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Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition
An emblem representing Mehrunes Dagon
"When I walk the earth again, the faithful among you shall receive your reward. To be set above all other mortals, forever. As for the rest, the weak shall be winnowed, the timid shall be cast down, the mighty shall tremble at my feet and pray for pardon."
—— Mehrunes Dagon, Mysterium Xarxes [1][2]

Mehrunes Dagon (formally, the Exalted and Most Puissant Lord, Gerent of Dagon, Mehrunes),[3] also called the Black Daedra Lord,[4] Prince of Destruction, Lord of Blood and Flames,[5] Prince of Disaster,[6] Master of Razors,[7] Mehrunes the Razor, Mehrunes the Thieftaker, Mehrunes Godsbody, Mehrunes the Red Arms That Went Up[8],The Horror,[9]Sovereign of Destruction, the Flame Tyrant, and the Father of Cataclysm.[10] He's known to the Khajiit as Merrunz (also spelled Mehrunnez)[11] or Dagon[12][13] (sometimes Daegon),[14] is known as the Daedric Prince of Darkness and Destruction,[15] whose sphere encompasses Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition.[16] Dagon is associated with natural dangers like fires or earthquakes,[17] and flash floods, thunderstorms, and other natural disasters have been linked to communions with him.[7] The Prince is also said to be the author of the Mysterium Xarxes,[1] which he wrote in "deserts of rust and wounds"[18]—Dagon's plane of Oblivion, the Deadlands.[19]

Numerous Daedra serve the Master of Razors, notably Clan Dremora. The Dremora are said to resemble their patron "in pride, fixed purpose, and lack of subtlety", but also value honor and loyalty to the Clan and to Dagon. Among the ranks of the Dremora are the Valkynaz, or "princes", members of the Valkyn, Mehrunes Dagon's personal guard. Below them are the Markynaz, or "grand dukes", members of the Markyn, his Council of Lords.[20] The Clan operates out of the Havoc Wellhead and is led by one of Dagon's top lieutenants, Grand Vizier Imago Storm.[21]

While they are not his biological spawn, Dagon considers Xivilai Moath and Faydra Shardai his children.[22] There is some belief that Mehrunes Dagon is allied with Hircine, and shrines to the Huntsman Prince have notably been erected in places dedicated to Dagon.[23][nb 1] Enemies of the Prince of Destruction include Ebonarm[24] and Molag Bal, with whom Dagon shares a bitter rivalry—the two have been known to meddle in each other's schemes when the opportunity arises.[25] It is also rumored that the Prince "hates" Nocturnal.[26] Dagon's protonymic is "Lehkelogah"[27][28] and his neonymic is "Djehkeleho-dehbe-effehezepeh".[29] The Prince's summoning day is the Warriors Festival, the 20th of Sun's Dusk.[30]

MythologyEdit

Page one of the Mysterium Xarxes

The Mysterium XarxesEdit

"Endlessly it shall form and reform around you, deeds as entities, all-systems only an hour before they bloom to zero sums, flowering like vestments, divine raiment worn to dance at Lord Dagon's golden feet. In his first arm, a storm, his second the rush of plagued rain, the third all the tinder of Anu, and the fourth the very eyes of Padhome. Feel uplifted in thine heart that you have this first key, for it shall strike high and low into the wormrot of false heavens."
—— Mankar Camoran, Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, Book One[18]

Little is known of the contents of the Mysterium Xarxes outside of the alleged translations given in Mankar Camoran's Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes.[1][31] While the Commentaries were known to be used in the Third Era to surreptitiously recruit members into Dagon's cult, the Mythic Dawn,[32] they also contain a peculiar account of the Prince's origins.[31]

According to the Commentaries, the Magna Ge secretly created Mehrunes Dagon in "the very bowels of Lyg".[8] Lyg, it is claimed, is an "Adjacent Place", a sort of parallel version of Tamriel,[UOL 1] and the domain of a deity known as "the Upstart who vanishes".[8] Lyg, the "Mundex Terrene", was once ruled by dreugh-kings from the "nineteen and nine and nine" seas, who waged endless wars against each other's "slave oceans".

Dagon was created to be a prince of good, and was imbued him with Oblivion's most precious asset, hope. The Prince began a revolution, "threw down Lyg", and "cracked his face".[8] He let the lowly slaves know free will, and stirred them to violence against their masters.[33] His "red legion" overthrew the tyrant dreughs, toppled the towers of CHIM-EL GHARJYG, destroyed great cities, and slaughtered the templars of the Upstart. Hope spread like a "brush-fire" as the world was set Free.[8]

Regardless of the veracity of this account, it eventually served as a rough blueprint for "crack[ing] the serpent crown of the Cyrodiils and mak[ing] federation"—the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his heirs, and the Oblivion Crisis.[8][34]

Worship and CultureEdit

Mehrunes Dagon towering over his worshippers in the Deadlands

In most cultures, Mehrunes Dagon is little more than a god of bloodshed and betrayal;[35] no other Daedric Prince is as openly tied to mortal suffering.[7] Dagon revels in destruction on a grand scale, from mass murder to deaths from floods, and earthquakes and leaves a swath of devastation whenever he manifests. In fact, even attempting to summon the Prince is frequently fatal for the conjurer and any bystanders. Trafficking with Dagon or his cultists is abhorred by most of Tamriel, and is outright illegal in places, where the punishment can be as severe as death.[25][36][7].

He has a vested interest in showing flagrant displays of power to attract followers to his various cults, and insert his influence on Nirn.[36] He is an especially important deity in Morrowind, where he is seen as one of the Four Corners of the House of Troubles.[37] Worshipers of Dagon tend to be arsonists setting buildings, animals, and even people on fire. Signs of Cultist activity include unusual tremors, no rain, more rain as they attempt to incite natural disasters. Those who worship the Prince also tend to bear the symbol of a fiery, rising sun.[36]

DunmerEdit

Mehrunes Dagon's shrine in Ald Sotha

In Morrowind, Mehrunes Dagon is the God of Destruction.[38] It is said that when the prophet Veloth led the Chimer to Resdayn (now Morrowind), they were joined by a number of Daedric ancestral spirits, among them Mehrunes Dagon.[37] At first, these Daedra Lords were worshipped as gods.[39] However, when the Tribunal came to power in the early First Era, Daedra began being venerated as lesser spirits, subservient to the Almsivi.[40]

Not content with this power shift, Malacath, Molag Bal, Sheogorath, and Dagon rebelled against the new Temple, which caused much strife among the Great Houses.[37] These Rebel Daedra, or Bad Daedra,[40] became the Four Corners of the House of Troubles, who tempt the Dunmer away from the orthodoxy.[39] Nevertheless, the Dunmer consider these four to be holy, in that they serve the role "Testing Gods" to be appeased.[37][38] As such, Dagon is said to represent Morrowind's near-inhospitable terrain,[38] and also tests the Dunmeri will to live and prosper.[37]

According to legend, Mehrunes Dagon once threatened to heave a large rock at the Dunmer of Maar Gan. Vivec outwitted the Prince, taunting Dagon and making himself the rock's target. The rock itself was enshrined there, and it became a place of pilgrimage.[41]

KhajiitEdit

In the Khajiiti pantheon, Mehrunes Dagon is Merrunz,[42] also called the Fire-Cat[43] the Demon Cat.[13] One of the children of Fadomai's second litter, Merrunz was given the nickname Ja'Khajiit—"kitten" in Ta'agra—by his mother due to his wild, destructive nature.[12][13] Similarly, the Khajiit often depict Merrunz as a "destructive kitten".[42]

According to pre-ri'Datta texts, at some point in time, Merrunz was exiled by his father, Ahnurr. But rather than journey the Many Paths of Time, Merrunz chose to venture into the Great Darkness. There, he was defeated by the Demon King Molagh and tortured until the world was created. Ultimately, Merrunz was freed by Molagh's wife, Merid-Nunda, who used his destructiveness to attack the Lunar Lattice. Merrunz enjoyed this and became a "kinslayer", and has since been known as the demon Dagon.[13]

ReachmenEdit

To the Reachfolk, Mehrunes Dagon is the spirit of ambition and destruction, and is known by his title of Lord of Ambition. Because of the harsh conditions of the Reach, Dagon is a desirable spirit to follow because ambition is needed on their road to improving their lives.[44]

Banner of the Mythic Dawn

The Mythic DawnEdit

"Oath-breakers beware, for their traitors run through the nymic-paths, runner dogs of prolix gods. The Dragon's Blood have hidden ascension in six-thousands years of aetherial labyrinth, which is Arena, which they yet deny is Oathbound. By the Book, take this key and pierce the divine shell that encloses the mantle-takers! The skin of gold! SCARAB AE AURBEX!" — Mankar Camoran, Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, Book 3

The Mythic Dawn was once one of the most secretive and mysterious of Daedric cults[45] before gaining infamy due to its role in the Oblivion Crisis.[34] The cult's beliefs were largely shaped by the teachings of its leader, Mankar Camoran, and his Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes.[31][34][46] The name "Mythic Dawn" itself is a reference to the Dawn Era, the time before the creation of the world. Camoran believed he and his disciples were destined to rule over a "reborn", "liberated" Tamriel, and would usher in a new Dawn.[18]

