Abnur Tharn was the Imperial Grand Chancellor of the Elder Council and overlord of Nibenay during the middle of the Second Era. Much like his ancestors, who were known for holding positions of power throughout Cyrodiil since the days of the Akaviri Potentate, Tharn served as advisor to various emperors and kings for over 117 years. During the turbulent rise and fall of Cyrodiilic rulers during the Interregnum, Tharn was the sole constant, providing continuity and consistency to the Empire of Cyrodiil. Fiercely loyal to the Empire, Tharn became Chancellor of Elder Council in 2E 465 and has served as the Imperial Battlemage ever since. Tharn is also the author of various texts.
Chief-Crier Adara'hai (?b - ?d)
Chief-Crier Adara'hai was a leading figure of the Twilight Cantors in the mid-Second Era. She was responsible for several high-profile instances of dro-m'Athra vanquishing around the time of the Planemeld.
Ada'Soom Dir-Kamal (?b - ?d)
In 2E 572, he led an army of his people in an invasion of Tamriel, reportedly in search of a person or object roughly translated as the "Ordained Receptacle". Dir-Kamal's army landed in Skyrim near the city of Windhelm, which they subsequently besieged and sacked. Wulfharth, the Underking, was summoned to help repel the invasion of the "Akaviri demon" (sources differ on who summoned him). Dir-Kamal decided to bypass Riften and retreat from Skyrim, instead setting his sights on Mournhold. The Nords refused to let him get away and pursued him into Morrowind, where his army was crushed between them, a Dunmer army led by Almalexia, and a third force of Argonian Shellbacks. Remnants of Dir-Kamal's army survived this battle and resurfaced years later in Cyrodiil, where they seized the Imperial Throne from the successors of the Emperor Attrebus.
King Aeradan Camoran (?b - ?d)
Aeradan Camoran was the Bosmeri king of Valenwood during the mid-Second Era. His reign began after a civil war for sovereignty with his cousin, Gelthior Camoran, but later, he was among the leaders that spearheaded the first-iteration of the Aldmeri Dominion in 2E 582, as well as, part of the original Inner Council of the Thalmor.
Aetherion is an experimental Celestial created by the Nedes of Skyreach while they were researching the power of nirncrux. It took the form of an ethereal Daedric Titan, a Daedric perversion of the dragon that was created by Molag Bal. Aetherion was close to immortal, and would simply condense back into a core of Aetherial energy when its corporeal form was destroyed. It was imprisoned within Skyreach Pinnacle in Hammerfell along with the lesser Celestials some time after 1E 808, when Yokudan invaders sealed the Nedic wards.
In 2E 582, the Scaled Court unsealed the ruins in their attempt to understand the Nedes' usage of nirncrux. This freed the dangerous Celestials within, forcing the cultists to retreat. The expedition leader, Mederic Vyger, subsequently left the Court and attempted to set things right. He enlisted the aid of the Vestige and re-entered the ruins to fight back against the Celestials and restore the wards. Aetherion appeared at the very end of the ritual in an attempt to stop Vyger, but the intruders destroyed his core and the wards were successfully restored.
The significance of the destruction of Aetherion Core's is unknown. As such, it is unknown if the Celestial still exists.
Agnorith (?b - ?d)
Ahzidal (?b - ?d)
Ahzidal (meaning "the Embittered Destroyer" or literally "Bitter Destroyer" in the Dragon Language) was the first great Nord enchanter, and possibly the first human to master the Elven methods of enchanting.
Prince Aiden Direnni (?b - ?d)
Prince Aiden Direnni was a member of the Altmer Direnni Clan. Often spoken of alongside his cousins Ryain Direnni and Raven Direnni, Aiden won many battles against the Alessian Empire in 1E 480. His crowning achievement was leading Direnni forces to victory against the Alessians in the Battle of Glenumbra Moors in 1E 482, ending their ambitions of conquering High Rock.
Akorithi (sometimes Akorith-i) was Queen of the Kingdom of Sentinel and wife of King Camaron, and became the Queen Regent upon her husband's death at the Battle of Cryngaine Field in 3E 403. Akorithi and Camaron were the parents of Arthago, Aubk-i, Greklith, and Lhotun.
As the ruler of Sentinel, Akorithi played a major role in the events that culminated in the Warp in the West in 3E 417. She and Greklith both died of a plague sometime near the end of the Third Era, and the queen was succeeded by her youngest son, Lhotun.
