Balagog gro-Nolob (?b - ?d)
Jarl Balgruuf the Greater (?b - ?d)
Balgruuf the Greater was the Jarl of Whiterun, and a direct descendant of King Olaf One-Eye. An admirer of the Greybeards, Balgruuf made the pilgrimage to High Hrothgar in his youth. He carried on a rivalry with Ulfric Stormcloak since they both were young. He had multiple children, including Frothar, Dagny, and the youngest Nelkir. While considered to be an honorable warrior who put his heart and soul into his service, he was also not considered a patient man. Following the White-Gold Concordat, he and the other Jarls were given chests of gold as compensation. However, he continued worshipping Talos privately, and according to Nelkir, hated the Thalmor as passionately as the Stormcloaks.
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Baloth Bloodtusk (1E ? - 1E 970)
Baloth Bloodtusk was an Orc hero and leader of the Savage Sons. He was called the Wild Boar; No king ever tamed him, and he fought for his own reasons. Baloth played a crucial role during the Siege of Orsinium in 1E 950. Initially, he did not wish to take part in the war or join King Golkarr, believing it to be a lost cause that Golkarr himself had done much to provoke. During the siege, King Joile of Daggerfall sent him a letter in which proposed he join him instead. - which enraged Baloth sufficiently that he decided to join Golkarr after all. Although King Joile was allied with Gaiden Shinji, he had already planned to betray him and invade Hammerfell after having destroyed Orsinium. He and his Reachman general, Mercedene, manipulated Baloth and Shinji into having a duel over Orsinium's fate. They fought on end for a long while, neither gaining the upper hand and both coming to respect each other's skills. During the duel, Mercedene ordered Joile's archers to kill both combatants, effectively removing the most powerful warriors of both Orsinium and the Order of Diagna for Joile. This coincided with the fall of the second Obdurate Gate, Hammer. After their death, both warriors were buried in Honor's Rest in Wrothgar.
Saint Balyna (?b - ?d)
Saint Balyna was one of Mara's patron saints. Her dedicated service served as a model for the followers of the Nine Divines. Balyna's name is attributed to two Restoration spells called Balyna's Antidote and Balyna's Balm. The former is known to cure disease while the latter restores health and has three known variations: the Soothing Balm, the Efficacious Balm, and the Perfect Balm.
Barbas is the Hound of Clavicus Vile. He is a shapeshifting Daedra, although he most commonly takes on the form of a dog or Skaafin. Barbas acts as a repository for around half of Vile's power, though behaves as his loyal servant rather than equal, often pining for his approval to little avail. According to Vile, he likes being a dog—as well as many other things—on sunny days. "When he's like this, I think he's somewhere else. It's all quite significant, of course... But who knows what it means." Although Vile is always depicted along with Barbas, the Prince has at times grown tired of and abandoned him. While Barbas seems to be subservient to Clavicus Vile, he also often warns people against Vile's plots, suggesting he has some discretion and free will. He sometimes takes the form of a musically talented scamp merchant named Creeper.
Queen Barenziah is one of the most famous figures of the Third Era. She became the first Queen of Morrowind, a vassal ruler to the Emperor of Tamriel. Her consort was Symmachus, former general of Emperor Tiber Septim (and the Emperor himself was rumored to be one of Barenziah's former lovers). Though her position was largely ceremonial for most of the Third Era, the couple were said to be popular with the people of Morrowind. The Queen was considered a loyal vassal throughout the era, and sided against Uriel Septim III and Queen Potema during the War of the Red Diamond circa 3E 120. However, circa 3E 391, she went into exile due to unrest in her province. Symmachus was killed in a riot, and she was forced to abdicate her throne to her uncle Athyn Llethan. Of all her adventures, she is most well-known for going on to help thwart the impostor Jagar Tharn and bring about an end to the Imperial Simulacrum by 3E 399. She married King Eadwyre of Wayrest, who she had forged a bond with while working to defeat Tharn and free the captive Emperor Uriel Septim VII. In 3E 417, she and Eadwyre were among the political leaders of the Iliac Bay who sought to acquire the Totem of Tiber Septim from an agent of the Blades, and who benefited greatly from the ensuing Miracle of Peace, or "Warp in the West". Barenziah claimed ignorance on what exactly transpired during this mysterious two-day phenomenon. Several years later, when Eadwyre died, she returned to Morrowind, where her son Prince Helseth soon became King, while she took on the title of Queen Mother. Her other child, Princess Morgiah, had already gone on to become Queen of Firsthold. She may have had other children, one of many disputed facets of her life. For more information, see the lore article.
Barilzar (?b - ?d)
Bashomon (?b - ?d)
Bashomon was prince of Esroniet, an island in the Padomaic Ocean, during the Third Era. His rulership was threatened when Emperor Uriel Septim V conquered the main port on the island, Black Harbor, in 3E 282. He would later surrender the island to Imperial authorities two years later in 3E 284.
