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Mehrunes Dagon

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Xan

Mehrunes Dagon, whose sphere is destruction, change, revolution, energy, and ambition.

Mehrunes Dagon (God of Destruction): Popular Daedric power. He is associated with natural dangers like fire, earthquakes, and floods. In some cultures, though, Dagon is merely a god of bloodshed and betrayal. He is an especially important deity in Morrowind, where he represents its near-inhospitable terrain.
- Varieties of Faith in the Empire

Mehrunes Dagon maintains realms called Deadlands. According to the "Doors of Oblivion", the realms are stormy with dark twisted trees, howling spirits and billowing mist. But from the records during the Oblivion Crisis the realms of Mehrunes Dagon are masses of small fiery realms with lava as sea and fire as the sky. Complete with twisted plants like Blood Grass, poisoned Spiddal Stick and bloodthirsty Harrada Root. The inhabitants are mostly Dremora with some lesser Daedra as their slaves.

The summoning date of Mehrunes Dagon is 20th of Sun's Dusk.

According to "Darkest Darkness", three lesser Daedra are associated with Mehrunes Dagon: the agile and pesky Scamp, the ferocious and beast-like Clannfear, and the noble and deadly Dremora. We will talk later in detail about Dremora.

Mehrunes Dagon in DaggerfallMehrunes Dagon in Battlespire

Mehrunes Dagon's statue in MorrowindA statue in Tribunal depicting Mehrunes Dagon fighting AlmalexiaMehrunes Dagon's statue in Oblivion

Mehrunes Dagon is also one of the Dunmeri Four Corners of the House of Troubles. Four Corner of the House of Trouble consists of Molag Bal, Mehrunes Dagon, Malacath and Sheogorath. These Daedric Princes rebelled against the counsel and admonition of the Tribunal, causing great kin strife and confusion among the clans and Great Houses. They are holy in that they serve the role of obstacles during the Testing. Through time they have sometimes become associated with local enemies, like the Nords, Akaviri, or Mountain Orcs. As written in the "The House of Troubles", Mehrunes Dagon is the god of destruction. He is associated with natural dangers like fire, earthquakes, and floods. To some he represents the inhospitable land of Morrowind. He tests the Dunmer will to survive and persevere.

In the series of books titled "2920, The Last Year of the First Era", Lord Sotha Sil visited Coldharbour, following the destruction of the city of Gilverdale in Valenwood by Molag Bal. He made a deal with eight of the more prominent Daedric Princes. Azura, Boethiah, Herma-Mora, Hircine, Malacath, Mehrunes Dagon, Molag Bal and Sheogorath. The term of the deal is that during the war between Morrowind and Cyrodiil, the Daedric Princes should not accept any summon by mortal, unless it was done by witches or sorcerers.

However, a former spymaster of Vivec managed to summon Mehrunes Dagon by fueling the rage of a witch of the Skeffington Coven in High Rock. The witch wanted to take revenge upon the Duke of Morrowind, while the spymaster just wanted to see Morrowind suffered after what Vivec had done to him. Mehrunes Dagon overdid and destroyed the capital of Morrowind, Mournhold. The invasion of the city of Mournhold by Mehrunes Dagon is one of the most terrible destructions ever recorded by the historians. Although Mehrunes Dagon was eventually banished back to Oblivion by a joined effort of Almalexia and Sotha Sil, Mournhold had been totally destroyed, and the Duke of Morrowind was slain. A new city is constructed right atop the ruins of the destroyed Mournhold.

During the Imperial Simulacrum, Jagar Tharn dealt with Mehrunes Dagon. Mehrunes Dagon then assaulted the Battlespire, a proving ground and bastion of the Imperial Battlemages. Tharn had to destroy the Imperial Battlemages to smoothen his rule over Tamriel on Uriel Septim VII seat. However, the Prince of Destruction had a hidden agenda - he wanted to invade Tamriel. Since the Prince and his Daedric army cannot cross the realities directly, he conquered and used multiple pocket dimensions and the Battlespire (the final gateway) as the steps to the mortal realm. One of the invaded realms is Shade Perilous, one of the realms of Daedric Prince Nocturnal. Two Nocturnal's lieutenants, Deyanira Katrece and Jaciel Morgen were severely suffered by the invasion of Mehrunes Dagon.

