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"The Gold Coast serves as a wonderful destination for travelers that seek the most interesting sights in Cyrodiil and enjoy the fine weather and sandy yellow beaches of Anvil. With bright sun and clear waves, the Gold Coast enjoys a pleasant climate fueled by warmer currents from the Abecean Sea. We offer a verdant paradise perfect for a hearty sort looking for true adventure on a reasonable budget."
Astinia Isauricus[src]

The Gold Coast or the Strident Coast is the western coast of the Colovian West within the province of Cyrodiil. The Gold Coast takes its name from the golden grasslands that stretch along the coast from the Brena River to the Strid River. Most the settlements found in the land are farmlands in between Kvatch and Anvil.



Western Gold Coast[]

Garlas Malatar

The western Gold Coast consists of the beaches between the estuaries of the Strid River and the Brena River. Most of the Gold Coast's activity occurs in this area as Anvil is situated along the central bay. The majority of County Anvil is found along the coast. Underneath Anvil is the Smuggler's Cave, which many counts and pirate lords of Anvil have used as either a treasury or an escape route. The westernmost Ayleid ruin in Cyrodiil, Garlas Malatar, is found on the coast on the outskirts of Anvil.

Eastern Gold Coast[]

Varen's Wall

The eastern Gold Coast is the central heartlands of western Cyrodiil. Much of the land is agricultural, especially around the outskirts of Kvatch which sits atop hills that overlook the entire area. This region is heavily religious, with the Akatosh Chantry and the Order of the Hour having a strong presence here. The Kvatch Arena is the main attraction of the eastern Gold Coast. The Dark Brotherhood also has a significant presence in the area, with two known sanctuaries in the area. The majority of County Kvatch lies within here.

Outer Gold Coast[]

Fort Sutch

The outer Gold Coast refers to the land outside of Varen's Wall which was built during the Colovian Revolt. This region is largely uninhabited and the only settlement is Sutch which is not far from the northern gatehouse. The ruins of Niryastare is the only other notable landmark in the region. The wildlands are inhabited by Daedric cultists at the Statue of Malacath, and there are various bandit encampments and redoubts moving northward. Most of County Sutch can be found here.


Notable fauna[]

Dire Wolves[]

Dire Wolf

The Dire Wolves of the Gold Coast are a much stronger variant of the typical Wolf found throughout the continent. Unlike regular wolves who hunt in packs, dire wolves are typically solitary predators. Taming a dire wolf is much more difficult to do, but citizens of Kvatch have been known to use such creatures as mounts or as auxiliary units. They are also intelligent creatures and are known for having a long memory, but they do not grasp the use of magic. Like pet dogs, they enjoy having their bellies scratched.[1]


The Goblins of the Gold Coast have a history of alliances forming a united group. As of 2E 583, there were two main tribes, the Long Tooth Tribe who claimed the northern land near Knightsgrave and the ruins of Sutch, while the Sharp Stick Tribe claimed the southern hills around the Strid River. Long ago, the Long Tooth consisted of three tribes, the Long Claws, the Tooth Rocks, and the Rock Sticks. The Long Claws and the Tooth Rocks were originally from the Colovian Highlands near Chorrol and warred against each other and they were eventually driven out by the Fighters Guild and into the Gold Coast. It was here that the two tribes saw the Rock Sticks as a common enemy and fought against that populous tribe. Eventually, the three tribes banded together as the Long Tooth, claiming northern Anvil County. The Sharp Stick tribe is an amalgamation of various smaller tribes, The Eye Sticks, the Sharp Rocks, the Shatter Bones, the Blood Skulls and the Gut Blades that coalesced after significant internecine warfare.[2][3]

River Troll[]

River Troll

The Troll is a common creature throughout the provinces, usually found in secluded caves and isolated locations. There are several variants depending on the environment, such as the Frost Troll in the province of Skyrim, or the Swamp Troll in the deep region of the Nibenay Basin. The River Troll variant is found in the riverways of Cyrodiil, primarily the Niben River and the twin rivers of the Gold Coast. River Trolls are hunted in the county of Sutch, where their carcasses are considered valuable. They resemble the typical Troll, but their hide is scaled and silver-blue in color. Their bodies have several river hunting adaptations including fangs and claws to hunt fish, webbed hands and razor sharp teeth. Like other trolls, they live in caves and hidden alcoves, but their diet typically consists of common river fish, Mudcrabs, and even Crocodiles.[3][4]


