|Emperor Tiber Septim|
|Emperor Tiber Septim|
|Next Ruler||Pelagius Septim|
|Appears in||Redguard, Morrowind, Legends|
- Talos says: Be strong for war. Be bold against enemies and evil, and defend the people of Tamriel. — Ten Commands: Nine Divines
Tiber Septim, also known as Talos Stormcrown, the Dragonborn, Ysmir, Hjalti Early-Beard, Scion of Emperors, King of Earth and Sky, Lord of Shining Hosts, Protector of Oathman, Feeman and Yeoman, Guarantor of Right and Justice, Broad Blessing of Thrones and Powers, Cynosure of Celestial Glory, The Most High, The Red King, Skyrim's Son, Heir to the Empires of Men, Heir to the Seat of Sundered Kings, and rarely Tiberius Imperator,[UOL 1] was a military leader who became one of the most famous figures in Tamrielic history, reigning as Emperor Tiber Septim from 2E 854 to 3E 38. Tiber Septim started his career in service under the Cyrodilic king Cuhlecain, where he was known as General Talos. In this role, he fought to unify Cyrodiil and finally all of Tamriel, an effort that culminated in 2E 896 with the birth of the Third Empire. He declared the onset of the Third Era at the end of the same year.
Tiber Septim ruled for 81 years and is considered by many to be the greatest emperor in history. He gave his name to the lineage of Cyrodilic Emperors known as the Septims. In the centuries following his reign, Tiber became revered as a god, and is worshipped as one of the Nine Divines under the name of Talos, which means "Stormcrown".
(There are conflicting accounts of Tiber Septim's birthplace, ancestry, and original name. Below are both the officially sanctioned history and the version outlined in The Arcturian Heresy.)
The 36 Lessons of the Dunmer god Vivec, which are chronicled in the early half of the First Era, feature Vivec and Nerevar at separate times stepping into the Provisional House: a realm described as non-spatial space filling to capacity with mortal interaction and information. While in the Provisional House, both Vivec and Nerevar had the same vision: that of a twin headed ruling king who had no equivalent and contained multitudes. Vivec further described him as the red jewel of conquest. This vision was that of General Talos and his "twin head" Zurin Arctus, who collectively were known as the Enantiomorph,[UOL 1] and joined as one to fortify the throne and very land of Tamriel.
Another prophetic vision of the coming of Tiber Septim came at the time of the Interregnum when a scholar had a vision of a tall man stabbing down at a serpent. Tutor Riparius, confidant of Demiprince Fa-Nuit-Hen, responded to this vision by saying simply that the Interregnum would not last forever.
Rise of an EmpireEdit
Tiber Septim was born in 2E 828. Little is known of the earliest days of his life, and what is known is a matter of great debate.
|Tiber Septim was born in Atmora under the name Talos, meaning "Stormcrown" in old Ehlnofex. He spent his youth in Skyrim, where he learned the ancient art of the Tongues as well as the strategies of war from the chieftains there. At the age of 20, he led the invasion of Old Hrol'dan, taking it back from the Witchmen of High Rock, his earliest known military victory.
Soon after, growing storms made it known that the Greybeards were about to speak. As nearby villages were being evacuated, Talos traveled up the mountains the Greybeards called home, where they removed their gags and spoke his name, causing the world to shake. The Greybeards told Talos that he would come to rule Tamriel, but that he must go south to do so. Before he left, he learned the secrets of the high peak winds—the roar of the winter blast, and the warm silk of the summer updrafts. When he descended from the mountains, he came riding the clouds, striding through the air in great boots he claimed were gifts of the Greybeards for his cunning craft and riddling.
Talos became General of the Colovian Estates under King (and later Emperor) Cuhlecain. General Talos met the combined army of Skyrim and High Rock, who were hostile to Cuhlecain, on the field of Sancre Tor. When they saw him use the Thu'um, Skyrim's army joined with Talos, recognizing him as the son of Skyrim and heir to the Empires of Men.
The Bretons of High Rock saw things differently. In 2E 854, a Reachman nightblade managed to kill Emperor Cuhlecain and slit Talos' throat. While the wound did not kill him, he could no longer use the Voice and went on to command Tamriel with a whisper. He took the Cyrodilic name Tiber Septim, as well as "Ysmir, the Dragon of the North", the Nordic Name of Kings.
|According to a book that claims it was written by Ysmir Kingmaker, The Arcturian Heresy, Hjalti Early-Beard was born on the island of Alcaire, in High Rock. Amid rumors of a warlord destined to rule Tamriel, he rose to prominence in the service of King Cuhlecain and fought to unify Cyrodiil. The book declares that the true identity of the Underking is the same as the claimed author, Ysmir Kingmaker. Ysmir provided assistance to the young General, but the manner of his assistance is vaguely described. It states that a storm talked all night with Hjalti and deflected arrows while Hjalti shouted down the wall of Old Hrol'dan, where Hjalti was given the name Talos, meaning "Stormcrown", by his men. Notably, the book also refers to Ysmir as "Ysmir, the Grey Wind" and the "Storm of Kyne". After the province was conquered, Hjalti murdered Cuhlecain and his contingent in the Imperial City and blamed the deaths and ensuing blaze on assassins from High Rock. Ysmir continued to aid in Hjalti's conquests, and Hjalti subsequently took the name Tiber Septim, ascending to the Ruby Throne.|
It remains uncertain which version of events, if either, is wholly accurate. Some elements of the Heresy may be true however, going by a soldier who served with Hjalti Early-Beard, who also had the honor of training with him in Alcaire. Furthermore, the 24th of Mid Year is celebrated in Alcaire as a holiday known as Tibedetha—middle Tamrielic for "Tiber's Day". Alcaire celebrates what the locals claim to be its most famous native with a great party, though historically, Tiber Septim never returned to his alleged birthplace. However, there are also accounts that seem to support aspects of the traditional view, and contradict the Arcturian Heresy. Among them is the fact that Tiber Septim is believed to have farewelled a Giant—the king of Atmora late in the Second Era.[UOL 2] Additionally, the Greybeards' oral history, spoken well into the fourth era, maintains that it was indeed Tiber Septim who was called to High Hrothgar and declared Ysmir.
