Taneth is one of the eight major cities in the province of Hammerfell, situated on the coastal highlands of southern Hammerfell. Taneth is a bustling and important port city occupied by the Forebears, the modern-day remnant of the Ra Gada.
Layout & Geography
Taneth is located in the south-central region of Hammerfell, deep in the Forebears' territory. The region contains rocky perilous highlands and barren canyons, with ancient tombs hidden from the open. The ancient tomb of the Al-Danobia bloodline is located on northwest of the city and it is considered part of the Kingdom of Taneth. However the peninsula from across the bay, Hew's Bane is considered far from their reach. Taneth is established on the eastern side of Hew's Bay and is equipped with a harbor. It also contains the local headquarters for the East Empire Company and is part of a route that circles around the main continent, through most major port cities like Anvil and Woodhearth. Taneth is neighbored by several settlements, including Lainebon Place to the west, Riverview to the northwest, and Roseguard to the southeast.
Taneth was founded by the Ra Gada, but the al-Danobia bloodline had always held significant power over the Kingdom for many untold years. It is unspecified which wave came through the region, but the Tavan wave (who are known for their avian-inspired imagery) was known to have traveled along the southern coast of Hammerfell. There has always been some form of contempt between Taneth and another trading city, Abah's Landing and their Merchant Lords, who supposedly benefit from the pirates and bandits that steal from Taneth.
The Thieves Guild and the Iron Wheel
After Fahara'jad of Sentinel became the High King of Hammerfell in 2E 560, in the wake of the Knahaten Flu, he married the "Flower of Taneth," Za-Rifah al-Danobia, who bore three children, Maraya, Lakana, and lastly the Crown Prince, Azah. With their marriage, the al-Danobia bloodline became intertwined with the Phyllocid Dynasty. She died from childbirth and was greatly mourned throughout the province. After the incident, King Fahara'jad and Za-Rifah's younger sister, Falorah al-Danobia became close, but not that close. She inherited the title of the "Flower of Taneth" from her older sister. When the Bailiffs Guild collapsed in the mid-Second Era, they were soon employed by Magnifica Falorah and rebranded into a private militia, the Iron Wheel.
Sometime later, the Thieves Guild of Abah's Landing had attempted an elaborate heist to steal the dowry of Danobia herself in the Al-Danobia Tomb. However, after the heist had ended in failure and the subsequent "death" of the guildmaster, Nicolas. Sometime after the incident, Magnifica Falorah was approached by the merchant-lord and proprietor of Hubalajad's Palace, Cosh, who promised to return the dowry that was stolen from her. He pointed her to the city across the bay, Abah's Landing, where the perpetrators were located. Thus she dispatched the Iron Wheel to Hew's Bane, where they began their search for the missing dowry and the Thieves Guild. The other merchant-lords had feared that Taneth wanted to conquer Abah's Landing.
Not long after, the merchant-lord, Cosh was set to marry the Magnifica at Hubalajad's Palace, however, the current guildmaster, Zeira exposed Cosh as Nicolas, the former guildmaster and the one that not only stole the dowry, but desecrated the tomb. Both guildmasters were promptly arrested. Before they would be taken to Taneth for trial, the Thieves Guild had freed Zeira from her prison in No Shira Citadel and made peace with the Magnifica. They made a secret deal, one that allowed the Thieves Guild to operate in Taneth while they keep the merchant-lords in check. Both parties had left the ordeal behind in good faith and the Iron Wheel left Hew's Bane with Nicolas in chains. His fate is unknown.
Taneth in the Third Empire
The cities of Taneth and Rihad were in the path of the Camoran Usurper, who began an invasion of Western Tamriel in 3E 249. Most of the Redguard locals claimed that the cities would have defeated his armies easily, but when the Battle of Dragontooth took place in 3E 253, both the cities were sacked relentlessly.:8 Those refugees traveled northward until they eventually came into the Barony of Dwynnen. Considering that these were Forebears cities, the Crown warlords of Elinhir did not assist them, and in return, the southern cities did not help defend Elinhir during the War of the Bend'r-mahk later in the Third Era, preferring to watch from afar.
During the Imperial Simulacrum in the late-Third Era, the city-state of Taneth was an active settlement. It was ruled by King Lhezem and it had a rivalry with Gilane and Rihad. Years later at the tail-end of the Third Era, King Lhotun founded a third political party called the Lhotunics that brought contempt between the Crowns and the Forebears. Queen Clavilla of Taneth tried to have charters of independent guilds revoked from Sentinel, albeit unsuccessfully. Her argument was that accepted worship of Satakal was heresy in the eyes of the Third Empire.
When the Great War began in 4E 171, the Aldmeri Dominion landed onto southern Hammerfell and swiftly took control of the region. Roughly a year or two later, every city across southern Hammerfell, including Taneth were sacked and captured by the High Elves, save for Hegathe to the west. While it is known that Taneth had fallen, the story of how is currently uncertain. The Alik'ri Warrior, Kematu claimed that the city would have stood its ground at least had it not been sold out by the noblewoman, Iman. When the noble houses realized her deception, she reportedly fled east into the province of Skyrim, where he followed suit. It is unknown what happened to Taneth after the Great War had ended in 4E 175. Much of southern Hammerfell was ceded from the Third Empire per the agreement in the White-Gold Concordat, even though there were already Aldmeri soldiers there. Hammerfell's fight against the Dominion ended in 4E 180 and while the province was liberated from the elves, the south was left in complete ruin.
- In a Taneth-styled marriage, it is tradition that the groom should be presented to the guests before the wedding.
- There is an oft-repeated expression in Taneth for wasting money is "laying foundation with Hubalajad's coin," which calls back to the eponymous prince's unfortunate history.
- The Moguls of Taneth are a family of great prestige that are famed for their cavalry, which flies their family totem, the Fennec Fox on their banners.
- Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Taneth's gladiatorial team would have been called "the War Eagles".[UOL 1]
- Map of Hammerfell – The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- East Empire Company (4th Era Map) – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Ra Gada: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Al-Danobia Tomb quest location in ESO: Thieves Guild
- Zeira's dialogue in ESO: Thieves Guild
- Members of the Hew's Bane Thieves Guild Answer Your Questions — Walks-Softly, Kari Coin-Counter, Velsa, Zeira, Thrag, Andarri
- Iron Wheel Prisoner Transfer: Zeira — Chief Inspector Rhanbiq
- Taneth location and rumors in Arena
- Meet the Character - Chief Inspector Rhanbiq — Talsim, Master of Secrets for Her Majesty, the Queen of Taneth
- Lady Cinnabar Answers Your Questions — Lady Cinnabar
- Percius Loche's dialogue in ESO: Thieves Guild
- Crafting Motif 28: Ra Gada Style — Lady Cinnabar of Taneth
- Magnifica Falorah's dialogue in ESO: Thieves Guild
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Hammerfell — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- The Royal Lineage of Sentinel
- Forever Hold Your Peace story quest in ESO: Thieves Guild
- Prison Break story quest in ESO: Thieves Guild
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- The Refugees — Geros Albreigh
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- Kematu's dialogue in Skyrim
- In Defense of Prince Hubalajad — Lady Cinnabar of Taneth
- Fennec Fox description text in ESO
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.