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** This is also rumored to be true of the [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] race. A common belief is that Minotaurs are man-eaters, but evidence for this belief is scant. However, in the other direction, Minotaur meat has been known to be consumed by other races and is a key ingredient in the dish slumgullion stew. (Minotaurs are believed to be a sapient [[PettingZooPeople beast race]] along the lines of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] and [[CatFolk Khajiit]], which makes eating them akin to cannibalism.)

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** This is also rumored to be true of the [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] race. A common belief is that Minotaurs are man-eaters, but evidence for this belief is scant. However, in the other direction, Minotaur meat has been known to be consumed by other races and is a key ingredient in the dish slumgullion stew. (Minotaurs are believed to be a sapient [[PettingZooPeople beast race]] {{beast |Man}}race along the lines of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] and [[CatFolk Khajiit]], which makes eating them akin to cannibalism.)



** The languages of the series' [[PettingZooPeople Beast Races]] tend to sound quite alien and may have some unusual rules, but are actually not all that far off from an Indo-European language. To note:

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** The languages of the series' [[PettingZooPeople Beast Races]] {{Beast |Man}}Races tend to sound quite alien and may have some unusual rules, but are actually not all that far off from an Indo-European language. To note:


** The now-extinct Ayleids (Wild Elves) once ruled a mighty empire out of Cyrodiil, said to be the very first empire in Tamriel. At least some of their success is credited to worshiping the Daedra, including some of the traditionally [[GodOfEvil "bad" Daedra]]. This led their mighty empire down some very dark paths, including [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil the enslavement]] and [[KickTheDog vile torture]] of the Nedes, [[{{Precursors}} human ancestors]] to many of the modern races of Men. The "moth eyes", Moth Priests who study the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], warned them that their hubris would "bear bitter fruit." The Ayleids ignored this, and their hubris would indeed lead to their downfall when their Nedic slaves [[SlaveRevolt rose up]] and [[TheDogBitesBack overthrew]] their Ayleid masters, eventually driving them to extinction.

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** The now-extinct Ayleids (Wild Elves) once ruled a mighty empire out of Cyrodiil, said to be the very first empire in Tamriel. At least some of their success is credited to worshiping the Daedra, including some of the traditionally [[GodOfEvil "bad" Daedra]]. This led their mighty empire down some very dark paths, including [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil the enslavement]] and [[KickTheDog vile torture]] of the Nedes, [[{{Precursors}} human ancestors]] to many of the modern races of Men. The "moth eyes", Moth Priests who study the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], warned them that their hubris would "bear bitter fruit." The Ayleids ignored this, and their hubris would indeed lead to their downfall when their Nedic slaves [[SlaveRevolt [[SlaveLiberation rose up]] and [[TheDogBitesBack overthrew]] their Ayleid masters, eventually driving them to extinction.


* ItsPersonal:
** Pelinal Whitestrake was the legendary 1st Era hero of mankind/[[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]]. Believed to have been a [[EternalHero Shezarrine]], [[GodInHumanForm physical incarnations]] of the spirit of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan (known to the Imperials as "[[IHaveManyNames Shezarr]]"), Pelinal came to [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] to serve as her [[PhysicalGod divine champion]] in the war against the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]]. Pelinal would fly into fits of UnstoppableRage (''mostly'' directed at the Ayleids) during which he [[BloodSplatteredWarrior would be stained with their blood]] and [[PaintTheTownRed left so much carnage in his wake]] that Kyne, one of the Divines, would have to [[CueTheRain send in her rain]] to cleanse Ayleid forts and village before they could be used by Alessia's forces. When Huna, a grain slave Pelinal had raised to hoplite, was killed by the arrow of an Ayleid king, Pelinal went [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge so berserk]] that he not only slew the Ayleids in the kingdom responsible, but ''erased their lands from the world''. The Divines were so disgusted with his actions that they ''nearly left the world'' if not for Alessia making sacrifices to regain their favor.
** In ''Redguard'', the protagonist is the Redguard pirate Cyrus. As a pirate, his primary ''modus operandi'' is the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney acquisition of wealth and treasures]]. Despite the rebellion going on in his homeland of Hammerfell, he only returns when his sister goes missing, making it personal. During his quest to rescue her, Cyrus unintentionally becomes the leader of the rebellion, leading them to great success. They would have named him King of the Redguards afterward, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution but he turned them down]].

