The Story Behind Amalexia and Boethiah
Amalexia is a fictional character from the massively-multiplayer online game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, also known as the Midsummer Tournament. As a member of the Batallion, she is a formidable opponent in battle, skilled with a blade and the use of charms and enchantments. However, her true strength lies in her ability to cause confusion in her enemies’ using the power of words. The Tribunal, the official religion of the Cyrodiil realm of Vengerlatch, has made her one of their most wanted individuals.
One of her most powerful skills is amalexia’s distortion of sight, which makes her seem as though she is surrounded by a dark area. In actuality, however, she is invisible, just like everywhere else. This darkness, however, appears to be spreading out from her current location, and can affect anyone who comes too close. Amalexia constantly uses a dark area to cast confusion on her enemies, causing them to make mistakes that can cost them lives.
The name Amalexia comes from the Tribunal member Arugoth, who was said to have become insane after using the powerful enchantment, Talvas. According to the legends, he fell into an ice hole and was trapped for 12 years, during which time he lost all desire for life. He was resurrected at the conclusion of his Trial by Candle, at which point he was once again powerful enough to kill Sinding. Because of this, Arugoth was made a member of the Tribunal and his skills became invaluable to the organization during their later years.
As she uses her powers of confusion to cause chaos and attack her enemies, amalexia has become the chief deity of the Tribunal along with Morrowind, whom she served as a priestess before becoming the chief worshiper of Sinding. However, as she has become more powerful in her godhood, she has been seen as old and senile, and her ability to cause destruction has been replaced by a cold, emotionless power that seems to be beyond her years. It is also said that she is the mother of Shade, whom Sinding refers to as his son.
After being corrupted by the Morrocan evil, amalexia now worships Archaic Dunmer beliefs. Her current guise is that of a respected Dunmer priestess known as Alaundice, who is an advisor to the Tribunal during their frequent meetings. She teaches the Tribunal how to battle the dark souls and teaches them to strike them down with her sword instead of with their own attacks. Because of her past, she knows very little about the ways of the Tribunal, but she has become well known as a teacher of spiritualism and Dunmeri magic.
In the span of five months, we will see one of the most important characters in the history of the Tribunal, the lich Azjol-Nerub, get captured and held prisoner at the claws of Archaic Shelrad, the Highlord of Stonefalls. When this happens, the Tribunal cannot do anything to help him escape. He is kept prisoner deep within the fortress of Azjol-Nerub, where he is used as a means of torturing him into revealing the location of his daughter, Sathra, and bargain with the Tribunal for his release. The Highlord, knowing that Archaic Shelrad is mad with power, orders his guards to let Azjol-Nerub free while offering him a bargain: he must name his daughter Sotha, to serve the Tribunal as she is. Azjol-Nerub agrees and is released after the Tribunal does exactly that.
Sotha then appears to Azjol-Nerub and proceeds to fight him while the powerful Tribunal fights the rest of Azjol-Nerub’s retinue. Meanwhile, Sathra escaped from the fortress of Azjol-Nerub but was pursued by two other members of her family. She fought her way to the top of the falls, where she confronted the arch lich alone. They engaged in a psychic battle and Sathra finally managed to defeat Azjol-Nerub. Sotha then escaped to safety while Azjol-Nerub and the remaining members of his retinue fled back to their fortress.
This is what happened between Sotha and Boethiah during the First Era. It is also what took place when Archaic Shelrad resurrected himself again after his fall from grace. The two exchanged words and the High Priestess offered sacrifice to the gods for the crime. This act led to the conception of the concept of the Tribunal. For some time, the High Priestess worked on healing the world using her powers and as a result, the concept of the goddess worship developed and grew until it became the basis for the belief system we know today as Wicca.