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Otar the Mad
Otar the Mad Skyrim
Otar Mask
Level 50
Priest Type Shock
Health Health-icon 1490
Magic MagickaIcon 545
Stamina 0
Spells/Abilities Conjure Storm Atronach

Chain Lightning
Command Daedra
Greater Ward

Resistance Immune to poison
Loot Otar Mask
Soul Grand
Ref ID 0008767A
Base ID 0003763A
"Otar! once our chieftain
Glorious in battle
Fair in judgment
Those days ended in pain

Dark voices whispered
into Otar's mind
nobility shouted down
Once good now craven Priest"
The Secrets of Ragnvald[src]

Otar the Mad (OTAR) is one of the eight named dragon priests.


Otar was an ancient Nordic chieftain who ruled over the city of Ragnvald in the Merethic Era. Initially, he was believed to have been a fair ruler and successful in battle, but his mind was corrupted by unknown forces that drove him to insanity. Otar became a Dragon Priest and subjected his people to great cruelty until two Nordic heroes named Saerek and Torsten were sent to stop his tyranny [1].

Both heroes were unable to defeat Otar, so instead they sealed him in a large sarcophagus in Ragnvald and locked it with two skull keys that each of them kept. They pledged to guard the keys so that Otar may never escape his imprisonment. The city of Ragnvald was eventually abandoned, but Saerek and Torsten remained as his guardians [1].


Otar can be encountered within the Nordic ruin of Ragnvald in The Reach. He is sealed in a large, locked sarcophagus in the main chamber of the ruin. Opening the sarcophagus is only possible by defeating the guardians, Torsten and Saerek, who each hold a Skull Key. Both skull keys are required to open the lock.

Notable itemsEdit

Upon his defeat, Otar the Mad drops the Otar mask - one of the eight mysterious dragon priest masks located throughout Skyrim. Collecting all eight masks is a requirement for the unmarked quest to restore the dragon priest shrine.


  •  PC   360   PS3  Otar can be awakened by placing a rune next to the sarcophagus. This will not open the locks over the sarcophagus, but he will appear and begin attacking.
  •  360   If Otar falls into the waters of the canals, he will be pushed by the current which can result in severe FPS drops.



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