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Bestia Infinium: Dremora of Oblivion

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  • Member
    September 21

    ~ Written by Tanuki the Rogue, to educate the poor and unfortunate on these evil beings ~

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    The Dremora of Oblivion may seem intimidating, but an arrow in his knee will stop him right in his tracks

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    The House of Orsinium Glories has sent out the call once more. Stupid Orcs - can't you let a Lilmothiit do his exploring? I don't want to have to...ahh, fine. I'll write an entry, then. Okay, the topic is on Lesser Daedra. Oh, well that actually isn't so bad - A foolish conjurer jumped me yesterday, and he in fact summoned a Dremora - lucky for me, it slaughtered him. Yeah, I'd consider one single encounter adequate for study. I'm a Ranger - I know these things.
    Ah, this'll be easy. It's only a simple little book - not even that different from a journal! Foolish Orcs, I've already got this in the bag!

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    A vast number of Dremora were hurt in the making of this Bestia

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    The Dremora of Oblivion are admittedly, an incredibly powerful and imposing race. They have ash-black skin, as dark as night, and mysterious red runes mark their faces. They have incredibly piercing, often red eyes tht feel as if they are staring right through you. They garb themselves in armor of unholy craftmanship, and like other Daedra I have come across in my travels. they tie themselves to a singular master - Mehrunes Dagon, Lord of Destruction. They follow a perverted code of honour similar to that of the Cyrodiilian knights, and are divided into clans that often war with each other over land and power. During the fourth era, they appear rather similar to the Dunmer - said to be so, for the Dunmer are the most intimidating of all the races (I don't believe so - if you've ever seen a drunk Nord, you'll know what I mean) - and they have long, silky dark hair that is often covered by short, crested horns. They are fluent in both magic and swordsmanship, as displayed by the multiple encounters with them I have had (suffice to say, they did not all go well) The Dremora religiously and zealously owe themselves to Mehrunes, and were his elite soldiers during the Oblivion Crisis. The Dremora, while mostly owing their services to Mehrunes, also have two entire clans under Molag Bal - the Foolkiller clan and the Deathbringer clan, while Mephala has the Bloodwraith clan. The Dremora belong to particular social structures that determine their rank as well as duty. The Dremora, despite their rather aggressive and strangely primitive behaviour (they're nowhere near as sophisticated as us Lilmothiit, I'll tell you) actually have their own language reminiscent of nothing seen on Nirn. Despite my travels, I am only fluent in Nibenese and Lilmothiit, both of which are simple but effective languages, but easy of the tongue. Dremoran, is not. It is a harsh and guttural tongue, fitting for such a bastart race. Through intense hardships and many dead Dremora, I have deciphered certain parts of the language. 'Kyn' means 'Folk' or 'People' just like the terms 'Mer' and Men' The Dremora appear to think themselves above other Daedra, referring to the other Daedra as 'Nokyn' which roughly translates to 'Not of the People' while the Dremora refer to each other as 'Kynaz' or 'One of the People.' 'Churl' is considered an insult, as well as the name for the Dremora footsoldiers, clearly indicating what is thought of these 'Lower Kyn' while 'Caitiffs' appear to be 'Archer' due to their admirable choice of the bow. 'Kynreeve' roughly translates to 'Officer of the People' meaning 'Reeve' is 'Officer' in Daedric tongue. 'Kynval' also seem to be Knights, or possibly nobles, meaning 'Val' implies a higher status among these Daedric warriors. A 'Kynmarrcher' is the title for a ranking officer in the Dremora army, one overseeing the others. The term 'Markynaz' roughly translates to 'Dremora Lord', the most fiercous and feared of Mehrune's legions. 'Valkynaz' means 'Guard' and are Mehrunes' special guardforce. Now, my paws are sore from writing, so I will stop now and write more on the 'morrow.

