Lore:Savior's Hide

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"You've done well, hunter. And found my favor. That skin will serve you well, child. Look more closely at it. My glories shall protect you from all this world's grievances. Good hunting."

Savior's Hide, also known as Scourge of the Oathbreaker,[1] and Hircine's Hide,[2] is a Daedric artifact commonly associated with Hircine.[3][4] Savior's Hide once referred to a full set of armor, known as the Armor of the Savior's Hide (boots, cuirass, gauntlets, greaves, helmet, and pauldrons). Over time, the term Savior's Hide would become predominately used to refer to the Cuirass of the Savior's Hide, as the rest of the armor set have not been seen since 3E 399.[5] The Cuirass makes the wearer resistant to magic.[3]

There are three creation stories to the Hide, with two crediting Hircine and the third crediting Malacath.[3][6] The more widely known tale involving Hircine holds that the Daedric Prince rewarded the first mortal to escape his Hunting Grounds with his peeled Hide. The mortal then had the Hide tailored into the Cuirass for use in their adventures. This version of the story also claims that the Cuirass gave the wearer a resistance to magic.[3] Another version claims that it was Hircine himself who sewed the Savior’s hide from the hide of a werewolf.[7]

The third tradition which credits Malacath is lesser known and contains an inaccuracy, stating that it made the wearer vulnerable to magic. Despite the conflict between the stories, they agree on the points that the Hide would protect from the blows of an oathbreaker, and would protect the wearer from the sting of the Spear of Bitter Mercy.[6]


Circa 2E 582, many elaborate sets of armor existed that imitated the style of the Armor of the Savior's Hide .[8]

Sometime before 3E 172, Chimere Graegyn, a retainer of the Direnni clan, came into possession of the full set of armor. He used it to protect himself when tricking Mehrunes Dagon and gaining immortality. Unfortunately for him it only protected him against Dagon's direct physical retaliation; instead Dagon formed an interpretation of the pact that allowed him to destroy Chimere's hometown and cast the town, the island it was built on (Caecilly Island), and Chimere into the Void.[6] Never wanting to see it again, he split the armor up and hid the pieces all across the island.[5]

In 3E 389, when Dagon invaded the Battlespire, an unnamed apprentice of the Battlespire fought their way through many realms of Oblivion and eventually stumbled upon the island, unwittingly becoming Prey in the Great Hunt which was being held at the time. After talking to Chimere and assembling the six pieces of the Savior's Hide, they obtained the Spear of Bitter Mercy needed to defeat the Huntsman and depart from the realm. The Apprentice went on to use the Hide to defeat Dagon along with another artifact, the Sword of Moon Reiver.[9]

By 3E 427, Divayth Fyr, a member of House Telvanni in Morrowind, who was the caretaker of the Corprusarium under Tel Fyr and also a collector or artifacts, had acquired the Cuirass. The Nerevarine obtained the item while adhering to Divayth's strange hobby of allowing his collection to be pilfered under certain circumstances.[10] Later that year, the Nerevarine sold it to a Dunmer noblewomen by the name of Torasa Aram, who put it on display in her Museum of Artifacts in Mournhold.[2]

In 3E 433, the Champion of Cyrodiil obtained the Cuirass after fulfilling Hircine's request to kill the last unicorn in Cyrodiil.[11]

Sometime after the end of the Great War, circa 4E 180, the Warrior came across the Savior's Hide in their journey. The method of its acquisition is conflicted, however; some claim that it was obtained from the plane of Oblivion known as the Abyss, while others believe it was looted from a chest.[12]

In 4E 201, a werewolf named Sinding stole the Ring of Hircine in an attempt to control his transformations. However, this plan backfired when Hircine cursed the ring, causing Sinding to transform at random, which led to him killing a child and ending up in jail. Soon after, the Last Dragonborn met Sinding, who asked the Dragonborn to take the Ring and free it from its curse by hunting the White Stag, before escaping from jail. After slaying the stag, the Dragonborn learned that the Prince would not forgive Sinding's betrayal, and conducted a Great Hunt, where he tasked hunters with killing and skinning him in return for the Savior's Hide. The Dragonborn entered Bloated Man's Grotto where Sinding was hiding, where he was confronting a second time. The Dragonborn was left with the choice to kill him in order to receive Hircine's favor and the Cuirass, or to kill the other hunters trying to get Hircine's favor and the uncursed ring. It is unknown which option the Last Dragonborn chose, only that Hircine was pleased with the results.[13][14]

Previous Owners:[edit]



  • In Battlespire, the material of the Savior's Hide armor set could differ across each piece.

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Savior's Hide Note — Chimere Graegyn
  2. ^ a b Events of The Museum quest in Tribunal
  3. ^ a b c d Tamrielic LoreYagrum Bagarn
  4. ^ Modern HereticsHaderus of Gottlesfont
  5. ^ a b Chimere's Notes about the Armor of the Savior's Hide — Chimere Graegyn
  6. ^ a b c Tal Marog Ker's ResearchesTal Marog Ker
  7. ^ Savior’s Hide appearance in Blades
  8. ^ Savior's Hide Style in ESO
  9. ^ The events of Battlespire
  10. ^ Divayth Fyr's dialogue in Morrowind.
  11. ^ The events of Oblivion.
  12. ^ Events of Blades
  13. ^ The events of Skyrim
  14. ^ Hircine's dialogue in Skyrim.