Asskicking Equals Authority: Pretty much how you end up at the top of any of the guilds or factions. Especially true for the ones where you have to kill the previous guildmaster in battle.
Badass: In his/her past incarnation the Nevarine is responsible for defeating Dagoth Ur. In the present incarnation, he/she is destined to do it all again.
The Chosen One: Chosen by Azura to punish the Tribunal, destroy the Heart and kill Dagoth Ur.
The Unchosen One: For once, these aren't mutually exclusive - by selecting the right dialogue options, it's possible to play a Nerevarine who's fulfilling the prophecy because they think it's the right thing to do, not just Because Destiny Says So.
Cursed with Awesome: For starters, once you start gaining notoriety as the Nerevarine, this can get you the attention of some awesome allies... and some really nasty enemies. Also, once you get the corprus cure, you still have the disease, minus any of the negative effects, meaning you no longer have to worry about getting any type of disease again.
Deadpan Snarker: In the Journal, your character will make some pithy comments on occasion.
Featureless Protagonist: In terms of gameplay, the Nerevarine can be anything the player wants them to be in terms of race, gender, class, birthsign, etc. A few details of his or her backstory are established in the storyline however: the Nerevarine was a prisoner, he or she was sent from the Imperial City's prison to Morrowind, there was something special about his or her day of birth ("born on a certain day"), and his or her parents are unknown. A Dunmer Nerevarine wasn't born in Morrowind, either, which still makes him/her to be qualified since the lost prophecies said that the Nerevarine would be an outlander.
Going Native: At least going partly native is heavily encouraged (joining a Great House — even the most imperialized House, Hlaalu, is still at core a Dunmer house based on Dunmer traditions — and just looking out for the interests of Morrowind's people first, prominently mentioned when Caius Cosades is recalled, leaving you the highest ranking Blade in the area). It's entirely possible to go full-blown, avoid all the non-Blade Imperial factions, and join just a Great House and the Temple (unless you go native in the Telvanni — their traditions discourage giving more than the absolute minimum of tolerance to the Tribunal).
Guile Hero: The original Nerevar was one of these, and to complete much of the game, the player will have to be the same.
Rags to Riches: You start off as a penniless prisoner fresh off the boat with nothing more than the clothes on your back. By the end of the game, you'll very likely have more gold than you could ever spend, a vast collection of legendary artifacts and a mansion stronghold to store it all in. The process will usually only take a matter of a couple months.
Reincarnation: Of Nerevar... maybe. You're capable of wearing the Moon-and-Star ring, which is designed to kill anyone who isn't Nerevar, and Dagoth Ur calls you "Nerevar, my old friend". But there's hints that you've been shoe-horned into the role by Azura, who wants to give the Tribunal a good kicking.
Whether you were shoehorned into the role or not, by the end of it, you pretty much have become his reincarnation, by mantling him.
Really 700 Years Old: It's heavily implied only the detrimental effects of Corpus were cured but not the benefits, leaving the Nerevarine as The Ageless. There are definite indications that the Nerevarine is still alive-and-kicking by the time of Skyrim, over 200 years later. Of course, since there's no "canon" name or race or gender for the Nerevarine, a few third-hand accounts are about all the writers could plausibly include to say so.
Folk Hero: For the Ashlanders. Also a Messianic figure, who is believed will return one day to strike down the "false gods" of the Tribunal.
Guile Hero: His greatest skills were his leadership and supernatural powers of persuasion.
Iconic Item: In-universe, his Moon-And-Star ring. Also, True Flame to a lesser extent.
The Leader: Type II during the Chimer's war with the Dwemer in the backstory. The rest of the band consisted of the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur.
Posthumous Character: Has been dead for around 4000 years by the events of the game. His death, prophesied reincarnation, and the subsequent use of the Heart of Lorkhan by the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur to obtain divinity are the catalyst for the game's plot. Everything we know of his life and death comes from in-game books and Rashomon style stories from key characters.
The Rashomon: The accounts of his death conflict greatly. The official stance of the Tribunal Temple, the Dissident Priests, the Ashlanders, Dagoth Ur, Vivec, and Azura all recount it differently. What is known for sure is that Nerevar died at Red Mountain. Some say the Tribunal did it, others Dagoth Ur, or that he went too deep into Red Mountain seeking the Sharmat and the volcano exploded. We'll probably never know what actually happened, on the assumption that not all of them are true.
Worthy Opponent: He and Dumac Dwarfking showed shades of this prior to their alliance, at which point they became close friends.
The Tribunal (ALMSIVI)
A fresco depicting the Tribunal found in Vivec city. From left to right: Vivec, Almalexia, Sotha Sil
A trio of living flesh-and-blood gods. They were Nerevar's trusted advisers who went against the wishes of Azura to use the Tools of Kagrenac on the Heart of Lorkhan to obtain divinity.Tropes describing the Tribunal as a whole:
A God Am I: They take this attitude. Justified, due to them actually being gods.
Vivec: Can you, mortal, presume to judge the actions and motives of a god?
Corrupt Church: What the Tribunal Temple (which worships the Tribunal) has become in recent centuries. Curiously, it was much better when the Tribunal lived and worked among their people. Since they were forced to withdraw to conserve their power and it fell to the mortals to run church affairs, the corruption increased and spread.
Fighter, Mage, Thief: Their "mythic roles" fall into these archetypes with Almalexia as the Fighter, Sotha Sil as the Mage, and Vivec as the Thief.
God Emperor: Though not officially the government, they have exerted great influence over the affairs of the Dunmer for many millennia and are technically gods.
Gods Need Prayer Badly: After the Nerevarine destroys the Heart of Lorkhan, their connection to divinity is permanently severed. Talking to Vivec afterward reveals they are able to persist with a trace of their divinity in-tact due to the faith of their followers.
Physical God: After obtaining their divine power from the Heart of Lorkhan.
Portmanteau: They style themselves as "ALMSIVI," which is made up of Almalexia, Sotha Sil, and Vivec.
Really 4000 Years Old: Due to them being gods, and thus, immortal. Special mention to Sotha Sil who, as Vivec puts it, is of "Nerevar's generation," being even older than Vivec or Almalexia.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Though not officially the government, each has a royal title. Vivec as the "Guardian God King," Almalexia as the "Face-Snaked Queen," and Sotha Sil as the "Clockwork King." In ages past, the embodied this trope. They led the defense of Morrowind from multiple takeover attempts by the Reman and Septim empires over the course of several millennia, thwarted at least two takeover attempts by Akiviri races, and banished Mehrunes Dagon at least once. They also established and maintained the Ghostfence, which is the only thing keeping Dagoth Ur and the Blight at bay. By the time the game takes place, they've gone several centuries without being able to recharge their divinity, so they've been forced to withdraw from the day to day affairs of mortals in order to conserve energy.
Three-Way Sex: Per Sermon 12 of Vivec's 36 Lessons, although sex amongst gods likely isn't as we mortals understand it.
Time Crash: When they used the Tools of Kagrenac on the Heart of Lorkhan, they brought together two timelines: one where they were mortal advisers ascending to godhood and one where they had always been gods.
Vivec (a.k.a. Vehk, V'Vehk, Vehk and Vehk)
"Love is under my will only."
THIS SERMON IS FORBIDDEN."Warrior Poet and Guardian God-King of the Holyland of Vvardenfell." Formerly one of Nerevar's top advisers and a member of the Tribunal. He resides in his palace in the city of Vivec, named after himself.THIS SERMON IS UNTRUE"Future Glorious Invisible Warrior-Poet of Vvardenfell, Vivec." One of the members of ALMSIVI, born as the image of an egg to a Netchiman's wife in the days of Resdaynia. During his pre-life, he was taught by many spirits and creatures before his mother was captured and killed by the Dwemer. After being put in the simulacrum of the Netchiman's wife they had made, he returned to the surface world and was eventually found by Nerevar and brought to Almalexia, where he merged with the simulacrum of his mother, gilled and blended in all the arts of the star-wounded East, under water and in fire and in metal and in ash, six times the wise, and he became the union of male and female, the magic hermaphrodite, the martial axiom, the sex-death of language and unique in all the middle world, and was Nerevar's lord, master and teacher until Nerevar's death."Both of these explanations are true. The use of the heart of Lorkhan brought together two divergent timelines, one where Vivec was a mortal advisor and another where he had always been a god.
Badass: He taught the Dunmer how to breath underwater and then flooded the island to kill the Akaviri invaders.
Barrier Maiden: A male example. He's the only member of the Tribunal still using his power to maintain the Ghostfence. He's all but retreated completely from the affairs of mortals in order to conserve his power.
