The Alessian Order was a once popular monotheistic religion, but by the time of the Second Era only remnants of its faith remain. It started in the coastal jungles of what is now the Colovian West, where a prophet named Marukh, who had spoken to St. Alessia began to question the validity of Elven rule. These sentiments led to an abstract and unknowable depiction of a single god. The Alessians were wise enough to realize that they had to incorporate the ancient polytheistic elements into their new religion for it to find a wide acceptance. The divine aspects worshipped by the various humans and Aldmeri were recognizable in the guise of the myriad saints and spirits of the evolving Alessian canon. It wasn't long before the Order was the authority on every religion in Tamriel. Nearly a third of the First Era passed under their theocratic rule. When its priesthood became too widespread to support itself, the Order began to fight among itself. Eventually, too much money and land had been lost. The War of Righteousness broke out and the Order collapsed.