The Elder Scrolls Online is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year. Fans of The Elder Scrolls series were dismayed on multiple accounts when they were told that neither Oblivion or Skyrim would have multiplayer content. With more and more franchises on the market having some form of multiplayer and/or social features included, some fans were left with holes in their heart. Holes that could only be filled by exploring the lands of Tamriel with their real-life friends.

In TESO, Tamriel has been split into three, each ruled by a playable faction: The Daggerfall Covenant, The Aldmeri Dominion and The Ebonheart Pact. There is also a fourth faction that houses the game’s primary antagonists, the Imperials, led by the False Empress Clivia.

ZeniMax Online has released information about the leader of one of the playable factions, High King Emeric of the Daggerfall Covenant. With meager beginnings as the son of a merchant, Emeric spent a good portion of his youth learning all there was to be known about economics. However, Emeric’s father was not content to have a son who only knew of trade and peacetime. Emeric trained daily with the Cumberland Master of Arms and exercised with the Menevia Heavy Dragoons. During the summers he would become lieutenant of the mounted escort for the Evermore Caravan where he would frequently be required to fight of waylaying bandits and goblins.

High King Emeric - The Elder Scrolls Online

His experience in combat helped him greatly when Durcorach the Black Drake, leader of the Reachmen, declared war upon all of High Rock. After surviving a fifty-seven day siege at Wayrest, Emeric lead the Heavy Dragoons to attack Durcorach’s armies while they were distracted with the assault on Daggerfall itself. Emeric himself destroyed The Black Drake and tore down the banner that represented him. This feat of gallantry, surely along with other accolades, led to Emeric’s ascension to the throne of Wayrest. During Emeric’s lordship, the traitorous King Ranser of Shornhelm besieged Wayrest. The city would have certainly fell were it not for Emeric personally leading the Cumberland Guard against Ranser’s invaders.

Though unarmored, Emeric wielded the enchanted Orichalc Scalpel and literally cut through the enemies with the force of hail and lightning. Upon Ranser’s defeat, Emeric saw the Greater Daggerfall Covenant formed by the alliance of Bretons, Redguards and Orcs and took the reigns as High King of the Covenant. Now Emeric seeks to dethrone the False Empress and restore the Empire of Tamriel. Peace and justice will rule the nations rather than blood and fire.

The Elder Scrolls Online is set to launch later this year with the beta gearing up to start soon. You can sign up for the beta now at The Elder Scrolls Online official website. Is High King Emeric a king worth following? Or do the Ebonheart Pact and Aldmeri Dominion still have you locked into your character choice?