King Bazrag gro-Fharun (?b - ?d)
King Bazrag gro-Fharun, also known as Chief Bazrag was the clan chief of Fharun Stronghold, and ruler of Orsinium; he was a traditionalist and staunch supporter of Malacath. Once a staunch ally of Kurog, he opposed Kurog's rule, and the worship of Trinimac, as he felt it was a plot by the Altmer to spread their own religion to Wrothgar. Unlike Kurog, he had the backing of the Orcish clans, due to his traditionalist stances, and was considered an equal to Kurog in terms of influence because of this. Bazrag believed that patience and adherence to tradition was key to uniting the Orcish clans and rebuilding Orsinium.
Emperor Belharza the Man-Bull (1E 266 - ?d)
Belharza was the son of the Empress Alessia and her consort, Morihaus, and one of the first minotaurs. He succeeded his mother as ruler of the Alessian Empire upon her death in 1E 266. Little is known about the emperor's life and reign as most records of the period were destroyed following the rise of the Alessian Order. Private correspondence between Belharza and Alessia is held in the Library of Dusk in Coldharbour, though its contents are unspecified. A surviving document from an Alessian Order sect indirectly implies that Belharza was troubled by large Ayleid hordes. One controversial interpretation of an ancient tablet fragment called the Belharza Stone asserts that the precursors of the xenophobic Order may have openly clashed with Belharza, and violently purged the minotaurs from the Empire.
King Bendu Olo (1E ? - 1E ?)
Bendu Olo, known as Baron-Admiral of the All Flags Navy, Colovian Sailor-King, West King of Anvil, and Dealer of Swift Justice to the Foul Spot of Thras, was the Colovian King of Anvil who led the against the Sload of Thras shortly after the Thrassian Plague of 1E 2200. Syrabane is said to have aided him in this victory, which is marked as the time when Colovia began to overshadow eastern Cyrodiil, leading to the War of Righteousness. When he returned to the city, he began converting what was then known as Anvil Fortress into Anvil Castle. His notes became a rare source of information on the Sload, and were disseminated by scholars for many years.
Jarl Bjarfrud Skjoralmor (? - ?)
Bjarfrud Skjoralmor was a human warrior who founded the town of Falkreath. He served as the kingdom's first jarl and was laid to rest in the town's Hall of the Dead. His heirs continued to rule over Falkreath for centuries after. Circa 2E 582, Bjarfrud was resurrected by the Bone Colossus Cernunnon as a Draugr Deathlord during the Dreadhorn Clan's siege of the city, but he was swiftly put to rest and his corpse cleansed by a group of Undaunted attempting to lift the siege.
Bjora (? - ?)
Bjora of Karthwatch was the last known descendant of ancient Reachfolk king Red Eagle. She lived during the Interregnum period, around 2E 582. She was raised by an adoptive Nordic mother, who earlier took part in a raid during which Bjora's clansmen were slaughtered. She grown to be great warrior and a town guard in the frontier settlement of Karthwatch.
Bolvyn Venim was Archmaster of House Redoran and resided in Ald'ruhn during the years prior to the destruction of Dagoth Ur. He was renowned as a strong, ruthless leader, credited for securing Redoran holdings during the opening of Vvardenfell, and for moving the Council to Ald'ruhn. He was killed in a duel after refusing to name an outlander as Hortator.
Borgas of Winterhold was a Nordic High King and the last in the line of the Ysgramor dynasty and Harald's final descendant. He is also believed to have been the last monarch to wear the legendary Jagged Crown. During his reign, he outlawed the traditional Nordic pantheon of deities in favor of doctrine based on the Alessian Order in Skyrim. This act would become known as the "shadow of King Borgas" and lasted for over a hundred years until it was violently reversed by High King Wulfharth.
He was also one of Marukh's chief supporters, however as the prophet's teaching began to spread, hostility grew between the Camoran Dynasty of Valenwood and the Empire. Borgas traveled to Cyrodiil to urge a joint war against the Bosmer, but fell victim to Valenwood's infamous Wild Hunt in 1E 369. He carried his horn, called the "Horn of Borgas", the moment he died. Eric of Guis wrote that he was killed for the "iniquities" of his Alessian faith. His body was presumed destroyed during the Hunt, but was secretly returned to Skyrim and buried with the Jagged Crown in the Nordic tomb of Korvanjund.
In the Merethic Era, dragons ruled Tamriel and sought domination over all mortals. Their reign ended following the Dragon War when Alduin was banished, and those who were not slain were driven into hiding. It was then that Boziikkodstrun exerted his nigh-divine will in an attempt to fly beyond the borders of the Mundus. Although he failed, Boziikkodstrun's effort drew the attention of Molag Bal, who recognized that the Dragons had conquered much of Nirn. He approached the dragon and offered him a place of honor and privilege in Coldharbour, and in his weakened state Boziikkodstrun accepted.
