Lore:Rajhin

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One of Rajhin's Shadows

Rajhin the Purring Liar, also known as the Trickster God, the Footpad, Cat Who Walks, and the Cat-King of Thieves is the Thief god of the Khajiiti people. He has Seven Shadows, each representing different aspects of his being.[1]

History[edit]

Life[edit]

Rajhin's date of birth is unknown, but he was around since before the Khajiiti people recognized a Mane, and before the city of Rim'kha would become known as Rimmen.[2] He grew up in the Black Kiergo section of Senchal.

According to Khajiit legend, Rajhin during a dark night found the Daedric Princes Azurah, Mafala, and a third prince arguing over who claimed dominion over the night. Had Azurah not protected Rajhin from Mafala's hunger, Rajhin would have become a meal for her. They turned to Rajhin to ask who was the most worthy lover of the night, but Rajhin had spotted the Ring of Khajiiti from Mephala's eighth arm. He decided to seduce Mafala's by latching onto her vanity, and after a night of passion, stole the ring.[3] On his way out after his deed, he spotted the Ebony Blade and made off with his newfound loot.[4] Rajhin used the Ring of Khajiiti's powers to make himself as invisible, silent, and quick as a breath of wind. Using the Ring, he became the most successful burglar in Elsweyr's history, even being elevated to being known as the Thief God of the Khajiit.[4]

His companion during his misadventures was his legendary mount, a Black Senche-Lion named Umbrage,[5] more commonly known as Southpaw.[6] He could both fly for brief periods, as well as talk.[5] Additionally, he would keep watch while his master was breaking and entering.[7] Thanks to their reverence towards Rajhin, thieves today prefer to ride Senche-Cats of Southpaw's breed.[5] The Dark Moons Lynx is said to be a worldly incarnation of Southpaw.[7] Another breed of Senche-Cats associated with Rajhin is the Black Senche-Panther, a breed said to have been created when some of Rajhin's Shadows took a life on their own.[8]

One of the notable feats Rajhin performed when he was alive was when he visited Apocrypha seeking treasure, which led to him stealing the Oghma Infinium from Hermaeus Mora. Rajhin kept the book hidden in his possession, and occasionally the Daedric Prince manages to find it, but only because Rajhin chose to give it back to him on his own whim.[4] Rajhin's eventual fate is a mystery, but according to legend, the Ring rebelled against such constant use and disappeared, leaving Rajhin helpless before his enemies.[9] After his death, his spirit was bound to the land until the ring was retrieved by the Eternal Champion from a dank abyss in Black Marsh where it had been hidden by the Underking.[10] Tales of Rajhin are an integral part of Khajiiti culture.[11]

Post-Mortem[edit]

Rajhin's Shadows still roam Nirn after his death, causing various forms of mischief. He is said to have stolen a tattoo from the neck of Empress Kintyra as she slept.[12] He also at one point had a drinking contest with the Daedric Prince Sanguine.[13]

One story tells of a bard wanting the power to seduce any person he wished with his music. One of Rajhin's Shadows granted this wish, giving him an enchanted lyre, and the bard enjoyed inspiring lustful passion amongst his fans. Unfortunately, the lyre was a double-edged sword, as it bred jealously among his rivals, which eventually led to him being slain out of frustration. The lyre would pass many hands, and those who used it would also share the same fate. The lyre would eventually make its way into the Bards College, where it would be warded and kept safe, and any members of the college would be warned to play it at their own risk. The lyre would become known as the Shadow of Rajhin, after the trickster gods' shadows.[14]

Another tale of mischief involves the city of Falinesti. In seeking to punish an Altmer women named Nairume for not returning his love, Rajhin's Shadow representing his desires trapped her in an icy prison, seeking to steal her love away from her husband. She would be freed of her prison if she were to touch Rajhin's Mantle, which would then steal her love from her husband, and replace it for love for the Trickster God. Refusing to betray her husband's trust, she refused to give in to the Shadow's desires, and remained trapped there since the First Era, until 2E 582. Queen Ayrenn sought to prove herself as a worthy leader using the Orrery of Elden Root, and one of the pieces required to do so was Rajhin’s Mantle. This search led to the liberation of Nairume from her containment, as well as the acquisition of the Mantle for Ayreen's trial by the Orrery. Rajhin's Shadow claimed to have stolen the city, but it is unknown if this was a bluff.[15] Other evidence points to Mephala, who claims the city is under her web.[16] Regardless, various theories have sprouted on how the city went missing.[17]

The story of Rajhin and the Stone Maiden tells of the Trickster God preventing a young maiden from commiting suicide. Concerned, Rajhin asked her what would drive her to do such a thing, and she explained that her greedy step-father demanded an insane bride-price, and caused the village he ran to seethe with corruption. Seeking to teach the step-father a lesson, Rajhin aided the maiden in a plan that would allow her to be with her beloved. And so the couple met with the step-father to arrange a deal, and offered something greater than the bride-price. It was a great land that can be seen from their village that has no ruler. One that "shines like a pearl in the darkness", can be claimed, but cannot be reached without their agent. The greedy step-father agreed to the terms, which then prompted Rajhin to manifest behind him. As per their agreement, Rajhin quickly siezed him and took him to the moon of Jode, far from where he could interfere with the couple's relationship. The villagers were initially shocked, but celebrated that their home was freed of the tyrant, and held a wedding ceremony for the couple. During the night, Rajhin manifested once more, for he traveled too fast which caused the step-father to be separated from his shadow, which threatened the newly-weds. Because they could not see it, from their perspective it appeared like Rajhin was reaching for air, and upon the Thief God's explanation, they were relieved and their laughter echoed across the riverbank.[18]

During the Witches Festival, cat masks depicting Rajhin's visage are a staple.[19] The Khajiit of Rawl'kha celebrate the New Life Festival by finding true wealth in their actions. They honor Rajhin with the Trial of the Five-Clawed Guile. The challenge involves stealing coins from either locked boxes, or the pockets of a previous winner. This shows the participant has such little regard for barriers as Rajhin did.[20]

Gallery[edit]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information on Rajhin, see the ESO articles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Seven Shadows of Rajhin, Pt. 1
  2. ^ Rajhin's Shadow's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  3. ^ Humble Zaham's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  4. ^ a b c The Thief God's TreasuresWafaruz the Veracious Spitter
  5. ^ a b c Black Senche-Lion mount description in ESO
  6. ^ Psijic Senche Exemplar mount description in ESO
  7. ^ a b Dark Moons Lynx pet description in ESO
  8. ^ Black Senche-Panther Kitten pet description in ESO
  9. ^ Tamrielic LoreYagrum Bagarn
  10. ^ Ring of Khajiit Artifact Dialog from Arena
  11. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the SouthImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  12. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  13. ^ Rajhin's Final Cups item description in ESO
  14. ^ Shadow of Rahjin
  15. ^ A Lasting Winter quest in ESO
  16. ^ Mephala's dialogue in ESO
  17. ^ The Collected Theory Hypothesis
  18. ^ Rajhin and the Stone Maiden
  19. ^ Rajhin's Cat Mask description in ESO
  20. ^ Tumira's dialogue in ESO
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