|Grand Chancellor Abnur Tharn|
|Grand Chancellor Abnur Tharn|
|Appears in||ESO, Legends|
Abnur Tharn was the Imperial Grand Chancellor of the Elder Council and overlord of Nibenay during the middle of the Second Era. Much like his ancestors, who were known for holding positions of power throughout Cyrodiil since the days of the Akaviri Potentate, Tharn served as advisor to various emperors and kings for over 117 years. During the turbulent rise and fall of Cyrodiilic rulers during the Interregnum, Tharn was the sole constant, providing continuity and consistency to the Empire of Cyrodiil. Fiercely loyal to the Empire, Tharn became Chancellor of Elder Council in 2E 465 and has served as the Imperial Battlemage ever since. Tharn is also the author of various texts.
House Tharn came to epitomize modern Nibenese nobility with Abnur as its patriarch. Tharn's immediate family was very large, with at least sixteen children across seven wives, and numerous other relatives. Most notable was his daughter, Clivia Tharn, whom Abnur personally groomed from a young age for the Ruby Throne. Other relatives include his daughter Septima Tharn, Magus-General of the Imperial Legion, and half-sister Euraxia Tharn, Queen of Rimmen.
For almost thirty years Tharn begrudgingly advised the Longhouse Emperors, from Durcorach to Leovic. A proud Nibenese, Tharn believed the Reachmen dynasty's alien nature and low heritage made them unfit to rule. In an effort to legitimize his claim to the Ruby Throne, Leovic married Tharn's sixteenth daughter, Clivia - an act which infuriated Abnur.
Varen Aquilarios, the son of a Colovian duke and a powerful military leader in his own right, contacted Tharn in secret and sought his assistance to depose Emperor Leovic. tharn eagerly agreed and provided Aquilarios with intelligence about the Imperial City, which ultimately led to Leovic's death in 2E 577. Aquilarios declared himself Emperor, and for Tharn's loyalty and assistance he agreed to take Tharn's daughter Clivia as his bride.
Seeking to legitimize his rule further, Aquilarios embarked upon a quest with Tharn, Lyris Titanborn, Sai Sahan, and Mannimarco for the lost Amulet of Kings. Mannimarco believed it could be used in a ritual to persuade Akatosh to anoint Aquilarios as Dragonborn. After two years of searching, the Five Companions finally recovered the Amulet from Sancre Tor. Ultimately, Mannimarco betrayed Aquilarios and corrupted the ritual. An explosion of arcane energy, called the Soulburst, caused Aquilarios to vanish, and its mystical aftershocks swept across Nirn in 2E 578. In the ensuing chaos, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal deployed Dark Anchors and began pulling Nirn into his realm of Coldharbour to merge the two together, a process known as the Planemeld.
After Mannimarco's betrayal, Tharn had no choice but to hand the reins of the Empire over to the King of Worms. To ensure the dominance of necromancy over all other forms of magic, Mannimarco immediately cast the Mages Guild out of the Imperial City, then had all remaining dissenters arrested as enemies of the state. To avoid execution, Tharn pledged his loyalty to Mannimarco, although some saw this move as opportunism. In return, he was granted stewardship of the Imperial City. His daughter Clivia, still the Empress Regent, became the titular ruler of the Empire, but Mannimarco remained the power behind the throne. Despite his position, Tharn was marginalized and cloistered away in Coldharbour. Clivia was turned against him, lured by Mannimarco's promise to teach her the dark arts that would give her mastery over life and death.
In 2E 582, Varen resurfaced as the Prophet. With the aid of the Vestige and Lyris Titanborn, they rescued Abnur from Coldharbour. In return, Abnur provided Varen with the location of Sai Sahan, who was being kept prisoner in Coldharbour. With the Five Companions reformed, they traveled to Coldharbour where Abnur performed the same ritual that was attempted on Varen. However this time one of the Companions was required to sacrifice their life in order for Akatosh to imbue the Vestige with the strength to defeat Molag Bal. Because Abnur was the only one who knew the ritual, he could not be sacrificed. Ultimately, a sacrifice took place and the Planemeld was stopped. After Molag Bal's defeat, Abnur took the Amulet of Kings and fled to Cyrodiil. His deepest desire was to unite the warring territories under a single banner. Although it was suspected Abnur would attempt to use the amulet, possibly to further that goal, unbeknownst to him its power had been expended for at least a generation.
The Rage of Dragons
After the Planemeld had ended, Abnur Tharn sent a summons for the Vestige to meet him. He had purchased the Wrathstone, an ancient tablet that formed a map that he believed would lead him to a weapon that could end the Three Banners War once and for all. He sought to end the war, bring order and restore the Empire. The pair traveled throughout Tamriel to hear the stories of Khajiiti Moon-Singers, who told the story of Khunzar-ri, a hero whose story was passed down through oral tradition. Abnur Tharn and the Vestige used the Moon-Singers' stories to pinpoint the locations of ancient reference points that would allow Tharn to use the map and locate the weapon. In the last leg of their journey, they were joined by Khamira, an agent of the Speaker for the Mane. She revealed that Abnur's half-sister Euraxia Tharn was also looking for the weapon, and attempted to stop him before reluctantly joining him in his quest.
