Jarl Valdimar (?b - 4E ?d)
Jarl of Winterhold during the Great Collapse. He lost family during the catastrophe, and some of his council insisted that the College of Winterhold was to blame. Arch-Mage Deneth wrote to him soon after denying the allegation and urging calm in a letter. Valdimar evidently believed the Arch-Mage, as the College survived the aftermath of the Collapse, although the denizens of Winterhold remained resentful and angry at the College decades later.
 Valerica (?b - ?d)
Wife of Lord Harkon, leader of the Volkihar clan. After Harkon made a deal with Molag Bal to become Vampire Lords, Valerica gained the honorary title of Blood Matron of Castle Volkihar. Valerica, Harkon and their daughter Serana had a falling out as Harkon became determined to blot out the sun forever. He required the blood of a true Daughter of Coldharbour to power Auriel's Bow (either the blood of Valerica or Serana). To stop him, Valerica sealed herself and the Elder Scroll inside the Soul Cairn, and hid away Serana, as well, so Harkon could never complete his ritual with their blood. While Lord Harkon still somewhat cared for Serana, he has no remaining respect for his estranged wife. Upon Harkon's death, Valerica was finally able to leave the Soul Cairn and returned to her former castle.
 Valus Odiil (?b - ?d)
Valus Odiil was an Imperial adventurer who wandered Tamriel in the late Third Era. He was an advanced user of heavy armor, having been taught by a Redguard soldier named Pranal in Hammerfell. He was once the wielder of the artifact Chillrend. Valus eventually settled down and had two sons, Antus and Rallus. He bought a farm just outside the city of Chorrol in Cyrodiil, and also owned a shack within the city. In 3E 433, too old to fight, he and his sons were driven from their farm by raiding goblins from the Great Forest. Unable to persuade the city guard to help, Valus enlisted the help of the Champion of Cyrodiil to aid his sons in reclaiming the farm.
 Vanto (?b - ?d)
 Vanus Galerion (?b - ?d)
Archmagister Vanus Galerion, or Trechtus, was the founder of the Mages Guild and one of the most famous users of magic in the history of Tamriel. He trained with the Psijic Order along with fellow student Mannimarco. He strongly opposed Mannimarco's practice of necromancy, and would eventually lead an army of mages in a massive battle against Mannimarco's legions of undead, where he was killed.
 Emperor Varen Aquilarios (?b - ?d)
Varen Aquilarios was the Duke of Chorrol before becoming Emperor of the Empire of Cyrodiil in approximately 2E 570 when he overthrew Leovic, the last of the so-called Longhouse Emperors, after the latter had decriminalized Daedra worship in the Empire. He led an uprising against Leovic that culminated in the storming of the Imperial City; Varen slew Leovic personally in the Imperial Throne Room. He was then crowned Emperor and wed Leovic's widow, Clivia Tharn, to consolidate his rule. Over the following years, Varen led a group called the Five Companions on a quest to recover the lost Amulet of Kings, which they eventually located in the ruins of Sancre Tor. Heeding the advice of Mannimarco, Varen planned to use the Amulet in a ritual to persuade Akatosh to make him a Dragonborn and therefore a legitimately-ordained Emperor. In 2E 579, as the ritual was attempted, Mannimarco altered it and triggered the catastrophe known as the Soulburst. Varen vanished in the chaos, and Clivia assumed the Imperial Throne as Empress Regent in his absence, setting Tamriel on a course for the Alliance War.
 Duke Vedam Dren (?b - ?d)
Vedam Dren was Duke of the Imperial District of Vvardenfell, a province of Morrowind. Of noble descent, Dren was Hlaalu Grandmaster of the Vvardenfell district before he inherited his title. He ruled from the Grand Council Chambers in Ebonheart, surrounded by Dunmer and Imperial Counselors.
Vedam Dren was a Dunmer knight but also thought of himself as a noble, a leader and a diplomat. Vedam is the older brother of Camonna Tong head Orvas Dren, who runs the Dren Plantation, and the father of Ilmeni Dren, the leader of the abolitionist group Twin Lamps.
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 Saint Veloth the Pilgrim (?b - ?d)
- "Saint Veloth the Pilgrim appeared before Baranat in shining robes, and smiled upon him, “Baranat, put down your blade and I will make you swifter than bolt of lightning." — The Prayers of Baranat
Saint Veloth the Pilgrim is the patron saint of Outcasts and Spiritual Seekers. In the Late Middle Merethic Era, he was a prophet and mystic who believed the Aldmer culture in Summerset Isle had become decadent. He therefore led the Chimer (the ancestors of modern-day Dunmer) into the promised land of Morrowind. Saint Veloth also taught the difference between the Good and Bad Daedra, and won the aid of the Good Daedra for his people while teaching how to carefully negotiate with the Bad Daedra.
The Velothi Mountains are named after him, as are the Velothi towers of Morrowind. The golden age of Chimeri history is known as the period of High Velothi Culture. The influence of antiquity is keenly felt, as 'Velothi' is still an accurate descriptor of the Dunmer people, and is used in connection with references to their oldest cultural traditions. In addition, many magical items with healing enchantments bear his name, but the most well known artifact is the powerful Veloth's Judgement warhammer, long sought by the Tribunal Temple.
A prominent Akaviri Potentate of the late First Era. He took over the Imperial throne after Reman III died, and declared martial law. He was assassinated in Senchal, apparently by the Morag Tong, as their name was drawn on the wall in the Potentate's blood. In the Second Era, the Potentate had The Rose built on the ruins of Blackrose, which was still the most secure and notorious prison on Tamriel by the end of the Third Era. He passed the Guild Act in 2E 321, three years before his death, allowing what would become the Fighters Guild to be formed so merchants and vassals could protect themselves in lieu of a standing army. The Guild Act also ratified other guilds, notably the Mages Guild. He was a character in the popular historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era.
 Viarmo (?b - ?d)
Altmer Headmaster of the Bards College in 4E 201. When Jarl Elisif the Fair cancelled the annual festival known as the Burning of King Olaf, Viarmo was desperate to save the College's tradition. He had a student track down remnants of King Olaf's Verse, part of the Poetic Edda written by the bard Svaknir which criticized the King. It had been all but erased from history by the indignant King Olaf, but the student managed to find fragments of it. In a well-kept secret, Viarmo and the student took some liberties in re-creating the lost segments, then Viarmo performed their adaptation for Jarl Elisif. She was moved by his performance and allowed the festival to proceed, recognizing it as a righteous celebration opposing tyranny.
 Vittoria Vici (?b - ?d)
An Imperial noble and first cousin to Emperor Titus Mede II. She held a prominent position as a merchant in the East Empire Company charged with overseeing their business holdings in Solitude, a position she was quick to defend against accusations of nepotism. In 4E 201, she was engaged to Asgeir Snow-Shod, whose family had connections to the Stormcloaks, and their marriage was seen as a step towards reconciliation. Some reports suggest she was assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood at her own wedding, although others claim the Brotherhood was previously wiped out. 
 Baron Volag (?b - ?d)
Baron Volag was the leader of the Redguard Forbear faction during Hammerfell's conquest by Tiber Septim's Empire. When the High King of Hammerfell Thassad II died of natural causes, Volag intended to usurp his son Prince A'tor and take the throne of Hammerfell for himself. After suffering initial losses, desperation led him to invite the Imperials to assist him in the civil war against Forbears' rival faction, the Crowns, who supported Prince A'tor. Despite the initial enthusiasm over their victory, climaxing in Forbear pogroms of the remaining Crowns, Baron Volag was disillusioned with the overwhelming residual Imperial presence, who began treating Hammerfell as their own territory. He mysteriously vanished from the capital of Sentinel, his position quickly entrusted to Provisional Governor Senecus Goddkey. He eventually came out of hiding to retake Sentinel from the Imperials by force, after another Crown-backed rebellion had occurred on the isle of Stros M'Kai. Combined, they resulted with the First Treaty of Stros M'Kai, with terms more favorable to the Redguards and the eventual integration of Hammerfell as a province to the rapidly expanding Empire.
 King Vrage (?b - ?d)
He initiated a phase of expansion in Skyrim, conquering Morrowind and High Rock around 1E 240 and setting the kingdom on a path that would lead to the First Empire of the Nords in the following years. This astounding success is attributed to the God of Luck, Sai. He was said to have slaughtered many Ayleid refugees who fled to Skyrim after their empire fell in 1E 243. King Vrage, along with his father King Harald, can be credited with leading Man's rise to dominance over Mer in Tamriel.
 Vychamp (?b - ?d)
Self-styled leader of the Mercenary Guild. He emasculated the children of Nesmyt due to jealousy over his spouse. This hindered Nesmyt when he joined the Mages Guild, as he needed to pledge fealty to Vychamp if he hoped to rise in rank, but would not do so because of the crimes Vychamp had committed against him.
Vyrthur was a Snow Elf and the Arch-Curate of Auri-El who for millennia sought vengeance against his one-time patron for allowing him to become a vampire. He was the brother of Knight-Paladin Gelebor, the only other uncorrupted Snow Elf known to have survived beyond the First Era.
In 4E 201, Gelebor met the Last Dragonborn and requested that the hero kill Vyrthur in exchange for Auriel's Bow, which was in Vyrthur's possession. Gelebor unknowingly playing right into his brother's hands, for the Last Dragonborn unwittingly brought the Arch-Curate exactly what he wanted: Serana, a Daughter of Coldharbour, a being of the purest evil in Tamriel. Vyrthur sought revenge on Auri-El through the sundering of the sun, which serves as the connection between Aetherius, the plane of the gods, and Mundus, which would thus eliminate Auri-El's influence on Nirn. This was to be achieved through the corruption of Auri-El's bow, accomplished by soaking it in the blood of a Daughter of Coldharbour. He had long ago publicized a prophecy called the Tyranny of the Sun, that was later revealed within the Elder Scrolls, with the intent of drawing such a person to him. Fortunately, Serana and her companion were able to defeat and kill Vyrthur before he could bring his vengeance to fruition.
- ^ On the Great Collapse — Arch-Mage Deneth
- ^ a b c Events of Skyrim
- ^ Events of Dawnguard
- ^ Ancotar's Journal — Ancotar
- ^ Ancotar's dialogue in Oblivion.
- ^ Mysterious Akavir
- ^ The Brothers of Darkness — Pellarne Assi
- ^ Fire and Darkness: The Brotherhoods of Death — Ynir Gorming
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ History of the Fighters Guild
- ^ Fighters Guild Charter
- ^ Imperial Charter of the Guild of Mages
- ^ Events of Redguard
- ^ The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow