The War of Manifest Metaphors was a war that took place during the Dawn Era and culminated at the start of the Merethic Era . It involved the unmaking of Lorkhan . The war, fought between the Aedra and Lorkhan , is unable to be expressedly defined, as the war itself rendered those stories unable to support most qualities of what is commonly known as "narrative." . It is known that sometime during the war, the Heart of Lorkhan was separated from his body, which was later used to turn the Tribunal into gods.