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Magnus, Magus

Magnus, also known as the God of magic, the Sun God, the Great Architect, and the Sorceror-King, was a prominent et'Ada, one of the Original Spirits. During the Dawn Era, Lorkhan persuaded Magnus and several other et'Ada to help create the mortal plane, Mundus. Magnus was said to have been the architect of Mundus, as he created the schematics and diagrams needed to construct it.

As Mundus began to form, it became evident that many of the et'Ada would be required to sacrifice much of their power in order to form the mortal plane. As their aspects began to die off, many of the et'Ada vanished completely. Magnus decided to terminate the project. He fled to Aetherius in the last of Mundus' birth-pains, and his departure tore a hole which became Nirn's sun, itself known as Magnus.

Magrus, Cat's Eye, Sun God

Khajiiti version of Magnus, god of sun and magic, popular with Khajiiti magicians.[1] He is the child of Ahnurr and Fadomai. He was born third.[2]

Malacath

Malacath, the God of Curses, Daedric Prince of the Bloody Oath, Lord of Ash and Bone, Lord of Monsters, Oathbreaker, Creator of Curses, He Who Speaks Sideways, the Furious One, the Keeper of the Bloody Curse, and the Defender of the Betrayed, also known as Mauloch (or Malauch) to the Orcs, Orkey in Nordic tradition, Orkha to the Khajiit, Malooc to the Redguards, Malak to the Dunmer, and Muluk the Blue God of the Goblins, is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is "the patronage of the spurned and ostracized, the keeper of the Sworn Oath, and the Bloody Curse", as well as conflict, battle, broken promises, and anguish. Malacath has been described as a "weak but vengeful" Daedra by some, and he fittingly (given his sphere) is allegedly not recognized as a Daedra Lord by his peers; however, Azura considers him among the most powerful princes, as he was one of the eight to sign the Coldharbour Compact. The Prince rules over a realm of Oblivion known as the Ashpit, and he counts the oversized but dull-witted Ogrim as his servants.

Malacath was created when Boethiah ate the Altmeri ancestor spirit, Trinimac, although Malacath himself says that this tale is far too "literal minded". Additionally, Trinimac's most devout Elven followers were transformed into the Orsimer ("Pariah Folk" in Aldmeris), or Orcs. However, some Orcs cling to the belief that Trinimac still exists and Malacath is a separate entity. Goblinkind worships the "Blue God", whom they venerate with sacred idols of Malacath, painted blue.

Malacath is considered the first of the Four Corners of the House of Troubles in Morrowind, though other sources say he is an ally of Mephala, and an enemy of Ebonarm. His summoning day is the 8th of Frost Fall. Troll fat is a consistent element in rituals intended to summon Malacath.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Malooc, Horde King

An enemy god of the Ra Gada. Led the goblins against the Redguards during the First Era. Fled east when the army of the HoonDing overtook his goblin hordes.[3]

Mara, Goddess of Love

Mara, also known as Mother Mara, Mother Mild, and the Divine Mother, is the Goddess of Love, Fertility, Agriculture, and Compassion. She is also acclaimed as the Mother-Goddess, and is one of the Divines.

In the Merethic Era, Mara was originally worshipped simply as a fertility goddess, but the sphere of the Divine later extended to agriculture and love. Nir, the female principle of the cosmos credited as the mother of creation, is occasionally associated with Mara as a result of her role as the goddess of fertility and agriculture. Mara is considered a near universal deity as the Divine is featured in the pantheons of all the races of the continent of Tamriel save the Dunmer and Argonians.

Masser, Big Moon God

The greater of Nirn's two moons, Masser, Jode, or Mara's Tear, is acknowledged as one of the attendant spirits of the mortal plane, and, as such, is both temporal and subject to the bounds of mortality. Masser, which exists as a separate plane, has long since perished; it was Masser's death which led mortals to perceive it as having both texture and limited size, as well as a reddish hue, all of which are the results of its decay from its former investiture of pure white.

Mannimarco, King of Worms

Mannimarco, an Aldmer lich, is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm and an enemy of the Mages Guild. He is also known as the King of Worms (also styled King of the Worms) and later the God of Worms. He has been involved in several major events in Tamriel's history.

