"Arkay says: Honor the earth, its creatures, and the spirits, living and dead. Guard and tend the bounties of the mortal world, and do not profane the spirits of the dead." -Book
Sphere: Death (seasons)
Symbols: Cycles, Spheres
Arkay is the god of burials, funeral rites, and the seasons. He is part of the Eight, now Nine Divines and son of Akatosh. He is sometimes called the ‘Mortals God’ since he did not exist before Lorkhan created Mundus (universe and planet Nirn where TES takes place). Those who follow his teachings are staunch opponents of necromancy and all forms of the undead. He created the Sword of the Crusader for Pelinal Whitestrake to help him defeat Umaril the Unfeathered. Two different stories exist as to how he came into being:
The first says he was a shopkeeper with a passion for knowledge and one day found a book written in a strange language which he spent years attempting to decipher and slowly ignored everything and everyone around him until he realized the book explained life and death itself but by that time death was at his door. He prayed to Mara and asked for more time to interpret the book and was given the choice to die now or to become a god eternally charged with keeping the balance of life and death in the universe.
The second says he was one of the first spirits to "crystallize" after Akatosh threw himself into Mundus and the start of time began.
Xarxes is the god of secret knowledge and ancestry, and the Elven version of Arkay. He began as a scribe to Auri-El, and keeps track of all Aldmeri accomplishments, whether they be large or small, since the beginning of time. Xarxes created his wife, Oghma, from his favorite moments in history. He is the author of the Oghma Infinium, a book containing the knowledge of the ages as revealed by Mora.
Orkey, also known as the Old Knocker, is the Nordic god of mortality whose worship began during the Aldmeri rule over Atmora. He is considered an enemy god to the Nords and often tries to ruin them. According to Nordic belief, Atmorans used to live as long as Elves did until Orkey tricked them into a bargain that limited an Atmoran's life span to a count of winters. During the reign of Ysmir Wulfharth in Skyrim, Orkey summoned the ghost of Alduin the World-Eater to eat the years that Nords had to live. The lifespan of the Nords was eventually cut down to only six years, at this point Wulfharth pleaded to Shor to save his people.