Across the Sea of Ghosts lies the continent of Atmora. The last expedition to the continent revealed a land covered in a permanent winter. When the land froze over is unknown as various reports describe the climate similar to that of Skyrim; or not much colder. However, the last reported attempted migration from Atmora to Tamriel is dated 1E 68 – unless one believes the stories of Tiber Septim coming from Atmora – so it is likely that the land started its great freeze some time before then. However, the Atmorans were not totally wiped out by the great freeze.
It is unknown when the Atmoran exodus began. The arrival of the Atmoran refugees on Caller’s Island is also dated after Native practices, suggesting the Natives were a literate society. The following narrative is dated 1250 FE (First Eruption).
From the once great Port City of Jylkurfyk, some eight hundred refugees set sail for Tamriel aboard a fleet. However, the unfortunate refugee fleet sailed into an Ash Storm emanating from the Ashmount on Caller’s Island. The fleet was scattered, some pushed onward towards Tamriel and others returned to Atmora. Many of those who scatter were shipwrecked, with the only surviving longboat washing up on the shores of Tamriel, with very few survivors.
However, many longboats chose to stay together, and ride to the centre of the storm. Three hundred refugees made landfall on the northern coast of Caller’s Island. Misfortune seemed to follow the refugee Atmorans, as they were soon beset by one of the dominant clan on the island, the Aan Clan. Many refugees were killed before the Atmorans rallied, forcing the Aan Clan into retreat, at the cost of 65 refugees. The Atmorans remained at their landing site, naming it Ashfall, and began fortifying it; all the while repelling attacks from the Aan Clan and their subordinate Clans.
50 years pass, and the refugee town of Ashfall swelled as more refugees from Atmora poured in once the refugees began sending trade to Jylkurfyk. Although the Natives continued their raids, it was rare for it to result in the death of an Atmoran. This changed when the relative of a noble was killed during a raid; as a result, it was decided that they would go to war.
Although the Atmorans were more advanced, the Native Clans were extremely gifted in the arcane arts. Despite claiming much of the North, the Atmorans were under constant assault by the Aan Tribe; who, despite being surrounded by the Atmorans, put up a ferocious fight. By comparison, the other Clans were easily defeated in combat. The Atmorans, knowing the Aan Clan’s dominant status among the other Clans, sought to destroy the Aan Clan to demoralize the other Clans and force them into submission. The Aan Clan, however, proved more terrifyingly dangerous than the Atmorans were prepared for.
By focusing on the Aan Clan, the Atmorans were suddenly beset by the other Clans with a renewed vigour. Soon, they were losing the war on all fronts, and the Atmorans were being pushed back to their docks. Moreover, the call for reinforcements to Jylkurfyk went unheeded, as the Clans proved to be equally adept seafarers.
When the city of Ashfall was surrounded and its port blockaded, the Aan Clan sent in emissaries to call a truce. The terms included the return of conquered Atmoran lands on Caller’s Island, Native-controlled immigration and colonisation of Caller’s Island, and the condition that the governing body of the Ashfall refugees merge into the Republic of Caller’s Island. After some debate, the conditions were accepted – though many Atmorans wished otherwise*.
*Author Note: Much like the Nord reaction of the White-Gold Concordat.