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Mehrunes Dagon

Mehrunes Dagon (formally, the Exalted and Most Puissant Lord, Gerent of Dagon, Mehrunes),[1] also called the Black Daedra Lord,[2] Prince of Destruction, Lord of Blood and Flames,[3] Prince of Ambition,[4] Prince of Disaster,[5] Master of Razors,[6] Mehrunes the Razor, Mehrunes the Thieftaker, Mehrunes Godsbody, Mehrunes the Red Arms That Went Up,[7] The Horror,[8] Sovereign of Destruction, the Flame Tyrant, the Father of Cataclysm,[9] and known to the Khajiit as Merrunz. He is the Daedric Prince of Darkness and Destruction,[10] whose sphere encompasses destruction, change, revolution, energy, and ambition.[11] Dagon is associated with natural dangers like fires or earthquakes.[12] Flash floods, thunderstorms, and other natural disasters have been linked to communions between him and his cultists.[6] The Prince is also said to be the author of the Mysterium Xarxes.[13][14] Mehrunes Dagon has an insatiable hunger for destruction.[15]

While they are not his biological spawn, Dagon considers Xivilai Moath and Faydra Shardai his adopted children.[16] There is a belief that Mehrunes Dagon is allied with Hircine,[nb 1] but this may be an oversimplification by mortals. Because the two share many parallel interests, they are inclined to occasionally act together.[17] Enemies of the Prince of Destruction include Ebonarm[18] 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.[15] It is also rumored that the Prince hates Nocturnal.[19] Dagon's protonymic is Lehkelogah[20][21] and his neonymic is Djehkeleho-dehbe-effehezepeh.[22] The Prince's summoning day coincides with the Warriors Festival, the 20th of Sun's Dusk.[23]

MythologyEdit

Page one of the Mysterium Xarxes

The Mysterium XarxesEdit

"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 [13][24]

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.[13][25] While the Commentaries were known to be used in the Third Era to surreptitiously recruit members into Dagon's cult, the Mythic Dawn,[26] they also contain a peculiar account of the Prince's origins.[25]

According to the Commentaries, the Magna Ge secretly created Mehrunes Dagon in "the very bowels of Lyg".[7] 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".[7] 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".[7] He let the lowly slaves know free will, and stirred them to violence against their masters.[27] 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.[7]

Regardless of the veracity of this account, the tome played a role in the assassination of Uriel Septim VII and his heirs, starting the Oblivion Crisis.[7][28]

Worship and CultureEdit

An emblem representing Mehrunes Dagon

In most cultures, Mehrunes Dagon is little more than a god of bloodshed and betrayal.[29] Dagon revels in destruction on a grand scale, from mass murder to deaths resulting from floods or earthquakes. He 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 many places, where the punishment can be as severe as death.[15][30][6].

He has a vested interest in showing flagrant displays of power to attract followers to his various cults and assert his influence on Nirn.[30] He is an especially important deity in Morrowind, where he is one of the Four Corners of the House of Troubles.[31] Worshippers of Dagon tend to be arsonists, setting buildings, animals, and even people on fire. Signs of cultist activity include unusual tremors, an uncharacteristic lack of rain and sudden onsets of unseasonably heavy rain as they attempt to incite natural disasters. Those who worship the Prince tend to bear the symbol of a fiery, rising sun.[30] Dagon's cults have a tendency to plan deep and long-burgeoning conspiracies.[15]

ArgoniansEdit

The Sul-Xan Tribe consist of naga worshippers of chaos and death, and see Mehrunes Dagon as the True Egg-Child of Sithis.[UOL 2] As Dagonites, their view of Argonian religion is one sided, as they embrace only "the darkest, cruelest beliefs, and scorn the rest as weakness."[32] They sacrifice outsiders and other Argonians alike in hopes of one day summoning their lord to bring blood and destruction across Black Marsh.[33]

DunmerEdit

In Morrowind, Mehrunes Dagon is the God of Destruction[34] and the King of Blood.[UOL 3] 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.[31] At first, these Daedra Lords were worshipped as gods.[35] However, when the Tribunal came to power in the early First Era, Daedra were venerated as lesser spirits, subservient to the Almsivi.[36]

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.[31] These Rebel Daedra, or Bad Daedra,[36] became the Four Corners of the House of Troubles, who tempt the Dunmer away from the orthodoxy.[35] Nevertheless, the Dunmer consider these four to be holy in that they serve as Testing Gods who must be appeased.[31][34] Dagon represents Morrowind's near-inhospitable terrain,[34] and also tests the Dunmeri will to live and prosper.[31]

Mehrunes Dagon's shrine in Ald Sotha

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, becoming known as the "Magic Rock of Maar Gan", and it became a pilgrimage site. Pilgrims would have to re-create the situation during a pilgrimage. A Dremora named Anhaedra was bound by Vivec to fill Dagon's role, and would have to endure taunts from pilgrims and try to harm them while they were protected by a powerful blessing.[37]

Another legend involves a duel between Vivec and the Prince of Destruction, the latter of whom was unarmed. Rather than dishonoring himself by fighting an unarmed opponent, Vivec offered Dagon his own silver longsword. The Prince's Dremora were impressed by this honorable act of chivalry. The Temple claims that although they are enemies, the Dremora share a bond of respect and courtesy with the followers of the Tribunal. As part of the Pilgrimages of the Seven Graces, pilgrims seeking to join the Tribunal Temple must visit the Shrine of Courtesy in Vivec City's Puzzle Canal. A Dremora named Krazzt was bound here. Filling the role of Vivec, the pilgrim must be courteous and offer a silver longsword to Krazzt, who represents Mehrunes Dagon.[38][39]

KhajiitEdit

In the Khajiiti pantheon, Mehrunes Dagon is Merrunz,[40] (also spelled Mehrunnez)[41] who is also called Daegon,[42][43] the Fire-Cat,[44] and the Demon Cat.[43] 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.[45][43] Similarly, the Khajiit often depict Merrunz as a "destructive kitten".[40]

According to pre-ri'Datta texts, at some point in time, Merrunz was exiled by his father, Ahnurr. Rather than journeying through 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, who used his destructive nature to attack the Lunar Lattice. Merrunz enjoyed this and became a "kinslayer", and has since been known as the demon Dagon.[45][43]

ReachmenEdit

To the Reachfolk, Mehrunes Dagon is the spirit of ambition and destruction, and is known as the Lord of Ambition. Life in the Reach is harsh, and its inhabitants always strive to improve. This drive to become greater eventually leads some to turn to Mehrunes Dagon.[46]

The Mythic DawnEdit

Banner of the Mythic Dawn

The Mythic Dawn was once one of the most secretive and mysterious of Daedric cults[47] before gaining infamy due to its role in the Oblivion Crisis.[28] The cult's beliefs were largely shaped by the teachings of its leader, Mankar Camoran, and his Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes.[25][28][48] The name "Mythic Dawn" 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, ushering in a new Dawn.[14]

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 cult believes 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.[49]

In Tamriel, the cult called their enemies the "Dragon's Blood"—a reference to the covenant between Akatosh and Queen Alessia which protected Nirn from the forces of Oblivion.[50] More prosaically, it refers to the line of rulers keeping the Dragonfires alight.[51] In particular, Mankar Camoran had a "long duel" with the Septim Dynasty,[49] dating back to the reign of Tiber Septim, when it is speculated the Commentaries were written.[47]

HistoryEdit

The ruins of Varsa Baalim

First EraEdit

In ancient times, Dagon created a construct known as the Nefarivigum to challenge those who drew near to undertake a trial. One who passed the trial would be deemed worthy of wielding Mehrunes' Razor. Located in Cyrodiil, 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. One day in the early years of the First Era, a vampire infiltrated the city. Before long, the city was infested with undead and thrust into chaos. The city suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. None know what happened, but Varsa Baalim seemingly vanished into the mountains of the Eastern Nibenay Basin.[52]

Depiction of Almalexia's battle with Mehrunes Dagon

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.[53]