Central to the cult's beliefs was the claim that the Divines are not gods, merely pretenders, who have tricked mortals ever since they betrayed and attempted to destroy Lorkhan; the Daedra are the true gods of the universe, as they cannot die. Camoran also asserted that Lorkhan is one of the Daedra, and offered this as to why the Heart of Lorkhan could not be destroyed. Furthermore, as a Daedric Prince, Lorkhan has his own plane of Oblivion—Tamriel.[nb 2] Thus, Mehrunes Dagon undertook the Oblivion Crisis not to destroy Tamriel, but "to liberate the Occupied Lands" from the Aedra.[47]

In Tamriel, the cult viewed as their enemies the "Dragon's Blood"—a reference to the covenant between Akatosh and Queen Alessia which sealed the Gates of Oblivion from Nirn,[48] but more prosaically the line of rulers keeping the Dragonfires alight.[49] In particular, Mankar Camoran had a "long duel" with the Septim Dynasty,[47] dating back to the reign of Tiber Septim, when it is speculated the Commentaries were written.[45]

HistoryEdit

The ruins of Varsa Baalim

First EraEdit

In ancient times in Cyrodiil, Dagon created a construct, the Nefarivigum, to challenge those who drew near to some unknown trial. One who bested the trial would be deemed worthy, and be rewarded with Mehrunes' Razor. The Nefarivigum was discovered by the ancient Ayleids, who arrogantly believed they could turn away any who sought the Razor. To this end, they built the vast, ringed city of Varsa Baalim during the height of Ayleid civilization. For many years, pilgrims came to Varsa Baalim seeking the Razor, but the Ayleids turned them away. But one day in the early years of the First Era, a vampire infiltrated the city. Before long, it was infested with undead and thrown into chaos. And then suddenly, mysteriously, the city was gone. None know what happened, but Varsa Baalim seemingly vanished into the mountains of Eastern Nibenay Basin.[50]

Mehrunes Dagon destroyed Ald Sotha, home of House Sotha, sometime in the early First Era. A young Sotha Sil was the only known survivor of this incident, having been rescued by Vivec.[51]

In response to the destruction of Gilverdale at the hands of Molag Bal, the Sotha Sil, now a living god, sought out eight of the most influential Daedric Princes. Mehrunes Dagon was among them, and between the 3rd and 5th of Rain's Hand in 1E 2920, a deal was made which would be known as the Coldharbour Compact.[52] Little is known about the Compact, but it is theorized that it prevents the Princes from directly manifesting on Nirn.[53]

Depiction of Almalexia's battle with Mehrunes Dagon

In 1E 2920, the Skeffington Coven had taken in a woman named Turala, who was once the lover of the Duke of Mournhold, Brindisi Dorom.[54] However, after a trip to Wayrest, the Skeffington Coven was killed in a massacre caused by an Orcish raiding party, supposedly sent by Brindisi Dorom himself. Enraged, Turala had called forth the Prince of Destruction to burn down Mournhold, and despite the Compact, he complied.[55]

Afterwards, two of the Tribunal Gods approached Mehrunes Dagon, to which the Daedric Prince immediately recognized Sotha Sil, whom he had prior had agreed to his Compact. Angered that she was too late to prevent the death and destruction wrought upon her city by the Flame Tyrant, Almalexia drew her sword Hopesfire, and she and Sotha Sil engaged in battle with him. The battlefield was lit by a barrage of flame which had fell indiscriminately, and Almalexia plunged her sword into Dagon, and carved him from within. Meanwhile, Sotha Sil, enacting vengeance for Ald Sotha, used "god-bronze whips" to lash the Prince into submission. Wounded, Sil whispered Dagon's Nymic, and the Prince "exploded throughout all time."[56][57]

The remains of a village on Caecilly Island

Pre-InterregnumEdit

At some point before the year 3E 172,[nb 3] Chimere Graegyn, a Direnni retainer and noted Daedra summoner, made a pact with Mehrunes Dagon. The conjurer deceived the Prince, tricking him into swearing an oath he had no intention of keeping. Chimere wore the Armor of the Savior's Hide, and it protected him from the blows of oathbreakers (as Dagon now was), which gave Chimere enough time to banish Dagon to Oblivion by invoking the Prince's protonymic.[27][28]

