Peryite (in Daedric script, ) is one of the group of seventeen strongest Daedra known as Daedric Princes. Among mortals, he is considered the Lord of Pestilence; among the Daedra, he is charged with ordering the lower planes of Oblivion. Despite his dragon-like appearance, he is considered one of the weakest of the Daedric Princes.
In terms of direct interaction, Peryite is one of the least known of the Daedric Princes, not being recorded by name in the history of any known Tamrielic culture. When he does appear to mortals, he usually takes the form of a large dragon, wyrm, or an aspect of a gathering of large rats. Even among those mages with the skill and knowledge to travel to the planes of Oblivion, Peryite's Pits are impossible to enter. This may explain why, when his followers in Cyrodiil attempted to contact him, their souls appeared to be stuck on Mehrunes Dagon's Oblivion plane, the Deadlands. Not knowing what the Pits look like, it is impossible to tell where the souls were actually trapped.
Indirectly, Peryite has influenced the lives of nearly every mortal inhabitant of Nirn throughout history; he is the Lord of Pestilence, the cause of many plagues and pandemic diseases. He is typically listed along with princes such as Mehrunes Dagon and Vaermina as one of the few truly evil Daedric Lords, in the mortal Man and Mer sense of the word.
Beyond his interaction with the mortal world, Peryite is believed to have a specific duty within the realms of Oblivion. He is known as the Taskmaster, and seems to be charged with maintaining the proper order among the lesser Daedric species and the lower planes of Oblivion. He and his followers frequently cite their desire to see the "natural order" maintained. This appears to be distinctly different from the meaning of "order" as applied to Jyggalag. Peryite works to maintain the proper, normal order among the Daedric races, while Jyggalag works to impose an unnaturally rigid order upon the planes of existence.
|Princes||Azura • Boethiah • Clavicus Vile • Hermaeus Mora • Hircine • Jyggalag • Malacath • Mehrunes Dagon|
Mephala • Meridia • Molag Bal • Namira • Nocturnal • Peryite • Sanguine • Sheogorath • Vaermina
|Related topics||Deities • Demiprince • Daedric Artifact • Daedric Shrines • Daedric Quests|