During the period of time when dragons ruled over mortals, Miraak served as a dragon priest on the island of Solstheim. He came into possession of a Black Book which in turn lead to him to servitude under Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Lord of Knowledge and Fate, who taught him a means to great power.
With this forbidden knowledge in his possession, Miraak turned on his dragon masters, using his power to devour their souls to become ever more powerful. Because of his betrayal, the dragons razed his temple on Solstheim.
His rebellion was unsuccessful and was defeated by another Dragon Priest named Vahlok who was then made his jailer, restraining him to Solstheim. Other accounts mention that just as Vahlok was about to kill Miraak, Hermaeus Mora saved him by transporting him to the realm of Apocrypha. The dragons then appointed Vahlok as ruler of the island, but not before he was compelled to swear an oath of vigilance to watch for Miraak's return, earning him the title "The Jailer".
Meanwhile, Miraak stayed in the realm of Hermaeus Mora until he could amass enough power and influence to return to Solstheim, which he was able to do in 4E 201.
PersonalityEditMiraak is a very arrogant individual, believing that his Dragonborn heritage sets him above his former dragon masters. Upon meeting the Last Dragonborn, he can claim that, (unless the main questline has been completed, in which case Miraak will grudgingly state admiration for the player) compared to him, they have only killed a "few dragons" and do not yet know the true power of a Dragonborn, such as himself. He also believes himself above the servitude of Hermaeus Mora. Miraak is also a being that desires power, willing, in the past, to bind himself in servitude to Mora in order to gain forbidden knowledge and power.
Miraak proves to be fiercely independent and seems to be motivated solely by his lust for power. During his final battle with the Dragonborn, he claims that Hakon and the other ancient Nord heroes wished to use him to slay Alduin, but he chose not to for his own reasons.
Should Alduin have already been defeated upon meeting him, he will claim that he could have killed the World-Eater himself, further sign of his arrogant nature.
Shortly after the quest The Way of the Voice, two cultists will seek out and ask the Dovahkiin if he is truly a Dragonborn. After the conversation they will attack. After they are killed, a note with orders to kill the "False" Dragonborn in order to please Miraak will be found on one of their bodies. The quest will then be directed to the island of Solstheim.Black Book: Waking Dreams in the depths of the temple, the Dragonborn will be transported to Apocrypha, the realm of Hermaeus Mora. Immediately, Miraak will strike the Dragonborn to their knees and claim that they do not know the true power of a Dragonborn. He then says that they can await his return like the rest of Tamriel before ordering his seekers to transport the Dragonborn back to Nirn and riding off on a dragon.
After this, should the Dragonborn kill a dragon, either on Solstheim or in Skyrim, Miraak will briefly appear, taunt the Dragonborn, absorb the dragon's soul himself, and then disappear. However, Miraak may or may not appear, as he seems to come and go at random intervals.
Miraak appears one last time at the end of this quest to kill the Dragonborn and devour their soul so that he may return to Solstheim. Miraak begins with a short monologue as his dragon minions, Relonikiv and Kruziikrel, sit perched upon the nearby arches:
During the battle, the dragons circle the summit. Each time Miraak is near death, he will call down one of the dragons, devouring its soul to replenish his health. Once all three dragons have been devoured, he can finally be defeated.
Upon his defeat, Hermaeus Mora appears, impaling him with a tentacle and expresses his disappointment. Then Miraak disintegrates, leaving just a skeleton. Hermaeus Mora then transfers his status to the Last Dragonborn. The Dragonborn then absorbs Miraak's soul, which yields ten dragon souls, plus any that Miraak may have stolen.
This mantra is repeated by people found working on Miraak's shrines surrounding the All-Maker Stones. They will each say one line when spoken to. In addition, if an All-Maker stone is activated, Miraak's disembodied voice will repeat a variant of the mantra.
Here in his shrine
That they have forgotten
Here do we toil
That we might remember
By night we reclaim
What by day was stolen
Far from ourselves
He grows ever near to us
Our eyes once were blinded
Now through him do we see
Our hands once were idle
Now through them does he speak
And when the world shall listen
And when the world shall see
And when the world remembers
That world shall cease to be
AbilitiesEditbreathe fire and frost, tame both dragons and mortals, take on the power of a dragon, become ethereal, create cyclones, and even increase his speed in bursts with Whirlwind Sprint.
Additionally, like most Dragon Priests, he is a mage with the ability to cast powerful lightning bolts as well as make use of his personal staff, which summons tentacles that cause great damage if they make contact with a target.
Should he sustain damage, he can absorb the souls of dragons to replenish his strength.
