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Ahzidal as undead
Race Proto‑Nord Gender Male
Born Merethic Era
Resided in Solstheim
Appears in Dragonborn

Ahzidal (meaning "the Embittered Destroyer"[1] or literally "Bitter Destroyer" in the Dragon Language) was the first great Nord enchanter, and possibly the first human to master the Elven methods of enchanting.[2]


Ahzidal's mask

The man who would be known as "Ahzidal" was born in Saarthal late in the Merethic Era where his aptitude for magic and enchanting was quickly recognized. As he grew, his talent quickly surpassed even that of his instructors and of every person living in Saarthal.[1] Eventually, finding he could progress no more among his own kind, he left his home and sought out Elven teachers who could impart more knowledge, leaving behind everyone he knew, including his family, which consisted of his wife and child.[1] He was gone for several years, learning all that he could, but when he returned he discovered his home destroyed, burnt to the ground by the Elves, and everyone he knew dead or missing.[1] He swore an oath of vengeance, taking the name Ahzidal, meaning "the embittered destroyer". He would go on to fulfill that promise, but at the cost of his sanity.[1]

Despite his prowess, he knew he would be no match for the Elves that razed his home, so he sought out all knowledge of enchanting, learning more than anyone ever had.[1] He learned of the seven natures of metal from the Dwemer and ancient runes and dawn magic from the Ayleids.[1] He learned all that the Snow Elves, Chimer and Altmer knew, waiting for the chance to exact revenge on those who destroyed his home.[1] Finally, he learned that Ysgramor had assembled an army and was marching to battle the Elves. He offered them his services and outfitted them with his strongest enchantments.[1] The Elves were no match for Ysgramor and his men, bedecked as they were with Ahzidal's enchanted weapons and armor. The oath of the bitter destroyer was fulfilled.[1]

Even this was not enough for Ahzidal, however. He had become obsessed with his art, and lusted for even more knowledge than Elves and men could provide.[1] He sought out the knowledge of the Dragons and the secrets of the dragon-runes, and through this pursuit became one of their high priests.[1] By virtue of his high rank within the cult, he was gifted a magical ebony mask by his dragon overlord,[3][4] which gave him more power over the element of fire.[5] But still he craved more, and sought out the knowledge of the Daedric Princes and the secrets of Oblivion.[1] This knowledge brought him power, but also madness, and he was exiled by his fellow dragon priests.[1] He later became an Acolyte Priest of Miraak, the First Dragonborn, who had turned on the dragons to become a servant of Hermaeus Mora.[6] Ahzidal followed him when he fled to Solstheim, although Miraak was subsequently defeated by the Dragon Cult and Ahzidal was sealed within Kolbjorn Barrow with his most powerful artifacts, known as the Relics of Ahzidal.[1]

Kolbjorn Barrow
One of Ahzidal's mycoturgical creations

Ahzidal was a prestigious Mycoturge and one of his experiments involved creating fungal creatures, such as the Fungiflare Wolf, an ideal wolf mount for dangerous forests and caverns with a vicious temperament by design and nature—fungiflare mushrooms are lethal.[7] Ahzidal made the Shadowcap Cave-Senche's azure glow the centerpiece of the unsettling feline mount, becoming prized by spelunkers as its bioluminescence can light up the darkest caverns without making a sound.[8] Seeking to meld fire with fungi, Ahzidal created the first Embermould Warhorse, formed from char morels often used in stews, the mount can light a rider's way on the darkest winter nights.[9] Integrating research left behind by Ahzidal, Mage Naleldil created animals to be used as pets from spores some time around 2E 582.[10]

In 4E 201, a financier from Morrowind named Ralis Sedarys attempted to excavate the ruins of Kolbjorn, which had been buried beneath the ash following the Red Year of 4E 5.[11] With funding provided by the Last Dragonborn, Sedarys was able to gradually excavate the barrow despite several setbacks.[11] Throughout the dig, Ralis slowly began to lose his mind; at first, he heard only mocking voices, which eventually coalesced into the voice of Ahzidal himself, who had placed a spell on him.[11] Ahzidal told him of the layout of the ruins and instructed him to excavate the inner chamber, where Ralis then began to sacrifice the souls of the hired miners and mercenaries to speak with his "master".[12] He then attempted to summon Ahzidal,[12] but the ceremony was interrupted by the Last Dragonborn, who freed Ralis and defeated the undead Dragon Priest.[11]


  •   The inhabitants of Skyrim during the Dragon War were variously labeled Nords[13] and Atmorans.[14] The truth may lie somewhere in-between; while the two are considered distinct races,[15] the men living in the transition period between the terms' respective usage have been considered 'proto-Nords'.[16][17][18]

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