This article is about the creature. For the quest, see Paarthurnax (quest).
|Paarthurnax (RefID: 0003C57D)|
|Location||Throat of the World|
|Primary Skills||Archery, Block, One-handed, Sneak|
|Essential||Yes (Until Paarthurnax quest).|
|Faction(s)||FavorExcludedFaction; Greybeards; PaarthurnaxFaction; Special Dialogue Friendly Bleedout|
From here, he serves as the leader of the Greybeards, who are fiercely protective of him. It was Paarthurnax who taught the first Tongues, Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, Hakon One-Eye and Felldir the Old, to turn the tide in the Dragon War. Through extreme effort and meditation, he was able to overcome his draconic instincts by practicing a philosophy invented by Jurgen Windcaller known as the Way of the Voice.
Few but the Greybeards trust him, partly because of his race, but mostly because of his past. Especially distrustful of the dragon are the Blades, Delphine and Esbern, who wish him dead. Despite this, Paarthurnax, who thinks of himself as being only what "father Akatosh" made him to be, willingly shares his knowledge with Dovahkiin, and remains hospitable even in the face of death.
His name can be separated into three words in the dragon language: Paar Thur Nax, meaning "Ambition Overlord Cruelty".
Upon speaking to Paarthurnax, the player can indicate they wish to meditate on a word of power. The effect applies until you choose another. This does not conflict with the Standing Stones.
- Fus: Force Without Effort - You stagger 25% less and foes stagger 25% more. (Augments power attacks and Unrelenting Force shout.)
- Feim: Eternal Spirit - While Ethereal, you recover health 25% faster. (Only active and visible on Active Effects menu when using Become Ethereal shout.)
- Yol: The Fire Within - Fire Breath shout deals 25% more damage.
His dialogue relating to meditation is as follows:
Player: I wish to meditate on a Word of Power.
- Which calls to you, Dovahkiin? Fus, Feim, or Yol?
- It is called "Force" in your tongue. But as you push the world, so does the world push back. Think of the way force may be applied effortlessly. Imagine but a whisper pushing aside all in its path. That is "Fus." Let its meaning fill you. You will push the world harder than it pushes back.
- "Fade" in your tongue. Mortals have greater affinity for this Word than the dov. Everything mortal fades away in time, but the spirit remains. Ponder the meaning of spirit. Where mortal flesh may wither and die, the spirit endures. That is "Feim." Let that meaning fill you. You will find that your spirit will give you more strength.
- In your tongue, the Word simply means "Fire." It is change given form. Power at its most primal. That is the true meaning of "Yol." Power. You have it, as do all dov. But power is inert without action and choice. Think of this as the fire builds in your su'um, in your breath. What will you burn? What will you spare?
|Speak. I will listen.|
Player: The Blades say you deserve to die.
- The Blades are wise not to trust me. . I would not trust another .
- Why shouldn't they trust you?
- . We were made to dominate. The will to power is in our blood. You feel it in yourself, do you not? I can be trusted. I know this. But they do not. . It is always wise to mistrust a dovah. I have overcome my nature only through meditation and long study of the Way of the Voice. No day goes by where I am not tempted to return to my inborn nature. What is better - to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?
 Related Quests
- The Throat of the World: Receive a lesson from Paarthurnax.
- Elder Knowledge: Recover an Elder Scroll to learn an Ancient Secret.
- Alduin's Bane: Exploit the Time-Wound to learn Dragonrend and defeat Alduin at the Throat of the World.
- Paarthurnax: Deal with a potential threat.
- The Fallen: Capture and interrogate an ally of Alduin.
- Paarthurnax is voiced by Charles Martinet, who is best known in the video game industry as being the voice of Mario.
- Sissel, a young girl from Rorikstead will tell you that she had a dream about a "good dragon" who was "old and gray" but "wasn't scary". It is likely that this was a vision of Paarthurnax.