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Queen Ayrenn Arana Aldmeri
- Voiced By: Kate Beckinsale
- Action Girl: Despite being the Queen, she's a damn good fighter in her own right.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Her full name is "Ayrenn Arana Aldmeri".
- Big Good: For the Dominion.
- The Good King: More The Good Queen, but pretty benevolent by Altmer standards, though she still thinks humans are unfit to rule Tamriel.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She's completely shocked when Estre turns out to be the Veiled Queen, despite earlier telling the player that Estre was more broken-up about Ayrenn taking the throne away from her brother than even Naemon was. She also doesn't show any signs of recognizing her brother's jealousy, even though he resents the fact that he was almost done with the coronation requirements and the fact that his wife's murderer (you) is considered a Dominion hero and the Queen's new best friend.
- Humans Are Bastards: While she's not nearly as big on the Fantastic Racism aspect of this trope as some of her predecessors (and future successors) were, the fact that she still believes this to some degree is why she doesn't want either the Pact or the Covenant controlling Cyrodiil.
- Implausible Deniability: After Naemon jumps in Ayrenn's place in the Orrery, Ayrenn orders that her brother's death be treated as one of a hero. Even after he is forced to return as a lich, she simply uses that to leverage the story and say that he was used by the Veiled Heritance from beginning to end.
- Lady of War: As nice as she is by Altmer standards, she's quite ruthless when it comes to the war and keeping her own house in order.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: While she wants to make peace with humans, she still doesn't want them in charge of Cyrodiil.
- Noodle Incident: At one point, she had one of these with Razum-Dar. She isn't keen on sharing the details. Except to say that it involved a schoolmarm dress, lots of wine, and some city that began with the letter W. (Either Whiterun or Windhelm, she's not sure.)
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Arguably the most reasonable and personable of the three Alliance leaders. Unlike the volatile Enemy Mine of the Ebonheart Pact and the heavily implied political and racial corruption of the Daggerfall Covenant, Ayreen formed the Dominion out of a genuine desire to protect and safeguard her people in the wake of the Soul Burst. Certain dialogues and sidequests all but state that she is the most tolerant and accepting of the non-Dominion races in comparison to the Covenant and Pact, and during the ceasefire conference on Stirk, she's pretty much the only one who realizes that Molag Bal's threat is considerably more important than the rush for Cyrodiil.
- State Sec: The 'Eyes of the Queen' are part Secret Service, and part Central Intelligence Agency who are allowed to do pretty much whatever they want, so long as it is for the good of the Aldmeri Dominion. They answer directly to her.
A Khajiit agent who serves as a high-ranking officer of the Eyes of the Queen. He serves as a major ally to the player character, if they are with the Dominion.
- Cat Folk: Comes with being a Khajiit.
- Chivalrous Pervert: A lot of his dialogue comes off as this.
- Deadpan Snarker: He definitely has his moments.
- Dual Wielding: He uses two daggers to fight.
- The Lancer: In many ways, he serves as Ayrenn's second-in-command.
- Noodle Incident: Queen Ayrenn has a story about the two of them that she gets rather embarrassed about whenever it comes up. He also rode a guar naked through an Argonian temple, the full story he only shares with veteran agents.
- Plucky Comic Relief: By far one of the funnier characters in the game, even people who have no idea what he's talking about can find his quips rather entertaining.
- State Sec: One of the Eyes of the Queen.
- Third-Person Person: In the manner of Khajiit speech, he often refers to himself either as "this one" or "Razum-dar." Played for Laughs when he acts as Ayrenn's body double at one point, with Kate Beckinsale accidentally stating "this one" once or twice.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you fail to destroy the Crown of Elven Supremacy. Trying to convince him that you simply couldn't let him die doesn't make him any less furious at you, though he does come back around eventually.
- Uncertain Doom: One of the final quests has him trapped in an Ayleid ruin, and the only way out also happens to be mutually-exclusive to destroying an Artifact of Doom that threatens Queen Ayrenn. The player has to choose between destroying the artifact (which Razum-dar wants, as his duty is to die for the queen) or saving him while the artifact remains a threat. However, because the game has no means of knowing when the player will complete this quest, Razum-dar may still show up later with some sort of vague Hand Wave to explain why he's still around.
Prince NaemonThe younger brother to Queen Ayrenn, was due to take the throne of Alinor before Ayrenn suddenly returned.
- And I Must Scream: You can find him in Heart's Grief in Coldharbour, where he's spent all of this time being suffocated but not dying for failing Molag Bal.
- Arc Villain: Of the Greenshade arc.
- Body Horror: Happens to him when the Orrery activates. He becomes a big, fat monstrosity that tries to attack Ayrenn.
- Came Back Wrong: He is brought back as a Lich during the Greenshade arc by Pelildil.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is secretly resentful of Ayrenn ascending to the throne instead of him, but he still loves and supports her anyway. The Orrery takes this Up to Eleven by forcing these feelings to the surface.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Played with. He doesn't agree with his sister's policies, not the least of which involved ordering the death of his wife, or how the Dominion is run, but still aids his sister out of loyalty.
- Spare to the Throne: His coronation was set within days of his sister's return. Actually takes it rather well, all things considered. His wife, on the other hand...
- Tomato Surprise: The Orrery reveals that he was deeply resentful of Ayrenn ascending to the throne, and when it brings these feelings (and some Body Horror) to the surface, he tries to assassinate her.
The Veiled Queen/High Kinlady EstreThe leader of the Veiled Heritance, a group of extremist Altmer who want to drive all non-Altmer out of the Summerset Isles, as well as depose Queen Ayreen and destroy the Aldmeri Dominion. Also Prince Naemon's wife.
- Deal with the Devil: Sics Daedra on Dawnbreak and Firsthold; in the latter case, even opening portals to the Deadlands!
- It goes deeper than that. The Veiled Heritance have, in fact, made deals with the Maormer, the Ebonheart Pact and Mehrunes Dagon. And when you confront the Veiled Queen, you can find proof of her dealing with Mannimarco as well.
- Fantastic Racism: The Heritance's forte. They only want Altmer in the Summerset Isles.
King Camoran AeradanThe King of Valenwood, set the foundation of the Aldmeri Dominion in motion by enlisting the aid of Queen Ayrenn in repulsing invaders from Cyrodiil.
- Modest Royalty: Very approachable, he wears utilitarian armor even on the throne. Like many Wood Elves in the game, he speaks with a cockney accent.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: A humorous example, when speaking bluntly about Prince Naemon.Aeradan: He's the one with the entire Elden Root up his flue. I can say that, I'm the King.
Ulthorn / The HoundA Bosmer who was in love with the Green Lady before she ascended to her new position. Her rejection of him, due to the Green Lady being bound by fate to be the bride of the Silvenar, drove him to become the Hound, a servant of Hircine, in an attempt to gain her back.
- Arc Villain: Of the Malabal Tor arc.
- Body Horror: Comes with the werebeast territory.
- The Dragon: To Hircine.
- Love Makes You Evil: His obsession with the Green Lady caused him to sell his soul to Hircine in exchange for the power he thinks will be enough to win her back.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was this to the Drublog for the first half of the Malabal Tor arc.
- Not Good with Rejection: He sold his soul to a Daedric Prince after the Green Lady rejected him.
- Unwitting Pawn: Hircine never had any intention of giving him the Green Lady. As the strongest of the Bosmer, the species in Tamriel best known for their hunters, she's the ultimate prize for him. Ulthorn was just the tool he planned to use to get his hands on her.
- Yandere: For the Green Lady.
Javad TharnLeader of the Reaper's March invasion by the Colovians, having also brought the Stonefire Cult with him. He seeks to destroy the Dominion by plunging the Khajiit into darkness.
SilvenarThe spiritual leader of the Bosmer.
- The Diplomat: He's on Khenarthi's Roost for three-way negotiations between the Dominion, the local Khajiit and the Maormer.
- Modest Royalty: Comes with being an Anthropomorphic Personification of his nation's spirit. The whole nation's, from nobles to peasants.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With the Green Lady. They are both chosen for their roles, and these roles require them to marry. The current couple love each other dearly.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a cool-headed leader, in opposition to his confrontational, hot-blooded advisor.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Green Lady's red.
- Ruling Couple: Aeradan may be the king of Valenwood, but Silvenar and the Green Lady are the soul and strength of the Bosmer.
- Sacrificial Lion: He gets assassinated by the Maormer to prevent Khenarthi's Roost joining the Dominion.
The Green LadyThe martial leader of the Bosmer.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The mantle of the Green Lady makes her the personification of the whole race's martial might.
- Blood Knight: Comes with the mantle. She's a military leader, her husband's bodyguard and the greatest of living Bosmer fighters.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With the Silvenar. They are both chosen for their roles, and these roles require them to marry. The current couple love each other dearly.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Silvenar's blue.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Silvenar is killed, she vows to destroy those responsible. After the end of Khenarthi's Roost arc, she declares that once she finishes Silvenar's burial rites, she will spend the rest of her remaining life hunting Maormer.
- Ruling Couple: Aeradan may be the king of Valenwood, but Silvenar and the Green Lady are the soul and strength of the Bosmer.
High King Emeric
- Voiced By: Bill Nighy
- Archenemy: In his backstory, he and King Ranser of Rivenspire were mortal enemies. Ranser came very close to dethroning him.
- Big Good: For the Covenant.
- Deadpan Snarker: He holds nothing about being High King sacred, and frequently jokes about what a pain in the ass it is ruling the Covenant.
- The Good King: Yup. For one, he managed to get the Bretons, Orcs, and Redguards to form an alliance, despite the three peoples' mutual distrust.
- The High King: In his own right, he is King of Stormhaven, ruling from Wayrest. He commands the loyalty, among others, of King Fahara'jad of Alikr and King Casimir of Daggerfall.
- Merchant Prince: How he gained his prestige.
- Modest Royalty: He's a pretty down-to-earth, recognizes talented individuals with the praise they deserve, admits when he is wrong, and doesn't let being High King get to his head.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He and his brother Nathaniel married the daughters of King Fahara'jad of Alikr, and both ended up in happy marriages.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Definitely does later on in the game.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thought giving rule of Rivenspire to a triumvirate of leading noblemen would allow him to stymie any attempts to unify the region against him, pretty standard Chessmaster stuff. Unfortunately, it led to a civil war in Rivenspire at a time when the Covenant cannot afford internal conflict.
King Fahara'jadThe Redguard king, responsible for bringing Hammerfell into the Daggerfall Covenant.
- Older Than They Look: He has three grown children, including one who's been in a relatively long marriage with King Emeric.
- Papa Wolf: When his daughter Lakana is killed by a Breton knight, he threatens to withdraw the Redguards from the Daggerfall Covenant unless the guilty party is immediately executed. This is despite the fact that Fahara'jad is a strong proponent of the Covenant otherwise, even overriding the wishes of a segment of his own people.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: During the Alik'r Desert questline. He endorses and assists the Vestige every step of the way, even doing so privately when he cannot be seen publicly endorsing attacks on the undead (due to a strong Redguard cultural taboo, which could be politically costly for him).
- Sucksessor: Fahara'jad himself doesn't actually suck as a ruler, but as a Forebear who brings the Redguards into an alliance with foreign powers, he is regarded as this by the more isolationist, tradition-bound Crown population.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you spared Sir Hughes during the Wayrest arc, then in your first meeting with him he furiously demands to know why you let his daughter's murderer live.
