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Z'en, God of Toil[edit]

Z'en is the Bosmeri God of Toil, vengeance, agriculture, and payment in kind. Although he is the god of agriculture, he is rumoured to have a larger realm of influence than just crops and cattle. Studies indicates his mythology originates from both Akaviri and Argonian cultures. Some Bosmer would wear a special cap in honour Z'en, to show their devotion to fulfilling a desire for vengeance, even to the point of renouncing love while the cap was worn. Sometimes the cap was seemingly worn only as a joke. Z'en was supposedly the chief deity of the Kothringi, and scholars speculate that it was introduced into Valenwood by Kothringi sailors. In the Altmeri folklore he is called Xen, and is an aspect of the Aurbis like the other Aedra. Z'en is often compared to the Imperial god of commerce Zenithar, with Zenithar considered the more refined of the two.

His shrines once spanned the whole of the Valenwood before the Knahaten Flu decimated his faithful, believed to be the work of Argonian Shadowscales infiltrating his worshippers and spreading the disease. The last of his dedicated followers were a clan of Bosmer in the Bloodtoil Valley, who had long been at odds with the Wood Orc Drublog Clan, who revered Mauloch. A war soon broke out amongst them in 2E 582 with casualties on both sides, and Z'en, growing impatient the world, sent his emissary to deal with his follower Mathragor, a Bosmer who threatened to unleash a curse upon the Drublog. The Vestige may have persuaded him to not unleash the curse, but it is unknown what course of action he took. The Stags of Z'en were a Bosmeri force who exacted punishment upon the wicked in the name of the Green. They revered Z'en as the god of toil and vengeance. Circa 2E 582, the Stags were sent by Elden Root to face the dragon Maarselok in the Tenmar Valley, but they were infected with Azureblight and had to be rescued by the Undaunted.

Today there are no known worshippers of Z'en, as most of his followers having been wiped out by the Knahaten Flu. By the end of the Third Era the use of Z'en (or Zen) as a short name for Zenithar had developed around the Iliac Bay, where the Resolution of Z'en temples worshipped Zenithar.

Zeht, Yokudan God of Farms[edit]

Yokudan god of agriculture. Renounced his father after the world was created, which is why Tall Papa makes it so hard to grow food.[1] He is the father of Zeqqi. He forsakes the land of Hew's Bane, preventing most food from growing there.[2]

Zenithar, God of Work and Commerce, Trader God[edit]

Zenithar

Zenithar, the God of Work and Commerce, the Provider of our Ease, is one of the Divines. The Trader God is frequently seen as the same deity as the Bosmeri god Z'en. In the Empire, however, Zenithar is considered a more cultivated god of merchants and middle nobility, being the deity of wealth, labor, commerce and communication. He has strong ties to Cyrodiil and High Rock. The introduction of the worship of Zenithar was largely tolerated in Hammerfell due to his similarities to a Yokudan agricultural deity. His worshippers say that, despite his mysterious origins, Zenithar is the god 'that will always win'. His priests teach that the path to peace and prosperity is through earnest work and honest profit, not through war, bloodshed, or theft. Zenithar is seen as a warrior god, but one who is restrained and reserved in times of peace.

He is thought to be associated with Kynareth, as well as a large blue star sometimes seen in the skies of Tamriel. It's also said that he is most in touch with the mortal world, and that he created the Mace of the Crusader for Pelinal Whitestrake to help him defeat Umaril the Unfeathered. The Nerevarine purportedly received his gauntlets, Zenithar's Warning and Zenithar's Wiles. A blacksmith's anvil is his symbol, representing labor and production. Temples devoted to him are sometimes called Resolutions. Worship of Zenithar is typically more prevalent in some geographic areas, such as Leyawiin, Totambu, and Kambria. One form of an offering to Zenithar is to burn crops at a shrine of him to offer thanks for prosperity. The Daggerfall Merchant's Guild was known to award small golden anvils in Zenithar's name to upstanding members.

According to stories out of Morrowind, Zenithar appeared to the Nerevarine during their service to the Imperial Cult. He appeared as a Redguard named Jon Hawker, and after he had been freed, he gave the hero some artifacts named after him. The Mace from the Crusader's Relics was created by him.

Zeqqi, the Madonna of Tears[edit]

Possible statute of Zeqqi

Zeqqi, known as the Madonna of Tears, is a water goddess and the daughter of Zeht. As her father forsakes Hew's Bane, the water goddess takes pity on the lost souls who call Abah's Landing their home. It is theorized that the "Lady in the Cistern" statue depicts her, recognizing the sacrifices she makes to sustain the people of the city, hidden from the gaze of her disapproving father.[2]

Zisa[edit]

Zisa symbolizes the water in Tsaesci culture. She is said to own a "graceful wand".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  2. ^ a b Lady in the Cistern: Walks-Softly's TheoryWalks-Softly
  3. ^ Tale of the Elements — Nalae-Polek, Poet Laureate to Potentate Versidue-Shaie