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- "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, the Colovian Highlands, and the Imperial West) is the western half of the province of Cyrodiil, known for their austeric, hard-working, and self-sufficient people, the frontier-men of Colovia. The Imperials of Colovia are strong-headed and provide the workforce of Cyrodiil. A lot of them serve in the Imperial Legion, either as a soldier, or a commander. Colovian Wood is in constant demand, for construction and weaponry. Colovia consists of rugged hillscapes throughout the Gold Road, the dense greenery of the Great Forest, and open grasslands throughout the Imperial Reserve, which are prime hunting grounds. Most of the Colovian West live in the major cities, but some such as the nobility tend to live in private estates, closer to the Gold Coast, while there are various farms and roadside inns that dot the landscape. It has also been described as a coastal jungle. Colovia's borders have shifted throughout the eras but traditionally, it contains four counties of Cyrodiil. (Anvil, Chorrol, Kvatch, and Skingrad)
- For the history of the province, see the: History of Cyrodiil
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, then 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 would explore 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 would be the first, and at the forefront of resistance towards the Alessian Order, and the First Empire.
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. 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 would be 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 would plan an attack onto Skingrad. In the end, Rislav would kill his brother, and bring Skingrad back into Colovia.
After dealing with High King Kjoric the White in Skyrim, Emperor Gorieus would pour 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 would guide their armies north into the Colovian Highlands, as the Emperor's armies would slowly dwindle. Here, Rislav's army would reunite 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 would join 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. Rislav's tale would later inspire future events regarding the Alessian Empire.
Many years later in 1E 2200, the Thrassian Plague would spread across West Tamriel, wreaking havoc from the Summerset Isles, to northern High Rock. These events would lead to Bendu Olo, Colovian King of Anvil to gather the armies of West Tamriel at the island of Stirk, to form the All Flags Navy. It was considered the strongest naval force in all of Tamriel. The navy would sail across the Sea of Pearls and sack Thras, the archipelago home of the Sload. Bendu Olo's exploits would lead to the Colovian Estates overshadowing the noble lords of the Nibenay. Because of this, the War of Righteousness would occur in 1E 2321. The conflict had begun with internal conflict in the Alessian Order, and using this, the Colovian Kingdoms would break 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 would split ever since. However, forty years later, born from the Colovian city of Sancre Tor, Reman I would defeat the invading Akaviri and establish the Second Empire in 1E 2703. At one point, following the Alessian Order's dissolution, Empress Herda attempted to strengthen relations with the Colovian West in 1E 2714.
The Interregnum & Varen Aquilarios
As time went on, the Second Empire would fall, in 2E 431, with the death of Savirien-Chorak. The following years would become known as the Interregnum, when the Empire of Cyrodiil would continue without an Emperor, and various factions would seek to claim that title and rule over the province. Many have tried, and failed, leading to small dynasties one after another. One such dynasty was the Longhouse Emperors, who were of Reachmen-descent, scions of the Tagh Droiloch. They were not favored by the Empire because of their background, being so alien to the Cyrodilics. The Longhouse Emperors were the longest-running dynasty during the Interregnum at the time, but their regime would end during the rule of Emperor Leovic, who declared that open worship of the Daedric Princes would be legal, and recognized by the Empire. In retaliation, Duke Varen Aquilarios of Colovia rallied the sons and daughters of Colovia, to begin his campaign for the Imperial City, known as Varen's Rebellion. Varen, and his clan, comes from the city of Kvatch, and in order to protect his home from Leovic's Legion, he ordered the construction of Varen's Wall, a large stone wall that divides the inner Gold Coast, from the rest of the Colovian Estates. In his stead, Varen left his nephew, Carolus Aquilarios to rule over Kvatch.
Sometime later, Varen was able to defeat Emperor Leovic and claimed himself the Emperor of Cyrodiil. He marries Clivia Tharn, his predecessor's consort, and of Nibenese-descent. But to further legitimize his rule, Varen and his Five Companions traveled the continent to acquire the Amulet of Kings. But in 2E 579, Varen and his court would be tricked by Mannimarco, who would manipulate the amulet and bring about an event known as the Soulburst. One of the ritual's effects was causing a fissure that split Chorrol in half. Varen was killed in the event, while his companions were spread out. Using this to his advantage, Mannimarco would begin Molag Bal's invasion of Cyrodiil, known as the Planemeld. As the Soulburst occurred, Count Carolus Aquilarios faced his own conflict of power in the Gold Coast, between the Akatosh Chantry, and the Provincial-Government in Anvil. This conflict would end in Carolus' favor when both Fortunata ap Dugal, and Artorius Ponticus were assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood in 2E 583. But following the Emperor's disappearance, another conflict would ensue 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 Alliances fought across the countryside, they would attempt to fight in the ruined Imperial City, as well, against the hordes of Daedra and the Worm Cult. By the waning days of the year, Molag Bal's invasion and strong grip over the Imperial City was over. The Alliance War would continue to rage across Central Cyrodiil, and eastern Colovia until the alliance's inevitable decline.
