Protonymics and neonymics, often simply called nymics, make up an entity's incantatory name—sometimes referred to as a true name. They are employed as the focus for incantatory magic, allowing the user to gain substantial control over whom the nymic belongs to, typically by summoning or banishment. However, if the entity possesses both a protonymic and a neonymic, speaking only one of them bears little to no effect.
The invocation of an immortal Daedra's true name drains its "vital force" into Oblivion, which forces the entity to follow. It remains there until its vital force replenishes itself, a state which is described as "somewhat analogous to sleep for mortals". But as Daedra do not require sleep, it is viewed by them as a state "as close to the terror and despair of death" as they can experience.
One historical usage of an 'incantatory name' was in the banishment of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon by an apprentice during the invasion of the Battlespire in 3E 398. The sorcerer Chimere Graegyn had previously invoked the Prince's protonymic at some point before 3E 172; over two hundred years prior. Lord Dagon's full incantatory name (as recorded) is Lehkelogah, Djehkeleho-dehbe-effehezepeh. In addition to this, the Apprentice used the neonymics of three Daedra Lords, all of which were recorded within the notes of Dagon's lieutenant, Grand Vizier Imago Storm.
Bosmer priests known as Namespinners can perceive protonymics of other people, and unweave it slightly and then chant a new suffix into it in order to alter the physical form of a person. This ability can be used to give antlers to Bosmer who are deemed worthy of this decoration.[UOL 1]
- An egonymic is a stronger, more potent version of a nymic. It is possible that only the Daedric Princes possess egonymics. The Longhouse Emperors once entered into a bargain with Mehrunes Dagon whereby Dagon's egonymic was split into four parts and hidden within four mortal infants known as the Four Ambitions, granting them untold powers of destruction. Following the fall of the Longhouse dynasty, Dagon attempted to recover his egonymic by locating the Ambitions and harvesting the power they had nurtured. He planned to use this power to merge Nirn with his plane of the Deadlands, but an Ambition named Mairead instead used Dagon's egonymic to banish him from Nirn. His egonymic was subsequently stolen by Lyranth the Foolkiller.
- The term nymic-path is referenced within Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, Book 3, but its meaning is unknown.
- Daedric clans are known to have protracted tribunymics which are never spoken or revealed lest they be used as a weapon against them.
- Another related term is paleonymic, a name which can be used to bind a Daedra.[UOL 2]
- Hieronymics are the classifications that Daedra use for each other (such as names and titles). They are supposedly outside of mortal understanding, as mortals don't live long enough to understand their nuances.
- Harmonic Astronymics is an ancient Dwemer text which seemingly deals with the constellations and how to harness their power.
- The term chrononymic is used in association with Sotha Sil (such as 'chrononymic will'). It also appears to be used in the context of Sotha Sil banishing Mehrunes Dagon.
- The true name of one of Vaermina's pets, a Daedric spirit called the 'Omen of Madness', is Ykal.
- Part of Malacath's true name is on the Brutal Bands.
- The topic of nymics was discussed by members of Lusty Argonian Historical Society in Frostfall 3E 432. The main point of the debate was whether a Daedra's protonymic changes or remains constant.[UOL 3]
- Lyranth's dialogue during Ambition's End in ESO
- Old Man Chimere's dialogue in Battlespire
- Mehrunes Dagon's dialogue in Battlespire
- Imago Storm's dialogue in Battlespire
- Harvest's End, 3E 172 — Chimere Graegyn
- Events of Battlespire
- Ambition's End quest in ESO
- Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3 — Mankar Camoran
- Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your Questions — Lyranth the Foolkiller
- Songs of the Stars — High Astrologer Caecilus Bursio
- The Truth in Sequence: Volume 2 — Deldrise Morvayn
- The Truth in Sequence: Volume 8 — Deldrise Morvayn
- The Omen of Deception
- Malacath's Band of Brutality codex entries 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.