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Maalanrie Direnni (fl. before 2E 582)[edit]

Maalanrie Direnni was one of the members of the influential Altmeri clan Direnni, and the pioneer conjuration mage. She is accredited with the summoning of the first Iron Atronach Senche in history.

The exact details of this event are unknown, however, at some point in history before 2E 582 she was captured by a group of bandits and imprisoned inside a cage. According to certain sources she "walked through dreams" and managed to call upon the mighty Atronach steed to free herself from captivity and destroy the cage. She then killed her captors and rode on its back to freedom.

By 2E 582, the art of conjuring Iron Atronachs shaped like senche was popular among conjuration mages.

Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair (?b - 2E 572)[edit]

Queen of Eastern Skyrim[1] who ruled from Windhelm.[2] She was one of the wearers of the Crown of Freydis.[3] She had three children: Princess Nurnhilde, her eldest and heir apparent, Jorunn the Skald Prince, and Fildgor Strong Prince.[4] Mabjaarn and Nurnhilde were killed by Akaviri invaders in Windhelm, though they reportedly went down fighting. Jorunn led the Nords in avenging their deaths.[5]

Queen Macalla (fl. 3E 432)[edit]

The Queen of Dawnstar in Skyrim circa 3E 432, and wife of King Thian of Solitude.[6]

Harbinger Macke of the Piercing Eyes (fl. 1E 2912 - 2920)[edit]

Macke of the Piercing Eyes was a Harbinger of the Companions in the First Era. Known for her great beauty, she was among the most notable Harbingers recorded by Swyk the Long-Sighted.

The Mad Architect (?b - 2E 582)[edit]

The Mad Architect, originally a Breton man named Dutheil, was an infamous mortal architect during the mid-Second Era. He is said to be one of the few entities ever to serve multiple Daedric Princes and profit from it, and has been referred to as a demigod.

During his time on Tamriel, Dutheil worked as a brilliant but eccentric architect for the nobles of Wayrest. He cornered a rival architect, Gasteau Chamrond, out of countless professional contracts. The competition was so bad that Gasteau was unable to find work. Hoping to save his career, Gasteau worked with several of his business contacts to discredit Dutheil's reputation. This ended up destroying the man, driving him past the brink of madness.

Following the loss of his reputation, Dutheil began to make pacts with the Daedric Princes. Dutheil built for the Princes in exchange for vengeance, and became the Artisan of Oblivion—known to his victims as the Mad Architect. He eventually took up residence in Coldharbour as a lich. His works in the planes of Oblivion included the Razor Pits of the Deadlands and many of the spires of Coldharbour, including the Endless Stair. However, his work on Nirn did not cease as he was contracted to remodel the ruined Agea Relle with devices of eternal torture at the behest of Mephala for one of her favored mortals.

His masterpiece was his lair, the Vaults of Madness. The subterranean complex also served as a temple to Molag Bal in mockery of the Eight Divines. However, its primary purpose was as an eternal prison for his enemies, namely Gasteau and his accomplices. Their souls were imprisoned in the Vaults to be endlessly tortured. Over time, the prison was expanded and received many more souls from Tamriel, some sent by the Daedric Princes themselves for the Architect's personal attention.

Following the Soulburst of 2E 578, he was contracted by Molag Bal to create the Planar Vortex within the Endless Stair, where the two planes melded together. Around 2E 582, members of the Undaunted entered the Vaults. Gasteau's spirit offered to show them the way out if they helped fight through the Daedra and free the trapped souls. The group ultimately faced the Mad Architect in combat and defeated him.

King Madanach (fl. 4E 174 - 201)[edit]

Madanach, also known as the King in Rags, was the leader of the Forsworn Rebellion. He once ruled all of The Reach as king, although only for a short time. Taking advantage of the Empire's preoccupation with the Great War, in 4E 174, he led the uprising to drive the Nord Jarl Hrolfdir from power in the Reach. According to historians, this brief period of Reachman independence was peaceful, with only the cruelest Nord landowners being put to death, and the nascent kingdom made overtures seeking formal recognition from the Empire. There are hints that this may have included religious concessions to the Empire, most likely pertaining to the legal status of Daedra worship in The Reach.

However, Hrolfdir and his son, Igmund, eager to reclaim the Reach, accepted an offer from Ulfric Stormcloak to retake it with his militia in exchange for the reinstatement of Talos worship in the Reach, in the vain hope that the Thalmor would not hear of this violation of the White-Gold Concordat. Per this agreement, in 4E 176, Ulfric stormed and took the capital of the Reach, Markarth, capturing Madanach in the process.

Chief Maddorfa (fl. before 2E 582)[edit]

Chief Maddorfa was a Reachfolk clan leader of the Eagleseer Clan. The exact times of his rule are unknown but as of 2E 582 the Battle of Karthspire Lea he took part in was considered ancient and took place in ages past. During his tenure Eagleseers were feuding with Six-Ford Clan. He led his clan to one of the most known battles between those two clans, the Battle of Karthspire Lea, during which he suffered a mortal wound.

Maebroogha the Void Lich (fl. 2E 582)[edit]

Maebroogha the Void Lich was a Reachfolk witch proficient in void magic, ultimately transforming into the powerful Voidmother. She was infamous for destroying the soul of the renowned Vateshran Aydolan.

Maelmoth the Mysterious (fl. early 1E)[edit]

Maelmoth the Mysterious, known as The Master of Illusion and Master of Mysterious Illusions was a powerful Nord illusionist and contemporary of Arch-Mage Shalidor. He was one of Skyrim's most gifted illusionists and creator of Nested Illusion.

