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[[Lore:Cheydinhal|Cheydinhal]] is one of the nine major cities in the province of [[Lore:Cyrodiil|Cyrodiil]], situated in the boreal highlands of the [[Lore:Nibenay Basin|Nibenay Basin]]. Cheydinhal is an idyllic and prosperous [[Lore:Nibenay|Nibenese]] city that is most well-known for its heavily [[Lore:Dunmer|Dunmeri]] inspired culture and architecture, which came in nearly half a century before the [[Lore:Fourth Era|Fourth Era]]. The city is known for its broad, green parkland and neatly trimmed cityscape, all of which surround the graceful willows of the [[Lore:Corbolo River|Corbolo River]].{{Ref|name=GTC|{{Cite Book|Guide to Cheydinhal}}}} Cheydinhal is also known as the home of [[Lore:Tharn|House Tharn]], an ancient family of Imperials that have lived in the region since before the [[Lore:Empire|Empire]]'s inception.{{Ref|name=HTON|{{Cite Book|House Tharn of Nibenay}}}}<noinclude>
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==Layout & Geography==
[[File:OB-place-Cheydinhal Castle.jpg|thumb|left|Castle Cheydinhal]]
[[File:OB-CheydinhalShield.png|thumb|right|Symbol of Cheydinhal]]
Cheydinhal is built on the [[Lore:Blue Road|Blue Road]], one of the important thoroughfares of the Imperial Province, which stretches between the temperate climate of the {{Lore Link|Heartlands}}, and the misty alpines of the {{Lore Link|Nibenay Basin}}. It is surrounded by evergreen woodland and the steep foothills of the nearby {{Lore Link|Valus Mountains}} to the east, the land north of the city has been controlled by House Tharn since the late First Era.{{Ref|name=ONLoadQuick|[[Online:Quickwater Cave|Quickwater Cave]] loading screen text in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} The region provides little flatland for any settlement as large as Cheydinhal, with the closest being the small farming community in {{Lore Link|Harlun's Watch}} just south of the city, or even estates across the county. While the exact border of the county are unclear, the area north between the city and the {{Lore Link|Jerall Mountains}} is part of Cheydinhal.{{Ref|name=OBMap|[[:File:OB-map-Cyrodiil.jpg|Map of Cyrodiil - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion]]}}
 
The city is split between three different districts, the land of Castle Cheydinhal, the Chapel District, and the Market District. They are separated by the banks of the Corbolo River and the willow trees that laden the river. The Market District lies on the west side of the river, and here is where all of Cheydinhal's commerce is located. TheIt {{Loreis Link|Magescomplimented Guild}}with ina thestatue district was the center of the province's School ofdepicting {{Lore Link|AlterationVanus Galerion}} for a short time, before the guild'sfounder dissolution inof the Fourth Era.{{Ref|name=MGC|{{CiteLore BookLink|Mages Guild Charter}}}}. The Chapel District is located on the east side of the river and it contains both the Great Chapel of Arkay and the residential quarter. It is said that even the poorest citizens are bright and clean. To the north on the same side as the Market District is Castle Cheydinhal's courtyard and inner keep. Both sides are connected by bridges and the long park island in the middle of the river.{{Ref|name=GTC}}
For the longest time, Cheydinhal was built in the traditional Imperial style seen across the province in its lesser settlement,{{Ref|name=ONChey|[[Online:Cheydinhal|Cheydinhal]] location in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} but after the Dark Elves migrated into Cheydinhal, it soon took on aspects of their ornate architecture style.{{Ref|name=GTC}}{{Ref|name=OBLoad|[[Oblivion:Loading Screens|Cheydinhal]] loading screen text in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} Buildings were made half-timbered and given concave roofs similar to the ornate and traditional style seen in mainland {{Lore Link|Morrowind}},{{Ref|name=LOS|{{Cite Book|Lord of Souls|ns_base=BK}}}} most notably with the former capital, {{Lore Link|Mournhold}}.
 
