Lore:House of Dibella

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Dibella
House of Dibella
"At the House of Dibella, we seek truth through beauty and the worship of the embodiment of beauty, the Goddess Dibella. Dibella smiles on those who give generously to our House. She grants charm and grace to donors. In proportion to their generosity, of course. We are always interested in new initiates to the House of Dibella, though only those possessing skills in the promotion of harmony. To be honest, very few qualify." — A Follower of Dibella in Daggerfall

The House of Dibella is the temple dedicated to Dibella the Blessed Lady, Goddess of Beauty and Love. They are generally the place of worship for Dibella. The priests and priestesses within are epicureans and orgiasts who aspire for the beauty of the form and mind. Their establishments are known to teach healing.[1] The Order of the Lily is the House of Dibella's militant arm, and the Benevolence of Mara is considered their allies. The House of Dibella is considered enemies of the Akatosh Chantry, the Order of Arkay, and the cult of Sanguine.[2] Members of the house are known as Dibellites.[3]

Further Information[edit]

The House of Dibella has existed for thousands of years, roughly as far back as 1E 221. One of their everlasting missions is to preserve great works of art. And their scouts are spread across Tamriel attempting to keep this tradition. To this day, the House of Dibella has developed a detailed network of archaeologists, couriers, and dealers who are paid well in this pursuit.[4] Alabaster Dibella Statuettes depicting her emerging from her bath were produced at the House of Dibella in Anvil.[5] The House of Dibella is known to keep three to four milk-white cats known as the Milady's Cloud Cat in their temples. They are considered sacred to Dibella, as they are seen as her representation in the animal kingdom.[6] An alternate type of temple is called a Dibellaseum, a consecrated love-nest.[3]

Typically, the leader of the house is the Patriarch/Matriarch,[7] but in the Chapel of Dibella in Anvil, it is overseen by the Primate. That is because the parishes of Cyrodiil form together as the Church, the main body of religion in the province. Each of the primates comes together as the Council of the Nine and represent their respective divine.[8] Each chapter of the temple revolves around the Sibyl[9] (also spelled as Sybil),[10] the spiritual leader of the House of Dibella, who directly preach the will and prophecy of Dibella. The process where a new Sibyl is chosen is called the Exalted Protocol of the Dibellan Sybil.[10] It is said that Dibella herself will choose her Sibyl and create a divine revelation to a congregation, so they may retrieve them.[11]

The House of Dibella has chapters all over Tamriel. It was present in every region across the Iliac Bay but the house was the main religious force in three nations; Koegria, Menevia, and Tigonus.[2] In Cyrodiil, they are based in Anvil, the province's only port on the Abecean Sea.[12] In Skyrim, the House of Dibella occupies the temple in Markarth[13] but it is unknown when it was established since it was previously the Shrine of the Hunt-Father under Reach-occupied Markarth in the Interregnum.[14] In Black Marsh, the house runs a Dibellaseum on Gideon's main street, in a region of Blackwood where Dibella worship is historically prevalent.[15]

Sibyls occasionally use silver finger cymbals assembled with Dibellan symbols in their rituals.[16]

Known Sibyls[edit]

Known Primates[edit]

  • The Third Era

Order of the Lily[edit]

The Order of the Lily (or the Lily Order) is the militant arm of the House of Dibella, known to enforce the divine's will and protect the temple with their lives. They are said to be consumed with the propagation of beauty, giving them the willpower to protect themselves sufficiently.[19]

Gallery[edit]

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information on the House, see the Daggerfall article.
  • For game-specific information on the Knightly Order, see the Daggerfall article.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  2. ^ a b House of Dibella faction in Daggerfall
  3. ^ a b Faric Gemain's dialogue in ESO: Blackwood
  4. ^ Desired Artwork quest in Daggerfall
  5. ^ Alabaster Dibella Statuette description
  6. ^ The Elder Scrolls Online – Crown Store Showcase (Pet)
  7. ^ Ranks in the House of Dibella in Daggerfall
  8. ^ Chana Mona's dialogue in Oblivion
  9. ^ a b c Augustine Viliane Answers Your Questions — Sybil
  10. ^ a b c d The Heart of Dibella quest in Skyrim
  11. ^ Artorius Ponticus Answers Your QuestionsBishop Artorius Ponticus
  12. ^ Chapel of Dibella in Oblivion
  13. ^ Temple of Dibella in Skyrim
  14. ^ Markarth in ESO: Markarth)
  15. ^ Traveler's Guide to GideonAstinia Isauricus; Published 22 Frost Fall, 2E 570
  16. ^ Dibellan Sibyl Finger Cymbals item description in ESO
  17. ^ Dibella's Mysteries and RevelationsSibyl Augustine Viliane
  18. ^ Dumania Jirich in Oblivion
  19. ^ Order of the Lily faction in Daggerfall