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The Elder Scrolls Fanon prides itself on striving to achieve a standard of excellence in all of its articles. In this strive to achieve a standard of excellence, it is expected that all articles be uniform and follow a certain "manual of style". For the convience of Wiki users, Wikipedia has written their own Manual of Style where users of all Wikis can read about the most basic writing techniques and writing styles. These are to be used by all members of Elder Scrolls Fanon. It is expected that all users read the information on the aforementioned page and this page.

Below are the formatting procedures of Elder Scrolls Fanon. If any user feels that something is missing or that something should not be there, it is expected that they bring it up on the talk page.


The "perspective" used in an article depends on the point of view of the article. The two types of perspectives are in-universe and out-of-universe. Both are common, though there are certain types of articles that they would not apply to.


An "in-universe" article belong solely to the Elder Scrolls Universe and not the real world. The most common example would be a character article. For example, an article about Emperor Uriel Septim VII would be an in-universe article, but an article about Sean Bean would not be as the actor does not exist in the Elder Scrolls Universe. Another would be that Tamrielic is an in-universe term, while English is an out-of-universe term. It is simple to tell the difference between out-of-universe and in-universe because an in-universe article should strive for versimilitude, meaning that it should be written as if the author actually exisited within the Elder Scrolls universe. Articles about anything exisiting in-universe, such as characters, animals, terminology, or race should always be written from an in-universe perspective. Parts of in-universe articles should sometimes be written in the out-of-universe perspective, such as a listing of a character's published appearances. To summarize, in-universe articles should never refer to the Elder Scrolls by name, nor should it refer to anything else in real life aside from Behind the Scenes trivia and Appearances.


An "out-of-universe" article is the opposite of "in-universe". An article written in an out-of-universe perspective is written from the point of view of real life. For example, articles that pertain to real life publications, actors, and so on would be out-of-universe. Articles pertaining to Fan Films, games, and other real life Elder Scrolls material should also be written in the out-of-universe perspective.


All in-universe articles must be written in past tense. The reasons for this are twofold. First, articles on Elder Scrolls Fanon are presented as historical recordings that have been pieced together from scraps of information left over from the Elder Scrolls Era. As such, all articles pertaining to the history have not yet been uncovered and might be added on to later on. In real life, this would be the author's way of coming up with a new idea for his or her article. Keeping article written strictly in past tense provides consistency and flavor.

Second, the Elder Scrolls Universe took place a long time ago, meaning it took place in the past. Writing in-universe articles in past tense properly relates the timeline of the Elder Scrolls Universe with the perspectives of all users. However, even though it is assumed that all information from that era is available, authors should not include phrases such as "his ultimate fate is unknown" or "what happened to the city after the battle is a mystery". In the minds of many, lines such as those make it appear as if the author did not want to put the time or effort in creating the final portion of the history for the character or city. It is expected that all articles have a complete and detailed history.

Layout Guide (in-universe)Edit

Out of the many different types of articles that can and have been created on The Elder Scrolls Fanon, the most common is the in-universe article about a character, ship or weapon. It is the style that makes the article appear to be a very professional, Wikipedia/Elder Scrolls Wiki-like encyclopedia article, as it contains as much detail as possible. All in-universe articles should contain the following:

