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Z'en, God of Toil[edit]

Z'en is the Bosmeri God of Toil, agriculture, and payment in kind. Although he is the god of agriculture, he is rumoured to have a larger realm of influence than just crops and cattle. Studies indicates his mythology originates from both Akaviri and Argonian cultures, with the Xanmeer Priesthoods revering Z'en, who honored him by wearing feathered caps. Z'en was supposedly the chief deity of the Kothringi, and scholars speculate that it was introduced into Valenwood by Kothringi sailors. In the Altmeri folklore he is called Xen, and is an aspect of the Aurbis like the other Aedra. Z'en is often compared to the Imperial god of commerce Zenithar, with Zenithar considered the more refined of the two.

His shrines once spanned the whole of the Valenwood before the Knahaten Flu decimated his faithful, believed to be the work of Argonian Shadowscales infiltrating his worshipers and spreading the disease. The last of his dedicated followers were a clan of Bosmer in the Bloodtoil Valley, who had long been at odds with the Wood Orc Drublog Clan, who revered Mauloch. A war soon broke out amongst them in 2E 582 with casualties on both sides, and Z'en, growing impatient the world, sent his emissary to deal with his follower Mathragor, a Bosmer who threatened to unleash a curse upon the Drublog. The Soulless One may have persuaded him to not unleash the curse, but it is unknown what course of action he took. Today there are no known worshippers of Z'en, as most of his followers having been wiped out by the Knahaten Flu.

By the end of the Third Era the use of Z'en (or Zen) as a short name for Zenithar had developed around the Iliac Bay, where the Resolution of Z'en temples worshipped Zenithar.

Zeht, Yokudan God of Farms[edit]

Yokudan god of agriculture. Renounced his father after the world was created, which is why Tall Papa makes it so hard to grow food.[1]

Zenithar, God of Work and Commerce, Trader God[edit]

Zenithar

Zenithar, the God of Work and Commerce, the Provider of our Ease, is one of the Divines. The Trader God is frequently seen as the same deity as the Bosmeri god Z'en. In the Empire, however, Zenithar is considered a more cultivated god of merchants and middle nobility, being the deity of wealth, labor, commerce and communication. He has strong ties to Cyrodiil and High Rock. The introduction of the worship of Zenithar was largely tolerated in Hammerfell due to his similarities to a Yokudan agricultural deity. His worshippers say that, despite his mysterious origins, Zenithar is the god 'that will always win'. His priests teach that the path to peace and prosperity is through earnest work and honest profit, not through war, bloodshed, or theft. Zenithar is seen as a warrior god, but one who is restrained and reserved in times of peace.

He is thought to be associated with Kynareth, as well as a large blue star sometimes seen in the skies of Tamriel. It's also said that he is most in touch with the mortal world, and that he created the Mace of the Crusader for Pelinal Whitestrake to help him defeat Umaril the Unfeathered. The Nerevarine purportedly received his gauntlets, Zenithar's Warning and Zenithar's Wiles. A blacksmith's anvil is his symbol, representing labor and production. Temples devoted to him are sometimes called Resolutions. Worship of Zenithar is typically more prevalent in some geographic areas, such as Leyawiin, Totambu, and Kambria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College