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{{Lore Link|Madanach}}, also known as the '''King in Rags''', is {{#ifeq:{{NAMESPACE}}|Skyrim|a [[Skyrim:Breton|Breton]] [[Skyrim:Witchblade|witchblade]] and&#32;}}the leader of the Forsworn Rebellion. He once controlled all of {{Lore Link|the Reach}} and {{Lore Link|Markarth}}, although only for a short time. During the [[Lore:Great War|Great War]], in {{Year|4E 174}}, he led the uprising to drive out the {{Lore Link|Nord}}s from power in the Reach, but was defeated two years later and captured by a militia led by {{Lore Link|Ulfric Stormcloak}}.{{ref|name=TBOM|{{Cite book|The Bear of Markarth}}}} The survivors fled throughout the Reach and became known as the {{Lore Link|Forsworn}}, but Madanach was captured, and only survived by agreeing to an offer from one of the city's nobles, Thonar Silver-Blood, who offered him "a stay from the headsman's axe" and the ability to continue to lead his rebellion from within prison, as long as the Forsworn protected the Silver-Blood family's interests. Madanach thus remained indefinitely imprisoned in {{Lore Link|Cidhna Mine}} for over 25 years.<noinclude>
In {{Year|4E 201}}, the Last Dragonborn discovered this shady relationship between the two factions while investigating a Forsworn attack on a visiting Imperial woman named Margret in the city's marketplace. The city guard, who profited from the situation, covered it up by indefinitely arresting and throwingimprisoning the Dragonborn intoin Cidhna Mine with Madanach and his imprisoned followers. The Dragonborn searched for and met Madanach there. Madanach gave the Dragonborn a choice between helping him and the other Forsworn escape the prison due to his distaste at being forced to serve the Nordic Silver-Bloods, or duelling him to the death to avenge the innocents whose deaths Madanach had ordered, as well as his attempts to kill and silence the Dragonborn during their investigation.{{ref|name=Skyrim|[[Skyrim:No One Escapes Cidhna Mine|Events]] of [[sr:Skyrim|Skyrim]].}}
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