Lore:Sword of Jyggalag

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Sword of Jyggalag (Skyrim)
"He doesn't even carry a cane! More the giant, bone-cleaving sword type of Prince."Sheogorath[1]

The Sword of Jyggalag is a Daedric artifact created by Jyggalag, the Prince of Order. It takes the form of a giant claymore of perfect symmetry, made of a silver crystalline material that is similar to the longswords wielded by the Knights of Order. It has been compared to the Staff of Sheogorath,[1] although it is unknown if the sword holds as much symbolic power. It has a unique enchantment that allows those that gaze upon its edge to see the past, present, and future flow as one.[2]

History[edit]

The sword was originally wielded by Jyggalag himself. Despite his absence and obscurity, replicas of the sword were in existence circa 2E 582.[3] During the Greymarch of 3E 433, Jyggalag used the sword in his final assault on the Palace of Sheogorath, where he was defeated by Sheogorath's mortal Champion. Free of his curse, Jyggalag departed the realm to roam the voids of Oblivion, and his sword was placed in the palace's throne room as a trophy.[4]

Sometime in the Fourth Era,nb1 Sheogorath attempted to suppress all memories of Jyggalag, and destroyed all traces of him, save for his librarian Dyus and the Sword of Jyggalag, which was lost to him.[5] In order to force an audience with Sheogorath, the Dunmer Talym Rend, under the guidance of Dyus, was directed to the last remnant of Jyggalag, a surviving Obelisk of Order. There Talym defeated the remnants of order, and recovered the Sword of Jyggalag.[6] The sword managed to give him an audience with Sheogorath.[7]

On the 2nd of First Seed, 4E 200, a Tamrielic mage named Thoron came into contact with a lump of Sheogorath-shaped amber, granting him a vision of the lands of Mania.[2] As he subsequently descended into manic insanity, Thoron began collecting items related to the Shivering Isles from all over Skyrim, hoping to use their connection with the realm to once again reach Mania.[2] In 4th of First Seed, 4E 200, Thoron set up a camp near Solitude's rock arch, but a dire situation would occur whilst he was trying to connect once again with Mania. He would accidently summon the powerful Golden Saint Staada, and thus was forced to flee. He relocated to Solitude's sewers, where he discovered a manifestation of the Shivering Isles had taken shape in the form of a Root Tunnel deep within the sewer system. It was complete with an ecosystem like the Shivering Isles containing Elytra, Flame Stalks, and corrupted spriggans that had taken characteristics similar to Gnarls. From his newfound lair, he hired bandits to retrieve for him artifacts originating from the Isles, and by the 15th of Midyear, 4E 201, Thoron had come into possession of the Sword of Jyggalag. It began to reveal to him a method by which the barriers between Tamriel and the Shivering Isles could be broken. From deep within the root tunnels, he cut a deeper wound in between Tamriel and the Shivering Isles, allowing items from the Isles, such as madness ore and amber, to appear all over the province in seemingly impossible locations.[8] The Sword ultimately tried to manipulate Thoron into helping it break through into the Shivering Isles, seeking its destruction.[2] His ritual was stopped circa 4E 201 by the Last Dragonborn, who killed Thoron and removed the Sword from the heart of the burgeoning Root system.[9] Staada subsequently learned of the Dragonborn thwarting Thoron's machinations, and wrote to them to arrange a meeting.[10] She requested the item Thoron used as the focus of his rituals, although the details of this proposed exchange are unknown. Indeed, it is unknown if the Dragonborn traded the Sword (or a different item), or instead chose to bind and summon her using powerful Conjuration magic.[11]

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Notes[edit]

  • nb1Dyus's dialogue in Oblivion's expansion, Shivering Isles, states that the Champion of Cyrodiil is the first person he has seen since he was first confined in Knifepoint Hollow, suggesting that Talym's journey, and retrieval of the Sword of Jyggalag, took place after the events of Shivering Isles.

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sheogorath's dialogue
  2. ^ a b c d Thoron's Journal — Thoron
  3. ^ Elder Scrolls Artifact: Sword of Jyggalag Outfit style in ESO
  4. ^ Events of Shivering Isles
  5. ^ Dialogue in the mission The Warrior in Isle of Madness
  6. ^ Dialogue in the mission Obelisk of Order in Isle of Madness
  7. ^ Events of Isle of Madness
  8. ^ Note on Amber and Madness Ore
  9. ^ Restoring Order quest from the Saints & Seducers Creation
  10. ^ A Request to MeetStaada
  11. ^ Conflicting choices at the end of Saints & Seducers