Lord K'avar (?b - ?d)
Lord K'avar was a noble from the Kingdom of Sentinel in the late Third Era. He was a veteran of the War of Betony. During a battle in the Glenpoint Foothills, he received a disfiguring injury from a fireball cast by a Dark Elf mercenary nightblade. After the war, K'avar commanded the Order of the Candle along with Lord Vhosek. Their knightly order was charged with the protection of Sentinel, replacing the defunct Knights of the Moon.
In the years prior to the Warp in the West, Lord K'avar allied himself with the Order of the Black Worm, plotting to overthrow Queen Akorithi and usurp the throne of Sentinel. K'avar went into hiding once the Fighters Guild got involved, although he was later arrested and imprisoned in the dungeons of Castle Sentinel. He then escaped and fled to Castle Wayrest. Akorithi ordered his execution, but it is unknown if this was carried out.
Lord Kagrenac was the Dwemeri Chief Tonal Architect during the time of the First Council. The foremost arcane philosopher and magecrafter of the Dwemer, he was a "pioneer" in the field of mythopoeic forces, and devised tools with which to harness them with the intent of transcending the limits of Dwemer mortality. Kagrenac was the primary architect working on the Heart of Lorkhan and was responsible for creating the original Brass God, Anumidium. According to some theories, it may have been his use of his tools on the Heart that caused the Dwemer to disappear from the face of Tamriel in 1E 700.
Lord Kain (?b - ?d)
Lord Kain (sometimes spelled Khane) was a noble knight from the Barony of Lainlyn, in the province of Hammerfell. Lord Kain was the younger brother of Baron Shrike, who ruled over his domain with an iron fist. Kain was one of his most outspoken critics, and together with Lord Harth, they formed the Knights of the True Horn.
Saint Kaladas the Architect was a First Era master craftsman and Imperial saint who lived in Leyawiin several centuries after the Alessian Slave Rebellion. He constructed the Great Chapel of Zenithar in Leyawiin in tribute to the legend of a messenger who is said to have carried the Mace of the Crusader to Leyawiin following the death of Pelinal Whitestrake at the hands of the Ayleids. According to legend, Kaladas was driven to build the chapel by constant dreams of Pelinal. The Mace, which had been given to Pelinal by Zenithar, had not been seen for many centuries. However, when Saint Kaladas was laid to rest in the chapel undercroft, those who prayed to Zenithar at his tomb began to receive visions of the Mace.
Many pilgrims came to the Tomb of Saint Kaladas to receive this vision, but none could reach the Mace. Each vision was the same: the Mace would appear upon bowing to the shrine, separated by a great chasm. Many tried and failed to reach the Mace, and would instead fall into the chasm each time, awakening from the vision. In 3E 111, the Knights of the Nine were founded in search of the Crusader's Relics, and the Dunmer knight Sir Ralvas devoted himself to recovering the Mace of the Crusader. He prayed at the Tomb of Saint Kaladas many times, but died at some point prior to 3E 153 without ever reaching the Mace.
Circa 3E 433, the Champion of Cyrodiil refounded the Knights of the Nine and was guided to the tomb by the ghost of Sir Ralvas. It transpired that the only way to cross the chasm and recover the Mace was to wear the Boots of the Crusader, a sacred relic of Kynareth. In this way, the pilgrim would acknowledge the close ties between Zenithar and Kynareth, and the reliance that craftsmen have on the materials provided by the natural world. The Champion was given the Boots by Kynareth herself, and duly managed to recover the Mace by wearing them while praying at the tomb.
Saint Kaladas is venerated at shrines and votives that often feature imagery of thorns and angles. They are ancient Nibenese symbols of grace and precision, used to display true dedication to one's craft. Some devotees choose to tattoo their bodies and faces with this imagery in a budding script in order to demonstrate their adoration of Kaladas.
Ansei Kalam (?b - ?d)
A renowned Yokudan warrior and master of polearms. Kalam and his daughter, Ra Adia, drove out the bandit tribes of the Dragontail Mountains that had been harassing the Redguard settlers for two decades. They were honored and both laid to rest in the Valley of the Blades after their death.
Count Kantus Jeril (?b - ?d)
Count Kantus Jeril was a First Era Imperial. For heroisms performed at Pale Pass, he was appointed the first Count of Chorrol, a settlement located in the rugged Colovian Highlands. It is unknown if he is a direct ancestor of the Valga family, who ruled Chorrol at the end of the Third Era. The Jerall Mountains bear his name, although the correlation is unknown.
