Nation Ustalav
Region Canterwall
Size Large town
Population 4,200

Source: Gazetteer, pg(s). 55

The settlement of Tamrivena is located in the western Ustalavan county of Canterwall, in close proximity to the unsettling Shudderwood. The town was one of the first to declare its independence from traditional rule after nearby Lozeri did so in 4670 AR, replacing its hereditary ruler with a town council in a bloodless coup.[1]


In the early decades of the 41st century AR, the county of Canterwall was known as Tamrivena, and was in a precarious situation.[2] Ustalav had only been freed from the Whispering Tyrant's control in 3828 AR,[3] and Tamrivena was still in the process of recovering from over 600 years of abject enslavement. The orcs of the nearby Hold of Belkzen sensed the county's frailty and conducted numerous cross-border raids in that time. They were driven back by the tactical cunning of Tamrivena's rulers and the strong bows and axes of its rangers time after time.[2]

This changed with the ascension of Count Andachi. Knowing he did not have his ancestors' genius for warfare, he pleaded with the Ustalavan court for help, but his requests were mired in endless bureaucracy. Mile by mile, the orcish forces pushed farther into Tamrivena, and even the Count's pleas to Desna went unanswered. In desperation, he turned to a darker patron; he plead with Zon-Kuthon for aid.[2]

The Dark Prince heard his prayers, and sent the mercenary Kazavon, who quickly reorganized Tamrivena's army, brutally training them to be ruthless and efficient. Kazavon led the army across the border and massacred the disorganized orcish hordes. By 4043 AR, the enemy had been driven off Tamrivenan land, retreating into the foothills of the Kodar Mountains. It was then that Kazavon revealed his true intentions. Instead of returning to Ustalav, he built a stronghold at Castle Scarwall and began to gather forces of his own. When Count Andachi realized Kazavon's cruelty and lust for power, he turned against the general, raising an army and marching against Castle Scarwall. The Count was easily defeated and publicly executed. Kazavon expanded his realm and ruled with terror and war for over a decade, until he was destroyed by an army led by the Lastwall hero Mandraivus.[2]