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The Iron Riders | PC NA | Heavy RP

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It's cool if you join our discord! We'd love people to rp alongside us even if you're not in the guild!

Also a little bump for the guild, excited to grow and get into some plot action!
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We have about 20 spots left! The response has been overwhelmingly positive so far, so thank you to everyone!
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BUMP!
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These screens are from The Iron Rider's AMAZING Open House night that was tonight. I am not in their guild, just an ally and fan of the amazing team they have! The housing was gorgeous and so immersive. I tried to get as many of the people there in as possible, but did miss a few due to the side of the room I was on. There was such an amazing turnout! Enjoy the screens so you can see some of the amazing RP offerings this guild is providing for their group and the community already as a new guild!
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A bit of a bump for our guild! We're slowly growing and still looking for more! Please come join us! <3

Thanks again to all those who came out for our Open Hall event! <3
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Update:

We have two positions/ranks open!

For the Staff there is a need for a dedicate 'Smith and Tanner'. The resident Smith would work the forges behind the great hall. While the smith in Farholme handles many of the towns needs the Riders would greatly benefit from their own dedicated smith and tanner. From weapons, horse shoes, leathers, horse tack and more.

The Guard also has a need to fill the role of the 'Warden'. The cells so far have gone fairly underused save for once, but as the Riders grow and expand the likelihood of their use will most likely grow. The Warden maintains the holding cells beneath Rídenseld, is responsible for prisoner safety and transport, and manages and assesses the security and strengths of the great hall.

Lastly, Calvary! We have plenty of Staff members. A few more in the Guard is fine, but we need more cavalry! Thank you :)
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A call for more Riders!

Join the Calvary and ride out to protect the surrounding area of Farholme! Stand with the guard to face down bandits! Or perhaps just come chill at our local Tavern? We're still looking for new members from all walks of life!
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The Iron Rider's went to House Varro's Auction and Archery Contest last night. The our Lord Commander won third place in the contest and our Seneschal Bartholmaos manged to get us not one but two mares for breeding rights with one of our studs! Prepare yourselves for some horrible screenshots!


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(Peryn, Letty, Haleth and Bart)

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(The crown is our fearless leader Baldor!)

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(Baldor recieving his prize!)

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(Haleth and Letty Just chatting.)

Thanks again to House Varro for showing us a great time! <3

The Iron Riders are still looking for recruits! We are full up on Staff, but please feel free to apply for the Guard or the Calvary! :d
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Huge, HUGE thanks to Rayna for putting this together. We are all indebted.


Based on some of the horses found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YtoNxs3cX7JIZA9RYigPs4Rxl54zWVYpQlAR6kbhSGg/edit?usp=sharing

Below is a collaboration of fan created documentation of horse breeds favored by The Iron Riders guild of ESO [PC-NA]. This write up is player headcanon for the purpose of adding depth to the guild’s horse culture roleplay and not to be taken as genuine content found within the lore of the game. Most breed references for foundation stock are taken from the [Horses of Tamriel] fan created document by [QueenVulture]. The breeds depicted below are either descended from crossing the breeds outlined in the original text, or breeds created to base the foundation breeding stock of the Ridenseld line of warhorses on.

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Goldhollow Fields
Lush pasture land and wide open fields has made Goldhollow Fields a prime location for the raising of horses. Mares and offspring of Ridenseld’s own string of warhorses are often turned out on pasture here to benefit from the rich grazing and ample room to frolic and grow.

Gatvamar (Can be used for all three branches)
Average height: 15 to 16 hands. Colors: Nearly any solid color with the occasional pinto and appaloosa pattern, white markings can range from minimal to extensive.
Reference for body type – Irish Draught Horse

Known as “the good horse”, the Gatvamar takes the stockier built Skyrim breeds and crosses them with lighter saddle horses of High Rock and Cyrodiil such as the Thalington and Persuvius, this blending over generations has produced a sturdy yet refined horse suitable for a variety of purposes, from light farm work to scouting and mounted warfare.

