the divine nine

The Nine Divines

Excerpt from The Ten Commandments of the Nine Divines found in TES: Oblivion.

“Yet Akatosh, in His wisdom, knowing how impatient is man, and how loathe he is to travel upon the hard roads of truth, has allowed these ten simple commands to be made manifest with powerful clarity and concise definition.

1. Stendarr says: Be kind and generous to the people of Tamriel. Protect the weak, heal the sick, and give to the needy.

2. Arkay says: Honor the earth, its creatures, and the spirits, living and dead. Guard and tend the bounties of the mortal world, and do not profane the spirits of the dead.

3. Mara says: Live soberly and peacefully. Honor your parents, and preserve the peace and security of home and family.

4. Zenithar says: Work hard, and you will be rewarded. Spend wisely, and you will be comfortable. Never steal, or you will be punished.

5. Talos says: Be strong for war. Be bold against enemies and evil, and defend the people of Tamriel.

6. Kynareth says: Use Nature’s gifts wisely. Respect her power, and fear her fury.

7. Dibella says: Open your heart to the noble secrets of art and love. Treasure the gifts of friendship. Seek joy and inspiration in the mysteries of love.

8. Julianos says: Know the truth. Observe the law. When in doubt, seek wisdom from the wise.

9. Akatosh says: Serve and obey your Emperor. Study the Covenants. Worship the Nine, do your duty, and heed the commands of the saints and priests.

10. The Nine say: Above all else, be good to one another.”

Hail the Nine Divines!

Remember that Mara loves you and wants you to be happy.

Remember that Dibella sees the beauty in you even if you don’t.

Remember that Akatosh knows how vitality important you are.

Remember that Zenithar sees your hard work and appreciates it even if others don’t.

Remember that Arkay will protect you in this life and the next.

Remember that Juliannos loves how much you know about what you are passionate about even if some one else doesn’t think it’s important.

Remember that Stendarr forgives that stupid mistake you made and moved on from.

Remember that Kynareth is all around you and Her voice is the wind.

Remember that Talos believes you can do great things.

1. Stendarr says: Be kind and generous to the people of Tamriel. Protect the weak, heal the sick, and give to the needy.
2. Arkay says: Honor the earth, its creatures, and the spirits, living and dead. Guard and tend the bounties of the mortal world, and do not profane the spirits of the dead.
3. Mara says: Live soberly and peacefully. Honor your parents, and preserve the peace and security of home and family.
4. Zenithar says: Work hard, and you will be rewarded. Spend wisely, and you will be comfortable. Never steal, or you will be punished.
5. Kynareth says: Use Nature’s gifts wisely. Respect her power, and fear her fury.
6. Dibella says: Open your heart to the noble secrets of art and love. Treasure the gifts of friendship. Seek joy and inspiration in the mysteries of love.
7. Julianos says: Know the truth. Observe the law. When in doubt, seek wisdom from the wise.
8. Akatosh says: Serve and obey your Emperor. Study the Covenants. Worship the Eight, do your duty, and heed the commands of the saints and priests.
9. The Eight say: Above all else, be good to one another.
—  Excerpt from “Nine Commands of the Eight Divines,” ESO
The Nine Divines and their gifts to you

Akatosh provides you with time. He asks that you spend it wisely.

Arkay provides you with a safe journey to the afterlife. He asks that you do not be afraid when your time comes.

Dibella provides you with beauty. She asks that you appreciate it and not look at it with lust or jealousy.

Julianos provides you with your intellect. He asks that you not let it go to waste.

Kynareth provides you with plants and animals. She asks that you protect them as friends and not just use them as mere tools.

Mara provides you with love. She asks that you use it properly towards all living things.

Stendarr provides you with empathy. He asks that you use it to be just and merciful.

Talos provides you with power. He asks that you do not abuse it, but use it to lift others up.

Zenithar provides you with material goods. He asks that you use them and not think that your possessions are better than others.

Everyone loves Dibella, but not as much as Dibella loves herself.

She’s not particularly mean, but being both the most popular divine and goddess of beauty and lust, I imagine Dibella to be self absorbed and very much the diva of the pantheon.

Also, on top of all the other churches and cults that worship her on Mundus, she totally has a daedric fan club headed by Sanguine (of course).

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Here is dunmerized versions of Nine Divines. I’ve think about small dunmeri society, which living near border Cyrodiil, but confess Nine Divines since Merethic Era. Nearest analogs from the Earth history can be medieval Alavits (who worship Sun and Moon instead of Allah), early Lithuanian Cristians (de-facto pagans) or Morons (cristianised jews from early Spain Kingdom). This Small House / Dunmer Tribe officially confess Tribunal, but secretly, in their houses and ancestral tombs, pray to Mara, Jooln, Zuntyr and other Aedra.Instead of Talos/Tiber Septim or Shor of Nedi, and Auriel or Yiffre of Meri, 9D-dunmeri, like their ancient ancestors, worship to Lorkhan-Scarab, Framer-Creator of Nirn.