The city is split between three different districts, the land of Castle Cheydinhal, the Chapel District, and the Market District. They are separated by the banks of the Corbolo River and the willow trees that laden the river. The Market District lies on the west side of the river, and here is where all of Cheydinhal's commerce is located. The {{Lore Link|Mages Guild}} in the district was the center of the province's School of {{Lore Link|Alteration}} for a short time, before the guild's dissolution in the Fourth Era.{{Ref|name=MGC|{{Cite Book|Mages Guild Charter}}}} The Chapel District is located on the east side of the river and it contains both the Great Chapel of Arkay and the residential quarter. It is said that even the poorest citizens are bright and clean. To the north on the same side as the Market District is Castle Cheydinhal's courtyard and inner keep. Both sides are connected by bridges and the long park island in the middle of the river.{{Ref|name=GTC}}
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===Notable Locales===
While it is known that House Tharn of Cheydinhal has existed in the region since before the {{Lore Link|Alessian Empire}} was founded,{{Ref|name=HTON}} it is unknown when exactly the settlement, nor the county of Cheydinhal were founded. Some of the earliest mentions of Cheydinhal dates back to the {{Lore Link|War of Righteousness}} circa {{Year|1E 2300}}s, when General {{Lore Link|Turpis Tharn}} became the Earl of Outer Cheydinhal before he married the niece of Admiral {{Lore Link|Bendu Olo}}.{{Ref|name=HTON}}
 
When the {{Lore Link|Planemeld}} left the province of Cyrodiil sundered and ruined in the mid-{{Lore Link|Second Era}}, the Imperial garrison in Cheydinhal amassed control over the town and imposed themselves as tyrannical rulers, often forcing the people into borderline slavery. They would draft able-bodied people into their ranks whether they wanted to or not, however, when they tried to draft a commoner, {{Lore Link|Donus Falto}}, he ran away into the wilderness and left his family devastated.{{Ref|name=ONVyctoria|[[Online:Vyctoria Girien|Vyctoria Girien]]'s dialogue in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} That event was the spark for a large revolution led by {{Lore Link|Sylvian Herius}}, who called the people together to raise their arms against the {{Lore Link|Imperial Legion}}. Eventually, the town had been split by the Corbolo, with the west occupied by the rebels and the east controlled by the Legion. Another figure, {{Lore Link|Vyctoria Girien}} joined the resistance later and proved a capable leader, coming at odds with Sylvian's authority.{{Ref|name=ONSylvian|[[Online:Sylvian Herius|Sylvian Herius]]' dialogue in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
 
That event was the spark for a large revolution led by {{Lore Link|Sylvian Herius}}, who called the people together to raise their arms against the {{Lore Link|Imperial Legion}}. Eventually, the town had been split by the Corbolo, with the west occupied by the rebels and the east controlled by the Legion. Another figure, {{Lore Link|Vyctoria Girien}} joined the resistance later and proved a capable leader, coming at odds with Sylvian's authority.{{Ref|name=ONSylvian|[[Online:Sylvian Herius|Sylvian Herius]]' dialogue in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
 
By {{Year|2E 582}}, the {{Lore Link|Alliance War}} raged across central Cyrodiil, engulfing Cheydinhal in the conflict. Generally speaking, the ruins of the city was located in territory controlled by the {{Lore Link|Ebonheart Pact}}, but real power over the roads around Cheydinhal were determined by control over nearby {{Lore Link|Farragut Keep}}.{{Ref|name=ONChey}} Every so often, {{Lore Link|The Vestige|wandering soldiers}} of the Alliances would travel to the city and assist the rebellion in their plans to take down the Imperial Legion.
[[File:OB-npc-Count Andel Indarys.jpg|thumb|right|Count Andel Indarys]]
[[File:OB-quest-The Wayward Knight.jpg|thumb|left|The last of the Knights of the Thorn]]
Sometime in the fifth century of the {{Lore Link|Third Era}}, many Dark Elves traveled west from their ancestral homeland of Morrowind, to distance themselves from their rigid society and the {{Lore Link|Tribunal Temple|Temple}} theocracy. They were said to have been inspired by the patronage of {{Lore Link|Zenithar}}, which propagated the stimulating commercial atmosphere in Cyrodiil. Half a century later, one of these immigrants, {{Lore Link|Andel Indarys}} became the Count of Cheydinhal, alongside his wife, {{Lore Link|Llathasa Indarys}}. His sudden rise to the Cheydinhal nobility is hard to explain and the most of the oldest Imperial families regarded him as a "presumptuous upstart." When his wife was discovered on the steps of Castle Cheydinhal badly battered and later dead, it quickly turned Andel Indarys into a very controversial figure, and many rumors of suspicion, wrath, and infidelity began to follow him. It left several people, such as the writer, {{Lore Link|Alessia Ottus}} to believe a darker mystery was at play.{{Ref|name=GTC}}
 
