Lore:Cult of the Ancestor Moth

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The Cult's banner, depicting an Ancestor Moth

Before the Cult of the Ancestor Moth (or Ancestor-Moth,[1] also called the Order of the Ancestor Moth[2]), the Cyro-Nords had long exported ancestor-silks, simple but exotic shawls woven with the silks of the gypsy moth and inscribed with the genealogy of the buyer.[1] For the cult, the ancestor and moth became synonymous. The singing and hymnal spirits of one's forebears are caught in the special silk-gathering ritual. The swishing of the silk material during movement reproduces the wonderful ancestral chorus contained in the silk. It became a sacred custom among the Nibenese, which persists to this day. The higher order Monks of the cult are able to forgo the magical ritual needed to enchant the silk and instead merely wear the moths themselves.[1] They are able to attract the ancestor-moths through the application of ground bark from the moth's favorite tree, and through chanting inaudible mantras which they must constantly maintain to keep the moths in contact with them.[3]

The members of the cult are, by tradition, the only people allowed to read the Elder Scrolls, a privilege which eventually strikes them blind.[2][4] They care for the Imperial Library (also called with Elder Library) within the White-Gold Tower in the Imperial City.[5][6] They are known to be reclusive and have hidden, or at least out of the way, sanctuaries scattered throughout Tamriel.[7]

In 4E 175, the Elder Scrolls mysteriously disappeared from the Imperial Library and were scattered across Tamriel by forces unknown.[7] Members of the Cult set out to search for them and return them to the White-Gold Tower.[8]



  1. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: CyrodiilImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  2. ^ a b Pension of the Ancestor Moth
  3. ^ Events of Skyrim
  4. ^ Effects of the Elder ScrollsJustinius Poluhnius
  5. ^ Events of Oblivion
  6. ^ An Accounting of the ScrollsQuintus Nerevelus, Former Imperial Librarian
  7. ^ a b Dexion Evicus's dialogue in Skyrim
  8. ^ Events of Dawnguard
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