The Nixad are mischievous humanoid insects that live primarily in the Colovian West, originally living in the region of the Great Forest, before migrating into the Gold Coast. The Nixad is reminiscent of the Faerie, more specifically, the Pixies of Hammerfell. They live in glades and meadows throughout the Gold Coast. They take pleasure in other people's pain and are known to laugh and mock those in obvious irritation. According to some folktales, the Nixad like to pluck the eyes of children and roll them in piles of Moon Sugar and eat them. The only way to prevent this is to distract them by humiliating the possible victim. Despite their cruel nature, they can be loyal and friendly pets. A unique type of Nixad, the Orchid Nixad, are revered by worshippers of Dibella and they can be found in places that worship her such as the Chapel of Dibella in Anvil..[3][5]



The Minotaur is a type of beastfolk found in the Gold Coast and a common type of beastfolk in the Empire. They are more tribal and aggressive than the Orsimer of the Greater Reach. The Minotaurs are also known as Man-Bulls after their physiology. Minotaurs have large and hulking bodies as compared to man and mer. Despite the abundance of male Minotaurs, there are, in fact, female Minotaurs. The most well-known Minotaur was Belharza, the second Emperor of the First Empire and the son of St. Alessia and Morihaus. Minotaurs were devouts of St. Alessia and upheld this in some ways even when they were shunned by the Alessian Order during their persecution of non-humans. Minotaurs in the Gold Coast live near ruins, primarily the ruins of Knightsgrave, which is a mausoleum belonging to the Order of the Hour and a site of worship for Akatosh during the Alessian Empire. Minotaurs have a unique type of armor, partly barbaric in design but with Alessian influences. Even though they are shunned in modern-day society, people of the modern age have recognized their once illustrious past in the early first era. [3][6][7][8]

Other fauna[]

The following fauna can also be encountered in the Gold Coast:


The Gold Coast savannah.

The region of the Gold Coast takes its name from the gold colored grasslandconfirmation needed that stretches between the Brena River and the Strid River. The grassland then extends beyond the region into the north from the Colovian Highlands and as far as the ruins of Lipsand Tarn. The trees in the region consist of oak, beech, and ash, all of which are utilized in Imperial manufacturing and construction, especially in Colovia. The Water Hyacinth is common in the Gold Coast and found in the southern point of the region near the Strid River. One of the most abundant of flora found in the Gold Coast is the Aloe Vera in contrast to their being unavailable elsewhere in Cyrodiil. The Goldenrod, Lady's Mantle, and Fennel can be found further inland. A unique flower called the Wyrd Flower grows in the ruins of Garlas Malatar and other Ayleid ruins in the area.[9]


Seal of County Anvil

"At the height of Alessian influence, its western arm enjoyed a brief autonomy as the Colovian Estates, a demarcation that still colors an outsider's view of the Empire today; often, Cyrodiil has two faces, East and West, and any discussion of its later social history must first be tempered with a summary of this early divergence."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

Cyrodiil is a well-organized country, with subdivisions called Counties partitioning the whole. The Gold Coast houses three distinct counties: Anvil, Kvatch, and Sutch. Each of these are ruled by a count or countess who rules by either hereditary accession or through the people's choice. The Gold Coast itself is a geographic indicator and not a political one, so the region does not have a political center or regional ruler. The Colovian Estates were an autonomous government that spread from Anvil to Falkreath. The Colovian people are strong and hardy, a working people that are much more active than those of the Nibenay.[10][11]



"Akatosh is the chief deity of the Nine Divines (the major religious cult of Cyrodiil and its provinces), and one of two deities found in every Tamrielic religion (the other is Lorkhan). He is generally considered to be the first of the Gods to form in the Beginning Place; after his establishment, other spirits found the process of being easier and the various pantheons of the world emerged."
Mikhael Karkuxor[src]

The Empire has established the worship of the Nine Divines as the main religion in all of the provinces and it is a combination and generalization of several different pantheons. In the Gold Coast, the most prominent divine is Akatosh, the Dragon God of Time and Chief Deity of the Nine Divines. Kvatch has been historically known as a city of Akatosh, with the Cathedral of Akatosh having great significance in County Kvatch. The Akatosh Chantry is the main cult of Akatosh worship and it has chapters throughout the Empire, including in Wayrest and Bergama. Akatosh played a prominent role in the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, when Martin Septim sacrificed himself to serve as the Avatar of Akatosh and cast Mehrunes Dagon back into Oblivion. The Order of the Hour is the military arm of the Chantry and they enforced the will of the Chantry. They had a significant role in the Gold Coast during the Interregnum and it is common knowledge that the Akatosh Chantry are enemies of House of Dibella.

The House of Dibella is the central cult that worships Dibella, the Goddess of Beauty and Love. She is one of the more popular ones, with devotees from as far as Markarth and Tigonus. Anvil is the center of Dibella worship in Cyrodiil and the Chapel of Dibella sits in Eastern Anvil.


