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The Elder Scrolls: Cosmology by okiir The Elder Scrolls: Cosmology by okiir
My take on the cosmology of the Elder Scrolls universe. The map includes Aetherius (realm of the gods), Mundus (the mortal realm), and Oblivion (realms of the Daedra).

The map does NOT include all the Daedric planes, only the Deadlands, Apocrypha, Soul Cairn, the Shivering Isles, Quagmire, and Coldharbour.


Map of Nirn:
Elder Scrolls: World Map of Nirn by okiir 










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:iconinfinityfractals:
infinityfractals Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
so cool
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infinityfractals Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018
cool
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Starweird03 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
This definitely puts the Elder Scrolls series into a more sci-fi vibe, with some astrological mysticism sprinkled in
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JhudielTheOne Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Student Artist
I Hope Elder Scrolls Will Set On Futuristic Setting With Guns
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S1LVERXD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
so basically fallout but we already have that LOL
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trwyoon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
I feel like I should point out that you probably should have included Mannimarco/The Revenant in orbit around Arkay, but that's my main beef with it.
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Thrax-play Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Nice :D

Quagmire Giggity IconVaermina 
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analothor2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017
its a very interesting concept, though i always imagined each plain of oblivion occupied the same space but in a different dimension 
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Z3phyr0s Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sheogorath be like : "BAH WHAT A BOOOOOORRRIIING SHAPE! HASKILL! MAKE MINE FLAT FLOATING CHUNK OF DIRT ON THE SPACE"
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jympagel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
Isn't Aetherius seperate from Padomay and Anu?  I thought they were in the Void.  I probably just don't know things though.
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AssassinsXCove Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
You are a freaking genius.
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
very awesome!
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digitaku Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
good map
but where is the void btw?
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RainbowFreddy115 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Uninhabited part of oblivion? Idk
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:iconnickkartha:
NickKartha Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry, but is this Norse? Where is Jotunheim and Asgaard?
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:iconcrysomandiaz:
Crysomandiaz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's from a computer game.
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:iconnickkartha:
NickKartha Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ok. That explains a lot. Is this game particularly enjoyable?
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:iconcrysomandiaz:
Crysomandiaz Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I never played it, but its pretty much globally praised. So yes, if you like open world RPG you would probably love it.
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NickKartha Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, i'll maybe try it out one day.
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SantiagoCollSanchez Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
Heh heh, Quagmire.
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rebecca-crane899 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
...giggity
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:iconbigwhitehound:
bigwhitehound Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
OMG!!! I finally found a good map of the ELDER SCROLLS.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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sunshineandbirds Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
omg I was looking for exactly something like this!! Those explanations on all of the websites were not really helpful tbh. 
So thank you for this!! It looks amazing La la la la 
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BWS2K Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Very rad. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconveprem:
Veprem Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Now we need more info on the other 11 Daedric realms to finish the map.
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Salvage-98 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Where does Sithis reside?
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sithis is just another name for Padomay, and it isn't so much an actual entity or deity as it is a force of nature.
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
awesome
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Trolmaster Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
no wonder it has so many faves.
it is so much in detail that even nonElderScroll fans will get invested
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SentinelMA Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2016
(I am trying to explain SCIENTIFICALLY the cosmology in TES lore, you have been warned) 

We have explained the universe using Gods and Myths during thousands of years until the Greek civilization began thinking about Geometry, arithmetic and philosophy, later the Romans and much much later, the enlightenment and the 20th century technological revolution, proving that in just a century, Humanity gathered much more power than it did in millennia.
So, why am I telling this... simple...
Anu and Padomay created the universe according to TES lore.
In our universe the 4 natural forces created the universe along with a "virtual" 5th (Gravity, Electromagnetism, Weak Electro nuclear force, Strong Electro nuclear Force and the 5th being Entropy)

Taking into account that probably the men and mer in Nirn didn´t have the technological capability to discover the 2nd, 3rd and 4th forces (subatomic interactions) they could only manage to be aware of gravity (by obvious reasons) and Entropy, being described as the contrary of order or just as chaos. 

But what is entropy? 