Karrod (?b - ?d)
Karrod was born in the city of Wayrest in High Rock. As a child, Karrod's father gave him an odd Dwemer longsword, and told him that none would defeat him in battle until the blade's rightful owner came to claim it. Karrod was then seemingly orphaned on the streets of Wayrest, and turned to thievery. After he had the audacity to attempt to rob Princess Elysana, her half-brother Prince Helseth took him into his employ. Karrod grew to be extremely loyal towards Helseth for taking him in. True to his father's prophecy, he also remained undefeated in battle and became a deadly warrior. Helseth proclaimed him his Champion, and Karrod joined the ranks of the Royal Guard when Helseth inherited the Throne of Morrowind and moved to Mournhold.
In 3E 427, the Nerevarine came to Mournhold. In order to earn the King's trust, Karrod and the Nerevarine dueled, and Karrod lost. This also earned the Nerevarine the warrior's respect and friendship, and his admission of defeat was the first time Helseth had ever heard him speak. The goddess Almalexia later ordered the Nerevarine to reforge Trueflame, the Blade of Nerevar. As fate would have it, the three fractured pieces of the blade had come to Mournhold. Karrod's Dwemer weapon was one such piece, and the warrior duly surrendered his blade to the Nerevarine.
Karstaag was a Frost Giant who lived along the northern coast of Solstheim in the late Third Era. He resided in Castle Karstaag, a giant fortress of ice. He employed a large number of rieklings to guard and maintain his castle. The Skaal held an uneasy truce with him. In 3E 427, as part of the Bloodmoon Prophecy, Karstaag was taken from his castle by the Hounds of Hircine to serve as Prey in the Hunter's Game. He along with three other champions from the island were brought to a maze beneath the Mortrag Glacier, which served as the hunting ground. When the Hunt began, Karstaag successfully navigated the werewolf-filled maze and made it to the central chamber, where he would face off against an aspect of Hircine to earn his freedom. However, Karstaag was then killed by the Nerevarine, another participant in the Hunt.
Following the Nerevarine's defeat of the Hunter, the glacier collapsed, and Karstaag's remains were buried in the ice. His castle was taken over by the rieklings and fell into ruin, gradually losing its shape. Through unknown means, the majority of Karstaag's skeletal remains were recovered and placed upon his throne. Spell tomes to learn the frost spell "Karstaag's Breath" were in circulation circa 3E 433. His skull was discovered in 4E 201 by the Last Dragonborn, embedded in the wall of a glacial cave. The Dragonborn placed the skull on Karstaag's throne, summoning his angry spirit. Karstaag's ghost was defeated, and temporarily gifted the Dragonborn with the power to summon his spirit to aid in battle.
Kastav was the second emperor of the Reman Dynasty. Details of his life and reign are scarce, other than some branding him as an incompetent ruler. One example was when in 1E 2801 he ordered the Dragonguard of Sky Haven Temple to seize Nordic hostages in order to meet conscription quotas. He then cut off supplies to the temple when they refused to help suppress the resulting Winterhold Rebellion. His poor handling of this and other issues led to his deposition in 1E 2805 or 2806, and he was succeeded by Reman II.
He lived for several years in exile alongside his honor guard, dying in the Murkmire region of Black Marsh in 1E 2812. By the Fourth Era, a military fort in the Winterhold region of Skyrim bore his name.
Empress Katariah, born Katariah Ra'athim, was part of a prominent Ebonheart family, and she had been Duchess of Vvardenfell before she was married in 3E 141 to Pelagius Septim III, who was then ruler of Solitude (though they would go on to become Emperor and Empress). The unusual union was thought to have occurred both to cement Imperial relations with Ebonheart and because Emperor Magnus hoped Katariah, who was known for her shrewdness, could help conceal the eccentricities of his son Pelagius. Katariah was awarded the regency of Tamriel in 3E 147. The Empress Regent of Tamriel was proclaimed Empress Katariah I upon the death of her husband in 3E 153, and her almost fifty-year reign is remembered as a happy one.
Kathutet (?b - ?d)
Along with Amkaos and Ranyu, Kathutet once served Molag Bal as a torturer. In 2E 582, the three Dremora 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. Some time after this, all three came into the service of Mehrunes Dagon.
In 3E 433, the Sigil Tower at Ganonah was used during the sacking of Kvatch, and a single Oblivion Gate linking the region to Tamriel was left open following the attack. Kathutet's clan subsequently suffered swift retribution from the Hero of Kvatch, who entered the portal and destroyed the tower. This earned the hero great respect among clanmembers, Kathutet included.