In response to the destruction of Gilverdale at the hands of Molag Bal, 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 become known as the Coldharbour Compact.[54] Little is known about the Compact, but it is theorized that it seeks to prevent the Princes from directly manifesting on Nirn,[55] and only permits them to commune with certain intermediaries, such as witches and sorcerers.[54]

In 1E 2920, the Skeffington Coven of High Rock took in an exiled Dunmeri woman named Turala, the former lover of the Duke of Mournhold, Brindisi Dorom.[56] However, after a trip to Wayrest, the Skeffington Coven massacred by an Orcish raiding party. Turala was falsely led to believe that the massacre was the work of assassins sent by Brindisi Dorom himself. Enraged, the witch called forth the Prince of Destruction to destroy Mournhold and slay her former lover, and he complied.[57]

During the carnage, Almalexia and Sotha Sil arrived to stop the Prince. The battlefield was lit by a barrage of flame which fell indiscriminately. Almalexia plunged Hopesfire into Dagon's flesh 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 allegedly whispered Dagon's Nymic, and the Prince "exploded throughout all time".[58][59]

The Clockwork Apostles believe that this battle between Mehrunes Dagon and the Tribunal marked the birth of "Sarmissonays'um ghoul-thing[s]", which emerged from Dagon's own flayed skin.[9] Indeed, the Ruinachs, a four-armed race of Daedra, are thought by some scholars, mages, and even the Ruinachs themselves, to have emerged from Dagon's flesh in the wake of his battle against Almalexia.[60]

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.[20][21]

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 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 (still aging) was cursed to live forever, surrounded by the voices of his friends. The plane where the island wound up became known as the Chimera of Desolation.[21][61]

Second EraEdit

The AmbitionsEdit

Mehrunes Dagon bargaining with the Longhouse Emperors

Durcorach allied with a Witchman coven, the Tagh Droiloch. With their help, Durcorach and subdued all rival clans through means involving Daedric bargains. By 2E 528, he became warlord commanding two thousand soldiers, which rose to ten thousand by 2E 529.[62] A deal was struck with Mehrunes Dagon to have Durcorach crowned, with his sorcerers performing countless tasks in wait for the day when the "final part of the arrangement" would be carried out, and Dagon would "claim his due" with the Four Ambitions.[63]

After Emperorship was passed to him, Moricar "forged" the Ambitions, which were later entrusted to his son, Leovic. Although the bargain was intended to maintain the Longhouse Emperors' grip over Tamriel long after Durcorach's death, Leovic's decision to legalize Daedra worship led to a rebellion, which ended in Duke Varen Aquilarios slaying Leovic in the Imperial Throne Room.[64] Before his death, Leovic managed to hide the Four Ambitions across Tamriel, where they would be lost for a time.[65]

After the SoulburstEdit

Dagon communes with the Veiled Queen through a flame

Mehrunes Dagon did not launch an invasion into Tamriel after the Soulburst in 2E 579.[15] Circa 2E 582, displeased with the rise of the tolerant 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, she made a pact with Dagon. Estre summoned Daedra from the Deadlands in Dawnbreak's abandoned mine. The Daedra set the town alight and murdered its citizens until the First Auridon Marines intervened and organized an evacuation. The marines managed to stop the hordes from spreading across the area, and an Eye of the Queen came and defeated the Dremora that orchestrated the assault.[66]

Per her agreement with Mehrunes Dagon, High Kinlady Estre unleashed more Daedra upon Torinaan, a holy site of the Eight Divines in the north. She then moved on to her ultimate target, the city of Firsthold.[67] 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, allowing her Daedric army to lay siege to Firsthold and kidnap the kinlord. Estre was slain by a hero and the Oblivion Gates were closed, but most of Firsthold was left in ruins.[68]

Later that year, Dagon's Razor Master, Erthas, attacked the Bosmeri village of Whisper Grove. The forest was set ablaze, the village was overrun by Dagonites, and a portal to the Deadlands was opened to to stir the chaos. The Undaunted were hired by the village's leader, Gilraen, to slay the Dagonites and push back the Daedra. After Erthas' death, Mehrunes Dagon himself offered to seal the portal if Gilraen agreed to meet with him in the Deadlands. Gilraen agreed, and the portal was shut.[69] Mehrunes Dagon gave Gilraen the means to survive in the Deadlands as a Razor Master, namely his eponymous Razor.[70]

