The Fire King Hadhuul (or Hadhuul the Fire King) was an Ayleid leader who ruled before and during the Alessian Slave Rebellion. He is remembered as a particularly cruel slave master; tales from his realm say the slaves were subjected to tormenting drugs, and children were set aflame for nighttime tiger sport. Shortly before the fall of the White-Gold Tower in 1E 243, he was slain by Pelinal Whitestrake on the granite steps of Ceya-Tar (later called Ceyatatar) in the Great Forest of Cyrodiil. It was his first and last defeat. In 2E 582, Hadhuul's spirit returned to the ruins of Ceyatatar, along with bound flame atronachs and the ghosts of his army. The atronachs posed a threat to the nearby town of Vlastarus, although the Fire King was banished before he could cause any harm.
Haeliaran was an Ayleid warlord who died some time around the Fall of White-Gold Tower, which marked the end of the Alessian Slave Rebellion in 1E 243. He was interred in an Ayleid temple in Cyrodiil but passed into undeath, becoming a powerful wight and a source of great evil.
At some point, a band of pirates known as the Fellhorn Raiders came from the north and settled in a nearby subterranean grotto. They made a home for themselves here by stealing from the local Imperials. However, after several months the raiders uncovered the entrance to the ruined Ayleid temple, releasing the evil within. Haeliaran transformed the pirates into undead skeletons and compelled them to reseal the entrance to the temple.
Circa 4E 180, a group of miners who were camped nearby broke through into the subterranean grotto. The skeletons within slaughtered all but one of the miners that entered; the sole survivor remained within the cavern, onboard the pirates' old ship, confused by Haeliaran's magic and convinced that he was one of the Fellhorn Raiders himself. After a few days without contact, the mining camp above put out a call for help. The Warrior arrived from the nearby town of Rivercrest and agreed to enter the cave. The Warrior defeated the undead skeletons and succeeded in rescuing the surviving miner, who had come into possession of a key which would unlock the temple entrance. Within, Haeliaran burst from his tomb to confront the Warrior in battle, but he was defeated, and his stone sarcophagus was looted from the temple.
Haj-Ja (fl. 2E 582 or earlier)
Haj-Ja was an Argonian smith of some renown. Little is known about them, but as of the times of the Three Banners War in 2E 582, they were already considered famous. Although little is known of their achivements, they were also known to work with copper and craft flatware. A collection of engraved and burnished copper plates and flatware crafted by Haj-Ja were found all around Tamriel during the tumultuous period of the Interregnum. Haj-Ja, similarly to many other smiths of that time, was known to stamp all their products with their mark.
Hazadir (fl. 3E 2nd century)
Hazadiyya Sea-Queen was a Yokudan explorer known for her adventures across the islands of Yokuda and the Azurian and Abecean seas. She is renowned as the author of The Lost Islands of Old Yokuda, a text decribing her numerous journeys and the Yokudan archipelago.
Jarl Hakkvild Yashnag-Slayer (fl. 2E 467)
Jarl of Falkreath in the Second Era. He was young when he inherited the crumbling hold after the Orc chief Yashnag slew his father in battle. In a ritual trial by combat, he challenged Yashnag and his champions and defeated them in turn, eradicating the Orc chiefdom of Western Falkreath in 2E 467. Jarl Hakkvild later traveled to Solitude and presented the Orcish war drum, King Thunder to the Bards College to commemorate his victory.
Haknir Death-Brand (fl. before 3E 427)
An infamous pirate king also known as "The King of Ghosts" who terrorized the northern coasts of Tamriel. He supposedly had an unnaturally long lifespan, although it is unknown to historians how much of the ancient "Haknir Saga" is true. He was said to be a fearless fighter who enjoyed torture and murder for its own sake, and that he had a great wound upon his face which never healed - his eponymous Deathbrand, thought to have been a term in some unknown agreement with Mehrunes Dagon. When he was finally at death's door as an old man, he purportedly placed a curse upon his treasure, including his Stalhrim armor, and had it buried on a rocky shoal off the northern coast of Solstheim. He also ordered his boats destroyed, as he did not believe any of his crew were fit to replace him. He then sealed himself inside the ruins of Gyldenhul Barrow along with his treasure.