Tharn deduced that the weapon he was searching for lay in the Halls of Colossus, an ancient structure that at the time, no one was quite sure of its true purpose. Tharn, joined by the Vestige and Khamira, traveled to the Halls of Colossus, where the group was met by Euraxia Tharn's troops. The trio raced through the ruins to find the weapon before Euraxia's troops could. Upon studying the murals found deeper in the ruins, Khamira came to the realization that the Halls didn't contain a weapon, but were built to imprison an alarming amount of Dragons. Now, Tharn and his company were dead-set on stopping Euraxia Tharn's troops from freeing the beasts. However, when they reached the ruin's summit, the Wrathstone reacted to the massive doors in the heart of the Halls. Tharn attempted to stop the Dragons from escaping, but he failed, releasing the beasts of legend upon the land of Elsweyr. His goal now was to fix what he'd done and help the denizens of Elsweyr fight off the Dragon threat.
Abnur Tharn joined the efforts of the Northern Elsweyr Defense Force, a group formed to resist the Usurper Queen's reign now slapped with the duty to hold off the invading Dragons. Later that year, Tharn called upon the Vestige once more to join him in Riverhold, where he asked the hero to investigate strange energy surges around the town. The Vestige found Sir Cadwell, who insisted on helping Abnur Tharn with the Dragon situation. Tharn ended up fighting off a Dragon on the outskirts of Riverhold, where his age began to show. Tharn then sent the Vestige with the Defense Force to investigate reports of necromantic activity in the wilderness while he helped clean up the mess his Dragon opponent had made, and contemplated the best course of action for dealing with Euraxia Tharn. The Vestige returned with news of Zumog Phoom's involvement, and informed Tharn that the Dragons were actually working with the Usurper Queen. Abnur then decided to take the hero to Rimmen to attempt to parley peacefully with the Usurper Queen.
The parley didn't end well. Euraxia attempted to arrest the pair, and her forces were moving in on Riverhold, the capital of the Khajiiti rebellion. The Vestige traveled to the Desert Wind Adeptorium, which was recently raided by the Usurper's forces. There, they learned that Zumog Phoom sought to recover the pieces of the Betrayer's body, and that Cadwell was the Betrayer in life. Meanwhile, three Dragons, Mulaamnir, Bahlokdaan and Kaalgrontiid, arrived to raze Riverhold. Abnur Tharn and his company managed to kill Bahlokdaan, prompting his brothers to flee for the time being. After the Dragons fled, Khamira revealed herself as the daughter of Anequina's late monarchs, whom Euraxia Tharn murdered in pursuit of Rimmen's throne. It was then that Tharn decided that the best course of action was to take care of his half-sister.
Abnur Tharn, Khamira and the Vestige embarked on their silent assault on Rimmen's palace. The group recovered a master key from a former palace servant who had been forced into hiding, then snuck in through the palace crypts and the sewers. They met Euraxia in the courtyard, where she murdered Captain Nala-do, and unleashed the risen corpses of King Hemakar and Queen Numara on the group. The Vestige killed Euraxia Tharn and Khamira's undead parents, and Tharn started planning out their next course of action. Mulaamnir mentioned before that he was being lead by Kaalgrontiid, and that the necromancers were assisting the Dragons. Euraxia said something about a Moongate while she was gloating before her death, and Tharn was interested in figuring out how all of this was connected.
Tharn got to work poring over his late half-sister's archives. He found mentions of the Cygnus Irregulars and found a lead to the northeast. Before her demise, Euraxia had sent one such Captain Saulinia out on a mission to kill what was allegedly the last Dragonguard as a favor for the Dragons. Tharn and the Vestige converged outside of Sandswirl Manor, where the Irregulars were stationed. Tharn planned to ger information about the Dragonguard out of the Irregulars' leader, Prefect Calo, in an attempt to find protect the Dragonguard. Calo spoke out about Euraxia's plans and joined Tharn's efforts to stop the Dragons, but the last Dragonguard was killed in his sanctuary. Fortunately, the Vestige recovered a Dragonhorn from the Dragonguard sanctuary, an ancient weapon allegedly capable of forcing Dragons out of flight.
