The Nibenay Valley,[note 1] the Niben Valley, or the Nibenean Valley is a small region situated in the eastern rainforests of the Nibenay, within the province of Cyrodiil. The Nibenay Valley has a rich history and even a beautiful landscape. It is the centerpiece of the Nibenay East, containing the Niben Bay itself.
Western Niben Valley
The Western Niben Valley is where the city-state of Bravil is located, as well as, where the entire valley meets the much larger region of the Great Forest. The West Valley is where the population is practically found here, as the only important settlement, Bravil is found. The Green Road runs through here, going around Bravil and Ayleid ruins. Interestingly, Ayleid-related history is unique in the Western Valley, as the site of Bravil contained a fully-established city that was sacked during the Alessian Slave Rebellion. The people from the city of Anutwyll were among the few that escaped the Alessians, and entering the province of Valenwood, integrating with the Wood Elves.
Central Niben Valley
The Central Niben Valley consists of the lower Niben Bay, as well as, the land east of the Green Road, and the strip coast found west of the Yellow Road. The only settlement is the Cadlew Chapel, which is of an unknown origin. The ruined city-state of Nenalata was one of the last Ayleid kingdoms as their leader, Laloriaran Dynar pledged allegiance with the Alessian Empire. But like the other Ayleid settlements, it was abandoned when the Nenalata Elves traveled to the far northwest in the region of Bangkorai. The estuaries of both the Panther River and the Silverfish River are found here and continue into towards the border.
Eastern Niben Valley
The Eastern Niben Valley is a stretch of open woodlands that eventually goes into the southern edge of the Nibenay Basin. The Panther River makes up the northern border, while banks of the Silverfish create the south. The Imperial Bridge Inn is the only settlement in the area, being found just off the Yellow Road, near the Mouth of the Panther. But because of the abundance of ruins and other anomalies, scholars tend to be found in the inn. Beyond that, the bulwark of Fort Gold-Throat is found on the Silverfish River, south of the Imperial Bridge. Other than that, there is nothing worth mentioning about the Eastern Niben Valley.
Ghosts & Wraiths
The Alessian Slave Rebellion; The Battle for Ancient Bravil
Like the other elven races, the Ayleids migrated out of their home of the Summerset Isles, settling on the mainland of Tamriel. In this case, the province of Cyrodiil. The land surrounding Bravil was the heart of trade, as the Niben River runs to the White-Gold Tower, into the waves of the ocean. While the city-state of Ceyatatar was the main trading post of the west, Ancient Bravil was the eastern equivalent. The Ayleid city that existed where Bravil now stands was a juggernaut, with minor cities such as Bawn and Morahame surrounding it. The name that original settlement held translates to "Home," meaning it was called "Hame." But considering that the faraway settlement of Hame exists, it was either called the former, or "Math," which also means "Home". But like the rest of the Ayleid kingdoms, Ancient Bravil practiced Slavery on the Nedes. In 1E 242, Alessia rebels against the Ayleid settlements, for a whole year with the Fall of White-Gold Tower. Ancient Bravil was one of the last settlements to fall to the Alessians, withstanding roughly four attacks, with each attack leading slowly to its demise.
After every battle, all of the Imperial Centurions would be killed, and the Ayleid people would re-populate the city. On the second invasion, escape tunnels were discovered, prompting to be buried and closed in, ultimately, the same scenario occurred. After the third one, the Imperials secured the roads and walls, but their corpses would later be tossed out of the wall. Teo Bravillius Tasus was the leader of the invasion force, after the fourth invasion, Tasus speculated that the Ayleids were hiding somewhere, killing the centurions at night. And so, the Imperial Legion was forced to investigate every nook and cranny until they discovered that Ayleid sorcerers using Alteration magic to teleport into the city. Then it became easy, as the Imperials were able to root out the Ayleids from all of their hiding places, and adequately destroy the town. Many scholars attribute this event to the earliest forms of Alteration, as at the time, the school of magic was not recognized. The site would later become the foundation of the modern-day city-state of Bravil.
The Rebellion Aftermath; Nenalata & the Ayleid Diaspora
The fall of White-Gold Tower had created the Ayleid Diaspora, where the remaining clans of Ayleids were forced to evacuate Cyrodiil before they were slaughtered by the Ayleids. The city-state of Ancient Bravil was among the last standing ones until it was ultimately sacked. But the other Ayleid settlements around it were not as unfortunate. The Ayleids of the Nibenay Valley were the ones to escape the wrath of the Alessians efficiently. The Elves of both Anutwyll and Bawn were able to escape into Valenwood, as did a couple of other clans, while the city-state of Nenalata had sworn allegiance into the First Empire. The Ayleids that escaped into Valenwood would eventually integrate themselves into Bosmeri customs until they were assimilated and absorbed into their people, but Nenalata would continue their Ayleid culture, to a minimum at the very least. These events that transpired are known as the Late Ayleid Period, which continues until the death of Laloriaran Dynar. King Dynar became the leader of Nenalata sometime after 1E 263, but before 1E 331. His father was forced to make Nenalata a vassal-kingdom, all the while transition to a slave-less economy and the worship of the Eight Divines. As time went on, animosity towards Nenalata had grown when a coup d'etat occurs in the Imperial City, and the vassal-states began to dwindle, with Nenalata being the remaining few. Ultimately, the Imperials were at Nenalata's doorstep, telling them to get out of Cyrodiil or face the consequences, and so they did. The Nenalata Elves traveled to the northwest, to the region of Bangkorai in High Rock, where they founded the city-state of Bisnensel. But even then, the Primeval Seekers forced the royal family out of Bisnensel, and into the Isle of Balfiera. One day, King Laloriaran Dynar returns to Nenalata alone, only to be imprisoned into the depths of Coldharbour, for the rest of eternity. And as history repeated itself, Bisnensel was abandoned, and the Dynar family integrated into the Direnni Clan.