Magna Tharn (?b - 2E 582)[edit]

Magna Tharn was an Imperial member of the royal House Tharn of Cheydinhal, and a member of the Worm Cult active in the Valenwood, who attempted to resurrect the ancient Ayleid warlord Ceyran.

Emperor Magnus Septim (3E 79-3E 145)[edit]

Magnus Septim I was the eleventh monarch of the Septim Dynasty, the former ruling family of the Third Empire. He was preceded by his older brother, Cephorus I and was succeeded by his son, Pelagius III. Magnus I inherited the throne in the later years of his life and ruled for a short time until his death five years later.

Warlord Mahgzoor Rockhand (fl. early-mid 1E)[edit]

Mahgzoor Rockhand (also spelled Mahzgoor) was a notorious giant Goblin Warlord who was responsible for leading the Endwise Army, a horde of tusk-folk into Hammerfell, wreaking havoc and destruction upon the people. His name was synonymous with terror and death, and his great blade, Bone-Hewer, struck fear into the hearts of even the bravest warriors.

Makela Leki (?b - 1E 973)[edit]

Makela Leki, also known as Saint Leki was an Ansei warrior, a known worshipper of the God of War Reymon Ebonarm, and one of the most famed heroes in Redguard history. She is best known for her sacrifice at the Battle of Bangkorai Pass in the First Era, where she and her five companions were responsible for routing an invading Breton army led by King Joile of Daggerfall.

Malham (fl. before 3E 398)[edit]

A famous mage and scholar who wrote Malham's Annotated Compendium of Arcane Contrivances of the Second Age. He expounded several magical theories and predictions. Other mages use his work as a guide during experiments.[7]

Malkur Valos (fl. 2E 578 - 582)[edit]

Malkur Valos was a Dunmer member of the Mages Guild and an expert on Oblivion.

Malkur was born the only child of the wizard Maros Valos. When Malkur's mother died in childbirth, Maros summoned a Golden Saint to protect and care for his son. Malkur was taken to the Shivering Isles by his Daedric guardian and raised among the Aureals after Maros was killed in a mage's duel. Under their tutelage he acquired steadfast principles of honor and duty, although the inescapable influence of the Isles imbued him with a measure of unpredictability. Eventually, Malkur was drawn to return to Tamriel, where his natural magical ability caught the attention of Vanus Galerion. After joining the Mages Guild, the principles and objectives of the guild became the unwavering core driving his every action, though that was not always apparent to superficial observers.

Following the Soulburst of 2E 578, Malkur was seemingly involved in investigating Molag Bal's growing influence, as evidenced by his encounter with Flaccus Terentius in Coldharbour in 2E 581. In 2E 582, Malkur was among those assembled by the Mages Guild to take part in the invasion of Coldharbour. However, after entering the portal on the island of Stirk, the invasion force was scattered across the realm by Molag Bal's defenses. Along with a group of fellow mages, Malkur ended up near the Court of Contempt, where the harsh laws of Coldharbour are enforced. The group was beset by Dremora and brought before the court, although Malkur himself evaded capture by transforming into a scamp. The trial was nothing but a farce, and the mages were quickly condemned to death. With the help of the Vestige, Malkur fought through the Daedric guards and rescued his peers from the court.

He then journeyed to the Hollow City, where the scattered invasion force was assembling. He was responsible for opening and maintaining portals to Tamriel, which brought the Hollow City to life and allowed for supply lines and reinforcements to enter Coldharbour safely. Malkur also partook in the invasion's final assault, when he entered the Endless Stair and helped put an end to the Planemeld.

The famed summoner Gavis Velas and his brother Ovis Velas were descendants of Malkur. They moved to Mournhold in 3E 427. Ovis was killed after publicly assaulting the Nerevarine, and Gavis died attempting to avenge him.

Sealord Malleroth (fl. 2E 582)[edit]

Sealord Malleroth of Pyandonea was a member of the Maormer High Command. He was active in 2E 582, during the Interregnum and was responsible for the brief alliance between Pyandonea and Veiled Queen Estre.

Mandaillonan the Marked (fl. before 2E 578)[edit]

Mandaillonan the Marked was a pioneer Reachfolk herbalist and alchemist active at some point before 2E 578. She was among the first herbalists to accurately brew and successfully extract the beneficial qualities of rodents. At some point, she underwent a ritualistic transformation into a Hagraven and was later killed by a Nord axeman.

Despite her transformation into a Hagraven and fall to a Nord, she was remembered fondly by her descendants for her contributions to the art of herbalism. She was one of the ancestors of Gargrell Sorick, an apothecary who served as an apprentice and assistant to the master Defessus Lector. Techniques developed by Mandaillonan were still used as of 2E 578 by her descendants.

Mankar Camoran (3E 267 - 3E 433)[edit]

Mankar Camoran was the leader of the Mythic Dawn, a cult of Mehrunes Dagon worshippers that assassinated Uriel Septim VII in 3E 433 in an attempt to destroy Nirn.

Mannimarco (?b - 3E 433)[edit]

Mannimarco, an Aldmer (or Altmer, sources conflict) lich, is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm and an enemy of the Mages Guild. He is also known as the King of Worms (also King of the Worms or Worm King) and later the God of Worms. He has been involved in several major events in Tamriel's history.

