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.
Zenithar appeared to the Nerevarine during their service to the Imperial Cult, 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.
Mace of the Crusader
The Mace of the Crusader (also known as the Mace of Zenithar) was created by Zenithar. Those it strikes are burnt by holy flames, and it has the ability to turn the undead. According to legend, when Pelinal Whitestrake was slain, a messenger carried the mace to the settlement of Leyawiin. Centuries later, the master craftsman Saint Kaladas built the Great Chapel of Zenithar to honor the legend. When Kaladas died and was entombed in the Chapel, those who prayed to him began to receive visions of the mace. In the vision, the mace can be seen in the distance, separated by a void. The void symbolizes doubt, and an inscription on the tomb says to "walk in the faith". Sir Ralvas of the original Knights attempted hundreds of times to reach the mace, but failed each time. The pilgrim later discovered that the Boots of the Crusader are needed to cross the void; Zenithar has close ties to Kynareth, as craftsmen need to take resources from the natural world. With the boots, the path of faith was illuminated, and the pilgrim recovered the mace.
Zenithar's Warning and Zenithar's Wiles
Zenithar's Warning and Zenithar's Wiles are a pair of gloves that have magical effects such as reducing an adversary's ability and willingness to fight, and increasing people's disposition towards the wearer.
A symbol representing Zenithar
A symbol representing Zenithar
The interior of the Great Chapel of Zenithar
Zenithar's aspect, Jon Hawker
A relief of Zenithar within a High Rock Fighters Guild armory
- ^ Fortune's Anvil Face Markings collectible description in ESO
- ^ For My Gods and Emperor — Imperial Cult
- ^ a b Charwich-Koniinge, Volume 1 — Charwich
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Invocation — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ a b c d Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- ^ Guide to Cheydinhal — Alessia Ottus
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Ten Commands: Nine Divines
- ^ Events of Daggerfall.
- ^ King Edward, Part X
- ^ Sir Ralvas' dialogue in Knights of the Nine
- ^ King Edward, Part VIII
- ^ Events of Oblivion.
- ^ Events of Morrowind.
- ^ Offerings to Zenithar quest in ESO
- ^ Golden Anvil of Zenithar
- ^ Ring in Darkness quest in Morrowind
- ^ The Path of the Righteous quest in Knights of the Nine
- ^ Zenithar's Warning and Zenithar's Wiles in Morrowind