Lore:Imperial Battlemages

The UESPWiki – Your source for The Elder Scrolls since 1995
Lore: Factions: I(Redirected from Lore:Imperial Battlemage)
Jump to: navigation, search
An Imperial Legion battlemage

The Imperial Battlemages are a group of well trained war mages serving in the Imperial Legion.[1][2] They had close ties to the Mages Guild before the Guild's dissolution.[1][3] While the Guild had the authority to send battlemages onto the field, often to deal with violent rogue mages,[4] the battlemages ultimately obeyed the orders of their superiors in the Legion.[3]


Ancient Origins[edit]

The original Imperial Battlemages were an elite unit separate from the Legions, founded during the early days of the Alessian Empire when the distinction between mage and warrior was more pronounced. In time, the idea of a "battlemage" became less novel, and Imperial Battlemages began to serve alongside the regular Legions as spellcasters. Regulus Tharn was paramount in reviving the tradition of the Battlemage during the Reman Dynasty.[5] During this time, the Imperial Battlemages were further exalted with the creation of the "Imperial Battlemage" title, a prestigious position traditionally granted to a unit's leader.[6]

The Battlespire[edit]

The Battlespire, a structure located in a Slipstream Realm within Aetherius[7][8], served as a war college for the training of Imperial Battlemages. The school was administered by five Battlemages of great skill. These select few served as the pool from which The Imperial Battlemage, advisor to the Emperor, was chosen. The facility also served as a testing ground for those candidates considered for the Imperial Guard. During the Imperial Simulacrum, the Battlespire was invaded by the forces of Mehrunes Dagon, who killed nearly all battlemages stationed there. The Daedra blocked access to the Battlespire through the use of a Daedric Sigil, which prevented the Legion from entering and reclaiming the academy. Two apprentices sent to test in the Battlespire fought their way into Oblivion and followed the retreating army, eventually banishing Dagon to the Void and causing the destruction of the Battlespire.[9]

Despite the destruction of their training facility, the Imperial Battlemages continued to exist decades later. They had a presence in the Imperial City, where they were assigned to guard the Arcane University. There they patrolled the university grounds and occupied an Imperial watchtower. In 3E 433, Watch Captain Hieronymus Lex briefly commandeered the Battlemages, along with many other members of the Imperial Guard, to search the Imperial City Waterfront for the Gray Fox, a notorious thief. In reality, the Gray Fox's appearance was a lie circulated by the Thieves Guild, who used the opportunity to pull off several major heists around the unguarded city; the absence of the Imperial Battlemages allowed for the theft of Hrormir's Icestaff from the Arch-Mage's Tower, which was later returned by the Thieves Guild. The theft enraged the Mages Guild, who demanded that Lex call off his search and return the battlemages to the university grounds.[10] That same year, the Imperial Battlemages helped the Mages Guild to catch a rogue mage along the Gold Road, and helped fight against the Order of the Black Worm.[11]

In the Fourth Era, after the destruction of the Battlespire and the dissolution of the Mages Guild, it is not known where the Battlemages of the Legion were trained, but the Battlemages were still known to be active.[12]

Imperial Battlemage of Tamriel[edit]

Imperial Battlemage Abnur Tharn

Imperial Battlemages whom serve in the Imperial Legion are not to be confused with The Imperial Battlemage of Tamriel,[13][14] a title sometimes stylized as The Imperial Battlemage of the Elder Council,[15] The Imperial Battlemage of the Empire,[16] or simply: The Imperial Battlemage.

The Imperial Battlemage of Tamriel was an aristocrat who serves as head of the Elder Council (typically under an addendum title such as: Grand Chancellor,[17] Grand Vizier,[18] or High Chancellor[19]), while also performing as chief advisor to the Tamrielic Emperors on varying matters (such as: politics, warfare, occult sciences, ect.)[17][20] By the reign of Uriel Septim VII, it was customary for future Imperial Battlemages to be plucked from the Administers of Battlespire, who were themselves battlemage classmen.[8]

Several historic figures have held The Imperial Battlemage title, including:


  • ^1  This information is contested. It was said in Brief History of the Empire that that Wellec (Imperial Battlemage of Empress Morihatha), was the first Imperial Battlemage of Tamriel since the days of Tiber Septim. However, De Rerum Dirennis asserts that Jovron Direnni served Empress Katariah as Imperial Battlemage, which would have been several generations before Morihatha's time. The exact truth of these claims remains uncertain.


See Also[edit]

  • Battlespire — The citadel and training grounds of the Imperial Battlemages



  1. ^ a b Battlespire opening cutscene
  2. ^ Clarentavious Valisious's dialogue in Battlespire
  3. ^ a b Misdirection quest in Oblivion
  4. ^ Anvil Recommendation quest in Oblivion
  5. ^ House Tharn of NibenayCount Opius Voteporix
  6. ^ Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your Questions 2Chancellor Abnur Tharn
  7. ^ ESO Loremaster's ArchiveLord Fa-Nuit-Hen and Tutor Riparius Answer Your Questions
  8. ^ a b Battlespire Athenaeum
  9. ^ Events of Battlespire
  10. ^ Note from Raminus PolusRaminus Polus
  11. ^ Events of Oblivion
  12. ^ Imperial Mages in Skyrim
  13. ^ Ria Silmane's dialogue in the Escape From Prison quest in Arena
  14. ^ Letter 3's text in The Mantella Revealed quest Daggerfall
  15. ^ Herald Vitelia's dialogue in ESO
  16. ^ Introduction Sequence of Arena
  17. ^ a b Meet the Character - Abnur TharnArctus Cove
  18. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri DominionImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  19. ^ High Chancellor Ocato's name in Oblivion
  20. ^ a b French version of Arena's Manual Intro Story
  21. ^ a b De Rerum DirennisVorian Direnni
  22. ^ Chronicles of the Five Companions 4Abnur Tharn
  23. ^ Brief History of the Empire, v 4Stronach k'Thojj III
  24. ^ Response to Bero's SpeechMalviser, Battlemage
  25. ^ A Life of Uriel Septim VIIRufus Hayn
  26. ^ Daggerfall User's Guide