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Rihad is a port city at the southern edge of Hammerfell, just north of its border with Cyrodiil. It is located on the coast of the Abecean Sea, on the main road between Anvil and Taneth. The Brena River flows into the Abecean Sea just south of the city. Rihad was once home to a gladiatorial team called the Bane. It is one of several possible locations that the Eternal Champion may discover in The Elder Scrolls: Arena.
The city's population is an eclectic mix of Redguard Forebears, survivors of the Yokuda Ra Gada, followers of Satakal, a few Bretons, and warriors-in-training from all over the empire. Buildings in the city with its high domes, the flying dew sails, and the mosaic colophons were constructed over the old and new ruins of past civilizations. In 3E 253, armies of Taneth and Rihad were defeated in the Battle of Dragontooth by the Camoran Usurper, leading to the fall of southern Hammerfell. The ruler of Rihad by the time of the Imperial Simulacrum was Queen Blubamka.
The city is the birthplace of well-known historian Destri Melarg.