Ahzidal () is a dragon priest whose name translates to the "embittered destroyer" in the dragon language. Legends call him the first great Nord enchanter and the first human to master elven methods of arcane magic. Along with Zahkriisos, Dukaan and Vahlok, he is one of the four such priests found on Solstheim.
The man that would become Ahzidal grew up in the first Nordic city of Saarthal during the late Merethic Era. As a child, it was clear to his tutors he had an aptitude for magic and because of it he was mistreated by his peers. As he grew, his skill vastly surpassed that of his kind. With nothing more to learn in Saarthal, he left his wife and child to train under the elven masters.
He returned to Saarthal several years later, only to find his hometown had been sacked by the native Snow Elves who had lived in peace with his kind for many years. Enraged, he took the name Ahzidal meaning the "embittered destroyer" and swore revenge against them.
Years passed and Ahzidal traveled the land and studied deeper into the arcane arts, biding his time. From the Dwemer, he learned the seven natures of metal and how to harmonize them. From the Ayleids, the ancient runes and dawn-magic. He sought out knowledge from the Snow Elves, Chimer, and Altmer, taking what he could from each, all the while plotting how he might turn that knowledge against them.
When he heard that Ysgramor had arrived from Atmora seeking revenge for the sack of Saarthal, Ahzidal offered his services to his army. Imbued with the magical powers Ahzidal had given them, Ysgramor's army decimated the Snow Elves and the oath of the "embittered destroyer" was finally fulfilled.
However, in his lust for knowledge and power, Ahzidal had become corrupted, eventually falling into madness with his obsession. Not satisfied with the knowledge of man and mer, he sought out the secrets of dragon-runes, which eventually led him to join the ranks of the dragon priests. Even this was not enough, though, and eventually Ahzidal turned his focus to the planes of Oblivion.
In his lust for power and knowledge Ahzidal finally lost himself, falling victim to his own pursuit of perfection. Eventually, he fled to Solstheim and was sealed in the depths of Kolbjorn Barrow, together with the last of his relics.
Ahzidal is encountered in Kolbjorn Barrow during the quest Unearthed. From his tomb, he corrupted the mind of Ralis Sedarys and influenced him to excavate his crypt and release him from his entombment.
Ahzidal is a fire-based Dragon Priest, and the mask he wears augments his destructive fire magic considerably. To aid himself in combat, he can reanimate the dead bodies scattered throughout the room. Draugr of various levels will join the fray as well.
- Magic Resistance
- Augmented Flames
- Ward Absorb
- Twin Souls
- Mage Armor
- In contrast to the purple clothes of the other dragon priests, Ahzidal's robes are green.
|Skyrim||Hevnoraak • Krosis • Morokei • Nahkriin • Otar the Mad • Rahgot • Vokun • Volsung|
|Dragonborn||Ahzidal • Dukaan • Miraak • Vahlok the Jailor • Zahkriisos|