A kalpa is an epoch of time consisting of the birth, life, and death of a world. For example, the Dawn Era and its chaos is said to have been the end of a previous kalpa, and the beginning of another.[UOL 1] These segments of time are sometimes subject to interruptions called Dragon Breaks.
The Nords believe that the current kalpa is a byproduct of its predecessor's destruction at the hands of Alduin the World-Eater, and that this world shall also be destroyed to create a new one. What precedes it is the Final War,[UOL 2] the final doom, where the Nords "will show their final, best worth".[UOL 2] It is said that both Men and Mer know Tamriel is where the "nexus of creation" took place, as well as where the Last War will happen.
Redguards and Argonians also believe in a cyclical world that is, or at least was, periodically consumed by Satakal and Atakota respectively. The Redguards believe that if they do not honor their ancestors, it will bring about a new "Ending Time", worse again than those before.
The spirits of Khajiit whose souls have not been corrupted are taken by Khenarthi to the Sands Behind the Stars, where they await for the "Next Pounce". Pre-ri'Datta myths state that at the end of time, Khenarthi will summon the united spirits of the Khajiiti people to defend creation.
The Reachmen believe that at the "end of all days", Hircine will fight alongside them, and the Dark Heart will beat again, reawakened by feeding on the deaths of mortals, and its darkness will spread from its depths to consume everything, sparing only Namira's faithful.
- Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim
- Varieties of Faith in Tamriel — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Hero of Sovngarde's dialogue in Skyrim
- Mysterious Akavir
- Children of the Root — Solis Aduro
- Plea for Open Eyes — The Unveiled Azadiyeh
- Litter-Mates of Darkness — Moon-Bishop Hunal
- The Sky Spirits — Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- High Shaman Glynroch's dialogue in ESO
- Arana's dialogue in ESO
- The Song of Pelinal, v 7
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.