Lore:Mehrunes Dagon

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Mehrunes Dagon

Mehrunes Dagon (formally, the Exalted and Most Puissant Lord, Gerent of Dagon, Mehrunes,[1] also the Black Daedra Lord,[2] Mehrunes the Razor, Mehrunes the Thieftaker, Mehrunes Godsbody, and Mehrunes the Red Arms That Went Up)[3] is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition.[4] He is associated with natural dangers like fire, earthquakes, and floods.[5] Dagon is an especially important deity in Morrowind, where he represents its near-inhospitable terrain as one of the Four Corners of the House of Troubles.[6] In most cultures, though, Dagon is merely a god of bloodshed and betrayal.

Dagon is a known enemy of Ebonarm,[7] and his summoning day is the 20th of Sun's Dusk, Warriors Festival.[8] His protonymic[9] is "Lehkelogah"[10] and his neonymic is "Djehkeleho-dehbe-effehezepeh".[11]


Early Accounts[edit]

According to accounts given in the Mythic Dawn's (likely biased) Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, the Magna Ge created Mehrunes Dagon in the bowels of Lyg to be a prince of good, and imbued him with Oblivion's most precious asset, hope. Dagon then led his "red legion" in a rebellion, which saw the towers of CHIM-EL GHARJYG toppled, great cities destroyed, templars of the Upstart slaughtered, and slaves violently revolting against their keepers as hope spread like a brush-fire.[3]

Mehrunes Dagon destroyed Ald Sotha, home of House Sotha and Sotha Sil's birthplace, sometime in the early First Era. Sotha Sil was the only apparent survivor of this incident, having been rescued by Vivec.[12] Dagon was also responsible for the destruction of Mournhold at the very end of the Era, an incident which was included in the popular 2920 historical fiction series.[13]

At some point before the year 3E 172, a Direnni retainer named Chimere Graegyn made a pact with the Prince for eternal life on his beloved Caecilly Island. Chimere then attempted to banish Dagon, but the Prince was able to hurl the island into Oblivion, where it became a plane known as the Chimera of Desolation.[9][14]

Invasion of the Battlespire[edit]

As the Prince of Destruction and Revolution, Dagon is perhaps the most ambitious of the Daedric Princes, and has attempted to invade Nirn on several occasions.[14][15] He assisted Jagar Tharn in his temporary procurement of the Imperial throne by seizing control of and sealing off The Battlespire in order to cripple the Imperial College of Battlemages (which presented a threat to Tharn's power as Emperor). The invasion was thwarted by an apprentice who became trapped inside, and was able to banish Dagon back to Oblivion.[14]

Late Third Era[edit]

In the early Fifth Century, Dagon was summoned by an agent of the Blades, who was offered Mehrunes' Razor in exchange for killing a Frost Atronach that had displeased the Prince.[16] In 3E 427, the Nerevarine was tasked with retrieving the Razor for the Daedric Prince.[17]

Oblivion Crisis[edit]

Dagon during the Oblivion Crisis

Dagon was the driving force behind the Oblivion Crisis. He plotted to destroy the Septim bloodline and open gates to Oblivion throughout Cyrodiil to launch an invasion. His motivation for this invasion is unclear; the Mythic Dawn, Dagon worshippers, claimed Nirn was Dagon's plane to begin with. The Mythic Dawn worked to bring about the coming of Dagon by assassinating the Emperor and his three known heirs. The cult focused on the eternal dawn on which Dagon would come to cleanse the world of all non-followers. In order to recover the Amulet of Kings and foil Dagon's plans, the Champion of Cyrodiil had to recover the Mysterium Xarxes, a book written by Dagon himself, so that Martin Septim could open a portal to the Paradise of Mankar Camoran, where the amulet was being kept. Dagon himself made a short but dramatic appearance as a gigantic four-armed humanoid armed with an axe and talons at the climax of the Crisis.[15]