Kathutet himself was not present at Ganonah at the time, as he had been 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. Kathutet despised their cowardice, and was humiliated when Anaxes was trapped in a cave by the cultists. When the Hero of Kvatch entered Gaiar Alata in search of the Amulet of Kings, Kathutet offered to take the hero into his service out of respect for the deeds at Ganonah. In return for freeing Anaxes, Kathutet would grant passage into the Forbidden Grotto, where Amkaos, Ranyu and Orthe tortured dissenting unmortals. It is unknown if the hero served Kathutet or defeated him in combat, or both.
Katrica the Maiden (?b - ?d)
Katrica (sometimes called the Maiden) was a warrior-maiden that is associated with the Redguards of Hammerfell. They often use the exclamation, "by Katrica", or "by the Maiden". Many years ago, the county of Ayasofya was attacked by an unknown threat but was saved Katrica. Ever since then, on the 2nd of Last Seed, the county celebrates her victory and their salvation with the holiday, Maiden Katrica, a large celebration.
Keirgo (2E? b - 2E 326)
Keirgo was the Second Era King of Anequina, whose union with Queen Eshita of Pellitine in 2E 309 led to the founding of the Elsweyr Confederacy and peace between the long-feuding kingdoms. The northern kingdom, Anequina is known for its nomadic and warrior tribes and after the marriage, the main city of Ne Quin-al became the capital of the confederacy. Keirgo's attempt to keep the alliance together failed and later gave rise to the Mane.
Kellen (?b - ?d)
Kellen was a Moth Priest who had read Elder Scrolls. He told stories about a Forgotten Hero that were predicated upon extremely accurate knowledge of obscure history, lending credence to his claims that his stories of the Forgotten Hero were true. However, he forgot nearly all he knew about the hero at some point. He could have died in a cave with a Khajiiti companion, but little is known of his eventual fate.
Keshu the Black Fin (2E? - ?d)
Keshu the Black Fin was a great Argonian hero and founder of a movement for an advanced Saxhleel society. Upon the founding of the Ebonheart Pact, she was named general of Pact forces in Skyrim and fought briefly in Cyrodiil during the Three Banners War.
Kestic was a Nedic king during the early-mid First Era. In his time, he was the Forest King, leading the northern clans of the forest region. He was the last of his title, as the Nedic civilization of the Deathlands fell with the arrival of the Ra Gada in 1E 808.
Khamira was Queen of Anequina, the northern kingdom of Elsweyr, from 2E 582. Born in 2E 563 to King Hemakar and Queen Numara of Anequina, she was presumed dead with the rest of her family after Euraxia Tharn overthrew her father in the Frostfall Coup of 2E 576. She had in fact survived, and covertly took up arms in a resistance movement against Euraxia's rule known as the Northern Elsweyr Defense Force. After unsuccessfully attempting to stop the unwitting release of Kaalgrontiid and his rage of Dragons by Abnur Tharn in 2E 582, she subsequently helped to defend the city of Riverhold from the combined assault of Euraxia's forces and the Dragon Bahlokdaan, and revealed her true identity there after their defeat. After Euraxia's deposition she banished Kaalgrontiid with the help of Abnur Tharn and the Vestige, and was crowned queen soon afterwards. As monarch she sought to restore the Elsweyr Confederacy between Anequina and Pellitine.
Khartag was an Orc smuggler and abolitionist who operated during the Interregnum around 2E 582. Khartag was a local legend among the Orsimer, not only for being a veteran of the Daggerfall Covenant and founder of the Ropefish gang of abolitionists, but as the namesake of the site known as Khartag Point, a monument to him and the Orcs in general.
Khosey (?b - ?d)
First cousin once removed of Emperor Pelagius Septim and daughter of Tiber Septim's brother Agnorith, Empress Kintyra was crowned the third Emperor of Tamriel after Pelagius' assassination in 3E 41, as Pelagius had no living children. The former Queen of Silvenar was blessed with a time of prosperity and good harvests, and was an avid patroness of art, music, and dance. Kintyra was mother to Uriel Septim I, successor to her rule of Tamriel when she died in 3E 48. The most famous burglar in Elsweyr's history, Rajhin, is said to have stolen a tattoo from the neck of Empress Kintyra as she slept. The Wolf Queen, v1, quoting a sage, implies that Kintyra was still Empress in 3E 63, though she died fifteen years before.
