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A Treatise on Daedra of the Lesser Variety


Preface:When one mentions the word "Daedra" many thoughts come to mind. Some may think of the lords of Oblivion, the Daedric Princes. Others may call to mind their lesser Daedric minions or possibly the very realms of Oblivion itself. Many accomplished scholars often assert that all three are in fact the aspects of the same beings. It is commonly believed that the realms of simply extensions of their respective prince at that the prince's lesser Daedric minions are aspect of said prince. This idea, though strongly rooted in many modern scholarly circles, is in this authors opinion incorrect. Budding from on offending and vague phrase in the Cyrodillic creation myth:

So the Daedra Lords created the Daedric Realms, and all the ranks of Lesser Daedra, great and small

Why so many so called learned scholars would close their minds because one of the many slanted creation myths state this as a fact is beyond comprehension. What can be said is that there is more proof supporting a contrary theory. The following will outline support on why it is more feasible to conclude that lesser Daedra are not aspects of particular Daedric princes at, but in fact Et'Ada just as independent as each prince is in relation to one another, save that these lesser Daedra are much weaker then their respective prince and are thus forced to serve them for protection.

Contention One: Consider implied evidence. According to the tradition Yokudan creation myth still transcribed by the Redguards to this day:

He continued to place stars to map out the void for others, but after so many cycles there were almost too many spirits to help out.

This is just one of the many myths that discusses the immense population of Et'Ada in the pre-Mudane Aurbis. There is no way to measure exactly how many Aedra there once were, but what we can be sure is that the majority of them aligned with Anu. Even if we were to assume there were one-hundred Aedra that participated in the creation of Mundus, that is one-hundred Anu-aligned Et'Ada. If one is to believe that the only Daedra Et'ada (and thus Padomayic Et'ada) were the 16 Daedric princes minus Malcath, Sheogorath and Meridia (who were born later) plus Lorkhan (who also aligned with Padomay) then that is only fourteen Padomayics in the pre-Mudane Aurbis! Such an uneven number could not be right, and is certainly not conducive to supporting the fact that the Aurbis was once crowded. Thus there must have been more Padomayic spirits in existence in pre-Mudane times. However, who is to say they do not still exist? Who is to say they are not in fact the immortal lesser Daedra we know today?

Contention Two: Scant dialogue with lesser Daedra and observation within Daedric planes supports the "separate Et'Ada" theory. After the disaster at Battlespire, some documents belonging to the so called "hero of Battlespire" were recovered. One such document was a message written by a more tempered and less hostile Daedra of the Dremora breed. According to said Dremora:

We serve by choice. We serve the strong, so that their strength might shield us. Clans serve by long-practice, but practice may change. Dremora have long served Dagon but not always so.

It is obvious what these words suggest. They suggest, as this author stated before, a system in which these Daedra (completely separate from their prince) chose only to serve their prince due to the protection such a powerful entity grants. Once more, observation of reports on the Battlespire incident record Dark Seducers among Dagon�s troops. However, decades later when mortals were granted access to the realm of Sheogorath, the Shivering Isles, many of the mortals that were not maddened and managed to return to Mundus report that the Seducers now serve Seogorath. Clearly these Seducers present a change in allegiance. What�s more, the Shivering Isles were also seen to be populated by Hunger (or so claim these so-called witnesses). As anyone well-versed in Daedric studies would know, the Hunger are often associated with the Daedroth Boethiah. Either Boethiah and Sheogorath had entered into some hidden alliance or the Hunger entered this realm on their own accord. And of course, one cannot forget the Atronachs, who have long been regarded as "masterless Daedra". Clearly all these separate instances prove that the lesser Daedra have minds and identities separate from their masters.

Contention Three: Observe the "moons" which "orbit" the Daedric planets. Many of the many more detailed Elvish and Mannish planetary charts depict the Daedric planets being surrounded by small bodies. Not much unlike Mundus's own two moons, these small bodies seem to participate in an orbit around the Daedric planet realms. If the dictum that all planets are of infinite space, and size only denotes power, then these "moons" would appear to be beings like the princes, only of lesser power. Observing these planets, one may notice that they correspond with the Princes lesser Daedric minion races. Indeed, interviews with some captured Dremora from the Battlespire incident have even confirmed this. This beings said, the presence of such bodies hilights the separation between the Lesser Daedra and their masters, proving that they are indeed separate entities.

Conclusion: The opponents of this case, those that believe the "aspect" theory of Lesser Daedric origin may claim many things. They may claim there were once more then 16 Daedric princes, they may argue that the rouge Daedra are simply the "shattered pieces" of long defeated Princes and may even claim the presence of the Lesser Daedric moons support this. However, as much as both sides of this debate claim they can understand the true nature of thing alien to this realm, there is no way to totally comprehend such foreign concepts. One may wish to reflect on the following quotes gathered during an interview of two denizens of the Shivering Isles so that one may to extrapolate their own personal truth for themselves:

How typical. You mortals love to take a pebble of information and construct entire realms of conjecture upon it. Your lore of those disparate beings that you lump together as "daedra" is based on nothing -- lies and half-truths told by traitors, rebels, miscontents and weaklings who have had the misfortune to become involved with mortals. Or with Mehrunes Dagon. Do not speak his name to me again. The Master of Scum. The pawn of every Prince of true power, the dupe of every schemer in the Nineteen Voids. Do you think you know anything of the politics, factions, feuds, vendettas, wars of Oblivion? Do you think Oblivion such a simple place, that the tale of the loyalties of a great people such as the Mazken could be encompassed in a brief tale?

The limited imaginations of Mundus' inhabitants are very amusing. There are as many types of servants as stars in the sky. Daedra, as you call them, are but one of the more useful. The Knights of Order are yet another. My Lord Jyggalag is partial to their lack of creativity and independence.

-Respectfully submitted by
Architect Mortazo of the Academy for Daedric Studies