|Faction||The College of Winterhold|
As an Archmage at the beginning of the First Era, Gauldur was wise, wealthy, powerful, and honorable, so much so that he was revered throughout the North. Even the most powerful men of his time came to hear his wise words. He had three sons, Jyrik, Mikrul, and Sigdis, who were overcast by their father's shadow. As a result, they grew resentful and cruel, desiring their father's power and prestige. Jyrik, the oldest of his sons, discovered that Gauldur's power stemmed from the amulet which he wore at all times. He and his brothers conspired to kill their father and split the amulet and its power.
Gauldur's children had at last gained the power they sought, but they were cruel, evil men and used their newfound power to massacre the nearby villages. So extensive was the destruction that High King Harald sent a company of battlemages led by the Archmage Geirmund to destroy them. A great battle was fought, and the brothers were defeated and made to flee the field of battle. Geirmund pursued them to their deaths, eventually giving his life to defeat the last of the brothers in a duel. The amulet fragments were magically sealed, along with each brother, in the place they were defeated. Once all the dead had been buried and the amulet sealed, the High King ordered all records of Gauldur and his sons destroyed, to forever seal away the power of the amulet.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)