- Full force Unrelenting Force (Briefly staggering is the only effect)
- Mehrunes' Razor instant kill
- Reanimation, such as Dead Thrall.
- Vampire Lord
- Augmented Shock
- Critical Charge
- Fighting Stance
- Magic Resistance
- Reduce Damage
- Savage Strike
- Extra Damage 2
- "Send him/her back where he/she came. He/she can await my arrival with the rest of Tamriel!"
- "And so the First Dragonborn meets the Last Dragonborn at the summit of Apocrypha."
- "May he/she be rewarded for his/her service, as I am." (Final words after Hermaeus Mora impales him)
When taking a dragon's soulEdit
- "Not this time, Dragonborn. This one's mine."
- "It takes a strong will to command a Dragon's soul, perhaps you aren't as powerful as you think"
- "Do you ever wonder if it hurts, having your soul ripped out like that?"
- "This dragon's soul belongs to me"
- "Thank you for your help. We will meet again soon."
- "I grow ever stronger, Dragonborn."
- "One step closer to my return."
- "I know things the Greybeards will never teach you."
- "Felling Alduin was a mighty deed, and I thank you for it. He would have proved troublesome to me."
- "They wanted to use me to deal with Alduin - Hakon and the rest. I chose otherwise."
- "You have no idea of the true power a Dragonborn can wield!"
- "Fate decreed that you had to die so that I could win my freedom."
- "The Greybeards taught you well."
- "You could have been mighty, if fate had decreed otherwise."
- "You are strong. Stronger than I believed possible."
- "You fight valiantly against fate, but I am stronger here."
- "Hermaeus Mora is laughing at us, you know."
- "This cannot be. I am master of my own fate!"
- "Yol... Toor Shul!"
- "Fo... Krah Diin!"
- "Ven Gaar Nos!"
- "Kruziikrel, zii los dii du!" (Your soul is mine to devour)
- "Relonikiv, zii los dii du!"
- "Sahrotaar, zii los dii du!"
- "Hiding is beneath you, Dragonborn." (If invisible)
- "Join the last Dragonborn in his/her destruction." (when fighting Sahrotaar)
- "So, you use my own Shout against me. You learn quickly." (when using Dragon Aspect)
- 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]
- Miraak is tied with Arngeir as the highest level NPC in the game.
- The shout that Miraak uses to kill the dragons has four Words of Power, instead of the usual three. If the names of the dragons are included, it becomes seven words, as dragon names are traditionally made up of three Words of Power.
- In the official pre-release trailer and artwork, Miraak's robes are purple but in-game they appear brownish green.
- Dragonborn Force, (or the Disintegrate perk [unconfirmed]) Miraak is unable to absorb the dragon's soul. Also after slaying a dragon, if its corpse falls into a body of water, Miraak will be unable to steal the dragon's soul away from the Dragonborn. If a dragon is disintegrated from
- If Miraak appears after a dragon has been killed and the dragon does not release its soul, he may say nothing and become stuck in the ethereal form. While he is in this form, the quest "At the Summit of Apocrypha" cannot be completed. The Dragonborn reads the Black Book, is transported to Apocrypha and cannot move, cast spells, access menus or even change into first person.
If too much damage is dealt to Miraak, he will be unable to fully replenish his health and will be stuck in ethereal form, unable to be attacked or killed and thus unable to be defeated. This can happen at any of the three times he replenishes his health using a dragon's soul. The easiest way to avoid this is to restart the fight and use a less powerful weapon to chip away at his health.
- Another fix to this, is to get back on Sahrotaar after getting off in front of Miraak. Then attack the dragons flying around instead of him. This will force him to absorb them when they reach zero health, and thus stop him from taking the ghost form. After both dragons are dead, start attacking Miraak. At some point, he'll absorb Sahrotaar after forcing him to land. There will be a small drop to the ground, but only of a few feet. the Dragonborn will get back up and can finish him off.
- this can also be fixed by using console command "resurrect" on him and then killing him.
After killing Miraak his body disappears and can not be looted.
- Black Book. Using the console command TCL may reveal his skeleton under the podium of the
- The Dragonborn may absorb the Dragon's soul, and Miraak be left stuck in ethereal form.
- After Miraak is defeated, he does not get impaled by Hermaus Mora, and gets stuck under the map.
- Even if you loot Miraak's Sword it might still be visible on the ground.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn (First appearance)
|Skyrim||Hevnoraak • Krosis • Morokei • Nahkriin • Otar the Mad • Rahgot • Vokun • Volsung|
|Dragonborn||Ahzidal • Dukaan • Miraak • Vahlok the Jailor • Zahkriisos|