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ItsPersonal: Pelinal Whitestrake was the legendary 1st Era hero of mankind/[[FantasticRacism racist]] [[TheBerserker berserker]]. Believed to have been a [[EternalHero Shezarrine]], [[GodInHumanForm physical incarnations]] of the spirit of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan (known to the Imperials as "[[IHaveManyNames Shezarr]]"), Pelinal came to [[FounderOfTheKingdom St. Alessia]] to serve as her [[PhysicalGod divine champion]] in the war against the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]]. Pelinal would fly into fits of UnstoppableRage (''mostly'' directed at the Ayleids) during which he [[BloodSplatteredWarrior would be stained with their blood]] and [[PaintTheTownRed left so much carnage in his wake]] that Kyne, one of the Divines, would have to [[CueTheRain send in her rain]] to cleanse Ayleid forts and village before they could be used by Alessia's forces. When Huna, a grain slave Pelinal had raised to hoplite, was killed by the arrow of an Ayleid king, Pelinal went [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge so berserk]] that he not only slew the Ayleids in the kingdom responsible, but ''erased their lands from the world''. The Divines were so disgusted with his actions that they ''nearly left the world'' if not for Alessia making sacrifices to regain their favor.
** In ''Redguard'', the protagonist is the Redguard pirate Cyrus. As a pirate, his primary ''modus operandi'' is the [[OnlyInItForTheMoney acquisition of wealth and treasures]]. Despite the rebellion going on in his homeland of Hammerfell, he only returns when his sister goes missing, making it personal. During his quest to rescue her, Cyrus unintentionally becomes the leader of the rebellion, leading them to great success. They would have named him King of the Redguards afterward, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution but he turned them down]].
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* JustOneMan: Frequently said by Imperial guards in ''Redguard'', as Cyrus gleefully fences his way through dozens of them.


* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere:
** Several games in the series force you up structures with large amounts of stairs at at least one point during the main quest, and often other times as well. Specific main series examples can be found on the trope page.
** ''Battlespire'' takes place within the titular Imperial Battlespire. It is a giant tower-like structure that serves as a training ground for the [[MagicKnight Imperial]] [[MilitaryMage Battlemages]]. It exists in the "Slipstream", an area of time/space that separates Mundus (the mortal plane) from Oblivion (the "[[VoidBetweenTheWorlds infinite void]]" surrounding Mundus). It has been taken over by the [[LegionsOfHell forces]] of Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], who hope to use it as a waystation for their invasion of Mundus.

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ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Several games in the series force you up structures with large amounts of stairs at at least one point during the main quest, and often other times as well. Specific main series examples can be found on the trope page.
** ''Battlespire'' takes place within the titular Imperial Battlespire. It is a giant tower-like structure that serves as a training ground for the [[MagicKnight Imperial]] [[MilitaryMage Battlemages]]. It exists in the "Slipstream", an area of time/space that separates Mundus (the mortal plane) from Oblivion (the "[[VoidBetweenTheWorlds infinite void]]" surrounding Mundus). It has been taken over by the [[LegionsOfHell forces]] of Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], who hope to use it as a waystation for their invasion of Mundus.
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** In ''Battlespire'', it's bad enough that [[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]] has taken over the [[WizardingSchool Battlespire]], but he has also captured [[PlayerCharacter The Apprentice]]'s partner.



* IWantThemAlive:
** The series' mythology provides a non-outright-villainous example. In the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] religious tradition, Stuhn (their aspect of Stendarr, the Aedric Divine God of Mercy and Justice), was a [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to Shor (their aspect of [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]), who was a "bloodthirsty warrior king". Stuhn was specifically the [[OddJobGods god of taking prisoners alive for ransom]].
** In the ''Battlespire'', Morphoid Daedra are an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] found in service to BigBad [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]]. Conversing with one reveals that they were ordered by their [[EliteMooks Xivilai]] commander to take the [[PlayerCharacter Hero of Battlespire]] alive, presumably to extract information via ColdBloodedTorture.
--> '''Morphoid Daedra''': ''""I hear you are quite the little fireball. They say for us to capture you alive. I tend to get excited in a fight, so please remind me about the ALIVE part if I seem to get too excited."''

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IWantThemAlive: The series' mythology provides a non-outright-villainous example. In the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] religious tradition, Stuhn (their aspect of Stendarr, the Aedric Divine God of Mercy and Justice), was a [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to Shor (their aspect of [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]), who was a "bloodthirsty warrior king". Stuhn was specifically the [[OddJobGods god of taking prisoners alive for ransom]].
** In the ''Battlespire'', Morphoid Daedra are an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] found in service to BigBad [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]]. Conversing with one reveals that they were ordered by their [[EliteMooks Xivilai]] commander to take the [[PlayerCharacter Hero of Battlespire]] alive, presumably to extract information via ColdBloodedTorture.
--> '''Morphoid Daedra''': ''""I hear you are quite the little fireball. They say for us to capture you alive. I tend to get excited in a fight, so please remind me about the ALIVE part if I seem to get too excited."''
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* JustBeforeTheEnd: Several games in the series take place just before major, world-changing events. The end of the entire Dunmer way of life in ''Morrowind'' or the beginning of the end of the Septim Empire in ''Oblivion'', for example.

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Several games in the series take place just before major, world-changing events. The end of the entire Dunmer way of life in ''Morrowind'' or the beginning of the end of the Septim Empire in ''Oblivion'', for example.

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** ''Skyrim'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] this one, however. On the one hand, your revealing as the Last Dragonborn means that you mark the end of the Dragonborns, making your story a case of this trope. On the other hand, this game is set just ''after'' the end of the Great War between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, is smack dab in the ''middle'' of the Skyrim Civil War which was partially caused by that pervious conflict, and is purported to be just ''before'' the all-but-inevitable Second Great War against the Dominion, which may see the Empire completely collapse if they can't rally enough support before the Dominion decides to march again.


** In-universe, anyone willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of training can learn to use the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] language of the Dragons, the [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]]. What makes those who are Dragonborn special is that they have an instinctive knowledge of the Thu'um and can learn its shouts very easily. This is because the Dragonborn are mortals born with the immortal [[OurAngelsAreDiffent Aedric]] soul of a Dragon.

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** In-universe, anyone willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of training can learn to use the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] language of the Dragons, the [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]]. What makes those who are Dragonborn special is that they have an instinctive knowledge of the Thu'um and can learn its shouts very easily. This is because the Dragonborn are mortals born with the immortal [[OurAngelsAreDiffent [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aedric]] soul of a Dragon.

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'''Note:''' ''Elder Scrolls'' lore is generally not clear-cut. Reasons for this range from [[UnreliableNarrator biased]] in-universe sources intentionally only giving you only one side of a story, to sources [[CriticalResearchFailure lacking critical information]] or working from [[BlatantLies false information]], to the implication that AllMythsAreTrue, despite the contradictions, or that at least all myths are MetaphoricallyTrue. [[WordOfGod Out-of-game developer supplemental texts]] (frequently referred to as "Obscure Texts" by the lore community) are more trustworthy, but are frequently left [[LooseCanon unofficial]] and sometimes later contradicted. Because of this, it is entirely possible for two contradictory statements in the below examples to ''both'' be true. (And due to frequent events in-universe that [[TimeCrash alter the timeline]], both may ''literally'' be true in-universe.)

