Lore:Colovia

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Colovia
Type Region
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Appears in Oblivion, ESO
One of many Ayleid ruins in Colovia
The Imperial Province
"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."Imperial Geographic Society, "Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition/Cyrodiil"

Colovia (also known as the Colovian West,[1] the Colovian Highlands,[2] and the Imperial West)[3] is the western half of the province of Cyrodiil, known for their austere, hard-working, and self-sufficient people, the frontier-men of Colovia. The Imperials of Colovia are strong-headed and hard working, with a rich martial tradition and strong work ethic. Many serve in the Imperial Legion, either as soldiers or commanders,[1] and Colovian Timber is highly prized for both construction and weaponry.[4]

Colovia features rugged hillscapes throughout the Gold Road, dense greenery in and around the Great Forest, and wide swathes of open grasslands throughout the Imperial Reserve, which is famous for its bountiful hunting grounds. Most of the Colovian population live in the major cities, but some, particularly the nobility, tend to live in private estates closer to the Gold Coast, while various farms and roadside inns dot the landscape. Colvia has also been described as a coastal jungle.[1]

Though Colovia's borders have shifted throughout the eras, traditionally, it contains four counties and their cities: Anvil, Chorrol, Kvatch, Skingrad, and formerly Sutch.

History[edit]

For the history of the province, see the: History of Cyrodiil

Early History[edit]

The modern-day Colovians of the Cyrodilic West are descendants of the Cyro-Nords that lived in modern-day Cyrodiil, specifically those that preferred the frontier, than the fertile lands of the Nibenay. They favor an industrial and conquest lifestyle, over one involved in magic. Once they fully-settled into the Colovian West, they explored the western seas, traveling across the Iliac Bay (until the arrival of the Ra Gada and the Cape of the Blue Divide. There were several great Ayleid kingdoms that existed in Colovia, such as Garlas Malatar and Miscarcand. By the time the Alessian Order had come to fruition, they were at a substantial power to resist their doctrines, being independent kingdoms from each other, and the Empire. The Colovians were the first, and at the forefront of resistance towards the Alessian Order, and the First Empire.[1]

Statue of Rislav the Righteous

At this time, Colovia was divided into various kingdoms, the Colovian Estates, the two known kingdoms are the Kingdoms of Kvatch and Skingrad. Kvatch was ruled by a regency council, that consisted of three lords, and the King.[5] While Skingrad is currently known to have been ruled by a Kingship. The legendary hero, Rislav the Righteous was a prince of Skingrad that was childhood friends with Ryain Direnni and later married Princess Belene of Kvatch. In 1E 478, a disease had spread into Skingrad, and the noble family was killed, saving Rislav Larich, and his brother, Dorald Larich. While Rislav was a Prince of Kvatch, Dorald was a priest of Marukh, in the Alessian Order. When word came that their father had died, Dorald was named the King of Skingrad, and his first decree was to cede the Kingdom of Skingrad into the First Empire. Throughout the Colovian Estates, the people were expressing shock and outrage, more so in the Court of Kvatch, where Rislav planned an attack onto Skingrad. In the end, Rislav killed his brother, and bring Skingrad back into Colovia.[6]

After dealing with High King Kjoric the White in Skyrim, Emperor Gorieus poured into Colovia like a wave of death, underestimating Rislav's battle prowess, and the Colovian Estates' state of affairs. But this proved to be his downfall, as King Rislav guided their armies north into the Colovian Highlands, as the Emperor's armies slowly dwindled. Here, Rislav's army reunited with King Justinius of Kvatch's army, where they managed to force Gorieus' forces into the Nibenay. As time went on, the other Colovian Kings joined the joint-armies of Kvatch and Skingrad, resisting future Imperial incursions. This was considered the begin of the Alessian's downfall, as these events inspired the Battle of Glenumbria Moors, with Ryain Direnni leading the helm.[6] Rislav's tale later inspired future events regarding the Alessian Empire.

