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A cosmic mass within or encompassing the Aurbis

The Aurbis is the name given to the chaos, or totality, from which the cosmos was formed by Anu and Padomay. For all intents and purposes, it is the universe, encompassing the Void and all Planes of Existence including Mundus, Aetherius, and the planes of Oblivion.[1]

Many sources describe the structure of the Aurbis as a wheel: Mundus is the hub, the empty spaces within it are the planes of Oblivion, the rim encompasses the realms of Aetherius, and the emptiness beyond it is the Void. The eight spokes connecting the rim to the hub represent the Eight Divines that played a major part in Creation.[2][3][4][UOL 1] The Eight Divines are also depicted as planets, orbiting Nirn and its moons at the center of the Aurbis.[5] The sun, Magnus, was created when the god Magnus fled Mundus to Aetherius, and the stars were formed by the Magna Ge who followed.[6] The Eye of Magnus was, among other ideas, theorized by the College of Winterhold to contain the entirety of the Aurbis. Though this theory was considered dubious at best, close observations on the Eye yielded no evidence to the contrary.[7]

The Alessian, perhaps Marukhati,[8] Arch-Prelate Fervidius Tharn describes the Aurbis as comprising "sheaths" within an overarching "integument". Through the intervention of the Magna Ge Mnemoli and a particular manipulation, called the "Hurling Disk", of the identity between the circle of the Aurbis and the Tower, the Arch-Prelate apparently believed it would be possible to detach a sheath from the Aurbis' integument and "twist" it to provoke the Dragon Break of the Middle Dawn.[9] An Argonian source similarly mentions the existence of Aurbic "skeins" that can be "disjoined" by powerful mages.[10]

Beyond and outside the Aurbis and its constituent realms exist the Many Paths.[11][12]



  • The adjective Aurbic is sometimes used to describe a type of magical force associated with the fundamental structure of the Aurbis.[13][14] A related term is Aurbisal, implying "of the Aurbis".[15]
  • Demiprince Fa-Nuit-Fen converted his Oblivion realm, Maelstrom, into a gauntlet of arenas. After the Vestige conquered the arena, the Barons Who Move Like This were released. Fa-Nuit-Hen used the freed barons as officers in his Maelstrom Army. He planned to conquer the Aurbis with this army, enthralling the champions of Maelstrom Arena and forming a force of the greatest warriors in existence.[16]
  • The term multiverse has also been used to refer to the various realms that exist within the Aurbis. The concept of the Many Paths extends beyond that structure.[17][18][UOL 2]

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