What is known of Mannimarco comes from books which tell a great deal not only about him, but about the time periods and his enemy Vanus Galerion. Mannimarco experienced the Dragon Break of the Middle Dawn, where he learned "his mystery" from the Maruhkati Selectives. He was studying among the Psijic Order around the year 2E 230. He was said to be highly intelligent, as was his fellow student Vanus Galerion, founder of the Mages Guild. Galerion had a "light and warm" heart, while Mannimarco had a "dark and cold" heart. Mannimarco used necromancy and trapped souls even while studying. Galerion eventually confronted Mannimarco about his use of necromancy. He ignored Galerion's warning, and was exiled from Artaeum by the Order as a punishment for his dark interests. He spent the next several decades gathering followers and spreading his vile practices.

Mannimarco's evil began spreading throughout Tamriel and he gathered a following of Necromancers, which would come to be called the Order of the Black Worm. He is described in a poem as "world's first of the undying liches", despite the fact that there had been many immortal liches before him. He lost his body and mind; he became a living, moving corpse. His blood became acid, and all manner of repulsive things happened to him, and he took on the title "King of Worms".

For more information, see the main lore article.

Mansel Sesnit, Elden Yokeda (?b - 1E 617)[edit]

Mansel Sesnit became the Elden Yokeda, or military dictator, of old Yokuda in 1E 609 and succeeded for eight years in gaining control of almost the whole empire. He was assassinated in 1E 617 and replaced by a commoner, Randic Torn.[8] He is noted for his brief but eventful governance, which lay much of the structural groundwork that later Redguard rulers would utilize.[9] His crown was brought to Tamriel after the sinking of Yokuda, where it eventually ended up on display in Rulanyil's Fall during the mid-Second Era.[10] A number of his paperweights were also found around this time.[11]

King Mantiarco (3E ?b - 3E 100)[edit]

King of Solitude, husband of Potema, the Wolf Queen, and father of Uriel Septim III. He evidently loved his wife greatly, and allowed her total control.[12] His son chose to take the name Septim rather than Mantiarco to add weight to his somewhat dubious claim to the throne.[13]

Many-Tales Wolf (fl. before 2E 582)[edit]

Many-Tales Wolf was a Bosmer legendary hero. They stood among many of the illustrious heroes of the Wood Elves, thriving prior to 2E 582. They shared recognition with figures like the Elthonor the Barkborn and Fildunor Boughbrow, and notably, the Ghost of the Green. Despite being considered less renowned than the Ghost, Treethane Einisse's The Ghost of the Green speaks of the Many-Tales Wolf's remarkable accomplishments.

Queen Maraya (fl. 2E 566 - 582)[edit]

Queen Maraya, dubbed the Jewel of Satakalaam, was the eldest daughter of King Fahara'jad and Za-Rifah, and sister to Lakana and Crown Prince Azah. She was wed to King Emeric to cement a trade agreement between High Rock and Hammerfell, bringing great prosperity to the two states. However, the move drew the ire of King Ranser, who felt betrayed as Emeric had planned to marry his daughter Rayelle. Maraya and Emeric's wedding took place in the spring of 2E 566, followed by Ranser's surprise attack on Wayrest that culminated in Ranser's War. He was ultimately defeated and the Greater Daggerfall Covenant formed.

Count Marius Caro (fl. 3E 433 - 4E 48)[edit]

Count Marius Caro was the count of the Cyrodilic city of Leyawiin during the late Third and early Fourth Era. He and his father were well loved by the people of Leyawiin, and the Caro family had been in power for at least another generation previous, although likely longer. He married Alessia Caro, daughter of Count Charus Valga and Countess Arriana Valga of Chorrol. Many felt that this was an unwise decision, as the countess had a strong hatred for all foreign cultures and races and tried to introduce a bland Imperial-dominated culture to Leyawiin.

Marius Caro chartered the Knights of the White Stallion, a chivalric order dedicated to eradicating banditry in the Lower Niben, particularly around County Leyawiin. During the Oblivion Crisis of 3E 433, Caro felt that the Empire and the Legion were not concerned with the welfare of Leyawiin, which was heavily besieged by the armies of Mehrunes Dagon. Despite this, he provided military aid for Bruma once the portals to the Deadlands surrounding the city were closed. This caused him to lose his faith in the Elder Council, feeling that they focus obsessively on the provinces and leave Cyrodiil to fend for itself.

After the Empire's collapse in the early Fourth Era, Bravil and Leyawiin were both briefly independent city-states, often at odds with each other. By 4E 48, they had been reincorporated into the Empire under the rule of Titus Mede. However, Caro remained restless, with his several daughters becoming infamous for court poisoning.

Martialis Tharn (?b - 2E 582)[edit]

Martialis Tharn was an Imperial member of the royal House Tharn of Cheydinhal, and a necromancer of the Stonefire Cult devoted to Molag Bal. He was a subordinate of his relative Javad Tharn.

In 2E 582, he led an attack on the Do'Krin Monastery against the Khajiit monks of the Order of the Claw in order to retrieve the Golden Claw, a powerful relic from the era of Mane Tullar-dra. The Stonefire managed to tear down several shrines to the Bright Moons. These shrines were the keys to entering the sanctum. His endeavors were thwarted by the Vestige who wielded the blessings of the Bright Moons and the spirit of the Rid-Thar-ri'Datta who attuned their connection to Jone and Jode. Together the two managed to restore the altars damaged by the Stonefire Cult group led by Martialis. Martialis Tharn, who was attempting to channel energy from the Guardian Senche of the Do'Krin Sanctum to disarm the defenses to the relic was found by the Vestige, who fought, and eventually slain him, ending the threat to the Order of the Claw.

Emperor Martin Septim (?b - 3E 433)[edit]

Martin Septim was the illegitimate son of Uriel Septim VII and a mysterious mother.[nb 1] Martin was spirited away as an infant by Jauffre, the Grandmaster of the Blades. Martin grew up knowing nothing of this, and eventually became a Priest of Akatosh in the city of Kvatch. That was where he found himself when his father and half-brothers were assassinated by the Mythic Dawn, leaving him as the unwitting sole heir to the Ruby Throne at the onset of the Oblivion Crisis. Blades agents were able to find Martin and keep him safe until the end of the crisis, when the uncrowned Emperor of Tamriel was forced to sacrifice himself to stop Mehrunes Dagon.

Duchess Martinne Guimard (fl. 1E 2327)[edit]

Duchess Martinne Guimard of House Guimard was a Breton noble who is best remembered as the leader of a consortium of coin-barons that purchased the Systres archipelago from the Colovian kings in 1E 2327. Described as the canniest ruler of her time, she amassed her vast wealth through the markets, including shrewd lending, smuggling, land acquisitions, and draconian tax policy.

When Martinne acquired the Systres for an undisclosed amount of money, her star rose higher at court than even she had hoped. Guimard, along with several of her contemporaries visited the Systres in 1E 2328 for an official induction ceremony and dubbed the largest island "High Isle," in honor of the Bretons' ancestral homeland, High Rock. Although House Guimard sought to exploit the islands' natural resources, they quickly learned that the true value of the archipelago was cultural. Given its inhabitants were thoroughly Bretonic in language, culture, and custom, combined with the discovery of druidic ruins on several islands, fixed the Systres in High Rock's collective imagination as an untouched cradle of Breton history, occupied by Bretons and now owned by Bretons.

House Guimard ruled the region for a century and a half, and even a statue of Duchess Martinne was built on High Isle at some point before the mid-Second Era, however they eventually fell from power after a failed marriage proposal and ambitious House Mantel took ownership of the islands.

Prophet Marukh (fl. early 1E)[edit]

The Prophet Marukh (sometimes spelled Maruhk; also called Marukh the Seer, the Prophet-Most-Simian, and Monkey Prophet Maruhk) was a First Era Imga prophet who rose to prominence during the Camoran Dynasty and became especially esteemed among the peoples of Alessian Cyrodiil. Marukh's teachings sparked the massive cultural and spiritual movement known as the Alessian Order, a theocracy that transformed the Empire and the continent. He also wrote the Alessian Doctrines, which provided the basis of law during the Order's rule of the Alessian Empire. Marukh is credited with the credo "all are guilty until they have proven themselves innocent", which went on to become the basis for the Tamrielic legal system.

Marukh's teachings both brought identity to Cyrodiil, codifying the pantheon most civilized Tamriellians worship to this day, and brought conflict due to the more severe strictures he espoused. His teachings began to question the validity of Elven rule after speaking to the "Enlightened One", Saint Alessia, in a vision. These sentiments led to an increasingly abstract and unknowable depiction of a Single God. They heavily influenced the Alessian Order and their secret sect, the Marukhati Selective. The priesthood of Marukh saw no difference between spiritual and political matters. This was the religion of the Alessian Empire, and it taught that to resist the Emperor was to resist the Gods.

As Marukh's teachings began to spread, hostility grew between Camoran Dynasty and the Empire. One of Marukh's chief supporters, the Nordic High King, Borgas, traveled to Cyrodiil to urge a joint war against the Bosmer, but fell victim of Valenwood's infamous Wild Hunt. This ultimately led to the eventual dissolution of the Alessian Reform of Marukh in Valenwood.

Mathieu Bellamont (?b - 3E 433)[edit]

Mathieu Bellamont was a Breton assassin who was a member of the elite association known as the Black Hand within the Dark Brotherhood. Having once been a member of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Cheydinhal, he relocated to Anvil upon achieving promotion to the Black Hand. There, he dwelt in the undercroft of the Anvil Lighthouse with his crazed dog, unbeknownst to anyone, save the lighthouse's watchkeeper. Mathieu would then plan his treacherous plot against the Brotherhood, whom he had so much malice and enmity for because his father had contracted them to kill his mother. His motives, to eradicate the entire Cyrodiil Dark Brotherhood, would be transpired by the means of a fellow member, whom would serve as the catalyst for his virulent recipe for the Brotherhood's death and destruction. However, his plans would not come to fruition, for he would be killed by the Hero of Kvatch and the newly crowned Listener in the Crypt of the Night Mother under the Statue of the Lucky Lady in Bravil.

Mavos Siloreth (fl. early 1E)[edit]

Mavos Siloreth was a renowned Chimeri mage that lived during the First Era amid a conflict between the Chimer and the Nedes. He is known for having sealed one of the Brothers of Strife, Balreth. Mavos was among the mages that traveled to Stonefalls from Vvardenfell with the intent to seal the Brothers of Strife. Mavos utilized twin Flame Atronachs, Blaze and Ragebinder, to draw Balreth's power. In the end, Mavos was able to subdue Balreth but had later passed away. His remains were interred into the necropolis of Othrenis.

In 2E 582, Mavos' spirit was contacted by an Agent of the Ebonheart Pact intending to find a way to seal Balreth into Ash Mountain once more. Siloreth showed the Agent his memories of when he initially sealed Balreth. With this knowledge, the Pact was able to seal Balreth. Later, Tanval Indoril summoned Sadal at the Tormented Spire. Mavos and the other mages that sealed the Brothers were present at the Spire.

