Ra Abah (?b - ?d)
Rada al-Saran (?b - ?d)
Rada al-Saran was a ancient warrior who claimed to match the gods in the way of the sword. According to legend, the school of Leki's Blade was founded on the very place of one of Leki's miracles during the times of the Ansei. He would later go on to join the Gray Host in the First Era, and was responsible for the group's resurgence when he became a Vampire Lord by the title of the Ashen Lord during the Interregnum.
Rahgot (?b - ?d)
Rahgot, whose name means "Rage" in the Dragon language, was an ancient Dragon Priest of Skyrim. He led the last remnants of the Dragon Cult from the secluded monastery of Forelhost high in the Jerall Mountains until 1E 140. After the defeat of Alduin during the Dragon War, the ruling Dragon Priests were overthrown. Several sects of the Dragon Cult adapted and survived by going into hiding all across Skyrim. Many held the belief that Alduin would one day return and resurrect the faithful. Rahgot and his cultists were one such sect, and until that day they chose to bide their time within Forelhost.
Randic Torn was a commoner who took over the government of Yokuda after the assassination of Mansel Sesnit in 1E 617. He tried to continue the work of Sesnit and unify the Yokudan Empire after almost three centuries of internal conflict. He revived the age-old rift between the sword singers and the commoners by introducing restrictions on the wearing of swords. "Torn's Sword-Hunt", as it was known, meant that only the singers were allowed to wear swords, which distinguished them from the rest of the population. Although Torn did much to settle the empire into its pre-strife ways, by the time of his death in 1E 737 internal disturbances still had not been completely eliminated. Upon his death, a vicious civil war broke out.
Ranev the Coal-Eyed Wanderer (?b - ?d)
Ranev was a mythical Nedic heroine that lived in the wilderlands of Craglorn, in what is now the province of Hammerfell. Known widely as Ranev the Coal-Eyed Wanderer, she was a renowned warrior and skilled spear-maiden. Some of her exploits include her triumphant victory in the Autumn of Snakes and her pilgrimage on the Gray Passage, where she earned the moniker Ranev the Favored of the Stars.
King Ranser (?b - ?d)
King Ranser was the ruler of Shornhelm, crowned after the death of his father King Hurlburt of House Branquette in 2E 546. He was illegitimate, born to "a poor Tamrith cousin", and had to compete with his legitimate younger brother Prince Phylgeon for their father's throne. The fourteen-year-old Phylgeon was descended from House Montclair, and his claim was supported by the codicil to the "Bretonnick Natalitie", which declared "Howse Mount Clayre" the royal house of Shornhelm. However, the codicil was missing when the Council of the North met to discuss the two claimants. Prince Ranser presented a long-lost Direnni decree that named House Branquette their "Breton Royal Delegates" in Rivenspire, winning the crown by the vote of the Council.
He had a daughter named Princess Rayelle, whom King Emeric of Wayrest courted before marrying Maraya in the spring of 2E 566. Furious, he called back his ambassador from Wayrest, staying in Shornhelm when he was invited to Emeric's wedding. In Last Seed of the year, he launched a surprise siege on Wayrest, sparking what is now called Ranser's War. His army consisted of mercenaries, his own people, along with the noble houses of Rivenspire that he forced to fight under his banner. House Tamrith was the first to cease its support and called for peace, followed by House Dorell, while House Ravenwatch remained neutral throughout the war. House Montclair only surrendered to Wayrest right before the Battle of Traitor's Tor. Unsure if his brother's actions were righteous, Count Phylgeon offered to serve as a peace envoy to both Emeric and Ranser, but the latter angrily refused, insistent on winning the war. Overcome by the combined forces of Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs, Ranser's remaining troops were slain at Markwasten Moor, and the end of the conflict gave rise to the Greater Daggerfall Covenant. The Crown of Shornhelm as well as the Direnni decree had not been seen since the Battle of Traitor's Tor.
While Ranser himself is thought to be dead, he fled from Markwasten Moor with a small troop of his most loyal soldiers. He prepared a ritual atop a then-nameless tor overlooking Shornhelm, during which he was murdered by his own general. Ranser's blood served as the sacrifice needed for the ritual, transforming him and his warriors into skeletal undead, and the tor from which he ruled became known as Traitor's Tor.
Raven Direnni (?b - ?d)
Razum-dar (2E - ?d)
Razum-dar (known as Raz to his companions) was a Khajiit spy who was active during the Interregnum in the Second Era. Razum-dar, though well-known during this time, was a member of the Eyes of the Queen—the secret intelligence network that served Queen Ayrenn of the First Aldmeri Dominion.
Red Bramman was an infamous First Era brigadier based in Black Marsh, who gained notoriety due to his piracy against the Alessian Empire in Topal Bay. He was an Argonian, but was documented by Imperial historians as one of the first men to venture deep into the Marsh. Bramman earned the nickname "Red" due to his red hair, which he possessed despite being an Argonian.
Bramman and other brigands used the swamplands of Black Marsh to disappear without recourse after raiding the easily accessible riches of the Empire. Bramman established a bandit kingdom deep within the swamps, near the site of the future city of Blackrose. It was connected to Topal Bay by a narrow, winding river that emptied into the Bay near Soulrest, and was shrouded from view by mangroves. According to Imperial accounts, Bramman and similar human brigands were the first contact most Argonians had with Imperial civilisation. They raped, pillaged, and enslaved the natives, causing Argonians to become skittish of the Alessian Empire.
In 1E 1033, Empress Hestra demanded Red Bramman's head. After many unsuccessful battles in Topal Bay, the Imperial Navy discovered Bramman's river and sent a fleet to catch Bramman in his brigand kingdom in what became known as the Raid of Red Bramman. His head was brought before the Empress, but more importantly the fleet's expedition resulted in the Empire's first reliable accounts of Argonian culture. The Imperials attempted to settle along the pirate routes and were successful in driving the pirates out of Black Marsh, but the province was largely left alone until its eventual conquering by the Second Empire centuries later.
Red Eagle, or Faolan in the language of the Reach, was an ancient king who, armed with a flaming sword, rallied his people and drove back the armies of Cyrodiil in the First Era. Over time, accounts of Red Eagle have become distorted and embellished, but they seem to be based on truth: the Imperial chronicles of Empress Hestra mention a rebel leader who was eventually cornered and slain in battle around the year 1E 1030, at the cost of a full legion of men. Curiously, stories of a similar king and his legendary blade appear in other ancient myths of the Reach.
Imperial ruler of Bravil during the Oblivion Crisis. He was a tournament champion when he was younger, but as Count, he was unpopular due to his drinking and superior attitude, as well as his skooma addict son Gellius.
Relmyna Verenim (?b - ?d)
Relmyna Verenim was a Dunmer resident of the Shivering Isles at the end of the Third Era. She was originally from Tamriel, which is where she discovered the so-called "Sixth Element": Flesh. She was expelled from the Mages Guild due to the extreme nature of her experiments. Sheogorath invited her to his Realm, where she could continue her research free of scrutiny. Because of this, she developed a passionate—and obsessive—love for the Daedric Prince.
Relmyna was responsible for creating the first Gatekeeper. After many failed attempts she accomplished this by using the magical ingredients of the Gardens of Flesh and Bone to give life to several enchanted body parts stitched together to form a body. Using Sheogorath's divine madness as the seed, Relmyna birthed the creature. Her tears and the bones of a previous Gatekeeper were used to slay the creature in 3E 433.
After the death of her "child", Relmyna and her apprentice Nanette Don retired to her home, the ruins of Xaselm. There she resumed her study on the nature of Pain. Later that year, the Fringe was invaded by the Forces of Order. Sheogorath's Champion was sent to help Relmyna construct another Gatekeeper. The sorceress was hesitant at first due to the Champion's direct involvement with the death of the original. Relmyna and the Champion created the new Gatekeeper using a Daedric binding ritual, which helped to contain the Order which had taken over the Fringe.
Reman Cyrodiil, called the Worldly God, was a cultural god-hero of the Second Empire, founder of the Reman Dynasty, and the greatest hero of the Akaviri Trouble of 1E 2703. His name, Reman, means "Light of Man". Contrary to popular belief, the province of Cyrodiil was not named after him; rather, he adopted the ancient Ayleid name for the province, Cyrod, as his surname.
Reman II was the third emperor of the Reman Dynasty. Historical records vary on the exact year of his birth. It's believed he assumed the throne around 1E 2804, following the deposition of his widely disliked predecessor, Emperor Kastav.
Said to be a master tactician, he frequently studied records of the battles he fought. When he conquered new territory for the Empire, he carefully established rule, and avoided causing too much disruption to local customs, traditions, and particularly to established trade. He gathered advisers from each province, and focused on his people more than many emperors ever had. As a result, Imperial culture spread across Tamriel, not through forced assimilation but free will as citizens came to accept and support the Empire by reaping the benefits of free trade, stability, and the development of better infrastructure. For many years peace prevailed across Tamriel, and many attribute his reign as the golden age of the Second Empire.
Reman III was the last emperor of the Reman Dynasty. His wife was Empress Tavia and his son was Juilek Cyrodiil. He fought the Four-Score War with Morrowind during the conclusion of which he and his son were assassinated by the Morag Tong, causing the rise of the Akaviri Potentate.
King Reman Karoodil (3E ?b - ?d)
Altmer king of Firsthold, on Auridon in the Summerset Isles.[UOL 1] He lost a son sometime before 3E 405, and Morgiah, the Dunmer princess of Wayrest, decided to take advantage of the situation. She contacted the King of Worms, a powerful necromancer, and persuaded him to arrange a conversation between Karoodil and his dead son. Out of gratitude, Karoodil agreed to marry Morgiah, making her the queen of Firsthold. The Altmer populace were unhappy with a Dunmer ruler, however, and while Karoodil was away leading a raid on local pirates, a revolt broke out. Morgiah was able to defeat it, and when the king returned he had the lead conspirators tortured and exiled.
- "You have done more than a hero could be asked. This is the final step of a long journey. Take heart and go forward with my blessings. I thank you, in the Emperor's name."
Ria Silmane was the apprentice of Jagar Tharn. After Tharn took over the Imperial throne, he murdered Ria Tharn with the Staff of Chaos to kill her when she attempted to warn the Elder Council of his plot. However, her ghost appeared to King Eadwyre in a dream and revealed to him that the true Emperor had been kidnapped by Tharn and imprisoned in an alternate dimension.
Ria kept her spirit bound to the mortal plane via her magic; yet her magicka reserves were constantly draining, limiting the time she had left. Ria could still cast magic, but it drained her energy even further. She aided the Eternal Champion in escaping the Imperial Prison by opening a Shift Gate and tracking down all eight pieces of the Staff of Chaos. She did not have a corporeal form, and she communicated largely through dreams and visions. She used up the last of her magicka by using a spell of altering which altered the appearance of the Champion so that the guards posted outside the Imperial Palace would be fooled, by doing this she sacrificed herself to ensure that Jagar Tharn would be brought to justice.
- For game-specific information, see the Arena article.
- Sai Sahan's dialogue in ESO
- Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes — Destri Melarg
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Hammerfell — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- De Rerum Dirennis — Vorian Direnni
- ESO-Item: Raven Direnni's Inflammable rug
- Once — Beredalmo the Signifier
- Events of Oblivion
- Events of Daggerfall
- The Firsthold Revolt — Maveus Cie
Rid-Thar-ri'Datta (?b - ?d)
Rid-Thar-ri'Datta was the Mane of Elsweyr during the early-mid Second Era. Rid-Thar-ri'Datta is referred as the first Mane, a spiritual leader of Elsweyr that paved the way for a moon-based culture and veneration for the cosmic deity of order, Riddle'Thar.
Legate Rikke (?b - ?d)
Legate Rikke was a Cyro-Nord commander of the Imperial Legion during the Stormcloak Rebellion. The Legate followed in the footsteps of her parents, who are also Legionnaires. During the Great War, she fought side-by-side with Ulfric Stormcloak and many others who would later become Stormcloaks. Though she came to believe Ulfric was a self-serving ego-maniac, she once counted him and many of his followers as friends. She held a great deal of anger toward Ulfric, as she believed the Empire was the best chance at victory against the Thalmor, but also deeply saddened by his decisions. She continued to worship Talos privately despite the White-Gold Concordat.
During the Stormcloak Rebellion, she was the chief lieutenant of General Tullius, who ran the Empire's campaign. She was his closest adviser and strategist, and often gave him insights on Nordic culture that he, a Cyrodiil-born Imperial, did not know or fully appreciate. They had disagreements, but she believed Tullius was the best hope for Skyrim and the Empire. Rikke had a great many duties, including local recruiting in Solitude, though she frequently found herself fighting, coordinating scouts, and manipulating enemy intelligence on the front lines.
King of Firsthold in the early Second Era. In 2E 230, he called Vanus Galerion to his court to explain his activities. Galerion explained the organization he was forming to Rilis and Rite Master Iachesis of the Psijic Order, and ultimately persuaded Rilis to approve the first charter of the Mages Guild. He eventually delved into the secrets of Daedric magic, and was imprisoned in the Banished Cells for this heresy. He was kept imprisoned by the Keepers of the Banished Cells through at least one Daedra-assisted escape attempt, pulling the Banished Cells into a realm resembling Coldharbour, but eventually corrupted the keepers into Daedric servitude and was slain in 2E 582 when he took the physical body of one of the keepers.
Saint Rilms the Barefooted (?b - ?d)
Saint Rilms is the Dunmeri patron of Pilgrims and Beggars. Saint Rilms gave away her shoes, then dressed and appeared as a beggar to better acquaint herself with the poor. Her shoes are now a prized relic of the Tribunal Temple.
