- "The Eye of Magnus is always upon us, in the spells and enchantments that devout Mages conjure." — Excerpt from the Lesson of the Divine Body
Magnus, also known as the God of magic, the Sun God, and the Sorceror-King, was a prominent et'Ada, one of the Original Spirits. During the Dawn Era, Lorkhan persuaded Magnus and several other et'Ada to help create the mortal plane, Mundus. Magnus was said to have been the architect of Mundus, as he created the schematics and diagrams needed to construct it.
As Mundus began to form, it became evident that many of the et'Ada would be required to sacrifice much of their power in order to form the mortal plane. As their aspects began to die off, many of the et'Ada vanished completely. Magnus decided to terminate the project. He fled to Aetherius in the last of Mundus' birth-pains, and his departure tore a hole which became Nirn's sun, itself known as Magnus.
The et'Ada who chose to stay became the Ehlnofey. Many other et'Ada, who became known as the Magna Ge, followed Magnus, tearing smaller holes in the sky, which became the stars.[UOL 1] Though it is sometimes believed that the stars are actually fragments of Magnus himself. After Magnus' departure, the et'Ada convened at the Adamantine Tower at an event known as Convention and decided to punish Lorkhan for his trickery.[UOL 2]
Legacy and Worship
In the eras that followed, many Altmer and Bretons venerated Magnus as a god and he became a part of their respective pantheons. The Ayleids, masters of the arcane arts, worshiped him as the god of Sight, Light, and Insight and were known to dedicate temples in his name.
The Khajiit worship Magrus, where he is commonly known as the Cat's Eye or the Third Eye of Azurah. An ancient belief that predate the religious reforms of the Riddle'thar Epiphany tells a story that when Magrus fled from Boethra and Lorkhaj, he could only see out of one eye and fell into the Moonshadow. There Azurah judged him as too full of fear to rule a sphere, and she tore out his other eye. Magrus left to the heavens blinded, but Azurah made of his eye a stone to reflect the Varliance Gate, which is known as the Aether Prism. However, some Khajiiti sorcerers hold that Magrus left the eye willingly as an offering to Azurah and her children, and these magi still utter prayers to his name.
Cyrodiilic legends say Magnus can inhabit the bodies of powerful mages and lend them his power. He is also associated with Zurin Arctus, the Underking and is sometimes represented by an astrolabe, a telescope, or, more commonly, a staff. He was rumored to have had dealings with the Blades, going as far to entrust them with a map to his staff. The New Life Festival, which takes place across Tamriel, was originally in celebration of Magnus.
He supposedly created and used the Staff of Magnus, one of the elder artifacts of Tamriel. Legend tells that it's the only artifact capable of containing his immense power. In time, the staff will abandon the mage who wields it before he or she becomes too powerful and upsets the mystical balance it is sworn to protect. Another artifact attributed to him is the Eye of Magnus, an ancient relic of immense power that was found buried under the Nordic city of Saarthal in the Merethic Era and later rediscovered in 4E 201.
In Cyrodiil, a magical stone, supposedly associated with a long-forgotten cult, can be found southeast of Bravil. Known as the Magnus Stone by the populace, it is said to grant a powerful blessing that bolsters the magical abilities of certain individuals.
- The Redguards of Abibon-Gora celebrate and worship the sun on the 1st of Midyear, also known as Drigh R'Zimb, which is considered the hottest time of the year in the region. To them, the sun is known as Daibethe.
- Uurkar of Auri-El's dialogue
- Artifact Dialogue — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Monomyth
- Varieties of Faith in the Empire — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Before the Ages of Man — Aicantar of
- 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 33 — Vivec
- Exegesis of Merid-Nunda — Phrastus of Elinhir
- Nhalan's dialogue in ESO
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Glories and Laments — Alexandre Hetrard
- The Sky Spirits — Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- Staff of Magnus on The Imperial Library
- Breda's dialogue in ESO
- The 36 Lessons of Vivec — Vivec
- Mirabelle Ervine's dialogue in Skyrim.
- Tamrielic Lore — Yagrum Bagarn
- Night of Tears — Dranor Seleth
- Events of Skyrim
- New 'Doomstones' Series!
- Events of Oblivion
- Drigh R'Zimb description in Daggerfall
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.