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* MagnificentBastard: Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge whose monstrous, formless appearance belies a mind possibly more cunning than any other Daedric Prince in existence. Constantly seeking to hoard knowledge of all sorts to fill the shelves of his arcane library Apocrypha through gambits atop of gambits, Mora bargains with servitors seeking Mora's secrets, rewarding those who are earnest and horribly punishing those who renege on his gifts. in the ''Dragonborn'' expansion to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], Mora realizes his current servant, the Dragonborn Miraak, is attempting to betray him, Mora executes a plan to manipulate the Last Dragonborn into killing and replacing him, simultaneously using them to wrest the long-held secrets of the Skaal by refusing to grant them the last Word of Power necessary to defeat Miraak until they do so. Ultimately, Mora ends up completely untouchable in the end, musing that all the Last Dragonborn has and will do is [[JustAsPlanned according to his grand design]].

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* MagnificentBastard: Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge whose monstrous, formless appearance belies a mind possibly more cunning than any other Daedric Prince in existence. Constantly seeking to hoard knowledge of all sorts to fill the shelves of his arcane library Apocrypha through gambits atop of gambits, Mora bargains with servitors seeking Mora's secrets, rewarding those who are earnest and horribly punishing those who renege on his gifts. in the ''Dragonborn'' expansion to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], Skyrim]]'', Mora realizes his current servant, the Dragonborn Miraak, is attempting to betray him, Mora executes a plan to manipulate the Last Dragonborn into killing and replacing him, simultaneously using them to wrest the long-held secrets of the Skaal by refusing to grant them the last Word of Power necessary to defeat Miraak until they do so. Ultimately, Mora ends up completely untouchable in the end, musing that all the Last Dragonborn has and will do is [[JustAsPlanned according to his grand design]].


* MagnificentBastard: Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge whose monstrous, formless appearance belies a mind possibly more cunning than any other Daedric Prince in existence. Constantly seeking to hoard knowledge of all sorts to fill the shelves of his arcane library Apocrypha through gambits atop of gambits, Mora bargains with servitors seeking Mora's secrets, rewarding those who are earnest and horribly punishing those who renege on his gifts. In ''Dragonborn'', Mora realizes his current servant, the Dragonborn Miraak, is attempting to betray him, Mora executes a plan to manipulate the Last Dragonborn into killing and replacing him, simultaneously using them to wrest the long-held secrets of the Skaal by refusing to grant them the last Word of Power necessary to defeat Miraak until they do so. Ultimately, Mora ends up completely untouchable in the end, musing that all the Last Dragonborn has and will do is [[JustAsPlanned according to his grand design]].

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* MagnificentBastard: Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge whose monstrous, formless appearance belies a mind possibly more cunning than any other Daedric Prince in existence. Constantly seeking to hoard knowledge of all sorts to fill the shelves of his arcane library Apocrypha through gambits atop of gambits, Mora bargains with servitors seeking Mora's secrets, rewarding those who are earnest and horribly punishing those who renege on his gifts. In ''Dragonborn'', in the ''Dragonborn'' expansion to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], Mora realizes his current servant, the Dragonborn Miraak, is attempting to betray him, Mora executes a plan to manipulate the Last Dragonborn into killing and replacing him, simultaneously using them to wrest the long-held secrets of the Skaal by refusing to grant them the last Word of Power necessary to defeat Miraak until they do so. Ultimately, Mora ends up completely untouchable in the end, musing that all the Last Dragonborn has and will do is [[JustAsPlanned according to his grand design]].

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* MagnificentBastard: Hermaeus Mora is the Daedric Prince of knowledge whose monstrous, formless appearance belies a mind possibly more cunning than any other Daedric Prince in existence. Constantly seeking to hoard knowledge of all sorts to fill the shelves of his arcane library Apocrypha through gambits atop of gambits, Mora bargains with servitors seeking Mora's secrets, rewarding those who are earnest and horribly punishing those who renege on his gifts. In ''Dragonborn'', Mora realizes his current servant, the Dragonborn Miraak, is attempting to betray him, Mora executes a plan to manipulate the Last Dragonborn into killing and replacing him, simultaneously using them to wrest the long-held secrets of the Skaal by refusing to grant them the last Word of Power necessary to defeat Miraak until they do so. Ultimately, Mora ends up completely untouchable in the end, musing that all the Last Dragonborn has and will do is [[JustAsPlanned according to his grand design]].


