Daedric Princes (sometimes referred to as Daedra Lords, or The Old Gods by Reachmen) are the most powerful of the Daedra and thus most commonly worshipped by mortals as deities. While Daedra can manifest as either male or female (being in reality genderless), all of these high Daedra are typically referred to as "Princes." In all, there are sixteen widely known Princes, with a "seventeenth" prince, Jyggalag, created following the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, at the end of the Third Era.
The Daedra Princes are those et'ada who, when Lorkhan proposed the creation of Mundus, did not take part but rather created domains out of themselves in Oblivion. There are also accounts of other et'ada becoming Deadric Princes after the creation of Mundus, which also involves the creation of their own realm of Oblivion.
Throughout Tamriel's history, mortals have frequently summoned Daedric princes, for worship, study or to make deals. These typically involve some sort of bargain with the Prince in question, but not always. It should be noted that dealing with the Princes sometimes causes changes in appearance, such as black dots in the white of eyes or strange eye color.
Each Daedric Prince holds some degree of "patronage" over a physical, philosophical, or metaphysical concept or state of being. The varied and wide range of these aspects has nurtured a devoted following among the mortals that hold them as figures of worship- either in spite of or in reaction to the teaching of the Divines. While some of the Princes are unconcerned for the well being of their followers, with some actively causing harm to them by some means, other Daedric Princes have been known to both reward and actively protect their followers.
Known Daedric Princes
- Azura – A Prince who maintains/draws power from the balance of night and day, light and dark
- Boethiah – The Prince of deceit, secrecy, conspiracy, treason, and unlawful overthrow of authority
- Clavicus Vile – The Prince of deals, pacts, power, bargains, and serenity through wish fulfillment.
- Hermaeus Mora – The formless Daedric Prince of knowledge and memory, seeks to possess all that is knowable
- Hircine – The Prince of the hunt, sport, the Great Game, and the Chase
- Jyggalag – The Prince of logical order and deduction, upholds strict order above all else
- Malacath – The Prince whose sphere is the patronage of the spurned and ostracized
- Mehrunes Dagon – The Prince of destruction, violent upheaval, energy, and mortal ambition
- Mephala – The Prince of unknown plots and obfuscation, a master manipulator, a sewer of discord
- Meridia – The Prince of the energies of all living things, enemy of the undead and all who disrupt the flow of life
- Molag Bal – The Prince of domination and spiritual enslavement, seeks to ensnare souls within his domain
- Namira – The Prince of the "ancient darkness," the patron of all things considered repulsive
- Nocturnal – The Prince of the night and darkness, the patron of all things secretive
- Peryite – The Taskmaster, the Daedric Prince of Pestilence, desires order in his domain
- Sanguine – The Prince of hedonism, debauchery, and the further indulgences of one's darker nature
- Sheogorath – The infamous Prince of Madness, whose motives are unknowable
- Vaermina – The Prince of dreams and nightmares, a deliverer of evil omens and dark portents
Azura is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is dusk and dawn. Azura is always depicted as a female, and is also known as "Mother of the Rose," "Queen of the Night Sky," and the Anticipation of Sotha Sil. Azura has Azura's Star as her artifact. Azura is one of the few Daedra who might be considered "good" by mortal standards, due to her concern for her followers' well-being. Azura's plane is known as Moonshadow, a realm said to be too beautiful for mortals to comprehend. The lesser Daedra Winged Twilights are her messengers.
It was Azura who told Nerevar that Dagoth Ur's knowledge of the Heart of Lorkhan was accurate. This caused a war with the Dwemer, from which the Chimer emerged the victor, and the Dwemer did not emerge at all. Later, when the Tribunal of Vivec, Almalexia and Sotha Sil used the power of the Heart of Lorkhan to make themselves gods and thus breaking their oath to Azura, Azura cursed the Chimer with dark greyish skin and red eyes, thus making them Dunmer. and claimed that she would cause Nerevar to be reborn and that she would make things right again. Later, Azura aided the Nerevarine in defeating Dagoth Ur and toppling the Tribunal Temple. Azura is also credited for making the Khajiit from Bosmer stock in Elsweyr.
Boethiah is the Prince of Plots, who rules over deceit, conspiracy, secret plots of murder, assassination, treason, and unlawful overthrow of authority. Boethiah is depicted (often female) as a great caped warrior, often taking a stoic pose and is also known as the Anticipation of Almalexia. Attribution’s Share is the Plane of Boethiah; she frequently holds the Tournament of Ten Bloods in said Plane.[OOG 1]
Boethiah is the original god-ancestor of the Dunmer. She guided the Chimer to renounced all ties to the Aldmer and led them, through the prophet Veloth, to the land of Morrowind. She is seen by the Dunmer as the beginning of their civilisation, and is credited by them as the fount of inspiration for many cultural achievements.
