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Draugr sometimes say "Unstaad Krosis" when attacking. I understand that means "many apologies" in dragon tongue (convo with Paarthurnax).

Does this hint that they are doing something against their wishes?

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Lore questions are most welcome, in fact, I find them much more interesting than "how does xyz work.." type questions. +1 –  DrFish Feb 6 '12 at 17:18
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+1 This is an interesting question. I hope someone can find an answer! –  spugsley Feb 6 '12 at 17:23
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The only lore I know in this regards to the Draugr is that they are entombed with Dragon Priests in order to sustain them (they are kind of like the Dragon Priests food). I do not know however is this was a volunteer, honor or forced setup, so I do not feel capable of giving this as an answer.. Its tricky finding general lore on UESP with out stumbling across the book or quest that happens to touch on the topics :) Maybe this info will have someone with better searching skills than me find the related lore however. –  James Feb 6 '12 at 17:37
    
I like this question! However, I don't want to read the answers because they might contain spoilers! –  gameaddict Feb 7 '12 at 3:12
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Are you wearing a dragon priest mask when they say that? –  Evgeni Feb 7 '12 at 12:46
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[Not a complete answer, but too big to be a comment.]

Unslaad Krosis, literally means, "Eternal sorrow", according to UESP, and the lore page on draugr confirms that they do indeed say it.

However, the draugr were in life the servants of dragon priests, and upon their priest's death they would be entombed with him as his eternal servants and guardians; there appears to be nothing unwilling about it, and the lore article even specifically debunks the common Nord misconception that draugr are cursed. Draugr are, in fact, the undead servants and guardians of their immortal dragon priests.

This leads me to conclude that they are not, in fact, apologizing to the Dovahkiin as they attempt to disembowel him/her, especially alongside another common phrase listed in the aforementioned lore article, Daanik Ah Dov, or "Doomed dragonhunter", which appears to clearly be a threat.

I cannot, however, offer a clarification of the meaning of Unslaad Krosis in the context of the draugr mutterings, other than to offer my personal observation that dragon language appears to be at least somewhat idiomatic, and that oftentimes words seem to have deeper philosophical meanings than what a direct English translation would suggest.

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Perhaps it means "You will have Eternal sorrow for desecrating this tomb". –  aviangentile Feb 6 '13 at 21:39
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Seeing as Krosis is also the name of a priest, they could be saying "unending krosis" like "immortal dude" or "my master will slap you boi" –  DCA- Aug 28 '13 at 9:39
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It actually means "Unending Sorrow." "Krosis" can mean both "sorry" (as Paarthurnax uses it) and "sorrow," apparently. Otherwise we'd have a Dragon Priest named "Sorry." It would seem like Paarthurnax's usage is less literal than elsewhere.

The word wall for the last word of Storm Call uses it thus:

Qethsegol vahrukiv sahsunaar
Do daniik vundeheim ag
Nahlaas naal qo do
Unslaad krosis

(This) stone commemorates (the) villagers
of doomed Vundeheim, burned
alive by (the) Lightning of
Unending Sorrow.

As for draugr being held against their wishes, there's some lore on a researcher who managed to gain their trust and infiltrate them. They seem more fiercely territorial than anything.

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upvoted, stackexchange users always leave me in a dilemma on what answer to accept :) –  aditya menon Feb 6 '12 at 18:12
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thanks for the link to the book, that really lit up my imagination :) –  aditya menon Feb 6 '12 at 18:23
    
+1 That is the book I could not remember the name of! –  James Feb 6 '12 at 19:28
    
I'm still wondering why so different from Bloodmoon where the draugr were just mindless undead guardians of tombs plus no Stahlrim here which gives a thought that the material is only found in the Solstheim :( –  Sergey Benner Feb 7 '12 at 11:53
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@SergeyBenner The draugr in Solstheim are different from those in Skyrim -- the former were cursed by the All-Maker for feasting on the flesh of their dead, whereas the latter are as described in my answer. Both varieties are mentioned in the lore article linked from my answer. –  Kromey Feb 7 '12 at 17:59
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They are just being sarcastic....."Really sorry but im gonna have to kill you now"

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Interesting point of view.. –  DrFish Feb 10 '12 at 13:03
    
Sarcastic or tough guy talk for "Sorry, but you are now a dead man". :-) –  ヴァイシャリ Feb 10 '12 at 13:25
    
More like James-Bond-esque, "I'm about to rip your heart out, and I'm gonna look cool doing it". –  DrFish Feb 10 '12 at 17:29
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This also caught my attention the first few times I heard it. As I understood it, they were apologizing profusely for attacking, and that confused me. I kind of thought that it was against their will, like the ghosts at that one place (I can't remember it right off the top of my head) where they say things such as, "I'm sorry! This isn't what I want!" But like the lore explains, the draugr were willing to worship dragons and the such, in life AND in death. Maybe they say it right before they are about to die for real, as an apology to those they worship. Like, "sorry, I'm about to be slashed by this guy, so I can't worship you anymore." -shrug- that's just what I think.

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Krosis is a dragon priest. Unslaad means Eternal or Immortal.

They say Immortal Krosis.

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That's an interesting translation, essentially dedicating their attack to Krosis. Do you have any source for the word meaning 'Immortal'? –  Coronus Feb 6 '13 at 20:53
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