What is known of Mannimarco comes from books which tell a great deal not only about him, but about the time periods and his enemy Vanus Galerion. Mannimarco experienced the Dragon Break of the Middle Dawn (1E1200-2208), where he learned "his mystery" from the Maruhkati Selectives. He was studying among the Psijic Order around the year 2E 230. He was said to be highly intelligent, as was his fellow student Vanus Galerion, founder of the Mages Guild. Galerion had a "light and warm" heart, while Mannimarco had a "dark and cold" heart. Mannimarco used necromancy and trapped souls even while studying. Galerion eventually confronted Mannimarco about his use of necromancy. He ignored Galerion's warning, and was exiled from Artaeum by the Order as a punishment for his dark interests. He spent the next several decades gathering followers and spreading his vile practices.

Mannimarco's evil began spreading throughout Tamriel and he gathered a following of Necromancers, which would come to be called the Order of the Black Worm. He is described in a poem as "world's first of the undying liches", despite the fact that there had been many immortal liches before him. He lost his body and mind; he became a living, moving corpse. His blood became acid, and all manner of repulsive things happened to him, and he took on the title "King of Worms".

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Mauloch, Mountain Fart

Another name for Malacath[4][3][5] An Orcish god of the Velothi Mountains, Mauloch troubled the heirs of King Harald for a long time. Fled east after his defeat at the Battle of Dragon Wall, circa 1E 660. His rage was said to fill the sky with his sulfurous hatred, later called the "Year of Winter in Summer",[3] referring to the famed eruption of Red Mountain.[6] The "Myth of Mauloch" a little-known legend which says, in part, that the Orcs had been nomads for two hundred years before the first founding of Orsinium.[7]

Mehrunes Dagon

Mehrunes Dagon (formally, the Exalted and Most Puissant Lord, Gerent of Dagon, Mehrunes), also called the Black Daedra Lord, Prince of Destruction, Lord of Blood and Flames, Prince of Ambition, Prince of Disaster, Master of Razors, Mehrunes the Razor, Mehrunes the Thieftaker, Mehrunes Godsbody, Mehrunes the Red Arms That Went Up, The Horror, Sovereign of Destruction, the Flame Tyrant, the Father of Cataclysm,, the Flame-Father, and known to the Khajiit as Merrunz. He is the Daedric Prince of Darkness and Destruction, whose sphere encompasses destruction, change, revolution, energy, and ambition. Dagon is associated with natural dangers like fires or earthquakes. Flash floods, thunderstorms, and other natural disasters have been linked to communions between him and his cultists. The Prince is also said to be the author of the Mysterium Xarxes. Mehrunes Dagon has an insatiable hunger for destruction.

While they are not his biological spawn, Dagon considers Xivilai Moath and Faydra Shardai his adopted children. There is a belief that Mehrunes Dagon is allied with Hircine, though Lyranth the Foolkiller claims that if such an arrangement exists, it would be obscure outside their own circle. Enemies of the Prince of Destruction include Ebonarm, Akatosh, and Molag Bal, with whom Dagon shares a bitter rivalry—the two have been known to meddle in each other's schemes when the opportunity arises. It is also rumored that the Prince hates Nocturnal. Dagon's protonymic is Lehkelogah and his neonymic is Djehkeleho-dehbe-effehezepeh. The Prince's summoning day coincides with the Warriors Festival, the 20th of Sun's Dusk.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Mephala, Androgyne, the Spider God

Mephala is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is obscured to mortals. She is associated with murder, lies, deception, sex and secrets, and is always weaving a web of intrigue and terror. Mephala is also known as the Webspinner, Plot-Weaver, Androgyne, the Spinner, the Spider, the Teacher of the Secret Arts, the Queen of the Eight Shadows of Murder, The Silver Spider, the Spider God, the Dark One, the Whispering Lady, the Lady of Whispers, and the Queen of Oblivion. She is also referred to as the princess of secrets and she who weaves the sordid web of human affairs. Long, thin silver hair is a trait associated with Mephala's champions.

Mephala interferes in the affairs of mortals for her own amusement, and does nothing without purpose. Mephala thinks of the affairs of mortals as a weave; pull but one thread and the whole thing unravels. To her, the "web" of the Aurbis is an interconnected system of action and consequence, and she spins new threads to influence outcomes. In an essay analyzing the Daedric Prince, Divayth Fyr posits that Mephala likely doesn't see mortals as mere playthings, unlike some of her fellow Princes.

