The Adversary, The Greedy Man
The Skaal believe the Adversary takes delight in tormenting and testing them. The All-Maker and the Adversary bear a resemblance to Anu and Padomay, who are in a similar antithetical conflict. The Greedy Man is one of the Adversary's aspects.
 Akatosh, Dragon God of Time
Akatosh (known as Auri-El to the Aldmer and Bormahu to the dragons) is the chief deity of the Nine Divines (the prescribed religious cults of Cyrodiil and its provinces), and one of two deities found in every Tamrielic religion (the other being Lorkhan), save only the Dunmeri Tribunal of self-made gods. His avatar is a dragon, and he is often called the Dragon God of Time. 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. The Aedra is the ultimate God of the Cyrodiilic Empire, where he embodies the qualities of endurance, invincibility, and everlasting legitimacy while promoting the virtues of duty, service, and obedience. Akatosh is thought to be the father of all dragons, and their leader Alduin was titled "First-Born of Akatosh". Akatosh is the patron of The Akatosh Chantry, the religious order devoted to the worship and glorification of him, who refer to him as the "Great Dragon". The Warp in the West and other Dragon Breaks are thought to result from Akatosh's temporary loss of control over the flow of time.
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, several aspects of Akatosh which seem important to the mortal races, namely immortality, historicity, and genealogy, have conveniently resurfaced in Almalexia, the most popular of Morrowind's divine Tribunal; as a mother-figure, she also embodies the idea of being a progenitor (albeit a female rather than male one). So one could say that, at least, the qualities of Akatosh are not entirely neglected among the Dunmer, even if his name is.
 Alduin, Nordic World Eater
Alduin, or the World-Eater, as he is known to the residents of Skyrim, is an immensely powerful dragon. He is depicted as a malevolent force who destroys the world periodically, and the Nords believe that his reappearance heralds the end of time. He is the self-proclaimed First-Born of Akatosh and aspect of Akatosh (“Do not forget that it was Heaven itself that shed you from me.”). His name can be separated into "Al Du In", which means "Destroyer Devour Master".
 Alkosh, Dragon King of Cats
Pre-ri'Datta Dynasty Anaquinine deity, also known as "the First Cat" and "the Great Cat King of Time".} A variation on the Altmeri Auri-El, and thus an Akatosh-as-culture-hero for the earliest Khajiiti, Alkosh's worship was co-opted during the establishment of the Riddle'Thar, 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. The Khajiit believe the Dragon Break phenomenon occurs when Alkosh has been broken.
 The All-Maker, God of the Skaal
The All-Maker is a mysterious deity revered as the wellspring of creation. Though first worshipped by the distant ancestors of the Nords, reverence for the All-Maker is now nearly extinct. However, the isolated Skaal of Solstheim preserved the ancient beliefs throughout the ages, and modern scholars have learned of the All-Maker through their eyes.
All life flows from the All-Maker like a great river, and, in time, this river flows back to its source. The spirits of dead creatures return to the All-Maker, who shapes new life and returns it to Mundus. Death, then, is simply the beginning of the next stage of this endless journey. However, each life is a gift given in the great wisdom of the All-Maker, thus each one is very precious and sacred. Even the snow is viewed as a blessing for the shelter it can offer and for allowing hunters to track prey. The All-Maker favors those who hone their skills, and disfavors the greedy and lazy. The six All-Maker Stones of Solstheim are viewed as representations of the six aspects of nature, the six great gifts of the All-Maker - flora, fauna, the sun, the earth, water, and wind. The stones are believed to be conduits by which the All-Maker's power flows into the world.
 Almalexia, Mercy of Morrowind
Almalexia, also known by the daedric initial Ayem, was one of the three demi-gods constituting the Tribunal. Popularly loved among the Dunmer as Merciful Healing Mother, Goddess of the Dunmer in the Tribunal of gods, she resided in Morrowind's capital Mournhold and cast her benevolent influence over all of her race. Almalexia's closest followers were those of House Indoril, who until recently formed the main ruling class of Mournhold, and thus all of Morrowind. Almalexia was wife to Indoril Nerevar and later, consort of Vivec.
After her husband's death, the councilors of Nerevar and the Tribunal of Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil came to power among the Dunmer. They then went against Nerevar's dying wish by using the profane Tools of Kagrenac on the Heart of Lorkhan in order to steal its divine essence for themselves. Together, known as Almsivi, they achieved great heroism with their divinity, but it was also their undoing; because they worked deeds of good against the evil of the Heart they were weakened even before the return of Dagoth-Ur, Nerevar's nemesis. Dagoth-Ur, who had also stolen power from the Heart, acted in accordance with its evil and grew stronger.
In 1E 2920, Almalexia and Sotha Sil banished Mehrunes Dagon from the destroyed city of Old Mournhold after an epic battle. In this year Almalexia also predicted in her dreams the end of the Four-Score War as well as the end of the Reman Dynasty.
Almalexia was considered to be the mother figure of the Tribunal. She looked after, healed, and nurtured her children, but was known to be strict when they strayed. The Ordinators of House Indoril were her tools to achieve this purpose. It is possible that Almalexia established the Ordinators' belief that the weakness of the Tribunal was caused by a lack of faith and religious fervor among its people.
Back before the existence of man or god, Anu the Everything created Anuiel—his soul and the soul of all things. Also known as Anui-El, Anuiel is the personification of the Aurbis, or totality of creation. The Aldmer especially revere the Aurbis as Anuiel, the Soul of the Void. Anuiel is seen as an equal but opposing force to Sithis. He is often described as Light or Order, although Sithis-worshippers regard him as a demon as he represents the stasis of Anu, which in their eyes is unchanging nothingness.
 Ark'ay, God of the Cycle of Life and Death
Arkay (also known as Ark'ay) is a member of the Nine Divines pantheon, and is also a popular god in other cultures. 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 presumed 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.
There are two contradictory legends about Arkay's origin. The book Ark'ay the God of Birth and Death has it that Arkay was once a regular shopkeeper with a passion for knowledge. He found a book written in a strange language and spent years upon years attempting to decipher it, slowly ignoring everything and everyone else around him. Eventually Arkay realized the book explained life and death itself, but by this time was at death's door with an incurable plague. Praying to Mara as a last resort, Arkay 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 the universe. The alternative is contained in The Monomyth, which suggests that Arkay was one of the very first spirits to "crystallize" after the start of time.
Comparing Arkay to Tu'whacca, Yokudan God of Souls, shows this story is allegorical, framing the sequence of events by which an anonymous Aedra found new purpose in the constructs of the mortal plane and took up the mantle of life and death. Arkay created the Sword of the Crusader for Pelinal Whitestrake, to help him defeat Umaril the Unfeathered.
 Auri-El, King of the Aldmer
The Elven Akatosh is Auri-El, also named Auriel. Time is said to have begun when he formed. 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. However, Auri-El is thought to be only the ancestor of the upper castes in early Aldmeri society, and was adopted by other Aldmer to better emulate their social "betters".
In his only known moment of weakness, Auri-El 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 Aldmer, Altmora and Old Ehlnofey. Though Altmora was retaken by men and Old Ehlnofey was sundered, Auri-El's greatest knight, Trinimac, succeeded in defeating Lorkhan, and Auri-El hid his Heart. Later, Auri-El ascended to heaven in full observance of his followers so that they might learn the steps needed to escape the mortal plane. Many Snow Elves had one great desire: to become one with Auri-El. He is thought to despise Orcs. Saint Alessia is sometimes referred to as Auri-El's wife. Auriel's Bow and Auriel's Shield were allegedly created by Anuiel to be used by Auri-El.
 Azura, Goddess of Dusk and Dawn
Azura (also known as Azurah) is the Daedric Prince whose sphere is dusk and dawn, the magic in-between realms of twilight. She is also known as the Queen of Dawn and Dusk, Mother of the Rose, Queen of the Night Sky, and the Anticipation of Sotha Sil. Azura is one of the few Daedra who maintains the appearance of being "good" by mortal standards, and presumably feels more concern for the well-being of her mortal subjects than other Daedric Princes. She is one of the few Daedric Princes who constantly maintains a female image, and is perceived accordingly.
Moonshadow is Azura's plane of Oblivion, where she lives in a rose palace. It is reportedly blindingly beautiful and colorful, with flowers, waterfalls, trees, and a city of silver. The Winged Twilights are her servants.
See the full article on Azura for more information
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