The Gold Coast is rich in culture and the County of Anvil is a retreat that many nobles go to, similar to the Kingdom of Sentinel in the north. The markets are always in stock with exotic wares and the delicacies of Anvil are served in many exquisite restaurants from Eastgate and Westgate. The beaches, however, are the primary focus of Anvil's tourists. Cozy cottages dot the beach for those who could not afford the villas that nobles sleep in. Kvatch was a place of worship and reflection with the Cathedral of Akatosh prominent in the city square. The Kvatch Arena was another attraction with warriors from all over pitted against various enemies. It was the only arena in Cyrodiil other than the one in the Imperial City, the latter of which still stands. On the Gold Road between Anvil and Kvatch is a series of private estates and isolated inns such as the historical Gottshaw Inn or Lord Drad's Estate.[12]


East Empire Company Logo

"Travelers from all over come to take advantage of the wonderful open air markets, filled with curiosities and delicacies from across Tamriel. Others come to dine at the many fine eateries. Still others frolic on the sandy beaches and swim the clear waters of the Abecean Sea. While the city has many luxurious accommodations for noble families and those of means, some of the citizenry also cater to visitors with a smaller purse, offering guest rooms in their own cozy, beach-front cottages."
Astinia Isauricus[src]

Anvil is a prominent port receiving goods from ships plying the Abecean Sea that are bound for Cyrodiil. As such, the County of Anvil has been a branch location for both the East Empire Company and the Gold Coast Trading Company. Both companies also benefited from the Imperial Navy being stationed in Anvil to protect them from pirate activity on the Abecean Sea. Inland, lumber is a major trade. Anvil Harbor is also a place of rest for passing sailors that move throughout the Abecean and reside in The Fo'c's'le. Skooma runs in the Gold Coast are also smuggled through Anvil Port until they enter the rest of the province.[9][12][13][14]


First Era[]

The Alessian Empire[]

First Era Map of the Gold Coast

"The West is respected as Cyrodiil's iron hand: firm, unwavering, and ever-vigilant. The Cyro-Nords that settled it had relinquished the fertile Nibenay Valley long ago, determined to conquer the frontier. Their primitive ferocity was disinclined to magic or the need for industry, preferring bloody engagement and plunder instead. After they had captured the Nedic port-cities of the Strident coast, the Westerners embarked on a mastery of the sea."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

Sometime during the early part of the First Era, the Ayleids migrated to Cyrodiil, expanding their Kingdom from both the east and the west. One of the settlements built at that time was Garlas Malatar, a temple city dedicated to Meridia. In 1E 243, Nedic slaves under the command of Saint Alessia conquered the land and established the First Empire. They spread across the land and this is when the current cities of Cyrodiil were founded, including towns in the Western Gold Coast. The Nedic Kingdom of the Strident Coast ruled out of Kvatch. This continued for several years until the arrival of the Colovians, Imperial Westerners who hailed from Skingrad and Chorrol. The Colovians overwhelmed the Strident Nedes and took over their land, bringing the Gold Coast into the Colovian Estates. The Estates were an autonomous government which consisted of West Cyrodiil and nations along the outer border such as Arenthia and Elinhir. At the time, Kvatch was a juggernaut among the Colovian Estates and had a strong rivalry with the Kingdom of Skingrad in the east. With their land gone, the Nedes retreated north to Hammerfell where they founded Skyreach.[10][15][16]

The Tale of Lord Nunex Faleria[]

During the early years of the Alessian Doctrines, three leaders ruled over Kvatch as a council. The names of two have been lost in history. The third, Lord Nunex Faleria, was in love with an Ayleid scholar from the city of Nenalata. To protect his love, Nunex established a stronghold deep in the Gold Coast and named it Fort Faleria. To protect it further, he used magic, hired workers, and a tribe of Minotaurs to guard it. As time went on, Nunex and Lady Faleria had a family, with three children. Eventually, Lady Faleria died and Nunex built a brass tomb for her in Fort Faleria.[15]

Faleria's Demise[]

During his and his family's residency at the fort, Lord Faleria delved into dark magic. One day, the youngest child escaped and met a young woman, whom he fell in love with. When her family discovered his Elven heritage, she was forced to confess and word of this brought the Empire to Fort Faleria. Lord Faleria committed a gruesome ritual, which ended with his family's death and the destruction of Fort Faleria. With his remaining strength, he buried his family on the surface and remained in the ruins of Fort Faleria, where it faded into obscurity as Tribune's Folly.[15]

Rislav the Righteous and the Coup at Skingrad[]

