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 his counterpart, most commonly called Padomay, 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; he predates the creation of both groups and played a part in their creation with his younger "brother" Padomay. In The Annotated Anuad, it is stated that, when Anu and Padomay came into being, they both engaged in combat over Nir, who was "created from their interplay" and birthed the Twelve Worlds of Creation. Anu and Padomay fought over Nir, who died in the process. Anu then created Nirn out of the remainder of the Twelve Worlds.
According to this account, the Et'Ada were created when Anu and Padomay's blood was spilled. Their mixed blood supposedly gave birth to the Aedra, while Anu's blood became the Magna Ge and Padomay's blood would end up giving birth to the Daedra. However, the authenticity of this clash is still debatable.
According to the Aldmeri, after the clash between Anu and Padomay, Anu birthed his own soul so that he could understand himself and self-reflect. This reborn soul was known as Anui-El and, in turn, became the soul of all things. However, 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, the Aurbis, was turbulent and chaotic. In order to stabilize the Aurbis and further his self-reflection, Anui-El birthed his own soul in the same way as 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 thus 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 or reflect similar character traits are often referred to as "Anuic".
- The story of Anu and Padomay creating Aurbis mirrors the story of Anu and Tahamet creating the universe in the Diablo franchise.
- Gods with an Anuic basis include almost all Aedra and most gods associated with the creation of the world. In some ways, Jyggalag can also be considered Anuic.