"Like the diamond in the center of the Amulet of Kings, Cyrodiil is the heart of the Septim Empire and Tamriel. Still largely forested and almost landlocked, the beauty of the land has been sung of since time immemorial. Three Empires have wielded their power from the strategic center of the continent, so it is little wonder that Cyrodiil is widely know simply as The Imperial Province." - A passage from the Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition by the Imperial Geographical Society.
Dark clouds have gathered. Heavy feet are marching from the north. Loud rumbling sounds in the west. The eagle appears at the southern horizon. Molag Bal has laid siege upon the Imperial City. The White-Gold Tower enslaved by chains from Oblivion. A war is raging, femine is sweeping across the land. As the armies from the north, west and south march towards the Dragon Throne, Molag Bal's forces destroy everything that is known and enslave the people. By Akatosh, save the lost souls and may your dragonfire burn eternally.