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How do bosmer survive without using wood?


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How is it that the bosmer can live in valenwood without using wood? After all they're the best archers but both bows and arrows require wood. Other than imports is their anyway for them to use wood?


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They import wood, from other provinces.
They could perhaps use wood, for arrow shafts and 'plating' on lighter armour (imagine leather with metal plates)


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(January 14th 2014, 10:06 AM)ragnar-ice blood Wrote: They import wood, from other provinces.
They could perhaps use wood, for arrow shafts and 'plating' on lighter armour (imagine leather with metal plates)

The whole point is that they're not allowed to use valenwood's wood and importing wood isn't very stable. Surely there's some loop whole in the green pact or something because a race that lives in a rainforest, is renowned for archery and hunting surely can't survive on just imported wood.


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No, they use bones, hides and other animal products.
There's actually quite a few ways around using wood.


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animal products wouldn't make very good bows.

like what?


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Animal products, was referring to their daily lives. Like their boats, that are just bones and hides.


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fair enough. But still, it's a bit weird that to make bows (which they're renowned for using) you need wood which they can't get themselves.


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Imports are quite useful actually, just look at Elsweyr. It too has quite a lot of forest/jungles and is close to Valenwood.


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You may not be able to imagine making or using a bow made of bone - then again, you'll never be half the archer/fletcher the average Bosmer is. That's the point. They're so utterly talented at archery they can make a bow out of basically any material.
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Bosmer don't waste anything at all. They're masters of pulling apart a carcass and using everything they get from it. This includes the carcass of another person. Yeah it's more difficult than wood but they started in such few numbers it wasn't that hard and because they can't waste they end up with a huge surplus of bows and arrows.

As far as carpentry goes they're clueless and struggle to understand the concept as much as you struggle to understand theirs. They would think a bucket is a hat!
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Bones
And importing wood form other provines
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some great points there OP... whish someone can explain this further


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Well, although wood is the best and obvious material for making bows, people like the Inuits used bone and antler to make their bow's, so surely the bosmer used that as well, since they are bound to hunt something with antlers...


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The Dunmer were rather adept at using materials more native to their lands for their own uses, using bonemold and chitin bows as the most relevant example, so I'm sure the Bosmer could utililise alternative bow making materials as well.
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The inuit thing explains it all


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