Lore: Gods: P

Padomay, also called the Darkness, Padhome,[1] Akel to the Redguards,[2] Sithis,[2] or Fadomai to the Khajiit,[3] is the quintessential form of change. One of the two primal forces, the other being Anu, Padomay is the personification of the primordial force of chaos and change who dwells in the Void. Creation myths paint Padomay as Anu's brother, and the interplay between them created Nir, a personification of the Aurbis. Padomay was embittered by the love between Anu and Nir, and sought to destroy their love child, Creation. He killed Nir and sundered Creation, but Anu salvaged the remnants, then saved them from further harm by pulling his brother and himself outside of Time forever.[4]

Gods with a "Padomaic" basis include most Daedric princes, who, as the Blood of Padomay, represent the forces of change,[4] as does his "son" Lorkhan.[2] His blood and Anu's mingled to create the Aedra, giving them the capacity for both good and evil.[4] While Padomay and Padomaic gods are usually considered "evil", such labels are often thought to be inapplicable, and that the only true description is that Anu and Padomay are opposite, antithetical to each other, evenly matched, and inextricably linked.[5] The Clockwork Apostles of Sotha Sil claim that Padomay and the padomaic Daedra are illusions who only have influence due to a flawed design of Nirn.[6]


  • The Skaal also only believe in a single deity, the All-Maker,[7] though they also recognize the Adversary, a malevolent and multifaceted tester who works to corrupt the All-Maker's dominion.[8] The perpetual struggle between the two bears some resemblance to the one between Anu and Padomay.
  • The 36 Lessons of Vivec makes several references to an "altar of Padhome" in the "Temple of Boethiah" (or False Thinking). Boethiah is thought to be one of the strongest of the Padomaics.[9]
  • In the Mythic Dawn Commentaries, Mankar Camoran refers to "the very eyes of Padhome", believed to be a reference to Oblivion Gates.
  • In the Khajiiti creation myth, Fadomai is the female littermate to Ahnurr, and it was she who suffered from Ahnurr's aggression. The two wed and gave birth to two litters, the Aedra and Daedra. Fadomai then gave birth to a new litter, notably the Mundus, in secret, as Ahnurr did not wish for any more children. When Ahnurr found out, he reacted violently, and Fadomai died after passing various gifts to her children.[3]
  • The Divine Crusader Pelinal Whitestrake was said to have emerged into the world like a Padomaic, borne by Sithis and all the forces of change therein.[10]


  1. ^ 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 3Vivec
  2. ^ a b c The Monomyth
  3. ^ a b Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  4. ^ a b c The Annotated Anuad
  5. ^ The Light and the DarkIrek Unterge
  6. ^ The Truth in SequenceDeldrise Morvayn, Fourth Torbillon to the Mainspring Ever-Wound
  7. ^ Children of the All-MakerTharstan of Solitude
  8. ^ Aevar Stone-Singer
  9. ^ Five Songs of King Wulfharth
  10. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 6