Taheritae (?b - ?d)
A sage quoted by Psijics to explain the apparent dichotomy between remaining faithful to both their rulers and their training: "In Mundus, conflict and disparity are what bring change, and change is the most sacred of the Eleven Forces. Change is the force without focus or origin". For lengthier quotes, see The Old Ways.
Nephew of and presumed successor to King Athyn Llethan of Morrowind. Purportedly died in a hunting accident close to the time of Llethan's own death, though some suspected King Hlaalu Helseth of involvement in both deaths.
Talin (?b - ?d)
These three people having the same name might simply be a coincidence, but it is possible that Warhaft and the Champion may be one and the same,[nb 1][nb 2] and/or that the Champion may have been named after his father.
Talym Rend (?b - ?d)
- "My warning to you, then, is this: There will always be a devil seeking a bargain, promising to take away your pains. Do not trust them. The past may be the heaviest burden, but it is our burder to bear."— Talym Rend</noinclude>
Talym Rend, also known as the Conqueror of Madness, was a Dunmer whose journal was found by the Moth Priest Kellen. Kellen would tell Talym's story revolving around the Shivering Isles, his descent to madness, and his warning.
Talym Rend served as a spy for the Empire, and after the death of his partner at the hands of the Worm Cult, he jumped at the chance at revenge. He infiltrated the Cult, but unknown to Talym, the Worm Cult had kidnapped his son, Novos. As part of their initiation, they required him to ritualistically sacrifice Novos to prove his loyalty. His mission cost his son his life, and he would lose a second loved one to the Worm Cult. The event would cause him to leave his life as a spy for the Empire behind, and he would return to Morrowind to bury and mourn his son.
His guilt would prove too much to bear, and to make the pain go away, he would risk bargaining with the Daedric Prince Sheogorath. He traveled from Morrowind to an island in Cyrodiil's Niben Bay. There he entered the portal to the Shivering Isles, and would journey to New Sheoth, where he would strike a deal with Sheogorath. Talym wanted him to remove his memories of his involvement in the death of his son, Sheogorath agreed, but the price Talym had to pay was for him to drive three souls into madness. Unbeknownst to Talym, Sheogorath tampered with his memory, manipulating him into thinking his son was alive, and that he was fighting to cure his son of madness instead.
Talym's journey brought him to back to the province of Morrowind, where he drove a famed Khajiit assassin, Zhanar Tabav, to madness near Necrom. He then went to another part of Morrowind, where he convinced the Dunmeri Baron Navir that he was capable of performing miracles, leading to Navir's suicide in an attempt at flight. He traveled to Skyrim for his last victim, where he drove his friend and former employer Porcia Loran mad, after planting false intelligence and convincing her to slaughter innocent priestesses of Mara in order to gain an antidote to a Reachman toxin. The lie cost her men their lives, and the needless slaughter of priestesses drove her to silence in fear of making similar mistakes, precipitating her descent into insanity. When he had done as directed, Talym returned home hoping that Sheogorath fulfilled his end of the bargain, only to realize that Novos had been dead the entire time.
Sheogorath denied Talym another audience when he returned to the Shivering Isles, and Talym wandered around the realm aimlessly, slowly driving himself mad with unanswered questions. Eventually, he regained a semblance of composure and journeyed to Knifepoint Hollow. There, Talym was informed by Dyus, the librarian of Jyggalag, that he might gain an audience with Sheogorath if he retrieved an artifact of Jyggalag. Sheogorath finally granted Talym an audience when he retrieved the Sword of Jyggalag, and used the Memory Wand on him to reveal Talym's original intent and memories. Sheogorath mocked Talym, and in his anger he dueled the Prince. Talym turned the Memory Wand against Sheogorath and forced him to recall his memories of his previous incarnation: the Daedric Prince of Order, Jyggalag. The memories pained Sheogorath, who pleaded with Talym to stop. He fulfilled Talym's wishes and let him and his companions free from his grasp. After Talym had beaten the prince of madness at his own game, he returned to his home in Morrowind to nurse his grief and to plot his revenge against the Worm Cult.
Tansal (?b - ?d)
Taris Rendil was an Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild who constructed Frostcrag Spire. Rendil was dissatisfied with living in the Arcane University, so he constructed the Spire in the lofty Jerall Mountains of Cyrodiil to escape his colleagues' prying eyes. He was the creator of the Spire's Atronach Altar, and also collaborated with Sinderion of Skingrad to develop the Frostcrag Apparatus Table. He was in some way associated with Lennasaan and Rindsey, two great adventurers who were buried in an ice cave that served as the underground vault of the Spire.
When age began to overwhelm Rendil, he entrusted many of his belongings to Aurelinwae of the Imperial City. A long-lost relative of Rendil's, the Champion of Cyrodiil, was his sole heir and successor and inherited the Spire in 3E 433. Rendil wrote the Frostcrag Spire Memoirs on his deathbed, leaving instructions on how to restore the Spire to its former glory. His dying wish was granted by the Champion of Cyrodiil, who compensated Aurelinwae and returned Rendil's possessions to the tower.
Emperor Tarish-Zi (?b - ?d)
- "Know, O my prince, that in that forgotten time there arose a ruler of great wickedness, who unjustly took unto himself the title of Emperor. Cruel was he, utterly without ruth, and his name was Tarish-Zi." — The Unveiled Azadiyeh
Emperor Tarish-Zi was a Yokudan leader of the Ra Gada circa 1E 808 and a member of the Na-Totambu. The self-proclaimed emperor led the Anka-Ra, one of the most fearsome of the warrior bands renowned for their mastery of the sword. Tarish-Zi was known for his ruthlessness, and the Anka-Ra cut a bloody swath across Hammerfell and all the way into Craglorn in their hunger to claim a new home.
Though many of the Ra Gada settled in the south of the province, Tarish-Zi dreamed of greater conquests, gathering much of his family and those loyal to him to conquer Craglorn. They left few survivors, and have been blamed for the annihilation of the Nedes of Eastern Hammerfell, whose culture was already fading by the time of the Ra Gada's arrival. Tarish-Zi was responsible for the destruction of the abandoned Nedic city of Reinhold's Retreat, which he ordered to be buried beneath the earth after being underwhelmed by the famed treasure said to be stored within the ruins. He besieged the Nedic city that came to be known as Shada's Tear, and in their desperation, the Nedes called on Nereids to protect them from the Yokudans. Using foul magic, they were turned into undead warriors and summoned a powerful flesh atronach named Debruz that killed thousands of the Yokudans, driving out their forces.
He and his Anka-Ra ultimately settled in Craglorn, founding cities such as Belkarth. For a time, he justly ruled over his kingdom in the way of tradition, though this peace was short-lived. Driven by his lust for power, he began stylizing himself as an "emperor" rather than a king, turning his armies against his own allies. He sought to invade Cyrodiil, a course of action that his own people opposed, and recruited the skilled Imperial adventurer Titus Valerius into his royal guard. Titus secretly worked with the people of Tarish-Zi's kingdom to depose him from power, and though the rebellion was ill-fated, it was still frightened him enough to give up his plans of invading the neighboring territories. The Anka-Ra were eventually buried in Craglorn, but even in death, their spirits were bound to Tarish-Zi through an oath of eternal loyalty.
This eternal loyalty was exploited in 2E 582, when the constellations fell from the skies above Craglorn and took on mortal form as Celestials. The Warrior was one such Celestial, and he used his divine powers to call forth great warriors of the past. However, he did so at the command of the Serpent who had corrupted him, and so he summoned Tarish-Zi and the Anka-Ra forward in time. Under the Serpent's control, the Anka-Ra rose from their burial tombs as sand warriors and began amassing an army in order to siege Craglorn.
Along with the Anka-Ra, a Nedic warrior named Titus Valerius was cast forward in time. This was done by the Warrior before his corruption, so that Valerius could act as his champion. Valerius was a subject of Tarish-Zi in life, but owed him no loyalty and as such could act autonomously, outside of the Serpent's influence. While the Star Gazers attempted to halt the summoning of more Anka-Ra under the instructions of the Thief, Valerius was aided by the Soulless One in locating and entering Tarish-Zi's tomb in southern Craglorn. Tarish-Zi was then defeated and the Warrior was later saved from the Serpent's corruption, ending the Anka-Ra threat.
Taron Dreth was a Dunmer mage who claimed to be the "world's foremost expert" in Dwemer metallurgy and forging techniques. He was supposedly the author of The Aetherium Wars, but he actually plagiarized the work from a colleague, a secret he was willing to kill to protect. At last report, he was traveling in Skyrim during the Stormcloak Rebellion, most likely looking for evidence to support his stolen theories on Aetherium. He was killed in the wilderness in 4E 201.
The last Empress of the Reman Dynasty. In 1E 2899, her husband Reman III had her imprisoned in Castle Giovesse of Gideon, Black Marsh, fearing that she was plotting a revolution against him. Following her death, it is believed that her skull was dipped in gold and encrusted with gems, becoming a valued artifact for collectors. She was a character in the popular historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era.
King Thagore (?b - ?d)
Grandmaster Thalthil Dres (?b - ?d)
The last 'High King' of Hammerfell, member of the Crowns or Na-Totambu. Upon his death by the treacherous hands of Forebears, Sentinel was retaken by the Forebears. His son, Prince A'tor, attempted to recapture the city but was eventually defeated by combined forces of the Forebears and Tiber Septim's fleet at the Battle of Hunding Bay near Stros M'Kai.
King Thian (?b - ?d)
Thonica (?b - ?d)
Consort of Uriel Septim V. Following the coronation of their son Uriel Septim VI in 3E 290, Thonica was given restricted Regency until Uriel fully assumed his position in 3E 307. She was said to enjoy her regency and hesitated to give her son reign.
Councilman Thoricles Romus (?b - ?d)
Thoricles is believed to be the Argonian who hired the assassins who claimed Queen Morihatha's life in 3E 339. He was rumored to be furious at her refusal to send troops to his troubled lands. Romus was tried and executed, though he protested his innocence.
Emperor Thules the Gibbering (?b - ?d)
A Nibenese witch-warrior who assumed control of the weakened Empire at some point during the Stormcrown Interregnum in the early Fourth Era. Not well-liked by the people and known for having various perversions, Thules was nonetheless favored by the Elder Council over Titus Mede, a Colovian warlord who also aspired to the Ruby Throne. Thules was overthrown in 4E 17 when Titus Mede captured the Imperial City.
Tiber Septim, also known as General Talos, Hjalti Early-Beard, the Dragonborn, and Ysmir, was an emperor who became one of the most famed figures in Tamrielic history, reigning as Emperor Tiber Septim from 2E 854-3E 38. Believed to have been born in the Nordic continent of Atmora in 2E 828, Tiber Septim started his career in service under the Cyrodiilic king Cuhlecain and was known as General Talos. In this role, he fought to unify Cyrodiil and finally all of Tamriel, an effort that culminated in 2E 896 with the birth of the Third Empire.
He is also responsible for declaring the onset of the Third Era at the end of the same year. He ruled for 81 years and is considered by many to be the greatest emperor throughout history. Tiber Septim gave his name to the lineage of Cyrodiilic Emperors, the Septims. Tiber is revered as one of the Nine Divines under the name of Talos, which means "Stormcrown".
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Provisional Governor Titus Alorius (?b - ?d)
Titus Alorius was one of the few Colovian officers who answered only to Tiber Septim, directly ruling the more rebellious of the newly conquered regions as provisional governors. In 2E 864, he was the civil and military administrator of the Western Reach, posted there to quell "banditry and lawlessness".
Emperor Titus Mede I (?b - ?d)
Emperor during the early Fourth Era who came to power after the Oblivion Crisis. He founded the Mede Dynasty, fathered Prince Attrebus Mede, and also had an unidentified brother who was carefully monitored by the Penitus Oculatus to ensure that he made no attempt to usurp Titus I. Before his reign as Emperor, Titus I had been several things: a Colovian warlord, a soldier in an outlaw army, and a king in Cyrodiil. In 4E 17, he captured the Imperial City with less than a thousand men and seized control of the crumbling Empire from Thules the Gibbering. Although the Elder Council had preferred the rule of Thules because he was Nibenese, in the end they were persuaded to accept Titus I as a liberator rather than a conqueror. Not long afterward, Titus I successfully routed the army of another rival for the Ruby Throne, Eddar Olin. Titus I still reigned as of 4E 40, the year of the Umbriel Crisis.
Emperor Titus Mede II (?b - ?d)
Titus Mede II, Emperor of Tamriel during the Fourth Era. Soon after his coronation, he was pulled into the Great War by the Thalmor. He was visiting Skyrim aboard his personal transport vessel, The Katariah, in 4E 201. Some report that he was assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood, although conflicting reports claim the Dark Brotherhood was wiped out.
One of the finest sages of the University of Gwilym and a rare civilized Ayleid (Wild Elf). His published work on Wild Elves suggests a lively, vibrant culture. Fyrre is one of the very few Ayleids to speak freely on his people and religion, and said the nature of the tribes of Ayleid are multi-hued, their personalities often wildly different from their neighbor tribes (Fyrre, T. "Nature of Ayleidic Poesy" p. 8, Univ of Gwilym Press, 2E 12).
Topal the Pilot (?b - ?d)
Topal the Pilot (also known as Torval the Pilot) was an Aldmer explorer and poet who discovered the Niben River and charted Tamriel's sea lanes in the Merethic Era. Topal sailed into Topal Bay (which was subsequently named after him) and up through the Niben River until he was deep in Cyrodiil. Here he taught the native Bird Men how to read and write in exchange for the Eight Islands (the site of the Imperial City and White-Gold Tower). He made wide-ranging voyages, penetrating even into hostile environments such as Black Marsh, where he made some of the first recorded observations of Argonians: "manlike reptiles, fleet of foot and running the length of this great mire". Father Of The Niben is an epic describing Topal's voyages, but only fragments of the poem have survived. He is the patron saint of Leyawiin, where a statue of him can be found in the southwest corner of the town.
Torasa Aram (?b - ?d)
Torasa Aram was a wealthy Dunmer noblewoman who lived during the late Third Era. She used her wealth to establish the Museum of Artifacts, a museum in the Godsreach district of Mournhold. By offering large sums of money to adventurers, she was able to collect a significant number of artifacts, items of great and often divine power.
Her museum's collection was expanded greatly in 3E 427 due to the patronage of the Nerevarine, who sold many valuable artifacts to Torasa. In return for several donations made by the Nerevarine, Torasa parted with an ancient Dwemer Battle Shield from the Battle of Red Mountain. This shield contained a piece of Trueflame, the fractured blade of Nerevar which was later reforged by the Nerevarine.
As is the nature of great artifacts, many of the items from the museum's collection were not content to stay with one owner for long. Even by the time of the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, several artifacts had been reclaimed by their respective Daedric Princes, or had vanished to reappear elsewhere on Tamriel.
High Lord Torinaan (?b - ?d)
Legendary Merethic Era folk hero of the Altmer. Called "the Foresailor", he is said to have been the first Aldmer to set foot on the Summerset Isles at a site called Nine-Prow Landing on the northern coast of Auridon. When the Aldmer settlers were threatened by beasts known as the Gheatus, Ilyadi, and Welwa, Torinaan used the spells of his ancestors to slay them and render the land safe. He is credited as the founder of Firsthold, the first and oldest Elven city in the Isles. A complex of ruins bearing Torinaan's name, standing just southeast of Firsthold, is dedicated to worship of the Divines and is a traditional ritual site for Altmeri rulers.
Torradan ap Dugal, "Scourge of the Abecean Sea, Terror of the Gold Coast, Cutthroat of Hunding Bay, and Lord Captain of the Red Sabre" was the infamous captain of a pirate fleet known as the Red Sabre, who preyed on unescorted supply ships along the Gold Coast during the Camoran Usurper.
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Chieftain Torug gro-Igron (?b - ?d)
Orc chieftain who formed the first Orsinium in the Wrothgarian Mountains of High Rock. It grew from a few huts into a kingdom under his rule, though objective details on that kingdom are not known. Non-Orc paint a picture of a fortress ruled by savage law, leading raids on its neighbors along the Bjoulsae River. Orc historians call it a utopia, a peaceable land of agriculture and commerce. The truth is likely somewhere in between, but all written and archeological evidence was destroyed in the thirty-year Siege of Orsinium. Turog had died by the time the siege began in 1E 950, as Orsinium was then ruled by King Golkarr.