Fourth Era[edit]

By 4E 201, Mehrunes' Razor was in Skyrim, having been broken into three pieces. The Last Dragonborn collected these for the Mythic Dawn Museum in Dawnstar, and was offered the restored Razor by Dagon in exchange for killing the museum's proprietor.[18]


Daedric Crescent[edit]

The Daedric Crescent Blade is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. It has the power to paralyze those it strikes, and puts heavy wear on their armor; it has also been known to create a green ball of energy, but its effects are unknown. There were once many Crescents, which were used by Dagon's forces to take the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum. When the Empire later reclaimed the ruined academy, the Crescents were gathered up and destroyed - all but one. Unknown to the Empire, one of the unique blades remained in existence somewhere in Tamriel, although none had ever seen it.

Deadland Hammer[edit]

The Deadland Hammer is a Daedric artifact linked to Mehrunes Dagon and the Deadlands. In the Second Era, it was found in the Darkpool Mine by the Claws of Daegon—a Khajiit cult dedicated to Merrunz. When used with the right reagents, it was said to be capable of summoning Iron Atronachs. Physical contact with hammer was reported to be uncomfortable and even harmful when handled for an extended period of time.

Mehrunes' Razor[edit]

Mehrunes' Razor (sometimes Mehrunes Razor), also called the Dagger of the Final Wounds, the Bane of the Righteous, and the Kingslayer, is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. This powerful ebony dagger has the ability to kill instantly, as there is a small chance that Dagon will claim the souls of those struck by the Razor. It is Daedric in appearance, emblazoned with Daedric script and seemingly able to drink the light that hits it.

Mysterium Xarxes[edit]

The Mysterium Xarxes was a tome written by Mehrunes Dagon, who scribed it in "the deserts of rust and wounds". It was an artifact of great—and evil—power. The Xarxes was said to have a vile corrupting influence; reading from the book required magical protection from its powers, even merely handling it was said to be dangerous.

The book was given by Dagon to Mankar Camoran. After studying the tome, Mankar wrote the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes (also known as the Mythic Dawn Commentaries). Inspired by the prophecies and promises within the book, Mankar founded the Mythic Dawn, a Daedric cult devoted to Mehrunes Dagon. The Xarxes acted as the cult's holy book, and was stored in the Mythic Dawn's hidden shrine in the caverns beneath Lake Arrius in Cyrodiil. Using the power of the book, Mankar created Gaiar Alata, or "Paradise", an alternate realm where the souls of Mythic Dawn cultists went in death.

In 3E 433, following the Mythic Dawn's assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and all of his legitimate heirs, the Blades infiltrated the cult and stole the Mysterium Xarxes from their shrine to Mehrunes Dagon. It was taken to Cloud Ruler Temple, where Martin Septim, the illegitimate son of Uriel and the heir to the throne, translated the Xarxes and discovered a way to create a portal to Camoran's Paradise. The ritual required a Great Welkynd Stone, a Great Sigil Stone, a Daedric artifact, and an Aedric artifact. The Hero of Kvatch entered Gaiar Alata and defeated Camoran, retrieving the Amulet of Kings. The Mysterium Xarxes was destroyed in the process.

Spear of Bitter Mercy[edit]

The Spear of Bitter Mercy is one of the more mysterious artifacts in Tamrielic lore. Little to nothing is known about the Spear, but it is believed to be of Daedric origin and is usually referred to in a singular sense. In reality, multiple spears exist and were said to be forged by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, but at least one has become the signature weapon of his ally Hircine, whom has become the Daedric Prince that is most closely associated with the artifact. A Spear has also been in the possession of Sheogorath, but his association with it and how he came to obtain it is unknown, though he has notably stolen the artifacts of his Daedric siblings in the past for his own amusement.

