Varbarenth was the Silvenar of the Bosmeri people. Not much is known about him, except that he was the son of Varbaril. The timing of his assumption of the Silvenar role and the identity of his Green Lady counterpart is unknown. However, it is confirmed that he held the office as of 3E 80.
Vaia (?b - ?d)
Vaia was an Orc hero held in high regard by the Orc branch of the Cult of Trinimac. She features in the Orsimer religious scripture The Book of the Warrior God and has a passage titled Vaia's Courage devoted to her and her deeds. In this passage, she is described as a valiant defender, who managed to shatter the enchanted hammer of Rhogar the Destroyer with her small wooden shied.
Vaia's Golden Ash symbolizes the strength, heritage, and unity of the Orsimer people. The symbol originates from the ash tree, from which she carved out the shield that repelled the blow of Rhogar the Destroyer. Her deeds influenced the metalworking of the Trinimac Cult faithful. Those who follow the way of Trinimac often emboss their axes and shields with Vaia's Golden Ash.
Valdar (?b - ?d)
Valdar was a Nord warrior who resided within Valthume in ancient times. When the tyrannical Dragon Priest Hevnoraak died, Valdar swore to ensure that the lich never rose from his grave. That oath persisted for countless generations, beyond Valdar's own death.
In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn entered Valthume and encountered the spirit of Valdar, whose strength was fading. The warrior would not be able to keep Hevnoraak at bay much longer, and asked the Dragonborn to bring him Hevnoraak's vessels so they could weaken the lich before he awoke. The Dragonborn collected the vessels and emptied them, preventing Hevnoraak from reawakening at full power as he'd hoped. The pair performed a ritual to awaken Hevnoraak in a weakened state, and the Hero defeated the Dragon Priest. With Hevnoraak vanquished, Valdar's duty was no longer necessary, and his spirit was finally able to rest.
Jarl Valdimar (?b - 4E ?d)
Jarl of Winterhold during the Great Collapse. He lost family during the catastrophe, and some of his council insisted that the College of Winterhold was to blame. Arch-Mage Deneth wrote to him soon after denying the allegation and urging calm in a letter. The denizens of Winterhold remained resentful and angry at the College decades later.
Valdur (?b - ?d)
Valdur was an Atmoran warrior from the late-Merethic Era. In his lifetime, he was one of the Five Hundred Companions who died during the conflict against Sinmur, the half-giant chieftain. Valdur and his shield-sister, Hakra were buried in the Rift's western corners and bound to the region as its caretakers, to forever protect it from threats. He is buried in an underground barrow called Taarengrav, located south of Lake Geir and southwest of Nimalten.
Valsirenn (2E ?b - ?d)
Valsirenn was high ranking Psijic monk and member of the Conclave of the Eleven Forces. She was instrumental in stopping Daedric invasion of Summerset and dispatching the Abyssal Cabal. Following the death of Iachesis in 2E 582 she took the position of interim Ritemaster and became the temporary leader of the Psijic Order, a long-standing monastic group of mages dedicated to studying the Old Ways.
Magister Varkenel (?b - ?d)
Grandmaster Vashu-Pir (?b - ?d)
Vashu-Pir was the second leader of the Dragonguard, who, together with Ja'darri was responsible for the defeat of the Black Beast, Laatvulon. He was remembered as one of the four greatest Grandmasters the Dragonguard have ever known. He served as the Grandmaster from 1E 2734 to 1E 2758.
Vastarie (?b - ?d)
Vastarie, also known as The Witch of Azurah, is an Altmer Lich notable for her study of souls, the results which were a great boon to the dark arts of Necromancy. Prior to becoming a necromancer, she studied on Artaeum alongside other notable Psijic Monks, such as Vanus Galerion and Mannimarco. She is believed to be the first to discover how to use Sigil Geodes to bind spirits, and personally brought the first black soul gems to Tamriel after opening a portal to Coldharbour.[nb 1]
When Mannimarco first left Artaeum to form the Worm Cult, she and her future husband Telacar initially followed suit, eager to research soul magic more in-depth and support their friend. Soon however, Vastarie fled the Worm Cult when she realized the extent of Mannimarco's obsession with power. Eventually, she was forced to leave her husband as well, after the death of their son led him down a similar path.
Valerica (?b - ?d)
Valerica was the castigated wife of Lord Harkon, leader of the Volkihar clan. After Harkon made a deal with Molag Bal to become Vampire Lords, Valerica gained the honorary title of Blood Matron of Castle Volkihar. Valerica, Harkon and their daughter Serana had a falling out as Harkon became determined to blot out the sun forever. He required the blood of a true Daughter of Coldharbour to power Auriel's Bow, and he had the option of using either Valerica or Serana's blood. To stop him, Valerica sealed herself and the Elder Scroll inside the Soul Cairn, and hid away Serana, as well, so Harkon could never complete his ritual with their blood. While Lord Harkon still somewhat cared for Serana, he has no remaining respect for his estranged wife. Upon Harkon's death, Valerica was finally able to leave the Soul Cairn and returned to Castle Volkihar.
Valkyn Skoria is a giant Dremora whose clan is based at the Knives of Discord, a region of the Deadlands. He serves Mehrunes Dagon as a Valkynaz (or 'prince'), a member of the Valkyn, Dagon's personal guard. Skoria rules over Red-Zeal Keep, a Sigil Keep found in the Knives of Discord region. The fact that a Valkynaz is posted away from Dagon's side would imply that the region is of particular importance or interest to the Prince.
In an attempt to enhance the destructive power of Skoria, Dagon experimented with mutating his vestige by imbuing it with certain aspects of the Flame Atronachs of Infernace. Although successful in this regard, the mutation forces Skoria to remain in close proximity to magma at all times in order to maintain his molten condition, and also means that he eternally suffers the agony of immolation.
In 2E 582, Bosmer cultists opened an Oblivion Gate in Whisper Grove in Valenwood that allowed a Daedric invasion from the Knives of Discord. After the death of the cult leader, Razor Master Erthas, Dagon proposed to seal the gate in return for the potential service of another Bosmer named Gilraen. However, Gilraen's husband Fingaenion reopened the Gate later that year in a failed invasion attempt in order to rescue her. Skoria's minions took the trapped invaders as prisoners, but Fingaenion managed to find a group of Undaunted and launch a second rescue mission. The group sliced through the Deadlands and eventually forced Skoria to face them in battle, where he was defeated. The keep's Sigil Stone was then taken, permanently severing the link to Tamriel and likely causing significant destruction in the region.
Following this demise, Skoria's headgear, shoulder armor, and claymore were brought back to Tamriel by the Undaunted, and his head was mounted as a trophy.
Valus Odiil (?b - ?d)
Valus Odiil was an Imperial adventurer who wandered Tamriel in the late Third Era. He was an advanced user of heavy armor, having been taught by a Redguard soldier named Pranal in Hammerfell. He was once the wielder of the artifact Chillrend. Valus eventually settled down and had two sons, Antus and Rallus. He began working his ancestral farm just outside the city of Chorrol in Cyrodiil, and also owned a shack within the city. In 3E 433, too old to fight, he and his sons were driven from their farm by raiding goblins from the Great Forest. Unable to persuade the city guard to help, Valus enlisted the help of the Hero of Kvatch to aid his sons in reclaiming the farm.
Vanto (?b - ?d)
Vanus Galerion (?b - ?d)
Archmagister Vanus Galerion (sometimes Galerion Vanus), born as Trechtus, and called the Great Mage, was the founder of the Mages Guild and one of the most famous users of magic in the history of Tamriel. He trained with the Psijic Order along with fellow student Mannimarco. He strongly opposed Mannimarco's practice of necromancy, and would eventually lead an army of mages in a massive battle against Mannimarco's legions of undead, where he was killed.
Varen Aquilarios, also known as the Prophet, and the Betrayer was the son of a Duke of Colovia before becoming Emperor of the Empire of Cyrodiil when he overthrew Leovic, the last of the Longhouse Emperors, after the latter had decriminalized Daedra worship in the Empire.