Kintyra Septim II was the eighth monarch of the Septim Dynasty, the former ruling family of the Third Empire. She was preceded by her father, Emperor Antiochus I and was succeeded by her cousin, Uriel III. Her story is considered one of the saddest tales in the Empire, from the accusations that questioned her legitimacy to the throne, to her controversial death in the midst of the War of the Red Diamond. Despite her young age and short reign, Kintyra II was recognized as an accomplished mystic and sorceress. She is named after her great-great grandaunt, Kintyra I.
Kjoric the White was the High King/High Chieftain of Skyrim, after the reign of High King Olaf One-Eye and before his son, Hoag Merkiller. In his lifetime, he was a soft-spoken leader and attained power across the province when the Crown of Verity chose him over the moot-chosen warrior. Ever since then, no one argued the authority of the Crown.
Kodlak Whitemane was a Nord warrior and a well-respected Harbinger of the Companions. He avoided politics, and maintained the Companions' long-standing tradition of abstaining from political conflicts during the Stormcloak Rebellion (although he did worship Talos). He was also something of a philosopher, prone to pondering on the meaning of honor and nobility. He lost his family at a young age, when he was little more than a boy. His predecessor, the Harbinger Askar, found him working as a bodyguard in Hammerfell, and recruited him. The Companions quickly became his new family, becoming Harbinger in 4E 181. As Harbinger, Kodlak has commanded the Companions, balancing his tactical skill, ferocity in combat, and commanding presence. He maintained that family and honor are the most important things to the Companions, and that they should deal with problems head-on, finding honor in life through glory in battle. Legends of the Companions speak of Kodlak's many great feats, such as Kodlak and another Companion fighting off one hundred and one Orc berserkers.
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Jarl Korir (?b - ?d)
The Nord Jarl of Winterhold in 4E 201. Like most of his subjects, Korir held hatred and suspicion for the College of Winterhold, and vowed to have them banned. He supported the Stormcloaks during the Stormcloak Rebellion, and had a son named Assur.
Krahjotdaan was slain by the Dragonguard in 1E 2871, in the southern Jerall Mountains of Cyrodiil. The dragon's name was supposedly confirmed to the Dragonguard by his own account. A fang was taken from his corpse and inscribed to depict his defeat. His death was later documented by the Blades in 2E 373. Due to the nature of dragons, Krahjotdaan may not be truly dead and therefore could rise again.
King of the Orcs of the Wrothgar Mountains during the Interregnum. Also known as Kurog gro-Orsinium. He aided King Emeric during Ranser's War in exchange for the return of Orsinium, and afterward joined the Daggerfall Covenant. Kurog's reign came to an end in 2E 582 when, frustrated by the constant disagreements among his clan chiefs, he engineered a crisis between Trinimac and Malacath cults in order to discredit his main rival, Bazrag gro-Fharun, and eliminate the other chiefs. The king's treachery was discovered and he was slain, resulting in Bazrag being crowned the next King of the Orcs.
Kvenel the Tongue (?b - ?d)
Kvenel the Tongue was an ancient Nord hero, and master of the thu'um. It is said his favored weapons to carry into battle were a hand-axe and sword, named Okin and Eduj respectively. According to legend, Kvenel commissioned master blacksmith Haman Forgefire to forge Okin for him, to match his beloved sword, Eduj.
Upon his death, Kvenel was entombed in Volunruud, Skyrim. His burial chamber was sealed with a special lock that could only be opened with two ceremonial replicas of Okin and Eduj, which were then put on display and guarded in other parts of the tomb. Memory of his life faded as the eras passed and he was largely forgotten, save for old hymns and mythic accounts. In 4E 201 the Last Dragonborn explored Volunruud and encountered the ghost of Kvenel. After defeating the spirit, Kvenel's legendary weapons were retrieved from his remains.
Kyanka (?b - 2E?)
- Sai Sahan's dialogue in ESO
- Redguard exclamations in Daggerfall
- Maiden Katrica holiday description in Daggerfall
- Tagline of Forgotten Hero Collection
- Events of Legends stories
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High Rock — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Sons and Daughter of the Direnni West: High Rock — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Korir's dialogue in Skyrim
- Guide to the Daggerfall Covenant
- The Fury of King Ranser — Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
- The Chronicles of King Kurog — Zephrine Frey, Chronicler of Wayrest
- Events of ESO
- Events of Tribunal