Alright can I just say how much I love the elves in the Elder Scrolls
J.R.R. Tolkien popularized elves as these otherworldly, divinely beautiful creatures which sorta established the standard for the race in all modern fantasy that came after. They’re nearly immortal, distant, and to me, plain boring. Then around comes Morrowind, the game that really made me fall in love with TES, its world and its lore!! The elves of TES have a long history, and each subrace has their own cultural identity. The elves no longer just sit in their
Crystalivory towers (well I guess some of them do) and sing to their trees or whatever - they’re flawed, complicated PEOPLE, and extremely proud of who they are. The haughty Altmer, the hostile Dunmer from the Ashlands, the cannibalistic Bosmer, the late Dwemer and their scientific achievements…. when was the last time any elves modeled after Tolkien’s work had this much cultural diversity??
I love the fact that Bethesda actually created some of the most interesting, unusual cultures in the series for them. I love reading about them. I love their history. I love their aesthetics, which are exotic and uniquely beautiful. Just the amount of THOUGHT that has gone into creating the finer details of their cultures is incredible to me and has inspired me for the past decade.
tl;dr: hnnnngh TES elves
^This so much!
I haven’t played Oblivion in a few days because I’m playing through Knights of the Nine and I have to go fight Umaril. I don’t want my knights to die. They’re gonna get their asses kicked, I’m level 27 and they’re probably something like level 5.
I had this problem. It was fucking awful. Everyone died but the one guy who’s marked essential. My computer would lag really badly whenever I looked into combat because of all the SHIT that was going down, so I just had to sprint towards the end and hope for the best.
The Chantry of Auri-El is an isolated, but vast series of temples located across the Forgotten Vale. It once served as the epicentre of the Snow Elf religion, the chief deity of which was the Elven god Auri-El.