In Thermodynamics, entropy (usual symbol S) is a measure of the number of microscopic configurations Ω that correspond to a thermodynamic system in a state specified by certain macroscopic variables. Specifically, assuming that each of the microscopic configurations is equally probable, the entropy of the system is the natural logarithm of that number of configurations, multiplied by the Boltzmann constant kB (which provides consistency with the original thermodynamic concept of entropy discussed below, and gives entropy the dimension of energy divided by temperature. Formally,


For example, gas in a container with known volume, pressure, and temperature could have an enormous number of possible configurations of the individual gas molecules, and which configuration the gas is actually in may be regarded as random. Hence, entropy can be understood as a measure of molecular disorder within a macroscopic system.
(Source: Wikipedia) 

Of course the men and mer did not know about the Boltzmann constant or the definition of molecule but they did develop a concept where Aetherius was a place of pure magic. This magic produces different kinds of energy; fire (heat produced by combustion), Ice (the local entropy decreases therefore reducing the pressure and temperature) and lightning (ionization energy) which means it is energy itself. Where does it come from? From the Empty Space Quantum Fluctuations. 
In quantum physics, a quantum fluctuation (or quantum vacuum fluctuation or vacuum fluctuation) is the temporary change in the amount of energy in a point in space, as explained in Heisenberg's  uncertainty principle .
Aetherius does not exist as a place, but as a physical process, and that could explain the reason of why mages obtain fire without using any kind of fuel and even an oxidant. 
The sudden creation of energy generates a decrease in the entropy therefore creating fire, and vice versa when generating ice. 

About Oblivion realms described as "infinite" could be extrasolar planets with rare forms of sentient life that can travel through space and time (known as Daedra) although it is not infinite, the estimated amount of planets in the universe is around 5 quintillion and only a 0.0004% of them has chances to harbor life.

COMPARISON NIRN vs EARTH vs MARS
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COMPARISON NIRN and SATELLITES vs EARTH and MOON 
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Interesting.

But how do you explain the Thu'um scientifically?
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
:jawdrop:
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Dreamer-In-Shadows Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the Shivering Isles is basically a giant pod-like planet, almost like it`s not a planet and instead being a giant spaceship :D
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F-Lambda Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
It's like the Discworld of the Elder Scrolls universe, minus the elephants and turtle.
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Dreamer-In-Shadows Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's more like a chunk of a planet, I think. You can see the jagged earth on the bottom where it was torn away.
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Dreamer-In-Shadows Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I see. Thanks for telling ... no matter if this thing spawns a lot of new questions and speculation then, like how did the "host planet" of it looked like and such.
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I would think the host planet is(or was) likely Jyggalags's realm. Maybe what's left of it? Would explain why he throws Daedric napalm on the Isles every time he gets loose...
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Dreamer-In-Shadows Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most likely if you ask me ... and for a planet, it was probably really directed towards order as well except this little bit that survived~
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Most likely. Personally, I'm torn between Xerxan's idea of the Borg cube, or a giant spherical cluster of his Order spires.
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Dreamer-In-Shadows Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boy, would I wish to see than now~ definitely something to differentiate himself from other worlds of Oblivion, that`s for sure. :XD:
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LadyRoseofFlames Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
He does like to be the center of attention, doesn't he? To be honest, I like Sheogorath more than Jyggalag. He reminds me of a quote from Heath Ledger's Joker: "I'm like a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it. I just... do things."
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phoenixjklin Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting... I cannot see where the Shivering Isles are located though. Anyone know?
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okiir Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maddening, is it not? :P
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phoenixjklin Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, did you just...
I'M DOING THE FISHSTICK
IT'S A VERY DELICATE STATE OF MIND
cheeese-plz 
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ArchMikem Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Good Lords in Aetherius...
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goku2287 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
*hugs the picture*
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Xerxan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder what Jyggalag's plane would look like? In this planet interpretation model
Like... a gigantic borg cube with geometric spires al over it? Hated how he go no mention at all in Skyrim. No love for the Daedric Prince of OCD and cleanliness
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TheToNyX Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sheogoraths current realm used to be jyggalags but it was destroyed, what remained was a broken and shattered realm. The isles is just what was left, a split realm that was as contradictory to itself as it was consistent.
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lshack Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
I feel like everything is I'm symmetry and everybody is the same. Isn't he the other half of Sheogorath and we saw his plane of madness well part of his plane.
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