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Sir Cadwell of Codswallop
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Sir Cadwell of Codswallop
Race Nede Gender Male
Born Merethic Era
Died Merethic Era
Shadow Dance Temple
Undeath Merethic Era
Resided in Cyrod
Appears in ESO, Legends
"I know you. I saw you through the Soul Shriven's eyes. You were with the fool who thinks himself the shining knight of Cyrod. If only he knew what a monster I was. The horrors of Coldharbour pale before my heinous deeds!"
Cadwell the Betrayer

Sir Cadwell, also known as Cadwell the Betrayer, Hero of Cyrod, The Villain of Elsweyr, and Champion of the Third Nedic Massacre, is an ancient Nedic knight turned Soul Shriven. In life, he was a cruel, power-hungry man who claimed the horrors of Coldharbour pale in comparison to his heinous deeds.[1] He helped Khunzar-ri and his kra'jun seal the dragons away in the Halls of Colossus, only to betray him in an attempt to take the power sealed away in Jode's Core. He died at a last stand in the Shadow Dance Temple during the Merethic Era. According to Cadwell the Soul Shriven his head was "quite unceremoniously" separated from his body via decapitation.[2] His remains were scattered across the land and his name wiped from all records.[3][4] His soul was thereafter sent to Coldharbour and he became a Soul Shriven, now being the oldest among the Soul Shriven to have not gone feral.

Cadwell the Soul ShrivenEdit

Cadwell the Soul Shriven
"Wherever the forces of evil prey upon the innocent, wherever souls are stolen and bodies shriven, wherever a people cry out for justice, there goest I! I mean, this whole eternal servitude business is rather nasty, don't you agree?"
Cadwell the Soul Shriven

Upon death, his soul was sent to Coldharbour, where he ended up as a soul shriven. Being an insane man in life before arriving in Coldharbour is credited as being the reason for him not ending up a feral soul shriven.[5] Cadwell the Soul Shriven's personality is the opposite of the one he had in life and even Cadwell was unsure of why that is. He theorized it had to do with either the transition to life to death, becoming a soul shriven, or his many years spent in Coldharbour.[2]

In his many years living in Coldharbour, Cadwell has since discovered all the nooks, crannies, secret paths, and hidden locations the realm has to offer. His extensive knowledge of Coldharbour, along with his unique ability with portals, makes him nigh impossible to hold captive, and the Daedra gave up on trying to keep him in chains long ago. During the Planemeld, he assisted the Vestige and Lyris Titanborn in escaping from the Wailing Prison and once again helping them rescue Abnur Tharn from the Castle of the Worm, perhaps even coming back with them to the Harborage in Tamriel. Throughout the joint Mages Guild and Fighters Guild coalition's invasion of Coldharbour, Cadwell assisted in guiding rescued persons back to the Hollow City. He also helped Vanus Galerion destroy the Great Shackle and joined in on Meridia's confrontation against Molag Bal in the Planar Vortex. Following Molag Bal's defeat, Cadwell became a servant of Meridia and granted the Vestige the opportunity to visit the territories of the Alliances they weren't a part of.[6]

During the rage of Dragons in Elsweyr, Euraxia Tharn's chief necromancer Zumog Phoom resurrected the original body of Cadwell to serve as his familiar and confidant, although initially only as a floating head. This caused the identity of Cadwell to be temporarily split between his two incarnations, Cadwell the Soul Shriven and Cadwell the Betrayer. Once his mortal body was fully restored and the energy from the Vestige of Cadwell was siphoned into it, Cadwell the Betrayer manifested fully and remained as the only Cadwell. Only after Cadwell the Betrayer was slain, Cadwell the Soul Shriven managed to reform from Coldharbour.[7]

Cadwell is able open up portals to anywhere he was needed or he wanted to go.[2][6] When Cadwell the Betrayer realigned the moons he had to bind himself to the Lunar Lattice. [7] It was theorized by Khamira that Cadwell got this unique ability from this connection to the Lunar Lattice.[8] This theory was later proven to be correct, as Khamira being bound to the Lattice like Cadwell was able to do it herself.[9] Cadwell was able to master the ability of portal creation after thousands of years of existence within Coldharbour. Something Khamira herself said she might need in order to master it herself. [8]



  • Prior to the expansion of his background in the ESO Elsweyr chapter, Cadwell was originally said to have been an Imperial citizen from the town of Chorrol in his previous life, executed by the agents of Molag Bal, but exactly how this happened was never expanded upon.[UOL 1]

See AlsoEdit

  • For game-specific information, see the Cadwell the Soulshriven ESO and Legends articles. For the Cadwell the Betrayer articles, see the ESO and Legends articles.


Cadwell's Personal Anthem by Sir Cadwell — Sir Cadwell's unfinished song
Chronicles of the Five Companions 9 by Sir Cadwell of Codswallop — The personal recollections of the Five Companions
Crafting Motif 29: Soul-Shriven Style by Sir Cadwell the Undaunted, Knight of the Court of Coldharbour, Champion of Chivalry, Defender of the Defenseless, Shepherd to the Soul-Shriven — Sir Cadwell presents the Soul-Shriven Style


  1. ^ Cadwell the Betrayer's dialogue in ESO
  2. ^ a b c Dialogue with Cadwell
  3. ^ Khunzar-ri and the Demons
  4. ^ Events of ESO: Elsweyr
  5. ^ Dialogue with Lyris Titanborn
  6. ^ a b Events of ESO
  7. ^ a b Events of Cadwell the Betrayer in ESO
  8. ^ a b Khamira's dialogue in ESO
  9. ^ Events of The Dark Aeon in ESO

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

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