The All-Flags Navy & the War of Righteousness[edit]

Anvil Castle, constructed following Bendu Olo's victory

Many years later in 1E 2200, the Thrassian Plague had spread across West Tamriel, wreaking havoc from the Summerset Isles, to northern High Rock. These events led to Bendu Olo, Colovian King of Anvil's gathering armies across West Tamriel at the island of Stirk, to form the All Flags Navy. It was considered the strongest naval force in all of Tamriel.[7] The navy sailed across the Sea of Pearls and sack Thras, the archipelago home of the Sload. Bendu Olo's exploits led to the Colovian Estates overshadowing the noble lords of the Nibenay. Because of this, the War of Righteousness occurred in 1E 2321. The conflict had begun with internal conflict in the Alessian Order, and using this, the Colovian Kingdoms broke off and re-establish the Colovian Estates. For the next decade, the Colovian Estates waged war with the Alessian Order, which ultimately ended with the Empire's demise, and the fall of the Alessian Order. Colovia and Nibenay were split ever since. However, forty years later, born from the Colovian city of Sancre Tor, Reman I defeated the invading Akaviri and establish the Second Empire in 1E 2703. He incorporated aspects of Colovia, the Nibenay, and the province of High Rock to create modern-day Cyrodiil.[1][2][8] At one point, following the Alessian Order's dissolution, Empress Herda attempted to strengthen relations with the Colovian West in 1E 2714.[9]

The Interregnum & Varen Aquilarios[edit]

Varen Aquilarios of Kvatch (ca. 2E 578)

As time went on, the Second Empire fell in 2E 431, with the death of Savirien-Chorak. The following years became known as the Interregnum, when the Empire of Cyrodiil continued without an Emperor and various factions sought to claim the throne and rule over the province. Many factions attempted to establish their hegemony, leading to a chain of minor dynasties ruling the province in succession.[1] Perhaps the most notorious of these was the Longhouse Emperors of Reachmen descent, scions of the Tagh Droiloch. The Longhouse Emperors were not favored by the Empire's populace - their strange customs and culture did not endear them to the Cyrodilic populace.

The Longhouse Emperors were, however, the longest-running dynasty during the Interregnum,[10] but their regime crumbled during the rule of Emperor Leovic. In sanctioning open worship of Daedric Princes across the Empire, Leovic sparked public outrage among the divines-worshiping Colvians, and in retaliation, Duke Varen Aquilarios rallied the armies of Colovia[11] and began a campaign to capture the Imperial City, known as Varen's Rebellion. Varen and his clan, hailing from the city of Kvatch, needed to protect their home from Leovic's Legion; in order to do this, he ordered the construction of Varen's Wall - a large stone wall that divided the inner Gold Coast from the rest of the Colovian Estates,[12] and appointed his nephew, Carolus Aquilarios to rule over Kvatch in his stead.[13]

The Colovian Estates past Varen's Wall

Sometime later, Varen was able to defeat Emperor Leovic and declare himself Emperor of Cyrodiil, and married Clivia Tharn, his predecessor's consort, of Nibenese descent. To further legitimize his rule, Varen and his Five Companions traveled the continent to acquire the Amulet of Kings. In 2E 579, Varen and his companions were betrayed by Mannimarco, who sabotaged the dragonfire ritual in order to bring about an event known as the Soulburst. Emperor Varen disappeared after the event, and his companions were forced to scatter across the continent. [14] One of the ritual's many catastrophic effects on Colovia was the rending of a fissure that split the town of Chorrol in half, resulting in much of the town being destroyed.[15]

Using the ensuing chaos to his advantage, Mannimarco began Molag Bal's invasion of Nirn, known as the Planemeld.[16] As the Planemeld occurred, Count Carolus Aquilarios faced his own power conflict in the Gold Coast, between the Akatosh Chantry and the Provincial Government in Anvil.[13] The conflict ended in Carolus' favor when both Fortunata ap Dugal and Artorius Ponticus were assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood in 2E 582.[17] Following the Emperor's disappearance, another major conflict occurred across Central Cyrodiil known as the Alliance War. During this war, the Daggerfall Covenant held portions of the Colovian West around Chorrol and Sancre Tor, while the First Aldmeri Dominion held a large portion of the Great Forest around Vlastarus and Skingrad. As the war raged across the countryside, the alliances also attempted to fight within the ruined Imperial City against the hordes of Daedra and Mannimarco's Worm Cult.[18] By the waning days of the year, Molag Bal's invasion of the province and the Imperial City was over,[19][20] though The Alliance War continued to rage across Central Cyrodiil and eastern Colovia until its conclusion later in the Second Era.

