Lord Naarifin was a Thalmor general who led the assault on Cyrodiil during the Great War. After the success of his initial assault on Cyrodiil, he attacked and captured the Imperial City. It was said that he was a Boethiah worshipper who intended to bring about a prophecy known as "the Culling", the implementation of which involved mass Daedric summoning. He was defeated in battle by either Emperor Titus Mede II, or, in lesser-known stories, by the Forgotten Hero masquerading as the Emperor. He was then hanged from the White-Gold Tower for thirty-three days. One source claims he was carried away by a winged Daedra on the thirty-fourth.
Prince Naemon was the eldest son of King Hidellith and Kinlady Tuinden. Upon the disappearance of his elder sister Ayrenn, he was named heir in her stead. He studied the Royal Ceremoniarchy for nearly ten years to prepare for his future rule, and in 2E 575 he matriculated into the Sapiarchs' Labyrinth. He was noted to seemingly delight in the traditional responsibilities required of an heir. When King Hidellith passed in 2E 580, Naemon made preparations to speak the eighty-eight day Coronation Liturgy, which would enable him to inherit the throne. However, Ayrenn made an unexpected return and claimed the throne of Alinor, assuming the position on the 7th of Frost Fall.
At some point, Naemon married High Kinlady Estre, the canonreeve of Skywatch. During the Alliance War of 2E 582, he and Estre accompanied Queen Ayrenn in her visitations to Aldmeri Dominion territory, and eventually Ayrenn ordered Estre's death for leading the Veiled Heritance, an Altmeri nationalist group. He was visibly distressed by Estre's death, but carried on to make preparations for Ayrenn's ratification ceremony in the Orrery of Elden Root. He used the opportunity to betray his sister and entered the heart of the Orrery. The Orrery painfully transformed him into an ogrim, which made him fly into a rage. He was soon killed. Queen Ayrenn covered up the truth of her brother's demise, and claimed that Naemon died a hero.
However, his corpse was taken by his devoted attendant, Vicereeve Pelidil, who assumed leadership of the remnants of the Veiled Heritance and stole the Staff of Magnus from its vault in Marbruk. Using its power, he returned Naemon from the dead as a lich to lead armies of undead and unleash corruption in Greenshade, with plans to supplant all of Valenwood with a realm of darkness known as the Shadow Wood. Using the Staff, Naemon attempted to corrupt the Heart of Valenwood in the Ayleid ruins of Hectahame. However, his shade was ultimately destroyed by Dominion forces who infiltrated the ruins.
In death, Naemon's soul was claimed by Molag Bal, who brought him to his palace of Heart's Grief in Coldharbour to be tortured for all eternity, trapped beneath a sheet of ice. The Five Companions encountered him here, but were unable to free him from his torment. However, his spirit is believed to have eventually passed on to Aetherius.
Naenra Waerr (?b - ?d)
Naenra Waerr was an ancient witch responsible for the creation of the Umbra Sword at the request of Clavicus Vile. Naenra supposedly tricked Vile, and the piece of his power which was imbued in the sword became a sentient being named Umbra. Because of this trickery, some accredit Naenra with having been Sheogorath in disguise. The witch was executed for her evil creation, but not before she was able to hide the sword.
Nahfahlaar (also known as Nafaalilargus, sometimes spelled Nafalilargus or N'falilaargas) was a red dragon who often allied with mortals for his own protection. He acknowledged that dragons are bound by Fenjuntiid, the will of Akatosh, meaning that it is in a dragon's nature to pursue domination. However, he was willing to ally himself with select mortals in order to bide time and ensure his presence for events that may require his intervention. In more ancient times, he allied with the Dragonguard and Pride of Alkosh to defeat his archenemy, Laatvulon. He took a liking to Ja'darri, a member of the Pride, being remembered in the legends of the moon priests as the Red Beast. He would later go on to serve as the proud soldier of Tiber Septim, before eventually being killed at the hands of Cyrus.
Nahfahlaar repeatedly allied himself with mortal protectors, which had prevented the Dragonguard from eliminating him. The earliest recorded alliance was with King Casimir II of Wayrest, which the Dragonguard successfully ended in 2E 369.
