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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. DuringTaking advantage of the {{Lore Link|Empire}}'s preoccupation with 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,. butAccording wasto defeatedhistorians, twothis yearsbrief later and captured by a militia led by {{Lore Link|Ulfric Stormcloak}}.{{ref|name=TBOM|{{Cite book|The Bearperiod of Markarth}}}}Reachman The survivors dispersed throughout the Reach and became known as the {{Lore Link|Forsworn}}, but Madanachindependence was capturedpeaceful, andwith only survivedthe bycruelest agreeingNord tolandowners anbeing offerput from one of the city'sto noblesdeath, Thonar Silver-Blood, who offered him "a stay from the headsman's axe" and the abilitynascent tokingdom continuemade toovertures leadseeking hisformal rebellionrecognition from within prison, as long as the Forsworn served the Silver-Blood family's interests. Madanach and his followers thus remained imprisoned in {{Lore Link|Cidhna Mine}} for over 25 yearsEmpire.<noinclude>
 
However, {{Lore Link|Igmund}}, son of the jarl that Madanach's forces had overthrown and killed, eager to reclaim the Reach, accepted an offer from {{Lore Link|Ulfric Stormcloak}} to retake it with his militia in exchange for the reinstatement of {{Lore Link|Talos}} worship in the Reach. Ulfric succeeded in {{Year|4E 176}}, when he successfully besieged the capital of the Reach, {{Lore Link|Markarth}}, capturing Madanach in the process.{{ref|name=TBOM|{{Cite book|The Bear of Markarth}}}} As Madanach's surviving supporters dispersed throughout the Reach and became known as the {{Lore Link|Forsworn}}, Madanach himself seemed likely to be executed, and only survived by agreeing to an offer from one of the Nord 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 served the Silver-Blood family's interests. Madanach thus remained imprisoned in {{Lore Link|Cidhna Mine}} for 25 years, all the while building a core of loyal followers among his fellow prisoners, most of whom were Reachmen, and ordering the murders of any who threatened the Silver-Bloods' interests.<noinclude>
In {{Year|4E 201}}, the Last Dragonborn discovered the shady relationship between the Forsworn and Silver-Bloods while investigating a Forsworn assassination attempt in the marketplace targeting a seemingly innocent Cyrodiilic visitor, who was actually one of General Tullius' agents sent to wrest ownership of Cidhna Mine from the Stormcloak-sympathizing Silver-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 them in Cidhna Mine with Madanach and his followers. The Dragonborn sought out and met Madanach there. Madanach gave the Dragonborn the choice of helping him and the other imprisoned Forsworn escape Markarth so that they could finally stop serving the Silver-Bloods, or duelling him to the death to avenge the 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]].}}
 
In {{Year|4E 201}}, the Last Dragonborn discovered the shady relationship between the Forsworn and Silver-Bloods while investigating a Forsworn assassination attemptattack in the marketplace targeting a seemingly innocent Cyrodiilic visitor, who was actually one of General Tullius' agents sent to wrest ownership of Cidhna Mine from the Stormcloak-sympathizing Silver-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 them in Cidhna Mine with Madanach and his followers. The Dragonborn sought out and met Madanach there. Madanach gave the Dragonborn the choice of helping him and the other imprisoned Forsworn escape Markarth so that they could finally stop serving the Silver-Bloods, or duelling him to the death to avenge the 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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