Styriche was the Vampire King of the city-state of Verkarth during the time of the Alessian Empire. The Breton Vampire was the leader of the Gray Host, a dreadful army consisting of bat-men and wolves that purged the land around them.
- King Styriche of Verkarth (Online)
Styriche was the leader of Verkarth, a city-state located within the province of Hammerfell, in an area near the city-state of Ska'vyn and the Dragontail Mountains. During his reign, he commanded the Gray Host, an abomination of an army consisting of bat-men and wolves. At his side was his companions, Fangaril and Zayzahad, both of whom were also Vampires. In 1E 1029, King Styriche and the Gray Host advanced onto Bangkorai Pass, attacking the fortress known as Bangkorai Garrison. Styriche's forces were relentless on the battlefield, tearing through the Breton Warriors and Mages. His forces ultimately defeated when an act of miracle from Stendarr himself blessed the beadle of his order, by forcing upon the Gray Host an endless sea of blood. This gave the Breton forces an edge in the conflict, pushing the Gray Host out of Bangkorai, forcing Styriche to flee back into Verkarth. However, Empress Hestra and her Imperial Legion had moved towards the battle and killed all of the survivors, including King Styriche and his companions.
During the Interregnum in 2E 582, Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Domination and the patron of Vampires had unleashed his wrath upon the denizens of Tamriel, igniting the Planemeld. With the help of Mannimarco and the Order of the Black Worm, his influence spread across the nine provinces, where the Worm Cult established Dark Anchors, gateways to Coldharbour, Molag Bal's Plane of Oblivion. Through these Dark Anchors, Molag Bal's hellish horde would invade the Tamrielic populous, but on several occasions, he would call upon some of his most esteemed followers, this included King Styriche and his companions. However, his forces would be defeated by the combined efforts of the warriors of Tamriel, sending their hordes away into Oblivion, sealing them for the time being.