Clavicus Vile is the Daedric prince whose sphere is the granting of power and wishes through ritual invocations and pacts. Clavicus has a companion named Barbas, who may be a distinct part of Vile while being part of his being. While capable of selective shape-shifting, the form it assumes most of the time is that of a dog, among others. Clavicus himself is depicted as a jovial fellow with horns protruding from his forehead. Clavicus Vile is also noted to be one of the patrons of Cyrodiil's clan of vampires.
Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge and memory. His sphere is the scrying of the tides of fate, of the past and future as read in the stars and heaven, and in his dominion are the treasures of knowledge and memory. His realm is known as the Apocrypha, an endless library where all forbidden knowledge may be found.He may be the "Woodland Man" of Atmoran myth who nearly persuaded the Nords to become Aldmer; the secondary set of his name, Mora, is one word for "wood," "woodland," or "tree(s)" in Aldmeris.
Hermaeus Mora most commonly appears as a rotund mass of tentacles with an abundance of eyes and four disproportionately large lobster-like claws, although he also appears as a void out of which tentacles appear.
Hircine is the Daedric prince whose sphere is the Hunt, the Sport of Daedra, the Great Game, and the Chase; he is known as the Huntsman and the Father of Manbeasts. Hircine created the various lycanthropic diseases which transform mortals into beasts, and is, therefore, the fatherof were-creatures. His plane of Oblivion is known as the Hunting Grounds.[source?]
Hircine's statue depicts him as a physically fit man whose whole head is obscured by a deer skull with long antlers. He is armed with a great spear and has a companion wolf. The Reachmen consider that he has five aspects, which relate to a variety of animals and hunters. Hircine communicates directly with were-creatrures, and he has been known to give them tasks and rewards. The lesser Daedra, Herne, are also affiliated with him.
Hircine's artifacts are all associated with hunting or lycanthropy in some way. The Cuirass of the Savior's Hide was allegedly gifted to a mortal after they escaped Hircine's realm, while the Spear of Bitter Mercy is an artifact used in a Daedric hunting ritual, and is seen by the Reachmen as Hircine's own weapon. Hircine's Ring can be used to temporarily bestow lycanthropy on the wearer.
Jyggalag is the Prince of Order, and is one of the more obscure princes. He was cursed by the other Daedric Princes, who were allegedly afraid of him, to become Sheogorath, only returning to his original form during the Greymarch. He is depicted as a crystaline knight.
Malacath is the Daedric prince whose sphere is the patronage of the spurned and ostracized, the keeper of the Sworn Oath, and the Bloody Curse. He forms one corner of the House of Troubles in Dunmer religion, as well as being a particular enemy of the Nords. Malacath is also called Malouch by Orcs and Orkey or the Old Knocker by Nords, who blame him for stealing mankind's long lifespans. Malacath spurns physical weakness.
He was created when Boethiah ate the Aedra Trinimac, which also transformed his followers into orcs. Malacath is not recognized as a Daedric Prince by his peers, which fits his sphere perfectly. Some orcs consider him not to be a Daedra but a demon, instead worshipping Trinimac.
The Ashpit is Malacath's realm and is known as to be a harsh place, consisting only of dust, palaces of smoke, and vaporous creatures.
Malacath's Daedric artifacts tend to be subversions of another artifact, or turned against the Daedra themselves. His hammer Volendrung was originally made by the Dwemer, and the Scourge is noted to be particularly effective when used against other Daedra. Some sources also claim that he was the one who forged the Savior's Hide.
Mehrunes Dagon is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition. He is associated with natural dangers like fire, earthquakes, and floods. He is an especially important deity in Morrowind, where he represents its near-inhospitable terrain, and is part of the House of Troubles. In most cultures, however, Dagon is merely a god of bloodshed and betrayal. Dagon's plane of Oblivion is a place of perpetual torture, and is also said to be a blasted landscape.
Of all the Daedric Princes, Mehrunes Dagon seems to have the most animosity towards Nirn's species. Given his nature (Prince of Destruction), along with the fact that Daedra truly cannot be destroyed, the only entities he can practice destruction on are mortals. He assisted Jagar Tharn in his temporary usurpation of the Imperial throne by invading and seized control of the Battlespire, the purpose of this being to cripple the capacity of the Imperial College of Battlemages, which presented a threat to Tharn's power as Emperor.
