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Why do people worship daedra?

  • Rainraven
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    I wondered about this a lot in the second half of the Auridon storyline. I guess it's something like, "I'll make a deal with the god of destruction and betrayal, because that'll end well." I wonder if it ever has, for anyone? We only really see the disasters.

    Power. Men and mer in Tamriel will do pretty much anything for power. Some of them, anyway.
  • starkerealm
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    Rainraven wrote: »
    I wondered about this a lot in the second half of the Auridon storyline. I guess it's something like, "I'll make a deal with the god of destruction and betrayal, because that'll end well." I wonder if it ever has, for anyone? We only really see the disasters.

    Power. Men and mer in Tamriel will do pretty much anything for power. Some of them, anyway.

    Mankar Camoran had a pretty sweet thing going, until he went and ****ed it up. So... maybe?

    Actually, so far as that goes, the player character has the option for it to end well, when they run Dagon's shrine quests, so... yeah, it's an option.
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  • Volsera
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    @starkerealm holy *** dude you are everywhere and know everything
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  • Fereldyn
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    For me, I need not look much farther than the end of the main ESO storyline.
    Molag Bal is likely to come back at some point, Meridia has warped me to some sort of cosmic playground, and I've been ominously warned that I'm nothing but a pawn in a game of the Gods. Pretty easy to see why one might start worshiping such a band of wackos, for better or worse.
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  • MythicEmperor
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    They are "unquestionably evil?" By what standards? The standards of those who go on witch hunts? The standards of the uneducated peasant? The standards of hyoocrites who preach to the masses but do not follow their own teachings? Morality is such a fickle and subjective thing.

    Now, do not misunderstand me. Daedra worship is just as petty as divine worship. The Daedra are a useful tool for extracting knowledge and power, however, so long as you have something they want in return.
    With cold regards,
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  • starkerealm
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    They are "unquestionably evil?" By what standards? The standards of those who go on witch hunts? The standards of the uneducated peasant? The standards of hyoocrites who preach to the masses but do not follow their own teachings? Morality is such a fickle and subjective thing.

    Now, do not misunderstand me. Daedra worship is just as petty as divine worship. The Daedra are a useful tool for extracting knowledge and power, however, so long as you have something they want in return.

    Mythic, the dude, you know how Molag Bal creates vampires, right?
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  • MythicEmperor
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    They are "unquestionably evil?" By what standards? The standards of those who go on witch hunts? The standards of the uneducated peasant? The standards of hyoocrites who preach to the masses but do not follow their own teachings? Morality is such a fickle and subjective thing.

    Now, do not misunderstand me. Daedra worship is just as petty as divine worship. The Daedra are a useful tool for extracting knowledge and power, however, so long as you have something they want in return.

    Mythic, the dude, you know how Molag Bal creates vampires, right?

    Vampires are great. I mean- er, what was that? I didn't say anything. :flushed:
    With cold regards,
    Mythic

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  • Nerouyn
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    The answer is many different reasons.

    Some people might be utter *** and the Aedra don't really cater to that. Several Daedra do.

    Some people might just appreciate that the Daedra are more imminent. They can rock up, say hello, possibly even do you a favour... or gut you and knit a sock from your entrails. Depending on their mood. But either way you know they're aware of you and that could be nice.
    They are "unquestionably evil?" By what standards? The standards of those who go on witch hunts? The standards of the uneducated peasant? The standards of hyoocrites who preach to the masses but do not follow their own teachings? Morality is such a fickle and subjective thing.

    Yes there's hypocritical morality. But there's also real morality.

    Most of the Daedra either enjoy harming mortals or will do so very casually without caring in the slightest. That's evil.

    Azura is an exception. Some would argue that both her cursing and then ending the Dunmer for their betrayal is evil. But there was a deal. That deal was broken in a manner which saw dangerous levels of power put into the hands of the betrayers. She sorted them out. Wasn't the first tribe of mer to fall into ruin. Won't be the last.

    I regard Azura as good and kind but not a pushover.

    Meridia might also be an exception. Prior to ESO she's represented more as morally neutral I think. She favours life but not necessarily in a caring or kind manner. In ESO she seems to be more kindly disposed. That may just be towards us though because we're sort of doing her bidding. So I'm not so sure about her.
  • starkerealm
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    Nerouyn wrote: »
    The answer is many different reasons.

    Some people might be utter *** and the Aedra don't really cater to that. Several Daedra do.

    Some people might just appreciate that the Daedra are more imminent. They can rock up, say hello, possibly even do you a favour... or gut you and knit a sock from your entrails. Depending on their mood. But either way you know they're aware of you and that could be nice.
    They are "unquestionably evil?" By what standards? The standards of those who go on witch hunts? The standards of the uneducated peasant? The standards of hyoocrites who preach to the masses but do not follow their own teachings? Morality is such a fickle and subjective thing.

