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Lore:Yashnag gro-Yazgu

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Chief Yashnag gro-Yazgu
Race Orc Gender Male
Died 2E 467
Resided in Falkreath
Gularz Khazgur, a ruined Orcish keep in Falkreath

Yashnag gro-Yazgu was an Orcish chieftain best known for establishing a chiefdom in Falkreath during the early-Second Era. Despite resistance from the High King, he was successful in claiming territory for the Orcs in Skyrim and ruled for over thirty years. He was eventually killed in battle by Jarl Hakkvild, whose father had previously been killed by Yashnag, and the Nords who viewed Yashnag's Kingdom as a nuisance celebrated the chief's demise. To the Orcs however, Yashnag is venerated for his might in establishing an Orc kingdom in Skyrim in spite of the ignorant Nords.


After Orsinium was sacked by Breton and Redguard forces in 2E 431, Yashnag and his clan fled east to reclaim lands in Skyrim they felt were theirs by ancient right. Svartr, the king of Western Skyrim, was unsuccessful in preventing Yashnag claiming territory, and eventually his chiefdom became a bane upon Western Falkreath for more than thirty years. During this time, Yashnag sacked various forts, such as Faldar's Tooth, and killed the Jarl of Falkreath on the field of battle.[1][2]

Yashnag wielded an axe in battle, which is sometimes sworn upon by Orcs.[3][4] King Thunder, an Orcish drum renowned for both its bass tone and impressive volume, was hidden during the Siege of Orsinium and eventually made its way to Yashnag gro-Yazgu's stronghold in Falkreath.[5]

Yashnag was later challenged in a ritual trial by combat by Hakkvild, the Jarl's son who had inherited the crumbling hold. One-by-one, Hakkvild defeated all of Yashnag's champions and finally killed the chieftain himself, eradicating the Orc chiefdom of Western Falkreath in 2E 467. With the destruction of Yashnag's chiefdom, the Orcs scattered further into Skyrim or back into the mountains of Wrothgar.[1] Some of the exiled Orsimer went east to Mournoth and established Forsaken Stronghold, though the last Orcs in the stronghold died in 2E 563 after they were visited by a merchant infected with Knahaten Flu.[6] Even after his death, Yashnag's memory lived on. During the mid-Second Era, Kurog gro-Bagrakh sought to follow in his footsteps and rebuild his kingdom in Falkreath.[7] Various oil paintings of the chieftain were also in circulation.[8]