Blatant Lies: He admits that some of his sermons were false. He is also known to tell a number of half-truths, lies of omission, and "from a certain point of view" type truths. His 36 Lessons provide examples of all of these.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: His 36 Lessons as well as some of his dialogue choices suggest that his "godhood" comes from realizing that he was in a video game and using that knowledge to edit the situation around him. He makes vague references to things like the Player Character ("The ruling king who only he can address as an equal,") pausing the game, console commands, and the Construction Set Level Editor. His explanation on what happens if he should "die" also sounds a lot like saving the game and reloading if you die:
Vivec: "When I die in the world of time, then I'm completely asleep. I'm very much aware that all I have to do is choose to wake. And I'm alive again. Many times I have very deliberately tried to wait patiently, a very long, long time before choosing to wake up. And no matter how long it feels like I wait, it always appears, when I wake up, that no time has passed at all."
Vivec: We don't communicate. Without the Heart, our divine powers must diminish. She takes her divinity very seriously, and the loss weighs heavily on her. She tends to brood, and I fear she will do herself and others harm.
Flaming Hair: In-game books and depictions (like the fresco further up this page) state and depict Vivec as being "bald except for flame." However, this is not the case when you meet him in the game.
God Needs Prayer Badly: He claims that Baar Dau (aka the Ministry of Truth) is held up by the power of his peoples' love for him, and if they should stop loving him, he would allow it to fall.
Hermaphrodite: Typically referred to as a male, though. It's important to his mythic role as the Trickster/Stranger figure, where Sotha Sil is male (Clockwork King of the Three-And-One) and Almalexia is female (Face-snaked Queen of the Three-And-One).
Jerkass God: The Baar Dau/Ministry of Truth situation mentioned above, his betrayal of Nerevar, some of the things he does throughout the 36 Lessons...the list goes on.
Number Two / The Lancer: To Nerevar during the Chimer's war with the Dwemer in the backstory. The other Tribunes and Dagoth Ur filled out the band.
Phallic Weapon: Literally (assuming you can trust the 36 Lessons,) with his "spear," MUATRA.
Supporting Leader: Becomes one towards the end of the main quest when he passes the Wraithguard on to the Nerevarine. He rescinds the order to kill/arrest the Nerevarine and passes on his knowledge of how to destroy the Heart of Lorkhan, the source of Dagoth Ur's (and the Tribunal's) divinity. He also orders the Ordinators and Buoyant Armigers inside Ghostgate to aid the Nerevarine in any way they can.
The Trickster: One of his mythic roles, which goes along with being the "anticipation" of Mephala.
"Merciful Healing Mother and Goddess of the Dunmer." Formerly Nerevar's wife and one of the members of the Tribunal. Resides in her temple in the city of Mournhold.
Action Girl: In the backstory (revealed by several in-game books, the 2920 series in particular), she banished Mehrunes Dagon after an epic battle when he was summoned to destroy Old Mournhold. She (along with Wulfharth and the Underking) defeated the forces of Ada'Soom Dir Kamal at Red Mountain during the Akaviri invasion of Morrowind. In-game, she's also one of the toughest opponents you'll face.
The Chick: In the Chimer's war with the Dwemer in the backstory. Nerevar, the other Tribunes, and Dagoth Ur filled out the rest of the band.
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Justified. She, like Vivec, hasn't been able to replenish her divinity for several centuries. Also, if battled after completing the main game's main quest, her ties to divinity are severed with the destruction of the Heart of Lorkhan. See Brought Down to Badass above.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: One of the quests she gives the Nerevarine is to reforge the original Nerevar's blade TrueFlame, presumably to use against a deranged Sotha Sil. However, she's the bad guy, and basically gave one you of the best swords in the game. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what to do.
Praetorian Guard: "Her Hands" elite ordinators, decked out in powerfully enchanted high ordinator armor.
Uriah Gambit: Sends the Nerevarine to kill Sotha Sil, who was already dead by Almalexia's hand. Sotha Sil's clockwork city contains dozens of strong fabricants and numerous deathtraps. Then, when the Nerevarine survives those, while alone in Sotha Sil's clockwork city, she tries to kill the Nerevarine herself.
"The Magnus, Wizard-Mystic God of the Dunmer." The last survivor of the minor house Sotha, former member of the Psijic Order (or at least a prominent associate,) and one of the members of the tribunal. Resides, withdrawn from the world, in his magical clockwork city.
Defector from Decadence: Unlike Vivec and Almalexia, who chose to live and work among their people (at least until they were cut off from the Heart of Lorkhan,) Sotha Sil was the least concerned with the affairs of mortals and spent much of his time withdrawn from the world in the seclusion of his Clockwork City. If asked, Vivec will speculate that Sotha Sil may not even notice his godhood is gone once the Nerevarine destroys the Heart.
