Pelinal Whitestrake depicted in a painting battling Umaril the Unfeathered
Pelinal Whitestrake fought alongside Morihaus as the champion of Queen Alessia during the Alessian Slave Rebellion of the early First Era. Pelinal is one name for the "legendary immortal hero" who wandered Tamriel in the Late Merethic Era building up kingdoms and inevitably abandoning them to wander again. Legends say he often had stretches of homicidal madness, during which he slew indiscriminately and took a toll on the very landscape itself.
The name Pelinal means "glorious knight". It is a corruption of Pelin-El, which means "the Star-Made Knight". He was referred to in many different ways during the Alessian Rebellion, and was known as Pelinal Insurgent, Pelinal the Bloody, Pelinal the Blamer and Pelinal the Third. This last moniker, "Pelinal the Third", suggests a relationship with other supernatural champions of mankind, such as Harrald Hairy-Breeks and Hans the Fox. Altmeri sources suggest that he is one and the same, although it is unlikely that this is the whole story, given his more alien characteristics and persona and the fact that he cannot easily be described as a king or sorcerer. Another theory on his title of "the Third" is that it comes from him being the third vision received by St. Alessia in her prayers to the gods for mankind's freedom from the Ayleids. He is often referred to as the Divine Crusader.
Described by Morihaus as an ada, or "spirit", some believe Pelinal was another in a long line of avatars sent by Shor to champion the cause of mankind. Pelinal, however, is exceptional in this group because he, through his relationship with Alessia, held significant ties to Akatosh, a deity from a different pantheon than Shor. He also carried strange weapons and armor gifted by the Eight Divines. His reputation varies widely. One legend claims he came to Tamriel from Atmora as part of Ysgramor's Five Hundred Companions.[UOL 1] Among Imperials, he is a hero who helped free Cyrodiil from oppression. Among mer, he is the vicious Nibenay warlord who led the Elven Pogrom, and the Khajiit revile him because he mistook them for another type of Aldmeri, slaughtering many before his mistake became apparent.
The Alessian Rebellion
He served the revolution by slaying the Sorcerer-Kings of the Ayleid city-states in single combat, including Haromir of Copper and Tea, Gordhaur the Shaper, and the Fire-King Hadhuul. However, after the death of the hoplite Huna, who he had raised up and loved well, Pelinal would descend into several flights of madness during which he cut vast swathes in mindless fury. Khajiiti tradition holds that one of Pelinal's flights of madness was stopped by Alkosh, Dragon King of Cats, at the site of the present-day temple Sunspire, leaving a timewound. According to tradition, Pelinal was served by Vilius Tharn, "Blade-Serrator and Master of the Abbatoir", a claimed ancestor of the Tharn family. Towards the end of the war as rebel forces began moving closer to the White-Gold Tower, Umaril the Unfeathered challenged him to a duel. Outraged by other rebel leaders' hesitation to attack White-Gold Tower, he went in alone to confront Umaril. However, upon his arrival, Umaril first weakened Pelinal by sending in soldiers whom he had been saving for that moment, knowing full well they would die. It was only after Pelinal was bleeding and wounded that Umaril finally came down to fight him. Pelinal slew Umaril nonetheless, but his victory was short-lived. The other elf kings descended upon him and cut him into eight pieces in mockery of the Eight Divines, leaving only his head to be found by Morihaus.
- For game-specific information, see the Oblivion article.
- The Song of Pelinal, v 1
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of
- The Song of Pelinal, v 6
- The Song of Pelinal, v 2
- The words of The Prophet
- Shezarr and the Divines — Faustillus Junius
- Events of the Knights of the Nine
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Song of Pelinal, v 3
- Moon-Bishop Azin-jo's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
- House Tharn of Nibenay — Count Opius Voteporix
- The Song of Pelinal, v 7
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.