|Appears in||Arena, Skyrim|
Karthwasten (also called Karthwasten Hall) is a mining settlement located in the province of Skyrim, within the region known as the Reach. It is notably found near the provincial border near Hammerfell and High Rock. The mixed community of Nords and Reachman are known to mine the veins of Silver in the Sanuarach Mine and Fenn's Gulch Mine of the settlement. It is built near the banks of the Karth River.
By 4E 201, Karthwasten was one of the last pieces of land that was owned by a Reachman, in this case, Ainethach. His family has owned Karthwasten for generations. At this time, Ainethach proved to be unfavorable by both the Nords and the Reachmen, and the hamlet was targeted by the Silver-Blood family of Markarth. Whether the mining town was claimed by the family is unknown, but it remained active nonetheless.
At around the same time, the Sibyl of Markarth had passed away, and a new one was needed for the House of Dibella in the city. The priesthood had discovered the young girl, Fjotra in Karthwasten, but a group of Reachmen known as the Forsworn had taken her to Broken Tower Redoubt. From there, the young girl was freed by someone sent by the Temple of Dibella, and taken back to Markarth, where she would serve as the Dibellan Sybil of Markarth.