Sotha Sil: The Tools of Kagrenac in your possession? I think not. Were you to have them, I would fear for your life. They are not tools for mortals, Fyr, as you well know.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Possibly. He was always the most reclusive member of the Tribunal, and the least concerned with the affairs of mortals. Whether or not he ever actually went "insane" prior to his death at the hands of the actually crazy Almalexia is unknown.
Dagoth Ur (a.k.a Voryn Dagoth, Sharmat)
Dagoth Ur with Akulakhan
''I AM THE SHARMAT
I AM OLDER THAN MUSIC
WHAT I BRING IS LIGHT
WHAT I BRING IS A STAR''
Former Lord of Great House Dagoth and trusted adviser of Nerevar. Was trusted to guard the tools of Kagrenac, but instead became corrupted by them and was the first to use them to obtain divinity from the Heart of Lorkhan. His physical body was slain at the time of Nerevar's death, but he coalesced during the millenia the Tribunal reigned. During one of their pilgrimages to Red Mountain to recharge their divinity, a reformed Dagoth Ur ambushed them and captured two of the tools of Kagrenac (Keening and Sunder) before they could escape. Since then, his power has waxed with the spreading of the Blight, while the power of the Tribunal has waned since they can no longer replenish their divine powers.He also has been the Sharmat since the beginning of time, waiting for Nerevar in the bowels of Red Mountain, one of the ones in their inelegant eleven. His misunderstanding as to the nature of the world and his insistence that there exists a true symbology of the center is the cause of his contagious madness.Like Vivec above, both of these explanations are true as his use of the Heart of Lorkhan brought together two timelines.
A God Am I: Justified, as he really is a god despite having once been mortal.
Dagoth Ur: What a fool you are. I'm a god, how can you kill a god? What a grand and intoxicating innocence. How could you be so naive?
Affably Evil: Generally polite towards the Nerevarine until the final battle.
The Big Guy: In the Chimer's war with the Dwemer in the backstory. Nerevar and the Tribunal filled out the rest of the band.
Face-Heel Turn: Originally one of Nerevar's trusted advisers along with the Tribunal. He was corrupted by the tools of Kagrenac when he was tasked to guard them.
King in the Mountain: A villainous version. Many thought he was dead before he returned as a god, and there are many allusions to him having been sleeping for the thousands of years the Tribunal ruled.
Mad God: Vivec explicitly calls him one. He has a chaotic and distorted personality. He can go from polite and benevolent at one moment to bloodthirsty and murderous the next. However, only the polite side is seen in game.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: From his point of view and following his logic, he hates the Empire and blames the Tribunal for having "sacrificed the honor and dignity of the Dunmer race" when they acquiesced to Tiber Septim. In reality, it was only because HE cut the Tribunal off from their source of divine power in the Heart of Lorkhan that they were forced to surrender to the Empire. When the Tribunal was still at full power, they helped to repel multiple Imperial, Akaviri, and Daedric invasion attempts over the course of several millennia. And even then, Vivec managed to secure a number of concessions and autonomy for Morrowind that the other provinces did not get by handing over the Numidium. Unfortunately, you don't get the chance to point this out to Dagoth Ur.
Physical God: Like the members of the Tribunal, thanks to the Heart of Lorkhan.
Psychic Dreams for Everyone: How he communicates with his agents, the Sleepers and Dreamers. The Nerevarine will start getting them as he/she progresses in the main storyline.
Really 4000 Years Old: Like the Tribunal, thanks to the heart of Lorkhan. According to Vivec, he was of "Nerevar's generation, older than we."
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wishes to drive the Empire out of Morrowind, throw down the Tribunal, and perhaps make all mortals gods.
We Can Rule Together: Offers this to the Nerevarine at one point, and an actual chance to do so was cut from the game before release.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Possible interpretation, if you believe that the Tribunal cast him away to do exactly what their friend and King had told them explicitly not to do and convincing him said King had betrayed him in the process.
Daedric Prince whose sphere is dusk and dawn, and the magic in between the realms of twilight. A key player in the events of the game.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: Her statue is topless but undetailed. Her avatar which appears to the player at the end of the main quest and the Tribunal main quest is more modestly dressed.
The Chessmaster: Maybe. The fact that we aren't sure is a testament to her skill. In particular, is the Nerevarine really the reincarnation of Nerevar, or just a convenient pawn of hers to exact revenge on the Tribunal?
