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"Dawn is breaking. Greet the new day."
―Mythic Dawn greeting[src]

The Order of the Mythic Dawn was a Daedric cult that followed the teachings of Mehrunes Dagon. They were responsible for the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his three sons, as well as orchestrating the Oblivion Crisis during the Third Era. The leader and possible founder of the Mythic Dawn was Mankar Camoran, whom they called "The Master."[1]

History

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Mankar Camoran created his own realm of Oblivion, and called it "Paradise".

It is unknown exactly when the Order of the Mythic Dawn was founded. Mankar Camoran's birth in all likelihood occurred around 3E 266 and 3E 267,[2][3] and with no record of leaders before Camoran we must assume the Mythic Dawn began during his lifetime.

Mankar was given the Mysterium Xarxes by Mehrunes Dagon, which allowed him to create Paradise.[4] It is unclear whether Mankar traveled to Oblivion to receive the Mysterium Xarxes, or whether Dagon gave it to him while on Tamriel. Following this event, Mankar founded the order, locating its shrine in the Lake Arrius Caverns in northeastern Cyrodiil.

Mankar then made the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes, also known as the Mythic Dawn Commentaries, which have directions to the shrine hidden within its pages.[5] Over time the cult gathered members, growing to the extent that by 3E 433 they could assassinate Uriel Septim VII and his sons.[6]

In the ensuing Oblivion Crisis, the cult stole the Amulet of Kings but was ultimately thwarted by the Champion of Cyrodiil.[5] After the event, some militant groups emerged with the aim of eradicating the cult completely.[7] They succeded in destroying the group itself,[5] but some of the members are likely to have surivived to live on, with one such descendent living in Dawnstar in Skyrim in 4E 201, but ultimately being killed while attempting to find the pieces of Mehrune's Razor.[8]

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Theology

The Mythic Dawn worshiped Mehrunes Dagon, and held some reverence for the Magna Ge,[9] with organisational characteristics similar to that of a mystery cult (see Trivia below). The group's holy text is technically the Mysterium Xarxes, but Mankar's Commentaries are considered to be a vital part of members' journey of understanding.[10]

Although the cult can be considered to worship a single Daedra Prince, the Commentaries refer to "Lord Dagon" and "Mehrunes the Razor" as distinct entities.[11][9] The Commentaries further state that the Magna Ge created Mehrunes the Razor in "the bowels of Lyg", a place Mehrunes then broke and transcended.[9] The group believes that its members should likewise achieve a form of transcendence, which the books repeated refer to as "Nu-Mantia" and "Liberty".[11][9] The Magna Ge are revered because they helped shape Mehrunes, and Paradise is referred in a similar light, as a place to go to be transformed into something else,[9] which prefigures the return of Nirn to the state of the Dawn Era (see Prophecy below).[12] While the state of CHIM is mentioned, it is discussed alongside a range of things that Mankar disapproves of, and so may not be a goal for members of the cult.[12]

The Mythic Dawn made devil-figures out of the Aedra, who are referred to as "oath-breakers" and betrayers of Lorkhan.[12] In addition to this, any figures who attempt to create a "false dawn", or a Dragon Break, are demonised.[11] As a result, the Mnemoli, who only appear during Dragon Breaks, are also considered bad figures.[12]

Status of Tamriel

Mankar Camoran claims that Lorkhan was in fact a Daedra, and Tamriel his Daedric realm.[13] Furthermore, Camoran states that Lorkhan was betrayed by his servants, the Aedra, who overthrew him,and that Dagon is trying to do no more than reclaim his birthright in invading Tamriel.[13] This is to be achieved by bringing abou a second Dawn Era, and merging Nirn and Oblivion once more.[13]

Prophecy

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An Oblivion Gate pours Daedra into Tamriel

To allow Dagon to reclaim Tamriel, the cult believes that a time will come where Tamriel and Oblivion will become one realm again, as it was in the Dawn Era. [13] This will begin with the Oblivion Crisis, which the Commentaries refer to as the "Time of Gates",[9] where Dagon would again walk on Tamriel.[13] This is also referred to as the Time of Cleansing.[13]

This is likely less a true prophecy and more a statement of intent about Mankar's eventual plans for the assassination of the Septim dynasty and to bring Mehrunes Dagon to Tamriel.

Initiation Ritual

The cult does not proseltyze, but but expects members to find their own path to the cult, through messages hidden in the Commentaries.[11] That searching is part of the path to the Cult in itself. Once the cult is found, a sentiet being must be sacrificed to sate Dagon's thirst for 'red-drink', which completes the initiation into the cult.[14]

Known members

The following Mythic Dawn Agents will become active after the Dagon Shrine quest and will attempt to attack on sight (caused by the theft of the Mysterium Xarxes):

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