Emperor Zero & the Third Empire[edit]

Tiber Septim (ca. 2E 864)

Many years after the Alliance War subsided, another claim for the throne arose, coming from the northern woodlands of Colovia. King Cuhlecain of Falkreath, a petty king of the Colovian Estates. At first, King Cuhlecain sought to unify the Estates, but needed to secure his northern border, as the Western Reach was engulfed in conflict, as the Nords and the Reachman were constantly fighting for centuries. Cuhlecain's Colovian troopers allied with Skyrim at the Battle of Old Hrol'dan, and with his champion, Hjalti Early-Beard leading the helm. The siege against Old Hrol'dan showed little progress, as the walls were impenetrable. Hjalti approached the city gates at dawn and use his Thu'um to break it down. The Reachmen were defeated, and the Nords gave the young general the title of "Hjalti Talos," or "Stormcrown." With Hjalti Early-Beard by his side, King Cuhlecain united the Colovian Estates in less than a year, and eventually conquer all of Cyrodiil. But at one point, King Cuhlecain passed away and Hjalti, assumed the crown, as Tiber Septim. The Third Empire went on to conquer the rest of Tamriel, beginning with the northwest in the provinces of the Iliac Bay, then to the provinces of Morrowind and Elsweyr, and the Second Aldmeri Dominion.[21] The Colovian Lords that led campaigns against the provinces were given the role of Provisional Governor, the two most well-known are Titus Alorius, who reigned over the Western Reach, and Amiel Richton, who conquered Stros M'Kai. By 2E 896, Tiber Septim ended the Interregnum and brought forth the Third Era.[22] Cuhlecain's legacy comes from the Cult of Emperor Zero, which venerates Emperor Zero Cuhlecain, who is now known for his wisdom of appointing Tiber Septim as his general, and his bravery in the retaking of the Imperial City.[1]

Under the reign of the Third Empire, Colovia was at peace, continuing the same service it provided the Empire for many years. But throughout the Third Era, there have been instances of conflict that approached Colovia. The most well-known was the invasion of the "Camoran Usurper," Haymon Camoran, who rallied his army from Valenwood and began his conquest over West Tamriel. The city of Kvatch was nigh obliterated by the Usurper's invasion. By 3E 267, Haymon's forces were defeated at the Iliac Bay and the Wrothgarian Mountains by the combined forces of the Iliac Bay, led by Baron Othrok of Dwynnen.[23][24] As the Camoran Usurper's Invasion raged across Western Tamriel, pirate activity increased, with the most notable pirate captain being Torradan ap Dugal.[25] But when the conflict ended, Commodore Fasil Umbranox turned his attention to Torradan's pirate reign. Captain Dugal was defeated by Commodore Umbranox and buried underneath the city. With his victory, Fasil Umbranox was appointed the Count of Anvil,[26] and a newly-built Anvil was constructed, becoming the modern-day County Seat.[27] Colovia's relative peace continued as the years go by. In the waning years of the Third Era, there was family strife in Kvatch's royalty, when the children of Count Ormellius Goldwine were killed, amidst their competition for the throne. By 3E 432, Count Ormellius Goldwine still mourned for his children.[2]

The ruined city of Kvatch (ca. 3E 433)

But things turned for the worst in the following year. In 3E 433, the Daedric Lord of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon invaded Tamriel, in an event known as the Oblivion Crisis. Various Oblivion Gates were opened across the continent. One of the invasion's most well-known attacks was on the city Kvatch, which was utterly destroyed by the Daedric Hordes. Count Ormellius Goldwine was killed during the attack, as Castle Kvatch was stormed and razed by the Daedra. Captain of the City Guard, Savlian Matius was leading what little was left of the defense for Kvatch, on the outside. The people that survived the attack were either trapped in the ruined Cathedral of Akatosh or kept at the encampment outside of Kvatch. From the distant Weynon Priory, an Agent was sent to Kvatch by Jauffre, Grandmaster of the Blades, to find the lost heir of Uriel Septim VII. The Agent traversed the ruined Kvatch, and rescued the lost heir, Martin Septim,[28] all the while, destroying the Oblivion Gate, and securing the city with Savlian Matius.[29] From then on, the Agent was known as the Hero of Kvatch, and their method of destroying Oblivion Gates was used in Tamriel's defense against the crisis. Both Martin Septim, and the Hero of Kvatch worked together to end the crisis. The Hero was at one point sent to Miscarcand in the West Weald, to obtain a Great Welkynd Stone,[30] and to Sancre Tor, to acquire the Armor of Tiber Septim.[31] When Dagon was cast into Oblivion, from the Imperial City, the Septim Dynasty had officially died, and High Chancellor Ocato had announced the end of the Third Era, and the arrival of the Fourth Era.[32]

