This article is about the city. For the historical figure, see Topal the Pilot.
Torval is one of the eight-major cities in the province of Elsweyr, found in the southern forests of the region of Pellitine. Torval is known as the home of the Mane, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Elsweyr and the Khajiiti. The Mane and their tribe live in exotic palaces, which are surrounded by symmetrical sugarcane gardens where the Mane would meditate. Torval was one of the original sixteen kingdoms of Elsweyr, known even then as the home of the Sacred Mane.
Layout & GeographyEdit
Torval is found in the southern-half of Elsweyr known as Pellitine, but it is specifically in the western edge of the region of Tenmar Forest. Pellitine is known for jungles, rainforests, and river basins. Torval is also found on the western end of the Great Divide, a long stretch of road that spans across the southern coast of Elsweyr, and bridges one side of the Quin'rawl Peninsula, to the provincial border where Torval is located. This general area of Elsweyr is also really damp, and because of this, metal armor is largely unpopular. Instead, Pellitinean Khajiit use boiled leather in their armor.
The Khajiit that live in Torval are known fishermen, often exploiting the sea and whatever it can provide. In ancient times, they would trade with the former kingdom of Ne Quin-al. Like other areas in Elsweyr, Torval contains a Temple of Two-Moons Dance, with this one in particular being known for its excellent training, and producing some of the greatest fighters in all of Tamriel. In the area lies the Torval Royal Ochre, a rare and valuable pigment that comes from the aforementioned clay. As mentioned before, the Mane and his tribe live in palaces surrounded by Moon Sugarcane gardens. These palaces are crafted from oak that comes from Valenwood, which is only a few hundred miles away from Torval. The Mane's Warrior Guard patrols the sacred grounds, preventing anyone from entering and disturbing the Mane. Torval is neighbored by several settlements, including Darvulk Haven to the far southeast, Portneu View to the northeast, and Valenwood to the west, towards Cormeir Spring and Haven.
Torval's founding is unknown. In the Khajiit's early history, there were sixteen sovereign states that inhabited what is currently known as Elsweyr. One of these kingdoms was Torval, who gained significant power among the other nations when the moons were at quadrature (when the twin moons (Masser and Secunda) are in either the first quarter or third quarter). Torval was known for being the home of the Sacred Mane. During this time, Torval often traded their fish and other items from the sea with the northern kingdom of Ne Quin-al, who offered their warriors in return.
In the Merethic Era, feudal hunt-lords and an unforgiving hunting-aristocracy governed these sixteen states, ones that plagued the less fortunate peasant communities across ancient Elsweyr. But above these hunt-lords were the many priesthoods of the Temple of Two-Moons Dance. Moon Sages and Torval Clerics held significant cultural influence, using their power to attack hunt-lords and even overthrow them. But this reached a climax when the hunt-lord Takanzin the Striped Death set fire to the temple in Rawl'kha, and the other hunt-lords blamed the incident on them.
In 2E 560, the Knahaten Flu spread across the province of Elsweyr, beginning from the city-state of Senchal, eventually spreading across the province. At the time, the Mane was Akkhuz-ri. The Lord of Torval, as well as the Speaker of the Mane, was Gharesh-ri. Gharesh-ri was essentially the political leader of Elsweyr. Elsweyr would have succumbed to the disease, if not for the intervention of the First Aldmeri Dominion. In 2E 580, Lord Gharesh-ri signed the Elden Accord, joining Elsweyr into the Aldmeri Dominion. Elsweyr was slowly overcoming the Knahaten Flu. During this time, Lady Radurra-dra of Torval was considered the southwestern Elsweyr representative of the Thalmor.
In 3E 80, King Mantiarco of Solitude made a hefty donation to Emperor Uriel Septim II to quell a Khajiiti rebellion in Torval, in exchange for the hand of one of his daughters in marriage. This daughter proved to be Potema Septim, who was a very controversial figure in the history of the Third Empire. Supposedly, Pelagius Septim III was interred in a prison asylum in Torval.
In 3E 395, in the middle of the Imperial Simulacrum, the Five Year War began with the Slaughter of Torval. The Khajiit claim that the Wood Elves invaded the city-state of Torval without provocation, while the Wood Elves claim that the attack was started as retaliation for the Khajiit assaulting wood caravans on their way into Valenwood. The Wood Elves killed thousands of people until they were driven out by a nearby jungle tribe. The conflict continued until 3E 399.
By 3E 432, the drug-smuggling business spearheaded by Ya'Tirrje, the Gold Cat, operated in the city-state of Torval, among other influential cities in the province of Elsweyr, mainly through the coastal port-town of Senchal.
- The name "Torval" is an alternate version for the name of Topal the Pilot, the Aldmeri explorer that fully-charted the sea-lanes of Tamriel. He was active in the late Merethic Era, when he first documented the cat-demons, which are speculated to be the Ancient Khajiit.
- Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Torval's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Firedrakes".[UOL 1]
- Map of Elsweyr — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the South — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Sixteen Kingdoms
- Map of Elsweyr — Pocket Guide to the Empire (1st Edition)
- Crafting Motif 74: Pellitine Style — Cashia Khrasaat-Plume, Envoy of the Mane, Torval
- Master Zoaraym's Tale — Gi'Nanth
- The description of Ball of Royal Ochre Mohair Yarn in ESO
- Map of Valenwood — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Origins of the Khajiiti Martial Tradition — Tendwuayne, Sapiarch of Foreign Customs
- Anequina and Pellitine: An Introduction — Sulema, Initiate Scholar of the Pa'alatiin
- The Eagle and the Cat — Lord Gharesh-ri, Speaker for the Mane
- Shazah's dialogue in ESO
- Khajiiti Honorifics — Lady Radurra-dra of Torval
- The Wolf Queen, v1 — Waughin Jarth
- The Asylum Ball — Waughin Jarth
- Torval location and rumors in Arena
- Mixed Unit Tactics — Codus Callonus
- Father of the Niben — Florin Jaliil
Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to provide a rounder background to this article and may not consist of definitive lore.