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Lore:Hlaalu Helseth

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{{Lore Link|Hlaalu Helseth}}, a male [[Lore:Dunmer|Dunmer]], was born to [[Lore:Barenziah|Queen Barenziah]] and [[Lore:Symmachus|Symmachus]] in {{Year|3E 376}}, and he is the older brother of [[Lore:Morgiah|Morgiah]]. Before the [[Lore:The_Warp_in_the_West_(event)|"Warp in the West"]], he spent most of his time blackmailing, bribing, and even killing nobles in attempts to expand Wayrest's influence. After failing to obtain the throne of {{Lore Link|Wayrest (kingdom)|Wayrest}} when his step-father King [[Lore:Eadwyre|Eadwyre]] died, he returned to [[Lore:Mournhold|Mournhold]] in [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]] with his mother. Once there, he joined King [[Lore:Llethan|Llethan]]'s court. After a relatively short period of time, King Llethan died, leaving the throne of Morrowind to Helseth. This caused rumors that Helseth had poisoned Llethan, a telling of events that the late King's wife backs up.: Aftershe becomingalso King,knew Helsethof quicklyand startedappears to cementhave hisbeen holdallied onto powera byconspiracy, usingwithin theHouse [[Lore:DarkHlaalu Brotherhood|Darkitself, Brotherhood]]against toHelseth assassinatein a varietyfavour of targets,a includingcandidate attemptingmore toacceptable killto the recentlyHouse reborn(evidently [[Lore:Nerevarine|Nerevarine]]Helseth's status as being technically an outlander, thoughnot accordingborn toin HelsethMorrowind thisitself was- and a mistake.pro-Imperial Theoutlander truthfulnessas ofwell, thissharing isthe suspect,sentiments asof therehis wasfather anotherwho attempthad onfought for the Nerevarine'sEmpire lifeagainst whilehis guardingown Queenprovince Barenziah- forcounted theagainst newhim King.by comparison with a native Hlaalu of StrangelyMorrowind, Kingdespite Helseththe tendsfact tothat playHelseth uptoo hisis a habitmember of assassinationthe House, asand heindeed was onethe nephew of theKing drivingLlethan.) forces toThe publishTribunal ''[[Lore:A_Game_at_Dinner|ATemple Gamealso atinitially Dinner]]''conspired against him, abut bookwere thatthrown accusesinto himdisarray by the fall of murdertheir living gods.
 
After becoming King, Helseth quickly started to cement his hold on power by using the [[Lore:Dark Brotherhood|Dark Brotherhood]] to assassinate a variety of targets, including attempting to kill the recently reborn [[Lore:Nerevarine|Nerevarine]], though according to Helseth this was a mistake - and one which backfired heavily, since the entire newly-formed Mournhold chapter of the Brotherhood was wiped out when the Nerevarine pursued the attacks back to their source. The truthfulness of Helseth's apology is suspect, as there was another attempt on the Nerevarine's life while guarding Queen Barenziah for the new King. Strangely, King Helseth tends to play up his habit of assassination, as he was one of the driving forces to publish ''[[Lore:A_Game_at_Dinner|A Game at Dinner]]'', a book that accuses him of murder.
In a shrewd political maneuver, King Helseth, representing his own [[Lore:House Hlaalu|House Hlaalu]], formed an alliance with [[Lore:House Dres|House Dres]]. Subsequently, he renounced the slave trade, setting the remaining Houses of Indoril and Redoran against him in a bloody civil war. Helseth emerged from the war battered, but without the loss of his essential powers, leaving the slave trade generally destroyed, and slavery without a foothold in all of Tamriel, although the practice persists in remote areas away from Mournhold.<noinclude>
 
In a shrewd political maneuver, King Helseth, representing his own [[Lore:House Hlaalu|House Hlaalu]], formed an alliance with [[Lore:House Dres|House Dres]]. Subsequently, he renounced the slave trade, setting the remaining Houses of Indoril and Redoran against him in a bloody civil war. Helseth emerged from the war battered, but without the loss of his essential powers, leaving the slave trade generally destroyed, and slavery without a foothold in all of Tamriel, although the practice persists in remote areas away from Mournhold. However, after the successive catastrophes of the Oblivion Crisis, the Red Year, the Argonian invasion and the break-up of the Empire which had backed him, at some point during the next 200 years House Hlaalu fell from importance and Redoran became the new pre-eminent house. Helseth's own fate during the fall of his House is not yet recorded.<noinclude>
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