Balreth is a large undead creature, and one of the Brothers of Strife. Prior to being transformed into an undead monster, General Balreth was a Chimer general of the Chimeri Armed Forces during the last battle of the Nede-Chimer War. Together with his brother, Legate Sadal, he sacrificed himself, becoming the Brothers of Strife.
The war and the sacrifice
The Nede, ancient tribal humans, ancestors of modern Nords, invaded Morrowind during the First Era, seeking conquests and new lands. The Chimer armies suffered a sequence of defeats until they took refuge in a Daedric Ruin in Stonefalls.
The Chimer armies were trapped at the ruin, without reinforcements or supplies. General Balreth, seeing that victory was nearly impossible, decided to sacrifice himself together with his brother, giving their lives to create two terrifying monsters known as Brothers of Strife.
General Balreth and his brother lose their lives and the Brothers of Strife appear, two enormous creatures assembled with flesh and bones.
The Nedes are annihilated by Balreth and Sadal, however, the creatures were not under control of the Chimer, who also would be their victims. Nedes and Chimer alike, the Brothers of Strife ended lives on both sides of the battle.
After a great lost of people, Chimer mages from Vvardenfell imprisoned Balreth and Sadal, Mavos Siloreth, summoned two Fire Atronach guardians, Blaze and Ragebinder to lock Balreth in the Ash Mountain.
Sadal was imprisoned on Tormented Spire, another volcano in Stonefalls.
Elder Scrolls Online
During the events of The Elder Scrolls Online, the Daggerfall Covenant launches an attack on the city of Davon's Watch, located in Stonefalls. Tanval Indoril, the Indoril Grandmaster responsible for the town, summons Balreth to help in the protection of the city.
The Soulless One goes to the tomb of Othrenis and summons the spirit of Mavos Siloreth to assist him on the operation against Balreth.
After some resistance, the Soulless One convinces the old mage to help him. Mavos Siloreth does not remember how he imprisoned Balreth, then through a vision of the past, the Soulless One learns how capture Balreth: summoning the two Fire Atronachs Blaze and Ragebinder, who were corrupted when Tanval brought Balreth to Davon's Watch.
The Soulless One goes to the Ash Mountain and makes the ritual to summon the two daedra. They open a portal to the top of the volcano, where Balreth regains strength with the lava.
Having his assistants killed by Scamps, the Telvanni Sorcerer instructs the Soulless One to go through a vision of the past and learn how Balreth and Sadal turned themselves into the two monsters.
The Soulless One speaks with the spirit of General Balreth and Legate Sadal, and makes a offering to them on a shrine of Boethiah.
The Soulless One has a vision of the past, and is received by Sorcerer Nilae. Acting as a common Chimer soldier, he is ordered by Nilae to find Sorcerer Turoni, who is planning to create the Brothers of Strife with Daedric magic and, with them, finish the war.
Sorcerer Turoni requests the soldier to defeat the Fire Atronachs Hatewarden and Brimstone and collect their essences, the Essence of Fire and the Essence of Wraith. With the help of Acolyte Vaama and Acolute Vildras, the Soulless One defeats the two Daedra.
Sorcerer Turoni infuses the blood of Daedra, together with the essences, on Balreth and Sadal. Daedric magic transforms the two brothers into the Brothers of Strife.
After learning the origins of the Brothers of Strife, Sorcerer Vunal thanks the Soulless One for bringing light to an obscure chapter of Dunmeri history.
- Unlike other undead creatures, Balreth likes fire. When he enters lava, his Health will be recovered quickly.