The table below lists all known Tamrielic Emperors. These are individuals who ruled the Cyrodilic Empires of Tamriel, including emperors, regents, potentates, and others who assumed control of the Imperial City and the Ruby Throne. The table is organized according to ruling dynasties and interregnal periods.
|Name||Born||Race||Crowned||Died, Deposed, Abdicated,
or Office Abolished
|Alessia||1E ?||Nede||1E 243||1E 266||Founded the First Empire.|
|Belharza the Man-Bull||1E ?||Minotaur||1E 266||possibly 1E 322[UOL 1]||Son of Empress Alessia and the demigod Morihaus.|
|Ami-El[UOL 2]||1E ?||possibly 1E 322[UOL 1]||1E ?||Active in 1E 358.[nb 1]|
|First Empire during the Alessian Doctrines|
|Gorieus||1E ?||1E 461||1E ?|
|Hestra||1E ?||1E ?||1E ?||Active in 1E 1029, around 1E 1030[nb 2] and 1E 1033.|
|Shor-El||1E ?||1E ?||1E ?||Probably after Hestra.[nb 3]|
|Unknown||1E ?||1E ?||1E 2331||Final Alessian Emperor.[nb 4]|
|Empire post-dissolution of the Alessian Reform|
|Herda||1E ?||1E ?||pre-1E 2703||Empress credited with improving relations with the Colovian West.|
|Second Empire — Reman Dynasty|
|Reman I||1E ?[nb 5]||1E 2703||1E 2762||Founded the Second Empire and Reman Dynasty. He never took the title of Emperor in his lifetime.|
|Kastav||1E ?||1E 2762[nb 6]||1E 2804 (deposed),|
|Reman II||1E 2794||1E 2804 (deposition of Kastav),||1E 2843|
|Brazollus Dor[nb 8]||1E ?||1E 2843||1E 2877|
|Reman III||1E ?||Imperial[nb 9]||1E 2877||1E 2920||Assassinated by the Morag Tong.|
|Second Empire — Akaviri Potentate|
|Versidue-Shaie||1E ?||Tsaesci||1E 2920||2E 324||Assassinated by the Morag Tong.|
|Savirien-Chorak||1E ?||Tsaesci||2E 324||2E 430||Assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood.[nb 10]|
|Pretenders of the Empire of Cyrodiil during the Interregnum|
|Attrebus||2E ?||Imperial||2E ?||2E ?||Expelled the Akaviri from Cyrodiil sometime between 2E 430 and the rise of the Longhouse Emperors.[nb 11]|
|Durcorach 'the Black Drake'||2E ?||Reachman||2E 533||2E 541 or 2E 542||Reachman Warlord who conquered Cyrodiil sometime prior to 2E 541, founded the Longhouse Emperor Dynasty.|
|Moricar 'the Middling'||2E ?||Reachman||2E 541 or 2E 542||2E 56?|
|Leovic||2E ?||Reachman||2E 56?||2E 577[nb 12]||Active in 2E 566.[nb 13]|
|Varen Aquilarios||2E 536[UOL 3]||Imperial||2E 577[nb 12]||2E 579||Overthrew Leovic at the end of Varen's Rebellion.|
|Empress Regent Clivia Tharn||2E ?||Imperial||2E 582||2E 582||Was disposed of prior to 2E 582 and was replaced with Molag Kena. However, she may not have been killed when she was replaced.|
|Unknown (many)[nb 14]||N/A||2E 580||2E 582||Pretenders of the Alliance War.[nb 14]|
|Unknown||N/A||Kamal||2E ?||2E ?||At least one Kamal Usurper.[nb 15]|
|Cuhlecain||?||2E 854[nb 16]||2E 854||Colovian King of Falkreath who later conquered all of Cyrodiil. Was allegedly murdered by Tiber Septim.|
|Tiber Septim||2E 828||Atmoran or Breton||2E 854||2E 896||Founded the Septim Dynasty.|
|Third Empire — Septim Dynasty|
|Tiber Septim||2E 828||Atmoran or Breton||3E 0||3E 38||Upon conquest of Tamriel, Tiber founded Third Empire and declared the Third Era.|
|Pelagius Septim I[nb 17]||?||3E 38||3E 40[nb 18]||Assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood.|
|Kintyra Septim I||?||3E 40||3E 53||First cousin of Pelagius I and daughter of Tibers brother Agnorith. The direct dynastic line of Tiber is broken.|
|Uriel Septim I||?||3E 53||3E 64||Son of Kintyra I; known as the great lawmaker of the Septime Dynasty and promoter of independent organizations and guilds.|
|Uriel Septim II||?||3E 64||3E 82||Son of Uriel I, his reign is known for a bad financial and judicial handle as well as civil unrest.|
|Pelagius Septim II||?||3E 82||3E 98||Dismissed the entire Elder Council only to sell back the seats to those who could pay. By the end of his reign, he fixed the Empire's financial situation.|
|Antiochus Septim||3E 51||3E 99[nb 19]||3E 120[nb 20]||Known for having many mistresses and nearly as many wives. His reign is known for civil wars, surpassing even those of Uriel II's time.|
|Kintyra Septim II||3E 104||3E 120||3E 121[nb 21](deposed)||Accused by her cousin, the later Uriel III, to be a bastard, starting a series of events which would conclude in the War of the Red Diamond.|
|Uriel Septim III||3E 97||3E 121[nb 21]||3E 127||Born as Uriel Mantiarco as the son of Mantiarco, he later took the surname of his mother. He captured Empress Kintyra II and supposedly had her executed, so he could be crowned Emperor.|
|Cephorus Septim I||3E 77||3E 127||3E 140||Son of Pelagius Septim II. He captured Uriel III and was later crowned Emperor. His reign is marked by civil war as he tried to stabilize the Empire after the War of the Red Diamond.|
|Magnus Septim||3E 79||Breton[nb 22]||3E 140||3E 145||Son of Pelagius Septim II. His reign is know for the punishment of traitorous kings of the War of the Red Diamond.|
|Pelagius Septim III 'the Mad'||3E 119||Breton||3E 145||3E 147 (deposed),||Son of Magnus Septim. Known for his eccentricities of behavior and, later, his madness.|
|Katariah Ra'Athim||?||Dunmer||3E 147 (deposition of Pelagius),||3E 200[nb 24]||Katariah was the consort of Pelagius III and assumed the position of Empress Regent after he was sent to an Asylum. Her reign is known for repairing much of the damage the broken alliances of the last few Emperors had suffered and she was popular with the common people.|
|Cassynder Septim||?||Dunmer-Breton||3E 200||3E 202[nb 25]||As the son of Pelagius III and Katariah he is said to be "half-elven". He assumed the throne with bad health and so his reign only lasted 2 years.|
|Uriel Septim IV||?||Dunmer-Breton||3E 202[nb 25]||3E 246[nb 26]||Born as Uriel Lariat as the son of Katariah Ra'Athim and Gallivere Lariat, he doesn't share any relation with the other Septims. In fact, he was adopted by his half-brother Cassynder into the dynasty. His reign is described as a long and difficult one in which the Elder Council assumed more and more powers.|
|Cephorus Septim II||?||Nord||3E 247||3E 268[nb 27]||Only Emperor to be elected by the Elder Council. The Council disinherited Uriel IV's son Andorak and proclaimed a member of a branch more closely related to the original Septim line Emperor. Andoraks supporters begin a military campaign against the Emperor, leading to Andorak receiving the Kingdom of Shornhelm.|
|Uriel Septim V||?||3E 268||3E 290||Son of Cephorus II, known for the famous Tamrielic Invasion of Akavir. While he was absent, civil wars continued.|
|Regent Thonica||?||3E 290||3E 307||Uriel VI was too young to rule in his own right when he was crowned, so his mother Thonica ruled as regent. He was eventually allowed to ascend the throne and assume full Imperial powers in 3E 307. Under her reign, civil wars continued.|
|Uriel Septim VI||3E 285||3E 290 (crowned)
(3E 307) (end of regency)
|3E 317[nb 28]||Originally an Emperor only in name, Uriel VI only had the power of an imperial veto. Only by 3E 313 he was able to assume full power. Under his reign, civil wars continued.|
|Morihatha Septim||3E 288||3E 313[nb 28]||3E 339||Established the Imperial Province to be under direct control of the Empress and nded the series of civil wars that had begun under her grandfather Cephorus Septim II as she slowly slowly took back her rebellious vassals.|
|Pelagius Septim IV||3E 314||3E 339||3E 368[nb 29]||Continued the efforts to reunite Tamriel.|
|Uriel Septim VII||3E 346||Imperial||3E 368[nb 29]||3E 389||Continued the efforts to reunite Tamriel.|
|Third Empire — Imperial Simulacrum|
|Jagar Tharn||?||3E 389||3E 399|
|Third Empire — Restoration|
|Uriel Septim VII||3E 346||Imperial||3E 399[nb 29]||3E 433||Uriel is the last proper Emperor of the Septim Dynasty to rule the Empire.|
|Martin Septim||?||Imperial||3E 433||3E 433||Martin was born as a bastard of Uriel VII and was enthroned shortly after his father's death. However Martin's only act as Emperor was to sacrifice himself to end the Oblivion Crisis. During his time at the Cloud ruler temple Martin learned how to open the portal to Gaiar Alata and led the army in the Battle of Bruma.|
