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Found this interesting post on the circlejerk Elder Scrolls Lore sub:
Anu is and isn't the Godhead. This is because there are two of him walking around.
The first is the one in the story where Anu, Padomae, and Nirn are all independent beings. That isn't the world we play in. Their world got royally screwed up due to Padomae attacking Nirn as vengence for her choosing Anu over him, and Anu went to sulk inside their Sun. He fell asleep, and went from being CHIM to being Amaranth. That Anu became the Godhead of our world.
However, he didn't dream of anything new at first. Instead he dreamed of himself and his brother as being infinite, and partially coexistent, planes. The place where they lined up in the dream became Aurbis, and they began to create their Souls within the Aurbis so that they could know themselves and one-another.
The new Anu created his first soul, or Gradient, Anuiel. The new Padomae created his first soul as well, Sithis. Anuiel and Sithis are opposed concepts, as are Anu and Padomae. Anuiel and Sithis took after their full selves, and began to subdivide themselves.
DIGRESSION: Yes, it's that Sithis. The one the Dark Brotherhood worships. It's the essence of Nothingness, while Anuiel is the essence of Substance. The interplay between the two allows for the world to exist by having Substance concentrated in points within the Nothingness. Without Sithis, the world would be a homogenous smudge. Without Anuiel, there would be nothing but the Void.
Anyway. Those two Souls decided that a single layer of gradiency isn't quite enough. So they further subdivided themselves. Anuiel created several souls, although there are only really Eight or Nine that we know a lot about: The Divines and Magnus.
Auri-El was the first of Anuiel's Souls to be birthed, and was the first part of the Aka-Tusk Oversoul to come into existence. He helped Sithis create his as well, by setting limits to work within and giving him a reference point.
Sithis created many Souls as well. We know at least Seventeen of them very well: The Daedric Princes and Lorkahan.
Anyway, everything that happened after that is a bit less relevant. But the basic gist of this is that Anu the Godhead and Anu the Stasis are not the same being. Anu the Godhead created Anu the Stasis and Padomae the Change.
Dancing on top of Adamantine Tower was sort-of the key to pulling off the Mantling. I'm not certain if it was even intentionally aimed at the Godhead, honestly. I'm willing to write that off as being accidental, and a side-effect of the ritual they were using.
Anyway, when the Mantled the Godhead they became a part of the Godhead. The end result wasn't replacing the Dreamer, it was... well it's sort of a sister-concept to CHIM. Instead of a piece of the Dream realizing that it's a Dream and deciding that they're important anyway, several dozen pieces of the Dream became a part of the Dreamer.
Once the Selectives became a part of the Godhead, they were able to manually control the Mythopic Forces that influence the Aedra. However there's a bit of an issue with what they did, at least from where I'm standing.
They didn't have the protection of CHIM when they Mantled into the Godhead, and so they weren't able to keep their own identities separate from the Godhead, and they basically wound up as the same Godhead they started with. Granted they had an entire Dragon Break to play around in before they lost their senses of Self and were completely molded into the Godhead.
Ironically, that melding process is very similar to Zero-Summing. Only instead of ceasing to exist retroactively, they were robbed of all sense of individuality. Their memories, personalities, and everything else was overwritten with Anu the Godhead's equivalents. The end result is that Anu the Godhead just got a bit bigger, metaphysically speaking, and did some lucid dreaming.
Had the Selectives managed to acheive CHIM before pulling their stunt, they would have been able to keep their separate identities the same way the Talos-Oversoul was able to keep its identity separate from Lorkahan after Talos mantled him. Of course that would land us with two Dreamers instead of one, and that creates issues.