Several months later, Gilraen's husband, Fingaenion, reopened the portal in a desperate bid to save his wife. He hired the Undaunted to enter Oblivion and retrieve her, but they failed.[71] Another group of Undaunted arrived hours later and successfully intervened. The adventurers went through the portal Fingaenion re-opened to enter the Knives of Discord, a region ruled by one of Mehrunes Dagon's lieutenants, Valkyn Skoria.[70] The Undaunted rescued Gilraen and their comrades, slew the Valkyn, and closed the portal.[72] Gilraen was worried that Mehrunes Dagon would seek her out, given that she facilitated the slaying of one of his lieutenants and fled the realm with his Razor.[70]

Third EraEdit

Mehrunes Dagon and his armies

The Invasion of the BattlespireEdit

After numerous failed attempts in the past,[73] Mehrunes Dagon succeeded in capturing the Battlespire, war college of the Imperial Battlemages,[74] during the Imperial Simulacrum.[61] Dagon had been instrumental in Jagar Tharn's imposture and assumption of the Imperial throne.[75] In return for his assistance, Tharn gave the Battlespire to the Prince, on the condition that Dagon eliminate Tharn's rival battlemages within.[2] In 3E 398, Mehrunes Dagon collected his prize.[76] 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[19][77] and the Soul Cairn—before invading the Battlespire itself.[78]

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.[79][80] These "Dark Seducers"[nb 4] joined the ranks of the invasion forces, with some being given Daedric Crescents to wield in battle.[81] 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.[82][83] Once the Battlespire was taken, the Weir Gate, the portal to Tamriel, was sealed with Dagon's personal warding sigil.[84][85]

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.[61][86] 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.[61]

The Battlespire

After following the trail back to the Shade Perilous, the apprentice befriended the Nocturnals and freed their leader, Jaciel Morgen.[87] 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.[1]

Mehrunes Dagon (Battlespire)

However, the path from the Shade Perilous led to the Chimera of Desolation, where the apprentice became the hare in a Great Hunt.[88] While the Dremora could offer little help there,[82] 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.[20][88]

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.[89] Storm then gave the neonymics of all three to the apprentice, as the mortal had little choice but to go along with this plan.[22][85]

After dealing with the lesser Daedra, the apprentice portaled into the Deadlands near Dagon's hunting lodge, the Prince's personal pleasure palace.[1] 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.[82] 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.[90]

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.[90] Dagon was sucked back into the Void, being "compressed into an ever-smaller volume" before vanishing.[91]

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.[92]

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 its former glory.[93]

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.[48] 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.[28] 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 4] 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.[94]

Making an offering to the Prince of Destruction

Fourth EraEdit

In 4E 48, Sul opened a portal to Oblivion that he and Attrebus Mede used to enter the planes of Oblivion, traveling through different planes including the Deadlands.[95]:240

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.[96]

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 it, but it's believed to be of Daedric origin; However, multiple Spears of Bitter Mercy may exist.[nb 1] The artifact was forged by Mehrunes Dagon, but has become the signature weapon of his "ally" Hircine, who has become the Daedric Prince that is most closely associated with the Spear. One of his titles given to him by the Reachfolk, the Spear with Five Points, is reflective of this. The weapon was once in Sheogorath's possession, but his association with it and how he came to obtain it is unknown. He has notably stolen artifacts from his fellow Princes in the past for his own amusement.

The Spear of Bitter Mercy was created by Mehrunes Dagon, who imbued it with his power for use in the Ritual of the Innocent Quarry. This enchantment consists of powerful and maleficent energies capable of instantly killing all but the "High Daedra Lords". Thus it is forbidden from being removed from the site of the Great Hunt, and it cannot be wielded by any mortals or immortals, except those sanctified to the Hunt and bound to its rules. Because Dagon twisted his pact with Chimere Graegyn, an unsanctioned wearer of the Armor of the Savior's Hide can bear the Spear; the armor's enchantment offers protection from the energies of the oathbreaker.