  • Infobox - An infobox is the box of statistics on the right side of an article. A relevant infobox contains statistics and known information in a comprehensible chart. A limited amount of background information on the subject is also present. Articles that only have an infobox are discouraged and will be deleted shortly after creation unless more information is added. When choosing an infobox for an article, users should consider the category that the article fits in. For example, Veloth Direnni was an individual, or a character. Therefore, he would have a character infobox. However, infoboxes become more specific than that. Veloth was a Dunmer, so therefore he could have a Dunmer character infobox. For a list of all infobox templates, please see Category:Infobox templates. This section is recommended.
  • Introduction - The introduction of an article should be a sufficient lead that has at least two hundred words or more. All introductions should be written as if they were to be featured on the main page as a Featured Article or a Good Article. Who, What, Where, When, Why and, if applicable, How should all be covered in as much detail as possible. This section is required.
  • Main Article - The main article is the most important part of an article, as it is where the majority of the information is. A character’s history, personality and traits, talents, and legacy should all be placed in the main article. If the article is about a ship or another form of vehicle or technology, the topic’s characteristics, design and legacy should all be discussed. This section is required.
  • Behind the Scenes - The behind the scenes information is information regarding inspiration, origin and the reason the article was created. This section is generally written as a bulleted list. This section is recommended.
  • Appearances - The appearances section documents any appearances the subject of the article has had. If the fanon character or concept covered in the article is part of an unencyclopedic fan fiction, novella, short story or other fan-devised media in or outside Tesfanon, it should be mentioned in this section. The list should be in bulleted form in an in-universe chronology. If the subject’s appearance is only a brief mention, apply the {{mo}} template. For the subject’s first appearance in the saga (in order of publication, not in order of in-universe chronology), apply the {{1st}} template. If the subject’s first appearance in the saga is only a mere mention, use the {{1stm}} template. If the subject is not named in it’s first appearance but it is identified in a later source, first use the {{1st}} template and then the {{1stID}} template. This section is used only if applicable. An example of a list, using Jarl Erik as an example, is as follows:
  • See Also - The see also section should include links related to the topic that are not linked to in the article. It is generally reserved for links to gallery or family pages that do not belong in the main article. This section is used only if applicable.
  • External Links - The external links section is used to link to other sources or websites in which the subject might be mentioned, covered in alternate detail or discussed. Even if there is only one link, the name of the section is to remain plural. This section is used only if applicable.
  • Succession Box - A succession box is a box at the end of an article that lists the time period for which an individual held a certain position or title. It also provides links to their immediate predecessor and/or successor, if the names of the aforementioned are known. Succession boxes should not be used for titles that were unique to certain individuals, therefore resulting in no predecessors or successors. The same applies if the individual is the only known holder of the title. Succession boxes should not be inserted if the individual’s position in the succession sequence is unclear. If the individual was the first or last person to hold a certain title, the “Preceded By” or “Succeeded By” section should read “None”. If there are no known predecessors or successors, the sections should read “Unknown”. However, if there are some known predecessors or successors, the section should read “Unknown, eventually <name of closest individual>”. All succession boxes should be contained within two templates: {{start box}} and {{end box}}. This ensures that there are no line breaks within the succession box. This section is recommended.
  • Category - Every article on Tesfanon is required to be in at least one category. Maintenance categories such as Category:Articles to be cleaned up and Category:Articles being improved do not count. Categorizing articles by author does not either, though it is encouraged to add that as an additional category. Categories should be listed in alphabetical order. For a list of categories, please see this page.

Layout Guide (Out-of-universe)Edit

The less common types of articles that can and have been created on Tesfanon are those that deal with fan fiction and video games. Although the fan fiction might never get published and the video game will probably never be made, the article is still expected to look professional as if it is a part of a professional encyclopedia. All out-of-universe article should contain the following:

  • Infobox - Like in-universe articles, out-of-universe articles should also contain an infobox. Infoboxes for novels and video games can be found in the list of Infobox templates. This section is required.
  • Introduction - Like in-universe articles, out-of-universe articles should contain a proper lead that is at least two hundred words describing the Who, What, Where, When, Why and, if applicable, How of the story or video game. This section is required.
  • Main Article - The main section of the out-of-universe article contains the bulk of the important information. If the article is about a novel, a summary of the novel and a list of chapters should be given. If the article is about a video game, a summary of the video game and a list and important information about levels should be given. This section is required.
  • Characters/Dramatis Persona - If the article is about a video game, a list of playable and, if the author wishes, non-playable characters should be given. If the article is about a novel, a list of all the characters that appear, no matter how significant, should be given. This section is recommended.
  • Controls - If the article is about a video game, the author may wish to include information about the console that the video game is for and the controls for the video game.
  • Behind the Scenes - Same as in-universe.
  • See Also - Same as in-universe.
  • External Links - Same as in-universe.
  • Categories - Same as in-universe.

Naming conventionsEdit

Names for charactersEdit

Generally, characters should have the first letters of their names and surnames capitalized.

Any characters' titles should not be in the name of the article. Darth is not considered a title but a name, therefore it is allowed to be in the name title.

