Within a few years after Barristus joined the Chorrol Guard, the Great War broke out with the Elves of the Aldmeri Dominion. The emperor Titus Mede II ordered the soldiers of the empire to gather under his banner in order to wage war against the Elves. As every city in the empire, Chorrol had to send a detachment of soldiers for the Imperial Army. Many of the guard members volunteered, as did Barristus who was around the age of twenty by then. The evening before he left Aerius told him his last advice before leaving: “You will encounter many difficulties in the war. No matter how desperate the situation may be at times, don’t forget son, the strongest soldiers are the strongest at heart. That is what matters the most. Talos guide you.”
|Weary soldiers at the bank of Niben|
In those days he met the soon to be famous Tullius the first time. Tullius was a young Tribune leading a cavalry unit of the rearguard and his already evident talent for tactics and strategy was starting to show. His many attacks on Elven supply columns and the harassment of their vanguard made it possible for the field legions to withdraw in a more or less orderly manner. Tullius’ feats earned him the rank of General by the end of the Great War.
|Barristus' route in the beginning of the war|
Soon after reaching the capital, Barristus’ legion was re-deployed near Cheydinhal for rest and refit. By that he escaped the encirclement and the sacking of the Imperial City. His legion spent the winter preparing for the next encounters to come. Hearing about the fall of the capital many people were starting to give up hope. Knowing that the emperor could escape from the encirclement gave some hope though.