The Player is in the Imperial Prison when the Emperor and his bodyguards need to go through his cell to escape from the Imperial City. The Emperors sons are asassinated. The Player goes to Kvatch where he finds the last heir of the Septim Bloodline. The emperor has been killed while escaping from the City. The Player must help the heir Martin Septim to save the world from the Oblivion Crisis. And joining the Blades, Save Kvatch from Oblivion, Save Bruma, and be the Champion Of Cyrodiil.
The fate of the world rests in the hands of one. Find him and close shut the jaws of oblivion.
Did You Know?
There are numerous references between all the Elderscroll games, including references forwards (Morrowind has books and characters who talk about Oblivion, etc). In addition, The Imperial Arena is based on the original concept of Elder Scrolls: Arena complete with posters based on the box art from the game. There are also several characters and items that reoccur between the games. For instance the blade Umbra makes an appearance in both Morrowind and Oblivion possessing two different characters. See more
When the "Rumors" dialog subject is selected from a female Dunmer, the character will talk about a break-in at the palace. The spoken dialog matches the subtitles until the end, then the actress is heard to say "Wait, let me try that again," and the entire dialog is repeated, but there are no accompanying subtitles and the character avatar is not animated as if speaking. See more
Emperor Uriel Septim VII
I was born 87 years ago. For 65 years I've ruled as Tamriel's emperor, but for all these years, I've 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 third era, and the final hours of my life.