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The Emperor and The Blades
The AgentThe Player Character. With a randomly decided background based on the character creation choices you made, this character eventually earned the trust of The Emperor, who personally sends him/her to Daggerfall to investigate King Lysandus's death and a letter he sent to the Queen of Daggerfall that went missing.
- Anti-Magic: If your custom class has Spell Absorption & various immunities, and even better if this is combined with high Intelligence & Willpower.
- The Chosen One: Averted, the player is simply someone the Emperor hires by virtue of previous work experience with his agents, making them unique amongst the PCs of the five main series TES games.
- At the end, if you try to keep the key and activate Numidium for your own use, you find out just how averted this is — it crushes you dead and goes on a berserk rampage through the empire.
- Crazy-Prepared: You'd better be. You'll never know if the dungeon you're about to save the damsel is a Vampire Coven or not. You'd better stock up with extra weapons, trinkets, healing and resistance potions and so on.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Possible through the custom class system.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Its possible for the Agent to become a vampire, a werewolf or a wereboar.
- Glass Cannon: If your custom class forbids all armor and only gains 1 hit point a level, but otherwise has good skills.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Always an option, unless your class forbids it. Notable for ignoring all material immunities.
- Healing Factor: Health regeneration during rest is mainly determined by your Endurance. It's advised to have high Endurance when you have to rest in a dungeon in order to save time, since most quests have a very strict time limit.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Possible by making the simplest custom class possible.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Made possible by joining a Knightly Order and wearing all heavy armor. If you don't have armor, then the Order will give you some. In fact, you will get benefits such as free inns.
Emperor Uriel Septim VIIThe Emperor of Tamriel and the Septim dynasty. After being freed from Oblivion in the events of the previous game, he returns to a Tamriel that had suffered from several provincial wars, and tries to keep the empire from erupting into chaos.
- Big Good: As good a big person can get, anyway. He mostly wants to keep the Iliac Bay loyal to the Empire, and isn't above using more discreet means to keep the peace.
- The Spymaster: Controls an extensive network of spies, the Blades, to help make ends meet.
Lady BrisiennaA high-ranking member of the Blades stationed in the court of Daggerfall who briefs you on your mission.
The Court of Daggerfall
King LysandusThe previous King of Daggerfall. He was killed during The War of Betony, but his ghost continued to haunt the streets of Daggerfall.
- Ghostly Goals: VEEEENGEAAAAANCE!
- Posthumous Character: Not even his death, but his ghost is what kicks off the main plot.
King GothrydLysandus's son, and present King of Daggerfall. Is implied to have masterminded Lysandus's death.
- Duel to the Death: After his father died, he challenged King Camaron of Sentinel to one of these; Camaron's death lead to Daggerfall winning the War of Betony.
Queen Aubk-iGothryd's wife, Queen Consort of Daggerfall, and daughter of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi of Sentinel.
- Altar Diplomacy: Married Gothryd to repair relations between Sentinel and Daggerfall, who had just been at war with each other.
Queen MyniseraLysandus's wife, and Queen Mother of Daggerfall.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Lysandus. When she caught word that he had been cheating on her, she banished his mistress to a (monster-filled) tower on the Isle of Balfiera, and cursed her so she couldn't leave.
- Hidden Depths: While she outwardly seems to be the most compliant to your goals, if you pursue Aubk-i's questline, we learn that she has a personal dungeon/retreat filled with undead creatures and vampires.
NulfagaKing Lysandus's mother, and a powerful witch who retreated into a dungeon in the Wrothgarian Mountains after her son died. She transports The Agent to the location of the Mantella at the end of the main quest.
- Foreshadowing: Her rambling hints to the fact that she was responsible for the fog that concealed Lysandus's (supposed) death.
The Court of Wayrest
King EadwyreKing of Wayrest, and second husband of Barenziah.
- Hidden Depths: Outwardly just a Fat King, but according to the Biography of Barenziah, he actually helped engineer Jagar Tharn's downfall.
Queen BarenziahSecond wife of King Eadwyre, Queen Consort of Wayrest, and Queen Dowager of Mournhold (the capital of Morrowind). Has a pretty famous biography written about her.