When the {{Lore Link|Oblivion Crisis}} occurred in {{Year|3E 433}}, Count Andel Indarys enlisted the help of the {{Lore Link|Knights of the Thorn}}, led by his son, Sir {{Lore Link|Farwil Indarys}} to vanquish the {{Lore Link|Daedra|daedric horde}} from their domain. Their endeavor ended in failure, reportedly outnumbered by a hundred to one and that only Farwil and Sir {{Lore Link|Bremman Senyan}} survived in the {{Lore Link|Deadlands}}. That was until the {{Lore Link|Hero of Kvatch}} delved into the Oblivion Gate and fought their way through the volcanic wastes and the demonic Sigil Keep with the remnants of the knighthood. It is unknown if the knights survived the ordeal but the gate was closed and Cheydinhal was saved.{{Ref|name=OBWayward|[[Oblivion:The Wayward Knight|The Wayward Knight]] quest in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}{{Ref|name=CHS|{{Cite Book|Cheydinhal Heir Saved!|ns_base=OB}}}} The Count later offered their assistance to the Hero for the defense of {{Lore Link|Bruma}} by sending some soldiers.{{Ref|name=OBAllies|[[Oblivion:Allies for Bruma|Allies for Bruma]] story quest in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} The Hero was able to infiltrate the Sigil Keep in the Great Oblivion Gate and acquire the {{Lore Link|Great Sigil Stone}}.{{Ref|name=OBBruma|[[Oblivion:Bruma Gate|Bruma Gate]] story quest in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}
 
The Captain of the Guard, {{Lore Link|Ulrich Leland}} used his power to impose heavy tax and extort people for their money. While the Count took no notice of these activities, the second in-command of the guard, {{Lore Link|Garrus Darelliun}} did not take these actions lightly and collaborated with a traveler to thwart his corruption. The traveler talked to one of the citizens, {{Lore Link|Aldos Othran}}, who was thrown out of his home for not complying with the guard. He confronted the guard in front of his home and was subsequently killed for fighting back. Afterward, the traveler began to talk with Garrus and another citizen, {{Lore Link|Llevana Nedaren}}, Ulrich's most out-spoken critic. They each offered a solution to the situation, but it is unknown which method was used. In any case, Ulrich's schemes was caught and Garrus was promoted to the Captain of the Guard.{{Ref|name=OBCorrupt|[[Oblivion:Corruption and Conscience|Corruption and Conscience]] quest in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} At around the same time, {{Lore Link|Aurorans}} assaulted the chapel of Arkay and killed many people, including the Living Saint, {{Lore Link|Errandil}}. The {{Lore Link|Champion of Cyrodiil|Divine Crusader}} defeated the Aurorans and blessed the {{Lore Link|Sword of the Crusader}} at the altar in the chapel.{{Ref|name=KNSword|[[Oblivion:The Sword of the Crusader|The Sword of the Crusader]] story quest in [[Oblivion:Knights of the Nine|Knights of the Nine]]}}
 
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===Cheydinhal in the Fourth Era===
[[File:LG-cardart-Emperor Titus Mede II 02.jpg|thumb|left|Emperor Titus Mede II]]
On the 1st of {{Lore Link|Hearthfire}} in {{Year|4E 189}}, the city of Cheydinhal erupted into violence and chaos like other cities at the time. The details on such an event is currently unknown but what is known is that the Dark Brotherhood's sanctuary in Cheydinhal was left deserted in {{Year|4E 200}} by the Keeper of the {{Lore Link|Night Mother}}, {{Lore Link|Cicero}}, the last remnant of the province's brotherhood.{{Ref|name=CJ4|{{Cite Book|Cicero's Journal - Volume 4}}}} On another note, despite the past conflicts that crippled Cheydinhal throughout the years, its most esteemed citizen, Rythe Lythandas continued to live out his days in the city, even supplying people with rare samples of {{Lore Link|Painted Troll Fat}}.{{Ref|name=SRElgrim|[[Skyrim:Elgrim|Elgrim]]'s dialogue in [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]]}}
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==Culture==
[[File:OB-CheydinhalShield.png|thumb|right|The Symbol of Cheydinhal]]
[[File:OB-item-Staff of Indarys.jpg|thumb|left|Staff of Indarys]]
In {{Year|3E 431}}, the {{Lore Link|Elder Council}} mandated that the sale of spells throughout Cyrodiil should be re-distributed to separate guildhalls and that certain halls in the county cities should focus on a specific school. The Cheydinhal Mages Guild was made the center of the province's School of {{Lore Link|Alteration}},{{Ref|name=MGC|{{Cite Book|Mages Guild Charter}}}} at least up until the guild's dissolution in the Fourth Era. The city's patron divine is Arkay, the God of Life and Death and veneration for the deity takes place in the Great Chapel of Arkay in the city's chapel district.{{Ref|name=GTC}} The cathedral is the largest building in Cheydinhal and it can be seen from miles away.{{Ref|name=LOS|{{Cite Book|Lord of Souls|ns_base=BK}}}}
 