Alandro Sul (?b - ?d)
Alandro Sul (or Alandro-Sul) was the shield-companion of Nerevar during the War of the First Council. It is said he is the immortal son of Azura. According to an ancient Nordic account of the Battle of Red Mountain, he wore the Wraith Mail during the battle, and fought the Ash King Wulfharth. He defeated Wulfharth, but was struck blind during the fight. After the battle, he lived with the Ashlanders, and is credited with spreading the belief among them that the Tribunal murdered Nerevar.
Alessia, also known as Queen Alessia, Saint Alessia, the Slave Queen of Cyrodiil, and El-Estia, led the First Era rebellion against the Ayleids, freeing the humans of Cyrodiil from slavery and founding what became the Alessian Empire. As its first Empress, she established a new religion, a fusion of the Nordic and Aldmeri pantheons known as the Eight Divines. On her deathbed in 1E 266, she was sainted by Akatosh (in some stories Shezarr), and her soul placed in the central stone of the Amulet of Kings, thus forging Akatosh's Covenant with men to protect Tamriel from the forces of Oblivion. Belharza the Man-Bull, Alessia's alleged son with the demigod Morihaus, succeeded her as the second Emperor of Cyrodiil. Alessia is the patron saint of humanity.
Alessia is not her birth name, but rather a corruption of a title, Al-Esh ("High Highness"), that was given to her by her followers. Another title bestowed on her was Paravant ("The First"). From corruptions of these two titles come countless other names by which she is known to various peoples, including Perrif, Paravania, and Aleshut. The Alessian Order is so-called because she purportedly appeared to the prophet Marukh in a vision and bestowed her teachings upon him. For more information, see the full article on Alessia.
Countess Alessia Caro was the wife of Count Marius Caro of Leyawiin. They were wed around 3E 432. She was originally Alessia Valga, the daughter of Countess Arriana Valga of Chorrol, and the two visited each other regularly. She and her husband were from prominent Cyrodiilic families, and it was widely speculated they were on their way to the Elder Council. Rumor had it that she was the real power behind the throne, not her husband.
Alisanne Dupre was a member of the Dark Brotherhood who had become the Listener of the Black Hand by the year 4E 187. Her father, Uther Nere, had murdered her mother when she was a young woman, and she fled to join the Brotherhood, vowing to take revenge as an assassin.
Dupre maintained a private residence in Bravil, from which she commuted to the Brotherhood's last Cyrodilic sanctuary in Cheydinhal. While there she discussed the state of the Brotherhood with Rasha, her last remaining Speaker. Among the topics they discussed was the destruction of the Wayrest sanctuary, and the potential re-opening of the Shadowscale training facility in Archon, Black Marsh, a plan that was ultimately abandoned due to lack of funds.
When the feud between Bravil's two largest skooma traffickers turned violent, Dupre was forced to hire a battalion of sellswords to protect her and her property. Ultimately the effort proved futile, as she was tricked by her father, and incinerated by his fiery spell. Dupre was killed while attempting in vain to guard the Night Mother's crypt from desecration.
Amaund Motierre (?b - ?d)
Amaund Motierre is a member of the Motierre family, a very old and powerful Breton family firmly established in Cyrodiil. The family used its influence to secure ties to the Elder Council. Around 4E 201, Amaund took part in a conspiracy with the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate Emperor Titus Mede II, using an amulet specifically crafted for Elder Council members to pay for expenses. The Dark Brotherhood for their part, speculated he was motivated by a desire to gain more power.
Emperor Ami-El (?b - ?d)
Ami-El, sometimes spelled Amiel, was an emperor of the Alessian Empire sometime in the First Era.[UOL 1] In 1E 372, an ultimatum was issued by the Emperor forcing the last remaining Ayleids out of Cyrodiil, including those that sided with Alessia during the Alessian Slave Rebellion such as King Laloriaran Dynar and his subjects in Nenalata.
A renowned knight who first made a name for himself in the War of the Isle, Sir Amiel Lannus was a hero of Cyrodiil, maybe all of Tamriel. He formed the Knights of the Nine in 3E 111, with the aim of recovering the Crusader's Relics of Pelinal Whitestrake. The order attracted the most prestigious knights in Tamriel and performed many great deeds, even recovering four of eight relics. However, the political machinations of the War of the Red Diamond tore the order apart. Sir Amiel spent many of his final years living in solitude in the order's former priory. In 3E 153, he made a final quest to recover an ancient relic he had been seeking for decades, but unfortunately did not survive the attempt.
