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Lore:Hlaalu Helseth

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After becoming King, Helseth quickly started to cement his hold on power by using the [[Lore:Dark Brotherhood|Dark Brotherhood]] to assassinate a variety of targets, including attempting to kill the recently reborn [[Lore:Nerevarine|Nerevarine]], though according to Helseth this was a mistake - and one which backfired heavily, since the entire newly-formed Mournhold chapter of the Brotherhood was wiped out when the Nerevarine pursued the attacks back to their source. The truthfulness of Helseth's apology is suspect, as there was another attempt on the Nerevarine's life while guarding Queen Barenziah for the new King. Strangely, King Helseth tends to play up his habit of assassination, as he was one of the driving forces to publish ''[[Lore:A_Game_at_Dinner|A Game at Dinner]]'', a book that accuses him of murder.
In a shrewd political maneuver, King Helseth, representing his own [[Lore:House Hlaalu|House Hlaalu]], formed an alliance with [[Lore:House Dres|House Dres]].{{ref|name=OBRumors|[[Oblivion:Radiant Conversations#Locations|Rumors]] in [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}} Subsequently, he renounced the slave trade,{{ref|name=PGE3M|{{Cite bookBook|PGE|3|Morrowind}}}} setting the remaining Houses of {{Lore Link|Indoril}} and {{Lore Link|Redoran}} against him in a bloody civil war. Helseth emerged from the war battered, but without the loss of his essential powers, leaving the slave trade generally destroyed, and slavery without a foothold in all of Tamriel, although the practice persists in remote areas away from Mournhold. However, after the successive catastrophes of the {{Lore Link|Oblivion Crisis}}, the {{Lore Link|Red Year}}, the {{Lore Link|Argonian}} invasion and the break-up of the Empire which had backed him, at some point during the next 200 years House Hlaalu fell from prominence and Redoran became the new preeminent house. Neither Helseth nor Barenziah's fate after these calamities is known.<noinclude>

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