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The land north of Cheydinhal that House Tharn rules is known as '''Outer Cheydinhal''', originally leased to the Nibenese family in the late First Era when General Turpis "Volte-Face" Tharn married Bendu Olo's niece, at the end of the War of Righteousness.{{Ref|name=HTON|{{Cite Book|House Tharn of Nibenay}}}}{{Ref|name=ONLoadQuick}} {{Lore Link|Kingscrest Cavern}} in this region was mined by Tharn vassals for {{Lore Link|chert}} and {{Lore Link|flint}}, but by the mid-Second Era, it lost its original purpose.{{Ref|name=ONLoadKingscrest|[[Online:Kingscrest Cavern|Kingscrest Cavern]] loading screen text in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
 
Later in the First Era, a farmer outside of Cheydinhal discovered a large carrot of significant proportions, one that stood taller than a fully grown {{Lore Link|Breton}}. It was bought for an undisclosed amount of money by Emperor {{Lore Link|Brazollus Dor}}'s castellan and turned into the centerpiece of a dish called {{Lore Link|Sinmur's Carrot}}. It was part of the third course in a feast hosted by Emperor Brazollus Dor, the feast of Saint {{Lore Link|Coellicia}}.{{Ref|name=TFOSC|{{Cite Book|The Feast of Saint Coellicia III}}}} Cheydinhal is reportedly famous for its thirty-layered cake.{{Ref|name=TIC|{{Cite Book|The Infernal City|ns_base=BK}}}}{{rp|174}}
 
When the Dark Elves of Morrowind came into Cheydinhal, they brought a lot of their culture along with them, which shaped the city ever since.{{Ref|name=GTC}} For the longest time, Cheydinhal was built in the traditional Imperial style seen across the province in its lessercentral settlementCyrodiil,{{Ref|name=ONChey|[[Online:Cheydinhal|Cheydinhal]] location in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} but after the Dark Elves migrated into Cheydinhal, it soon took on aspects of their ornate architecture style.{{Ref|name=GTC}}{{Ref|name=OBLoad|[[Oblivion:Loading Screens|Cheydinhal]] loading screen text in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} Buildings were made half-timbered and given concave roofs similar to the ornate and traditional style seen in mainland {{Lore Link|Morrowind}},{{Ref|name=LOS|{{Cite Book|Lord of Souls|ns_base=BK}}}} most notably with the former capital, {{Lore Link|Mournhold}}.
 
Not only did they bring their architecture, but they brought over their celebrations, such as the St. Jiub's Fair, which honors the eponymous {{Lore Link|Temple Saints|saint}} of Morrowind, {{Lore Link|Jiub}} the Eradicator.{{Ref|name=OBBurz|[[Oblivion:Burz gro-Khash|Burz gro-Khash]]'s dialogue in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} He was initially canonized by the {{Lore Link|Tribunal Temple}} for his crusade against the {{Lore Link|Cliff Racer}}s.{{Ref|name=SJO|{{Cite Book|Saint Jiub's Opus}}}} By the late Third Era, Cheydinhal was ruled by a Dunmer family, Clan {{Lore Link|Indarys}}, whose crest depicts a tied thorny bramble.{{Ref|name=OBShield|[[:File:OB-CheydinhalShield.jpg|Cheydinhal Shield]] in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} For several generations, they have lived in Castle Cheydinhal with two family heirlooms, the {{Lore Link|Staff of Indarys}} and the {{Lore Link|Thornblade}},{{Ref|name=OBCount|[[Oblivion:Count Andel Indarys|Count Andel Indarys]]' dialogue in [[Oblivion:Oblivion]]}} the latter of which serves as a symbol of the city's knightly order, the Knights of the Thorn.{{Ref|name=OBBanner|[[:File:OB-banner-Knights of the Thorn.jpg|Banner of the Thorn Knights]] in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}
 
==Gallery==
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==Notes==
*The {{Lore Link|Legend of Krately House}} is a play about the eponymous haunted house that is famous in Cheydinhal.{{Ref|name=LOKH|{{Cite Book|Legend of Krately House}}}} According to the author, {{Lore Link|Baloth-Kul}}, the story was inspired by a folktale in the city about a haunted house that absolutely terrified him.{{Ref|name=IWTW|group=UOL|[https://www.imperial-library.info/content/interviews-3-writers Interview With Three Writers - The Imperial Library]}}
*The people of Cheydinhal are known to celebrate the St. Jiub's Fair, which honors the eponymous {{Lore Link|Jiub|saint}} of Morrowind.{{Ref|name=OBBurz|[[Oblivion:Burz gro-Khash|Burz gro-Khash]]'s dialogue in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}
 
==See Also==