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A kalpa is an epoch of time consisting of the birth, life, and death of a world.[1] For example, the Dawn Era and its chaos is said to have been the end of a previous kalpa, and the beginning of another.[UOL 1] These segments of time are sometimes subject to interruptions called Dragon Breaks.


  • The Nords believe that the current kalpa is a byproduct of its predecessor's destruction at the hands of Alduin the World-Eater, and that this world shall also be destroyed to create a new one. Redguards and Argonians also believe in a cyclical world that is, or at least was, periodically consumed by Satakal and Atakota respectively.[2][3] The Redguards believe that if they do not honor their ancestors, it will bring about a new "Ending Time", worse again than those before.[4]
  • There are also mentions of a Khajiiti "Next Pounce", most notably by the spirit of Nala-do who is allegedly waiting for it, though it is not entirely clear if this concept is related to the kalpas.[5]
  • It is said that the "half-Elf" Umaril's divine father hailed from the previous kalpa.[6]
  • The Reachmen believe that at the "end of all days", Hircine will fight alongside them,[7] and the Dark Heart will beat again, reawakened by feeding on the deaths of mortals, and its darkness will spread from its depths to consume everything, sparing only Namira's faithful.[8]


  1. ^ Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim
  2. ^ Varieties of Faith in TamrielBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  3. ^ Children of the RootSolis Aduro
  4. ^ Plea for Open EyesThe Unveiled Azadiyeh
  5. ^ Events of Cadwell the Betrayer in ESO: Elsweyr
  6. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 7
  7. ^ High Shaman Glynroch's dialogue in ESO
  8. ^ Arana's dialogue in ESO

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.

  1. ^ World-Eating 101
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