Nahagliiv was among the dragons to die during the Dragon War era, with his remains being gathered by the Dragon Cult and buried in a dragon mound west of Rorikstead. By 2E 373, local tales still named him as the dragon buried near the town, and the Blades recorded him in their atlas of dragons as being deceased by report.
Upon his return, Alduin began the process of resurrecting the many dead dragons buried throughout Skyrim in ancient times by the Dragon Cult. Nahagliiv made a reappearance approximately before the reformed Blades unsealed Sky Haven Temple, and attempted to terrorize the town of Rorikstead. The Last Dragonborn slew Nahagliiv and absorbed his soul. Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Nahagliiv was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.
Ambassador-Lord Naigon Strale (?b - ?d)
Naigon Strale was a nobleman and an expert mage that was active in the late-Third Era around the Warp in the West. In his time, he was an agent of the Blades and even an ambassador to Emperor Uriel Septim VII. He makes an appearance in the historical fiction book, the Mystery of Talara, in which the book describes him as "a stocky, well-dressed young man with a bald pate and a commanding presence of authority." In the book, he is an important character that became involved in a greater conspiracy with the lost Princess of Camlorn.
Na-Kesh was the Tree-Minder of the Xit-Xaht tribe and a skilled alchemist. She was obsessed with returning Black Marsh to the pre-Duskfall way of life, and made use of her mad Hist's tainted sap to this end.
The psychotic Hist of Mazzatun, Tsono-Xuhil, does not possess ordinary sap. It instead weeps an ominous substance known colloquially as amber plasm from its bark, which drives those who ingest or bathe in it mad. Na-Kesh performed cruel alchemical experiments with the amber plasm, and it was through these experiments that she was able to harness the power of the substance. She manipulated the plasm in just the right way to enhance a Saxhleel's speed and strength, and did so to herself.
She planned on distributing a brew made of the mad Hist's sap to the whole Xit-Xaht tribe so they could ascend, conquer Black Marsh, and eventually take all of Tamriel. She was defeated in 2E 582 by the Undaunted, just after the Xit-Xaht raided the village of the nearby Su-Zahleel tribe and enslaved its inhabitants.
Nandor Beraid (?b - 3E ?d)
The champion of Empress Katariah. His defeat of Raphalas Eul, and the political implications of the duel, are discussed in the novel The Armorer's Challenge. He was renowned as possibly one of the greatest warriors who ever lived, and it is said he could adeptly wield any weapon ever invented. However, he drowned in the Sea of Ghosts when he was unable to speedily remove his armor.
Narilmor was the king of the Ayleid city of Garlas Malatar. A zealous adherent of the Daedric Prince Meridia, he was regarded as Meridia's second favorite champion after Umaril the Unfeathered. Garlas Malatar and its people prospered under Narilmor's reign, and he was beloved despite the harsh punishments he meted out for violations of Meridian law. In the years after the Alessian Slave Rebellion, Merdia presented half of the fabled Wrathstone to Garlas Malatar with a warning of the impending fall of the Ayleid Empire. Narilmor took charge of the Wrathstone's protection and sealed off his city, denying aid and asylum to Ayleid refugees from other kingdoms to ensure the artifact remained safe. It is believed that Garlas Malatar was ultimately destroyed from within by internal conflict or sabotage brought on by Narilmor resorting to ever more ruthless ways to silence dissent as his people turned against him. Centuries later, in 2E 582, Narilmor survived as a Meridian Purified, a servant of Meridia who had been granted immortality at the cost of his free will. He was finally vanquished by a group of adventurers, putting an end to his three thousand year vigil over the Wrathstone.
Imperial ruler of Bruma during the Oblivion Crisis. The Nibenean Heartlander had a reputation for being a devout chapel goer, a respected ruler, and a cunning and ruthless negotiator, though she was also known for sharp-dealing and treachery. Not that she wasn't popular; her people seemed to think she was tough, cold, and cranky, but also believed that Bruma was in good hands. She was a supporter of High Chancellor Ocato during the Crisis. She was also something of a scholar and an avid collector of Akaviri artifacts. The Countess funded an expedition which rediscovered the Akaviri fort at Pale Pass, which had been covered by a rockslide. Together with the Champion of Cyrodiil and Martin Septim, she orchestrated the Battle of Bruma, one of the most epic and crucial victories against the Daedra during the Crisis.
Naryu Virian (?b - ?d)
Nataly Dravarol (?b - ?d)
Master Neloth (?b - ?d)
Master Neloth is a Mage Lord and Councilor of House Telvanni. In 3E 427, he was Master of Sadrith Mora, and resided there in the tower of Tel Naga where his Mouth was Arara Uvulas. He sported a collection of rare treasures, which at one point included Mehrunes' Razor, although these were often stolen by other Telvanni. He also enjoyed kidnapping the daughters of Redoran Councilors, an interest he shared with another prominent Telvanni, Divayth Fyr. A gifted enchanter, he studied and collected staffs made by Azra Nightwielder and showed a fondness for canis root tea. Along with the other Telvanni councilors, he recognized the Nerevarine as Hortator.
During his time in Sadrith Mora, several of his fellow Telvanni councilors were thought to have been assassinated at the behest of Arch-Mage Trebonius Artorius of the Mages Guild. Neloth survived and went on to become the most powerful wizard of House Telvanni, maybe even the most powerful wizard in all of Morrowind.
Founder and ruler of Corgrad on Summerset Isle at the time of the Thrassian Plague c. 1E 2200. He drowned the city in an effort to stop the disease from spreading, then used blood sacrifices from the city's survivors to prolong his and his family's lives by magical means in a desiccated condition while he searched for a permanent cure. To these survivors and their descendants, who lived in caverns underground, Nemfarion and his kin became known as "the Saviors", since his blood magic suppressed the symptoms of the Plague. He attempted to claim the life of a distant descendant of his own clan named Faidur as part of a ritual to revive himself fully, but his servants were defeated by the Vestige and Nemfarion himself crumbled into dust when the ritual was broken.
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.
Nerevarine (?b - ?d)
Believed to be the reincarnation of Chimeri warlord Indoril Nerevar, fulfilling the Nerevarine Prophecy. The Nerevarine arrived in Morrowind in 3E 427 by the order of Emperor Uriel Septim VII, ended the Blight, and defeated Dagoth Ur, among many other things. Rumors swirled at the end of the Third Era that the Nerevarine went on an expedition to Akavir and has not been heard from since.
Nesmyt (?b - ?d)
Nesmyt (also spelled Nezmyt) was the leader of the Scenarist Guild, which he ruled with an iron fist. Originally, Nesmyt was an Acolyte of the Mages Guild, but he was looked down upon by his colleagues due to his low rank. To rise in rank, he had to pledge fealty to Vychamp, the Mercenary Guild's self-styled leader. Nesmyt would not do this, as Vychamp had emasculated his children out of jealousy over his spouse. Nesmyt also began to hallucinate in his sleep.
It is unknown how Nesmyt rose to become the leader of the Scenarist Guild, which had existed for hundreds of years prior to his tortured path to membership in the Mages Guild. In 3E 370, Nesmyt created a sect of Imperial scribes who were charged with recording all historical events, beginning with the defeat of Jagar Tharn in 3E 399. Smuggled out by an anonymous renegade guild member, the book, now known as The Daggerfall Chronicles, was hidden in a shrine to the Oracle in the Dragontail Mountains.
Night Mother (?b - ?d)
At the head of the Dark Brotherhood hierarchy is the Night Mother, an immortal spirit who is revered and worshipped by the Brotherhood. She is only ever met face-to-face in very exceptional circumstances and is seen as a phantom-like form. When a person prays for the death of another, the Night Mother hears and passes on the details of the prayer to her Listener. At this point, the Listener informs a Speaker, who then goes to meet the hiring party in order to draw up a contract. According to Dark Brotherhood beliefs, she is the wife of Sithis and bore five children. It is said that she and her children were the first sacrifices to Sithis many years ago.
It is unclear who the Night Mother is exactly. In the book Fire and Darkness: The Brotherhoods of Death, the Night Mother is identified as the Daedra Prince Mephala. In another book entitled Sacred Witness, the Night Mother is identified as a former Thieves Guild member. And in the well known 2920 series of books she is seen as head of the Morag Tong, because the Dark Brotherhood only split well into the Second Era. The Night Mother is likely to have lived during the Second Era, although the woman represented by the statue in Bravil lived in the First Era, which suggests the two are not the same person.
