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Count of Kvatch, Champion of Cyrodill, Elder Councilor
Biographical and chronological information

Born:

9th Frostfall 3E309

Died:

15th First Seed 4E102

Physical traits and magical qualities

Race:

Imperial

Gender:

Male

Hair color:

Blond

Eye color:

Blue

Societal status and affiliations

Home:

Castle Kvatch, Rosethorn Hall and numerous other Estates

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Cephorus Trentius, born 9th Frostfall 3E309, died 15th First Seed 4E102, was the Count of Kvatch from 4E1 to 4E102, an Elder Councilor from 4E12 to 4E34, again from 4E45 to 4E 66 and finally from 4E77 to 4E102, during which, from 4E85 to 4E99, he was High Chancellor and Lord Protector of the Empire. He is also well known for being the Champion of Cyrodill and for his extremely long (due to the use of magical means) life, he himself having outlived all his children, and only ended through assassination.

He was an integral figure in the Oblivion crisis, the Fall of Ocato, inadvertently laying the ground works for the Empire's reformation into the short lived 1st Republic of Tamriel after his death, and, through his very death, acting as trigger for the creation of the equally short-lived Worm Empire and the mighty Fourth Empire of Tamriel, the latter of which some of his descendants would rule.

Early LifeEdit

Born on 9th Frostfall 3E309 to the ancient Trentius Family, Cephorus Trentius was not expected to be a major member of the family and, though he bore the surname Trentius by grace of his mother, was illegitimate, having been sired through rape. Despite this, however, upon the massacre of the Trentius family, he inherited the vast wealth of the family, though as he was not a legitimate child, he did not become The Lord Trentius, the family's ancient title and by his adulthood, due to the gambling habits his guardian, Iniel Sintav, much of his wealth had been squandered.

As a result of his lack of money, in 3E433, Cephorus helped to rob a tax shipment, resulting in his arrest and setting this stage for his initially inadvertent involvement with the fate of the Empire.

Oblivion CrisisEdit

Cephorus' stay in prison was cut short when the Emperor and his guards came through his cell as a means of escaping numerous Mythic Dawn assassins. Shortly before the Emperor died, Cephorus was tasked with taking the Amulet of Kings to Jauffre and finding a secret heir to the throne.

KvatchEdit

Upon arriving at Weynon Priory, where Jauffre was located, Cephorus was ordered to go to Kvatch to seek out the secret heir, known as Brother Martin. Upon arriving, however, he found Kvatch to be in ruins and occupied by a small but powerful daedric army. Meeting with the Guard Captain, Savlian Mattius, Cephorus, for reasons he himself later confessed he did not understand, but many attribute to patriotism and a desire to restore himself and his family, volunteered to go into the oblivion gate blocking off the city and successfully closed it. He then went with the guard and, after a long battle costing many of the remaining guard's lives, retook Kvatch and discovered the death of the Count.

ParadiseEdit

After Kvatch, Cephorus discovered and took the secret heir to Weynon Priory, which was ambushed and resulted in the loss of the crucial amulet of kings, forcing Cephorus to do a series of quests around Cyrodill to gather up clues as to who was behind the attack and where they were located. Discovering the attackers to be the Mythic Dawn, Cephorus went to their Head Quarters in the Lake Arius Caverns and nearly reacquired the Amulet, only to be denied it by the leader of the Mythic Dawn, Mankar Camoran, escaping to a self created realm known as Paradise. This forced Cephorus, with the aid of Martin and the Blades, to seek out a means of getting to paradise, which was eventually achieved after many perilous quests and a high risk gamble for one of the components, a great sigil stone, at Bruma.

Finally able to enter paradise, Cephorus' faith in the Empire was shaken greatly by the words of Mankar Camoran, to such an extent that for a brief period before and even during the final battle of the crisis in the Imperial City he considered defecting, and even after was highly cynical and very critical of the world. Despite this, however, Cephorus confronted and, in what at the time he thought was an epic fight, defeated and killed Mankar Camoran and recovered the Amulet of Kings.

Defeat of DagonEdit

After retrieving the amulet, Cephorus and Martin traveled to the Imperial City, and were thrown into one final battle as the Prince of Destruction stormed the City. Despite the Prince himself being present, through the Sacrifice of Martin Septim, the Daedra were repelled.

After the battle, Cephorus was awarded with the title of Champion of Cyrodill, but despite its grandeur, this would prove to be but a precursor to Cephorus' later exploits.

Becoming CountEdit

First Term on the Elder CouncilEdit

Expedition to SolstheimEdit

Second Term on the Elder CouncilEdit

Pseudo-RetirmentEdit

Third Term on the Elder CouncilEdit

Rise to High ChancellorshipEdit

Execution of OcatoEdit

ReformationsEdit

Despite his staunch, if secret opposition to a republic, many of his supporters had been in, or later shifted to, the republican faction within the Elder Council. As a result, he was secretly, though on the surface pretended to agree with, forced to create and approve of many republican oriented reforms, though he himself created a massive series of reforms which he beleived would work against a republic, but many simply reformed the system into a less feudal and more centralized one, which actually allowed for the later formation of the 1st Tamriel Republic to be extremely simple, while some of his few openly anti-republic decrees and reforms themselves backfired to become new means of creating a republic, or encouraged hardliner republicans who were opposed to him to increase their opposition, forcing further pro-republican reforms. However, he created one extremely anti republican reform, which, had he lived more than a few days after its proposal and quickly succeeding approval, would have drastically shifted what part of the council he received support from, as it was largely oriented to pleasing the most staunchly pro-empire councilors as a means of allowing him to finally openly go against the idea of a future republic. Despite its theoretical benefits, this major reform backfired, and was a contributing factor to his assassination.