According to a Reachman myth, Hircine wields the 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. The weapon 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.

ServantsEdit

A Watcher that serves Mehrunes Dagon

Numerous Daedra serve the Mehrunes Dagon, most notably the kinsmen of 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.[97] The Clan operates out of the Havoc Wellhead and is led by one of Dagon's top lieutenants, Grand Vizier Imago Storm.[89]

Daedroth, clannfear, watchers, Xivilai and scamps are a common sight in Dagon's legions.[98][99][100] As they do beneath other Princes, scamps function as servants and menials. Magma Scamps are native to the Deadlands.[101] The Ruinachs are Mehrunes Dagon's elite marauders. They possess immense physical strength, and are unflinchingly loyal to their Prince. These red-skinned, four-armed Daedra resemble their master.[60]

Other RealmsEdit

The Chimera of DesolationEdit

The Chapel of the Innocent Quarry in the Chimera of Desolation

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 5]
  • ^  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 from Daggerfall than the Mazken (Dark Seducers) from Shivering Isles.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dremora Oathkin's dialogue in Battlespire
  2. ^ a b Battlespire Athenaeum — Ronald Wartow — Ronald Wartow
  3. ^ The Master's Truth
  4. ^ Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your QuestionsLyranth the Foolkiller
  5. ^ 2920, Rain's HandCarlovac Townway
  6. ^ a b c Burning Vestige, Vol. IWarlock Endil
  7. ^ a b c d e f Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4Mankar Camoran
  8. ^ Death Blow of Abernanit — Anonymous (with notes by Geocrates Varnus)
  9. ^ a b The Truth in Sequence: Volume 8Deldrise Morvayn
  10. ^ Battlespire Athenaeum page 18
  11. ^ The Book of Daedra
  12. ^ On OblivionMorian Zenas
  13. ^ a b c Mysterium XarxesMehrunes Dagon
  14. ^ a b Mythic Dawn Commentaries 1Mankar Camoran
  15. ^ a b c d e Flaminius Auctor Answers Your QuestionsFlaminius Auctor
  16. ^ Battlespire Athenaeum page 156, 159
  17. ^ Loremaster's Archive - Mehrunes Dagon & Daedra in the Second EraLyranth
  18. ^ Factions in Daggerfall
  19. ^ a b Letters for the Battlespire Hero — Vatasha Trenelle or Josian Kaid
  20. ^ a b c Old Man Chimere's dialogue in Battlespire
  21. ^ a b c Tal Marog Ker's ResearchesTal Marog Ker
  22. ^ a b Imago's Notes about Neonymics — Imago Storm
  23. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  24. ^ Translating the Mysterium Xarxes at The Imperial Library
  25. ^ a b c Mythic Dawn CommentariesMankar Camoran
  26. ^ Events of The Path of Dawn in Oblivion
  27. ^ Mythic Dawn Commentaries 2Mankar Camoran
  28. ^ a b c d Events of Oblivion
  29. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  30. ^ a b c Thwarting the Daedra: Mehrunes DagonFlaminius Auctor
  31. ^ a b c d e The House of Troubles
  32. ^ Britta Silanus's dialogue in ESO
  33. ^ Sul-Xan Note
  34. ^ a b c Varieties of Faith: The Dark ElvesBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  35. ^ a b The Anticipations — Anonymous
  36. ^ a b Darkest Darkness
  37. ^ Pilgrimage to Maar Gan quest in Morrowind
  38. ^ Krazzt's appearance in the center of Vivec Palace's Puzzle Canal, and his role during the Pilgrimages of the Seven Graces in Morrowind
  39. ^ The Pilgrim's PathTribunal Temple
  40. ^ a b Daegonite Jerkin item description in ESO
  41. ^ Champion of Mehrunnez in ESO
  42. ^ Hadaz's Final LetterHadaz