The Spears of Bitter Mercy were said to be forged by and imbued with Mehrunes Dagon's power for use in the Ritual of the Innocent Quarry, the Great Hunt that takes place within the Chimera of Desolation. As the Spears of Bitter Mercy are weapons of great power, those intended for use in a Great Hunt are cursed by maleficent energies, and are forbidden from being removed from the site of the hunt. Thus, they cannot be wielded by any mortals or immortals, except those sanctified to the Hunt and bound to its rules. Due to Dagon twisting his pact with Chimere Graegyn, an unsanctified wearer of the Armor of the Savior's Hide can bear Dagon's spears, as the armor's enchantments offers protection from the energies of the oathbreaker.

According to Reachmen myth, Hircine is said to wield his Spear of Bitter Mercy when he takes on the aspect of Alrabeg the Hunter. This Spear grants its wielder a magical shield as well as the ability to summon storm atronachs. In appearance it is a metallic spear, usually with two or four protruding prongs surrounding the central spearhead. It is sometimes emblazoned with Daedric Hekem sigils, representing the letter H. Much like other artifacts associated with Hircine, it rejects a user who is unworthy of wielding it.

Sword of the Moon Reiver[edit]

The Sword of the Moon Reiver (also known as the Broadsword of the Moon Reiver) is a broadsword created from Mehrunes Dagon's own substance. It is believed that no other weapon is capable of harming Mehrunes Dagon. During Dagon's invasion of the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum, the sword was in the possession of his Dark Seducer bodyguard and paramour. An apprentice took the sword from her and used it to banish the Prince from his own realm, resulting in the destruction of the Battlespire.

The Deadlands[edit]

The Deadlands

The Deadlands are a Daedric realm of Oblivion created and ruled over by the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon. The embodiment of its creator's sphere, the dimension is fraught with natural disasters and destructive change. The realm is covered by an ocean of lava, scattered with scorched volcanic islands and ruined structures. Many lesser Daedra roam the realm freely, but Dremora dominate the hierarchy.

Associated Realms[edit]

The Chimera of Desolation[edit]

The Chapel of the Innocent Quarry in the Chimera of Desolation

The Chimera of Desolation is a small realm of Oblivion created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon.

The Chimera was once Caecilly Island, a small island off the coast of Northmoor (or Glenumbra, according to some sources) in High Rock. The entire island was cast into the void as an act of revenge against Chimere Graegyn, a mortal conjurer living there. The abandoned towns of Trybador and Granvellusa still stand on the desolate island.

The plane was once accessible via the Battlespire, but this link was severed following Dagon's invasion of the edifice during the Imperial Simulacrum.

The Havoc Wellhead[edit]

The gates to a Daedric encampment

The Havoc Wellhead (sometimes styled Havok Wellhead) is a realm of Oblivion controlled by many Daedric clans in the service of Mehrunes Dagon. It was accessible from the Battlespire, but the connection was lost after its destruction during the Imperial Simulacrum. The forces of Mehrunes Dagon used the realm as a headquarters during the invasion of the Battlespire.


See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Dremora Oathkin dialogue in Battlespire
  2. ^ Battlespire Athenaeum
  3. ^ a b Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4Mankar Camoran
  4. ^ The Book of Daedra
  5. ^ On OblivionMorian Zenas
  6. ^ The House of Troubles
  7. ^ Factions in Daggerfall
  8. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  9. ^ a b Tal Marog Ker's ResearchesTal Marog Ker
  10. ^ Old Man Chimere's dialogue in Battlespire
  11. ^ Imago's Notes about Neonymics — Imago Storm
  12. ^ A Brief History of Ald SothaVarlinsi Arandu, Apostle of Sotha Sil
  13. ^ 2920, Sun's DuskCarlovac Townway
  14. ^ a b c Events of Battlespire
  15. ^ a b Events of Oblivion
  16. ^ Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Daggerfall
  17. ^ Mehrunes Dagon's Quest in Morrowind
  18. ^ Pieces of the Past quest in Skyrim