Queen of Windhelm. Princess Nurnhilde was her eldest and presumed heir, so her younger child Prince Jorunn became a bard. Mabjaarn and Nurnhilde were killed by Akaviri invaders in Windhelm, though they reportedly went down fighting. Jorunn led the Nords in avenging their deaths.
 Queen Macalla (?b - ?d)
 King Madanach (?b - ?d)
Madanach, also known as the King in Rags, is the leader of the Forsworn Rebellion. He once controlled all of the Reach and Markarth, although only for a short time. During the Great War, in 4E 174, he led the uprising to drive out the Nords from power in the Reach, but was defeated two years later and captured by a militia led by Ulfric Stormcloak. The survivors fled throughout the Reach and became known as the Forsworn.
The youngest of the three children of Emperor Pelagius II. He and his elder brother Cephorus fought against their sister Potema and her son during the War of the Red Diamond in 3E 121. Before and during this war, he was King of Wayrest, and it was during his rule there in 3E 119 that his son Thoriz Pelagius Septim was born. Magnus was the favorite brother of Emperor Antiochus, thus Wayrest apparently received preferential treatment from the Third Empire under his rule. Cephorus took the throne after the War of the Red Diamond, and when he died in 3E 140, Magnus took his place. However, Magnus was already elderly by this time, and the business of punishing the traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond drained much of his health. He purportedly had his son married to Katariah, Duchess of Vvardenfell, in part because he hoped the shrewd Dunmer could help conceal his son's eccentricities. Magnus died in 3E 145 on the 8th of Second Seed and his son Pelagius III assumed the Ruby Throne. He was a character in the popular historical fiction The Wolf Queen.
A sword singer who died around 1E 973 in the Bankorai pass in the Wrothgarian Mountains. She and her five companions are responsible for defending against the betrayal from the Crystal Tower of High Rock, led by King Joile of Daggerfall -- their ally in the war with Orsinium.
 Malham (?b - ?d)
A famous mage and scholar who wrote Malham's Annotated Compendium of Arcane Contrivances of the Second Age. He expounded several magical theories and predictions. Other mages use his work as a guide during experiments.
Leader of the Mythic Dawn, a daedric cult worshipping the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon that assassinated Uriel Septim VII in 3E 433 in an attempt to destroy Nirn. Mankar was supposedly the illegitimate son of the Camoran Usurper, born just prior to his father's downfall. Little is known about Mankar's life before 3E 433, but he fathered two children, Raven and Ruma Camoran, who would both become leading members of the Mythic Dawn. He also wrote the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, and using the Mysterium Xarxes, given to him by Mehrunes Dagon, he constructed a place known as Gaiar Alata, or 'Paradise', within the plane of Oblivion, which served as the center of his cult. He rewarded his followers by granting them eternal life within Gaiar Alata, though their existence there was less than heavenly, as they were often tormented by daedra. Mankar believed the Nine Divines to be traitors to Lorkhan, whom he believed was a Daedric Prince whose plane of Oblivion was Dawn's Beauty: Tamriel. The assassination of the Emperor was intended to break the covenant which protected Nirn from Oblivion and launch a Daedric invasion by Mehrunes Dagon into Tamriel. While Mankar managed to gain possession of the Amulet of Kings, he ultimately failed to dispose of the last remaining heir, Martin Septim. While Mankar waited for the barriers between Nirn and Oblivion to dissolve in Gaiar Alata, he was hunted down by the Champion of Cyrodiil and slain.
Mannimarco, an Altmer lich, is the leader of the Order of the Black Worm and an enemy of the Mages Guild. He is also known as The King of Worms, though it is unknown whether that title is specific to him or if he holds it as the leader of his cult of necromancers. Around 3E 433, he launched an all-out attack against the Mages Guild in Cyrodiil. Though his initial attacks were successful, his cult failed to destroy the Mages Guild, and Mannimarco was killed by the Mages Guild's newest Arch-Mage with the help of the previous Arch-Mage, Hannibal Traven.
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Mansel Sesnit became the military dictator of Redguard in 1E 609 (2245 in the old way) and succeeded for eight years in gaining control of almost the whole empire. He was assassinated in 1E 617 (2253 in the old way) and replaced by a commoner, Randic Torn.
King of Solitude, husband of Potema, the Wolf Queen, and father of Uriel Septim III. He evidently loved his wife greatly, and allowed her total control. His son chose to take the name Septim rather than Mantiarco to add weight to his somewhat dubious claim to the throne.