The Webspinner deals in secrets and hidden lore. She and her worshippers value secrets and mysteries above all else. Those who stumble upon one of Mephala's shrines or a place where an artifact of hers is hidden may find Mephala whispering forbidden secrets in their ears. Hermaeus Mora, the "Demon of Knowledge", is sometimes referred to as Mephala's sibling. Hermaeus Mora collects knowledge of all sorts, but Mephala cares only about knowledge that is obscure and undisclosed. Not only is she secretive, Mephala also cares very little for the safety and well-being of mortals. The Spider takes great pleasure in strife. A ruined marriage, two peaceful factions erupting into bloody warfare over falsified evidence of treachery ... she finds all of these amusing.

Mephala is purportedly one of the "strongest of the recognizable spirits" that emerged soon after Akatosh formed and time began. Mephala's enemies include Ebonarm and Peryite. She was allied with Malacath at one point prior to the Warp in the West. The ancient Khajiit considered her an ally to Azurah, Boethra, and Lorkhaj. They also believed that she was Boethra's lover. Her summoning day coincides with the Witches Festival, which falls on the 13th of Frostfall.

Meridia, Prince of Living Energies

Meridia, Lady of Infinite Energies, the Bright Lady, the Strict but Fair Arbiter of Inner Luminance, the Sunfire, the Radiant One, the Keeper, the Lady of Light and the Prince of Life is the Daedric Prince "of Life and Light", associated with the energies of living things. The Sunburst is her symbol. She has a great and everlasting hatred for the undead and will greatly reward any who eliminate them from the world. As such, Meridia has a reputation for benevolence, and is one of the few Daedric Princes who is usually not considered to be wholly evil. Her day of summoning is the 13th of Morningstar.

In spite of this, she is referred to as the Glister Witch or the Lady of Greed by those who view her less favorably, with a habit of collecting live human specimens to satiate said greed. To her enemies, Meridia is known for her violent loathing of disorder, irrational anger towards entities she deems impure, and hatred of mortal free will and defiance. As with most Princes, Meridia sees mortals as "assets" primarily for use as a means to an end. Meridia can bestow upon mortals immortality, at the cost of their will, becoming those known as the Purified; slaves to her command, cleansed of disease, death, and free will. People who join the ranks of the Purified are both those that willingly pledge to serve Meridia and the unwilling, such as those that defy her. Meridia also granted immortality to her champion, Umaril the Unfeathered, the ancient Ayleid enemy of Pelinal Whitestrake. Her Aurorans and Umaril returned during the time of the Oblivion Crisis to seek vengeance on the Divines.

Her sphere of energy and life often brings her into direct conflict with many of the other Princes of Oblivion. The most notable example of these feuds is her eternal battle with the Daedric Prince of Domination, Molag Bal. During the waning days of the Ayleid Empire, Meridia would be responsible for the destruction of the Mola Gbal-worshipping Ayleid city of Abagarlas, commanding her knights in the Merida-worshipping Ayleid city of Delodiil to invade after discovering a great and terrible weapon known as the Mortuum Vivicus was gifted to Abagarlas by the Lord of Domination himself. This feud would continue well into the Second Era, where Meridia's assistance was instrumental in stopping Molag Bal's Planemeld. Denizens of Molag Bal's realm of Coldharbour refer to Meridia as the Shining Bitch, and her worshipers are often locked away and tortured within the Lightless Oubliette. Her other notable enemies include Nocturnal, who once drained Meridia of her power in her quest to rewrite reality, and Ebonarm, the God of War who dislikes most Daedric Princes.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Merrunz, the Fire-Cat

See Dagon.

Molag Bal

Molag Bal (Stone-Fire, or literally "Fire Stone" in the Ehlnofex language) is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is the domination and enslavement of mortals. His ultimate desire is to harvest the souls of all mortals, bringing them within his sway by spreading seeds of strife and discord in the mortal realms. To this end, he obsessively collects soul gems, and has even dragged pieces of Nirn into his realm to satisfy his insatiable desire for conquest. The more souls he collects, the more he wants.

Molag Bal values patience and cunning. He often deceives those he deals with, and has no trouble waiting exceedingly long periods of time for his plans to come to fruition. He also takes great pleasure in the suffering of mortals, and often has them tortured for his amusement. Those who fall into his clutches are forced to labor ceaselessly for his benefit. The Prince has a penchant for necromancy, often employing the use of the risen dead and forcing his followers to serve beyond the grave. He is capable of preserving live mortals far beyond their normal lifespan to prolong their suffering.

