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VJ Lakshman Peggy Meile v Table of Contents Software License Agreement Warrior Classes
& Limited Warranty
Contacting Bethesda Rangers
Choosing a Face
Page 1 of the Character Sheet...............13 Nightblades
Explanations of the modifiers..................14 Character Starting Page 2 of the Character Sheet...............17 Equipment
Character Class Descriptions...............21 Keys and Commands
vi Hand grabbing icon–Use
Snake-staff icon–Player Status Icon........32 The Wharf Rats
Parchment with lines icon–Logbook.......33 The UnderKing
A Note on Thievery
Automap icon–Automap/ Continental Map
ESC key–Setup Menu
Character portrait The Continental Map
The Cities of Arena
Days and Dates
Talking to the People
The Mages Guild
The Taverns and Inns
The Equipment Stores
The City Gates
Damage, Diseases, Curses, Etc...............77 Various Guilds
General Hints and Tips
The Dark Brotherhood
viiviii THE ELDER SCROLLS The Arena
T alin awoke in the darkened cell, his head pounding from the blow it had received. A single candle guttered and flamed in one corner. Occasionally the clink of chains could be heard as they swung in a slight, fetid breeze. He knew where he was now. It came back to him even as he struggled to his feet. Fighting off the nausea he made his way to a crude stone bench.
I have been taken by the Emperor, but for what? His thoughts were interrupted by a low moan that came drifting down the corridor outside his cell door. Suddenly he was glad for the obvious strength of his cell door. I have been left to die, he thought incredulously. They did not even bother to strip me of my possessions. Indeed, upon self examination Talin found that he still carried his dagger and his pouch of money. It seemed that the Emperor had no fears of his escape. And why should he? He did a quick circumspection of the room, finding that except for the slime covered walls and floor, no water or food had been left.
A slow death indeed.
Suddenly the air near the center of the cell seemed to brighten, slowly coalescing into a globe of brilliance. Talin fell back, shielding his eyes from the glare. The light receded, and in the purple afterimages of that burst he could see the shimmering form of a woman floating, her body draped in gossamer and blown by an unseen wind.
“Do not fear Talin, for it is I, Ria Silmane.” Talin looked on in shock as the figure of his friend took on form and substance, though somehow it did not seem to lose its edge of etherealness. “Ria! What in the name of the Lady has happened?” Ria’s face seemed etched in grief, drawn by a sadness he could not comprehend. “Talin, do you remember the last time we saw each other? It was at the Mid Year’s festival. I fear that is where the evil took form.” “What happened to you?” Talin asked in a shocked whisper. He had known Ria since he had been summoned to court to learn under her tutelage the ways of Sorcery. Ria had been the senior apprentice to Jagar Tharn, the Imperial Battle Mage of Tamriel.
“I am dead, Talin. Only my powers keep me in this form, though the pull to the afterlife is strong. I can resist, but only for a time. It is imperative that someone know the truth; that someone stop the evil which has struck from the heart of the Imperial Seat.” Talin sat down once more, his legs seeming to no longer obey. Left to die in a cell, my friend already dead? What has happened to us all?
1 “The Emperor is not who he seems to be, Talin. He is in fact, Jagar Tharn. The true Emperor was captured by Tharn and shifted to another dimension, a prison in which time runs much slower than on this plane of existence.” Talin looked up, his face a mask of shock and outrage, “But what of the Amulet of Kings?” “The Emperor is not dead. Only in the event of his demise would the Amulet warn the Elder Council. Tharn was meticulous in his planning. With time in the dimension in which the Emperor has been imprisoned running at a fraction of what it does here, it will be centuries before the true Emperor dies. And when he does, who will care? Those people will have seen the glorious rule of Uriel Septim VII end generations in their past. Tharn must be stopped, here and now.” Ria’s face had a resolute set, one that if Talin had noticed, would have sent shivers of foreboding through his body.
Talin looked around, “Why are you here? I am but one, and not skilled in much of anything. Why not go to General Warhaft, or the Imperial Guard?” Ria shook her head, “They have been captured along with the Emperor, and Tharn has transmorphed others to take their places, those who are loyal to him only. I cannot trust anyone else with this Talin. As you said, Tharn will not search for you as he would someone he considered a threat. Most of them are dead already. You can see the disdain the Wizard has for you, not bothering to even bind you in this cell. He does not see you as a threat, and in that arrogance he has made his first mistake.” For the first time the ghost of Ria Silmane smiled, and to Talin it was as if the sun had come from behind a cloud.
“I wish to escape, that is sure. Beyond that I know not what I can do, Ria.” “Take this,” at Ria’s gesture a ruby key flashed into being in a niche in the northern wall of the cell, “it will unlock the cell door. You are in the sewers of the Imperial City. If you make your way west, then south, I can effect your escape.” Talin thought a moment, “It will not do to have me surface in the City itself, for I would be quickly captured. I think it an uncommon occurrence to see a man pull himself through a grating on a city street. The guards at the least will have questions, ones I will be unable to satisfactorily answer.” Ria smiled again, “I am not as helpless as you may suppose. Even in this form I am able to work my magic, but to do so depletes the energy I use to remain on this plane. Your escape however is paramount to all other considerations. Get to the south-west corner of this sewer.