The Anchors of Coldharbour; the Planemeld
With the death of Reman Cyrodiil III, the Interregnum had occurred, with various warlords and champions seeking claim over the Ruby Throne. Among them was Varen Aquilarios, the Duke of Chorrol, who amassed a rebellion against the Longhouse Emperors for ownership of the Throne. In 2E 577, Aquilarios had taken over the Imperial City and would have likely ended the Interregnum at that, but he was not Dragonborn. Only the Dragonborn can lit the Dragonfires that protects the barrier between Nirn and Oblivion, prompting him and his Five Companions to search for the Amulet of Kings. But things would turn for the worst when the Soulburst occurred, and Emperor Varen had disappeared. Mannimarco, the King of Worms, had unleashed the dark anchors of Coldharbour onto the Imperial City, thus beginning the Planemeld, Molag Bal's invasion over Tamriel. Bravil was one of the first targets of the Daedric Invasion, with the town burned to the ground by Daedra and undead creatures. Survivors took refuge in places like a Warlock's Luck, but they were not saved from the destruction. The Imperial City was basically a pocket of Oblivion, as the Dark Anchors surrounded the city walls, and the bridges are floating in mid-air. Daedric Titans were flying around the countryside, and Dremora were burning villages. This state has left Cyrodiil war-torn, to which the surrounding provinces decided to take advantage of. Clivia Tharn of the Nibenay was left as the Regent-Empress, forcing to take refuge in the Imperial City Prison.
The War-Torn Province; the Three-Banners War
By 2E 580, things had not changed, while the cities of Cyrodiil were slowly attempting to rebuild and making ends meet on their own. The Empress-Regent was still in hiding as the wretches of Coldharbour still took control over the Imperial City. However, a war was in the air as alliances from the three corners of the world attempt to claim the Ruby Throne. The First Aldmeri Dominion of the southwest was the youngest of the three, having hold of the Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr. The Nibenay Valley, as well as, the city-state of Bravil was situated in what was considered Territory of the Aldmeri Dominion, which consists of the Western Niben River, to the southern outskirts of Chorrol. The Eastern Elsweyr Gate was located just south of the Larsius River, rather close to the Green Road of Bravil. All the while, various bandit groups took advantage of the Alliance War, sacking and raiding settlements all throughout Central Cyrodiil, with groups such as the Shadowed Path and the Gray Vipers were active in the Nibenay Valley. Notoriously, Captain Jena Apinia, of the Imperial Legion was left astray with her legion, asking for help from the Mayor of Bravil, but when he refused to help, she ordered her soldiers to attack, killing half of the population. She thought it would help, but the Bravilian people rose up in anger, forcing her to leave. She would become known as the "Butcher of Bravil" and she lived in infamy, even taking items of importance from Bravil. In 2E 583, she was defeated by the Eyes of the Queen, in the ruins of Garlas Agea in the Gold Coast. This era of constant feuding would continue, as it did in the Interregnum.
From the Deadlands; the Gates of Oblivion
The Great War & Lord Naarifin's Campaign
The Bravilian Drug War; the Eclipse & the Claw
- Bawnwatch Camp
- Eastern Elsweyr Gate
- Cadlew Chapel
- Castle Bloodmayne
- Gate of Mnem
- Imperial Bridge Inn
- Lunar Fang Docks
- Beriel's Lament
- Crypt of the Night Mother
- Fathis Aren's Tower
- Fort Flecia
- Fort Gold-Throat
- Fort Irony
- Variela's Watchtower
- Green Road
- Larsius River
- Moffka's Lament
- Niben Bay
- Niben River
- Panther River
- Peryite's Shrine
- Silverfish River
- The Lover Stone
- Yellow Road
- ↑ The original context (in the Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition) for the Nibenay Valley refers to it in a grander sense, much more akin to what the Nibenay in general means. The Heartlands around the Imperial City is referred as a part of the Nibenay Valley, while maps show the Valley stretching along the Niben River, near County Leyawiin. Even the minor regions, the Northern Niben Valley and Southern Niben Valley in ESO are located far than what is shown in Oblivion.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Daughter of the Niben
- ↑ Ayleid Cities of Valenwood
- ↑ A Life of Strife and Struggle
- ↑ The Last King of the Ayleids
- ↑ Ayleid Survivals in Valenwood
- ↑ Chronicles of the Five Companions 1
- ↑ The (Improved) Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Dreams of Cyrodiil
- ↑ Anchorite's Log
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls Online
- ↑ The Butcher of Bravil
|Lore Cyrodiil Locations|
|Cities||Anvil • Bravil • Bruma • Cheydinhal • Chorrol • Imperial City • Kvatch • Leyawiin • Skingrad|
|Regions||Blackwood • Colovian Highlands • Gold Coast • Great Forest • Heartlands (City Isle) • Jerall Mountains • Nibenay Basin • Nibenay Valley • Valus Mountains • West Weald|
|Landmarks||Abagarlas • Arcane University • Cloud Ruler Temple • Delodiil • Garlas Malatar • Imperial Reserve • Lake Rumare • Niben Bay • Pale Pass • Priory of the Nine • Sancre Tor • Sutch • Temple of the One • Weynon Priory • White-Gold Tower|