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The Dragon Priest are major antagonists in the Elder Scrolls series, they serve as the Quaternary antagonists of the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, the main antagonists of the final Skyrim DLC pack, Dragonborn, and major antagonists in the Elder Scrolls Online.
Thousands of years ago, these priests ruled over Skyrimat the behest of their Dragon overlords. In their service, many of these dragon priests were granted extraordinary powers and knowledge in arcane, and some of them managed to reach Lichdom to evade their own demise. Their burial sites in one of the many ancient tombs and temples, dotted all across Skyrim, awaiting the return of Alduin the "World-Eater."
There are eight high ranking priests each wear a unique dragon priest mask that bears a powerful enchantment, which said to be given straight from dragons, their gods. These priests can be encountered at any level, and are typically found within Nordic tombs and ruins that house Word Walls. Often they are accompanied by an array of undead underlings, such as draugr and skeletons. They are usually considered to be some of the deadliest bosses in Skyrim.