Hakon One-Eye (fl. late Merethic Era)
Hakon One-Eye was a Nord hero and Tongue in the Merethic Era. Hakon, Felldir the Old, and Gormlaith Golden-Hilt were the leaders of the rebellion against Alduin. They were among the first mortals to learn how to wield the thu'um, apart from the Dragon Priests. They were taught by Parthurnax. During the Dragon War, Hakon sought the help of Miraak, the First Dragonborn, in defeating Alduin, but Miraak refused to help. Undeterred, Hakon and his companions fought against Alduin atop the Throat of the World. Finding that they had no means to achieve a final victory, the companions successfully sent the wyrm forward through time using an Elder Scroll. In the Fourth Era, when the Last Dragonborn entered the realm of Sovngarde to defeat Alduin, the spirits of Hakon and his compatriots joined the fray in the final battle against their nemesis. He also aided the Last Dragonborn in their other battles, when called to their aid with the Call of Valor.
King Hale the Pious (fl. mid 1E)
King of Skyrim almost a thousand years after the publication of the Alessian Doctrines. King Hale introduced four of the Daedric Princes to the written record in one of his tractates when he wrote that the wickedness of his political enemies was comparable to the depravity of Sanguine, the cruelty of Boethiah, the calculations of Molag Bal, and the madness of Sheogorath.
Originally, Professor Traven was the head of the Anvil Mages Guild, and supposedly ran a "clean hall". He was promoted to the position of Arch-Mage circa 3E 431. Among his controversial reforms were a tightening on admission to the Arcane University and an outright ban on the practice of necromancy by guild mages. Traven's divisive stance on necromancy had many strong supporters even outside the guild, although it caused a large degree of internal fracturing. Half the Council of Mages resigned, and Magister Ulliceta gra-Kogg of Orsinium was forced to flee following her attempted arrest by the Knights of the Lamp for practicing necromancy. Traven would go on to publish The Black Arts On Trial, to document the debate between gra-Kogg and Magister Voth Karlyss of Corinth.
In 3E 433, coinciding with Traven's policy change, Mannimarco returned to the affairs of mortals. With necromancers now shunned from the Mages Guild, many flocked to join the Order of the Black Worm. Mannimarco's followers were soon openly attacking the guild, going so far as to burn down the Bruma guildhall. As Traven struggled to control the Council of Mages, he turned to the Hero of Kvatch for help in investigating and delaying Mannimarco's plans. Traven had the Hero secure both the Necromancer's Amulet and the Bloodworm Helm, as well as a unique colossal black soul gem the necromancers had created. In a final effort to save the guild, Traven sacrificed himself by trapping his soul within the colossal gem to allow the Hero to confront Mannimarco. With the filled gem, the Hero was shielded from Mannimarco's powerful magic and was able to defeat him in Echo Cave. Traven's final act as Arch-Mage was to appoint the Hero as his successor.
Although Traven's sacrifice saved the Mages Guild from destruction at the hands of the Order of the Black Worm, the institute was not able to survive the strong anti-magic sentiment that arose in the early Fourth Era following the Oblivion Crisis. The Synod and the College of Whispers formed following the guild's dissolution. Before his defeat, Mannimarco revealed that he had planned to reanimate Traven as a Worm Thrall for study.
Jarl Hanse (fl. 1E 4th century)
Hanse was jarl of Winterhold sometime during the First Era. According to Imperial scholars, he was the obvious and capable choice to become the next High King of Skyrim after King Borgas was killed in 1E 369. The moot's failure to appoint him High King ultimately ignited the War of Succession, which didn't conclude until 1E 420. During his reign, he wore the Helm of Winterhold.
Haromir of Copper and Tea was an Ayleid sorcerer-king who ruled before and during the Alessian Slave Rebellion. Shortly before the fall of the White-Gold Tower in 1E 243, he was called to a duel by Pelinal Whitestrake at the site of Tor (later called Sancre Tor), in the Colovia region of Cyrod. Haromir was killed by Pelinal, who ate his neck-veins while screaming praise to Reman, a name that no one knew yet.
Lord Harth (fl. 3E 5th century)
Lord Harth was a Redguard noble from the Dragontail Mountains and the commander of the Host of the True Horn, a knightly order founded by Lord Kain, the brother of the current ruler of Lainlyn, Baron Shrike. His and the Order's ultimate goal was to free Lainlyn of Shrike's dictatorial rule.
Hasedoki (fl. before 3E 427)
Hasedoki was the greatest known wizard of his time. He was very competitive, and sought to find someone who could challenge him, but he had no equal. So many feared his power that he bound his soul into his staff, where it remained. Those that acquired the staff were seemingly cursed to live a life that mirrored Hasedoki's, for contentment would morph into boredom, and love would fade into loneliness. In, 4E 201, Hasedoki's soul was targeted by necromancers from Olenveld, who acquired the staff and attempted to exchange the soul with the Soul Cairn's Ideal Masters. The Last Dragonborn managed to stop their ritual.