During the fifth century, Kvatch was ruled by King Justinius and it fought against Skingrad in minor skirmishes over common territory in the Colovian West. This would last until 1E 472, when the marriage of Princess Belene of Kvatch and Rislav Larich of Skingrad ended the fighting. Rislav remained in the Court of Kvatch for six years after that until when in 1E 478, an unknown disease spread throughout Cyrodiil. The disease killed most of the Larich family in Skingrad, leaving only Rislav and his older brother, Dorald Larich. When news of this was received by the brothers, Dorald left for Skingrad where he took control of the town. His first decree was to have Skingrad cede to the Alessian Empire, which outraged and shocked the Colovian West, and Rislav and the Court of Kvatch even more so. Rislav, his wife, and a militia of Kvatchian Soldiers attacked Skingrad during the Coup at Skingrad. Rislav decapitated Dorald and took the position of King of Skingrad. From then on, the Colovian West rebelled against the Alessian Empire, including various acts of rebellion such as the Battle of Glenumbria Moors and the Battle of Sungard.[17]

Bendu Olo of Anvil and the All Flags Navy[]

A Sload of Thras

"Things persisted in this vein until the Thrassian Plague of 1E 2200, which decimated more than half of Tamriel's population, particularly the western coastlands closest to Thras. After Bendu Olo, the Colovian king of Anvil, led the All Flags Navy to victory over the slugfolk of Thras, the glory of the Cyrodilic people became known throughout the world."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

In 1E 2200, the Sload of Thras had unleashed a horrifying plague called the Thrassian Plague throughout the Western World. Symptoms of the plague included an intense, unquenchable thirst. The people would drink and drink until their bones cracked and their flesh bulged. The Plague spread all over the continent and of its most notable victims were in the area later known as the Corgrad Wastes. The disease caused a drastic decrease in population in and around the Iliac Bay. Bendu Olo, the King of Anvil, amassed a force unlike which the provinces would not witness for many years. Bendu created the All Flags Navy, drawn from the ranks of kings and barons of the Western World from Summerset Isles to Hammerfell, and even from far away Black Marsh. Bendu set sail from Anvil to the archipelago of Thras and sacked the Coral Tower and subsequently sank Thras into the Sea of Pearls. Many notable figures aided Bendu in battle, such as Baron-Captain Olsien Guy Mard of Evermore, Captain Tsona-Ei of Alten Corimont, and Syrabane, an Altmer warlock who became a part of the Aldmeri Pantheon thereafter. When Bendu returned to Anvil, he was proclaimed a hero and the fortress built outside the harbor town was converted into Castle Anvil. The events that transpired caused Colovia to overshadow Nibenay in the east and this would bring about the War of Righteousness in the late First Era. This war led the end of the Alessian Empire with the razing of the Order's monastery at Lake Canulus.[10][18][19][20][21][UL 1]

Second Era[]

Main article: Anvil (Online)
Main article: Kvatch (Online)

Count Carolus Aquilarios and Varen's Wall[]

Varen Aquilarios sealed the Gold Coast to protect it from Leovic.

"Shortly after the start of Varen's Rebellion, Aquilarios ordered his followers to begin construction of a wall to protect Kvatch and the rest of the Gold Coast from retaliation by the Longhouse Emperor and his troops. Aquilarios, determined to take the battle to the heart of the Empire, didn't want to leave his home and original seat of power open to retribution by his enemies in his absence."
Midara Salviticus[src]

To protect his original domain, the Gold Coast, Varen Aquilarios commissioned the construction of a stone wall to defend against attacks by Leovic's forces. This wall was designed by Jaros Truptor and named Varen's Wall. Because of this, the Gold Coast did not fall into ruin like the rest of Cyrodiil. Varen took the Second Legion from the Gold Coast and used it in his fight against the Emperor. He left the throne of Kvatch to his nephew, Carolus Aquilarios, whom he believed was worthy of protecting the county. Shortly after this, Ephrem Benirus, the Count of Anvil and Imperial Praefect decided to rally his forces and try to take control of Kvatch. With what little he had, Carolus had defended Kvatch from Count Benirus and he was promoted to Count of Kvatch. Benirus attempted to take Kvatch a total of three times, each time with dwindling forces. He eventually gave up and lost Anvil to Fortunata ap Dugal of the Red Sails.[22][23]

The Wolf of Kvatch[]

Carolus Aquilarios inherited Kvatch from his uncle, Varen.

