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"Each event is preceded by Prophecy. But without the hero, there is no Event."
Zurin Arctus, the Underking

A Hero or Heroine is a mortal blessed (and cursed, from another point of view) with a special fate and the ability to rule their own destiny. Heroes are closely related to the prophecies revealed in the Elder Scrolls, but are not bound by them. They often grow to become far more powerful than most other mortals.[1][2]

Eternal Champion[edit]

Hero of TES I: Arena

The Eternal Champion, also known as Talin, was born in 3E 370.[3][4] In 3E 399, during the Imperial Simulacrum, he reconstructed the Staff of Chaos and rescued Uriel Septim VII from his imprisonment at the hands of Jagar Tharn.[5]

The Agent[edit]

The Agent, born in 3E 375, was sent as an operative of the Empire to exorcise the spirit of King Lysandus, but ended up on a quest that brought about the Warp in the West, changing all of northwestern Tamriel.[3][6]

The Apprentice[edit]

The Apprentice, born in 3E 372,[4] was sent to the Battlespire in 3E 398 after placing second in a competition determining the next Imperial Guard candidates to be tested there.[4] The Apprentice found the citadel captured by the legions of Mehrunes Dagon, and fought an army of Daedra to rescue their fellow trainee.[7]


Cyrus the Redguard was a mercenary born in 2E 831[8] (or 2E 834 according to some sources[4]). He spent the early years of his career under the pirate captain Tobias working for the Khajiit crime boss S'rathra. He returned to the island of Stros M'Kai in 2E 864 to find his missing sister, Iszara, but ended up leading his fellow Redguards in a rebellion against the Empire.[9]


Also known as Blodskaal, the Nerevarine was sent to Vvardenfell as a prisoner of the Empire in 3E 427. His arrival was directly linked to a prophecy which dictated that Lord Indoril Nerevar would be reincarnated and return to Morrowind to defeat Dagoth Ur and restore the glory of Resdayn. As destiny unfolded, he battled against living gods, and then, in the frozen wastes of Solstheim, against the champions of the Daedric Prince Hircine.[10][11][12][13]

Master Tunnel Rat[edit]

The Master Tunnel Rat was sent to Stormhold prison during the Third Era, where they were forced to clear the underground ruins in search of crystals. They slew the Mad Warden Quintus Varus, and used the Storm Crystal to remove the evil from the mining camp.[14]

Hero of Dawnstar[edit]

The Hero of Dawnstar arrived at the exile post of Dawnstar, where it had been besieged by the Ice Tribes and betrayed by someone from within. Unable to ferret out who of his four champions was in league with the enemy, Governor Cyril Vinticae had banished them all, tasking the Hero with singling out the traitor and saving Dawnstar. After investigating the champions, they revealed the traitor and returned to Dawnstar with the three loyal champions to defend from the ensuing assault. With the power of the Starfrost, the Hero helped slay the traitor's forces and finally emerged victorious with the defeat of the Gehenoth Thriceborn.[15]

Soul of Conflict[edit]

The Soul of Conflict's destiny began when their home village of Azra's Crossing was attacked by bandits during the War of the Bend'r-mahk. The hero becomes entrenched in the war, and learns of an evil incarnation being created with shadow magic and the conflict caused by the ongoing war. This Shadow of Conflict, or Umbra' Keth, was sought by Jagar Tharn and Pergan Asuul for their own ends. The Soul of Conflict gathered the seven Star Teeth and destroyed the monster.[16]

Champion of Cyrodiil[edit]

Also known as the Hero of Kvatch, Savior of Bruma, Divine Crusader, or Madgod of the Shivering Isles. Released by chance from prison in the Imperial City, this hero's tale began as a courier for Uriel Septim VII and ended in the salvation of all Tamriel from the forces of Mehrunes Dagon.[17][18] The Champion saved Tamriel again by reuniting the Relics of the Divine Crusader and defeating Umaril the Unfeathered. This hero even visited Sheogorath's realm of insanity to battle the Daedric Prince Jyggalag, ending an eons-long cycle of order and chaos, becoming the new Sheogorath, Prince of Madness.[19][20]

Last Dragonborn[edit]

Also known as the Dragonborn, Dovahkiin or Ysmir, Dragon of the North.[21][22] Attempting to cross the border into Skyrim, the Dragonborn was caught by the Imperial Legion and sent to the village of Helgen to be executed. Unexpectedly, Alduin attacked the settlement, which allowed the Dragonborn to escape. As destiny unfolded, this hero turned out to be the fabled Last Dragonborn from a prophecy inscribed into Alduin's Wall.[23] With the help of the last Blades and the Greybeards, the Dragonborn entered Sovngarde and defeated Alduin. The Dragonborn also recovered lost Elder Scrolls related to a vampire plot to blot out the sun, and journeyed to Solstheim to stop the return of Miraak, the First Dragonborn.[24][25]

The Vestige[edit]

Known to the Elder Scrolls as the soulless one, and variously titled the Savior of Tamriel, the Hero of Coldharbour, Meridia's Champion, the Moon Hallowed, the Hero of Wrothgar, the Savior of Morrowind, the Hero of the Clockwork City, Savior of Summerset, Hero of the Murkmire and the Champion of Anequina.

