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|image = Jagar Tharn (Arena).png
 
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|race = [[Bosmer]]<ref name="TRBB5">''[[The Real Barenziah, Book V]]''</ref>
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|race = [[Bosmer]]<ref name="TRBB5">''[[The Real Barenziah, Book V]]'' by Anonymous</ref>
 
|gender = Male
 
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==Background==
 
==Background==
 
===Early Life===
 
===Early Life===
Tharn's earlier life before Imperial service has been left mostly ambiguous.
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Tharn's early life before Imperial service is highly ambiguous. Tharn claimed to have been born in southern [[Valenwood]] to a [[Bosmer]] mother, though [[Symmachus]] claimed that he was part-[[Dunmer]], part-[[Altmer]], and "part the gods only know what." Symmachus also claimed that [[Men|Human blood]] was absent from Tharn's ancestry. This, however, is untrue if he is a member by birth of [[House Tharn]] whose other members have been notable [[Nibenese]] rulers.<ref name="TRBB5" /> Tharn also claimed to be the heir of [[Moraelyn]], a Dunmer of the [[First Era]] whose brother was the [[King]] of [[Ebonheart]].<ref>''[[The Real Barenziah, Book IV]]'' by Anonymous</ref>
   
What is known about Tharn's younger life is mostly what Tharn had claimed: he was born in southern [[Valenwood]], to a [[Bosmer|Wood Elven]] mother. According to [[The Real Barenziah, Book V]], Tharn was a [[Dunmer|Dark Elven]]/[[Altmer|High Elven]] mix, [[Symmachus]] also stating that he was "...part the gods only know what."<ref name="TRBB5" /> Tharn couldn't be a [[Breton]], due to it being said that [[Men|Human blood]] was absent from him, leading to the former statement of him being born in Valenwood to be true. He claims to be the heir of [[Moraelyn]].<ref>''[[The Real Barenziah, Book IV]]''</ref>
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Tharn was a mage-priest at the [[Temple of Sethiete]] in [[Camlorn]], [[High Rock]]. He turned to thievery for a short period of time after leaving the temple's circle, stealing many books of old, powerful, and forgotten spells along with lore and articles about many ancient tools and magical items. Included among these texts was information on the Staff of Chaos, an immensely powerful magical staff said to be made with the land itself.<ref>''[[Mystery of Talara, Book IV]]'' by [[Mera Llykith]]</ref> In [[3E 376]], Tharn had either traveled to [[Mournhold]] under one of his alter-egos, an enigmatic bard named "Nightingale", or tasked [[Drayven Indoril]] to do so,<ref>''[[The Nightingales Vol. 2]]'' by [[Gallus Desidenius]]</ref> and stole the Staff of Chaos from its hiding place in the Mournhold mines.<ref name="BOB3">''[[Biography of Barenziah, v3]]'' by [[Stern Gamboge]]</ref>
   
Tharn was also a mage-priest at the [[Temple of Sethiete]] in [[Camlorn]], [[High Rock]]. He turned to thievery for a short period of time after leaving the temple's circle, stealing many books of old, powerful and forgotten spells, along with lore and articles about many ancient tools and magical items, including the Staff of Chaos, an immensely powerful magical staff said to be made with the land itself.<ref>[[Mystery of Talara, Book IV]] (Illusion), {{Skyrim}}</ref>
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Later in his life, Tharn had been appointed Imperial Battlemage of the Empire and adviser to Uriel Septim VII. In [[3E 389]], Tharn used the Staff of Chaos to trap the Emperor and banished him to [[Oblivion (Realm)|Oblivion]]. After his apprentice, [[Ria Silmane]], threatened that she would warn the [[Elder Council]] of his treachery, Tharn used the staff to eliminate her corporeal form, though she was still able to communicate intermittently with Tamriel's inhabitants.<ref name="EOTA"/>
 
