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A statue of Sanguine (Oblivion)

Sanguine, known to his worshippers as the Lord of Revelry,[1]:293 Blood-Made-Pleasure,[2] and he "who tastes the Shaven Fruit",[3] is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is hedonistic revelry, debauchery, wild orgies, and passionate indulgences of darker natures.[4][5]:11 As the Daedra Prince of Lust, Perversity, and Unnatural Sexual Relations, anything in excess is his motto.[6] Sanguine is depicted as a portly yet muscular crimson-skinned man with a dremora-like head with horns, tusks, usually with a bottle in his hand or a whore under his thumb.[7][8] He is thought to control thousands of small realms.[9] He is known to be allied with Vaermina,[10] while his enemies are Ebonarm,[10] the House of Dibella[11] and the Benevolence of Mara.[10] His summoning day coincides with Heart's Day, which falls on the 16th of Sun's Dawn.[12]

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.[13] Some see him as a harmless inveterate drunk due to his outgoing nature and his propensity for partying and drinking alcohol.[14][15] In spite of his vulgar nature, many consider Sanguine one of the more "sophisticated" Princes.[16] He is described by Lyranth to be one of the weaker princes.[17] Those who worship him or appreciate his nature claim that Sanguine has never hurt anyone maliciously.[18] He enjoys playing pranks on others.[19] 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.[20] All manner of entertainment can be found at Sanguine's parties, such as stage plays, orgies,[5][6] bardic concerts, dancing, skooma,[21] arena fights and, of course, refreshments.[22] Food and drink are usually present, but Malacath is not.[23][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.[24] It is in Sanguine's nature to indulge the natures of others, particularly their darker desires—so to Sanguine, 'absolute control' is anathema.[9] The Daedra in attendance may also become violent towards mortal guests.[25] 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.[26][27] Sanguine's cultists have tricked entertainers into signing contracts that force them to perform endlessly for Sanguine's parties.[28] Some desperate mortals who have been forced to stay have committed suicide to escape.[28] Mortals who have business or families on Nirn may be tempted to abandon their families and responsibilities to stay forever.[29]

One of his possessions includes a red hat.[30] 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.[24] Scarlet bottles of a rare and expensive 'Sanguine's Rose' perfume are reputed to have aphrodisiacal properties.[31]

Religion and Culture[edit]

A vampiric Clan Mother summons sanguine blood creatures

Khajiit[edit]

Sanguine is known to the Khajiit as "Sangiin": the Blood Cat, the Blood God of the Second Litter,[32] or the God of Death and Secret Murder.[33] According to the writings of Amun-dro, Sangiin is not evil by nature, but his sphere distracts Khajiit from the Path.[32] His sphere encourages people to seek out the urges of blood and pleasure without purpose.[32][34] "Sangiin's Midnight" is the term for when both moons are dark, and bright crimson red claw polish is used during this time.[35] His worship is hidden from the Cat's Eye, Magrus.[33] He is prayed to in secrecy in forbidden shrines.[36] Sangiin grants those born under the sign of The Serpent the gift of swift mending.[37] Wrist sheaths crafted from black leather have prayers to Sangiin written with metallic ink on the inside.[38] The trickster god Rajhin is said to have had a drinking contest with Sanguine.[39] It is alleged that Sangiin was the one who gave Khajiit the secret of wine by spilling the blood of the grapes.[40]

He is said to tempt Khajiit by making their flesh immortal.[32] Though of a darker nature, they are still drawn by his promise of filling their cups and tasting life as Sangiin desires.[41] There exists a number of Khajiiti vampire clans that worship Sangiin, so the promises of immortality likely entail being given the gift of vampirism.[42] The clans bind their spines in leather and gird their loins, as Sangiin does before a tempestuous night.[43] Vampire clans who are devoted to Sangiin often perform blood sacrifices. Their thralls may be driven to kill themselves[44] to bring forth a Hemo Helot, an orb of blood used in rituals or to empower vampires.[45] Powerful vampires can use Blood Magic to summon blood specters, and may do so while invoking Sangiin's name.[46][47]

A Sanguine's Rose Red Lip Tint

Worship[edit]

Sanguine's worshipers drink, dance and make love to honor him.[48][19] They may wear a red lipstick to proclaim their dedicated commitment to passion,[49] and breed goats with eldritch glowing eyes to partake in their Daedric rituals.[50] 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.[29][51] 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.[52] Attendants of the Temple of Dibella may also be invited to their parties for extra company.[21] In Cyrodiil, those seeking to speak with Sanguine usually offer a bottle of Cyrodiilic Brandy to one of his shrines.[48] 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,[53] a portmanteau of carnal and carnival.

