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A Dragon Priest (Skyrim)

Dragon Priests were originally members of the Dragon Cult of ancient Skyrim. Many of them have achieved a state of lichdom, and retained much of their power through the eternal worship of their draugr servants.[1][2] When they were living, they ruled over countless armies of men in their gods' names. They were powerful mages that could use the Thu'um,[3] and ruled with power equal to that of kings.[4] They are now found residing in coffins throughout areas of prominent Dragon worship; some have been sealed away and imprisoned using sacred fires maintained by the priests of Kyne.[5]

If their sleep is disturbed, Dragon Priests were known to burst out of their coffins with considerable force and prepare to destroy whomsoever intruded upon their resting place. In undeath, they guard the secrets of the Word Wall jealously.[6] The highest-ranking priests of the Dragon Cult were granted magical masks that defy the laws of time and possess powerful enchantments. The individual masks are made of varying materials, and each bears the same name as the Dragon Priest that possessed it.[7][8]

Similar to their brothers in Skyrim, the Dragons of Elsweyr recruited faithful mortals of the New Moon Cult to serve as Dragon Priests.

Known Dragon PriestsEdit

Dragon CultEdit

  • Ahzidal, the first great Nord enchanter.
  • Akiirdal, buried in the Howling Sepulchers of Craglorn.
  • Arthosiis, who was banished from Skyrim and led his followers to Wrothgar.
  • Dukaan, who was entombed in White Ridge Barrow on Solstheim.
  • Haldriin, who was entombed in Skyshroud Barrow on Bleakrock Isle.
  • Hevnoraak, who planned his resurrection obsessively before dying, and was entombed in Valthume. His plans were prevented by a Nord named Valdar; even in death, his spirit ensured that Hevnoraak remained sealed within the tomb.
  • Korthor, who was entombed in Vuldngrav in Skyrim, possessed the Fork of Horripilation in 2E 582.
  • Krosis, who was entombed atop Shearpoint mountain.
  • Magrathi, a high priest who betrayed Sivdur and slew his brother over a property dispute, causing Sivdur to curse his skull out of revenge. He was entombed at Shroud Hearth Barrow.[9]
  • Miraak, the first Dragonborn.
  • Morokei, who was entombed in Labyrinthian. Morokei obtained the Staff of Magnus some time in the Fourth Era, which brought him into contact with a group of mages from the College of Winterhold. The future Arch-Mage, Savos Aren, was the only member of the group to survive the venture into Labyrinthian. Aren sacrificed two of his companions to contain Morokei, and sealed the ruins. In 4E 201, following the activation of the Eye of Magnus, the Last Dragonborn was sent to Labyrinthian by the College to retrieve the Staff, and Morokei was destroyed.
  • Nahkriin, who was tasked with presiding over Alduin's portal to Sovngarde at Skuldafn.[10]
  • Otar, who was entombed in Ragnvald, his tomb was sealed with two keys guarded by draugr.
  • Rahgot, who was entombed in Forelhost
  • Tulnir, who was entombed in Labyrinthian.
  • Vahlok the Jailor, entombed within his tomb on Solstheim. He was once the ruler of Solstheim, tasked with watching over the traitor, Miraak, after discovering Miraak's plot against their masters and defeating him in an epic battle.
  • Vokun, entombed in High Gate Ruins.
  • Volsung, entombed in Volskygge.
  • Vosis, entombed in Forelhost, in 2E 582, Vosis was in possession of a shard of Wuuthrad.
  • Zaan, who followed the dragon Thurvokun. Killed by her followers, she was resurrected by Peryite and gifted with Spellbreaker, becoming a renegade dragon priest.
  • Zahkriisos, entombed in Bloodskal Barrow on Solstheim, he was a member of the Bloodskal Clan..

New Moon CultEdit

  • Ra'khajin, the Khajiiti Dragon Priest of Laatvulon.


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