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The Eye of Magnus.
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Magnus, also known as the god of magic, is an et'Ada, one of the Original Spirits.

Creation of MundusEdit

During the Dawn Era, he, along with several other et'Ada, were convinced by Lorkhan to create the mortal plane, Mundus. Magnus was said to have been the architect of Mundus, as he created the schematics and diagrams needed to construct it.[1][2][3]

As Mundus was forming, it became evident that many of the et'Ada would be required to sacrifice much of their power in order for the mortal plane to be created. He realized his mistake and decided to terminate the project. The et'Ada convened at the Adamantine Tower at an event known as the Convention and decided to punish Lorkhan for his trickery.[3][OOG 1]

Soon after, Magnus fled to Aurbis in the last of Mundus' birth-pains. In his departure, he tore a hole into Aetherius, which became Nirn's sun, itself known as Magnus.[2][3][1][4] Soon after many other et'Ada followed him, they became known as the Magna Ge and left smaller holes in the sky, which became the stars.[OOG 2] What is left of him on the world is felt and controlled by mortals as magic.[1]


In the eras that followed, many Altmer and Bosmer worshipped him as a god, and he became a part of their respective pantheons.[2] The Ayleids, masters of the arcane arts, worshipped him as the god of Sight, Light, and Insight and were known to dedicate temples in his name.[5] The Khajiit worship him as Magrus.

Cyrodiilic legends say he can inhabit the bodies of powerful mages, and lend them his power. He is also associated with Zurin Arctus, the Underking and is sometimes represented by an astrolabe, a telescope, or, more commonly, a staff.[2]


The Staff of Magnus, as it appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
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He supposedly created and used the Staff of Magnus, one of the elder artifacts of Tamriel. Legend tells that it's the only artifact capable of containing his immense power.[6] In time, the Staff will abandon the mage who wields it before he becomes too powerful and upsets the mystical balance it is sworn to protect.[7]

Another artifact attributed to him is the Eye of Magnus, an ancient relic of immense power that was found buried under the Nordic city of Saarthal in the Merethic Era.[8][9]

In Cyrodiil there is a magical stone of unknown origin, located southeast of Bravil. It is known as the Magnus Stone by the populace and is said to grant a powerful blessing that bolsters the magical abilities of certain individuals.[10][11]


Note: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Nu-Mantia Intercept, Letter #4
  2. Cosmology

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  • Magnus and Azura

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    • if you look at an elder scrolls concept of the universe, you see that Oblivion is in-between Aetherius and Mundus. I think Azura's sphere...
    • Really if you think aboput it Lady Azura is the reason any of us exist right now, because she maintains balance.
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