King Maxevian fl. 2E 434)[edit]

King of Daggerfall during the mid-Second Era. In 2E 434, he sent the Pale Watch into Wrothgar on a five year mission to ensure the Orcs would never again rebuild Orsinium.[14][15]

Mecinar (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Mecinar was a Dunmer Clockwork Apostle within the Clockwork City, and an apprentice to the mystic Sotha Sil, who suggested that Mecinar's intelligence could possibly rival that of each of his previous apprentices. Sotha Sil did, however, take precautious note of Mecinar's 'dangerous intellect', but decided against constraining him, claiming it would be a sin against potential. But eventually, his suspicions were confirmed when Mecinar showed to be desperately ambitious in his research, conducting grotesque transmutation experiments on unwilling acolytes. Through 'steel and sorcery', Mecinar merged their bodies with those of beasts, the result being Abominations. These Abominations appeared to be perversions of constructs that Sotha Sil had designed while trying to create the perfect life-form. And so, to protect the Clockwork City and the valuable power within it, Mecinar was cast out. In his time away, he plotted his return, shaping his own body into a tool able to absorb power otherwise uncontrollable.

Medora Direnni (fl. 3E 402 - 417)[edit]

Medora Direnni, the Lady of Balfiera (also called the Witch of Daggerfall, the fairy lady, and—perhaps pejoratively—the Queen of Oblivion) was a Breton noblewoman[nb 1] from the Isle of Balfiera, the court sorceress of Daggerfall's King Lysandus, and his mistress. The sorceress was of Direnni Clan lineage, and resided in the Direnni's ancestral home, the ancient and massive Direnni Tower of Balfiera.

During the War of Betony, Lysandus' wife, Queen Mynisera, banished Medora from the Daggerfall court. The sorceress retreated to Balfiera, but when Mynisera placed a curse upon Direnni Tower and trapped Medora within, Lysandus decided to fake his death and live with Medora. Unfortunately, the king was assassinated during the war. When the king's ghost began haunting the streets of Daggerfall, Medora tried to contact Lysandus' spirit, but only ended up raising the dead all over the island. Some time later, an agent of the Blades, sent to investigate Lysandus' ghost, later helped Medora lift the curse upon Direnni Tower. In return, Medora assisted in the agent's efforts to put Lysandus' spirit to rest.

Thane Mera Stormcloak (fl. 2E 582)[edit]

Mera Stormcloak was a lawthane of Windhelm in the mid-Second Era, during the time of the Ebonheart Pact. She was a member of the Stormcloak Clan, a Nordic family which would eventually rise to prominence in the city. She was also a staunch friend and ally of her liege, Jorunn the Skald-King.

Flaccus Terentius met Mera during his imperial visit to Windhelm some time between 2E 578 and 2E 581, during which time she served as lawthane. After introducing himself to Jorunn, the Envoy-Scholar was brought on a tour of the city by Mera and the two quickly became friends. After several days of drunken revelry, Terentius accompanied Mera and her hunting party into the wilds of Eastmarch until he became separated from the group and continued on his journey.

In 2E 582, Jorunn's Konunleikar celebration took place in Windhelm. Among the attendees was the Stormfist Clan, who had been in isolation following Prince Fildgor's exile. Suspecting treachery, Mera appointed the Vestige as Windhelm's Champion and investigated the clan's activities within the city. Her suspicions proved correct when the Stormfists made an attempt on Jorunn's life as part of Fildgor's failed attempt to usurp his brother as High King. Ultimately Fildgor's forces were defeated.

General Mercedene (?b - 1E 970)[edit]

General Mercedene, also known as the Beast of the Reach, was a notorious Reachman warrior and leader of the Winterborn clan during the mid-First Era. Said to be a vicious woman who reveled in blood and death, she is best known for her part in the infamous Siege of Orsinium.

Guild Master Mercer Frey (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Mercer Frey was a Breton thief and skilled swordsman who lived during the second and early third centuries of the Fourth Era. He began his career of thievery as a member of the Thieves Guild in Skyrim, where he learned from Guild Master Gallus Desidenius. His mentor was also secretly a member of the Nightingale Trinity, a group which Mercer was eventually inducted into. Mercer would go on to betray the Nightingales and Nocturnal by desecrating the Twilight Sepulcher and taking the Skeleton Key for himself. He then used the key to commit crimes against the guild until his activities were discovered by Gallus around 4E 176. In retaliation, Mercer murdered Gallus, framed another Nightingale, Karliah, and took his late mentor's place as Guild Master. He hunted Karliah for over two decades; she, in turn, did her best to undermine him and his allies. In 4E 201, with the help of a new guild member, Karliah exposed Mercer, reformed the Nightingale Trinity, and finally killed him.

Saint Meris the Peacemaker (fl. before 3E 427)[edit]

Saint Meris the Peacemaker is the Dunmeri Patron of Farmers and Laborers. As a little girl, Saint Meris showed healing gifts, and trained as a Healer. She ended a long and bloody House War, intervening on the battlefield in her white robe to heal warriors and spellcrafters without regard to faction. The troops of all Houses adopted white robes as her standard, and refused to shed the blood of their brethren.[16] To this day, weapons and armor which bear her name are used to offer respite, rather than do damage.[17]

Chief Meroch (fl. before 2E 582)[edit]

Chief Meroch, along with figures like Fiasof, Gwyna, or Rowolan, was part of the oral tradition of the Reachfolk. He has become the subject of a tale, known as The Two-Faced Nord, shared as a bedtime story for Reach children and becoming a part of the Reachfolk's cultural legacy.

