Helseth Hlaalu was a Dunmer King of Morrowind during the later fourth century of the Third Era, the son of Queen Barenziah and General Symmachus. He was notorious for his cunning character and scheming ways.
Helseth was born to Barenziah and Symmachus in 3E 376 and grew up in Mournhold, Morrowind. The birth of his sister, Morgiah, followed his after eight years. During the time of Helseth's youth, the tension between the Septim Empire and Morrowind rose considerably. The residents of Mournhold gradually started to grow frustrated from the taxes forced by the Empire, as well as the lengthened working hours and raised tariffs appointed by King Symmachus. When Helseth turned fifteen, his father instructed Barenziah to flee with both their children to the Imperial City, fearing that he could no longer avoid a revolt of the citizens. Symmachus died by the hands of the rebels in 3E 391, and his family members were branded as traitors. He would remain in the Imperial City until Barenziah escaped Jagar Tharn with the help of King Eadwyre, bringing both he and Morgiah to Wayrest.
Prince of Wayrest
Shortly after arriving at the kingdom of Wayrest in High Rock, Eadwyre married Barenziah and adopted Helseth and Morgiah. In 3E 405, with his adoptive father gaining in years, Prince Helseth had to compete for the throne with Elysana, the daughter of Eadwyre from his previous wife. However, Princess Elysana proved much too cunning, and eventually arose victorious from the power struggle. After the death of Eadwyre she became Queen, banishing Barenziah and Helseth.
King of Morrowind
After their exile from Wayrest, Barenziah and Helseth fled to Morrowind once again, where they were welcomed by Athyn Llethan, Barenziah's uncle and King at the time. Soon after, King Llethan died, along with his protege Talen Vandas, passing the throne to Helseth. The circumstances surrounding their deaths were considered suspicious, as people that would inconvenience Helseth had been found dead in many occasions throughout the years. However, nothing could point directly to his involvement.
With the appearance of the Nerevarine, Helseth felt threatened by the power and influence of the hero. Employing the assistance of the Dark Brotherhood, he tried to assassinate them, but failed in doing so, instead switching to manipulation to get the Nerevarine on his side. Helseth used the Nerevarine to face yet another threat, the mad goddess Almalexia. With her death, the threat to his power was gone, allowing him to rule Morrowind undisputed.
It is never stated whether or not King Helseth survived the Red Year or the Argonian invasion of southern Morrowind. However, due to House Hlaalu being kicked from the Grand Council, it could mean he lost some power.
- Despite being a Dunmer, Helseth does not appear with the signature blue-gray skin in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, instead having a more natural skin tone.
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (mentioned only)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Daggerfall Chronicles
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Real Barenziah, Book V
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: High Rock
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Morrowind
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 A Game at Dinner
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Biography of Barenziah, v 3
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- ↑ Dialogue with King Helseth Hlaalu
- ↑ The Common Tongue
- ↑ Dialogue with Fedris Hler
- ↑ Generic dialogue with Dunmer in The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
- ↑ Events in Tribunal main questline
- ↑ Dialogue with Adril Arano during "Served Cold"