Sanguine, known to his worshippers as the Lord of Revelry "who tastes the Shaven Fruit",:293 is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is hedonistic revelry, debauchery, wild orgies, and passionate indulgences of darker natures.:11 As the Daedra Prince of Lust, Perversity, and Unnatural Sexual Relations, anything in excess is his motto. He is considered by some to be one of the weaker princes. Sanguine is depicted as a portly man with a dremora-like head with horns, usually with a bottle in his hand or a whore under his thumb. He is thought to control thousands of small realms. He is known to be allied with Vaermina, while his enemies are Ebonarm, the House of Dibella and the Benevolence of Mara. His summoning day coincides with Heart's Day, which falls on the 16th of Sun's Dawn.
Sanguine has a reputation among mortals for not being "as bad" as other Daedric Princes, and is more likely than most princes to take an interest in mortal affairs. Some see him as a harmless inveterate drunk due to his outgoing nature and his propensity for partying and drinking alcohol. In spite of his vulgar nature, many consider Sanguine one of the more "sophisticated" Princes. Those who worship him or appreciate his nature claim that Sanguine has never hurt anyone maliciously. He enjoys playing pranks on others. He is reputed for throwing the best parties in Oblivion, and celebrates at the drop of a hat. One instance of these spontaneous celebrations is the 400th anniversary of Sanguine's dog learning to play "undead", which occurred some time around 2E 182. All manner of entertainment can be found at Sanguine's parties, such as stage plays, orgies, bardic concerts, dancing, skooma, arena fights and, of course, refreshments. Food and drink are usually present, but Malacath is not.[UOL 1]
Partying with Sanguine can be a dangerous affair, as those who stay too long may not want to leave or are enticed to stay, and may end up dying there. It is in Sanguine's nature to indulge the natures of others, particularly their darker desires—so to Sanguine, 'absolute control' is anathema. The Daedra in attendance may also become violent towards mortal guests. Sanguine welcomes all mortals to his shindigs, but those who enter must partake in the drinks there if they wish to remain. Those who drink from Sanguine's goblet will be bound to the party and unable to leave. Sanguine's cultists have tricked entertainers into signing contracts that force them to perform endlessly for Sanguine's parties. Some desperate mortals who have been forced to stay have committed suicide to escape. Mortals who have business or families on Nirn may be tempted to abandon their families and responsibilities to stay forever.
One of his possessions includes a red hat. There exists wine in Sanguine's private stock that allows one to control the dead. When poured over a corpse, the spirit of the mortal that corpse belongs to can be commanded. Scarlet bottles of a rare and expensive 'Sanguine's Rose' perfume are reputed to have aphrodisiacal properties.
Religion and Culture
Sanguine is known to the Khajiit as "Sangiin": the Blood Cat, the Blood God of the Second Litter, or the God of Death and Secret Murder. According to the writings of Amun-dro, Sangiin is not evil by nature, but his sphere distracts Khajiit from the Path. His sphere encourages people to seek out the urges of blood and pleasure without purpose. "Sangiin's Midnight" is the term for when both moons are dark, and bright crimson red claw polish is used during this time. His worship is hidden from the Cat's Eye, Magrus. He is prayed to in secrecy in forbidden shrines. Sangiin grants those born under the sign of The Serpent the gift of swift mending. Wrist sheaths crafted from black leather have prayers to Sangiin written with metallic ink on the inside. The trickster god Rajhin is said to have had a drinking contest with Sanguine. It is alleged that Sangiin was the one who gave Khajiit the secret of wine by spilling the blood of the grapes.
He is said to tempt Khajiit by making their flesh immortal. Though of a darker nature, they are still drawn by his promise of filling their cups and tasting life as Sangiin desires. There exists a number of Khajiiti vampire clans that worship Sangiin, so the promises of immortality likely entail being given the gift of vampirism. The clans bind their spines in leather and gird their loins, as Sangiin does before a tempestuous night. Vampire clans who are devoted to Sangiin often perform blood sacrifices. Their thralls may be driven to kill themselves to bring forth a Hemo Helot, an orb of blood used in rituals or to empower vampires. Powerful vampires can use Blood Magic to summon blood specters, and may do so while invoking Sangiin's name.
