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Treasures of Tamriel: The Myth of Mir Corrup
by Terminus Zaire, Contributor — Category: Lore Articles
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Hidden in the shadows and buried deep within the sands of time lie the remnants of great secrets, and even greater treasure. As the release of The Elder Scrolls Online draws ever closer, I attempt to unveil the fog of war to expand our understanding of the past, present and future fate of Nirn. This series will explore people and places of legend, artifacts and weapons of extraordinary power, and the impact they’ve had on shaping the land of Tamriel.


A few weeks ago while I was busy procrastinating on a final report for school, I happened to stumble across a forum discussion almost 5 years old that talked about some of the content removals that took place before Oblivion was released. One of the posts mentioned the “City of Mir Corrup”, something I had never heard of before. While references and information about this city was difficult to find, it was enough to prove that another city in Cyrodiil was left to be discovered.

There are a total of 3 different references (4 books total) that mention Mir Corrup as a city. The first and earliest reference to this location can be found in Book Five of 2920, The Last Year of the First Era, a series detailing how Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III and his son were assassinated by the Morag Tong. The book has one passage describing the arrest of Queen Rijja Cyrodiil at the hot springs of Mir Corrup, describing how, “The rock shelf over her head sheltered her from the misting rain, but let all the sunshine in, streaming in layers through the branches of the trees” and mentioning the existence of the Lord of Mir Corrup. This can be interpreted as either referring to the assistant of the Count (the ruler of a city) or as the owner of the estate itself, hinting that Mir Corrup may have originally been privately owned before becoming a city.

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The second reference of the city was found in A Dance in Fire v3, a story of an Imperial clerk's journey into Valenwood during the Five Year War. The mention is small, but was one of the most important clues in identifying the city’s location. As Decumus Scotti swam from a burning boat, “He thanked Mara that he had learned to swim. Many a Cyrodiil did not, as largely land-locked as the Imperial Province was. Had he been raised in Mir Corrup or Artemon, he might have been doomed…” This information is helpful in that it tells us that the city is land locked, and can't be near any major rivers or bodies of water.

The most detailed reference is spread out over the two book series called Palla, about a mage who attempts to bring a woman back to life through necromancy. The entire book itself is set in the city of Mir Corrup, giving details such as the fact that it was once a luxury resort for the rich during the early Second Era, information supported earlier by Book Five of 2920. The springs were apparently created through the use of magic, ultimately leading to the Mages Guild starting their own charter in the area. Over time the popularity of the city as a resort diminished, resulting in the local mages having “bitterness at being at a backwater Guild.” One of the most important details I found was a comment on the relative location of the city, being in a “desolate, wooded corner of the Imperial Province” with a “wet, sometimes cold Cyrodilic climate”.

These details helped to paint a basic picture of what Mir Corrup was like in its early years and inevitable atrophy, but the actual location of the city was still a mystery. I had recently downloaded Oblivion onto my computer for research purposes, and I concluded that this would be the perfect time to use it.

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I decided that to begin my search in the North Eastern corner of the Imperial providence, north of Cheydinhal near Lord Rugdumph’s Estate, immediately reminding me of how Lord Drad’s Estate appeared to boarder the previous location of Sutch. Although the area matched the description relatively closely, the quantity of boulders and uneven topography in the area made me second guess the location. As I was exploring it began to snow, and I concluded that the area was too far north into the mountains to be the location for Mir Corrup.

As I traveled farther south, I was astonished at how extensively the Valus Mountains rose over the heartlands and Nibenay Basin, making it nearly impossible to navigate the steep slopes. My next point of interest was to look to the west of Lake Canulus where the border between Cyrodiil and Morrowind came to a point, creating a “desolate, wooded corner”. As I climbed a hill further East, I was doubtful I found find anything of significance; that is, until the land quickly plateaued and became clear of large boulders. The plateau was nearly the size of Cheydinhal, extending to the boarder oh Morrowind and into some of the Valus Mountains to the North. Maps and images taken through the command prompt showed characteristics extremely similar to near Sutch, allowing me to conclude that I had found the correct location!

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With the (hopefully correct) location of Mir Corrup discovered, I began to research into what might have caused the city to suddenly vanish. The city had existed as far back as the First Era, and A Dance In Fire was set during the Five Year War which took place from 3E 395 to 399. Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion takes place during 3E 433, leaving a timeframe of approximately 30 years for the city to completely disappear off the map. While it may simply be an error on the part of Bethesda in forgetting about the city, I've identified 2 possible reasons for the city's disappearance that remain canon to existing lore.

The first reason is very similar to why Sutch was lost to history, being that the majority of the records regarding the city were lost during a time of crisis such as the Interregnum. Ironically, The Five Year War was only one of multiple wars that took place during the Imperial Simulacrum, caused by the kidnapping and impersonation of the emperor for nearly 10 years (the main quest line for Elder Scrolls: Arena). There is a good possibility that the city was destroyed during this period of chaos, but was never recorded.

The second potential reason comes from information from the Mehrunes' Razor official plug-in, adding an extremely large dungeon and new Ayleid city, Varsa Baalim. History claims that the city "vanished" in a similar fashion as Mir Corrup, although it was unknown if it was done purposely or was caused by a natural disaster or divine intervention. Although the Ayleid city was lost during the early First Era, history could have repeated itself and sank Mir Corrup as well.

Regardless of the cause of the city's demise, it will be interesting to see if Zenimax is willing to add or release more information about it and expand our understanding of Tamriel's heartland. Those of you with a keen eye may have noticed the mention of a second city from A Dance in Fire called Artemon, but I have been unsuccessful in finding any information whatsoever regarding its history or location. Nevertheless we have still discovered one more lost city, and I'm certain that we'll find many more throughout the continent of Tamriel.
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If Mir Corrup is in game, I hope it won´t be on the Cyrodiil side of the border, but a town of the Ebonheart Pakt serving as the Entrance to the PvP area. With so much comfort and luxury before we march into battle, how could we lose ;)
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(May 13th 2013, 08:35 PM)Ajeh Wrote: For your next article did you need any help in uncovering any details on Artemon?

If you can find ANY additional information that I haven't regarding that city, I will write an article and even dedicate it to you! I spent almost an hour looking into it and couldn't find any references whatsoever, other than in A Dance In Fire. Chances are it was just a small village that nobody cared about.

(May 14th 2013, 01:24 AM)Idriar Wrote: If Mir Corrup is in game, I hope it won´t be on the Cyrodiil side of the border, but a town of the Ebonheart Pakt serving as the Entrance to the PvP area. With so much comfort and luxury before we march into battle, how could we lose ;)

Unfortunately it appears that we don't be seeing it at launch; if my research is correct, they plan to release most of the heartland to keep things balanced. Here's an extremely rough copy of what we might expect to see at launch (please note this picture is absolute crap when it comes to accuracy, it's just an example):
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So sadly, we *most likely* won't be seeing Sutch, Kvatch or Mir Corrup at launch, which is rather sad, but completely understandable.
That being said, we WILL see Sancre Tor, which should be cool!
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Wow, I didn't think there were any other lore nuts that were as crazy as me to notice this. While I didn't actually narrow down the location, I figured the desolate landscape would place it close to the border of Morrowind. I also have an extremely far fetched theory as to how it disappeared. In the Elder Scrolls, there are things called 'Dragon Breaks'. These Breaks are events that seem to precede or occur at times of great change, and somehow reality splits into two or more possible universes, sometimes constricting time to make it pass slower or faster in one area of Tamriel than another. Now, these Dragon Breaks generally seem to precede great events, and in the case of Mir Corrup, you stated a 30 year timespan for it to suddenly disappear from history. Now, this 30 year span is right before the events of Oblivion, and the Hero of Kvatch, an obvious bringer of great change to Tamriel, would likely have been around 20-30 years old at the time of Oblivion. This places the his birth in the 30 year time span. Now, if the general requirements for a Dragon Break occurring before a great event hold true, it may very well be one occurred at either a) The Hero of Kvatch's birth, or b) At the VERY beginning of the events of Oblivion. How? Remember how the protagonist can't seem to remember how he got in prison, or anything regarding his history? Sounds like a tampering in time to me. Due to the very nature of Dragon Breaks, people may not even be aware of their occurrence, as to the viewer inside the break everything is occurring as normal. Now, at a Dragon Break's conclusion, all realities are slammed back together in a huge paradox. This could theoretically throw a book referencing a place that had recently been in existence into a reality where it had been destroyed for who knows how long, as well as slamming someone who, by all logic does not exist, into a different reality, locked in a cell that is supposed to be EMPTY (mix up with the Watch... yeah right) and for an unknown crime. So perhaps a book mentioning Mir Corrup, along with the Hero of Kvatch in perhaps an insignificant role, are all propelled into another reality at the conclusion of a Dragon Break that proceeds the Oblivion Crisis and the turning of an era (just as a previous Dragon Break preceded the beginning of the Third Era.) Anyway...nerd mode, DEACTIVATE! Just my theory.
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(May 14th 2013, 02:45 PM)Zalkar Wrote: Wow, I didn't think there were any other lore nuts that were as crazy as me to notice this. While I didn't actually narrow down the location, I figured the desolate landscape would place it close to the border of Morrowind. I also have an extremely far fetched theory as to how it disappeared....

Well I gotta say that was actually quite an entertaining read!
At first I thought it was just an entertaining theory, until I did a little more research, only to realize that what you're talking about actually exists!
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Dragon_Break

Imagine that, Bethesda went as far as to include a safeguard to their lore for lost or obscure anomalies of time: Dragon Breaks!

Thanks so much for the insightful post @Zalkar !
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Congratulations on the mention by the Tamriel Chronicle, good work. It seems we dont have much to go on in terms of Artemon but I was thinking that we should think that Artemon is in the same dimensions as Mir Corrup.
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Congrats on being featured! :) http://elderscrollsonline.com/en/news/po...le-issue-7

Bretons will rise again from the course of History! We shall raise our spatulas and summon our beasts and control ALL of Nirn!!!!!!! \o/
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(May 13th 2013, 05:37 AM)Garbrac Wrote: At blizzcon 2010 there was a guy at one of the Q&A sessions, who asked a simple question, a question that has made this guy infamous among the Developers of World of Warcraft.

It was only a matter of time, waiting in the background for that perfect chance to ask that perfect question.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Elder Scrolls Online community it is an honour to introduce you to the ESO's version of The Red Shirt Guy

Fill us in on the details?....what was the question?...and did this start the slide downhill for those devs who eventually failed to answer the question and in so not doing felt bad?...So they decided it was to much to take and then sold Blizzard to get that nightmare off their minds?...LOL
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Thanks for the article! I enjoyed how you carried on your investigation into Oblivion. Twas an adventure!
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