Belharza the Emperor - concept-art by Michael Kirkbride

Sketch of Belharza by Michael Kirkbride[UL 1]

Belharza, also known as Belharza the Man-Bull,[1] was the second Emperor of the Alessian Empire. He was the son of Alessia and Morihaus,[1] and Morihaus was said to be a Demigod in the form of a winged bull.[1][2] As a result, Belharza was sometimes referred to as a "man-bull" due to being a mix of Nede and and Et'Ada Bull, thereby being the first Minotaur.[UL 2]


Belharza child - concept-art by Michael Kirkbride

Belharza as a child[UL 1]

Belharza was born sometime during the early First Era, as the firstborn child of Alessia and Morihaus.[UL 1]

In 1E 266, after Empress Alessia was transformed into the first Cyrodilic Saint by Shezarr, he was crowned as the second Emperor of the Alessian Empire.[1] It is said that during his reign as Emperor, there were several Ayleids ruling in Malada.[3]

According to Nonus Caprenius, the Alessian Order widely persecuted minotaurs under the Empire's influence. He interprets Belharza's appearance on an ancient tablet called the Belharza Stone as referring to a conflict between Belharza and the precursors of the Alessian Order.[1] Belharza is said to have died in combat with elves,[4] and was succeeded by his son Ami-El.


  • Rare private letters between him and his mother Alessia are held in The Library of Dusk.[5]


Notice: The following are unlicensed references. They are not copyrighted by a ZeniMax Media company, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Official Tumblr post by Michael Kirkbride
  2. The Imperial Library: Humanoid
Emperor of Cyrodiil
St. Alessia 1E 2661E 322 Ami-El

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