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This article is about the historical figure. For the book, see Mannimarco, King of Worms.
- "In time, the name Molag Bal will be forgotten! In time, all of Tamriel will bow down before me! Soon, the God of Schemes will have a new name: Mannimarco!"
|Mannimarco as he appeared in 2E 582|
|Appears in||Daggerfall, Oblivion, ESO, Legends|
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".
Expulsion from the Psijic Order
Mannimarco was originally a member of the Psijic Order, spending much of his youth experimenting in the Traitor's Vault on the Order's island of Artaeum. The necromantic character of Mannimarco's research began to disturb his friend and fellow Psijic Vanus Galerion. After discovering an experiment Mannimarco had conducted on their own classmates, Galerion informed the Psijic Ritemaster Iachesis of his activities, resulting in Mannimarco's banishment from the Order and departure for mainland Tamriel. The Psijics' failure to suppress Mannimarco effectively, merely exiling him and leaving Tamriel to fall prey to his depredations, led Galerion to split from the Order and found the Mages Guild in 2E 230.
Around 2E 578, Mannimarco was one of the original Five Companions whose goal was to find the Amulet of Kings to give their leader Varen Aquilarios legitimacy as Emperor of Cyrodiil. After they found the amulet in Sancre Tor, Mannimarco tricked them into using it to cause an event known as the Soulburst. The Soulburst would allow Molag Bal to merge Nirn into his realm of Coldharbour, forever placing it under his control. Mannimarco, however, was secretly planning to use the Amulet to capture Molag Bal's essence and take his place as a god. However, one of the Five Companions, Sai Sahan was able to take the Amulet and returned it to Sancre Tor, where he hid it behind a ward of Stendarr. In 2E 582, Mannimarco uncovered the Amulet's location, and went there to retrieve it. He would there go on to be defeated by the Vestige, with whom the Five Companions had been reformed. Mannimarco's soul was taken by Molag Bal to Coldharbour, where he was tortured for his treachery; but Mannimarco was able to escape and returned to Tamriel.
Confrontation with Vanus Galerion
Some time later Galerion left the Mages Guild, having previously called it "a morass" of political infighting and tortuous bureaucracy; but he continued to struggle against Mannimarco and his Worm Cult. Galerion led the Mages Guild in an attack on Mannimarco in a great battle. Mannimarco began to unleash powerful death spells. However, he felt his depraved powers fail, and the battle was won by the Mages Guild. Approximately a thousand men total died in the battle, Galerion included, and it appeared that Mannimarco had died as well.
The Warp in the West
Since as early as 3E 405, Mannimarco had come to the Iliac Bay region in search of the Totem of Tiber Septim, an artifact designed to control the Numidium while it was powered by the Mantella. He established himself and his Cult of the Black Worm at Scourg Barrow deep in the Dragontail Mountains. His plan was to obtain the Totem so that he could command the Mantella to his side as it fell from Aetherius, before it reached Numidium's chest. Using its power, he planned to leave his mortal frame and join the ranks of the gods of Oblivion. To achieve this, Mannimarco embroiled himself in the court politics of the Iliac Bay, and in the process came into contact with an agent of the Blades. By reading the stars, he foresaw the return of the Mantella from its hiding place in Aetherius, and wrote to this agent promising to bring the Totem to Aetherius and out of mortal hands. The agent obtained the Totem and returned the Mantella to Nirn, but the precise details of what followed are unknown due to the Warp in the West.
Between the 9th and the 11th of Frostfall, 3E 417, a series of inexplicable and paradoxical events occurred throughout the Iliac Bay region. Many factions had attempted to gain possession of the Totem of Tiber Septim, resulting in a distortion of time where all of these factions simultaneously gained possession, achieving their goals to some degree. This phenomenon went on to be known as the Warp in the West, and resulted in major political changes in the region. One of the most significant results of this event was Mannimarco's successful apotheosis, which resulted in the creation of the Necromancer's Moon or the Revenant, Mannimarco's divine body.
The Attack on the Mages Guild
Circa 3E 433, Mannimarco returned to mortal affairs in an attempt to destroy the Mages Guild and capture the soul of its Arch-Mage for study, as he had done several times throughout history in order to learn the secrets of their magical power. The Arch-Mage at the time was Hannibal Traven, who had banned the practice of necromancy from the guild sometime after his promotion circa 3E 431, causing a lot of disillusioned guild mages to flock to Mannimarco's side. However, Traven tricked him, sacrificing his own soul to protect the Champion of Cyrodiil so that Mannimarco could be confronted and killed at his lair in Echo Cave.
The death of Mannimarco's mortal body had no effect on the existence of the Necromancer's Moon. The Shade of the Revenant continued to shine down on Nirn after his death, and necromancers continued to offer souls to the Revenant in order to darken soul gems well into the Fourth Era.
Despite Mannimarco's great age, only a few artifacts have been identified by scholars as belonging to him.
The Bloodworm Helm is an evil trollbone helmet created by Mannimarco, the King of Worms. Although beautiful to behold, many find the artifact repulsive due to its necromantic nature. The helm grants the wearer greater skill at Conjuration, as well as the ability to turn the undead, drain the essence of enemies and summon a skeletal minion from the Soul Cairn. Mannimarco left the helm behind when he ascended to godhood during the Warp in the West.
The Necromancer's Amulet (also known as the Necromancer Amulet) is a legendary artifact created by Mannimarco. In appearance it is an exquisite amulet, often with a jade skull emblazoned upon it, or sometimes carved into the shape of a tiny skull with glowing eyes. It grants the wearer magical protection equivalent to plate armor, as well as the ability to regenerate from injury, resist mundane weapons, and absorb magicka and life force. The wearer also becomes wise beyond his years and far more capable in the School of Conjuration. This comes at a price, as the amulet can drain the wearer's strength, endurance, health and stamina. The artifact is popular among both thieves and mages. The amulet is unstable in this world, and is forever doomed to fade in and out of existence, reappearing at locations distant from that of its disappearance.
Staff of Worms
The Staff of Worms is the legendary third known treasured artifact of Mannimarco. It is a powerful and dreadful staff with the capability to "reanimate" a corpse for thirty seconds. This animated corpse remains mute and shows only minimal intelligence, but it unswervingly follows and defends the caster. Mannimarco used the staff for many of his spells and rituals, notably tearing open Mundus during the Soulburst and battling Abnur Tharn.
- Arkay the Enemy by KW — Instructions for the faithful to foil Arkay
- The Black Arts On Trial by Hannibal Traven, Archmagister of the Mages Guild — A summary of the salient points of the debate which led to the resolution of the Mages Guild on the subject of Necromancy
- Necromancer's Moon
- Mannimarco, King of Worms — Horicles
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Galerion the Mystic — Asgrim Kolsgreg
- Fragment: On Artaeum — Taurce il-Anselma
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Northern Bangkorai and the Mountains — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Events of Oblivion
- Events of ESO
- Esulo's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
- Events of Half-Formed Understandings in ESO: Summerset
- Origin of the Mages Guild — The Archmage Salarth
- Daggerfall start date
- King of Worms ending in Daggerfall
- Morgiah's Wedding quest in Daggerfall
- Totem, Totem, Who Gets the Totem? quest in Daggerfall
- The Warp in the West — Ulvius Tero
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Lives of the Emperors — Niso
- Mannimarco's dialogue in Oblivion
- Mages Guild Charter
- Confront the King quest in Oblivion
- Shade of the Revenant in Oblivion
- Hob's Fall Cave dialogue in Skyrim