|Third Empire — Stormcrown Interregnum|
|Potentate Ocato of Firsthold||?||Altmer||4E 0||4E 10||Originally trying to elect a new Emperor, he reluctantly took the position of Potentate after the Elder Council urged him to do so.|
|Thules the Gibbering||?||Imperial||?||4E 17|
|Third Empire — Mede Dynasty|
|Titus Mede I||?||Imperial||4E 17||?|
|Attrebus Mede[nb 30]||4E 18||Imperial||?||?|
|Unknown[nb 31]||?||?||4E 168|
|Titus Mede II||?||Imperial||4E 168||4E 201|
- According to developer Matt Grandstaff's posts Ami-El was still emperor in 1E 358.
- The Legend of Red Eagle mentions Hestra invaded the Reach after 1E 1030.
- Dates of Shor-El's reign are unknown, but they are mentioned after Hestra in Where were you when the Dragon Broke? as part of the Emperor Oversoul.
- The final emperor of the Alessian Empire is unidentified. His office was abolished in 1E 2331 when the Alessian Empire and Alessian Order were dissolved at the conclusion of the War of Righteousness.
- The Remanada contains an allegorical story of Reman emerging from Sancre Tor as a child, but this should not be taken as literal truth.
- Reman I died in 1E 2762 and it is reasonable to assume that his successor was crowned almost immediately afterwards.
- The exact year of Kastav's death and the ascension of his successor, Reman II, is not specified by Annals of the Dragonguard. Sky Haven Temple was cut off from contact with Kastav in 1E 2804 and under siege during 1E 2805 and 1E 2806, so no news of the outside world reached the members of the Dragonguard stationed there. Only after the siege was lifted did they become aware of Reman II's ascension. However, given his 39 years of rule mentioned on his epitaph and his death in 1E 2843 according to Reman II: The Limits of Ambition, Reman II likely deposed Kastav in 1E 2804. Reman II was probably only officially crowned after Kastav's death in 1E 2812.
- Brazollus Dor was placed between Reman II and Reman III by High King Emeric in High King Emeric Answers Your Questions. Despite being ruler, nearly all issues of policy and politics were delegated to his Potentate, Sidri-Ashak.
- His race is never stated, however his son Juilek is revered to as a "Cyrodiil" in 2920, The Last Year of the First Era
- It's controversial which assassin organisation really killed the last Akaviri Potentate. While literature speaks of the Dark Brotherhood, a Morag Tong assassin in ESO implies his ancestor was responsible for the assassination.
- It is unknown when the warlord Attrebus gained the Imperial Throne during the Interregnum. According to the Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition, Attrebus' reign is established to have occurred prior to the city of Rimmen's secession from Elsweyr in 2E 812, and Akaviri expelled from Cyrodiil by Attrebus later settled in Elsweyr and founded Rimmen. As Rimmen was extant as early as 2E 576 per House Tharn of Nibenay when Leovic of the Longhouse Emperors was in power, Attrebus could only have reigned sometime between the onset of the Interregnum in 2E 430 and whenever Durcorach, the first Longhouse Emperor, ascended to the throne.
- Varen's Rebellion is stated in Pirate Queen of the Gold Coast to have begun 2E 576 and continued into the following year, but the end-date of the conflict (when Leovic died) is not explicitly identified in any existing sources. It is known, however, that after Varen Aquilarios was crowned emperor, he and his Companions spent two years (according to Lyris Titanborn) questing for the Amulet of Kings before returning to the Imperial City and causing the Soulburst in 2E 579. Therefore, Leovic's death and the end of Varen's Rebellion occurred in 2E 577.
- Leovic held the office of emperor at least as early as 2E 566, when the Gold Coast Guide was published.
