- "He is the pus in the wound. Oh, proper ones curl their noses, but it's pus that drinks foul humors and restores the blood. I worship Peryite, yes, because sometimes the world can only be cleansed by disease." — Kesh the Clean
Peryite, also known by the title of the Taskmaster, is one of the Seventeen Daedric Princes that dwell within the realm of Oblivion. Although he is typically depicted as a green four-legged dragon (and often takes on the form of one), Peryite is considered one of the weakest of the Princes. His sphere of influence includes tasks, natural order (to not be confused with the perfect order of Jyggalag), and pestilence. Some unfortunate Dremora Churls and Caitiffs find themselves in the employ of the Taskmaster.
The Blighted Lord
- "Ah, a wanderer, yes? No? Pilgrim, perhaps? You have come to commune with Peryite, Taskmaster and blighted Lord, yes?" — Kesh the Clean
Peryite's summoning day is the Ninth of Rain's Hand, but an incense can be created from vampire dust, one silver ingot, a deathbell flower, and a flawless ruby that will allow one to communicate with the Prince. He "blesses" his worshippers in the form of diseases, and is considered one of the more malevolent and destructive Princes. His enemies are the deities Ebonarm, Vaermina, and Mephala. Peryite has been known to appear as ghostly apparitions of vermin, such as skeevers, and according to Kyne's Challenge the goddess gives him the spirits of skeevers when they die. The Song of Despair, a poem about the Daedric Princes, states his breath pollutes "both cloud and pool". According to the demiprince Fa-Nuit-Hen's tutor, Riparius, Peryite is in charge of keeping daedrons - chaotic creatia made sentient from the exertion of Daedric or mortal will - from causing damage in Oblivion, mainly through events known as 'realm-rips'. When asked, Riparius says that "trying to keep ahead of it all keeps Peryite mighty busy, but nobody really feels sorry for him - after all, he earned it." It is also theorized that Peryite may have been involved in the creation of the Thrassian Plague developed by the Sload.
- "Did you leave any alive? The Afflicted are mere vessels for my Blessing. It will spread to others through their touch and my own. Another Overseer will replace Orchendor, when the time comes. For now all is cleansed and ordered."" — Peryite
Peryite's worshippers are not well known or documented, but a particular group known as the Afflicted were Bretons located within the Reach of Skyrim during 4E 201. Peryite's "blessing" for them was infection with a plague, although they were also granted some amount of resistance to its deadly effects. They had unusually bright red skin and the ability to spit poisonous vomit at their enemies, but were eventually killed by Peryite's champion in his quest to kill their overseer, the Wood Elf known as Orchendor. Originally from the town of Cul Aloue in High Rock, they were 'shepherded' to the Dwemer ruin of Bthardamz. According to Kesh, Orchendor and the Afflicted were "meant to stand ready, awaiting Peryite's command to cover the world with his Blessing." The Afflicted also used the titles of 'monk' and 'apostle', as well as strange draconic totems and brews in their worship of Peryite.
- "You have returned my followers, mortal. The natural order is restored, and for this, I thank you. Perhaps they have learned the folly of attempting to touch a Daedra Prince. Take this, with my blessing. May it bring you order." — Peryite
The Spellbreaker (also spelled Spell Breaker) is an artifact attributed to the Daedric Prince Peryite. Superficially a Dwarven tower shield, it is one of the most ancient relics in Tamriel. The shield not only protects its wielder from physical damage, but also from magical attacks, by reflecting magicks, dispelling curses, or silencing any mage about to cast a spell. It is said that the shield still searches for its original owner, and will not remain the property of anyone else for long.
Some time during the First Era, Spellbreaker was granted to the Dragon Priest Zaan the Scalecaller. After being abandoned by her Dragon lord, Zaan turned to Peryite—earning his favor and shield—before being killed by her dissatisfied followers.
Around 2E 583 Zaan was awoken from death by a cult of Peryite, with whom she cooperated to unleash a terrible plague on Tamriel. Zaan was defeated by members of the Undaunted—but Spellbreaker was retaken by Peryite before they could claim it. Later that year, a great number of replica shields styled after Spellbreaker were seen throughout Tamriel.
The shield was uncovered by the Eternal Champion during the Imperial Simulacrum, in either Hammerfell or Valenwood (reports vary). In the events leading up to the Warp in the West, an agent of the Blades contacted Peryite in search of power. The agent reminded the Prince of a mortal from the First Era, and Peryite took a shine to the agent. He had the agent slay a Vampire Ancient who had displeased him, and in return he had one of his worshippers give the Spellbreaker to the agent.
Mastrius, a Dunmer vampire who had been imprisoned for centuries in the Salvel Ancestral Tomb near the Red Mountain of Vvardenfell by Azura, required the Spellbreaker to break the curse keeping him in his prison. In 3E 427, the weakened Mastrius was discovered by a fellow vampire who agreed to help free him. The Spellbreaker was found in the Dwemer ruin of Bthuand, near the skeleton of its previous owner who had died in a cave-in. Mastrius used the shield as a conduit for his spell and broke Azura's curse, returning to full strength. He then betrayed his fellow vampire and was slain; his accomplice then claimed the Spellbreaker. Later that year, the shield came into the possession of Torasa Aram and was put on display in her museum of artifacts in Mournhold.
In 3E 433, worshippers of Peryite in Cyrodiil attempted to become closer to the Prince by performing a risky ritual which resulted in trapping their souls in Peryite's realm of Oblivion, the Pits. The Champion of Cyrodiil found the frozen bodies of the worshippers around Peryite's shrine by the Silverfish River. The Prince spoke with the Champion, and requested that they enter Oblivion and retrieve his worshippers' souls. The Champion obliged, and was rewarded with the Spellbreaker.
In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn summoned Peryite and was tasked with killing the Bosmer Orchendor, a monk of Peryite who had rebelled against the Prince. He dwelled in the Dwemer ruin of Bthardamz in Skyrim, along with many Bretons from High Rock who had been cursed by Peryite with a terrible plague. The Dragonborn infiltrated the ruins, killing the afflicted Bretons before defeating Orchendor and sending his soul to the Pits. Peryite rewarded the Dragonborn with the Spellbreaker.
The Pits is a realm of Oblivion, created and ruled over by Peryite, the Daedric Prince of Pestilence. Here, Peryite guards the lowest orders of Oblivion. The realm resembles the Deadlands, with lava seas, volcanic islands and ruined structures. The realm is usually completely inaccessible to mortals, but there have been several exceptions.
- The 1st Edition of the Pocket Guide to the Empire states that Peryite's "Foundation is Falling Rock".
- There is apparently an ancient shrine to Peryite located on the Summerset Isles that depicts Altmer fighting "slug-like creatures" according to the section on the Isles in Kyne's Challenge.
- In cut dialogue/text in Daggerfall, Peryite is described as the "most affable of the Daedra Princes with the worst reputation."
As seen in Daggerfall
Ghostly skeevers, an aspect of Peryite (Skyrim)
A Peryite totem worshipped by the Afflicted
- Kesh the Clean's dialogue in Skyrim
- The Book of Daedra
- Skyrim Loading Screen
- Lyranth the Foolkiller Answers Your Questions — Lyranth the Foolkiller
- Events of Daggerfall
- The Only Cure quest in Skyrim
- On Oblivion — Morian Zenas
- Lord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions 2 — Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius
- Telenger the Artificer Answers Your Questions 2 — Telenger the Artificer
- Peryite's dialogue in Oblivion
- Afflicted Refugee's dialogue in Skyrim
- Unsent Afflicted Letter