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Aetherius, the Immortal Plane, is thought to be the origin of all magic and arcane arts. The stars and the sun are thought to be holes into Aetherius left by spirits (notably Magnus) who long ago became dissatisfied with Mundus. It is a common belief that the soul of a dead person, assuming they are not earthbound for some reason, goes to Aetherius, to continue on as a spirit.
Aetherius, much like Oblivion, consists of a multitude of realms which serve different purposes, except they are all "of everlasting imperfection". For Nords, their chosen place in Aetherius is Sovngarde, the Hall of Valor. The Redguards have a different place in Aetherius, called the Far Shores, as do the Khajiit, a realm known as the Sands Behind the Stars. These locations are not necessarily exclusive to those particular races, but may depend on an individual's beliefs and the manner of their death. For instance, High King Emeric was (temporarily) killed in the Chamber of Passage in the Hall of Heroes; his soul was drawn through a nearby passage to the Far Shores, despite his being a Breton.
Some souls do not stay in Aetherius, but enter the so-called Dreamsleeve to be recycled.[OOG 1] Others become servants to the Daedra in Oblivion. Aetherius is thought by many to be the home of the Aedric spirits, though very little is actually known as travel to Aetherius is extremely rare. The Magna Ge, or "Star Orphans", who fled Mundus before Convention and created the stars, reside here.[OOG 2][OOG 3] The Mantellan Crux is a self-contained part of Mundus that was blasted into Aetherius by Zurin Arctus, who used it as a hiding place for the Mantella.
- The Light and the Dark — Irek Unterge
- Magic from the Sky — Irlav Jarol
- Mysticism: The Unfathomable Voyage — Tetronius Lor
- The Monomyth
- The Talos Mistake — Leonora Venatus, Imperial Liaison to the Aldmeri Dominion
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Arena Supermundus: The Tapestry of Heaven — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Sovngarde, a Reexamination — Bereditte Jastal
- Trail and Tide — Moon Bishop Hunal
- Events of Elder Scrolls Online
- Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes — Mankar Camoran
- The Infernal City — Greg Keyes
- The Doors of Oblivion — Seif-ij Hidja
- Tamrielic Lore — Yagrum Bagarn
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
Note: the following references are not found in-game. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Loveletter From the Fifth Era, The True Purpose of Tamriel
- Vehk's Book of Hours, concerning the Dragon Break
- Cosmology, The Imperial Library