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Boethiah
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Pantheon

Daedric Princes

Gender

Male/Female

Artifacts

Ebony Mail, Goldbrand, Fearstruck

Debut

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

Voiced by

Jean Gilpin

Boethiah is the Daedric prince of deceit, conspiracy, treachery, and unlawful overthrow of authority. He is a major Daedra in regards to the Dunmer, both in positive and negative veneration. Boethiah is a violent Daedric Prince and is known for his enjoyment in the suffering of mortals. Boethiah has many artifacts, and can be summoned on the 2nd of Sun's Dusk.

Personality & traitsEdit

Like all Daedra, Boethiah has no gender in a conventional sense; however, he is traditionally depicted as a strong, caped warrior—often in a stoic pose—while wielding a giant golden battleaxe. Boethiah is sometimes depicted as a woman. According to his followers, Boethiah acts the most overtly out of all the Daedric Princes. He appears to enjoy battle and conflict, and his cults often stage huge tournaments to the death to win his favor.

Even among scholars, who reject the common notion that Daedra are all "demons", Boethiah is one of the Daedric Princes consistently viewed as "evil" in the traditional sense (but see below for the Dunmeri view). He uses his mortal followers for sport, interested in them only for the entertainment of spilling their blood. Like Molag Bal or Mehrunes Dagon, Boethiah actually delights in visiting death and destruction upon mortals (whom he actively strives to torment).

EtymologyEdit

Like many of the Daedra, Boethiah's name appears in numerous variations across many eras and cultures. His Cyrodiilic shrine, in the Valus Mountains near the Morrowind border, is called the Boethia's Shrine, and the spelling Boethia occasionally appears in writings. This spelling appears most often associated with his feminine form; furthermore, the shrine in Cyrodiil speaks with a male voice. Most scholarly texts, such as On Oblivion or The Book of Daedra, use the form Boethiah. The name may also be a reference to Boethius, a late-Roman-era philosopher.

TriviaEdit

  • Mehra Nabisi speaks to Boethiah in Where Were You When the Dragon Broke?, who confirms that the Aedra had indeed appeared and re-wrote history.
  • Boethiah is invoked in the book Withershins.
  • Sotha Sil met with Boethiah on the 3rd of Rain’s Hand, 3E 2920.
  • In Oblivion, Boethiah is depicted as a man, but in Skyrim, he is depicted as a woman.

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