At this time, Cadwell had been experiencing visions projected to him from his disembodied head. He teleported off somewhere, forcing Tharn and his company to look for him. The necromancer Zumog Phoom sought to resurrect Cadwell the Betrayer, and he needed Cadwell the Soul-Shriven to finish the job. By rushing off like he did, Cadwell was giving the necromancer what he needed. The Vestige killed Zumog Phoom, but failed to stop the Betrayer from being resurrected, and he took off for Shadow Dance Temple. There, he was defeated by Khamira and the Vestige. The Betrayer and Zumog Phoom were out of the way, but the issue of the Dragons still remained. The Dragons were congregating around Anequina's Moon Gate, so Tharn and the Defense Force arrived to stop them. Kaalgrontiid and Mulaamnir used the Moon Gate to transport themselves to the Plane of Jode. Khamira, Abnur Tharn and the Vestige followed in an attempt to stop them. Here, Kaalgrontiid was attempting to absorb energy from the core. With Tharn's magic and the power of the Dragonhorn, the Vestige was able to kill Mulaamnir and expel Kaalgrontiid from the Plane of Jode. Queen Khamira was crowned the queen of Rimmen, and Abnur Tharn took off in pursuit of other endeavors.
Later that year, Sai Sahan reformed the Dragonguard southwards in Pellitine. Tharn and Sai had been sending letters back and forth throughout the year since Kaalgrontiid was expelled from the Plane of Jode. Tharn spent the months between Kaalgrontiid's defeat and the Dragonguard's reformation researching Kaalgrontiid. He decided to enlist Sai's help after some concerning finds. Tharn deduced that Kaalgrontiid sought to become a god, and the cult Sahan and his Dragonguard faced during their rise to prominence was involved in Kaalgrontiid's asperations. An island called Dragonhold served as Kaalgrontiid's base of operation in ancient times, and Tharn couldn't even scry it to attempt to figure out what was on it. Moreover, the mysterious green Aeonstone was the key to Kaalgrontiid's ascension.
Tharn, Sai and the Vestige travelled to the Dragon cult's base of operations in the Tenmar Forest, where they saw Kaalgrontiid use the Aeonstone to teleport his followers off somewhere. Tharn speculated that if they went anywhere, it must have been Dragonhold. The aeonstone must have had a connection with the island, if this theory was true. He used his dwindling strength to channel his magic into the aeonstone to bring himself and the Vestige to Dragonhold, while Sai Sahan rallied the Dragonguard in defense of the land. Abnur and the hero explored the ruins beneath Dragonhold, disrupting the Dragon cult's rituals and discerning the aeonstone's properties in the process. They came face to face with Kaalgrontiid in the ruins, killed one of his Dragon subordinates, and destroyed the ward protecting Dragonhold from outside interference. Upon destroying the island's defenses, it began to rise into the sky. Abnur Tharn used what little strength he had left after exerting himself on the ward to send the Vestige back to the mainland to find Sai Sahan and warn him about Kaalgrontiid's plans.
The Vestige returned to Dragonhold with Sai Sahan, Khamira, and the Dragon Nahfahlaar. They reunited with Abnur Tharn after destroying several key clusters of aeonstone, which Kaalgrontiid was using to empower himself. Tharn and his companions managed to kill Kaalgrontiid. Unfortunately, the large aeonstone formation he was drawing off of in his push for godhood was overloading with magicka, and would destroy Elsweyr if the explosion wasn't contained. Tharn used the last of his energy to place a ward around the cluster, containing the explosion with Nahfahlaar's assistance. Because of his efforts, only the island of Dragonhold was destroyed by the cluster's collapse. Abnur disappeared after the catastrophe, and he was speculated to have been killed.
- Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your Questions by Chancellor Abnur Tharn — Chancellor Abnur Tharn answers questions on lore
- Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your Questions 2 by Chancellor Abnur Tharn — Chancellor Abnur Tharn answers questions on lore
- House Tharn of Nibenay by Count Opius Voteporix — A volume describing the noble Imperial family of House Tharn
- Meet the Character - Abnur Tharn by Arctus Cove — An Imperial spymaster's report on the famed Grand Chancellor of the Elder Council
- The Demon Weapon is Within My Grasp... by Abnur Tharn — A journal to decipher a code
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 4 — Abnur Tharn
- Imperial Politics
- Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your Questions 2 — Chancellor Abnur Tharn
- House Tharn of Nibenay — Count Opius Voteporix
- Meet the Character - Clivia Tharn — Magus-General Septima Tharn
- Events of ESO
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 1 — Lyris Titanborn
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue in ESO
- The Prophet's dialogue in ESO
- Meridia's dialogue in ESO
- Events of The Demon Weapon in ESO
- Events of The Halls of Colossus in ESO
- Events of A Rage of Dragons in ESO: Elsweyr
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during A Rage of Dragons in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of The Usurper Queen in ESO: Elsweyr
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during The Usurper Queen in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of Two Queens in ESO: Elsweyr
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during Two Queens in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of The Final Order in ESO: Elsweyr
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during The Final Order in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of Cadwell the Betrayer in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of Jode's Core in ESO
- Events of The Heir of Anequina in ESO: Elsweyr
- Events of The Dark Aeon in ESO: Dragonhold
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during The Dark Aeon in ESO: Dragonhold
- Events of New Moon Rising in ESO: Dragonhold
- Abnur Tharn's dialogue during New Moon Rising in ESO: Dragonhold