The first book of this series described, in
brief, the first eight emperors of the Septim Dynasty beginning
with Tiber I.
The second volume described the War of the
Red Diamond and the six emperors who followed. The third volume
describes the troubles of the next three emperors, the frustrated
Uriel IV, the ineffectual Cephorus II, and the the heroic
At Uriel V's death across the sea in distant
hostile Akavir, Uriel VI was but five years old. In fact,
Uriel VI was born only shortly before his father left for
Akavir. Uriel V's only other progeny, by a different woman,
were the twins Morihatha and Eloisa, who had been born a month
after Uriel V left. Uriel VI was coronated in the 290th year
of the third era. The consort Thonica as the boy's mother
was given a restricted Regency until Uriel VI reached his
minority. The Council retained the real power, as they had
ever since the days of Katariah I.
The Council so enjoyed its unlimited and unrestricted
freedom to make laws (and profits), Uriel VI was not given
full license to rule until 307, when he was 22 years old.
He had been slowly assuming positions of responsibility for
years, but both the Council and his mother, who enjoyed even
her limited regency, were loath to give him reign. By the
time he came to the throne, the mechanisms of government gave
him little power, but the power to veto.
This power he regularly exercised. By 313,
Uriel VI could boast with conviction that he truly did rule
Tamriel. He utilized defunct spy networks and guard units
to bully and coerce the difficult members of the Elder Council.
His sister was his usual ally, after her marriage to Baron
Ulfe Gersen of Winterhold brought her considerable wealth
and influence. As the sage Ugaridge said, "Uriel V conquered
Esroniet, but Uriel VI conquered the Elder Council."
When Uriel VI fell from his horse and could
not be saved by the finest Imperial healers, his beloved sister
Morihatha took the throne. At 25 years of age, she had been
described by (admittedly self-serving) diplomats as the most
beautiful creature in Tamriel. She was certainly well-learned,
vivacious, athletic, and a well-practiced politician. She
brought the Archmagister of Skyrim to the Imperial City and
created the second Imperial Battlemage since the days of Tiber
Morihatha finished the job her brother had
begun, and made the Imperial Province truly a government under
the Emperess. Outside the Imperial Province, however, the
Empire had been slowly disintegrating. Open revolutions and
civil wars had raged unchallenged since the days of her grandfather
Cephorus II. Carefully coordinating her counterattacks, Morihatha
slowly took back her rebellious vassals, always avoiding overextending
Though Morihatha's military campaigns were
remarkable successful, the Council was often frustrated by
her deliberate pace. One Councilman, an Argonian named Thoricles
Romus, furious at her refusal to send troops to his troubled
lands, is believed to be the man who hired the assassins who
claimed her life in 3E 339. Romus was tried and executed,
though he protested his innocence.
Morihatha had no surviving children, and Eloisa
had died of a fever four years before. Eloisa's 25-year-old
son Pelagius was crowned Pelagius IV.
Pelagius IV continued his aunt's work, slowly
bringing back the seditious kingdoms of his Empire. He had
Morihatha's patience and deliberate pace in his endeavors,
but, alas, he did not have her success. The kingdoms had been
free of constraints for so long, even a benign Imperial presence
was odious. Nevertheless, when Pelagius died, after an astonishing
forty-nine year reign, Tamriel was closer to unity than it
had been since the days of Uriel I.
Our current Emperor, his Awesome and Terrible
Majesty, Uriel Septim VII, son of Pelagius IV, has the diligence
of his great aunt Morihatha, the political skill of his great
uncle Uriel VI, and the military prowess of his great grand-uncle
Uriel V. For twenty-one years he reigned and brought justice
and order to Tamriel. In the year 3E 389, his Imperial Battlemage
Jagar Tharn betrayed him.
Uriel VII was imprisoned in a dimension of
Tharn's creation, and Tharn used his magic of illusion to
assume the Emperor's aspect. For the next ten years, Tharn
used Imperial priveleges, but did not continue Uriel VII's
schedule of reconquest. It is not entirely known yet what
Tharn's goals and personal accomplishments were during the
ten years he imitated his liege lord. In 3E 399, a mysterious
champion defeated the Battlemage in the dungeons of the Imperial
Palace and freed Uriel VII from his other dimensional cell.
Since his release, Uriel VII has worked diligently
to renew the battle to reunite Tamriel. Tharn's interference
broke the momentuum, but the years since then have proven
that the glorious golden age of Tiber Septim may be visited
on Tamriel once again.
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