The One, the Supreme Spirit Akatosh
The Alessian Order can trace its origins to the prophet Marukh, who preached of a Single God and questioned the legitimacy of Elven rule. This depiction of a Single God became increasingly abstract and unknowable, as the Alessians realised they had to incorporate existing ancient polytheistic elements into their new religion for it to find a wide acceptance. This eventually led to the Order declaring itself the authority on every religion in Tamriel, leading to a massive growth in power and influence.
The Order's concept of the One was rooted in the belief that the God of Time Akatosh is of unitary essence, as proven by the monolinearity of Time. Furthermore, they believed that his sibling Shezarr is "singularly misplaced" and therefore doubly venerated. Their hatred of all things Elven was such that they could not accept that their Supreme Spirit Akatosh was also the Elven High God Auriel.
The Order therefore believed that their purpose upon Mundus was to "reverse the error of Sanctus Primus" and "restore Ak-at-Osh to humanadic purity" by exorcizing the Elven elements of Auriel (the "Aldmeri Taint") from Akatosh. A group known as the Maruhkati Selectives were chosen to perform the ritual dance to carry this out. However, their dance instread resuled in a Dragon Break known as the Middle Dawn, a period of non-linear time said to have spanned one thousand and eight years.
When the War of Righteousness broke out in 1E 2321, the Alessian Order's great monastic complex at Lake Canulus was razed, destroying most of their records. The Order collapsed within ten years, ending their theocratic rule. However, veneration of the One continued. The Temple of the One in the Imperial City remained standing, housing the Dragonfires and acting as a temple to the Eight Divines and later Nine Divines. Tiber Septim revived the ancient Temple of the One cult when he became Emperor, and expected his subjects to join it.
Notable warrior god of the Yokudan Ra Gada, Onsi taught Mankind how to pull their knives into swords. He is mentioned several times in The Book of Circles by Frandar Hunding, who wrote that those forging a sword should recite the "Oblation of Onsi" upon completion. A tale of King Fahara'jad's youth claimed that Onsi personally saved him from a vengeful hagraven.
Orkey, Old Knocker
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. 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.
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.
Orkha is a demon in the Khajiiti religion. It is said to have followed Boethra back from her exile through the Many Paths. Orkha spoke solely in curses of affliction, and was banished by Lorkhaj, Khenarthi, and Boethra, but would not die.
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- The All-Beneficent King Fahara'jad
- Varieties of Faith: The Nords — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Five Songs of King Wulfharth
- The Adversarial Spirits — Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- The Wandering Spirits — Amun-dro, the Silent Priest