Darius Shano (?b - ?d)
According to myth, Darius Shano was a prolific Breton writer who lived in Daenia sometime in the Third Era. He was a subject of a wager between Sheogorath and Vaernima on who could make Darius be more hated by the populace. From the age of nineteen, for ten years his dreams were imbued by Vaernima with scenes of abject horror and he went on to write about those dreams, causing disgust and sensation for many of his contemporaries. For the next ten years, Sheogorath sealed his link to Vaernima, putting an end to his source of inspiration. As time went by, he began to think Vaernima was never there to supplement his dreams, which led him to question the existence of gods in general. Darius, in turn, started to write extensively on the foolishness of Tamriel's faithful, serfs and nobility alike. Naturally, this produced actual hatred for Darius, unrivaled by that made from his previous works. This culminated, ten years later, with his final work – "The Noblest Fool" – in which he ridiculed Tiber Septim's status as the Ninth Divine. King of Daenia, himself a victim of ridicule by Darius' philosophical works, used this as a pretext to have Darius executed, causing Vaernima to lose her wager with Sheogorath.
 Lord Darkworth (?b - ?d)
 Saint Delyn the Wise (?b - ?d)
Patron of Potters and Glassmakers. Saint Delyn was head of House Indoril, a skilled lawyer, and author of many learned treatises on Tribunal law and custom. One of the cantons of Vivec was named in his honor, and, naturally, many guilds of potters and glassmakers were headquartered there.
 Dengeir of Stuhn (?b - ?d)
A former Jarl of Falkreath who ardently supported the Stormcloaks. The local nobles forced him to step down some time before 4E 201 and replaced him with his nephew Siddgeir, a supporter of the Empire, claiming Dengeir's old age and poor health had made him unfit as Jarl. Dengeir was granted the title Thane of Falkreath, but he remained bitter and paranoid following the incident, as he believed Imperial plots and bribery were behind the transfer of power. His ancestor Vighar, a vampire who was buried alive in the infamous Falkreath graveyard, escaped around this time. Dengeir was honor-bound to stop him, so he had the Dovahkiin track down and slay Vighar.
 Derek the Tall (?b - ?d)
 Derik (?b - ?d)
 Dervenin, High Priest of Mania (?b - ?d)
Dervenin is a Bosmer and the High Priest of Mania in the Shivering Isles. He preaches the Manic beliefs of Arden-Sul in the Sacellum of New Sheoth. His rival is Arctus, the Priest of Dementia. Dervenin comes to power within the Sacellum by the whim of Sheogorath; he can only preach his Manic teachings if the Cold Flame of Agnon is lit for Mania. He is responsible for aiding anyone trying to replace the Duke of Mania, which requires sacrificing the duke's Greenmote-tainted blood to Arden-Sul.
Dervenin helped Sheogorath's Champion on several occasions, working to halt the Greymarch in 3E 433. When Sheogorath abandoned the Shivering Isles, Dervenin went to Tamriel to search for him. In 4E 201, Dervenin was living as a beggar in the Skyrim city of Solitude when he encountered the Last Dragonborn. Dervenin tricked the hero into entering the mind of the long-dead Pelagius Septim III, where Sheogorath had taken up residence. After the Last Dragonborn cleansed the late emperor's mind of the madness which had plagued it in life, Dervenin confronted Sheogorath and pleaded with him to return to the Shivering Isles, eventually persuading him.
Destri Melarg was a well-known historian and translator of old Redguard verse, born as simply Destri in the city-state of Rihad in 3E 20. He is the author of the books Divad The Singer, Redguards, Their History and Their Heroes, and Notes For Redguard History, among many others. At the age of nineteen, he went to the Imperial City to study. There were few Redguards who had been to the Imperial Province at the time, and it may be that he took the last name Melarg in order to assimilate with the Breton, Nordic, and Dark Elf cultures he encountered there. When he died ninety-four years later in 3E 133, he left numerous unfinished histories and untranslated verse. Unfortunately, very little of this fragmented work has found its way out of collections.
Divad was the only son of Frandar Hunding, and was born late in Hunding's life (2396 in the old way of reckoning, probably about 1E 760). Although the son of a famous hero, Divad rejected the Way of the Sword from early on in life, taking the life of a bard instead and gaining a great deal of fame that way. Although he did not publicly take to the sword, rumors have that he practiced the form of the Way known as Shehai Shen She Ru -- the Way of the Spirit Sword, or simply the Shehai. When Emperor Hira began to persecute the sword-singers, Divad was first on his list due to his fame. The emperor sent 100 of his guards to arrest him, and they arrived while Divad was eating with his elderly mother. They successfully arrested him and had him in chains when one of the guards cruelly struck his mother, killing her. That act ignited in Divad the spirit of the Way. The moment of her death, Divad rose from his seat, took his chains between his two hands and began swinging the heavy chain in a deadly arc. He slew four of the guards, gaining enough space to run and dive through the window and into the river and disappeared into the night. From then Divad was spotted many times to foil Hira's plans, many more than would be possible for one man to accomplish, however. Divad approached his father, convinced him to lead the war against the emperor, and acted as Hunding's advisor.
 Divayth Fyr (?b)
Divayth Fyr was a Dunmer sorcerer born in the First Era or earlier who lived until at least the end of the Third Era and who may still be alive today. He is a member of Great House Telvanni, though he generally stayed out of House politics. In the Third Era, Fyr lived in his tower of Tel Fyr in the Azura's Coast region of Vvardenfell along with his four "daughters" (female clones of himself), Alfe, Beyte, Delte and Uupse Fyr.
