Leyawiin is a Cyrodilic city in the extreme southeast of the province, by the mouth of the Niben River where it opens into Topal Bay. The city straddles a swampy estuary of the Niben on the small strip of land between the provinces of Elsweyr and Black Marsh called the Trans-Niben. Leyawiin is roughly divided into four districts: Chapel District, Guild Plaza, Main Street and Castle Leyawiin.
After the death of Pelinal Whitestrake at the conclusion of the Alessian Slave Rebellion in 1E 243, a messenger carried the Mace of the Crusader to the human settlement of Leyawiin. Centuries later, the master craftsman Saint Kaladas built the Chapel of Zenithar in Leyawiin as a tribute to the legend.
In the mid-Second Era, during the war between the Longhouse Emperors and Varen Aquilarios' forces, Leyawiin was allegedly single-handedly freed by Sai Sahan, who fought both Emperor Leovic's forces and his own men who had been employed by Leovic as double agents. Some time after 2E 582, Elsweyr gained control of the Trans-Niben, and Leyawiin became a largely Khajiit settlement despite seemingly remaining a part of Cyrodiil.
At the end of the Third Era, some land in County Leyawiin was annexed back into Cyrodiil due to an agreement between the Mane and the Empire. Following this, a group of Khajiiti bandits and freedom fighters known as the Renrijra Krin sought to reclaim all land along the Trans-Niben they believed to rightfully belong to Elsweyr. They disagreed with the Mane's decision to cede the Trans-Niben and actively blamed Count Marius Caro for driving Khajiit from the county's fertile land. The city itself boasted a considerable Khajiit and Argonian population at the time. Racial tension proved to be a problem between the Khajiit and the influx of Argonians and Dunmer, and Count Caro attempted to encourage Nibenean culture in the city in order to move towards mainstream Imperial society. In 3E 433 the city was put under siege by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon as part of the Oblivion Crisis.
Leyawiin briefly became an independent city-state in the early Fourth Era. During this time, the county of Bravil, which had rebelled against the Empire, warred with the county of Leyawiin until the rise of the Mede Dynasty by 4E 40.
- The city of Leyawiin was featured in TES IV: Oblivion.
- For game-specific information, see the Oblivion article on Leyawiin.