Disproportionate Retribution: So the Tribunal (and Dagoth Ur) used the Heart of Lorkhan against her will and (one or all of them) murdered her faithful follower Nerevar. In retaliation, she turns the skin of all the Dunmer people an ashen gray and turns their eyes to a blood red. She promises that Nerevar will be reincarnated to cast down the "false gods" of the Tribunal, which winds up happening later.
Good Is Not Nice: Considered one of the "good" Daedra by the Dunmer, and in general by the people of Tamriel, but she's the one who cursed them with ashen skin and red eyes for the Tribunal's perceived blasphemy against her. Also, her quest for revenge against the Tribunal, including the reincarnation of Nerevar, eventually and indirectly leads to the destruction of Morrowind.
Unwitting Pawn: The Nerevarine, regardless of whether they're a true reincarnation of Nerevar or not.
King Hlaalu Helseth
King of Morrowind during the events of the game and a major player in the Tribunal expansion.
Manipulative Bastard / The Chessmaster: Very much so. Fail to capture the throne of Wayrest during the events of Daggerfall? Return to your mother's homeland and capture the throne there. The former King Llethan is old and weak? Poison him and usurp his throne. Kill his chosen heir in the process as well. Some "Nerervarine" character is making news in Vvardenfell? Send the Dark Brotherhood to kill him. When they fail, get him to work for you. The in-game book A Game at Dinner also provides a great example, in which Helseth roots out a spy.
Murder, Inc.: He's very fond of sending the Dark Brotherhood to eliminate potential threats to him.
Assassin Outclassin': His assassins are, of course, no match for the Nerevarine. These failed assassination attempts start off the plot for Tribunal.
Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: His strongest bodyguard, Karrod, is a Redguard. The Captain of the Royal Guards, Tienius Delitian, is an Imperial. Alusannah, another Redguard, is the personal bodyguard of Helseth's mother Barenziah.
Puppet King: What his position has been prior to his ascension to the throne. The Tribunal Temple, Great Houses, and higher-ups in the Empire held any and all real power. Helseth is working to change that...
A reclusive wizard who runs the "Corprusarium," a safe haven for those afflicted with the Corprus disease.
Badass Grandpa: According to one of his daughter/wives, he's one of the oldest non-divine beings in Tamriel and still a powerful wizard. (According to the construction set files, he's level 65 - the highest of any NPC in the game.)
Find the Cure: He's searching for a cure for Corprus and possibly may have found one. Sort of.
If he's to be believed, the Nerevarine still has corprus and the potion he gave them just took away all the bad effects, while keeping the good effects intact. Thus it's not technically a cure or even reliable as a vaccine, since aside from the Nerevarine, everyone else who had taken the potion died shortly afterwards.
Odd Friendship: With his former Argonian slave Vistha-Kai, who now serves as the warden of the Corprusarium. Also with Yagrum Bagarn, the last living dwemer and one of his earliest patients.
Unstoppable Rage: He will epically lose his cool if you do something to screw up a quest for the Blades (like kill someone you need to talk to).
It's so nice to see you, dumpling.
An important figure within House Hlaalu who writes plays in his spare time.
Camp Gay: His dialogue is written this way, although he's technically bisexual.
Depraved Bisexual: If your character wants to take over House Hlaalu one day, he wants to see them naked first. Regardless of gender. Or species. To gain his support during the main quest so you can save the world, he'll ask for money to cover his expenses...or, if he likes you (disposition 70+), a kiss
Dirty Old Man: To a degree. He's clearly dirty, and he can't be that young, as he has gotten to the position of Hlaalu councilor the hard way, but he doesn't limit himself to young women. Or women. Or mammals.
Guile Hero: His approach to fighting corruption within the House. He's not above letting everyone around him think he's an easily manipulated fool while he's at it, either.
A resident of Divayth Fyr's Corprusarium and the last living Dwemer.
Last of His Kind: He's the last living Dwemer. He was outside of time when the calamity that wiped out his people occurred and returned to find them gone. He caught the Corprus disease soon after and ended up in the Corprusarium.
Retired Badass: Forcibly retired due to the effects of the corprus disease. Prior to that however, he was a master crafter in service to Lord Kagrenac (inventor of the Wraithguard, Keening, and Sunder.) He was apparently capable of traveling to undescribed "outer realms" (thus avoiding the fate of the rest of his race.) Also, a full set of Dwemer armor and the legendary hammer Volendrung can be found nearby him.