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High Priest Vonos
High Priest Vonos
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Died 4E 201
Previous Ruler Mankar Camoran
Resided in Skyrim
Appears in Skyrim

Vonos was the leader of the reformed Mythic Dawn in the Fourth Era. A devout worshipper of Mehrunes Dagon, he would lead a successful plot to reopen an Oblivion Gate, allowing Dagon to once again have a foothold in Tamriel.[1]


From 4E 200-201, a new order of Mythic Dawn cultists surged from within the deeps of the Velothi Mountains, at a place called Red Scar Cavern, where members of the fallen order used to gather. Vonos, was the first to find this place, having been drawn to a buried Oblivion Gate via premonition and dreams sent to him by Daedra Prince Mehrunes Dagon. For months Vonos dug deeper and deeper, stone by stone. Others began to heed Dagon's call, and found their way to Red Scar. Eventually, they uncovered an ancient Mythic Dawn temple, with the envisioned Oblivion Gate disappointingly lying destroyed like all others, though Vonos understood the Liminal Barriers were weakened in this place. The renewed Mythic Dawn here made it their mission to locate the scattered pieces of the Gates across the land and reopen the Jaws of Oblivion, and they succeeded.[1][2]

Vonos would make regular trips to Dawnstar to study the last remaining page of the Mysterium Xarxes.[2]

High Priest Vonos continued to be haunted with dreams, these however, were about Akatosh and his Dragonborn, about the return of the World-Eater, Alduin, and the rise of the Last Dragonborn -- both identifiable to Vonos as fragments of Akatosh's very soul. Vonos designed a scheme that would make the Last Dragonborn an unwitting instrument of Dagon's will. Vonos set up the Last Dragonborn to obtain an artifact of untold power, a Great Welkynd Stone of the Ayleids, with this artifact in one hand, and a weapon in the other, the Last Dragonborn would strike down Vonos, unknowingly enabling a designed ritual which would which would serve as the ultimate betrayal of Akatosh, thereby corrupting the Stone and causing the Oblivion Gate to open. And from within the Deadlands, on the other side of the portal, the Dremora Valkynaz: Gatanas and Methats awaited to lead the incoming assault. Before they could do this thing however, the Last Dragonborn entered the gate and struck them down. Simultaneously the Vigil of Stendarr scoured the temple of cultists. However, the Gate's Sigil Stone had been destroyed by the Daedra to prevent Gate's closure, and the portal remained permanently open, potentially leaving Tamriel vulnerable to Daedric invasion.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Events of The Cause
  2. ^ a b c Vonos's Journal