The Fourth Era began with the short rule of the Potentate, Ocato of Firsthold, but he was assassinated by the rising threat, the Thalmor. The Stormcrown Interregnum followed shortly after, albeit ending much faster, than the last Interregnum. The Nibenese Witch-Warrior, Thules the Gibbering ruled over the Third Empire for a short amount of time, only to be usurped by the Colovian Warlord, Titus Mede, thus beginning a new age in the Empire, the first dynasty to not be Dragonborn, and successfully reign over hundreds of years.[33][34] The Mede Dynasty, of Colovian Emperors, ruled over the Third Empire as far as 4E 201.[35]

The Colovian Estates[edit]

Arenthia (ca. 2E 582)
Falkreath (ca. 4E 201)

The Colovian Estates refer to the autonomous government, consisting of the nations of Colovia, and surrounding areas that are governed by merchant-estates.[36] Traditionally, these refer to the core Colovian nations (Anvil, Chorrol, Kvatch, and Skingrad), but the Colovian Estates have contained other nations throughout the eras, and have attempted to absorbed regions beyond the provincial borders. Most notably is the city-state of Falkreath, which is found in southern Skyrim,[21] and has been administrated by the Far Falkreath Estate.[36] The Colovian's culture spill into their neighbors, such as the Redguards of Elinhir, who adopted their style of fashion and taste.[37] The city of Arenthia, takes a lot of inspiration from Colovia, in terms of the architecture. It is even found across the Strid River, from Skingrad.[38]

The Colovian Estates have historically fought against their neighbors of Valenwood, which explains their influence across Reaper's March, from Arenthia, to Greenhill. Their first known conflict was around the dissolution of the Alessian Reforms. As Empress Herda improved relations with the Colovian West, attacks against Valenwood intensified, ultimately ending in 1E 2714, when the province was ceded into the Second Empire.[9] Another was during the Interregnum, in 2E 580, but their forces were thwarted, as the First Aldmeri Dominion intervened, and recruited the Wood Elves.[39] Two years later, another invasion occurred towards Reaper's March, as decreed by the Count of Skingrad, and ratified by the Elder Council, the Legion of the West Weald, under both Javad Tharn and General Lavinia Axius.[40] But their invasion was thwarted, by the newly-named Mane and her Moon Hallowed.[41]

Culture[edit]

A Colovian Fur Helm
The Mermaid of Anvil

As mentioned before, the region of Colovia is known for their frontier-men, the Colovians, who are known as Cyrodiil's iron hand and to make the province's working-force.[1] Colovian Wood, which is in constant harvesting, is used throughout the province's architecture, and equipment in the Imperial Legion.[4] Throughout the Great Forest, loggers can be found in the region, harvesting the wood.[42] Chorrol, notably contains the Great Oak, an ancient and mighty tree that stands in the center of the city, serving as its symbol.[43] The Colovians generally worship the pantheon of the Empire, the Divines and follow traditional Imperial virtues. But there is always the malcontent that tends to worship the Daedra. Colovians like these are known as the "Woeful Colovians."[3] Like the other county-cities in the province, there is no distinct style in architecture, cities like Anvil, Chorrol, and Skingrad have their own unique style, while Kvatch contains a traditional Imperial style that can be found across the many, smaller settlements.

And like other county-cities, the ones in Colovia contain statues to honor their most favored patron or legend. In Chorrol, the statue is that of Saint Osla, a healer during the late Second Era, that was present at the Battle of Sancre Tor, during Tiber Septim's campaign.[44] In Kvatch, it is the fallen warrior, Antus Pinder, who fought bravely in the defense of Kvatch, against an unknown threat, but was sorely outnumbered.[43] In Skingrad, it is Rislav Larich, well-known for his retaliation against the First Empire, inspiring the likes of Ryain Direnni in their fight against the Alessian Order. Then there is the one in Anvil, that goes by many names, such as the Leggy Lass, the Brine Maiden, and Selkie of West Skerry,[45] but by default, it is known as the Mermaid of Anvil. Many people that come through Anvil have various theories on this creature, such as it being a long-forgotten god or a lost aspect of the Divines. No one knows for sure.[46]