The aftermath of the assassination of Cuhlecain set the stage for the rise of Tiber Septim and the end of the Interregnum. Immediately following the death of Cuhlecain, Tiber Septim was crowned emperor of Tamriel by none other than Zurin Arctus, an important figure who would be instrumental in the building of Tiber's empire as his Imperial Battlemage.
With this, Tiber Septim took to pursuing his ultimate goal: the whole of Tamriel being ruled under one banner.
- Cyrodiil — Now that Tiber Septim possessed the Amulet of Kings and could don it as a true Dragonborn ruler, he held undisputed claim over the Ruby Throne.
- Skyrim — During the Battle of Sancre Tor, an alliance of Bretons and Nords intended to stand against General Talos and his armies. The Nords, who were suspicious of High Rock's aristocracy, heard the Talos's Thu'um and recognized him as the Son of Skyrim and the Heir to the Empires of Men. Thus they joined his armies, and the Jarls of Skyrim quickly bowed to Talos and came into his Empire.
- High Rock — Following the Battle of Sancre Tor the Empire rounded up the High Rock enemies. The battlemage command was summarily executed, and the Breton captives were imprisoned or sold into slavery. With the help of a self appointed Provisional Governor, Tiber Septim subsequently solidified the witch-kings of High rock and consolidated their borders as much as possible, merchant lords and mercenaries took advantage of the waning border laws that would come to be replaced by Imperial law. Nevertheless, High Rock became yet another province to come into the Empire.
- Hammerfell — The best-understood episode of the Tiber Wars was the conquest of the Redguard kingdom of Hammerfell. Despite observing the might of the quickly expanding Empire, the already aged and ill High King of Hammerfell Thassad II resisted all forms of Imperial invasion. It was only after his death in 2E 862 that Hammerfell began to weaken, but not from an external invasion, but rather from an internal revolution—a civil war between the two most prominent factions: the rebellious Forebears and the loyalist Crowns supporting Thassad's heir A'Tor. After initial defeats, the Forebears signed a pact with the Emperor, granting him minor territory concessions in exchange for helping them in the civil war. The already weakened Crowns still provided heavy resistance to invading Imperial forces, until at last they were cornered at Stros M'Kai in 2E 864. The Battle of Stros M'Kai was won thanks to the shrewd tactics of Admiral Richton and the aid of Septim's vassal dragon Nafaalilargus. The Empire swiftly took control over all of Hammerfell, imposing several Provisional Governors to rule its parts. Later that same year, an uprising led by siblings Cyrus and Iszara saw the Restless League come out of hiding and storm the Palace, with Cyrus himself cornering the Provisional Governor Amiel Richton and the Imperial Emissary Dram aboard a Dwemeri dirigible. Cyrus' sword, enchanted with the soul of Prince A'tor, then killed them both. This act was allegedly the third incarnation of HoonDing. Thereafter Tiber Septim came to Stros M'Kai personally to sign a treaty that held more favorable terms for the Redguards, representing Hammerfell was Iszara who was guided by the wisdom of Prince A'Tor via the Soul Sword.
- Elsweyr — Tiber Septim and his armies did a great number on the cat folk of Elsweyr, years before incorporating them into the Empire General Pottreid accompanied by the young war prodigy Attrebus led an attack on the city of Senchal that was so devastating to the Khajiit people it was stricken from official Imperial records. Ultimately the Khajiit became yet another province to fall to the ever growing Empire, although much like under the banner of Reman, the Khajiit rebelled.
- Black Marsh — Before it became a province of the Empire, a skirmish in Black Marsh over a captive named Reekee saw an important member of Tiber's legion nearly lose a leg to an Argonian feather-serpent. Ultimately Black Marsh was never successfully invaded fully like the majority of the other provinces, this was largely because the savage, dangerous inner swamps of the province dissuaded Tiber, as the strategically unimportant nature of it was deemed best to avoid. The outer borders however quickly fell to his armies.
