Lore: Gods: A
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Akatosh says: Serve and obey your Emperor. Study the Covenants. Worship the Nine, do your duty, and heed the commands of the saints and priests.Ten Commands: Nine Divines

Akatosh, known as Auri-El (or Auriel) to the Aldmer[1] and Bormahu (Father) to the dragons,[2] and Alkosh to the Khajiit is the chief deity of the Eight or Nine Divines (the prescribed religious cults of Cyrodiil and its provinces). He is present in most Tamrielic religions.[3] His avatar is a golden dragon,[4] and he is often called the Dragon God of Time.[5] 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 to be easier and the various pantheons of the world emerged.[1][6][7] The Aedric spirit[1][8] is the ultimate God of the Cyrodilic Empire, where he embodies the qualities of endurance, invincibility, and everlasting legitimacy while promoting the virtues of duty, service, and obedience.[1][3][9] Akatosh is thought to be the father of all dragons,[10] and their leader Alduin was titled "First-Born of Akatosh".[2] Alduin later came to proclaim himself a god, prompting Paarthurnax to turn on him for forsaking his duty to Akatosh,[11] and resulting in history considering Alduin to be the Nordic aspect of Akatosh.[12] 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.[13][14]

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.[3]

Akatosh was involved in the forging of the Covenant with the new Empire of humanity, and his blood was mystically joined with Alessia and her heirs.[5][15] The Amulet of Kings was the primary token of this patronage, and it allowed the new Empire of Cyrodiil to benefit from the stabilizing influence of White Gold Tower, maintaining the barrier between Mundus and the Planes of Oblivion.[5] When that barrier was threatened during the Oblivion Crisis, Martin Septim was able to summon Akatosh's spirit and transform himself into the avatar of Akatosh, which appeared in the shape of a giant dragon made of fire.[16] This avatar dragon defeated Mehrunes Dagon, reestablishing the mystical barrier between Tamriel and the Daedric Realms.[5][16] The avatar transformed into a statue, now located inside the ruined Temple of the One.[16]

In the elven tradition, Auriel is accredited with creating Auriel's Shield and Auriel's Bow, and used the latter to fire the Heart of Lorkhan into what is today Red Mountain. However, the Cyrodilic traditions of man do not mention these artifacts as part of their stories of Akatosh and creation, and do not provide any explanation to their existence or origins.[1]


The planet known as Akatosh (sometimes called AKHAT[17] or the Eye of the Warrior)[UOL 1] is one of the Dominion Planets found in the skies of Mundus,[UOL 1] and according to the Warrior-Poet, Vivec, is one of the eight known worlds.[17] There are no known satellites orbiting around it,[18] but it marks the eye of the warrior constellation. The planet is simultaneously Akatosh and the plane of Akatosh, just like the other planets and their eponymous deities.[UOL 1] Akatosh ruled from here before Convention took place in ME 2500.[7][UOL 2]

The Spilled Sand is an obscure realm of existence associated with Alkosh. It has been speculated to be the realm of Alkosh, but this was not confirmed; indeed, it is not a physical place at all.[19]





  1. ^ a b c d e The Monomyth
  2. ^ a b Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim
  3. ^ a b c Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  4. ^ King Edward
  5. ^ a b c d The Amulet of KingsWenengrus Monhona
  6. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: InvocationImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  7. ^ a b Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  8. ^ For My Gods and EmperorImperial Cult
  9. ^ Ten Commands: Nine Divines
  10. ^ Events of Skyrim
  11. ^ Paarthurnax's dialogue with the Dragonborn.
  12. ^ The Alduin/Akatosh DichotomyAlexandre Simon, High Priest of the Akatosh Chantry, Wayrest
  13. ^ The Warp in the WestUlvius Tero
  14. ^ Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
  15. ^ Trials of St. Alessia
  16. ^ a b c Events of Oblivion
  17. ^ a b 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 3Vivec
  18. ^ The Orrery in Cyrodiil — The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  19. ^ Ja'darri's dialogue during The Dragonguard in ESO

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off the information in this article and may not consist of definitive lore.

  1. ^ a b c Cosmology
  2. ^ Nu-Mantia Intercept