Varen led an uprising against Leovic that culminated in the storming of the Imperial City; Varen slew Leovic personally in the Imperial Throne Room. He was then crowned Emperor and wed Leovic's widow, Clivia Tharn, to consolidate his rule.
Varen subsequently led a group called the Five Companions on a two-year quest to recover the lost Amulet of Kings, which they eventually located in the ruins of Sancre Tor. Heeding the advice of Mannimarco, Varen planned to use the Amulet in a ritual to persuade Akatosh to make him a Dragonborn and therefore a legitimately-ordained Emperor. In 2E 579, as the ritual was attempted, Mannimarco altered it and triggered the catastrophe known as the Soulburst. Varen vanished in the chaos, and Clivia assumed the Imperial Throne as Empress Regent in his absence, setting Tamriel on a course for the Alliance War. He spent some time with the Moth Priests following the Soulburst, before being taken to Coldharbour and assisting the Vestige in the latter's quest against Molag Bal.
Admiral Vasi Hadrach (?b - ?d)
Admiral Vasi Hadrach was the Admiral of the New West Navy during the early years of the 9th century of the Second Era and one of the subordinates of Tiber Septim. He was assassinated by a rebel Reachman in a brothel of Daggerfall at some point before 2E 864 when the title of the Admiral of the New West Navy was already held by his successor Amiel Richton.
Duke Vedam Dren (?b - ?d)
Vedam Dren was Duke of the Imperial District of Vvardenfell in the province of Morrowind. Of noble descent, Dren was Hlaalu Grandmaster of the Vvardenfell district before he inherited his title. He ruled from the Grand Council Chambers in Ebonheart, surrounded by Dunmer and Imperial Counselors.
Vedam Dren was a Dunmer knight but also thought of himself as a noble, a leader and a diplomat. Vedam is the older brother of Camonna Tong head Orvas Dren, who ran the Dren Plantation, and the father of Ilmeni Dren, the leader of the abolitionist group Twin Lamps.
After losing over half the Tong's shipments in rapid succession, Orvas toyed with the idea of having Vedam assassinated, so that he might consolidate his power and succeed Vedam as Duke of Vvardenfell and Grandmaster of House Hlaalu.
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Veesk-Olan (fl 2E 582)
Veesk-Olan, or Veesk for short, was a renowned and prominent Argonian author and storyteller. He wrote the highly popular novel The Green Hood and the Dres Slavers during the tumultuous period of the Three Banners War in the Second Era.
Saint Veloth the Pilgrim (?b - ?d)
Saint Veloth, also known as Veloth the Pilgrim or Veloth the Prophet, was a Chimer (or Aldmer)† mystic hailing from the Summerset Isles, either during the Dawn Era or Late Middle Merethic Era. He is best known as the father of the Dunmer race, when he and his followers split from their Aldmeri roots and migrated en masse to their new homeland called Resdayn, now known as Morrowind. After his passing, Veloth became arguably one of the most revered figures in Dunmer history, and became known as the patron saint of outcasts and seekers of spiritual knowledge.
Vendigao (?b - ?d)
Count Verandis Ravenwatch (?b - ?d)
Verandis Ravenwatch is a pureblood vampire who had been turned directly by Molag Bal. He was the founder of House Ravenwatch and once a member of the Gray Host. For a vampire, Verandis has a pure heart and was unwilling to give into his predatory instincts. He attempted to sway vampires away from their bloodthirsty natures, for his desired goal was peace with mortals. Verandis was known for his restraint. He only fed on the willing, notable for seeing mortals as equals. He expected other members of his House to follow suit with his code of conduct.
Empress Veraxia Tharn (?b - ?d)
One year after the conquest, in 2E 534 she married the Emperor Durcorach. The new Emperor decided to marry her for political gain, in an attempt to merge Reach sensibilities with Imperial culture in order to reinforce his connection and commitment to the Empire.
