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Who got the title of true ES lore Devil?

I've been thinking... Daedric Princes are kinda like demon lords (from Christianism, that is)... so, comparing them to the ES daedric princes, who would get the title of true Devil here? To me, Deadlands look more like the concept of Hell we got from Christianism, but Molag Bal feels more like Lawfully Evil to me.

What do you guys think? Who gets the title?
Edited by ZOS_ConnorG on December 11, 2020 2:35PM
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Who got the title of true ES lore Devil? 35 votes

Mehrunes Dagon
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Molag Bal
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  • Grandchamp1989
    Molag Bal
    Mehrune is evil
    Molag Bal is disgusting...
    Edited by Grandchamp1989 on December 11, 2020 2:51PM
  • Nairinhe
  • vestahls
    Neither. Molag Bal is clearly some combination of the gods Moloch and Baal, and Dagon is after the Summerian Dagon, or maybe the Lovecraftian one (same difference, really). The Christian concept of devils is not really well represented in any modern media, i.e. with horns and tail and all that. And various Christian denominations have their own spin, depending on the country, particularly within Orthodoxy.

    If we compare TES lore with media like the Divine Comedy or Paradise Lost, which even those are a departure, there's practically no similarity anywhere, except in the most superficial sense of good=good, bad=bad.

    A lot of the Aedra and Daedra in the game were named after the original devs, mind you. These two maybe weren't, but it's worth considering that they could just be the characters one of them developed. Like Theodore Peterson is Sheogorath, Julian LeFey is Julianos, another lady dev was Mara, etc. I don't know if ALL the Aedra and Daedra have their dev equivalents, but it's possible.
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  • Danikat
    I think one of the things which makes Elder Scrolls lore interesting is that it's relatively rare that you can make a direct comparison between something in the games and something in real life, mythology or common fantasy themes.

    This is one such example. I don't think any of the daedric prices is, or should be, a direct equivalent of the Christian devil. There are similarities with each of them of course, but you can't point to any of them and say 'he's the main one' or 'he's the devil'.
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  • Faulgor
    Molag Bal
    Out of the two I voted Bal, but the role of adversary varies a lot from culture to culture in Tamriel.

    Some version of Lorkhan is often involved, but he's not an active player so the anaology falls apart there.
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  • jlmurra2
    Lorkhan would also be a contender according to many in lore sources. Though I think he is a closer match to the demiurge of the Gnostic belief, still Christian however.

    Edited by jlmurra2 on December 11, 2020 1:41PM
  • colossalvoids
    Depends what you wanna call the devil here, any kinda "pagan" demonised deity like hircine, simple folk devil making bargains on a crossroad like clavicus vile, more luciferian/promethean ones with all the light/fire and secret knowledge possession etc, etc., There is a lot of variety and probably all princes can claim the spot in some manner, tes isn't monotheistic after all.
  • emilyhyoyeon
    Molag Bal
    Molag Bal seems way more like traditional devil/Satan to me, mostly because of the eternal torture and suffering thing.

    From the UESP pages on Dagon and Molag Bal:

    ''Mehrunes Dagon (formally, the Exalted and Most Puissant Lord, Gerent of Dagon, Mehrunes,[1] also the Black Daedra Lord,[2] Mehrunes the Razor, Mehrunes the Thieftaker, Mehrunes Godsbody, and Mehrunes the Red Arms That Went Up)[3] is the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Change, Revolution, Energy, and Ambition.[4] He is associated with natural dangers like fire, earthquakes, and floods.''

    ''Molag Bal (Stone-Fire,[1] or literally "Fire Stone" in the Aldmeri language) is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is the domination and enslavement of mortals.[2] His ultimate desire is to harvest the souls of all mortals and to bring them within his sway by spreading seeds of strife and discord in the mortal realms.''

    The bolded portion is a key reflection of the Christian devil, whether intended by his creators or not. As someone who grew up intensely Christian, the motifs here are obvious
    Edited by emilyhyoyeon on December 16, 2020 4:15PM
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  • Jaimeh
    I wouldn't say he was the absolute or 'true', but Mannimarco, fits the bill in a lot of ways, imo.
  • Gilvoth
    Nairinhe wrote: »
    i have to go with that ^
    im not sure what the OP is looking for in the term "Christianism", because that term seems to lead more into political references.
    but as far as Christianity, there are some similarities in small ways that are not as noticeable, but, those ways are too small to have any real strength in reality to the Christian Faith, there really is no complete and obvious comparison to Satan in all of elderscrolls titles that i have found.

    well, i withdraw that slightly for the situation "Neravar" is put in, because that would fit Satan very well, or atleast what looks like satans position, being as Satan comes as a Power of false righteousness and light acting as truth and love when there is none of those powers within him, and also acting as God in Vvardenfell. would be the closest i could think of in all of nirn and es titles, but you are here in the OP only asking about Mehrunes Dagon and,
    Molag Bal. but again i must admit that only Neravar could fit "kindof" the role in all of es titles he would be the closest, but that's not what was intended "atleast it Looks like that was not intended" for his character in Vvardenfell. ofcourse it could be debated heavily with peoples differing opinions of Satan and christianity.

    Edited by Gilvoth on December 16, 2020 4:45PM
  • RaddlemanNumber7
    Many of the basic features of the TES cosmos are based on Hindu lore, like the Elder Scrolls themselves (the Vedas). The Aedra/Daedra split in TES resembles the Deva/Asura split found in Hindu lore. Devas are basically truthful, cooperative and support one-another. Asuras are basically selfish, prone to dishonesty and squabble with each other, although some of them are genuinely benign (a bit like Azura ;) ).

    I think TES writers have deliberately kept away from western gods and demons, and models of heaven and hell. It's too controversial (and potentially bad for business). Some other IP's, like D&D, have gotten into big trouble for having recognisable devils and demons in their game.
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  • Vevvev
    Molag Bal
    Could also throw in Clavicus Vile, Boethia, and Mephala in this poll and they'd fit to.
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  • Iccotak
    ESO doesn't have a christian equivalent. Though I'd be interested in learning about the Skaal "All-Maker" mythos
    Edited by Iccotak on December 25, 2020 9:06AM
  • lyx10679
    Molag Bal
    As many others have said, ESO doesn't have a direct Christian equivalent. However if the poll only points to Molag Bal and Mehrunes Dagon, I'd say Molag Bal is closer to the Abrahamic/Judeo-Christian personification of Satan/devil.

    If you read the lorebook The Book of Daedra, it says "Molag Bal, whose sphere is the domination and enslavement of mortals; whose desire is to harvest the souls of mortals and to bring mortals' souls within his sway by spreading seeds of strife and discord in the mortal realms."

    According to Judeo-Christian theology, Satan (a.k.a. the Devil) wants to dominate humans and enslave them to their addictions and thus reject God. Satan will try to spread discord and strife by creating doubt in humans. I'd say that based on this belief, Molag Bal would be the likely candidate to hold the title of "Devil" based on a Christian perspective.

    ESO follows a polytheistic view and therefore all the Daedric princes will resemble a god from various real life pantheons. Such as Mehrunes Dagon comes from a combination between Dagon in ancient Canaanite pantheon but also resemble Shiva in Hinduism. However, there are some sources that say that H.P. Lovecraft inspired many of these Daedra.
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  • Rontabs77
    I posted this somewhere else in cyberspace:

    Yes there are Daedras that look like demons but there is actually a demon creature in Cyrodiil that looks like a wyvern. Not to divert from the OP but evil Daedras are not demons?
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