 Lady Doryanna Flyte (?b - ?d)
See the article for her husband, Lord Auberon Flyte.
 Dragonne Papre
Dragonne Papre was an enormous dragon who lived in the Battlespire during the Third Era. He was the companion of an Imperial Battlemage named Samar Starlover. His lair was located in the bowels of the Battlespire.
When the invading daedric armies of Mehrunes Dagon began to overwhelm the Battlespire during the Imperial Simulacrum, Samar told the surviving Battlemages of his plan to mount Papre and fly to the Imperial Palace on Mundus in order to notify Emperor Uriel Septim VII (although, at the time, Jagar Tharn was impersonating the Emperor and was perfectly aware of the invasion). However, the daedra had prevented Papre from escaping by sealing the main gate, and presumably killed him. When Starlover fought his way to Papre's lair, all he found was a carcass. Unable to request a rescue force, Starlover gave up hope and took comfort in being "eternally reunited" with his companion in death.
The Battlespire fell to the daedra, who then retreated back into Oblivion. Starlover's log was later discovered beside Papre's skeleton by a Battlemage apprentice, who single-handedly followed the retreating armies into Oblivion and banished Dagon in his own realm. The logs were returned to Tamriel and came into the possession of Divayth Fyr. Due to the nature of dragons, Dragonne Papre isn't truly dead and could be raised again; however, it is doubtful that his remains survived the destruction of the Battlespire.
Dumac Dwarfking, also known as Dumac Dwarf-Orc and Dumalacath, was the last ruler of the Dwemer before their disappearance. Along with Indoril Nerevar, he united the Chimer and Dwemer clans in 1E 401, and together they pushed the Nords out of Morrowind by 1E 416. Resdayn flourished under the leadership of Dumac and Nerevar, and the two developed a mutual respect and friendship. Peace among the Chimer, and between the elves and the Dwemer, brought an unprecedented prosperity and flowering of both cultures. Dumac could not please everyone, however; the Rourken Clan rejected the union and left Resdayn. Dumac attended the coronation of Emperor Gorieus in 1E 461. Some sources describe him as a king, others call him a general. It is said he gave the swords Hopesfire and Trueflame to Almalexia and Nerevar as wedding presents.
The peace Dumac and Nerevar had maintained for centuries eventually shattered along with their friendship. Dumac died at the Battle of Red Mountain around 1E 700. No one is sure what happened to Dumac or his people. While it's generally thought that the Chimer and Dwemer were at odds, one legend describes Dumac as the champion of Nerevar during the battle, and says Nerevar struck down Dagoth Ur when the latter slew Dumac. Other accounts say Nerevar slew Dumac personally, some going so far as to say he feasted on his old friend's heart.
In the Merethic Era when dragons ruled Tamriel, Durnehviir took part in many battles against other dragons for control of the skies. Instead of fighting, he delved into "alok-dilon", or necromancy. Like many great necromancers, he contacted the Ideal Masters in an attempt to gain their favor. They granted him the power to summon armies of undead from the Soul Cairn, but in return he had to guard a vampire named Valerica who had been trapped in the Soul Cairn by the Ideal Masters. The Masters neglected to inform Durnehviir of Valerica's immortality, and essentially tricked him into eternal servitude. In time, his body became accustomed to the Soul Cairn, making it impossible for him to ever permanently return to Tamriel.
In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn and Serana journeyed to the Soul Cairn in search of Valerica. Their actions awoke Durnehviir, who attacked the intruders. He was killed by the Dragonborn, but his soul was not devoured thanks to the Ideal Masters' protection. He promptly rematerialized, and hailed the Dragonborn as his "Qahnaarin", or Vanquisher. Humbled by his defeat, Durnehviir allied himself with the Dragonborn. He asked the Dragonborn to use the thu'um to summon him to Tamriel, allowing him to briefly be free of the Soul Cairn. In return for granting his wish, Durnehviir fought for the Dragonborn and passed on the knowledge of a necromantic Dragon Shout. Although Durnehviir's debt to the Ideal Masters had been paid, he remained eternally trapped in the Soul Cairn.
 Dylxexes (?b - ?d)
- These [records] may help explain why so much of Aldmeri literature is forbidden, scorned, or untranslated, for I have seen [their] like before. The Direnni were either exceedingly paranoid or their system of economy so inextricably linked with dangerous theosophist numeral-symbolism that much of what is recorded here requires ... sorcerous precautions on the part of the reader. [Hidden magic] is everywhere incorporated in their writings...signs and preternatural runes and [correspondences]... in expenditure columns, even, or margins [that] can be fatal to the uninitiated. Crucial pages were covered in spittle of the previous translator, who had babbled idiotically over the text for days before catching fire.
 Dyus (?b -?d)
Dyus of Mytheria was the chamberlain of Jyggalag and the keeper of his Great Library. He was originally simply the Prince's librarian, but soon took on many of the tasks Jyggalag found distasteful. His mortality was stripped away when Jyggalag grew tired of him dying. Using the formulae once contained in the Great Library, Dyus can predict all events before they happen, save the Prophecies of the Elder Scrolls.
- ^ Sixteen Accords of Madness, v. IX
- ^ Lives of the Saints — Tribunal Temple
- ^ Events of Morrowind
- ^ Events of Skyrim
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b c Notes For Redguard History — Destri Melarg
- ^ Divad the Singer — Destri Melarg
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri Dominion — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864