Lore:Namira

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An emblem representing Namira
Namira, Mistress of Decay
"Excuse my informality, but I feel like I know you, I recognize your craving as if it were my own. You want to control, and the thought makes you slaver like a starving wolf. I can fill your belly, but first, I need to know. Will you kill in order to fill this void?" — Namira

Namira, the Lady of Decay, is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is the ancient Darkness. She is known as the Spirit Daedra, ruler of sundry dark and shadowy spirits, and is often associated with spiders, insects, slugs, and other repulsive creatures which inspire mortals with an instinctive revulsion.[1] Namira also appears to be associated with beggars and the beggaring gifts of disease, pity, and disregard.[2] Namira and her shadowy endeavors are often recognized to bear some association with eternity.[3]

Namira's followers and the priests of Arkay are often at odds,[4][5] and she also counts Ebonarm among her enemies.[6] Her summoning day is Marukh's Day, the 9th of Second Seed.[7]

Worship[edit]

In Elsweyr[edit]

To the Khajiit, she is known as Namiira ,[8] the Great Darkness, The Eldest Spirit, and The Void.[9] It is said that Fadomai fled into the Great Darkness to birth her youngest child, Lorkhaj, and the Great Darkness filled his Heart. The Great Darkness then knew its name was Namiira.[10]

The Dro-m'Athra are associated with Namiira, and they reside within her domain, the Dark Behind the World.[11] Giant spiders and hoarvors also tend to spill out from the Dark Behind the World in places where the Great Darkness' presence is pervasive.[12][13] An unusual increase in the presence of weevils, locusts, slugs and other bugs harmful to crops is a sign that a source of Namiira's corruption is nearby.[14]

Cultists[edit]

A sacrifice for Namira's cannibal feast
"I feel the hunger inside of you. Gnawing at you. You see the dead and your mouth grows wet. Your stomach growls. It's all right. I will not shun you for what you are. Stay. I will tell you everything you have forgotten." — Eola, inducting a new member to Namira's coven[15]

Namira worshipers are rarely open about their beliefs, as they would be viewed as dangerous and perverse by society. They often live normal lives, working standard jobs and socializing with fellow civilians as anyone else would, and organizing into secret covens to hide their unconventional appetites.[5] Namira's followers keep to themselves, some preferring to live peacefully in dark and squalid conditions, though they will react violently at any attempts to "save" them from their lifestyles. Those who devote their full time to Namira can be found congregating around her shrines or forming colonies, such as the Forgotten Ones, deep within abandoned ruins.[4] Their behavior has even involved ritualistic murder and cannibalism.[5] Her followers and the priests of Arkay are often at odds.[4][5]

In the First Era, two Chimeri mages that worshipped Namira had created a powerful weapon against the Dwemer called the Spellplague. But when it was revealed that the Spellplague was too powerful to be controlled, the Chimeri Lords had sealed both the plague and the two Mendicants into a vault, which would become Heimlyn Keep. The two were sealed ever since, falling into obscurity.[16] The curse began to re-surface in 2E 582, with its mystical corruption emanating from a Telvanni reliquary, but was put to a stop before it could spread past the Keep.[17]

Artifacts[edit]

Ring of Namira[edit]

The Ring of Namira is a Daedric artifact bestowed by Namira upon those who do her bidding. The ring has been known to, at times, reflect damage back onto an attacker, whilst at other times being able to increase a person's stamina and restore their health if the wearer cannibalizes a corpse.

The Scuttling Void[edit]

The Scuttling Void is a realm of Oblivion, ruled over by the Daedric Prince Namira. Sometimes called the Dark Behind the World by the Khajiit, very little is known of the realm of this shadowy Daedra.

Namira's servants, the Dro-m'Athra, originate from the realm. Somewhere deep within the realm, there are grim forges and bent benches where the Lost Cats dance and arm themselves.

When the seals in the Temple of Seven Riddles were desecrated by an abbot named Kulan-dro in 2E 582, the boundary between Mundus was torn and the Dro-m'Athra invaded the temple, before being banished once again by the Twilight Cantors and a group of adventurers.

See Also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Namira was one of the Daedric Princes who did not appear in Morrowind, aside from being mentioned in books and some NPC dialogue.
  • The sword Sinweaver is possibly another artifact associated with Namira, based on the inclusion of a Banner of Namira in the Elder Scrolls Artifact: Sinweaver bundle in ESO.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Book of Daedra
  2. ^ Beggar Prince
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: InvocationImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ a b c Events of Oblivion
  5. ^ a b c d The Taste of Death quest in Skyrim
  6. ^ Factions in Daggerfall
  7. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  8. ^ Vastarie's dialogue in ESO
  9. ^ The Dark SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  10. ^ Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  11. ^ Moon-Bishop Azin-jo's dialogue in ESO
  12. ^ Hurzarr's dialogue in ESO
  13. ^ The presence of hoarvors and spiders on the path to the Wall of Life prior to completion of Chiaroscuro Crossroads in ESO
  14. ^ Fa'zin's dialogue in ESO
  15. ^ Eola's dialogue in Skyrim
  16. ^ Keeper Vildras' dialogue in ESO
  17. ^ What Was Done Must Be Undone quest in ESO