- Not to be confused with Sheogorath (Cat).
Sheogorath (in Daedric script, ) is the Daedric Prince of Madness. His realm in Oblivion is known as the Shivering Isles, otherwise known as the Madhouse or "The Asylums" by the Imperial Census of Daedra Lords. It is separated into two distinct communities: Mania, the fantastic, colorful side, where art enthusiasts and insane revelers reside, and Dementia, the horrific, dark and ominous side, inhabited by those with the darker side of Sheogorath's blessings. Sheogorath is attended by his Chamberlain Haskill and the Nobles of his realm, the Duke and Duchess of Mania and Dementia. He is also the main antagonist in the Mages Guild questline in The Elder Scrolls Online.
- 1 By game
- 2 Biography
- 3 Shivering Isles
- 4 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- 5 Physical appearance
- 6 Reverence and worship
- 7 Artifacts
- 8 Invocation
- 9 Personality and traits
- 10 Quotes
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Trivia
- 13 Appearances
- 14 Sources
- 15 References
- Sheogorath (Daggerfall)
- Sheogorath (Morrowind)
- Sheogorath (Oblivion)
- Sheogorath (Skyrim)
- Sheogorath (Online)
Sheogorath is one of the few Daedric Princes whose creation may be linked to the change or destruction of an Aedra; others include Malacath and Meridia. Aldmeri creation stories attribute his creation to the removal of Lorkhan's "divine spark." In one of these myths, he is described as the "Sithis-shaped hole" of the world. However, in an interview conducted by the Imperial Library, Haskill states this interpretation of the creation of Sheogorath may not be the case.
Assisting the Hero of Daggerfall
The Shivering Isles is explained by Haskill to be whatever Lord Sheogorath wills it to be; inside the gates of the exotic and twisted land boasts striking new wildlife (unseen on Nirn) and the oddest oddities of creatures, including Baliwogs, Grummites and the deadly Scalon.
At the end of the Third Era, Sheogorath sent an invitation to Tamriel by way of a strange door in Niben Bay. The Madgod demanded a mortal Champion to face his foes. Throughout the course of the expansion, the Hero of Kvatch learns that Sheogorath is in fact Jyggalag, the Daedric Prince of Order. He tells the Hero that at the end of every era he becomes Jyggalag again, and lays waste to his own Realm. After the Champion eventually defeats Jyggalag, he explains that in ancient times he was one of the more powerful Daedra Lords. The influence of his sphere was so great that the other Daedric Princes grew jealous and feared him. They cursed him to live as Sheogorath, the incarnation of the thing he hated most.
At the end of every Era, Jyggalag is allowed to take on his true form once again, and bring order to his realm, an event known as the Greymarch. After the Greymarch, however, he is transformed back into Sheogorath, who spreads madness upon the realm once more. The Champion can end this cycle by defeating Jyggalag during the Greymarch occurring at the end of the Third Era. This releases him from his curse, allowing him to remain in his true form instead of transforming back into Sheogorath. After defeating Jyggalag at the end of the expansion, the Champion is named the new Sheogorath.
During the Fourth Era and Dragon Crisis, Sheogorath is "on vacation" in the mind of Pelagius Septim III and his absence from the Shivering Isles is felt by his servant Dervenin who asks the Last Dragonborn to convince the Mad God to return to the Isles. The Dragonborn finds themselves in Pelagius's mind and dressed in a Fine Hat and clothes. After introductions, and delivering Dervenian's request, Sheogorath explains to the Dragonborn that the only way to leave is to "cure" Pelagius's brain and tasks the Dragonborn to do so, and gives the hero the Wabbajack to help. After completing Sheogorath's tasks, Sheogorath agrees to leave and allowed the Dragonborn to keep the Wabbajack and clothes. He even asks that the Dragonborn "look him up" if they ever find themselves in the Shivering Isles. He even takes Dervenin with him back to Oblivion.
Sheogorath's avatar may surprise those who have only heard his name and of his Sphere. He often appears on Nirn as a well-dressed elderly gentleman, which many mortals do not expect.
The reasoning behind his appearance, is to lead unsuspecting mortals down the path to insanity, "The Golden Road." It is later believed that the Hero of Kvatch gains immortality by replacing him as the new Madgod. He reappears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the quest The Mind of Madness, in which the Dragonborn enters the mind of Pelagius III in order to help Dervenin reunite with his master, who has been gone for close to twenty years. The Dragonborn must cure Pelagius' insanity in order to escape, and convince Sheogorath to return to the Shivering Isles.