Lord-Admiral Richton was the Imperial Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai and Admiral of the Imperial New West Navy in 2E 864. He was born in 2E 816 to a minor noble family from Colovia near the Strid River who supported Cuhlecain when he began his bid for the Ruby Throne.
Richton's military career began under Cuhlecain, most likely being around 2E 852, when the Tiber Wars had begun. He quickly distinguished himself as a captain in the New West Navy in its campaign against pirates in the Abecean Sea. This success was noted and he rose through the ranks quickly, with him commanding a squadron in the Battle of the Bjoulsae where Wayrest's naval power was crushed in a surprise dawn attack. Richton became an Admiral after the Admiral Vasi Hadrach was assassinated by a rebellious Reachman in a brothel in Daggerfall. His crowning achievement came during the invasion of Hammerfell, where he led the New West Navy to victory over Prince A'tor's fleet in the Battle of Hunding Bay, with his success largely due to help from the dragon Nafaalilargus.
Richton was very close with Tiber Septim, Septim himself appointed Lord Richton as Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai, with orders to clear the waters of pirates and to guard the strategic Cape of the Blue Divide against the Second Aldmeri Dominion to the south. Septim also warned Richton to not underestimate Richton's bodyguard Dram.
Richton was generally disliked by his new subjects, largely because he was responsible for the death of their Prince and the occupation and partial destruction of their city, along with smaller issues like his new taxes and refusal to let almost anyone into the palace. He also declared the Yokudans on the island traitors and ordered them to leave the city after the Imperials murdered one of their youth. Resistance continued from the Restless League, whose biggest accomplishment was the destruction of his flagship. During this time, the governor's interests lay primarily in continuing to capture Crowns and Leaguesmen, and in exploring the Dwemer ruins on the island. He charged an elderly Bosmer with the repair of the observatory. He also made some attempt to locate the Flask of Lillandril.
In 2E 864, three months after Richton's appointment as Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai, the Sload necromancer N'Gasta had Cyrus the Redguard deliver an amulet to him as thanks for the "generous" killing (therefore capturing souls in N'Gasta's soul snare) and his policy of not intervening in the necromancer's activities. Upon arriving at the palace, Cyrus gave Richton the amulet but tried to interrogate, and resorted to threatening, the governor for information regarding his sister. Richton ordered his guards to arrest Cyrus, and this failing, he then ordered Dram to execute Cyrus. Dram convinced him to let the Redguard live as he could be useful. Hearing of his prisoner's escape, Richton doubled the guard and increased patrols in order to recapture Cyrus. He learned from Dram of Nafaalilargus' death and authorized an attack on the newly discovered Restless League hideout.
Later on, as the palace and docks were being attacked by the Restless League, Richton and Dram had intended to evacuate on an Imperial-owned Dwemer airship, with Richton calling Stros M'Kai "expendable" and that he would return at the head of a fleet and the Emperor's legions. This proved fruitless however as Cyrus managed to board the airship. Following a duel, Richton mocked surrender to lower Cyrus' defenses, so that Dram could sneak behind him. However, the Soul Sword cut down Dram and then stabbed Richton in the chest, killing him. His body crashed into the ground with the airship.
Anahbi was an ancient Khajiiti figure born from the Quin'rawl Peninsula. In legends, she was a skilled jumper who sought to grasp the light of Jone and Jode, the two-moons. When she had fallen into Oblivion, the two-moons saved her, only to have Jone's light taken by Anahbi as she pounced across Nirn again. When they tried to take it back, the moons became entangled and she finally took Jode's light. As she made her escape, the moons had caught her in their embrace. She promised to never steal from them again if she could return to Quin'rawl. Ever since then, speckles of stardust was sprawled on her brow as a reminder of her vow to never return to the stars.
Like Kathutet, Anaxes once served Molag Bal as a torturer and guard. In 2E 582, he and Medrike were sent to Tamriel by Bal to defend a Dark Anchor. However, they were swiftly banished by the Fighters Guild and the Anchor was released. Sometime after this, Anaxes, Medrike, and Kathutet came into the service of Mehrunes Dagon.
Circa 3E 433, Kathutet was ordered by Dagon to serve Mankar Camoran in Gaiar Alata. He was charged with keeping order in the Savage Garden, where the souls of "unmortal" Mythic Dawn members took part in ceaseless combat to prove themselves. Anaxes was appointed Lord of the Savage Garden, and became feared by the cultists as the worst of their tormentors. The cultists eventually succeeded in trapping him in a cave. Although Kathutet regarded the humiliation of his imprisonment as a fitting punishment, Anaxes' shame made a mockery of Kathutet's authority. Seeing the matter as too insignificant for his own attention, Kathutet attempted to bring the Hero of Kvatch into his service in order to free the Xivilai. The outcome of this proposition is unknown, and Gaiar Alata was destroyed shortly afterward.
Ancano was an Altmer agent of the Thalmor assigned as "advisor" to the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold. The other members of the College deeply and somewhat openly distrusted him due to his Thalmor allegiance. He vehemently denied that he was a spy, claiming only that the Thalmor wished to promote relations with the College. He was deeply distrustful of the Psijic Order, which he viewed as a rogue organization and enemy of the Thalmor. When the Eye of Magnus was brought to the College from Saarthal, he turned on them, killing several mages, including Arch-Mage Savos Aren. He sought to gain control over the Eye, and nearly created a devastating catastrophe which would have had enormous ramifications on Winterhold and possibly all of Tamriel. However, he was thwarted and slain before he could do anything truly disastrous, and the Eye was subsequently secured by the Psijic Order.
Queen Anequina Sharp-Tongue (?b - ?d)
Anequina Sharp-Tongue (translated from Ne Quin-al Rass Le in Ta'agra) was a well-renowned Khajiit queen that was active during the Merethic Era of Elsweyr. In her time, she was the moon-priest and queen of the Ne Quin-al prides that roamed northern Elsweyr. But most importantly, she was the boon companion of the Mythic-Hero, Khunzar-ri and his Kra'Jun, playing a vital role in preventing the Dragons and later the Betrayer's plot to harness the lunar energy of Jode. She is the namesake of the modern-day name of her domain, Anequina.
Count Andel Indarys (?b - ?d)
Count Andel Indarys was a member of House Hlaalu of Morrowind who went on to become the Count of Cheydinhal in Cyrodiil. He married his wife, Lady Llathasa Indarys, around 3E 413, and they had one son, Farwil Indarys. He was the only Dunmer count in Cyrodiil at the close of the Third Era. It's speculated that the Queen Mother of Morrowind, Barenziah, wielded her influence to put him on the throne.
Andel's wife died shortly before the Oblivion Crisis, and rumors circulated that the philandering Count was involved in her fall down some stairs. He was also rumored to have been cooperative with the Dark Brotherhood, who had a secret sanctuary in his city. During the Crisis, he was a staunch supporter of High Chancellor Ocato. The rescue of His Lordship's son from Oblivion by the Champion of Cyrodiil was widely publicized (and exaggerated).
Andorak Septim (?b - ?d)
Andorak Septim was the son of Emperor Uriel IV, and as such was the heir to the throne of the Third Empire. Andorak was disinherited after his father's death by vote of the Elder Council, and a cousin more closely related to the original Septim line was proclaimed Cephorus II by the next year, 3E 248. For the first nine years of Cephorus II's reign, those loyal to Andorak battled the Imperial forces. In an act that the sage Eraintine called "Tiber Septim's heart beating no more", the Council granted Andorak the High Rock kingdom of Shornhelm to end the war. Andorak's descendants still rule Shornhelm as of the Fourth Era.
Anido J. Jhone, Royal Archaeologist (?b - ?d)
Anido J. Jhone was a royal archaeologist who informally translated the text known as The Epic of the Grey Falcon, based on the crew of a warship from the Summerset Isles. Based on the information, they surmised from the text, the story comes from the Interregnum in the Second Era, sometime after the Knahaten Flu in 2E 560.
Emperor Antiochus Septim was crowned the Emperor of Tamriel in 3E 99 after the death of his father, Pelagius II. Antiochus was certainly one of the most flamboyant of the usually austere Septim family. He had many mistresses and nearly as many wives, and was renowned for his grandness of dress and his good humor. The province of Summerset was nearly lost to the Maormer under the leadership of Antiochus, 11 years (3E 110) after he took the throne. An alliance between Antiochus and the Kings of Summerset only managed to defeat King Orgnum of the island-kingdom of Pyandonea due to a freak storm. Legend credits the Psijic Order of the Isle of Artaeum with the magic behind the storm. Unfortunately, his reign was rife with civil wars, surpassing even that of his grandfather Uriel II. Emperor Antiochus died after 13 years of rule and his daughter, Kintyra II, took the throne. He was considered a good ruler despite his drinking and "moral laxity".
