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Akatosh Chantry

The Akatosh Chantry (also called the Chantry of Akatosh)[1] is the temple dedicated to Akatosh the Great Dragon, God of Time and Chief Deity of the Divines. They are generally the place of worship for Akatosh. The priests of Akatosh always call their temples chantries, supposedly because they do a lot of singing there. The Chantry believes Akatosh is the most constant of gods, for his sphere is time itself. Donations to the Chantry result in a blessing from Akatosh, and the priests and priestess have a variety of other skills and services available for members. One has to be judged worthy by the Chantry before being sheltered under the Great Wings of Akatosh, however. The Order of the Hour is their militant arm, and the Benevolence of Mara is considered one of their allies. The Akatosh Chantry is enemies with the House of Dibella.[2]


There are many known titles that can be attributed to the leading position of the Akatosh Chantry. The Patriarch/Matriarch,[3] the High Priest/High Priestess,[4] and the Primate,[5] which is alternatively called a Bishop.[6] There are other positions, such as the Grand Chanter and the Grand Sermonizer, that are of equal level to these leading positions. In the Iliac Bay, the chantry is prevalent in the Kingdom of Wayrest, the Barony of Bergama, and the Isle of Balfiera.[2]

The Akatosh Chantry believe in an afterlife simply referred to as Heaven, and, like other groups, believe that the consecration of Arkay would guide them there. One of the three purposes of the Akatosh Chantry is to teach the truth of the Covenant, made between Akatosh and Saint Alessia following the Alessian Slave Rebellion. Mass at the Akatosh Chantry is held at noon. Except on days considered holy to Akatosh, the mass is brief and leads into the Orison of Gratitude.[6] The Akatosh Chantry is known to hold tamed dragons in a sacred grove. These dragons serve as the holy symbol of the Akatosh Chantry.[7]

During the Interregnum around 2E 582, Primate Artorius Ponticus of the chantry in Kvatch had established himself as one of the three most influential figures in the independent region of the Gold Coast, utilizing the Order of the Hour to enforce his will.[5] He ascended to this position after ordering the assassination of the previous Primate Jonas Coventine.[8][9] His chantry would wage war against the Dark Brotherhood, which ended with his assassination in the Cathedral of Akatosh.[10] In times prior, the Akatosh Chantry in Kvatch had an equal power with the Counts of Kvatch.[11] In 3E 405, the healer of the Court of Sentinel, Charvek-si, was associated with the Akatosh Chantry. During the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, before he was discovered, Martin Septim was a priest at the Akatosh Chantry in Kvatch and was present when the city was besieged. Around 4E 201, the High Priest of the Chantry in Wayrest was Alexandre Simon.[4]

Members of Akatosh Chantry wear ceremonial stoles made of silk and satin with embroidered hourglasses during ceremonies of the New Life Festival.[12] Primates usually wield crosiers with a golden hourglass at their finial.[13]

Order of the HourEdit

The Order of the Hour (also called the Hour Order) is one of the oldest knightly orders in the Empire of Cyrodiil, serving as the militant arm of the Akatosh Chantry. Their sole purpose is to enact the will of Akatosh the Great Dragon, as well as preserve the stability and permanence the God of Time represents. The Order has scattered and re-organized on several occasions throughout history, but their purpose had remained the same each time.


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