"Carolus Aquilarios idolized his uncle and was eager to help when Varen declared open rebellion against the Emperor. In fact, Carolus wanted to join Varen and fight alongside him as he marched toward the Imperial City. But Varen had other plans for Carolus. He wanted someone he could trust to protect the homefront - someone like his honorable nephew."
Midara Salviticus[src]

Due to his bravery, Carolus was given the name the Wolf of Kvatch and this marked the start of using the wolf as the symbol of the county. Things became much harder for Carolus when Artorius Ponticus, the Primate of the Order, took an interest in expanding the Order's power over Kvatch and attempted and failed to overpower Carolus and his Kvatch Guard. Eventually in 2E 582, Varen disappeared from the Imperial City and the Planemeld arrived. With the Ruby Throne empty, the Alliance War advanced into Cyrodiil, waging war across the land. Once again, Varen's Wall spared Kvatch from destruction.[24][23][25]

The Order of the Hour[]

The Order of the Hour are the militant arm of the Akatosh Chantry as of many years.

"The Order of the Hour is one of the oldest knightly orders in the Empire. It was born early in the life of the Empire, during the First Era, and eventually faded into obscurity during the Second Era. It was founded by Ennon Decan as an order of knights dedicated to Akatosh, though originally it drew its members from the priesthood and military alike."
Exordor Vasidius[src]

The Akatosh Chantry is located in Kvatch. During the Interregnum, the Longhouse Emperors under Durcorach the Black Drake had been formed from Reachmen Emperors.[source?] Given the Daedra worship that the Reachmen practiced, many believed that a purge against worship of the Divines would occur. Many took up arms, preparing for such an event. One such person was Cavor Merula, who had re-established the Order of the Hour in 2E 432 to protect the Chantry and the treasures stored within the vaults. The Order recruited devoted priests and soldiers of Akatosh and trained every day. The anticipated purge never came and the Order remained as sworn protectors of the Akatosh Cathedral.[24]

The Kvatch Bread Riots occurred in 2E 467 when Kvatch had suffered from the Red Wheat Blight that killed off the crops for the second year in a row. Feeling that the Akatosh Chantry was not doing enough to rectify the situation, Gruff Bojour incited a mob riot outside the Cathedral, with the intent of inflicting violence and making their disdain known to the Chantry. But the Order of the Hour had prepared for this and Sister Severa and her squadron slaughtered the rioters before they took action. The Primate at the time decided to pray for the passing of the blight and it disappeared after the next season passed. The Order also saved Primate Phrastus from an assassination attempt in 2E 540 and saved priests from a bandit caravan in 2E 561. Anyone who recognized Akatosh as their divine savior was protected by the Order.[24]

The Pirate Queen of the Gold Coast and the Red Sails[]

Captain Fortunata ap Dugal and the Red Sails conquered Anvil.

"When the time was right, Fortunata and her armada sailed into Anvil Harbor and grabbed control of the city. Now Provincial Governor Fortunata and her Red Sails enforcers claim the entire Gold Coast as their personal domain. It's estimated that the Red Sails have more than two dozen vessels under the blood-red sabers on a white banner. A navy in its own right, the Pirate Queen could lay claim to any port she desired."

In 2E 576, the Gold Coast had become an independent kingdom separate from Cyrodiil when Varen's Wall was finished on the Gold Coast border from the Colovian Estates. The Imperial Navy left the Gold Coast to face Varen Aquilarios' rebellion in the Heartlands. The Red Sails Pirates of the Abecean Sea arrived into the Anvil Bay with a large fleet and took control of Anvil in a heartbeat. Fortunata ap Dugal had taken the role of Provincial Governor of the Gold Coast. Governor Fortunata ap Dugal ruled Anvil with an iron grip and was considered a ruthless dictator among her people. However, Dugal's reign kept the region controlled and prevented anarchy at multiple different times. Her Red Sails became a private militia in a similar vein to the Stormcloak Rebellion in Eastern Skyrim, to benefit her needs and enforce her political beliefs.[26]

The Independent Gold Coast and the Strident Triumvirate[]

Primate Artorius Ponticus is the leader of the Order of the Hour.

"Now, Her Eminence knows all about your objections to the fact that she has annexed the entire Gold Coast and placed everything southwest of Varen's Wall under her protection. She has done this because she cares and because she has the means and resources to fulfill her promise to the people of the Gold Coast. Why can't you just accept her generosity and stop this continuous bickering?"
Braccus Klinicus, Master Scribe of Anvil Castle[src]

Fortunata ap Dugal would soon take action as she began her attempt to take over Kvatch. Fortunata declared the Gold Coast as an independent state from the rest of Cyrodiil in 2E 579 at a time when the Soulburst occurred, the Imperial City was in shambles, and the Daedric Hordes from Coldharbour under the command of Molag Bal took over Central Cyrodiil. This was during the reign of Clivia Tharn as Empress-Regent. The Gold Coast, despite being ruled by a Pirate Queen, had prospered amidst the destruction of the heartland. Governor Fortunata pressed Kvatch to join her through diplomatic channels, though this was an underhanded offer. Count Carolus Aquilarios denied her advances, and so the Red Sails would harass Kvatch by disrupting the trade flow on the Gold Road. Feeling threatened, Count Carolus had sent the Kvatch Warders on the outskirts of Kvatch to confront the Red Sails. Both groups met each other outside Gottshaw Inn. The Warders quickly defeated a motley crew of Anvil warriors until a raging horde of pirates surrounded them. This event was known as the Gottshaw Massacre. To prevent a war, Count Carolus swore loyalty to Anvil, losing significant rule. During this conflict, the Order of the Hour, under the command of Primate Artorius Ponticus, had risen, threatening the Court of Kvatch's power in their own city. The Gold Coast then was a triumvirate of rulers: Count Carolus Aquilarios of Kvatch, Governor Fortunata ap Dugal, and Primate Artorius. This would continue, even into the Alliance War, in which the Gold Coast was neutral.[27][UL 2]

Enter the Dark Brotherhood[]

Speaker Terenus was the leader of the Gold Coast Dark Brotherhood, in the Eastern area.

"The people of Kvatch were renowned for their piety, and it was said the Primate of Akatosh was almost the city’s co-ruler. Which would make it a perfect place for a chapter of the Dark Brotherhood, as assassins-for-hire do their best business where regulations are strict and people feel constrained and inhibited. With no way to vent frustrations, minor disagreements become major conflicts, and sometimes a person’s removal seems like the only solution."
Naryu Virian[src]

In 2E 583, the Dark Brotherhood of Colovian West had made a resurgence in the independent kingdom of the Gold Coast and had made several notable assassinations in places such as Anvil and Kvatch. One of their first assassinations was Lord Quintus Jarol at his Estate north of Anvil and Grand Sermonizer Fithia at-Himah. Groups such as the Order of the Hour began to antagonize the Brotherhood in the hopes to destroy them.[28][29]

The Dark Brotherhood and The Order of the Hour[]

Grand Sermonizer Fithia at-Himah was murdered by the Brotherhood for meddling against them.

"Murder is a filthy business in the eyes of Akatosh. And those who treat murder as business are the worst of all! Hear me, faithful of Akatosh. I speak of the foul followers of Sithis: the Dark Brotherhood! Cowards and skeever-lovers, the lot of them."
Akatosh Sermonizer[src]

In 2E 583, Carolus Aquilarios continued to rule over Kvatch. The Dark Brotherhood's first notable target that year, Quintus Jarol, was an Imperial nobleman living near Anvil. The Dark Brotherhood became known throughout the region, bringing them to the attention of the leaders of both Anvil and Kvatch, as well as making the Order of the Hour take action. Fithia at-Himah, the Grand Sermonizer of the Chantry, started a mission to preach against the Brotherhood in an attempt to bring them out of the shadows. Priests of Akatosh were killed as they started to preach in the streets of Kvatch. Eventually, At-Himah was able to capture Cimbar of the Brotherhood with the help of the Black Dragon, a mysterious warrior of Akatosh. As the Black Dragon was leaving the At-Himah Family Estate, the Brotherhood made their move and killed Fithia. This would lead to an all-out hidden war between the Brotherhood and the Order.[30]

Oddly enough, Governor Fortunata ap Dugal had contracted the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate Commander Marcus Scipio of the Kvatch guard to which the Brotherhood agreed to. Their talented recruit was sent to Castle Kvatch to kill Scipio. After murdering Scipio, the recruit encountered Count Carolus Aquilarios in his chamber who himself had contracted the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate Dugal in return. Speaker Terenus of the Brotherhood gave the contract to the recruit, and they returned to Anvil. Upon arriving at Anvil Castle, the assassin was greeted by Dugal, and they both shared a drink on the castle balcony. Unfortunately for Dugal, the wine was poisoned, and she collapsed over the balcony edging falling to her doom.[31]

The Order vs the Brotherhood; The Primate's Folly[]

Primate Artorius was killed in a raid by the Brotherhood, near several dead bodies.

"The Black Hand has studied the situation and we have devised a strategy for dealing with the Order of the Hour. We will strike first, attacking from the shadows and winnowing their numbers while you stalk our true enemy—Primate Artorius."
Speaker Terenus[src]

The Dark Brotherhood accepted a contract from Fortunata ap Dugal herself to assassinate Marcus Scipio, the leader of the Order. The Brotherhood infiltrated Castle Kvatch and killed Scipio, but as they were leaving, Count Aquilarios performed the Black Sacrament. This got the attention of Speaker Terenus and eventually lead to the death of Fortunata ap Dugal, who was poisoned and fell from her balcony. This pair of murders produced an alliance between the Brotherhood and Carolus of Kvatch. The Black Dragon continued to kill Brotherhood assassins, as the Brotherhood thwarted members of the Order and Carolus provided information for the Brotherhood on the Order and the Dragon. When the Black Dragon died, the Dark Brotherhood decided to end the Order's war against them by assassinating Primate Artorius inside of the Cathedral of Akatosh. After delving through the Kvatch Catacombs, the Dark Brotherhood ultimately killed Ponticus, ending the Order's reign over the Gold Coast. From then on Carolus continued to rule over Kvatch and most of the Gold Coast.[32][33][34]

