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Rihad is a port city at the southern edge of Hammerfell, just north of its border with Cyrodiil. It is located on the coast of the Abecean Sea, on the main road between Anvil and Taneth. The Brena River flows into the Abecean Sea just south of the city. Rihad was once home to a gladiatorial team called the Bane.[OOG 1]
The city's population is an eclectic mix of Redguard Forebears, survivors of the Yokuda Ra Gada, followers of Satakal, a few Bretons, and warriors-in-training from all over the empire. Buildings in the city with its high domes, the flying dew sails, and the mosaic colophons were constructed over the old and new ruins of past civilizations. In 3E 253, armies of Taneth and Rihad were defeated in the Battle of Dragontooth by the Camoran Usurper, leading to the fall of southern Hammerfell. The ruler of Rihad by the time of the Imperial Simulacrum was Queen Blubamka.
The city is the birthplace of well-known historian Destri Melarg. It is mentioned in several famous works of literature, including The Hope of the Redoran, the Biography of Queen Barenziah, The Refugees and Realizations of Acrobacy.
 See Also
- For game-specific information, see the Arena article.
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ The Hope of the Redoran — Turiul Nirith
- ^ The Refugees — Geros Albreigh
- ^ Notes For Redguard History — Destri Melarg
Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.