Prince AzanKing Fahara'jad's only son.
- Distressed Dude: Lampshaded; he expresses embarrassment the second time the Vestige has to rescue him from the bad guys.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite the Distressed Dude moments mentioned above, Azan is a capable warrior and a Reasonable Authority Figure much like his father.
Captain KaleenA Redguard Sailor, she saves the Soulless One from drowning if they sided with the Daggerfall Covenant
- The Caper: She's the brains behind one and has a questline requiring you to collect the members of, and pull off said heist.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted, especially if you destroy the relic. During the course of two voyages, she managed to suffer a mutiny by two separate crews. This is mostly down to her increasingly Lawful Neutral behavior clashing with her far more chaotic underlings.
- Did Not Think This Through: Wants to give the Ayleid artifact to King Fahara'jad so he can use it to help the Covenant. The artifact has the ability to raise an army of undead. Redguards are virulently opposed to necromancy of any kind, and would never use such an artifact. At no point does any of this seem to occur to her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Her cabin girl is practically screaming it from the rooftops.
- Privateer: For King Fahara'jad.
- Skewed Priorities: Master Kasan, her mentor, thinks this of her when she says she wants to give an Ayleid Artifact of Doom to King Fahara'jad. Her first priority, in his opinion, should be to make sure something so evil never again can be used to harm people.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even if you bend over backwards to recruit everyone for her heist, if you destroy the artifact that the Bloodthorn Cult was using to enslave Orc spirits on Betnikh, all her respect for you flies out the window, and she'll see you as a traitor to the Covenant.
- On the other hand, talking to her at Sentinel reveals that she feels awful for putting her alliance before Lambur's feelings, and shouldn't have been so insistent on keeping the thing. It also helps that, assuming the Rivenspire arc was completed beforehand, that by this point you saved her life and helped her stop a traitorous spy from inciting a civil war in the Covenant.
- Voiced By: Steve Blum
- Bi the Way: Calls the player "good looking" irrespective of gender, and has several female admirers, as well as one male one.
- Chick Magnet: He catches the eye of three women on the Spearhead.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Along with the three women mentioned above, a male Nord also joins the crew just to see him work shirtless.
- Nice Guy: Despite being a bit of a rake, he's actually one of the nicer members of the crew. He's always nice to the player character, doesn't get mad if you give the gemstone to Headman Bhosek's associate, and is the only Breton crewman on the Spearhead who thinks you should destroy the Ayleid Artifact of Doom, even if it might give the Covenant an advantage.
Captain Darien GautierA captain in the army of the Covenant, and the son of General Gautier. The player first meets him during the campaign to retake the city of Camlorn from the werewolves of Angolf.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is rather sarcastic in the situations he's in. For example when he is in a dangerous place he will sarcastically pretend it's a lovely place.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Darien loves the ladies, but he's a good guy.
- The Good Captain: He does his best to put The Men First, and he frequently backs up the Player Character without any fuss.
- Never Found the Body: He vanishes after the destruction of the Planar Vortex, but unlike King Dynar his death is not officially confirmed. It is heavily implied through his dialogue about his strange dreams that he was forcibly transported to Meridia's realm, the Colored Rooms.
Angof the GravesingerLeader of the Bloodthorn Cult, Reachmen who seek to conquer the Glenumbra region.
- Arc Villain: Of Glenumbra.
- Heel–Face Turn: Like Estre and Thallik, he can undergo one in the Coldharbor arc and become an ally against his former master, Molag Bal. Unlike Estre and Thallik, however, his turn is heavily implied to be genuine, as unlike them he has no desire to return to Nirn and restart his schemes, only wanting to undo his transformation.
- Necromancer: Well, why else would he be called "the Gravesinger"?
- Worthy Opponent: If you killed him before Coldharbor, he admits that he considers you this when you meet again in the Cliffs of Failure, and its exactly because of that respect that he urges you not to get roped into the Overseer's game.
Duke Nathaniel of Alcaire
Countess Eselde Tamrith
- The Rival: To Baron Alard Dorell
Baron Alard Dorell
- The Rival: To Countess Eselde Tamrith
Count Verandis Ravenwatch
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: A temporary case which the player controls Verandis while visiting his repressed memories.
- The Atoner: Even though he was trying to save Lady Montclair's life by turning her into a vampire at request of her husband, it lead to her becoming a bloodfiend and turning her family too, making him indirectly for the Rivenspire crisis. In addition, its revealed that he was turned into a vampire by Molag Bal himself, implying that he had to commit some horrible atrocities to gain his favor.
- Big Good: For the Rivenspire arc.
- Deal with the Devil: Instead of being turned by another vampire, he was granted vampirism by Molag Bal this way.At the end of his questline, in order to prevent the destruction of the Lightless Remnant and cursing everyone in Rivenspire with vampirism, he makes a deal with Molag Bal to take it with him to Coldharbor.
- Expy: To Janus Hassildor in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion; both are friendly vampire counts that are very protective of the regions they watch over and provide an extremely helpful back up for the main protagonists in their respective games.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: You walk in on him and his retinue feeding on someone, who then explains that he was well-paid and cared for by the Count in exchange for his blood. He also offers an invaluable insight into the bloodfiend problem in Rivenspire.
- Old Friend: He was one of High King Emeric's earliest supporters.
- Nice Guy: Verandis is very welcoming and courteous to the player character.
- Token Heroic Orc: An Altmer vampire who is a high-ranking nobleman of High Rock.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Baron Montclair, the Arc Villain of the Rivenspire.
Baron Wylon MontclairOnce part of the noble triumvirate that governed Rivenspire (alongside Countess Tamrith and Baron Dorell), he's gone rogue and now wants to have all of it for himself.
- Arc Villain: For Rivenspire arc.
- Anti-Villain: Wylon was desperately trying to save his dying wife and his efforts end up turning him into a vampire and driving him insane.
- Bald of Evil: A sympathetic variant at any rate.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of being voiced by Crispin Freeman.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Specifically, accidentally turned by Verandis after he came into contact with an Ayleid Artifact of Doom.
- Tragic Monster: He could have avoided being turned into a vampire had he simply accepted his wife's death.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Verandis. The death of Wylon's wife and Verandis failure to save her disintegrated her
King KurogThe King of Orsinium and leader of the Orcs. Unlike Emeric and Faha'rajhad, he prefers to take a backseat regarding the Three Banners War in order to focus on rebuilding his kingdom.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even after his plans have been exposed and foiled, the people of Orsinium still mourn him as an ultimately well intentioned leader who simply went too far.
- Big Bad: Of Orsinium, as he is secretly plotting a mass genocidal purge of his people in order to forcibly convert them to the worship of Trinimac instead of Malacath.
- The Fundamentalist: He is extremely adamant in his belief that the worship of Trinimac is essential to the Orcs' survival. So much so that he is willing to do a lot of morally reprehensible things to accomplish it.
- Out of Focus: Despite being a racial leader, before Orsinium he barely had any presence in the main game. In fact, the only time he truly appears is as an illusion during the Mages Guild arc.
- Unwitting Pawn: many Orcs consider him one to Emeric, with one such Orc outright defecting to the Dominion due to this belief. Its also heavily implied that his Face–Heel Turn in Orsinium was due in part to manipulations by his mother, Forgemother Angra.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: As brutal as his methods and goals are, he genuinely believes its for the good of the Orcs.
Almalexia (a.k.a. Ayem)One of the three living gods that compose the Tribunal of Morrowind, and leading representative of the Dunmer in the Ebonheart Pact. Ruling alone in the absence of Vivec and Sotha Sil, she resides in the Tribunal Temple in the Dunmer capital city of Mournhold.
- A God Am I: She's one of the only physical gods in Tamriel, the others being Vivec, Sotha Sil and Dagoth Ur.
- Deity of Human Origin: Rather, Deity of Elven Origin, like the rest of the Tribunal.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: A variation. Almalexia acknowledges that the power and influence of the theocratic Tribunal is proportionate to the amount of faith the people have in it. Just like any other political ruler, Almalexia would be powerless without the support of the masses.
- Good Is Not Soft: Kind, benevolent, fair, and capable of ruthlessly smiting anyone who dares to threaten the peace of Mournhold.
- Lady of War: She may be a god, but that doesn't mean she won't personally deal with those who attack her city or people. See Good Is Not Soft directly above.
- Light 'em Up: Employs a variety of light-based magic, ranging from relatively mundane (hands-free lanterns) to incredibly lethal (massive spears of golden light).
- Mama Bear: If you do anything to threaten the lives of her 'children', Divines help you.
- Physical God: Like the rest of the Tribunal, thanks to the power of the Heart of Lorkhan.
- Power Floats: She's always seen elegantly hovering a few inches above the ground.
- Praetorian Guard: The 'Hands of Almalexia' stationed throughout Mournhold.
- Red Baron: Sacred Lady, Mother Morrowind.
- Tragic Hero: Her genuinely heroic nature shown here makes her inevitable fall into madness in Tribunal all the more tragic.
Joruun the Skald-King
- Voiced by: Peter Stormare
- Big Good: For the Ebonheart Pact.
- Guttural Growler: Oh yes. A lot of what he says is nigh-incomprehensible due to this.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: His rational thinking and diplomatic approach to whatever's thrown at him is the main reason he won the right to the crown over his big brother.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Personally oversees just about every major event in the Eastmarch and Riften plotlines.
- Warrior Poet: Prior to becoming King, he was a skilled Skald.
Naryu VirianA Dunmer assassin under the employment of the Morrowind-based Morag Tong. She is encountered multiple times throughout the Ebonheart Pact storyline on missions to investigate (and neutralize) potential threats to the security of the Pact.
- Action Girl: A very lethal assassin in service to the Morag Tong. At one point, she kills three armed men to save the Vestige's life.
- Breakout Character: Zenimax, well aware of her popularity, made her outfit available for purchase in the Crown Store, and later confirmed that she will return as a main character the in Elder Scroll Online: Morrowind expansion pack. Heck, she was even the central focus of its reveal trailer.
- Bi the Way: She will show heavy amounts of attraction to the Vestige, no matter what gender they are.
- Code of Honour: Bound to one, like all Morag Tong assassins.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite possibly the snarkiest female character in the game.
- Femme Fatale: She can certainly turn up the charm when it's needed.
- Honey Trap: She's not above pulling this, and can even be persuaded to do this in one of her quests.
- Hitman with a Heart: Without a doubt one of the nicest (and snarkiest) assassins ever encountered.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She considers herself one to the Vestige. She does all of the work getting information, casing targets, and gathering contacts, and then they use it and become seen as a hero. She doesn't mind, though, since she's not in it for glory.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Literally, in the Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind reveal trailer. She kicks her mark into a giant Dwemer Humongous Mecha's flamethrower.
- In Love with the Mark: Averted, but Discussed. She sincerely hopes that the Vestige doesn't ever appear on her ledger as her mark, as she's loyal to both them and the Morag Tong.
