For the human that became Talos, see Tiber Septim.
"Talos says: Be strong for war. Be bold against enemies and evil, and defend the people of Tamriel."
Ten Commands: Nine Divines

Talos, also known as Tiber Septim, Ysmir, Dragonborn, and the heir to the Seat of Sundered Kings[1], is the most important hero-god of Mankind.[2][1]

Much of his life as the mortal Tiber Septim is shrouded in legend and hearsay, but one feat is undisputed: he became the first person to successfully unite all of the nations of Tamriel under a single Empire.[1][2] Talos is worshipped as the protector and patron of just rulership and civil society,[1] and his Nordic aspect of Ysmir is also seen as the patron of questing heroes.[3]


Tiber Septim conquered all of Tamriel and founded the Third Empire and the Septim Dynasty that would rule it for centuries, marking the beginning of the Third Era.[2] Upon his death he is believed to have ascended to godhood[4][5] as the Hero-God of Mankind.[1] The Talos Cult has since then been included in the Eight Divines of the Imperial Cult,[6] and is largely followed by members in the Imperial Legion.[7] One theory presumes Talos absorbed the essences of most Dragons when he became a deity, resulting in Dragons becoming nearly extinct in the Third Era.[8]

Talos is also referred to as the "One" in the "Eight and One". Some followers of the original Divines follow the old ways of honoring the Eight, while also giving due to Talos, the "One" who ascended.[9] The Nordic aspect of Talos, known as Ysmir, is included in the Nordic Pantheon. After Tiber Septim withstood the Voices of the Greybeards to learn one of their prophecies, many Nords could not look upon the Dragonborn without seeing a Dragon.[1] Another aspect of Tiber Septim is known as Wulf, who appeared on Vvardenfell in 3E 427.[10] Wulf, at the time, was suspicious regarding the state of rulership in the Third Empire. He was stated both the Empire and the Emperor were old, and was uncertain how much longer the Emperor would hang on. He was suggesting a change in rulership needed to take place, and feared it could get messy.[11] This change would eventually take place with the rise of Titus Mede I.[12]

Fourth EraEdit

During the Fourth Era, a war broke out between the Aldmeri Dominion and the Third Empire, and this war came to be called the Great War. 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.[13] Following the Markarth Incident, the Emperor was forced to permit the Thalmor entry into Skyrim,[14] as the treaty terms had been broken due to the Empire's open acceptation of free Talos worship.[15] The Thalmor Justiciars within Skyrim were tasked with stamping out Talos worship within the land,[16] as they were treaty enforcers.[17] Due to the Talos ban being enforced, a civil war would break out within the province.[18][19] Within the city of Solitude, the shrine of Talos was removed due to the Concordat,[20] and within Whiterun, Riften and Windhelm, the priests of Talos supported Ulfric.[21][22] Many Nords within the land still revere Talos.[2] If the Stormcloaks win the civil war, Talos worship will be permitted within the province again.[23]

An Imperial Liason to the Aldmeri Dominion wrote a book in which Talos worship was outlawed due to sincere beliefs.[5] However, as a Liason, their job is to keep relations between the Empire and Dominion intact. Contrary to the claim in the book that the Empire and Thalmor want centuries of peace, it is contradicted by both members of the Legion[24][25] and the Thalmor.[16][26]


  • How Tiber Septim became the god Talos is a matter of debate. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, much of the conflict between native Nords (particularly the Stormcloaks) and the Aldmeri Dominion comes from the Dominion's claim that a man could not become a Divine, and thus Talos is not a god and should not be worshipped.
  • 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.
    • The Talos of Forgotten Realms is also known as The Storm Lord. The name Talos Stormcrown may be referential to this title.


See alsoEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Varieties of Faith in the Empire
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Loading Screen in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. "Tiber Septim" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  4. "latest rumors" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Talos Mistake
  6. "Morrowind History" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  7. "Talos Cult" dialogue topic in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  8. There Be Dragons
  9. Dialogue with The Prophet
  10. Events of "A Lucky Coin"
  11. Dialogue with Wulf
  12. Rising Threat, Vol. IV
  13. The Great War
  14. Dialogue with Alvor
  15. Dialogue with Igmund
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dialogue with Ondolemar during "Diplomatic Immunity"
  17. Conversations between Thalmor Soldiers
  18. Nords Arise!
  19. Dialogue with Jora
  20. Dialogue with Freir
  21. Dialogue with Heimskr
  22. Dialogue with Nura Snow-Shod
  23. Aftermath of "Siege of Solitude"
  24. Dialogue with Imperial Legates
  25. Dialogue with General Tullius following the "Battle for Windhelm"
  26. Thalmor Dossier: Ulfric Stormcloak
  27. 27.0 27.1 Generic dialogue with Imperial Cult members
  28. Ten Commands: Nine Divines
  29. Dialogue with The Prophet
  30. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named NordsArise

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