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While I am stuck between twiddling my thumbs for Dawnguard, studying for my mid year exams and procrastinating, I realised that something about The Elder Scrolls confused me.


I am curious as to why Mephala was chosen as the object of worship for the assassin's guild Morag Tong, as opposed to Boethia. To me, it seems like Boethia is the far more ideal candidate.

I'll use their descriptions to illustrate my point, as quoted straight from this wiki (which is quoted straight from The Book of Daedra):


"Mephala, whose sphere is obscured to mortals; known by the names Webspinner, Spinner, and Spider; whose only consistent theme seems to be interference in the affairs of mortals for her amusement."

Okay, so Mephala has a very interesting sphere which involves tugging at the connections between mortals for fun. Cool, I can see how killing people could do this for her!


"Boethiah is the Daedric prince who rules over deceit, conspiracy, secret plots of murder, assassination, treason, and unlawful overthrow of authority. "

Wow, okay so what part of assassination does Boethia's sphere not cover? At face value Boethia appears to be perfect for the role!!! It is even stipulated that assassination falls under her sphere!! Perhaps the answer lies in the founding of the Morag Tong.

Mephala taught the Dunmer how to fight using "conspiracy and secret plots of murder" which resulted in the founding of the Morag Tong... But look up at Boethia's description. Umm aren't those things directly under Boethia's sphere?!! Maybe further inquiry into the inner workings of the Morag Tong will explain why she was chosen as the better candidate as well as why she operated in a way directly reflective of another daedric princes sphere.

Morag Tong assassinations are not ordered by Mephala herself but rather by paying clients who want someone dead legally. Arguably all assassinations are chosen as a result of someone's connection to someone else. However, the means of tugging on this thread is very... simple. Surely a daedric prince with such a complex sphere would endorse an organisation who do more than just murder? For Boethia, assassination is specifically cited as being under her domain as well as various aspects that occur together with it.


I utterly fail to see how the organisation is better representative of Mephala's sphere as opposed to Boethia's.


What do you guys think?