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Talos
Religious information
Associated religion

Nine Divines

Pantheon

Imperial Cult

Type of deity
  • God of War
  • God of Governance
  • Hero-God of Man
Artifacts
Physical description
Gender

Male

Physical form

Wulf

Chronological and political information
Era(s) of worship
Affiliation

Talos, known as Tiber Septim, Ysmir, Dragonborn, and heir to the Seat of Sundered Kings, was, and arguably still is, the greatest hero-god of Mankind. Talos is worshipped as the protector and patron of just rulership and civil society.

BackgroundEdit

Tiber Septim conquered all of Tamriel and began the Third Era, as well the Third Empire, renowned to be the Septim Dynasty. Prior to his death he is believed to have ascended to godhood as the God of Man and War. Less prominent sects, such as the Talos Cult, were inspired by his apotheosis.

Talos, Ysmir, or Dragon of the North (a name given by the Greybeards of High Hrothgar to accompany his birth as Dragonborn) is a patron of questing heroes. He is referred to as the One in the phrase "The Eight and the One", as there were originally only Eight Divines before Tiber Septim ascended to godhood.

In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Tiber Septim makes an appearance as his avatar "Wulf".

Fourth EraEdit

During the Fourth Era, a war broke out between the Aldmeri Dominion and the Mede Empire, and this war came to be called the Great War which forced all races to take at least some part in it. The war concluded with the signing of the White-Gold Concordat. Two provisions in the treaty had serious impacts on what remained of the Empire, but one of the terms banned the worship of Talos. This allowed the Aldmeri Dominion (whose agents within Skyrim are known as Thalmor) to stamp out Talos worship and worshippers throughout the Empire. The banning of Talos worship soon produced the Stormcloak Rebellion in Skyrim, where the effects of the ban were most felt. If the Stormcloaks manage to win the Civil War, Talos worship will be returned to Skyrim and a shrine to him will be added in the Temple of the Divines in Solitude.

TriviaEdit

Talos Shrine

The Shrine of Talos in Skyrim.

  • Tiber Septim is also not to be found in Sovngarde, alongside the other Nord heroes, during the Skyrim quest Sovngarde. This may further imply the claim that he became a god.
  • The deification of Tiber Septim, the first emperor of Tamriel, as Talos could be a reference to the deification of Caesar Augustus, first emperor of Rome as Divus Augustus.
  • The name Talos is of Cretan origin, and means "sun". In ancient Greek mythology, Talos was the name of the legendary living bronze statue on Crete built to guard the island at the command of Zeus (who was worshipped as Zeus Tallaios in Crete). In addition, Talos is similar to another Greek figure, Heracles, as he too was a mortal who ascended to divinity.
  • Talos is also the name of a deity in Forgotten Realms, a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Talos

  • Why only Talos?

    21 messages
    • I agree that he's probably not gone. I do think that perhaps the Eating was delayed though. This is, after all, the kalpa where Lorkhan's p...
    • -AR- wrote: Sothas wrote: Meh, there's no evidence that the Thalmor are trying to undo the Towers. The Thalmor wish to return to the Dawn and...
  • Is the Dragonborn an avatar/incarnation of Talos?

    23 messages
    • 112.198.77.19 wrote:I don't think so, because the prophecy said that the LDB is the one beats Alduin. If the LDB is the reincarnation of Talos,...
    • I've always been of the opinion that the LDB was not an incarnation of Talos, but rather was mantling him (well, mantling Hjalti and Wulfhart...

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