His character plays a substantial role in the popular historical fiction The Wolf Queen.
King Anumaril (?b - ?d)
King Anumaril was an Ayleid arch-mage and king of Abagarlas, a city of Molag Bal worshippers in a deadly feud with the Meridia-worshipping people of Delodiil. During the course of the war, Anumaril began preparations for a necromantic ritual, the Mortuum Vivicus, which would drain all life from Delodiil. This prompted a daring raid by the Meridians, who were able to infiltrate Abagarlas, kill Anumaril's entire family, and destroy the city entirely.
At some point, Anumaril created the Staff of Towers, a powerful artifact whose eight segments corresponded to one of the metaphysical Towers that shape the fabric of Nirn. At the time of the Alessian Slave Rebellion, he fled to Valenwood. Hailed as one of the greatest architects of the First Era, he was responsible for several constructions in the province, such as the Great Seal of Belarata and the archives in the Reliquary of Stars.
One of his more notable creations was the Orrery at Elden Root. On his travels to the great tree, he found the Stone of the Green-Sap Tower, the Perchance Acorn, and tried to recreate the Tower of White-Gold. His attempt failed, due to a fundamental incompatibility between Ayleid and Bosmer magic and belief.
King Aphren Gardner
Aphren Gardner was the merchant-king of Wayrest sometime in the early-mid First Era. In his time, Aphren was a ruthless monarch that conquered his neighbors. In the midst of his conquests, he laid claim over the fortress, Wind Keep and the nearby settlement of the same name, while the township kept the original name, the stronghold was named Aphren's Hold.
Saint Aralor the Penitent (?b - ?d)
Saint Aralor the Penitent is the Dunmeri Patron of Tanners and Miners. A condemned criminal, Aralor repented his sins and made a circuit of the great pilgrimages on his knees. For the Tribunal Temple, he serves as an example that it is possible for anyone to truly repent and start anew. His famed hair shirt is an artifact coveted by the Tribunal Temple. Additionally, Ordinators recite a devotional to St. Aralor as part of the ceremony to don their armor.
Aranias (?b - ?d)
Aranias was an Altmer girl from the mid-Second Era who was born with the power to control the earth. She became the Wilderqueen of Greenshade in 2E 582. Aranias grew up on the island of Silatar, and used powerful magic to create a fantastical and beautiful paradise on the island. However, Silatar's beauty felt wrong and unnatural to behold, and Aranias' parents were disapproving of her magic. Aranias went on to be known as the Rock Witch of Silatar, and after she accidentally destroyed a passing ship with her powers, her parents departed the island circa 2E 582 to seek a trainer.
While her parents were away, Bosmer bandits attacked Silatar and burned the farms, and Aranias was forced to drive them off alone. Her parents returned with High Kinlady Estre and the Veiled Heritance, who promised to help. However, Estre sought only to use Aranias as a weapon, and forced her to rip an innocent Bosmer to pieces as a demonstration of her loyalty. She then departed the island to join the Heritance.
For a time, Aranias aided the Heritance on Auridon. She was responsible for the group's infiltration of the College of Aldmeri Propriety, and established their base at the ruins of Quendeluun. After Estre failed to usurp Queen Ayrenn and was killed later that year, the Veiled Heritance sent Aranias to Greenshade with her "trainer", an Altmer named Andur. The Heritance hoped to use her power to kill the Wilderking, a god-king with similar powers who ruled over parts of Greenshade. The Vinedusk Rangers attempted to hunt her down on Auridon along with several other Heritance members, only to discover that she had already departed for the mainland.
Seeking to gain the Wilderking's allegiance, the Aldmeri Dominion sent the Vestige to prevent the Heritance's assassination attempt. A Bosmer Spinner named Maruin told the tale of Silatar's creation, but in doing so he altered the story—and therefore Aranias' memory, so that she would recognize the Vestige as a childhood friend who lived with her on the island. In Mariun's telling, Aranias did not face the bandits alone and refused to kill the Bosmer woman, instead killing Andur and trapping the Heritance representatives. Although these events never transpired, the Spinner's magic showed Aranias that the Heritance was her true enemy, and she was able to fulfill her destiny by becoming the next Wilderqueen.
