The following was reproduced from the Elder Scrolls Online official site: HERE

From the Journal of Dranos Velador, Field Captain of the Silken Ring:

At long last, I've found it. I've found the Cradle of Shadows.

It was well hidden to be sure. The exterior is naught but a pile of overturned masonry, covered in lichens and old cypress roots. The Imperials took great pains to conceal it, but an assassin's eye misses very little.

The structure itself is unremarkable—a simple stone bastion, assembled in the tedious Colovian style. But you need only scratch the surface to find the truth of this place. Quiet horror hangs over the Cradle like a shroud. Mephala's servants lurk in every dark corner, just out of sight but always watching. Waiting. I've never felt more at home.

Mephala's presence only grows stronger as you descend. The fort's bleak stone walls give way to great caverns, where shadows dance like mad scamps and massive spider-webs glisten in the torchlight. Mephala's servants, the Spiderkith, stalk these chambers, whispering dark secrets to one another in a tongue no mortal understands. But this is still a pale reflection of what's to come.

Beyond the caves, the very fabric of reality begins to fray. Somehow Mephala's dark realm, the Spiral Skein, has claimed this place. Its inky tendrils stretch out in every direction, seducing pilgrims and prey alike--claiming them with a cold, chitinous embrace. This is what drove the Imperials to destroy the fort. They found this nexus and sought to hide it from the world. Shortsighted fools, the lot of them. How could someone turn their back on this sublime darkness?

After walking these gloomy hallways for a week or more, I feel the weight of it—the horror, I mean. It's as if all this dark beauty could collapse in on itself at any moment. Someone is holding open the nexus by will alone. I hear her in my dreams, urging me deeper and deeper into the Cradle, promising me glory, passion, and terror. Her name is Velidreth, the Lady of Lace. In time, I shall become her servant, and together we will bring this world to heel. All will fear Mephala. All will love Mephala. All will worship Mephala.

Our grim work begins here, in the Cradle of Shadows.

Tags: Argonian, Cradle of Shadows, DLC, ESO, LMA, Loremaster's Archive, Mephala, Shadows of the Hist

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A line from the video caught my attention:

[The Lady of Lace] has lured assassins of the Dark Brotherhood and Morag Tong into her thrall.

Obviously, this dungeon is focused on Mephala. Both the Morag Tong and Dark Brotherhood have been lured into the Lady's service. I wonder if we might get a bit more lore information confirming or denying the connection between Mephala and these assassin guilds. The Morag Tong revere Mephala. Some say the Night Mother is Mephala. 

What do you think?

Hm, if Mephala lures both Dark Brotherhood and Morag Tong to enthrall them it might confirm that Vivec might be playing both roles of Night Mother and Mephala for these guilds. Definitely curious what this dungeon will reveal about Mephala.

that is true, then lore is getting clearer. since a lot of things in ESO is not lore friendly.

It's not a question of whether it's lore friendly. TES lore is, by its very nature, ambigous and subject to interpretation. I like ESO's presentation of lore for the very reason that it shakes up our lore comfort zones.

The faction alliances, sure, I can go with you on that. 

thanks for understanding me . I remember when ESO was coming out before and a lot of people where butt hurt about lore.

Yeah, I remember doing a lot reading about that. In my opinion, most of the detractors were from people who didn't like MMOs, so they began with a bias against it.

As I mentioned, aside from the racial alliances, there hasn't been a whole lot that rubbed me the wrong way. Then again, TES lore is not "set in stone." There are things that we simply don't know for a fact. Events in-game and in in-game lore books were described by that author's biases and interpretation, which in turn were formed by their own culture's biases and interpretations. Very little in TES (and I've played all the games, including Arena) is spelled out with absolute clarity and certainty. 

To me elder scroll lord has always been pretty fluid, given that much of it is learned through books, legends, and hearsay. A lot of the lore doesnt really have that "word of God" absolutely confirmation. And I think that's the coolest part of elder scrolls lore, ESO or otherwise.

Totally agree! The fluidity and ambiguity is what I love the most. I don't think I'd like it all spelled out for me.

This is true, lore friendliness is not something TES has ever aspired to or pretended to have. There is no codex or encyclopedia, just stories or words from the mouths and pens of those who inhabit the world.

I doubt that will ever change which is great news for us who like to create and make the world are own. Re-interpretation and ambiguity trump fact any day.

I mean, think about our own history, how history turns out, and how events are recorded, are, as often stated, written by the winners

If so, this would bring a harmony to TES lore that we haven't seen in ...well, ever. Interestingly, the next DLC or two is rumored to be focused on Vvardenfell and Clockwork City. These DLCs would be a smooth transition from one to the other.

I like the way this LMA is written. Inspirational stuff, this. Very brazen of Mephala, almost too overt but at the same time refreshing.

I hear her in my dreams, urging me deeper and deeper into the Cradle, promising me glory, passion, and terror. Her name is Velidreth, the Lady of Lace.

Here we have so good old TES sexiness. The prospect of passion with the Lady of Lace is a revolting yet utterly bewitching thought. I think I would venture deeper and deeper too.


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