Anu, also known as Anu the Everything, is one of the two primordial deities associated with the creation of Aurbis. Anu is an equal and opposite force to Padomay, his counterpart, and is often considered to exist within all things and personifies order, stasis, and light. According to some, most notably those who worship Padomaic beings, Anu was nothing but a static force incapable of consciousness, personality, intent or will, being depicted as immutable static light that does not change.
Anu is neither an Aedra nor a Daedra. In fact, according to ancient texts, Anu predates the creation of both groups and played a part in their creation with his younger 'brother' Padomay. Some stories of Anu and Padomay state that when the two forces came into being they both engaged in combat creating a conflict that eventually led to the creation of the et'Ada when their ethereal blood spilled in combat. Their mixed blood supposedly gave birth to the Aedra, while Padomay's blood would end up giving birth to the Daedra.
According to the Aldmeri, after the clash between Anu and Padomay, which may or may not have actually happened, Anu birthed his own soul so that he could understand himself and self-reflect. This reborn soul of his was known as Anui-El and in turn became the soul of all things. But as Anu created Anui-El, Padomay birthed his soul, Sithis,[OOG 1] who represented all the limitations of Anui-El. Anui-El then noticed that the world created in their conflict, 'Aurbis', was turbulent and chaotic. In order to stabilize Aurbis and further his self-reflection, Anui-El birthed his own soul like Anu before him. Anui-El's soul was known as Auri-El and began a new force known as time. Time allowed the realm of Aurbis to realize its natures and limitations and in turn the Et'Ada born from the blood finally began to take forms and names. As a response to this action, Sithis birthed his own soul, Lorkhan, to destroy the universe he hated.
- Anu is the name of a Gaelic goddess of creation, and shares a name with the Sumerian god of the sky.
- In Old Norse, the word Anu is attested to mean "ancestor" or "forefather".
- The deities that are on the side of Anu are also referred to as 'Anuic'.
- Gods with an Anuic basis include almost all Aedra and most gods associated with the creation of the world. Jyggalag can also be considered Anuic in some ways.