- During the Alliance War, as each alliance fleetingly gained control of the Imperial City, they would crown a figurehead Emperor from among their warriors. These Emperors' reigns were extremely short-lived and their names have been lost to history.
- At some point prior to 2E 812, the remnants of the defeated Kamal army that invaded Tamriel in 2E 572 seized the Imperial Throne from the successors of the warlord Attrebus. This suggests that at least one Kamal ruled as Emperor for a time.
- Cuhlecain proclaimed himself emperor upon capturing the Imperial City, but he was assassinated before he could be formally crowned. His successor Tiber Septim, who became the first emperor of the Third Empire of Tamriel after completing the conquest of the continent 42 years later, honored Cuhlecain as "Emperor Zero".
- "There has been some disagreement regarding Pelagius' relationship with Tiber Septim. A version of a Brief History of the Empire referred to Pelagius as Tiber's eldest son, but it has since been revised. Some passages in The Real Barenziah suggest that Tiber's wife, referred to as the Empress, had multiple "children". The likeliest explanations include that Tiber and the Empress had female children otherwise unrecorded to history, or that the general public were referred to as the Empress' "children". Other possibilities include that the Empress had children that were not Tiber's, the two of them had secret offspring, or a mistake on the part of the author. Regardless, the throne ended up with Kintyra.
- A Brief History of the Empire says that Pelagius reigned for "less than three years", suggesting a date of 3E 40. The Daggerfall Chronicles explicitly uses this date.
- Book 3 of The Wolf Queen indicates that Antiochus was not offered the throne until some time had passed after the death of Pelagius II. A Brief History of the Empire indicates that he took the throne twelve years before the War of the Isle in 3E 110, which leads to the same date.
- Book 5 of The Wolf Queen states that Antiochus fell into a coma in 3E 119 and that his funeral was in 3E 120. The Madness of Pelagius agrees, stating that Kintyra ascended the throne "just over a year" after Pelagius' birth in 3E 119. Both books are contradicted in the Biography of the Wolf Queen, which explicitly places his death in 3E 112. To add to the confusion, see the note about the date of Pelagius III's birth. This chart uses the 120 date, since most references state that to be the correct date.
- In The Wolf Queen, although there is uncertainty over the date of Kintyra's death, it is stated that Uriel III was crowned "four years previously" to the year 3E 125, implying that he was crowned in 3E 121. A Brief History of the Empire explicitly states that Uriel took the throne in 121. The Biography of the Wolf Queen states that Kintyra was executed in 3E 114 and that Uriel ascended to the throne "seven years later". Thus, while all three books agree on the date of Uriel's ascension, the Biography implies a seven year interregnum during the War of the Red Diamond when nobody wore the Imperial crown. The precise date given in Broken Diamonds implies that Kintyra was held in captivity for some time before her death.
- Magnus' Race is never stated. However his wife Hellena, the mother his son Pelagius, is described as "Cyrodiil". So Magnus must have been Breton as Pelagius is Breton.
- The Madness of Pelagius says that Pelagius III died in the 34th year of his life, which translates to 3E 153.
- Both Brief History of the Empire and The Madness of Pelagius put the length of Katariah's reign at 46 years. To fit in with later events, this reign must end in 3E 200.
- The Daggerfall version of Brief History says "In two years, he was dead" while the later version says that Cassynder died "Three years after [his accession]". It is impossible to determine exactly which year these statements are intended to mean, but 3E 202 seems reasonable.
- Brief History of the Empire describes the reign of Uriel Septim IV lasting 43 years. This must have extended into 3E 246, as The Rear Guard describes a law made "in 3E 246, during the reign of Uriel IV". The Daggerfall Chronicles place Uriel's death in 3E 247, but it doesn't seem possible to stretch his reign into this year given other events. It is possible this date has been superseded.
- Although the Brief History of the Empire states Cephorus II became emperor in 3E 268, this is clearly an error. The same book states that Uriel Septim V also became emperor in 268, so it is more logical to assume the latter is correct and that Cephorus simply followed on from Uriel IV. Cephorus is described as "a cousin more closely related to the original Septim line", although his precise line of descent is not clear.
- The Third Era Timeline states that Uriel VI died and Morihatha was crowned in 3E 320, and Tamriel's Timeline, The Daggerfall Chronicles suggests the year was 3E 317. However, Brief History of the Empire notes that Morihatha was born a month after her father left for Akavir in 3E 288, and that she was 25-years-old as Empress, which would put her coronation in 3E 313.
