Sheogorath is the Daedric Prince of Madness, whose motives are said to be unknowable. His realm is known as the Shivering Isles, the Madhouse, or the Asylums.[oog 1] The Golden Saints, or Aureals, and Dark Seducers, or Mazken, are his servants. Sheogorath is one of the few Daedric Princes whose creation may be linked to the change or destruction of an Aedra (some of the others include Malacath and Meridia). Aldmericreation stories attribute his creation to the removal of Lorkhan's "divine spark". By one of these myths, he is described as the "Sithis-shaped hole" of the world.
The Creation of SheogorathEdit
Sheogorath is (or was), in fact, Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of Order. The story goes that Jyggalag had, in times beyond memory, grown in power so much that the other Daedric princes grew jealous and fearful. They cursed Jyggalag to live as Sheogorath, the incarnation of the thing he hated most. At the end of every Era, Jyggalag was allowed to take on his true form once again, and reconquer his lands, an event known as the Greymarch. After that, however, he would be transformed back into Sheogorath, and Sheogorath would spread madness upon his lands once more. The Champion of Cyrodiil reportedly ended the cycle by defeating Jyggalag during the Greymarch at the end of theThird Era. This released Jyggalag from his curse, allowing him to remain in his true form instead of transforming back into Sheogorath.
After defeating Jyggalag, the Champion of Cyrodiil became the new Sheogorath. The Champion of Cyrodiil appears to remain at his post 200 years later, having also taken on Sheogorath's personality, voice and likeness.
Appearance of Sheogorath's AvatarEdit
Sheogorath typically manifests on Nirn as a seemingly harmless, well-dressed man, much to the surprise of many mortals. The reasoning behind his appearance is to lead unsuspecting mortals down the path to insanity, or "the Golden Road".[oog 2]
Sheogorath in Chimeri/Dunmeri CultureEdit
Originally, Sheogorath was one of the Daedric Princes the Chimer, now Dunmer, revered in their ancient ancestral worship. However, when the Tribunal Temple became the dominating religion in Morrowind, Sheogorath, as well as Mehrunes Dagon, Malacath, and Molag Bal, became known as one of the "Four Corners of the House of Troubles". He was said to rebel against the Tribunal, and thus worship of Sheogorath became punishable by death. His role in Dunmeri culture is to test them for any psychological weakness and is associated with the fear other races have of the Dunmer.
It is written that when he rebelled against the Tribunal, Sheogorath tricked the moon Baar Dau, inspiring it to hurl itself at the city of Vivec.Sheogorath justified his actions by claiming Vivec was built in mockery of the heavens. Vivec is then said to have frozen Baar Dau in its descent with one gesture; the moon then swore itself to the Tribunal's service forever. After the Nerevarine destroyed the heart of Lorkhan, Vivec's power was greatly weakened, and Baar Dau continued its descent, destroying Vivec City and resulting in the Red Year.
Sheogorath in Khajiiti CultureEdit
Sheogorath is one of the many prominent Daedric Princes in the culture of the Khajiit people. In the Khajiit myth of creation, Sheogorath is called "Sheggorath". By the Khajiit, he is known as the Skooma Cat.
There are at least seven artifacts known on the mortal plane to be associated with Sheogorath. The most well known of them is the staffWabbajack, which transforms a creature into any other creature, though the change is unpredictable. It has been known to be bestowed on those who complete tasks for Sheogorath, such as the Hero of Daggerfall, who killed a battlemage Sheogorath disliked. The Champion of Cyrodiil was also granted the Wabbajack after plaguing the village of Border Watch on Sheogorath's behalf. The Dovahkiin of Skyrim was given the Wabbajack to use to escape Pelagius' Mind.
The Fork of Horripilation, a fork that drains the user's magicka, has made numerous appearances in relation to Sheogorath. According to stories out of Morrowind, a mad hermit gave it to the Nerevarine to fulfill a task of Sheogorath's mad design: to stick the fork in a giant netch. As a reward, the Nerevarine was given the Spear of Bitter Mercy (originally an artifact of Daedric Prince Hircine). Several years later, the mad hermit was seen within Sheogorath's realm, once again in possession of his favorite fork.
Another artifact is the Staff of the Everscamp[oog 3], which summons four scamps that cannot be banished or permanently killed. The Staff of Sheogorath, which can cause everyone who is within its range, other than the caster, to freeze in position for a short time, was reportedly claimed by the Champion of Cyrodiil. Lastly, after the Champion averted the Greymarch and succeeded Sheogorath as Lord of Madness, Sheogorath's Regalia was one of the rewards.
There is one more artifact from the book's story called Neb-Crescen. It gives warriors an obsession to kill everyone when they hold the blade. Malacath killed his son with this blade in 16 Accords of Madness.
Sheogorath is one of the easiest Daedric Princes to summon. Although his official summoning date is Mad Pelagius day, the second of Sun's Dawn, Sheogorath can be summoned anytime there is a storm.[oog 3]
Sheogorath appeared in 16 Accords of Madness Volume VI where he outsmarted Hircine among the frigid peaks of Skyrim by summoning a little bird against Hircine's "weredaedroth". The place of battle was cursed by Hircine. In Volume IX Sheogorath won in the competition withVaermina and taught her about importance of madness. In Volume XII Sheogorath makes Malacath kill his son by deceit and get his son's soul.