- Morrowind — Morrowind was the only province to never be incorporated into the two prior Empires of Cyrodiil, therefor scarcely little was known of the province by official Imperial records. Tiber Septim possibly under the guidance of Ysmir Wulfharth was advised to incorporate the province of Morrowind into the Empire, Tiber was very hesitant as he was aware of the divine power of the Tribunal, the living trio of Dunmer gods, however he coveted the rich source of Ebony located in the province as he needed a source of capital to rebuild Cyrodiil which had been ravaged for 400 years of war during the Interregnum. Ultimately the need for the Ebony and the dream of a fully united Tamriel won out and Tiber set his sights on the land of the Dark Elves. The rulers of the Dunmer and the Empire could not reach initial agreements and Tiber's armies laid waste to the capital of Morrowind, Mournhold in the wreckage of the great city, Tiber and his Dark Elf general Symmachus came across the adolescent Barenziah who they agreed might prove valuable some day and took into Imperial care. Amidst all the skirmishes between the Empire and the Dunmer, mutual reservations were growing for both parties. Unbeknownst to the populace the Tribunal's power had been waning with the return of the sharmat Dagoth Ur who had cut them off from their source of divine power, because of this Vivec saw fit to reach an agreement with Tiber. On the Empire's side, Tiber Septim felt similarly compelled to reach a truce instead of dealing with the might of three living gods and the lingering threat of the returning Dagoth Ur. Thus Vivec and Tiber Septim signed the Armistice a treaty that saw Morrowind maintaining near full autonomy, a right no other province possessed, in exchange for provincial status into the Empire and also the all powerful brass golem Numidium which Vivec gifted to Tiber per terms of the treaty. Tiber also approached the leaders of the Morag Tong personally and reached an agreement that no non Dunmer citizen could use their services, or have a mark placed on them, likely so he did not have the worry of facing the same threat that eliminated the majority of the Second Empire.[UOL 1]
- Valenwood — The elven provinces of Valenwood and Summerset Isle had formed an alliance, the second Aldmeri Dominion the government of Valenwood under this alliance was known as the Thalmor which consisted of Bosmeri chieftains and Altmeri diplomats. This governing body was annihilated by Tiber Septim and his armies, however Tiber allowed them to retain certain traditions such as a tribal council and a figurehead Camoran king.
- Summerset Isles — The Altmer of Summerset were incorporated into the Second Empire of Reman Cyrodiil under extremely loose circumstances. They were very resistant to the taint of humanity on their sacred island of Alinor and per their own account merely accommodated Reman. They expressed that Tiber Septim would receive no such luxury. Tiber Septim knew that acquiring the province in totality would be next to impossible and early on in his conquest had plans to send Zurin Arctus to make peace with the King of Alinor. Another telling reminder of their might came at Black Rocks where the Aldmeri Dominion nearly destroyed the entire Third Legion with a strategic trap. This all changed after Tiber acquired the Numidum from Vivec per terms of the Armistice. As he had it pieced back together in either the Halls of Colossus[UOL 1] or in Cyrodill at the headquarters of the Imperial Battlemages[UOL 1] he had his battlemage Zurin Arctus look into the potential of the Numidum and what it’s purpose was, after learning what power it possessed Tiber realized it was the key to his ultimate solidification of Tamriel. The only issue he faced was the lack of a power source, as its original power supply, the Heart of Lorkhan was being carefully guarded by the mighty Dagoth Ur. What follows is a point of much dispute, some sources claim that from the heart of either Zurin Arctus, or Ysmir Wulfharth the Ash-King, sprouts an artifact known as the Mantella which while not as adequate as the Heart of Lorkhan, is able to power the brass golem. Along with this another artifact known as the Totem of Tiber Septim crafted by Zurin Arctus is used to allow one to control the Numidium. What is agreed upon is that both Ysmir and Zurin were vanquished by this point and Tiber endured out of the ashes to finally move onto the Summerset Isle. After activating the Numidium near Rimmen Tiber wrought trauma, possibly testing the abilities of it on the Khajiit populace before marching towards Alinor. Numidium besieged the capital of Summerset Isles, its fall happening within an hour.[UOL 3] Alinor's fall marked the end of the Tiber Wars, finally unifying Tamriel.[UOL 4]
Aftermath of WarEdit
—Tiber Septim to his captains after the fall of Alinor
After Conquering the Summerset Isles and having finally unified the whole of Tamriel with the Numidium, Tiber Septim used the brass golem to crush neutral ruling families all throughout the continent, enthroning those who were loyal to him in their place. Suddenly a new foe appeared: the Underking, a rotting undead wizard who controlled the skies. Disgusted by Septim's actions, the Underking engaged the Numidium in an epic battle. The Underking destroyed the golem, but was killed by the construct's final flailings. He lived in a sort of half life thereafter, as he no longer possessed his life force. Despite all this, Tiber Septim crowned himself as the first ever ruler of a fully unified Tamriel. The Third Empire was truly born. He declared the end of the Age of Chaos (the Second Era), and the beginning of the third.
While order would follow, the years of bitter war and bloodshed caused by the Talosian conquest deeply effected the populace of the Empire. The proper name for the continent 'Tamriel' fell out of favor during this time as the people instead saw fit to describe the land they dwelt on as ‘the Arena.' The task of conquering the entire continent of Tamriel had some laud Tiber Septim as the greatest warrior to ever live, while others argued that he accomplished this mostly as a non combative ruler.
