The Elder Scrolls Online (2014)

by Ji-yeong
7 minutes read


The Elder Scrolls Online brings the detailed world of Tamriel to life in a massive multiplayer experience. With its blend of rich storytelling, dynamic gameplay, and an active community, ESO offers an adventure that continues to grow and evolve, welcoming all who wish to partake in its epic saga.


The Elder Scrolls Online combines the exploration and lore of the Elder Scrolls series with the social and dynamic gameplay of an online RPG. Players can create their characters, choose their paths, and explore Tamriel in an ever-evolving world where every decision shapes the future.


“The Elder Scrolls Online” (ESO) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that has captivated gamers worldwide with its rich lore and immersive gameplay. Here’s a synopsis of the game’s plot:

The game is set in the year 582 of the Second Era during The Interregnum, a time period when there was no emperor on the ruby throne. In an attempt to claim the ruby throne, the Alliance War broke out between three different alliances: the Ebonheart Pact, the Aldmeri Dominion, and the Daggerfall Covenant. These alliances are important for the player vs player aspect of the game and are more of a background story to the main plot.

**The Planemeld**
During this time, Tamriel was also going through the Planemeld. The Planemeld was a massive Daedric invasion that affected the entire universe, not just Tamriel. The Daedric prince Molag Bal was at the heart of the Planemeld and used his Dark Anchors to try and merge Coldharbour, his realm of Oblivion, with the rest of the world.

Along with Molag Bal, Mannimarco is the other antagonist of the main story. He’s an agent of Molag Bal who founded the Order of the Black Worm, also known as the Worm Cult. To please the Daedric prince, Mannimarco and his Worm Cult would sacrifice people to Molag Bal, leaving them as soulless husks seeing out the rest of their days in Coldharbour.

**The Prophet’s Vision**
The player character is one of the many people sacrificed by Mannimarco’s Worm Cult. The game begins with the player character as a prisoner in Coldharbour, when they get a vision of someone known as the Prophet. This vision lets the player character know that there is something special about them. The Prophet refers to them as the Vestige. The Vestige escapes their cell and, with the help of Lyris Titanborn and Cadwell, they reach the Prophet’s cell. Lyris switches places with the Prophet in the cell, so he can be set free.

**The Five Companions**
Eventually, the Prophet and the Vestige meet up at the Harborage where the Prophet shares a story. The former emperor of Tamriel, Varen Aquilarios, wanted to become Dragonborn so he could light the Dragonfires in the Imperial City. That would have legitimized his claim to the ruby throne, as most emperors throughout history were also Dragonborn. Mannimarco said he could help the emperor, but would need the Amulet of Kings to do so, which led to the creation of the Five Companions.

“The Elder Scrolls Online” offers a rich and immersive storyline that takes players on an epic journey through the realms of Tamriel and beyond. From the Alliance War to the Planemeld, from the schemes of Mannimarco to the visions of the Prophet, the game provides a captivating narrative that keeps players engaged and invested in the world of ESO.


While ESO features an array of NPCs with their own stories and quests, the true stars are the players themselves. Each character is customizable, from appearance to combat style, allowing for endless possibilities in how they engage with the world and each other.


ESO’s gameplay includes questing, crafting, PvP combat, and exploration, all within a massively multiplayer online world. Dynamic events and a flexible class system allow players to tailor their experience, whether they prefer solo adventures or teaming up with friends to conquer challenges.


The Elder Scrolls Online stands as a testament to the potential of MMORPGs to craft vast, immersive worlds rich with stories and adventures. Its commitment to expanding the Elder Scrolls universe while offering players a multitude of ways to explore, fight, and interact makes it a landmark title in online gaming.

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