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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 ruled all of {{Lore Link|the Reach}} and {{Lore Link|Markarth}} as king, 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 fleddispersed 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 protectedserved the Silver-Blood family's interests. Madanach and his followers thus remained imprisoned in {{Lore Link|Cidhna Mine}} for over 25 years.<noinclude>
In {{Year|4E 201}}, the Last Dragonborn discovered thisthe shady relationship between the twoForsworn factionsand Silver-Bloods while investigating a Forsworn attackassassination onattempt anin Imperialthe marketplace targeting a seemingly innocent Cyrodiilic visitor, who was (actually one of General Tullius' agents) insent to wrest ownership of Cidhna Mine from the city'sStormcloak-sympathizing marketplaceSilver-Bloods. The city guard, who profited from the situation, covered it up, framing the Dragonborn for the unsolved murders committed by the Forsworn and indefinitely imprisoning the Dragonbornthem in Cidhna Mine with Madanach and his followers. The Dragonborn searchedsought forout and met Madanach there. Madanach gave the Dragonborn athe choice betweenof helping him and the other imprisoned Forsworn escape theMarkarth prisonso duethat tothey hiscould distastefinally atstop being forced to serveserving 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. Although the Dragonborn's choice is unknown, they escaped Cidhna Mine and were pardoned, as the Forsworn's responsibility for the murders was revealed.{{ref|name=Skyrim|[[Skyrim:No One Escapes Cidhna Mine|Events]] of [[sr:Skyrim|Skyrim]].}}
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