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"Are you now lecturing me on strategy and tactics? I took this city with under a thousand men. I routed Eddar Olin’s northward thrust with barely twice that, and I hammered this empire back together with a handful of rivets. Do not dare to question that I have this situation in hand."
―Titus Mede I reminding his son Attrebus what he had done[src]

Titus Mede I was an Emperor of the Third Empire. He was the Emperor during the events of The Infernal City and Lord of Souls. His personal brand was a wolf’s head, his most trusted men had a tattoo painted into their body.[1] Titus had a lean face, strong chin, and green eyes.

HistoryEdit

Earlier LifeEdit

Titus Mede came to power after the Oblivion Crisis and Martin Septim's sacrifice, which ended the Septim Dynasty. He came from humble origins, but he elevated his status over the years. He was at first soldier in an outlaw army, then rose to be a warlord in Colovia, in which he learned many rules of warfare. After that he became a king in Cyrodiil. Some time after becoming a king, he saw the weakened state the Empire was in after the Oblivion Crisis and how weak the current emperor was. He started to develop a plan to become overthrow the current emperor, take the Ruby Throne, and become Emperor.

Becoming EmperorEdit

Using the Empire's weakened state to his advantage he invaded and took the Imperial City with less than a thousand men, usurping the throne from Thules the Gibbering and finally becoming Emperor of Tamriel. However, another warlord by the name of Eddar Olin also wanted to become Emperor and he gathered an army and invaded northward into Cyrodiil. Due to the Empire's weakened state, he was forced to use what little army he had to stop this. He ended up successfully repelling the invasion with barely twice the number he had invaded with[2][3].

Most people saw him as a conqueror, unworthy to be the Emperor. Most members of the Elder Council were in favor of Thules but Titus's close associate Hierem convinced them to see Titus more as liberator than conqueror. He kept Hierem around because he didn't have a choice. Hierem was the most important man in the empire besides him, so Titus put Letine Arese in the minister's office to spy on him and warn the Emperor about any threat.

Building a Better EmpireEdit

The Empire was weak, and Titus knew that. Any opposition against the Empire could bring it down. There was a General, known as General Takar, from Hammerfell that was fighting against the Empire at the time. Titus personally confronted the General and won him over, supposedly through personal combat. Afterwards, Taker became one of Mede's most trusted generals.[4]

Due to a number of events, alongside the Stormcrown Interregnum, many imperial provinces left the Empire, now only consisting of seven of the nine counties of Cyrodiil and Skyrim. Titus Mede went out to reclaim Leyawiin, Bravil, Hammerfell, and High Rock. Titus himself described this as "...and I hammered this empire back together with a handful of rivets"[2][3].

In his personal life, Titus found and married an unknown women and together they had a son which they named Attrebus Mede. When his son Attrebus was born, Hierem proposed to make him look like a hero. He was risen being told that he was a great warrior and a hero, but Titus didn't stop it even when he grew up. Gulan used to report the Emperor every time Attrebus went to be a hero in the wrong place and he would do something to stop it.[5]

Umbriel CrisisEdit

Attrebus tried to convince Titus to allow him go to Black Marsh to stop Umbriel. Titus did not see any threat in Umbriel, so he forbid Attrebus to embark in such adventure. However, he sent scouts and mages to investigate the flying city.[2]

Attrebus disobeyed his father's orders and marched into Umbriel. However, he was betrayed by Radhasa, and his men were ambushed. Radhasa made it look as if they had killed the prince. She beheaded a body and dressed it with Attrebus' clothes. Titus had to identify the body, but he thought that it did not feel like his son. His suspicion was further corroborated by Inspector Colin, who explained that it looked like someone wanted to make them think the prince was dead.[5]

Colin contacted the Emperor again when he discovered that Hierem could be behind the Umbriel Crisis and his son's kidnapping. Titus could not risk confronting Hierem without solid evidence, so he ordered Colin to continue investigating. He offered Colin a key to Hierem's ministry and rooms.[3]

Titus received a letter from Vuhon demanding him to evacuate the Imperial City. Titus refused to abandon the heart of the Empire, so he sent the legions to stop Umbriel. The attack on the flying city failed, but Attrebus and Sul destroyed the Ingenium and Mere-Glim guided Umbriel into the Realm of the Hist. Titus was proud of his son, and he planned to tell everyone about his feat. However, Attrebus thought that it would be better to give credit to The College of Whispers and The Synod. They had worked together and it could be a start to their reconciliation.[6]

SuccessionEdit

When Titus eventually died at an unknown date, it is presumed that his only heir, Attrebus ruled after his death and he continued the Mede Dynasty. Titus also was the ancestor of Titus Mede II although how distant they are is unknown. Titus also had a brother who built a Longhouse in the settlement of Ione.

QuotesEdit

  • "Well, then, why are we discussing this? Hierem, can you tell me why we’re discussing this?"
  • "It’s not the girl, it’s the adventure. It’s the book they’ll write about it, the songs they will sing."
  • "That’s true. But... I am a father, also. I forget that sometimes."
  • "You really have returned a man. More than that—a prince."

AppearancesEdit

References

Emperor of Tamriel
Thules the Gibbering 4E 17–4E ?? Attrebus Mede

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