Pelinal Whitestrake depicted in a painting battling Umaril the Unfeathered
Pelinal Whitestrake fought alongside Morihaus as the champion of Queen Alessia during the Alessian Slave Rebellion of the early First Era. Pelinal is one name for the "legendary immortal hero" who wandered Tamriel in the Late Merethic Era building up kingdoms and inevitably abandoning them to wander again. Legends say he often had stretches of homicidal madness, during which he slew indiscriminately and took a toll on the very landscape itself.
His Names and Titles
The name Pelinal means "glorious knight". It is a corruption of Pelin-El, which means "the Star-Made Knight". He was referred to in many different ways during the Alessian Rebellion, and was known as Pelinal Insurgent, Pelinal the Bloody, Pelinal the Blamer and Pelinal the Third. This last moniker, "Pelinal the Third", suggests a relationship with other supernatural champions of mankind, such as Harrald Hairy-Breeks and Hans the Fox. Altmeri sources suggest that he is one and the same, although it is unlikely that this is the whole story, given his more alien characteristics and persona and the fact that he cannot easily be described as a king or sorcerer. Another theory on his title of "the Third" is that it comes from him being the third vision received by St. Alessia in her prayers to the gods for mankind's freedom from the Ayleids. He is often referred to as the Divine Crusader.
Described by Morihaus as an ada, or "spirit", some believe Pelinal was another in a long line of avatars sent by Shor to champion the cause of mankind. Pelinal, however, is exceptional in this group because he, through his relationship with Alessia, held significant ties to Akatosh, a deity from a different pantheon than Shor. He also carried strange weapons and armor gifted by the Eight Divines. His reputation varies widely. One legend claims he came to Tamriel from Atmora as part of Ysgramor's Five Hundred Companions.[oog 1] Among Imperials, he is a hero who helped free Cyrodiil from oppression. Among mer, he is the vicious Nibenay warlord who led the Elven Pogrom, and the Khajiit revile him because he mistook them for another type of Aldmeri, slaughtering many before his mistake became apparent.
The Alessian Rebellion
He served the revolution by slaying the Sorcerer-Kings of the Ayleid city-states in single combat. Towards the end of the war as rebellion forces began moving closer to the White-Gold Tower, it was Umaril the Unfeathered who challenged him to a duel. Outraged by other rebel leaders' hesitation to attack White-Gold Tower, he went in alone to confront Umaril. However, upon his arrival, Umaril first weakened Pelinal by sending in soldiers whom he had been saving for this moment, knowing full well they would die. It was only after Pelinal was bleeding and wounded that Umaril finally came down to fight him. Pelinal slew Umaril nonetheless, but his victory was short-lived. The other elf kings descended upon him and cut him into eight pieces, leaving only his head to be found by Morihaus.
- For game-specific information, see the Oblivion article.
- The Song of Pelinal - Volume 1: On His Name
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of Shimerene
- The Song of Pelinal - Volume 6: On His Madness
- The Song of Pelinal - Volume 2: On His Coming
- The words of The Prophet.
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius, Subcurator of Ancient Theology and Paleonumerology, Imperial Library
- Events of the Knights of the Nine
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Song of Pelinal - Volume 3: On His Enemy
- The Song of Pelinal - Volume 7: On His Battle with Umaril and His Dismemberment
Note: the following references are not found in-game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.