Lore:Heart of Lorkhan

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The Heart as depicted in Morrowind
"But when Trinimac and Auriel tried to destroy the Heart of Lorkhan it laughed at them. It said, 'This Heart is the heart of the world, for one was made to satisfy the other." So Auriel fastened the thing to an arrow and let it fly long into the sea, where no aspect of the new world may ever find it.'" — The Monomyth
"Beneath Red Mountain, Dwemer miners discovered a great magical stone. By diverse methods, Lord Kagrenac, High Priest and Magecrafter of the ancient Dwemer, determined that this magical stone was the heart of the god Lorkhan, cast here in the Dawn Era as a punishment for his mischief in creating the mortal world. " — Kagrenac's Tools

The Heart of Lorkhan was the Stone of Red Tower[OOG 1], also known as Red Mountain. The Star-Wounded East gained its name when the heart crashed meteor-like into the Vvardenfell region[1] in ancient times. The Dwemer Tonal Architect Lord Kagrenac constructed Kagrenac's Tools to harness the powers of the heart in order for it to serve as the Stone of an artificial Tower- Anumidum.[OOG 1] Commonly known as Numidium, the walker was the key to the Dwemeri bid for ascension, be it godhood, immortality, or something greater.

The Heart of Lorkhan resided in the Heart Chamber of the Dwarven Citadel and was tapped in the apotheosis of the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur. Thereafter it was visited annually by the Tribunal in order to renew their powers.[2]

A reawakened Dagoth Ur again tried to harness its powers to construct a walking god, Akulakhan.[2] His plans were thwarted by the Nerevarine in 3E 427. The Nerevarine used the artifacts Sunder and Keening to destroy the Heart of Lorkhan, removing it from Tamriel.

However, following the destruction of the Heart, a Mechanical Heart was created by Sotha Sil from which his Clockwork City would draw power.[3] It is unknown what happened to the Mechanical Heart, but some stories claim it was destroyed while others claim it powered the City long after Sotha Sil's demise.[4]

Mankar Camoran alleged that Lorkhan was actually a Daedric Lord and viewed Nirn not as a world behind the veil of Oblivion, but another realm of Oblivion among the others. This would, of course, mean that Akatosh's covenant with St. Alessia was less a magnanimous blessing, and more a way for him to consolidate control over a realm which wasn't rightly his. While this theory is not beyond the realm of possibility, it is generally considered to be nothing more than an aspect of Camoran's lunacy.


  1. ^ The Lunar LorkhanFal Droon
  2. ^ a b Dagoth Ur's PlansTribunal Temple
  3. ^ The Mechanical Heart card in Legends
  4. ^ Return to Clockwork City story in Legends

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.

  1. ^ a b Nu-Mantia Intercept