In [[3E 376]], Tharn had traveled to [[Mournhold]] under one of his alter-egos, an enigmatic bard named Nightingale, and stole the Staff of Chaos from its hiding place in the Mournhold mines.<ref name="BOB3">[[Biography of Barenziah, v 3|Biography of Barenziah, v3]]</ref>
 
 
An ambiguous stretch of time later, Tharn managed to become the Imperial Battlemage and adviser of Uriel Septim VII. In 3E 389, Tharn used the Staff of Chaos to trap the Emperor, and banished him to Mehrunes Dagon's plane of [[Oblivion (Realm)|Oblivion]]. After [[Ria Silmane]] threatened that she would warn the [[Elder Council]] of his treachery, Tharn used the staff to eliminate her corporeal form.<ref name="EOTA"/>
 
   
 
[[File:Tharn Ursurps Throne (Arena).png|thumb|right|Tharn sitting on the Imperial Throne with the Staff of Chaos.]]
 
[[File:Tharn Ursurps Throne (Arena).png|thumb|right|Tharn sitting on the Imperial Throne with the Staff of Chaos.]]
Tharn, using Illusion magic, took the Emperor's appearance and usurped the throne of Tamriel, and replaced the Emperor's guard and servants with [[Lesser Daedra]] and other foul creatures, also using Illusion magic to hide them as humans so no one would suspect that the original guard were missing. After, he split the staff into eight perfectly formed pieces, as the land split itself. He then drained the pieces of the staff of its power, and put it into the Jewel of Fire, as a sustainable lifeforce.<ref name="EOTA"/>
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Tharn, using Illusion magic, took the Emperor's appearance and usurped the [[Ruby Throne]], replacing the Emperor's guards and servants with [[lesser Daedra]] and other foul creatures, also using Illusion magic to disguise them and remain beyond suspicion. Later, he split the staff into eight pieces, as the land itself split. He then drained the pieces of the staff of its power, and put it into the Jewel of Fire, as a sustainable lifeforce.<ref name="EOTA"/>
   
 
The only fallacy with his plan would've been the true emperor, Uriel Septim VII, himself. Normally when the Emperor of Tamriel dies, the [[Elder Council]] is magically informed by the [[Amulet of Kings]] and meets to select a successor. By imprisoning Septim in another dimension where time ran slower, Tharn prevented this from happening. He then shattered the staff into eight pieces, which Ria Silmane explained was done by Tharn "splitting the land,"<ref name="EOTA"/> and hid them in all of Tamriel's provinces, excluding the [[Imperial Province (Arena)|Imperial Province]].
 
The only fallacy with his plan would've been the true emperor, Uriel Septim VII, himself. Normally when the Emperor of Tamriel dies, the [[Elder Council]] is magically informed by the [[Amulet of Kings]] and meets to select a successor. By imprisoning Septim in another dimension where time ran slower, Tharn prevented this from happening. He then shattered the staff into eight pieces, which Ria Silmane explained was done by Tharn "splitting the land,"<ref name="EOTA"/> and hid them in all of Tamriel's provinces, excluding the [[Imperial Province (Arena)|Imperial Province]].
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In [[3E 397]], Tharn and [[Shadowmage]] [[Pergan Asuul]] tried to manipulate the [[War of Bend'r Mahk|War of the Bend'r-Mahk]] to create the Shadow of War, the powerful creature known as [[Umbra' Keth]]. However, a [[Hero of Azra's Crossing|mysterious hero]] with the help of [[Skelos Undriel]] and [[Azra Nightwielder]], thwarted his plan.<ref>Events of {{Shadowkey}}</ref>
 
In [[3E 397]], Tharn and [[Shadowmage]] [[Pergan Asuul]] tried to manipulate the [[War of Bend'r Mahk|War of the Bend'r-Mahk]] to create the Shadow of War, the powerful creature known as [[Umbra' Keth]]. However, a [[Hero of Azra's Crossing|mysterious hero]] with the help of [[Skelos Undriel]] and [[Azra Nightwielder]], thwarted his plan.<ref>Events of {{Shadowkey}}</ref>
   
