Lore:Savior's Hide

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Savior's Hide, also known as Scourge of the Oathbreaker,[1] is a Daedric artifact commonly associated with Hircine.[2][3] The name Savior's Hide is usually associated with just the cuirass, but a full set of the hide once existed (boots, cuirass, gauntlets, greaves, helmet, and pauldrons), though the rest of the items have not been seen since 3E 399.[4] The cuirass makes the wearer resistant to magic.[2]

There are two creation stories to the Hide, the widely known one crediting Hircine and the lesser known one crediting Malacath.[2][5] Of the two stories the one involving Hircine has more truth, as the story crediting Malacath claims that the armor as a whole makes the wearer vulnerable to magic and invulnerable to the blow of an oathbreaker. It agrees on the point that the Hide would protect the wearer from the sting of the Spear of Bitter Mercy.[5] The more widely known legend holds that Hircine rewarded the first and only mortal to escape his Hunting Grounds with his peeled Hide. The mortal then had the Hide tailored into the cuirass for use in their adventures. This version also holds that the cuirass has a special ability to resist magic.[2]

Sometime before 3E 172 Chimere Graegyn, a retainer of the Direnni clan, came into possession of the full set of armor. He used it to protect himself when tricking Mehrunes Dagon and gaining immortality. Unfortunately for him it only protected him against Dagon's direct physical retaliation; instead Dagon formed an interpretation of the pact that allowed him to destroy Chimere's hometown and cast the town, the island it was built on (Caecilly Island), and Chimere into the Void. For some unknown reason he split the armor up and hid it in pieces all across the island. In 3E 389, when Dagon invaded the Battlespire, an unnamed apprentice of the Shadow Legion fought their way through many realms of Oblivion and eventually stumbled upon the island, unwittingly becoming Prey in the Wild Hunt which was being held at the time. After talking to Chimere and assembling the six pieces of the Savior's Hide they obtained the Spear of Bitter Mercy needed to defeat the Huntsman and depart from the realm. The Apprentice went on to use the Hide to defeat Dagon along with another artifact, the Sword of Moon Reiver.[6]

By 3E 427 Divayth Fyr, a member of House Telvanni in Morrowind, who was the caretaker of the Corprusarium under Tel Fyr and also a collector or artifacts, had acquired the Hide. The Nerevarine obtained the item while adhering to Divayth's strange hobby of allowing his collection to be pilfered under certain circumstances.[7] In 3E 433 the Champion of Cyrodiil obtained the Hide after fulfilling Hircine's request to kill the last unicorn in Cyrodiil.[8] In 4E 201 a werewolf named Sinding stole the Ring of Hircine in an attempt to control his transformations. However, this plan backfired when Hircine cursed the ring, causing Sinding to transform at random, which led to him killing a child and ending up in jail. Soon after, the Last Dragonborn met Sinding, who asked the Dragonborn to take the Ring and free it from its curse by hunting the White Stag, before escaping from jail. Hircine then requested that the Last Dragonborn hunt Sinding down and tear the skin from his body. After confronting Sinding a second time, the Last Dragonborn was left with the choice to kill him in order to receive Hircine's favor and the Savior's Hide, or to kill the other hunters trying to get Hircine's favor and the uncursed ring. It is unknown which option the Last Dragonborn chose, only that Hircine was pleased with the results.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Savior's Hide Note — Chimere Graegyn
  2. ^ a b c d Tamrielic LoreYagrum Bagarn
  3. ^ Modern HereticsHaderus of Gottlesfont
  4. ^ Chimere's Notes about the Armor of the Savior's Hide — Chimere Graegyn
  5. ^ a b Tal Marog Ker's ResearchesTal Marog Ker
  6. ^ The events of Battlespire
  7. ^ Divayth Fyr's dialogue in Morrowind.
  8. ^ The events of Oblivion.
  9. ^ The events of Skyrim
  10. ^ Hircine's dialogue in Skyrim.