However, Dagon still had enough time to strike back; as he was sucked into the Void, the Prince channeled his remaining power into a curse. As per the initial pact, Graegyn had desired to "live forever in his home town among the happy voices of his friends and countrymen". Dagon reinterpreted this request literally, dragging Chimere and the entirety of his home of Caecilly Island into Oblivion with him. Everyone else was instantly slain, and Chimere was cursed to live forever, yet still age, surrounded by the voices of his friends. The plane where the island wound up became known as the Chimera of Desolation.[28][58]

Second EraEdit

Circa 2E 582, unpleased with the rise of the liberal Queen Ayrenn and her (First) Aldmeri Dominion, High Kinlady Estre donned the role of the leader of the Altmeri separatists known as the Veiled Heritance. In her desperate attempt to impede the pass of Queen Ayrenn and her troops to Firsthold, made a deal with Dagon, and summoned daedra from the Deadlands in the Dawnbreak's abandoned mine, which then set the town alight and attacked the people, until the First Auridon Marines intervened and organized the evacuation. The marines managed to stop the hordes from spreading across the area until an Agent of the Queen came and defeated the Dremora that orchestrated the assault.[59]

Per her agreement with Mehrunes Dagon, she unleashed more daedra upon Torinaan, a holy site of the Eight Divines in the north, before reaching her ultimate target - the city of Firsthold.[60] Here, she was let into the city by its ruler, High Kinlord Rilis XIII, who remained oblivious to her true nature. Once inside, she opened four Oblivion Gates across the city in order to besiege it with her daedric army and kidnap Rilis. Ultimately, she was killed in the attack and the Oblivion Gates were closed, but most of Firsthold was left in ruins as a result.[61]

Later that year, Dagon's Razor Master, Erthas, attacked the settlement of Whisper Grove, opening a portal to the Deadlands to stir the chaos. A group of Undaunted aided the settlement, and slayed the Dagonites. After the death of Erthas, Mehrunes Dagon himself agreed to seal the portal in return for the settlement's leader, Gilraen.[62] In a desperate attempt to save his wife, Gilraen's husband, Fingaenion, reopened the portal to the Deadlands, leading to a failed invasion from mercenaries. The Undaunted once again intervened, and slayed Valkyn Skoria, and closed the portal. Gilraen, whom had possession of Mehrunes' Razor speculated that Dagon would want to go after her as a result.[63]

Third EraEdit

Mehrunes Dagon and his armies
The Battlespire

The Invasion of the BattlespireEdit

After numerous failed attempts in the past,[64] Mehrunes Dagon succeeded in capturing the Battlespire, war college of the Imperial Battlemages,[65] during the Imperial Simulacrum.[58] Dagon had been instrumental in Jagar Tharn's imposture and assumption of the Imperial throne.[66] In return for his assistance, Tharn gave the Battlespire to the Prince, on the condition that Dagon eliminate Tharn's rival battlemages within.[4] In 3E 398, Mehrunes Dagon collected his prize.[67] The Prince's forces, led by Imago Storm of Clan Dremora, mustered in the Havoc Wellhead, then rampaged through two other planes of Oblivion—the Shade Perilous of Nocturnal[26][68] and the Soul Cairn—before invading the Battlespire itself.[69]

Shade Perilous was home to two Daedra clans, the lordless Seducers and the Nocturnals who had given them refuge. The Nocturnals were imprisoned in their own demense as the Seducers were bent to Dagon's will. However, some Seducers willingly entered his service, and these converts were remade in the image of Dagon's greed and treachery, making them much more powerful—and giving them wings.[70][71] These "Dark Seducers"[nb 4] joined the ranks of the invasion forces, with some being given Daedric Crescents to wield in battle.[72] One Dark Seducer in particular became Mehrunes Dagon's bodyguard and lover, and was entrusted by the Prince with one of his artifacts, the Sword of the Moon Reiver.[73][74] Once the Battlespire was taken, the Weir Gate, the portal to Tamriel, was sealed with Dagon's personal warding sigil.[75][76]

Unaware of these events, a pair of apprentice battlemages, Shadow Legion aspirants, entered the Battlespire after it had fallen. One apprentice went ahead, leaving behind notes and helpful items, but was ultimately captured by the Daedra and brought to Dagon's hunting lodge before the Prince himself.[58][77] The other apprentice went in search of the first (and for a way back to Tamriel) by fighting through, bluffing past, and making deals with the various forces, Daedric and otherwise, along the way.[58]

