Lore:Moonshadow

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Moonshadow
Type Plane
Realm Oblivion
A Crimson Shard of Moonshadow
"Too much beauty [...] I am half blind. I see flowers and waterfalls, majestic trees, a city of silver, but it is all a blur. The colors run like water. It's raining now, and the wind smells like perfume. This surely is Moonshadow, where Azura dwells." — Morian Zenas, from Seif-ij Hidja's The Doors of Oblivion

Moonshadow is a realm of Oblivion created and ruled over by the Daedric Prince Azura, Queen of Dawn and Dusk.[1][2] The realm is said to hold "[t]oo much beauty", so much so it can render mortal visitors "half-blind", and contain flowers, waterfalls, and a city of silver. Azura herself resides in a rose palace, and is welcoming to mortal travelers.[1]

To the Khajiit, Moonshadow is where Azurah tends the Gates of the Crossing—the bridge between Nirni and the afterlife beyond.[3][4] According to myth, as Azurah wept in the Great Darkness after the death of her mother, the light from her tears chased away the Darkness and eventually left a "place of moonlight and shadow".[5] Khajiiti mythology also writes that when Magrus fled from Boethra and Lorkhaj after the former had plucked his eye out,[6] he fell into the Moonshadow. There, Azurah judged him as too fearful to rule a sphere, and tore out his other eye. The blinded Magrus fled to the heavens, and Azurah made of his eye a "stone to reflect the Varliance Gate".[7]

During the Second Era, the Ashlander inhabitants of Ald'ruhn had come into possession of several Crimson Shards of Moonshadow, large red crystals which glow with a powerful red light.[8] Several pieces of armor of Daedric quality found in Tamriel are thought to have originated from Moonshadow; they are enchanted with a strong magical light enchantment, but are otherwise unremarkable.[9]

Notes[edit]

  • "Moonshadow" is also another name for Azura.
  • Mortals born under the sign of The Shadow are known to have the ability to turn invisible. This ability is called "Moonshadow", although it is unclear if there is any connection to Azura's realm.
  • In a speech to the Champion of Cyrodiil, Mankar Camoran incorrectly names Mephala's realms the "ten Moonshadows".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Doors of OblivionSeif-ij Hidja
  2. ^ Modern HereticsHaderus of Gottlesfont
  3. ^ Mazza-Mirri's dialogue
  4. ^ Shando-ri's dialogue
  5. ^ The Favored Daughter of FadomaiAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  6. ^ The Wandering SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  7. ^ The Sky SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  8. ^ Ald'ruhn daily quests in ESO
  9. ^ Moonshadow gauntlets and shield in Oblivion
  10. ^ Mankar Camoran's dialogue in Oblivion.