Barenziah was welcomed kindly by the Emperor
Tiber Septim and his family, who treated her like a daughter
during her stay in the newly built Imperial City. After several
happy months there learning her duties as a regent under the
Empire, Symmachus escorted her to Mournhold where she took
up her duties as Queen of her people, under his wise guidance.
Gradually they came to love one another and were married and
crowned in a splendid ceremony at which the Emperor himself
After several hundred years of marriage a
son, Helseth, was born to the royal couple, amid rejoicing
and prayers to the goddess who had at last blessed their marriage.
Although it was not known at the time, it was shortly before
this blessed event that the Staff of Chaos was stolen from
its hiding place deep in the Mournhold mines by a clever bard
known only as Nightingale.
Eight years after Helseth's birth, Barenziah
bore a daughter, Morgiah, named for Symmachus' mother and
the royal couple's joy was complete. Alas, shortly after that,
relations with the Empire mysteriously deteriorated, leading
to much civil unrest in Mournhold. After fruitless inquiries
and attempts at reconciliation, in desperation Barenziah took
her young children and travelled to Imperial City herself
to seek the Emperor's ear. Symmachus remained in Mournhold.
During her audience with the Emperor, Barenziah, through her
magical arts, came to realize, to her horror and dismay, that
the so-called Emperor was an imposter, none other than the
Bard Nightingale who had stolen the Staff of Chaos. Exercising
great self control she concealed this realization from him.
That evening news came that Symmachus had been killed in battle
and that Mournhold had been taken by the rebels. Barenziah
knew not where to seek help, when a knock sounded at her door.
It was Eadwyre, King of Wayrest, and an old friend of Uriel
Septim and Symmachus. He comforted her, pledged his friendship
and confirmed her suspicions that the Emperor was indeed an
impostor, and none other than Jagar Tharn, the Imperial Battlemage.
Tharn had supposedly retired from public work and put his
assistant, Ria Silmane, in his stead. As it seemed, Tharn
had never left the Imperial City. Ria was indeed dead, but
her ghost had appeared in Eadwyre's dreams and revealed that
the true Emperor had been kidnapped by Tharn and imprisoned
in an alternate plane. Tharn had then used the Staff of Chaos
to kill her when she attempted to warn the Council of his
Together, Eadwyre and Barenziah plotted to
gain the imposter's confidence and unmask him with the help
of another friend of Ria's, who was currently in prison, but
to whose dreams she had access, and who possessed great, albeit
untapped, potential. Barenziah charmed and befriended the
fake Emperor. By reading his secret diary she learned that
he had broken the Staff into eight pieces and hidden them.
She managed to obtain a copy of the key to Ria's friend's
cell and bribed a guard to leave it within the cell, as if
by accident. Their Champion, whose name was unknown even to
Barenziah and Eadwyre, made his escape through a shift gate
Ria had openned in a dark rat infested corner of the prison
where the cowardly goblin guards feared to venture. It took
Barenziah several months to learn the hiding places of all
eight staff pieces through snatches of overheard conversation
and rare glimpses of the diary. Once she had the vital information,
she and Eadwyre fled to Wayrest where they managed to stave
off the sporadic efforts of Tharn's henchmen to obtain revenge.
Tharn, whatever else might be said of him, was no one's fool
save perhaps Barenziah's, and he concentrated most of his
efforts in tracking down and destroying the great Champion.
As all now know, the brave, tireless, and
forever nameless Champion was successful in reuniting the
Staff of Chaos. With it, he destroyed Tharn and rescued the
true Emperor, Uriel Septim VII. Following the Restoration,
a grand state memorial service was held for Symmachus in the
Imperial City, befitting the man who had served the Septim
family so long and so well. Barenziah and good King Eadwyre
had come to care deeply for one another, and had married in
the year after their flight from Imperial City. Her children
remained with her and a regent was appointed to rule Mournhold
in her absence. She planned to return after Eadwyre's death.
He was elderly when they wed so she knew that event, alas,
could not be far off as the elves reckon time.
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