After following the trail back to the Shade Perilous, the apprentice befriended the Nocturnals and freed their leader, Jaciel Morgen.[78] Curiously, Clan Dremora also offered its assistance, for while Mehrunes Dagon had allowed his armies to enter Shade Perilous and use it as a waystation for the assault on the Battlespire, he had not sanctioned its overthrow or occupation. Instead of negotiating for passage or showing restraint, Dagon's protégés and adoptive children, Faydra Shardai of the Fire Daedra clan and Xivilai Moath of the Frost Daedra clan, decided to crush their long-time enemies, the Nocturnals. The Dremora believed this needed to be undone in order to rectify things.[3]

However, the path from the Shade Perilous led to the Chimera of Desolation, where the apprentice became the hare in a Great Hunt.[79] While the Dremora could offer little help there,[73] the apprentice was able to survive and locate (the now very old) Chimere Graegyn. Chimere drew on his past experience with Mehrunes Dagon to help the apprentice escape the realm, offering up the Savior's Hide and Dagon's protonymic in the process, though by this time, the Prince had added an unknown neonymic as well.[27][79]

Once through the Chimera, the apprentice wound up in the Havoc Wellhead, and came face to face with Grand Vizier Imago Storm of the Dremora. Storm was of the opinion that with the conquest of the Shade Perilous combined with the taking of the Battlespire, Clan Dagon had "overreached its resources and judgements [sic]". He felt it best if Faydra, Xivilai, and Mehrunes Dagon himself were temporarily removed from the picture so he could restore order and stability to Clan Dagon.[21] Storm then gave the neonymics of all three to the apprentice, as the mortal had little choice but to go along with this plan.[29][76]

After dealing with the lesser Daedra, the apprentice portaled into the Deadlands near Dagon's hunting lodge, the Prince's personal pleasure palace.[3] According to the Dremora, banishing Mehrunes Dagon required the Armor of the Savior's Hide, his proto- and neonymics, the "aid of absent friends", a bit of hope, and a weapon made from Dagon's own substance, the Sword of the Moon Reiver.[73] This last item was soon taken by force from Dagon's Dark Seducer lover, and the apprentices battled up a mountainside and entered the lodge to face Dagon himself.[80]

Mehrunes Dagon was waiting in his inner sanctum with the first aspirant, who was chained from the ceiling and paralyzed. The Lord of Destruction smugly thanked the mortal for bringing him so many valuable magic items, though he was perturbed that the Savior's Hide prevented the paralytic effect. And more so when the apprentice revealed knowledge of Dagon's nymics. But the Prince remained smug until the apprentice revealed the Moon Reiver, at which point he decided to take action. But in that moment, the apprentice summoned Jaciel to the battle; her sudden appearance momentarily distracted Dagon, giving the apprentice enough time to strike.[80] Dagon was sucked back into the Void, being "compressed into an ever-smaller volume" before vanishing.[81]

Fifth CenturyEdit

Mehrunes Dagon was not gone long. Sometime around 3E 405, he was summoned by an agent of the Blades in the Iliac Bay region. The Prince offered the agent "power" in exchange for killing a wayward Frost Daedra in a nearby dungeon. Once this was done, the agent received Mehrunes' Razor as a reward.[82]

In 3E 427, the Nerevarine visited Mehrunes Dagon's shrine off the coast of Vvardenfell and summoned the Prince. As a test of worthiness, Dagon sent the hero after his Razor, which had been stolen by an "unworthy" elf and lost in a tomb. The Nerevarine retrieved the artifact, and was allowed to keep it after the Prince restored it to it's former glory.[83]

Mehrunes Dagon during the Oblivion Crisis

The Oblivion CrisisEdit

In 3E 433, the final year of the Third Era, Mehrunes Dagon invaded Nirn in what came to be known as the Oblivion Crisis.[46] Dagon plotted to destroy the Septim bloodline and open gates to Oblivion throughout Cyrodiil to launch an invasion. His motivation for this invasion is unclear; the Mythic Dawn, Dagon worshippers, claimed Nirn was Dagon's plane to begin with. The Mythic Dawn worked to bring about the coming of Dagon by assassinating the Emperor and his three known heirs. The cult focused on the eternal dawn on which Dagon would come to cleanse the world of all non-followers. In order to recover the Amulet of Kings and foil Dagon's plans, the Champion of Cyrodiil had to recover the Mysterium Xarxes, a book written by Dagon himself, so that Martin Septim could open a portal to the Paradise of Mankar Camoran, where the amulet was being kept. Dagon himself made a short but dramatic appearance as a gigantic four-armed humanoid armed with an axe and talons at the climax of the Crisis.[34] At the White-Gold Tower's Temple of the One, Martin Septim shattered the Amulet of Kings, transforming himself into an avatar of Akatosh (and thereby mantling him).[UOL 2] Dagon was handily defeated, after which the avatar turned into a statue at the center of the ruined temple, a reminder of Martin's sacrifice, which ensured that the forces of Oblivion could never again openly threaten the people of Tamriel.[84]

