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|High Chancellor Ocato
|Home City||Imperial City, Green Emperor Way|
|Follower||Light the Dragonfires|
|Faction(s)||IC Citizens; Guild for Mages (Master-Wizard Master-Wizard); IC Palace faction; Nobility|
High Chancellor Ocato is an Altmer battlemage and a leading member of the Elder Council. He is currently the de-facto ruler of Cyrodiil in the absence of an Emperor. Whether or not he is actually an effective ruler is a subject of debate, as he seems more concerned with protecting interests in other provinces than taking action against the forces of Oblivion amassing on his doorstep. While several of the Counts (and countesses) applaud his efforts in holding the Empire together, others feel he is merely using the crisis as a means of securing more power for himself. For more information, see the Lore article.
High Chancellor Ocato wears a set of red silk robes and a pair of gold trimmed shoes. He is armed with the Staff of the Battlemage and carries the Imperial Palace key and a large amount of gold. Ocato knows the standard leveled Battlemage spells.
Except during the two quests Allies for Bruma and Light the Dragonfires, the Chancellor spends nearly all his time sitting in his throne in the Imperial City Palace's Elder Council Chambers. At 8pm every day, he heads to the door to the Chambers, but promptly returns to his seat not long after his arrival.
During the quest Allies for Bruma, he will stand outside the door to the Elder Council Chambers, but once the player is in any part of the Palace, he will move for his own chambers, waiting there until the player has left again. Once the player has spoken to him about obtaining help for Bruma from the Imperial Legion, he resumes his normal schedule.
During the quest Light the Dragonfires, Ocato's schedule is largely dictated by the quest. Once the quest has been started, he will wait standing in the Elder Council Chambers, initiating dialogue with player as the player approaches him with Martin. When Mehrunes Dagon begins to attack the city, he will stick with Martin until they reach the Temple of the One. While Martin is inside shattering the Amulet of Kings, he will wait outside the doors to the Temple. After Dagon is banished, he will follow the player around as long as he is in the Temple of the One, but otherwise will resume his usual schedule.
Attempting to speak to High Chancellor Ocato when not on official business for the Empire will have him be disgruntled by the disturbance, this is displayed by his greeting "Excuse me, the Empire doesn't run itself, you know. Submit a complaint to the usual department and I'm sure someone will take care of it." After which he will refuse to continue the conversation. He often ends conversations with, "Please excuse me. I have things to attend to."
If you ask him about the Elder Council during an occasion where he will agree to parley with you he will say the following if the Oblivion Crisis is still a threat to the Empire, "Don't worry. The Elder Council can govern the Empire perfectly well until a new heir can be found. Truth be told, most of the Council has returned to the provinces to deal with urgent local matters, but we are in regular communication. But the Inner Council still holds regular meetings. We have the situation well in hand, I assure you." After the crisis has been dealt with he will be more sincere of the troubles facing the Empire. "We are now the stewards of the Empire. We can hold the Empire together in the short term. But to be honest, I don't know what will happen. The provinces have been restive for years, even before the latest crisis. With no legitimate claimant for the Dragon Throne... troubled times lie ahead."
If you speak with him after the Blades send you to meet with him as part of the quest Allies for Bruma, he will be surprised by your status as a servant of the Empire: "From the Blades, did you say? Jauffre sent you? What's this about? Quickly, now." Asking him for Aid for Bruma will have him reject your request with the reply, "This is terrible news. Under normal circumstances, I would dispatch a legion or two to Bruma immediately. But the circumstances are not normal, are they? I've been pleading for troops for Cyrodiil for weeks, but the generals assure me that the entire Imperial Army is already fully committed. Besides... I'd have a full-scale political crisis on my hands if I tried to pull any troops out of the provinces. I'm sorry, but the cities of Cyrodiil will have to fend for themselves for the time being."
