The Gautier family is a noble clan from the Kingdom of Camlorn, in the province of High Rock. For an unspecificed time, the Ebon Crypt in the hills of King's Guard served as the family's mausoleum until it was taken over by the necromancer, Thrandyke the Repugnant, who used it as place to do experiments, leading to the create of a powerful monster known as the Ebon Lord.
The Glenmoril Wyrd (also known as the Glenmoril Coven, the Wyrd Sisters or the Glenmoril Witches) is a loose association of female witch covens who revere nature and the natural world. Their ranks consisting primarily of humans, though some covens include beastfolk such as hagravens and lamias. When present, lamias and hagravens usually take on leadership roles within their respective coven.
They admit no males members into their covens and enforce laws of nature which only they recognize. Additionally, the Glenmoril Wyrd have a propensity for living in the wilderness, away from more "civilized" settlements. This fact alone has lead to a lack of understanding regarding their ways, and they are usually described by laymen as reclusive, uncanny, evil or dangerous. They have had a presence in High Rock, Solstheim, Cyrodiil and Skyrim. Some sects of the Glenmoril Wyrd are notable for possessing secrets for curing lycanthropy and vampirism. The witches can transform into wolves or enormous ravens.
- The Great Houses hate each other -- theft, murder, assassinations, secret raids, standard stuff. -- Hasphat Antabolis
The Great House traditions derive from ancient Dunmer clans and tribes, but now function as political parties. In modern times, Morrowind is ruled by the Grand Council of five Great Houses: House Redoran, House Telvanni, House Sadras, House Indoril, and House Dres. House Hlaalu previously sat on the Council, but lost its seat to House Sadras in the early Fourth Era. Each House governs an eponymous district on mainland Morrowind; Redoran in the northwest, Sadras (previously Hlaalu) in the western-center, Telvanni in the east, Indoril in the central heartlands and Dres in the southeast. Three of the Houses also had interests in the island of Vvardenfell, and identified themselves by their traditional colors: red for Redoran, yellow for Hlaalu, and brown for Telvanni.
The Gray Host was a mighty and terrible army made up of vampires, werewolves, werebats, zombies, and faceless shadows, that was led by the Vampire King Styriche of Verkarth in the mid-First Era. The motives of the blasphemous aggregation were unclear as no one bothered to inquire, though it was suspected to be more than mere slaughter. Their reign of terror came to an end during the battle with the Bangkorai Garrison and Hestra's legions.
In 1E 1029, Empress Hestra arrived on her steed Fiery Ursula and led her legions to depose King Styriche, harrying him and his Gray Host into western Hammerfell. The dreaded army of vampires, werewolves, and zombie Hussars were mounted on a great pack of skeletal wolves and fled west to the Fallen Wastes, burning and killing as they came.
Eventually the Host reached the southern gate of the Bangkorai Pass, where they crashed upon the walls of the Garrison and slew hundreds, draining blood from them in great draughts casting down their pale, empty husks. The vampires screamed their dark curses and slammed their claws and leathery wings into the gates of the fortress. St. Pelin, a simple and humble beadle of the Chapel of Stendarr who tended to the soldiers of Garrison, ran to the fighting at the top of the great gate, where he found his friend Sergeant Clancie fighting off the hordes of the Host. Clancie told him that they would soon burst through the gate, and knowing that only blood might hold them at bay, St. Pelin cast himself into the throng and offered his own blood to the creatures. As the foul creatures feasted upon his blood, he prayed a mighty prayer to Stendarr, saying "O Stendarr, God of Justice, fill me with an ocean of blood that I might beguile these daemons away from the gate but a few minutes more!"
Stendarr recognized his great courage, and Pelin felt himself filled anew with an ocean of blood. The divine geyser of gore drew every vampire within sight into a great feeding mound before the gate, but as the vampires drank and drank, they could not drain him dry. Struck by his sacrifice, the soldiers of the Garrison seized the moment and pushed a tottering battlement down upon the creatures gathered before the gate, dwindling their numbers until reinforcements could arrive. With the vampires either slain or disoriented, the pursuing legions of Empress Hestra caught and killed the survivors, marking the end of the Gray Host. The Empress was so impressed by the battle that she honored High Rock with admission into the First Empire. Some skeletal wolves escaped the massacre of the Gray Host, and survived to haunt to wastes.
During the Planemeld in 2E 582, Styriche and his companions Fangaril of Cyrodiil and Zayzahad the bat served as generals for Molag Bal, leading troops of Daedra and undead lycanthrope and vampiric members of the Gray Host at Dark Anchors.
The Gray-Manes are an old and influential clan in Whiterun. House Gray-Mane is a large mansion in the city's Wind District. The clan was one of the first to live in Whiterun, making in likely that the family can trace its roots back to members of the Five Hundred Companions of Ysgramor. Before the Stormcloak Rebellion, the Gray-Manes were friends with their equally venerable neighbors, Clan Battle-Born. However, Clan Gray-Mane strongly supported the Stormcloaks, as well as Ulfric Stormcloak. Clan Battle-Born sided with the Empire. Each clan rallied the city's populace to their respective sides, though Whiterun officially remained neutral.
The Greybeards, an ancient and honored order of monks, live in silence at the ancient monastery High Hrothgar near the summit of the Throat of the World. They are the most famous of the Tongues, or masters of the Voice. Jurgen Windcaller founded the order in response to the Nord army's defeat after battling at Red Mountain. After the battle, he meditated for approximately seven years, and arrived at the conclusion that the power of the Voice should be used primarily as a means of attaining enlightenment, rather than a tool of war. Jurgen called his new philosophy the Way of the Voice, and preached a lifestyle of meditative study of the Voice which the Greybeards carry on to this day.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, the Greybeards are not, strictly speaking, pacifists; the Way of the Voice teaches only that violence is the least of the Voice's uses, and it should be used for that purpose only in times of "True Need". The coming of a Dragonborn is considered such a time, and so the violent use of the Voice by a Dragonborn can be "overlooked", though the other followers of the Way are expected to remain peaceful. While the Greybeards apparently accept almost all who show a talent for the Voice, few can handle the demands of their lifestyle; renowned figures such as Dragonguard member Grundwulf and eventual Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak have either failed to develop their skills or failed to live by the ascetic lifestyle of the Way. Paarthurnax, the Grand Master of the order, made his home alone above High Hrothgar, at the summit of the Throat of the World.
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House Guimard is an aristocratic family of High Rock that claims to have resided in Evermore since the port was founded in 1E 983, three years after the fall of Orsinium. Though earlier accounts of the family are purportedly locked away in their castle vaults, they were publicly documented when High Rock entered into the Alessian Empire in 1E 1029. A citation in the Decretal of Fiefdoms made by Empress Hestra mentions "Barron Guy Marde of ye Rivver Banke".