Making an offering to the Prince of Destruction

Fourth EraEdit

By 4E 201, Mehrunes' Razor was in Skyrim, having been broken into three pieces. The Last Dragonborn collected these for the Mythic Dawn Museum in Dawnstar, and was offered the restored Razor by Dagon in exchange for killing the museum's proprietor.[85]

ArtifactsEdit

A Daedric Crescent

Daedric CrescentEdit

The Daedric Crescent Blade is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. It has the power to paralyze those it strikes, and puts heavy wear on their armor; it has also been known to create a green ball of energy, but its effects are unknown. There were once many Crescents, which were used by Dagon's forces to take the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum. When the Empire later reclaimed the ruined academy, the Crescents were gathered up and destroyed - all but one. Unknown to the Empire, one of the unique blades remained in existence somewhere in Tamriel, although none had ever seen it.

The Deadland Hammer

Deadland HammerEdit

The Deadland Hammer is a Daedric artifact linked to Mehrunes Dagon and the Deadlands. In the Second Era, it was found in the Darkpool Mine by the Claws of Daegon—a Khajiit cult dedicated to Merrunz. When used with the right reagents, it was said to be capable of summoning Iron Atronachs. Physical contact with hammer was reported to be uncomfortable and even harmful when handled for an extended period of time.

Mehrunes' Razor

Mehrunes' RazorEdit

Mehrunes' Razor (sometimes Mehrunes Razor), also called the Dagger of the Final Wounds, the Bane of the Righteous, and the Kingslayer, is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. This powerful ebony dagger has the ability to kill instantly, as there is a small chance that Dagon will claim the souls of those struck by the Razor. It is Daedric in appearance, emblazoned with Daedric script and seemingly able to drink the light that hits it.

Front cover of the Mysterium Xarxes

Mysterium XarxesEdit

The Mysterium Xarxes was a tome written by Mehrunes Dagon, who scribed it in "the deserts of rust and wounds". It was an artifact of great—and evil—power. The Xarxes was said to have a vile corrupting influence; reading from the book required magical protection from its powers, even merely handling it was said to be dangerous.

The book was given by Dagon to Mankar Camoran. After studying the tome, Mankar wrote the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes (also known as the Mythic Dawn Commentaries). Inspired by the prophecies and promises within the book, Mankar founded the Mythic Dawn, a Daedric cult devoted to Mehrunes Dagon. The Xarxes acted as the cult's holy book, and was stored in the Mythic Dawn's hidden shrine in the caverns beneath Lake Arrius in Cyrodiil. Using the power of the book, Mankar created Gaiar Alata, or "Paradise", an alternate realm where the souls of Mythic Dawn cultists went in death.

In 3E 433, following the Mythic Dawn's assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and all of his legitimate heirs, the Blades infiltrated the cult and stole the Mysterium Xarxes from their shrine to Mehrunes Dagon. It was taken to Cloud Ruler Temple, where Martin Septim, the illegitimate son of Uriel and the heir to the throne, translated the Xarxes and discovered a way to create a portal to Camoran's Paradise. The ritual required a Great Welkynd Stone, a Great Sigil Stone, a Daedric artifact, and an Aedric artifact. The Hero of Kvatch entered Gaiar Alata and defeated Camoran, retrieving the Amulet of Kings. The Mysterium Xarxes was destroyed in the process.

The Spear of Bitter Mercy

Spear of Bitter MercyEdit

The Spear of Bitter Mercy is one of the more mysterious artifacts in Tamrielic lore. Little to nothing is known about the Spear, but it is believed to be of Daedric origin and is usually referred to in a singular sense. In reality, multiple spears exist and were said to be forged by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, but at least one has become the signature weapon of his ally Hircine, whom has become the Daedric Prince that is most closely associated with the artifact. One of his titles given to him by the Reachfolk, the Spear with Five Points, is reflective of this. A Spear has also been in the possession of Sheogorath, but his association with it and how he came to obtain it is unknown, though he has notably stolen the artifacts of his Daedric siblings in the past for his own amusement.

The Spears of Bitter Mercy were said to be forged by and imbued with Mehrunes Dagon's power for use in the Ritual of the Innocent Quarry, the Great Hunt that takes place within the Chimera of Desolation. As the Spears of Bitter Mercy are weapons of great power, those intended for use in a Great Hunt are cursed by maleficent energies, and are forbidden from being removed from the site of the hunt. Thus, they cannot be wielded by any mortals or immortals, except those sanctified to the Hunt and bound to its rules. Due to Dagon twisting his pact with Chimere Graegyn, an unsanctified wearer of the Armor of the Savior's Hide can bear Dagon's spears, as the armor's enchantments offers protection from the energies of the oathbreaker.

