The Kothringi are a silver-skinned tribal people indigenous to Black Marsh. Once considered the only humans native to Tamriel, they are now known to have shared the continent with many other tribal groups. They were rumored to be avid sailors, sailing as far as Hammerfell, notably spreading the Knahaten Flu of 2E 560 to Valenwood and nearby provinces by ship.
The Kothringi were thought to be exterminated by the Flu, although some of the infected fled on a ship westward, away from Tamriel, never to be seen again. However some legends assert they were all found dead by a band of Khajiiti pirates.
The chief of Stillmist, a village in Shadowfen, entered into a desperate pact with Clavicus Vile in order to survive the disease. The Daedric Prince kept his end of the bargain, but did so by transforming the populace into immortal, undead skeletons. In 2E 582 the Soulless One discovered the village and the plight of the Kothringi, but it is unknown if the they were killed or condemned to continue living as undead beings.
Little detail is known about the Kothringi. They generally preferred to go naked, although a few wore clothes when outside their native land. They appear to have worshipped a god named Z'en—a God of Toil— as well as Mara.[OOG 1] Kothringi knights made up a large part of the imperial garrison of Gideon, and Empress Tavia, wife of Reman III, the last ruler of the Reman Dynasty, had a Kothringi knight named Zuuk with whom she conspired to assassinate her husband. After Reman III was assassinated, "Lord" Zuuk returned to Shadowfen and founded a town which was eventually named after him.
- ^ a b c Book One of 2920, The Last Year of the First Era - Morning Star — Carlovac Townway
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- ^ Pirates of the Abecean
- ^ Events of ESO
- ^ Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor
- ^ The Founding of Zuuk — Ashalaku, Black Marsh
Note: the following references are not found in game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.