Rimmen is located over a hill. From the distance it seems to be a golden gleam.[OOG 1] It is said that the Akaviri built a magnificent shrine there, the Tonenaka, which houses ten thousand statues. Rimmen also has stunning canals.
Buildings and walls in Rimmen have elegant bones of ivory colored stone, with few towers but many domes. The market is a bustling, colorful plaza empty in the middle, but girdled by tents and stalls and bounded by canals. The palace is an ancient-looking structure raised up on a high, tiered stone substructure.[OOG 2]
When humans were still in a primitive state, Khajiit caravans already reached as far as what is Rimmen today. During the Interregnum, Akaviri refugees fled to and possibly founded Rimmen from Attrebus, a short-lived pretender to the Imperial throne. As they were settled at the border of Elsweyr, those people became known as the "Rim Men." Later they allied with the Cyrodiilics in a war against the Kamal, in a bid to reunite the Empire, but eventually they had to submit to the Mane again. In 2E 812 they seceded yet again, only to resubmit yet again later as a vassal kingdom.
At the end of the Second Era, Tiber Septim annexed a swath of Elsweyr border land, including Rimmen, and cleared it of all Khajiits. Near the city he built The Halls of Colossus in order to assemble Numidium. As a result, the area is said to be "poisoned glow-rock."[OOG 3] Also during the Second Era, it was known that a group known as the Jovial Lambasters worshiped the Daedric Prince Clavicus Vile from this city.
In the early Fourth Era, Rimmen is relatively stable under the rule of a Potentate, despite civil war breaking out in Elsweyr. It is also the only place in Eastern Elsweyr friendly to men and mer. In fact, fewer than half of the people living on Rimmen are Khajiit. The potentate forbids the nomad Khajiit clans inside the city, and illegally selling them moon-sugar is fined triple the worth of the sugar. Selling more than two pounds is punished with execution.[OOG 1]
Its current status is unknown, though it can be assumed it was absorbed by the Aldmeri Dominion together with the rest of Elsweyr.
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