Lore:Uriel Septim VII
|Emperor Uriel Septim VII|
|Emperor Uriel Septim VII shortly before his death (Oblivion)|
|Born||3E 346, 30th of Frostfall
|Died||3E 433, 27th of Last Seed
|Previous Ruler||Pelagius Septim IV|
|Next Ruler||Martin Septim|
|Resided in||Imperial City|
|Appears in||Arena, Daggerfall, Oblivion, Oblivion Mobile, Legends|
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.
In 3E 389, Uriel VII was betrayed by Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn, who imprisoned him in Oblivion. Tharn then used illusion magic to assume the Emperor's identity. As the Amulet of Kings would warn the Elder Council in the event of Uriel VII's death, Tharn held Uriel VII in a dimension where time ran slower, ensuring it would take centuries for the true Emperor to die. For the next ten years, Tharn abused imperial privilege 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.
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.
Uriel VII was troubled all his life by dreams that showed him visions of the future, including his assassination and the start of the Oblivion Crisis that followed. It was said that the dragon blood possessed by members of the Septim Dynasty allowed them to see more than lesser men.
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