According to Reachmen myth, Hircine is said to wield his Spear of Bitter Mercy when he takes on the aspect of Alrabeg the Hunter. It is one of the Symbols of the Five Aspects, the other four being the Totems of Hircine (composed of three artifacts), and the Totem of Claw and Fang. This Spear grants its wielder a magical shield as well as the ability to summon storm atronachs. In appearance it is a metallic spear, usually with two or four protruding prongs surrounding the central spearhead. It is sometimes emblazoned with Daedric Hekem sigils, representing the letter H. Much like other artifacts associated with Hircine, it rejects a user who is unworthy of wielding it.

The Sword of the Moon Reiver

Sword of the Moon ReiverEdit

The Sword of the Moon Reiver (also known as the Broadsword of the Moon Reiver) is a broadsword created from Mehrunes Dagon's own substance. It is believed that no other weapon is capable of harming Mehrunes Dagon. During Dagon's invasion of the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum, the sword was in the possession of his Dark Seducer bodyguard and paramour. An apprentice took the sword from her and used it to banish the Prince from his own realm, resulting in the destruction of the Battlespire.

The DeadlandsEdit

The Deadlands

The Deadlands are a Daedric realm of Oblivion created and ruled over by the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon. The embodiment of its creator's sphere, the dimension is fraught with natural disasters and destructive change. The realm is covered by an ocean of lava, scattered with scorched volcanic islands and ruined structures. Many lesser Daedra roam the realm freely, but Dremora dominate the hierarchy.

Associated RealmsEdit

The Chapel of the Innocent Quarry in the Chimera of Desolation

The Chimera of DesolationEdit

The Chimera of Desolation is a small realm of Oblivion created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon.

The Chimera was once Caecilly Island, a small island off the coast of Northmoor (or Glenumbra, according to some sources) in High Rock. The entire island was cast into the void as an act of revenge against Chimere Graegyn, a mortal conjurer living there. The abandoned towns of Trybador and Granvellusa still stand on the desolate island.

The plane was once accessible via the Battlespire, but this link was severed following Dagon's invasion of the edifice during the Imperial Simulacrum.

The Havoc WellheadEdit

The gates to a Daedric encampment

The Havoc Wellhead (sometimes styled Havok Wellhead) is a realm of Oblivion controlled by many Daedric clans in the service of Mehrunes Dagon. It acts as one of Dagon's many provincial governmental centers. It was accessible from the Battlespire, but the connection was lost after its destruction during the Imperial Simulacrum.