Although the Battlespire had fallen; but an unknown hero managed to banish Mehrunes Dagon to Oblivion. The hero used Mehrunes Dagon's protonymic and neonymic; and then hit the Prince with the Daedric Broadsword of the Moon Reiver. The Broadsword of Moon Reiver is an artifact of great power that was personally forged from Mehrunes Dagon's own essence. With this action, Mehrunes Dagon's anchor to the mortal realm was severed and he was banished to Oblivion. The Battlespire itself was destroyed after the banishment of Mehrunes Dagon, due to the magicka anchors that supporting the floating citadel were also severed. More information on this issue can be found in The Story of Battlespire.

Another artifact that worth noted in this period of chaos is the Daedric Crescent Blade. These blades were used in the invasion of Battlespire by Mehrunes Dagon's army. After the event though, the Septim Dynasty declares this weapon illegal, and thus makes the blade highly prized among the collectors.

Other famous artifact of Mehrunes Dagon is Mehrunes' Razor. This mythical artifact is capable of slaying any creature instantly. This blade is highly prized among the assassins. The Hero of Daggerfall once was rewarded by Mehrunes Dagon after his service of eliminating a troublesome Frost Daedra. Decades later, the blade was recovered in the bad condition by the Nerevarine, and then Mehrunes Dagon in his shrine of Yasamiddan, restored the blade to its former glory. Detail conversation of the event can be read here.

In the south Cyrodiil, there exists the Nefarivigum, a foul construct of Mehrunes Dagon, was erected to be ever watchful for the pilgrim who would approach it and best an unknown trial of worth. It is said that such a pilgrim would be rewarded with the blessing of Mehrunes Razor. It seems that the construct is able to retrieve the razor from its current owner, and give it to the pilgrim that finished the trial. The Ayleids tried to prevent the blade to be released; therefore they erected Varsa Baalim, a city that surrounded the Nefarivigum. After so many years the city stood strong, some unfortunate events occurred, and the city were destroyed and lost from the history.

Some decades after the destruction of Battlespire, in 3E 433, Mythic Dawn, a cult of Mehrunes Dagon worshipper, managed to assassinate the Emperor Uriel Septim VII and the royal family of the Septim Dynasty. This started the event called the Oblivion Crisis. It is a period of time when the force of Oblivion under the lead of Mehrunes Dagon invaded Tamriel, with the assistance of the Mythic Dawn cult. The Gates of Oblivion appeared everywhere throughout Tamriel.

Brother Martin, a monk under the service of Akatosh in Kvatch, which is in fact a direct descendant of Uriel Septim VII, after being convinced by the Champion of Cyrodiil tried to prevent the fall of the mortal realm to Mehrunes Dagon. The Champion of Cyrodiil helped him recovering the Amulet of Kings and slain Mankar Camoran, the leader of the Mythic Dawn cult. However, when Martin was in his way to relight the Dragonfire to reseal the covenant made by Queen Alessia back in the First Era, Mehrunes Dagon and his minions had managed to cross the border between realities and invaded the Imperial City. Martin sacrificed himself while breaking the Amulet of Kings. This action summoned Akatosh. The Chief of the Aedra and the Daedra of Destruction clashed!

The titanic battle ended when Akatosh defeated and banished the Prince of Destruction back to Oblivion. Then Akatosh sealed the barrier between realities so that the Daedra will not be able to invade anymore. Alas, the last descendant of the Septim is no more; the Cyrodiil Empire has no Emperor. The future for the third Empire of Men is bleak.

Sometime during the Oblivion Crisis, Frathen Drothan, a rogue Telvanni tried to retrieve the blade in order to support his rebellion against the Imperial. He found the ruin of Varsa Baalim, and eventually he reached Nefarivigum, however the Champion of Cyrodiil thwarted his evil and retrieved the blade for himself.