The Amulet of Kings, also called "Chim El-Adabal", was an amulet worn by Cyrodilic Emperors in the bloodline of Saint Alessia. The symbol of the Empire of Tamriel, the Red Diamond, stemmed from the amulet and became the royal seal of the Septim Dynasty much later. Only blood-relatives of Alessia can wear the amulet, otherwise it slips off the neck. Many theories exist as to its origin, the most commonly believed being that Akatosh formed the gem from his blood and gave it to Saint Alessia as a token of his willingness to keep mortals safe from the wrath of Daedric Princes. Other theories report that the amulet is, in fact, a Soul Gem of Ayleid origin.
In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, it is a central item during the Oblivion Crisis, where the Hero of Kvatch delivered the amulet to Martin Septim, the last heir of the late Emperor Uriel Septim VII. With it, he invoked the avatar of Akatosh and battled Mehrunes Dagon at the Temple of the One, destroying the amulet in the process and sealing the bridge between Oblivion and Mundus forever.
A powerful race of Daedra-worshiping mer known as the Ayleids enslaved the Nedic humans native to the Tamrielic continent. A commoner named Alessia, the matriarch of the Cyrodilic Royal Line from which renowned rulers such as Reman Cyrodiil came, rose to lead a rebellion against the Ayleids, divinely inspired by the apparition of Akatosh.
The Dragon God of Time and ruler of the noble Aedra, Akatosh, looking with pity upon the plight of men, drew blood from his own heart, and blessed Alessia with this blood of Dragons. With her, he forged a covenant that so long as Alessia's bloodline remained pure to its dragon blood, Akatosh would seal the veils between Oblivion and the mortal plane.
Along with the Eternal Dragonfires, the Amulet of Kings was the symbol of their pact. Upon the crowning of each emperor, the Amulet of Kings is taken to the Temple of the One in the Imperial City. Ceremoniously, the Dragonfires were lit with the amulet and the pact lived on.
In the early years of the Second Era, Emperor Reman I instituted the ritual of lighting the Dragonfires which eventually accompanied the crowning of every new emperor. Following the official coronation ceremony, the new monarch is "soul-linked" to the Amulet of Kings and sent to the Temple of the One to light the enchanted Dragonfires, which burn until their death.
The gem is the red diamond in the middle of the Amulet. This is the symbol of the Empire and later taken as the symbol of the Septim line. It is surrounded by eight other gems, one for each of the divines.
- In the backstory within the manual for Arena, the dialogue between Talin and Sia alludes that the Amulet of Kings magically alerts the Elder Council if the Emperor dies. This may be one reason why Jagar Tharn kept Uriel Septim VII alive in Oblivion rather than killing him.
- In Oblivion, completing the side quest, "Two Sides of the Coin" grants the Arnora's True Amulet, which is a variation to the Amulet of Kings. The Fake Amulet is a blue variation of the True Amulet.
- In Oblivion, the amulet can be acquired using console commands. The Item ID for the amulet is:
player.additem 000250A0 1
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Penitus Oculatus Armor features the Red Diamond emblazoned with the symbol of the Penitus Oculatus at the center of the armor, the Red Diamond symbol being based on the Amulet of Kings.
- Each gem in the golden part of the amulet represents one god of the eight divines.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Amulet of Kings
- ↑ Dialogue with Jauffre in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
- ↑ Trying to equip the amulet in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion causes it to fall off.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Artifacts - A: Amulet of Kings. The Imperial Library (last edited by B on 14 July 2012 20:55).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Trials of St. Alessia
- ↑ Varieties of Faith in the Empire
- ↑ Battle of Sancre Tor