Nikulas (?b - ?d)
Nikulas was a Nord warrior from the Second Era. He and four companions embarked on a quest to find Sovngarde. However, Nikulas, Erlendr, and Hunroor were betrayed by the wizard Grimkell, who turned them into stone pillars at Brodir Grove on Solstheim. They were avenged by Ulfgar the Unending, who killed the wizard. All of the friends eventually did find their way to Sovngarde.
Queen Nulfaga (3E 336 - ?d)
Queen Nulfaga (later titled Dowager Queen, Queen Mother, and variations thereof, also known as the Mad Witch of the Wrothgarian Mountains) was the wife of King Arslan II and mother of King Lysandus, both of the Kingdom of Daggerfall. Nulfaga was a renowned mystic, and kept as her familiar a dragon, Skakmat. In 3E 401, Nulfaga located the Mantella, the heart of the ancient golem Numidium, in her astral travels.
During the War of Betony in 3E 403, Nulfaga foresaw her son's doom and withdrew to her castle, Shedungent, in the Wrothgarian Mountains. When word came that Lysandus had died during the Battle of Cryngaine Field, slain by an arrow to the throat, the news drove her mad with grief. In reality, King Lysandus had been assassinated before the battle, and when his ghost began haunting the streets of Daggerfall at night, Emperor Uriel Septim VII sent an agent of the Blades to investigate. This agent found Nulfaga alive (but still mad). Nulfaga regained her senses after the agent unmasked and took down Lysandus' murderer, allowing his spirit to rest at last. Nulfaga later sent the agent to Aetherius to retrieve the Mantella, an act which led to the phenomenon known as the Warp in the West.
Numinex (?b - ?d)
A few ancient bard texts assert Numinex was particularly foul-tempered because he was extremely old. In these accounts, the dragon spends his final years terrorizing the countryside before flying off to the top of Mount Anthor to die in peace, but was interrupted by the opportunistic Olaf. This version of the story is questionable however, as dragons do not actually die of old age. Regardless, Numinex had wiped out entire villages, burned cities, and killed countless Nords. Along with a few trusted warriors, Olaf confronted and fought Numinex at his lair atop Mount Anthor. The two battled, blade against claw, by some accounts for days.
Eventually, their battle incorporated the thu'um, and the two engaged in an epic shouting duel. Finally, Numinex collapsed from a combination of injury and sheer exhaustion. Somehow—and this detail is conspicuously absent in virtually every account—Olaf managed to convey the dragon all the way back to the capital city of Whiterun. By Olaf's decree, the city's keep was renovated to become a prison for Numinex. Since then, the great keep has been called "Dragonsreach".
Numinex was apparently driven half-mad by many, many years of loneliness and captivity, though Paarthurnax would manage to visit him from time to time. While it is claimed Numinex eventually escaped, his skull can still be seen hanging above the Jarl's throne at Dragonsreach. Due to the nature of dragons, Numinex is not truly dead and could be raised again, although his scattered remains make this an unlikely possibility.
Lord Nunex Faleria (?b - ?d)
Queen Nurnhilde (?b - 2E 572)
Daughter of Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair of Windhelm. She was the elder sister of twins Jorunn and Fildgor, and thus fated to take the throne. During the Akaviri Invasion of 2E 572, Queen Mabjaarn went down defending Windhelm, so Nurnhilde briefly assumed rulership before she was also killed during the invasion. For this, she earned the title "The Brief Queen". She was succeeded by Jorunn, and buried in the catacombs of Fort Morvunskar with the Crown of Freydis.
During the Alliance War of 2E 582, Fildgor stole Nurnhilde's body along with the Crown of Freydis. He planned to summon her soul and fuse it with his, forcing the crown to recognize him as the rightful ruler of Skyrim. Her spirit appeared to warn soldiers of the Ebonheart Pact of her brother's plans.
- Story of Legends
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- Tamrielic Lore — Yagrum Bagarn
- Hallgerd's Tale — Tavi Dromio
- Guide to Bruma — Alessia Ottus
- Events of Oblivion
- Pale Pass Discovery!
- Kinlord Nemfarion's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
- Events of Wasting Away in ESO: Summerset
- Events of Morrowind
- The Brothers' War
- Second Invasion: Reports
- Events of Elder Scrolls Online