High King Harald (also called Harald Hand-Free and Harald of Ysgramoor) was the High King of Skyrim and the thirteenth monarch descended from Ysgramor. Harald was the first historical Nord ruler, appearing at the beginning of recorded history. He is mainly remembered for relinquishing all holdings in distant and lost Atmora and uniting the disparate Nordic people to formally create the Kingdom of Skyrim. Harald's newfound power gave the human races the inspiration to expand their reach across Tamriel and assert themselves over the dominance of elves.
A Nord Vampire Lord and creator of the Volkihar vampire bloodline. Harkon was a very rich ruler of the lands, but feared mortality. He made a pact with Molag Bal and sacrificed a thousand innocents to the Prince so he and his family could become vampires. Hidden for many eras in Castle Volkihar, Harkon plotted to blot out the sun so vampires could rule Tamriel. His wife Valerica tried to deny him this ritual by going into hiding with an Elder Scroll and sealing their daughter Serana away in a crypt. The Dovahkiin, armed with Auriel's Bow and with the help of Harkon's estranged daughter Serana, fought Harkon within his castle and slew him.
Haskill (?b - ?d)
Haskill is the Chamberlain of Lord Sheogorath, "the one constant in the ever-changing whims of the Madgod". He often takes on the appearance of an elderly man in a melancholy yet flamboyant suit. Just like his colleague Dyus, former Chamberlain of Jyggalag, his exact origins are unknown; but he has claimed to have once been a mortal who mantled Sheogorath, becoming a Vestige. On another occasion, however, he has claimed to have been under the service of Sheogorath since the "beginning". He took care of all of the more administrative and mundane duties involved in running the Shivering Isles. Despite having once been mortal, he has no desire to visit Tamriel. He has a strong dislike of Mehrunes Dagon, and finds mortals to be irritating.
Haymon Camoran (?-3E 267), best known as the Camoran Usurper but also as the Hart-King and Haymon Hart-King, was a claimant to the throne of the Camoran Dynasty in Valenwood, together with Camoran Kaltos, whom he initially served as advisor and sorcerer. After conquering most of Eastern Valenwood, disagreements with Camoran Kaltos over the Usurper's continued campaigning in Colovia caused him to turn on Kaltos and take the throne for himself. A period of violent warfare throughout western Tamriel ensued, affecting Valenwood, Colovia, Hammerfell and parts of High Rock, before Haymon Camoran's forces were finally defeated at Dwynnen in 3E 267 by an alliance of High Rock kingdoms in a combined naval and land battle. For most of this war, Emperor Cephorus II was simultaneously occupied in a civil war over the Imperial succession, and was not able to effectively counter Camoran's invasion.
Heiruna the Merciless (fl. 2E 582)
The real individual known as Heiruna the Merciless was an accomplished Nord mage and scholar active in Second Era, during the period of Interregnum. Heiruna the Merciless was a traveler and vigilante who delivered justice to countless criminals without the approval of local authorities through methods that could be seen as unsavory by some.
She described herself as a powerful, stunningly beautiful enforcer of justice who eradicates evil in the world as she sees fit.
Vicecanon Heita-Meen (fl. 2E 572 - 582)
Heita-Meen was born during the mid-Second Era and raised as a house-slave, receiving little education. Her master was Councilman Glathis Dres of House Dres, known for his cruelty even by Dres standards. She worked on a saltrice plantation in Thorn. Circa 2E 572, after being beaten unconscious for seating the guests at a banquet out of order, she planned an escape with her fellow slaves. They fled into the Thornmarsh, and stumbled into a troop of treacherous Argonians from the Archein tribe, who were employed by the Dres. It was while she was held captive in the Archein village that Heita-Meen received a vision from the Hist, who wanted her to defend the Nords and Dunmer in battle.
The Archeins escorted them back to Thorn, which was nearly empty of Dunmer following Almalexia's call to arms to defend Morrowind against the Second Akaviri Invasion. Seeing this, Heita-Meen strangled Glathis with his own whip, and swiftly challenged the centurion of the Archein guards for her position by right-of-combat. After killing the centurion and gaining command of the Archeins, Heita-Meen marched on Stormhold, intending to do the same there. Instead, the troop encountered Walks-in-Ash, who was able to convince Stormhold's Shellbacks to join without bloodshed. The army then marched on Stonefalls in Morrowind to fight the Akaviri. They arrived at the final battle near Ebonheart and helped to send the invaders fleeing.