Countess Millona Umbranox (fl. 3E 422 - 433)[edit]

Imperial ruler of Anvil during the Oblivion Crisis. She was much more popular than her husband Corvus,[18] who disappeared around 3E 422 and didn't return until the end of the Third Era.[19]

Lawman Milyn Faram (fl. 3E 427)[edit]

Milyn Faram, a Telvanni lawman, was renowned for his expertise in the dark arts of necromancy, as well as his groundbreaking contributions to the field of scroll enchanting. He was credited with developing a new method for imbuing scrolls of summoning with the power to call forth Daedric beings, based on a recovered Dwemer machine. This innovation marked a significant departure from the traditional practice of using parts of the creatures being summoned, such as their skin or heart, and enabled the creation of highly effective scrolls at a fraction of the cost. Although his research was regarded as unconventional, it was also deemed to hold great potential. In addition to being more cost-effective to create, Milyn Faram's scrolls of summoning also boasted a longer duration of the summoned Daedra's presence on Nirn, as compared to traditional capabilities of enchanted scrolls.

Miraak (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Miraak (meaning Allegiance Guide in the dragon language), also known as the First Servant, was originally a Dragon Priest in the Merethic Era. He is the First Dragonborn, although that term would not become used until after the time of St. Alessia, the first Dragonborn recorded in history. He ruled over the island of Solstheim, where a large temple was dedicated to him.

Miramor (?b - 1E 2920)[edit]

According to the historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era, Miramor was a soldier of the Imperial Legion during the Battle of Bodrum in 1E 2920, and he deserted after Emperor Reman III retreated from the field. It's claimed that Miramor ambushed and killed Prince Juilek in Dorsza Pass, Black Marsh, mistaking him for the Emperor, Reman III. Miramor was purportedly murdered by the Morag Tong during another assassination attempt on Reman III in Bodrum.

Mirmulnir (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Mirmulnir is a dragon whose name means "Allegiance Strong Hunt" (or more accurately "Loyal Mortal Hunter") in the Dragon Language.

Mirmulnir was one of the few dragons to survive the Dragon War, and successfully avoided persecution by the Akaviri Dragonguard. By 2E 373, he was still purportedly alive, having last been sighted by the Blades in the Reach in 2E 212.

It is unknown if Mirmulnir was slain before the return of his master Alduin in 4E 201. Upon his return, Alduin began the process of resurrecting the many dead dragons buried throughout Skyrim in ancient times by the Dragon Cult. Mirmulnir was one of the first dragons to make a reappearance, when he attacked a watchtower west of Whiterun, killing several guardsmen. The Jarl of Whiterun, Balgruuf the Greater, sent a group of soldiers to deal with the dragon. Among them was the Last Dragonborn, whose Dragonblood was revealed when Mirmulnir was slain and his soul absorbed. This event was noticed by the Greybeards, and the Dragonborn was summoned to High Hrothgar. Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Mirmulnir was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.

Commander Mishaxhi (?b - c. 1E 2703)[edit]

Mishaxhi was one of the Tsaesci commanders of the invasion of Tamriel in 1E 2703. He led the front against Cyrodiil from their base of operations in Pale Pass. He starved to death along with the rest of his soldiers when orders to ration the food supply never arrived. His uniquely crafted katana somehow found its way to the Dragonguard, where it was passed on from knight to knight until at least the late Third Era.[19]

Master Archer Missun Akin (fl. 3E 346 - 427)[edit]

Missun Akin was a Dunmeri sharpshooter and acrobat who was active in the late years of the Third Era. In his time, he was a master archer that learned from the previous master, Hiomaste of Moliva, and avenged his death by slaying the Duchess of Woda. He subsequently retired to his home in Morrowind, specifically the wastes of Red Mountain and lived in seclusion in the fortress of Falasmaryon.

Mistria[edit]

Mistiria is an entity sworn to by Wood Elves, as "Mistria's Curse".

Mithas (fl. before 1E 700)[edit]

Said to be the greatest of the Dwarven blacksmiths, Mithas was the creator of the Anvil of Mithas. When twinned with the Hammer of Gharen, the Anvil can produce the finest weapons and armor.[20]

Lord Mogref (fl. 3E 402 - 403)[edit]

Lord Mogref of Betony was seeking peace when he asked for Daggerfall's protection on the Isle of Betony. The island had long been independent, but as the piracy in the Bay increased, Mogref truly realized Betony's vulnerability. King Lysandus agreed to be Betony's liege, on advice of many, including his Archpriest of Kynareth, Lord Vanech.[21]

Mordrin Hanin (?b - ~1E 500)[edit]

Mordrin Hanin was a revered figure in Morrowind, yet little is recorded about his life in the present day. What has been recorded was the events that transpired after his death that was a notable spectacle, and the vast treasures he was buried with had sparked the interests of treasure hunters seeking to unearth his tomb. This led to scholarly journals such as the book Hanin's Wake being published.

Morella (fl 2E 582)[edit]

Morella the Cruel was a Breton, and one of the most infamous thieves during the turbulent times of the Three Banners War in the Interregnum of the Second Era.

Queen Mohi-Titona (?b - ?d)[edit]

Supposedly the Queen of Akavir, Mohi-Titona is said to control a fleet of "dragon ships".[22] It is unknown whether or not she is a real figure.

Molag Grunda[edit]

Molag Grunda is a powerful Winged Twilight. She is the daughter of Molag Bal, although it is unclear what this relationship means to the Daedric Prince. She has been described as being sarcastic and rude.

Molag Grunda was once charged with guarding the path across the Chasm of Coldharbour, which divides the Shrouded Plain and the Black Garrison from the Fist of Stone. She was known to be a cruel mistress, and the Dremora sent to serve at her court were never happy with their assignment. She kept a pet flesh atronach named Tiny for protection.

