- "Look upon the face of Boethiah and wonder. Raise your arms that Boethiah may look on them and bestow a blessing. Know that battle is a blessing. Know that death is an eventuality. Know that you are dust in the eyes of Boethiah." — Boethiah's Glory
Boethiah (also spelled Boethia, or Boethra to the Khajiit people), is the Daedric Prince who rules over deceit, conspiracy, secret plots of murder, assassination, treason, and unlawful overthrow of authority. Also known as the Prince of Plots, the Dark Warrior, Deceiver of Nations, Queen of Shadows, and Goddess of Destruction, Boethiah loves competition and battle, and is depicted as a great caped warrior, often in a stoic pose. While typically depicted as male, Boethiah is occasionally referred to as female.
Championed by the Prophet Veloth, Boethiah is considered by the Dark Elves to be their original god-ancestor. Through his illuminations, the eventual Chimer, or Changed Folk, renounced all ties to the Aldmer and founded a new nation based on Daedric principles. Veloth and his movement were staunchly opposed by the followers of Trinimac, a powerful ancestor spirit of the Aldmer. In response, Boethiah took on Trinimac's form (supposedly by eating him) and proceeded to deride and humiliate him before his followers before corrupting and transforming him into Malacath and his followers into the Orsimer. All manner of Dark Elven cultural 'advances' are attributed to Boethiah, from philosophy to magic to 'responsible' architecture. Ancient Velothi allegories are foundation stories of Chimeri struggle where Boethiah uniformly succeeds against enemies of every type. The Tribunal Temple taught that he was the "anticipation" of the living god Almalexia, while the New Temple preaches that he has reclaimed his rightful position.
To the Khajiit, she is Boethra. Little is known of her or her worship, but they describe her as having a sharp tongue, and to them she is considered an ancestor spirit and a teacher of the old ways.
Despite the dark undertones of his sphere and influence on Tamriel, Boethiah is considered by some to be one of the "good" Daedra. Boethiah is said to be allied with the Temple of Stendarr and his enemies are Ebonarm, Molag Bal, and Peryite. He can be summoned on Gauntlet (Sun's Dusk 2nd). Boethiah's prized servants are a race known as the Hunger, foul creatures that are eternally bone thin. Oddly, the Hunger are also found in Sheogorath's Realm.
The Ebony Mail is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Boethiah. In appearance it looks like an ebony suit of armor, or often simply a cuirass. It can either be medium or heavy in weight. The artifact grants its wearer resistance to fire and magical attacks, magical protection from physical blows, quieter movements and the ability to poison enemies who get too close. The artifact was created before recorded history by Boethiah, and it is Boethiah alone who determines who should possess the Mail and for how long a time.
Fearstruck was a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Boethiah. It took the form of a shield. It belonged to Lyrisius, a hero from Tamriel famous for leading his army against the Akaviri slave traders in their homeland of Akavir. The shield was utterly destroyed in the First Era by the fiery breath of a wyrm who Lyrisius encountered after his army was routed.
Despite the destruction of the artifact many centuries prior, there were known replica shields styled after Fearstruck circa 2E 582. These replicas depicted Fearstruck as an ebony shield emblazoned with Boethiah's symbol of a fist surrounded by writhing golden snakes.
The Goldbrand is an ancient artifact, which takes the form of a golden katana. It was created by the dragons of the North. According to the legends of thieves, it was given to a great knight who was sworn to protect the dragons. It contains the power of the Daedric Prince Boethiah, and burns those that it strikes.
In 3E 427, the Nerevarine discovered the sunken shrine to Boethiah beneath the waves, west of the small village of Hla Oad in the Bitter Coast region of Vvardenfell. The Daedra was upset that his shrine had been allowed to remain in ruins, and ordered the Nerevarine to erect a new shrine in return for the Goldbrand. The Nerevarine funded an Orc sculptor to create the shrine at Khartag Point, a landmark northwest of Gnaar Mok. When the statue was complete, Boethiah rewarded the Nerevarine with the Goldbrand. Under mysterious circumstances, the blade was able to be empowered and dubbed Eltonbrand. It is unclear if the Nerevarine pursued this transformation. Whatever occurred, Goldbrand was sold to Torasa Aram and put on display in the Mournhold Museum of Artifacts later that same year.
In 3E 433, the Champion of Cyrodiil visited the Realm of Boethia and partook in the Tournament of Ten Bloods. After defeating all nine of Boethiah's Chosen in mortal combat, Boethiah declared the Champion as his Chosen One, gifting the Goldbrand as a boon.
In 4E 175, Goldbrand was wielded by a Dremora named Reive, who was in the service of Thalmor general Lord Naarifin. Reive was slain by the Forgotten Hero, who may have wielded the Goldbrand at the Battle of the Red Ring while impersonating Emperor Titus Mede II. This led to a pervasive rumor that Titus II wielded it at the battle, although this has never been officially confirmed by the Imperial government.
Realm of Boethia
The Realm of Boethia is a realm of Oblivion, created and ruled over by Boethia, the Daedric Prince of Deceit. The realm consists of stormy skies, volcanic islands and lava seas, similar to the Deadlands. It has also been described as a country of labyrinthine policy and betrayals, with maze gardens and twisted towers. It is sometimes referred to as Attribution's Share or Snake Mount.
As seen in Daggerfall
Boethiah's statue in Morrowind
Boethiah's statue in Oblivion
Boethiah's statue in Skyrim
Shadow of Boethiah in ESO
The Ebony Mail in Skyrim
Goldbrand in Legends
- The Book of Daedra
- The Anticipations — Anonymous
- The Changed Ones
- Invocation of Azura — Sigillah Parate
- Boethiah's Proving — Anonymous
- Boethiah's Glory
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- The Fall of Trinimac — The Faithless One
- The Reclamations — Thara of Rihad
- Mazza-Mirri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
- Shando-ri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
- On Oblivion — Morian Zenas
- Darkest Darkness
- Events of Daggerfall