Lore:Meridia

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Meridia, Lady of Infinite Energies,[1] also known as the Glister Witch,[2] is an obscure Daedric Prince, associated with the energies of living things.[3] Meridia has a great and everlasting hatred for the undead and will greatly reward any who eliminate them from the world. Meridia is one of the few Daedric Princes who is usually not considered to be wholly evil.[4] However, in the Iliac Bay area, she is known as the Daedra Lady of Greed and as an avid collector of human specimens.[5]

Meridia (originally known as Merid-Nunda) was believed to have been a Magne-Ge, a family of divine beings that fled to Aetherius soon after the creation of Mundus. For supposedly consorting with illicit spectra, she was cast out of Aetherius and took the mantle of a Daedric Prince.[6] She created her realm of Oblivion, known as the Colored Rooms, by bending and shaping the rays of light from Magnus, the sun. Mankar Camoran (incorrectly) attributed Coldharbour to her, which is the realm of Molag Bal, one of her enemies (along with Ebonarm). Her realm is inhabited by the Aurorans. Some Daedra Seducers are also in her service.

She was responsible for the destruction of the Ayleid city of Abagarlas.[7] Her day of summoning is the 13th of Morningstar.[8] She granted immortality to her champion, Umaril the Unfeathered, the ancient Ayleid enemy of Pelinal Whitestrake.[9][10] Her Aurorans and Umaril returned during the time of the Oblivion Crisis to seek vengeance on the Divines.[7] To the Ayleids, she was the personification of their fourth element, light.[6][11]

Meridia has gifted many different Daedric artifacts to her champions over the years, though some of these relics are associated with another Daedric Prince. The Hero of Daggerfall received the Ring of Khajiiti from her after defeating a sorcerer who betrayed her.[5] Meridia charged the Champion of Cyrodiil with the task of destroying necromancers who were raiding tombs for corpses to raise an army of the undead, again in return for this ring.[12] The Last Dragonborn was offered the sword Dawnbreaker in return for helping her cleanse her temple, which had become tainted by a necromancer and the shades of the corpses he desecrated.[13]

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Dawnbreaker[edit]

Dawnbreaker is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Meridia. It was forged "in a holy light that breaks upon" the Prince's foes. In appearance it is an ebony longsword containing a distinctive light emitting gem in its cross-guard known as the Dawnstar. It was created with the intention of "burning away corruption and false life". As such, it is particularly effective against Meridia's "foes": this primarily applies to the undead, although its powers can also be used on Daedra and werewolves. Dawnbreaker is known to deal magical or fire damage to those it strikes, along with additional damage to the Prince's foes, sometimes knocking them to the ground. When an undead creature is killed by the weapon, there is a chance that it will cause a fiery explosion, burning all other undead in its radius and causing them to flee. This explosion can prove dangerous if the wielder is also undead, such as a vampire. Those who possess Dawnbreaker are sometimes known to do more damage with mundane weapons.

During the time of the Planemeld, the Fighters Guild was commissioned to destroy Dark Anchors sent to Tamriel by Molag Bal. The highest ranking members were given the power to summon Dawnbreaker in the midst of battle to aid them in fulfilling this contract.

Dawnbreaker was subsequently given to Darien Gautier, the Vessel of Meridia, to be used in his fight against the Court of Bedlam during the cult's assault on Summerset Isle circa 2E 583. Darien was repeatedly thwarted by the triad of Daedric Princes leading the cult, and was eventually captured by Mephala and hidden deep within the Spiral Skein. His connection to Meridia was severed when the triad invaded the Colored Rooms, but not before Meridia managed to alert the Soulless One of Darien's location within the Spiral Skein. Darien was rescued by the Psijic Order and brought to Artaeum, where he aided the Order in entering the Evergloam in search of the Heart of Transparent Law. The group succeeded in locating the Heart—within the chest of Ritemaster Iachesis—but in doing so alerted the triad of Princes. Darien used the power of the Dawnbreaker to hold back the forces of Mephala and Clavicus Vile while the two fought for possession of the Heart, but both Princes were banished from the realm when Nocturnal herself arrived to claim the Heart. When Darien attempted to use the Dawnbreaker against Nocturnal in her own realm, she claimed the sword as well and corrupted it with shadow. It was later given to Veya Releth, Nocturnal's earl and mortal champion who aided her in taking control of the Crystal Tower.

Veya used the corrupted Dawnbreaker to carry out Nocturnal's will on Summerset. She used its dark power within the Cathedral of Webs to evade capture, freezing Earl Leythen in shadow when he attempted to confront her. Veya also wielded the sword in a final battle within the Crystal Tower, where she was slain by Darien Gautier and the Soulless One. After her defeat, Nocturnal attempted to intervene to stop the advancing heroes, but Darien was able to repel her darkness by using Meridia's power. As the last Light of Meridia, Darien then sacrificed himself to remove Nocturnal's corruption and restore the Dawnbreaker. The Soulless One was able to use the Dawnbreaker to ascend to the top of the Tower and hold back Nocturnal's forces long enough to plunge the sword into Transparent Law, using its divine energy to repair the crystal. Once repaired, the Crystal Tower's innate defences were enough to banish Nocturnal, ending her plot to achieve infinite power.

At some point, Dawnbreaker was brought to Meridia's temple at Mount Kilkreath in Skyrim. In 4E 201, a Breton necromancer named Malkoran defiled the temple, and began trapping the souls of dead soldiers in the ongoing Stormcloak Rebellion. He used Dawnbreaker's power to fuel his profane magic, which greatly offended the Prince. In response, Meridia summoned the Last Dragonborn to Mount Kilkreath to cleanse the temple ruins and claim Dawnbreaker.

Ring of Khajiiti[edit]

The Ring of Khajiiti (sometimes just Ring of Khajiit or Ring of the Khajiiti) is an ancient Daedric artifact, many centuries old, dating back to at least the Second Era. It is associated with two Daedric Princes, Meridia and Mephala, who have both been known to offer the Ring in return for service. It is said that the ring makes the wearer invisible, silent, and quick.

The Ring was originally owned by Mephala, until it was stolen off her arm by Rajhin, the renowned burglar who later became revered as the Thief God of the Khajiit. Using the Ring's powers, Rajhin became the most successful burglar in Elsweyr's history. It is even said that Rajhin stole a tattoo from the neck of Empress Kintyra as she slept. Eventually, after making use of its power too freely, Rajhin was abandoned by the Ring and left exposed to his enemies.

The Colored Rooms[edit]

The Colored Rooms are a realm of Oblivion, created and ruled over by Meridia, known as the Daedric Prince of Infinite Energies. From what little has been seen of the Colored Rooms, they seem to resemble a cross between a coral reef and a vast field of floating stones, strewn with colorful trails of dust or cloud. The "ground" between the stones looks like luminescent water, but is solid enough to walk on. Aurorans are the spawn of Meridia, although they have close ties to the Ayleids. It can be assumed that they dwell in her realm of Oblivion.

The Colored Rooms were formed when Meridia fled Mundus with her fellow Star-Orphans. However, instead of fleeing to Aetherius, Meridia went into the Void, where she was chided by the Daedric Princes for her trespass. Bending the light of Magnus, Meridia then carved her own sphere from the chaos of the Void, creating a new plane of Oblivion.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Basil Ernarde's dialogue in Oblivion.
  2. ^ Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your QuestionsLyranth the Foolkiller
  3. ^ The Book of Daedra
  4. ^ Loading screen in Skyrim.
  5. ^ a b Events of Daggerfall.
  6. ^ a b Exegesis of Merid-NundaPhrastus of Elinhir
  7. ^ a b Events of the Knights of the Nine.
  8. ^ Daggerfall's calendar
  9. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 3
  10. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 6
  11. ^ Ayleid Language
  12. ^ Events of Oblivion.
  13. ^ Events of Skyrim.