Queen of Eastern Skyrim who ruled from Windhelm. She was one of the wearers of the Crown of Freydis. She had three children: Princess Nurnhilde, her eldest and presumed heir, Jorunn the Skald Prince, and Fildgor Strong Prince. Mabjaarn and Nurnhilde were killed by Akaviri invaders in Windhelm, though they reportedly went down fighting. Jorunn led the Nords in avenging their deaths.
Queen Macalla (?b - ?d)
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 (?b - ?d)
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 Nords 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.
However, Igmund, son of the jarl that Madanach's forces had overthrown and killed, 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. Ulfric succeeded in 4E 176, when he successfully besieged the capital of the Reach, Markarth, capturing Madanach in the process.
The youngest of the four children of Emperor Pelagius II. He and his elder brother Cephorus fought against their sister Potema and her son Uriel during the War of the Red Diamond in 3E 121. Before and during this war, he was King of Wayrest, and it was during his rule there in 3E 119 that his son Thoriz Pelagius Septim was born. Magnus was the favorite brother of Emperor Antiochus, thus Wayrest apparently received preferential treatment from the Third Empire under his rule. Cephorus took the throne after the War of the Red Diamond, and when he died in 3E 140, Magnus took his place. However, Magnus was already elderly by this time, and the business of punishing the traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond drained much of his health. He purportedly had his son married to Katariah, Duchess of Vvardenfell, in part because he hoped the shrewd Dunmer could help conceal his son's eccentricities. Magnus died in 3E 145 on the 8th of Second Seed and his son Pelagius III assumed the Ruby Throne. He was a character in the popular historical fiction The Wolf Queen.
Makela Leki, also known as the Saint of the Spirit Sword, was an Ansei warrior 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 (?b - ?d)
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.
Malkur Valos (?b - ?d)
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.
In 3E 267,[nb 1] during the final battle against the Camoran Usurper, refugees from across Tamriel had gathered in the city of Dwynnen. One such refugee was a frightened Bosmeri woman by the name of Kaalys. When the battle began at sea, she was struck ill, injured, and began to feverishly scream that Mankar was coming and would destroy them all. Most initially assumed she was referring to the Usurper. An injured Bosmeri scout and former ally of Haymon, Orben, soon recognized Kaalys as the former mistress of Haymon, from before both Orben and her turned traitor and fled. She continued to scream about the coming of Mankar, yet Orben claimed he had no idea who "Mankar" could be and stated it was not one of the Usurper's aliases. At the climax of the battle, when the docks of Dwynnen were set aflame, Kaalys vanished. When Orben inquired to the healers about where she went, they claimed that she had, surprisingly, given birth and must have fled with her child, the apparent son of Haymon Camoran. He pressed them for more info, but all they could tell was the child's name, Mankar Camoran.
Mannimarco, an Altmer 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 styled King of the Worms) 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 (1E1200-2208), 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 unsurprisingly 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".
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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. He is noted for his brief but eventful governance, which lay much of the structural groundwork that later Redguard rulers would utilize. His crown was brought to Tamriel after the sinking of Yokuda, where it eventually ended up on display in Rulanyil's Fall. A number of his paperweights were also found.
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. His son chose to take the name Septim rather than Mantiarco to add weight to his somewhat dubious claim to the throne.
Queen Maraya (?b - ?d)
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 (?b - ?d)
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 40, 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.
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.
Prophet Marukh (?b - ?d)
The Prophet Marukh (sometimes spelled Maruhk; also called Marukh the Seer, the Prophet-Most-Simian, and Monkey Prophet Maruhk) was a First Era prophet who rose to prominence during the Camoran Dynasty and became especially esteemed among the inhabitants 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 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 of his father. 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 Brotherhood's death and destruction. However, his plans would not come to fruition, for he would be killed by the Champion of Cyrodiil and the newly crowned Listener in the Crypt of the Night Mother under the Statue of the Lucky Lady in Bravil.
Mavos Siloreth (?b - ?d)
Mavos Siloreth was a well-renowned Chimeri mage that lived during the First Era, amidst a conflict between the Chimeri and the Nedes. Mavos Siloreth is known for being the one who sealed one of the Brothers of Strife, specifically Balreth. Mavos Siloreth was among the mages that traveled to Stonefalls from Vvardenfell to seal the Brothers of Strife. Mavos had utilized twin Flame Atronachs, Blaze and Ragebinder, to draw Balreth's power into them. In the end, Mavos Siloreth was able to subdue Balreth but had later passed away. His remains were interred into the necropolis of Othrenis.
In 2E 582, Mavos Siloreth's spirit was contacted by an Agent of the Ebonheart Pact, looking for a means to re-seal Balreth into Ash Mountain. Siloreth had shown the Agent his past when he initially sealed the Brother of Strife. With this knowledge, the Pact was able to seal Balreth into Ash Mountain. Sometime later, Tanval Indoril had summoned Sadal at the Tormented Spire. Mavos Siloreth, among the other mages that sealed the Brothers, were present at the Tormented Spire.
King Maxevian (?b - ?d)
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 (?b - ?d)
Medora Direnni, the Lady of Balfiera (also called the Witch of Daggerfall, 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 (?b - ?d)
Mera Stormcloak was a thane 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.
