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"The All-Maker is the maker of all things, and it is from the All-Maker that life flows like a great river."
Storn Crag-Strider[src]

The All-Maker is the deity that is venerated by the Skaal on the island of Solstheim. Unlike the pantheons of other cultures across Tamriel, the All-Maker is the sole deity in their faith, giving the faith a unique monotheistic quality.


Fate of the Skaal

For the Skaal, the All-Maker is the source of all life and creation. When a creature dies, its spirit returns to the All-Maker, who shapes it into something new and returns it to Mundus. The concept of death as an ending to life is unknown to the Skaal. Rather, death is seen as simply the beginning of the next stage of an endless journey.[1]

The Skaal believe in a metaphysical being called the Adversary who is always watching, and that he delights in tormenting the All-Maker and his chosen people. The Greedy Man is considered to be the avatar of the Adversary, a mortal who becomes possessed by the Adversary. He will steal away the gifts of the Skaal unless they can go on a pilgrimage to return the gifts.[2]

Effects of All-Maker worshipEdit

Great respect for life is evident in one of the most important Skaal beliefs, a concept the villagers call "one-ness with the land". The Skaal try to live in harmony with their surroundings, making as small an impact on their environment as possible. When the Skaal hunt, it is only out of necessity, and not for sport. Because they hold all life in great reverence, the Skaal people will resort to violence only if it is their last option.[1]


The Ristaag, a ritual hunt the Skaal perform in times of great need, is done to please the All-Maker, to show him gratitude for the gifts he has given the Skaal.[3]

The All-Maker Stones are sacred to the All-Maker, and are believed by the Skaal to be the All-Maker's point of contact to the stone's respective area. There are six of them: the Tree Stone, representing nature, the Sun Stone, representing the sun, the Water Stone, representing water, the Earth Stone, representing earth, the Wind Stone, representing the sky, and the Beast Stone, representing the animals of the wild.

The blessings of the stones have been stolen from the Skaal before by a being named the Greedy Man. When this happens, a Skaal must go on a pilgrimage to reclaim the different blessings.[2]


  • It is mentioned by Storn Crag-Strider that the Nords of Skyrim once believed in the All-Maker, but switched to polytheism after interaction with the denizens and culture of the Imperials of Cyrodiil. This rumor is likely incorrect though, as the Nords of Skyrim had their own religion, the Nordic/Atmoran pantheon. The gods of the pantheon do have animal avatars, however, most of which seem to have some respect in the Skaal culture, possibly suggesting that the All-Maker may simply be an offspring religion from the pantheon or vice-versa.



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