Molag Bal is acknowledged as the father of several children, though it is unclear what those relationships mean to him. He has a son, Ozzozachar, who is a Daedric Titan. He also has a daughter named Molag Grunda, a Winged Twilight who took the lowly Frost Atronach Nomeg Gwai as her consort. Molag Bal did not approve of the relationship and had them both banished to Oblivion so he could punish them for eternity. A persistent legend about Haymon Camoran claims he is the progeny of Molag Bal and a Breton woman.

Molag Bal's enemies are Ebonarm, Boethiah, Meridia, Lamae Bal and Arkay. He was at one point allied with Azura. His summoning day is during Chil'a, on the 20th of Evening Star. He appears before his cultists in the guise of a mortal when invoked on other dates.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Morihaus, First Breath of Man

Morihaus, also known as Morihaus-Breath-of-Kyne or the First Breath of Man, the Winged Bull, Bull of the South, and the Taker of the Citadel, was the Demigod of All Winds. This status as an ada deity came from his relationship to his mother, the Divine Kyne (or Kynareth). Before Kyne departed from Nirn she foresaw many needs coming to the land and to assist any of those who would carry these needs on their shoulders, she created the Lord's Mail with the first recipient being her son Morihaus. At some point in time Kyne took the Lord's Mail away from Morihaus due to his arrogance. This association would have the artifact come to also be known as the Armor of Morihaus. This connection with Kyne also granted Morihaus the powers of the thu'um. Morihaus was said to be the finest archer of the First Era. He is a figure of great importance and reverence in both Cyrodiil and Skyrim

Nearly every source describes Morihaus as a winged bull, be it a bull-man, man-bull, or the Bull of Kyne. He was capable of flight with his golden wings, along with a nose-hoop and horns. At some point in time, Morihaus befriended the Demiprince Fa-Nuit-Hen and the two would often drink and dice together.

Alessian Slave Rebellion

In year 1E 242 Alessia one of many Nedic slaves who had become something of the leader among them helped spark the beginnings of the rebellion against their cruel masters of the Ayleid Empire. She prayed and spoke with the Eight Divines and pleaded with Kyne that next time her son Morihaus flew down, he would join their cause and bring rage against the Ayleids. Kyne granted not only this but alongside the bull was Pelinal Whitestrake a fellow immortal ada. Both arrived to Alessia's camp of rebels with elven blood already spilled by their divine hands and announced to the Nedes that they had killed the eastern chieftains of the Ayleids. Thus formed the trilogy that would seek to simultaneously overthrow and install an Empire. Alessia presented both Pelinal and Morihaus a coronet surmounted with a sword for they were the living weapons of the Empire to come and no mortal could stand before them.

Pelinal preferred to meet the Ayleid kings and chiefs in prearranged open combat, while the Slave-Queen Alessia and Morihaus' tended to the growing armies of the rebellion. When Alessia was seen flying through the skies on the back of the Winged Bull her followers called her Al-Esh (High Highness) for the first time. On one occasion when Morihaus had fallen to a volley of bird beaks, Pelinal carried the bull to a Nede with the Keptu name Zuathas the Clever-Cutting Man. Morihaus and Pelinal had great love and respect for one another, they saw each other as family with Morihaus referring to Pelinal as his uncle and he his nephew. Never did Pelinal council Morihaus in the way of war for the bull fought magnificently, but one rare piece of council was offered by Pelinal in regards to Morihaus' relationship with Alessia, which was growing into that of an intimate love. "We are ada, Mor, and change things through love. We must take care lest we beget more monsters on this earth. If you do not desist, she will take to you, and you will transform all Cyrod if you do this." To which the now shy Morihaus simply responded "She is like this shine on my nose-hoop here: an accident sometimes, but whenever I move my head at night, she is there. And so you know what you ask is impossible."

Pelinal's prophetic warning did indeed pan out as this union gave rise to a new race, the Minotaurs. Belharza the Man-Bull was the first and only known child by name of Alessia and Morihaus.

Against the council of Alessia, Pelinal stormed White-Gold Tower alone in pursuit of his enemy the half Ayleid-half Divine ada Umaril the Unfeathered. After many successful battles against the legion of Daedra and Elves that Umaril sent at Pelinal, Umaril himself confronted the weakened Whitestrake but even he could not beat Pelinal and Umaril too was slaughtered. The few remaining Ayleid kings thereafter descended on the completely depleted Pelinal and cut his body into eighths. Leaving only his head behind for proof of the deed.

