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The Imperial Palace

Author: 
Xan

And finally after the Eternal Champion received the last piece, Ria Silmane made her last visit:

arena_ria_silmane.jpg"I had expected that with all eight pieces together, the Staff of Chaos would activate and free the Emperor. None of this has occurred, and I finally know why."

"Held by Tharn is a gem of the rarest qualities. Legend has that it is a star fallen from the sky, for it glows with an inner flame. This is the Jewel of Fire, and the crucible of Tharn's life force. It is also the thing in which Tharn has suffused all of the energy of the Staff. If you can touch the Staff to this Jewel, the release of that combined energy may be enough to destroy the Staff of Chaos and open the gate between worlds. If you are successful, Tharn will no doubt be destroyed as well. There is only one way to get this Jewel."

"You must make your way into the Imperial Palace and find wherever Tharn has hidden it. Be warned, once inside Tharn will throw the full might of the Palace Guards and those creatures made to resemble the Imperial Guard against you. They are but puppets of Tharn's machinations. Have mercy on them, for they know not what they serve. With Tharn however, such care need not be taken. If you are successful a dimensional door should open, freeing the Emperor. With the Jewel drained of energy Tharn should also perish."

"There is a problem however with this course of action. Tharn, in his fear, has made the Imperial Palace inaccessible. If you have been there you already know the Guards are under orders to turn all who approach back. I think that I can circumvent this with a Spell of Altering but it will mean the last of the energy holding me in this form. I will gladly sacrifice myself however, so that Tharn can pay for his betrayal."

"The spell I cast will alter other's perceptions of your appearence. The Guards posted outside the Imperial Palace should be fooled and allow you entry. I only hope it will be enough. You have done more than a hero could be asked. This is the final step of a long journey. Take heart and go forward with my blessings. I thank you, in the Emperor's name..."

And then the final battle in the Imperial Palace began. On the top levels, the Eternal Champion faced knights in shining armors, upon reaching the bowel of the Palace; the creatures that greeted the Eternal Champion are the liches. Finally Jagar Tharn himself showed up and fought the Eternal Champion. After taking some critical hits, Tharn surrounded himself with a magical shield. The Eternal Champion wasted no time and went directly to the place where the Jewel of Fire was kept. He touched the combined Staff of Chaos to the Jewel of Fire. Jagar Tharn shouted, "You must not! The Jewel holds my lifeforce!!!" But it's too late, Jagar Tharn melted.

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From the Jewel of Fire sprouted some lightning bolt that grabbed the Staff of Chaos, turned it, faster and faster in circular motion. The middle part of the circle glowed and then the entire circle glowed brightly. From the glowed circle, two people came out. They are the Emperor Uriel Septim VII and General Warhaft.

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The Emperor said, "Thou art truly a child of the Empire. I thank thee for thy assistance." General Warhaft followed, "It seems, that I am quite in the way. Not only have you managed to save the Emperor, but my life as well. I cannot be but proud of one who has truly earned such renown, and my deepest respect..." Finally the Emperor said:

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"I have a particular idea as to the question of your service in mind... From this day forth, thou art named the Eternal Champion. From thy hand shall be dealt the needs of the Empire. I, Uriel Septim, true Emperor of Tamriel do decree, and thus make law. Arise my Champion, and take thy rightful place at my side..."

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