"Traditionally, the East is regarded as the region's soul: magnanimous, tolerant, and administrative. It was in the rain forests of the Nibenay Valley that the original Cyro-Nordic tribes, the Nibenese, learned a self-reliance that separated them culturally and economically from Skyrim."
Imperial Geographic Society[src]

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.

By game



Western Niben Valley

The Larsius River runs from Bravil, and into the Elsweyr Border around Bloodmayne Cave.

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

Morahame, "Home of the Forest," is an expansive ruin found on the Niben.

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 Imperial Bridge Inn is a lodge, just off the Yellow Road, near the Panther Estuary.

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





First Era

The Alessian Slave Rebellion; The Battle for Ancient Bravil

The symbol of the Alessian Empire was donned at the Battle of Bravil.

"Many thousands of years before the arrival of the Atmorans, the native Ayleid people had long lived in the vicinity of modern day Bravil. The Niben then, as now, provided food and transportation, and the village was even more populous than it is today. We are not certain what they called their region: as insular as they were, the word they used would be translated to simply mean "home.""
Sathyr Longleat[src]

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.[1][2]

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.[1]

The Rebellion Aftermath; Nenalata & the Ayleid Diaspora

Laloriaran Dynar was the last King of the Ayleids.

"Still, a remnant Ayleid population seems to have survived the rule of the Alessians, because we hear of "the last king of the Ayleids" joining the battle of Glenumbria Moors where the Dirennis decisively defeated the Alessians in [1E] 482. How this king's people survived, the preceding century is unknown. We do not even know who they were, although recent research points to Nenalata as the possible resting place of this "last king.""
Herminia Cinna[src]

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.[3][4][5]

Second Era

The Anchors of Coldharbour; the Planemeld

The Dark Anchors of Coldharbour had fallen throughout Cyrodiil. Bravil was sacked in the Planemeld.

"A brief composition before my imminent decomposition. The nightmare began with muffled trumpets. Then silence. The toll of a bell. Even the wind died down. Then it came. First the grinding, shrieking metal scraping and unraveling. Chains descended from the skies, giant claws drew Daedra to Nirn and sent more souls to Him. Molag Bal's Dark Anchors, forged in the Slave Pits of Coldharbour. I saw them! I see them now!"
Flaccus Terentius[src]

The War-Torn Province; the Three-Banners War

Third Era

From the Deadlands; the Gates of Oblivion

Fourth Era

The Great War & Lord Naarifin's Campaign

The Bravilian Drug War; the Eclipse & the Claw









  1. 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.


Notice: The following are unlicensed references. They are not copyrighted by a ZeniMax Media company, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.

*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.