To the Ayleids, Sanguine was known as the Blood-Made-Pleasure.[2] Those from the kingdoms that worshipped the more malevolent Daedric Princes were known to indulge in the pleasures of art-torture, such as flesh-sculpting and gut-gardening.[54] An ancient Ayleid manuscript of Eldhaal the Inducer describes him being overseen and guided by Sanguine in these heinous arts, particularly in the creation of the "Messenger Beast Redeemed".[2]

The Reachmen have no use for Princes such as Sanguine and Clavicus Vile.[16]

History[edit]

Although the term "sanguine" means a crimson or bloody red liquid,[55] the definition of the word is actually based off Sanguine's name, as the names of Daedra predate the concepts they connote.[56] 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.[57] 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]

An emblem representing Sanguine

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.[26] That same year, Sanguine was recognized as a public menace by the authorities in Stormhold, and a bounty was put out for his cultists.[58] Stormhold's citizens knew to stay away from the nearby temple to Sanguine.[59] 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.[60] Sanguine himself manifested in Tamriel for the Jester' Festival, taking on the alias of a Breton named "Samuel Gourone". Seeking to liven up the celebrations for his fellow prince Sheogorath, he had one of the festival goers compel a group of Daedra to perform as minstrels. Naturally, after the performance, the gathering almost turned into bloodshed before an act of absurd divine intervention turned the Daedra into confetti, presumably banishing them back to where they came.[61]

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.[62] 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.[19][63] 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.[64]

Artifacts[edit]

Death Dealer's Fete[edit]

Death Dealer's Fete

The Death Dealer's Fete is a signet ring associated with the Daedric Prince Sanguine. The ring is cursed, allowing one to hear a glimpse of some revelry in the dead of night, full of laughter and anguished screams. Its enchantment, Escalating Fete, invigorates the wielder during conflicts, increasing higher the longer they are locked into combat. Its intended purpose is believed to be for preventing exhaustion when performing a sort of rigorous activity Sanguine's followers partake in.

It is believed to have been forged in the mid-First Era, and like many rings of that time, has a crude fastening system with heavy handed smithing that makes its silver prongs near unbreakable. The artifact's power comes from the various components that make up the ring's anatomy. The prongs themselves serve as conduits for siphoning magicka. They hold the center stone, an excessively huge and asymmetrical blood-red ruby that is warm to the touch and resonates with great power. The ring's shank is designed for discomfort, as it features minuscule barbs. This design choice is also present within other rings that Sanguine gives to mortals that attend his parties. These rings were enchanted to unexpectedly tighten to prevent exhaustion, though it is unknown if the Fete itself also has this enchantment. The base contains a faded inscription which, when touched, inspires reckless indulgence. The bridge was sculpted to resemble a fanged maw; its open spaces are thought to have once held jewels.

Sanguine Rose (Skyrim)

Sanguine Rose[edit]

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

Threads of the Webspinner[edit]

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[edit]

One of 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.

Servants[edit]

Several varieties of Daedra are known to serve Sanguine. Among them are Ogrim, Dremora, Dark Seducers,[65] Banekin and Scamps.[66][67] The Ogrim serve as bouncers at Sanguine's parties.[66]

