The Ruby Brotherband Timeline
This timeline was made to help TRB members easily see when certain events unfolded and in what order.
HOW TO USE:
Please ignore the real-life dates (i.e. '1566 years ago' and '465 January, 4th.')
Also, this timeline is purely a YEAR-BY-YEAR timeline, with each entry placed in canonical order. Ignore the months, weeks, days and hours. They are NOT accurate.
This entire timeline takes place in the Second Era - 2E.
The timeline begins at the earliest entry on the timeline, (Abnur Tharn becomes Chancellor of the Elder Council.) Since most of the Ruby Brotherband story takes place in the year 2E 582, once you reach that year on the timeline, zoom in really close to spread out the entries so they can be more easily read.
If the content begins to stack, and you feel overwhelmed, you can spread each entry out by zooming in even further. To zoom in & out, click on the + and - symbol in the top right of the timeline. You can also use your left and right arrow keys to navigate the timeline.
The slider beneath the + and - symbols changes the scale of the timeline and entries, so you can make it larger or smaller accordingly.
(Not every bit of Lore within this time period has been detailed, only the pertinent parts that are more-or-less relevant to the story of The Ruby Brotherband.)
Answers to possible questions:
Q: "Why is the Ruby Brotherband called the 'Ruby' Brotherband?"
A: Atmoran Brotherbands were named different things for varying reasons. Some were simply named after their purpose or goal, (i.e; The Anvil Brotherband, The Sundas Brotherband, The Trout Brotherband, etc...) Gondul and his friends had a limited knowledge of Tamriel, and knew that the Empire there valued the Red Diamond as their sigil — thus they ironically chose to use 'Ruby' as a name for their Brotherband in an attempt to be more easily assimilated into Tamrielic culture.
Q: "Are Brotherbands Canon?"
A: Yes and no. Although the whole purpose of TRB is to merely fill in the gaps of TES history with interesting, dynamic answers that include you as a character, it is also important to stay as true to the known lore as possible. That being said, given that it is unknown when Atmora specifically froze over, (and also considering the myth that Talos came from Atmora long after the events of ESO,) it can be presumed that it at least froze over right around the events of ESO (minimum). Following this, it would only make sense that Atmorans would not sit idly in the progressively worsening climate of their homeland to die — not to mention there IS lore of there being small migrations of Atmorans after Ysgrammor's migration.
Q: "Is any of this Canon?"
A: Obviously not in the traditional sense, no. However, there is a big difference between something contradicting lore and something filling in the blanks of it. TRB simply offers players who like the concept a chance to interact with the story using their own character and adopt it into their Elder Scrolls Headcanon for the other games. That way, when they read a book in 'TES: V' that has a 2nd Era plothole in it, you can point and say "Aha! I know what really happened!" And, given that ESO presents hundreds of thousands of people the title and story of Vestige — it can be comforting giving players one, single story to adopt and own for their TES headcanon.
Q: "What exactly is The Ruby Brotherband in the lore, and who's side are they on?"
A: The Ruby Brotherband can be considered multiple things. Originally, the Ruby Brotherband was nothing more than a simple Atmoran Brotherband of three Atmoran friends. The sole purpose of the Ruby Brotherband was to help Gondul Early-Beard, Norrin Wolfclaw and Guillidus Frostbane start a more prosperous life South of Atmora. When the three men arrived on Tamriel and had their Souls ripped from them, Headmaster Gondul decided to make the Ruby Brotherbands new quest to fight back against Molag Bal for his actions and restore the Souls he stole. The Ruby Brotherband then recruited numerous Soulless ones in an attempt to help stop Molag Bal and get their Souls back. Varen Aquilarios, the Prophet, announced the plan of deposing Clivia Tharn from the Ruby Throne, getting the Amulet of Kings to relight the Dragonfires, and possibly crowning a new Emperor in the process. During the early stages of this quest, Varen also proposed forming an alliance with the Ebonheart Pact in order to fight alongside the Faction in Cyrodiil and bolster the Brotherbands forces. After the unstable creation of this Alliance following a personal audience with High King Jorunn, the Ruby Brotherband attempted to ride for the Imperial City — only to find it enveloped in war and bloodshed. Confusing the group as a group of Ebonheart Pact soldiers, the Brotherband was stopped at the bridge leading into the city by an Imperial Separatist Captain named Drusus. She threatened to order her Legionnaires to attack if they did not leave, but Gondul assured the Captain they were merely allies with the Pact — and that they only wished to help fight against Molag Bal. Gondul proposed to the Captain that his Brotherband could possibly aid the Separatists in their goal of defeating Clivia Tharn, Mannimarco and Molag Bal since they, too, wanted them defeated. Thus, after careful consideration and the need to increase their strength in the North East, the Separatists coalesced with the Ruby Brotherband and developed it into the Imperial Special Forces Unit it is today.
To Summarize, The Ruby Brotherband is:
1.) An Atmoran Brotherband with their own personal quest of restoring their Souls and the Souls of others.
2.) An ally group of fighters for the Ebonheart Pact.
3.) A Special Forces unit for the Imperial Separatists.