"We tried to gather the townsfolk into the keep, but it was too late. I barely had time to find my betrothed and get us inside."
―Desideratus Annius[src]

Desideratus Annius' Ghost quote

Desideratus Annius was an Imperial warrior who resided in the Shivering Isles in the ruined city of Vitharn.


During the battle, Desideratus fled to protect his betrothed, who turns out to be a toy doll. Thus, he failed to protect the town when the Fanatics attacked, killing everybody inside.


Ghosts of VitharnEdit

Years ago, the fortress of Vitharn was attacked and overrun by invading fanatics. Upon his death, Count Cirion was visited by Sheogorath who cursed him and the rest of the fort's inhabitants for their cowardice and miserably poor defense. Lord Sheogorath forced them to relive their last moments forever.

Convincing him to stayEdit

"0, 9. Ah, the doll. Poor Desideratus. 1, 5. Fanatics killed his whole family. 9, 6. That doll is all he has left of them. 5, 5, 9, 4"
Althel when asked about Annius' doll.[src]

In order to break the curse, the ghost must regain their honor and fight as they should have. The problem holding Annius back is his fear for the safety of his betrothed, a toy doll in his quarters.

Should the doll be taken and given to him, he will fear for her life and return her to his quarters, leaving the battle.

Should the doll be destroyed, he will become overwhelmed with grief and attack the fanatics, and will be slain fighting to protect Vitharn.

Another way to convince him to fight is to give his betrothed to one of the Fanatics. When he learns that they have her, he will plunge into the battle to rescue her.


  • "My betrothed! I must save her!"
  • "Please! I must find my betrothed!"
  • "My Beloved! I'll carry her away to safety. Should the fanatics get her, I...I...I would have to kill them all." —When his betrothed be given to him.
  • "You burned her?! She's gone? You have driven all meaning from my life. I shall throw myself upon the swords of the Fanatics so that I may join her sooner." —If his betrothed is destroyed.
  • "She's in the hands of the Fanatics! I must save her. Stand back, stranger. I need room to swing my sword." —If informed that the Fanatics have his betrothed.
  • "My betrothed is gone! I cannot live without her. I only hope I can take a Fanatic with me." —His final words after being told of either the destruction or the "capture" of his betrothed.


  • On his headstone in the ruined graveyard is the epitaph: "Desideratus Annius lies here, Coward and Deviant."
  • On the headstone beside is the epitaph: "Beloved of Desideratus Annius, Ragdoll to Most."