Lore:Baan Dar

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Baan Dar, the Bandit God,[1] is an obscure deity worshipped by relatively few in Tamriel. Those that do recognize him are mainly found in Valenwood and Elsweyr.[1] The main source of information is the Scroll of Baan Dar, which was discovered in the early Second Era near a lake in Elsweyr and described by Arkan, Scribe of Daggerfall, in early 2E 24.[2] Some scholars believe that Baan Dar merely refers to a manner of living, rather than a true god.[2]

Of the Dark Avenging Blade on the Wings of Night that make no sound. The Patron Saint of the Lone Wolf. The Thousand Eyes and Ears, the Hundred Arms direspectful of Time or Distance. Undying, Master of Disguise, Man of a Thousand Faces, Shapes and Sizes, Gentle, Rough-Edged, Gay, Stern. All the Mystery of the "Man Unknown and Undying"... not a single man nor God at all, but a string of seeds sown upon the land and left to grow into a forest.

In most regions, Baan Dar is a marginal deity, a trickster spirit of thieves and beggars.[1][3] In Elsweyr he is more important, and is regarded as the Pariah.[1] In this aspect, Baan Dar becomes the cleverness or desperate genius of the long-suffering Khajiiti, whose last minute plans always upset the machinations of their Mer (or Human) enemies.[1] The Bosmer of Valenwood also worship their own aspect of Baan Dar, who is popular primarily due to his association with skill in archery.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  2. ^ a b The First Scroll of Baan DarArkan
  3. ^ A Dance in Fire, Chapter 3Waughin Jarth
  4. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ValenwoodFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581