Malkur Valos was the only child of the Dunmer wizard, Maros Valos. When Malkur's mother died in childbirth, Maros summoned a Golden Saint to protect and care for his son. Maros was killed in a mage's duel and Malkur's Daedric protector honored her commitment to the infant by taking him to Lord Sheogorath's realm.
The son of a powerful Dunmer wizard, Malkur is naturally gifted in the arcane arts and shares the distrusting, disdainful temperament of his race. Under the tutelage of the Aureals, Malkur acquired steadfast principles of honor, duty, and fidelity to his word. The inescapable influence of the Shivering Isles imbued him with a measure of unpredictability in his methods.
Eventually, Malkur was drawn to return to his native Tamriel, where his talent, honor, and innovation soon caught the attention of Vanus Galerion. When Malkur swore to uphold the principles and objectives of the Mages Guild, those principles and objectives became the unwavering core driving his every action, though that was not always apparent to superficial observers.
Malkur, along with the very best of his peers, was hand-selected by Galerion to accompany you in the assault on Coldharbour. When the mass portal to Coldharbour went awry, these formidable Mages Guild members arrived, scattered over the icy wasteland of Molag Bal's realm. Separated from their allies and you, their partner, the group was captured and imprisoned by Molag Bal's Daedric army for use in torturous live training exercises.
The young Dark Elf is trapped in a cage with his fellow Mages Guild members. The imprisoned group is plotting an escape.
- During the development of TESO, Malkur was called the Nameless Mage and was the subject of a community contest to choose his name. The winner, "Jim from Albany" (user Jo'than on the UESP forums), was also responsible for the majority of Malkur's background story. The winner received a prize package with a poster, a t-shirt and a print of Malkur's concept art.
- Gavis Velas, who died in 3E 427 while avenging his brother, Ovis, is a descendant of Malkur Valos. They were slain in Mournhold by the Nerevarine.