History & Holdings
The following lore is all public knowledge, easily learned by any who look into House Valeio and its various holdings.
One of the oldest noble families of County Leyawiin, the Valeios are believed to have originated within the Nibenay Valley with possible lineage derived from the Tsaesci of Akavir.
The earliest known appearance of the family name, Valae, was documented during the reign of the Tsaesci Potentate, Versidue-Shaie, in the first century of the Second Era. The family appears to have risen in prominence some time during the third century with the emergence of Neiras Valaeio (possibly a corruption of Neiras-Valae), a warrior and high-ranking figure serving within the Legion force of the Potentate.
Though much of the genealogies of the family was lost to time and conflict, it is known that Neiras was granted lands along the western shore of the River Niben.
By the fourth century, surviving records place the family’s varied holdings and titles near the region of Bravil where one of the foremost individuals, Lord Marcus Inicius Valeio, married into the noble Terentius family of the region. Marcus’ eldest son, Lord Zenithus Bardak Valeio, inherited his father’s lands and titles upon his passing.
He decided to invest in silver mines near the settlement of Leyawiin. He enjoyed success in this venture and sold the family holdings in the upper Nibenay Valley in order to purchase land in Blackwood nearer to his mining operations. The Valeio family was thus established in Leyawiin, owning most of the mines within the County as well as large swaths of land within Blackwood.
From the time of Neiras Valaeio, the House had prided itself upon the prowess of its Domini as skilled warriors loyal to the Imperial Legion. The tradition of Legion service became an utmost priority for fathers to instil within their sons in preparation for the inheritance of the mantle of Dominus. Historically, the warriors of House Valeio were skilled tacticians and garnered a reputation for savagery upon the battlefield.
A number of renowned battlemages, too, were counted amongst the many notable genealogical figures of the bloodline up until the fifth century when the family grew increasingly superstitious around magic and its applications upon the battlefield.
Early Sixth Century to the Present
As the family’s wealth and status amassed within the Nibenay Valley, it was within Leyawiin that the House claimed its seat of power.
Throughout the centuries, extended branches settled within the surrounding regions of Blackwood and further north within the lands near the family’s ancestral home of Bravil.
It became customary for these branches, often assuming stations of lesser nobility, to offer fealty, gold and resources to the Domus Magnus or the primary seat of the House.
As Cyrodiil found itself a land torn asunder during the onset of the Three Banners War, House Valeio soon began to consolidate its wealth through the full absorption of viable assets and holdings of its lesser branches and vassal Houses.
It soon became one of the most successful Nibenese noble Houses left intact within the East, securing enough lands and influence to control much of Cyrodiil’s import and export by way of the ports of Topal Bay and the shipping lanes of the River Niben.
Today, the Domus Magnus (Primary House) is headed by Caius Accipitus Valeio, Dominus (Primary Lord) of House Valeio and his wife, the Domina, Olyviana Dasciya Valeio.
Caius inherited the title from his late father, Legion General Accipitus Adrian Valeio, at a young age. His progeny consists of two sons–Terrellius Accipitus Valeio, Knight-Commander of the House’s military arm, and Dion Marcel Valeio, Legate of the House.
Caius’ two younger brothers, Drusus Equitius Valeio and Cassian Bardak Valeio, currently serve the House in varied roles–Drusus serving as Vicarius (Custodian) and Cassian as Consistorianus (Assessor).
The basis for the majority of House Valeio’s wealth is derived from its near-exclusive ownership of high-yield silver mines dispersed throughout the Blackwood, Nibenay Valley and southern Nibenay Basin regions of Cyrodiil.
In addition to the mining of ores, the House’s related assets include a collection of refining factories as well as wholesale and retail outlets for the trade of silver jewellery, weaponry and other specialized products.
The extended branches of the House residing within the Nibenay Basin region of the province are numerous, their respective industries and holdings contributing to nearly twenty percent of the House’s collective income.
Most of the Basin branches maintain agricultural operations such as vineyards, crop and livestock farms as well as other endeavors successful lumber mills and foundries.
Some branches, whose wealth was acquired from banking and hospitality operations for generations, fared less well in the advent of the Three Banners War. As the region was thrown into chaos, travel routes were compromised—forcing many financial institutions, inns and dining establishments into closure or debt.
As a result, the Domus Magnus either purchased the remaining holdings of the struggling branches or declared those which refused as abdicatus or expelled from the House. Unsurprisingly, those families declared abdicatus often fell into ruin without the support of the Domus Magnus.
Dominus Caius Valeio, through his many nefarious underworld connections, also oversees a number of lucrative operations throughout Cyrodiil and eastern Elsweyr.
The trade of fenced goods acquired through commissioned pirates and thieves is primary among these undertakings as well as investments in many organizations specializing in the procurement and trafficking of illicit substances.
The Dominus is wont to expand his hold over the east of Cyrodiil through the systematic manipulation of other noble Houses and businesses.
Possessing a large and effective network of spies, informants and operatives throughout the province, he utilizes blackmail and coercion to secure large shares of profit—ensuring that many lesser noble Houses within the Nibenay Valley and their respective operations are beholden to House Valeio.