- Professional Killer: As a member of the Morag Tong, she is a hired assassin.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She LOATHES having to wear the Simple, yet Opulent dresses that dunmeri nobility are known for, even when the job calls for it. Her general argument is that in her line of work, fancy feminine outfits aren't the most practical thing to wear. Players can pass a persuasion check to tell her that she looks good in a dress, leading her to quietly daydream for a moment about wearing something more elegant in her off-time... and immediately follow up with a Can't Believe I Said That and remind the player they have a job to do.
- Recurring Character: She pops in at least once in each Ebonheart province, as well as the Gold Coast in Cyrodil. She appears again in Morrowind, this time with her own questline.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: A possible relationship between herself and the Vestige if they have the Persuasion perk, from her perspective and especially if you join the Dark Brotherhood. Her job, worldly affairs, and the Vestige's (possible) Brotherhood membership means that she can't act on her feelings as much as she'd like, but she's clearly smitten with them. She even gives the Vestige a Big Damn Kiss in the conclusion of the Dark Brotherhood DLC quest, The Sweetroll Killer.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: A female example.
- This Is Gonna Suck: When she discovers that the magical wards sealing off access to the hidden tunnels beneath Mournhold have been disabled.Naryu: So, um, fair warning. This could be bad. Real bad.
- Tsundere: She takes quite a liking to the Vestige, although she claims it's purely for professional reasons. Nevertheless, she loves hearing the Vestige compliment her, goes way beyond her assigned duties to assist them, and admits to watching them from afar whenever she has the chance. All for professional interest, she assures you.
- By the time of Morrowind, if the player had met and flirted with her in all other locations, this trait is mostly gone, with her being much more open about her feelings.
The Fighters Guild
The nationwide faction of adventurers whom usually work as expert mercenaries, but during the Molag Bal crisis have shifted priorities to stopping his invasion at all costs.
- Voiced By: Rachel Robinson
- Action Girl: Action lizard girl.
- Hazy Feel Turn: It's left up to the player to decide if she is truly evil or simply doing what she felt was right.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She murdered the previous Guild-master because of his indifference to the plight of Tamriel's citizens, and uses this trope as her justification.
- Karma Houdini: She can be let completely off the hook at the player's discretion, though she receives a demotion from Guild-master. Although whether she truly deserved punishment for her actions is left up to you. If not, then she is either executed or exiled from the guild.
- Light Is Not Good: She is a devout follower of Meridia, and it's implied that Meridia is the one that drove her to killing the previous Guild-master.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She is highly regarded by the guild members and genuinely wants to help the people of Tamriel. No matter the cost.
Merric-at-AswallaA Redguard blacksmith and knight, who helps the player throughout the questline. A childhood friend of Aelif.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's made Guild-master as the quest's conclusion.
- Childhood Friends: With Aelif. He's shocked and saddened when she shows her true colors.
- Guest-Star Party Member: He joins your group several times in the questline. After Aelif's betrayal, he's your only ally.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a capable fighter and the Guild's resident expert on a one-of-a-kind Dwemer forge.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Merric's soul is targeted for capture early in the questline. Precisely because it's so pure and dedicated to Stendarr, it would be an especially prized sacrifice to Molag Bal.
- Knight in Shining Armor: The straightest example in the guild, being heroic and friendly as well as a sword and board knight. He's also the only main character in the questline without any dark secrets.
- Real Men Love Stendarr: His defining characteristic is his dedication to Stendarr and belief in righteous principles.
AelifA Khajiit Nightblade, and a scout for the guild. She is also a skilled necromancer, able to enslave and communicate with undead souls.
- Big Bad: She's an agent of Molag Bal trying to destroy the guild's infrastructure, as the guild is seen as a threat to Molag Bal's plans.
- Face–Heel Turn: She used to be a proud member of the guild, but she was tempted by the power Molag Bal granted her.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: if the Fighter's Guild was completed before the main quest, you can find her in the Halls of Torment alongside Mannimarco. She promises to defect to your side if you free her. Turns out, she's telling the truth, as she joins your group if you let her go... until Molag Bal forcibly transforms her into a pathetic skeletal daedra that you must put down.
- Fate Worse Than Death: She is subject to eternal torment for failing Molag Bal, though the player can take pity on her and release her.
- One-Winged Angel: Molag Bal turns her into a Titan at the end of the final quest, which you and Merric have to put down.
The Five Companions
A group of five individuals led by Varen Aquilarios who set out to help find the Amulet of Kings in hopes of making Varen the next Emperor of Tamriel by making him a Dragonborn through a ritual. It fails thanks to Mannimarco, who is revealed quickly to be working with Molag Bal.
- Always Be With You: At the end of the main quest, both Meridia and Cadwell reveal that the Companion you sacrificed to power the Amulet of Kings has become a permanent part of your soul.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the final main quest, either Varen, Lyris or Sai must be sacrificed in order to give the Amulet of Kings the power it needs to help you defeat Molag Bal.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They really don't get along at all, with only Lyris getting along with Sai Sahan and Varen.
- Voiced By: Alfred Molina
- A Darker Shade Of Grey: He may prove to be an ally at some parts of the game, but he is a ruthless sorcerer who betrayed everyone in the Five Companions and aligned himself with Mannimarco just for his own benefit.
- Black Magic: His specialty.
- Corrupt Politician: Chancellor of the Imperial City and apparent second-in-command to Mannimarco.
- The Dragon: To Mannimarco. At least, that's what he likes to believe he is.
- Evil Chancellor: Ally of Mannimarco and chancellor to his daughter, the Empress Regent of Cyrodiil.
- Heel–Face Turn: Defects to the protagonists' side after outliving his usefulness to Mannimarco.
- Hypocrite: He lampshades a lot of Mannimarco's ego and lust for power. While he is against Mannimarco's plan to outplay Molag Bal, he has absolutely no problem in taking the Amulet of Kings at the end of the final quest and attempting to make himself a Dragonborn, according to Meridia.