After this mantling, Aranias' identity and memories were consumed by the Wilderqueen. Her final autonomous act was to reveal key details about the Heritance's plot to use the stolen Staff of Magnus. However, the new Wilderqueen remained influenced by the Spinner's tale, and swore allegiance to the Dominion. She saved the vampire hunter Mel Adrys from undeath circa 2E 582 in memory of the Vestige.
Lady Arannelya (?b – ?d)
Lady Arannelya was a Thalmor general during the Great War. She led the Aldmeri Dominion's invasion of Hammerfell while her counterpart, Lord Naarifin, kept the Imperial legions occupied in Cyrodiil. Her main force crossed western Cyrodiil, bypassing Anvil and Kvatch, and rendezvoused with smaller Dominion forces that landed on Hammerfell's southern coast, quickly overrunning the Redguard defenses. Over the next two years, Arannelya unsuccessfully besieged Hegathe and briefly captured Skaven before being driven back across the Alik'r Desert by an army of Imperial veterans and Redguards. Although the campaign in Cyrodiil ended in 4E 175, the conflict continued in Hammerfell for another five years, during which time Lady Arannelya presumably continued to command the Dominion army.
Arden-Sul (?b - ?d)
Arden-Sul was a powerful prophet and ruler from an earlier time in the Shivering Isles. The events of his life and death are widely disputed by the people of the Isles, particularly in regards to the Sacellum. As with everything else in the Isles, the division in viewpoints lies between Mania and Dementia. The only thing the ruling powers seem to agree on is that he was a prophet who preached in the building that shares his name, the Sacellum Arden-Sul, and that he had 213 followers. The Manic and Demented versions of his death have even become part of the ritual of accession for each respective duchy. More detailed accounts of his death can be found in the book The Prophet Arden-Sul. Not much else is known about Arden-Sul. Some say he was a hero, some say he is some sort of god. The Heretics believe that Arden-Sul is the true lord of the Shivering Isles and that Sheogorath is just a man who needs to be overthrown. The Zealots believe that Sheogorath is a living god and that Arden-Sul is the personification of Sheogorath's mortality. The beliefs of the maniacs and the demented contradict each other almost completely.
For more information, see the lore article.
Arkan, Scribe of Daggerfall (?b - ?d)
Arkan, also known as Arkan the Wise, was a scribe from Daggerfall, active in the very-early Second Era. His most well-known work was transcribing the text depicting legends of Baan Dar, the Bandit God of the South. His work was published in 2E 24 and he came to believe in the god, as some sort of force that plays a part in the world. The first scroll was part of a collection found by a nomad in the caves of Lake Vread, in Elsweyr, and Arkan transcribed them as well. What became of the second scroll is unknown, however, the third scroll was among the rarest books across Tamriel, portraying the tale of Baan Dar's theft of the Thirty-Seventh Sermon of Vivec before he could write it. A copy was kept in the Library of Dusk, found in Coldharbour.
Arlimahera, Blood Queen of Hegathe (?b - ?d)
Arlimahera was the High Queen of Hammerfell in the mid-Second Era. In life, she was one of two wives of High King Ar-Azal, whose ascension to the throne brought peace between the rival parties, the Crowns and Forebears. In her time as monarch, she acquired the sobriquet of the "Blood Queen."
Arniel Gane (?b - ?d)
Arniel Gane was a Breton researcher and Alteration mage at the College of Winterhold in the Fourth Era. Arniel studied the ruins of Saarthal, and had a particular interest in Dwemer artifacts. He was both passionate about his work and paranoid that it would be stolen or compromised.
He endeavored to discover the secret behind one of the greatest mysteries of Tamriel: the disappearance of the Dwemer. In 4E 201, his work came to a head when he finally succeeded in having the dagger Keening brought to the College from Morrowind. He used Kagrenac's tool in an experiment he had devised to try to recreate the event that caused the Dwemer's disappearance. Unfortunately, Arniel's recreation proved to be too accurate, and has not been seen since.
Arngeir (?b - ?d)
Arngeir was a powerful Greybeard who lived in and around 4E 201. At the time, Arngeir was the only human of the order with the control over his thu'um necessary to speak without fear of wreaking havoc. Therefore, he acted as the Greybeards' representative during this period. He was the right hand of Paarthurnax, the Grandmaster of the order. Arngeir tutored the Dovahkiin in the Way of the Voice and helped bring about the final defeat of Alduin.
