Leyawiin is a Nibenese city in the extreme southeast of the province, by the mouth of the Niben River where it opens into Topal Bay. Known as the city that spans the waters, the city straddles a swampy estuary of the Niben on the small strip of land between Elsweyr and Black Marsh called the Trans-Niben. Leyawiin is roughly divided into four districts: Chapel District, Guild Plaza, Main Street and Castle Leyawiin.
After the death of Pelinal Whitestrake at the conclusion of the Alessian Slave Rebellion in 1E 243, a messenger carried the Mace of the Crusader to the human settlement of Leyawiin. Centuries later, the master craftsman Saint Kaladas built the Chapel of Zenithar in Leyawiin as a tribute to the legend. Only a couple centuries later, Leyawiin was captured by the Khajiiti wander-kings of Bruk'ra amidst the Anequine Conquests of Darloc Brae. Scholars theorized that at this point, the invaders converted the chapel of Zenithar to worship of the Two-Moons Dance.
The first Imperial bear cavalry came into use by the 10th Legion in 2E 23, walking through Leyawiin's streets each week in a bear parade. In the mid-Second Era, during the war between the Longhouse Emperors and the forces of Varen Aquilarios, Leyawiin was allegedly single-handedly freed by Sai Sahan, who fought both Emperor Leovic's forces and his own men who had been employed by Leovic as double agents.
At the end of the Third Era, the Trans-Niben was annexed back into Cyrodiil and County Leyawiin due to an agreement between the Mane and the Empire. Following this, a group of Khajiiti bandits and freedom fighters known as the Renrijra Krin sought to reclaim all land along the Trans-Niben which they believed to rightfully belong to Elsweyr. They disagreed with the Mane's decision to cede the Trans-Niben and actively blamed Count Marius Caro for driving Khajiit from the county's fertile land. The city itself boasted a considerable Khajiit and Argonian population at the time. Racial tension proved to be a problem between the Khajiit and the influx of Argonians and Dunmer, and Count Caro attempted to encourage Nibenean culture in the city in order to move towards mainstream Imperial society. The city was besieged by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon during the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433.
Leyawiin briefly became an independent city-state early in the Fourth Era. During this time, the county of Bravil, which had rebelled against the Empire, warred with County Leyawiin until the rise of the Mede Dynasty by 4E 40. During the Great War, Dominion forces marched out of hidden camps in Northern Elswyer, marched into Cyrodiil and flanked the Imperial defenses along the Valenwood border. The southern coastline of Cyrodiil was then overwhelmed by the invasion forces, and Leyawiin was one of the first cities to fall to the Aldmeri Dominion's invasion in Cyrodiil.
- For game-specific information, see the Oblivion article.
- Nocturnal's dialogue in Oblivion
- Guide to Leyawiin — Alessia Ottus
- Carodus Oholin's dialogue
- Stained Glass of Lunar Phases antiquity codex entries in ESO: Greymoor
- Akaviri Potentate Bear Cub pet description in ESO
- Akaviri Potentate Bear mount description in ESO
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 5 — Abnur Tharn
- Shamada's dialogue in Oblivion
- Events of Allies for Bruma in Oblivion
- Keyes, Gregory. The Infernal City.
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius