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The town is particularly famous for its wines, tomatoes, and cheeses, which contributes to its overall prosperity. Famous wine makers in Cyrodiil such as the Surilie brothers and Tamika reside here. The renowned tailor Diocletia of Skingrad, whose clothing is popular among nobles from all around Cyrodiil, also hails from the city.
Layout & Geography
- Skingrad seemed provincial, yes, but it was Colovian: direct, forthright, with clean lines and a certain spare, ascetic look to it. And its people are much the same way. — Doctor Alfidia Lupus, Crafting Motifs Vol. 10: Imperial Cyrods
The town divides into three districts: the Castle, Hightown, and Chapel, with various gates and bridges connecting each district. The town is further divided in two parts: the north wall encompasses the business district and the guild halls, while the southern half holds homes and the Great Chapel of Julianos, where citizens and travelers can pray for healing. Outside of town is the castle of Janus Hassildor, count of Skingrad and wizard, who is reportedly a vampire, a fact known to and kept as a secret by the Mages Guild.
Rislav Larich was a King of Skingrad in ancient times. Born in 1E 448 to Queen Lynada, who died shortly after giving birth, and King Mhorus of Skingrad, Rislav had three older brothers and four older sisters. In 472, the skirmishing between Skingrad and Kvatch ended, apparently due to the marriage of Prince Rislav and Belene, the daughter of King Justinius of Kvatch.
A plague in 1E 478 took the lives of the royal family in Skingrad, sparing the lives of Rislav and his older brother Dorald, who was a priest of Marukh living in the Imperial City. Dorald returned to Skingrad and took the throne, his first edict being to give over the kingdom to the Empire. This prompted a battle between Dorald and Rislav, in which Rislav slew Dorald and became the new King of Skingrad. After withdrawing the offer of Skingrad to the Empire, Skingrad faced the Alessian army in their conquest in many battles, defeating them finally after joining forces with Kvatch and The Kings of the Colovian West to end the Alessian hegemony. King Rislav's glory is currently showcased as a romanticized statue in Hightown.
Disinterested in matters of state, Emperor Brazollus Dor spent most of his reign at his country estate near Skingrad, preferring to let his Potentate Sidri-Ashak run almost all of the Empire's affairs in the many years leading up to his death in 1E 2877.
Count Calantius of Skingrad was a canny opportunist who kept his city just out of the chaos of warfare engulfing most of Cyrodiil during the Alliance War, but still ruled a military-minded people, being quite ambitious himself.[UOL 1] Taking advantage of this power vacuum, he sent a legion of mercenaries to plunder or even annex the border city of Arenthia in 2E 582. General Lavina, leader of the Legion of the West Weald, attempted to annex the "South Weald" for the Empire of Cyrodiil, but was thwarted by resistances working with the Aldmeri Dominion.
During The Battle of the Red Ring in 4E 175, General Jonna's troops faced bitter resistance as the Aldmeri counterattacked from Bravil and Skingrad. The heroic Nord legionnaires held firm, however, beating off the piecemeal Aldmeri attacks. By the fifth day of the battle, the Aldmeri army in the Imperial City was surrounded.
- For more information, see Oblivion's Skingrad article.
- Diocletia's Pattern Book, Autographed
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- High King Emeric Answers Your Questions — High King Emeric
- The Fort Sphinxmoth Ruins — Calantius of Skingrad
- Yours for the Taking! — Catonius Libo, Aide-de-Camp to General Lavinia Axius
- Cohort Briefing: Arenthia — Centurion Iunius Ocella
- Events of ESO
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.