    Yes there's hypocritical morality. But there's also real morality.

    Most of the Daedra either enjoy harming mortals or will do so very casually without caring in the slightest. That's evil.

    Azura is an exception. Some would argue that both her cursing and then ending the Dunmer for their betrayal is evil. But there was a deal. That deal was broken in a manner which saw dangerous levels of power put into the hands of the betrayers. She sorted them out. Wasn't the first tribe of mer to fall into ruin. Won't be the last.

    I regard Azura as good and kind but not a pushover.

    Meridia might also be an exception. Prior to ESO she's represented more as morally neutral I think. She favours life but not necessarily in a caring or kind manner. In ESO she seems to be more kindly disposed. That may just be towards us though because we're sort of doing her bidding. So I'm not so sure about her.

    There's a few that are... complicated. Meridia and Azura are both examples.
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  • Nerouyn
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    There's a few that are... complicated. Meridia and Azura are both examples.

    I'd say that's a point of view, depending on how you define morality.

    Azura is clearly good to my eye. At least in how she's represented from Morrowind onwards. In earlier games she was more chaotic and callous like the other Daedra. I think Bethesda make a conscious decision to change her nature and have been consistent with her since then.
  • starkerealm
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    Nerouyn wrote: »
    There's a few that are... complicated. Meridia and Azura are both examples.

    I'd say that's a point of view, depending on how you define morality.

    Azura is clearly good to my eye. At least in how she's represented from Morrowind onwards. In earlier games she was more chaotic and callous like the other Daedra. I think Bethesda make a conscious decision to change her nature and have been consistent with her since then.

    Well, so far as it goes, Meridia is an even better example of this. There's the whole, "enemy of the undead," thing, along with her enmity towards Molag Bal, but at the same time she signed off on the attacks on the chapels in Knights of the Nine. She's not, "good," just mostly aligned with your interests for the moment.
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  • Nerouyn
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    Well, so far as it goes, Meridia is an even better example of this. There's the whole, "enemy of the undead," thing, along with her enmity towards Molag Bal, but at the same time she signed off on the attacks on the chapels in Knights of the Nine. She's not, "good," just mostly aligned with your interests for the moment.

    No. Meridia and Azura are very different prior to ESO. The uesp wiki describes them accurately.

    http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Meridia
    Meridia is one of the few Daedric Princes who is usually not considered to be wholly evil.

    http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Azura
    Azura is one of the few Daedra who maintains the appearance of being "good" by mortal standards, and presumably feels more concern for the well-being of her mortal subjects than other Daedric Princes.

    Meridia helped the slave-keeping torture happy Ayleids during the human rebellion. That's definitely not good.

    http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Meridia

    Azura doesn't have anything like that in her known history.
  • WhiteCoatSyndrome
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    My impression of Azura is less that she's good and more that she's possessive. She takes care of her people because they're hers and not because they're people. Recall that she only helps save King Emeric to pay Vaermina back for messing around with her assets in Stormhaven.
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  • tinythinker
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    The Ashlanders are a perfect example of how a people can worship Daedra. They focus on the admirable aspects while fearing and acknowledging the fearsome aspects. They seek to appease while trusting in the power of the Daedra to protect them.

    Which sounds like examples found in the real world. The idea that God/gods are purely "good" according to some culture's standards neglects the complexity of the lives of sentient social beings.
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  • starkerealm
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    So... this would be a bad time to point out that back in Daggerfall, Azura was actually allied with Molag Bal? To say nothing of the part where she cursed the entire Chimer race for the actions of three individuals?

    Even her lore page on UESP pulls up the, "cruel but wise," line from her invocation.

    One thing I can easily say is that Azura is more overt than most of the Daedric princes. She's also quite protective of her chosen, hence the creation of the Dunmer, and the quest with her oracles in ESO. Though, at that point, the same can really be said of Meridia as well, and even a few of the "evil daedra."
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  • Nerouyn
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    So... this would be a bad time to point out that back in Daggerfall, Azura was actually allied with Molag Bal?

    You're not pointing out anything. As I've already said:
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Azura is clearly good to my eye. At least in how she's represented from Morrowind onwards. In earlier games she was more chaotic and callous like the other Daedra. I think Bethesda make a conscious decision to change her nature and have been consistent with her since then.
    To say nothing of the part where she cursed the entire Chimer race for the actions of three individuals?

    Let's not lose all perspective. She turned them blue. It's not like she made all their *** fall off.

    Yes Azura played a key role in ending their slave-keeping civilization. Hooray for Azura!
    Even her lore page on UESP pulls up the, "cruel but wise," line from her invocation.

