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The Eternal Champion / Talin

  • Featureless Protagonist: Apart from his name being mentioned in the manual, not much else is set in stone about him.
  • Player Character: The guy you play as in Arena, and the first in the Elder Scrolls franchise.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A reverse of this trope, as this applies to the monsters perspective if the hero is a Dark Elf. (See badass above)
  • The Unchosen One: Like the Imperial Agent, the Eternal Champion wasn't a hero of prophecy. They was only chosen in the sense that everyone else in the Imperial Court was either dead, brainwashed or in another dimension.

Ria Silmane

  • Game-Over Man: She shows up whenever you die in Arena.
  • Have a Nice Death:
    "With you died our last hope for justice. Tharn is now free to do as he will. It saddens me to see the beautiful land of Tamriel rotting from within. Goodbye, [player]. I wish you peace in the afterworld..."
  • Magical Guide: She guides Talin from beyond the grave.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: After death her soul remains on Tamriel to guide Talin.
  • Spirit Advisor: Serves as one for Talin as he traverses Tamriel for pieces of the Staff of Chaos,


Jagar Tharn

  • Big Bad: The main villain of Arena.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with Mehrunes Dagon to destroy the Imperial Battlespire.
  • Evil Chancellor: He was the Emperor's second in command before betraying him.
  • Evil Mentor: He was Ria Silmane's master before he murdered her when she attempted to warn the Elder Council about him sealing away the Emperor.
  • Evil Sorcerer: It's a bit of a given when he's the renegade Imperial Battlemage.
  • Game-Over Man: He shows up whenever you die.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Battlespire, as he was the one who got Mehrunes Dagon to try destroying the Battlespire, but he doesn't appear in-game.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half Breton, half Dark Elf. Although seeing as Bretons are humans of Elven descent, he's less than half human. More like a 70/30 mix of the two.
  • Have a Nice Death:
    "You were a fool to confront me, and now have paid the ultimate price. Even now my servants go to fetch your mortal husk. You will serve me well through my years as Emperor, once I have made you undead. Perhaps I will even let you retain some of your memories, so that the price of your failure has meaning to you..."
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  • Large Ham: This guy was just plain fun to listen to.
  • Necromancer: If the above quote is any indication, he's quite capable of making people his undead thralls..
  • Obviously Evil: One has to wonder why the emperor trusted this guy, though as pointed out the red eyes looks a lot less worrisome in the context of the setting.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Due to his Dunmeri heritage. (Of course, it's possible for the player to have glowing red eyes if they play a Dunmer...)
  • Treacherous Advisor: To Uriel Septim VII, as he trapped him in Oblivion.
  • The Usurper: Trapped Emperor Septim in Oblivion for most of the game.
  • Worthy Opponent: Uses almost these exact words to describe the Player Character.
    "It is obvious, whoever you are, that you are a cunning and worthy foe."

Uriel Septim VII


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