Namira is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is the ancient Darkness. She is also known as the Lady of Decay, the Spirit Daedra and the Goddess of the Dark. Namira is the ruler of sundry dark and shadowy spirits, and is often associated with slugs, spiders, and other things that inspire mortals with instinctive revulsion, though the symbol of a bat is featured on her emblem. The Khajiit believe that all creatures who feed on rotten flesh are her spies. She is the Daedric Prince of spirits and shadows, as well as the patron of vermin and squalor. Namira also appears to be associated with beggars and the beggaring gifts of disease, pity, and disregard. Namira and her shadowy endeavors are often recognized to bear some association with eternity. Somewhat in line with this, the Khajiit believe that she is a spirit of infinite realms. Namira sees herself as the rightful ruler of all spirits. In some culture's creation stories, she is responsible for the corrupting Lorkhan, or making a deal with him during his endeavor to create Mundus.
Mortals who become ensnared by this spirit are tortured until they forget who they were and know only Namira. Ancient Khajiit knew her as an Ur-dra, a term also used to describe Nocturnal. It implies that the owner of the title is the "eldest and most powerful of the Daedric Princes". Hermaeus Mora is similarly called the Ur-Daedra who is "elder than Ada". Namira's followers and the priesthood of Arkay have clashed in the past. Namira counts Azurah, the Twilight Cantors, Khenarthi and Ebonarm among her enemies. Her summoning day is Marukh's Day, the 9th of Second Seed.
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Lord Indoril Nerevar, also called Saint Nerevar Moon-and-Star, the Champion of Azura, the Hero of Red Mountain, and Godkiller, was the Chimeri king of Resdayn (modern-day Morrowind). As the Hortator, or Great Ashkhan, of the united Chimer people, he forged an alliance with the Dwemer, and he was one of the founders of the First Council, uniting all the people of Resdayn for the first time in 1E 416. Nerevar then took on the title of "First Councilor". The alliance eventually broke down, leading to the War of the First Council. At the climactic Battle of Red Mountain circa 1E 700, Nerevar led the Chimer to victory, though he died shortly after the battle under disputed circumstances.
Under the Tribunal Temple, he was known as the Herald of the Triune Way. Ashlander prophecies of his "rebirth" as the Nerevarine and heroic return to Morrowind fueled the creation of the Nerevarine Cult. St. Nerevar the Captain, patron of Warriors and Statesmen, became one of the foremost saints of the Dunmeri faith, along with his wife, Almalexia the Warden, Lord Sotha Sil the Magus, Lord Vivec the Poet, and Saint Veloth the Pilgrim. Nerevar became the patron saint of House Redoran.
Also known as the Nine or the Nines. The nine great faiths and gods of Tamriel. They are the Aedra: Akatosh, Arkay, Dibella, Julianos, Kynareth, Mara, Stendarr, Zenithar, and the once mortal god Talos (some stories maintain that Arkay was also once a mortal). Before the apotheosis of Tiber Septim as Talos in the Third Era, it was the Eight Divines, and the Empire would officially return to the worship of only the Eight Divines pursuant to the White-Gold Concordat at the end of the Great War in the Fourth Era.
Nir is the source of Creation as mentioned in the Anuad creation myth. Anthropomorphized as feminine, she is said to have formed through the interaction of the primal forces of Stasis and Change, who are represented by Anu and Padomay respectively. In this story, while both are said to have fallen in love with Nir, she chose Anu over Padomay and became pregnant. When Nir rejected Padomay's confession of love he became enraged and attacked her. Afterwards, she gave birth to Creation but soon died from her injuries.
This can be compared and contrasted with Fadomai in the Khajiiti creation myth who shares an equivalent place within their respective mythologies. According to Varieties of Faith in Tamriel, the goddess Mara is sometimes associated with Nir.
Nirni is the personification of Nirn in Khajiiti mythology and is considered the mother of all mortal life in the Mundus. She is one of the children of Fadomai's third litter, along with Jone, Jode, Azurah and Lorkhaj. From birth, Nirni and Azura were rivals and fought for their mother's favor, which led to one of Nirni's epithets as the Jealous Sister. This jealousy is used in some tales to explain the harshness of the Khajiit homeland, as a response to their status as Azurah's favored people. Other titles she is known by are The Green Mother and the Spirit of Harmony.
On Fadomai's deathbed, she gifted Nirni with knowledge that she would become the mother of numerous children. In turn, it was Nirni who asked Lorkhaj to create a place so she could birth them. This resulted in Lorkhaj's trickery of the other spirits and his subsequent punishment. Various stories have romantically linked Nirni to both Y'ffre/Y'ffer and Hircine, with some stories claiming that the latter fathered the children that would be used to create the first Khajiit. Her relationship with Y'ffre depends on which legend is being told; in Amun-dro's texts Nirni was said to have chosen Y'ffer as her mate after he created the first flower for her. On the other hand, the stories attributed to Clan Mother Ahnissi show their relationship as something more platonic. After Y'ffre recounts Azurah's creation of the Khajiit from spirits to Nirni, she allows him to alter some of her other children in the same manner, resulting in the Bosmer.
Nocturnal is a Daedric Prince, or "Daedric Princess", whose sphere is the night and darkness. She is also known as the Mistress of Shadows, the Unfathomable Mistress of Shadows, the Shadow Thief, the Unfathomable, the Empress of Murk, the Shadow Queen, the Shadowy Hag (while donning her cowl), the Lady of the Twilight the Daughter of Twilight, the Lady of Shadows, the Mistress of Mystery, the Mother of Shadows, Lady Luck, the Night Mistress, the Prince of Night and Darkness, and the Saint of Suspicion.
The most prestigious title Nocturnal goes by is the title of Ur-dra, which implies that she is the "eldest and most powerful of the Daedric Princes", and is a title which the Imperial Geographical Society claims nearly all the Royalty of Oblivion recognize. The title was also used by ancient Khajiit to describe Namiira, the Eldest Spirit. While this belief conflicts with Nocturnal's claim over the title, it does complement her claim that she is part of the original void, in that she came from the black blood of the Dark Heart of Lorkhaj, which is a piece of "primal Void". Nocturnal herself claims that "before Oblivion, there was Nocturnal". Hermaeus Mora is similarly called an Ur-Daedra who is "elder than Ada".
Nocturnal is associated with, and often depicted alongside, jet-black ravens and crows, which are said to possess the ability to speak. Nocturnal's summoning day is the 3rd of Hearth Fire, although she may be summoned at any time at a shrine dedicated to her. Nocturnal's enemies are Ebonarm, Meridia, Mehrunes Dagon, and Azura.
Notorgo lends his name to spells such as Notorgo's Curse and Feet of Notorgo. He is often invoked to request fleetness in the delivery of a message.
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius
- Ark'ay, the God of Birth and Death — Mymophonus the scribe
- The Talos Mistake — Leonora Venatus
- The Annotated Anuad
- Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi — Clan Mother Ahnissi
- Varieties of Faith in Tamriel — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Tale of the Elements — Nalae-Polek, Poet Laureate to Potentate Versidue-Shaie