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.