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*CompleteMonster: See [[Monster/TheElderScrolls here]].



* CompleteMonster: [[AGodAmI Mannimarco]], the King of Worms, is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm, one of the most powerful {{necromancer}}s to ever live, and the world's [[MonsterProgenitor first lich]]. In his first chronological appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', Mannimarco instigated the Planemeld, an event intended to merge Nirn with Coldharbour, the hellish realm of his master, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal. This would kill most people on the planet and leave the few survivors as eternal slaves. Mannimarco has his followers sacrifice countless people to summon Dark Anchors to pull Nirn into Coldharbour. His ultimate plan was [[TheStarscream to betray his master and steal his power]], becoming the new Daedric Prince of Schemes and ruling over both worlds as a god. Though slain, Mannimarco appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', where he continued his pursuit of power and performed favors in exchange for things like souls and firstborn children. Succeeding in achieving godhood by the game's end, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', in the Mages Guild quest, a mortal part of Mannimarco resurfaced and decided to settle a petty grudge with his long-dead nemesis by destroying the Mages Guild said enemy founded. During the war with the guild, Mannimarco created black soul gems to [[YourSoulIsMine steal the souls]] of those who opposed him, tortured to death then resurrected a mage that infiltrated his cult, and personally led the slaughter of the Bruma Mages Guild chapter, leaving only one survivor.
** Also see [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion here]] & [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim here]] for game-specific entries.


** Divayth Fyr, to the point where he became something of an icon/mascot for the Elder Scrolls Lore community. To note, he's a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 4000 year old]] wizard who has the [[BadassGrandpa highest level of any NPC]] in the vanilla ''Morrowind'' game, made himself multiple OppositeSexClone "daughters" to keep him "company" (and are alternatively referred to by some as his "[[ScrewYourself wives]]"), [[TheCollector amassed a collection of powerful artifacts]] which he doesn't mind people taking if they can figure out [[LockAndKeyPuzzle the puzzle]], can [[DimensionalTraveler freely travel through the realms of the Daedra]], [[spoiler: turned the PlayerCharacter into TheAgeless (and will {{Squee}} while doing so,) and befriended the [[LastOfHisKind last living Dwemer]].]]

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** Divayth Fyr, to the point where he became something of an icon/mascot for the Elder Scrolls Lore community. To note, he's a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 4000 year old]] wizard who has the [[BadassGrandpa highest level of any NPC]] NPC in the vanilla ''Morrowind'' game, made himself multiple OppositeSexClone "daughters" to keep him "company" (and are alternatively referred to by some as his "[[ScrewYourself wives]]"), [[TheCollector amassed a collection of powerful artifacts]] which he doesn't mind people taking if they can figure out [[LockAndKeyPuzzle the puzzle]], can [[DimensionalTraveler freely travel through the realms of the Daedra]], [[spoiler: turned the PlayerCharacter into TheAgeless (and will {{Squee}} while doing so,) and befriended the [[LastOfHisKind last living Dwemer]].]]


* HilariousInHindsight: The Dremora are a grey-skinned, yellow-eyed, horned, shaggy-haired ProudWarriorRace with a complex multi-level FantasticCasteSystem who come from AnotherDimension and [[CaptainObvious use the Daedric alphabet]]. [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} They wouldn't be the last.]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: The Dremora are a grey-skinned, yellow-eyed, horned, shaggy-haired ProudWarriorRace with a complex multi-level FantasticCasteSystem who come from AnotherDimension and [[CaptainObvious use the Daedric alphabet]].alphabet. [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} They wouldn't be the last.]]

