Grandee Yaghoub, also called Yaghoub the Seafarer, was a Yokudan leader of the Ra Gada circa 1E 808. Among the Ansei who he led were the famous and noble "Yaghoub's Thirteen". He and his warrior-sailors landed in Hegathe in ships they had brought from Akos Kasaz. They brought with them many Yokudan Chargers, famous steeds whose descendants are still highly prized. They soon set sail northwest until they rounded Cape Shira, becoming the first of the Ra Gada to discover the Iliac Bay. Yaghoub decided to make his home there. As they sailed "toward the Steed at dawning of the seventeenth of Second Seed", a watchman spotted a suitable harborage, and Yaghoub declared they would build a city there, calling it Sentinel after the watchman.
Yagrum Bagarn (?b)
Before the disappearance of the Dwarves, Bagarn was a Master Crafter in the service of the chief Tonal Architect, Lord Kagrenac. Yagrum survived the disappearance because he was in another dimension at the time, an undescribed "Outer Realm". He later returned to Tamriel but contracted Corprus, causing him to fall into a state of insanity. Divayth Fyr took him in and cured much of his dementia, as well as trying out various harmless spells and potions to cure him, though none of them worked. He has been looking for his people ever since with no success, and has taken some time to record his knowledge for the benefit of races that still live in Tamriel. He also assisted Divayth Fyr in effectively curing the Nerevarine of their corprus during The Blight crisis in 3E 427.
Yashnag gro-Yazgu was an Orcish chieftain best known for establishing a chiefdom in Falkreath during the early-Second Era. After Orsinium was sacked by Breton and Redguard forces in 2E 431, Yashnag and his clan fled east to reclaim lands in Skyrim they felt were theirs by ancient right. Svartr, the king of Western Skyrim, was unsuccessful in preventing Yashnag claiming territory, and eventually his chiefdom became a bane upon Western Falkreath for more than thirty years. During this time, Yashnag sacked various forts, such as Faldar's Tooth, and killed the Jarl of Falkreath on the field of battle.
Yashnag was later challenged in a ritual trial by combat by Hakkvild, the Jarl's son who had inherited the crumbling hold. One-by-one, Hakkvild defeated all of Yashnag's champions and finally killed the chieftain himself, eradicating the Orc chiefdom of Western Falkreath in 2E 467. With the destruction of Yashnag's chiefdom, the Orcs scattered further into Skyrim or back into the mountains of Wrothgar. Even after his death, Yashnag's memory lived on. During the mid-Second Era, Kurog gro-Bagrakh sought to follow in his footsteps and rebuild his kingdom in Falkreath. Various oil paintings of the chieftain were also in circulation.
Ylgar (?b - ?d)
The younger son of Ysgramor and brother of Yngol. He was possessed of an unwavering spirit that drove his singular prowess to overwhelming feats in war. After they all fled back to Atmora following the Night of Tears, Ylgar went to the massive shipyards of Jylkurfyk at the southern point and commissioned two ships for himself and his brother. He commanded the Darumzu, and his brother the Harakk, which were the names of the two favored stars of their heavens. He became a great recruiter, and brought many fine young warriors to the cause of reclaiming Mereth from the treacherous elves. The Darumzu made landfall at Hsaarik Head late due to a storm, and Ylgar disembarked to discover that his brother had not survived the journey. It's said that one of his greatest accomplishments was taking up the mantle of leadership after Ysgramor's death. Were it not for his commanding presence, many believe the Companions would have fallen apart.
Yngol (?b - ?d)
Yngol was the son of Ysgramor and older brother of Ylgar. He was a brave strategist who defeated enemies before they even knew the battle had begun. He was also purportedly the greatest blacksmith the Atmorans had ever known.
After the human city of Saarthal was sacked by the Elves, in an event known as the Night of Tears, Yngol fled back to Atmora with his father and brother. According to Nordic myth, he forged Wuuthrad, Ysgramor's legendary battleaxe, on the deck of the fleeing ship the same night and presented it to his father.
After returning to Atmora, Ysgramor sent Yngol and his brother to recruit the bravest warriors of the land and form the Five Hundred Companions. During the Return, he commanded a ship called the Harakk, but it was lost during the Storm of Separation just before they arrived at Hsaarik Head. It was eventually found along the shore, but Yngol was dead. It was a devastating loss to the Five Hundred Companions. It is said that Ysgramor wept in his grief and slew a dozen dozen beasts, burning them in honor of his fallen son. A barrow-hill was dug in the Atmoran tradition, and Yngol was laid to rest with rites and honors among his clansmen far below the rocky face of Hsaarik Head, the first of the Children of the Sky to perish in Tamriel. Yngol's resting place ultimately determined the placement of Windhelm and the Palace of the Kings, as Ysgramor wanted to be able to view his son's resting place from the windows of his palace.
Ysgramor (?b - ?d)
Ysgramor, "the harbinger of us all", was an ancient Atmoran king who came to Tamriel before recorded history as a refugee fleeing civil war in Atmora. He is generally regarded as the first human ruler of Skyrim.
Some Elven scholars insist Ysgramor was responsible for unspecified "provocations and blasphemies" that led to the genocide known as the Night of Tears, when the human settlement Saarthal was attacked by the Snow Elves and all humans purportedly slain except Ysgramor and his two sons, Yngol and Ylgar, though some scholars believe this attack was unprovoked. Ysgramor fled back to Atmora, gathered the legendary Five Hundred Companions, then sailed back to Hsaarik Head and drove the Elves from Skyrim and Solstheim, cementing himself as a "culture hero" of the Nords. He wielded the axe Wuuthrad in battle and rode upon a Storm Atronach Bear conjured for him by his personal Clever Man.
Since he is the first known human to transcribe Nordic speech using Elven principles of writing, Ysgramor is credited with being the first human historian. Because of his exploits, he is known as "the first Harbinger, the first Man, [and] the bringer of Words", and the modern-day Companions still revere him as their only true leader. His progeny ruled Skyrim until 1E 369, when the death of King Borgas brought an end to his direct line of known heirs. However, his bloodline survived, and he is still believed to be the wellspring from whom all Nordic kings are descended. For more information, see the lore article.
Ysmir, the Dragon of the North
Ysmir, the "Dragon of the North", is the Nordic Name of Kings. As such, any given use of the term could be referring to one of several historical figures depending on context, or even all of them generally. Ysmir was described by Imperial scholars as the Nordic aspect of Talos. Tiber Septim was ordained Ysmir, Dragon of the North by the Greybeards, as was the Dovahkiin over 600 years later. In the Dragon Language, it is "Ysmir, Dovahsebrom".
Ysmir was often used like a first name for High King Wulfharth of Skyrim, the earliest known use of the term. However, legends tell of the Nords bestowing the title upon him (possibly in reference to his Atmoran origins). Vivec wrote that Ysmir "always appears as a great bearded king", and "Ysmir's beard!" is a common exclamation among Nords.
- Orcs of Skyrim — Thora Far-Wanderer
- Faldar's Tooth loading screen
- The Chronicles of King Kurog — Zephrine Frey, Chronicler of Wayrest
- Portrait of Yashnag gro-Yazgu contraband item in ESO
- Songs of the Return, Vol 2
- Skald Svari's dialogue in ESO.
- The Talos Mistake — Leonora Venatus
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Events of Skyrim
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- Five Songs of King Wulfharth
- 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 9 — Vivec