Lore:Uriel Septim VII
|Emperor Uriel Septim VII|
|Previous Ruler||Pelagius Septim IV|
|Next Ruler||Martin Septim|
|Resided in||Imperial City|
|Appears in||Arena, Daggerfall, Oblivion, Oblivion Mobile|
Uriel Septim VII (3E 346 – 433) was the twenty-first emperor of the Third Empire and Septim Dynasty. Inheriting the throne from his late father, Pelagius Septim IV, in 3E 368, Uriel VII reigned for 55 of the 65 years he was crowned emperor, until his assassination in 3E 433. During his rule he had three legitimate sons with Empress Caula Voria; Crown Prince Geldall, Prince Enman and Prince Ebel, and two bastard sons with two other, unknown women: Calaxes Septim, and Martin Septim.
When Pelagius IV died in 3E 368 after an astonishing twenty-nine year reign, Tamriel was closer to unity than it had been since the days of Uriel I. His son, Uriel VII, succeeded him. He had the diligence of his grand-aunt Morihatha, the political skill of his grand-uncle Uriel VI, and the military prowess of his great-grandfather Uriel V. For sixty-five years he reigned and brought justice and order to Tamriel.
Uriel VII was betrayed by the Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn in 3E 389 and was imprisoned in a dimension of Tharn's choosing, that of which being Oblivion. Tharn used his magic of illusion to assume the Emperor's aspect. For the next ten years, Tharn used Imperial privileges, but did not continue Uriel VII's schedule of reconquest. It is not entirely known what Tharn's goals and personal accomplishments were during the ten years he imitated his liege lord. During Uriel VII's incarceration, Tharn slowed time so that Uriel VII would not age, because if he died the Amulet of Kings would alert the Elder Council; this may explain why Uriel VII lived and ruled for such a long period of time.
Tharn was eventually defeated in 3E 399 by the Eternal Champion, who freed Uriel VII from his other-dimensional cell. After his release, Uriel VII worked diligently to renew the battle to reunite Tamriel. Tharn's interference broke the momentum, but the following years proved that the lauded golden age of Tiber Septim could return to Tamriel once more.
On the 27th of Last Seed, 3E 433, the three heirs of Uriel VII were assassinated by the Mythic Dawn, a Daedric Cult. Shortly afterward, the Mythic Dawn assassinated Uriel VII himself. This left only an illegitimate son of Uriel VII named Martin Septim to claim the throne.
An engraving of Uriel Septim VII (Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition)
Uriel Septim VII's assassination (Legends)
- For game-specific information, see the Oblivion article on Uriel Septim VII.
- A Life of Uriel Septim VII by Rufus Hayn — A short biography of Uriel Septim VII's accomplishments
- Biography of Queen Barenziah by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe — The life history of Queen Barenziah
- Brief History of the Empire by Stronach k'Thojj III — A description of events in the history of the Empire
- Guide to the Imperial City by Alessia Ottus — An overview of the Imperial City's people and notable places
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Oblivion Crisis by Praxis Sarcorum, Imperial Historian — A summary of the events stemming from the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII