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Nocturnal

Author: 
Xan

Nocturnal, whose sphere is the night and darkness; who is known as The Night Mistress.

Nocturnal is accorded the title Ur-dra by nearly all the Royalty of Oblivion. As the mother of night, she claims to be an aspect of the original Void itself, and it is generally deemed best to fortify this declaration in one's evening prayers.

The summoning date of Nocturnal is 3rd of Hearthfire.

Nocturnal in DaggerfallNocturnal's statue in Oblivion

Nocturnal more-less is thieves deity, although she does not ask for worshippers, nor does she necessarily give blessings to those that do recognize her. It is quite an irony that the mistress of the Thieves had problem with the stealing of some of her artifacts. The Cowl of Nocturnal (Waughin Jarth's "Purloined Shadows" says it's her cloak) is one of the prized possessions of the Thieves Guild. The master thief of the Cyrodiil Thieves Guild is known as the Gray Fox and he always recognized by his Cowl of Nocturnal. The cowl was stolen by the first Gray Fox, Emer Dareloth. Nocturnal cursed the cowl and its user, "Whoever wears Nocturnal's cowl shall have his name stricken from history."

Circa 3E 433, the latest Gray Fox, Corvus Umbranox, used The Elder Scrolls to undo the curse. The cowl now does not erase the name of its wielder from history, and the tradition of Gray Fox as the leader is still preserved by the Cyrodiil Thieves Guild.

The cowl was also told stolen in one amusing song called "Song of Hrormir." Nocturnal was tricked by Hrormir in order to save his old companion Darfang. She traded Darfang's soul for the service (by keeping his soul) of Hrormir, so that he would assist her followers dividing the kingdom of Aelfendor, but in the end the kingdom was left intact while Nocturnal's followers were divided. And the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal was also taken by Hrormir. To get the cowl back, Nocturnal was forced to release Hrormir's soul and left with nothing to gain.

Nocturnal lose another of her artifacts, the Eye of Nocturnal. It was stolen by some Leyawiin thieves and hidden in Tidewater Cave. The artifact was finally recovered by the Champion of Cyrodiil, and for the deed, the champion was rewarded with the Skeleton Key. Detail conversation of the event can be read here.

The Skeleton's Key was reported, owned for the first time by an obscured person named Arrovan. Many years later, the Eternal Champion during the Imperial Simulacrum, found a map in a dungeon in Valenwood that pointed to the location of the Skeleton's Key somewhere in Summerset Isle. Using the map, the Eternal Champion found and claimed the key. Then sometime in 3E 397, the Hero of the Azra's Crossing found the Skeleton Key in one of the chests in the Citadel of Broken Wing. Indeed the artifact travels between heroes and locations, as the legend says, it would never be the property of one thief for too long.