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NotesEdit

  • ^  Developer Gary Noonan described an early idea of Hircine as: "[...] a great Hunter. The Hunter of Mortal Souls and a favored high ranking General of Mehrunes Dagon, the Prince of Destruction."[UOL 3]
  • ^  Given the context, Lorkhan's plane would technically consist of the entirety of Nirn. However, Mankar Camoran nearly always refers solely to "Tamriel".
  • ^  The date 3E 172 first appeared as the opening entry in Harvest's End, 3E 172, Chimere Graegyn's journal in Battlespire, though no indication was given as to how much time had passed before it was written. The text was edited and reappeared as Tal Marog Ker's Researches in Morrowind; it kept the 3E 172 date, but again the context is unclear. The text was again re-edited and appeared in ESO as Harvest's End. This version omits the date entirely, though it still treats the text as a past event, which implies the Caecilly Island incident occurred sometime before the Interregnum.
  • ^  While these Daedra are referred to as "Dark Seducers" in Battlespire, their appearance more closely resembles the Daedra Seducers seen in Daggerfall than the Mazken (Dark Seducers) seen in Shivering Isles.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Mysterium XarxesMehrunes Dagon
  2. ^ Translating the Mysterium Xarxes at The Imperial Library
  3. ^ a b c Dremora Oathkin's dialogue in Battlespire
  4. ^ a b Battlespire Athenaeum — Ronald Wartow
  5. ^ The Master's Truth
  6. ^ 2920, Rain's HandCarlovac Townway
  7. ^ a b c d Burning Vestige, Vol. IWarlock Endil
  8. ^ a b c d e f Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4Mankar Camoran
  9. ^ Death Blow of Abernanit — Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus)
  10. ^ The Truth in Sequence: Volume 8Deldrise Morvayn
  11. ^ Champion of Mehrunnez in ESO
  12. ^ a b Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  13. ^ a b c d The Adversarial SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  14. ^ Hadaz's Final LetterHadaz
  15. ^ Battlespire Athenaeum page 18
  16. ^ The Book of Daedra
  17. ^ On OblivionMorian Zenas
  18. ^ a b c Mythic Dawn Commentaries 1Mankar Camoran
  19. ^ The Doors of OblivionSeif-ij Hidja
  20. ^ Varieties of DaedraAranea Drethan
  21. ^ a b Events of the Havok Wellhead in Battlespire
  22. ^ Battlespire Athenaeum page 156, 159
  23. ^ Statue of Hircine in Ularra in ESO
  24. ^ Factions in Daggerfall
  25. ^ a b Flaminius Auctor Answers Your QuestionsFlaminius Auctor
  26. ^ a b Letters for the Battlespire Hero — Vatasha Trenelle or Josian Kaid
  27. ^ a b c Old Man Chimere's dialogue in Battlespire
  28. ^ a b c Tal Marog Ker's ResearchesTal Marog Ker
  29. ^ a b Imago's Notes about Neonymics — Imago Storm
  30. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  31. ^ a b c Mythic Dawn CommentariesMankar Camoran
  32. ^ Events of The Path of Dawn in Oblivion
  33. ^ Mythic Dawn Commentaries 2Mankar Camoran
  34. ^ a b c d Events of Oblivion
  35. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  36. ^ a b c Thwarting the Daedra: Mehrunes DagonFlaminius Auctor
  37. ^ a b c d e The House of Troubles
  38. ^ a b c Varieties of Faith: The Dark ElvesBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  39. ^ a b The Anticipations — Anonymous
  40. ^ a b Darkest Darkness
  41. ^ Events of Pilgrimage to Maar Gan in Morrowind
  42. ^ a b Daegonite Jerkin item description in ESO
  43. ^ Nisuzi's dialogue in ESO
  44. ^ Aydolan's dialogue in ESO
  45. ^ a b Tar-Meena's dialogue in Oblivion
  46. ^ a b The Oblivion CrisisPraxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian
  47. ^ a b Mankar Camoran's dialogue in Paradise in Oblivion
  48. ^ The Amulet of KingsWenengrus Monhona
  49. ^ Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3Mankar Camoran
  50. ^ Treatise on Ayleidic Cities
  51. ^ A Brief History of Ald SothaVarlinsi Arandu, Apostle of Sotha Sil
  52. ^ 2920, Rain's HandCarlovac Townway
  53. ^ The Coldharbour Compact
  54. ^ 2920, Hearth FireCarlovac Townway
  55. ^ 2920, FrostfallCarlovac Townway
  56. ^ The Truth in Sequence: Volume 8Deldrise Morvayn
  57. ^ 2920, Sun's DuskCarlovac Townway
  58. ^ a b c d Events of Battlespire
  59. ^ Through the Ashes quest in ESO
  60. ^ Blessings of the Eight quest in ESO
  61. ^ Sever All Ties quest in ESO
  62. ^ Events of the Razor's Edge in ESO
  63. ^ Events of the Return to Ash in ESO
  64. ^ Starlover's LogSamar Starlover
  65. ^ Elderscrolls.com Codex Archive
  66. ^ Sirran Angada's dialogue in Battlespire
  67. ^ Elderscrolls.com Archive Timeline
  68. ^ Frost Daedra's dialogue in Battlespire
  69. ^ Ideal Master's dialogue in Battlespire
  70. ^ Deyanira Katrece's dialogue in Battlespire
  71. ^ The Dark Seducers' appearance in Battlespire
  72. ^ Battlespire intro video
  73. ^ a b c Letters from the Dremora
  74. ^ Dark Seducer Bodyguard's dialogue in Battlespire
  75. ^ Letter to Mactana
  76. ^ a b Imago Storm's dialogue in Battlespire
  77. ^ Dremora Informant's dialogue in Battlespire
  78. ^ Events of the Shade Perilous in Battlespire
  79. ^ a b Events of the Chimera of Desolation in Battlespire
  80. ^ a b Events of Dagon's Hunting Lodge in Battlespire
  81. ^ From private correspondence of Julianos Cennan, Chamberlain to Uriel Septim
  82. ^ Events of Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Daggerfall
  83. ^ Events of Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Morrowind
  84. ^ Light the Dragonfires quest in Oblivion
  85. ^ Events of Pieces of the Past in Skyrim

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Michael Kirkbride - Reddit AMA at The Imperial Library
  2. ^ Writing the Elder Scrolls (08/27/10) — Michael Kirkbride
  3. ^ GT Noonan's Posts at The Imperial Library