- The Brief History of the Empire states that Pelagius reigned for 49 years, but this has been acknowledged as an error - the correct span is 29 years.
- Although it is never stated that Attrebus Mede succeeded his father Titus I as Emperor, it can be assumed that he did since he was Crown Prince as of 4E 40, there was no indication of other heirs to the throne at the time, and the Mede bloodline survived until the time of Titus II.
- It is unknown how many Mede Emperors reigned between Attrebus and Titus II. Given the gap of 150 years between Attrebus' birth in 4E 18 and Titus II's ascension to the throne in 4E 168, as well as the knowledge that Titus II's father had a sister while Attrebus had no known siblings, Attrebus was most likely not Titus II's father or grandfather. It can therefore be assumed that at least two other Medes reigned as emperor between Attrebus and Titus II.
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our History — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Cleansing of the Fane
- On Minotaurs — Nonus Caprenius, Temporarily Unaffiliated Scholar of Imperial Antiquities
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- Bangkorai, Shield of High Rock — King Eamond
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black Marsh — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Tomb in Sancre Tor: "Here lies Reman of Cyrodiil. He defeated the Akaviri Horde and brought peace to Tamriel. 2762."
- The Book of the Dragonborn — Prior Emelene Madrine
- Annals of the Dragonguard — Brother Annulus
- Tomb in Sancre Tor: "Here lies Reman II of Cyrodiil, crowned Emperor of Tamriel in the year 2812. He fell in battle against the Dark Elves, in the fifty-seventh year of his age, after a reign of thirty-nine years and eight months wanting a day."
- Reman II: The Limits of Ambition — High King Emeric
- High King Emeric Answers Your Questions — High King Emeric
- Tomb in Sancre Tor: "Here lies Reman III, last Emperor of the Cyrodiils, the scourge of the Dark Elves, who was cruelly slain by treachery, in the year 2920. He reigned forty-three years."
- 2920, The Last Year of the First Era — Carlovac Townway
- The Brothers of Darkness — Pellarne Assi
- 2920, The Last Year of the First Era — Carlovac Townway
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- History of Markarth: A Story in Stone — Consul Cardea, the Ard's Administrator
- Travails and Triumphs of a Monarch — His Majesty King Emeric
- The Royal House of King Eamond — Seneschal Derric Andras of Castle Evermore
- The Wolf of Solitude — Pjetr the Skald, of the Bards College
- Chronicles of the Five Companions 1 — Lyris Titanborn
- House Tharn of Nibenay — Count Opius Voteporix
- Events of The Elder Scrolls Online
- Sister Terran Arminus's dialogue in The Elder Scrolls Online
- Chancellor Abnur Tharn Answers Your Questions 2 — Chancellor Abnur Tharn
- The Chorrol Crier
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Arcturian Heresy — The Underking, Ysmir Kingmaker
- Brief History of the Empire v 1 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Tamriel's Timeline, The Daggerfall Chronicles — Ronald Wartow
- The_Wolf_Queen, v2 — Waughin Jarth
- The_Wolf_Queen, v3 — Waughin Jarth
- Biography of the Wolf Queen — Katar Eriphanes
- The Wolf Queen, v5 — Waughin Jarth
- The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- The Wolf Queen, v4 — Waughin Jarth
- The Wolf Queen, v6 — Waughin Jarth
- The Wolf Queen, v7 — Waughin Jarth
- The Third Era Timeline — Jaspus Ignateous
- Brief History of the Empire v 2 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Wolf Queen, v8 — Waughin Jarth
- Brief History of the Empire v 3 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- The Fall of the Usurper — Palaux Illthre
- Report: Disaster at Ionith — Lord Pottreid, Chairman
- Brief History of the Empire v 4 — Stronach k'Thojj III
- Intro speech in TES4 by Uriel Septim "I was born 87 years ago...". The speech was made in 3E 433.
- The Black Horse Courier, Special Edition
- Events of Oblivion
- Rising Threat — Lathenil of Sunhold
- Lord of Souls — Gregory Keyes
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- The Great War — Legate Justianus Quintius
- Events of Skyrim
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.
- Members of the Hew's Bane Thieves Guild Answer Your Questions — Walks-Softly, Kari Coin-Counter, Velsa, Zeira, Thrag, Andarri
- Matt Grandstaff's Posts, The Imperial Library
- Special ZOS Lore Master Interview with Lawrence Schick