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"I do what I must do. I cannot stay to rebuild Tamriel, that task falls to others. Farewell. You've been a good friend, in the short time that I've known you. But now I must go. The Dragon waits."
―Martin Septim, before shattering the Amulet of Kings[src]

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Emperor Martin Septim, also known as Brother Martin or simply Martin, is the illegitimate son of Emperor Uriel Septim VII, and is the last Emperor of the Septim Dynasty.

InteractionsEdit

Find the HeirEdit

Find Martin, Uriel Septim VII's last heir.

Breaking the Siege of KvatchEdit

Assist in defeating the Daedra invading Kvatch.

Weynon PrioryEdit

Escort Martin back to the Weynon Priory

Dagon ShrineEdit

Go to Dagons Shrine.

SpiesEdit

Blood of the DaedraEdit

Locate a Daedric Artifact for Martin to destroy.

Blood of the DivinesEdit

Bring the Armor of Tiber Septim to Martin, in order for him to extract the original Septim Emperor's blood.

MiscarcandEdit

Retrieve a Great Welkynd Stone, the final ingredient Martin requires, from Miscarcand.

Defense of BrumaEdit

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 you can enter the Great Gate. If Martin dies, the main questline cannot be completed.

Great GateEdit

ParadiseEdit

Light the DragonfiresEdit

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 you farewell before smashing the Amulet of Kings. An avatar of Akatosh appears and fuses with Martin, which then battles Mehrunes Dagon firsthand.

HistoryEdit

Early lifeEdit

Martin was born as 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 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 anything regarding 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. Evidently, 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.

Oblivion CrisisEdit

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. This is taken to Martin, who, recalling his past as a practitioner of Daedric magic, translates the Xarxes. 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) near 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.

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Martin on the Hero's return from Paradise after killing Mankar Camoran and giving him the Amulet of Kings.

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.

Martin Septim as Akatosh

Martin's final battle.

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 Septim 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 defunct, 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 you 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 couldn't. Furthermore, Martin is extremely brave; he doesn't hesitate to bind himself to the a 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 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 possessed wisdom to learn from his mistakes, and ensure they don't 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.

GalleryEdit

QuotesEdit

Quote Audio
"All practitioners of daedric magic are familiar with the almost impenetrable barrier between our world and Oblivion."
Martin Quote 1
"What the Emperor told you implies that the Amulet is the key to the preservation of that barrier."
Martin Quote 2
"What I saw at Kvatch... everything I know about daedric magic says that such stable portals are impossible."
Martin Quote 3
"Yet those gates to Oblivion existed. The old rules no longer apply. Kvatch is only the beginning of what Mehrunes Dagon will do."
Martin Quote 4
"If the Amulet is truly the key to restoring the barriers between our world and Oblivion, you must waste no time in recovering it."
Martin Quote 5
"We won a great victory here today! We now have the means to recover the Amulet of Kings from Mankar Camoran."
Martin Quote 6
"Lighting the Dragonfires will no longer save us... the barriers that protected us from Oblivion are gone..."
Martin Quote 7
"Miscarcand is one of the most extensive Ayleid ruins in Cyrodiil. It was the capital of one of the ancient Ayleid kingdoms."
Martin Quote 8
"You destroyed the Oblivion Gate, they say. You gave them hope. You helped them drive the daedra back."
Martin Quote 9
"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?"
Martin Quote 10
"Yes. I'm a priest. Do you need a priest? I don't think I'll be much help to you."
Martin Quote 11
"I prayed to Akatosh all through that terrible night, but no help came. Only more daedra."
Martin Quote 12
"No, you must have the wrong man. I am a priest of Akatosh. My father was a farmer."
Martin Quote 13
"The Emperor... that's an idea that will take some getting used to."
Martin Quote 14
"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."
Martin Quote 15
"I suspect that the secret of how to open a portal to Camoran's Paradise lies within these pages."
Martin Quote 16
"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."
Martin Quote 17
"The Great Gate will allow them to bring out the siege machine to blast the walls of Bruma, just like at Kvatch."
Martin Quote 18
"The risk is great, I know. I was at Kvatch. I saw the terrible power of the daedric siege engine."
Martin Quote 19
"Soldiers of Cyrodiil! The Empire will stand or fall by what we do here today!"
Martin Quote 20
"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?"
Martin Quote 21
"No! We make our stand here, today, for the whole of Cyrodiil!"
Martin Quote 22
"We must hold fast until the Hero of Kvatch can destroy their Great Gate. We must kill whatever comes out of that gate!"
Martin Quote 23
"Soldiers of Cyrodiil! Do you stand with me?"
Martin Quote 24
"No. I'll lead the defense of Bruma myself. If I am to be Emperor, it's time I started acting like one."
Martin Quote 25
"Remember when we first met in Kvatch? I told you that I didn't want any part of the gods' plan."
Martin Quote 26
"I still don't know if there is a divine plan. But I've come to realize that it doesn't matter."
Martin Quote 27
"What matters is that we act. That we do what's right, when confronted with evil."
Martin Quote 28
"Please, my friend. I need your judgement, not your obedience."
Martin Quote 29
"After all, this is my destiny. No man can deny his destiny."
Martin Quote 30
"But it is one thing to talk of becoming Emperor, and quite another to actually be the Emperor."
Martin Quote 31
"Farewell, my friend. Our fate is in your hands. Bring back the Amulet of Kings."
Martin Quote 32
"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."
Martin Quote 33
"As a young man, I grew impatient with Mages Guild restrictions, as did many of my fellow apprentices."
Martin Quote 34
"We threw ourselves into the riddles of daedric magic. We hungered for forbidden secrets. Knowledge and power were our gods."
Martin Quote 35
"You can guess the rest. We got in over our heads. People died. My friends died."
Martin Quote 36
"I've put those days behind me. But the bitter wisdom that one has been a fool is not without value."
Martin Quote 37
"I know more than I want to about the seductive power of daedric magic. Let's just leave it at that."
Martin Quote 38
"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."
Martin Quote 39
"If Mehrunes Dagon is able to cross over into our world, even relighting the Dragonfires will not be able to send him back."
Martin Quote 40
"It is now clear to me that the only way to stop the Oblivion invasion is to relight the Dragonfires."
Martin Quote 41
"Emperor, Amulet, and Dragonfire--with these divine gifts, the daedra of Oblivion have been kept at bay for thousands of years."
Martin Quote 42
"While the Dragonfires burned, the divine barriers kept the daedra from making more than fleeting visits to our world."
Martin Quote 43
"This was the essence of Mankar Camoran's plot. He was undone only by the merest... chance... but his complete victory remains perilously close."
Martin Quote 44
"We must recover the Amulet of Kings and relight the Dragonfires, before it is too late to stem Dagon's invasion."
Martin Quote 45

TriviaEdit

  • 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. It is never explained why they make this claim, but it could be because Martin is a human, while the Thalmor are Elven supremacists. Another reason being that the Thalmor originally 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.[1]
  • 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 being that 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.

Bugs Edit

  • 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 player constantly monitors and heals him throughout the battle.
  • Rarely, when you first meet Martin in Kvatch, his uniquely voiced greeting will be replaced with the generic male Imperial voiced greeting if you go near but do not speak to him.

AppearancesEdit

References

Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Caius Cosades' Visit to Uriel VII's Tomb
Emperor of Tamriel
Uriel Septim VII 3E 433 - 3E 433 Potentate High Chancellor Ocato

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