The Elder Scrolls Online Races - the Aldmeri Dominion

The playable races of the Aldmeri Dominion faction will embody ancient magic, natural wonder and iron-fisted tyranny founded upon racism and manifest destiny.

Elder Scrolls Online Races: The Aldmeri Dominion

High Elves | Wood Elves | Khajiit

History

The Aldmeri Dominion was formed when word came down that human supporters of Molag Bal had taken control of Imperial City in Cyrodiil. Queen Ayrenn, the High Elf ruler, built the Aldmeri Dominion with the Wood Elves, who live in the Valenwood just northeast of the Summerset Isles, and the Khajiit, whom she aided during the recent Knahaten Flu outbreak that devastated the Khajiit homeland of Elsweyr.

Queen Ayrenn claims that she has no hatred for the races of Man, but that she would rather put an infant High Elf on the Ruby Throne than see some idiot human bring further disaster to Tamriel. She espouses the belief that rulership is the ancient and divine right of the High Elves and their allies, and that the foolish children belonging to the other races should naturally fall to heel.

Goals

The members of the Aldmeri Dominion feel that the short-lived, quarrelsome and easily-corruptible humans are unfit to rule Tamriel. They do have a point there - the Imperials who run things in Cyrodiil have fallen under the sway of the evil Daedric prince Molag Bal, and the members of the other two factions have a long history of being at each others' throats.

Races

Elder Scrolls Races - High Elves
High Elves
Elder Scrolls Races - Wood Elves
Wood Elves
Elder Scrolls Races - Khajiit
Khajiit

Elder Scrolls Online Races - High Elves

High Elves (Altmer)

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - High Elves, AltmerThe Altmer, also known as the High Elves, are tall, slender and golden-skinned elves, with long, pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes. They hail from the Summerset Isles, off the southwest coast of Tamriel's mainland. Unlike the other elf races, the Altmer seek to keep their race physically similar to their ancestors, the Aldmer, by way of highly selective marriage and breeding. They are the oldest race of Tamriel, the first to settle and the first true culture to inhabit the new lands.

As a long-lived race, the Altmer have a particular respect for ancient history - or, at least, for their own. They don't much care for the works of the other, "lesser" races, and the Summerset Isles are all but closed to any non-Altmer. High Elves believe themselves to be the direct descendents of the Aedra, the divine beings that created the realm of Nirn and everything in it. They also have a deep respect for, and inherent talent with, magic - study of magic is one of the cornerstones of High Elf culture, and they have mastered it like no other race of mer or man. They believe in a sort of manifest destiny, and see themselves as the natural rulers in dominion of all of Tamriel.

Their ancient religious beliefs serve as the base for most other religions throughout Tamriel, much as their ancient Mythic-Era dominance continues to influence the language, architecture, politics and cultures of the other peoples of the land.

Characteristics

In all Elder Scrolls games, High Elves are taller than the other races. They usually have golden-hued skin and typically pale hair, with long, pointed ears and almond-shaped, tilted eyes.

In general, they have always had somewhat lower physical attribute scores, and increased mental attribute scores, giving them a natural proficiency with magic but weaker physical combat abilities. Additionally, they usually benefit from specific bonuses to magic - increased Magicka points - coupled with a reduced resistance to damaging magical effects.

Appearances in Previous Games

Elder Scrolls Online Races - High Elf - Arena
Arena
Elder Scrolls Online Races - High Elf - Daggerfall
Daggerfall
Elder Scrolls Online Races - High Elf - Morrowind
Morrowind
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Altmer - Oblivion
Oblivion
Elder Scrolls Online Races -Altmer High Elf - Skyrim
Skyrim






High Elves | Wood Elves | Khajiit


Elder Scrolls Online Races - Wood Elves

Wood Elves (Bosmer)

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Wood Elf, BosmerThe Bosmer, commonly known as Wood Elves, are small-framed, limber-limbed nature-lovers hailing from the province of Valenwood, the southwest corner of Tamriel. They're not a bunch of hippy-dippy tree-huggers, though - the Green Pact, a religious oath sworn between the Wood Elves and the forest god Y'ffre, dictates that Bosmer may not kill, injure or eat any vegetation. This makes them strict carnivores. They make their famous bows out of treated bone and sinews, they ferment milk to make booze, they smoke caterpillars and grubs instead of tobacco, and they cut no timber for construction. Interestingly, the Green Pact also dictates that a fallen enemy must be eaten within three days. Because of this, many Bosmer arrange periods of fasting and feasting around great battles.

The Bosmer reject lavish lifestyles and civilized formalities, living amongst nature in the great jungle forests of Valenwood. Their major cities are located in giant, migratory trees deep within the forests. They tattoo and paint their faces and bodies as a means of camouflage, and male Wood Elves often grow beards. The other races view them as half-wild barbarians or degenerate thieves, but their society is deceptively complex. It was the Bosmer king Eplear who began the First Era by founding the Camoran Dynasty, which continues to influence Valenwood nearly 700 years into the Second Era. Their union with the High Elves and Khajiit to form the Aldmeri Dominion has resulted in arguably the most stable faction vying for control of Cyrodiil.

Characteristics

Wood Elves are usually shorter and slimmer than the other races, with long, pointed ears and tilted, almond-shaped eyes. Male Bosmer in TES III: Morrowind and TES V: Skyrim can wear beards, which is unusual for elves.

Their small, nimble frames make them well-suited for thievery and archery - they have always had bonuses to certain thievery-related skills, and a significant bonus to the use of the bow. Starting with Morrowind, Bosmer also have the Beast Tongue ability, enabling them  to befriend the beasts of the wild, recruiting them as temporary allies. Wood Elves are somewhat more physically frail than other races, and not as strong, making them less suited for front-line melee combat roles.

Appearances in Previous Games

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Wood Elf - Arena
Arena
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Wood Elf - Daggerfall
Daggerfall
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Wood Elf - Morrowind
Morrowind
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Bosmer - Oblivion
Oblivion
Elder Scrolls Online Races - Bosmer - Skyrim
Skyrim






High Elves | Wood Elves | Khajiit

Elder Scrolls Online Races - Khajiit

Khajiit

History & Lore

Elder Scrolls Online Races - KhajiitThe Khajiit are the feline humanoids from Elsweyr, a southern province of Tamriel. There are 17 different sub-species of Khajiit, the breed determined by the phases of the two moons during the Khajiit's birth. The Ohmes breed are rather elf-like, shorter than Bosmer, and paint their faces in cat-like patterns. The Cathay and Cathay-raht breeds have cat-like, often patterned fur covering their bodies, long tails and feline faces and eyes. The Suthay and Suthay-raht breeds are similar to the Cathay breeds, buthave long, thin cat-like feet and walk on their toes. There are also quadruped breeds of Khajiit, ranging from the Alfiq, which is the size of a housecat, to the Senche-raht, which is twice the height of an Altmer (when standing on its hind legs) and is used as a war-mount by the bipedal Khajiit.

Khajiit culture is nomadic matriarchal, run by Clan Mothers in charge of each clan of tribes. The cities of Elsweyr are semi-permanent and move along the trade routes and around the river basins. They are also heavily influenced by the moons of Nirn, Masser and Secunda.

The Khajiit are fond of sweets, particularly Moon Sugar, a narcotic that is produced in Elsweyr and forms a significant part of the province's economy. Moon Sugar is refined into the drug Skooma, which is somewhat more popular among the non-Khajiit users. Khajiit are largely immune to the narcotic effects of moon sugar, but not to skooma.

The combination of their bestial demeanor, their shifty, nomadic ways and their predilection for skooma give the Khajiit something of a poor reputation among the other races. In Morrowind, Khajiit are often kept as slaves, and they rarely hold positions of any status in most other provinces.

Characteristics

The appearance of Khajiit has changed from game to game, which has been explained by the different moon-influenced breeds. The Khajiit of Elder Scrolls Online will be of the Suthay-raht breed - the long-footed, toe-walking variety seen in Morrowind. 

Despite the appearance changes, Khajiit have always been gifted at thievery, gaining bonuses to several thievery skills. Since Morrowind, they have also had the Night Eye ability, giving them enhanced vision at night.

Appearances in Previous Games

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






High Elves | Wood Elves | Khajiit

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