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Dragon Priests were originally members of the Dragon Cult of ancient Skyrim. Many of them have achieved a state of lichdom, and retained much of their power through the eternal worship of their draugr servants. When they were living, they ruled over countless armies of men in their gods' names. They are now found residing in coffins throughout areas of prominent Dragon worship, many of them sealed away and imprisoned using four sacred fires maintained by the priests of Kyne. It is believed that only one with the voice of a Dragon could truly slay a Dragon Priest. This was the only known way a Dragon Priest such as Morokei could be slain.
If their sleep is disturbed, Dragon Priests were known to burst out of their coffins with considerable force and prepare to destroy whomsoever intruded upon their resting place. The highest-ranking priests of the Dragon Cult were granted magical masks that defy the laws of time and possess powerful enchantments. The individual masks are made of varying materials, and each bears the same name as the Dragon Priest that possessed it.
Known Dragon Priests
- Ahzidal, the first great Nord enchanter.
- Akiirdal, buried in the Howling Sepulchers of Craglorn.
- Arthosiis, who was banished from Skyrim and led his followers to Wrothgar.
- Dukaan, who was entombed in White Ridge Barrow on Solstheim.
- Haldriin, who was entombed in Skyshroud Barrow on Bleakrock Isle.
- Hevnoraak, who planned his resurrection obsessively before dying, and was entombed in Valthume. His plans were prevented by a Nord named Valdar; even in death, his spirit ensured that Hevnoraak remained sealed within the tomb.
- Korthor, who was entombed in Vuldngrav in Skyrim, possessed the Fork of Horripilation in 2E 582.
- Krosis, who was entombed atop Shearpoint mountain.
- Miraak, the first Dragonborn.
- Morokei, who was entombed in Labyrinthian. Morokei obtained the Staff of Magnus some time in the Fourth Era, which brought him into contact with a group of mages from the College of Winterhold. The future Arch-Mage, Savos Aren, was the only member of the group to survive the venture into Labyrinthian. Aren sacrificed two of his companions to contain Morokei, and sealed the ruins. In 4E 201, following the activation of the Eye of Magnus, the Last Dragonborn was sent to Labyrinthian by the College to retrieve the Staff, and Morokei was destroyed.
- Nahkriin, who was tasked with presiding over Alduin's portal to Sovngarde at Skuldafn.
- Otar, who was entombed in Ragnvald, his tomb was sealed with two keys guarded by draugr.
- Rahgot, who was entombed in Forelhost
- Tulnir, who was entombed in Labyrinthian.
- Vahlok the Jailor, entombed within Vahlok's Tomb in Solstheim. He was once the ruler of Solstheim, tasked with watching over the traitor, Miraak, after discovering Miraak's plot against their masters and defeating him in an epic battle.
- Vokun, entombed in High Gate Ruins.
- Volsung, entombed in Volskygge.
- Vosis, entombed in Forelhost, in 2E 582, Vosis was in possession of a shard of Wuuthrad.
- Zaan, who followed the dragon Thurvokun. Killed by her followers, she was resurrected by Peryite and gifted with Spellbreaker, becoming a renegade dragon priest.
- Zahkriisos, entombed in Bloodskal Barrow on Solstheim, he was a member of the Bloodskal Clan.
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- Ra'khajin, the Khajiiti Dragon Priest of Laatvulon.