I pride myself on tackling subjects most would not think to go over with a keen pair of eyes, mostly because they are almost universally accepted notions about the Elder Scrolls universe and all of its attributes. However, if there is anything Raoul Duke has taught me as a self-described journalist of sorts (I dabble in magazine articles), it is that the counter to what is most universally accepted usually makes good press...though I would like everyone to know that you should not take advice from a man who takes more drugs than Jordan Belfort on a daily basis. On universally accepted things, let me take us back to that dead horse that is the Michael Kirkbride debate, the subject of our Generation X users most legendary lore clashes. I wish to point out a certain piece of evidence a fair number of users here believe confirms the entire Kirkbride story as canon, found within the Dragonborn DLC when you open up a particular black book that makes mention of the Godhead, a popular tidbit in Kirky's creative writing projects he does when he wants to follow in Jordan Belfort's and Raoul Duke's footsteps in a more physical way than me.
Don't get me wrong. I am fan of the counterculture narcotics tend to offer young and stupid people, though these men were in their thirties, and I appreciate all the lessons that come from experiencing the psychadelic effect of your favorite drug. Note-I'm not advocating the use of drugs. But while we're on that topic, I want to tell you why I am writing this piece of wannabe journalism, and that is because I was watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for the fourth time in a row, and while doing so, my mind wandered over to the Elder Scrolls just as the Bastard Samoan Lawyer was about to attack a maid for sneaking into their room. I get the strangest ideas sometimes, and I began to wonder about Hermaous Mora, the Daedric Prince of Knowledge. Pffffttt.....
Back to the Black Book evidence, people think that because it was found within the so called realm of knowledge, they think Kirkbride is absolute fact. But dear people, do you even know what the word Apocrypha means? It means: A work of usually literature of:
A. Unknown Authorship
B. Doubtful Authenticity, or
C. A work not considered to be within a particular canon.
An example of an apocrphal work would be the Bible, as it was written by unknown authors. Its authenticity lies up to you. In exhibit C's instance, the Gospel of Judas or the like, or fan fiction.
Do I plan to turn the Kirkbride theories on their heads and prove them wrong? Nope. I plan to bring forth the doubtful authenticity of the passages seen within the black book found that so many people consider proof, and Apocrypha is a strange name for a place they could have chosen any word for to make it sound "Knowledge-y" and cool. But before Kirkbride fans go crazy and begin to sacrifice chickens to the dread god Nyarlathotep (See: Cthulhu Mythos), that's not even half of what I am trying to bring to everyone's attention. I want everyone to at least aknowledge that half of what they believe about the Daedric Prince of Knowledge could very well be wrong, as could most of the knowledge he holds within his realm. In terms of knowing everything, this Prince falls very short of another, say...Jyggalag? The Prince of Order uses solid fact and algorithm to determine events before they happen, thus knowing all future actions according to his servant you can find in the Shivering Isles Quest.
Mora has limits, and can apparently be stopped by a bunch of shamanistic eskimos living on a volcanic wasteland of an island until the Dragonborn agrees to summon him there. So what is the theory for today? Well, it's that Mora may be not nearly as powerful as everyone surmises, and the knowledge he holds may not even be valid.