- Book Burning: An optional quest you can do for her has you recovering the (then) only copy of The Real Barenziah, Part VI, which details her being impregnated with Tiber Septim's child, then being forced to have an abortion.
- Femme Fatale: A notable not-totally-evil variety.
- Really Gets Around: Tries to censor a story written about her, The Real Barenziah, that details her many sexual relationships.
- Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the late second era, making her around 400 years old by the time of the game.
Prince HelsethBarenziah's firstborn son and King Eadwyre's stepson.
- Blackmail: He does this to the leader of the Elder Council in the quest you do for him.
- Evil Prince: Well, not exactly evil, but definitely morally bankrupt enough to make Machiavelli proud.
Princess MorgiahBarenziah's daughter and King Eadwyre's stepdaughter. She apparently makes frequent deals with Mannimarco, the King of Worms.
- All Witches Have Cats: She has a cat at her feet in her sprite. This should bring up a lot of red flags.
Princess ElysanaKing Eadwyre's daughter and Barenziah's stepdaughter. Betrothed to Lord Woodborne.
- Succession Crisis: Since she's younger than Helseth, but he's not blood-related to Eadwyre, they both have a shot at becoming the monarch of Wayrest when he dies.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: She sends you on a quest to help her "cousin" out [[spoiler:and then you get ambushed by several barbarians.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: In order to get the vote of an Elder Council member, Helseth tries to blackmail him. Elysana just has him killed with a cloak that summons daedra.
Lord WoodborneAn influential noble in Wayrest, and was one of Lysandus's advisors during the War of Betony. Betrothed to Princess Elysana. He killed King Lysandus just before the Battle of Cryngaine field and is in cahoots with King Gothryd.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Plans to marry Elysana, then betray her and her family to become King of Wayrest.
The Court of Sentinel
Queen AkorithiQueen of Sentinel, and widow of King Camaron.
- Hidden Depths: Appears to be one of the least morally bankrupt of the major royalty around the bay. And then you learn that she agreed to have her eldest son kidnapped and killed in a dungeon since he was a scholar instead of a warrior.
Prince LhotunThird son of King Camaron and Queen Akorithi. Has you investigate the truth behind his oldest brother's death.
- You Killed My Father: A book in the later games reveals that, after he becomes king, Lhotun hunts down and kills the people responsible for his brother's kidnapping and death.
Other Political Figures around the Iliac Bay
GortwogA self-styled Orcish prince who aims to develop an independent Orsinium as the homeland of the Orcs.
- Fantastic Racism: He makes a pretty good point that Orcs are only seen as violent because of racism and circumstance: people would attack Orcs indiscriminately, and as a result Orcs had to develop a violent behavior to survive.
Mannimarco, The King of WormsThe "King" of liches, vampires, and necromancers residing in Scourg Barrow in the Dragontail Mountains. Is otherwise a very prominent figure in the criminal community.
- A God Am I: Plans to use the Totem of Tiber Septim and the Mantella to ascend to godhood.
Zurin Arctus, The UnderkingThe lich-like figure on the front of the box, the Underking's heart fuels the MacGuffin everyone is after.
- Covers Always Lie: The game's cover makes him look like the Big Bad. In fact, he's one of the most sympathetic factions in the game, since he's the only one who doesn't want to use the Numidium for warfare.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his sinister appearance, he's probably the most heroic of the game's factions, since he objected to using the Numidium to attack independents, tried to destroy it rather than let it be used for evil, and is just a Death Seeker in the modern day.
- Death Seeker: His heart is what powers the Numidium, so he needs to get it back and destroy it in order to die.
- Dem Bones: As a lich, of course.
- The Ghost: We never actually see him, and he only communicates to the Player Character via letters and agents.
- Multiple-Choice Past: The various in-game texts about him disagree on his backstory, goals, and in a few cases even his identity.
- Technological Pacifist: A magical version of this. He created the Numidium as a Weapon of Peace to be used for purely defensive purposes, and was horrified when Uriel Septim VII started using it to forge an empire instead.