With this, Year Zero also referred to as Year Aught of the Third Era was commenced. At the onset of his fully unified reign, Tiber acknowledged that the dense jungles that encompassed Cyrodiil were hated by his people, he proclaimed to have breathed in royalty to reshape the very land that his Red Legions dwelt upon.[UOL 4]
One of the few documented occurrences during the unified reign of Tiber Septim is the Heiress to Mournhold, Barenziah being returned to Imperial care after her rebellious flight. After being rounded up by General Symmachus, Barenziah was brought to the Imperial City where she was presented before the emperor himself. It was already decided that she would not be punished for these misdeeds; rather, she would stay with the royal family until she came of age to depart for her home province of Morrowind, and rule as the Imperial Queen from the capital city Mournhold. During this time, Barenziah was adored by the locals and the royal family alike. Tiber's heir, Pelagius, loved her like a sister. During this time (according to some accounts), Tiber and Barenziah developed a romantic connection that, to the emperor's dismay, led to a pregnancy. As the story goes, Tiber had the pregnancy terminated as it posed a threat to the reign of his sons. Regardless, Barenziah departed from the Imperial City on her eighteenth birthday and set out for Mournhold, where she was to rule as queen with Symmachus as her Prime Minister. She would occasionally return to the Imperial City to visit Tiber, and they managed to maintain a positive relationship. Overall, the near four decades that Tiber Septim ruled over a united Tamriel was said to be a just, pious, and peaceful time for everyone from kings to serfs.
The Eight and OneEdit
In the year 3E 38 at 108 years of age Tiber Septim perished. According to some sources this was because he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Sancre Tor. It was said that on his deathbed, he yielded the Imperial throne to his grandson Pelagius, and thereafter certain artifacts associated with Tiber vanished. Regardless of this upon death, he ascended to Aetherius as a Divine making the Eight become Nine. After his death, it was said to have rained for a fortnight as if the very land itself weeped for the loss of the mighty Talos. His mortal death was merely a catalyst for his prominent worship in the pantheons of man Some erroneous rumors circulated that Tiber Septim never actually died, but rather became the Underking. Certain somewhat dubious sources claimed that upon his ascension Talos absorbed the essence of many of the Dragons.
Circa 3E 427 amidst the turmoils of the Nerevarine Prophecy the Nerevarine passing through the Ghostgate in pursuit of the Sharmat Dagoth Ur came across an old imperial war veteran named Wulf who turned out to be an aspect of Tiber Septim. Wulf confided in the Nerevarine, expressing that the age of his own empire had passed and it was time for the new generation to come up with fresh ideas. He then granted the Nerevarine an old lucky coin as a departing gift to take with him on his way to Red Mountain, this coin fortified the Nerevarine with a blessing that granted him greater luck.
In 3E 433 the calamity known as the Oblivion Crisis befell Tamriel and all of the heirs of the Septim bloodline had been wiped out save one Martin Septim. These assassinations and this crisis were carried out by the Mehrunes Dagon cult, the Mythic Dawn. The leader of the Mythic Dawn, the son of the infamous Camoran Usurper, Mankar Camoran fled with the Amulet of Kings to Paradise an oblivion realm of his own making. In order to enter the realm, along with a Great Sigil Stone, and the Blood of Daedra, the Blood of a Divine was needed. In order to satisfy the need for the blood of a Divine, the Champion of Cyrodiil set off to the ruin of Sancre Tor to retrieve the Armor of Tiber Septim which was still stained with his blood. It proved an arduous task to retrieve the armor as the ruin had been corrupted by the vengeful Underking, who cursed the four mightiest Blades of Tiber Septim's day with undeath to guard over the old fortress. After freeing the four ancient Blades from undeath, their spirits aided the Champion in entering the Reman crypt and recovering the armor. The Champion was also aided by a mysterious guardian known as Baynham. The armor was adequate for the need of the blood of a Divine, attesting to the ascension of Talos.
Later that same year, the mortal enemy of the Divines and their Champion Pelinal Whitestrake returned to the affairs of man, Umaril the Unfeathered the half Ayleid half divine champion of Meridia. Umaril swore vengeance upon the Divines for championing his enemy who slayed him in Pelinal. He was able to cheat total death due to the fact that he bound himself to the realm of his mistress. The Champion of Cyrodiil, who had become an embodiment of Pelinal Whitestrake, had collected all of the Crusader's Relics and subsequently a mysterious prophet bestowed them with the blessing of the new Divine Talos. With this blessing the champion was able to do what Pelinal was unable to and kill both Umaril's physical form and spiritual form and destroy him utterly.
With the sacrifice of Martin Septim the Septim lineage was no more. The Third Empire would live on through the Mede Dynasty but the unity that was present under the Septim rule was quickly fading. In 4E 175 after a bloody years long war with the Aldmeri Dominion, Titus Mede II signed the controversial White-Gold Concordat which saw the complete ban of all worship of Talos, and the disbanding of the Blades who sought to preserve his legacy.
After the concordat was signed, the Thalmor spared no resources in hunting down and eliminating any remaining Talos worshippers and Blades. One surviving blade known only as The Warrior had survived and returned to their home town of Rivercrest in Cyrodiil along with their mentor Henrik Seven-Swords who was another surviving blade. The Thalmor arrived to the town, led by Justiciar Aranande who claimed they were looking for blade holdouts. The Warrior proved to be a great foil to the Thalmor operatives as they managed to lure them into suicide missions, save Talos worshippers who the Thalmor intended to kill, intercept couriers who had critical information on the whereabouts of the Blades, and finally personally killing the Justiciar in combat.
