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A Hist tree

Relatively little is known about the Hist. They are sentient trees native to Black Marsh that seem to all be connected together through a hive-like system. They are first mentioned and wrongly referenced in 2E 864, in the Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition, where it is written that "Argonians are rarely seen outside of their homeland, except for a relatively intelligent strain called the Hist."[1]

The guide further adds that they are "repulsive, but peaceful enough to be tolerated among the human kingdoms, and can be found as far as western Hammerfell."[1] It has also been suggested that the Hist are the "Trees of Argonia"[2] (today known as the Black Marsh). This is the more accepted theory.[source?]


The Hist are thought to share a mind or have a hive mind ability. Though they share a mind it is possible for one to go rogue and "escape itself". In such instances, the Hist purge the rogue tree. This last happened to a tree in Lilmoth over 300 years ago. The current Lilmoth Hist grows from part of its root. [3]

Hist sap has hallucinogenic properties when used by non-Argonian species, causing them to perceive civilians and actual enemies alike as hostile to them. Only Argonians may ingest the Hist sap to feel its full effects without negative reactions.

The Hist also seem to have the ability to communicate telepathically with people who ingest their sap;[3] though due to the negative reactions that non-Argonians often have when ingesting the sap,[source?] it is unknown how strong this link can exactly be for other races when compared to the Argonians themselves.

It has been suggested that the Argonians are co-dependent on the Hist.[4]


The Hist came to Tamriel from their realm during the Dawn Era, and were bystanders in the war between the Ehlnofey. But most of their realm was destroyed as the war passed over it, though a small part that survived became Black Marsh.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag.

As the apparent first inhabitants of Nirn, they are believed to have created the Argonian race; which may or may not make the Argonians the second oldest sentient race of mortals on Nirn (depending on the time of their creation), besides the Hist themselves. 

The Xanmeer were known to plant Hist trees which may have led to their large numbers today.

In Cyrodiil, a group of mercenaries known as the Blackwood Company used the sap from a Hist Tree to give themselves bloodlust and strength in battle. This caused them to have hallucinations, and forced the Hero of Kvatch to destroy the tree.

It is believed that the Hist were able to prophesy the coming of the Oblivion crisis, and were able to call the "people" back to Black Marsh.  It is also believed that they were able to co-ordinate the defense of Black Marsh and defeat the forces of Mehrunes Dagon. Apparently, they also "drove the Empire into the sea, and laid waste to their ancient enemies in Morrowind."[3]


Argonian spirits

Argonian spirits return to the hist.

The Hist are supposed to revere Sithis as they consider him the creator of all that is.[5]

As DeitiesEdit

The Argonians of Black Marsh worship this unique and intelligent tree as an almighty power that guides and creates their souls. While little is known on the worship of this tree by the Argonians, it is confirmed that this represents the core of Argonian religion and culture. In fact, Argonian hatchlings drink the sap of the hist at birth and during their infancy.

According to legend, the sap of the hist tree when consumed gives the hatchling its soul, and when that Argonian dies, their soul travels back to its hist tree and is stored until another hatchling drinks that hist and is given its soul, creating a cycle of rebirth.[3]


It is further mentioned that, "Rumors and speculation also abound regarding the Hist, a species of giant spore tree growing in the innermost swamps of Argonia. Some have maintained that natives worship the trees; others claim the trees are, in fact, a sentient race, more ancient than all the races of man and mer."

No reliable accounts of expeditions into central Argonia exist to lend credence to these claims, and modern Argonians are reticent to speak of the mysterious trees.[6] 




Start a Discussion Discussions about Hist

  • The Sleeping Tree in Skyrim is an Umbriel-Hist Tree from the Greg Keyes novels

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    • I was reading through the page on the Sleeping Tree when I saw the annotation "some believe it came from a spore that fell from a floating isl...
    • Exactly what I thought.After my Fallen-Knight Playthrough I am going to devote a Mage Character to this Subject
  • Argonians' souls and the Hist

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    • Well it would be a dragon soul so through argonian soul would recycle but the dragon soul would go and do dragony things else where when ...
    • From how it's described in the novels and in ESO, it's a bit more complicated.  When an Argonian dies, their sould travels into the Hist. ...

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