The Argonians' participation in the battle helped contribute to the signing of the Ebonheart Pact between Eastern Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh. Heita-Meen was released from slavery and appointed as the Argonian vicecanon of Stormhold, where she shared power with the Nord Vicecanon Hrondar and the Dunmer Vicecanon Servyna. Guided by the Hist, Heita-Meen's actions had allowed the Argonians to preserve their culture and reclaim their lands under the Pact.
In 2E 582, Vicecanon Hrondar was assassinated by the Aldmeri Dominion, who replaced him with a skin-stealer in preparation for a full invasion of Shadowfen. The Dominion then began murdering Stormhold citizens for use by the skin-stealers, targeting only Dunmer in order to shift the blame onto disgruntled former slaves or Shadowscale assassins. Eventually the Dominion's actions came to light, and Heita-Meen journeyed with the other vicecanons to the ruins of Ten-Maur-Wolk, where they became trapped by Dominion forces. The Pact successfully defeated the invaders at the Battle of Ten-Maur-Wolk, and Hrondar was revealed to be an imposter. Along with Servyna, Heita-Meen travelled throughout Shadowfen in an attempt to disrupt the invasion's sinister intentions: to destroy the Argonians' connection to the Hist, resulting in the theoretical extinction of the race.
Along with the Vestige, Heita-Meen entered the Dominion-occupied ruins of Loriasel, which housed the Mnemic Egg. After defeating the invasion's mastermind, an Altmer alchemist named Ruuvitar, Heita-Meen approached the Egg and became trapped in a vision of the Hist, whose collective consciousness had been partially corrupted by the Dominion. The Vestige entered into the same vision and saved the Hist, rescuing Heita-Meen from her trance. Following the Dominion's defeat, she transported the Mnemic Egg to Windhelm for safe storage, and attended the Konunleikar festival thrown in High King Jorunn's honor. The Egg was later pledged to the Pact at a Great Moot at Skuldafn, as a representation of the Argonian people's commitment to the alliance.
Heita-Meen is the author of From Argonian to Saxhleel.
Hellena (fl. 3E 2nd century)
According to the popular historical fiction The Wolf Queen, she was the (first) Cyrodiil Queen of Lilmoth (the previous Argonian priest-king having been executed), wife of Magnus Septim, and mother of Pelagius Septim III. She represented Imperial interests in Black Marsh admirably as the Cyrodilic ruler of an Argonian kingdom, and she knew how to recognize and confront adversity.
Sheogorath described Pelagius' mother as "unique" but fairly average for a member of the Septim family. She used the people's fear to her advantage and taught Pelagius at a very young age that danger can come from anywhere, at any time, from anyone.
King of Anequina at the time of the Knahaten Flu and Varen's Rebellion. Hemakar and his family were murdered at the instigation of the Imperial envoy Euraxia Tharn in the Frostfall Coup of 2E 576, and his throne was seized by her. Euraxia's necromancers reanimated Hemakar and his wife Numara in an unsuccessful attempt to kill their daughter Khamira, who would go on to overthrow the usurper and succeed to the throne of Anequina in 2E 582. He was remembered as a "Bringer of Peace" and "Beloved Father".
Henantier the Outsider (fl. late 1E)
Henantier the Outsider was an elven Harbinger of the Companions in the late First Era. He was among the notable Harbingers recorded by Swyk the Long-Sighted. The legacy of those who supported Henantier's rise to Harbinger is upheld by the Companions of the modern day.
Empress Herda (fl. late 1E)
Hervic Fambure (fl. before 2E 582)
Hervic Fambure was a master smith of Betony. Little is known about them, excpet that they were a smith of some renown, but as of the times of the Three Banners War in 2E 582, they were already dead, and considered famous. Although little is known of their achivements, they were also known to craft vessels such as pitchers. A number of exquisite pitchers crafted by Hervic Fambure were found all around Tamriel during the tumultuous period of the Interregnum. Hervic Fambure, similarly to many other smiths of that time, was known to stamp their products with their mark.