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Throughout the series, this is a trait of Meridia, a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotgood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. Meridia describes herself as compassionate and merciful, and her actions do (generally) benefit mortals, but she won't hesitate to use or sacrifice her own followers for what she perceives to be a greater end. If said followers lose faith or abandon her because of her actions, her compassion disappears entirely and she will allow or even ''cause'' them to [[DisproportionateRetribution meet a terrible end]].


* [[DivineParentage Demiprinces]] are a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] born from the union of a [[HalfHumanHybrid Daedra and a mortal]]. Their dual nature gives them an ''odd'' [[CloudCuckoolander perception of the world and time itself]]. In addition to their eccentricities, Demiprinces have an extremely difficult time maintaining knowledge which lies outside their spheres of influence. However, they are the ''[[BunnyEarsLawyer undisputed masters]]'' of whatever lies within their spheres.

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* IdiotHero: The Tang Mo are a race of "[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey-folk]]" hailing from the continent of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]], far to the east of Tamriel. They are described as kind and brave, but also very simple. Despite this, they are capable of raising armies and have successfully defended themselves time and again against their hostile neighbors, including the Kamal "[[EvilIsDeathlyCold snow demons]]" and the Tsaesci "[[SnakePeople snake vampires]]".
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[[DivineParentage Demiprinces]] are a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] born from the union of a [[HalfHumanHybrid Daedra and a mortal]]. Their dual nature gives them an ''odd'' [[CloudCuckoolander perception of the world and time itself]]. In addition to their eccentricities, Demiprinces have an extremely difficult time maintaining knowledge which lies outside their spheres of influence. However, they are the ''[[BunnyEarsLawyer undisputed masters]]'' of whatever lies within their spheres.


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* ImAHumanitarian:
** Namira is the Daedric Prince of the [[DarkIsNotEvil Ancient Darkness]], associated with [[NightmareFetishist all things revolting]], [[NatureIsNotNice decay]], and [[BodyHorror disfiguring diseases]]. She is also the patron of cannibalism, makes sense given her ''modus operandi'', since cannibalism is typically a revolting and grotesque act which is frowned upon in most civilized societies.
** The Bosmer are required by the Green Pact (a deal they made with the patron deity of their forest homeland) to consume fallen enemies, so that their bodies are not allowed to rot within Valenwood. Bosmer warriors are known to starve themselves for days before battle so that they can eat the remains of whatever enemies they kill (though, as with many other Green Pact rules, this is relaxed for Bosmer outside of Valenwood). Additionally, this practice is said to have faded during the 2nd and 3rd Eras, and is now rarely practiced outside of a few remote villages.
** The Tsaesci, an [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] race of supposed [[SnakePeople Snake Vampires]], are believed to practice this. Once upon a time, a race of Men similar to those in Tamriel lived in Akavir. However, they were "devoured" by the Tsaesci and are now extinct. (Other sources regarding the Tsaesci use "devour" and "enslave" interchangeably, so "devoured" may be a metaphor for enslavement and/or cultural absorption.)
** This is rumored to be true of the [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]]. There are reports of Giants eating members of the sapient races, though other sources dispute these reports, with one expert claiming to have "never seen a giant eat a Nord."
** This is also rumored to be true of the [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] race. A common belief is that Minotaurs are man-eaters, but evidence for this belief is scant. However, in the other direction, Minotaur meat has been known to be consumed by other races and is a key ingredient in the dish slumgullion stew. (Minotaurs are believed to be a sapient [[PettingZooPeople beast race]] along the lines of the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] and [[CatFolk Khajiit]], which makes eating them akin to cannibalism.)
** [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogres]] are also reported to eat people. They are known to then place decorative piles of humanoid bones around their lairs.
** Human Flesh is an [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemical ingredient]] which appears in several games in the series. Eating raw ingredients is a recommended way in the series to learn their alchemical properties. There's also a Human Heart as well (and yes, it's an ingredient just like Human Flesh).


