Captain Steffan has noticed a group of Mythic Dawn Agents spying on Cloud Ruler Temple, and sends the Hero to eliminate them before they become a threat to Martin. After killing Jearl in her house and reading Jearl's Orders, the Hero must kill the other spies near the Rune Stone southeast of Bruma.
After Martin and Jauffre are finished speaking, escort them and Baurus to the Great Chapel of Talos in Bruma. After the Oblivion Gates open, make sure to keep Martin alive until the Hero can enter the Great Gate. If Martin dies, the main questline cannot be completed.
Mehrunes Dagon has opened three lesser gates outside Bruma and is opening a Great Gate, like the one that destroyed Kvatch. The Hero must stop the Daedric Siege Crawler from exiting the gate.
After escorting Martin to the Temple of the One, Mehrunes Dagon will invade the Imperial City. Due to the crisis threatening all of Tamriel and Nirn, Martin bids the Hero farewell before smashing the Amulet of Kings. An avatar of Akatosh appears and fuses with Martin, which then battles Mehrunes Dagon firsthand.
Martin was born an illegitimate child to Uriel Septim VII and an unknown mistress. Uriel could not raise the child, and trusted Jauffre with spiriting him away as an infant. Uriel still asked Jauffre for updates on Martin's whereabouts, but never met with the boy anytime after he was given up. Martin was unaware of any of this for most of his life.
In his youth, he grew up believing that his father was a farmer and his mother had died giving birth to him. Early on in his life, he discovered the seductiveness of Daedric magic, practicing it and using it on a daily basis. Martin joined the Daedric Cult of Sanguine. During that time, Martin briefly came into possession of the Sanguine Rose.
Martin notes that he and his friends got in over their heads and some of his friends died in a disastrous accident. Later, a priest managed to convert Martin to the worship of the Nine Divines. He became a priest at the Chapel of Akatosh in Kvatch.
Following the death of his father and half-brothers by Mythic Dawn assassins, Martin is the only remaining Septim. Unaware that he is the sole remaining heir to the Septim throne, Martin is sought out by the Hero of Kvatch. Upon being found and informed of his true heritage, he helps to end the Daedra invasion of the mortal world.
Soon after Martin's discovery, the Amulet of Kings is stolen by members of the Mythic Dawn, a Daedra cult based within Cyrodiil, who were also responsible for the invasion. To safeguard Martin, Jauffre, grandmaster of the Blades, takes him to the fortress of the Blades, known as Cloud Ruler Temple, where he also offers to make the Hero of Kvatch a member of the Blades.
A failed attempt by the Hero to recover the Amulet of Kings from Mankar Camoran yields the Mysterium Xarxes, the holy book of the Mythic Dawn cult and a tome of massive dark power. However, it is slow, painstaking work, taking much research.
Eventually, Martin determines that the book could be used to open a portal to Camoran's Paradise and that four other items are needed to do this. These include any Daedric artifact, the blood of one of the Nine Divines (obtained from the armor of Tiber Septim, in which he had fought and bled before his Apotheosis), a Great Welkynd Stone, and a Great Sigil Stone.
The Hero obtains the first three objects on his own but the last may be obtained only by allowing the Mythic Dawn to open a Great Gate (which requires three minor Oblivion gates to open) outside of Bruma. This could potentially cause the destruction of Bruma. Martin dons the armor of Tiber Septim and leads a defense of Bruma, deliberately allowing the opening of the gate and buying the Hero time to secure the stone.
The four objects in hand, Martin binds himself temporarily to the Xarxes and opens a portal to Paradise. The Hero of Kvatch enters, kills Camoran, and returns with the Amulet of Kings, presenting it to Martin.
During this raid, Martin sends Baurus, a Blade, to the Imperial Palace to formally present his claim to the throne to Chancellor Ocato of Firsthold, who, with the Elder Council, considers and accepts the claim.
Arriving at the Imperial Palace with the Hero and Jauffre, Martin is about to be formally recognized as Emperor by Ocato when a massive Daedric invasion erupts within the Imperial City. Martin, Ocato, the Hero, the Blades, and numerous Imperial Guards fight their way to the Temple of the One District to relight the Dragonfires.
However, they are too late; Mehrunes Dagon himself has entered Tamriel. Lighting the Dragonfires is pointless, as they had merely maintained the barriers between Mundus and Oblivion.A despairing Martin turns to the Hero and a brief conversation ensues, during which the Hero asks, "What about the Amulet of Kings?" Martin is inspired by the question and orders the champion to lead him to the Temple.
Upon their arrival, the Hero and Martin bid each other farewell. Martin then shatters the Amulet of Kings, binding his blood with that of the kings and gods held within the central gem of the amulet, in order to become the avatar of Akatosh; he takes the form of a giant dragon wreathed in flame. Dagon smashes the Temple Dome as Martin transforms. The Dragon then destroys Mehrunes Dagon's physical body, banishing him back to the Wastes of Oblivion, but not without sustaining a mortal wound itself. After the fight ends, the Dragon arches its neck, roars into the sky and is petrified, becoming a statue.
Soon after this event, Ocato of Firsthold states that Martin would be remembered as the last and greatest Septim, and goes on to say that Martin would have been a great Emperor. As Martin died childless, like all of his brothers, the Line of the Septims is completely defunct. The nature of Martin's sacrifice ensures that an Emperor is no longer necessary to maintain the barriers between the worlds; however, the fate of Martin himself remains unknown.
With Martin dead and the Septim line ended, the Third Era ends but a new one dawns. As the Septims were the Dragonborn line of Emperors, the ending of this bloodline fulfills the prophecy of the Elder Scrolls that foretells the return of Alduin, and the coming of the Last Dragonborn which continues in the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Personality and characteristicsEdit
Martin was humble, softly spoken and compassionate. Although at first he appeared to be somewhat slightly meek, or at least not someone one would usually pay attention to, Martin possessed a strong will and steely resolve. Although (understandably) untrusting of the Hero at first, he soon warms up, and proves to be warm and courteous, while making an effort to treat everyone equally, even as his claim as Emperor becomes stronger and his position more stable throughout the events of the story.
Martin also possesses a very strong mind, and is exceptionally intelligent; he reads almost constantly when he can, and manages to open a portal to Paradise where others could not. Furthermore, Martin is extremely brave; he does not hesitate to bind himself to the portal to Paradise, and leads the Defense of Bruma with little to no hesitation, despite the fact he has never fought a battle before.
Perhaps Martin's greatest weakness is his insecurity. It plagues him during the game, the idea that he might not be good enough, undermining his work, and his past haunts him, adding to the slightly cold, reserved air he occasionally keeps around himself as protection. But Martin also possesses wisdom to learn from his mistakes, and ensure they do not happen again. Finally, Martin has superb combat abilities. He can wield impressive magic, and on several occasions demonstrates a natural proficiency with a dagger and a sword, no doubt a trait passed down from Tiber Septim himself, and somewhat prominent in the Septim bloodline.
|Show: Find the Heir|
|In the Chapel of Akatosh:
"Have you brought help? We've been trapped here since the Daedra overran the city."
If approached again:
"It isn't that I don't believe you. But I won't go with you until I know everyone can leave here safely. We've been through too much together already for me to just abandon them to their fate."
After liberating Kvatch:
"I wondered if you'd come back. I admit, I've had my doubts about your story."
If approached again:
"Unless you need something, let's continue on to Weynon Priory."
At Weynon Priory:
"Do you think there are any more of those assassins about?"
After it is decided to go to Cloud Ruler Temple:
"Let's continue on to Cloud Ruler Temple. I haven't had a good night's sleep since Kvatch was attacked."
After Martin's speech:
"Not much of a speech, was it? Didn't seem to bother them, though. The Blades saluting me and hailing me as Martin Septim... I don't mean to sound ungrateful. I know I would be dead by now if it weren't for you. Thank you. But everyone suddenly expects me to know what to do. How to behave. They want an Emperor to tell them what to do. And I haven't the faintest idea..."
"Don't worry about me, my friend. I know I'm in good hands here."
|Show: Find the Heir|
|In the Chapel of Akatosh:
Mysterium Xarxes "I don't know much about it. The "Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes" are the only source we have for its existence. The author of the "Commentaries" claims the Xarxes was written by Mehrunes Dagon himself, but no one else has ever seen it."
|Show: Dagon Shrine|
|Inside Cloud Ruler Temple:
"Ah, you're back. I told Jauffre not to worry. ... I can see you have bad news. You didn't recover the Amulet, did you?"
"I hope to have at least part of the Mysterium Xarxes translated in a few days. Speak to Jauffre about those spies in the meantime."
|Inside Cloud Ruler Temple:
"I've made some progress on the Mysterium Xarxes. I think I've identified the section that deals with opening a portal to Camoran's Paradise."
"Farewell, my friend."
When approached again:
"I'm still studying the Mysterium Xarxes. Its corrupting power is terrible."
|Show: Blood of the Daedra|
|Inside Cloud Ruler Temple:
"I've deciphered part of the ritual needed to open a portal to Camoran's Paradise. The Xarxes mentions four items needed for the ritual, but so far I have only deciphered one of them: the 'blood of a Daedra Lord'. In fact, daedric artifacts are known to be formed from the essence of a Daedric Lord, from whence they derive their great power. Not an easy thing to come by, obviously, but we will ned a deadric artifact. Bring it to me when you have acquired one."
"I think I'm close to deciphering more of the ritual. I hope to have made some progress by the time you return with a deadric artifact."
When approached again:
"The next section of the Mysterium Xarxes is very difficult. I haven't deciphered the rest of the ritual yet. I hope you are making better progress."
Cyrus: "Grandmaster, is this ... ?"
Jauffre: "Yes, Cyrus. This is the Emperor's son. Martin Septim."
Cyrus: "My lord! Welcome to Cloud Ruler Temple! We have not had the honor of an Emperor's visit in in many years!"
Martin: "Ah, well, thank you! The honor is mine."
Jauffre: "Come. Your Blades are waiting to greet you."
Hailing Martin SeptimEdit
Jauffre: "Blades! Dark times are upon us. The Emperor and his sons were slain on our watch. The Empire is in chaos. But there is yet hope. Here is Martin Septim, true son of Uriel Septim!"
Belisarius: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Captain Steffan: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Caroline: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Cyrus: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Jena: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Roliand: "Hail, Dragonborn! Hail Martin Septim! Hail!"
Jauffre: "Your Highness. The Blades are at your command. You will be safe here until you can take up your throne."
Martin: "Jauffre. All of you. I know you all expect me to be Emperor. I'll do my best. But this is all new to me. I'm not used to giving speeches. But I wanted you to know that I appreciate your welcome here. I hope I prove myself worthy of your loyalty in the coming days. That's it. Thank you."
Jauffre: "Well, then. Thank you, Martin. We'd all best get back to our duties, eh, Captain?"
Outro of OblivionEdit
Upon completion of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's main questline, Martin will say the following in its outro:
The Amulet is shattered. Dagon is defeated.
With the Dragon's blood, and the Amulet of Kings, we have sealed the Gates of Oblivion, forever.
The last of the Septims passes now into history. I go gladly, for I know my sacrifice is not in vain.
I take my place with my father, and my father's fathers. The Third Age has ended and a new age dawns.
When the next Elder Scroll is written, you shall be its scribe.
The shape of the future, the fate of the Empire, these things now belong to you.
|"All practitioners of daedric magic are familiar with the almost impenetrable barrier between our world and Oblivion."|
|"What the Emperor told you implies that the Amulet is the key to the preservation of that barrier."|
|"What I saw at Kvatch... everything I know about daedric magic says that such stable portals are impossible."|
|"Yet those gates to Oblivion existed. The old rules no longer apply. Kvatch is only the beginning of what Mehrunes Dagon will do."|
|"If the Amulet is truly the key to restoring the barriers between our world and Oblivion, you must waste no time in recovering it."|
|"We won a great victory here today! We now have the means to recover the Amulet of Kings from Mankar Camoran."|
|"Lighting the Dragonfires will no longer save us... the barriers that protected us from Oblivion are gone..."|
|"Miscarcand is one of the most extensive Ayleid ruins in Cyrodiil. It was the capital of one of the ancient Ayleid kingdoms."|
|"You destroyed the Oblivion Gate, they say. You gave them hope. You helped them drive the daedra back."|
|"I assume you didn't risk your own life to come here to tell me something I already know. Who are you and what do you want?"|
|"Yes. I'm a priest. Do you need a priest? I don't think I'll be much help to you."|
|"I prayed to Akatosh all through that terrible night, but no help came. Only more daedra."|
|"No, you must have the wrong man. I am a priest of Akatosh. My father was a farmer."|
|"The Emperor... that's an idea that will take some getting used to."|
|"Of course. The Amulet of Kings. So we... I... can take it to the Temple of the One and light the Dragonfires. And stop the Oblivion invasion."|
|"I suspect that the secret of how to open a portal to Camoran's Paradise lies within these pages."|
|"The Septim blood may flow through my veins, but you have the soul of a hero. The Armor of Tiber Septim himself! Jauffre will be amazed to see it."|
|"The Great Gate will allow them to bring out the siege machine to blast the walls of Bruma, just like at Kvatch."|
|"The risk is great, I know. I was at Kvatch. I saw the terrible power of the daedric siege engine."|
|"Soldiers of Cyrodiil! The Empire will stand or fall by what we do here today!"|
|"Will we let the daedra do to Bruma what they did to Kvatch? Will we let them burn our homes? We will let them kill our families?"|
|"No! We make our stand here, today, for the whole of Cyrodiil!"|
|"We must hold fast until the Hero of Kvatch can destroy their Great Gate. We must kill whatever comes out of that gate!"|
|"Soldiers of Cyrodiil! Do you stand with me?"|
|"No. I'll lead the defense of Bruma myself. If I am to be Emperor, it's time I started acting like one."|
|"Remember when we first met in Kvatch? I told you that I didn't want any part of the gods' plan."|
|"I still don't know if there is a divine plan. But I've come to realize that it doesn't matter."|
|"What matters is that we act. That we do what's right, when confronted with evil."|
|"Please, my friend. I need your judgement, not your obedience."|
|"After all, this is my destiny. No man can deny his destiny."|
|"But it is one thing to talk of becoming Emperor, and quite another to actually be the Emperor."|
|"Farewell, my friend. Our fate is in your hands. Bring back the Amulet of Kings."|
|"I don't see how... mortal weapons may hurt him, but now that he is physically here in Tamriel, they have no power to actually destroy him."|
|"As a young man, I grew impatient with Mages Guild restrictions, as did many of my fellow apprentices."|
|"We threw ourselves into the riddles of daedric magic. We hungered for forbidden secrets. Knowledge and power were our gods."|
|"You can guess the rest. We got in over our heads. People died. My friends died."|
|"I've put those days behind me. But the bitter wisdom that one has been a fool is not without value."|
|"I know more than I want to about the seductive power of daedric magic. Let's just leave it at that."|
|"Against all hope, you returned from Camoran's Paradise with the Amulet of Kings! We now have a chance to turn back Dagon's invasion."|
|"If Mehrunes Dagon is able to cross over into our world, even relighting the Dragonfires will not be able to send him back."|
|"It is now clear to me that the only way to stop the Oblivion invasion is to relight the Dragonfires."|
|"Emperor, Amulet, and Dragonfire--with these divine gifts, the daedra of Oblivion have been kept at bay for thousands of years."|
|"While the Dragonfires burned, the divine barriers kept the daedra from making more than fleeting visits to our world."|
|"This was the essence of Mankar Camoran's plot. He was undone only by the merest... chance... but his complete victory remains perilously close."|
|"We must recover the Amulet of Kings and relight the Dragonfires, before it is too late to stem Dagon's invasion."|
- While Martin's mother is unknown, Caius Cosades suspected that it was a girl named Gemile.[OOG 1]
- Martin is voiced by Sean Bean (in conjunction with Blindlight studios). He also played Boromir in The Lord of The Rings film trilogy and Lord Eddard Stark in HBO series Game of Thrones. Interestingly, Martin falls in along with many other characters that Sean Bean has portrayed, due to the fact that they are killed during a climactic scene; most notable of these are Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring, Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye, and Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones.
- When he is first met in Kvatch, his name is shown as "Brother Martin." When he is brought to Cloud Ruler Temple, he is referred to as "Martin." After returning from Paradise at the end of the Main Quest, he is referred to as "Martin Septim."
- In Skyrim, the Thalmor claim they ended the Oblivion Crisis within the Aldmeri Dominion. A reason for this is that the Thalmor made this claim to the people of the Summerset Isles after the Oblivion Crisis ended in order to gain the favor of the desperate people.
- During the quest "The Mind of Madness," Sheogorath says he considers Martin Septim one of, if not the, greatest Septim that has ever ruled. Although he says the only reason for that being Martin turned into a Dragon God, which was "hardly sporting." This could also be attributed to the long-standing theory that Sheogorath is, in fact, the Hero of Kvatch, and is speaking from his perspective during the Oblivion Crisis.
- Martin's inventory, weapons and clothing change dramatically throughout the questline. When the Hero meets him in Kvatch, he wears a Grey Robe and Buckled Shoes and wields a Dagger of Sparks. After returning from Miscarcand with the Great Welkynd Stone, he wields a Silver Longsword of Frost and is clad in Emperor's Armor. And upon triumphing over Mankar Camoran in Paradise, he will be wearing the Emperor's Robe and Emperor's Shoes.
This section contains bugs related to Martin Septim. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If the Hero of Kvatch already has the Great Welkynd Stone in their possession when Martin gives them the quest to retrieve it, and does not go to Miscarcand, Martin will not change into the Emperor's armor, but rather only put the helmet on, keeping his robes and shoes. This greatly lessens his capabilities in the following battle and he will almost surely be killed before the Great Gate opens unless the Hero constantly monitors and heals him throughout the battle.
- Rarely, when one first meets Martin in Kvatch, his uniquely voiced greeting will be replaced with the generic male Imperial voiced greeting if one goes near but does not speak to him.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- An Elder Scrolls Novel: The Infernal City (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)
|Emperor of Tamriel|
|Uriel Septim VII||3E 433 - 3E 433||Potentate High Chancellor Ocato|