Ulfric Stormcloak of the Stormcloak Clan was a Nordic figure who strongly fought for the restoration of Talos worship. This led to his capture and imprisonment on multiple occasions. The signing of the White-Gold Concordat, and the general aligning the Empire had done with the Thalmor, especially the banning of Talos caused Ulfric to lead a movement known as the Stormcloak Rebellion, the goal of which was to become an independent province out of the Empire and reinstate Nordic traditions and the worship of Talos. Some theorized that the Thu'um Ulfric possessed was a gift of Talos himself.
In 4E 201 amidst the Prophecy of the Dragonborn the World Eater Alduin returned to the affairs of mankind to bring about the end of the Kalpa. The wheel turned to the Last Dragonborn who was called to High Hrothgar by the Greybeards, who spoke for the first time since the prophecy of Talos. after proving his legitimacy as a true Dragonborn, Arngeir and the rest of the Greybeards proclaimed the Last Dragonborn the claimant of the Stormcrown and declared them Ysmir Dragon of the North just as they had the young Talos Centuries prior.
Biography and RaceEdit
Tiber Septim was of average height with a “winning” smile, and bright blue eyes, along with a strong brow and a powerful chin. In his lifetime his hair ranged from a dark black, to stark white.
The race of Tiber Septim is something that many sources differ on. Official Imperial records claim he was an Atmoran, born on the icy continent from where he would eventually sail to Skyrim where he spent his youth. Some claim Talos to be Nordic, while others find it an important distinction to note that he is not Nordic, but rather Atmoran. The Bretons of Alcaire who see Tiber Septim as Hjalti Early-Beard, native to the island kingdom of High Rock believe him to be Breton. It was generally believed that Tiber Septim was not only not a descendant of the previous Empire progenitor Reman, but that he wasn’t even of Cyrodiilic stock like him. However, when Tiber Septim manifested as an Imperial named Wulf, his appearance was likened to the depiction of Tiber Septim on a Septim coin.
Tiber Septim worshipped a single god known as the One who was the supreme deity of singularity of the Alessian Order and revived worship of him during his reign as emperor. He had a famous hatred of Orcs and saw them as lesser beings, denying them citizenship within the Third Empire, which they had been granted in the previous empire under the Akaviri Potentate. He was known to have developed a particular fondness for Guars during one of his various tours of Morrowind. Tiber struggled with the Dunmeris language and so instead took to calling them 'tigers' which was another animal he was fond of via storybooks from his youth. Many Dres slavers still refer to their cattle guar as tigers in honor of this.[UOL 5]
Family and LineageEdit
Tiber Septim was born in a disputed birthplace to unknown parents, however he did have one known sibling, his brother Agnorith. Tiber had multiple children with an unknown woman, the honor of succeeding his throne went to Pelagius, who was referred to in some sources as his eldest son, while other accounts claim him to be Tiber's grandson. Regardless, after the death of Pelagius who was believed to have no living children, the throne passed on to Agnorith's daughter Kintyra the former queen of Silvenar. From that point, many Emperors of the Septim reign were of blood relation, but not direct descendants of Tiber, however by the end of the dynasty the heirship had evidently returned to its original roots, as Uriel Septim VII was said to be a direct descendant of Talos. The noble blood and legacy of Tiber Septim lived on all throughout Tamriel after his death in the form of many ruling families, most notably the remainder of his Empire heirs in the Septim Dynasty. Furthermore, in the Third Era the Septim Dynasty became the ruling family of Wayrest which included figures such as Eadwyre and Elysana. Even the lordship of Daggerfall was believed to have Septim blood, as the 'Dragon of Daggerfall' Lysandus was identified by the Underking as a true descendant of Tiber Septim.
After the death of Tiber Septim and his subsequent ascension, he became a prominent figure of worship in numerous cults and pantheons of man.
The Imperials of Cyrodiil and those who practice their faith believe that after Tiber's death the very face of the Divine changed, where once was only Eight had now become Nine, as Tiber had taken his place among the gods. The primary religion of the Empire was known as the Church, and in the Church Tiber was acknowledged as the patron of just rulership, civil society, questing knights, and war.
Beyond the mainstay that is the Church, the Imperial Cult was the missionary arm of the Nine Divine religion, along with his eight aedric counterparts this order emphasized Tiber as a divine hero-god, not unalike fellow founding emperor Reman Cyrodiil the earthly hero-god of the Imperials, and indeed the two Emperors were both worshipped as conquerer gods. The Order of Talos was dedicated to the monastic worship of Talos who served as the order's god and patron saint. They held an alliance with the Blades, and many members of the Blades retired to the Order. Indeed, the incarnation of the Blades that presided over the Septim dynasty had accepted Talos as their patron god, and they coveted and protected artifacts of him.
Another order known as the Talos Cult was something of a fringe group that was comprised of many members of the Imperial Legion. They sought to protect the glory of Talos, which amounted to them wanting to put a strong person akin to Talos back on the throne, deeming heirs such as Uriel VII unworthy, willing to go as far as assassinating him to remove him. Yet another group was the Cult of Tiber Septim, a famous Nibenese cult which held personal sentiment among military, provincial colonists, and recently assimilated foreigners. It also had a significant charismatic sub-cult. A possibly related faction was the Tiberius Imperator Cult, also known as the Citizenship Cult, an order that had gained footing in Hlaalu territory.[UOL 1]
The Knights of the Nine was a faction of knights that quested in the name of the Nine Divines, or the Eight and One and their champion the Divine Crusader Pelinal Whitestrake. Along with the Crusader's Relics of the eight Aedra, the blessing of Talos was bestowed upon the Divine Crusader reborn.
