The last five blogs I have done have been strictly political, and now that we have it sorted, I was set to go back into the shadows until the time I was needed to f*ck sh*t up came again. However, a user asked me if I was going to continue my old Wabbajack Grinding series or my theory blogs while I was here. I responded that I was not, but it got me thinking about the good old days and the Golden Age of Blogging that happened on the website before the First User Recession, when I was actually credible. A shell of the blogger I was then, I am disgracefully desperate to be my old self again and stop taking myself too seriously by making serious blogs...Besides this one. No, I have an interesting topic for you all today, continuing off of my last blog before I jumped ship during the Second User Recession that specified my belief that the Daedric Prince of Pestilence, Peryite, was actually anuic in nature. This one is a long one, so we'll take it in sections to make it easier to read and so you don't have to do so in one sitting if you don't want to.
The gist of the theory was that Peryite was a black sheep within his race of Daedra that seemed off to me, and by doing further research into his character, I have found that he is quite fond of the "Natural Order" of the world. For the full analysis of this fact, see the link below:
The idea I am about to show you today is built upon a suggestion I made within the blog in saying that Peryite is somewhat noble in his quest for those to accept, "Order and the Hard Truth," as he says when he bids you good-bye in Skyrim. I was sitting in my college class the other day, bored out of my skull, and my professor was going on about the American Revolution. Being English, I get it rubbed in my face practically every day from tourists or cutesy blonde girls who ask me to say the word "Banana" because of my accent, so I was a bit out of it until we got to the parts when soldiers on both sides were being ravaged by disease. I was playing some of the Dragon Age games (Blasphemy, I know), wishing they were Skyrim and wishing more that I had not played it to the bloody bellend, and when my professor mentioned disease, I absent-mindedly drifted to Peryite for some reason.
As I'm sure you all know, it's been regarded as canon that I am actually the crazy cousin of Sheogorath with Haskill's estranged brother Dave as my servant, and thinking about dear Peryite again compelled me to remember my last theory blog. For those of you who don't know these little facts, visit my blog page to read a well established continuity no one cared to adopt. Anyway, the lovely memories I have shared with him and Sanguine while playing around drunk and beating dead animals will forever be locked in my head. Actually, Peryite's a bit of a d*ldo, always moping about work and how his fourth wife left him. It's a shame for him really. Mary is quite the bedmate.
To the bloody point, I noted before that Peryite's cause was noble with him keeping with the "Natural Order," and when they say he is the Taskmaster, I didn't really think about what that meant until thinking about it in the middle of my college class. I noted in Peryite Part 1 that Peryite is much more than meets the eye, but I was struck by the idea that maybe Peryite is more than the office dragon the Daedra seem keen on keeping locked away down in the Pits. What if Peryite is in fact one of the most powerful beings in the Elder Scrolls universe?
The Question of Peryite's motives
Not as powerful as Anu or Padomay, or even Lorkhan for that matter (Pre-creation of Mundus), but right below. I didn't notice it until now just how important Peryite may be for both the mortal plan and Oblivion. The basic information we get from him is that he is the lord of Pestilence and the Taskmaster, charged with keeping order in the lowest depths of Oblivion that is unreachable without the good Prince's say-so, is not mentioned within any sort of Pantheon of Men or Mer, and has been quietly influencing Nirn for generations by spreading disease.
For a Daedra to concern itself with the "Natural Order" of things in the mortal realm is already grounds for a closer look at this serpentine Prince. Is he tasked with keeping man or merkind to a limit in order to preserve all of nature so it doesn't end up like Chernobyl? Does he plague mankind out of spite for them or because of his love for the overall balance of the world? Why then is he regarded as one of the truly evil Daedra Princes? Something is afoot...
What is the Taskmaster?
I was throwing this idea around in my head about Peryite being the Taskmaster. Why is the Prince called that? Does he assign tasks or does he take them all upon himself? I think a little of both. He isn't afraid to deck out a quest to the main character. Like I said before, he is also charged with keeping order within the lower Daedra. There is some sort of conspiracy going on here, as it is strange for a Daedra to just let himself be saddled with a task like that instead of sitting methodically on his throne and cackling to himself. Does he assign certain tasks to various Daedra to serve as foot soldiers or operatives in another Princes game? Is Peryite's Pit offices the recruiting center for Daedra? Is this...possibly where the Daedra originated? That last one is just a spitball idea, not to be taken too seriously, but it doesn't make sense to me that a minor Daedra would travel all the way to the Pits just to be assigned a role. Plus, being the lowest part of Oblivion that is Nye impossible to reach by any mortal methods, it makes you wonder what goes down in there. Perhaps something beyond the understanding of mortals. More on that later.
What's Peryite's game? If this recruiting office is where all the minor Daedra are originally assigned their places, then Peryite essentially controls the armies of all Daedra. And yet...why doesn't he use them? With all those Daedra at his feet, he could easily invade some other realm, right? Suspicious. Or perhaps not. Maybe this is intended by Peryite. Perhaps he controls much of what goes on in Oblivion. He already does on Mundus, making sure that disease will only allow as much human growth as he feels is necessary. Perhaps this is why he is called the Taskmaster.
The Jyggalag Effect and Fun with English
Or, going back to my points on why he doesn't use his infinite forces to attack something or why he would even be bothered with such an immense task as assigning all of them their places leads me to think that--contradicting my last point--perhaps Peryite was forced into this job. It's a question that comes up often when imagining the machinations of Oblivion. It's not the first time something like this has happened. The Daedra are crafty creatures. Together, they can take down some of the most powerful beings in the Elder Scrolls universe. Alone, they still can through guile. A main example is Jyggalag, cursed to become Sheogorath because he was becoming too powerful. Trinimac was extremely powerful as well, was Akatosh's golden boy, and Boethia took him out and morphed him into Malacath. Both strong beings forced to become something they are not. This is something I like to call this the Jyggalag Effect, whenever a powerful being is morphed into something else or cursed by outside means.
If Peryite was also very powerful, then keeping him at the bottom and barely mentioned in the mortal plane would be an ideal plan for those who would want to subdue him. Peryite is crafty, but he might have been much more many years ago. If this is true, that says something about the other Daedric Princes. So, using a syllogism (A formula of argument consisting of three propositions) you learn about in English 103, in which the formula for a valid deduction goes:
Major Premise: A=B
Minor Premise: S=A
We can determine a logical conclusion this evidence backs up. Breaking away from the Elder Scrolls for a minute, to better understand the concept of a syllogism(It can be difficult for some!), here is an example:
Major Premise: All men are mortal. A=B
Minor Premise: Dave is a man. S=A
Conclusion: Dave is mortal. S=B
Let's try with the evidence presented:
Major Premise: "The Daedric Prince Peryite maintains the Natural Order throughout Oblivion and Mundus.
Minor Premise: The Daedric Princes entrusted or forced this task to him.
Conclusion: All Daedric Princes care about the Natural Order of Oblivion and Mundus.
Take this deduction with a grain of salt, as it is very malleable to suit a much more believable hypothesis. It's not fact, it's merely an educated guess. Peryite could very well have been either cursed by a few Daedric Princes rather than all of them. Boethia stood alone against Trinimac and turned him into Malacath. A few of them would care about the "Natural Order" of things like Meridia or Azura. But despite the Jyggalag Effect, there is little evidence for this theory other than the evidence that I based off of m hypothesis that could or could not be correct to some extent, therefore it should not be taken as fact as of yet. This is the theory I least support, but it's still on the table. One last idea I have to give actually came from another user, Nerevarine465, who posted something interesting on my comment page.
The Relationship Between Peryite and the Dwemer
The Dwemer were a proud race that rejected the Daedra as gods and instead pursued their own ends. It is often disputed what went wrong when Kagrenac activated the Heart of Lorkhan inside the Red Mountain. People might assume it has something to do with Lorkhan himself, and maybe so, but another thing that bothers me is what they were trying to accomplish. The general consensus is that Kagrenca was trying to distill immortality upon his people and it went horribly wrong. The Dwemer vanished without a trace. Yagrum Bagarn, the last Dwarf on Mundus, has investigated the incident for over 3,000 years and still no trace of the Dwemer have been found save that for their ruins. It's not yet understood whether the Dwemer were simply transported to another place or if they were completely eradicated, but an experiment by one Arniel Gane may have provided a sufficient clue as to what happened. Peryite ties into this too, so don't go anywhere.
During the quest in Skyrim, Arniel's Endeavor, you were tasked with obtaining a warped soul gem, one of Kagrenac's tools--Keening--and bring them to him. You had to bring the warped soul gem to three Dwemer Convectors found throughout Skyrim and put it in there for three seconds in order for the location to count. Afterwards, once everything was in place, Arnial heated the soul gem using the spell Arniel's Convection. Now instead of English, let's talk about Science!
As Wikipedia puts it: "Convection is the concerted, collective movement of groups or aggregates of molecules within fluids (e.g., liquids, gases) and rheids, either through advection or through diffusion or as a combination of both of them."
If you complete the quest, we know what happens to poor Arniel, forever wandering around as a shade, and you are probably wondering what this has to do with the Heart of Lorkhan and Peryite. A Convector is basically a stove for liquids and gases and rheids, or non-molten solids (Like a giant heart perhaps). The warped soul gem is the substitute for the Heart of Lorkhan, and Keening is the trigger. Arniel was trying to recreate the circumstances of the Dwemer's disappearance by trying to tap into the Dwemer convected soul gem with Keening. While not exactly the same result, it essentially happened the same way to my knowledge.
The warped soul gem is by no means comparable to the power of Lorkhan's heart, and the factor of Arniel missing one of the tools used in harnessing its power, Sunder, might be irrelevant. I am sure Keening, if it's as powerful tool as it is often revered, can handle a soul gem. I think Arniel probably provided more answers in his experiment than maybe we realized. Not only can we now grasp the process of how the Dwemer disappeared, but where they are. And Peryite is coming soon, just wait one more moment.
First and foremost, you need heat, and lots of it. It very well could be this that determines how far you are sent from Mundus as well as the power source you are heating. Arniel cooked a gem in a stove and set it on fire. He can be seen as a ghost wandering around the College of Winterhold and can be summoned, so he did not get very far, but he succeeded in transporting his body somewhere else, either that or destroying it, which may also be a clue to the Dwemer's current status. Perhaps they too lost their bodies. But their spirit was sent Beyond...Or were they? I'll get to that soon. The Heart of Lorkhan is inside a volcano, hooked up to a giant Dwemer robot that, though the Heart was supposed to power the Numidium, could very well serve as a large convector of sorts to increase the temperature within the Heart to at least 100 million Kelvin. Rheids are only formed in extreme conditions of pressure, pressure that is required to create fusion. With the Heart of Lorkhan being a nuclear reactor compared to a tiny soul gem, with a dash of magic on the side, it would provide infinitely more power than a small soul gem ever will, and thus had the ability to really send the Dwemer places they never would have even thought of reaching...Or would it?
Ok, now to get to the Peryite part. This part of the theory isn't as well connected with the Dwemer as I would like, but bear with me here. It has been noted that Daedra can contest the will of the Divines. Look what happened to Trinimac. But what about Lorkhan? Or at least a piece of him? Trinimac was the champion, the Rocky Balboa of Akatosh. This is Lorkhan's heart. Can it be contained by a single Daedra? The Dwemer, though gifted in magic and cunning alike, were not as physically powerful as a Daedric Prince. It would be no surpise that something went wrong when trying to tap into Lorkhan's power. But what would happen to a Daedric Prince, and more interestingly, why haven't they tried to use the Heart's power for themselves? Maybe because it has already been claimed by Peryite.
Any other Daedric sod would use it to further their own sphere, given what we know about them, but Peryite is with keeping the "Natural Order." So naturally (No pun intended) when things go to crap when Dagoth Ur shows up during the Vvardenfell Crisis, having released a new disease called Corprus and Blight (Hey, who do we know who is the Lord of Pestilence?) Azura returns to restore balance before the Heart's powers are abused, and being an advocate of order, Peryite let's it happen. Probably planned the whole thing out from the beginning.
Again, this is the only part I think doesn't have as much evidence to support it other than deductions made from previous observations. It opens up a can of new questions like what Dagoth Ur's relationship to Peryite would be. One of Dagoth's goals was to return to Daedra worship at a time when it was shunned in the face of the Tribunal and Peryite may have supported him, though he must have known Dagoth was going to build a second golem, called the Akulakhan to spread Corprus and conquer Tamriel.
At first, Dagoth was defending the heart from the Tribunal, who sought to renew their divinity, which Peryite could have perceived as a threat to the "Natural Order" of the world, and let him go through with it, even allowing him to create a few diseases to help bolster Peryite's cause. But when Dagoth decided to go ape-sh*t and kill everyone, he allowed the Nerevarine to eliminate him and the heart, maybe his plan from the beginning. He would manipulate Dagoth into defending the heart from the Tribunal while creating new diseases until the Nerevarine would show up and destroy him and the heart, ensuring that the balance of the world was still kept.
At last, we are the end after a positively mind-bending read, no doubt. But really, I'm just throwing around some ideas, trying to kick up some conversation, so if you have any thoughts or theories of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and stay Mad.