Jagar Tharn (a.k.a. Nightingale) (?b - 3E 399)
Jagar Tharn was the Imperial Battlemage from some time before 3E 389 to 3E 399. Little is known about his life before that, but he is generally assumed to have been the bard Nightingale who appeared in Barenziah's court. He seduced her in order to take the Staff of Chaos from under the city of Mournhold. It was this staff that he used in 3E 389 to betray and imprison the emperor Uriel Septim VII in a dimension of Tharn's creation.
Tharn ruled the empire for ten years, a period which came to be known as the Imperial Simulacrum, using illusion magic to make himself appear to be the emperor. During that time, Tharn used Imperial privileges, but did not continue Uriel VII's schedule of reconquest. Under his false reign, the empire fell to pieces as wars raged everywhere. In the east, Morrowind attacked Black Marsh in the Arnesian War; in the north, Skyrim battled High Rock and Hammerfell in the War of the Bend'r-mahk; in the south, Elsweyr took arms against Valenwood in the Five Year War; in the west, Valenwood also lost land to its old ally Summerset Isles in the War of the Blue Divide. It is not entirely known yet what Tharn's goals and personal accomplishments were during the Imperial Simulacrum.
For more information, see the full article on Jagar Tharn
Jakben was the Earl of Imbel, a noble family dating back to the late First Era. He was born some time in the Third Era. In life, he abandoned his birthright to become a master thief, and became known as Springheel Jak. He was infected with vampirism, and used his noble status to hide his undead nature for two hundred years before finally being slain in 3E 433.
 Count Janus Hassildor
Janus Hassildor, an Imperial noble, was the Count of Skingrad and an acquaintance of the Mages Guild. Most of the people in Skingrad seem to have believed that Count Hassildor was eccentric or crowd shy, but the true reason was far more disturbing however, as evidenced by his gaunt face, pronounced cheekbones, and fierce red eyes: the Count was a vampire. Although he was one himself, he disliked others of his kind, claiming that they had given in to their animal urges. Other vampires were a problem for Hassildor, as they often took up residence around Skingrad. This attracted many Vampire Hunters who often asked unwanted questions. Hassildor's wife, Rona, is also a vampire, but has not been able to come to terms with her condition and thus fell into a coma. This grieved the Count and so he enlisted the help of a stranger to find a cure for his wife. His fate is unknown, though as a vampire, he could live indefinitely.
 Jastyaga (?b - ?d)
Member of the Order of Diagna who wrote of the joining the of the armies of Daggerfall and Sentinel "to hold the wicked orcs in their foul Orsinium fastness... and burn aught in cleansing flame" in 1E 950.
 Jeek of the River (?b - ?d)
Jeek of the River was Captain of the Jorrvaskr during the Return. He and Ysgramor had grown up together, and the twenty-one Companions who composed his crew were Ysgramor's closest friends. Ysgramor himself gave him his name. He was the discoverer of the Skyforge, founder of Whiterun, and keeper of the original oath of the Companions, which was lost to time. While other crews sought glory in conquest, his was the first to settle and serve as protector for the settlers who followed them.
 Gentleman Jim Stacey (?b - ?d)
Gentleman Jim Stacey was a Redguard who led the Thieves Guild in Morrowind in the late Third Era. Jim was a master thief himself, and is rumored to have possessed the legendary Skeleton Key. Under Jim's leadership, the Guild managed to establish itself despite resistance from older, native criminal groups, and focused on thieving only from wealthy royalty and merchants rather than the poor. Since the locals disfavored foreign organizations, he recreated the Bal Molagmer, a popular but extinct group of righteous thieves in Vvardenfell, as a subfaction of the Thieves Guild. His fate is not known; while the Fighters Guild and Camonna Tong claimed to have eliminated his organization, some suspect they actually just drove it deeper underground.
Saint Jiub the Eradicator is a saint of the Tribunal Temple and the New Temple. He was canonized for driving the cliff racers from the island of Vvardenfell in Morrowind. He died in 3E 433, and his soul became trapped in the Soul Cairn.
Ruler of Daggerfall around 1E 973. During the Thirty-Year Siege of Orsinium, Joile led an invasion force to the Wrothgarian Mountains under the sponsorship of the Crystal Tower in High Rock. In the Annals of Daggerfall, King Joile's letter to Gaiden Shinji of the Order of Diagna says, "The orcs have been much plaguing the Wayresters and impeding traffic to the heart of the land". The date given for the letter was 1E 948, making it the earliest known written reference to Wayrest.
 Queen Jolethe (?b - ?d)
Daughter of Magnus Septim and his wife, either Hellena or Utheilla, and sister of Pelagius Septim III. Following the death of her father, Pelagius ascended to the Imperial throne, and she took over his position as ruler of Solitude in 3E 145.
 Jorg Helmbolg (?b - ?d)
Jorunn the Skald-King was a Nordic High King born to Queen Mabjaarn Flame-Hair. He grew up believing his elder sister, Nurnhilde, was fated to take the throne, and as such became a singer and did quite a bit of traveling. He showed a rare talent as a singer, highly prized among Nords, and was eventually dubbed the “Skald Prince” of Skyrim. However, his mother and sister were killed in an Akaviri invasion. He led the Nords to victory against the invaders, and took on a new life as High King of Skyrim.
 Jsashe (?b - ?d)
Jsashe, also referred to as the "Witch-Queen of Whiterun", was a woman who in the Third Era maintained control of the area around High Hrothgar and Whiterun, in central Skyrim. She was the leader of that area's local witches coven, and a self-proclaimed Priestess of Lorkhan.
Son and heir of Emperor Reman III and Empress Tavia. He was assassinated in 1E 2920. Before he died, he brought about an end to the Four-Score War against Morrowind and the Tribunal when his campaign against them finally succeeded in compromising their defenses, forcing them into negotiating a treaty.
 Jurgen Windcaller, The Calm (?b - ?d)
Jurgen Windcaller, a Nord warrior who came to be called the Calm, was the most powerful Tongue of the First Era, possibly of all time. Like all great Tongues of his time, he was a war leader in the First Empire of the Nords, which was aggressively expanding across northern Tamriel. However, in 1E 416, their armies suffered an ignominious defeat at Red Mountain at the hands of the Chimer and Dwemer, and they withdrew from modern-day Morrowind. Jurgen would use the defeat as inspiration to discover the Way of the Voice and found the Greybeards.
For more information, see the lore article.
- ^ Events of Oblivion
- ^ The Pig Children — Tyston Bane
- ^ Events of Morrowind
- ^ Myth or Menace?
- ^ Poison Song, Book I — Bristin Xel
- ^ From The Memory Stone of Makela Leki — Makela Leki
- ^ Wayrest, Jewel of the Bay — Sathyr Longleat
- ^ The Madness of Pelagius — Tsathenes
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Skyrim — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- ^ Atlas of Dragons, 2E 373 — Brother Mathnan
- ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Seat of Sundered Kings: Cyrodiil — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- ^ 2920, The Last Year of the First Era — Carlovac Townway