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orc
A race in the Elder Scrolls video game series.

Orcs, also called Orsimer in ancient times, are sophisticated barbarian beast peoples of the Wrothgarian Mountains, Dragontail Mountains, and Orsinium. They are noted for their unshakable courage in war and their unflinching endurance of hardships. In the past, Orcs have been widely feared and hated by the other nations and races of Tamriel, but they have slowly won acceptance in the Empire, in particular for their distinguished service in the Emperor's Legions. Orc armorers are prized for their craftsmanship, and Orc warriors in heavy armor are among the finest front-line troops in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their berserker rage. Most Imperial citizens regard the Orc society as rough and cruel, but there is much to admire in their fierce tribal loyalties and generous equality of rank and respect among the sexes.

The Hero of Daggerfall reported Gortwog gro-Nagorm united his people by establishing an autonomous enclave, and forced the Emperor Uriel Septim VII to recognize Orsinium as an equal of the other lesser kingdoms (such as Daggerfall or Sentinel).

Their religion centers around the worship of the Daedric Prince who governs outcasts, Malacath.
Orc names always follow a strict format, being that they have a main name, and a gender prefix preceding a last name. For example, Burz gro-Kash, or Shingro gra-Gubbug. (gro = male, gra = female)

Orcs also make excellent warriors who excel in combat with Blunt weapons in Heavy Armor.
by Elder Scrolls January 24, 2008
A race in the Elder Scrolls video game series.

In the Imperial tongue, the haughty, tall, golden-skinned people of Summerset Isle are called "High Elves," but call themselves Altmer, or the "Cultured People." In the Empire, "High" is often understood to mean "proud" or "snobbish," and as the Altmer generally personify these characteristics, the "lesser races" harbor little warmth for them. Altmer confidently consider themselves, with some justice, as the most civilized culture of Tamriel; the common tongue of the Empire, Tamrielic, is based on Altmer speech and writing, and most of the Empire's arts, crafts, and sciences are derived from Altmer traditions. However, the Altmer's smug self-assurance of superiority can be hard to bear. Deft, intelligent, and strong-willed, Altmer are the most strongly gifted in the arcane arts of all the races, and Altmer boast that their sublime physical natures make them far more resistant to disease than the "lesser races." However, they are also somewhat vulnerable to fire, frost, and shock.
A High Elf is the best choice for a pure Mage character.
by Elder Scrolls January 24, 2008
A race in the Elder Scrolls video game series.

Dunmer, also known as Dark Elves, are the dark-skinned Elven peoples of the Eastern Empire. "Dark" is variously understood to mean "dark-skinned," "gloomy," and "ill-favored by fate." The Dunmer and their national character embrace these various connotations with enthusiasm. In the Empire, "Dark Elves" is the common usage, but in their Morrowind homeland, and among their Aldmeri brethren, they call themselves the "Dunmer". The dark-skinned, red-eyed Dunmer combine powerful intellect with strong and agile physiques, producing superior warriors and sorcerers. On the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for their skilled and balanced integration of the sword, the bow and destruction magic. In character, they are grim, aloof, and reserved, distrusting and disdainful of other races. Life in the volcanic terrains of Vvardenfell has made them very resistant to fire; they laugh in the face of enemies lobbing fireballs at them.

Dunmer are treated distrustfully by other races. They are often proud, ruthless, cruel, and young female Dark Elves are well known for their promiscuity. While the skills and strengths of the race makes them very powerful, vengefulness, ages-long conflicts, betrayals, and ill reputation prevent them from gaining more significance.
An enemy dark elf will most frequently be encountered as Bandit Bowmen or as a Bandit Ringleader.
by Elder Scrolls January 24, 2008
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