Reverence and worship
Originally, Sheogorath was one of the Daedric Princes whom the Chimer, now Dunmer, revered in their ancient ancestral worship. However, when the Tribunal Temple became the dominating religion in Morrowind, Sheogorath—along with 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 Dunmer culture is to test them for any psychological weakness, and is associated with the fear other races have of the Dunmer.
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, and the moon swore itself to the Tribunal's service forever. Today, the Tribunal Temple requires a pilgrimage to this moon, called the Shrine of Daring.
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." He is known as the "Skooma Cat" in Elsweyr.
Sheoggorath was believed to have been born from the union of Ahnurr and Fadomai. He is an adversarial spirit that tests Khajiit on the Path by making them doubt the truth of their own thoughts, beliefs, and actions. He must be faced along the Path and be overcome before a Khajiit can visit Hermorah's library. Some Khajiit tribes believe Sheggorath is dead and has been replaced by something Other.
Sheogorath's status as a Daedric Prince and as a member of the "Four Corners of the House of Troubles" has made his mainstream worship largely taboo. Throughout Tamriel, however, there are small shrines where the devoted worship the madgod in secret. However, there is one holiday that is at least loosely related to Sheogorath. The second of Sun's Dawn is when Mad Pelagius day is celebrated. According to Gwinas, on this day there are great festivals and invocations at the shrines of Sheogorath.
There are six artifacts made by Sheogorath which are known on the mortal plane. The best-known of these is the staff known as Wabbajack. It can transform a creature into something else, turn them into piles of cheese, or instant death, though it is impossible to predict the result, much like Sheogorath himself. This artifact can be found in the games Daggerfall, Oblivion, Skyrim and Online, after doing tasks for Sheogorath, as part of certain quests. Another artifact is the Gambolpuddy glove, which fortifies half of the user's attributes while draining the other half. Gambolpuddy is seen in Morrowind, where it was found under a pillow in Ald Daedroth. His third artifact is the Fork of Horripilation, a fork which drains the user's magicka. It was given by the Statue of Sheogorath in Ihinipalit, in St. Delyn's Canton's Waterworks in Morrowind. The fourth artifact worth noting is the Staff of the Everscamp. This unique artifact in Oblivion summoned four Everscamps who could be neither banished nor killed. The fifth artifact of Sheogorath is the Spear of Bitter Mercy which can summon a Frost Atronach wherever the holder of the staff points the staff. The last artifact and Sheogorath's main symbol of rulership is the Staff of Sheogorath, which freezes all foes in place. A lesser-known artifact of Sheogorath is the Folium Discognitum, a book that contains the collected insights of madmen; capable of giving the reader immense power and knowledge.
Sheogorath is one of the easiest Daedric Princes to summon. Although his official summoning date is the second of Sun's Dawn, Sheogorath can be summoned any time there is a storm occurring, or through an offering of a wolf or bear pelt. Another method of invocation is to leave an offering of yarn, lettuce and soul gems at his shrines in the mortal world.
Personality and traits
Sheogorath savors the act of driving mortals insane and/or making them perform actions which can be seen as trivial or silly. He is completely unpredictable, and often comments in nonsensical or otherwise socially unacceptable statements. He often refers to the removal of entrails and has a curious obsession with cheese, which is taken to near hysterical levels in Oblivion. Despite being completely mad, Sheogorath displays incredible intelligence and insight. He is invested in the affairs of Oblivion, as seen in being part of the compact of Sotha Sil in 2920 and his mention of attending the "parties" of the other Princes. He has also shown to be capable of not only manipulating mortals, but other Daedra Lords as well. Some famous cases include when he manipulated Malacath into killing his own son, defeated Hircine in a battle of beasts, and beat Vaermina at her own game.
Sheogorath's attitude reflects the madness over which he rules. He spreads the madness of the Shivering Isles in Nirn and beyond. As one of the "Four Corners of the House of Troubles," he is known for a rebellious streak. He speaks with an exaggerated mix of Irish and Scottish accents, which is likely to be a stretch from his usual voice for when he is angry. This may be a legacy trait from his appearance as an Irishman/Scotsman in an earlier Elder Scrolls game. As the Greymarch progressed, Sheogorath's accent became less and less flamboyant as he began to have "moments of clarity" the closer he came to becoming The Prince of Order. A region in Morrowind, Sheogorad, is named in his honor.[source?]
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- "Look Haskill! Forky's back! It's so nice to see him again! Oh. And good to see you too, mortal. I guess."
- "The game is a foot. Or a leg. Or all manner of severed limbs!"
- "Ah, my little mortal. I'm a man of many personalities, but tell you what? They're all very fond of you."
- "Catch? Such an untrusting soul. If there were a catch, I'd say it's that two of my guests are murderous cannibals."
