Lore:Peryite

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An emblem representing Peryite
A shrine to Peryite (ESO)
"He is the pus in the wound. Oh, proper ones curl their noses, but it's pus that drinks foul humors and restores the blood. I worship Peryite, yes, because sometimes the world can only be cleansed by disease." —Kesh the Clean[1]

Peryite (listen) is one of the Seventeen Daedric Princes that dwell within the realm of Oblivion. As the Daedric Prince of Pestilence,[2] his sphere of influence includes tasks, natural order (not to be confused with the perfect order of Jyggalag), contamination, and pestilence.[3][4] Peryite's sphere is described as "ordering the lowest orders of Oblivion".[5] He is also known as the Daedra of Pestilence and Plague,[6] the Taskmaster,[5] the Blighted Lord,[7] Figuring father,[UOL 1] the Lord of Infection and Pestilence,[8] the Bringer of Disease and Pestilence,[9][10]:313 the Lord of the Natural Order,[2] the Master of Tasks,[11] and the Lord of Abundant Pus and Bountiful Vomit.[8] Peryite "blesses" his worshipers with diseases, and is considered one of the more destructive Princes.[12] He is typically depicted as a green four-legged dragon, and often takes on the form of one, with the likeness to Akatosh seen as some primordial and curious jest.[UOL 2] Peryite occasionally appears as ghostly apparitions of vermin, such as skeevers.[13] The coiling, snake-like dragon and the skeever are two of Peryite's most sacred symbols.[8] The Nordic goddess Kyne is said to give Peryite the spirits of skeevers when they die.[14]

Peryite is considered one of the weakest of the Princes.[3] Some unfortunate Dremora Churls and Caitiffs find themselves in the employ of the Taskmaster.[15] Peryite's summoning day is the Ninth of Rain's Hand,[16] but an incense can be created from vampire dust, one silver ingot, a deathbell flower, and a flawless ruby that will allow one to communicate with the Prince.[13] His enemies are Ebonarm, Boethiah, Vaermina, and Mephala.[17]

Peryite's breath purportedly pollutes "both cloud and pool".[18] Peryite is in charge of keeping daedrons - chaotic creatia imbued with sufficient purpose and function from the exertion of Daedric or mortal will - from causing damage in Oblivion, mainly through events known as 'realm-rips'.[19] When asked, Fa-Nuit-Hen's tutor Riparius says that "trying to keep ahead of it all keeps Peryite mighty busy, but nobody really feels sorry for him." He then goes on to say that Peryite "earned it".[19] Despite his weak reputation, his plagues have often been deemed dangerous enough to potentially wipe out all of Tamriel.[11] It is also theorized that Peryite may have been involved in the creation of the Thrassian Plague developed by the Sload.[4]

Peryite often takes a polite or formal tone when dealing with mortals.[20] Instead of reacting with rage when rejected, he keeps a cool head.[21] Rot is sometimes described by the Erabenimsun Tribe as "the touch of Peryite".[22]

History[edit]

A legend regarding the viridescent dragon frog states that the little amphibians were once a breed of giant green frogs that grew as large as Dragons. These frogs envied the Dovah's ability to fly, so they sought out Peryite and made a pact with him. The Daedric Prince granted their wish, but it came with a price. The frogs got the wings they wanted, but the size of their bodies was greatly reduced.[23]

Second Era[edit]

Statue to Peryite
Statues of Peryite on Scalecaller Peak

Some believe Peryite is responsible for the Knahaten Flu.[24] No one knows what brought the flu to Orcrest, but some natives blamed the Argonians, while others theorized that Peryite was responsible.[25] In 2E 582, a pair of Peryite worshipers sought to enter the city and gather evidence, which they could bend to claim that Peryite was responsible for the flu.[26] Nothing substantial came of the investigation, but they found a few scraps parroting the aforementioned theories.[26]

The ancient Dragon Priest, Zaan the Scalecaller, turned to worship Peryite after her Dragon Lord, Thurvokun, abandoned her.[27] Zaan was worthy enough for Peryite to grant her Spellbreaker at some point in time.[28] In 2E 582, a Peryite Cult took up residence in Scalecaller Peak. The cult worshiped Zaan and experimented with a gruesome disease in hopes of unleashing a plague.[11] They infected the creatures that inhabited the mountain with the disease. Ogres and giants were among those infected.[29] Their symptoms should have been debilitating, but the disease unintentionally made them more powerful and excessively aggressive.[11][30] Zaan and the Peryite cult were stopped by the Undaunted at the behest of Breton historian Jorvuld Davaux.[31] Following her demise, Zaan infected Jorvuld with her plague with Peryite's assistance.[31] It is unknown whether or not Davaux found the means with which to cure himself.[31]

In 2E 582, a group known as Peryite's Chosen attempted to spread the word of Peryite throughout Senchal after the Dragons were released from the Halls of Colossus.[32][26] They also had a presence in Summerset.[33] Some cultists of Peryite expressed the belief that Mehrunes Dagon's failure to take over Nirn with the power of the Four Ambitions may bring profit to their patron.[34]

Third Era[edit]

In the events leading up to the Warp in the West, an agent of the Blades contacted Peryite in search of power. The agent reminded the Prince of a mortal from the First Era, and Peryite took a shine to the agent. He had the agent slay a Vampire Ancient who had displeased him, and in return he had one of his worshippers give Spellbreaker to the agent.[21]

In 3E 433, five worshippers of Peryite performed a ritual at the Prince's hidden shrine, located along the banks of the Silverfish River in Cyrodiil. The spell was intended to summon Peryite, but instead, the souls of the worshippers were sent to the Pits, where they became trapped. The Hero of Kvatch stumbled upon the motionless bodies of the worshippers by the shrine and was tasked by Peryite to travel to a plane in the Pits and recover their souls. The plane consisted of a volcanic island inhabited by many Daedra, with a Blood Well tower and a series of volcanic caves called the Sightless Grotto. The Hero rescued the souls of the worshippers and returned them to Tamriel to earn the Prince's favor.[35]

Fourth Era[edit]

In 4E 201, Peryite tasked the Last Dragonborn with slaying Orchendor, a former priest of Peryite who had abandoned the Prince. In death, Orchendor's soul was sent to the Pits, where Peryite punished him for his disobedience.[13]

Worship[edit]

Heavy and concealing clothes worn by Skeevemasters, who often collaborate with rats (ESO)
An Afflicted uses Vile Vapor

Peryite's followers preach the wonders of their Prince and the mysteries of the divine skeever.[8] Peryite's worshippers are not well known or documented, and take a variety of methods in how they worship him. The Natural Order is a cult that consists of venerable nobles and aristocrats across Tamriel who secretly worship the Taskmaster.[36] Some worshipers liken Peryite more to the pus in the wound rather than disease itself; although the pus is unpleasant, it expels foul humors and restores the blood, thereby cleaning it and restoring health.[1] Peryite is viewed as the perfect truth of order by his followers, and they worship him because "sometimes the world can only be cleansed by disease", and "cleansing" the world would bring true natural order.[1][37]

Cults such as the Diseased and Order of the Sacred Skeever are organizations of self-described social outcasts that take more extreme and controversial methods.[36] They would be glad to contract a disease and die in their own filth "as Peryite intended".[2] They see every malady as a blessing from Peryite: fungal infections, scabies, rashes, mucus-filled lungs, itchiness and irritation in all forms, and tooth decay are some of the many afflictions adored by his cultists.[8][37] These cultists seek to spread whatever illnesses they have to everyone they meet.[8] Their recruitment attempts are often unsuccessful, as many see them as imbeciles.[38]

The Scalecaller Cult viewed Nirn as a nasty imperfect world with no order or respect, and they saw other Princes as chaotic lies. They concocted an all-consuming plague to bury the world in corpses so that it would belong to Peryite, who would then bring about a new age of an ordered world without chaos.[37] This event is prophesied among various branches, who say only the most faithful followers of the Prince of Pestilence will survive.[8] An interview with Phrastus of Elinhir and Lady Cinnabar of Taneth also implies that Peryite might have had a minor presence and influence among the Dragon Cult of the Nords due to their veneration of dragon-kind.[UOL 3]

There was also a particular group known as the Afflicted that consisted of Bretons located within the Reach in 4E 201. Peryite's "blessing" for them was infection with a plague, although he also granted them some resistance to its deadly effects.[39] They had unusually bright red skin and the ability to spit poisonous vomit at their enemies, but they were eventually killed by Peryite's champion in his quest to kill their overseer, the Bosmer known as Orchendor. Originally from the town of Cul Aloue in High Rock, they were "shepherded" to the Dwemer ruin of Bthardamz.[40] Orchendor and the Afflicted were meant to stand ready, awaiting Peryite's command to cover the world with his blessing.[1] They also worshiped strange draconic totems and brewed tinctures in their worship of Peryite.[41] The Afflicted drank the solutions they brewed, which other mortals would call poisons, to "heal" themselves.[40]

Peryite, who is known as the Master of Tasks and the Lord of Order, is a revered spirit in the Reachmen pantheon that shares many characteristics with Akatosh, in pivotal ways such as being attributed to "time, rigid natural order, (and) draconic imagery". This has led to scholars concluding that there was a cultural diffusion between the early ancestors of Men and Mer in the Northwestern parts of Tamriel. To describe Peryite as a necessary evil would be a misnomer, for while the Reachfolk see him as necessary, they see the good in him maintaining a balance as a force of nature. While Reachmen may be claimed by blight or plague, they will come out of these natural tragedies healthier. This keeps the dangers of overpopulation in check and allows a new generation of Reachfolk to build immunity to what Peryite throws at them.[42]

Peryite is invoked in Ashlander rites[22] and is referred to as "Figuring father Peryite" in relation to "Mephala mother" in an obscure text which also names one of his attributes as his "Golden Order".[UOL 1] The stewards of Bal Sunnar built a temple to Peryite as their Matriarch believed he offered the most protection from the Scourge. Sacrifices would later begin that brought about unrecognizable creatures such as "Peryite's Glory", voriplasm-like blobs capable of sapping strength.[43]

Artifacts[edit]

Spellbreaker[edit]

Spellbreaker

Spellbreaker (also spelled Spell Breaker) is an ancient artifact stated to have been created on behalf of King Rourken. Some believe it to be forged by a Daedric Prince themself, but regardless of its veracity, it has become claimed by Peryite specifically. Superficially a Dwarven tower shield, it is one of the most ancient relics in Tamriel. The shield not only protects its wielder from physical damage, but also from magical attacks, by reflecting magicks, dispelling curses, or silencing any mage about to cast a spell. It is said that the shield still searches for its original owner, and will not remain the property of anyone else for long.

Other Artifacts[edit]

There are curios associated with Peryite of which little is known, such as the Bilious Censer, the Toxicruciform, and the Golden Scab. They were last known to be in Gazmod the Collector's possession.[34] Although these theories have not been validated or elaborated upon by other sources, two other artifacts attributed to Peryite (Denstagmer's Ring and the Mirror of Hard Truths) are briefly mentioned by an interviewer during the Second Era, whose information may be unreliable.[UOL 3]

The Pits[edit]

The Pits is a realm of Oblivion, created and ruled over by Peryite, the Daedric Prince of Pestilence. Here, Peryite guards the lowest orders of Oblivion.

It is unknown what the realm looks like overall. What little that has been seen of the realm resembles the Deadlands, with lava seas, volcanic islands and ruined structures. The realm is usually completely inaccessible to mortals, but there have been several exceptions.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kesh the Clean's dialogue during The Only Cure in Skyrim
  2. ^ a b c Marthine's dialogue in ESO
  3. ^ a b Skyrim Loading Screen
  4. ^ a b Telenger the Artificer Answers Your Questions 2Telenger the Artificer
  5. ^ a b The Book of Daedra
  6. ^ NPC dialogue about Peryite in Daggerfall
  7. ^ Afflicted's Note
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Filbert Cienne's dialogue in ESO
  9. ^ Steed of the Afflicted mount description in ESO
  10. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
  11. ^ a b c d Jorvuld Davaux's dialogue during Plans of Pestilence in ESO: Dragon Bones
  12. ^ On OblivionMorian Zenas
  13. ^ a b c The Only Cure quest in Skyrim
  14. ^ Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion: Morrowind
  15. ^ Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your QuestionsLyranth the Foolkiller
  16. ^ Events of Daggerfall
  17. ^ Oblivion Faction data in Daggerfall
  18. ^ Song of Despair — Anonymous
  19. ^ a b Lord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions 2Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius
  20. ^ Peryite's dialogue during Peryite's Quest in Daggerfall
  21. ^ a b Events of Peryite's Quest in Daggerfall
  22. ^ a b Ritual of Appeasement
  23. ^ Viridescent Dragon Frog's description in ESO
  24. ^ Letter to Peryite
  25. ^ First Signs of the Flu
  26. ^ a b c Events of Unhealthy Preoccupation in ESO: Elsweyr
  27. ^ Zaan the Scalecaller's dialogue in ESO: Dragon Bones
  28. ^ Zaan the Scalecaller's use of Spellbreaker in ESO: Dragon Bones
  29. ^ Appearance of the infected giants and ogres in Scalecaller Peak in ESO: Dragon Bones
  30. ^ Research of Nathien Mortieu, Vol. 2Nathien Mortieu
  31. ^ a b c Events of Plans of Pestilence in ESO: Dragon Bones
  32. ^ Black Kiergo: Primed for Peryite?Yamighu
  33. ^ Events of The Dreaming Cave in ESO
  34. ^ a b Eorda's dialogue in ESO
  35. ^ Peryite quest in Oblivion
  36. ^ a b Dagonists Through the AgesLarina Hanus, scholar on Daedric cults
  37. ^ a b c Research of Nathien MortieuNathien Mortieu
  38. ^ Razum-dar's dialogue in ESO
  39. ^ Afflicted Refugee's dialogue in Skyrim
  40. ^ a b Unsent Afflicted Letter
  41. ^ Appearance of the Dragon-tipped totems deep within Bthardamz in Skyrim
  42. ^ Great Spirits of the Reach: Volume 4Vashu gra-Morga, Chief Daedrotheologist at the University of Gwylim
  43. ^ Journal of Adosi FevurAdosi Fevur

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.