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* InNameOnly:
** The series provides an in-universe example in the Thalmor. The infamous "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi Elves]]" who rule the 4th Era [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] and are hell bent on [[OmnicidalManiac undoing creation]] in an attempt to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence return to a state of pre-creation divinity]]]] are ''nothing'' like the original Thalmor, who were founded to protect the culture, heritage, and history of the Altmeri people in the 1st Era.
** Another in-universe example is the [[TheOrder Cult of the Ancestor Moth]]. To note:
*** Originally, the Cult was a Cyro-Nordic group that exported ancestor-silks, simple but exotic shawls woven with the silks of the [[AnimalMotifs Ancestor Moth]] and inscribed with the genealogy of the buyer. During the silk-gathering ritual, the singing and hymnal spirits of one's forebears were recorded in the silk. The swishing of the silk material during movement reproduces the wonderful ancestral chorus contained in the silk. At a time lost to history, it was discovered that this same ritual granted the performer special protections which allowed for the (relatively) safe reading of an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scroll]]. The Cult was co-opted by the various Cyrodiilic Empires to perform this task specifically in service to the Empire ever since. Retired Moth Priests, who have been [[HandicappedBadass blinded]] by repeated readings of the Scrolls, still perform the Order's original task of creating ancestor-silks.
*** The [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]] also had a group known as the "moth-eyed" who read and interpreted the Elder Scrolls for them. They were a famously IgnoredExpert, who warned the Ayleids that their hubris would eventually lead to their downfall. What relation these "moth-eyed" may have had with the Cult beyond their similar function is not known.


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* InsistentTerminology: Dremora are an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who are most commonly found in the service of [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]] as his LegionsOfHell. Though they are commonly referred to as "Dremora", they prefer to identify themselves as "The Kyn", which translates to "The People" in the [[ConLang Daedric language]]. This is because they consider themselves superior and more intelligent than the other lesser Daedra, which they see as little more than mindless beasts.