The Gatvamar is a lighter built horse compared to its heavier draft counterparts, yet maintains the dense bone and stout stance typical of its foundation Skyrim breeding. Pleasant heads are set upon necks of good length that thicken at the base, rolling into long, sloping shoulders. A strong, gently curving topline that blends well into muscular hindquarters finishes out a powerful silhouette. The breed possesses strength and speed with impressive agility and tremendous stamina. The coat is typically short yet thick like most other horses of Skyrim origin and grows thicker in the winter. Light feathering may or may not be present on the lower legs.

Whether in harness or under saddle the tractable temperament the Gatvamar is known for facilitates ease of training. Slow to mature but quick to learn, these horses gradually blossom into dependable steeds that have great longevity with good care, often times still being in sound service well into their late twenties. Their calm demeanor makes them the favored Rouncey of choice for everyday work and travel while their innate responsiveness and level headedness amid bustling activity have proven them steadfast Coursers for mounted skirmishes.

Strunmah-Key (Ideal for Staff)
Average height: 13.2 to 14.2 hands Colors: Duns are the most prevalent of colors. Occasional black or gray has been know to show up from time to time. White markings, if present, are usually minimal.
Reference for body type – Highland Pony/Icelandic Horse

Simply known as the Strunmah-Key, or “Mountain Horse” in the common tongue, much of the breed’s ancestry is lost to time. It is even rumored this breed originated in Atmora and was brought to Tamriel during the Nord’s conquest of Skyrim. Little is known of this breed’s history as documentation and pedigrees were rarely kept. Down through the centuries, this rugged little horse has been foundation stock for many of Skyrim’s breeds, including the more widely known Lochla, which resembles it most closely. Unfortunately, such cross breeding has diluted the Strunmah-Key to near extinction.

Spirited and brave, it is no wonder the warrior culture of the Nords favored this feisty little charger. Resilient and loyal, tales of Strunmah-Keys fending off Falmer from their fallen riders in battle have elevated this stalwart warhorse to a place of prestige among old clansmen. In ceremonial fashion, a slain warrior’s favorite mount was often sacrificed and set upon the funeral pyre alongside its rider so that they may be reunited to battle further in the afterlife. This may have contributed to the breed’s decreasing numbers till such practices were abandoned.

Short, compact, and extremely hardy, the Strunmah-Key is built for the harshest extremes Skyrim can throw at it. Dense bone and iron-like hooves stave off lameness in even the most treacherous of rocky terrains. A pleasing, curved silhouette containing a powerful and regal package is both well balanced and athletic. The hair coat is thick as all Skyrim bred stock bear and can grow quite long and shaggy in the winter, concealing the breed’s attractive appearance under a thick blanket of wooly hair. Manes and tails are long and luxurious when left natural, but is traditionally cropped or braided for battle. The breed’s most notable feature, aside from being extremely tough and easy keepers on minimal forage, is its swift trekking gait. Some individuals are even known to amble at surprising speeds. This fluid gait has made them favored Palfreys for those who spend hours in the saddle.

Numbers are few yet some Nord horsemen of secluded clans high in the mountains of the northern regions of the province chose to preserve the breed and do not part with their breeding stock easily. Somehow a few individuals made their way into the string of saddle horses at Goldhollow Fields. You have a long journey ahead that will take days to reach your destination? Better grab one of these Palfreys from the stable. Just be sure the steed makes it back unharmed for they are worth their weight in gold.

Goldhollow Draft (TIR’s Work Horse)
Average height: 15.2 to 16.2 hands Colors: Primarily bays and chestnuts, but blacks, grays, palominos and a few pintos have been documented with various white markings often present.
Reference for body type - Boulonnais

A large draft breed suitable for cultivating fields and logging work yet adaptable enough to ride into town when one needs to barter goods. Some individuals have even been bred and trained for heavy cavalry work. It is an old breed derived from a mixture of Fehrjorn and Wynheims with a strong infusion of Havenshire lines making it a ruggedly built horse that is strong and robust. This regional line originated from selective breeding many years ago by Baldors father Tormund under a different name, however in recent years it is simply as the Goldhollow Draft.

