"Know that we of Skaven welcome thee, for it is rare indeed to receive travelers brave enough to stand under the shadow of Fang Lair."
―Description in Arena[src]

Ska'vyn or Skaven is one of the nine major kingdoms in the province of Hammerfell, being situated in the lands south of the Dragontail Mountains. Ska'vyn is located in the deep desert of Hammerfell, as the Dwarven spire of Fang Lair looms over the countryside.

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Traditions[edit | edit source]

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  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the New Life Festival on the 1st of Morning Star. It is a day of celebration where the drinks are free and people party in the streets all day. It truly is, a day of merriment.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the South Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Morning Star. It is a day to pray to the Gods for a bountiful harvest, and it is for citizens who cannot afford to heal from the local temple to get healed from an ailment.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate Heart's Day on the 16th of Sun's Dawn. It is in honor of a legend passed down from generation to generation about a couple named Polydor and Eloisa. Every Inn in Tamriel become free for visitors arriving into town.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the First Planting on the 7th of First Seed. It is the day that begins the harvest, where neighbors reconcile their difference, bad habits are dropped, and the clerics heal people for free.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the Second Planting on the 7th of Second Seed. The holiday is ideally the same holiday as First Planting, to improve one’s soul, and to improve relationships with others.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the Mid Year Celebration on the 16th of Mid Year. A day to distract everyone from the increased taxes. It is a day celebrating the halfway mark in the year, where many warriors feel blessed and venture to dungeons they normally cannot defeat.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate Sun's Rest on the 20th of Sun's Height. It is a day when the workers of Tamriel take a day to relax, businesses across town are closed in observance of this day. Some people have to have to leave the province to actually buy something.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate Harvest's End on the 27th of Last Seed. It is the final day of the harvest, and it is where the people eat the crops they have grown since the First Planting. Travelers are given the option to join a farmer’s family for a feast.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate Tales and Tallows on the 3rd of Hearthfire. It is the day of superstition where the elderly do not speak for an entire day, in fear of evil spirits entering their body. The Mages of Tamriel favor this day since it is a day to study the oldest forms of magic.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the Witches' Festival on the 13th of Frostfall. A day when Lord Hollowjack of Detritus spreads his influence across Tamriel. Monsters and Ghouls swarm across Tamriel, terrorizing the innocent. Many people do not dare to leave their home, in fear of being nabbed by these creatures.[1][2]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the Warriors Festival on the 20th of Sun's Dusk. It is a day where many warriors gather to practice their fighting prowess. Travelers buy weapons in stores since their price's drop by half. Young children foolishly buy weapons, only to stab themselves by mistake.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the North Wind's Prayer on the 15th of Evening Star. It serves as a thanksgiving to the Gods for the year's harvest. It is a day when the local temples heal and bless anyone for a lower price.[1]
  • The Redguards of Skaven celebrate the Old Life Festival on the 31st of Evening Star. It is a day of rest, where many leave the events of the passing year behind and to reflect their past. They rest for the New Life Festival.[1]
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  • The Redguards of Ska'vyn produce a type of cheese from the Skav Bat-Herds in the Cavern of Wry. The cheese is well-renown throughout Hammerfell, with many calling it moist, crumbly, and tangy. It is commonly paired with Pomegranate Wine, which can be found in places such as Sentinel.[3]

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Third Era[edit | edit source]

During the Imperial Simulacrum from 3E 389 to 3E 399, Emperor Uriel Septim VII was imprisoned along with Talin Warhaft in the Deadlands by Jagar Tharn. Tharn planned for months to capture the throne, and he was able to achieve so in the span of ten years. Tharn had a powerful weapon called the Staff of Chaos, and he split it into nine pieces and scattered them across Tamriel, the staff was the only thing keeping Uriel Septim and Warhaft in Oblivion. A warrior escaped his clutches and traveled all corners of Tamriel to retrieve the missing pieces. The hero was known as the Eternal Champion, and he assembled the staff and defeated Jagar Tharn at the Imperial Palace. The Eternal Champion had at one point visited the city of Skaven in their quest to recover the pieces. The city of Skaven was under the rule of Queen Mijurti.[4]

Fourth Era[edit | edit source]

During the Great War in 4E 173, the city-state of Skaven was targeted by the Third Aldmeri Dominion, under the command of Lady Arannelya, after their failed siege at Hegathe. It was there that General Decianus and his Imperial Legion encountered the Dominion, leading to a bloody battle between the two factions. When Decianus was recalled to defend the Imperial City, his forces retreated to the east, and the Dominion captured Skaven. The Dominion was unable to follow Decianus into the Southern Alik'r, and so they remained in Skaven until they could fully recuperate. Unprepared to leave Hammerfell undefended, Decianus had discharged "invalid" soldiers, leaving them in the desert province. Eventually, that army reclaimed Skaven in 4E 174. By then, the Battle of the Red Ring had concluded, and the war was over.[5]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In an earlier stage of development, Arena was going to be a tournament-based game, where each city had its own gladiatorial team. Skaven's team was known as the Guards.[7]

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