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Emperor Titus Mede II.

The title of Emperor or Empress is the name of a ruler of a specific Empire. It has also been applied to the rulers of the Ysgramor Dynasty, the Reman Dynasty, the Septim Dynasty, and the Mede Dynasty. The Emperor is the Head of State for the entire Empire. The Emperor resides in the Imperial Palace in the Imperial City. With the title inherited through blood by the first-born male child of the current emperor, the title has been bestowed upon daughters and dowagers. Until the reign of Tiber Septim, the title was passed through lineage. With no surviving heirs, Septim was granted the title due to his war prowess. After the death of the last-known Septim heir at the end of the Oblivion Crisis, Martin Septim, the Elder Council struggled to declare an emperor, until Titus Mede I seized the Ruby Throne; thus began the Mede Dynasty.

Since the rule of Slave-Queen Alessia, the Amulet of Kings has traditionally been a symbol of the Emperor's power, with the Aedric relic being the means by which the ceremonial Dragonfires were lit within Temple of the One, at the Emperor's seat of power, the Imperial City. This tradition has been abandoned since during the Oblivion Crisis the Amulet of Kings was shattered and the Dragonfires were lit permanently.

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Emperors ascend to the throne through bloodlines. The title is usually handed from father to son, upon the death of the former.[1] The title has been handed to dowagers of Emperors, most notably Katariah.[2] In the absence of an heir, the Empires successions were different, during the time of the Second Empire the Akaviri Potentate ruled in the Emperors stead.[3] During the Third Empire the Elder Council elected a Potentate to rule in the Emperor's place until a suitable alternative can be crowned.[4]

The Amulet of Kings[]

The Amulet of Kings, the Crown Jewel of the Empire.

The Amulet of Kings is the Crown Jewel of the Emperors of Tamriel.[5]

When Saint Alessia rallied the slaves against the Ayleids, Akatosh bestowed upon her the gem that would later be faceted into the Amulet of Kings.[5] The jewel later became crucial in the crowning of Cyrodilic Emperors.[6]

During the Septim Dynasty, newly crowned Emperors brought the amulet to the Temple of the One to light the Dragonfires and keep the barrier between Tamriel and Oblivion shut.[5] Martin Septim, an illegitimate heir, broke the tradition when he destroyed the amulet to invoke Akatosh and return Mehrunes Dagon to Oblivion, thus sealing the barrier between Oblivion and Tamriel forever.[7]


Ysgramor Dynasty[]

The origins of the first Empire of the Nords date back to the late Merethic Era when Ysgramor and his sons escaped the slaughter of the first human city of Saarthal by the native elves.[8] He returned to Skyrim with an army known as the Five Hundred Companions and lead a reprisal campaign against the elven population.[9]The city of Saarthal was retaken and eventually rebuilt.[citation needed] Ysgramor then ordered the construction of Windhelm which would serve as the capital of the Empire.[citation needed]

In the following years, Ysgramor and his army hunted the remaining elves to near extinction.[10] Once Skyrim had been purged of Snow Elves, the ancient Nords turned their attention to Solstheim where a great number of skirmishes were said to have taken place.[citation needed]

Alessian Empire[]

The first Imperial Empire of Tamriel began with Queen Alessia.[11] The Alessian Empire often called the "First Empire,"[citation needed] was founded by Alessia after the overthrow of the Ayleid by the human slaves in Cyrodiil.[12][11] Outside of historical writings, the term more specifically refers to the Empire as it exists since the unification of Tamriel under Tiber Septim, Emperor of Cyrodiil at the end of the Second Era.[citation needed]

Reman Empire[]

The birth of the Reman Empire is shrouded in myth.[citation needed] It is believed that in the first Interregnum, many lords and warlords fought for the throne, while others searched and prayed to Saint Alessia for the return of the peace brought with the first empire. Hrol, king of what is now known as Old Hroldan, specifically went searching for the spirit of Alessia. He had a vision of her standing with Akatosh, and was seduced by the spirit of Alessia. According to one of his shieldthanes, he "did love unto a hillock" in the belief it was Alessia.[6]

Nine months later, the Hill birthed Reman Cyrodiil, who even as an infant spoke with the voice of an Adult. He marched into The Imperial City and was proclaimed a divine emperor.[6] Reman managed to unite the Empire's claims of Skyrim, High Rock, Hammerfell, Nibenay, and Colovia by repelling Akaviri invaders at Pale Pass.[citation needed] Elsweyr and Valenwood were taken militarily in the next decade or so.[citation needed] Morrowind never joined the Empire because, as the war between them was concluding, Reman Cyrodiil III and his son were both assassinated by the Morag Tong.[citation needed]

The Reman Empire fell twice.[citation needed] First it fell at its peak, with the assassination of all Reman Cyrodiil's heirs.[citation needed] This led to the slow decline of the empire under the Akaviri potentate, Versidue Shaie, a Tsaesci, who ruled for 430 years and established the Fighters Guild and the Guild's act. in 2E 324, the potentate was assassinated by the Morag Tong and his son, Savirien Chorak, took power.[13] The new potentate swiftly illegalized all Morag Tong operations, in fear of suffering the same fate as his predecessor and father. This eventually led to the formation of the Dark Brotherhood, which, ironically, was responsible for the assassination of the Potentate and all his heirs in the years to come, thus ending the empire.[citation needed]

Septim Empire[]

