Lore:Gatekeeper of the Fringe
The Gatekeeper of the Fringe (or simply the Gatekeeper) is a term used to describe a series of powerful giant Flesh Atronachs created via flesh magic by Relmyna Verenim for the purpose of protecting the Gates of Madness in the Shivering Isles. Relmyna created the first Gatekeeper after many failed attempts by using the mystical ingredients she had grown in the Gardens of Flesh and Bone. They gave life to several enchanted body parts stitched together to form a body. Using Sheogorath's divine madness as the seed, Relmyna birthed the creature. Her tears and the bones of a previous Gatekeeper were thought to have been used to slay the creature in 3E 433.
After the death of her "child" at the hands of the Champion of Cyrodiil in 3E 433, Relmyna and her apprentice Nanette Don retired to her home, the ruins of Xaselm. There she resumed her study on the nature of Pain. Later that year, the Fringe was invaded by the Forces of Order. Sheogorath's Champion was sent to help Relmyna construct another Gatekeeper. The sorceress was hesitant at first due to the Champion's direct involvement with the death of the original. Relmyna and the Champion created the new Gatekeeper using a Daedric binding ritual, which helped to contain the Order which had taken over the Fringe.
Sometime in the Fourth Era, Talym Rend, a former agent to the Third Empire, sought a solution to his guilt with his involvement of his son's death. To make the pain go away, he traveled to the Shivering Isles to risk bargaining with Sheogorath. The Gatekeeper guarded the Gates of Madness that led past the Fringe, and to defeat him, Talym is said to have visited the nearby Garden of Swords, an absurd place in the Isles where weapons grow from the ground. He found his solution there: the Gateslayer Axe, a weapon which grew from soil fertilized by the body of the last Gatekeeper. His new weapon was of great use, and he was able to defeat the Gatekeeper, giving him access to the rest of the Shivering Isles.
- Talym meets Dyus in his journey through the Shivering Isles. Dyus's dialogue in Oblivion's expansion, Shivering Isles, states that the Champion of Cyrodiil is the first person he has seen since he was first confined in Knifepoint Hollow, suggesting that Talym's journey took place after the events of Shivering Isles.