  • Examples:
    • Tiber Septim instead of Emperor Tiber Septim
    • Aela the Huntress instead of Shield-Sister Aela the Huntress

Disambiguation bracketsEdit

Round brackets (parentheses) should be used to create disambiguation articles; in that manner we can recognize characters who share the same name.

Remember to put a space before the first bracket, and to make sure that the first letter of the word inside of the brackets begins is in lowercase.

If two or more editors could want to write some fanon involving a specific character (for example you could want to write something about the Dragonborn). Proposed solutions:

  1. Create a disambiguation page (example "Dragonborn") containing the related links (examples: 'Dragonborn (Pikapi)' and Dragonborn (Nanosoldier)) if the character has different authors.


Headings are the parts of an article that include the equal signs, thereby making either a large name with a solid grey line or simply large black letters. To make a heading, users are excepted to use the == rather than the (bold) markup. For example:

===This is a heading===

If headings are marked in that way, a table of contents will automatically be generated from all of the headings in the article. Sections will be automatically numbered for users with that preference set and words within properly marked headings will be given greater weight in searches. Headings also help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article. Please also note the proper coding for articles when it comes to articles. The proper heading coding for a well put together article is as follows (in the format of a character):

===Early life===
===Rise to power===
==Personality and traits==
==Talents and abilities==
==Behind the scenes==
==See also==
==External links==

When writing headings, users should capitalize the first letter only of the first word and of any proper nouns in the heading. All other letters should be in lower case. It is also recommended that you avoid links within headings and the overuse of subheadings.

Usage and SpellingEdit

Although the readers and editors of Tesfanon come from many different countries and speak many varieties of English, users should use standard American English spelling, punctuation and word usage. Most primary sources in the The Elder Scrolls series use this variety of English in their first printings. If the title of an article differs in different varieties of the English language, the American title should be the article title with alternative names used as redirects. For example, Elven Armour should redirect to Elven Armor. It is also recommended that articles be typed in a word processor with a spell check before being posted on Tesfanon to maintain a standard of quality.


The first letter of a sentence and all proper nouns should be capitalized.


In the in-universe sections of articles, the words "Dunmer" and "Redguard" should be capitalized, as should the names of any other species, or creature from the Elder Scrolls series mentioned in articles. The words "men" and "mer", however, should not be capitalized.


When referring to or creating articles about ships and/or ship classes, users should be aware that the name of the ship and the class should be capitalized, the ship name should be italicized and it should be used with the definitive article. Class names are italicized only when a ship in that class bears the same name. The definite article may be used, but it is not required. For example, an author would say “The Velothi operated in the Sea of Ghosts” rather than “Velothi operated in the Sea of Ghosts”. When a ship’s class is a modifier, a hyphen should be used. For example, “Direnni-class frigate”. When the class name is a noun, a hyphen should not be used. For example, “Ships of the Direnni class were often overlooked.”

When the word “class” is not used when referring to the class name, italics should not be used. For example, “Lilmothian Warship” does not need the word “class” as the name is being used as a noun. When referring to a class in an article, the first time it is used it should be preceded by the full technical designation. In all succeeding instances, it may be referred to solely by the type name or common name. The names of ships and classes should also be referred to with neutral pronouns. For example, “it was a fine ship with a good crew”.


Many users have adopted the use of quotes in their articles to give them a more “real life” feel to them. Regardless of the size of the quote, it should be inserted with the quote template, that template being as follows:


{{Quote|quote|attribution|source of quote}}

Only the name of the speaker is required after the quote, but some users may wish to include who the quote was spoken to, the source of the quote and the page number the quote is from. This is acceptable and encouraged.


For information on categorizing articles, please see The Elder Scrolls Fanon:Categorization.

Articles that will not be deletedEdit

The administrators have taken great strides in their attempt to create a standard of quality and excellence for every user to be proud of. However, as of August, 2008, greater strides have been announced. Many articles will be deleted by administrators that fail to live up to the Manual of Style. For example, if a user simply creates an article that is an infobox and does not incorporate any text into an introduction or some form of an article and, furthermore, lets it sit that way for some time, the article will be deleted. Articles without categories will also be deleted, as most of the articles that are uncategorized have not been and will not be touched by the authors for quite some time. The most important thing for users to remember is to follow the Manual of Style. By doing so, their articles will not be deleted. For more information regarding what articles will be deleted, please contact one of the administrators.

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