Lore:Molag Bal

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Religion and Culture
===Religion and Culture===
[[File:ON-place-Bal Ur (exterior).jpg|thumb|right|Bal Ur, a temple of great importance to followers of Molag Bal]]
Molag Bal is a Daedric power of much importance in [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]], where he is always the archenemy of [[Lore:Boethiah|Boethiah]], the Prince of Plots.{{ref|name=VOFIT|{{Cite Book|Varieties of Faith in Tamriel}}}} He is seen as a primary obstacle to the [[Lore:Dunmer|Dunmer]] people (and their [[Lore:Chimer|Chimer]] predecessors).{{ref|name=VOFIT}} In the legends, Molag Bal always tries to upset the bloodlines of Houses or otherwise ruin Dunmeri "purity".{{ref|name=VOFIT}} He is said to be the parent (along with [[Lore:Vivec|Vivec]]) of a population of mutant degenerates living in the [[Lore:Molag Amur|Molag Amur]] region of [[Lore:Vvardenfell|Vvardenfell]].{{ref|name=LOV14|{{Cite Book|36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 14}}}} He is known to the Dunmer as the third corner of the [[Lore:House of Troubles|House of Troubles]].{{ref|name=MWThirdCorner|Events of [[MW:Molag Bal of the House of Troubles|Molag Bal of the House of Troubles]] in ''[[MW:Morrowind|Morrowind]]'', and the spells rewarded during the quest: [[MW:Conjuration Spells#Command of the Third Corner|Command of the Third Corner]] and [[MW:Restoration Spells#Blessings of the Third Corner|Blessings of the Third Corner]]}} Dunmeri mythos cites {{Lore Link|Bal Ur}} as the "birthplace of Molag Bal".{{ref|name=VOV|{{Cite Book|Vampires of Vvardenfell}}}} where the [[Lore:Lorkhan|Doom Drum]] purportedly tricked him into becoming mortal.{{Ref|name=TSDM|Tholer Saryoni’s dialogue in [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} In the days of old Resdayn, Molag Bal was not worshiped so much as he was placated.{{ref|name=ESOBalUr|[[ON:Bal Ur|Bal Ur]] loading screen text in [[ON:Online|ESO]]}}
Molag Bal purportedly has connections to the [[Lore:Dreugh|dreugh]]. According to legend, the dreugh used to be far more intelligent and civilized than they are today.{{ref|name=CETD|[ Creating ESO: The Dreugh]}} The dreugh were said to worship a creature known as the {{Lore Link|Ruddy Man}}.{{ref|name=CETD}} Not much is known about this entity, but it is believed to be a manifestation of Molag Bal.{{ref|name=CETD}} Dunmeri folklore alleges that Molag Bal was the chieftain of the dreugh in a time when they ruled the world.{{ref|name=Vivec28|{{Cite Book|36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 28}}}} During that time, Molag Bal took on a form that was spiny, armored and built for life beneath the waves.{{ref|name=Vivec28}} The Ruddy Man from the teachings of the Tribunal Temple is said to resemble this iteration of Molag Bal, and was supposedly a product of Vivec and Molag Bal's time together.{{ref|name=Vivec28}} The Ruddy Man from Dunmeri lore and the Ruddy Man worshiped by the dreugh are seemingly unrelated.