DeathEdit

Having proposed a major reform to the Empire which would have, in effect, illegalized Republicanism and, disputably, may have finally brought and Emperor to the throne, Cephorus had stirred up a massive controversy. As a result, many republicans, a high percentage of which had formerly supported him, became enraged. On the evening of the 14th of First Seed 4E102, the councilors were approached by Count Janus Hassildor, who had for various reasons become the servant and apprentice of the King of Worms despite his earlier work in defeating one of their attempts to destroy the Mages Guild. Hassildor requested their assistance in removing Cephorus, promising that his faction in the Elder Council would support a succeeding proposal to form a republic, which their combined numbers would guarantee passage of. As a result of their new found and at the time heated dislike for Cephorus, craving to form a republic and Hassildor's promise, the Councilors bribed the palace guards to not only not arrest any assassin, but also to aid in the assassination of Cephorus, whom they all knew was extremely powerful.

On the 15th of First Seed 4E102, while on a stroll around the Palace, Cephorus was struck by a poisoned and enchanted arrow. It put an hour long silence on his magical abilities, and drained all of his attributes to such an extent he would not be able to retaliate and would kill him within a matter of minutes. However, in what proved to make little difference in the end initially but would soon be discovered to be a massive streak of luck, the arrow's enchantment was faulty, so despite the poison, he was not silenced and therefore could still draw on much of his magical potential, even with his attirbutes drained. He, however, maintained the appearance he had been truly silenced to draw out the assassin. When Count Hassildor emerged, Cephorus scoffed as Hassildor informed him that the King of Worms, if in a weak state, was rising once more, and that his death was required. As his guard turned on him, Cephorus unleashed an elemental storm of the school of destruction, killing all of his guards and heavily wounding Hassildor. However, Cephorus had neglected to cure himself of the poison as a means of appearing silenced, and due to his attribute drain and the sheer amount of magicka his storm had required, was unable to cure the poison. Hassildor, thinking he had bested Cephorus, intended to finish him off himself to save time and then take the body to his master, was caught by surprise when Cephorus, in what many beleive to have been an intervention by Talos, gained enough magicka to curse Hassildor with an eternal curse of fire, leading him to be constantly burned and forcing Hassildor to adopt his infamous Shadow Armor to save himself, and then destroyed his own body, killing himself and foiling the King of Worm's plot, which was even secret to Hassildor, of placing his soul in Cephorus' body.

Hassildor, now reliant on constant using of self healing to avoid his own death, then fled to his master, while the Council the very next day formed the 1st Republic of Tamriel.

FamilyEdit

Cephorus was, through his mother, an illegitimate member of the Trentius Family. Due to his illegitimacy, however, he was only able to inherit material goods when all of his relatives were killed by members of the Dark Brotherhood (he was only excluded as he was not a legitimate child). As a result, despite being born into a noble family, he himself was not a noble until he became Count of Kvatch. Despite his illegitimacy, however, he was given the right to use the Trentius name as he was conceived through an unknown imperial male (whom some have come to suspect was none other than Iniel Sintav, the "family friend" who became his guardian and was given access to his inheritance after the family's murder, leading many to beleive that Iniel also ordered the assassination and omitted illegitimate family members as a means of acquiring access to the great Trentius Fortune).

In 4E36, Cephorus would marry Lady Alessia Carvain, the second daughter of Countess Narina Carvain of Bruma. Together, they would have 12 children.

LegacyEdit

At the time of his death, due to his efforts to prevent a republic, Cephorus was quietly mourned only by a few of the council, though many of Tamriel's people mourned him very publicly.

He was succeeded as Count of Kvatch by his first son, Martin Trentius, who would go on to become a great hero in the War of the Worms, only to die through his own sacrifice, which, much like the sacrifice of his namesake, brought peace to Tamriel. He himself would be succeeded by his daughter, who would marry Iniel Mattius, unifying the bloodlines of the "two greatest surviving heroes of the oblivion crisis". One of his other son's, Irlav Trentius, who aided his older brother in ending the War of Worms, would become Archduke of Nibenay, overseeing the counties of Cheydinhal, Bravil and Leyawiin, and would father Alessia Trentius, the future Empress-Consort of Tamriel and, alongside her husband, Emperor Antus II, would "found" the Imperial House of Hassildor-Trentius.

Cephorus' more direct legacy, however, was the effects of his reforms and the resulting republic, which, despite his efforts to avoid its creation, took control over Tamriel one day after his death and, despite its initial centralization and efficiency, directly resulting from him, due to the greed of individual councilors and the interference of the King of Worms, it became a stagnant, complacent, decentralized, and, later on, only nominally in charge of Tamriel. This enabled Janus Hassildor, the High Chancellor and secret apprentice of the King of Worms, to quietly grant himself numerous legal powers, and, through personally corrupting and recentralizing much of the legion, alongside his master's own army, easily crushed the Republic and allowed his master to form the Worm Empire. Despite his inadvertent aid to the rise of the King of Worms, he also, through the destruction of his own body, ensured that the King would be deprived of his great power and would be a significantly easier figure to destroy, which his own son did later on, allowing the republic, which had nominally still be in existence, to be reformed into the Fourth Empire of Tamriel, with Janus Hassildor's own son, Antus Hassildor, who had been a major opponent of Worms and was well loved, to become its Emperor.

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