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{{Quoteright|To sleep, to dream, of Tamriel<br />Unsullied by Anui-El.<br />Man-ape, tell us.<br />Maruhk, guide us.<br />What child of Man could fail to be<br />In bliss if Nirn were Elven-free?<br />Man-ape, tell us.<br />Maruhk, guide us.<br />We willing march to heed your call,<br />Devoted, pious, one and all.<br />Man-ape, tell us.<br />Maruhk, guide us.<br />Your mandates we embrace.|[[Proper-Life: Three Chants|The Archimonk's Dream]]|Proper-Life: Three Chants}}{{For|this faction in Online|Alessian Order (Online)}}
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{{Quoteright|To sleep, to dream, of Tamriel
The '''Alessian Order''' was a once-popular monotheistic religion created by the prophet [[Marukh]] in the early [[First Era]]. By the time of the [[Second Era]], the religion had lost almost all of its followers.<ref name=PGTTE1EC>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Cyrodiil]]''</ref> The Alessians were often said to be very strict, humorless people,<ref name=RTR>''[[Rislav The Righteous]]''</ref> and their reign over the Empire is often remembered for its cruelty and follies,<ref name=TFL>''[[The Final Lesson]]''</ref><ref name=SATD>''[[Shezarr and the Divines]]''</ref> sometimes referred to as a "dark age."<ref name=ROCW>''[[Reflections on Cult Worship]]''</ref>
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:''Unsullied by Anui-El.''
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:''Man-ape, tell us.''
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:''Maruhk, guide us.''
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:''What child of Man could fail to be''
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:''In bliss if Nirn were Elven-free?''
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:''Man-ape, tell us.''
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:''Maruhk, guide us.''
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:''We willing march to heed your call,''
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:''Devoted, pious, one and all.''
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:''Man-ape, tell us.''
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:''Maruhk, guide us.''
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:''Your mandates we embrace.''|[[Proper-Life: Three Chants|The Archimonk's Dream]]|Proper-Life: Three Chants}}{{For|this faction in Online|Alessian Order (Online)}}
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The '''Alessian Order''' was a once-popular monotheistic religion created by the prophet [[Marukh]] in the early [[First Era]]. By the time of the [[Second Era]], the religion had lost almost all of its followers.<ref name=PGTTE1EC>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Cyrodiil]]''</ref> The Alessians were often said to be very strict, humorless people,<ref name=RTR>''[[Rislav The Righteous]]''</ref> with their reign over the Empire is often remembered for its cruelty and follies,<ref name=TFL>''[[The Final Lesson]]''</ref><ref name=SATD>''[[Shezarr and the Divines]]''</ref> and sometimes referred to as a 'dark age'.<ref name=ROCW>''[[Reflections on Cult Worship]]''</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early years===
 
===Early years===
The Order began in the coastal jungles of what is now the [[Colovian West]] after a prophet in the area named [[Marukh]], who was believed to have spoken to Saint Alessia, questioned the validity of Elves ruling over men. The teachings of Marukh began to morph into a belief that there was only one God. Despite these beliefs the Alessians knew that in order for their religion to gain wide acceptance, they needed to incorporate elements of the various polytheistic religions that most people worshiped. The divine aspects worshiped by the various humans and [[Aldmer]]i were recognizable in the guise of the myriad saints and spirits of the evolving Alessian canon.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/> Despite the Order's focus on "The One" as its religious godhead, the Order is often credited with finalizing the pantheon of the modern [[Eight Divines]] church.<ref name=PGE3C>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Cyrodiil]]''</ref>
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The Order began in the coastal jungles of what is now the [[Colovian West]] after a prophet in the area named [[Marukh]], who was believed to have spoken to Saint Alessia, questioned the validity of Elves ruling over men. The teachings of Marukh began to morph into a belief that there was only one God. Despite these beliefs the Alessians knew that in order for their religion to gain wide acceptance, they needed to incorporate elements of the various polytheistic religions that most people worshiped. The divine aspects worshiped by the various humans and [[Aldmer]]i were recognizable in the guise of the myriad saints and spirits of the evolving Alessian canon.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/> Despite the Order's focus on ''the One'' as its religious godhead, the Order is often credited with finalizing the pantheon of the modern [[Eight Divines]] church.<ref name=PGE3C>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Cyrodiil]]''</ref>
   