  43. ^ a b c d The Adversarial SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  44. ^ Nisuzi's dialogue in ESO
  45. ^ a b Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  46. ^ Aydolan's dialogue in ESO
  47. ^ a b Tar-Meena's dialogue in Oblivion
  48. ^ a b The Oblivion CrisisPraxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian
  49. ^ a b Mankar Camoran's dialogue in Paradise in Oblivion
  50. ^ The Amulet of KingsWenengrus Monhona
  51. ^ Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3Mankar Camoran
  52. ^ Treatise on Ayleidic Cities
  53. ^ A Brief History of Ald SothaVarlinsi Arandu, Apostle of Sotha Sil
  54. ^ a b 2920, Rain's HandCarlovac Townway
  55. ^ The Coldharbour Compact
  56. ^ 2920, Hearth FireCarlovac Townway
  57. ^ 2920, FrostfallCarlovac Townway
  58. ^ The Truth in Sequence: Volume 8Deldrise Morvayn
  59. ^ 2920, Sun's DuskCarlovac Townway
  60. ^ a b Blackwood Preview—The Mighty Ruinachs – The Elder Scrolls Online official website
  61. ^ a b c d Events of Battlespire
  62. ^ High Chancellor's Papers: The Tagh DroilochAbnur Tharn
  63. ^ A Deal is Struck
  64. ^ Eulogy for Emperor VarenLord Abnur Tharn, Chancellor of the Elder Council
  65. ^ Deadlands and Damnation
  66. ^ Through the Ashes quest in ESO
  67. ^ Blessings of the Eight quest in ESO
  68. ^ Sever All Ties quest in ESO
  69. ^ Events of the Razor's Edge in ESO
  70. ^ a b c Gilraen's dialogue during Return to Ash in ESO
  71. ^ Fingaenion's dialogue during Return to Ash in ESO
  72. ^ Events of Return to Ash in ESO
  73. ^ Starlover's LogSamar Starlover
  74. ^ Elderscrolls.com Codex Archive
  75. ^ Sirran Angada's dialogue in Battlespire
  76. ^ Elderscrolls.com Archive Timeline
  77. ^ Frost Daedra's dialogue in Battlespire
  78. ^ Ideal Master's dialogue in Battlespire
  79. ^ Deyanira Katrece's dialogue in Battlespire
  80. ^ The Dark Seducers' appearance in Battlespire
  81. ^ Battlespire intro video
  82. ^ a b c Letters from the Dremora
  83. ^ Dark Seducer Bodyguard's dialogue in Battlespire
  84. ^ Letter to Mactana
  85. ^ a b Imago Storm's dialogue in Battlespire
  86. ^ Dremora Informant's dialogue in Battlespire
  87. ^ Events of the Shade Perilous in Battlespire
  88. ^ a b Events of the Chimera of Desolation in Battlespire
  89. ^ a b Events of the Havok Wellhead in Battlespire
  90. ^ a b Events of Dagon's Hunting Lodge in Battlespire
  91. ^ From private correspondence of Julianos Cennan, Chamberlain to Uriel Septim
  92. ^ Events of Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Daggerfall
  93. ^ Events of Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Morrowind
  94. ^ Light the Dragonfires quest in Oblivion
  95. ^ The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  96. ^ Events of Pieces of the Past in Skyrim
  97. ^ Varieties of DaedraAranea Drethan
  98. ^ Appearance of Daedroth, Clannfear, Xivilai, Scamps in Mehrunes Dagon's army in Oblivion
  99. ^ Appearance of Daedroth, Clannfear, and Xivilai within the Knives of Discord in ESO
  100. ^ Appearance of Scamps during the Dagonite invasion of Whisper Grove in ESO
  101. ^ Magma Scamp pet description in ESO

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off the information in this article and may not consist of definitive lore.

  1. ^ Michael Kirkbride AMA
  2. ^ Leamon Tuttle on the Sul-Xan (2:15:01-2:15:16) on ESO Live
  3. ^ Morrowind Concept art
  4. ^ Writing the Elder Scrolls (08/27/10) — Michael Kirkbride
  5. ^ Background on Hircine (04/25/01) in Gary Noonan's Posts