HistoryMarkarth was the former city of Nchuand-Zel, belonging to the ancient Dwemer, also known as the Dwarves, who resided in Morrowind, Skyrim, and Hammerfell during the First Era, and whose origin was located in the west-central region of Skyrim, the homeland of the warlike and barbaric Nordic tribes. Following the disappearance of the Dwemer from the face of Nirn after they attempted to control the power of the Numidium, Markarth was abandoned until the rise of the Septim Empire, the third of the Cyrodilic Empires which arose under the leadership of Tiber Septim and his successor, Pelagius Septim. Emperor Tiber Septim established the Imperial College of the Voice in Markarth which, subsequently, attracted the Nords to establish it as one of the nine cities of Skyrim. Unlike the Dwemer cities and strongholds located in Morrowind and Hammerfell, the city of Markarth was not constructed out of metal, but instead was built out of stone, likely due to the abundance of stone found in The Reach. Another theory that could explain why Markarth was constructed out of stone is that the Nordic occupiers of Markarth had constructed their own city over the ruins of the metallic Dwemer city of the same name, which may thus be underground.
The Forsworn Uprising
In 4E 174, Markarth and the Reach was subjected to what is known today as the "Forsworn Uprising". While the Empire was beset by the Aldmeri Dominion in The Great War, the native people of the Reach, called the Reachmen, took this opportunity to seize control of the city. This was only possible as the Imperial Legionnaires stationed in Markarth were recalled to fight, leaving the city very vulnerable.
Jarl Igmund's father, Hrolfdir, was Jarl at the time, but could not quell the uprising and was killed in the struggle. The rebellion was successful and the Reachmen ruled over Markarth and The Reach as an independent kingdom from Skyrim from 4E 174 - 4E 176. During this time, the kingdom was relatively peaceful and the Reachmen ruled their lands fairly and were making overtures to be recognized by the Empire as a legitimate kingdom.
In 4E 176, The Great War ended with the Empire signing the White-Gold Concordat. During this time, Igmund took it upon himself to seek help from Ulfric Stormcloak in ousting the Reachmen invaders. He promised Ulfric that if he re-took the Reach, then Igmund as Jarl would allow free worship of Talos - an act that was recently outlawed at the end of the war. Ulfric agreed and marched his militia to the gates of Markarth and ruthlessly retook the city.
Reports vary, but it is said that every official who worked for the Reachmen was killed, even after they had surrendered. Native women were tortured to give up names of Reachmen fighters who had fled the city. Anyone who lived in the city, Reachmen and Nord alike, were executed if they had not fought with Ulfric and his men when they breached the gates. Ulfric supposedly even ordered the deaths of shopkeepers, farmers, the elderly, and any child old enough to lift a sword that had failed in the call to fight with him. The surviving Reachmen fled to the hills of the Reach and became known as the Forsworn.
The Bear of Markarth
In Markarth, Jarl Igmund kept his promise to Ulfric and allowed free worship of Talos. When the Imperial Legion arrived to restore the rule of law, Ulfric refused them entry into the city until they also agreed free worship of Talos would be allowed. With chaos running through the streets of Markarth and the reports of deaths rising every day, the Empire had no choice but to grant Ulfric and his men their worship, thus jeopardizing the peace agreement with the Aldmeri Dominion.
Eventually, The Empire rescinded upon the agreement due to pressure from the Aldmeri Dominion and Ulfric and his militia were expelled from the city. This betrayal left Ulfric bitter towards the Empire and is considered to be the initial conception of the Stormcloak rebellion.
