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When Jagar Tharn took control of the Empire in 3E 389, Ria Silmane tried to warn the Elder Council of his treachery. But before she could, Tharn used the Staff of Chaos and destroyed her corporeal body.
Using her powers as a sorceress, she fought going to the afterlife and instead appeared to Talin, the imprisoned former leader of the Imperial Guard, in the Imperial Dungeons as an incorporeal spirit. She would have gone to the Elder Council instead, but she was killed close to Talin, and appearing to the Elder Council would have taken too much of her energy. She told Talin of Tharn's betrayal, freed him from his cell, and set him on his quest to obtain the Staff of Chaos. The more she used her powers after that, the shorter she could remain in the world, so she only appeared to Talin in his dreams from then on, which required less energy.
In 3E 399, Talin finally got all 8 pieces of the Staff of Chaos, and defeated Jagar Tharn in the Imperial Palace. Ria Silmane then let herself enter into the afterlife.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena (First appearance)