One year later, in [[3E 398]], Tharn made a bargain with Mehrunes Dagon to invade the [[Battlespire]], the Imperial training facility and bastion of the Imperial Battlemages.<ref name="EOB">Events of {{Battlespire}}</ref>
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The following year, in [[3E 398]], Tharn made a bargain with the [[Daedric Prince]] [[Mehrunes Dagon]] to invade the [[Battlespire]], the Imperial training facility and bastion of the Imperial Battlemages.<ref name="EOB">Events of {{Battlespire}}</ref>
   
Essential to protect himself, Tharn had to eliminate any and all threats to his reign. As some circles of battlemages were aware that Tharn was impersonating the emperor<ref>BattleMage (Warrior+Mage) Backstory, {{Daggerfall}},</ref> they clearly posed a threat. Mehrunes Dagon was defeated and cast back into Oblivion by a [[The Apprentice (Battlespire)|mysterious hero]], but the Battlespire was destroyed. The Imperial Battlemages were no longer capable of thwarting Tharn's reign.<ref name="EOB"/>
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Essential to protect himself, Tharn had to eliminate any and all threats to his reign. As some circles of battlemages were aware that Tharn was impersonating the Emperor<ref>BattleMage (Warrior/Mage) Backstory in {{Daggerfall}}</ref> they clearly posed a threat. Mehrunes Dagon was defeated and cast back into Oblivion by a [[The Apprentice (Battlespire)|mysterious hero]], but the Battlespire was destroyed. The Imperial Battlemages were no longer capable of thwarting Tharn's reign.<ref name="EOB"/>
   
Tharn's reign ended in [[3E 399]]. The Eternal Champion, with the help of Ria Silmane and Lady Barenziah,<ref name="BOB3"/> managed to gather the eight hidden pieces of the Staff of Chaos. During the final battle, in the depths of the [[Imperial Palace (Arena)|Imperial Palace Dungeon]], the Eternal Champion managed to unite the Jewel of Fire with the Staff of Chaos, a jewel that held Tharn's lifeforce.
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Tharn's reign ended in [[3E 399]]. The Eternal Champion, with the help of Ria Silmane and Lady Barenziah,<ref name="BOB3"/> managed to gather the eight hidden pieces of the Staff of Chaos. During the final battle in the [[Imperial Palace (Arena)|Imperial Palace]], the Eternal Champion managed to unite the Jewel of Fire, which served as Tharn's lifeforce, with the Staff of Chaos. Jagar Tharn disintegrated into fire-like ash and liquid, his clothes burning with him. Uriel Septim VII was saved and declared the hero the Eternal Champion of Tamriel.
 
Jagar Tharn disintegrated into fire-like ash and liquid, his clothes burning with him. Uriel Septim VII was saved, and declared the hero the Eternal Champion of Tamriel.
 
   
 
==Interactions==
 
==Interactions==
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*According to certain magic-based backstories for the main character in {{Daggerfall}}, there were circles of Imperial Battlemages who knew who Tharn "really was" when impersonating the emperor, but none were brave enough to stand up against him.
 
*According to certain magic-based backstories for the main character in {{Daggerfall}}, there were circles of Imperial Battlemages who knew who Tharn "really was" when impersonating the emperor, but none were brave enough to stand up against him.
*Interestingly, Jagar tharn is simultaneously said to have been a [[High Elf]]/[[Dark Elf]] mix by [[The Real Barenziah, Book V]], himself claiming to have been born to a [[Bosmer]] mother, as well as being listed as a (and possibly the last) member of [[House Tharn]], all of whose members are in fact [[Imperials]], despite Jager being described as having no "Human Blood." Whether This was just simply a mistake on Bethesda's part, his ethnicity is being intentionally left ambiguous, or if this is of some kind of lore significance, is left up for interpretation.
 
 
*According to some of the Eternal Champion's monologues during Tamriel's holidays, Tharn actively enforced higher taxation upon the Empire's citizens.
 
*According to some of the Eternal Champion's monologues during Tamriel's holidays, Tharn actively enforced higher taxation upon the Empire's citizens.
 
*There is an [[wikipedia:Black metal#Stylistic divisions|ambient black metal]] band from [[wikipedia:Poland|Poland]] named Jagar Tharn. The lyrics of their songs consist of Elder Scrolls-related stories and concepts.
 
*There is an [[wikipedia:Black metal#Stylistic divisions|ambient black metal]] band from [[wikipedia:Poland|Poland]] named Jagar Tharn. The lyrics of their songs consist of Elder Scrolls-related stories and concepts.
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==Sources==
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*''[[Biography of Barenziah, v3]]'' by [[Stern Gamboge]]
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*''[[Mystery of Talara, Book IV]]'' by [[Mera Llykith]]
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*''[[The Nightingales Vol. 2]]'' by [[Gallus Desidenius]]
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*''[[The Real Barenziah, Book IV]]'' by Anonymous
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*''[[The Real Barenziah, Book V]]'' by Anonymous
   
 
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Not to be confused with Javad Tharn.
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"...for you have never faced a being as powerful as I."
―Jagar Tharn[src]

Jagar Tharn was a powerful Imperial Battlemage and personal adviser to Emperor Uriel Septim VII during his earlier years as emperor.[2] Tharn was the cause of Emperor Septim's temporary downfall, starting the Imperial Simulacrum, by using the Staff of Chaos.[2] Tharn served as the main antagonist of The Elder Scrolls: Arena.

By game

Background

Early Life

Tharn's early life before Imperial service is highly ambiguous. Tharn claimed to have been born in southern Valenwood to a Bosmer mother, though Symmachus claimed that he was part-Dunmer, part-Altmer, and "part the gods only know what." Symmachus also claimed that Human blood was absent from Tharn's ancestry. This, however, is untrue if he is a member by birth of House Tharn whose other members have been notable Nibenese rulers.[1] Tharn also claimed to be the heir of Moraelyn, a Dunmer of the First Era whose brother was the King of Ebonheart.[3]

Tharn was a mage-priest at the Temple of Sethiete in Camlorn, High Rock. He turned to thievery for a short period of time after leaving the temple's circle, stealing many books of old, powerful, and forgotten spells along with lore and articles about many ancient tools and magical items. Included among these texts was information on the Staff of Chaos, an immensely powerful magical staff said to be made with the land itself.[4] In 3E 376, Tharn had either traveled to Mournhold under one of his alter-egos, an enigmatic bard named "Nightingale", or tasked Drayven Indoril to do so,[5] and stole the Staff of Chaos from its hiding place in the Mournhold mines.[6]

Later in his life, Tharn had been appointed Imperial Battlemage of the Empire and adviser to Uriel Septim VII. In 3E 389, Tharn used the Staff of Chaos to trap the Emperor and banished him to Oblivion. After his apprentice, Ria Silmane, threatened that she would warn the Elder Council of his treachery, Tharn used the staff to eliminate her corporeal form, though she was still able to communicate intermittently with Tamriel's inhabitants.[2]

Tharn Ursurps Throne (Arena)

Tharn sitting on the Imperial Throne with the Staff of Chaos.

Tharn, using Illusion magic, took the Emperor's appearance and usurped the Ruby Throne, replacing the Emperor's guards and servants with lesser Daedra and other foul creatures, also using Illusion magic to disguise them and remain beyond suspicion. Later, he split the staff into eight pieces, as the land itself split. He then drained the pieces of the staff of its power, and put it into the Jewel of Fire, as a sustainable lifeforce.[2]

The only fallacy with his plan would've been the true emperor, Uriel Septim VII, himself. Normally when the Emperor of Tamriel dies, the Elder Council is magically informed by the Amulet of Kings and meets to select a successor. By imprisoning Septim in another dimension where time ran slower, Tharn prevented this from happening. He then shattered the staff into eight pieces, which Ria Silmane explained was done by Tharn "splitting the land,"[2] and hid them in all of Tamriel's provinces, excluding the Imperial Province.

