Clavicus Vile is the Daedric Prince of wishes, typically depicted as a small, jovial man with horns protruding from his head. His companion, Barbas, is usually shown as a dog, but can change his shape; in Skyrim, he is present in his dog form.
Clavicus Vile's shrine in Skyrim is located at the end of Haemar's Shame, a cavern that is home to vampires that worship him. It shows him holding his artifact, Masque of Clavicus Vile. Notably, he lacks his dog companion at his side. Until the related quest, A Daedra's Best Friend, is completed, Barbas will be absent from the statue due to taking on a living form. There are two ways to complete that quest—only one will allow Barbas to reunite with his master in this way.
Barbas offers much information about Clavicus Vile, both on his strength and his connection to Barbas. "My master and I had a bit of a falling out. We got into an argument and it got rather... heated. [...] He's kicked me out until I find someone who can settle our disagreement. That's where you come in. [...] Of course, because of our separation, Vile is now much weaker. I guess he figured it was a small price to pay for not having to listen to me anymore. [...] He can't manifest very far from one of his shrines." The Daedric Prince later confirms this himself, saying "As much as I hate to say it, you're almost as powerful as I am right now. But that's just because half of my power resides in that mutt, Barbas." Clavicus Vile is also not always keen on keeping the deals he makes: "Vile! None of that - you made a deal, and the mortal stood by it honestly. Now it's your turn to come through."
Despite his power being linked to Barbas, Clavicus Vile is certainly not fond of him, willing to not only banish him from the shrine but to order his death, something that not even Barbas expected—"All this just to kill me Clavicus?" He appears to be fond of creating new twists on the deals he makes, saying that "I'd simply snap my fingers, and everyone in Skyrim would die. War resolved." if the player asks him to put an end to the civil war. Another instance of this happened much earlier to a man named Sebastian Lort, who wished for a cure for his daughter's Lycanthropy and was given The Rueful Axe in response.
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