Dagon invaded Tamriel at the end of the Third Era, precipitating the Oblivion Crisis, where he materialised fully on Tamriel before ultimately being defeated by the Hero of Kvatch and Martin Septim.
Dagon's most celebrated artifact is his Razor, which was said to have been made in Lyg by the Magna Ge. He is also associated with the Daedric Crescents, used by his forces in the invasion of the Battlespire, after which all but one of them were destroyed.
Mephala is a Daedric Prince known by the names Webspinner, Spinner, Spider, and is associated with sex and secret murder by the Dunmer, and is the Anticipation of Vivec. Her realm of Oblivion is known as the Spiral Skein.
The Morag Tong is a cult of assassins that was, at least initially, devoted to her worship. she is also associated with the Spider Daedra, although she may not have complete control over them.
Meridia is associated with the energies of living things, and bears a special hatred for the undead. Her realm is known as the Colored Rooms. She is associated with a race of lesser Daedra known as Aurorans, and was the patron of Umaril and the Ayleids.
Meridia is mentioned in some sources alongside the Star Orphans, and is considered by some to be formerly of the Magna Ge, but created her own realm of Oblivion by bending the light of Magnus through some form of lens. Hoever, there are accounts which question her association with the Magna Ge.
Molag Bal is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is the domination and enslavement of mortals. His realm is called Coldharbour, a twisted dark imitation of Tamriel. He is associated with many forms of domination, and is known by some as the King of Rape. He forms one corner of the House of Troubles in Dunmeri theology. He also has a rivalry with Boethiah.
Namira is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is the ancient darkness. She is associated with all things generally considered repulsive, including various creatures such as spiders or slugs and disease that cause any kind of unattractive physical abnormalities. This also includes beggars and their various attributes. According to Khajiit theology, she has a connection to the Heart of Lorkhaj.
Nocturnal is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is the night and darkness, also known as the Night Mistress. She is said to not court worshippers, treating them with indifference, although it also seems that the Nightingales are her sworn servants. In addition to literal darkness, her sphere also encompasses the darkness of mystery and unknowing. She is also on occasion called the sister of Azura.
Peryite, also known as the Taskmaster, is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is Pestilence, and he is charged with ordering the lowest levels of Oblivion. He is often depicted as a green dragon.
Sanguine is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is hedonistic revelry, debauchery, and passionate indulgences of darker natures. He often appears on the seals and signs of brothels and whore-houses.
In Morrowind, it is revealed by the Grandmaster of the Morag Tong, Eno Hlaalu, that Sanguine crafted 27 items for Mephala collectively termed the "Threads of the Webspinner." If the Hero collects all 27 items and returns them to Hlaalu, they receive the Mephala's Blessing spell.
In Oblivion, if the Hero visits his shrine and gives him a bottle of Cyrodilic Brandy, he sends the Hero of Kvatch on a quest to play a prank on a noble and her guests at a party. If successful, Sanguine gives the Hero of Kvatch the Sanguine Rose, a staff that can summon a random Daedra on a target.
In Skyrim, the Dragonborn can also obtain the staff, this time by completing the quest "A Night to Remember." In its Skyrim incarnation, the staff summons a Daedra when aimed at the ground, the staff's summoning range is not far and the summoning does not happen when jumping, swimming or "riding." The latter comes with a DLC.
Sheogorath savors the act of driving mortals insane or making them perform actions that may be seen as trivial or silly. Sheogorath speaks with an almost exaggerated Scottish accent in the Shivering Isles. His favored weapon for mortals is the staff Wabbajack, which can transform any living NPC creature into another random creature.
Another artifact known as the Staff of the Everscamp, which the owner cannot discard, causes the owner to be constantly followed by four scamps. There is also a region in Morrowind named after him, Sheogorad. There are many Daedric shrines there, many of which are shrines built specifically for his followers to worship him. As the Madgod, Sheogorath himself considers madness to be a form of mercy for those who would otherwise not function in the world — "a bitter mercy, perhaps, but a mercy nonetheless."
Some sources state that Sheogorath came into existence with Nirn as the "Sithis-shaped hole in the world." However, it is learned in Shivering Isles that the other Daedric Princes feared the Daedric Prince of Order (Jyggalag) was becoming too powerful, and so they cursed him into a body of madness (Sheogorath), everything he stood against. Though Sheogorath seems to prefer this new existence and to care in his own way for the residents of the Shivering Isles, Jyggalag is nonetheless able to return at the end of every era, leading a "Greymarch" (destruction of the realm using the Knights of Order). The curse would then revert him to Sheogorath, leaving Sheogorath to once again re-assemble his realm.
