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 was believed to have originated in the Summerset Isles, and their headquarters was located on Artaeum . They were said to have developed Mysticism long before there was a name for it.
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.
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.
In 4E 201, 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."
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.
Philosophy, Beliefs and PracticesEdit
The Psijic Order was a very powerful magic-using group that possessed immense amounts of knowledge and power. The Psijic Order was notable for developing Mysticism long before there was a name for it. For the Psijic Order, the Old Ways, or the Elder Way, was their term for Mysticism; however, the term becomes mixed in "semantic quagmire" because the Old Ways was also referred to the Psijic Orders' religion, philosophy and beliefs, which may or may not be related to Mysticism. The Old Way, or the Elder Way, was a philosophy of meditation and study that could bind the forces of nature to an individual's will. It differed from magicka in terms of their origins, but the effects were the same.
The Psijic Order was notable for developing the Cloven Duality. The Order was notable for developing the Psijic Compensation, which was an attempt to explain the basics of Aldmeri religion to Uriel V. Two notable rites the Psijic Order practiced was Vigyld, on the 1st of Second Seed, and Moawita on the 2nd of Hearth Fire.
The Psijic Order outlawed the use and practice of Conjuration within the order. They believed that Conjuration was dangerous, but more that it ridiculed the ancestor spirits and the very concept of religion. It was their belief in the holy and unholy ancestor spirits that made Conjuration heretical to them. There were rumors that persisted that members of the Psijic Order possessed a power known as "The Calling," which was a silent and magickal telepathic ability.
Inductions into the Psijic OrderEdit
The Psijic Order chose its members through a complex, ritualized method not well understood by outsiders. 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.
There are very few known members of the Psijic Order since its foundation:
- Iachesis - Rite Master of the Psijic Order as early as 1E 2920, as Sotha Sil is recorded as having met with him. 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. 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.
- Celarus - Lore Master of the Psijic Order who was believed to be the successor to Iachesis.
- Sargenius - Allowed the author of Fragment: On Artaeum, Taurce il-Anselma, permission to enter the Isle of Artaeum for the book.
- Quaranir - Appears to the Dragonborn several times throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Nerien - Appears to the Dragonborn several times throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Gelebros - Appears momentarily to remove the The Eye of Magnus from the College of Winterhold alongside Tandil in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Tandil - Appears momentarily to remove the Eye of Magnus from the College of Winterhold alongside Gelebros in the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- Mannimarco - A student.
- Vanus Galerion (Trechtus) - A student.
- Sotha Sil (Tribunal) - One of the living gods of Morrowind back in the First Era
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall  (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind  (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion   (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Fragment: On Artaeum
- The Old Ways
- Galerion the Mystic
- Bravil: Daughter of the Niben
- Origin of the Mages Guild
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Summerset Isles
- Feyfolken, Book I
- The Wolf Queen, Book IV
- 2920, vol 04 - Rain's Hand
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Summerset Isles
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Fragment: On Artaeum
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bravil: Daughter of the Niben
- ↑ The Infernal City
- ↑ Dialogue with Savos Aren
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Old Ways
- ↑ 2920, vol 04 - Rain's Hand
- ↑ Mysticism: The Unfathomable Voyage
- ↑ The Lunar Lorkhan
- ↑ The Monomyth
- ↑ The Black Arts on Trial
- ↑ The Doors of Oblivion
- ↑ Origin of the Mages Guild - Archmage Salarth
- ↑ 2920, vol 04 - Rain's Hand
- ↑ Origin of the Mages Guild
- ↑ The Wolf Queen, Book IV
- ↑ Galerion the Mystic
- ↑ Events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind