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The Imperial Cult is a religious organization devoted to worshiping the Nine Divines, including the former emperor Tiber Septim, also known as Talos. The Imperial Cult, as a missionary organization, focuses its activities on the remote provinces of the Empire, such as Morrowind.[1] It is closely connected to the Empire, as in it the Divine Plan becomes manifest.[1] The Emperor, as the defender of the faith,[1] is the Head of the Imperial Cult.


Alms for the poor[]

The Imperial Cult raises alms from members and sympathizers for various projects, many, though not all of them, for the benefit of the poor.[2] Most of the good work done by the cult depends on these gifts. Lay members of the cult can earn higher regard and ranks by raising alms for the poor as almoner.[3] All almoner's quests are given by Iulus Truptor in the Imperial Chapel in Ebonheart.


The Imperial Cult is a joinable faction in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The center of the organization on Vvardenfell is in the Imperial Chapel, behind the Ebonheart castle.


Members of the Imperial Cult believe in the Nine Divines. The Nine Divines serve the Imperial Cult members as model for their own lives. They also believe in and preach the Nine Virtues; Humility, Inspiration, Piety, Work, Compassion, Justice, Learning, Ambition, and Civility.[1]


Main article: Imperial Cult Quests


The members of the Imperial Cult are organized in ten different ranks. They are the following, listed from lowest rank to highest rank:

  1. Layman
  2. Novice
  3. Initiate
  4. Acolyte
  5. Adept
  6. Disciple
  7. Oracle
  8. Invoker
  9. Theurgist
  10. Primate

Upon achieving certain ranks, rewards are given, with members of the Cult stating: "You have shown yourself to be a loyal and diligent member of the Imperial cult, Nerevarine (Player name). As a token of our appreciation, here is a little gift that may make your labors a little easier. And please remember: check your advancement in our ranks regularly."



Main article: Vvardenfell

The Imperial Cult is a foreign organization on Morrowind's largest island Vvardenfell, and their chapels are all closely associated with the Imperial Legion. Facilities of the cult can be found at the following locations:


Healing altar[]

The healing altar in Ebonheart

Main article: Healing Altar

All the Cult Shrines have an altar at which the Nerevarine can pray for healing. Non-members must pay 25 drakes for the privilege, while members below the rank of Initiate must pay 10 drakes; there is no fee for higher-ranked members. Once any fee is paid, the Nerevarine is given the choice of curing a disease, curing blight, curing poison or restoring attributes.


Lalatia Varian


  • The Imperial Cult is most likely named after the real life mystery cult in Ancient Rome, dedicated to the worship of "Divus Augustus," Emperor Augustus in deified form, just as Tamriel's Imperial Cult worships Talos, a deified emperor, as one of their gods.