- Jerkass: Lyris makes it a point to call him out on being this whenever the opportunity presents itself. However...
- Jerkass Has a Point: His magical prowess and extensive knowledge of the Daedra, Coldharbour and Mannimarco's plans often prove invaluable.
- Long-Lived: He's 164 years old. Nobody knows why, given Imperials typically have far shorter lives than that. It might relate to his connection with Mannimarco, however.
- Pride: He thinks very highly of himself, to put it lightly.
- The Quisling: Immediately allied himself with Mannimarco in order to keep his position of power within the Imperial Court and get his daughter on the throne as Empress-Regent. Mannimarco holds all the true power, though.
- Voiced By: Jennifer Hale
- Action Girl: Would you expect anything less from someone with giant blood in their veins?
- All the Other Reindeer: Was teased when she was younger because of her height.
- An Axe to Grind: Her weapon of choice.
- Badass Normal: She does said ass-kicking with no innate magic or enchanted equipment whatsoever.
- Berserk Button: She despises Abnur Tharn and Mannimarco with a burning passion, supposedly hates Abnur more due to him betraying the Five Companions and being an extreme Deadpan Snarker to her.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar along her left eye.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's... somehow part Nord, part giant through her father's family. Try not to think too hard about that.
- Hidden Depths: Underneath that badass fighter is a woman plagued by Survivor's Guilt on account of her mother's death from childbirth, and the racism she endured for being a half-giant.
- The Lancer: Follows Varen's choices without question and later The Prophet.
- Mighty Glacier: Seems to favor strong, overwhelmingly powerful physical attacks and can take good damage, but isn't too quick.
- Plucky Girl: She will save Sai Sahan with you or die trying.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: She actually does have a few with Abnur Tharn.
- Statuesque Stunner: Lyris is ENORMOUS, towering over every other character in the game due to her giant ancestry and Sai is sweet on her.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Five Companions.
- "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Believed her father hated her for the death of her mother in childbirth and it provides her a big source of resentment towards him because she simply wanted his love. In truth, he loved her, but he was unable to find ways to show it and he died before he could do so.
- Voiced By: Kevin Michael Richardson
- Amazon Chaser: He is shown to have feelings for Lyris when the player goes to rescue him from the Chamber of Seduction in the Halls of Torment.
- Badass Baritone: Not surprisingly, considering who his voice actor is.
- Bald of Awesome: Shaved, as per Redguard tradition.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: An x-shaped one on the left side of his chest.
- Made of Iron: It's said that no one can break him... which is shown in the Halls of Torment quest, where he supposedly endures physical and mental torture for years.
- My Greatest Failure: He considers his inability to master the sacred art of sword-singing passed down by his Yokudan ancestors to be this.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Like most Redguards.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: He has a little bit of this with Abnur Tharn in the Valley of Blades quest.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Doesn't wear a shirt.
- Voiced By: Jim Ward
- And I Must Scream: You think Mannimarco is fearless, powerful and The Dreaded of Tamriel, right? Just watch his extreme torture in Coldharbour after attempting to outplay Molag Bal. He literally screams in immense fear and begs for mercy.
- Badass Long Robe: You gotta admit, this guy has a damn good sense of fashion. And you can earn his robe as a costume for reaching Veteran Level 10.
- The Chessmaster: He successfully plays Varen and the other four companions into getting the Amulet of Kings, thus kicking off the game's main plot.
- Dark Is Evil: This guy is the necromancer in Tamriel, and his companions found out he was Evil All Along way too late.
- The Dragon: To Molag Bal.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Oh, he definitely does when Molag Bal finds out he's been plotting against him.
- Evil Sorcerer: A textbook example. Necromancy is a big no-no in most of Tamriel, and he's The Dragon to Molag Bal.
- False Friend: The others didn’t like him, but they still assumed he was loyal to their cause. They were horribly wrong.
- A God Am I: His true goal is to replace Molag Bal as the God of Schemes.
- Hypocrite: He calls you an arrogant, presumptuous, egotistical twaddle for wanting to defeat Molag Bal, yet he considers himself a god and was cocky enough to think he actually had a chance against the Lord of Domination. Abnur Tharn even lampshades this.
- Karma Houdini: If you decide to release him from Heart's Grief during the last main quest. He himself says you that will regret this decision, and the other Five Companions' reactions are quite predictable.
- Not So Different: To Miraak from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; both are trying to outplay their Daedric Lords, and both horribly fail.
- Pride: Even more arrogant than Abnur Tharn.
- Religion of Evil: His Worm Cult are responsible for dropping the Daedric Anchors across Tamriel, and have been rounding up sacrifices to do so.
- Smug Snake: He seems to think that he is a Magnificent Bastard, but the fact that Molag Bal learns of his betrayal and subjects him to eternal torment would suggest otherwise.
- The Starscream: He attempts to usurp Molag Bal. Doesn't go so well for him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Mannimarco made an extremely grave mistake by trying to outplay Molag Bal and take his place to become the new God of Schemes. To say that his arrogance cost him dearly would be putting it lightly.
Molag Bal and other Daedra
MeridiaThe Daedric Prince of Life and Energy. She assists you in the main Coldharbour quests to thwart Molag Bal and end the Planemeld.
- Big Good: Is this for the main questline in Coldharbour.
- The Chessmaster: She uses you (which she even admits) to build her an army and use it to destroy the Planar Vortex and outplay Molag Bal, which completely ends his Planemeld.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite her absolute loathing for the undead, she doesn't even mention it if you are a vampire. Granted, it could be a case of Enemy Mine, but still.