Various tapestries and songs depict the next acts taken by Morihaus following the defeat of his beloved friend. The next morning Morihaus rammed the heavily fortified doors of White-Gold Tower so viciously it shook the whole of the tower. Morihaus and his legions then slayed their Wild Elf adversaries in over abundance in honor of Pelinal, taking the tower for control of Alessia in the process. An act that later earned him the title Taker of the Citadel. Morihaus discovered the severed head of Pelinal in the throne room of White-Gold Tower. The two friends held a final conversation in which Morihaus predicted that his uncle would come again and in a similar light Pelinal warned that Umaril's spirit survived their encounter and that he could no longer protect mankind from Umaril's retribution. The sacrificial defeat of Umaril by Pelinal's hand and the taking of White-Gold by Morihaus and his legions was the effective end of the rebellion. The First Empire of Man was truly born.

Legacy

Morihaus outlived his beloved wife Alessia and claimed despite her death she was the Lady of Heaven and bathed in stars. The Ruby Throne was succeeded by their son Belharza the Man-Bull. After her death a renowned Ayleid smith named Lirulorne struck a handful of masterwork coins to pay tribute and gave them to Morihaus. All Minotaurs serve as a legacy of Morihaus and while scholars have speculated that them residing around old historical places of significance to the Empire serves as proof of their acknowledgment to their divine ancestry, at least one winged Minotaur directly spoke of his unbroken line and mastery over the land itself. The Adabal-a, one of the oldest written accounts from the First Era, is traditionally believed to be the memoirs of Morihaus. One of its first precepts is "On the Recording of All That Haps", detailing Morihaus' argument with and execution of the Nonscriptionists, a faction against the writing of historic events. This was crucial in documenting the foul practices of the Ayleids so that such information wasn’t lost to history and perhaps repeated.

One particular Nordic legend, that dates long past the founding of the First Empire involves the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon manifesting in Skyrim by certain means and stealing the skin of a Nord Clever-Man, he then came upon a young female child known as Aless, named by her father after the slave-queen Alessia. Dagon intended to harm the girl but through the power of god-guiser magic, a regular bull was able to transform into the Winged Bull Morihaus himself. Morihaus protected the young girl and warned Dagon to stand down and turn back. Mehrunes claimed he had no fear of the demigod but upon learning that all of the nearby sons and daughters of Skyrim were descending upon the scene, including the Greybeards who could possibly summon the ghost of Shor Mehrunes Dagon quickly retreated back to Oblivon.

While some people consider Morihaus among dead divines, in truth, it is unknown if the demigod lives to this day, or passed on.

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Notes

  • The Sermons of Vivec make reference to seven pennants which refer to various Empires. The second pennant commanded a legion of winged bulls and the emperor of color that rode upon each.
  • Cherim's Heart of Anequina mentions that the famous artist Cherim created a tapestry depicting Morihaus and his army battling the Ayleids at the White-Gold Tower.
  • The statue of Morihaus in the Arena District depicts him as a man. This is because the decision to depict him as a bull was conceptualized during Knights of the Nine, and Kurt Kuhlmann and Michael Kirkbride joked that the statue would need to be retconned.
  • The Nordic town of Morthal was supposedly named after Morihaus.

References

  1. ^ Varieties of Faith: The KhajiitBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  2. ^ Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  3. ^ a b c Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  4. ^ The Code of MalacathAmanda Alleia, Mercenary
  5. ^ Varieties of Faith: The OrcsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  6. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: MorrowindImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  7. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: OrsiniumImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

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Morwha, Yokudan Fertility Goddess

Morwha, (also called the Teat God and Lady Morwha) is the Yokudan goddess of fertility and love. She is a fundamental deity in the Yokudan pantheon and is the favorite of wife of Tall Papa. Morwha is always portrayed as four-armed, so that she can 'grab more husbands'. Her shrines are the shape of a beehive. She was described by potentate Versidue-Shaie as the lusty fertility goddess of the Yokudans, but not as lusty as Dibella.

Muluk, God of the Goblins

Muluk is speculated to be a god worshipped by goblins, invoked during rituals by their tribal shamans. It is thought that he is related to the Orcish god Mauloch[1] or the Daedric Prince Malacath.[2]

References

  1. ^ Sacred Rites of the StonechewersNellic Sterone
  2. ^ Children of Muluk event in Blades