|County Bravil, on Niben Bay
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Bravil is described as one of the poorest towns in Cyrodiil. Houses are built like shacks, being wooden and stacked upon each other. The Larsius River that runs through the town serves as Bravil's sewers. Because of its location on the bay's shore and the marshes and swamps that surround it, the climate is damp.
The settlement has likely been in existence since at least 1E 1152. It is known that Ayleids once lived in the region before the town was established. The Alessian Army attacked the Ayleids in the First Era, the army being led by the Empress Alessia's centurion Teo Bravillius Tasus. After discovering the Ayleid's ability to use Alteration type magic to defend themselves, Tasus managed to defeat them. Because of his success, the town owes its name to Tasus.
The Lucky Old Lady was a statue which once stood in a square east of Bravil's Great Chapel of Mara. The tales about the Lady and who she was are too numerous to list. It was said she was born the illegitimate daughter of a prostitute in Bravil, certainly an inauspicious beginning to a lucky life. She was teased by the other children, who forever asked her who her father was. Every day, she would run back to her little shack in tears from their cruelty. One day, a priest of Stendarr came to Bravil to do charitable work. He saw the weeping little girl, and when asked, she told him the cause of her misery: she didn't know who her father was. "You have kind eyes and a mouth that tells no lies," replied the priest after a moment, smiling. "You are clearly a child of Stendarr, the God of Mercy, Charity, and Well-Earned Luck." The priest's thoughtful words changed the girl forever. Whenever she was asked who her father was, she would cheerfully reply, "I am a child of Luck." She grew up to be a barmaid and despite being poor and miserable it was said she kind and generous to her customers, frequently allowing them to pay when they were able to. On a particularly rainy night, she gave shelter to a young man dressed in rags, who not only had no money to pay, but was belligerent and rude to her as she fed him and gave him a room. The next morning, he left without so much as a thank you. Her friends and family admonished her, saying that she had to be careful, he might have even been dangerous. A week later, a royal carriage arrived in Bravil, with an Imperial prince within. Though he was scarcely reconizable, it was the same young man the Lady had helped. He apologized profusely for his appearance and behavior, explaining that he had been kidnapped and cursed by a band of witches, and it wasn't until later he had returned to his senses. The Lady was showered with riches, which she, of course, generously shared with all the people of Bravil, where she lived to a content old age. No one knows when the statue to her was erected, or who the artist was, but it has stood there for thousands of years, since the first era. Before the statue was destroyed by rioters in 4E 188 visitors and Bravillians alike went to the Lucky Old Lady to ask for her blessing of luck to aid in their travels.
The Lucky Old Lady Statue
In the square east of Bravil's Great Chapel is a statue called The Lucky Old Lady. Standing in front of the statue and activating it will cast the spell Old Lady's Luck on you, which fortifies luck +10 points for 720 seconds. You can activate this statue as many times per day as you want.
- The spell may be absorbed, replenishing your magicka rather than giving the blessing. If you want to receive the blessing, it is best to deactivate effects. On the other hand, it can be used to advantage by characters with the Atronach birthsign: absorbing the spell will restore your Magicka.
- You can no longer receive the spell's blessing once you complete the Dark Brotherhood questline.
- The book Daughter of the Niben provides some interesting background.
The Castle Gardens
The castle gardens are one of the few aesthetically pleasing locations in Bravil. While most of the town is run-down and ugly, the gardens are quite beautiful; as Dro'shanji will comment: Bravil is perhaps not so nice, but Bravil castle and Bravil castle gardens, they are jewels are they not?
Quests Starting Here
- Caught in the Hunt: Ursanne Loche's husband is missing!
- The Forlorn Watchman: Lay to rest the spirit of a former sailor.
- Through A Nightmare, Darkly: Help Kud-Ei from the Bravil Mages Guild save her missing friend.
- Buying a house in Bravil: Purchase a small house on the far side of the canal in Bravil.
- A Kiss Before Dying: In Bravil lies the home of the Lucky Old Lady and a "lucky" Bosmer, and today fortune shines on both... but only one shines back.
- Whispers of Death: Relay the prayers of the vengeful to ensure their vengeance is fulfilled.
- It's possible to climb over the walls and out the city. See this for details.
- This bug is fixed by version 3.5.0 of the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.