Sanguine's worshipers drink, dance and make love to honor him. They may wear a red lipstick to proclaim their dedicated commitment to passion, and breed goats with eldritch glowing eyes to partake in their Daedric rituals. Some worship Sanguine because they think "normal" life is too boring, and they would simply rather be partying than going to work or being with their families. He inspires perversions in the wild and meek to seek illicit pleasures.[UOL 2] During particularly heinous Sanguinary feasts, revelers wear their masks, but in scenarios where their identity can be seen they are willing to assassinate any uninvited guests who witnessed them. Attendants of the Temple of Dibella may also be invited to their parties for extra company. In Cyrodiil, those seeking to speak with Sanguine usually offer a bottle of Cyrodiilic Brandy to one of his shrines. In Elinhir, the youth of the gentry give each other licentious presents during Saturalia that are intended to dare the recipients into lascivious behavior, though the giver's name is never revealed—it's up to each recipient to guess who their 'Secret Sanguine' was.[UOL 3] It is not difficult to find worshipers of Sanguine during the holiday Carnaval, a portmanteau of carnal and carnival.
Although the term "sanguine" means a crimson or bloody red liquid, the definition of the word is actually based off Sanguine's name, as the names of Daedra predate the concepts they connote. King Hale the Pious introduced four of the Daedric Princes to the written record almost a thousand years after the publication of the Alessian Doctrines in one of his tractates when he wrote that the wickedness of his political enemies was comparable to the depravity of Sanguine. Sanguine has been a favorite for several Emperors since the foundation of the first Empire. During the reign of Reman Cyrodiil records indicate Sanguine resided in White-Gold Tower where he is said to have helped Reman with the dubious draftsmanship of the Crendali Festivals. The vulgarities found within these festivals did nothing but hinder Imperial expansion efforts within the Summerset Isles during Reman Cyrodiil's tenure.[UOL 4]
In 2E 582, several Aldmeri Dominion spies entered Sanguine's Demesne and drank from Sanguine's goblet, binding them to the party and rendering them unable to escape. That same year, Sanguine was recognized as a public menace by the authorities in Stormhold, and a bounty was put out for his cultists. Stormhold's citizens knew to stay away from the nearby temple to Sanguine. When the dragon Sahrotnax crashed into Moongrave Fane, the Hollowfang Clan considered it a great boon from Sangiin and performed many rituals in his name to prepare feasting upon the dragon's blood.
Sometime before the Oblivion Crisis, Martin Septim was involved with Sanguine's cult and obtained the Sanguine Rose. An incident in the cult, presumed to have been caused by the dangers of the Rose, left many of his friends dead, and Martin thereafter dedicated himself to Akatosh. The forbidden knowledge on Daedric magic he had gained from the cult, however, was instrumental in bringing about an end to the Crisis. In 3E 433, Sanguine enlisted the Hero of Kvatch to sabotage an excruciating uptight party of Leyawiin Countess Alessia Caro, where she and her guests suddenly found themselves stripped of all their possessions - clothes included, leaving a lasting impression on her otherwise formal public image. In 4E 201, Sanguine, in the guise of a Breton named "Sam Guevenne", challenged the Last Dragonborn to a drinking contest. The events that followed culminated in the Last Dragonborn entering one of the Myriad Realms of Revelry and receiving the Sanguine Rose. This is one of the most recent recorded instances of Sanguine manifesting on Nirn.
The Sanguine Rose (sometimes called Sanguine's Rose) is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Sanguine. It can take on many forms, including that of an actual rose, a wooden stave carved like a rose or a staff-sized rose. Although powerful, the Rose is not an artifact most would care to possess. It can be used to summon a lesser Daedra, who will attack all except the holder. The Daedra is uncontrollable, unlike those summoned by Conjuration, but as with conjured creatures it is only bound to the mortal plane temporarily. Each time the Rose is used it wilts a little, and when all the petals fall off, it loses its power. When this happens, a new rose blooms somewhere in Oblivion and is plucked by Sanguine to be given to another champion.