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* DemonicSpiders: Trolls in ''Blades''. In the other Elder Scrolls games, the trolls have always had a health-regineration ability that heals them over time. The thing is, it was a slow heal, so players could still beat trolls easily. In ''Blades'', however, the regeneration is taken to an extreme, turning trolls into enemies that can singly handily end runs. Worse yet, there are usually multiple trolls in a dungeon.


* CompleteMonster: [[TheDreaded Mannimarco]], the [[AppropriatedAppelation King of Worms]], is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm, one of the most powerful necromancers to ever live, and the world's [[MonsterProgenitor first]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]]. In his first chronological appearance in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', Mannimarco instigated the Planemeld, an event intended to merge Nirn with Coldharbour, the hellish realm of his master, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal. This would kill most people on the planet and leave the few survivors as eternal slaves. Mannimarco has his followers sacrifice countless people to summon Dark Anchors to pull Nirn into Coldharbour. His ultimate plan was [[TheStarscream to betray his master and steal his power]], becoming the new Daedric Prince of Schemes and [[AGodAmI ruling over both worlds as a god]]. Once his master finds out, Mannimarco is later found in Coldharbour undergoing horrific torture and still taunts the player, mocking them as doomed to fail against Molag Bal and that, despite his own torture, he will enjoy knowing that the player will suffer just as much for eternity. If the player frees Mannimarco, he taunts them ''again'', calling them a fool and vowing to make as many future innocents suffer for their weakness as possible. Though slain, Mannimarco appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', where he continued his pursuit of power and performed favors in exchange for things like souls and firstborn children. Succeeding in achieving godhood by the game's end, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as the ArcVillain of the Mages Guild quest, a mortal part of Mannimarco resurfaced and decided to settle a petty grudge with his long-dead nemesis by destroying the Mages Guild said enemy founded. During the war with the guild, Mannimarco created black soul gems to [[YourSoulIsMine steal the souls]] of those who opposed him, tortured to death then resurrected a mage that infiltrated his cult, and personally led the slaughter of the Bruma Mages Guild chapter, leaving only one survivor.

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* CompleteMonster: [[TheDreaded [[AGodAmI Mannimarco]], the [[AppropriatedAppelation King of Worms]], Worms, is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm, one of the most powerful necromancers {{necromancer}}s to ever live, and the world's [[MonsterProgenitor first]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent first lich]]. In his first chronological appearance in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', Mannimarco instigated the Planemeld, an event intended to merge Nirn with Coldharbour, the hellish realm of his master, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal. This would kill most people on the planet and leave the few survivors as eternal slaves. Mannimarco has his followers sacrifice countless people to summon Dark Anchors to pull Nirn into Coldharbour. His ultimate plan was [[TheStarscream to betray his master and steal his power]], becoming the new Daedric Prince of Schemes and [[AGodAmI ruling over both worlds as a god]]. Once his master finds out, Mannimarco is later found in Coldharbour undergoing horrific torture and still taunts the player, mocking them as doomed to fail against Molag Bal and that, despite his own torture, he will enjoy knowing that the player will suffer just as much for eternity. If the player frees Mannimarco, he taunts them ''again'', calling them a fool and vowing to make as many future innocents suffer for their weakness as possible.god. Though slain, Mannimarco appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', where he continued his pursuit of power and performed favors in exchange for things like souls and firstborn children. Succeeding in achieving godhood by the game's end, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', as the ArcVillain of in the Mages Guild quest, a mortal part of Mannimarco resurfaced and decided to settle a petty grudge with his long-dead nemesis by destroying the Mages Guild said enemy founded. During the war with the guild, Mannimarco created black soul gems to [[YourSoulIsMine steal the souls]] of those who opposed him, tortured to death then resurrected a mage that infiltrated his cult, and personally led the slaughter of the Bruma Mages Guild chapter, leaving only one survivor.


** [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Camoran]] & [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Alduin]]. See those pages for details.

