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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 Nirn-bound 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. The Imperials simply call it Heaven. These locations are not necessarily exclusive to those particular races, but may depend on an individual's beliefs, choices during their lifetime and the manner of their death, including the possibility of servitude to the Daedra in Oblivion.. For instance, in 2E 582 King Emeric of Wayrest 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.
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.[UOL 1][UOL 2] The Mantellan Crux is a self-contained plane that for a time was the resting place of the Mantella after it was blasted into Aetherius by Zurin Arctus.
- The Light and the Dark — Irek Unterge
- Magic from the Sky — Irlav Jarol
- Mysticism — Tetronius Lor
- The Monomyth
- The Talos Mistake — Leonora Venatus
- 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
- Artorius Ponticus Answers Your Questions — Bishop Artorius Ponticus
- The Abbot Crassius Viria Answers Your Questions — Abbot Crassius Viria
- The Doors of Oblivion — Seif-ij Hidja
- Tamrielic Lore — Yagrum Bagarn
- Events of Elder Scrolls Online
- 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 from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.