Lore:Rid-Thar-ri'Datta

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Mane Rid-Thar-ri'Datta
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Mane Rid-Thar-ri'Datta
Race Khajiit Gender Male
Born 2nd Era
Previous Ruler Position Established
Resided in Elsweyr
Appears in ESO

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,[1] a spiritual leader of Elsweyr that paved the way for a moon-based culture and veneration for the cosmic deity of order, Riddle'Thar.[2]

History[edit]

Lifetime[edit]

Rid-Thar-ri'Datta was born sometime in the early Second Era, under the eclipse, which dictates the birth of the Mane.[3] Rid-Thar became a prominent figure in the early-mid fourth century, somewhat contemporary with the formation of the Elsweyr Confederacy in 2E 309.[4] Despite being known as "the First Mane", there have been documented Manes before his time, such as Jinninji-ri and Zebiden-jo, not to mention that the ancient Kingdom of Torval had always been known for their sacred Manes, when Elsweyr was divided into sixteen kingdoms, long before the Confederacy.[5] In 2E 311, Rid-Thar-ri'Datta was revealed the Riddle'Thar Epiphany during a visit to the Temple of Two-Moons Dance in Rawl'kha. The revelation has been described as a key event in modern-day Khajiiti theology.[6] Following the sacking of Ne Quin-al and the slaughter of the royal dynasty in 2E 326,[7] the province of Elsweyr was in disarray. Peace was restored with the intervention of Rid-Thar-ri'Datta when he "bestowed to the classes equality under the bi-lunar shadow, dividing their power in accordance with two-moons-dance of the ja-K'hanay." With this set in motion, the rankings in the caste system shifted control between each other depending on the phases of the Two-Moons. (Masser and Secunda) The Mane had become the total leader of Elsweyr ever since.[4]

The Dark Mane & Reaper's March[edit]

During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the Mane of Elsweyr, Akkhuz-ri had become possessed through Javad Tharn's manipulation and the influence of the Dro-m'Athra. His lunar champions, Khali and Shazah were forced to fight back against the invading Dro-m'Athra and the Imperial Legion from the West Weald. To guide them in their process of becoming Mane, Rid-Thar appeared before them and their ally in Fort Grimwatch. He deemed that Akkhuz-ri was no longer able to serve as Mane, and so bestowed the champion's ally the title of "Moon Hallowed."[8]

Rid-Thar later appeared before the Moon Hallowed at the Do'Krin Monastery, where the Stonefire Cult massacred the Order of the Claw for the eponymous artifact, the Golden Claw. The two entered the temple and were able to defeat the cult before they could acquire the claw.[9] At the temple of Moonmont, the Mane reunited with the Moon Hallowed and the Lunar Champions, before they had to encounter the Dark Mane and seal him away. The Mane gave the Hallowed the choice between which of the twins had to imprison the Dark Mane while the other became the Mane. It is unknown who they chose, but the Dark Mane was sealed. Finally, Rid-Thar met the Moon Hallowed and Lunar Champion while they walked the Two Moons Path[10] and confronted both Javad Tharn and the Dark Mane again. After their victory, Rid-Thar-ri'Datta gave his blessing for the new Mane of Elsweyr.[11]

Notes[edit]

  • It is implied that Rid-Thar-ri'Datta is connected to royalty through the ri'Datta Dynasty, which may have started from him. The Khajiiti deities, Alkosh and Lorkhaj are described as "Pre-ri'Datta Dynasty Anequinine deities."[2] This information is further supported when Alkosh's mountain temple, Sunspire had lost significance after Rid-Thar-ri'Datta's epiphany in Rawl'kha and the shifted worship towards Riddle'Thar.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shazah's dialogue in ESO
  2. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The KhajiitBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  3. ^ Envoy Cashia's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  4. ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr ConfederacyImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  5. ^ The Sixteen Kingdoms
  6. ^ Rawl'kha Temple loading screen in ESO
  7. ^ Anequina and Pellitine: An IntroductionSulema, Initiate Scholar of the Pa'alatiin
  8. ^ Grim Situation quest in ESO
  9. ^ The Golden Claw quest in ESO
  10. ^ The Moonlit Path quest in ESO
  11. ^ The Den of Lorkhaj quest in ESO
  12. ^ Sunspire loading screen in ESO: Elsweyr