Lore:Mazken

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The banner of the Mazken in Shivering Isles

The Mazken[1] (also known as Seducers, Daedra Seducers, or Dark Seducers) are a Daedric race who resemble scantily-clad humanoids.[2][3][4] Some Mazken have humanesque flesh tones,[2][3] while others are marked as Daedra by more unusual shades such as blue, gray, or dark purple,[4] and a few also possess large, retractable, bat-like wings.[2][3]

They are the spawn of Sheogorath, and their home is Pinnacle Rock in the Shivering Isles. Many of the Mazken are notoriously clanless and treacherous, owing allegiance to many Daedric Princes. Male Mazken are notably weaker than their female counterparts and because of this, Mazken society views all males as inferior. Unlike their counterparts, the Golden Saints, Dark Seducers are generally polite and patient when interacting with mortals.[5]

In combat, the Mazken wear strong but extremely revealing armor that exposes most of their skin to the elements, although this is compensated by their fast running speed and strong resistance to magical attacks. Other times though, they have been known to wear revealing black outfits and use their alluring form to trick mortal opponents into mistaking them for harmless human women before striking down their unsuspecting adversaries with ease. However, they have sometimes exhibited a willingness to behave passively around mortals that understand the Daedric language to a certain degree.[6]

The Mazken make up one half of the Madgod's army, along with the Aureal. The two groups have a great rivalry, each believing they are Sheogorath's favored. The Mazken are charged with guarding Dementia, apparently due to a masochistic streak.[7] In times of peace, they act as guards, patrolling the realm for criminals and hostile creatures. In times of war, they favor blunt weapons and are placed under the command of the Duke of Dementia. The Mazken have a strict hierarchy, ascending in rank as follows: Kiskengo; Kiskella; Kiskedrig; Grakendo; Grakella; Grakedrig; Autkendo.

History[edit]

The Invasion of the Battlespire[edit]

During the Daedric invasion of the Battlespire, Mehrunes Dagon recruited many Mazken to his ranks. They turned on their previous mistress, Nocturnal Lieutenant Jaciel Morgen, and captured one of their (former) patron Nocturnal's realms, Shade Perilous, for Dagon. Those who willingly shifted their allegiance were rewarded by being remade in the image of Dagon's own greed and treachery—becoming not only physically stronger, but also gifted with powerful bat-winged forms.[3]

The Mazken attacked the Battlespire, each wielding a Daedric Crescent, before retiring back to Oblivion and leaving the scamps and vermai to clean up. Other Daedric clans, notably Clan Dremora and their master Imago Storm, were displeased with Dagon's acceptance of the Mazken. Dagon himself held no such prejudices, going so far as to take a Mazken as his bodyguard and lover, and gifting her with the Sword of the Moon Reiver. This bodyguard was slain by an apprentice battlemage, who then used the sword to banish Dagon, destroying the Battlespire in the process.[3]

The Warp in the West[edit]

Following the destruction of the Battlespire, winged Mazken were regularly sighted in the Iliac Bay area in the years leading up to the Warp in the West.[2]

The Daedric Prince Malacath was betrayed by a Mazken whom he had gifted with power and beauty. The Prince had a mysterious agent of the Blades track her down to a dungeon in the Iliac Bay area and slay her in return for Volendrung.[8] The agent was also tricked by an Orc warlord into taking a Daedric lodestone from a Mazken, with the promise of the artifact Chrysamere, which the warlord did not possess. The Mazken revealed the Orc's plot to the agent, providing a magical pearl to break the illusion, but the ultimate result of this conflict is unknown.[9]

Also of note, Princess Elysana of Wayrest contracted the agent to return a robe she borrowed to Lord Castellian, the senior member of Wayrest's elder council, while he was on holiday. Castellian had the ear of Elysana's father, King Eadwyre, and made no secret of his desire to wed the princess. Perhaps due in part to these facts, Elysana had the robe enchanted so that when worn, it would summon a small horde of Mazken to attack and kill the wearer. It is unknown if Lord Castellian ultimately received it or if the agent decided to try it on; regardless, the Daedra were sent back to Oblivion, taking the cursed garment with them.[10]

The Oblivion Crisis[edit]

In 3E 433 the Wellspring of the Mazken was taken by Order, who had invaded Pinnacle Rock, turning all Mazken to stone. Sheogorath's Champion destroyed the Order crystals blocking the water, reviving them.[11] The Champion earned their respect, and later their adoration when Sheogorath was freed from his curse and the Champion became the new Madgod.

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The term "Mazken" appeared for the first time in the Shivering Isles expansion pack for TES IV: Oblivion; the Seducer enemies also appeared under slightly differing names in TES II: Daggerfall and An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire.
  • The wings attached to Dark Seducers, or "Daedra Seducers" as they are called in Daggerfall, appear to gradually vanish when folded, only to re-appear when fully expanded. This seems to imply that the wings are either conjured by a spell, or simply become transparent while unused. The former is consistent with most of their later appearances (barring Battlespire), where Dark Seducers completely lack any signs of wings.
  • The box art for Battlespire depicts a winged Dark Seducer wielding a Daedric Crescent.

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dark Seducer's dialogue in Shivering Isles
  2. ^ a b c d Events of Daggerfall
  3. ^ a b c d e Events of Battlespire
  4. ^ a b Events of Shivering Isles
  5. ^ Saints and SeducersAndoche Marie
  6. ^ The Daedric language skill in Daggerfall
  7. ^ Sheogorath's dialogue in Shivering Isles
  8. ^ Malacath's Quest in Daggerfall
  9. ^ The Impostor quest in Daggerfall
  10. ^ Elysana's Robe quest in Daggerfall
  11. ^ The Helpless Army quest in Shivering Isles