The Nords of Skyrim acknowledge Talos as Ysmir, Dragon of the North given the fact he was able to withstand the voices of Greybeards' long enough to hear their prophecy. After this, many Nords could not look upon Talos without seeing a Dragon. In this Ysmir aspect, Talos is invoked as the patron of questing heroes. Nords often swear by Ysmir's beard, and Ysmir's dragon blood. Much like the Imperials, the Nords believe that upon his death their Eight Divines became Nine, with Talos serving as the lord of the Divines and the true god of man.
Talos was seen as Skyrim personified, an overall crucial figure to the culture, heritage, and tradition of the Nords. In the old animal totemic religion of the Nords, Talos is a Twilight God and his totem is that of the Dragonborn. The Nords blessed a great many things with this totem as they believe of all the gods it is he who will survive into the next cycle. The Nords see the culmination of the Oblivion Crisis much differently than the heartland Imperials. They believe it was Talos as the Dragonborn god who rose up and aided Martin Septim instead of Akatosh in the defeat of Mehrunes Dagon.[UOL 6] These differing beliefs were known to cause serious tension between the Nords and The Church of the Imperials in the past with Nords strongly preferring their dragon Ysmir to the Imperial's Akatosh. Despite it’s status as an Imperial order, the Cult of Tiber Septim also serves as a Nordic hero-cult that provides a strong counter-current to the dominant secularism of the Empire.
Armor of Tiber SeptimEdit
The Armor of Tiber Septim was a set of Imperial Dragon Armor worn by Tiber during his reign as Emperor as the type of armor is generally reserved for those of that role exclusively. It was most notably worn by Tiber during his declaration of the end of the Second Era, and beginning of the third. The artifact was given to the Blades at some point by Tiber himself to honor their role in the Battle of Sancre Tor some time after the Blades erected a shrine to Tiber in Sancre Tor on the spot he received the blessing of Akatosh where the armor would remain for many centuries. The armor would prove to be instrumental in ending the Oblivion Crisis as the Champion of Cyrodiil plundered the artifact from Sancre Tor and with the blood of Tiber Septim that remained on it, was able to satisfy the need for the “blood of the Divines which was required to open a portal to Mankar Camoran’s realm Paradise.
Totem of Tiber SeptimEdit
The Totem of Tiber Septim is an artifact that allows its bearer to control Numidium, the ancient Dwemer construct. It was created at the end of the Second Era by Imperial Battlemage Zurin Arctus, to allow Emperor Tiber Septim to use the golem in his conquest of Tamriel. Only an individual of Septim lineage or special supernatural affinity can safely wield the Totem; it will reject an unworthy owner, and has been known to telepathically do so to such individuals.
The Totem was lost along with Numidium shortly after the conquest of Tamriel, when the automaton was destroyed by the Underking. It was known to have resurfaced in the Iliac Bay region some time around 3E 401. After changing hands several times over the next few years, it was recovered by a mysterious adventurer sent by Emperor Uriel Septim VII.
In 3E 417, the Totem was simultaneously given to (and used by) seven factions around the Iliac Bay. This caused the phenomenon now known as the Warp in the West, during the events of which the Totem was apparently lost again.
The Mantella was a massive green gem that was used to power the Brass God Numidium in place of its original power source, the Heart of Lorkhan so Tiber could use it in his conquests. The Mantella was created by Zurin Arctus but what was used as the source of power is a point of much dispute. It was powered by the heart or life-force of either Zurin Arctus, Ysmir Wulfharth,, Tiber Septim himself, or even various combinations of the three of them.[UOL 1] What is known is that ultimately Tiber Septim was the one to wield the artifact which he used to empower the Numidium and crush his enemies all throughout Tamriel.
Boots of the ApostleEdit
The Boots of the Apostle are very mysterious. The wearer of the boots is rumored to be able to levitate, though sightings of them in use have been extremely rare. They are relics of Tiber Septim and are legendary treasures of Cyrodiil. When he descended from the mountains of High Hrothgar, he came riding the clouds, striding through the air in the boots that were gifted to him by the Greybeards for his cunning craft and riddling. The Nerevarine reportedly recovered the boots and sold them to the Mournhold Museum of Artifacts in 3E 427.
Hjalti's Sword was the blade of Hjalti Early-Beard which he personally wielded in the sacking of Old Hrol'dan. Circa 4E 201 an old restless shade who fought alongside Hjalti during the battle mistook the Last Dragonborn for Hjalti and was unable to rest due to an unfulfilled promise Hjalti had made him to become his sworn brother following the battle. The Last Dragonborn retrieved the Sword and presented it to the ghost which finally allowed him to rest.
Horn of SummoningEdit
The Horn of Summoning is an artifact of immense power that was obtained by Tiber Septim. In exchange for the Horn, Tiber gave the Dunmer possession of the Staff of Chaos, which was thereafter guarded by the Dark Elf god Ephen. The Horn was said to have been capable of even greater devastation than the ever powerful Staff Of Chaos.
