Lore:Uriel Septim VII
|Emperor Uriel Septim VII|
|Previous Ruler||Pelagius Septim IV|
|Next Ruler||Martin Septim|
|Resided in||Imperial City|
|Appears in||Arena, Daggerfall, and Oblivion|
Uriel Septim VII (3E 346 – 433) was the reigning emperor during 3E 368 – 433. He was the son of Pelagius IV and was the twenty-first emperor of the Septim Dynasty. During his rule he had three legitimate sons to Empress Caula Voria: Crown Prince Geldall, Prince Enman and Prince Ebel. Uriel VII also had a bastard son, named Calaxes Septim, with an unnamed woman. He was given the Archbishopric of the Temple of the One, but was murdered for trying to establish a theocracy more than thirty years before the Oblivion Crisis.
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. Uriel Septim VII, son of Pelagius IV, 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.
Uriel VII was betrayed by the Imperial Battlemage Jagar Tharn and was imprisoned in a dimension of Tharn's choosing in 3E 389. Tharn used his magic of illusion to assume the Emperor's aspect. For the next ten years, Tharn used Imperial privileges, but did not continue Uriel VII's schedule of reconquest. It is not entirely known yet what Tharn's goals and personal accomplishments were during the ten years he imitated his liege lord. During Uriel Septim VII's incarceration, Tharn slowed time so that Uriel Septim VII would not age, because if he died the Amulet of Kings would alert the Elder Council; this may explain why Uriel Septim VII lived and ruled for such a long period of time.
Tharn was eventually defeated in 3E 399 by Talin, 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 Septim VII himself. This left only an illegitimate son of Uriel VII named Martin Septim to claim the throne.
An engraving of Uriel Septim VII from the Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition
 See also
- 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, Imperial Historian — 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