The need to defend the Chasm's crossing grew when the Endless Stair was constructed by the Mad Architect in the Fist of Stone circa 2E 579, making the region's protection essential to proceed with Molag Bal's attempted Planemeld with Mundus. In 2E 582 an invasion force from Tamriel came to Coldharbour to end the Planemeld, assembling in the Hollow City. The invaders attacked the Chasm to secure passage to the Endless Stair, and Molag Grunda was slain in her gatehouse along with Tiny.

Some time after this, Molag Grunda came to Tamriel, where she consorted with a lowly frost atronach named Nomeg Gwai. They made their lair in the uncharted cave of Dubdilla, in the Grazelands of Vvardenfell. Molag Bal was not pleased with this match, and in 3E 427 he sent the Nerevarine to kill them in return for a vampirism cure. Molag Grunda's soul then returned to Oblivion, where she and her lover were punished by Molag Bal.

Molag Kena[edit]

Molag Kena is a powerful Xivkyn who serves Molag Bal. Referred to as the xivkyn monarch or sovereign, she is very gifted in the use of magic, particularly in the school of destruction. She wields powerful lightning magic in combat.

Molag Kena, disguised as the Empress Regent Clivia Tharn, ruled over the Imperial City for an indeterminate amount of time. She consistently requested troops from the Imperial Legion to report to her personally, off the books. She moved the troops this way and that, having them defend positions with no strategic value and sending them off to die at the hands of the invading Daedra for nothing. Molag Kena manipulated legion officials with blackmail and other underhanded tactics to do what she wanted, and called one General Valerius to the White-Gold Tower before the Imperial City was overrun by Molag Bal's forces.

She eventually decided to "retake" the White-Gold Tower in a last-ditch effort to hasten the merging of worlds. Her mission was to claim an Elder Scroll to initiate an event known as the Planemeld Obverse. She was stopped by a moth priestess named Sister Terran Arminus atop the White-Gold Tower with the help of the Undaunted, who defeated her before she could complete the ritual.

Sage Montalius (fl. late 3E)[edit]

In the late Third Era, Montalius surprised many when he discovered that a disenfranchised branch of the Septim family was involved in Empress Katariah's death in 3E 200.[13]

Morachellis Hag-Husband (fl. before 2E 582)[edit]

Morachellis Hag-Husband (or simply called Morachellis) was a legendary skald and philosopher who hailed from the province of Skyrim. The exact time he was active is unknown, but in his prime, Morachellis was well-known for his eccentricity and rose to prominence with his signature pan flute, which was crafted from the leg bone of his twin brother after his accidental death. However, the story behind his pan flute's origin is dubious as Morachellis would sometimes confirm it or deny it.

King Moraelyn (fl. 1E 5th century)[edit]

King Moraelyn of the Ra'athim clan of Chimer (later Dunmer)[nb 1] was a First Era "witch-king" of Ebonheart who was famed in his time as the finest fighter in Tamriel, as well as a wise leader. He is one of the most famous heroes in Tamrielic history, which was enough to earn him the distinction Champion of Tamriel. Many well-known stories and songs about him remain popular. He was a prominent character in the historical fiction book series King Edward.

Mighty Mordra (fl. 2E 582)[edit]

Mighty Mordra, also known as Mordra the Mighty, was an Orc fighter, and a founding member of the Undaunted, along with Turuk Redclaws and Kailstig the Axe. The Undaunted were a group of brave and boisterous adventurers who were active during the Second Era.

Queen Morgiah (3E 384 - ?d)[edit]

Queen Morgiah was the daughter of Queen Barenziah and General Symmachus of Mournhold, and the younger sister of Prince (and future King) Hlaalu Helseth.

Morgiah was named after Symmachus' mother, and was known to be well loved by her father. Sadly, the princess was born in troubled times; the kingdom was plagued with civil unrest as a result of the Imperial Simulacrum. In 3E 391, at the age of eight, Morgiah accompanied her mother and brother on a journey to the Imperial City. Barenziah was there to plead with the emperor for aid, and hoped the presence of the children would soften his heart. However the (false) emperor remained unmoved, and that evening word came that Symmachus was killed in a revolt. The surviving royals were forced into exile, That same evening, Barenziah met King Eadwyre, and within a few years the pair were wed. Morgiah again became a princess, now of the Kingdom of Wayrest.

In the years prior to the Warp in the West, Princess Morgiah had garnered a reputation as a "manipulative witch" among the people of the kingdom. She saw little future in Wayrest, as Helseth and Eadwyre's daughter Elysana fought for succession. As a result, Morgiah sought to arrange a marriage with King Reman Karoodil, ruler of the Kingdom of Firsthold on Auridon. To secure the king's hand, she endeavored to give him that which he desired most—to speak again with a son who had died. To this end, Morgiah made contact with the notorious necromancer Mannimarco, the King of Worms, in the Dragontail Mountains of Hammerfell. With the help of an Agent of the Blades, the deal was struck. Mannimarco held up his end of the bargain, and in return Morgiah promised to give him her "first", though exactly what this meant remains a mystery. Morgiah and Reman were wed after a three year engagement.

As a Dunmer, Queen Morgiah was not particularly well-liked by the culturally xenophobic Altmer of Firsthold either, and is known to have quelled a revolt of Trebbite Monks during the early years of her rule. The couple had two children by the end of the Third Era, Goranthir and Rinnala, who were both Dunmer in appearance despite being half-Altmer. Regardless of appearances, however, the children were considered rightful heirs to the throne. In 4E 22, the Thalmor successfully overthrew the monarchy in the Summerset Isles seizing control of the region, leaving Morgiah and her family to an unknown fate.

