This article is about the historical figure. For the city, see Torval.
Topal the Pilot (also known as Torval the Pilot) was an Aldmer explorer and poet who discovered the Niben River and charted Tamriel's sea lanes in the Merethic Era. Topal sailed into Topal Bay (which was subsequently named after him) and up through the Niben River until he was deep in Cyrodiil. Here he taught the native Bird Men how to read and write in exchange for the Eight Islands, the future site of the Imperial City and White-Gold Tower. He made wide-ranging voyages, penetrating even into hostile environments such as Black Marsh, where he made some of the first recorded observations of Argonians: "manlike reptiles, fleet of foot and running the length of this great mire". Father Of The Niben is an epic describing Topal's voyages, but only fragments of the poem have survived. He is the patron saint of Leyawiin, where a statue of him can be found in the southwest corner of town.:363