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Not to be confused with Javad Tharn.
"...for you have never faced a being as powerful as I."
―Jagar Tharn[src]

Jagar Tharn was a battlemage who briefly ruled the Empire, from 3E 389 until his death in 3E 399. He serves as the main antagonist of The Elder Scrolls: Arena.


Jagar Tharn was a mage-priest at the Temple of Sethiete in Camlorn, High Rock before his ascension to the position of Imperial Battlemage.

In 3E 376 he tricked Queen Barenziah of Mournhold to show him the way to Old Mournhold, where the Staff of Chaos was hidden. He then stole the staff and disappeared.[1]

Later, he managed to become the Imperial Battlemage of Uriel Septim VII. In 3E 389, he captured Uriel VII and banished him into Oblivion with the Staff of Chaos. He then took the Emperor's visage and usurped the throne of Tamriel, replacing the Emperor's guard and servants with Daedra and other foul creatures. The only issue with this plan was that should the Emperor die in the plane of Oblivion, Tharn's treachery would be revealed. Normally when the Emperor of Tamriel dies, the Elder Council is magically informed by the Amulet of Kings and meets to select a successor. By sequestering Uriel Septim VII in another dimension, where time ran slower, Tharn prevented this from happening. He then broke the staff into eight pieces and hid them in the other provinces of Tamriel.

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Tharn disintegrating after the Jewel is destroyed

Several years later, he made a bargain with Mehrunes Dagon to invade Battlespire, the Imperial training facility and bastion of the Imperial Battlemages. This move was essential to secure his position and to eliminate a possible threat to his reign. Mehrunes Dagon was defeated and cast back into Oblivion by a mysterious hero, but the Battlespire was destroyed. The Imperial Battlemages, a potential threat to Tharn, were no longer capable of thwarting Tharn's reign.[2]

In 3E 397, Tharn and Pergan Asuul tried to manipulate the War of the Bend'r-Mahk to create the Shadow of War, the powerful creature known as Umbra' Keth. However, another mysterious hero with the help of Skelos Undriel and Azra Nightwielder, thwarted his plan.[3]

His reign ended in 3E 399. The Eternal Champion, with the help of Ria Silmane and Lady Barenziah, managed to gather the hidden pieces of the Staff of Chaos. During the final battle, in the depths of the Imperial Palace Dungeon, the champion managed to grab the Jewel of Fire, a jewel that held Tharn's power and the whole energy of the Staff of Chaos. Jagar Tharn was slain, Uriel Septim VII rescued, and the hero saw himself declared as the Eternal Champion of Tamriel.


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Tharn encased in his shield

Imperial PalaceEdit

At the fourth level of the palace, Tharn will fight the Eternal Champion. After having his health depleted to 0, Tharn will encase himself in a magical shield. In order to finally defeat Tharn, the Champion must touch the Jewel of Fire. This will cause Tharn to disintegrate, as seen through a cutscene, and as the cutscene finishes the quest is completed. It should be noted that fighting Tharn is completely optional; all that is necessary is activating the jewel.


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Tharn in-game

Arguably, Tharn is one of the most powerful enemies, if not the most powerful, in The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The following is combat info:[4]


  • Level 20
  • 500 Health-icon
  • 300 MagickaIcon


  • Makes no noise
  • 25% chance of reflecting spells
  • 10 - 25 damage range in Hand-to-Hand
  • Sees invisible characters


  • Does not regenerate lost health points
  • Has no aura/breath weapons
  • Can be instantly killed by activating the Jewel of Fire





  • According to certain backstories for the main character in Daggerfall, there were circles of battlemages who were aware who Uriel Septim "really was," but none were brave enough to stand up against Tharn.
  • There is an ambient black metal band from Poland with the same name. The lyrics of their songs consist purely of Elder Scrolls-related stories and concepts.



Imperial Battlemage to the Emperor
Zurin Arctus 3E 3?? - 3E 389 Ocato
Empire of Tamriel
Uriel Septim VII 3E 389 - 3E 399 (de facto) Uriel Septim VII

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