In the Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, Mephala (also known as the Webspinner) is the Daedra of sex, murder, and secrets. Like all of the Daedric deities, Mephala does not technically have a biological sex. However, Mephala has been physically manifested as female in all of her appearances The Elder Scrolls series, and is generally referred to with she/her. Known as “The Androgyne”, Mephala has been represented in statues and artwork with both male and female genitalia. The Dark Elves worship her for introducing them to the practices of murder and duplicity, hence one of her names being the Queen of the Eight Shadows of Murder.
LGBTQ references in this game series:
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996): Jaciel Morgen and Deyanira Katrece
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (1997): Pun/joke about the Khajiiti Navy; NPC same-sex spouses; Lord Killbar
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002): Vivec; Uncle Crassius Curio; Argonians; Daedric Prince Boethiah; Mephala; Molag Bal; Buoyant Armigers
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011): Bjornolfr and Hrodulf, Same-sex Relationship Options
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006): Ahzirr Trajijazaeri; Viranus Dolton and Eduard Hodge; Dumag Gro-Bonk; Pelinal; City-Swimmer
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014): Bameli the Pure; Hadrill Diina; Jakarn; Arlie Edrald, Frederick and Dulkhi; Make-Many-Waves and Sendrasa Llarys; Goveled Herendas; Captain Linwen and Faenir; Hartmin and Mirllir; Snaehild; Sind and Tand; Davilia Ralas; Captain Rana and Sargeant; Seyne; Erirus Cine and Therich Roielle; Little Leaf
See also QRM’s entry for this game.
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- Shoddy Cast. (2014, June 20). Elder Scrolls Lore: Daedric Prince Mephala. Shoddy Cast Website. Retrieved from http://www.shoddycast.com/2014/06/20/elder-scrolls-lore-daedric-prince-mephala/
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