Lore:Nahfahlaar

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Nahfahlaar
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Nahfahlaar Circa 2E 582
Race Dragon Gender Male
Died 2E 864
Stros M'Kai
Resided in Stros M'Kai, Stormhaven, Pellitine
Appears in Redguard, ESO
"While my brothers were slain or locked away, I have been free. I know when to fight, when to fly, when to look for allies. And so I stand before you, nikrent. Unbroken."

Nahfahlaar (also known as Nafaalilargus[1][2], which is sometimes spelled Nafalilargus[3] or N'falilaargas[4]) was a red dragon who often allied with mortals for his own protection. He acknowledged that dragons are bound by Fenjuntiid, the will of Akatosh, meaning that it is in a dragon's nature to pursue domination. However, he was willing to ally himself with select mortals in order to bide time and ensure his presence for events that may require his intervention.[5]

Early History[edit]

An ancient Khajiiti tapestry depicting Nahfahlaar refusing to imbue the Mask of Alkosh for Ja'darri

Nahfahlaar's early history is shrouded in mystery, but it is clear that he made powerful enemies among his fellow dragons. In particular, Laatvulon, the black beast, was his most ancient rival. To defend himself from Laatvulon, Nahfahlaar forged an alliance with the Dragonguard, despite the group's history of animosity with dragons. Nahfahlaar granted his horn as a boon to one amongst the Dragonguard's ranks, the Khajiit heroine known as Ja'darri. His horn would eventually become known as the Horn of Ja'darri and was recognized as one of the most powerful of Dragonhorns, tools that emit a sound capable of incapacitating dragons. The Dragonguard managed to seal Laatvulon away, but at the cost of Ja'darri's life, leaving Nahfahlaar with feelings of guilt over her death. Prior to her death, Ja'darri asked Nahfahlaar to empower the Mask of Alkosh, but he refused. Thus, this powerful tool was rendered unusable.[5]

Over the years, Nahfahlaar would continue to forge alliances with mortals who could protect him from death, but the Dragonguard no longer considered him an ally. After Ja'darri, his last known mortal protector was King Casimir II of Wayrest. The Dragonguard learned of this and successfully ended the alliance in 2E 369, but Nahfahlaar managed to escape. Following this event, his location was unknown[6] until over 200 years later in the Second Era.

A Rage of Dragons[edit]

Nahfahlaar and battlemage Abnur Tharn attempting to stop the Aeonstone overload

During the Alliance War, Abnur Tharn, the Imperial Battlemage, inadvertently released the seal that had trapped a rage of dragons within the confines of the Halls of Colossus. This colossal mistake inspired Laatvulon and many other dragons to come out of hiding. Laatvulon sought to carry out his master Kaalgrontiid's plan of bringing on the Dark Aeon, intending for Kaalgrontiid to become Akatosh's equal. To this end, Laatvulon created a Khajiiti dragon cult, the New Moon Cult, whose ranks were bolstered by many of the vulnerable Khajiit from the region, such as those who were affected by the Knahaten Flu. Nahfahlaar dueled Laatvulon near the city of Senchal in southern Elsweyr, but was overpowered due to Laatvulon's newfound power. Taking refuge in Tideholm, he was encountered by the Dragonguard, having been recently reformed by the Redguard Blademaster Sai Sahan. Seeing that Nahfahlaar meant no harm, an alliance was forged once again with former foes/allies, one in which Nahfahlaar served as a valuable asset. This alliance led to victory, and Laatvulon, the Demon from the East, was slain.[5]

Nahfahlaar subsequently aided the Dragonguard in defeating Kaalgrontiid and the remnants of the New Moon Cult. Kaalgrontiid planned to siphon the energy he obtained from Jode's Core through a giant cluster of Aeonstone, hoping that he would become empowered. To prevent anyone from disrupting his plans, he utilized the energy of the Aeonstone to create an aegis, a massive and impenetrable ward, around the ancient fortress of Dragonhold. Through the combined efforts of Nahfahlaar, the Dragonguard, and Queen Khamira's forces, Kaalgrontiid was slain. However, the Dark Aeon became unstable as a result of Kaalgrontiid's machinations and threatened to destroy the entire continent of Tamriel. It required the combined power of Abnur Tharn and Nahfahlaar to prevent the Aeonstone from affecting the area outside of Dragonhold. Nahfahlaar and Abnur were successful, but only at the cost of Abnur's life. After putting a stop to the rage of dragons, Nahfahlaar sought out another place to wait until his intervention became necessary once again.[5]

The Battle of Hunding Bay[edit]

Nafaalilargus at the Battle of Hunding Bay
"I am Tiber Septim's proud soldier, loyal vassal, a jewel of the crown. It's not my fault I have to keep company with the Governor."

Towards the end of the Second Era, Nahfahlaar, now choosing to style himself as Nafaalilargus, started working as a mercenary dragon in the employ of Tiber Septim during his conquest of Tamriel. He was a proud soldier and a loyal vassal, causing him to be considered "a jewel of the Imperial crown".[7] During the Battle of Hunding Bay, the dragon was called in to help defeat the Crowns of Hammerfell. He sank Prince A'tor's ship with a single fiery breath after the prince had been struck down by a poisoned arrow, thus ensuring that A'tor's wizard could not attempt to expunge the poison.[3] Nafaalilargus was then put under the command of Lord Amiel Richton, a man who had been named the provisional governor of Stros M'Kai.[3] He was assigned to guard the soul gem of Prince A'tor, which was locked away in the treasuries beneath the island's palace. He coveted gold for unclear reasons and was paid large amounts for his service.[7] The dragon was slain in 2E 864 by Cyrus the Redguard, while confined to a tight space in the Stos M'Kai treasure vaults. Cyrus then dipped his sword in dragonfire and pierced Nafaalilargus' hide, dealing a killing blow.[8][UOL 1] Cyrus then stole back the soul gem, and Richton was informed by Dram of the dragon's death.[8] His death weakened the Imperial presence on the island considerably. However, due to the immortal nature of dragon souls, Nafaalilargus isn't truly dead and could be raised again.[9][10]

Legacy[edit]

Although its popularity faded as dragons began to disappear from Tamriel, a ballad concerning Tiber Septim and Nafaalilargus was still being recited in Skyrim circa 4E 201.[UOL 2]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Depending on how the syllables of "Nahfahlaar" are broken up, his name can spell out two words in the Dragon Language. First, it can be broken up to "Nah" meaning "fury", and "fah" meaning "for". If broken up differently, it can be "Nah" for fury, and "aar" meaning servant. The first variant leaves "laar," while the second variant leaves "fahl" as the remaining syllable.
  • The name 'Nafaalilargus' has no known translation in the Dragon Language, however, the syllable "faal" translates to "the". This name also has more than the usual three syllables found in most other dragon names. "Nafaalilargus" may simply be a Cyrodilic, or Imperialized version of his real name, seeing as he served under the Empire during the events of Redguard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nafaalilargus's Strongbox in ESO
  2. ^ Dragonhold & Update 24 Preview on the official ESO website
  3. ^ a b c Introduction of Redguard
  4. ^ The Redguard Companion
  5. ^ a b c d Nahfahlaar's dialogue in ESO: Dragonhold
  6. ^ Atlas of DragonsBrother Mathnan
  7. ^ a b Nafaalilargus' conversation with Cyrus
  8. ^ a b Recover the Soul Gem quest in Redguard
  9. ^ Arngeir's dialogue in Skyrim
  10. ^ Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Even more on dragons in Tamriel - GT Noonan's Posts
  2. ^ Sven's cut dialogue in Skyrim