Threads of the Webspinner
The Threads of the Webspinner are 27 pieces of extravagant enchanted clothing and jewelry associated with both Mephala and Sanguine. The story goes that Mephala sought to reward her devoted followers within the Morag Tong, and turned to Sanguine to create them. Each Thread enhances a single skill, such as weapon skills, speechcraft, and magic.
The Myriad Realms of Revelry
The Myriad Realms of Revelry are a congeries of one hundred thousand pocket and sub-realms of Oblivion, created and ruled over by the Daedric Prince of Indulgence, Sanguine. The realms are used mainly as pleasure pockets, refashioned to meet the needs and desires of its visitants. As such, Sanguine himself has very little control over them.
Sanguine (left), as he appears in Daggerfall
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Invocation — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
- The Book of Daedra
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- Additional Dialogue regarding Sanguine's Quest in Daggerfall
- Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your Questions — Lyranth the Foolkiller
- Sanguine's appearance when summoned in Daggerfall
- Appearance of Sanguine's shrine in Oblivion
- Lord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions 2 — Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius
- Oblivion Faction data in Daggerfall
- The House of Dibella faction in Daggerfall
- Holidays in Daggerfall
- Loading screen in Skyrim
- The Vile Truth of Barbas — Pelagius Habor, Council Daedrologist-in-Residence, Imperial City
- Baseekus's dialogue in ESO
- Arthenice Belloq Answers Your Questions — Arthenice Belloq
- Argues-with-Frogs's dialogue in ESO
- Events of Sanguine's quest in Oblivion
- Chee-Saak's dialogue in ESO
- Sanguine's Revelers Note
- Events of Life of the Party in ESO
- Sheogorath's dialogue in Shivering Isles
- Sings-with-Drink's dialogue during Life of the Party
- Deroh-Metaku's dialogue in ESO
- Seducer Trilvath's dialogue during Foreign Vintage
- The Aldmeri Spies' dialogue in ESO
- Galmon's Note — Galmon
- Vivrun Radus's dialogue in ESO
- Fa-Nuit-Hen's dialogue
- Bottle of Rare "Sanguine's Rose" Perfume item description in ESO
- The Worldly Spirits — Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- Varieties of Faith: The Khajiit — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi — Clan Mother Ahnissi
- Bottle of Red Claw Polish item description in ESO
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Elsweyr — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Hanubina-ko's dialogue in ESO
- Wrist Prayer Sheath of Sangiin contraband item in ESO
- Rajhin's Final Cups item description in ESO
- Sereyne's dialogue in ESO
- Enough Kitten Play! — Kun'dabi
- The Hollowfang Clan's devotion to Sangiin and tendency to swear by Sangiin in The Elder Scrolls Online
- Crafting Motif 78: Moongrave Fane Style — Clan Mother Nisaazda
- Sacrificial Helot's actions and Dro'zakar's dialogue in ESO
- Dro'zakar's abilities in ESO
- Nisaazda's dialogue in ESO
- Nisaazda's abilities in ESO
- Engorm's dialogue in Oblivion
- Sanguine's Rose Red Lip Tint description
- Sanguine's Black Goat pet description in ESO
- Ashni's dialogue in Oblivion
- Speaker Terenus's dialogue about Alard Cerone in ESO
- Persistence of Daedric Veneration — Lady Cinnabar of Taneth
- Dervenin's dialogue in Shivering Isles
- N'Gasta's dialogue in Redguard
- On Oblivion — Morian Zenas
- The Sanguine Cult
- Beek-Nei's dialogue in ESO
- Nisaazda's Journal — Nisaazda
- Martin Septim's dialogue in Oblivion
- Pranks Spoils Society Gathering!
- Events of A Night To Remember in Skyrim
- Seducer Trilvath's role as one of Sanguine's minions in ESO
- Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your Questions — Lyranth the Foolkiller
- The types of Daedra that appear in Sanguine's Demesne in The Elder Scrolls Online
- Sangiin's Thirst in ESO
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.
- ESO Writing Team AUA
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- Priestess Phaziyya of The Temple of the Divines, Ska'vyn - New Life Festival Interview
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