Once you have reclaimed the Amulet of Kings from Mankar Camoran, and are thus able to prove Martin Septim's claim to the dragon throne he will greet you in the following manner if Martin is not with you after you have arrived with Martin at the Imperial Palace. "Where is Martin? I was told that he had arrived in the capital." After which he will end the conversation, being anxious to meet his Emperor. Before Martin has entered the palace, if you enter first Ocato may say to the player, "Everything is ready for Martin's arrival, don't worry." Once you have arrived with Martin in tow he will greet you with the following, "I have been expecting you. The full Council has already considered the matter of Martin's claim to the Imperial Throne in detail." After which he will begin to proclaim Martin as Emperor, "Martin Septim, on behalf of the Elder Council, I accept your claim to the Imperial Throne. We should arrange the coronation ceremony as soon as ..." Ocato is cut off when a messenger interrupts him, to inform the High Chancellor of the Daedric assault on the city. Ocato, in an effort to take control of the new situation will calm the soldier by saying "Courage, soldier. We have an Emperor again." He will then ask Martin how he will handle the assault, while voicing his suggestion on how to proceed "Your Highness, what are your orders? Shall the Guard fall back to the Palace?" Once he is instructed to help Martin light the dragonfires he will say, "As you command, sire. Guards! Form up and protect the Emperor! To the Temple of the One!" Then he will help escort him to the Temple of the One in the Temple District. Speaking to him will have him defer leadership to Martin, "I am at the Emperor Martin's command." After Martin sacrifices himself to end the Oblivion Crisis, Chancellor Ocato will greet the player in the ruins of the Temple of the One, under the statue where the Avatar of Akatosh was, yet unaware of what transpired, "What happened? Where's Martin? I must congratulate him! Mehrunes Dagon is defeated! Cast back into Oblivion! We've won!" the player will then inform him of Martin's fate in the following conversation:
"Martin is gone."
"What do you mean, gone? We saw the Temple dome explode, the avatar of Akatosh appear... that was Martin?"
"Yes. He shattered the Amulet..."
"The joined blood of kings and gods. The Amulet of Kings. The divine power of Akatosh."
"...and Martin's blood, too..."
"Then Martin is gone..."
"But the gates are sealed."
"Yes. Sealed forever. Mehrunes Dagon and his ilk can never threaten Tamriel again. Martin is dead. But he died an emperor, and a hero to rival Tiber Septim."
"What about the Empire?"
"This victory is not without cost. We've lost Martin Septim. What an emperor he might have made. His sacrifice was necessary, but it leaves the Empire without an emperor. I don't know what happens now. There are troubled times ahead for the Empire. But now is not the time to worry about the future. Let's just give thanks that we're alive."
After this discussion you may ask him about becoming The Champion of Cyrodiil, to which Ocato will reply "In my capacity as Lord High Chancellor of the Elder Council, I hereby proclaim you Champion of Cyrodiil! And, as a small token of gratitude for your service to the Empire, I have ordered a suit of Imperial Dragon armor made for you." Asking him again will have him say "You have earned the highest rank possible in the Order of the Dragon, the illustrious order of Imperial knights founded by Tiber Septim himself. It is a high honor. Only six other Champions have been awarded in the history of the Empire." He will also now greet you with either "Hail, Champion!" or "Is there something you need, Champion?" He now bids farewell with, "Any time, Champion."
Asking him about the Imperial Dragon Armor that he mentioned will have him say, "Imperial Dragon armor is normally worn only by the Emperor himself. But you deserve no less, Champion."
Ending the conversation with Ocato that happens immediately after Martin's sacrifice will have him voice another remark claiming that the dragon statue will last forever: "The dragon will stand forever as a memorial to what you and Martin did for all of Tamriel." Speaking to him about Martin will have him reply solemnly "I know he's gone. As the Chancellor of the Elder Council, my concern now is how to choose his successor."
The other members of the nobility that rule Cyrodiil have some wildly different opinions of Ocato and his efforts to maintain the Empire without an Emperor:
- "He thinks to use his position as head of the Elder Council to make himself Emperor. He will not succeed."--Count Regulus Terentius
- "He and the rest of the Elder Council care nothing for Cyrodiil. They focus obsessively on the provinces, leaving us to fend for ourselves."--Count Marius Caro
- "As the head of the Elder Council, High Chancellor Ocato is the de facto ruler of the Empire for the time being."--Countess Arriana Valga
- "Chancellor Ocato has performed heroically. No one else could have held the Empire together during this crisis."--Countess Millona Umbranox
- "He served Emperor Uriel for many years, and so far he has done well in an impossible situation."--Countess Narina Carvain
- "The head of the Elder Council and a trusted servant of the Empire. No one is better suited to guide us through these troubled times."--Count Andel Indarys
- "I don't envy the High Chancellor his position. It can't be easy trying to rule an empire without an emperor."--Count Janus Hassildor
- Due to what appears to be a bug, during the Allies for Bruma quest, High Chancellor Ocato will head towards his quarters and stay there until the player leaves the Imperial City Palace, at which point he will move back to just inside the main palace doors. It seems likely that this is backwards, and that he should begin to move towards the doors when the player enters the Imperial City Palace instead and move back to his quarters once the player has finished speaking with him.
- This bug is fixed by the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
- It appears that Ocato was meant to sleep from 12am to 8am in his chambers, but due to a bug he never does.
- This bug is fixed by the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
- Due to a bug in his AI pathfinding, Ocato will occasionally attempt to access his private quarters via the Sewers.