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"Change is inevitable. Indeed, it is sacred."
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The Psijic Order is an ancient, magic-wielding order based on the island of Artaeum. From it, the Mages Guild would later begin and develop in 2E 230, started by Vanus Galerion. The Psijic Order is believed to have originated in the Summerset Isles, and their headquarters is located on Artaeum[1] [2]. They are said to have developed Mysticism long before there was a name for it[3].

HistoryEdit

Foundation and Origins of the OrderEdit

When the Altmer began to settle more permanently on the Summerset Isles from their ancient home of Aldmeris, their culture began to change. They no longer worshipped the ancestor spirits, but several of those spirits such as Auriel, Trinimac, Syrabane, and Phynaster became gods that the Altmer worshipped instead. Many elders, who called themselves the Psijics, rebelled against this trend, as they were the keepers of the Old Ways. They used their mystical powers to settle in Artaeum, away from the "corruption of their society". They frequently returned to the Summerset Isles to offer advice and guidance, however.[1]

First EraEdit

Around the end of the First Era, at around the time of the founding of the Mages Guild, Artaeum mysteriously disappeared, only to reappear 500 years later. The people who lived on Artaeum, including the members of the Psijic Order who were thought to have died when Artaeum vanished, also reappeared as well. The members of the Order refused to reveal where Artaeum had been during its time away.[4]

Fourth EraEdit

In 4E 101, about 100 years before the Civil War takes place in Skyrim, the Psijic Order disappeared yet again.[5]

During the questline for the College of Winterhold, Nerien, a member from the order informs the Dragonborn that there are dangers ahead, and the Psijic Order has faith that they will resolve them. Tolfdir informs the Dragonborn that the Order disappeared over a hundred years prior, and that it is a great compliment to be contacted by one of the Order, as they "have only ever dealt with those they felt worthy." Despite being deemed 'worthy,' the Order is not a joinable faction.

After defeating Ancano, the Dragonborn becomes Arch-Mage of the college, replacing the deceased Savos Aren. The Psijic Order removes the Eye of Magnus from the Hall of the Elements, promising to safeguard it from those who would abuse its power. Quaranir subsequently reveals that the installation of the Dragonborn as Arch-Mage had been the Order's intent from the start.

Notable MembersEdit

There are very few known members of the Psijic Order since its foundation:

  1. Iachesis - Rite Master of the Psijic Order as early as 1E 2920, as Sotha Sil is recorded as having met with him.[6] In 2E 230, Iachesis met with Vanus Galerion, a student of his, and Rilis XII, the King of Firsthold, to propose the formation of a new guild, called the Mages Guild.[7] Iachesis is known to be have been the Rite Master of the Psijic Order as late as 3E 110, when he met with Queen Potema and her son Uriel Septim III in Solitude prior to the War of the Isle, when the Psijic Order helped the Altmer in Summerset Isle defeat the Maormer of Pyandonea.[8]
  2. Celarus - Lore Master of the Psijic Order who was believed to be the successor to Iachesis.[9]
  3. Sargenius - Allowed the author of Fragment: On Artaeum, Taurce il-Anselma, permission to enter the Isle of Artaeum for the book.[2]
  4. Quaranir - Appears to the Dragonborn several times throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  5. Nerien - Appears to the Dragonborn several times throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.[2]
  6. Gelebros - Appears momentarily to remove the The Eye of Magnus from the College of Winterhold alongside Tandil in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  7. Tandil - Appears momentarily to remove the Eye of Magnus from the College of Winterhold alongside Gelebros in the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  8. Mannimarco - A student.
  9. Vanus Galerion (Trechtus) - A student.[10]
  10. Sotha Sil (Tribunal) - One of the living gods of Morrowind back in the First Era[11]

StructureEdit

PositionsEdit

  • Ritemaster
  • Loremaster[9]
  • Chief Proctor[12]

Inductions into the Psijic OrderEdit

The Pocket Guide to the Empire: Third Edition notes how in roughly 1,000 years up to the year 3E 430, only seventeen new members were added to the order. This fits with the history of the order, which is heavily steeped in tradition. However, from 3E 430 until the time of publication, two years later, in 3E 432, they suddenly accepted over thirty new members.[1]

AppearancesEdit

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