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Elder Scrolls Online Races: The Daggerfall Covenant

By Jeff Sproul -

Elder Scrolls Online Races: The Daggerfall Covenant

Bretons | Redguards | Orcs

History

The Daggerfall Covenant occupies the western provinces of Tamriel: High Rock, home of the Bretons, and Hammerfell, home of the Redguards. Orsimer, the city-state homeland of the Orcs, lies within the borders of High Rock, and the Orcs have also pledged themselves to this alliance.

The three peoples of the Daggerfall Covenant have a long history of conflict with one another, but recent events have forced them to put these differences aside. The Imperials in Cyrodiil have severed a number of main trade routes, upon which the economies of the western provinces heavily rely, and this action has created poverty and suffering.

Elder Scrolls Races - Daggerfall Covenant - High King Emeric and his pals

High King Emeric, a Breton merchant-lord from Wayrest, has proven to be a shrewd diplomat. He has united the brawling provinces into one fearsome force which will prove frighteningly effective against the human-hating tyrants of the Aldmeri Dominion and the low-life berserkers of the Ebonheart Pact. Emeric rose up through the ranks in High Rock, took a Redguard bride and signed a war treaty with the Orcs, forging a strong union based on diplomacy.

The Bretons are the obvious "brains" of this faction, skilled in magic and other thinky-brain stuff. Both the Redguards and the Orcs come from strong warrior cultures, and these people provide loads of "brawn."

Goals

Emeric's goal is to re-establish the trade routes that were the west's main source of income. His goal is not one of great glory, but prosperity and equity. Though the High King is renowned for his skills with diplomacy, he's not all long, boring talks and signing papers - one of his mandates is to leave a few enemy survivors after each battle so that they can spread the word of just how bloody, brutal and effective the Daggerfall Covenant's armies are.

Races

Elder Scrolls Races - Bretons
Bretons
Elder Scrolls Races - Redguards
Redguards
Elder Scrolls Races - Orcs
Orcs

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Bretons

Bretons

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - BretonsDuring the First Era, the ancient Aldmer elves mingled with the people of other races, and some of that mingling produced half-elven offspring. It is debatable if this came about from Aldmer slave owners impregnating their human female slaves, or if it was some kind of Aldmeri experiment attempting to create a super-race of powerful hybrids, or if it was simply a case of people following their errant hearts. Regardless, over time these offspring became a separate people with their own distinct culture, known as the Bretons. 

The Breton homeland is High Rock, a rugged, fertile land in the northwesternmost corner of Tamriel. It is the only mainland province that does not share a border with Cyrodiil - Skyrim lies to the east, and Hammerfell to the south. The Bretons have a complex social structure among their ruling nobility which can be confusing to outsiders, and the nobility puts the "feud" in "feudal." High King Emeric, originally a merchant lord who ascended to the position of High King through clever political maneuvering and heroic diplomacy, seems to have put a temporary kibosh on Game of Thrones-like tomfoolery to aid in the war effort.

Outside of High Rock, Bretons are chiefly known for their innate ability with magic. The Elven blood of their ancestry gives them a strong command over arcane forces, nearly rivaling that of the High Elves. Though they are not quite as adept with magic as the High Elves, neither are they as weak against magical attack - their human side gives them a hardiness against magic.

Characteristics

Historically, Bretons have been portrayed as dark-haired and pale-skinned. In Arena, they are described as a tall people (nearly every race was described as "tall" in Arena), but from Morrowind onwards, they have been the shortest humans. This makes them about average height across all the races.

Bretons have always been the race of choice for players wanting a human magic-user. They generally start with significant bonuses to a handful of magical skills, and their magic resistance and Dragonskin ability (Morrowind onwards) allows them to shrug off damage from a variety of sources, making them hardier in combat than most elves. With their bonuses to the Restoration school of magic, they make excellent healers, but they also work quite well as Battlemages.

Appearances in Previous Games

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Breton - Arena
Arena
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Breton - Daggerfall
Daggerfall
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Breton- Morrowind
Morrowind
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Breton - Oblivion
Oblivion
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Breton - Skyrim
Skyrim






Bretons | Redguards | Orcs

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguards

Redguards

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - RedguardThe dark-skinned desert warriors of Hammerfell, known as the Redguards, are a proud and honorable people. They are descended from different stock than the Bretons, Imperials and Nords, originating in the land of Yokuda, a cluster of large islands to the west of Tamriel which was destroyed by some unknown catastrophe during the First Era. The Redguards still carry on Yokudan traditions - they worship different gods than most other races in Tamriel, and their architecture, clothing and tribal structure are foreign.

Redguard culture is shaped by the harsh, arid conditions of the Alik'r Desert - youths must make a trek through the wastelands, a test of their endurance and discipline, as a rite of passage. Their original homeland of Yokuda was even more arid and unforgiving than Hammerfell, and the original Redguard settlers had no problem adapting to the comparatively lush new lands and driving the existing Imperial, Nord and Breton settlers out by force of arms. Redguards train as warriors from birth, pitting themselves against their harsh environment and developing into fierce, capable swordsmen. The other races call them "natural athletes," and Redguards pride themselves in excelling at physical challenges.

They have little love of magic or magic-users, believing them wicked and weak, which makes them rather odd allies of the Bretons. Their pride and battle-prowess also brings them into natural contention with the Orcs, who also come from a fiercely-proud warrior culture.

Characteristics

Redguards are only slightly taller than Bretons, and are typically more slender. They have dark skin, ranging in tone from nearly-black to light brown, and typically dark, wiry hair.

Redguards have always had bonuses to melee combat skills, particularly with one-handed swords and shields, and are the race of choice for players wanting a strong "sword-and-board" character right out of the box. They also have strong resistance to poisons and diseases - though this was restricted to poisons only in Skyrim. Since Morrowind, Redguards have had the Adrenaline Rush power, which significantly boosts combat abilities for a short time. In Morrowind and Oblivion, the Adrenaline Rush ability gave a big boost to physical stats (Strength, Agility, Speed, Endurance, Health) for 60 seconds. In Skyrim, this was changed to a major increase in Stamina regeneration.

Appearances in Previous Games

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguard - Arena
Arena
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguard - Daggerfall
Daggerfall
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguard - Morrowind
Morrowind
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguard - Oblivion
Oblivion
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Redguard - Skyrim
Skyrim






Bretons | Redguards | Orcs

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Orcs

Orcs (Orsimer)

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - OrcsDespite their beastly, barbaric appearance and temperament, Orcs - also known as Orsimer, or "Pariah Folk" - are actually Elves. The original Orcs were followers of the Aedra, Trinimac, who tried to stop the ancient Chimer people (the ancestors of the Dunmer) from following a new prophet into Morrowind. Trinimac came into conflict with the Daedric Prince Boethiah, and was defeated and devoured by his rival. Trinimac's remains were transformed into the Daedric Prince Malacath, and his followers were transformed also, becoming the green-skinned, tusked Orcs we all know and love.

Though regarded by many as barbaric savages, the Orsimer are a proud and more-or-less orderly people. They have harsh laws and are governed by a strict class system, but they are firm believers in gender equality. Female Orsimer are afforded mostly all the same rights and opportunities as males, though there are still a few gender-specific roles. Most strongholds employ a "wise woman," and most tribal chiefs are males (with a number of wives).

Being an outcast people, Orcs have no vast province of their own, but instead occupy the small, independent city-state of Orsinium, located within the province of High Rock, as well as numerous strongholds throughout the mountainous regions of Skyrim, High Rock and Hammerfell. When living in their home strongholds, Orcs have descriptive surnames, like "Ghorbash the Iron Hand." When they leave their home, they take the name of the stronghold or province as their surname - e.g. "Ghorbash gro-Dushnikh."

Orcs are renowned warriors, capable of performing amazing feats of savage strength when fueled by battle-rage. They are not subtle bladesmen like the Redguard, but rather rely on their brute strength and their superb heavy armor. Orcs are outstanding armorsmiths, and Orcish tradition holds that mothers teach their children the art of smithing from a young age.

Characteristics

Orcs have only been a playable race from Morrowind on. They featured in Arena and Daggerfall only as (usually hostile) NPCs.

Orsimer look the way orcs always look: green skin, prognathous lower jaw with jutting canine "tusks," heavily-muscled frames, coarse black hair, serrated or pointed ears, flat noses and heavy brows. In Oblivion and Skyrim, they have distinctly different eyes, as well. Morrowind and Oblivion Orcs were quite green, but Skyrim Orcs had skin tones ranging from khaki to deep olive. Skyrim Orcs also featured small horns on the forehead, a feature not present in previous games.

They have bonuses to armorsmithing, and to heavy armor, block and some weapons. As can be expected, their physical stats are vastly superior to their mental stats, and they are purpose-built for melee combat. Their racial ability is Berserk (or Berserker Rage in Skyrim), a brief burst of super-charged combat abilities. Orcs are typically employed as heavy, front-line melee warriors, and make excellent tanks.

Appearances in Previous Games

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Orcs - Morrowind
Morrowind
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Orc - Oblivion
Oblivion
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Orc - Skyrim
Skyrim

Bretons | Redguards | Orcs

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