Paarthurnax (?b - ?d)
Paarthurnax, a legendary dragon whose name means "Ambition Overlord Cruelty" in the Dragon Language, acted as the lieutenant of Alduin, his older brother, during the Dragon War, purportedly committing many atrocities in the process. Eventually, Paarthurnax rebelled against Alduin and taught mortals how to use the thu'um (Nords believe this was ordered by, or at least willed by, the goddess Kyne). When Alduin was defeated by being cast forward in time through use of an Elder Scroll, Paarthurnax used meditation to overcome his draconic instinct and lust for power. He retired to the peak of the Throat of the World, where he took up practice of the Way of the Voice, a philosophy discovered by Jurgen Windcaller. He served as the leader of the Greybeards, a monastic order also dedicated to the Way of the Voice. Paarthurnax evaded death because of the protection provided by the Greybeards, although he remained a high-priority target of the Blades. His younger dragon brothers refer to him as "the Old One".
Throughout the eras, Paarthurnax spent most of his time meditating, rarely communicating even with the Greybeards and never with outsiders. Being allowed to see him is a great privilege, and only those whose Voice is strong can find and walk the perilous path to him. He recalls visiting the captured dragon, Numinex, in Dragonsreach around the first era. He attributes the decline of the dragon race to the Akaviri, who slaughtered his brothers in the late first era and dwindled their numbers drastically. In 4E 201, Alduin reappeared and the prophesied Last Dragonborn arrived in Skyrim. The Dragonborn was soon summoned to High Hrothgar by the Greybeards, and eventually met with Paarthurnax, who had not trained another in over a hundred years and aided the Dragonborn in defeating Alduin. When confronting Paarthurnax at the Throat of the World, Alduin noted that his brother had weakened in power and offered him the chance to join him once more or perish, but Paarthurnax refused. Paarthurnax then took it upon himself to teach the Way of the Voice to the remaining dragons who had been resurrected by Alduin, so that they too could control their lust for power. However, the Blades discovered Paarthurnax's whereabouts, and appealed to the Dragonborn to kill Paarthurnax as punishment for his ancient crimes against humanity. Paarthurnax's fate is currently unknown.
Paxti Bittor (?b - c. Imperial Simulacrum)
Paxti Bittor was the Exalted Summoner and Lion-Lord Invoker Pursuivant of the Battlespire, and a master of verse incantations. He was the traitor who opened the portal to allow Mehrunes Dagon to enter the Battlespire. He was to escape and inform the Emperor, becoming a hero and receiving his own province. Instead he was betrayed and murdered by the Daedra and Sirran Angada, a leechcrafter retainer of Jagar Tharn. His soul was set adrift in the Soul Cairn, where he became a powerful wraith. His spirit was later destroyed by an unknown hero as an act of revenge.
Peakstar was an Ashlander woman who washed ashore near Ald Redaynia as a baby. She was found and raised by the Urshilaku Tribe, and became a figure of legend among the Ashlanders around 3E 397. Many believed this mysterious "girl child" was the Nerevarine. Though she survived The Blight, she did not master the arts of war, and died while fighting an Ash Vampire. She became the last known failed Incarnate, and her spirit went to the Cavern of the Incarnate with the others. The Tribunal Temple searched for her unsuccessfully for many years, and finally announced she was dead. Ashlanders were under the belief that she had been found and captured at some point. Rumors persisted that she was still alive, as the Temple could not produce a body. Her spirit helped guide the Nerevarine during the latter's campaign against Dagoth Ur.
The emperor of Tamriel after his grandfather Tiber Septim, from 3E 38 to when he was assassinated in 3E 41 by the Dark Brotherhood while he was praying at the Temple of the One in the Imperial City. Although short, his reign was called just as glorious as his grandfather's. He had no living children, so the throne passed to his first cousin once removed Kintyra, the daughter of Tiber's brother Agnorith. Barenziah came to live with the Septim family when she was young, and Pelagius reportedly loved her like a sister. According to The Arcturian Heresy, the Underking approached him to act as an advisor.
Pelagius II was crowned the sixth Emperor of Tamriel after the death of his father, Uriel II, in 3E 82. Pelagius II inherited not only the throne from his father, but also the debt from his poor financial and judicial management. Pelagius dismissed every member of the Elder Council, and allowed only those willing to pay great sums to return. He encouraged similar acts of his vassals, the kings of Tamriel, and by the end of his seventeen year reign, Tamriel had returned to prosperity. His critics, however, have suggested that the buyback system resulted in the damaging loss of those advisors who were rich in wisdom, but poor in gold. Pelagius was father to Potema, Cephorus, and Magnus, who were all involved in the War of the Red Diamond in 3E 121. Pelagius II died in 3E 99 (many say poisoned by a vengeful former Council member), after 17 years of rule, and was succeeded by his son Antiochus.
Thoriz Pelagius Septim (3E 119 - 3E 153), more commonly known as Pelagius Septim III or Pelagius the Mad, was Prince of Wayrest, Jarl of Solitude and then High King of Skyrim from 3E 137 until 3E 145, when he was crowned Emperor of Tamriel after the death of his father Magnus Septim. Legend accuses Pelagius III of murdering Magnus, but this is generally dismissed as false, both because Pelagius seldom visited the Imperial City, and it is documented he was present in Solitude at the time of his father's death.
Already infamous in Skyrim for his eccentricities, Pelagius III's mind deteriorated dramatically during his reign over Tamriel. He embarrassed dignitaries, offended his vassal kings, and, on one occasion, marked the end of a grand ball by attempting to hang himself. His madness is speculated to have been caused by Potema the Wolf Queen, whose own insanity was said to have been infused in Castle Solitude, infecting the next king to rule there.
The madness of Pelagius eventually cost him the throne. Empress Katariah, a shrewd diplomat hand-selected by Magnus to be Pelagius' wife in order to hide his son's problems, was made Empress Regent of Tamriel two years into his reign. Pelagius III, meanwhile, was sent to a series of healers and asylums (which may have included sites in Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh) until his death at the age of thirty-four. He died on a warm night in Sun's Dawn after a brief fever in his cell, at the Temple of Kynareth on the Isle of Betony. The 2nd of Suns Dawn, which may or may not be the anniversary of his death (records are not clear), is celebrated as Mad Pelagius Day, the time when foolishness of all sorts is encouraged. The Temple of Kynareth in which Pelagius died was destroyed shortly after his death. A group of heretics known as the Apostles later took the stones of the Temple, and rebuilt it in exact detail in the Shivering Isles. It is now known as the Howling Halls because it is said that Pelagius' screams can still be heard. The pelvis of Pelagius was discovered in these ruins in 3E 433, and was put on display in Crucible.
Even in death, Pelagius was trapped by his own madness. It is said that his ghost went on to haunt the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace in Solitude, which was locked up and left alone for centuries. In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn received the hip bone of Pelagius in Solitude from Dervenin, the Priest of Mania, and entered the Pelagius Wing, where he was transported into the dead emperor's mind and found Sheogorath. The Mad God had retired within Pelagius' mind to try and cheer the dead emperor up, but to no avail. The Prince tasked the Last Dragonborn with cleansing Pelagius' mind of paranoia, suspicion, self-doubt, anger, and torment using the Wabbajack. This finally allowed Pelagius some peace, and Sheogorath and the Last Dragonborn left him to his rest.
Upon Empress Morihatha's assassination, she had no children, and her sister Eloisa had died of a fever four years before, so Eloisa's 25-year-old son Pelagius was crowned Pelagius IV in 3E 339. Pelagius IV continued his aunt's work, slowly bringing back the seditious kingdoms of his Empire. He had Morihatha's patience and deliberate pace in his endeavors, but he did not have her success. The kingdoms had been free of constraints for so long, even a benign Imperial presence was odious. When Pelagius died in 3E 368 after an astonishing twenty-nine year reign, Tamriel was stable, prosperous, and closer to unity than it had been since the days of Uriel I. He was succeeded by his son, Uriel VII. During his reign, he was suspicious enough of the Psijic Order to refuse to allow them into the Imperial City, and reputedly invested heavily in the infrastructure of his Empire.
Vicereeve Pelidil (also spelled Peledil) was an Altmeri diplomat that served the First Aldmeri Dominion in the Second Era, during the early years of Queen Ayrenn's reign. Vicereeve Pelidil was the advisor of Prince Naemon, Ayrenn's younger brother, but he would later become the leader of the Veiled Heritance, and steal the Staff of Magnus following the death of Prince Naemon in Elden Root.
Pelinal Whitestrake fought alongside Morihaus as the champion, and by some legends lover of Queen Alessia during the Alessian Slave Rebellion of the early First Era. Pelinal is one name for the "legendary immortal hero" who wandered Tamriel in the Late Merethic Era building up kingdoms and inevitably abandoning them to wander again. He possessed the Crusader's Relics which were given to him by the eight divines. Legends say he often had stretches of homicidal madness, during which he slew indiscriminately and took a toll on the very landscape itself.
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Pergan Asuul (?b - ?d)
Pergan Asuul was a malevolent shadowmage who rose to prominence some time before the Imperial Simulacum. He strove to take the place of Azra Nightwielder, the original Shadowmage. He had the ability to read a person from the "taste" of their shadow. He was eventually destroyed in 3E 397 after three incarnations.
During the Imperial Simulacrum, a Shadow of Conflict (or Umbra' Keth) formed due to the conflict caused by the ongoing War of the Bend'r-mahk. Pergan sought to control the creature, which had taken form deep within the Crypt of Hearts. In 3E 397 he invaded the Twilight Temple in Hammerfell, driving off the resident goblin tribe using shadow magic and zombie minions. However, Pergan was not the only mage interested in gaining control of the Umbra' Keth; Jagar Tharn, Imperial Battlemage and pretender to the Ruby Throne, plotted to use the creature for his own ends.
Pergan had placed a magical barrier around a section of Earthtear Caverns in Hammerfell, guarded by undead minions. The Soul of Conflict, a questing hero, stumbled into this barrier; Pergan permitted entry into the guarded section of the cave, and spoke to the hero when his minions were slain. The hero later entered the Twilight Temple on a quest to somehow destroy the Umbra' Keth, and was attacked by Pergan. The shadowmage fell in battle, but as he died, he prophesied that the two would clash twice more.
Pergan rose from the dead, and journeyed to the stronghold of Lakvan, a bandit boss from Skyrim. Tharn attempted to dissuade Lakvan from working with Pergan in an effort to slow his progress towards claiming the Umbra' Keth. As Pergan predicted, the Soul of Conflict came to Lakvan's stronghold, and the two fought once again. Through this continuing conflict, Pergan planned to further strengthen the Umbra' Keth at his own expense. Before dying, Pergan accidentally revealed that the anonymous shadowmage who had been aiding the hero was, in fact, Azra Nightwielder. Upon hearing his name, Azra regained his memories.
In his final incarnation, Pergan entered the Crypt of Hearts and awaited the arrival of the Soul of Conflict. The two fought for the final time, but Pergan succeeded in his plan: by repeatedly battling, he had strengthened the Umbra' Keth. Despite this, the hero used the power of the seven Star Teeth to destroy the monster.
Queen Potema, the "Wolf Queen of Solitude", the daughter of the Emperor Pelagius Septim II, wife of King Mantiarco, aunt of the Empress Kintyra II, mother of Emperor Uriel III, and sister of the Emperors Antiochus, Cephorus I and Magnus, is best known for her role in the War of the Red Diamond. In 3E 120, she launched a rebellion, and overthrew her niece Empress Kintyra II the following year so that her son could become Emperor Uriel Septim III. Although the war ended in 3E 127, it was another ten years, capped off by a month-long siege at her castle in Solitude, before Potema herself was defeated. She has been described as "unambiguously evil", and is remembered as one of the most dangerous necromancers in the history of Tamriel. For more information, see the lore article.
- Letter to Mactana
- Letters for the Battlespire Hero — Vatasha Trenelle or Josian Kaid
- Events of Battlespire
- Brief History of the Empire — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Biography of Barenziah, v 2 — Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
- Fragment: On Artaeum — Taurce il-Anselma
- The Argonian Account, Book 1 — Waughin Jarth