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Hermaeus Mora[edit]

Hermaeus Mora (sometimes spelled "Hoermius", "Hormaius", or "Herma" Mora), the Demon of Knowledge, the Master of the Tides of Fate, Gardener of Men, Prince of Fate, Lord of Secrets, the Golden Eye, Ur-Daedra, the Abyssal Cephaliarch, Old Antecedent, Scryer, Inevitable Knower, also known to the ancient Atmorans and Bosmer as Herma-Mora, the Woodland Man, to the Ayleids as Hyrma Mora, and to the Khajiit as Hermorah, is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is forbidden knowledge and the "scrying of the tides of Fate, of the past and future as read in the stars and heavens, and in whose dominion are the treasures of knowledge and memory". Mora has been called the wisest of the Daedric Princes, with a mind as old as Tamriel and a body of slime, though he describes himself as "[t]he riddle unsolveable. The door unopenable. The book unreadable. The question unanswerable." Unlike most Princes, Hermaeus Mora does not take on a humanoid form, manifesting instead as varied, grotesque assemblages of eyes, tentacles, and claws, or a featureless purple vortex known as the Wretched Abyss.

Apocrypha is Hermaeus Mora's plane of Oblivion, an endless library where all forbidden knowledge can be found. Each book sports a black cover without a title, and the realm is reported to be haunted by ghosts forever searching for knowledge. His servants include Daedra such as Seekers and Lurkers, but he is known to have mortal worshipers too. Sailors have referred to "Herm'us Mora" as a being that lurks in the oceans. Similarly, the Khajiiti Hermorah controls the tides and lives in a vast library under the sea.

Hermaeus Mora is tangentially related to the origins of the Morag Tong by association with his sibling, Mephala. Mora's enemies are said to be Ebonarm and Vaermina, and his summoning day is the 5th of First Seed.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Hircine[edit]

Hircine, known as the Huntsman, the Father of Manbeasts, Lord of the Hunt, Master of the Great Hunt, Master of Beasts, Master of the Chase, and Half the Conscience of Man, is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is the Hunt, the Sport of Daedra, the Greatest Game, the Chase and Sacrifice of Mortals. His realm of Oblivion is the Hunting Grounds, an endless forest where the Prince and his Huntsmen hunt great beasts, people, and even other Daedra. Hircine is a sportsman who thrills in the hunt, regardless of the prey, though his worshippers enjoy giving their prey a chance for victory, however small. He is typically portrayed with a great spear and either the head or skull of an elk, said to belong to Y'ffer's champion, the Graht-Elk.

As Hircine is the Father of werebeasts, lycanthropes are often referred to as his "children". The Huntsman is a guardian to those he has "blessed" with the ability to change forms. (though most may see these creatures as "cursed" abominations). Indeed, one of the Prince's artifacts is said to help lycanthropes control their powers. However, Hircine is quite prideful of lycanthropy. He resents those whom received his gift willingly but have come to regret it, and thus may task people with slaying his unappreciative children to put them out of their misery. The Sixteen Accords of Madness tells of a wager Hircine made with Sheogorath, where they devised a duel between champions. Hircine imbued a Daedroth with lycanthropy, making it his most deadly hunter. Sheogorath's champion was a bird that was unaware of the situation, and inadvertently caused the monster to commit suicide as it tried to pluck it off its face. With his pride greatly wounded, Hircine burned the corpse of his creation, cursed the peaks in Skyrim where the duel happened, and returned to his realm humiliated. Regardless of whether they worshiped him or not, Hircine will typically claim the souls of werewolves, and they will spend eternity in the Hunting Grounds.

Hircine is one of the more widely worshipped Daedric Princes in Tamriel, despite never actively seeking worship or reverence. Hircine's appeal is due to how his sphere encompasses the thrill of the hunt, and how he often seeks out people, tests them, and rewards hunters that have proven themselves worthy with a boon. Hircine is a huge advocate for sportsmanship, as his Law of Fair Hunt prohibits cheating the Hare of a genuine chance of escaping. He respects Hares that turn the chase inside out, such as by turning the hunters into the hunted.

There is some belief that Hircine may be allied with Mehrunes Dagon, and shrines to the Huntsman have been erected in places dedicated to Dagon.[nb 1] Hircine has Daedra Lords that manage some of his sub-spheres and report to him, among one of these Daedra Lords is the Lord of Fishing who is said to have a distinctive aroma. He may also be associated with the Daedra Lord Hollowjack. Ebonarm is said to be an enemy to Hircine. His summoning day is the 5th of Mid Year.

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HoonDing, the Yokudan Make Way God[edit]

The HoonDing, also known as Hoonding or The Make Way God, is the Yokudan spirit of 'perseverance over infidels'. The HoonDing has historically materialized whenever the Redguards need to 'make way' for their people.

House of Troubles[edit]

The House of Troubles (also known as the Bad Daedra) is the Dunmer (and before that, Velothi) term for four of the Daedra Lords: Mehrunes Dagon, Sheogorath, Malacath and Molag Bal. These Princes are the Bad Daedra as introduced to the Chimer by the teachings of Saint Veloth. Rebels whose purpose it is to test the resolve and faith of mortals, they are also known as the Four Corners of the House of Troubles. Ancient, alien temples dedicated to their worship can be found across Morrowind.