A count or countess is the ruler of one of the eight counties of Cyrodiil. The nobility of Cyrodiil have limited authority, since most of the power is in the hands of the High Chancellor and the Elder Council. All of the rulers live in their own castles and have their own staff, generally including bodyguards, stewards and many servants. Some also have a castle mage in their service.
The game begins with seven ruling counts/countesses. Most rulers can sell you a house, provided their disposition is high enough. Many are also involved in the quest Allies for Bruma, during which they will send aid to Bruma, provided the Oblivion Gate in their county is closed first.
 Counts of Cyrodiil
|County Anvil||Countess Millona Umbranox||Count Corvus Umbranox|
|County Bravil||Count Regulus Terentius|
|County Bruma||Countess Narina Carvain|
|County Cheydinhal||Count Andel Indarys|
|County Chorrol||Countess Arriana Valga|
|County Kvatch||Count Ormellius Goldwine|
|County Leyawiin||Count Marius Caro||Countess Alessia Caro|
|County Skingrad||Count Janus Hassildor||Countess Rona Hassildor|