 
Soon the Alessian Order's teachings spread across all of [[Tamriel]] and its authority rose over every other religion, allowing them to become one of, if not the most powerful group within Tamriel at the time.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/> The Order eventually gained control of the [[Alessian Empire]] in the year [[1E 361]] after they performed a successful coup d'état. After they gained control of the Empire the group enforced a strict code of laws named the [[Alessian Doctrines]], which were highly unsympathetic to elves.<ref name=TLKOTA>''[[The Last King of the Ayleids]]''</ref><ref>''[[A Life of Strife and Struggle]]''</ref> The Alessian Order centered its power in the city that [[Alessia|Saint Alessia]] started her rebellion, the city of [[Sancre Tor]]. The city would remain the center of religious worship in all of [[Tamriel]] until the fall of the order in [[1E 2321]], when it moved south, to the [[Imperial City]].<ref>''[[The Legendary City of Sancre Tor]]''</ref> The strict laws of the Alessian Doctrines brought with them a strange circumstance of growth in the Nibenay merchant class, causing the region to prosper economically. However, no matter how rich the citizenry became, they were still subservient to the Alessian Order.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/>
 
Soon the Alessian Order's teachings spread across all of [[Tamriel]] and its authority rose over every other religion, allowing them to become one of, if not the most powerful group within Tamriel at the time.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/> The Order eventually gained control of the [[Alessian Empire]] in the year [[1E 361]] after they performed a successful coup d'état. After they gained control of the Empire the group enforced a strict code of laws named the [[Alessian Doctrines]], which were highly unsympathetic to elves.<ref name=TLKOTA>''[[The Last King of the Ayleids]]''</ref><ref>''[[A Life of Strife and Struggle]]''</ref> The Alessian Order centered its power in the city that [[Alessia|Saint Alessia]] started her rebellion, the city of [[Sancre Tor]]. The city would remain the center of religious worship in all of [[Tamriel]] until the fall of the order in [[1E 2321]], when it moved south, to the [[Imperial City]].<ref>''[[The Legendary City of Sancre Tor]]''</ref> The strict laws of the Alessian Doctrines brought with them a strange circumstance of growth in the Nibenay merchant class, causing the region to prosper economically. However, no matter how rich the citizenry became, they were still subservient to the Alessian Order.<ref name=PGTTE1EC/>
   
 
====Alessian Doctrines====
 
====Alessian Doctrines====
The [[Alessian Doctrines]] were a set of laws created by the prophet [[Marukh]]. It was believed that the Doctrines were given to him by Saint [[Alessia]], when she supposedly visited him and gave him the "Seventy Seven Inflexable Doctrines" which stated that death was an illusion and that through "Ehlnofic Annulment" and reaching a state of "Proper-Life," one could escape the process of life and death.<ref name=TIOD>''[[The Illusion of Death]]''</ref> The Doctrines eventually evolved into a set of religious codes in which the Alessian Order enforced upon the Empire. The Doctrines saw no difference between religious and political matters and taught that resisting the will of the Emperor was equal to resisting the will of the Gods,<ref name=RTR/> This way of thinking is reflected by a certain excerpt from the doctrines, "All are guilty until they have been proven themselves innocent," which is still present in the modern Imperial Legal System.<ref name=LB>''[[Legal Basics]]''</ref> However, even the Emperor's power was rivaled by that of the Order's, appointed, Arch-Prelate.<ref name=LMA>''[[Loremaster's Archive – The Slave Rebellion]]''</ref> The Doctrines were also said to have forbidden "trafficke with daimons," while the term "daimon" was never fully specified, it is quite heavily implied that it refers to the [[Daedra]].<ref name=OB>''[[On Oblivion]]''</ref>
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The [[Alessian Doctrines]] were a set of laws created by the prophet [[Marukh]]. It was believed that the Doctrines were given to him by Saint [[Alessia]], when she supposedly visited him and gave him the "Seventy Seven Inflexable Doctrines" which stated that death was an illusion and that through "Ehlnofic Annulment" and reaching a state of "Proper-Life," one could escape the process of life and death.<ref name=TIOD>''[[The Illusion of Death]]''</ref> The Doctrines eventually evolved into a set of religious codes in which the Alessian Order enforced upon the Empire. The Doctrines saw no difference between religious and political matters and taught that resisting the will of the Emperor was equal to resisting the will of the Gods,<ref name=RTR/> This way of thinking is reflected by a certain excerpt from the doctrines, "All are guilty until they have been proven themselves innocent," which is still present in the modern Imperial Legal System.<ref name=LB>''[[Legal Basics]]''</ref> However, even the Emperor's power was rivaled by that of the Order's, appointed, Arch-Prelate.<ref name=LMA|ref group="OOG">[http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2015/02/06/loremasters-archive--the-slave-rebellion ''Loremaster’s Archive – The Slave Rebellion'']</ref> The Doctrines were also said to have forbidden "trafficke with daimons," while the term "daimon" was never fully specified, it is quite heavily implied that it refers to the [[Daedra]].<ref name=OB>''[[On Oblivion]]''</ref>
   
 
The most infamous part of the Alessian Doctrines was its extreme cruelty directed at elves, most notably the [[Ayleid]]s, of [[Cyrodiil]]. Before the doctrines were even enforced, early Alessians were known to sack Ayleid settlements in human controlled territories in the early fourth century of the [[First Era]], such as the Ayleid city of [[Malada]].<ref name=COTF>''[[Cleansing of the Fane]]''</ref> Not only did they attack the Elven people but the Order was also responsible for the mass destruction of Elven writings, leading to a scarcity of Elven historical scriptures.<ref name=PGTTE1EAD>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Aldmeri Dominion]]''</ref> When the Doctrines were put into law, all Ayleid nobility was outlawed and their feifdoms were revoked. The anti-Elven laws were so harsh that just about the entire Ayleid population of Cyrodiil left the Empire to escape them, eventually being absorbed into the Elven populations of [[Valenwood]] and the [[Direnni Hegemony]]. It is believed that this mass exodus of Ayleids into neighboring lands may have led to the subsequent rise of the Direnni Hegemony as one of the most powerful nations within Tamriel.<ref name=TLKOTA/>
 
The most infamous part of the Alessian Doctrines was its extreme cruelty directed at elves, most notably the [[Ayleid]]s, of [[Cyrodiil]]. Before the doctrines were even enforced, early Alessians were known to sack Ayleid settlements in human controlled territories in the early fourth century of the [[First Era]], such as the Ayleid city of [[Malada]].<ref name=COTF>''[[Cleansing of the Fane]]''</ref> Not only did they attack the Elven people but the Order was also responsible for the mass destruction of Elven writings, leading to a scarcity of Elven historical scriptures.<ref name=PGTTE1EAD>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Aldmeri Dominion]]''</ref> When the Doctrines were put into law, all Ayleid nobility was outlawed and their feifdoms were revoked. The anti-Elven laws were so harsh that just about the entire Ayleid population of Cyrodiil left the Empire to escape them, eventually being absorbed into the Elven populations of [[Valenwood]] and the [[Direnni Hegemony]]. It is believed that this mass exodus of Ayleids into neighboring lands may have led to the subsequent rise of the Direnni Hegemony as one of the most powerful nations within Tamriel.<ref name=TLKOTA/>
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===Decline===
 
===Decline===
 
====Rislav's Rebellion====
 
====Rislav's Rebellion====
[[File:Knightsgrave Cave.png|thumb|A large statue of [[Akatosh]] built by the Alessian Order in [[Knightsgrave]], [[Gold Coast]].<ref name=TBDJ:P2>''[[The Black Dragon's Journal, Part 2]]''</ref>]]
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[[File:Knightsgrave_Cave.png|thumb|A large statue of [[Akatosh]] built by the Alessian Order in [[Knightsgrave]], [[Gold Coast]].<ref name=TBDJ:P2>''[[The Black Dragon's Journal, Part 2]]''</ref>]]
It could be argued that the true beginning of the Alessian Order's decline began with the death of the devout Alessian, [[Nord]]ic [[High King]], [[Borgas]], during the [[Wild Hunt]] of [[1E 369]]. With the subsequent loss of the [[Nordic Empire]] and all strong relations between Skyrim and the Alessian Empire.<ref name=PGE3V>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Valenwood]]''</ref> However, the origin of the Alessian Order's decline is normally directed towards the Colovian King, [[Rislav Larich]], and the rebellion he started in the year [[1E 478]]. Though the Alessian Order was quite used to crushing rebellions, the then Emperor, [[Gorieus]], failed to quell the insurrection which would eventually lead to a merging of the entire [[Colovian Estates]] in an effort to resist the Empire. Larich's actions inspired many other kings, most notably [[Ryain Direnni]] of the [[Direnni Hegemony]] to defy the Empire. Ryain began outlawing the Alessian Doctrines and even invading Imperial territories. [[Hoag Merkiller]] of [[Skyrim]], though sharing the Empire's xenophobia, was so opposed to the Alessian Order that he allied with the Direnni Hegemony in its war against the Order. While it appeared that the Order made some progress in the war, they were eventually halted at the [[Battle of Glenumbra Moors (Event)|Battle of Glenumbria Moors]] where they suffered a crushing defeat that the order would never recover from.<ref name=RTR/> Despite this the Order would still survive for almost another 2000 years.
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It could be argued that the true beginning of the Alessian Order's decline began with the death of the devout Alessian, Nordic High King, [[Borgas]], during the [[Wild Hunt]] of [[1E 369]]. With the subsequent loss of the Nordic Empire and all strong relations between Skyrim and the Alessian Empire.<ref name=PGE3V>''[[Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Valenwood]]''</ref> However, the origin of the Alessian Order's decline is normally directed towards the Colovian King, [[Rislav Larich]], and the rebellion he started in the year [[1E 478]]. Though the Alessian Order was quite used to crushing rebellions, the then Emperor, [[Gorieus]], failed to quell the insurrection which would eventually lead to a merging of the entire [[Colovian Estates]] in an effort to resist the Empire. Larich's actions inspired many other kings, most notably [[Ryain Direnni]] of the [[Direnni Hegemony]] to defy the Empire. Ryain began outlawing the Alessian Doctrines and even invading Imperial territories. [[Hoag Merkiller]] of [[Skyrim]], though sharing the Empire's xenophobia, was so opposed to the Alessian Order that he allied with the Direnni Hegemony in its war against the Order. While it appeared that the Order made some progress in the war, they were eventually halted at the [[Battle of Glenumbra Moors (Event)|Battle of Glenumbria Moors]] where they suffered a crushing defeat that the order would never recover from.<ref name=RTR/> Despite this the Order would still survive for almost another 2000 years.
   
 
====The Marukhati Selective====
 
====The Marukhati Selective====
A very notable event in the decline of the Alessian Order began with the appointment of [[Fervidius Tharn]] to the rank of Arch-Prelate in the year [[1E 1188]].<ref name=HTON>''[[House Tharn of Nibenay]]''</ref> Around this time, the ideals of a clandestine and extremist sect, known as the [[Marukhati Selective]], began to quickly spread amongst the ranks of the Alessian priesthood, causing a great schism within the Order. Certain texts imply that while Fervidius openly spearheaded the opposition of the Marukhati movement,<ref name=LMA/> he was also, secretly, the true leader of the Selectives.<ref name=VFTDB>''[[Vindication for the Dragon Break]]''</ref> In the year [[1E 1200]], the Marukhati Selective, wrapped up in its fanatical dogma, would bring about the greatest [[Dragon Break#Middle Dawn|Dragon Break]] in known history, which would last for what is normally believed to be 1008 years.<ref name=WWYWTDB>''[[Where were you when the Dragon Broke?]]''</ref><ref name=VFTDB>''[[Vindication for the Dragon Break]]''</ref>
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A very notable event in the decline of the Alessian Order began with the appointment of [[Fervidius Tharn]] to the rank of Arch-Prelate in the year [[1E 1188]].<ref name=HTON>''[[House Tharn of Nibenay]]''</ref> Around this time, the ideals of a clandestine and extremist sect, known as the [[Marukhati Selective]], began to quickly spread amongst the ranks of the Alessian priesthood, causing a great schism within the Order. Certain texts imply that while Fervidius openly spearheaded the opposition of the Marukhati movement,<ref name=LMA|ref group="OOG"/> he was also, secretly, the true leader of the Selectives.<ref name=VFTDB>''[[Vindication for the Dragon Break]]''</ref> In the year [[1E 1200]], the Marukhati Selective, wrapped up in its fanatical dogma, would bring about the greatest [[Dragon Break#Middle Dawn|Dragon Break]] in known history, which would last for what is normally believed to be 1008 years.<ref name=WWYWTDB>''[[Where were you when the Dragon Broke?]]''</ref><ref name=VFTDB>''[[Vindication for the Dragon Break]]''</ref>
   
 
====The War of Righteousness====
 
====The War of Righteousness====
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==Alessian sects==
 
==Alessian sects==
 
The following are sects of the Alessian/Marukhati faith or groups that are believed to be, in someway, associated with the Alessian Order.
 
The following are sects of the Alessian/Marukhati faith or groups that are believed to be, in someway, associated with the Alessian Order.
 