Empress Hestra (fl. 1E 1029 - 1033)
Empress Hestra ruled in Tamriel during the First Era, circa 1E 1029. That year, she expanded the Alessian Empire, admitting High Rock as a province after she defeated King Styriche, the Vampire of Verkarth with the aid of the Bangkorai Garrison. When the Empress Hestra led her legions in harrying the Vampire King and his Gray Host into western Hammerfell, it's said she did so while riding a great Flame Atronach Bear Mount named Fiery Ursula. One of the Gray Host's Exarchs was interested in turning the Empress into a vampire, though that plan was ultimately not realized.
By the year of 1E 1030 the Alessian Empire controlled the Reach, and had to contest with Red Eagle's Rebellion. While in legends it is said that Red Eagle singlehandedly slew an entire Legion before succumbing to his wounds, Imperial Records do show Empress Hestra repeatedly having to suppress rebellions in the region.
During her reign, pirates and brigands used the swampland of Black Marsh as a base for launching attacks on merchants off the southeastern coast of Tamriel. She instigated an aggressive anti-piracy campaign in 1E 1033 that eventually led to the capture of the most infamous pirate, "Red" Bramman. Around the same time as the anti-piracy campaign, Hestra's forces worked to bring the Reach under their heel, leading to her being dubbed the south-born hag by the indigenous people. While many of the various kings in the region surrendered, rebel holdouts still inflicted heavy losses. Hestra is also known to have improved the road system of her empire, an endeavor continued by the Reman emperors in later centuries.
A powerful class of runestone was apparently named after the empress: "Hestra" stones are found in Cyrodiil, and grant the person who activates them a piece of armor and a weapon for a short period of time. Notably, another series of stones are named after Emperor Reman. One theory for the origin of these stones is that they were devised and placed by the rulers whose names they bear, while another posits that the stones were created much earlier and only moved into their current positions by the rulers.
Hevnoraak (fl. Merethic Era)
Hevnoraak was a tyrannical Dragon Priest who inhabited Valthume in ancient times. He was a masterful manipulator who twisted the kindest of men into soldiers with boundless loyalty. Hevnoraak amassed an army of fanatical followers, and eventually, fear all it took to keep them in line. He could humiliate and torture his followers without consequence, for they would not rebel against him. As his death drew near, Hevnoraak grew obsessed with ensuring his resurrection. He filled several vessels with blood drained from his own body, with the intention of using it to transfer his power back into his body after his death. Following Hevnoraak's demise, a warrior named Valdar swore to guard the Dragon Priest's tomb and keep him from rising. Hevnoraak's body was bound, and Valdar remained vigilant for many generations.
In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn entered Valthume and encountered the spirit of Valdar, whose strength was fading. The warrior would not be able to hold Hevnoraak in place for much longer, and asked the Dragonborn to bring him Hevnoraak's vessels so they could weaken the lich before he awoke. The Dragonborn collected the vessels and helped Valdar perform a ritual to awaken Hevnoraak in a weakened state. The Hero then defeated the Dragon Priest, claiming his iron mask and foiling his plot, freeing Valdar from his ancient oath, allowing the spirit to rest.
Ruler of Alinor in the Second Era. He was believed to be a direct descendant of the Divines who created Nirn. His rule is remembered as a long and great one, and he exemplified the best traditions of High Elven Ceremoniarchy, basing his every decision on the precedents laid down in the Scrolls of Praxis. In 2E 486, a small Maormeri fleet was sighted off the coast of his kingdom, and King Hidellith ordered his navy to give chase. They followed the fleet to Pyandonea, where all but one of the ships were destroyed.
His child with Kinlady Tuinden was born on the 5th of Second Seed in 2E 555. Following the dictates of the Scrolls of Praxis, they named her Ayrenn, and held celebrations for fifty-five days. He had other children, as well, including his eldest son Prince Naemon. In 2E 573, he gathered with his family at the Crystal Tower to celebrate what was supposed to be Ayrenn's entry for schooling as a ruler, but his daughter disappeared. She would not return until after Hidellith's death in 2E 580.
Hilbongard Rolamus (fl. early 1E)
Hilbongard Rolamus was a legendary weaponsmith of Skyrim, known for his skill in creating powerful and enchanted weapons. Along with the enchanter Dorach Gusal, he crafted the amazing warhammer known as the Skull Crusher. This weapon was created in the forge of Anudnabia during the Skyrim Captivity, in the early First Era.