Third Era[]

Main article: Anvil (Oblivion)
Main article: Kvatch (Oblivion)

Camoran Uprising and Opportunistic Piracy[]

The Wreck of the Black Flag, Torradan ap Dugal's ship in Dunbarrow Cove, underneath Castle Anvil.

"I curse the day that the Cameron Usurper died at that war ended, 'cause it was that day that Commodore Fasil Umbranox turned 'is attention to the Red Sabre. A couple of months after the war, that fat pompuss bastard decided to come down here to Anvil and take up port in my town, lookin' to break up the Red Sabre. The Emporer gave him whatev'r he asked for to campaign again' us, despite the coffers bein' empty from the war in High Rock."
Torradan ap Dugal[src]

In 3E 246, Haymon Camoran invaded Western Tamriel under the name of the Camoran Usurper. The Usurper's army started from Arenthia and moved north along the Abecean Coast to the Iliac Bay. Before the Usurper reached the province of Hammerfell, he had sacked Kvatch. This paved the way for the Battle of Dragontooth and the fall of the twin cities of Rihad and Taneth. With the Usurper occupying the attention of the Imperial Navy, the Pirates of the Abecean Sea took advantage of the distraction to attack lands along the coast resulting in a tenfold increase in pirate activity in Anvil. During this period, the pirate Torradan ap Dugal rose to prominence as the captain of the Red Sabres. With the Navy in need of supplies in High Rock, Torradan would intercept these ships en route and build a vast armada from Valenwood to Hammerfell.[35][36][37]

The Uprising came to an end in 3E 267 when Haymon died at the Battle of Firewaves in the Iliac Bay. Fasil Umbranox, Imperial Commodore of the Imperial Navy, set his focus on Torradan and landed in the harbor of Anvil. After a grueling battle, Anvil was captured by Fasil Umbranox, who then began a hunt for Torradan's ship, the Black Flag. Torradan evaded him and returned to Anvil, but his ship was attacked by warriors waiting on the port. In the end, only Torradan's Black Flag and Fasil's ship remained. As Torradan attempted to escape, the commodore's mages trapped his ship under an avalanche, where he was stuck in Smuggler's Cave. Torradan died after twenty years of being trapped in the cave and his ship has remained underneath Castle Anvil since. For his valor, Fasil Umbranox became the Count of Anvil and his lineage has ruled Anvil ever since.[38][39]

The Counts of the Coast[]

Millona Umbranox took over Anvil after her husband, Corvus.

"The ruler of Anvil is Countess Millona Umbranox. Her husband, Corvus Umbranox, disappeared many years ago, and most persons would agree that Her Ladyship is better off without him, for he was a light and frivolous person, and given to loose and riotous behavior likely to promote scandal. The Countess herself is a righteous and godly woman, and an excellent ruler, well-loved by the people."
Alessia Ottus[src]

In 3E 423, the Count of Anvil, Corvus Umbranox, was named the Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild by donning the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal which has been passed down from each Cyrodilic Guildmaster since the original, Emer Dareloth. When Corvus donned the cowl, he took upon Nocturnal's curse: whoever wore it would be removed from history. With Corvus was presumed gone, Countess Millona Umbranox assumed the role of leader of Anvil and ruled for ten years into the Fourth Era. At approximately the same time, the Count of Kvatch, Ormellius Goldwine, had other problems. His sons both strove to inherit the title of Count from their father until they both had lost their lives due to the family strife. Stricken with grief, Count Goldwine continued his reign over Kvatch, all the while mourning the loss of his sons and knowing that a new heir needed to be chosen. In the Imperial City, Uriel Septim VII would pass his throne to his eldest son, Geldall Septim, Crown Prince of the Empire.[40][41]

The Battle of Kvatch and the Oblivion Crisis[]

The city-state of Kvatch was a casualty in the Oblivion Crisis, the first in the province of Cyrodiil.

"Gods' blood, you don't know, do you? Daedra overran Kvatch last night! There were glowing portals outside the walls! Gates to Oblivion itself! There was a huge creature... something out of a nightmare... came right over the walls... blasting fire. They swarmed around it... killing... Go and see for yourself! Kvatch is a smoking ruin! We're all that's left, do you understand me? Everyone else is dead!"