General Mercedene (?b - ?d)
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.
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 (?b - ?d)
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. To this day, weapons and armor which bear her name are used to offer respite, rather than do damage.
Miraak, which means "Allegiance Guide" in the dragon language, 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.
He served as a leader of the Dragon Cult and possessed a Dragon Priest Mask called Miraak, given to him by the dragons. At some point, he sought out the teachings of Hermaeus Mora, the Demon of Knowledge, and became his champion. Hermaeus Mora taught Miraak the power to bend the will of dragons. Using this knowledge and his innate ability to devour the souls of dragonkind, he turned on his winged overlords and killed a great number of them. Three Dragon Priests, Ahzidal, Dukaan and Zahkriisos, joined him and became his three most powerful servants, called the "Acolyte Priests".
During the Dragon War, Hakon One-Eye and others sought him out, desperate for a strong ally in their fight against Alduin. Miraak, though apparently confident that he could defeat Alduin if he so chose, refused to help, leaving mankind to their own fate.
Skaal legend remembers Miraak as "the Traitor", and recounts how he plotted against the dragons with Hermaeus Mora. Another Dragon Priest, Vahlok the Jailor (known as "the Guardian" to the native Skaal), uncovered this deception, and the two engaged in a duel so vicious and destructive that the modern island of Solstheim was ripped from the mainland of Skyrim. Vahlok defeated Miraak, but just as he prepared to deliver the killing blow, Hermaeus Mora snatched away and saved his champion. Following this, the dragons razed his temple to ashes, For more information, see the lore article.
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, Blackmarsh, 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 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.
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.
Master Archer Missun Akin (?b - ?d)
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.
Lord Mogref (?b - ?d)
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.
Mordrin Hanin (?b - ?d)
Mordrin Hanin was a revered figure in Morrowind, yet little was 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.
Queen Mohi-Titona (?b - ?d)
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 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 (?b - ?d)
Morachellis Hag-Husband (?b - ?d)
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 (?b - ?d)
King Moraelyn of the Ra'athim clan of Dunmer 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, and many well-known stories and songs about him remain popular. He was a prominent character in the book series King Edward.
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 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.
Morian Zenas (?b - ?d)
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. However, during this time, he did obtain the unique ability to connect his mind with that of his pupil, Seif-ij Hidja, an ability which the two seemed to develop by accident. Eventually, however, Morian Zenas was able to find a way into Oblivion after meeting with the Dunmer wizard Divayth Fyr, who taught him a method that involved exploiting a series of portals to various realms created by a Telvanni wizard long missing and presumed dead. Morian Zenas used this method to cross over into the realm of Oblivion, where he was able to relate the experiences of his journey to Seif-ij Hidja using their mind connection ability. During his travels, Morian Zenas traveled through five of the Planes of Oblivion: Ashpit, Coldharbour, Moonshadow, Quagmire, and Apocrypha. After arriving in the plane of Apocrypha, Morian Zenas' hunger for knowledge took over his mind as he gradually grew quieter, seldom whispering any thoughts into his pupil's mind, and when he did, they came to be very cryptic until finally, his whispers became unintelligible. He recorded his writings in the books Secrets Overheard in Apocrypha and Studies in Aprocrypha. Although his dates of birth and death are unknown, he was a contemporary of Doctor Alfidia Lupus, who was Imperial Ethnographer for Potentate Savirien-Chorak from 2E 418 to 2E 431. Fyr's "aid" in his disappearance into Oblivion may not have been benign. Dr. Lupus at least came to believe Fyr was jealous of Zenas, and so tricked him into a dangerous quest from which he was unlikely to return sane and alive. This is chronicled in her series on Crafting Motifs. 
Emperor Moricar the Middling (?b - ?d)
Emperor Moricar (also called Moricar the Middling) was the second member 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. During Moricar's reign, when Prince Leovic returned to the Imperial City after a successful campaign against border raiders, the Emperor allowed his son to name his reward; Leovic requested and was granted Clivia Tharn's hand in marriage. Moricar the Middling, as he became known, also attempted to subjugate Western Skyrim at some point following High King Svargrim's coronation in 2E 561, but his army was routed in a single battle by Svargrim's forces. Leovic succeeded him as Emperor at some point prior to 2E 564.
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.
King Mortyn (?b - ?d)
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. 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.
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.
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 Champion of Cyrodiil caught wind of his plans and defeated both Drathan and Msirae Faythung.
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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- Ayrenn – The Unforeseen Queen — Headmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
- The Crown of Freydis — Taleon Mythmaker
- The Brothers' War
- Jorunn the Skald-King — Helgreir Lute-Voice, Bard of Windhelm
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Brief History of the Empire v 2 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- The Wolf Queen, v8 — Waughin Jarth
- Ancotar's Journal — Ancotar
- Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes — Destri Melarg
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- Yokeda Sesnit's Paperweights contraband item in ESO
- Biography of the Wolf Queen — Katar Eriphanes
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- Lives of the Saints — Tribunal Temple
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- Guide to Anvil — Alessia Ottus
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- Thurindil's dialogue in Oblivion
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