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"Dagoth Ur is Lord, and I am his priest"
―Dagoth Gares[src]

Dagoth Gares was a member of the ancient Dunmer House Dagoth, and later head priest of House Dagoth's Ilunibi shrine. Whether Gares was ever a Dunmer is unknown, however he eventually became an Ash Ghoul through the power of Dagoth Ur, brought into the eternal service of Lord Dagoth.


During the resurrection of the Sixth House during the Third Era, Gares obtained his Dagoth title and became head priest of the Ilunibi shrine. There he led his followers of the Sixth House, as well as conducting smuggling operations through the nearby village of Gnaar Mok, inserting Ash Statues into Vvardenfell's trade, so as to spread Dagoth Ur's dream visions and influence.

Gares would take part in the start of the Vvardenfell Crisis when an Imperial Legion patrol came to investigate the smuggling taking place at Ilunibi. The troopers entered the caverns and were attacked immediately by cultists and creatures of the House. The troopers managed to escape the fighting and reach the shrine itself, where they came upon Dagoth Gares. Gares slew all but one of the troopers, and cursed him with Corprus disease, declaring that he should survive the shrine to report what had occurred. Gares then had the trooper taken from the caverns.

The survivor's report would eventually lead to none other than the Nerevarine being dispatched to deal with the shrine, taking the bait that Dagoths Ur and Gares had set. The Nerevarine managed to infiltrate the shrine and confront Gares. Gares greeted the Nerevarine civily, presenting a message from Dagoth Ur that asked the Nerevarine to come to Red Mountain and join the Sixth House's struggle against the Tribunal and the Empire. Gares too offered a chance at submission, but the Nerevarine would not relent. The two dueled across the Ilunibi shrine, and though Gares possessed powerful magic and strength, he was doomed to be felled by the Nerevarine. As he died, though, Gares smiled at the Nerevarine and breathed out a final curse.

"Even as my Master wills, you shall come to him, in his flesh, and of his flesh."
―Dagoth Gares' last words[src]

The curse inflicted the Nerevarine with Corprus disease. Dagoth Gares died believing his Master's will to have been fulfilled. This would prove to be wrong as the Nerevarine was later "cured" of Corprus.


Dagoth Gares was an entirely devoted servant of Lord Dagoth Ur, obsessed with pleasing his Master's will. Like many Sixth House priests however, Gares had a deep sense of honor and integrity. He spoke politely with the Nerevarine, offering chances of surrender, explaining the position of House Dagoth. This was borne out of the old House Dagoth tradition of honor, extending even into battle, where the challenger is allowed the first move.

Spells and PowersEdit


Gares knows the following spell:


Gares also benefits from the following:


Apart from automatically giving the Nerevarine corprus, he can also potentially infect them with the following:

Related questsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Dagoth Gares is first encountered during the "Sixth House Base" quest, acting as the first House Dagoth "boss" encountered in the game.
  • Gares is the only person/creature in the game that can inflict Corprus on the Nerevarine — it is impossible to get otherwise.


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