General:M'aiq the Liar

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M'aiq the Liar is one of The Elder Scrolls longest Running Gags. Originally appearing in TES 3: Morrowind, a M'aiq the liar has appeared in almost every game since then. He has become a Recurring Character, although every rendition of M'aiq the liar is technically a different M'aiq. Firstly, the original appearance of M'aiq the Liar in Morrowind is a digitigrade-legged Suthay-raht, and every appearance since then has featured a M'aiq from a plantigrade Furstock. The most recent appearance of M'aiq from ESO is M'aiq from the Cathay furstock. The M'aiq from Skyrim claims to have come from a long line of M'aiqs, while the M'aiq from ESO claims to come from a long line of Qia'ms. The M'aiq from ESO is lying though, as a lute in Crow's Wood disproves this as it states "A gift from M'aiq to his son, M'aiq."

All M'aiq the Liars make 4th wall breaks and have made a reference to Dragons. The majority have made a reference to a strain of Lycanthropy.

M'Aiq in Morrowind[edit]

"Greetings! M'Aiq knows many things. What is your interest? You seek knowledge. M'Aiq has much. Some of it verified by actual facts!"
  • Much of M'Aiq's dialogue refers to many requested or anticipated features of Morrowind which were not included in the final release of the game.
  • His most truthful comment pointed you to the location to start Boethiah's Quest for the daedric artifact Goldbrand.
  • This is the only version of M'aiq where the a in his name is capitalized.
  • This is the only M'aiq that lacks a robed appearance.
  • This M'aiq is encountered in 3E 427.

M'aiq in Oblivion[edit]

"M'aiq knows much, tells some. M'aiq knows many things others do not."
  • This M'aiq references many game mechanics that are lacking from Oblivion, most which were present in previous The Elder Scrolls games, such as Levitation.
  • This M'aiq makes references to game mechanics that Oblivion added, such as Quest compass objectives.
  • This M'aiq wishes for a Colovian Fur Helm to use, a reference to the attire used by the M'aiq in Morrowind.
  • This M'aiq is encountered in 3E 433.

M'aiq in Skyrim[edit]

"M'aiq wishes you well."
  • A majority of this M'aiq's dialogue consists of stating improvements over Oblivion, such as character models and other new features.
  • One of his greetings is a reference to M'aiq's greeting from Oblivion
  • This M'aiq is encountered in 4E 201.

M'aiq in ESO[edit]

"M'aiq speaks the truth, except for when he doesn't. With you, always the truth."
  • This is the only M'aiq that does not reference any sort of strain of Lycanthrophy
  • This M'aiq can be found in most zones included in the Base Game as well as Northern Elsweyr. Finding M'aiq in all base game zones that he is present in awards you with an achievement titled I Like M'aiq
  • M'aiq references CHIM with the line "You've heard that the Khajiit love naps, yes? So does M'aiq. Though maybe M'aiq is napping now and this conversation is but a dream?"
  • This M'aiq is encountered in 2E 582.

Other Media[edit]

Possible card art for M'aiq, based off his Skyrim appearance
  • M'aiq the Liar was originally planned for The Elder Scrolls: Legends as his voice files for entering play and attacking were datamined.
"M'aiq is not at ease on the battlefield, but M'aiq will try his best."
"M'aiq is done talking!."


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