Sangiin's Thirst is known to manifest as bloody spectres resembling Khajiiti gargoyles.[68] Blood can also be animated in the form of orbs called Hemo Helots or moving coagulant slimes.[45]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide — David Hodgson
  2. ^ a b c Masterwork of the Inducer
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: InvocationImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  4. ^ The Book of Daedra
  5. ^ a b The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
  6. ^ a b Additional Dialogue regarding Sanguine's Quest in Daggerfall
  7. ^ Sanguine's appearance when summoned in Daggerfall
  8. ^ Appearance of Sanguine's shrine in Oblivion
  9. ^ a b Lord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions 2Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius
  10. ^ a b c Oblivion Faction data in Daggerfall
  11. ^ The House of Dibella faction in Daggerfall
  12. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  13. ^ Loading screen in Skyrim
  14. ^ The Vile Truth of BarbasPelagius Habor, Council Daedrologist-in-Residence, Imperial City
  15. ^ Baseekus's dialogue in ESO
  16. ^ a b Arthenice Belloq Answers Your QuestionsArthenice Belloq
  17. ^ Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your QuestionsLyranth the Foolkiller
  18. ^ Argues-with-Frogs's dialogue in ESO
  19. ^ a b c Events of Sanguine's quest in Oblivion
  20. ^ Chee-Saak's dialogue in ESO
  21. ^ a b Sanguine's Revelers Note
  22. ^ Events of Life of the Party in ESO
  23. ^ Sheogorath's dialogue in Shivering Isles
  24. ^ a b Sings-with-Drink's dialogue during Life of the Party
  25. ^ Deroh-Metaku's dialogue in ESO
  26. ^ a b Seducer Trilvath's dialogue during Foreign Vintage
  27. ^ The Aldmeri Spies' dialogue in ESO
  28. ^ a b Galmon's NoteGalmon
  29. ^ a b Vivrun Radus's dialogue in ESO
  30. ^ Fa-Nuit-Hen's dialogue
  31. ^ Bottle of Rare "Sanguine's Rose" Perfume item description in ESO
  32. ^ a b c d The Worldly SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  33. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The KhajiitBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  34. ^ Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  35. ^ Bottle of Red Claw Polish item description in ESO
  36. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ElsweyrFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  37. ^ Hanubina-ko's dialogue in ESO
  38. ^ Wrist Prayer Sheath of Sangiin contraband item in ESO
  39. ^ Rajhin's Final Cups item description in ESO
  40. ^ Sereyne's dialogue in ESO
  41. ^ Enough Kitten Play! — Kun'dabi
  42. ^ The Hollowfang Clan's devotion to Sangiin and tendency to swear by Sangiin in The Elder Scrolls Online
  43. ^ Crafting Motif 78: Moongrave Fane StyleClan Mother Nisaazda
  44. ^ Sacrificial Helot's actions and Dro'zakar's dialogue in ESO
  45. ^ a b Dro'zakar's abilities in ESO
  46. ^ Nisaazda's dialogue in ESO
  47. ^ Nisaazda's abilities in ESO
  48. ^ a b Engorm's dialogue in Oblivion
  49. ^ Sanguine's Rose Red Lip Tint description
  50. ^ Sanguine's Black Goat pet description in ESO
  51. ^ Ashni's dialogue in Oblivion
  52. ^ Speaker Terenus's dialogue about Alard Cerone in ESO
  53. ^ Persistence of Daedric VenerationLady Cinnabar of Taneth
  54. ^ Daedra Worship: The AyleidsPhrastus of Elinhir
  55. ^ Dervenin's dialogue in Shivering Isles
  56. ^ N'Gasta's dialogue in Redguard
  57. ^ On OblivionMorian Zenas
  58. ^ The Sanguine Cult
  59. ^ Beek-Nei's dialogue in ESO
  60. ^ Nisaazda's JournalNisaazda
  61. ^ Getting the Band Together quest in ESO
  62. ^ Martin Septim's dialogue in Oblivion
  63. ^ Pranks Spoils Society Gathering!
  64. ^ Events of A Night To Remember in Skyrim
  65. ^ Seducer Trilvath's role as one of Sanguine's minions in ESO
  66. ^ a b Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your QuestionsLyranth the Foolkiller
  67. ^ The types of Daedra that appear in Sanguine's Demesne in The Elder Scrolls Online
  68. ^ Sangiin's Thirst in ESO
  69. ^ The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Official Game Guide — Peter Olafson

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.

  1. ^ ESO Writing Team AUA
  2. ^ Mad God's Masque and Bellicose Ball
  3. ^ Priestess Phaziyya of The Temple of the Divines, Ska'vyn - New Life Festival Interview
  4. ^ Imperial Census of Daedra LordsImperial Geographic Survey