Many key and equally shadowy figures played a crucial role in the rise of Tiber Septim and his Empire.
- Imperial Battlemage Zurin Arctus — Septim's closest subordinate who served as his Imperial Battlemage. A master strategist and diplomat who advised Tiber Septim in warfare such as the battle of Five Bridges, and helped broker negotiations such as the terms of the Armistice, in particular the acquisition of the powerful golem Numidum. Talos and Zurin joined together to form an Oversoul to fortify the throne and land of Tamriel. In this form they were known as the Enamtiomorph and described as the two-headed ruling king, and the red jewel of conquest who contained multitudes. The Oversoul ended when One betrayed the Other and the world shuddered from this separation. Some viewed the aftermath as the malignant half of the Oversoul (Tiber) forming an Empire of Evil with the Numidium.[UOL 1] Died towards the very end of the Tiber Wars, but later returned with a vengeance as the Underking.
- Ysmir Kingmaker Wulfharth — While not a member of Tiber Septim's council per official Imperial record, certain controversial sources claimed that ever since the beginning of the Tiber wars, the reincarnated Wulfharth, known by this point as the Underking served alongside Talos as his general. As the story goes, Wulfharth with his ability to summon great storms, and extreme affinity for Thu'um that he wielded as a fellow Dragonborn, was able to help Talos route many enemies on the field of battle, but Wulfharth desperately wanted to kill his ancient enemies the Dunmeri gods Almsivi. Tiber sought no such thing and instead reached a truce with the Tribunal. This infuriated Wulfharth who left the side of Tiber, only to return under the guise of a trap set by Tiber Septim and Zurin Arctus in which Wulfharth was soul trapped and vanquished.
- Lord Admiral Amiel Richton — A naval officer who started his service as a captain under Cuhlecain. Rose in rank rather quickly during the Tiber Wars. He commanded the Imperial New West Navy against Hammerfell, dealing a crushing blow in the Battle of the Hunding Bay. Appointed Provisional Governor of Stros M'Kai and killed three months later in an insurrection.
- General Symmachus — A high-ranking non-Imperial officer, involved in the invasion of Morrowind, from where he hailed. Received the rank of a general after the Sack of Mournhold, having a personal grudge against the ruling family of the city. Lived to see the end of the Tiber Wars, becoming the Prime Minister of Morrowind and later on king consort to Barenziah.
- General Pottreid — Commander of the Third Legion. According to an account of one of his legionnaires, he, along with his legion, was deployed all over Tamriel. It is uncertain if he shared the fate of the Third Legion at the Battle of Black Rocks.
- Admiral Vasi Hadrach — Known only as Richton's predecessor. Murdered in a brothel in Daggerfall by rebel Reachmen.
- Provisional Governor Senecus Goddkey — Appointed the Provisional Governor of Sentinel after Baron Volag went into hiding, who cast him out of Sentinel a couple of months later in a planned insurrection.
- Provisional Governor Titus Alorius — Appointed the Provisional Governor of the Western Reach, a region that had always had poor relations with the Empire.
- Commander Beatia of Ylliolos — Officer in charge of a legion stationed in Porhnak. Known for her tactical brilliance with which she survived an ambush by the Nords in 2E 855.
- Nafaalilargus — Tiber Septim's "proud soldier" and "loyal vassal", said to be the very jewel of the crown. In exchange for his services Nafaalilargus was a well-paid mercenary, and sworn protection. Being a red dragon, he was a living symbol of the rapidly expanding Empire.
- Count Sven Advensen — Known only as a retired Nord officer. Lived to see the end of the Tiber Wars and was given the county of Blackmoor to rule as a reward for his loyalty.
- Imperial Emissary Dram — A former assassin of the Morag Tong, loyal to Tiber Septim since the very beginning and also acted as the apprentice of Zurin Arctus. served as Tiber Septim's personal emissary and one of his chief lieutenants. Tiber Septim was very fond of this ally, warning his officers who worked alongside Dram to never underestimate the subtlety of his schemes. Heavily involved in the campaigns in Hammerfell, where he was killed in an insurrection.
- Chevalier Renald — A captain of the ancient Akaviri Dragonguard, Renald had served under Reman III and witnessed the fall of the Reman Dynasty. He and many among his rank awaited the return of the fated Dragonborn Emperor to restore the reign of man and end the Interregnum. Prior to the onset of the Tiber Wars, Renald had supported Cuhlecain's bid to the Red Ruby Throne, only later for it to be discovered this was a ruse to get closer to Tiber Septim, per the instructions of a mysterious "pig".
- Tiber Septim did not tolerate any harboring of fugitives during his reign and personally mandated summary execution via hanging for anyone who did so.
- Tiber Septim founded a knightly order known as the Order of the Dragon the highest possible rank in the order was that of the Champion of Cyrodiil, which was an honor bestowed upon only 7 individuals in the history of the Third Empire.
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
- Ghost of Old Hroldan's dialogue in Skyrim
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Invocation — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Mythic Dawn Commentaries 3 — Mankar Camoran
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The 36 Lessons of Vivec — Vivec
- The Prophet's dialogue in Oblivion
- Lord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions 2 — Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius
- Eydis' dialogue in Skyrim
- The Ghost of Old Hroldan quest in Skyrim
- Lalatia Varian's dialogue in Morrowind
- Holidays in Daggerfall
- Holidays of the Iliac Bay — Theth-i
- Arngeir's dialogue in Skyrim
- Response to Bero's Speech — Malviser, Battlemage
- Battle of Sancre Tor
- Tobias' dialogue
- Krisandra's dialogue
- S'rathra's biography on Redguard's official website
- Events of Redguard
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Varieties of Faith... — Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
- Attrebus' biography on Redguard's old site.