High Magistrate Rinwaray (?b - ?d)
High Magistrate Rinwaray of the Divine Prosecution (posing under the identity of Penewen with an enchanted jeweled brooch) manipulated Telenger the Artificer to use his teleportation device, the Hyperagonal Locational Determinator, to teleport her into the Clockwork City. There she planned to find Seht's Affect Inducer, a magical device originally entrusted to Barilzar that can manipulate a person's emotions. She planned to use it on Proxy Queen Alwinarwe for her own political gain and to revert the Summerset Isles to isolationism. Her efforts were stopped when Razum-dar caught wind of her plot and followed her tracks through the Clockwork City, the Evergloam, Artaeum (accidentally), and eventually caught her in Alinor where he managed to subdue her and now awaits the Queen's judgement.
Rislav Larich, better known as Rislav the Righteous, was born in 1E 448, the eighth child and fourth son of Queen Lynada and King Mhorus of Skingrad. He is believed to have led the typical life of a Colovian prince. He married Belene, the daughter of King Justinius of Kvatch, presumably to cement peace between the kingdoms. In 1E 478, a plague passed through Cyrodiil and decimated the royal family of Skingrad; in the end, only Rislav and his older brother Dorald, a priest of Marukh, survived. Dorald's first act was to cede the kingdom to the Alessian Empire, which incensed Rislav. He led a small band of cavalry from Kvatch to Skingrad, where they entered the city without conflict (as the guards of Skingrad were also offended by Dorald's act). In the castle courtyard, Rislav denounced Dorald and beheaded him with one stroke, and he was quickly crowned as the new King of Skingrad.
However, Emperor Gorieus believed this did not revoke Dorald's action, and rode to Skingrad with a massive army to claim the city. When they arrived, Rislav famously told the Emperor that his party was too large to be accommodated, and that next time, he should write before he comes. A battle quickly ensued, which the Colovian forces won handily thanks to superior tactics. Gorieus' crippled army was forced to retreat, and this dramatic defeat proved to be the beginning of the end of the Alessian Empire.
Saint Roris the Martyr (?b - ?d)
Saint Roris the Martyr is the Dunmer Patron of Furnishers and Caravaners. Captured by Argonians just before the Arnesian War, Roris proudly refused to renounce the Tribunal faith, and withstood the cruel tortures of Argonian sorcerers. Vengeance and justice for the martyred Saint Roris was the rallying cry of the Arnesian War. His robe is a valuable artifact to the Ordinators of Morrowind.
Former seer-mage of the Summerset Isle. Rynandor was one of the few survivors of the collapse of the Crystal Tower during the Oblivion Crisis and was one of the leaders of its defense and thus responsible for the death of many daedra during their successful attempt to raze the tower. Shortly after the Oblivion Crisis had subsided, he showed distrust towards the Thalmor when they claimed to be the ones who rid the Summerset Isle of the daedra horde. Due to the Thalmor's wide public support at this point in the Summerset Isle, they were able to denounce and exile him. Rynandor met a violent end shortly after his departure from Summerset Isle, likely at the hands of the Thalmor.
Rythe Lythandas (?b - ?d)
A famous artist from Cheydinhal known for his lifelike paintings of the Great Forest of Cyrodiil. He inherited the Brush of Truepaint from his father, which is the reason for his success. He is married to Tivela Lythandas. In 3E 433, a thief stole the brush from him and he became stuck in the Painted World. He once owned the enchanted Apron of Adroitness, which he gave to the Champion of Cyrodiil in return for retrieving the brush and saving him from the Painted World. He survived the sack of Cheydinhal by the undead army of Umbriel, and had returned to live in the city by 4E 201. He is the sole provider of Painted Troll Fat, a rare alchemical ingredient.
Rythe Verano (?b - ?d)
Rythe Verano was one of the last of the Morag Tong who was a member before the Potentate assassinations, which would force the guild to go into hiding. He worked for centuries at restoring the reputation of the Morag Tong with the Great Houses, getting them to accept them once again as a legitimate organization, and would eventually become the Tong's grandmaster. He would be one of the people who were plotting within the Morag Tong. The plot involved a coup of the current Tong, and a list of goals, which if achieved, would transform the Tong into more than a mere league of assassins, it would make them powerful enough to allow them to replace the heads of state that were once able to force them to go into hiding. The plot was known as the Simulacrum Rubric, named after one of the items they sought to obtain, Sotha Sil's Simulacrum Rubric. It was orchestrated by him and seven other influential members of the Tong who called themselves the Seven Secretives.
- Origin of the Mages Guild — The Archmage Salarth
- Mages Guild Charter
- Banishing the Banished quest in ESO
- The Plan quest in ESO
- Lives of the Saints — Tribunal Temple
- Events of Morrowind
- Rising Threat — Lathenil of Sunhold
- Events of A Brush with Death in Oblivion
- Elgrim's dialogue in Skyrim
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Ted Peterson's posts in The Imperial Library