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Y'ffer, the Elden Shaper[edit]

Y'ffer is the Khajiiti analogue of Y'ffre, and one of the Bastard Sons of Ahnurr. He was said to be "wise and kind", and created the first flower in order to convince Nirni to be his mate.

Y'ffer was later corrupted by the Great Darkness and killed Nirni. In revenge, Azurah, Khenarthi, and Hircine killed Y'ffer and made a cairn for Nirni out of his bones. The Khajiit no longer speak of him.[1]

Y'ffre, God of the Forest[edit]

Y'ffre (or Jephre or Y'ffer), the Singer, the Storyteller, God of Song and Forest, Spirit of the Now, and the Green Man is the most important deity of the Bosmeri pantheon, also worshipped by the Altmer, Bretons, and Snow Elves. He (occasionally she) was one of the strongest of the recognizable spirits that crystallized shortly after the beginning of time, and played an important role in the coalescing of the physical world during the Dawn Era.

He is said to have been the first to transform himself into the Ehlnofey, or Earth Bones, giving rise to the rules and principles of nature and life on Nirn. He thus formed the frame upon which nature is woven, loomed through with his own song-echoes and sight-perception for mortals to interpret through study of the Sea's mystery, but seeing and hearing nothing himself. Day, night, and the places between are the manifestation of his interpretation of the time-law Anui-El is said to have established within Nirn.

The Storyteller[edit]

"Heavy-bearded Y'ffre, speak through me. Tell us of the time before time. Let the story grow in me. Let my heart echo to the pounding of your feet along the story-lines, the bones of the world. I will walk Your steps, and know Your story."
The Green Singing


Y'ffre is strongly associated with songs and stories, as a mythical expression of his role in shaping the story of nature. His acts of creation are described as "tales", and he is said to have given the first name to every living creature, solidifying their place in the world. Y'ffre sang to Aetherius, weaving songs so beautiful that stars were compelled to dance and sway, continuing to wink and blink afterward in memory of that song. Y'ffre's priests, called Spinners, also experience life as one long story, as they not only keep the histories and laws of their people, but also narrate events that have yet to occur. As Y'ffre instructed the world and the first Bosmer through tales, so too do the Spinners elucidate and educate their kin through elaborate, sometimes befuddling, metaphors, that nonetheless always contain an essential truth. Spinners can use their "narrative magic" to profoundly alter the stories of others, even altering their memories of past events.

Ysmir, Dragon of the North[edit]

Ysmir, the "Dragon of the North", is the Nordic name of kings.[2][3] As such, any given use of the term could be referring to one of several historical figures depending on context, or even all of them generally. Ysmir was described by Imperial scholars as the Nordic aspect of Talos.[4]


  1. ^ The Worldly SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  2. ^ The Talos MistakeLeonora Venatus
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College