The Shezarrine was a mystic being known in ancient times. In the song describing his life, Pelinal Whitestrake was identified as being the Shezarrine. The song says that the man who made the claim was then smothered by moths in the night.
The term is derived from the name of Shezarr, the "spirit behind all human undertaking". This god, known among other names as Lorkhan, has been described in many cultures as wandering creation after being separated from his divine center. Sep, from the Redguard mythos, "could only slink around in a dead skin." In Khajiiti mythology, Lorkhaj was cursed "to walk Nirni for many phases." It may be that the Shezarrine is an incarnation or avatar of this being, acting within history in his limited state.
Historical accounts of Pelinal do paint him as being beyond a mere mortal man. The song of his life describes him as being 'ada', indicating he was an elevated spirit of some sort. Another First Era account expresses the belief that he would come again after his death. A more modern account says that Pelinal could describe his experience during the Dragon Break, an event that occurred several centuries after his recorded death. A historian describes Pelinal as an immortal who raised multiple kingdoms during the Late Merethic Era, centuries before he appears in the story of Alessia. During this time, he was variously known as Pelinal Whitestrake, Harrald Hairy Breeks, Ysmir (a name attributed to several heroes throughout history), Hans the Fox (said to be one of the Five Hundred Companions[UOL 1]), and other names lost to history.
There may be others related to this mythic figure. Both Wulfharth and Talos share the title 'Ysmir' with Pelinal. Arnand the Fox, equated with Zurin Arctus, was listed beside Ysmir and Pelinal in the discussion on the Dragon Break. Talos, Wulfharth, and Arctus are associated with each other in one account of Tiber Septim's ascension to the throne. Talos as the Ninth Divine and a hero-god of mankind shares obvious connections with Shezarr, the 'Missing Sibling' of the Eight Divines.
- When asked about Lorkhan and his avatars, developer Michael Kirkbride presented the following list. These are all various names or titles associated with three individuals: Tiber Septim, Zurin Arctus, and Wulfharth.[UOL 2]
- 1. Wulfharth L
- 2. Hjalti O
- 3. Ysmir R
- 4. Talos K
- 5. Arctus H
- 6. Septim A
- The Song of Pelinal
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- The Monomyth
- Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi — Clan Mother Ahnissi
- The Adabal-a — Morihaus
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- The Five Hundred Mighty Companions or Thereabouts of Ysgramor the Returned, The Imperial Library
- Michael Kirkbride's posts, The Imperial Library