"My estates, my titles, my own life - it's all forfeit now. All in the name of preserving the Empire. I swear by all the gods, Mannimarco will pay dearly for this."
―Abnur to the Vestige, after escaping the Castle of the Worm[src]

Abnur Tharn is father to Clivia Tharn, the Empress Regent of Tamriel. He is known as High Chancellor and Overlord of Nibenay, he is an original member of the Five Companions, and also the Imperial Battlemage of the Elder Council.[1]

Abnur is 164 years old and has at least 16 children.[2] It is unknown how he has lived that long, as Imperials often die earlier from old age.


The HarborageEdit

A vision of Abnur Tharn during the Soulburst is seen.

Daughter of GiantsEdit

Chasing ShadowsEdit

Castle of the WormEdit

The Tharn SpeaksEdit

Halls of TormentEdit

Valley of BladesEdit

Shadow of Sancre TorEdit

Council of the Five CompanionsEdit

God of SchemesEdit


He is a decisive man, and is part of a line of secret Daedric worshippers, which is just one more reason why the Alliances wish to dispose of him. His family is working with the Necromancer Lord Mannimarco in order to combine Nirn with Coldharbour, Molag Bal's Daedric Realm, after realizing the threat posed by the Ebonheart Pact, Aldmeri Dominion and Daggerfall Covenant.[1] However, Abnur, despite sharing his family's traditions of Daedra worship, despises Mannimarco due to his involvement in the Soulburst

He is known to have personally tortured Ayrenn prior to her becoming queen, and this is one reason for the Aldmeri Dominion deciding to try and conquer Cyrodiil.[1]

He is the ancestor of Third Era Imperial Battlemage, Jagar Tharn, the progenitor of the Imperial Simulacrum who ruled the Empire for 10 years before the Eternal Champion freed Uriel Septim VII from Jagar's prison.


After Abnur infused the Vestige with divine power with the Amulet of Kings, he helped the remaining Companions reach safety. After this he fled with the Amulet and returned to the Imperial City to attempt to harness the Amulet's power. According to Meridia, the relic's power will be dormant for several generations, and Abnur will not succeed, but will try nonetheless.


Show: Chasing Shadows
In the Abandoned Cellar:

"What is the meaning of this interruption? Why have you contacted me?"
"This is Abnur Tharn. The Master and I are very busy. This had better be important. Wait a moment. I don't know your face. Identify yourself, immediately!"

Who, me? "Yes, you report, you insipid twit. What, did you contact me by accident?"
[Persuade]Forgive me, my Lord, but I heard something that might be of interested to you.
Who are you? "How dare you speak to me in such a ... wait, you're not one of ours, are you? Color me intrigued. You speak to Abnur Tharn, overlord of Nibenay and Chancellor of the Elder Council."
The Imperial chancellor? What are you doing here? "Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you contact me? Fascinating. Are you merely a blundering local, I wonder, or something more?"
I'm looking for Sai Sahan. "Are you, indeed? I didn't think that Redguard has-been had a single friend left. Not in this world, at any rate. Let me give you some free advice. Forget about Sai Sahan. Even if I told you where he was, attempting a rescue would be suicidal."
Then you know where he is? "Of course I do. But do you really think I'd tell you and risk incurring Mannimarco's wrath? I think not. Ah the owner of this place returns, and he doesn't look pleased. Fare well!"


Lyris TitanbornEdit

Lyris: "Abnur Tharn, you traitorous bastard! I should have expected to find you here!"
Abnur: "Don't be a fool, Titanborn. I'm trying to help you. Your hatred poisons you. Warriors are like steel. When you lose temper, you lose your worth."
Lyris: "Help me? You betrayed us all, then went back to licking Mannimarco's boot before the smoke cleared!"
Abnur: "I did what I had to do. And, as a show of my good intentions, I have a gift for you. But, be warned. Coldharbour will not give it up, easily."
Lyris: "Is that ... ? Shor's bones, it is! Vestige, that's my battle axe!"





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 January 18, 2013. The Elder Scrolls Online (Lawrence Schick). Alliances at War
  2. Chronicles of the Five Companions 4
  3. 23 January, 2014 ESO Voice Cast Announced

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