|Mankar Camoran as seen in Legends|
|Appears in||Oblivion, Oblivion Mobile, Legends|
- Greetings, novitiate, and know first a reassurance: Mankar Camoran was once like you, asleep, unwise, protonymic. We mortals leave the dreaming-sleeve of birth the same, unmantled save for the symbiosis with our mothers, thus to practice and thus to rapprochement, until finally we might through new eyes leave our hearths without need or fear that she remains behind. In this moment we destroy her forever and enter the demesne of Lord Dagon. — Mankar Camoran, Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes
In 3E 267,[nb 1] during the final battle against the Camoran Usurper, refugees from across Tamriel had gathered in the city of Dwynnen. One such refugee was a frightened Bosmeri woman by the name of Kaalys. When the battle began at sea, she was struck ill, injured, and began to feverishly scream that Mankar was coming and would destroy them all. Most initially assumed she was referring to the Usurper. An injured Bosmeri scout and former ally of Haymon, Orben, soon recognized Kaalys as the former mistress of Haymon, from before both Orben and her turned traitor and fled. She continued to scream about the coming of Mankar, yet Orben claimed he had no idea who "Mankar" could be and stated it was not one of the Usurper's aliases. At the climax of the battle, when the docks of Dwynnen were set aflame, Kaalys vanished. When Orben inquired to the healers about where she went, they claimed that she had, surprisingly, given birth and must have fled with her child, the apparent son of Haymon Camoran. He pressed them for more info, but all they could tell was the child's name, Mankar Camoran.
Little is known about Mankar's life after his mother fled with him into the wilderness of High Rock, but upon his return in 3E 433 he had apparently fathered two children, Raven and Ruma Camoran, who would both become leading members of the Mythic Dawn. He also wrote the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, and using the Mysterium Xarxes, given to him by Mehrunes Dagon, he opened a portal to a place known as Gaiar Alata, or 'Paradise', within the plane of Oblivion, which served as the center of his cult. He rewarded his followers by granting them eternal life within Gaiar Alata, though their existence there was less than heavenly, as they were often tormented by daedra.
Mankar believed the Nine Divines to be traitors to Lorkhan, whom he believed was a Daedric Prince whose plane of Oblivion was Dawn's Beauty: Tamriel. The assassination of the Emperor was intended to break the covenant which protected Nirn from Oblivion and launch a Daedric invasion by Mehrunes Dagon into Tamriel. While Mankar managed to gain possession of the Amulet of Kings, he ultimately failed to dispose of the last remaining heir, Martin Septim. While Mankar waited in Gaiar Alata for the barriers between Nirn and Oblivion to dissolve, he was hunted down by the Hero of Kvatch and slain.
- While his race in Oblivion was Altmer, the Legends card released in the Jaws of Oblivion expansion categorizes him as both Altmer and Bosmer, solidifying his ties to the Camoran Usurper.
- Mankar was able to wear the Amulet of Kings, which can only be done by a Dragonborn. It is unclear if he had always been a Dragonborn, or if he gained the power as part of the transformative experience described in the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes.
- Game Director Todd Howard said of Mankar Camoran; "Terence Stamp plays kind of the-- you know, he's the bad guy, somebody who comes from a different line of kings... who wants to make this world his own. So he's kind of a priest. You know, he's not a cackling maniac. We like to have our bad guys be a little grayer. We want that moment where the player goes like... Maybe he's right."
- Mythic Dawn Commentaries by Mankar Camoran — The series of books read by initiates to the Mythic Dawn cult
- The Oblivion Crisis by Praxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian — A summary of the events stemming from the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII
- The Refugees by Geros Albreigh — History of refugees fleeing the Camoran Usurper