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A Mane

The Mane is a unique type of Khajiit. Khajiit tradition holds that only one Mane can be alive at one time and, more specifically, believe that there is actually only one Mane who is reborn again and again in different bodies. There has been no recorded incident of more than one Mane contending for power, although whether due to the truth in the Khajiit belief or whether the ruling Mane takes care of any potential rivals is unknown. Manes can only be born under a rare alignment of the moons Masser and Secunda when, according to legend, a third moon actually appears. In older days the Khajiit would shave off their manes in deference to the Mane, braiding them into locks which the Mane would incorporate into its own mane/headdress.[1] The Mane is so weighted down by the hair that movement is difficult without aid and they often travel the countryside by means of a palanquin. As the population grew, however, this became impractical.[1] As a result, the headdress now only includes hair of the Mane's tribe and Warrior Guard attached to it, which includes several hundred in number.[2]

The Moon Hallowed is a champion blessed by past Manes who arrive in times of peril. They guide the future Manes through their initiation[1] which is known as the Paths. It ends with the final path in the Temple of Two Moons Path, in the city of Dune.[3]

Those born under the sign of the eclipse not chosen to be the Mane would instead be known as Forgotten Manes. Most of these Khajiit would be given to the Pride of Alkosh in Pridehome and be raised as warriors, ready to serve Elsweyr and Alkosh in times of great need.[4][5] In 2E582, a Forgotten Mane by the name of Ra'khajin left the temple in order to serve the dragon Laatvulon as his Dragon Priest, and would later return to raze his former home to the ground. [6]

Those born under the eclipse are more subjectable to the moons, and thus the Dark Moon. The Dark Heart consequently calls to them to the Bent Dance that threatens to turn them to dro-m'Athra, as with the case of the Forgotten Mane Ja'darri,[7] who managed to ward off the corruption.[8] Others are unsuccessful, with the Dark Mane being a prime example. He listened "too much to the Darks", and thus his soul was claimed by Namiira.[9] Tainted, he was no longer fit to lead the Khajiit as a spiritual leader, and was "cast out of the Moon's light, to walk forever in darkness."[10]

Previous ManesEdit

Mane Nhad-hatta, wearing the braids and hair-locks of his entire tribe

Forgotten ManesEdit