There are many theories on how he created Nirn; ranging from the other Aedra agreeing to willfully help, to Lorkhan tricking them into it. However, it is universally acknowledged that the Aedra gave their energy and power for it, and that the majority gave up on the project after realizing the cost, and that those who did not, became the Eight Divines, or the Earth Bones. In the The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Mankar Camoran proclaims that Nirn is possibly an extension of the realm of Oblivion.
Two moons, Secunda and Masser, orbit Nirn. Metaphorically, they represent Lorkhan's sundered halves. Masser, Nirn's larger moon), revolves around Nirn. It can be spotted that in Oblivion, Secunda, Nirn's smaller moon, revolves around Masser. Thus, some opinions say[source?] that Masser is actually a planet, but since it is revolving around a planet, it could simply be a bi-revolving moon system.
Axial tilt and climate
It is never stated, but can be assumed, that Nirn's axial tilt is negligible, since days and nights remain more or less the same length throughout the year, even in the northern part of Skyrim. There also appears to be minimal variation in climate from month to month.The northern regions, similar to planet Earth, are iced. The land of Atmora, far to the north of Skyrim is said to be primarily frozen plain. Skyrim, and by some extension, Bruma, are typically snowy, especially farther north, towards Winterhold and mages college there. Towards the center of the planet lies Elsweyr and Black Marsh, relatively tropical and warm locations.
Snow and rain are common forms of precipitation on Nirn. Certain areas within the mountainous tundras of Skyrim experience rare celestial weather called "Aurora". The colorful striations mirror Aurora Borealis found on Earth.
The notably large continent on the planet is called Tamriel, which is where all of the Elder Scrolls games take place. With another similarly large continent to the east named Akavir, the landmasses are separated by the Padomaic Ocean, a massive saltwater body of water. In-land water bodies are fresh, low in sodium, and are drinkable.
To the North of Tamriel is the cold, barren land called Atmora, which is where the Nords of Tamriel hailed from. To the west of Tamriel lies Yokuda, which was the former homeland of the Redguards of Tamriel. To the southwest of Tamriel lies Pyandonea.
Tamriel is geographically interesting as it has mountains, tundras, cold deserts, hot deserts, swampy regions, grassland, tropical rainforests and an arguably large volcano. The diversity of biomes is unique as the hot desert is bordered by cold mountains to the north.
Not much is known about Yokuda since it was nearly obliterated in a cataclysmic event, but it seems to have a dull, rocky, hilly, desert landscape. It is known to be the original home to the Redguards of Hammerfell .
Atmora is a barren and freezing wasteland. It is this extreme cold that caused the water of the Sea of Ghosts that borders Tamriel and Atmora to become icy. This frozen land is also where the Nords of Skyrim are originally from, although not many trips back are made.
Next to nothing is known about the geography of Akavir. The only thing known about Akavir is that it is the original home of dragons. The Blades, former dragon hunters, turned to serve Reman Cyrodiil in their search for a Dragonborn. These Blades were originally from Akavir, and their culture, although dying, persists in the fashion their instigated.
Pyandonea is the island-continent located to the far southwest of Tamriel and home to the elusive Maormer. The island consists of dense rain forests which provide shelter for the southern water spirits.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lunar Lorkhan
- ↑ Spirit of Nirn
- ↑ The Monomyth
- ↑ Varieties of Faith in the Empire
- ↑ The Annotated Anuad
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Atmora
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Skyrim
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim