19 February 2011
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(or the various dimensions it is connected to).
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- Akatosh, Dragon god of Time
- Akatosh is the chief deity of the Eight Divines (the proscribed religious cults of Cyrodiil and its provinces),
and one of two deities found in every Tamrielic religion (the other is Lorkhan). He is generally considered to
be the first of the Gods to form in the Beginning Place; after his establishment, other spirits found the process
of being easier and the various pantheons of the world emerged. He is the ultimate God of the Cyrodilic Empire,
where he embodies the qualities of endurance, invincibility, and everlasting legitimacy.
- Alduin, Nordic World Eater
- Alduin is the Nordic variation of Akatosh, and only superficially resembles his counterpart in the Eight Divines.
For example, Alduin's sobriquet, 'the world eater', comes from myths that depict him as the horrible, ravaging
firestorm that destroyed the last world to begin this one. Nords therefore see the god of time as both creator
and harbinger of the apocalypse. He is not the chief of the Nordic pantheon (in fact, that pantheon has no chief;
see Shor) but its wellspring, albeit a grim and frightening one.
- Alkosh, Dragon King of Cats
- Pre-ri'Datta Dynasty Anaquinine deity. Variation on the Altmeri Auri-El, and thus an Akatosh-as-culture-hero
for the earliest Khajiiti. His worship was co-opted during the establishment of the Riddle-T'har, and he still
enjoys immense popularity in Elsweyr's wasteland regions. He is depicted as a fearsome dragon, a creature the
Khajiiti say 'is just a real big cat'. Repelled an early Aldmeri pogrom of Pelinal Whitestrake during mythic times.
- Almalexia, Mother Morrowind
Most traces of Akatosh disappeared from ancient Chimer legends during their so-called 'exodus', primarily due
to that god's association and esteem with the Altmeri. However, most aspects of Akatosh which seem so important
to the mortal races, namely immortality, historicity, and genealogy, have conveniently resurfaced in Almalexia,
the most popular of Morrowind's divine Tribunal.
- Ark'ay, god of the Cycle of Life and Death
- Legend has it that Ark'ay was once a regular shopkeeper with a passion for
knowledge (Arkay by ???). He found a book written in a strange language and
spent years upon years attempting to dechiper it, slowly ignoring everthing,
and everyone, else around him. Eventually Ark'ay realized the book explained
life and death itself, unfortunately, he was himself near death's door with
an uncureable plague. Praying to Mara as a last resort, Ark'ay asked for
more time to interpret the book. Mara gave him a choice, die now or become
a god for eternity, charged with keeping the balance of death and life in
Member of the Eight Divines pantheon, and popular elsewhere as well. Arkay is often more important in those
cultures where his father, Akatosh, is either less related to time or where his time aspects are difficult to
comprehend by the layman. He is the god of burials and funeral rites, and is sometimes associated with the
seasons. His priests are staunch opponents of necromancy and all forms of the undead. It is said that Arkay
did not exist before the world was created by the gods under Lorkhan's supervision/urging/trickery. Therefore,
he is sometimes called the Mortals' God.
- Auri-El, King of the Aldmer
- The Elven Akatosh is Auri-El. Auri-El is the soul of Anui-El, who, in turn, is the soul of Anu the Everything.
He is the chief of most Aldmeri pantheons. Most Altmeri and Bosmeri claim direct descent from Auri-El. In his
only known moment of weakness, he agreed to take his part in the creation of the mortal plane, that act which
forever sundered the Elves from the spirit worlds of eternity. To make up for it, Auri-El led the original
Aldmer against the armies of Lorkhan in mythic times, vanquishing that tyrant and establishing the first
kingdoms of the Altmer, Altmora and Old Ehlnofey. He then ascended to heaven in full observance of his
followers so that they might learn the steps needed to escape the mortal plane.
- Azura, Goddess of Dusk and Dawn
- Azura was the god-ancestor that taught the Chimer the mysteries needed to be different than the Altmer. Some
of her more conventional teachings are sometimes attributed to Boethiah. In the stories, Azura is often more
a communal cosmic force for the race as a whole than an ancestor or a god. Also known as the Anticipation of
Sotha Sil. In Elsweyr, Azura is nearly a wholly separate entity, yet she is still tied into the origins of
Khajiiti out of Altmeri stock.
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