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** Also see [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Camoran]] here]] & [[YMMV/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Alduin]]. See those pages here]] for details.game-specific entries.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: After ''Shivering Isles,'' Sheogorath can be considered as such. The reason this is listed as YMMV is that it's not ambiguous in-universe (where he is still considered an evil Daedra) but to the fanbase. Many debates have raged over his presentation since the DLC, and the main crux of the argument is how much of him is [[spoiler: the Champion of Cyrodiil]] now. Those who believe the Mad God is as evil as ever say that [[spoiler: the Champion's personality was subsumed by the role of Sheogorath, and that his treatment of Pelagius in Skyrim was just another part of tormenting the long-dead Emperor.]] Those who believe he's now a good Prince argue that [[spoiler: the Pelagius quest was a genuine attempt by the new Sheogorath to cure him of the madness afflicted by the old Sheogorath, and that there has been no evidence of any wrongdoing on his part in almost two centuries.]] It's almost universally agreed that Sheogorath [[spoiler: was Mantled (The Champion "Walked" like Sheogorath until the two were indistinguishable), but the crux of the issue is "Do you believe the Champion must now walk like Sheogorath, or that Sheogorath must now walk like the Champion?"]]

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* QuicksandBox: Common throughout the series, in large part because of how early the games [[OpeningTheSandbox Open The Sandbox]] for you. Typically, after a brief tutorial and a tip on where to go next for the main quest, you're free to go wherever you want and do whatever you want. There are LoadsAndLoadsOfSidequests, as well as full blown [[SidequestSidestory Sidequest Sidestories]] (some of which are nearly as expansive as the main quest).


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not that it isn't immensely popular in the US, but the series is ''huge'' in Japan and Europe. Japan is an especially notable case, as many [[WesternRPG Western RPGs]] tend to fare much more poorly there. (''Skyrim'' was the first WesternRPG to receive a perfect score from Famitsu.) ''Skyrim'' is so popular in Japan that a significant percentage of the GameMods created for it come from Japan.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Not that it isn't immensely popular in the US, but the series is ''huge'' in Japan and Europe. Japan is an especially notable case, as many [[WesternRPG Western RPGs]] tend to fare much more poorly there. (''Skyrim'' was the first WesternRPG to receive a perfect score from Famitsu.) ''Skyrim'' is so popular in Japan that a significant percentage of the GameMods {{Game Mod}}s created for it come from Japan.


* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** The "magic item glow" in ''Morrowind'' is generally known to suffer from this, specifically that the glow makes the items look like they're covered in saran wrap. There are almost as many mods to replace/remove said graphics as there are mods improving the popular alchemy system.
** ''Oblivion's'' lava is more accurately described as very painful tomato soup.
** The water troughs near forges in ''Skyrim'' lack any sort of animation, making them look like a chunk of semi-clear plastic.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The main themes for each 3D game were composed by Music/JeremySoule, and they are ''epic''.
** [[https://youtu.be/I2qDap4hnmk "Nerevar Rising"]] from ''Morrowind''.
** [[https://youtu.be/E7QGGrxFjHs "Reign of the Septims"]] from ''Oblivion''.
** [[https://youtu.be/UsnRQJxanVM "Dragonborn"]] from ''Skyrim''.
** Eric Heberling's soundtracks from Arena and Daggerfall are also fondly remembered, and have been ported (either straight or remixed) over to the more recent titles in the series in several mods.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The main themes for each 3D game were composed by Music/JeremySoule, and they are ''epic''.
** [[https://youtu.be/I2qDap4hnmk "Nerevar Rising"]] from ''Morrowind''.
** [[https://youtu.be/E7QGGrxFjHs "Reign of the Septims"]] from ''Oblivion''.
** [[https://youtu.be/UsnRQJxanVM "Dragonborn"]] from ''Skyrim''.
** Eric Heberling's soundtracks from Arena and Daggerfall are also fondly remembered, and have been ported (either straight or remixed) over to the more recent titles in the series in several mods.


* ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow: Will happen if you say ''anything'' negative about ''any'' of the games. The fandom for ''Morrowind'', ''Daggerfall'' and ''Oblivion'' can be '''''EXTREMELY''''' touchy, especially if you compare their pet release with a different one in the series. Even if you're being constructive, you'll be skinned alive.

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