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Religious information
Associated religion

Nine Divines


Imperial Cult

Type of deity
  • God of War
  • God of Governance
  • Hero-God of Man
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Physical form


Chronological and political information
Era(s) of worship

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


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

Known as Heir to the Seat of Sundered Kings, Ysmir, the Dragon of the North, and Dragonborn, he is also invoked as 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.


Talos Shrine
The Shrine of Talos in Skyrim.
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  • 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.


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Talos

  • Has Talos given up on the Empire?

    21 messages
    • Dark Jeto wrote:What strikes me as odd, is that as Tiber Septim he was destined to unite all of Tamriel under the Empire. So what then could h...
    • Harold Burned-Mane wrote: Dark Jeto wrote: I think it was more than that. I think the Empire was necessary to give stability and peace t...
  • Who really deserves the more praise Akatosh or Talos?

    85 messages
    • The Divines didn't uplift Talos. He mantled on his own, as I understand it. Also, probably Akatosh. Not that Talos isn't a Divine -- he is -- ...
    • Kestrellius wrote: The Divines didn't uplift Talos. He mantled on his own, as I understand it. Also, probably Akatosh. Not that Talos isn'...
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