This article is about the mortal who is sometimes referred to as just Leki. For the goddess, see Leki.
|Makela Leki as a spirit|
Makela Leki, also known as the Saint of the Spirit Sword, was an Ansei warrior and one of the most famed heroes in Redguard history. She is best known for her sacrifice at the Battle of Bangkorai Pass in the First Era, where she and her five companions were responsible for routing an invading Breton army led by King Joile of Daggerfall.
Makela grew up in a noble Redguard family, with three brothers and a sister. Her father was a swordmaster and Ansei warrior many years before he settled down to raise a family. Much like her father, Makela possessed the unique qualities that allowed her to form a Shehai - a mystical blade made of pure thought. Indeed, her natural affinity towards the Shahai was such that it's said she could form the Shehai as an infant.
At the age of eleven Makela was enrolled into the Hall of the Virtues of War to become a Sword Singer, and joined a small band of Maidens of the Spirit Sword. Although she had a natural ability towards the Shehai, seldom was it substantial enough to be used as a weapon. Despite this, Makela was still the first student from her local hall to have the ability to call forth the Shehai in two generations, thus was named as an Ansei warrior.
As the years passed, Makela and her band of five maidens mastered the Way of the Sword and completed their training, eventually returning to their hall to serve as instructors. Makela also married and started a family of her own.
The Breton Betrayal
In 1E 950, the joint forces of Daggerfall led by King Joile and Sentinel launched an attack on Orsinium that resulted in a thirty year siege of the city. Although King Joile was allied with the Redguards, he betrayed them during the campaign in 1E 973 and killed Gaiden Shinji, a famed swordsmaster and contemporary of Makela. Joile then executed his plan of invading Hammerfell through the region of Bangkorai.
During the night of the Midyear Festival, Makela recieved word of the betrayal and the invading Breton army from the north. Makela and her band of maidens rushed to the Bangkorai Pass where Joile's forces had slain the stationed Redguard forces and were about to breach the mountain pass. Makela and her band defended the pass against his army, but eventually all of them fell, except Makela. In desperation after her father's sword broke in her hand, Makela was able to summon her spirit sword in earnest, which allowed her to single-handedly defeat the Breton army and even slay King Joile himself. Although Makela was successful in repelling the invasion, she was gravely wounded.
Before death, she recorded her thoughts and memories of her life and the final battle into a magical memory stone. Although details of the battle were preserved for later generations, Makela deeply regretted not preserving the memory of her immediate family, resulting in them being lost to history.
Shortly after her death, Makela's memory stone was found in the Bangkorai Pass. Its contents secured Makela's status as a legend, and her victory over the Joile was preserved and was celebrated by Redguards thereafter. It is said that because of her selfless sacrifice, the Breton armies never reached Sentinel. Her body was laid to rest in the sacred Hall of Heroes. However, some scholars believe her final resting place to be in a nondescript cave in western Bangkorai.
Centuries after her death, Makela's memory stone was stolen by an exiled Redguard warrior named Ulbazar Thief-Lord. He fled Hammerfell and sought refuge in Evermore, only to die after being imprisoned in the city's crypts. In the mid-Second Era, as a favor to King Fahara'jad, High King Emeric sent a detachment to retrieve Makela's stone from the crypts and return it to the Impervious Vault in Sentinel.
An illustration of Makela from the Saintsport wayshrine
- From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki by Makela Leki — Diary of Leki, a Redguard warrior and master of Ansei
- From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki — Makela Leki
- Redguard History description in Redguard
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay — Sathyr Longleat the Elder
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Orsinium — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Makela Leki's dialogue in ESO
- Shrine to Makela Leki
- Trials and Tribulations quest in ESO
- Letter to Herminius Sophus
- Makela Leki's Memory Stone quest item in ESO
- A Favor Between Kings quest in ESO