Points of interest
- Arnleif and Sons Trading Company - General goods
- The Hag's Cure - Alchemists
- Ghorza gra-Bagol's - Blacksmith
- Hogni Red-Arm's - Meat stall
- Kerah's - Jewelry stall
- Endon's House - Thieves Guild Fence
- Nepos's House
- Ogmund's House
- Smelter Overseer's House
- Vlindrel Hall (For sale)
- Abandoned House
- Cidhna Mine
- Markarth Lumber Mill and Forge
- Guard Tower
- Markarth Stables
- Shrine of Talos
- Temple Of Dibella
- The Treasury House
- The Warrens
- Aicantar - Nephew and Assistant of Calcelmo
- Anton Virane - Cook in the keep
- Calcelmo - Court Wizard of Markarth
- Legate Emmanuel Admand - Imperial Legate
- Faleen - Jarl's Housecarl
- Jarl Igmund - The Jarl of Markarth
- Ondolemar - One of the leaders of Thalmor
- Raerek - Uncle and steward to the Jarl
- Rondach - Servant in the Keep
- Thongvor Silver-Blood - Thonar Silver-Blood's Elder brother
- Brother Verulus - Priest of Arkay
- Voada - Servant in the Keep
- Adara - Daughter of Endon & Kerah.
- Anwen - Priestess of Dibella.
- Betrid Silver-Blood - Thonar Silver-Blood's wife.
- Bothela - Owner of The Hag's Cure.
- Cairine - Beggar of The Warrens.
- Cosnach - Local drunk at the Silver-Blood Inn.
- Degaine - Beggar of The Warrens.
- Donnel - Old servant of The Treasury House.
- Dryston - Messenger.
- Eltrys - Beggar of The Warrens.
- Endon - Husband of Kerah and Thieves Guild Fence.
- Frabbi - Wife of Kleppr.
- Garvey - Beggar of The Warrens.
- Ghorza gra-Bagol - Orc Blacksmith.
- Hamal - Mother and Head priestess of Dibella.
- Hathrasil - Breton Smelter.
- Hogni Red-Arm - Meat vendor.
- Hreinn - Kleppr's son.
- Hroki - Kleppr's daughter.
- Imedhnain - Assistant of Lisbet and nephew of Cosnach.
- Kerah - Jewelry Merchant and wife of Endon.
- Kleppr - Owner of the Silver-Blood Inn.
- Lisbet - Owner of Arleif And Sons Trading Company.
- Nana Ildene - Old servant of The Treasury House.
- Margret - Traveler.
- Morven - Servant to Nepos the Nose.
- Muiri - Bothela's assistant at The Hag's Cure.
- Mulush gro-Shugurz - Orc Smelter Overseer.
- Nepos the Nose - Elderly man.
- Ogmund - Nord Bard and Expert Trainer in Speechcraft.
- Omluag - Breton Smelter and resident at The Warrens.
- Orla - Priestess of Dibella.
- Reburrus Quintilius - Resident of The Treasury House.
- Rhiada - Owner of The Treasury House.
- Senna - Priestess of Dibella.
- Tacitus Sallustius - Ghorza gra-Bagol's blacksmith apprentice.
- Thonar Silver-Blood - Resident of The Treasury House.
- Tynan - Servant to Nepos the Nose.
- Uaile - Maid to Nepos the Nose.
- Verulus - Priest of Arkay.
- Vigilant Tyranus - Daedra hunter.
- Vorstag - Mercenary at the Silver-Blood Inn.
- Weylin - Forsworn agent.
- Yngvar the Singer - Works for the Silver-Blood family.
- Braig - Forsworn prisoner.
- Borkul the Beast - Forsworn prisoner.
- Duach - Forsworn prisoner.
- Grisvar the Unlucky - Prisoner.
- Madanach - Leader of Forsworn prisoners.
- Odvan - Forsworn prisoner.
- Uraccen - Forsworn prisoner.
- Urzoga gra-Shugurz - Mercenary of the Silver-Bloods.
Nearby points of interest
Following is a list of some surrounding points of interest.
- Bard's Leap Summit
- Blind Cliff Cave
- Dushnikh Yal
- Four Skull Lookout
- Left Hand Mine
- Karthspire Camp
- Kolskeggr Mine
- Markarth Stables
- Old Hroldan
- Reachcliff Cave
- Red Eagle Redoubt
- Salvius Farm
- Sky Haven Temple
- Soljund's Sinkhole
- The Lover Stone
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