Stendarr, also known as S'rendarr, is the God of Righteous Might and Merciful Forbearance. He is the inspiration of magistrates and rulers, the patron of the Imperial Legions and the comfort of the law-abiding citizen. Stendarr has evolved from his Nordic origins into a deity of compassion or sometimes, righteous rule. He is said to have accompanied Tiber Septim in his later years. In early Altmeri legends, Stendarr is the apologist of Men.
Cults and followers
In Skyrim, the fanatical Vigilants of Stendarr wander the countryside, looking to distribute justice. On being questioned, Vigilants say that they formed their order after the Oblivion Crisis. Their objective is to eradicate certain undesirables from Nirn, namely necromancers, conjurers, and especially Daedra. They are also involved in trying to expunge Daedric worshippers from houses. When the Volkihar Vampires attacked, the Vigilants lost their main base of operations within Skyrim, known as the Hall of the Vigilant, as well as the head of their Order, Keeper Carcette. The Vigilants as a whole were under attack by the vampires, with only their bastion at Stendarr's Beacon near the Morrowind border remaining as a safe location within Skyrim. It is unknown how many Vigilants of Stendarr remained after the attack, due to most Vigilants living as nomads and the ones with the knowledge of their numbers having been killed. Still, the Vigilants did engage with the vampires in the wilderness, though on occassion the vampires beat them and took on their garments in attempts to lure unsuspecting travelers.
The knightly Order dedicated to the Temple of Stendarr, the Crusaders are tasked with protecting His Temples and acting as his blade when the situation demands it. Much like the other knightly orders of the Divines, the Crusaders are involved in a variety of tasks. These include exorcisms of both homes and children, purging heretics aiming to weaken the faith, finding missing scholars, pacifying mad priests, delivering of items, finding holy relics, destroying cursed items of evil, cleansing locations plagued by undead, and safeguarding relics. In times where Stendarr is mad with the Temple, the Crusaders also perform rites of atonement. The Crusaders are also involved in healing the sick.
Stendarr's only known artifact is the Gauntlets of the Crusader. These gauntlets were Stendarr's gift to Pelinal Whitestrake. They were deemed lost for some time, but were eventually recovered by the Knights of the Nine. They were subsequently used by Sir Casimir when he fought in the War of the Red Diamond. Some time after Sir Casimir returned from war, he struck down a beggar in the Chapel of Stendarr in Chorrol, and the gauntlets slipped from his hands and lay immovable on the floor. They would eventually be picked up by the Hero of Kvatch after the hero displayed mercy by taking the curse put on Casimir's heir onto themselves.
"Come to me, Stendarr, for without you, I might be deaf to the manswarm murmurings of thy people, and forgetting their need for comfort and wisdom, I might indulge myself in vain scribbling."
- Stendarr's Hammer
- Altar of Stendarr
- Amulet of Stendarr
- Chapel of Stendarr
- Knights of Stendarr
- Wayshrine of Stendarr
- Vigilants of Stendarr
- Shrine of Stendarr
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (mentioned only)
- Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Mikhael Karkuxor
- The Healer's Tale
- Events of "Stendarr's Mercy"
- Dialogue with the Vigilants of Stendarr
- Dialogue with Vigilant Tyranus
- Events of The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard
- Conversations between Vigilant Tolan and Isran
- Dialogue with Vigilant Tolan
- Random encounters in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard
- "The Crusaders" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- Events of "The Haunted House"
- Events of "The Obsessed Child"
- Events of "The Heretic"
- Events of "The Missing Scholar"
- Events of "The Insane Priest"
- Events of "A Delivery"
- Events of "The Relic"
- Events of "The Great Evil"
- Events of "Hunt for Undead"
- Events of "The Cursed Weapon"
- Events of "The Rite of Atonement"
- Events of "The Expiatory Sacrifice"
- Events of "A Special Plant"
- The Knights of the Nine
- Dialogue with Sir Casimir
- Events of Stendarr's Mercy
- Generic dialogue with Imperial Cult members
- Ten Commands: Nine Divines