- Good Is Not Nice: Par for the course for her. She will stop at nothing to stop Molag Bal. Nothing. She just barely manages to stay shy of Well-Intentioned Extremist territory.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Is technically this for the Fighters Guild arc, as she orchestrated the murder of Jofnir Icebeard in order to manipulate the Guild into fighting Molag Bal's forces in her name.
- Knight Templar: Not surprisingly.
- The Reveal: She turns up ahead of the player's forces during the siege on Molag Bal, while still under the guise of The Groundskeeper, and reveals her true identity.
- Walking Spoiler: She plays a significant part in the main storyline.
- We Have Reserves: She sends the player and many of his/her allies on a mission where she knows many, if not all of them will die. She even seems unfazed as her most devout follower, King Laloriaran Dynar, dies because of her actions.
- Voiced By: Malcolm McDowell
- And I Must Scream: When you "kill" him. Seems like the God of Brutality that has caused so much pain to mortals has finally received immense agony in return.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't betray him! Mannimarco learned this the hard way.
- Big Bad: He's this for the entire game.
- Carry a Big Stick: It's not so fun being on the receiving end of his mace this time around.
- The Dreaded: Many of the Daedric Princes qualify as this, but few names in Tamriel inspire as much unmitigated fear as his does. Especially during this time period.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice when Dark Anchors appear.
- God of Evil: While he's not the only malevolent Daedric Prince in Oblivion, he's certainly the most prominent one in this game, and the largest threat to Tamriel. Indeed, out of all the Daedric Lords, he's the only one who seems to be purely malevolent; even Mehrunes Dagon, Big Bad of Oblivion, had positive attributes as the god of change and revolutions. Molag Bal's spheres are Domination and Brutality, which generally means making sure the strong oppress the weak as cruelly as possible.
- Graceful Loser: After the final battle when you defeat him, you transport to the Colored Rooms of Meridia to reclaim your soul. He appears as a phantom and congratulates you in a cold and venomous tone.
- This might also double as Foreshadowing. At first, he says that you could have been his servant, and that the world would have been better off had the Planemeld been allowed to succeed, and that if it had, he would have 'protected you' and that there are 'far worse masters than him.' At first, this sounds like him being a Sore Loser, but considering what has been going on in the Craglorn arc, he might have actually been serious.
- Knight of Cerebus: Molag's always been bad news in The Elder Scrolls, but he takes it Up to Eleven this time around.
- The Man Behind the Man: Mannimarco worships him. Well, not for long.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Why Lamae Bal hates him so much. He's not called the 'King of Rape' for nothing.
- Red Baron: 'Prince of Domination,' 'God of Schemes,' 'King of Rape'...
- Religion of Evil: While he is worshipped by quite a few Daedric cults, the most prominent during the game is the Worm Cult.
- Satanic Archetype: Complete with horns and a tail.
- Worthy Opponent: After completing the main quest, he grudgingly admits that you are this in the Colored Rooms.
- Xanatos Gambit: Meridia implies that him being defeated actually might have worked out in his favor, in some ways... and that he's not done with you yet.
- Your Soul Is Mine: And you're going to go To Hell and Back to retrieve it from him. Literally, in this case.
- You Have Failed Me: When Doshia fails to kill you. As well as Aelif.
SheogorathThe Daedric Prince of Madness, Insanity, and the Arts. He plays a central role in the Mages' Guild questline, and shows up in a few other quests as well.
- Affably Evil: He genuinely seems to like the player character. In his own way, of course.
- All-Powerful Bystander: He indicates several times that he's fully aware of what Molag Bal is doing, but doesn't seem to care enough to do anything about it.
- Arc Villain: Of the Mages' Guild questline.
- Badass Beard: He's got a full beard and is a Daedric Prince. Hard to come by someone more badass in Elder Scrolls.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Did you honestly expect anything else from him?
- The Corrupter: Drove the citizens of Southpoint completely insane, and corrupted its Mayor into being his Dragon for his own amusement.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played for Laughs. The way he reacts to Gutsripper dying is one of the most humorous Villainous Breakdowns in the entire series.
- Faux Affably Evil: His friendliness is much more mocking and backhanded towards Shalidor. Especially when it comes to Valaste.
- Friendly Enemy: Towards the player character. He even refers to them as his 'favorite mortal,' and says that the trials were 'the most fun he's had in years.'
- It's Personal: He and Shalidor really have it out for one another.
- Mad God: Par for the course for him.
VaerminaThe Daedric Prince of Fear and Nightmares. She serves as the Arc Villain of the Stormhaven Questline in the Daggerfall Covenant, in which she and her cult, the Supernal Dreamers, drag High King Emeric and several others into an endless nightmare, for seemingly no reason other than because she can.
- Arc Villain: Of the Stormhaven Questline in the Daggerfall Covenant.
- Cool Mask: She is depicted as wearing one of these, and it's even one of her main symbols, along with a snake.
- Cute Is Evil: She sounds like a little girl, which contrasts perfectly with how she gleefully describes how she's going to Mind Rape High King Emeric... and you, after you kill her Champion.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is stated to actually be in love with her Champion. Her reaction to his death would seem to confirm this.
- For the Evulz: The only motivation she needs to throw the Covenant into chaos.
- Mind Rape: Basically her favorite pastime.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Literally. She dragged her Champion into Quagmire to be with her, knowing full well what that can do to someone and seemingly not caring, or maybe even sees that in and of itself as a show of affection.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Her emblem, as well as her statue, features a snake, wrapped around her Cool Mask in her banner, and draped across her shoulders on her statue.
- Tranquil Fury: After you kill her Champion, she goes into a Villainous Breakdown in which, still in her usual tone of voice, she describes how she's going to spend the next century or so Mind Raping you for doing so.
- Yandere: If her reaction to her Champion's death, as well as the fact that she dragged him into Quagmire with zero regard for his sanity, is anything to go by. Maybe having a Daedric Prince for a girlfriend isn't a good idea?