The Colovians, despite having a conflicted history with Valenwood, have known to interact with them from time to time. Before the arrival of the Second Aldmeri Dominion, the Wood Elves met with the Western Imperials throughout the Strid River every year, trading for any sort of goods from beyond the jurisdiction of the Green. It is unknown whether they continued this tradition after the Dominion's dissolution. Another time was in a conflict known as the War of Rihad in 2E 862 when the Colovians used Bosmer archers. But they would often desert and hide in the trees.[47] A well-known piece of attire from Colovia is the Colovian Fur Helm, a tall yellow fur hat. It was known to have circulated in Vvardenfell around 3E 427.[48]

Notable Locations[edit]

The Great Oak Place
Anvil
A harbor-city found along the Abecean Sea. It is the gateway between the Abecean and the Imperial Province.
Chorrol
A city amidst the Great Forest, known for the Great Oak, which is part of their iconography for the longest time.
Gold Road
A major road that runs from Anvil to the Red Ring Road in the Heartlands. It also contains Kvatch and Skingrad.
Kvatch
The holy city of Akatosh, situated on a plateau that overlooks the Gold Coast and the Colovian Highlands.
Sancre Tor
The birthplace of Reman I, as well as the burial place for his dynasty. It was here the Amulet of Kings was stored for many years.
Skingrad
The "Gem of Old Colovia," seen as the model of Colovian independence and hardwork. It is also known as a prominent wine country.
Sutch
A former city of Colovia, on a prairie near the Brena River.
Varen's Wall
A large stone wall that divided the Gold Coast from the rest of Colovia. No longer present as of the late Third Era.

Regions[edit]

Colovian Highlands
The rocky & forested region that separates Cyrodiil from Hammerfell
Gold Coast
The western coast of Cyrodiil, known for its golden-colored savannah
Great Forest
The expansive, and mysterious forest region that spans eastern Colovian, around the Heartlands
Imperial Reserve
An open flat land that is sparsely inhabited. Known for being prime hunting grounds
Jerall Mountains (West)
The snowy mountain range that separates Cyrodiil from Skyrim
West Weald
Open grasslands along the southern border towards Elsweyr & Valenwood

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  3. ^ a b The Vile Manse loading screen in ESO
  4. ^ a b Gold Coast Guide, Part OneAstinia Isauricus
  5. ^ The Lost Fort Faleria
  6. ^ a b Rislav The RighteousSinjin
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  10. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 4Abnur Tharn
  11. ^ Eulogy for Emperor VarenLord Abnur Tharn, Chancellor of the Elder Council
  12. ^ Varen's WallMidara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
  13. ^ a b The Wolf and the DragonMidara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
  14. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 1Lyris Titanborn
  15. ^ The Chorrol Crier
  16. ^ Main Quest in ESO
  17. ^ Story Quest in ESO: Dark Brotherhood
  18. ^ Campaigns mode in ESO
  19. ^ The Sublime Brazier quest in ESO: Imperial City
  20. ^ Planemeld Obverse quest in ESO: Imperial City
  21. ^ a b The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
  22. ^ Brief History of the Empire v 1Stronach k'Thojj III
  23. ^ The Fall of the UsurperPalaux Illthre
  24. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  25. ^ Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 2Captain Torradan ap Dugal
  26. ^ Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 3Captain Torradan ap Dugal
  27. ^ Thieves Den's description on "Obliviondownloads.com."
  28. ^ Breaking the Siege of Kvatch quest in Oblivion
  29. ^ The Battle for Castle Kvatch quest in Oblivion
  30. ^ Miscarcand quest in Oblivion
  31. ^ Blood of the Divines quest in Oblivion
  32. ^ Light the Dragonfires quest in Oblivion
  33. ^ The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  34. ^ Rising Threat, Vol. IVLathenil of Sunhold
  35. ^ Titus Mede II NPC in Skyrim
  36. ^ a b The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard — Character Bios
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  38. ^ Arenthia location in ESO
  39. ^ Ask Us Anything: Aldmeri Dominion (Part 1) — The Elder Scrolls Online
  40. ^ Yours for the Taking!Catonius Libo, Aide-de-Camp to General Lavinia Axius
  41. ^ Reaper's March questlines in ESO
  42. ^ Akovor's dialogue in ESO
  43. ^ a b City-specific loading screens in Oblivion
  44. ^ The City of Chorrol — The Imperial Library
  45. ^ The City of Anvil— The Imperial Library
  46. ^ The Mysterious Mermaid of Anvil
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  48. ^ Colovian Fur Helm item in Morrowind