Martin Septim, the last Septim Emperor

A series of non-noteworthy Emperors would follow over the next four hundred years, until the rise to prominence of the Imperial General Talos Stormcrown, also known as Tiber Septim.[citation needed] Septim commanded the army and navy of Cyrodiil through a number of victories or stalemates, slowly bringing the independent states of Tamriel under the umbrella of Imperial Provinces. Talos' own emperor was assassinated in 2E 854, leaving the Elder Council in charge of the government and, effectively, putting Tiber Septim in charge of the Empire.[citation needed] He continued to press his attacks across Tamriel, until in 2E 896, he enacts a truce between Cyrodiil and Morrowind to bring the Dunmer province into the Empire as a mostly independent province, in return for the aid of the golem Numidium in defeating the rest of the continent.[citation needed] Talos succeeds, and is named Emperor Tiber Septim, beginning both the Third Era and the Third Empire, the Septim Empire.[citation needed]

During his time as Emperor, Tiber Septim had an affair with a Dunmeri queen named Barenziah. Outraged by the pregnancy, he ordered the child aborted. Barenziah fled the province.[14]

The first few in the line of Septim Emperors ruled with relative peace and prosperity, but within 50 years, mismanagement and political infighting become the norm.[citation needed] In more than one case, wars are fought over the throne, including the notable War of the Red Diamond, fought among three surviving heirs.[citation needed] Potential kings or queens frequently attack the sitting Emperor, or have him assassinated, and the Empire begins to lose its grip on several provinces.[citation needed] It would not be until the reign of Uriel Septim V that the lands of Tamriel were reconquered and the Empire returned to its place of power.[citation needed] Unfortunately, Uriel V also chose to launch an ill-planned invasion of Akavir, in which he was defeated soundly and killed.[citation needed]

The next generations of Septim rule restored the peace, prosperity, and most importantly, the stability of the Imperial line to Cyrodiil.[citation needed] By the time of Pelagius IV and his son, Uriel VII, the Empire was back almost to the height of its power.[citation needed]

Uriel VII's reign was overall a stable one, but was dotted with occasional strife and near-catastrophe. His Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn, possibly at the urging of Mehrunes Dagon, imprisoned him and ruled in his stead for several years.[citation needed] The Emperor escaped just in time to thwart an attempt by the King of Wayrest to conquer Daggerfall.[citation needed] By the time of the Dagoth Ur crisis in Morrowind, there was talk of the failing health of the Emperor, and concerns over the future of the Empire.[citation needed]

As it turned out, the Emperor's health was not an issue, but he was assassinated trying to flee the Imperial City after learning of the murder of every known heir to the throne.[citation needed] Their murderers, a cult called the Mythic Dawn, serving Mehrunes Dagon, were preparing Tamriel for an invasion by the Daedric Lord.[citation needed] Septim's one remaining illegitimate son Martin eventually led a defense of the Empire by becoming an avatar of Akatosh and defeating Dagon, but died in the process.[citation needed]

The Empire was left without an heir once more, but this time, with no one even distantly related to Tiber Septim available to be crowned.[citation needed] The Elder Council, which had essentially ruled during the periods of the weakest emperors, was now officially running the Empire.[citation needed] Many provinces floated rumors of dissolving the Empire; after the Oblivion Crisis many provinces left the empire like Black Marsh.[citation needed]

After the death of the last Septim and the subsequent beginning of the Fourth Era, the Elder Council struggled to maintain peace in Cyrodiil, placing new Emperors on the throne—none of which were well-taken by the people of the Empire. Eventually a Colovian warlord named Titus Mede conquered the Imperial City with just a thousand men and crowned himself Emperor. Thus began the Mede Dynasty.[15]

Following the death of Titus Mede II, the Council could not successfully coronate another emperor.

List of Known Emperors[]

The following is a list of Emperors known to have ruled The Empire of Tamriel and their respective reigns.

First Nordic Empire[]

Alessian Dynasty[]

Reman Dynasty[]


Septim Dynasty[]

Stormcrown Interregnum[]

Mede Dynasty[]

Other royalty[]


  • When the Roman Republic, the real world analogue on which the Empire of Tamriel is based, became a de facto monarchy in the second half of the 1st century BCE, at first there was no name for the title of the new type of monarch. Ancient Romans abhorred the name Rex ("king"), and it was critical to the political order to maintain the forms and pretenses of republican rule.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Brief History of the Empire, Book I
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Madness of Pelagius
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Cyrodiil
  4. Rising Threat, Vol. III
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Amulet of Kings
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Remanada
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gameplay from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  8. Night of Tears
  9. Songs of the Return, Vol 2
  10. Fall of the Snow Prince
  11. 11.0 11.1 Shezarr and the Divines
  12. 12.0 12.1 Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Eras
  13. Mysterious Akavir
  14. The Nightingales Vol. 2
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Rising Threat, Vol. IV
  16. Songs of the Return, Vol 19
  17. Plaque outside of the Palace of the Kings
  18. Frontier, Conquest
  19. Pocket Guide to the Empire, First Edition: Skyrim
  20. King Edward, Book X – a work of fiction.
  21. The Aetherium Wars
  22. A History of Daggerfall
  23. Rislav The Righteous
  24. Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Black Marsh
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Tomb in Sancre Tor
  26. Annals of the Dragonguard
  27. 2920, The Last Year of the First Era
  28. Varieties of Faith in the Empire
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Wolf Queen, Book II
  30. 30.0 30.1 The Wolf Queen, Book III
  31. 31.0 31.1 Biography of the Wolf Queen
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Wolf Queen, Book V
  33. The Wolf Queen, Book VI
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 The Wolf Queen, Book VII
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Brief History of the Empire, Book II
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 The Wolf Queen, Book VIII
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 The Third Era Timeline
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Brief History of the Empire, Book III
  39. Disaster of Ionith
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Brief History of the Empire, Book IV
  41. Assassination of Uriel Septim VII
  42. An Elder Scrolls Novel: Lord of Souls
  43. An Elder Scrolls Novel: The Infernal City
  44. The Great War
  45. Gameplay from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim