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}},{{ref|name=RFT|Royal Family Tree, [[Books:The Daggerfall Chronicles|The Daggerfall Chronicles]] — ''Ronald Wartow''}} and he is the older brother of [[Lore:Morgiah|Morgiah]]. Before the "{{Lore Link|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)}} 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 the court of his uncle, King [[Lore:Llethan|Athyn Llethan]]. After a relatively short period of time, [[Lore:Talen Vandas|Talen Vandas]], Llethan's chosen heir, died, followed soon after by the King himself, leaving the throne of Morrowind to Helseth. This caused rumors that Helseth had poisoned them, a telling of events that the Queen Dowager, Ravani Llethan, backs up: she also knew of and appears to have been allied to a conspiracy, within House Hlaalu itself, against Helseth in favor of a candidate more acceptable to the House (evidently Helseth's status as being technically an outlander, not born in Morrowind itself - and a pro-Imperial outlander as well, sharing the sentiments of his father who had fought for the Empire against his own province - counted against him by comparison with a native Hlaalu of Morrowind, despite the fact that Helseth too is a member of the House, and indeed was the nephew of King Llethan). The Tribunal Temple also initially conspired against him, but were thrown into disarray by the fall of their 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 attemptingan attempt to kill the recently reborn [[Lore:Nerevarine|Nerevarine]],{{ref|name=TRDBA|[[TR:Dark Brotherhood Attacks|Dark Brotherhood Attacks]] quest in ''[[TR:Tribunal|Tribunal]]''}} though according to Helseth this was a mistake{{ref|name=TRHelseth|[[TR:King Hlaalu Helseth|King Hlaalu Helseth]]'s [[TR:King Hlaalu Helseth#Dialogue|dialogue]] in ''[[TR:Tribunal|Tribunal]]''}} - 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.{{ref|name=TRHDB|[[TR:Hunt the Dark Brotherhood|Hunt the Dark Brotherhood]] quest in ''[[TR:Tribunal|Tribunal]]''}} 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.{{ref|name=TRAAA|[[TR:An Assassination Attempt|An Assassination Attempt]] quest in ''[[Tribunal:Tribunal|Tribunal]]''}} 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]].{{ref|name=OBRumors|[[Oblivion:Radiant Conversations#Locations|Rumors]] in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} Subsequently, he renounced the slave trade,{{ref|name=PGE3M|{{Cite Book|PGE|3|Morrowind}}}} setting the remaining Houses of {{Lore Link|Indoril}} and {{Lore Link|Redoran}} against him through a period of civil unrest. After the successive catastrophes of the {{Lore Link|Oblivion Crisis}}, the {{Lore Link|Red Year}}, the {{Lore Link|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 prominence and Redoran became the new preeminent house. Neither Helseth nor Barenziah's fate after these calamities is known.<noinclude>