Emperor Hira (fl. 1E 8th century)
The "Last Emperor" of Yokuda. Upon rising to power, he began to persecute the Ansei, and eventually went to war with them for control of the empire. The War of the Singers pitted the united Ansei under Frandar Hunding against Hira's armies, and after seven battles, the Ansei were victorious. They had been outnumbered thirty to one at the start of the battle, and twenty thousand Ansei remained standing by the end, suggesting that Hira's armies were composed of well over six hundred thousand troops. Over three hundred thousand people died at the final battle. How the Last Emperor met his end is unknown.
Eldest son of High King Harald of Skyrim, he assumed the throne upon his father's death in 1E 221. He only ruled for about a year before dying, and his younger brother King Vrage the Gifted ascended to the throne.
Hjarknir Green-Hand was a Nord chieftain of Thirsk who lived in the second and early third century of the Fourth Era. He would be the ruler of Thirsk when The Great War ended and the White-Gold Concordat was signed, although neither Solstheim nor Thirsk were affected by it.
He became Chieftain of Thirsk after an entire grove of Spriggans and presenting their Taproot hearts as a battle trophy. He would be the longest serving ruler of Thirsk's history, ruling for twenty-seven years, surpassing the meadhall's founder Hrothmund the Red.
Hjurgol Skjoralmor was Jarl of Falkreath and member of Skjoralmor Clan. As a descendant of Bjarfrud Skjoralmor, believed to be a founder of Falkreath he inherited right to rule the town. He ruled during the Interregnum, in the years prior to the Alliance War in 2E 582. He was neither popular nor a well-loved Jarl. In 2E 561, the wife and daughter of Hjurgol traveled to Solitude to attend High King Svargrim's coronation. They were ambushed by a giantess' herd of mammoths shortly after. While Eerika survived, Hjurgol's wife died during the attack. Soon afterward Hjurgol succumbed to alcoholism and his daughter took a more prominent role in the management of the Hold.
He did not act justly in the days leading to the sacking of Falkreath by the Dreadhorn Clan and ignored the warnings of his scouts. During the invasion he took to hiding in his longhouse, while his daughter and thane, Eerika Skjoralmor, led the remnants of the resistance. She held the town for some time until the intervention of the Undaunted, who delved through the battlefield and aided the Thane in their efforts to save the city. The group was able to defeat Domihaus at the Jarl's Keep and witness the coronation of Jarl Eerika. They however failed to save Hjurgol, who was killed by minotaur leader of the alliance betweeen minoitaurs and the Dreadhorn Clan Domihaus in the throne room.
Hlaalu Helseth, a male Dunmer, was born to Queen Barenziah and Symmachus in 3E 376, and he is the older brother of Morgiah. Before the "Warp in the West", he spent most of his time blackmailing, bribing, and even killing nobles in attempts to expand Wayrest's influence. After failing to obtain the throne of Wayrest when his step-father King Eadwyre died, he returned to Mournhold in Morrowind with his mother. Once there, he joined the court of his uncle, King Athyn Llethan. After a relatively short period of time, Talen Vandas, Llethan's chosen heir, died, followed soon after by the King himself, leaving the throne of Morrowind to Helseth. This caused rumors that Helseth had poisoned them, a telling of events that the Queen Dowager, Ravani Llethan, backs up: she also knew of and appears to have been allied to a conspiracy, within House Hlaalu, against Helseth in favor of a candidate more acceptable to the House. Indeed, despite Helseth being of House Hlaalu himself as well as a nephew of King Llethan, he still was an outlander, not born in Morrowind itself, and a pro-Imperial at that, having his elven ears cropped as to look more Imperial and knowing almost nothing about Dunmer culture. This political stance was certainly shared by his late father, who ended up fighting for the Empire against his own province. The Tribunal Temple also initially conspired against him, but were thrown into disarray by the fall of their living gods. He wore an ancient crown of the Chimer, with five points curving inward like blades, supporting one in the middle: what it symbolized in elder days was debatable, but it meant "Five Houses Under One King" in the modern day.
After becoming King, Helseth quickly started to cement his hold on power by using the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate a variety of targets, including an attempt to kill the recently reborn Nerevarine, though according to Helseth this was a mistake - and one which backfired heavily, since the entire Mournhold chapter of the Brotherhood was wiped out when the Nerevarine pursued the attacks back to their source. The truthfulness of Helseth's apology is suspect, as there was another attempt on the Nerevarine's life while guarding Queen Barenziah for the new King. Strangely, King Helseth tends to play up his habit of assassination, as he was one of the driving forces to publish A Game at Dinner, a book that accuses him of murder.
