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The Den of Lorkhaj

Lorkhaj (also known as the Moon Beast, Moon Prince, Fadomai's Favored Son, the White Lion, Dark Moon, Ghost Moon) is the Khajiiti interpretation of the trickster deity present in Creator-Trickster-Tester deity present in every Tamrielic mythic tradition.[1] Other names for versions or aspects of Lorkhaj include Lorkhan, Sep in Hammerfell, Sheor in High Rock, Shor in Skyrim, and Shezarr in Cyrodiil.[1][2][3][4]

Lorkhaj is both a Sky and Dark Spirit, and is easily identifiable with the tales of Lorkhan. As a Sky Spirit, Lorkhaj is the Moon Prince and is honored as the first spirit to make his own path, which led to him uniting the spirits to create Nirni.[5] Lorkhaj as the Moon Beast is considered a dark spirit due to Namiira corrupting him, turning him into the first Dro-m'Athra.[6]


The Khajiit believe that Fadomai was caught by Ahnurr who, angered at her trickery and disobedience, struck her. She, fearing for her life and children, fled with them to the Great Darkness and hid, giving birth to her final child, Lorkhaj. Having been born amidst the Great Darkness, the Khajiit believe that Lorkhaj's heart was filled with such, and thus was the Great Darkness made aware of itself and then known as Namiira.[2]

After Fadomai's death, Nirni approached Lorkhaj, whom she asked to create for her children a dwelling; he did so, and yet the Great Darkness in his heart influenced him to deceive his siblings so that they were trapped in the new place with Nirni. Some managed to escape death and become the stars, and those who remained punished Lorkhaj by tearing out his heart and hiding it deep within Nirni, so that he would be with her whom he had done the most harm.[2] Some ancient songs attribute Merid-Nunda as being the one that convinced the siblings to enact revenge.[7] Texts that predate the Riddle'Thar Epiphany speak of Lorkhaj surviving this encounter, allowing him to flee to Azurah with the hole in his chest, where she saw Namiira still dwelling within his wound, keeping him alive and corrupting him by imitating his heart. Azurah cleansed Lorkhaj of the corruption and flung the Dark Heart of Lorkhaj into the Void, and Lorkhaj perished within Azurah's embrace.[6] From the Dark Heart came the twisted shade of Lorkhaj known as the Moon Beast, first of the Dro-m'Athra. And so Lorkhaj represents the duality of Khajiiti souls and their susceptibility towards the Bent Dance, the spiritual corruption into dro-m'Athra.[5][8]

Ancient texts interpret Lorkhaj as both a Sky and Dark Spirit. As a Sky Spirit, Lorkhaj was the Moon Prince and was honored as the first spirit to make his own path, which led to him uniting the spirits to create Nirni.[5] Lorkhaj as the Moon Beast was considered a dark spirit due to Namiira corrupting him, turning him into the first dro-m'Athra.[6] Modern Khajiit revile Lorkhaj, instead believing him to be an enemy of Khajiit,[9] and a hateful trickster that trapped them in mortal form.[10] His deceptions lie even in plain view, and are common enough to be accepted as truths.[11] When a particularly large rift opens between the Dark Behind the World and Nirni, the breach is referred to to as the Maw of Lorkhaj.[12][13] Some Khajiit believe Lorkhaj's corpse was hurled at the moons sometime after his betrayal, and his rotting corpse became the third moon known as the Dark Moon.[14]

On nights of the Ghost Moon, Boethra is said to wear the death-shroud of Lorkhaj and "wages war beyond the Lattice".[15] The dark spirit Noctra is said to have been born from the black blood of Lorkhaj at the Void Gate.[8]

The third moon of Nirni is known as the Dark Moon is seen as the decaying corpse of Lorkhaj, [9] which was hurled at the moons after sometime after Lorkhan's betrayal. Non Khajiit supposidly have trouble seeing the Dark Moon due to their eyes.[16]


  1. ^ a b The Monomyth
  2. ^ a b c Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  3. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  4. ^ Five Songs of King Wulfharth
  5. ^ a b c The Sky SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  6. ^ a b c The Favored Daughter of FadomaiAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  7. ^ The Adversarial SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  8. ^ a b The Dark SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  9. ^ a b Shazah's dialogue in ESO
  10. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ElsweyrFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  11. ^ Secrets of the Riddle'TharRid-Thar-ri'Datta, First Mane of the Epiphany
  12. ^ Vazshara's Journal — Vazshara
  13. ^ Maw of Lorkhaj loading screen in ESO
  14. ^ The Moon Cats and their Dance
  15. ^ The Wandering SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  16. ^ The Moon Cats and their Dance