Countess Arriana Valga was the "righteous and reliable" Imperial ruler of Chorrol during the Oblivion Crisis. Her beloved husband Charus had been the hereditary Count of Chorrol, but she inherited the throne after his death in battle against Nord clansmen from Skyrim. She was known as a devout follower of Akatosh. Her daughter, Alessia Caro, became Countess of Leyawiin, though the two visited each other regularly.
Primate Artorius Ponticus, formerly known as Artorius Ancrus, served as the leader of the Akatosh Chantry in Kvatch during the mid-Second Era. Based in the Great Cathedral of Akatosh, he was a very powerful and influential figure in the years leading up to the Planemeld in 2E 582. A deeply spiritual man, Primate Artorius has spent almost his whole life in service to Akatosh, and was considered the religious authority of Cyrodiil. As Primate, Artorius oversaw all aspects of Akatosh worship in the Cathedral. He was supported equally by Grand Chanter Surus and Grand Sermonizer Fithia, as well as the warrior-priests of the Order of the Hour.
Despite his religious station, Artorious was also secretly embroiled in political subterfuge and sought to shape the political landscape of the Gold Coast. With his vast network of spies and informants hidden throughout the Gold Coast, many heralded him as a stabilizing force in the region for most of his reign. In his later years, he was caught in a feud with the Dark Brotherhood and also a three-way power struggle for control of the Gold Coast.
The Dark Adept, Arum-Khal, was a Khajiit lich who fell into Namiira's grasp in ages long past. Originally an adept with the Order of the Hidden Moon, he got his start redeeming dro-m'Athra in Azurah's name. He was curious, always asking questions. He was also described as impatient. These qualities in part lead to his downfall. He was a powerful member of the Order, and very proud of that fact. He was considered as a candidate to wield the Moonlight Blade, a relic given as a gift to the Order by Azurah.
Askar (?b - 4E? d)
King Athyn Llethan was the figurehead Dunmer ruler of Mournhold known as the "Grace of All Gods, King of Morrowind, Duke of Mournhold; Defender of the People and the Law; Loyal Servant of the Emperor and Empire", etc. He was the uncle and successor to Queen Barenziah after the Arnesian War in 3E 396, and he was himself succeeded by his great-nephew Hlaalu Helseth. His chosen heir had been his beloved nephew, Talen Vandas, although he died, apparently in a hunting accident, shortly before Athyn himself. Shortly before his death, he was dealing with complaints about high tariffs on liquor. It's rumored Helseth poisoned him, and was also involved in Talen's death. King Llethan was survived by his wife, Ravani Llethan.
Prince A'tor (?b - ?d)
Prince A'tor was the son of the last High King of Hammerfell, Thassad II. After his father's death in 2E 862, the Forebear faction, led by Baron Volag, took control of Sentinel, the capital of Hammerfell. Prince A'tor rallied his Crown supporters at his principality of Stros M'Kai and launched a bloody attempt to recapture the city by sea. However, he was taken by surprise by Tiber Septim's assistance of the Forebears, and was eventually defeated by their combined forces at the Battle of Hunding Bay, near Stros M'Kai.
Mortally wounded, the Archmagister Voa placed his soul within a soul gem, disguised as an amulet in the shape of a dragon. Following an attempt to resurrect him, his soul was later fused with his longsword to create the Soul Sword, which was instrumental in liberating the island of Stros M'Kai from the clutches of Lord-Admiral Richton. He was believed to be an aspect of the HoonDing, along with Cyrus.
Attrebus was an Imperial soldier who served under Tiber Septim. Fiercely loyal to his Emperor, he had little patience with people who refused to acknowledge the obvious benefits of the Empire, and often advocated for harsher treatment of subversive elements. The sixth son of a peasant family from the backwoods of Colovia, he ran away from home at sixteen to join the Third Legion mustering in nearby Anvil. The Third was immediately posted to the Imperial City to help put down the Moth Rebellion. The proudest moment of his life was when the Third marched with Tiber Septim's honor guard during his triumphant reentry into the capital.