This horse is built for work. The Goldhollow Draft possesses size with a heavily crested, thick neck and strong shoulders along with a wide chest, broad back and sloping hindquarters with ample muscle down through the gaskins. The coat is short yet thick during the summer and shaggy in the winter with wavy feathering on the lower legs year round. Manes and tails are long and thick, but these horses will have their tails cropped at the hocks or braided so as not to become tangled in the traces. There have even been documented instances of a particular bloodline having a “curly” coat texture which is sometimes passed on to crosses from this line. The exact origin of this peculiar coat is unknown as old records were not always accurate nor legible.

The Goldhollow Draft is known for its quiet, easy going temperament and takes easily to harness and saddle training alike. That same unflappable resolve makes them dependable for pulling siege or supply wagons on the battlefield. Additionally, despite their large stature, the breed is gentle enough for youth and elders alike to safely handle.


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Rídenseld
Nestled into a meadow against a mountainous region bordering Falkreath Hold of Skyrim and Craglorn, Ridenseld is the primary Keep and meadhall of The Iron Riders. Bringing with him a few select horses from family-bred lines as well as choice stock from the region, Lord Baldor Ironbreaker began developing a signature line of stalwart warhorses to carry his Riders to glory.


Ridenseld Battleborn Destrier (Ideal for Cavalry)
Average height: 14.3 to 15.3 hands Colors: Primarily blacks, dark bays, and liver chestnuts though grays and an occasional dun are known to occur with or without white markings.
Reference for body type – Spanish Norman

Known as the pride of Ridenseld, and aptly named such, careful blending of the finest individuals of the above breeds has produced a ruggedly attractive steed for the purpose of mounted battle. Like most breeds of Skyrim stock, these brawny yet refined warhorses of the Keep are stoutly built with an underlying elegance. A robust Destrier, the Battleborn Destrier is a bit courser and heavier in appearance than their Cyrodiilic counterpart, the Warlander, but no less regal and steadfast. Descended from Lord Baldor Ironbreaker’s personal family stock, it is a relatively new breed still in development though traits and characteristics are becoming more set in recent generations.

The Battleborn Destrier is known for its dense bone and sturdy legs with a broad frame, well suited for rigorous work under a fully armored rider yet nimble enough to traverse the mountainous terrain of Skyrim with ample endurance. Gaits are smooth and effortless enabling both horse and rider to travel for many a mile without fatigue. The coat is generally short though thickens in the cold winters with light feathering often present on the lower legs. Manes and tails are long and almost silky to the touch. A beautiful head and gracefully arched neck set upon solid shoulders makes the horse a pleasing sight to walk up upon. Strong backs and muscular quarters enable the Battleborn Destrier to maintain balance when performing complex battle maneuvers. Speed and agility are paramount on the battlefield and the quick responsiveness to their rider’s cues from the breed’s inherent willingness to please their rider have secured the Battleborn Destrier as the signature warhorse of the region.

Even tempered yet spirited they are reserved for skilled horsemen and women. Their power under saddle and sensitivity to the rider’s cues can oftentimes be intimidating to the novice. But once horse and rider have bonded the teamwork witnessed between the pair is impressive, as if the rider thinks and the horse does. Amid the fray of combat a rider can guide the horse with seat and legs so as to free the hands for the welding of weapons, making for a deadly adversary when horse and rider join their forces in battle.

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Recently there has been an infusion of blood from the renown Warlander stock of House Varro, breeders of the superb warhorse, in hopes of adding refinement to the original Battleborn Destrier of Lord Baldor’s line and enhancing the stalwart nature of the breed on the field of battle.
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