Lore:The Vestige

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This article is about the Hero. For Daedric Souls, see Vestige (soul). For the creature, see Vestige (creature).

The Vestige
Race Unknown Gender (gender unknown)
Born 2nd Era
Died 2E 582
Resided in Tamriel
Appears in ESO
Soul of the Vestige
"I died, but that was only the beginning...I awoke in Oblivion. My body is intact, but my soul has been torn from my body."
—The Vestige

The Vestige, known by a plethora of other names, was a Soul-Shriven hero of prophecy.[1] As a mortal, they were sacrificed to Molag Bal by Mannimarco as part of a dark ritual in 2E 582.

With the aid of former emperor Varen Aquilarios, the Vestige escaped imprisonment in Coldharbour and reformed the Five Companions, as foretold by the Elder Scrolls in the omen "The soulless one will become the brightest of five stars, and they shall guide us to the coming dawn." [2][3]

After participating in the Three Banners War for one of the three alliances throughout its territory and Cyrodiil, the Vestige joined an invasion of Coldharbour by the Fighters and Mages Guilds. The Vestige became instrumental to that effort, restoring Meridia's Hollow City in Coldharbour as a beachhead for the invasion.[4] The Vestige, with Meridia's assistance, thus ended Molag Bal's Planemeld and regained their soul.[5] Meridia then sent the Vestige to explore events as if they had been part of the other alliances of Tamriel.[6] The Vestige then explored the aftermath of the Planemeld in Craglorn, facing the Celestials corrupted by the Serpent.[7] Thereafter, the Vestige joined the Dark Brotherhood[8] of which they became a Silencer,[9] the nascent Thieves Guild in Hew's Bane,[10] and aided in the rebuilding of Kurog's Orsinium.[11]

The Vestige then became involved in a Daedric war involving the Daedric Triad of the Princes Clavicus Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal when they foiled the Triad's plot to sap Vivec of his power, before preventing their takeover of the Clockwork City.[12][13] The Vestige then traveled to Summerset and became a member of the Psijic Order.[14] Nocturnal, however betrayed the Triad, and was promptly defeated by the Psijics, Vestige, and champions of Meridia and the betrayed princes.[15] The Vestige then journeyed to Murkmire with the Cyrodiilic Collection Agency,[16] discovering the lost Root-Whisper tribe.[17]

The Vestige later reunited with Abnur Tharn, inadvertently aiding in his sister's plot to have him release dragons across Tamriel.[18] Abnur and the Vestige and prevented Euraxia's dragon allies from siphoning Jode's Core[19] and reclaimed the kingdom of Rimmen from Euraxia for its true heir, Khamira.[20] The Vestige would also ally with Sai Sahan to re-establish the Dragonguard in Southern Elsweyr.[21] The Dragonguard forged an alliance with the dragon Nahfahlaar,[22] who empowered the Vestige with the Mask of Alkosh.[23] The Vestige, Abnur Tharn, Khamira, Sahan, Nahfahlaar, and the Dragonguard thus stopped the leader of the unleashed dragons, Kaalgrontiid, from ascending to godhood, though their mission came at the apparent cost of Abnur Tharn's life.[24]


Known to the Elder Scrolls as the soulless one, the Vestige took on a number of other titles throughout their Aurbic adventures. Variously titled the Savior of Tamriel, the Hero of Coldharbour, and Meridia's Champion,[3] the Vestige also took on more local titles such as Moon Hallowed,[25] Hero of Wrothgar,[26] Champion of Vivec,[27] Savior of Summerset,[28] Champion of Anequina,[29] and Ahkahtuz.[30]


  • In early drafts, the working title for the Vestige was originally going to be the "Numinous".[UOL 1]