    A document written by a dunmer who lump her in together with the buttheads Boethiah and Mephala as "good" daedra. Clearly the slave-keeping dunmer have a very different sense of what good means. Calling her cruel in that context is probably intended as a compliment. The high priestess who called her cruel details the cruelty of other daedra she had followed but doesn't actually detail any cruelty for Azura.
  • MythicEmperor
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    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Yes Azura played a key role in ending their slave-keeping civilization. Hooray for Azura!
    Slavery wasn't abolished in Morrowind until Hlaalu Helseth declared that "If there is to be a revolution, it is best done by a King," at the close of the third era. Even then, it is likely that after the Red Year and subsequent Argonian invasion, the scornful survivors would return to their traditional practices. This is especially probable considering the lack of Imperial occupation and the dismantling of House Hlaalu in this time. How does Azura relate to this?
    With cold regards,
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  • ForsakenSin
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    Deadra are unquestionably evil (except maybe Meridia). Even the "benevolent" daedra have ulterior motives. So why do people worship them? They never gain anything from it, and almost always end up getting screwed over (with your character being left to clean up the mess).

    The only one that made sense was Manimarco because he actually had an ulterior motive himself.

    why people worship Deadra? WHY!? i will tell you why ...

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    "By many i am seen as hero...as a savior of the Tamriel i will not stop until every Daedra every evil there is in Tamriel is vanquish by my hands..
    However i do this for my own purpose to gain trust of mortals to worship me and to eliminate my competition i will not bend my knee to lead your army to serve you Molag Bal , i will simply just take it from you.."--- Forsaken Sin( Magica Sorc)



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    Until Dark Brotherhood killed you...
    but now..NOW its time to Arise From Darkness once again..."

  • starkerealm
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    Nerouyn wrote: »
    So... this would be a bad time to point out that back in Daggerfall, Azura was actually allied with Molag Bal?

    You're not pointing out anything. As I've already said:
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Azura is clearly good to my eye. At least in how she's represented from Morrowind onwards. In earlier games she was more chaotic and callous like the other Daedra. I think Bethesda make a conscious decision to change her nature and have been consistent with her since then.

    Even in Morrowind and on, she's still fairly callous. While I get the desire to go, "yeah, but since then the lore is completely different," and there is some truth to that, it's not safe to scrub away everything that came before, as that information does have a way of leaking back in to future releases.

    This also leads to the point where someone can say, "well, I'm going to exclude this one piece of critical information, because it contradicts my perceptions," and then completely ignore that Meridia signed off on attacking the Imperial chapels in Oblivion. "No, you don't understand, she'd never do that, she's a good daedra."

    In the case of Morrowind, specifically, the player is (regardless of anything else) a chosen of Azura. That means they do enjoy a favored state when interacting with her. Now, she is very protective of her chosen, and at least appears to genuinely care about their well being, so it shouldn't be particularly surprising that the player gets an unusually positive view of her in Morrowind.
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    To say nothing of the part where she cursed the entire Chimer race for the actions of three individuals?

    Let's not lose all perspective. She turned them blue. It's not like she made all their *** fall off.

    And also made them unusually susceptible to a number of skin conditions and some other ailments. There are, actually, other effects beyond that, but the major takeaway is still that they are cursed. She didn't wipe them out of existence, or transform them into orcs, but she did curse them.
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Yes Azura played a key role in ending their slave-keeping civilization. Hooray for Azura!

    Not so much, though. I mean, she played a key role in ending the Tribunal, but that's not the same thing as dealing with the Dunmer's fondness for slavery. That was left unimpeded, at least by her.
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Even her lore page on UESP pulls up the, "cruel but wise," line from her invocation.

    A document written by a dunmer who lump her in together with the buttheads Boethiah and Mephala as "good" daedra. Clearly the slave-keeping dunmer have a very different sense of what good means.

    You can argue with @MythicEmperor on that point, if you really want to.
    Nerouyn wrote: »
    Calling her cruel in that context is probably intended as a compliment. The high priestess who called her cruel details the cruelty of other daedra she had followed but doesn't actually detail any cruelty for Azura.

    I'd give you credit on this if the grammar didn't cut your legs out from under you. If "cruel," was meant as a positive trait, the phrase would have been, "cruel and wise," instead of what we get. "Cruel but wise," suggests one of these traits counters out the other, or at least helps to balance these factors.
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  • kcduetub17_ESO
    Daedra aren't evil. They don't have morals and therefore are neither good nor evil. And why does anyone ever do anything in tamriel? Power of course! Most worshippers just want some of that badass daedric power, but they often end up dying a horrible death and suffer for eternity.

    Best answer. 10/10.

    Also, the same can be said for the Aedra. People worship the Aedra because of the benefits of doing so. Honestly, it just all depends on your personal beliefs on which side to worship. If you think the Daedra are all evil, chances are you worship the Aedra. If you see both of them as the same, you could worship either the Daedra or Aedra.

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