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the South — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- A Short History of Morrowind — Jeanette Sitte
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Prologue — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Real Barenziah — Plitinius Mero
- On Morrowind — Erramanwe of Sunhold
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Temple: Morrowind — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Prologue — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Letters from a Friend during The Mantella Revealed in Daggerfall
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Arena Main Quest opening text.
- Arena French manual story.
- Hallgerd's Tale — Tavi Dromio
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- Elderscrolls.com Timeline
- Heimskr's dialogue in Skyrim
- Biography of Queen Barenziah — Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Oblivion Mobile dialogue
- The Talos Mistake — Leonora Venatus
- "They say Tiber Septim never really died. He became the Underking." rumor in Daggerfall
- There Be Dragons — Torhal Bjorik
- A Lucky Coin quest in Morrowind
- Wulf's dialogue in Morrowind
- Weynon Priory quest in Oblivion
- Dagon Shrine quest in Oblivion
- Martin's dialogue in Oblivion
- Jauffre's dialogue in Oblivion.
- Events of Oblivion
- Events of Oblivion Mobile
- Pilgrimage quest in Knights of the Nine
- The Blessing of Talos quest in Knights of the Nine
- Umaril the Unfeathered quest in Knights of the Nine
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- The Rise and Fall of the Blades — Anonymous
- The Troll Trap quest in Blades
- The Haunted Grove quest in Blades
- The Freedom to Believe quest in Blades
- The Messenger quest in Blades
- A Friend in Need quest in Blades
- Thalmor Dossier: Ulfric Stormcloak
- Stormcloak Banner description in Blades
- Ralof's dialogue in Skyrim
- Hadvar's dialogue in Skyrim
- Nords Arise! — Anonymous
- Paarthurnax's dialogue in Skyrim
- Jarl Balgruuf the Greater's dialogue in Skyrim
- The Wolf Queen — Waughin Jarth
- A New Era Card in Legends
- Generic dialogue in Morrowind
- Dialogue with Hrongar
- Dialogue with Vignar Gray-Mane
- The Origin of Cyrus! — Michael Kirkbride
- The Book of the Dragonborn — Prior Emelene Madrine
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Wild Regions — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Brief History of the Empire — Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian
- The Real Barenziah, Part VII — Plitinius Mero
- The Real Barenziah, v 4 — Anonymous
- Loading screen in Oblivion
- Guide to the Imperial City — Alessia Ottus
- Brief History of the Empire — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay — Sathyr Longleat
- Agent of the Underking's dialogue in Daggerfall
- Gaston Tussaud's dialogue in Oblivion
- The Stone of St. Alessia quest in Oblivion
- Sir Roderic's dialogue in Oblivion
- Ten Commands: Nine Divines
- For my Gods and Emperor — Imperial Cult
- Dialogue on Nine Divines in Morrowind
- Brother Piner's dialogue in Oblivion
- Prior Maborel's dialogue in Oblivion
- Arius Rulician's dialogue in Morrowind
- Note from Oritius Maro — Oritius Maro
- Reflections on Cult Worship — Cuseius Plecia
- Sir Amiel's Journal — Sir Amiel
- Sir Amiel's dialogue in Knights of the Nine
- The Blessing of Talos quest in Knights of the Nine
- Eorlund Gray-Mane's dialogue in Skyrim
- Nels the Naughty's dialogue in Oblivion
- Nura Snow-Shod's dialogue in Skyrim
- Cirroc's dialogue in Oblivion
- The Stone of St. Alessia quest in Oblivion
- High Chancellor Ocato's dialogue in Oblivion
- Blood of the Divines quest in Oblivion
- Events of Daggerfall
- Totem of Tiber Septim during the Totem, Totem, Who Gets the Totem? quest in Daggerfall
- The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- The Warp in the West — Ulvius Tero
- Dust of Restful Death journal entry in Daggerfall
- Tamrielic Lore — Yagrum Bagarn
- Lalatia Varian's dialogue in Morrowind
- Events of Tribunal
- The Real Barenziah, v 5 — Anonymous
- The Art of War Magic — Zurin Arctus, with Commentary By Other Learned Masters
- Mysterious Akavir
- Richton's biography on Redguard's official website
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High Rock — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Ice and Chitin — Pletius Spatec
- Nafaalilargus' conversation with Cyrus
- Dram Character Biography - Redguard.com
- Dragon is Dead scene in Redguard
- Chevalier Renald's dialogue in ESO: Scalebreaker
- Wanted Poster in Redguard
- High Chancellor Ocato's dialogue in Oblivion
Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off the information in this article and may not consist of definitive lore.
- Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel
- Talos Farewells the King of Atmora — Michael Kirkbride
- Numidium's siege of Alinor — Michael Kirkbride
- From The Many-Headed Talos — Michael Kirkbride
- Michael Kirkbride's Posts
- The Nords' Totemic Religion, The Imperial Library