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    From all accounts, the Dremora have an incredibly fantastic culture for a race that serve such a chaotic master - if you ask me, when they're charging you down with a hellspawned greatsword, they don't look that fantastic - and this can be seen at face level with their social heirarchy, as was detailed above. Dremora divide themselves into clans, each ruled over by a 'Markynaz' or 'Dremora Lord' the most powerful of these evil foulmen. They are clearly trained in the arts of magic, as each and every one of them is adept with fire (my singed fur is testament to that) as well as the blade, which seems to be a race-wide popular weapon, quite possibly the only weapon used by every member of the race. Their culture is strange, but not dissimilar to some of Nirn, in that they war often amongst themselves, especially if one such clan followed Molag Bal, or the other clan was that of Dagon. They are clearly honorouble, as the following exceprt from the 'Pilgrim's Path' reads:

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    In a battle with Mehrunes Dagon, Vivec gave his own silver longsword to the Daedra Lord rather than dishonor himself by fighting an unarmed foe. This so impressed the Dremora, the most honorable and chivalrous of Mehrunes Dagon's Daedric servants, that they now share a bond of respect and courtesy with the followers of the Tribunal, though we must never forget that they are our enemies.
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    This alone proves that despite their cruelty and malevolence, they are chivalrous and honourable - to some extent, at least. They are even known to be able to carry out their own decisions, but often they will not do this, for their honour belongs to the Lord of Change and Ambition. The Dremora follow a strict religion of Mehrunes Dagon, though it is most likely that those of the Deathbringer and Foolkiller Clans worship Molag Bal. The Dremora strictly follow their Patron Daedra, who technically is the Prince of Change, for it is he who first created them. It is even shown that many a Dremora was capable of making their own decisions and choices, as shown by Vehlek Sain, a famous Dremoran Pirate of the Abecean, who strayed from the mainstream Dremora to become a cutthroat of the sea. Another extremely strange thing of Vehlek Sain is that he can be seen protecting the Dark Anchors in the Three Banners War, in the 2E, hinting at a connection between Vehlek and Bal, however it also proves the incredibly longevity of the Dremora, possibly hinting at the fact they are immortal unless physically killed. The Dremora appear to have a caste structure (not hive mind, but caste) and it proves that all members of a lower ranking Dremora caste, such as the 'Churls' would be treated as essentially identical. A few Dremora, only the highest ranking, would achieve a status deserving of a unique name, and they would most likely determine this rank via their feats on the battlefield, and being named would most likely be the equivalent of being knighted. The Dremora culture is entirelly specialized around combat, either in defense of the Deadlands, Mehrunes realm of Oblivion, a hellish, firepit of pain and torture solely occupied by the demonic Lesser Daedra and the Lord of Change himself.

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    The Dremora change as much as their master (who is coincedentally the Lord of Change) appearing vastly different depending on the Conjurer, the Province they are summoned in, and even the Era of their existence. For example, the above Dremora drawn under the Dremora subtopic is one that appeared during the Oblivion crisis of the 3E, in Cyrodiil. They appeared to be the frontline of Dagon's army, and were dressed in far more jutted and cruel apparel than thier Morrowindian and Skyrimian cousins, who both were clad in far more refined armor. Possibly this is due to the intimidation factor of the Oblivion Crisis Dremorans. The Dremora in the 4E appear to have been molded in the form of the Dunmer, as shown by their ash-dark skin and red markings, as well as their sleek dark hair - perhaps Mehrunes thought the Dunmer were the most intimidating of the Tamrielian peoples? Whatever the case, the Dremora of the 4E are clearly more civilized, as shown by an incredibly strange ability the Dovahkiin possessed - the ability to summon a Dremora Merchant and a Dremora Butler, both bound to his servitude, without them becoming aggressive towards him, something unseen unless one possessed the magical prowess to actually summon and bind a Dremora to their person, which takes a great magical knowledge unpossessed by many of this age. 

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    ~ This next part has been written by Rhan, Tanuki's friend and Vigilant of Stendarr ~

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    No, Rhan! You can't write this section of the bestia - no, Rhan, let go!
    They must be educated, Tanuki. The light will shine through eventually. 
    Aggh, fine. Just don't screw this up, eh?

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    Mine name is Rhan, and I am of the Vigil. I am one of Stendarr's chosen, his warriors of mercy and his soldiers of light. My mace is Stendarr's will, and my arcane magicks is his power as it sourges through me like the purity of mercy and honour. All things will come to live in the light, for if they do not, we will drag them into Stendarr's aura. So, foul things that creep in the night and seek to harm those of purity, wish not so, for the next time your despicable head rears, Rhan will send you back to the pits of Oblivion from whence you came, Daemon. You have been warned.  - A statement from Rhan, the Vigil's most dangerous warrior and most fanatic follower, who will now advise us on the armory of the Dremora.

     

    The Dremora are simply one of many evils, and are only a small blight on Nirn, but yet they are still evil and daemonic, and they will be purified, just as the sun burns the shadows. The Dremora have appeared in many forms, across the Provinces and the Eras, their appearance and armory everchanging, like the volatile nature of their masters, the Daemon Lords, the Daedric Princes. The most common and well-known are the Oblivion Crisis soldiers of Change, Corruption, and Destruction - the most destructive (but not the most evil, for that perverted honour belongs to the King of Rape and Domination himself, Molag Bal) of all the Daemons, for it was these primarily (but not only, for the monstrous attacks of the Daemons also affected every other Province) Cyrodiilic Dremora. The Dremora of Cyrodiil (and Mehrunes frontline) wore jagged, harsh armor that appeared every bit as brutal and monstrous as their master's thoughts. An example has been hastily sketched below by a friend of mine - Tanuki, who you might know as the Rogue:

     

    As you can see, it is of a long forgotten and unholy craft known only to the demented minds of the Dremora. Sadly, the armor is said to have been formidable, and none survives to this day to confirm this fact - other than the recordings of many scholars from Cyrodiil, who are well known to spread lies - the College of Whispers and the Synod can barely do anything then yell at each other, after all -  However, the most formidable of the armors of the Daemons is the armor of the Fourth Era, most prominently displayed in Skyrim, home of the Nords. The armor of the Dremora in the Skyrimian Fourth Era is of regal design (or as close to it as Daemons could forge in their pits of darkness) It is of extremely protective design, yet no Dremora have been seen to where helmets, leading to the wonder whether they obscure vision with their wierd beak-shaped visor (not that the Daemons would care, for their hellspawned masters most likely influence their sight) and another sketch should give you an idea of this. 

     

    The Nordic Dremora are one of the more powerful, wielding powerful dual-wielded greatswords that seem to set their targets aflame in an unholy pyre of daemonic blaze. Their armor, as said above, is of high quality (admittedly rare amongst these darkened beings) and have been said to withstand a strong blow from a simple mace, but the weaponry of Stendarr's Chosen is no simple weapon, and we have proven effective against this hellwrought armor. The Morrowindian Dremora are easily the most strange, and their armor is still of a quite regal quality, but these Dremora have an otherwise unknown, almost admirable quality (Stendarr preserve me) in that they also possess limited honour, as Tanuki has written above in his excerpt from the Pilgrim's Pass. The Morrowindian Dremora, as drawn below, seem to style themselves after almost Akavirian styles, but this could simply be a theory.

     

    The Akavirian design seems to come into play around the headpiece, with a strange Akaviri-styled daemon's head, which the Akaviri have stylized like this in many of their works. The Dremora of Morrowind seem to favour the warhammer, but this isn't entirely true. Alas, my part in this small informative piece of work on the Daemons of the Deadlands has come to end, and I must hand back to Tanuki, lest he shoot me with his bow. But remember, if you dream of dark things; if you do not live in the light, I will forcibly move you into it. Dead or alive. 

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    ~ And back to Tanuki, the Rogue ~

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    I thank you for taking the time to read this, for it is not fair that the rich and selfish are the only ones to have knowledge on the dangers of the world. I, Tanuki keep my eyes on the underprivileged and unseen, so that you have the same quality of life as the money-hoarders that run our world (I'm looking at you, Maven) and it is my wish that this has brought clarity to the subject for you. Now and forever, remember that Tanuki the Rogue watches over Skyrim's poor and misfortuned, and I will keep you safe. 

     

     

  • Member
    September 21

    Anyone wandering about the akaviri thing is my idea that those Dremora masks look like Oni's, a japanese demon creature (and yes, I know akavir is pretty much generalised asia, but I think japanese and chinese culture is the main influences)

  • Member
    September 21

    I particularly like the quote from The Pilgrim's Path, and how you introduce that into the article. What a guy Vehk was, eh? :D Great work, Tanuki. I like the character's presentation and thoughts throughout.

  • Member
    September 21

    Thanks, man!

  • Member
    September 21

    No worries! According to Tein... -Completed articles need to be posted with the following tags: "Bestia Infinium" and "Event Article" ;)