Akatosh, the Dragon God of Time, is the chief deity of the Divines, the official religion of the human empires throughout much of Tamriel's history. He represents the qualities of endurance, invincibility, and everlasting legitimacy. Along with Lorkhan and Mara, he is one of three deities found in almost every Tamrielic religion, with only the Dunmer and Orcs not having a dragon god of time in their pantheon. He is generally considered to be the first of the gods to form in the Beginning Place. After his establishment, other spirits followed his example, and the various pantheons of the world emerged. Before the Ages of Man suggests that he and Auri-El are the same being, but further confirms that after his formation, time began. Akatosh is considered the god-defender of the Empire.
Places of worship
- See also: The Akatosh Chantry
In the province of Cyrodiil, his main chapel was located in the Cyrodilic city of Kvatch. In addition, he was the most prominent of the gods represented at the Temple of the One in the Imperial City.
- Southeast of Skingrad and east of Silorn
- East of Anvil and just north of Fort Strand
- South of Bruma and north of the Orange Road
- Just outside of the southern wall of Cheydinhal
Praying at any one of these will grant the Jaws of Akatosh Spell.
A Dragon Break is an event where the timeline of the world of Nirn is suddenly split. They are known as Dragon Breaks because Akatosh, who is symbolised as a Dragon, is the god of Time and thus a break in the timeline can be viewed as breaking the Dragon, so to speak.
Only three Dragon Breaks have been recorded and verified historically as due to their very nature the majority of people would be unaware of their occurrence. The first of these is referred to as the Middle Dawn, and occurred when the Marukhati Selectives "danced on the tower." This was done to remove the merish aspects of Akatosh, which the Selectives found offensive. It lasted for either 1,008 or 150 years.
The second recorded Dragon Break was the so-called Warp in the West (or the Miracle of Peace), which was brought on by the building of Numidium in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall ; however, it is mentioned that Akatosh, Mara, and Stendarr were responsible for this event. The third Dragon Break, featured in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, occurred when ancient Nords cast Alduin forward in time.
Amulet of Kings
The artifact known as the Amulet of Kings was created by Akatosh. As lord of the Aedra, Akatosh took pity on the plight of Men, who were slaves of the Ayleids, and drawing precious blood from his own heart, blessed Alessia with the blood of dragons. He also made a Covenant that so long as Alessia's generations were true to the dragon blood, Akatosh would endeavor to seal tight the Oblivion Gate for good and deny the armies of Daedra and undead to their enemies, the Ayleids. Akatosh then gave Alessia the Amulet of Kings and the Eternal Dragonfires, which, when lighted, would restrict the Daedra to the realms of Oblivion. The Amulet contains a gem of Alessia herself, and eight other gems, one for each of the Eight Divines.
Aspect of Akatosh
During the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the aspect of Akatosh was summoned after the Hero of Kvatch and Martin Septim failed to light the Dragonfires in time before Mehrunes Dagon arrived on Nirn. Martin sacrificed himself and the Amulet of Kings to summon the Aspect of Akatosh. The Aspect fought Mehrunes Dagon in the ruins of the Temple of the One in the Imperial City. After defeating the Prince of Destruction, the Aspect of Akatosh turned to stone and became a reminder of what happened there. It is unknown if the statue survived the invasion of the Imperial City carried out by the Aldmeri Dominion in the Fourth Era.
- In The Four Suitors of Benitah, Kena Warfel Tomasin claims that it is possible to prove that Akatosh, Oblivion, and Nirn are the same thing.
- In the King Edward book series (readable in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall), Akatosh appears as a Golden Dragon, and allows Edward to ride upon him.
- In dragon tongue, Akatosh is equivalent to "Bormahu" stated by Paarthurnax after the completion of the Main Quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- The Khajiiti God Alkosh is known to be a Khajiiti variation of the Imperial God Akatosh.
- Akatosh was named after the Daggerfall beta tester Lawrence Szydlowski, who would sign off his posts with "also known as the old Smaug himself" (the first letter of each word forming the letters "Akatosh").[UL 1]
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Avatar appears)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (mentioned only)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Varieties of Faith in the Empire
- ↑ For my Gods and Emperor
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Monomyth
- ↑ Before the Ages of Man
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ Guide to the Imperial City
- ↑ Guide to Chorrol
- ↑ Where Were You When the Dragon Broke?
- ↑ Vindication for the Dragon Break
- ↑ The Dragon Break Reexamined
- ↑ The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- ↑ The Warp in the West
- ↑ Shezzar and the Nine Divines
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 The Amulet of Kings
- ↑ Remanada
- ↑ The Four Suitors of Benitah
- ↑ King Edward, Book I
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 Generic dialogue with Imperial Cult members