|Ria Silmane in her opening appearance in Arena|
:"You have done more than a hero could be asked. This is the final step of a long journey. Take heart and go forward with my blessings. I thank you, in the Emperor's name."
Ria Silmane was the apprentice of Jagar Tharn, who sought to impersonate Emperor Uriel Septim VII. To avoid suspicion of his own disappearance, he convinced the Emperor that he was going to take a leave of absence to pursue magical studies, and the Elder Council to allow Ria to take his place as the Imperial Battlemage of Tamriel. After Tharn accomplished this goal, he murdered Ria with the Staff of Chaos when she attempted to warn the Elder Council of his plot. However, her ghost appeared to King Eadwyre in a dream and revealed to him that the true Emperor had been kidnapped by Tharn and imprisoned in an alternate dimension.
Ria kept her spirit bound to the mortal plane via her magic; yet her magicka reserves were constantly draining, limiting the time she had left. Ria could still cast magic, but it drained her energy even further. She aided the Eternal Champion in escaping the Imperial Prison by opening a Shift Gate and tracking down all eight pieces of the Staff of Chaos. She did not have a corporeal form, and she communicated largely through dreams and visions. She used up the last of her magicka by using a spell of altering which altered the appearance of the Champion so that the guards posted outside the Imperial Palace would be fooled, by doing this she sacrificed herself to ensure that Jagar Tharn would be brought to justice.
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