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Type Realm
Subregions Mantellan Crux
Far Shores
Appears in Daggerfall, Skyrim, ESO

Aetherius, the Immortal Plane,[1] is thought to be the origin of all magic and arcane arts.[2][3][4] The stars and the sun are thought to be holes into Aetherius left by spirits (notably Magnus) who long ago became dissatisfied with Mundus.[2] It is a common belief that the soul of a dead person, assuming they are not Nirn-bound for some reason, goes to Aetherius, to continue on as a spirit.[5] Materials known as Aetherial Fragments often become dislodged and fall to Nirn; these are commonly observed by the people of Tamriel as 'shooting stars'.[6]

Aetherius, much like Oblivion, consists of a multitude of realms which serve different purposes, except they are all "of everlasting imperfection".[7][8][4] For Nords, their chosen place in Aetherius is Sovngarde, the Hall of Valor.[9] The Redguards have a different place in Aetherius, called the Far Shores,[4] as do the Khajiit, a realm known as the Sands Behind the Stars.[10] The Imperials simply call it Heaven.[11] These locations are not necessarily exclusive to those particular races, but may depend on an individual's beliefs, choices during their lifetime and the manner of their death, including the possibility of servitude to the Daedra in Oblivion.[12][13][14]. For instance, in 2E 582 King Emeric of Wayrest was (temporarily) killed in the Chamber of Passage in the Hall of Heroes; his soul was drawn through a nearby passage to the Far Shores, despite his being a Breton.[15]

Aetherius is thought by many to be the home of the Aedric spirits,[16] though very little is actually known as travel to Aetherius is extremely rare.[7]

The Magna Ge, or "Star Orphans", who fled Mundus before Convention and created the stars, reside here.[UOL 1][UOL 2] The Mantellan Crux is a self-contained plane that for a time was the resting place of the Mantella after it was blasted into Aetherius by Zurin Arctus.


During the Merethic Era, a mythical order of Aldmeri explorers known as the Sun Birds of Alinor were said to have pierced the veil between Mundus and Aetherius using the raw magic of the Ehlnofey.[17] Their expeditions to Aetherius are said to be among the most famous attempts in history, however some scholars believe that actual proof of a successful journey is non-existent.[17] Another example is the Royal Imperial Mananauts of the Elder Council, of which almost nothing is known.[7]

The Dwemer were rumored to have used vessels called "Aetherbells", that could "dive" through the realms of Aetherius and Oblivion.[18]



  1. ^ The Light and the DarkIrek Unterge
  2. ^ a b Magic from the SkyIrlav Jarol
  3. ^ MysticismTetronius Lor
  4. ^ a b c The Monomyth
  5. ^ The Talos MistakeLeonora Venatus
  6. ^ Magic from the SkyIrlav Jarol
  7. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Arena Supermundus: The Tapestry of HeavenImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  8. ^ Sithis
  9. ^ Sovngarde, a ReexaminationBereditte Jastal
  10. ^ Trail and TideMoon-Bishop Hunal
  11. ^ Artorius Ponticus Answers Your QuestionsBishop Artorius Ponticus
  12. ^ The Abbot Crassius Viria Answers Your QuestionsAbbot Crassius Viria
  13. ^ The Doors of OblivionSeif-ij Hidja
  14. ^ Tamrielic LoreYagrum Bagarn
  15. ^ Events of Elder Scrolls Online
  16. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our HistoryImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  17. ^ a b Prismatic Sunbird Feather antiquity codex entry in ESO
  18. ^ Dwemer Star Chart antiquity codex entry in ESO

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ Vehk's Book of HoursVivec
  2. ^ Cosmology — Temple Zero Society