- Voiced By: Michael Gambon
- Big Good: None of the three big factions really want Molag Bal to win, but their main focus is one each other. The sole goal of the Prophet is stopping the Daedric Prince and saving Tamriel.
- Blind Seer: The result of him reading the Elder Scrolls.
- The Reveal: He's none other than Varen Aquilarios, former leader of the Five Companions.
- Handicapped Badass: He may be blind, but he certainly doesn't need vision for anything. His senses are extremely impressive, he always knows when you're there, and where you are at all times.
- My Greatest Failure: When he was over-confident enough to think trusting Mannimarco was a good idea.
- Voiced By: John Cleese
- Badass Beard: It really does fit with his heroic nature.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Various Daedra learned this the hard way.
- Big Damn Heroes: He becomes one of the closest allies to you once you go to Coldharbour, he assists you on nearly every single main quest. He definitely isn't joking when he calls himself a Knight.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most notable trait about him, he even has a pot on his head. Ironically, he's the only soul shriven in Coldharbour that's considered sane.
- Insanity Immunity: The reason he's still lucid (for a given value of such) despite being soul shriven - he was already mad prior to being taken to Coldharbour. In fact, he openly admits to liking the place.
- Post-End Game Content: After the main quest is completed, he is put in charge by Meridia of allowing the Vestige to safely travel to their rival Alliances and experience their content.
King Laloriaran Dynar
The last king of the Ayleids, who was thought to have perished fighting the Alessians alongside the Direnni Hegemony at Glenumbra Moors. It turns out, he was Meridia's champion and master tactician, and was able to place the Hollow City, a piece of Meridia's realm where Molag Bal could not enter, into Coldharbor itself. He is one of the primary questgivers in Coldharbor.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In-Universe example Despite the fact that he admits that his people were as monstrous as history says they are, he also mourns them and dialogue reveals he can't imagine a darker day then the end of the Ayleids
- Badass in Distress: He's trapped in the Lightless Oubliette. You first quest in Coldharbor is to rescue him.
- Big Good: Of the Coldharbor arc. He's the reason Hollow City is a safe haven for those trying to fight Molag Bal.
- The Champion: of Meridia. The Ayleids in general were devoted to worshiping her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in a quest in Glenumbra Moors, ages before you actually meet him.
- Last of His Kind: He's not only the last Ayleid King, he's the last known Ayleid in existence.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Upon finding out that the Fighter's Guildhall in the Hollow City doesn't have a leader, he takes it upon himself to assume the position.
- Token Heroic Orc: The Ayleids were a monstrously brutal race of elves, at least according to human historical sources, but Dynar himself is actually not a bad guy. Further dialogue reveals that he turned against his fellow Ayleids because he believed in the younger race's cause. Also, unlike the reveal of the Falmer in Skyrim, he admits that the Ayleids were just as monstrous as history states them.
The Trailer Specific Characters
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Every champion can kick massive amount of asses and as the result became leader of their faction.
- Canon Foreigner: They are only featured in the trailer produced by Studio Blur and not a single line is mentioned about them in-game. However, Zenimax then released the costumes worn by the champions in the game.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Nord, Altmer, and Breton leaders respectively each exemplify one of the archetypes.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Every champion wields a sword.
- Mêlée à Trois: Three factions attack the fort and come to blows with one another, before the Dremora show up.
- No Name Given: We're never given their names.
- Redshirt Army: Every character other than the respective faction's champion are easily taken down and, soon, forgotten. Possibly extended to the mage corps and possibly some chunks of the Ebonheart forces who attack Imperial City during the third trailer, since otherwise the Altmer Swordknight wouldn't be able to stroll around the walls of the Imperial City.
- The Champion: The raid squad leaders are the Champions of their respective groups.
- The Quiet One: They are there (an unidentified fort and Imperial City) to fight, not talk.
- Badass Beard: His long white beard is majestic.
- Badass Grandpa: Has a long white beard but is easily a match for warriors half his age.
- Braids of Barbarism: Styles his hair in braids and happens to be a Nord.
- An Axe to Grind: His main weapon is a massive battleaxe.
- And I Must Scream: His last known fate (for gamers at least) is that he was defeated, captured, and imprisoned by Mannimarco and Molag Bal in Coldharbour.
- Guttural Growler: The only sound that comes from his mouth are either screams or a warcry. The other two champions don't speak at all.
- Horny Vikings: His helmet is adorned with unique horns.
- Kick the Dog: He uses the ribbon which the Breton Ranger held as a rag.
- Large and in Charge: He is the biggest Tamrielic character in all trailers.
- Mighty Glacier: Strong, can soak up a lot of damage, and can return the favor, but is the least agile out of three champions.
- Rapunzel Hair: His hair reaches his waist.
- Tribal Face Paint: On his face, underneath his helmet.
- Action Girl: She's deadly with either a sword or magic.
- Badass in Distress: Captured at the end of the second trailer, but manages to get out of being a magic battery in the third trailer.
- Redheaded Hero: She's red-headed and leader of the Aldmeri Dominion raid group.
- Magic Knight: Can kick ass with sword as well as magic.
- Mercy Kill: She kills/purifies the undead Breton in the last trailer.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her waist.
- Smurfette Principle: The only (clearly identified and significant) female in the trailers.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: In the mid-second trailer and onward.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: As befitting of the Ranger class, he wields bow.
- I Die Free: The Altmer Swordknight kills/purifies the undead Breton in the fourth trailer.
- The Lady's Favour: Breton Ranger held a ribbon which came from a woman, maybe his lover.
- McNinja: Seriously. Cowl and masker? Check. Throwing Knives? Check. Agile as fuck? Big check.