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"Skyrim legend tells of a hero known as the Dragonborn, a warrior with the body of a mortal and soul of a dragon, whose destiny it is to destroy the evil dragon Alduin."
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A Dragonborn, (transliterated from DOVAhKIiN to Dovahkiin in the Dragon language), is a rare individual who has been born with the blood and soul of a Dragon, but the body of a mortal, and can naturally learn and speak their ancient and powerful tongue, called the Thu'um.

Dragonborn scarcely exist, and it is rare for more than one to appear within an era. They can belong to any race or gender, since the Dragon blood (transliterated from DOVAhSOS to Dovah Sos) is a "gift" bestowed to certain mortals favored by Akatosh.

Some Dragonborn individuals have knowledge of the Thu'um, and can consume a slain Dragon's soul and absorb its knowledge, allowing them to learn Words of Power quickly.[1] It is said that the Blades have always guided, protected, and served the Dragonborn, whom they consider "The ultimate Dragon slayer".[2]

The Prophecy of the Dragonborn, generally attributed to the Elder Scrolls, and sometimes to the ancient Akaviri, tells that, at the end of time, in the wake of the World-Eater, the wheel will turn upon the "Last Dragonborn".[3]

Dragonborns in HistoryEdit

The first Dragonborn in history was Miraak, a Dragon Priest from the Merethic Era. Instead of using his Dragonborn powers to fight Alduin, Miraak decided to serve Hermaeus Mora instead, making himself an enemy of the Dragon Cult he once served. He was eventually defeated by the Dragons and hid in Apocrypha, failing to complete his destiny to destroy Alduin. He was later encountered and ironically destroyed in the Fourth Era by the Last Dragonborn. [4]

The next Dragonborn was purportedly Saint Alessia, the Nedic slave queen who was blessed by Akatosh and given the Amulet of Kings to seal the covenant between them. This began the tradition of all legitimate rulers of the Cyrodilic Empire referred to as Dragonborn, as only they could wear the Amulet of Kings and light the Dragonfires in the Temple of the One.[3][5][6]

Reman Cyrodiil was considered to be the next Dragonborn after Alessia. Upon their defeat, the Akaviri invaders recognized him as Dragonborn and swore unceasing loyalty to him.[3]

Tiber Septim, founder of the Septim Dynasty of Tamriel, was the next individual to be recognized as Dragonborn. His heirs continued the tradition and were all considered Dragonborn Emperors. This lineage ended with the death of Martin Septim during the Oblivion Crisis.

Notable DragonbornEdit

Possible DragonbornEdit

TriviaEdit

  • To address the confusion that arose from the existence of a Dragonborn predating Alessia, Michael Kirkbride, former writer at Bethesda revealed "Alessia didn't have the power to absorb dragon souls. Hers was a much more nuanced power: to dream of liberty and give it a name and on her deathbed make Covenant with the Aka-Tusk." [OOG 1]
  • The Nerevarine was referred to as "Dragon-born" in The Lost Prophecy, but the explanatory notes of this text claim this means they were part of the Empire.

References

Note: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Bethsoft.com - Michael Kirkbride's forum post

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