In 3E 433, after the murder of all of his sons, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was killed by assassins of the Mythic Dawn. With no other heir, the Dragonfires were unlit and the barrier between Nirn and Oblivion was breached. Mehrunes Dagon and his Oblivion Horde invaded the continent of Tamriel in what became known as the Oblivion Crisis. All throughout the continent, Oblivion Gates opened, leading to the fall of notable locations such as Ald'ruhn in Morrowind and the Crystal Tower in the Summerset Isles. The biggest driving point in the Crisis was the Battle of Kvatch. An Oblivion Gate had opened in front of the city gates and the horde had swarmed into the city and caused the chapel to collapse onto the main street.[42][43][44][45]

Count Goldwine and the Kvatch Guard at the castle were killed and the entire hall was set ablaze. Brother Martin, a priest of Akatosh, was able to keep a group of people inside the chapel safe from the daedra. Saint Jiub of Vvardenfell was killed during this attack. Savlian Matius, Captain of the City Guard, held the daedra back from the outer gate and guarded the refugee camp. When all hope seemed lost, the Hero of Kvatch came and closed the Oblivion Gate. With the help of the city guard and rangers of the Imperial Legion, the daedric horde was defeated and Kvatch was freed but in ruins. The remaining guard and Savlian took refuge in the Castle.[45][46][47]

Umaril and the Divine Crusader[]

Main article: Quests (Knights of the Nine)

The Chapel of Dibella was desecrated by followers of Umaril the Unfeathered, marking his arrival.

"Hear me, o people of Cyrodiil! Look well upon the Chapel of Dibella. Look at the faces of the dead. This is your future. Evil has returned, and the Nine need a champion! Is there no one who would stand for the Nine? Now Mara's children cry out from beyond the grave for vengeance! How many more must die at Umaril's hand?"
The Prophet[src]

Tragedy struck Anvil when the Chapel of Dibella was desecrated by an unknown group. Evidence indicated the return of Umaril the Unfeathered who was the Sorcerer-King of the Ayleids before the Alessian Slave Rebellion and his death at the hands of Pelinal Whitestrake. Whitestrake had killed Umaril at the Imperial City, but Umaril's allegiance with Meridia granted him immortality. When he was killed, his spirit left for Aetherius and waited for a time in which he could return and seek vengeance on the Divines. After word of the desecration had spread, the Hero gathered the relics of the Divine Crusader in order to reconstitute the Knights of the Nine. With everything ready, the Knights of the Nine gathered their forces at Umaril's stronghold, the ruined city of Garlas Malatar. The Knights battled through waves of Aurorans and the Hero as the Divine Crusader confronted Umaril in a duel to the death. Again Umaril's physical body was destroyed and his spiritual body remained. Unlike Whitestrake, the Hero possessed the Blessing of Talos, which enabled them to follow Umaril into the daedric plane and to the skies above the Imperial City, where Umaril was finally and completely defeated. Following this, the Knights of the Nine continued their sworn duty of serving the Nine Divines.[48][49][50]

Fourth Era[]

The Westward Front & the Cyrodiil Campaign[]

The Aldmeri Dominion moved across Colovia and the Alik'r.

"At the same time, an Aldmeri army under Lady Arannelya crossed into western Cyrodiil from Valenwood, bypassing Anvil and Kvatch and crossing into Hammerfell. Smaller Aldmeri forces landed along the southern coastline of Hammerfell. The disunited Redguard forces offered only scattered resistance to the invaders, and much of the southern coastline was quickly overrun. The greatly outnumbered Imperial legions retreated across the Alik'r Desert in the now-famous March of Thirst."
Justianus Quintius

On the 30th of Frostfall, 4E 171, the Third Aldmeri Dominion waged war with the Third Empire of Cyrodiil, during the reign of Titus Mede II. The westward campaign of the Dominion was under the control of Lady Arannelya, who moved from Valenwood, through the Gold Coast and eventually to the province of Hammerfell. Initially, the Dominion sought to claim the southern regions of Hammerfell, but because of Lord Naarifin's success on the eastward front in the Nibenay, the Dominion set their sights on the Imperial City. The conflict in Cyrodiil began with the destruction of both Anvil and Bravil by, and by the end of the year, Lord Naarifin's army was on the outer walls of the Imperial City. The Dominion's reign over the Imperial City lasted for a couple years until Titus Mede II himself, wielding Goldbrand, retook the city at the Battle of the Red Ring in 4E 175. The province of Cyrodiil was saved from the onslaught of the Dominion, but to prevent further war, the Empire and the Thalmor created the White-Gold Concordat, a controversial treaty that shifted the tides of Tamriel for many years. Anvil was rebuilt during the following peace.[51]










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