“I was born 87 years ago. For 65 years I’ve ruled as Tamriel’s Emperor. But for all these years I have never been the ruler of my own dreams. I have seen the Gates Of Oblivion, beyond which no waking eye may see. Behold, in Darkness a Doom sweeps the land. This is the 27th of Last Seed; the Year of Akatosh 433. These are the closing days of the 3rd Era, and the final hours of my life.”– Uriel Septim VII
Uriel spent ten years in Oblivion, being sent there in 3E 389, before his eventual rescue in 399. Little is known of Uriel’s experience while trapped in Oblivion. He says he remembers nothing but an endless sequence of waking and sleeping nightmares. He explains he believed himself to be dreaming, and had no notion of the passage of time. Publicly, he long claimed to have no memory of the dreams and nightmares of his imprisonment, but from time to time, during the interviews with the Emperor that form the basis of this biography, he would relate details of nightmares he had, and would describe them as similar to the nightmares he had when he was imprisoned in Oblivion. He seemed not so much unwilling as incapable of describing the experience.
“When the dragon dies, the Empire dies. Where is the lost dragon’s blood, the Empire’s sire? And from the womb of the void, who shall stem the blood tide? So long as the blood of the dragon prince runs strong in her rulers, the glory of the Empire shall extend in unbroken years. His heart’s blood bleeds in darkness. For once the portals are opened, who shall shut them upon the rising tide? … forever reborn in blood and fire from the waters of Oblivion for Lord Dagon …Find him … and close shut the jaws of Oblivion.”– Uriel Septim VII