For those unfamiliar with the legend of the Dragonborn, here's a handy overview that covers all the important bases. The coming of the Last Dragonborn was prophecized long before their actual arrival, that prophecy immortalized by the Elder Scrolls. That prophecy reads as follows:. It foretells the return of Alduin the World-Eater, the Nordic god of destruction, and an individual who could stop him. Right on queue, Alduin returns after centuries of absence. In the Thu'um, the Dragonborn is known as "dovahkiin. Dragonborn are incredibly rare, and despite their draconic souls, dovahkiin can be any race and have complete free will, capable of serving any of the Nine Divines or Daedric Princes or otherwise deigning not to devote themselves to any divine patron.
The Last Dragonborn. Not much is known about his childhood, his story begins as a prisoner of the Imperial Legion. He tried to cross the border, and was captured at Darkwater Crossing as he ran into Ulfric Stormcloak and his men. The Imperials saw the Nord as a Stormcloak, put him in binds and placed him in the cart with a horse thief, a Stormcloak soldier and Ulfric Stormcloak himself.
One of the hallmarks of The Elder Scrolls series is that the player character is referred to with a title. In the latest mainline instalment, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , the player character is known as the Last Dragonborn , the prophesied hero destined to defeat Alduin at the end of the world. Yet is the player character of Skyrim truly the last Dragonborn? Dragonborn or Dohvakiin in the universe of The Elder Scrolls are individuals born with the soul of a dragon, granted to them by the Divine Akatosh. The entire Septim line , which dominated the Cyrodiilic Empire throughout the entirety of the Third Era consisted solely of Dragonborn. So reliant was the Septim Empire on the installation of a Dragonborn on the Ruby Throne that when this tradition was threatened, it was enough to begin the Oblivion Crisis. The first Dragonborn, Miraak , lived thousands of years before Tiber Septim , the first of the Septim dynasty, and the Last Dragonborn — the player character of Skyrim — lives two hundred years after the death of Martin Septim , the last. So while the Septim Empire was dominated by Dragonborn, it does not have monopoly on those blessed with the blood of dragons. Why, then, are we led to believe that the player character of Skyrim is the last Dragonborn? The most definitive reference we have to the player character of Skyrim being the last Dragonborn is the prophecy which details their destiny in defeating Alduin.
A Dragonborn or Dovahkiin is a mortal blessed with the Blood and soul of a dragon by Akatosh , the Father of Dragons and chief of the Divines. Any subject of the Empire prior to the Fourth Era would say they were ruled by the "Dragonborn Emperors", but very few understood what that title meant. The Dragon God imbued Alessia's line with blood from his own heart, initiating a sacred compact which kept the Dragonfires lit and Oblivion's influence barred from Mundus , so long as those of the Dragon Blood wore the Amulet of Kings. Indeed, the title is particularly associated with Tiber Septim himself, perhaps because he made notable use of the thu'um in his early conquests.