Akavir were made only to find that the natives to the continent had slain each other in their wars against each other. Colonisation began of the newly vacant continent making the Tamrielic Empire and empire of Nirn. With the continents occupied they turned their sights to the stars and the artificers began looking into finding a way to reach Aetherius.
In 5th century the first aetherium vessel was launched and they avoided landing on their moons as they were sacred to the Kahjit. A few centuries later the method of oblivion travel whereby the vessel was passed through the realm of a benevolent Deadra (a deal was made with Meridia) and slowly the y began to colonise the stars.
It was in the solar system of a planet they named Earth (a land from a mythical story) that they found the first gate. The tuning fork shaped devise looked like the symbol for oblivion and so with an order directly from the queens, general Odahviing oversaw the destruction of the artifact.
The weapon held up pitifully against their Arcanum weapons (destruction spells that are powered by a soul gem that draws energy from the Aether, a dimension of pure magic that is unlimited in its power and is the main source of power for the Nirnian Empire, powering everything from guns and ships to the electricity of their infrastructure though as all can do magic light if generally done by magic). And in every system where the encountered another artifact they destroyed them.
It was at the new colony of Shanxi (also a mythical name) that they learned that they were not alone in the galaxy. A relay was hidden in an asteroid field in that system and as the Nirnians found no artifact they thought themselves safe and colonized without fear of Deadra.
So this is my very first story, I know my writing is a little clumsy but I'm hoping to improve it and I also just really want to see the empire my Dragonborn
creates kick some ass in the world of mass effect and to really shake up those smug council members. Call me petty but I like getting revenge on them for all
the air quotes and the not believing Shepard.
Anyway hope you enjoy and I'll try to post more. please remember this is my first kick at the can.