Bal subsequently opened a portal, granting Boziikkodstrun passage into Coldharbour. Immediately upon his arrival, Boziikkodstrun was bound in chains of cold ebon iron and imprisoned in the depths of the Tower of Lies. Hoping to learn the secrets of his race's dominion over mortals, Molag Bal had Boziikkodstrun tortured and interrogated. Boziikkodstrun was tormented for ages, but was indignant at his host's foul treatment of him; thus, he refused to speak in his native language as the Daedric Prince requested. Frustrated by his defiance, Bal punished the Dragon by slowly eating the flesh from his bones. When only Boziikkodstrun's skeleton remained, the Prince declared that he would create his own dragons, which would be mightier than those of Nirn.
Boziikkodstrun's skeleton was taken to the Vile Laboratory, where it was infused with the blood-of-darkness in order to reawaken it as a Vestige. It can be assumed that this process was similar to the creation of the Soul Shriven, mortals who have their soul substituted with the vestige of a Daedra. Bal had the skeleton adjusted to his specifications, then it was then submerged in the Azure Chasm to allow it to reform in creatia.
Within a nanaeon, Bozikkodstrun arose from the chasm as the first Daedric Titan and bounded nimbly up the Endless Stair. It was soon determined to be a powerful new addition to Molag Bal's war-slaves. Many more Daedric Titans were made in Boziikkodstrun's image, and were released upon Tamriel during the Planemeld in the Second Era.
Chief Bradan (?b - ?d)
Chief Bradan was one of the werewolf protectors of the Ghostsong Clan, and later the leader of the remnants of the clan who opposed it's previous matron Nathari. He joined the ranks of Arana's Wayward Guardians and was one of the military leaders of the organization.
Also known as Brand-Shei. The sole heir to House Telvanni. He was raised by Argonians and his identity kept from him. In 4E 201, he discovered his true identity with the help of the Last Dragonborn.
Brara Morvayn was one of the six councilors of House Redoran's administration over the island-district of Vvardenfell. She acquired her title after the death of her husband, Remas Morvayn in the late Third Era, and eventually moved to the mining town of Raven Rock. Throughout the years, she contributed to Raven Rock's success and longevity, even after it was converted from an Imperial charter town into a fully-fledged township of House Redoran.
Disinterested in matters of state, Brazollus spent most of his reign at his country estate near Skingrad, preferring to let his Potentate Sidri-Ashak run almost all of the Empire's affairs. This has been noted as Brazollus's only wise decision, for Sidri-Ashak proved to be a particularly adept administrator.
Lord Bridwell (?b - ?d)
A noble in the courts of Kings Lysandus and Gothryd of Daggerfall in the Third Era, Lord Bridwell was also head of the Knights of the Dragon, and protector of the city and royal family of Daggerfall.
Lord Bridwell served as general of Daggerfall's army during the War of Betony, and was instrumental in Daggerfall's victory at the Battle of the Bluffs. Some sources claim it was Lord Bridwell who struck down King Camaron of Sentinel at the Battle of Cryngaine Field, which ended the war. It is also rumored that before the war (and possibly after), he was secretly having an affair with Queen Mynisera.
In an attempt to end the Four-Score War, Dorom paid the Morag Tong to assassinate Emperor Reman III, but the Tribunal preferred to instead end the war with battle and diplomacy, so Sotha Sil intercepted the ship containing the payment before it reached its destination.
Mehrunes Dagon's attack on Mournhold was an act of revenge by his former mistress, Turala. The Duke banished her upon discovering that she was pregnant with his child, and she wandered across Tamriel until ending up in Phrygias, High Rock where she joined the Skeffington Coven of witches. When the coven was destroyed, she was tricked into believing that the Duke was responsible and invoked Dagon to take revenge.
The Duke is commemorated by the plaza that bears his name in the rebuilt city of Mournhold.
Lady Brisienna Magnessen (?b - ?d)
Lady Brisienna Magnessen (formally styled Brisienna, Lady Magnessen, informally Lady Brisienna or Lady Magnessen) was a noblewoman and also a highly skilled agent of the Blades during the reign of Emperor Uriel Septim VII. She was the sister of the Great Knight, the leader of the Blades at that time.
Lady Brisienna was once in the employ of Queen Mynisera of Daggerfall, though she was secretly the Emperor's agent in the kingdom's court. However, after King Lysandus was killed during the War of Betony, Brisienna found herself out of favor with the new regime and was forced into hiding. Nevertheless, she remained the Emperor's emissary in High Rock, assisting another agent sent by the Emperor to investigate Lysandus' death. Lady Magnessen was instrumental in helping this agent recover a powerful artifact, an act which led directly to the event known as the Warp in the West.
At some point, Lady Brisienna evidently caught some of the public's imagination, as she was featured as a character in the popular historical fiction Mystery of Talara.
- Events of Skyrim
- Synnolian Tunifus' dialogue in Morrowind
- Restoration Spells in Daggerfall
- Restoration Spells in Morrowind
- On Minotaurs — Nonus Caprenius, Temporarily Unaffiliated Scholar of Imperial Antiquities
- The Library of Dusk: Rare Books
- Cleansing of the Fane
- Epitaph of Bjarfrud Skjoralmor
- Deathlord Bjarfrud Skjoralmor in ESO
- Red Book of 3E 426
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- Events of Skyrim
- Events of Daggerfall
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- The War of Betony — Vulper Newgate