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Welcome to the Encyclopedia Ermariana! This is an encyclopedia for the world Ermarian, the setting of the fantasy RPG games Exile and Avernum by Spiderweb Software. It is intended to help scenario designers set their own scenarios in this world by giving them information allowing for more consistent stories and detailed backgrounds.


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Due to low vitality and heavy spam, this site is closed to registration and anonymous editing. Please contact if you would like an account. Please read our structure policy so that you can categorize articles properly. Post at the Community Portal if you need help.

Featured article


Dragons are solitary, winged reptiles with unmatched might, great knowledge, and lives that span many centuries. They were hunted by the Empire and are now nearly extinct.


Dragons look something like very large, winged lizards. They have a long, sinewy body which they sometimes coil up in the manner of a snake.

A dragon's stature varies not only with its age, but also with its power, and in particular, the size of its hoard. The most powerful dragons have grown to heights of more than 25 feet, and lengths of more than 100 feet, from head to tail.

Dragons are covered in scales, generally of green and red hue. The scales of a fully-grown dragon are very difficult to pierce, and can withstand extreme temperatures and strong magical forces. They are often sought by enchanters as a powerful source of enchantment.

Read more in the main article at: Dragons

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What's happening now

  • 10 Feb 2013: Site updated to 1.21alpha, and freshly compiled PHP 5.4.11.
  • 12 March 2012: Encyclopedia is first to be brought back online after an intrusion.
  • 6 September 2011: Site reactivated after 6 weeks downtime. Registration now closed. Spam vigorously purged.
  • 6 September 2010: Server moved, and PHP updated to 5.3.3 (MediaWiki is at 1.17alpha). Also, several fixes were required.
  • 20 September 2009: PHP updated to 5.2.11, and the site is back up.
  • 24 August 2009: MediaWiki 1.16alpha failed to work with PHP 5.2.8, and the site was taken down temporarily.

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Tip of the day


For your convenience and improved efficiency, the Encyclopedia Staff (me) has installed a multitude of tools that serve better exchange and communication within the Encyclopedia community. If you have something important to say or ask, don't hesitate to use as many of them at once if you are able to; the more people will be likely to responde.

Firstly, the Encyclopedia Board, a basic punBB installation, is the official message forum of this place. Secondly, you can use the Community Portal and the Talk pages of each article to ask questions right here on the site.

Thirdly, I set up a channel on the SorceryNet IRC network, named #ermariana.

Fourtly, I can, as always, be emailed at If you want to look official, you can send it, but that just forwards it.

Over and out! :)

The Encyclopedia Ermariana currently has 1,165 pages.


Note: The Encyclopedia is an unofficial resource, whose content is for the most part based on fan-invented information. The authority or accuracy of this content is not endorsed by Spiderweb Software. (See the Copyright Disclaimer)

Note: This content mentions several in-game facts which could be considered spoilers. To maintain integrity, no special notices will be given - by entering any page, you risk being spoiled without further warning.