The Last Dragonborn, (transliterated from to Dovahkiin in the dragon language), is the player character and main protagonist in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its expansions The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard and The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.
Unlike previous Dragonborn individuals who existed throughout history, such as Alessia and the Septim bloodline, the Last Dragonborn has the ability to consume a slain Dragon's soul and absorb its knowledge, allowing them to learn words of power quickly. It is said that the Blades have always guided, protected, and served the Dragonborn, whom they consider "the ultimate dragon slayer".
In the Dragon language, "Dovahkiin" is a combination of the words 'Dovah', meaning "Dragon", and 'kiin', meaning "child" or "born". Dovahkiin also has a second meaning: the 'Dov' in 'Dovah' refers to Dragonkind, while the 'ah' means "hunter". Interpreted thus, the name reads "Dragonkind Hunter Born," or "Born Hunter of Dragonkind", an appropriate description of what the Dovahkiin is destined to do.
Of further interest is that dragons use the term "Dovahkiin" as a proper noun to address or talk about the player and the dragon naming convention holds that names consist of three words.
The appearance of the Last Dragonborn was prophesied upon Alduin's Wall, a large edifice found within Sky Haven Temple. It depicts several events that would preface the return of the Nordic god of destruction, Alduin. The prophecy itself is dire, but scholars believed that it's omens had been fulfilled and that a single individual, gifted with the same incredible powers held by the dragons themselves, may rise to fight against Alduin and assure the world’s survival.
BackgroundEditAt the beginning of Skyrim, the Dragonborn is a prisoner, captured while attempting to illegally cross the border into Skyrim. While being transported to the settlement of Helgen, the Dragonborn discovers that Ulfric Stormcloak, the leader of the Stormcloak rebellion, is a fellow prisoner. Upon reaching Helgen, Imperial General Tullius sentences all the prisoners to death, but a dragon attacks during the execution, providing a chance for escape.
During the events of the quest "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine", the player can choose to remark on whether they have a family or not. Additionally, when talking with Serana, the player may comment on what type of relationship the Dragonborn had with his/her parents as well as hinting at their fate.
Skyrim's trailers and concept art depict the Dragonborn as a male Nord with dark brown hair and light blue eyes, who is wearing a studded cuirass, an iron helmet, gauntlets and boots. In one trailer, the Dragonborn uses a steel sword and a banded iron shield, while in another he dual wields a steel sword and a steel dagger. In Skyrim, as with all Elder Scrolls games, race, gender, and equipment are left to the player's discretion.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim