The Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City

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The Infernal City
AuthorGreg Keyes
IllustratorPaul Youll
SeriesThe Elder Scrolls
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherDel Rey
Publication date
November 24, 2009
Media typePrint (Paperback), Download (E-Reader)
Pages288 pp
Followed byLord of Souls 

The Infernal City is an English Fantasy novel by Greg Keyes. It is the first of two books based on The Elder Scrolls series of video games. It was published on November 24, 2009 by Titan Books in the UK, and Del Rey Books in the US.[1][2]


Four decades after the Oblivion Crisis, an unknown mass appeared on the coast of Black Marsh during a powerful storm. Meanwhile, a Dunmer assassin named Sul awakens from a nightmare in which he and Colin, a young Inspector for the Penitus Oculatus, inspected the area where Attrebus was attacked. He discovered a decapitated and charred body with Attrebus' Imperial signet ring, but thought it was too convenient to be authentic. Meanwhile, Attrebus awoke tied up and riding a horse.

During the attack, Annaïg lost the locket that connected her to Coo, but accidentally acquired Qijne's invisible, possibly biological, blade, which wrapped itself around her forearm and extended as she wished. In an outdoor area of Umbriel that Glim discovered called the Fringe Gyre, he found trees that appeared to be related to Hist, since he could hear them murmuring.

They traveled to Water's Edge for supplies, and while there Attrebus tried to garner support from an old friend, Captain Florius Larsus. Florius agreed to join Attrebus, but while waiting for him in a tavern Attrebus was attacked by a group of people hired by the same that hired Radhasa and her allies to kill him. He found that one of the men that attacked him worked for Florius and ran back to find him sitting at a table, a knife wound in the base of his skull.

Glim and Annaïg back on Umbriel, defeated. They spent a few hours together before saying their goodbyes, and Annaïg headed back to the kitchen. She promised Glim that, while all they could do was continue to move forward, eventually they would be free. She then resolved to become stronger and more ambitious in order to survive.


Main Characters:

Titus Mede I - The Imperial Emperor of Tamriel. Upon ascending to the throne in 4E17, he established a spy order called the 'Penitus Oculatus' to replace the Blades.

Prince Attrebus Mede - Prince of the Empire, and son of Titus Mede. After being contacted by Annaïg via her magical talisman Coo, Attrebus sets out to rescue her from Umbriel, until being captured by mercenaries. Attrebus has been coddled his whole life, and has inflated opinions of his abilities and standings, learning his "friends" loathe him, and his combat training was carefully orchestrated babysitting.

Annaïg Hoïnart - A young Breton girl who accidentally arrives on Umbriel with her friend Mere-Glim, and the two of them are captured.

Colin Vineben - An Anvil-born Inspector in the Penitus Oculatus who investigates the disappearance of Attrebus and later Umbriel's appearance in Tamriel.

Mere-Glim - An Argonian and the best friend of Annaïg Hoïnart. They accidentally arrive on Umbriel and are captured.

Sul - A Dunmer man who travels with Attrebus to Umbriel. He was thrown into Oblivion along with Vuhon when Red Mountain erupted.

Mazgar gra Yagash - An Orc and One of a group of Imperial Legion scouts sent to investigate the stories about Umbriel, assigned as bodyguard to the mage Brennus.

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  1. ^ The Infernal City. June 2010. ASIN 0345508017.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  2. ^ "Bethesda Softworks And Del Rey Books Announce Novels Based On The Elder Scrolls Video Game Series". April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2016.

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