High King Torygg was the Jarl of Solitude and High King of Skyrim until his death at the hands of Ulfric Stormcloak in 4E 201. Torygg's father Istlod ruled as High King for almost twenty-five years, and upon his death, the moot formally named Torygg his successor (despite the disruptive presence of Ulfric, who used the forum to voice his desire for Skyrim's independence). Torygg found Ulfric's calls for independence moving, and respected him for voicing such a bold, borderline treasonous opinion. That is why when Ulfric came to see him in Solitude, Torygg intended to hear more of his arguments for independence with an open mind; neither he nor his court suspected that Ulfric was there to challenge Torygg until it was too late to stop it.
According to Ulfric, he challenged Torygg for the right to be High King, knocked him to the ground with the thu'um, then dispatched him with a sword. Some others say Ulfric "shouted him to pieces" or "ripped him asunder". The Empire and a number of the Jarls, however, viewed the killing of Torygg not as the result of an honorable duel, but as regicide, due to the fact that Torygg was young and had only limited martial training, while Ulfric was a war veteran wielding the power of the thu'um, and moreover, that the duel had been Ulfric's first choice of action, rather than diplomacy. According to his court wizard Sybille Stentor, Torygg had held Ulfric in high regard, and he might have been persuaded if Ulfric had simply asked Torygg to stand with him. Upon Torygg's death, his beloved wife Elisif the Fair succeeded him as Jarl of Solitude, and sought to claim the title of High Queen, with the Empire's backing.
Emperor Tosh Raka (?b - ?d)
Tosh Raka was an emperor of Ka Po' Tun (or the "Tiger-Dragon Empire"), believed to have ruled some time towards the end of the Third Era. Through unknown methods, he purportedly transformed himself into a Dragon. Tosh Raka planned to conquer Akavir, and then set his sights on Tamriel.
Trechtus (?b - ?d)
General Tullius (?b - ?d)
General Tullius was an Imperial General of the Legion. Originally from Cyrodiil, he was appointed Military Governor of Skyrim and tasked with crushing the Stormcloak Rebellion. Tullius firmly believed that Ulfric Stormcloak and his rebellion were a threat to the Empire which had to be eradicated, and that Ulfric was nothing more than a power-hungry usurper. Among supporters of the Empire, Tullius was commonly regarded as their best hope for victory. A very taciturn and serious man, he initially held little interest in Nordic culture, viewing it as nonsense, but eventually he learned to respect it. Tullius also despised the Thalmor, and believed the Stormcloak Rebellion was a mere interlude in the Empire's real conflict with the Aldmeri Dominion, even going so far as to remark that they almost made him want to throw in with the Stormcloaks. He believed the entire rebellion could be blamed on the Thalmor, who stirred it up to force the Empire to waste precious resources and soldiers.
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Turala (?b - ?d)
A character in the historical fiction 2920, The Last Year of the First Era. In the series, the Dunmer woman was a lover of Duke Brindisi Dorom who was banished after becoming pregnant. She then became a witch of the Skeffington Coven in Phrygias, and later summoned Mehrunes Dagon to destroy Old Mournhold as an act of revenge after being led to believe the Duke was responsible for the coven's destruction.
- The Monomyth
- Events of Tribunal
- From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki — Makela Leki
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Authenticity of the Giovessen Skull — Mercator Mannix, Imperial Historian
- A History of Daggerfall — Odiva Gallwood
- Stolen item description in ESO
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Ra Gada: Hammerfell — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Throat of the World: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Brief History of the Empire v 4 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Lord of Souls — Gregory Keyes
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High Rock — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- Events of Skyrim
- The Wild Elves — Kier-Jo Chorvak
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black Marsh — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Events of Oblivion
- Auridon Explored, Chapter XII — Fenlil the Wayfarer
- Enigma of the Runestones — Telenger the Artificer
- The Lay of Firsthold
- Firsthold's description in Arena
- Rothondothrin's Journal — Rothondothrin
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Orsinium — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- The Great Siege of Orsinium
- Galerion the Mystic — Asgrim Kolsgreg