- "It's been so long since we had guests. You would have loved my old Uncle Leo, back in the day. Charming dinner conversation, when he wasn't bringing up old girlfriends. Literally, regurgitating them. Nasty habit."
- "Why do I need a reason for everything? Mortals, mortals, mortals! Always needing a reason to do things. For example: people think light chases away the shadows! I prefer to think that without a few lights, there'd be no shadows to enjoy."
- "I should make you fight Narwhals on the open ocean. I should make you run a gauntlet of angry Argonian concubines! But I won't. Book's yours."
- "No need to worry your pretty mortal head. The Wabbajack, it unleashes the potential in everyone. The unrecognized essence of artistic beauty that swells and beats within the— Look, you want the book? Whack some folks with the Wabbajack."
- During the events of the Shivering Isles questline, the Hero of Kvatch becomes Sheogorath.
- Sheogorath's dialogue in Skyrim suggests this as well. Referenced by Sheogorath, he first mentions that he was a part of the Oblivion Crisis, "...for that whole sordid affair."
- He also mentions "butterflies, blood, a Fox, a severed head," and cheese, likely referencing the events of Oblivion and Shivering Isles.
- Sheogorath's intention was, according to Haskill, for the Hero of Kvatch to mantle him. And at the end of the Shivering Isles questline, Haskill tells the Hero the mantling was successful, and that they'll "grow into the God they need to be."
- While still crazy and unpredictable, Sheogorath is much less ominous or malevolent during his appearance in Skyrim and he visits the mind of pelagius to keep him company. He also shows much less antipathy during interactions with the player. His quest is to also cure the deceased Pelagius' madness and let his soul rest. All of this would make sense if he was previously the hero of the Oblivion Crisis. Jyggalag was able to regain control briefly once every hundred years or so while implying it was because he was desperately trying to free himself from Sheogorath all the time. However order and madness are diametrically opposed and it would be difficult for Jyggalag to emerge or take control whereas doing good deeds or being kind does not conflict at all with being the embodiment of madness and so the Hero's nobler qualities shine through the guise of the mad god.
- If the Hero of Kvatch attacks Sheogorath in Oblivion, Sheogorath freezes them in-place, and calmly states "You really shouldn't have done that. Enjoy the view!" The player character is then teleported into the sky above the Shivering Isles, causing them to plummet to their death.
- Sheogorath is the highest-leveled character in Oblivion.
- Once the Shivering Isles questline is started, if Sheogorath is summoned at his shrine, he will be very disgruntled, saying, "Why are you summoning me? You have things to do. Things I told you to do!" He will, however, give the quest.
- Sheogorath's accent is said to be a mix of both an exaggerated Scottish and Irish accent by his voice actor, Wes Johnson.
- The setting in which Sheogorath is first seen in Skyrim resembles the Mad Hatter's tea party from Lewis Carroll's most famous work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
- Due to his nature as a Prince of Madness, Sheogorath's name may be derived from H. P. Lovecraft's Shoggoth.
- Sheogorath is one of the only Daedric Princes known to have had an affair with a mortal, namely Relmyna Verenim.
- If Sheogorath is summoned using Console Commands in Skyrim, and forced to go into combat, he will use Expert level Destruction spells and can conjure a Dremora Lord.
- Sheogorath is the only character in Oblivion to have facial hair.
- In the Myths of Sheogorath, it is mentioned that Sheogorath invented music by killing a woman and using some of her body parts as instruments.
- Sheogorath is one of four Daedric Princes in Skyrim to have a unique appearance, the others being Nocturnal, Sanguine and Hermaeus Mora.
- In The Elder Scrolls: Blades, there exists a character named Theodor Gorlash, whose appearance and way of speaking resembles Sheogorath. Also his name is an anagram of "Lord Sheogorath."
- Sheogorath was named after the game designer and Elder Scrolls co-creator Ted Peterson. Sheogorath being a corruption of his first name, Theodore.[UL 1]
- During the quest Long Lost Lore in ESO, Sheogorath outright prophecizes the Eternal Champion's quest to reassemble the Staff of Chaos and the Warp in the West.
- Sheogorath is voiced by Jeff Baker in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Craig Sechler in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion prior to The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, Wes Johnson in Shivering Isles as well as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and JB Blanc in The Elder Scrolls Online.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Interview With Two Denizens of the Shivering Isles
- Events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall main questline
- Events during "The Prince of Madness"
- Events of the Shivering Isles main questline
- Dialogue with Sheogorath in Oblivion
- Dialogue with Sheogorath in Skyrim
- Dialogue with Priest Haduras in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr
- The Adversarial Spirits
- Events of "The Mad God's Bargain"
- Myths of Sheogorath
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