They were sacrificed to Molag Bal by Mannimarco as part of a dark ritual. With the aid of former emperor Varen Aquilarios, the Vestige escaped their prison in Coldharbour in 2E 582. They then reformed the Five Companions and fought back against Molag Bal and the Planemeld, with help from the Mages Guild and Fighters Guild, and eventually regained their soul. The Vestige also participated in the Three Banners War in some capacity,[26] and aided King Kurog in his rebuilding of Orsinium.[27]

They then became involved in a Daedric war involving the Daedric Triad, consisting of the Daedric Princes Clavicus Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal. The Vestige first foiled their plot to sap the Tribunal god Vivec of his power,[28] and protected the Clockwork City from being taken over by them.[29] The Vestige then traveled to Summerset and became a member of the Psijic Order. After Nocturnal betrayed Clavicus Vile and Mephala, Sotha Sil made negotations with the two princes, and they assisted the Vestige. With the combined forces of the Vestige, members of the Psijic Order, a champion of Meridia, and the two daedric Princes, they managed to prevent Nocturnal from using the Crystal Tower to engulf Tamriel and the entire multiverse in her darkness.[30]

The Vestige subsequently was unintentionally involved in the release of a rage of Dragons when they assisted the Imperial Battlemage Abnur Tharn in retrieving the fabled Wrathstone, and brought it to the Halls of Colossus. There, the Wrathstone released the Dragons from their prison, and once free, unleashed their fury upon the denizens of Elsweyr. The Vestige then assisted in putting a stop to the Dragon threat. They killed Euraxia Tharn and liberated Rimmen from the Euraxians, and then traveled to the Plane of Jode to stop the Dragons from absorbing its source of power, Jode's Core. In the Plane of Jode, they banished Kaalgrontiid, the leader of Dragons. With the Dragon threat seemingly gone, Rimmen was taken back by the Khajiit people and the Khajiiti royalty was reinstated, and peace was brought to Anequina.[31]

The dragon threat was only put through a temporary setback, as in Pellitine, Kaalgrontiid's lieutenant Laatvulon was resurrecting a Khajiit Dragon Cult known as the New Moon Cult. In response, the Redguard blademaster Sai Sahan reformed the ancient Dragonguard, and recruited unlikely allies. The dragon Nahfahlaar was such an ally whom sought to intervene in the affair. A turning point in the conflict was when the Vestige defeated the Cult's Dragon Priest, and collected a sacred artifact, the Mask of Alkosh. Nahfahlaar deemed the Vestige worthy of carrying out his father's will, and imbued the Mask with a fraction of his power. With the Dragonguard at full strength, and the Mask now in their possession, Laatvulon, the Demon from the East, was slain.[32] The Dragonguard subsequently came into conflict with Kaalgrontiid who had returned, and took control of the remnants of the New Moon Cult. He plotted to siphon the energy he obtained from Jode's Core through a giant cluster of Aeonstone, hoping that the power would be enough to make him equal. To prevent anyone from disrupting his plans, he utilized the energy of the Aeonstone to create an aegis, a massive and impenetrable ward, around the ancient fortress of Dragonhold. Through the combined efforts of Nahfahlaar, the Dragonguard, and Queen Khamira's forces, Kaalgrontiid was slain. However, the Dark Aeon became unstable as a result of Kaalgrontiid's machinations and threatened to destroy the entire continent of Tamriel. It required the combined power of Abnur Tharn and Nahfahlaar to prevent the Aeonstone from affecting the area outside of Dragonhold. Nahfahlaar and Abnur were successful, but only at the cost of Abnur's life. With the Dragon threat stopped, the Vestige successfully carried out Akatosh's will by preventing his throne from being usurped by Kaalgrontiid.[33]

Forgotten Hero[edit]

Hero of TES: Legends

The Forgotten Hero is an individual whose adventures are told by a moth priest named Kellen. The Hero was captured by a Dremora, Reive, and managed to escape with a fellow captive, a Blade named Tyr during the Great War. They discovered that Lord Naarifin tried to bring about a prophecy known as the Culling, for which he intended to sacrifice all of the Imperial City's inhabitants. They found the Emperor, and the hero, disguised in the Emperor's armor, led an attack on the Imperial City to defeat Naarifin.[34]

The Forgotten Hero also played a role in the fall of the Dark Brotherhood during 4E 188. The Hero was recruited by a man named Uther, who asked him to infiltrate the Dark Brotherhood and kill his daughter Alisanne. He aided the citizens of Wayrest, captured a traitor in the Falkreath Sactuary, and was present when Alisanne was killed in Bravil.[35]

Kellen's final tale tells about the Forgotten Hero's journey to Clockwork City in 4E 201. Here the Hero unfolded Mecinar's plans to achieve godhood with Sotha Sil's reconstruction of Lorkhan's Heart. Though Mecinar was defeated, the fate of the Heart, the City, and the Hero are unknown. [36]

Talym Rend[edit]

Also known as the Conqueror of Madness, Talym Rend was a Dunmer spy for the Empire who journeyed to the Shivering Isles in the Fourth Era and descended into madness.

In seeking to forget the painful memories of his involvement in the Worm Cult's ritual sacrifice of his son Novos, Talym Rend struck a deal with the Daedric Prince Sheogorath, who wanted three souls driven mad in return. Sheogorath manipulated his mind for "motivation" and caused him to think he was fighting to cure his son of his madness instead.[37] When Talym completed this task, he returned home only to realize that his son had been dead the entire time.

Sheogorath denied Talym another audience with him when he returned to his realm, causing his unanswered questions to eat away at his sanity as he wandered endlessly around the Shivering Isles. Eventually, he regained a semblance of composure and journeyed to Knifepoint Hollow. There, Talym was informed by Dyus, the librarian of Jyggalag, that he might gain an audience with Sheogorath if he retrieved an artifact of Jyggalag. Sheogorath granted Talym an audience when he retrieved the Sword of Jyggalag, and used the Memory Wand on him to reveal Talym's original intent and memories. Sheogorath then proceeded to mock Talym, angering him and causing them to duel. The daedric prince of madness was defeated when Talym turned the memory wand against him and forced him to recall his memories of his previous life as the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag, and pleaded for him to stop the madness. He fulfilled Talym's wishes and would leave him and his companions free from his grasp. Talym returned home and was last seen making preperations for getting revenge on the Worm Cult for his son's death.[38]

The Warrior[edit]

Hero of TES: Blades

The Warrior[39] was born in the small town of Rivercrest[40] in Cyrodiil, part of a kingdom ruled by the Bloodfall Queen.[41] Trained in combat by Henrik Seven-Swords since a young age,[42] the Warrior left to become a member of the Blades, but was forced to go into hiding after the end of the Great War in 4E 175 when the organization was formally disbanded and its members systematically hunted down by the Thalmor.[43] The Warrior returned to Rivercrest circa 4E 180[44] only to find it ablaze and reduced to rubble. The destruction of the town's Elder Statue caused an undead Ayleid Sorcerer-King named Celemaril Light-Bringer to be released from his ancient bindings in the Abyss,[45] and the Warrior undertook to rebuild the town and save all of Tamriel from the reawakened Ayleid Lich.


  1. ^ Messages given by Doomstones in Oblivion
  2. ^ Remarks by Dyus and Jyggalag state that the fate of the Hero of Oblivion is blurred and uncertain, as the Hero defies all their logical formulae.
  3. ^ a b The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
  4. ^ a b c d Elderscrolls.com Timeline
  5. ^ Events of Arena
  6. ^ Events of Daggerfall
  7. ^ Events of Battlespire
  8. ^ Cyrus' biography on Redguard's official website
  9. ^ Events of Redguard
  10. ^ Events of Morrowind
  11. ^ Neloth's dialogue in Dragonborn
  12. ^ Events of Tribunal
  13. ^ Events of Bloodmoon
  14. ^ Events of Stormhold
  15. ^ Events of Dawnstar
  16. ^ Events of Shadowkey
  17. ^ Events of Oblivion
  18. ^ The Oblivion CrisisPraxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian
  19. ^ Events of Shivering Isles
  20. ^ Sheogorath's dialogue in Shivering Isles
  21. ^ Arngeir's dialogue in Skyrim
  22. ^ The Book of the Dragonborn — Prior Emelene Madrine
  23. ^ Events of Skyrim
  24. ^ Events of Dawnguard
  25. ^ Events of Dragonborn
  26. ^ Events of ESO
  27. ^ Events of Orsinium DLC
  28. ^ Events of the Morrowind Chapter
  29. ^ Events of the Clockwork City DLC
  30. ^ Events of the Summerset Chapter
  31. ^ Events of the Elsweyr Chapter
  32. ^ Nahfahlaar's dialogue in ESO: Dragonhold
  33. ^ Events of the Dragonhold
  34. ^ Events of the The Forgotten Hero story
  35. ^ Events of the Fall of the Dark Brotherhood story
  36. ^ Events of the Return to Clockwork City story
  37. ^ Sheogorath's dialogue in the mission The Final Battle in Isle of Madness
  38. ^ Events of Isle of Madness
  39. ^ Name used in dialogue by Jena Matius, Saashi, and other NPCs throughout Blades
  40. ^ Default Town name in Blades
  41. ^ Bloodfall Banner item in Blades
  42. ^ Henrik Seven-Swords' dialogue in Blades
  43. ^ The Rise and Fall of the Blades — Anonymous
  44. ^ Junius the Elder's dialogue in Blades
  45. ^ Saashi's dialogue in Blades