Jagar Tharn IV

Tharn disintegrating after the Jewel of Fire unites with the Staff of Chaos.

In 3E 397, Tharn and Shadowmage Pergan Asuul tried to manipulate the War of the Bend'r-Mahk to create the Shadow of War, the powerful creature known as Umbra' Keth. However, a mysterious hero with the help of Skelos Undriel and Azra Nightwielder, thwarted his plan.[7]

The following year, in 3E 398, Tharn made a bargain with the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon to invade the Battlespire, the Imperial training facility and bastion of the Imperial Battlemages.[8]

Essential to protect himself, Tharn had to eliminate any and all threats to his reign. As some circles of battlemages were aware that Tharn was impersonating the Emperor[9] they clearly posed a threat. Mehrunes Dagon was defeated and cast back into Oblivion by a mysterious hero, but the Battlespire was destroyed. The Imperial Battlemages were no longer capable of thwarting Tharn's reign.[8]

Tharn's reign ended in 3E 399. The Eternal Champion, with the help of Ria Silmane and Lady Barenziah,[6] managed to gather the eight hidden pieces of the Staff of Chaos. During the final battle in the Imperial Palace, the Eternal Champion managed to unite the Jewel of Fire, which served as Tharn's lifeforce, with the Staff of Chaos. Jagar Tharn disintegrated into fire-like ash and liquid, his clothes burning with him. Uriel Septim VII was saved and declared the hero the Eternal Champion of Tamriel.

Interactions

Imperial Palace

Jagar Tharn III

Tharn encased in his shield.

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"You were a fool to confront me, and now have paid the ultimate price. Even now my servants go to fetch your mortal husk. You will serve me well through my years as Emperor, once I have made you undead. Perhaps I will even let you retain some of your memories, so that the price of your failure has meaning to you...."
―Jagar Tharn[src]

Jagar Tharn player dead

At the fourth level of the Imperial Palace, Tharn will fight the Eternal Champion on sight.

After having his health fully depleted, Tharn will encase himself in a magical shield, resembling a turquoise bubble. In order to finally defeat Tharn, the Champion must pick up the key on Tharn's body when he is defeated, or find the spare Mithril Key in the of the cells, and unite the Staff of Chaos with the Jewel of Fire.

Doing this will cause Tharn to disintegrate, and the final quest is finished.

Combat

Jagar Tharn II

Tharn in-game

Tharn is the most powerful enemy in Arena. The following is combat info from the Codex Scientia:[10]

Stats

  • Level 20
  • 500 Health-icon
  • 300 MagickaIcon

Abilities

  • Makes no noise.
  • 25% chance of reflecting spells.
  • 10–25 damage range in Hand-to-Hand.
  • Sees invisible characters.

Weaknesses

  • Does not regenerate lost health points.
  • Has no aura/breath weapons.
  • Can be instantly killed by activating the Jewel of Fire.

Spells

Resistances

Trivia

  • According to certain magic-based backstories for the main character in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, there were circles of Imperial Battlemages who knew who Tharn "really was" when impersonating the emperor, but none were brave enough to stand up against him.
  • According to some of the Eternal Champion's monologues during Tamriel's holidays, Tharn actively enforced higher taxation upon the Empire's citizens.
  • There is an ambient black metal band from Poland named Jagar Tharn. The lyrics of their songs consist of Elder Scrolls-related stories and concepts.
  • When reaching Tharn in person, fighting him is completely optional, as you just need to unite the Staff of Chaos with the Jewel of Fire.
  • Tharn's sprite in-game is almost exactly the same as the vampire's. The only two differences are the removed dagger in favor Tharn's staff, along with new attack animations for the staff.

Appearances

Sources

References

Imperial Battlemage to the Emperor
Zurin Arctus 3E 3?? - 3E 389 Ocato
Empire of Tamriel
Uriel Septim VII 3E 389 - 3E 399 (de facto) Uriel Septim VII
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