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Associated religion

Nine Divines


Imperial Cult

Type of deity
  • God of War
  • God of Governance
  • Hero-God of Man
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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.


Tiber Septim conquered all of Tamriel and began the Third Era, as well as 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 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 has also been referred to as Ysmir by the Nords. Generally, Ysmir is a title given to Shezarrines.
  • 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 mortal 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.


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