In a shrewd political maneuver, King Helseth, representing his own House Hlaalu, formed an alliance with House Dres by marrying Lady Vendama of Bodrum Mora. Subsequently, he renounced the slave trade, setting the remaining Houses of Indoril and Redoran against him through a period of civil unrest. After the successive catastrophes of the Oblivion Crisis, the Red Year, the Argonian invasion and the break-up of the Empire which had backed him, at some early point during the next 200 years House Hlaalu fell from prominence and Redoran became the new preeminent house, with Hlaalu's place taken by the upstart House Sadras. Neither Helseth nor Barenziah's, nor the Morrowind monarchy's fate after these catastrophies is known, although the former are presumed to have lost their lives before or after the sacking of Mournhold by the invading Argonian hordes.
Hoag Merkiller was a short-lived High King/High Chieftain of Skyrim in the mid-late fifth century of the First Era. He was a seasoned warrior and tongue from a prestigious background as a fighter and a monarch. His predecessor as high king was his father, Kjoric the White. In his time serving under the First Empire of the Nords, he used the pseudonym, Fenja, but he is remembered in Dunmeri history as HOAGA, the Mouth of Mud.
The Hoar Father (?b - ?d)
The Hoar Father (also written as the Hoarfather or Fodiiz Bormah in the Dragon language) was a philosophical figure that is revered in Skyrim. Not much is known about the Hoar Father but his ancient teachings have been mainly recounted by the ancient Nords, as his words have been documented on various word walls across the province, including on Solstheim. His name is often exclaimed by the modern-day Nords, such as in the common expression "by the Hoarfather".
Holgeir (fl. before 4E 201)
Holgeir was a Nord warlord. He fell in love with the huntress Fjori on the field of battle, where they fought until her sword broke his axe and his shield dulled her blade. With Fjori and Holgeir united, there came a time of peace for the clans of the forest. When Holgeir was bitten by a poisonous snake, Fjori journeyed to obtain a cure from Akavir which instantly cured him. However, then Fjori too was bitten by a snake, and she died immediately due to exhaustion from her journey. Holgeir had a great tomb built, and after its completion, he took his own life, hoping to rejoin her in Sovngarde.
Lord Hollowjack (?b - ?d)
Hha-Lugh-Zhek, more commonly known as Lord Hollowjack, or the Hollowjack Spectre, is a dread Daedra Lord who rules over the demi-plane of Detritus. He is also known as the Lord of Mortal Fears and the Fear Daedra.
He is a unique Greater Daedra, a Pumpkin Spectre who derives supernatural power by metaphysically feeding on the terrified whispers of all Men and Mer who are driven by fear to pray for divine intervention. It is in this moment of dread that Hollowjack appears, speaking softly or in whispers from a mouth full of long, sharp teeth in order to carry out this "fear feeding". He has long, slender, and agile fingers tipped with sharp talons that can slash or puncture, but which are usually used to gently emphasize what the voice behind them is saying.
Every year, during the Witches Festival on the 13th of Frost Fall, the portals between Nirn and Detritus open. As such, Hollowjack is closely associated with that festival, and it has become tradition for celebrants to masquerade as Hollowjack during the event. Hollowjack-style armor and weapons are crafted using pumpkin, black hawthorn, and amber marble.
There is a long literary tradition of personal accounts and folk tales detailing the mortal victims of Hollowjack who were driven mad with fear due to repeated visitations from the Daedra. The Psijic Order have gathered a collection of these accounts as part of their studies on Oblivion, and categorize these individuals as "Hollowjack's Haunted". In Nibenay folklore, Hollowjack has a connection to house cats. In the case of houses where the owner was murdered, Hollowjack is said to send the spirit of the owner's cat back to haunt the house and torment the killer.
Hollowjack is associated with Jaque o' the Hollow, a malevolent headless spirit said to haunt a hidden hollow in Rivenspire. On the night of the Witches Festival, Jaque o' the Hollow curses riders all across Tamriel to ride headless throughout the night, clutching a carved pumpkin atop their mount.
Hrolfdir (4E ?b - 176)
Hrolfdir was the Jarl of Markarth and the father of Igmund. He was pressured by the Thalmor to arrest Ulfric Stormcloak after the Markarth Incident. He was remembered as an active leader, one who would not sit idly by while evil men took over his lands. After the Markarth Incident, he attempted to negotiate with the remaining Reachman separatists, now calling themselves the Forsworn. He was killed in the process, and the Forsworn gave his shield to one of their hagraven matrons as a trophy.
Hroltar the Boaster (fl. 2E 582)
Hroltar the Boaster was a Reachfolk high-ranking member of the Undaunted, known magic scroll enchanter and a former elite member of the Ard Caddach's Stonehands prior to his banishment. He was renowned for his creation of Scrolls of Glorious Battle.
Hrothmund the Red (3E ?b - 347)
He was among those who left Skaal Village to found the Thirsk Mead Hall in Solstheim. He departed from the Skaal community to establish a distinct way of life centered around emulating the ancient Nord warriors. They engaged in hunting and combat, and their leadership was determined by the strength of the mightiest among them.
After the founding, when the need for a leader became clear, he seemed the natural choice, but had to prove himself in a duel when he was challenged for the position. After using his axe to chop off his opponent's head, he displayed it on a pedestal in the Mead Hall, starting the tradition that survives in Thirsk to this day: the person who displays the greatest trophy on the pedestal in the Mead Hall would become the chieftain. Hrothmund's rule lasted 21 years, the third longest reign in Thirsk's known history (and these long reigns are the exceptions; one chieftain survived for a mere three weeks). He was ultimately killed and eaten by Ondjage, the Fell Wolf, and whatever remained was buried in Hrothmund's Barrow, along with his axe and the Amulet of Infectious Charm.
Huna (?b - 1E 242 or 1E 243)
Huna was one of the confidants and companions of the legendary Pelinal Whitestrake. Huna lived in the early First Era and was originally a Nedic slave of the Ayleid overlords who ruled over their human subjects at the early years of the First Era. As a slave, one of Huna's duties was collecting grain for Ayleid masters. At some point, during, or before the Alessian Slave Rebellion Huna was liberated by Pelinal and given freedom. Huna decided to join the rebellion and was trained to become a hoplite.
Eventually, the relationship between Huna and Pelinal possibly transcended the one of a liberator and liberated, to that of lovers. Although Pelinal was by some legends lover of Alessia, the Song of Pelinal states that Pelinal loved Huna well, "he had raised up from a grain-slave and loved well."
Huna fought alongside Pelinal and other rebels, until Huna died by an arrow of Celethel the Singer in 1E 242 or 1E 243. Huna's death was a catalyst for Pelinal's madness. Once Huna died Pelinal would descend into several flights of madness during which he cut vast swathes in mindless fury to avenge him, destroying many Ayleid cities including Narlemae and Celediil, as well as slaughtering the innocent Khajiit he mistook for Elves until he was banished at the Sunspire by Alkosh.
Hunroor (fl. 2E)
Hunroor was an Atmoran warrior from the Second Era. He and four companions embarked on a quest to find Sovngarde. However, Hunroor, Erlendr, and Nikulas 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.
The 21st Count of House Branquette, Hurlburt led an army at the Battle of Granden Tor, ruling Shornhelm from 2E 522 until his death in 546. He was husband to Countess Iphilia of House Montclair and father to Prince Phylgeon as well as an illegitimate elder son, Prince Ranser, with a cousin of House Tamrith. Following Hurlburt's death, his sons both claimed his throne, and Ranser prevailed by citing a long-lost Direnni decree.
Decades later, Ranser's death ended his war as well as the line of House Branquette, and in the absence of a monarch Rivenspire was reigned by the triumvirate Council of the North. Baron Wylon Montclair put forth a claim to the crown of Shornhelm, stating that as the son of Count Phylgeon, he was the only legitimate descendant of King Hurlburt and House Branquette.
King Hylfrald (fl. before 2E 587)
King Hylfrald was the ruler of Skyrim at some point before 2E 582. He ruled from his seat of power in Solitude. Little is known of his reign, except that as of then Reachfolk marauders were active at the borders of his kingdom, northwest of Karthwasten.
- Orcs of Skyrim — Thora Far-Wanderer
- King Thunder
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- On Oblivion — Morian Zenas
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Korir's dialogue in Skyrim.
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- To Raise the Living — Shagrub Gilgar
- Staff of Hasedoki Creation for Skyrim Special Edition
- Events of Dawnguard
- Sheogorath's dialogue in Skyrim
- Silhu-jo's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
- The Frostfall Coup — Tandemen, Sapiarch of Foreign Observations
- Events of Two Queens in ESO: Elsweyr
- King Hemakar's Grave
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Ayrenn – The Unforeseen Queen — Headmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Other Lands — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Divad the Singer — Destri Melarg
- Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes — Destri Melarg
- King Edward, Part X
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
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- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
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