Emperor Zero & the Third Empire
Many years after the Alliance War would subside, another claim for the throne would arise and come 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 would ally 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 would approach the city gates at dawn and use his Thu'um to break it down. The Reachmen were defeated, and the Nords would give the young general the title of "Hjalti Talos," or "Stormcrown." With Hjalti Early-Beard by his side, King Cuhlecain would unite the Colovian Estates in less than a year, and eventually conquer all of Cyrodiil. But at one point, King Cuhlecain would pass away and Hjalti, assumed the crown, as Tiber Septim. The Third Empire would go on and 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. 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. 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.
Under the reign of the Third Empire, Colovia would be 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. As the Camoran Usurper's Invasion would rage across Western Tamriel, pirate activity would increase, with the most notable pirate captain being Torradan ap Dugal. But when the conflict ended, Commodore Fasil Umbranox would turn 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, and a newly-built Anvil was constructed, becoming the modern-day County Seat. Colovia's relative peace would continue, 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 would still mourn for his children.
But things would turn for the worst in the following year. In 3E 433, the Daedric Lord of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon would invade 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, all the while, destroying the Oblivion Gate, and securing the city with Savlian Matius. From then on, the Agent was known as the Hero of Kvatch, and their method of destroying Oblivion Gates would be used in Tamriel's defense against the crisis. Both Martin Septim, and the Hero of Kvatch would work together to end the crisis. The Hero was at one point sent to Miscarcand in the West Weald, to obtain a Great Welkynd Stone, and to Sancre Tor, to acquire the Armor of Tiber Septim. 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.
The Fourth Era would begin with the short rule of the Potentate, Ocato of Firsthold, but he would be assassinated by the rising threat, the Thalmor. The Stormcrown Interregnum would follow shortly after, albeit ending much faster, than the last Interregnum. The Nibenese Witch-Warrior, Thules the Gibbering would rule 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. The Mede Dynasty, of Colovian Emperors, would rule over the Third Empire as far as 4E 201.
The Colovian Estates
The Colovian Estates refer to the autonomous government, consisting of the nations of Colovia, and surrounding areas. 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. The Colovian's culture spill into their neighbors, such as the Redguards of Elinhir, who adopted their style of fashion and taste. 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. 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 would intensify, ultimately ending in 1E 2714, when the province was ceded into the Second Empire. Another was during the Interregnum, in 2E 580, but their forces were thwarted, as the First Aldmeri Dominion intervened, and recruited the Wood Elves. Two years later, another invasion would occur 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. But their invasion would also be thwarted, by the newly-named Mane and her Moon Hallowed.
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. Colovian Wood, which is in constant harvesting, is used throughout the province's architecture, and equipment in the Imperial Legion. Throughout the Great Forest, loggers can be found in the region, harvesting the wood. Chorrol, notably contains the Great Oak, an ancient and mighty tree that stands in the center of the city, serving as its symbol. 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." 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. 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. 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, 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.
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 would meet with the Western Imperials throughout the Strid River every year, for any sort of goods from beyond 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. 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.
- A harbor-city found along the Abecean Sea. It is the gateway between the Abecean and the Imperial Province.
- 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.
- 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.
- The "Gem of Old Colovia," seen as the model of Colovian independence and hardwork. It is also known as a prominent wine country.
- 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.
- 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
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Vile Manse loading screen in ESO
- Gold Coast Guide, Part One — Astinia Isauricus
- The Lost Fort Faleria
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Other Lands — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 4 — Abnur Tharn
- Eulogy for Emperor Varen — Lord Abnur Tharn, Chancellor of the Elder Council
- Varen's Wall — Midara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
- The Wolf and the Dragon — Midara Salviticus, Historian, University of Gwylim
- The Chorrol Crier
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 1 — Lyris Titanborn
- Main Quest in ESO
- Story Quest in ESO: Dark Brotherhood
- Campaigns mode in ESO
- The Sublime Brazier quest in ESO: Imperial City
- Planemeld Obverse quest in ESO: Imperial City
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Fall of the Usurper — Palaux Illthre
- The Refugees — Geros Albreigh
- Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 2 — Captain Torradan ap Dugal
- Cap'n Dugal's Journal, Part 3 — Captain Torradan ap Dugal
- Thieves Den's description on "Obliviondownloads.com."
- Breaking the Siege of Kvatch quest in Oblivion
- The Battle for Castle Kvatch quest in Oblivion
- Miscarcand quest in Oblivion
- Blood of the Divines quest in Oblivion
- Light the Dragonfires quest in Oblivion
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- Rising Threat, Vol. IV — Lathenil of Sunhold
- Titus Mede II NPC in Skyrim
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Arenthia location in ESO
- Ask Us Anything: Aldmeri Dominion (Part 1) — The Elder Scrolls Online
- Yours for the Taking! — Catonius Libo, Aide-de-Camp to General Lavinia Axius
- Reaper's March questlines in ESO
- Akovor's dialogue in ESO
- City-specific loading screens in Oblivion
- The City of Chorrol — The Imperial Library
- The City of Anvil— The Imperial Library
- The Mysterious Mermaid of Anvil
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Colovian Fur Helm item in Morrowind