Morian Zenas (fl. mid 2E)[edit]

Morian Zenas is a master conjurer and the author of the book On Oblivion. As Professor of Transliminal Studies at the Arcane University, of which he was a founding member, he made it his life's work to find a way into the realm of Oblivion, trying many different methods, but always failing.

Emperor Moricar the Middling (2E 518 - 2E 564)[edit]

Emperor Moricar (also called Moricar the Middling) was the second emperor of the Reachman dynasty called the Longhouse Emperors who ruled the Empire of Cyrodiil during the Interregnum. He was preceded by his father, Durcorach, and succeeded by his son, Leovic.

Empress Morihatha (3E 288 - 3E 339)[edit]

Empress Morihatha was daughter of Emperor Uriel V, twin to Eloisa, and half sister to Uriel VI. She married Baron Ulfe Gersen of Winterhold, which aided her brother Uriel VI's quest to tame the Elder Council, which he did by 3E 313. At 25 years of age, she was described by (admittedly self-serving) diplomats as the most beautiful creature in Tamriel. When Emperor Uriel VI fell from his horse in 3E 320 and could not be saved by Imperial healers, Morihatha took the throne. She proved to be well-learned, vivacious, and a well-practiced politician. She became known as the first in a line of particularly capable rulers of Tamriel.

Morokei, the Deathless (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Morokei, also known as the Deathless, was a Dragon Priest who inhabited Bromjunaar in the Merethic Era, when the city served as the capital of the Dragon Cult. Like many of his fellow priests, he managed to achieve a state of lichdom through the eternal worship of his draugr servants. By virtue of his high rank, he was gifted a magical moonstone mask by his dragon overlord. The power given to him by the dragons was such that even in undeath, he could not be killed by anything other than the Thu'um of a dragon. As a result, he continued to dwell within the crypts of Bromjunaar's ruins, later known as Labyrinthian, until his destruction circa 4E 201.

King Mortyn (fl. 3E 80)[edit]

A little-known King of Daggerfall who ruled in and around 3E 80. His father was named Gothlyr.[23]

Movarth Piquine (?b - 4E 201)[edit]

Movarth Piquine was a Nord vampire who likely lived from sometime in the Second Era to 4E 201.

In life, Movarth was ironically a skilled vampire hunter. He began his career as a trainer in the Fighters Guild, which taught him skill in battle and the value of asking questions. He claimed mastery of unarmed combat. He was stoic and almost never surprised due to his dedication to hunt vampire. Tissina Gray directed him to a priest in Cyrodiil to learn about vampires. Using the priest's knowledge, Movarth hunted many different types of vampires across Tamriel, including the Volkihar of Skyrim and the many tribes of northern Valenwood. Movarth failed to find any members of the Cyrodiil Vampyrum Order due to their ability to blend into society. When he returned to his mentor, the priest revealed that he was actually a Cyrodilic vampire himself. Taken by surprise, Movarth fell to the priest, who fed on him and turned him into a vampire. The priest later anonymously published the story in the book Immortal Blood.

Suffering and anguish had marked him early in his life, destroying the features which would have otherwise been handsome. Movarth went on to become a master vampire and create his own coven. Although he was believed to have been destroyed a century earlier, Movarth resurfaced in 4E 201 and planned to take over the town of Morthal in Skyrim. He turned a Nord woman named Alva into a vampire, and commanded her to seduce the guardsmen of Morthal and infect them as well in preparation for a takeover. Movarth could then use the town for protection, and the townsfolk as cattle. His plans were undone when suspicions were raised and the Jarl ordered a stranger to look into the strange events in town. Movarth and his coven were slain when a mob of villagers stormed his underground lair northeast of town.

Harbinger Mryfwiil the Withdrawn (fl. early 1E)[edit]

Mryfwiil the Withdrawn was a Nord Harbinger of the Companions several hundred years after the death of Ysgramor. Known for his steady hand and wisdom, he was among the most notable Harbingers recorded by Swyk the Long-Sighted.

Msirae Faythung (?b - 3E 433)[edit]

Msirae Faythung was a Nord warrior that was a champion to Mehrunes Dagon, but had failed Mehrunes while trying to accomplish some unknown task. As punishment, The Kyn carved his chest open with Mehrunes' Razor and doomed him to stand statue-like in the Nefarivigum and guard Mehrunes' Razor for eternity.

In 3E 433, a rogue Telvanni Arch-Mage named Frathen Drothan assembled an army of mercenaries and began a search for the Razor in Sundercliff Watch, an abandoned Imperial outpost and iron mine. It was rumored that the entrance to the ancient Ayleid city of Varsa Baalim had been uncovered, and with it the Nefarivigum. Later that year the Hero of Kvatch caught wind of his plans and defeated both Drothan and Msirae Faythung.[24]

Queen Mynisera (3E 353 - ?d)[edit]

Queen Mynisera of Daggerfall (later Dowager Queen and Queen Mother) was the wife of King Lysandus and mother of his successor, King Gothryd. She was born in 3E 353, the daughter of Prince Klaius of an unknown region. It was rumored that as Queen (and possibly afterward), Mynisera was engaged in an affair with Lord Bridwell, leader of Daggerfall's Knights of the Dragon.

Mynisera was on familiar terms with Emperor Uriel Septim VII, with whom she corresponded. Due to the unrest caused by the War of Betony in 3E 402 and Lysandus' death in the war a year later, a sensitive letter from Uriel was inadvertently delivered to Mynisera's successor, Queen Aubk-i. Before it could be recovered, the letter was stolen by the Thieves Guild and sold to the Orc Warlord of Orsinium, Gortwog gro-Nagorm. The theft of this letter touched off a series of events which culminated in the Warp in the West in 3E 417.

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