Attrebus saw action in every corner of the expanding Empire over the next few years. He was wounded during the storming of Tarak Shan, and nearly lost a leg to an Argonian feather-serpent during the grueling pursuit of Reekee's kidnappers into the depths of Black Marsh in 2E 861. In the sack of Senchal (which is not a part of the official history of the Empire), after the Khajiit had refused to surrender to General Pottreid, Attrebus participated in the wholesale slaughter which followed. They showed no distinction between man, woman, and cubling. He would later claim to have killed thirty of the "catmen" himself. He was among the few who escaped the trap at Black Rocks set by the Aldmeri Dominion. He and the other survivors went on to make up the core of the new Ruby Legion, and Attrebus spent an uneventful year on garrison duty in the Nibenay Valley. His company was then posted to Hammerfell as the personal guard of Lord Amiel Richton, the Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai. By the age of twenty-three, he was already a grizzled veteran. However, he was still no match for Cyrus the Redguard, who defeated Attrebus during the Stros M'Kai Uprising in 2E 864.
Attrebus (warlord) (?b - ?d)
Described as one of the many pretender kings of the Interregnum, the Warlord Attrebus claimed the Imperial Throne sometime between 2E 430 and the reign of the Longhouse Emperors, and mounted a campaign to rid Cyrodiil of foreign influence by expelling the Akaviri. The Akaviri refugees went on to settle in Elsweyr and found the city of Rimmen.
Lord Auberon Flyte (?b - ?d)
Lord Auberon Flyte and his wife Doryanna were the rulers of Anticlere, a region in the Iliac Bay, formerly known as Reich Gradkeep. They were the leaders of Anticlere's knightly order, the Knights of the Flame.
They became regents of Reich Gradkeep following the slaughter of the previous ruler, Lord Graddock, and most of his family during the War of Betony. Of the previous ruling family, only one sickly infant survived. Lord and Lady Flyte ruled in regency until the infant's death. Lord Flyte's strong, almost dictatorial style was just what Reich Gradkeep needed to restore order after the bloodbath caused by the Treaty of Reich Gradkeep. After the infant's death, Lord Flyte and his wife were elevated from regents to rulers by their subjects. They also agreed to rename the region in his honor; thus, Reich Gradkeep became Anticlere, named after Lord Flyte's ancestral home.
Queen Aubk-i was the wife of King Gothryd of Daggerfall. She was born to King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel in 3E 386, and was the younger sister of Prince Arthago, and elder of Princes Greklith and Lhotun. As queen, Aubk-i played a role in events preceding the Warp in the West in 3E 417.
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Augur of Dunlain (?b - ?d)
The Augur was once a Breton mage from Dunlain and a well-respected, brilliant student of the College of Winterhold. He delved into magic in a way no one had seen before, and showed a particular talent for the School of Restoration. However, during an ambitious magical experiment, he lost his corporeal form, appearing instead as a large sphere of blue-white light. He has resided in the Midden, the catacombs beneath the College, ever since. He possesses a unique wisdom which the College has relied on in times of need. In 4E 201, he guided the College through the potentially disastrous crisis they faced following their excavation of Saarthal and the discovery of the Eye of Magnus.
Queen Ayrenn Arana Aldmeri of Alinor was a leader of the Aldmeri Dominion in the Second Era. She was born on the 5th of Second Seed in 2E 555 to her father King Hidellith and her mother Kinlady Tuinden, and all of the Summerset Isle reportedly celebrated for fifty-five days. She was nimble and quick-witted in her youth, and would often disappear for days at a time. In 2E 573, amid many signs and portents, she disappeared, and her brother Naemon was eventually named heir to the throne. There are many myths about how Ayrenn spent the intervening years, but when her father died in 2E 580, she surfaced in Velyn Harbor to the surprise of all and returned to formally claim her birthright, becoming Queen on the 7th of Frostfall (hence her nickname, the "Unforeseen Queen").
Azra Nightwielder (?b - ?d)
Azra Nightwielder was the original Shadowmage, and a pioneer of Shadow Magic. He was the first to discover that shadows were not merely an absence of light, but the reflection of possible worlds created by forces in conflict.
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- A Life of Strife and Struggle — King Laloriaran Dynar
- The Knights of the Nine — Karoline of Solitude
- Sir Amiel's Journal — Sir Amiel
- The Epic of the Grey Falcon — Anonymous. Translated by Anido Jhone, Royal Archaeologist
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- Kodlak Whitemane's dialogue in Skyrim.
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- Events of Skyrim
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.