Our first in a series of interviews with those who have laid claim to the Ruby Throne.
Emperors rise and fall amidst the chaos of the Alliance War. The sounds of battle echo throughout Cyrodiil as armies clash, each seeking to place their own champion on the throne. In this new series, we’ll interview some of the heroes that managed to fight to the top and hold the title of emperor. To start things off, here’s our interview with Emperor Morkulth, the very first to ascend to the throne in ESO. Read on to find out how he accomplished this feat.
Did you have the support of a guild? If so, how did they help you?
Yes, I had the support of the guild I am currently in, Entropy Rising, as well as PRX. Our guilds have been collaborating for some time about being a dominant force in the Aldmeri Dominion alliance in Cyrodiil. Both guilds supported having a member from within their ranks push for the first emperor spot when Early Access went live. Who it would be, though, was a mystery to both guilds. Together on the first Early Access day, many members from both guilds partnered with their Mara buddies and pushed for level ten to make a push for emperor. Both guilds are very coordinated and have great leaders that were able to convince members how helpful having an emperor would be for questing and doing dungeons. They both helped by organizing their members into dynamic fighting groups to siege and take the six emperor keeps quickly and efficiently, not letting a minute of time get wasted.
How did you prepare to tackle the fight for emperorship and what kept you motivated to press on?
I prepared by having lots of trail mix at hand if the fight was to go into the late hours of the night and making sure I stayed rested (physically). To stay motivated, I kept my eyes on the prize. My determination to be the best at anything and everything always keeps my mind focused on what I want to accomplish. I make sure that I don’t get sidetracked from my ultimate goal because the sense of accomplishment from completing my main goal keeps me motivated to try more ambitious goals.
What did it feel like when you were crowned? Did you know you were the first?
It was a little nerve-wracking, to be honest. I was not expecting to be on the top of the leaderboard because I started a little behind some other members who were in the campaign. I had confidence, though, in my ability to stay to the plan I had set up for myself and follow through with my goals. It felt great to open up my mail and see a beautiful costume ready for use. I was elated that I had the support of great guilds like Entropy Rising and PRX, my trusty steed Moonbeam, and my mara partner Grimalkin. Without the combined efforts of everyone it could not have been accomplished. I did not know I was the first, but many members of Entropy Rising suspected that I was solely because of posts on the forums regarding the matter.
Tell us about your character. What race and class are you? Do you have favorite skills to use in Cyrodiil?
My character’s name is Morkulth and he is an Altmer Sorcerer. I chose the combination because Altmer are well-known for their affiliation with the arcane magics, and Sorcerers have the tools to be the best at everything they do. My favorite skills in Cyrodiil have to be Immovable (heavy armor active), Bolt Escape (Storm Calling), and Mage’s Fury (Storm Calling). I love Immovable as a caster because there are many pesky bow users on the battlefield who like to use the interrupt morph of Poison Arrow. Immovable allows me to cast abilities with cast times safely without being scared of being stunned and destroyed by a sneaky marksman. Bolt Escape is great for rearranging the battlefield. It allows the caster to engage and disengage at their liking. I feel that this ability is the one ability that needs to be changed in Cyrodiil with regards to carrying the Elder Scrolls. Mage’s Fury is a personal favorite because it allows you to chase down scouts who might be trying to report about your location to others. It acts as an execute to make sure they won’t report where my allies and I are!
Do you think you'll try to become emperor again in the future?
I think the goal of getting emperor again is definitely on my to-do list, but I think I will wait for the next cycle of campaigns to start. The feat of getting emperor is no easy one and it requires a good amount of one’s personal time to get to the top of the leaderboards. I am climbing my way back up to the top on Bloodthorn, but it will take more time. When the campaign leaderboards reset, expect to see Morkulth on the top of the campaign I am playing on.
What advice do you have for players who want to become emperor?
The best advice I can give to anyone who aspires to be emperor is to join a group or a guild. Finding a group of players you enjoy playing with and synergize well with will get you the most kills and the most Alliance Points. Zergs are necessary but small groups can cause some large distractions and be very effective in disrupting pushes from enemy factions. Also, don’t lose hope just because you are behind on the leaderboard. Grouping with like-minded players actually produces close to 70% more Alliance Points than following around a zerg. On many of the weekend stress tests, Entropy Rising has proven that in the course of three or four hours it is possible to get upwards of 400,000 Alliance Points by having a small group of coordinated individuals who are a cohesive battle unit.
Are there any particular battles or moments that stand out from your journey to the top?
Moments that stand out the most are people shouting over communication programs about the feat that the group had just achieved. Having a group of like-minded individuals who can put the good of a guild in front of their own personal aspirations has never ceased to amaze me. I would not be the first emperor if I did not have the backing of many individuals who make a gaming community what it is.
What is your battlecry?
Many times when I enter Cyrodiil, I turn caps lock on and type (and shout over chat programs) “Harden your hearts and temper your steel! War comes to Cyrodiil!” Although I am not an RPer myself, I still like to be immersed in the game I am playing. I feel that these words encourage others that good things are about to happen for our alliance!
Any last words for the worldwide ESO community?
Everyone is important in Cyrodiil. Every member of every community is instrumental to an alliance’s success. Just because you might not be at the top of your leaderboards does not mean that you do not contribute to success. Every person counts, and without everyone there is nothing. The PvP in ESO is great and is very rewarding for members who lead large communities and allows a lot of different individual skills to be utilized to make the group great. I encourage everyone to find a group of people who they enjoy playing ESO with because it makes the content for Cyrodiil and Veteran content that much more enjoyable. I also encourage every player to try new things with their builds. Don’t be stuck in a cookie-cutter spec build that everyone is doing; find the new thing and push the boundary of what it means to be player. Instead of using a destruction staff for a mage type, try playing around with a restoration staff. ESO offers a lot to many different playstyles and rewards you for trying something new. Feel free to share your new build and discoveries on community websites. I am willing to bet that in two and three months from now that there will be new builds that today we could not have even imagined being viable. That is the beauty of an MMO—it encourages players to push themselves to have the biggest edge over others.
Also get ready for Craglorn. I will be waiting.