Not wanting to see his beloved Shivering Isles destroyed again by the Greymarch, Sheogorath called for a champion from Nirn. At the end of the 3rd Era, Jyggalag was struck down by Sheogorath's Champion. With this, the Greymarch was ended prematurely, releasing Jyggalag from the cycle, and the Hero was crowned the new "Sheogorath."  Jyggalag says that the hero may one day grow into their new role.
Sheogorath reappears in Skyrim in the quest, "The Mind of Madness," which has an improved Wabbajack as its reward. He makes references to the Oblivion Crisis, stating that he had a personal involvement, possibly revealing that he is indeed the Hero of Kvatch ascended to godhood.
Vaermina is a Daedric Prince whose sphere is the realm of dreams and nightmares, and from whose realm issues forth evil omens. Some have also claimed her sphere ties somehow to torture. Vaermina is depicted as a grotesque old woman. Her plane of Oblivion is "Quagmire."It is described as a nightmare realm, where every few minutes reality shifts and becomes ever more horrifying.
In Oblivion, the Hero is tasked with retrieving an orb of Vaermina's that was stolen by a powerful warlock held up in a remote tower. The reward item granted to the protagonist in Oblivion is the Skull of Corruption, a staff imbued with the power to create a temporary evil clone of an NPC that lasts for half a minute. She is credited with telling Molag Bal the cure for Vampirism in Morrowind.
In Skyrim, in the quest "Waking Nightmare," the Dragonborn must save the people of Dawnstar from nightmares caused by Vaermina's shrine. The Skull of Corruption reappears, and may be the Dragonborn's reward, depending on his or her actions (the opportunity is clearly presented). Despite appearing in the previous game, the staff has a completely different effect.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Monomyth
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 The Doors of Oblivion
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Exegesis of Merid-Nunda - Phrastus of Elinhir
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 On Oblivion
- ↑ The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn - dialogue with Neloth
- ↑ 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 The Book of Daedra
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Invocation of Azura
- ↑ Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Part XI: Azura and the Box - Marobar Sul
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Anticipations
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Darkest Darkness
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Nerevar at Red Mountain - Tribunal Temple
- ↑ The Changed Ones
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Varieties of Faith in the Empire - Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 Tamrielic Lore
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls: Legends
- ↑ The Story of Lyrisius - Bresne Smythe
- ↑ The Vile Truth of Barbas - Pelagius Habor
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie
- ↑ Feyfolken II - Waughin Jarth
- ↑ Before the Ages of Man - Aicantar of Shimerene
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- ↑ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - dialogue with Hermaeus Mora
- ↑ An Accounting of Werewolves - Sage Svari of Fallowstone Hall
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Aspects of Lord Hircine - Juno Procillus
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
- ↑ The Posting of the Hunt
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles - dialogue with Jyggalag
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 The House of Troubles
- ↑ The True Nature of Orcs
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Orsinium — Imperial Geographical Society
- ↑ What is Volendrung? - Gurour
- ↑ The Legendary Scourge
- ↑ Tal Marog Ker's Researches - Tal Marog Ker
- ↑ To All Who Pass Through - Dutheil, Artisan of Oblivion
- ↑ 2920, Sun's Dusk, v11
- ↑ A Brief History of Ald Sotha - Varlinsi Arandu
- ↑ Mythic Dawn Commentaries 4 - Mankar Camoran
- ↑ Vivec and Mephala
- ↑ Rumors of the Spiral Skein - The Derisive Necromite
- ↑ Fire and Darkness
- ↑ The Obsidian Husk
- ↑ With Regards to the Ebony Blade
- ↑ The Song of Pelinal, Book III - On His Enemy
- ↑ Loremaster's Archive: Rituals of the Divines
- ↑ The Library of Dusk: Rare Books
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls: Online
- ↑ 52.0 52.1 52.2 The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- ↑ Loremaster's Archive: Glorious Upheaval
- ↑ 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 14
- ↑ A Life Barbaric and Brutal - Arthenice Belloq
- ↑ Beggar Prince
- ↑ Hiding with the Shadow
- ↑ 58.0 58.1 The Nightingales, Vol. 1 - Gallus Desidenius
- ↑ Instructions: the Gray Cowl
- ↑ The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
- ↑ Wabbajack
|Princes||Azura • Boethiah • Clavicus Vile • Hermaeus Mora • Hircine • Jyggalag • Malacath • Mehrunes Dagon|
Mephala • Meridia • Molag Bal • Namira • Nocturnal • Peryite • Sanguine • Sheogorath • Vaermina
|Related topics||Deities • Demiprince • Daedric Artifact • Daedric Shrines • Daedric Quests|