A guide to Shillien
Greetings reader, I am Beltrius Rilvulis of the Great House Telvanni and a High Cardinal of the Shillien Empire. I spent many years of reading, travelling and in general – researching any bits of information I could that is related to Goddess Shilen. This book has a purpose, and that is to sum up everything I know in one book, so others could learn, for generations to come if needed. So pardon me if my Common language is not as good as you‘d like it to be.
„When the seals are broken, Shilen shall awaken, exhaling a cold breath of red air, turning the skies red. Fear and terror will fill the lands. The two moons – Masser and Secunda will engrave the sign of Shilen, allowing her to observe the chaos from above. Blood will pour from the sky, making every non-believer enraged, blood-lusty and violent. Those who worship the Goddess of Destruction, shall be spared and taken to the Underworld, where they await the end of the world. As the old gods perish alongside the old world and a New World will be born“
Origin / History
Many names of the gods are lost to translation or time, so to prevent any confusion, I will call them by their roles of existance.
Shilen is the oldest child of Goddess of Creation and God of Destruction. In the years of her youth, she was the most beautiful and beloved being. Her thirst for knowledge, movement and nurture was inexorable.She was originally given charge of the Water Element by her mother.
Shilen's father, God of Destruction, was the least intelligent of all the gods. He observed his daughter and over time his savage lust overcame him. Driven by his burning desire he went on to seduce his daughter. When Goddess of Creation found out what God of Destruction did she became enraged. Her judgement was clouded, her hearth broken. Soon her rage turned to pity. Feeling pity for her husband Goddess of Creation made the fatal decision to doom her daughter. Stripping her daughter of her position as water goddess, Goddess of Creation ordered Shilen banished from the abode of the gods. God of Destruction turned his back on the situation, and Shilen was left to deal with her fate alone.
While pregnant, Shilen fled to the Tamriel. Deep in the middle of a dark forest, she gave birth - cursing God of Destruction and Goddess of Creation for taking away her innocence and her birthright. The babies born of Shilen's horrible labor bore the despair and anger of her curses and became demons. Among them, the strongest creatures were called dragons.
There were a total of six dragons born with curses against the six gods. Shilen was filled with wrath towards Goddess of Creation who had banished her, and towards God of Destruction who had seduced and then abandoned her, and her siblings who did not help her in her hour of need. Gathering the strength of her children, Shilen created an army to punish the gods.
The strongest dragons were ordered to be at the front of the army of demons to fight against the gods. Hearing this, the dragon of light, looked at Shilen with sad eyes and spoke: "Mother, you don't know what you are doing. Do you really want the eternal destruction of the gods? Do you really want your father, mother and siblings to fall down on the ground in pools of their own blood?"
Her appeal did not change Shilen's mind and the demons invaded the palace where the gods lived. A fierce battle began, with the dragons destroying everything in the gods' palace. Even the gods were intimidated by the incredible power of the dragons. The battle seemed destined to continue forever. Yet, if the war did not stop, the world would cease to exist, and all living things would be annihilated. Every day there was thunder and lightning, as strong forces clashed violently in the sky. The Giants and the other living creatures of earth trembled as they observed the terrible fight in the sky.
The fierce battle continued for several years, and eventually the balance gradually tilted towards one side. In spite of suffering many injuries, Goddess of Creation and God of Destruction had stronger powers and destroyed many demons. The dragons kept fighting, though they were deeply wounded and riddled with scars. Their fatigue became more and more apparent. However, after a time, it seemed like the war would come to an end with the extermination of Shilen's army. In the end, the dragons spread their wings and flew to Nirn to escape. The surviving demons followed. The gods wanted to kill the retreating army. However, due to their own injuries, all they could do was watch as the dragons and demons departed.
As Shilen's children perished one by one and the war was lost, Shilen could not stand her sadness. She created the Underworld where she rests.
There are speculations that Shilen might be Lamae Beolfag. While both of their stories are of abuse, misfortune and betrayal, I don’t think that Shilen would have created Vampires.
Shilen created the dark mer, but she is worshipped interracially for various of reasons.
- Beltrius Rilvulis