A prominent Akaviri Potentate of the late First Era. He took over the Imperial throne after Reman III died, and declared martial law. In the Second Era, the Potentate had The Rose built on the ruins of Blackrose, which was still the most secure and notorious prison on Tamriel by the end of the Third Era. He passed the Guild Act in 2E 321, three years before his death, allowing what would become the Fighters Guild to be formed so merchants and vassals could protect themselves in lieu of a standing army. The Guild Act also ratified other guilds, notably the Mages Guild. He was assassinated in Senchal, apparently by the Morag Tong, as their name was drawn on the wall in the Potentate's blood. He was then succeeded by his heir, Savirien-Chorak. He was a character in the popular historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era.
Viarmo (?b - ?d)
Altmer Headmaster of the Bards College in 4E 201. When Jarl Elisif the Fair cancelled the annual festival known as the Burning of King Olaf, Viarmo was desperate to save the College's tradition. He had a student track down remnants of King Olaf's Verse, part of the Poetic Edda written by the bard Svaknir which criticized the King. It had been all but erased from history by the indignant King Olaf, but the student managed to find fragments of it. In a well-kept secret, Viarmo and the student took some liberties in re-creating the lost segments, then Viarmo performed their adaptation for Jarl Elisif. She was moved by his performance and allowed the festival to proceed, recognizing it as a righteous celebration opposing tyranny.
She became Chieftain of Thirsk for three years after slaying seven Imperial pirates and presenting their helmets as a battle trophy.
Vilius Tharn (?b - ?d)
Vilius Tharn was a contemporary of Alessia, Morihaus and Pelinal Whitestrake and one of the earliest known Nedic ancestors of the modern noble Imperial family, House Tharn of Cheydinhal. According to the family tradition, the Tharn family was active in St. Alessia's slave uprising of years 1E 242 - 1E 243. He served under Pelinal Whitestrake himself as Blade-Serrator and Master of the Abbatoir. One of his descendants Abnur Tharn claimed that while certain tales of the Alessian Slave Rebellion were a bit hyperbolic, it was quite clear that exceptional individuals made the establishment of the First Empire possible.
He was recorded as a deceased dragon by the chronicler of the Dragonguard, Brother Mathnan, in the Atlas of Dragons in 2E 373. According to the documents recovered from Dragon Cult temples he died during the Dragon War and was buried near the Lake Yorgrim.
Upon his return in 4E 201, Alduin began the process of resurrecting the many dead dragons buried throughout Skyrim by the Dragon Cult in ancient times. Viinturuth was among the dragons to be brought back to life, where his resurrection was witnessed by the Last Dragonborn. Upon the resurrection Viinturuth pledged allegiance to Alduin and fought against the Last Dragonborn, but was defeated and killed. Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Viinturuth was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.
The Viridian Sentinel protects the human inhabitants of northern Bangkorai from the beasts and witches that live in the forest. According to the legend of the Viridian Sentinel, long ago the Direnni forged a covenant with the Earth Bones to protect their settlements located throughout all of High Rock from the wild. The Bretons, who displaced the Direnni, had no such arrangement, and as a result their farms in Bangkorai were gradually overrun by the wilderness. The people were pushed to the brink of starvation, causing a young boy Greenward to pray to Stendarr for salvation. Stendarr taught him to forge a new pact with the forest, giving him the power to restrain the natural creatures within. He thus became the first Viridian Sentinel.
The Viridian Sentinel has great power over the forest, and can use this power to perform potent feats of magic. When the Glenmoril Wyrd became bound to the forest, they also gave some deference to the Sentinel due to that connection (though they had not been a party to the original pact). Although Viridian Sentinels were known for their longevity, over time, the Sentinel ages like other mortals, and must pass on their power and title to a new mortal before death. Their eyes age at a normal rate, however, and therefore a Sentinel usually requires a monocle when reading to counteract deteriorating eyesight.
Vithrelnaak (Dawn Era - ?d)
Little is known of Vithrelnaak's past. At some point, Vithrelnaak was slain by Ulfnir Bone-Skin, a warrior from an old Nord legend. Ulfnif fashioned a powerful armor from the scales of a slain dragon. When Ulfnir died, he was buried with the armor, and his corpse haunted the barrow near Yorgrim's Overlook, killing anyone who tried to take his armor. Centuries later, at some point before 4E 201, Fathrys, a young Bosmer, ventured to his resting place to obtain the armor as a gift for his beloved Zaharia. He never returned, as he was slain by the undead Ulfnir.
As his soul was not devoured by another dovah, Vithrelnaak was not killed permanently and can be raised again.
Vittoria Vici (?b - ?d)
An Imperial noble and first cousin to Emperor Titus Mede II. She held a prominent position as a merchant in the East Empire Company charged with overseeing their business holdings in Solitude, a position she was quick to defend against accusations of nepotism. In 4E 201, she was engaged to Asgeir Snow-Shod, whose family had connections to the Stormcloaks, and their marriage was seen as a step towards reconciliation. The Dark Brotherhood was reportedly planning to assassinate Vici at her own wedding, but whether their plans succeeded is unknown. 
Chieftain Vivian Witchclaw was a Reachman leader of the Stonetalon Clan active in 2E 582. She made an alliance with two other Reachfolk clans: the Rageclaws and the Boneshapers and signed the treaty on 3rd of the Frost Fall in 2E 582. The clans aligned themselves with the Cult of the Black Worm, which promised power and blessings of Molag Bal. and invaded the Rift in 2E 582.
Sage Voernet (fl. 1E 20)
Sage Voernet was a renowned Breton sage and author. He was a keen and masterful manipulator of the magical arts in his time, and was listed alongside Gyron Vardengroet and Druid King Kasorayn as one of the most powerful Breton mages in history. He was mentioned in the earliest written record of the Psijic Order from around 1E 20, when he traveled to the Isle of Artaeum to meet with Ritemaster Iachesis. At the time, the Psijics were the counsellors of kings and proponents of the Elder Way, taught to them by the original race that inhabited Tamriel. The historical account makes Voernet one of the earliest known Bretons in history.
Baron Volag (?b - ?d)
Volag was a Baron of the Forebears in the latter years of the Second Era. Baron Volag governed the Forebears' outlying territories in Sentinel at the time, and is most well-known for sparking the rebellion between the Crowns and the Forebears after the death of Thassad II. The conflict later involved the Third Empire and it led to their annexation of Hammerfell. Years after their conquest, Baron Volag, as well as Tiber Septim and Iszara, then ruler of Stros M'Kai signed the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai, which consolidated Hammerfell's incorporation into the Third Empire.
Voice of Ouze (?b - ?d)
Voice of Ouze is a Changeling, a rare forest spirit found in Valenwood. The Voice served as an envoy between the Oathbreakers and the Y'ffre's faithful ever since the Changelings were imprisoned in Ouze. Together with the Guardian Celonron they protected other Oathbreaker spirits.
Volrina Quarra (?b - ?d)
High Priest Vonos (?b - 4E 201)
Vonos was the leader of the reformed Mythic Dawn in the Fourth Era. A devout worshipper of Mehrunes Dagon, he would lead a successful plot to reopen an Oblivion Gate, allowing Dagon to once again have a foothold in Tamriel.
Saint Vorys the Immolant (?b - ?d)
Saint Vorys the Immolant (also known as the Fiery One to the Khajiit) is a saint of the Dunmer. During the Second Era, Vorys was the patron saint of House Telvanni. He had fallen out of reverence by 3E 427 due to being "a bit unsavory", and Roris the Martyr's death during the Arnesian War elevated him to saintly status in his place by that point.
Voslaarum and Naaslaarum were revered twin dragons, who lived beneath the Frozen Lake within the Forgotten Vale. They were most likely killed at some point and resurrected by Alduin upon his return, although it is possible that they survived until 4E 201.
At some point, in 4E 201, when the Last Dragonborn ventured to the Forgotten Vale, Voslaarum and Naaslaarum were resting beneath the ice of the lake and guarding a word wall. They fought against the hero but were ultimately defeated and slain.
Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Voslaarum was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.
King Vrage (?b - ?d)
King Vrage (also called Vrage the Gifted or Vrage the Butcher) was the High King of Skyrim and the fifteenth monarch descended from Ysgramor. He is widely known for founding and expanding the First Empire of the Nords across the northern reaches of Tamriel, growing his domain to encompass parts of High Rock, Morrowind, and the Nibenay Valley. Along with his predecessor Harald, King Vrage can be credited with leading man's rise to dominance over mer in what would become the provinces of Cyrodiil and High Rock.
Vraseth (?b - ?d)
A Nede from ancient Skyrim, Vraseth was a member of the nomadic tribe who came across Lamae Bal after she had been infected with vampirism. He was involved in her attempted cremation, and was brutally raped when she awoke on the pyre. The Vraseth vampire bloodline was named after him, implying he was infected with vampirism.
The circumstances surrounding his death are contradictory and not well understood. The Dragonguard dated his death to during or just after the Dragon War of the Merethic Era, according to ancient documents recovered from the Dragon Cult. However, engravings found on an Akaviri burial mask depict Vuljotnaak being "devoured" by a hissing serpent (likely a Tsaesci), which would place his death sometime after 1E 2703. Despite what this depiction would imply, his soul was not devoured by a Dragonborn. Instead, like many dragons, his remains were retrieved by members of the Dragon Cult, and he was buried in a dragon mound near the settlement of Granite Hill in Skyrim. The location of his grave was later documented by the Blades in 2E 373.
It is unknown when or how Vulthuryol accessed Blackreach, but temporal disturbances were a method known to teleport massive creatures from all over Tamriel into the caverns. As of 4E 201, the Mzark Cavern system acted as his lair. Vulthuryol was not recorded in the Dragonguard's Atlas of Dragons.
In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn ventured to Blackreach. Through use of the Thu'um, they awoke Vulthuryol. The two did battle in the Mzark Cavern, and the Dragonborn absorbed the dragon's soul. Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Vulthuryol was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.
Vychamp (?b - ?d)
Self-styled leader of the Mercenary Guild. He emasculated the children of Nesmyt due to jealousy over his spouse. This hindered Nesmyt when he joined the Mages Guild, as he needed to pledge fealty to Vychamp if he hoped to rise in rank, but would not do so because of the crimes Vychamp had committed against him.
Vyrthur was a Snow Elf and the Arch-Curate of Auri-El who for millennia sought vengeance against his one-time patron for allowing him to become a vampire. He was the brother of Knight-Paladin Gelebor, the only other uncorrupted Snow Elf known to have survived beyond the First Era. The entire Forgotten Vale was once ruled by the Arch-Curate Vyrthur, assisted by his Prelates and Paladins.
In 4E 201, Gelebor met the Last Dragonborn and requested that the hero kill Vyrthur in exchange for Auriel's Bow, which was in Vyrthur's possession. Gelebor unknowingly playing right into his brother's hands, for the Last Dragonborn unwittingly brought the Arch-Curate exactly what he wanted: Serana, a Daughter of Coldharbour, a being of the purest evil in Tamriel. Vyrthur sought revenge on Auri-El through the sundering of the sun, which serves as the connection between Aetherius, the plane of the gods, and Mundus, which would thus eliminate Auri-El's influence on Nirn. This was to be achieved through the corruption of Auri-El's bow, accomplished by soaking it in the blood of a Daughter of Coldharbour. He had long ago publicized a prophecy called the Tyranny of the Sun, that was later revealed within the Elder Scrolls, with the intent of drawing such a person to him. Fortunately, Serana and her companion were able to defeat and kill Vyrthur before he could bring his vengeance to fruition.
- On the Great Collapse — Arch-Mage Deneth
- Events of Skyrim
- Ancotar's Journal — Ancotar
- Ancotar's dialogue in Oblivion
- Fools' Ebony — Frincheps
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- History of the Fighters Guild
- Fighters Guild Charter
- Mages Guild Charter
- Mysterious Akavir
- The Brothers of Darkness — Pellarne Assi
- Fire and Darkness — Ynir Gorming
- Hallgerd's Tale — Tavi Dromio
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.