Lore:Sutch

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Sutch
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region Gold Coast
Appears in Oblivion, ESO
The ruins of Fort Sutch ca. 3E 433

Sutch was a major Colovian city located in the Gold Coast region of Cyrodiil, near the edges of the Colovian Highlands and the border with Hammerfell.[1] From the First Era to the end of the Third Era, Sutch was a notable cultural hub noted for its artists, artisans, and performers that attracted visitors seeking artistic and philosophical pursuits.[2] County Sutch extended north towards the Brena River, an area which is now considered part of County Kvatch. Sutch was connected to the Gold Road north of Anvil.[3][UOL 1] There was a once Blood Dome Temple found within the city.[UOL 2]

History[edit]

Long before the Planemeld, Sutch was home to the wealthy Baron Ignace, whose castle was noted for its tall and unscalable walls. The book Thief of Virtue tells the tale of Ravius Terinus, a master thief of the Thieves Guild, who attempted to rob the coin collection of Baron Ignace from the latter's castle in Sutch. Ravius failed to steal the coins, but instead slept with Baroness Veronique in order to hide from the guards. The book states that Sutch was a city in Hammerfell; it is unknown if this is an error or if Sutch was once indeed considered part of nearby Hammerfell. The author also believes the Thieves Guild to have been wiped out 450 years prior to the book's writing,[4] but as various branches of "thieves' guilds" have always existed and the book's publication date is unknown, it is unclear which guild this was referring to.[5]

By the Interregnum, Sutch had become a large city and trade center.[6] Jorunn the Skald-King visited Sutch in his youth, sometime between 2E 546 and 2E 572, for its artistic values.[2] Phrastus of Elinhir visited the marketplace of the city around the time of the Planemeld and met a hunter who had trapped a river troll,[6] and two towers near Sutch could be seen behind Varen's Wall around 2E 582.[7] Sea shanties from Sutch were popular among sailors around the time of the Tiber War.[UOL 3]

The city was still marked on maps in 2E 864[1] and 3E 427. By 3E 433, nothing remained of the settlement but the ruins of Fort Sutch Abbey. The fort was home to a band of mercenaries until their ailing warlord, Roderick, was poisoned by the Dark Brotherhood, although it was made to appear that he had died from his illness.[8] The fort was attacked by Daedra during the Oblivion Crisis when an Oblivion Gate to the Deadlands opened outside its walls. The Gate was destroyed by the Imperial Legion, with the help of the Hero of Kvatch.[9]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The author Charonius of Sutch presumably hailed from Sutch, sometime before 2E 582.[10] Thendaramur Death-Blossom, Boethiah's Conduit who oversaw dozens of Gauntlets, also came from the city.[11]
  • The city of Sutch was originally set to appear in Oblivion but was removed before release, as can be seen in the terrain surrounding Fort Sutch, which is unusually flat and sparse compared to the rest of the Gold Coast. As such, a few references to the city as still existing were mistakenly left in the final game.[UOL 1]
    • Cut files indicate a Chapel of Kynareth was also meant to be in Sutch, but as it was scrapped before release, her communion site ultimately became a nearby shrine, making her the only deity without a chapel in Oblivion.

References[edit]

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.