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Ur, Dagoth

Author: 
Xan

Appeared in: TES3: Morrowind.

Dagoth Voryn aka Sharmat aka Dagoth Ur is the former Lord High Councilor of House Dagoth. House Dagoth, the traitor house destroyed in the War of the First Council. Dagoth Ur is the immortal enemy of the Tribunal Temple cult. The Temple blames Dagoth Ur and his hosts for all the evils that beset the Dunmer and Morrowind.

He was of Lord Nerevar's generation, older than the Tribunal (Almalexia, Sotha Sil, and Vivec), and a mighty sorcerer and enchanted in life. In his sustained shadow immortality, he appears to be a highly intelligent, severely deluded immortal monster with unparalleled supernatural abilities. He appears, by turns, lucid and deranged, compassionate and bestial, profoundly wise and profoundly disordered.

Dagoth Ur was the bearer of the news that the Dwemer had found the Heart of Lorkhan and Kagrenac, the Dwemer Architect planned to use it to fuel the new weapon. The meeting between Nerevar and Dumac, the king of the Dwemer was failed and the war started; the War of the First Council.

There are three conflicting accounts about Dagoth Ur and the War of the First Council.

The first is the hidden writings of the Tribunal Temple, gathered from the oral tradition of the Ashlanders. The book titled "Nerevar at the Red Mountain." The book tells that during the war, Nerevar and Dagoth Ur managed to enter the Heart Chamber. Dagoth Ur killed Kagrenac. Nerevar defeated Dumac. Undecided what to do with the tools, Nerevar summoned Daedric Prince Azura. Azura told Nerevar and Dagoth Ur how to use the tools to separate the power of the Heart from the Dwemer. The Dwemer race vanished from Nirn. Nerevar entrusted the tools to Dagoth Ur and went to talk with the Tribunal. The Tribunal learnt the new power of the tools, became greedy and assassinated Nerevar. Azura came and cursed them and the Chimer race. Dagoth Ur tried to avenge Nerevar but failed and sent off. The Tribunal took the tools and ascended as the gods of Morrowind.

The second book, titled "The Battle of Red Mountain, and the Rise and Fall of the Tribunal" is the official statement of the Tribunal Temple. The book tells that in the confusing battle, seeing that Dumac fell, Kagrenac used his tools upon the heart, and the Dwemer race disappeared. Nerevar entrusted the tools to Dagoth Ur and went to talk with the Tribunal. The Tribunal wanted to use the tools, but Nerevar prevent them and made them make an oath on Azura. When Nerevar and the Tribunal came to the Heart Chamber, Dagoth Ur refused to deliver the tools and became irrational. Nerevar had to wrestle the tools from Dagoth Ur, and Dagoth Ur escaped. Sometime later, Nerevar died, and the Tribunal broke the oath and made themselves gods. Then Azura came and cursed them and the rest of the Chimer race.

The third book tells the story from the Nords point of view. It is titled "The Five Songs of King Wulfharth." The book mostly contains the story of King Wulfharth and Shor or Lorkhan., and the war between the Nords, the Chimer and the Dwemer. Dagoth Ur came to the Nords telling that the Heart of Lorkhan was in the hand of the Dwemer. Dagoth Ur was sent by the Tribunal who were upset by the peace that Nerevar made with Dumac, and wanted the Dwemer destroyed. And this is the passage about the battle: "Dagoth-Ur met Dumac and slew him, but not before Sunder struck his lord's Heart. Nerevar turned away from Lorkhan and struck down Dagoth-Ur in rage, but he took a mortal wound from Lorkhan in turn. But Nerevar feigned the death that was coming early and so struck Lorkhan with surprise on his side. The Heart had been made solid by Sunder's tuning blow and Keening could now cut it out. And it was cut out and Lorkhan was defeated and the whole ordeal was thought over." As a summary, the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur were traitors to the First Council (Nerevar and Dumac), and they brought King Wulfharth and Lorkhan to destroy the alliance of the Dwemer and Chimer. They failed, and Lorkhan died again, losing his heart.

Despite the conflicting records, the fact now that the Tribunal ruled Morrowind as gods, the Chimer has turned to the Dunmer, the Dwemer disappeared, and Dagoth Ur became the Tribunal's immortal enemy.

Late in Second Era, Dagoth Ur and his brothers awakened and entered the Heart Chamber. He started the first phase of the construction of Akulakhan, the new Numidium. The recruitment for new member for House Dagoth was also started. Dagoth Ur recruited the new members through dream sending and compulsion. The Tribunal's access to Lorkhan's Heart was blocked. Numerous attempts to recapture Red Mountain by the Tribunal and the Temple were failed.

The threat from Dagoth Ur's minions increased. The Tribunal established a chain of magical barrier surrounding the Red mountain, called the Ghostfence. And another misfortune struck the Tribunal, Keening and Sunder were captured by Dagoth Odros and Dagoth Vemyn. The Tribunal continued to grow weaker without access to the Heart. And furthermore, the Tribunal had to provide the resources required to maintain the Ghostgate. 

Late in the Third Era, the Nerevarine emerged from the lowest prisoner newly released by the Empire. After he gained the title of Hortator and Nerevarine, Vivec met him and gave him Wraithguard and taught him how to use the three Kagrenac's Tools to sever the connection of Dagoth Ur to the heart. An essential way to defeat Dagoth Ur.

The Nerevarine confronted Dagoth Ur in the Heart Chamber. The Heart of Lorkhan was finally released from its bond by the Nerevarine, this caused all the links to the heart were severed. All the divine power and the immortality of Dagoth Ur and the Tribunal vanished. Akulakhan was crumbled without the power of the heart. Dagoth Ur was killed by the Nerevarine, and the Sixth House was wiped forever.

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