 
===The Holy Brothers of Marukh===
 
===The Holy Brothers of Marukh===
The Holy Brothers of Marukh was an early sect of the Alessian Order that was created sometime around the Order's founding. The Brothers of Marukh were responsible for an event known as "the [[Cleansing of the Fane]]" in which the Ayleid temple of Malada was destroyed in order to put an end to the demons who were reportedly centralized in the city, being in someway provoked by a solar eclipse.<ref name=COTF/>
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The Holy Brothers of Marukh was an early sect of the Alessian Order that was created sometime around the Order's founding. The Brothers of Marukh were responsible for an event known as 'the [[Cleansing of the Fane]]' in which the Ayleid temple of Malada was destroyed in order to put an end to the demons who were reportedly centralized in the city, being in someway provoked by a solar eclipse.<ref name=COTF/>
   
 
===The Temple of the One===
 
===The Temple of the One===
The [[Temple of the One]] is often associated with the Alessian Order.<ref group="UL">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/concerning-psijic-order-and-psijic-endeavor ''Concerning the Psijic Order and the Psijic Endeavor'']</ref> While the building itself has more recently been associated with the [[Dragonfires]] held within, and by extension, [[Akatosh]],<ref>''[[Trials Of St Alessia]]''</ref> it is known that the Temple was once the headquarters of a [[Nord]]ic cult by the same name that believed in one deity, much like the Alessian Order. [[Tiber Septim]] was said to have revived this cult during his reign and was believed to be a devout follower of its teachings.<ref>''[[The Real Barenziah, Book III]]''</ref>
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The [[Temple of the One]] is often associated with the Alessian Order.<ref group="OOG">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/concerning-psijic-order-and-psijic-endeavor ''Concerning the Psijic Order and the Psijic Endeavor'']</ref> While the building itself has more recently been associated with the [[Dragonfires]] held within, and by extension, [[Akatosh]],<ref>''[[Trials Of St Alessia]]''</ref> it is known that the Temple was once the headquarters of a [[Nord]]ic cult by the same name that believed in one deity, much like the Alessian Order. [[Tiber Septim]] was said to have revived this cult during his reign and was believed to be a devout follower of its teachings.<ref>''[[The Real Barenziah, Book III]]''</ref>
   
 
===The Temple Zero Society===
 
===The Temple Zero Society===
The Temple Zero Society was a secretive [[Imperial]] cult said to dabble within the mystery of myth and legend.<ref group="UL">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/monomyth Librarian's Note on ''The Monomyth'']</ref> While the cult was often associated with [[Lorkhan]],<ref>''[[The Seed|Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Part II]]''</ref> it was also known to follow the teachings of the prophet [[Marukh]] and is thus associated with the Alessian Order.<ref group="UL">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/redguard-forum-madness ''The Redguard Forum Madness'']</ref>
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The Temple Zero Society was a secretive [[Imperial]] cult said to dabble within the mystery of myth and legend.<ref group="OOG">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/monomyth Librarians Note on ''The Monomyth'']</ref> While the cult was often associated with [[Lorkhan]],<ref>''[[The Seed|Ancient Tales of the Dwemer, Part II]]''</ref> it was also known to follow the teachings of the prophet [[Marukh]] and is thus associated with the Alessian Order.<ref group="OOG">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/redguard-forum-madness ''The Redguard Forum Madness'']</ref>
   
 
===The Marukhati Selective===
 
===The Marukhati Selective===
Possibly the most infamous of the Alessian Sects, the [[Marukhati Selective]] was a very secretive cult of fanatical Alessians whose main objective was to remove the elven aspects of [[Auri-El]] from the god [[Akatosh]]. In order to achieve their goal, they created the 1008 year [[Middle Dawn]] Dragon Break,<ref name=Kirk|ref group="UL">''[[Where were you when the Dragon Broke? (Kirkbride)]]''</ref> an event that would cause much hatred to be aimed at the group.<ref name=SATD/> Despite the apparent disappearance of the group after the [[War of Righteousness]],<ref name=Kirk|ref group="UL"/> the cult was known to survive into the far future.<ref group="UL">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/xal-gosleigh-letters ''The Xal-Gosleigh Letters'']</ref><ref group="UL">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/interviews-skeleton-man ''Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel'']</ref>
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Possibly the most infamous of the Alessian Sects, the [[Marukhati Selective]] was a very secretive cult of fanatical Alessians whose main objective was to remove the elven aspects of [[Auri-El]] from the god [[Akatosh]]. In order to achieve their goal, they created the 1008 year [[Middle Dawn]] Dragon Break,<ref name=Kirk|ref group="OOG">''[[Where were you when the Dragon Broke? (Kirkbride)]]''</ref> an event that would cause much hatred to be aimed at the group.<ref name=SATD/> Despite the apparent disappearance of the group after the [[War of Righteousness]],<ref name=Kirk|ref group="OOG"/> the cult was known to survive into the far future.<ref group="OOG">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/xal-gosleigh-letters ''The Xal-Gosleigh Letters'']</ref><ref group="OOG">[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/interviews-skeleton-man ''Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel'']</ref>
   
 
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