Kvatch is one of the nine major cities in the province of Cyrodiil, being situated in the eastern hills of the Gold Coast. Kvatch is the holy city of Akatosh, the chief deity of the Nine Divines. Worship of Akatosh is prevalent in Kvatch, especially with the presence of the Order of the Hour.
Kvatch is situated off the Gold Road, between the city-states of Anvil and Skingrad. Kvatch is nestled on a large hill in the Gold Coast, overlooking the entire region. It is walled-off and connected to the Gold Road from a zig-zagging road. The main street of Kvatch extends north from the city gate and revolves around the Chapel of Akatosh, which is in the epicenter of the town. North of the Chapel leads to the Trader's Circle, which is the local marketplace of Kvatch. The Circle extends to the northwest towards Castle Kvatch. A small moat separates the Castle, and it has no creatures in it. The Castle can overlook the Inner Gold Coast. East of the Castle, along the main street, is the Kvatch Arena, the largest site in the city. The Kvatch Arena is one of the two colosseums in Cyrodiil, with the other one being in the Arena District in the Imperial City. The smaller streets of Kvatch are closer to the main street, along the southeast wall is a road connecting the Main Gate to the Tower of Judgement and the back of the Chapel. The Eight Blessings is the largest inn in Kvatch and it has a bridge connecting to the shop across the street. Another street can be found along the western wall and behind the inn. This area is like a private town square, with several homes and a hedge maze. Underneath the city is a passageway that leads into the Castle, likely for Kings who need to escape assassination.
During the early years of the Alessian Doctrines, three leaders had ruled over the Kingdom of Kvatch as a council, two of which have been lost in history, while the other has lived in infamy. Lord Nunex Faleria was in love with an Ayleid scholar from the city-state of Nenalata, whose denizens were spared in the Alessian Slave Rebellion, yet were looked down in the Alessian's reign. To protect his love, Nunex established a stronghold deep in the Gold Coast, naming it Fort Faleria. To protect it further, he used magic, hired workers, and a tribe of Minotaurs. As time went on, Nunex and Lady Faleria had a family, with three children. Lady Faleria had passed away and so Nunex established a brass tomb in Fort Faleria.
But throughout the years, Lord Faleria delved into dark magic, delving into madness and anger. His family remained in the halls of Fort Faleria, hiding from the religious zealots of the Alessian Empire. But one day, the youngest child escaped and met a young woman, whom he fell in love with. But when her family discovered his Elven heritage, she was forced to confess and so the Empire was at the doorstep of Fort Faleria. Lord Faleria committed a gruesome ritual, which ended with his family's death and the destruction of Fort Faleria. With his miniscule strength, he buried his family in the surface and remained in the ruins of Fort Faleria, where it faded into obscurity as Tribune's Folly.
During the fifth century, the Kingdom of Kvatch was ruled by King Justinius, and the Kingdom fought against Skingrad in minor skirmishes, over common territory amidst the Colovian West. This would last for several years until 1E 472, which resulted in the marriage of Princess Belene of Kvatch and Rislav Larich of Skingrad. Rislav remained in the Court of Kvatch for six years after that until in 1E 478 when an unknown disease had spread throughout Cyrodiil, killing Larich's family in Skingrad, leaving Rislav and his older brother, Dorald Larich. When news of this hit both brothers, Dorald Larich, a priest of Marukh in the Imperial City left for Skingrad, taking control of the Kingdom. His first decree was to have Skingrad cede to the Alessian Empire, which outraged and shocked the Colovian West, more so with Rislav and the Court of Kvatch. Rislav, with his wife in-hand, and a militia of Kvatchian Soldiers, attacked Skingrad in the Coup at Skingrad. In the end, Rislav had decapitated Dorald, taking the position of King of Skingrad. From then on, the Colovian West rebelled against the Alessian Empire. What would follow were various acts of rebellion throughout Tamriel, with the Battle of Glenumbria Moors and the Battle of Sungard.
During the Second Era, there was a well-known Colovian general by the name of Thibault that hailed from Kvatch. When he died, he was buried in a crypt in Reaper's March, now known as Thibaut's Cairn. The Order of the Hour was reformed in 2E 432 by Cavor Merula in response to the collapse of the Reman Empire, so that the Cathedral of Akatosh would remain defended from the Daedra-worshiping Longhouse Emperors.
An event known as the Kvatch Bread Riots occurred in 2E 467, when a Red Wheat blight devastated crops for a second year in a row. Gruff Bojour led a mob to the Cathedral of Akatosh in response to the priests not doing enough to rectify the situation, and in response Sister Severa of the Order slaughtered half the crowd. The priests later prayed for the blight to end, which it did by the next season.
The city was ruled by Count Carolus Aquilarios, the nephew of Varen Aquilarios. However, the count had a power struggle between Primate Artorius and the Order of the Hour. The Dark Brotherhood of Western Cyrodiil had influenced the city as time continued. The Vestige then allied themselves with the Brotherhood, assassinating Akatosh Sermonizers throughout town and eventually killing Grand Sermonizer Fithia at the local estate.
Governor Fortunata ap Dugal of Anvil had ordered the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate the leader of the Order of the Hour, Commander Marcus Scipio. After the Vestige assassinated him, they then informed Aquilarios about the murder, who apparently performed the Black Sacrament to have the Brotherhood kill Dugal. In the end, both Scipio and Dugal were murdered by the Dark Brotherhood.
An unknown murderer known as The Sweetroll Killer killed many citizens in Kvatch. Reman Mevavius, a resident in Kvatch at the time, put fliers around town for anyone to help. The Vestige accepted and, with the help of a member from the Eyes of the Queen and the Morag Tong, they uncovered the murder.
Before the Oblivion Crisis, Kvatch was ruled by the Goldwine Lineage with its last leader, Ormellius Goldwine, who caused a small period of unrest within the kingdom. Saint Jiub of Morrowind went to the city to work on his autobiography.
Kvatch went under attack by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon after the assassination of Uriel Septim VII. Many of its citizens, including Saint Jiub, were killed, while some fled to either the outskirts or the ruined chapel of Akatosh. The soon to be Hero of Kvatch destroyed the Oblivion Gate that formed outside the city gate and rescued Martin Septim, the last descendant of Tiber Septim and Uriel Septim VII. With what little they had left, Kvatch and the other kingdoms of Cyrodiil defended Bruma from a similar attack.
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