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* InterspeciesRomance:
** Each game starting with ''Morrowind'' features an in-game semi-pornographic play titled ''The Lusty Argonian Maid''. In it, the main character, an Imperial (human) named "[[HerCodeNameWasMarySue Crantus Colto]]", is looking to get his "spear polished" by the titular Argonian (LizardFolk) maid. ''Skyrim'' introduces a sequel, as well as a GenderFlipped version for the ladies (''The Sultry Argonian Bard'').
** ''The Real Barenziah'', tells the story of the future queen of Morrowind and Wayrest, Barenziah. In it, she (a Dunmer) has sex with a Khajiit (CatFolk) named Therris so that he will induct her into the ThievesGuild. (As is the case with real life felines, Khajiit males have sharp spines on their penises, as Barenziah finds out the hard way.) Later, Barenziah has an affair with the human Emperor Tiber Septim, and becomes pregnant by him. (As a bastard child with a Dunmer mistress would be very inconvenient for the Emperor, he orders Barenziah [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion to have a magical abortion]].) The book ''The Last Scabbard of Akrash'' provides another Dunmer/Khajiit example, though it is less detailed about the actual act.
** The in-game book ''Interspecies Phylogeny'' discusses this trope from a scholarly perspective. It is stated that each race of Men (Imperial, Breton, Redguard, Nord) and Mer ("Elves" - Altmer, Dunmer, Bosmer) can indeed interbreed, with the race of the offspring being virtually identical to the mother (averting AllGenesAreCodominant) with a few of the father's traits potentially sprinkled in. For example, if an [[SquishyWizard Altmer father]] and [[HornyVikings Nord mother]] produce a child, it wouldn't be a MagicKnight combination of each race. Instead, the child would be almost entirely Nord with the potential of having slight points to his ears or a slightly different skin tone. Over many generations, however, this can result in offspring closer to HalfHumanHybrids. This is in fact how the Bretons got their start as a race, with their (human) ancestors being {{Breeding Slave}}s to the Direnni Altmer of High Rock. Further, it notes that although there are ''tales'' of human or elf having children with the other races, there are no ''confirmed'' reports (''Oblivion'' confirms via first-hand evidence that at least [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], who are the Orsimer, or "Changed Elves", can have children with humans (and presumably other elves). As can Cyrodiil-style vampires).
** The Tsaesci, a race supposedly made up of "[[SnakePeople snake vampires]]" hailing from [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]] who once invaded Tamriel, supposedly left behind offspring with the Tamriellic races who are considered "beautiful, if frightening." (Other sources indicate that the Tsaesci are men little different from those in Tamriel, downplaying the trope if true.)
** St. Alessia, the Slave Queen who overthrew the Ayleids ("Wild Elves") to found the first Cyrodiilic Empire of Men, was [[DivineDate romantically involved]] with Morihaus, an [[OurGodsAreDifferent et'Ada]] who took on the form of a great humanoid, winged bull. They eventually gave birth to what would become [[ALoadOfBull the Minotaur race]].
** In the [[SaintlyChurch religion of the Nine Divines]], Mara, the LoveGoddess of the Nine Divines (with a focus on on commitment, family, fertility, and matrimony compared to Dibella's (another Divine) focus on the carnal and sexual aspects of love) does not place any restrictions on marriage within the religion of the Nine Divines, thus all may marry, irrespective of [[BiTheWay gender]] and race, and unite their souls in the holy union.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Plenty of examples throughout the series. This is particularly common among the Daedra, both the Daedric Princes (who are mostly JerkassGods) and sapient lesser Daedra (who mostly consider themselves to be a SuperiorSpecies to [[PunyEarthlings Puny Earthling]] mortals).


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* IconicSequelCharacter: It's pretty easy to forget that, despite being an iconic part of the series, the Daedric Princes were first introduced in ''Daggerfall'', the second game in the franchise. (And even then, there was plenty of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness with many of their appearances and personalities.)


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* TheJuggernaut: The [=HoonDing=] is the Yokudan ({{Precursors}} of the Redguards) spirit of perseverance over infidels and the "[[OddJobGods Make Way]]" god. The [=HoonDing=] has historically manifested whenever it is needed to "make way" for the Yokudan/Redguard people. It usually manifests as [[EmpathicWeapon a weapon]] that can destroy any enemy, but it can also manifest itself using [[GodInHumanForm mortal avatars]]. According to some interpretations, these avatars aren't necessarily the [=HoonDing=] itself, but the [=HoonDing=] taking over and/or working through the avatar. The key feature of the [=HoonDing=] is that no matter what, ''[[InvincibleHero nothing]]'' will stop it from making way. One such manifestation was as Cyrus the Restless, hero of ''Redguard''.


** From the backstory, Tiber Septim was the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. He was known by many names, including Tiber Septim, Talos Stormcrownd, Hjalti Early-Beard, Ysmir Dragon of the North, Wulf, and others. There is even debate regarding which of these was his birth name, as Septim has a MultipleChoicePast further complicated by [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade Imperial propaganda]] and even a CosmicRetcon which may have made his multiple conflicting pasts all true, regardless of the conflicts.

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** From the backstory, Tiber Septim was the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] {{Founder|OfTheKingdom}} of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. He was known by many names, including Tiber Septim, Talos Stormcrownd, Hjalti Early-Beard, Ysmir Dragon of the North, Wulf, and others. There is even debate regarding which of these was his birth name, as Septim has a MultipleChoicePast further complicated by [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade Imperial propaganda]] and even a CosmicRetcon which may have made his multiple conflicting pasts all true, regardless of the conflicts.



** A major cause of the 4th Era Skyrim {{Civil War}}. As part of the White-Gold Concordat which ended the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]] between the [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] [[TheKingdom Third Tamriellic Empire]] and the re-formed [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] (it's third iteration, under [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] rule), the worship of Talos, the Ninth Divine, the God of War and Governance, and the Hero God of Mankind, was banned in the Empire. Talos is a DeityOfHumanOrigin, and the ascended god-form of Tiber Septim (possibly [[MergerOfSouls among others]]), who [[FounderOfTheKingdom established]] the Third Empire by [[TheConqueror conquering Tamriel]] and [[CurbStompBattle shattering]] the Second Aldmeri Dominion, which left many [[OurElvesAreBetter Mer (Elves)]] quite angry. To this day, many of them refuse to acknowledge the ascension of Talos as one of the Divines. The ban on Talos worship has driven a wedge between the Empire and Skyrim, Septim's ([[WrittenByTheWinners supposed]]) homeland, which is aggravated by the Empire permitting the Thalmor to travel freely throughout the Empire (especially Skyrim) to suppress Talos worship and arrest its practitioners (or worse). As it turns out, the ultimate goal of the Thalmor is to [[KillTheGod destroy Talos]] by [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly depriving him of worship]]. The Thalmor follow the extremist Aldmeri religious belief that the creation of the mortal world was a cruel trick by a malevolent god which robbed their divine ancestors of their pre-creation divinity. By destroying Talos, they hope to [[OmnicidalManiac undo creation]], believing that it will allow them to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence return to that state of pre-creation divinity]].

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** A major cause of the 4th Era Skyrim {{Civil War}}. As part of the White-Gold Concordat which ended the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]] between the [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] [[TheKingdom [[TheGoodKingdom Third Tamriellic Empire]] and the re-formed [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] (it's third iteration, under [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] rule), the worship of Talos, the Ninth Divine, the God of War and Governance, and the Hero God of Mankind, was banned in the Empire. Talos is a DeityOfHumanOrigin, and the ascended god-form of Tiber Septim (possibly [[MergerOfSouls among others]]), who [[FounderOfTheKingdom established]] the Third Empire by [[TheConqueror conquering Tamriel]] and [[CurbStompBattle shattering]] the Second Aldmeri Dominion, which left many [[OurElvesAreBetter Mer (Elves)]] quite angry. To this day, many of them refuse to acknowledge the ascension of Talos as one of the Divines. The ban on Talos worship has driven a wedge between the Empire and Skyrim, Septim's ([[WrittenByTheWinners supposed]]) homeland, which is aggravated by the Empire permitting the Thalmor to travel freely throughout the Empire (especially Skyrim) to suppress Talos worship and arrest its practitioners (or worse). As it turns out, the ultimate goal of the Thalmor is to [[KillTheGod destroy Talos]] by [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly depriving him of worship]]. The Thalmor follow the extremist Aldmeri religious belief that the creation of the mortal world was a cruel trick by a malevolent god which robbed their divine ancestors of their pre-creation divinity. By destroying Talos, they hope to [[OmnicidalManiac undo creation]], believing that it will allow them to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence return to that state of pre-creation divinity]].



** Tiber Septim was the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. When the Greybeards summoned him, he jumped at the chance. He went to them, accepted their title, studied with them to increase the power of his [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], and ventured south to Cyrodiil to forge an empire on their word. While [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade official Imperial orthodoxy]] records him as humble and pious, more heretical (and realistic) stories note Septim's [[AmbitionIsEvil extreme ambition]] playing a role.

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** Tiber Septim was the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] {{Founder|OfTheKingdom}} of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. When the Greybeards summoned him, he jumped at the chance. He went to them, accepted their title, studied with them to increase the power of his [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], and ventured south to Cyrodiil to forge an empire on their word. While [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade official Imperial orthodoxy]] records him as humble and pious, more heretical (and realistic) stories note Septim's [[AmbitionIsEvil extreme ambition]] playing a role.

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