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Zanya Zinzara - The Sapphire Viper

The Maormer, also known as Tropical Elves, Sea Elves, Fish Elves, or Pyandoneans, are a race of Mer that live on the continent Pyandonea, far south of the Summerset Isles, after migrating there from the legendary continent Aldmeris as Aldmer in the Merethic Era.

The Maormer are divided into a number of factions who follow the principles and teachings bestowed upon them by their immortal lord King Orgnum. These teachings were given to Orgnum by four Daedric Princes whom these factions now worship in lesser or greater degrees. These include the Sea Vipers (Maormeri = Zah’vyla) who spend their lives raiding the other nations of Nirn, sowing chaos and discord, in accordance to Boethiah’s teachings; the Coral Slavers (Maormeri = Mzol) who herd, drive, and work the lesser races of Pyandonea, the Dreugh, Naiads and Nanaue, in accordance to the will of Molag Bal; the Trench Hunters (Maormeri = Hakaziin) who excel in the ways of the hunt and predate upon the bountiful sea life of Pyandonea in accordance to Hircine’s example; and the Abyssal Ones (Maormeri = Zamori) who search out and horde the secret mysteries of Mundus, Oblivion and the Aetherius in accordance to the word of Hermaeus Mora.

Zanya Zinara - known and feared by many as the Sapphire Viper - was the leader of a band of Sea Vipers who led countless successful raids against the peoples of Tamriel and Beyond. It is said that she and her raiders even attacked the Island Nations of Esroniet, Yneslea, and Cathnoquey, whilst exploring routes through the Padomaic Ocean to bring back plunder and slaves to Pyandonea. She is famed for riding her Great Sea Serpent - Zalak Red Maw - into combat whilst the swift ships of her fleet encircled the panicked vessels of her quarry.

Now, as Tamriel plunges into civil strife, chaos, and war from the petty ambitions of rival nations, the Sea Vipers once again look to the shores of Cyrodiil, Elsweyr, Valenwood, and the hated Summerset Isles, for glory, riches and blood.   
 

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“Many Romani from across Europe made pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Camargue, France on 24th May to honour Sara e Kali, the Romani patron saint.

Sara’s statue is taken from the church crypt and processioned to the shore of the Mediterranean in a reenactment of her arrival in France with the ‘Maries’, the mothers of the Apostles. The town plays host to music, dancing, feasting and ritual bathing as Roma celebrate their patroness’ day.”