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"Orkey tests all mortals, He likes to start all quarrels. A snake no one can flee, None may fool wary Orkey."
—- The Song of The Gods

Orkey, also known as Old Knocker and the Death God is a loan-god of the Nords, who seem to have taken up his worship during Aldmeri rule of Atmora. He combines aspects of Malacath and Arkay.[1] He is represented by a snake and is a Testing God.


According to Imperial scholars, the Nords believe they once lived as long as Elves until Orkey appeared; through heathen trickery, he fooled them into a bargain that "bound them to the count of winters", and the Nordic lifespan was reduced to six years due to Orkey's foul magic. Through unknown means, Shor showed up and removed the curse, throwing most of it onto the nearby Orcs.[1]

Nordic legend goes into greater detail with the story of Orkey and clarifies some of the details. Their stories claim that Orkey had long plagued them, and had stolen their years away while they were still in Atmora in the Merethic Era. During the reign of High King Wulfharth in the First Era, Orkey summoned Alduin, and nearly every Nord was "eaten down" to six years old by the Time-Eater. King Wulfharth, who had become a boy, pleaded to Shor for help. Shor's own ghost then fought Alduin on the spirit plane, as he did at the beginning of time, and he won, and Orkey's folk, the Orcs, were ruined. It was by watching this battle in the sky that Wulfharth learned how to use the thu'um to save his people. His effort, while successful, cost him his life.[2]


Priests of Orkey are known to look after Halls of the Dead and ensure that corpses are properly consecrated and cared for.[3]



  • There is a cave on Bleakrock Isle named Orkey's Hollow.
  • In Sedulus' "Theory of Arkayn Convergence", they proposed that the Arkay originated as a fusion of aspects of the Elven deity Xarxes with those of the primal Atmoran death-god Orkey.[4]
  • One of the Five Hundred Companions known as Kjhelt was a member of the Cult of Orkey.[UOL 1]


  1. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The NordsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  2. ^ Five Songs of King Wulfharth
  3. ^ Hall of the Dead loading screen text in ESO
  4. ^ Tu'whacca, Arkay, XarxesLady Cinnabar of Taneth

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ The Five Hundred Mighty Companions or Thereabouts of Ysgramor the Returned