 Count Marius Caro (?b - ?d)
Count Marius Caro was the count of the Cyrodilic city of Leyawiin during the late Third and early Fourth Era. He and his father were well loved by the people of Leyawiin, and the Caro family had been in power for at least another generation previous, although likely longer. He married Alessia Caro, daughter of Count Charus Valga and Countess Arriana Valga of Chorrol. Many felt that this was an unwise decision, as the countess had a strong hatred for all foreign cultures and races and tried to introduce a bland Imperial-dominated culture to Leyawiin.
Marius Caro chartered the Knights of the White Stallion, a chivalric knightly order whose aims were to put an end to banditry in the Lower Niben, particularly around County Leyawiin. During the Oblivion Crisis of 3E 433, Caro felt that the Empire and the Legion were not concerned with the welfare of Leyawiin, which was heavily besieged by the armies of Mehrunes Dagon. Despite this, he provided military aid for Bruma once the portals to the Deadlands surrounding the city were closed. This caused him to lose his faith in the Elder Council, feeling that they focus obsessively on the provinces and leave Cyrodiil to fend for itself.
After the Empire's collapse in the early Fourth Era, Bravil and Leyawiin were both briefly independent city-states, often at odds with each other. Under the rule of Titus Mede, Leyawiin was restless. Marius Caro was still the count by at least 4E 40, and had sired multiple daughters who were infamous for court poisoning.
The illegitimate son of Uriel Septim VII and a mysterious mother by the name of Gemile, Martin was spirited away as an infant by Jauffre, the Grand Master of the Blades. As a young man, Martin worshipped Sanguine, but turned away from daedric worship after tragedy befell him, and becoming a Priest of Akatosh in the Kvatch chapel. When Uriel Septim VII and his legitimate heirs were assassinated by the Mythic Dawn, a daedric cult, Martin became the last remaining Septim, forcing Jauffre to tell Martin of his parenthood. Martin fought against the Mythic Dawn in a struggle to keep Mehrunes Dagon from controlling the mortal plane. He was proclaimed Emperor Martin Septim I by High Chancellor Ocato, but before he could actually take the throne or be crowned, the Imperial City came under a massive daedric attack which included Mehrunes Dagon himself manifested as four-armed red giant. The fight would eventually claim Martin's life, as in a last ditch effort to close shut the maw of Oblivion, he shattered the Amulet of Kings, transforming himself into an avatar of Akatosh in the Temple of the One to defeat Mehrunes Dagon. The enormous feat cost his life to perform, but his sacrifice ensured that the forces of Oblivion could never again threaten Tamriel.
 Prophet Marukh (?b - ?d)
Marukh the Seer was a First Era prophet who rose to prominence during the Camoran Dynasty and became especially esteemed among the inhabitants of Alessian Cyrodiil. Marukh's teachings sparked the massive cultural and spiritual movement known as the Alessian Order, a theocracy that transformed the Empire and the continent. He also wrote the Alessian Doctrines, which provide the base of law for the Alessian Empire and is credited with the phrase "All are guilty until they have proven themselves innocent", a cruel concept according to some.
Marukh's teachings began to question the validity of Elven rule after speaking to the "Enlightened One", Saint Alessia, in a vision. These sentiments led to an increasingly abstract and unknowable depiction of a Single God. They heavily influenced the Alessian Order and their secret sect, the Maruhkati Selective. The priesthood of Marukh saw no difference between spiritual and political matters. It was the religion of the Alessian Empire, and it taught that to resist the Emperor was to resist the Gods.
Mathieu Bellamont was a Breton assassin who was a member of the elite association known as the Black Hand within the Dark Brotherhood. Having once been a member of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Cheydinhal, he relocated to Anvil upon achieving promotion to the Black Hand. There, he dwelt in the undercroft of the Anvil Lighthouse with his crazed dog, unbeknownst to anyone, save the lighthouse's watch keeper. Mathieu would then plan his treacherous plot against the Brotherhood, whom he had so much malice and enmity for because of his father. His motives, to eradicate the entire Cyrodiil Dark Brotherhood, would be transpired by the means of a fellow member, whom would serve as the catalyst for his virulent recipe for Brotherhood's death and destruction. However, his plans would not come to fruition, for he would be killed by the Champion of Cyrodiil and the newly crowned Listener in the Crypt of the Night Mother under the Statue of the Lucky Lady in Bravil.
 Medora Direnni (?b - ?d)
Medora Direnni is an Altmer of the Direnni Clan. She is the current mistress of the Direnni Tower, previously known as Adamantine Tower, the oldest known structure in Tamriel. She was the court sorceress and secret lover of Lysandus, the former king of Daggerfall. After his death, the dowager Queen Mynisera banished her from the Daggerfall court. She went back to her island kingdom of Balfiera. However her bad luck didn't end there. Nulfaga in her madness cursed Direnni Tower and turned it into a prison for Medora.
 Melius Kane (?b - ?d)
Mercer Frey was a Breton thief and skilled swordsman who lived during the second and early third centuries of the Fourth Era. He must have shown promise, as Mercer was inducted into the Trinity. Eventually, he betrayed the Nightingales and Nocturnal by desecrating the Twilight Sepulcher and taking the Skeleton Key. Mercer then used the key to commit crimes against the Guild until his activities were discovered by Gallus around 4E 176. Mercer murdered Gallus, framed another Nightingale, Karliah, and took Gallus' place as Guild Master. He hunted Karliah for over two decades; she, in turn, did her best to undermine him and his allies. In 4E 201, with the help of a new Guild member, she exposed Mercer, reformed the Nightingale Trinity, and finally killed him.
 Saint Meris the Peaceful, (?b - ?d)
Patron of Farmers and Laborers. As a little girl, Saint Meris showed healing gifts, and trained as a Healer. She ended a long and bloody House War, intervening on the battlefield in her white robe to heal warriors and spellcrafters without regard to faction. The troops of all Houses adopted white robes as her standard, and refused to shed the blood of their brethren. To this day, weapons and armor which bear her name are used to offer respite, rather than do damage.
- Here in his shrine, that they have forgotten. Here do we toil, that we might remember. By night we reclaim, what by day was stolen. Far from ourselves, he grows ever near to us. Our eyes once were blinded, now through him do we see. Our hands once were idle, now through them does he speak. And when the world shall listen, and when the world shall see, and when the world remembers, that world will cease to be. - Miraak's Chant
Miraak, which means "allegiance guide" in the dragon language, was originally a Dragon Priest in the Merethic Era. He was the first Dragonborn, although that term would not become used until after the time of St. Alessia, the next known Dragonborn recorded in history. He ruled over the island of Solstheim, where a large temple was dedicated to him.
He served as a leader of the Dragon Cult and possessed a Dragon Priest Mask called Miraak, given to him by the dragons. At some point, he sought out the teachings of Hermaeus Mora, the Demon of Knowledge, and became his champion. Hermaeus Mora taught Miraak the power to bend the will of dragons. Using this knowledge and his innate ability to devour the souls of dragonkind, he turned on his winged overlords and killed a great number of them. Following this, dragons razed his temple in retaliation. For more information, see the lore article.
According to the historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era, Miramor was a soldier of the Imperial Legion during the Battle of Bodrum in 1E 2920, and he deserted after Emperor Reman III retreated from the field. It's claimed that Miramor ambushed and killed Prince Juilek in Dorsza Pass, Blackmarsh, mistaking him for the Emperor, Reman III. Miramor was purportedly murdered by the Morag Tong during another assassination attempt on Reman III in Bodrum.
Mirmulnir was one of the few dragons to survive the Dragon War, and successfully avoided persecution by the Akaviri Dragonguard. By 2E 373, he was still purportedly alive, having last been sighted by the Blades in the Reach in 2E 212.
It is unknown if Mirmulnir was slain before the return of his master Alduin in 4E 201. Upon his return, Alduin began the process of resurrecting the many dead dragons buried throughout Skyrim in ancient times by the Dragon Cult. Mirmulnir was one of the first dragons to make a reappearance, when he attacked a watchtower west of Whiterun, killing several guardsmen. The Jarl of Whiterun, Balgruuf the Greater, sent a group of soldiers to deal with the dragon. Among them was the Last Dragonborn, whose Dragonblood was revealed when Mirmulnir was slain and his soul absorbed. This event was noticed by the Greybeards, and the Dragonborn was summoned to High Hrothgar. Having had his soul devoured by another dovah, Mirmulnir was killed permanently and cannot be raised again.
Mishaxhi was one of the Tsaesci commanders of the invasion of Tamriel in 1E 2703. He led the front against Cyrodiil from their base of operations in Pale Pass. He starved to death along with the rest of his soldiers when orders to ration the food supply never arrived. His uniquely crafted katana somehow found its way to the Dragonguard, where it was passed on from knight to knight until at least the late Third Era.
 Lord Mogref (?b - ?d)
Lord Mogref of Betony was seeking peace when he asked for Daggerfall's protection on the Isle of Betony. The island had long been independent, but as the piracy in the Bay increased, Mogref truly realized Betony's vulnerability. King Lysandus agreed to be Betony's liege, on advice of many, including his Archpriest of Kynareth, Lord Vanech.
 Sage Montalius (?b - ?d)
 Morian Zenas (?b - ?d)
A master conjurer and the Author of the book On Oblivion. He had made it his life's work to find a way into the realm of Oblivion, trying many different methods, but failing to do so each time. Although during this time, he did obtain the unique ability to connect his mind with that of his pupil, Seif-ij Hidja, an ability which the two seemed to develop by accident. Eventually, however, Morian Zenas was able to find a way into Oblivion after meeting with the Dunmer wizard Divayth Fyr, who taught him a method that involved exploiting a series of portals to various realms created by a Telvanni wizard long missing and presumed dead. Morian Zenas used this method to cross over into the realm of Oblivion, where he was able to relate the experiences of his journey to Seif-ij Hidja using their mind connection ability. During his travels, Morian Zenas traveled through five of the Planes of Oblivion: Ashpit, Coldharbour, Moonshadow, Quagmire, and Apocrypha. After arriving in the plane of Apocrypha, Morian Zenas' hunger for knowledge took over his mind as he gradually grew quieter, seldom whispering any thoughts into his pupil's mind, and when he did, they came to be very cryptic until finally, his whispers became unintelligible.
Empress Morihatha was daughter of Emperor Uriel V, twin to Eloisa, and half sister to Uriel VI. She married Baron Ulfe Gersen of Winterhold, which aided her brother Uriel VI's quest to tame the Elder Council, which he did by 3E 313. When Emperor Uriel VI fell from his horse in 3E 320 and could not be saved by the Imperial healers, Morihatha took the throne. At 25 years of age, she had been described by (admittedly self-serving) diplomats as the most beautiful creature in Tamriel. She proved to be well-learned, vivacious, and a well-practiced politician. She became known as the first in a line of particularly capable rulers of Tamriel.
 King Mortyn (?b - ?d)
In life, Movarth was ironically a skilled vampire hunter. He began his career as a trainer in the Fighters Guild, which taught him skill in battle and the value of asking questions. Tissina Gray directed him to a priest in Cyrodiil to learn about vampires. Using the priest's knowledge, Movarth hunted many different types of vampires across Tamriel, including the Volkihar of Skyrim and the many tribes of northern Valenwood. Movarth failed to find any members of the Cyrodiil Vampyrum Order due to their ability to blend into society. When he returned to his mentor, the priest revealed that he was actually a Cyrodilic vampire himself. Taken by surprise, Movarth fell to the priest, who fed on him and turned him into a vampire. The priest later anonymously published the story in the book Immortal Blood.
Movarth went on to become a master vampire and create his own coven. Although he was believed to have been destroyed a century earlier, Movarth resurfaced in 4E 201 and planned to take over the town of Morthal in Skyrim. He turned a Nord woman named Alva into a vampire, and commanded her to seduce the guardsmen of Morthal and infect them as well in preparation for a takeover. Movarth could then use the town for protection, and the townsfolk as cattle. His plans were undone when suspicions were raised and Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone ordered a stranger to look into the strange events in town. Movarth and his coven were slain when a mob of villagers stormed his underground lair northeast of town.
Movarth's Boots are a pair of hide boots enchanted to fortify the wearer's skill at sneaking. They were recovered from his lair in 4E 201.
She was on familiar terms with Emperor Uriel Septim VII, with whom she regularly communicated. During the unrest caused by the War of Betony in 3E 403, a sensitive letter from Uriel was accidentally delivered to Queen Aubk-i instead of Mynisera. Before it could be recovered, the letter was stolen by the Thieves Guild and sold to the Orc-lord of Orsinium, Gortwog gro-Nagorm.
- ^ Ayrenn – The Unforeseen Queen — Headmaster Tanion of the College of Aldmeri Propriety
- ^ Jorunn the Skald-King — Helgreir Lute-Voice, Bard of Windhelm
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ a b c d Brief History of the Empire, Part II — Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian
- ^ a b The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book Eight — Waughin Jarth
- ^ From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki — Makela Leki
- ^ Ancotar's Journal — Ancotar
- ^ The Refugees — Geros Albreigh
- ^ a b c d Events of Oblivion
- ^ Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes — Destri Melarg
- ^ Biography of the Wolf Queen — Katar Eriphanes
- ^ Notes For Redguard History — Destri Melarg
- ^ Lives of the Saints — Tribunal Temple
- ^ Events of Morrowind
- ^ Guide to Anvil — Alessia Ottus
- ^ The War of Betony — Vulper Newgate
- ^ The Doors of Oblivion — Seif-ij Hidja
- ^ The Wolf Queen, Book One — Waughin Jarth