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This is a thread to discuss the Altmers and maybe learn something new about them. I have got this info from uesp, the imperial library, wikia, theelderscrollsonline.com and elderlore.wordpress.com and tried to make a summary of it.

If you see any mistakes in this please tell me.

Official info made by the devs:The High Elves, or Altmer, arrived in Tamriel thousands of years ago from Old Aldmeris. They see themselves, perhaps justifiably, as the ruling race of Tamriel. They are a highly cultured people, known for their breathtaking architecture and massive libraries of histories and creative works. They tend to be isolationists, largely remaining on Summerset Isle, and only emerge when they perceive a great threat to their homeland. They are powerful mages and warriors, and the de facto leaders of the Aldmeri Dominion.

The Altmer hails from the Summerset Isles, they are decendants of the Aldmer and make the best mages in Tamriel.

History: When the Aldmer left the now lost continent of Aldmeris, the cause of the exodus is unknown, they first settled at the Summerset Isles. There the Aldmers Culture thrived and great Buildings like the Crystal Tower was created.
Many Aldmer however left the Summerset Isles for the mainland, the Aldmer who went to be free on the mainland became the elven races of history: Chimer, Bosmer, Ayleid,Falmer. The ones who stayed behind became the Altmer.

The Sloads of Thras made repeated attempts to cunquer the Isles. They used necromantic magic and infernal machines to assault the Altmer. Though they never succeeded in conquering the Isles. However the wars were terrible, the Sack of Skywatch in 1E 1301 and the War of the Uvichil from 1E 2911 to 1E 2917 were sureley two of the most terrible events in Tamriel's history.
They werent the only ones that tried to conquer the Isles, The Sea elves (Maormer) of the continent of Pyandonea. They assaulted the Summerset Isles shores repeated times, and the Altmer had to build a large navy to defend themselves.

The forming of the Aldmeri Dominion in the Second Era between Summerset and Valenwood allowed the Altmer to eliminate the Maormer outposts on Valenwoods shores. The Dominion thrived until Tiber Septim crushed it.

During the War of the Isle in 3E 110, the Maormer of Pyandonea almost conquered their old enemy, and the Altmer had to call upon the aid of the Empire and the psjiics to help defend themselves. In the battle a storm, belivied to be summoned by the psjiics, wiped out the Maormer fleet.

A rebellouis Group who called themselves "the Beautiful" became dedicated to the destruction of the great monuments of the Aldmer and Altmer. The Crystal Tower was a target but they failed to destroy it multiple times. But many other great, ancient sculptures and emblems of the past was vandalized. Then Beautiful turned their Eyes to some living symbols of the Isle, the royalty of the Summerset isles. They murdered the daughter of the King of Shimmerene that made the public outraged and horrified.


Biology

The Altmer are the tallest of the races and has a very pale golden skin.
They are slender, with pointed ears and almond-shaped Eyes and the Sharp appearence of the elves. The Altmer are generally thinner built than the humans, and thus generally not as strong. But the Altmer are however (generally) the most intelligent and strongly gifted race in the arcane, surpassing even the Bretons in magical aptitude. The Altmers strong tie with Magnus, has made them more vulnerable to magic attacks.

Personality

The Altmer are arrogant and consider themselves as the only perfect race.(with some justice). The Altmer are obsessed with purity, and put 9/10 of their newborns to Death because of impurity. And to breed outside the pure line is a horrible crime to them. The Altmer consider the other races as inferior to themselves, wich can make it annoying to talk to an Altmer (personal experience ;) ).


Society

The Altmer society is hierarchical, at the top are the Wise, teachers and priests, followed by the Artists, Princes, Warriors, Landowners, Merchants, and Workers. Below Workers are the beasts, such as enslaved goblins. Who the Altmer force to preform works the Altmer finds below their dignity to do.
The Altmers have had many internal conflicts that often has sparked up into full war. From a report of an ambassador, they meet and hold courts only to demonstrate their importance and power to each other. Powerful sorcerers and a monarch are the ruling elite of the Summerset Isles.

The Psjiics

The Psjiics is an ancient monastic order located at Artaeum.
It was from the Psjiic order both the mages Guild and the black worm cult were came from, made by two rivaling students (Vanus Galerion and Mannimarco)

When the Altmers Culture changed and the Altmer not longer were worshipping the anscestor spirits, many elders rebelled against it, Calling themselves the Psjiics. The were "the keepers of the old ways" and settled in Artaeum.


Architecture: The Altmer are pherhaps the best builders in Tamriel, and are known for their breathtaking structures (they are however not made from glass and insect wings....)

Alinor: Alinor is the capital of the Summerset Isles, it was said Before to look like its made "of glass and insect wings" thats however false, a more realistic describing was from a Reman diplomat who said that it is "a hypnotic swirl of ramparts and impossibly high towers, designed to catch the light of the sun and break it to its component colors, which lie draped across its stones until you are thankful for nightfall."

Crystal Tower: A monument to the spirit of the elven people. Within the walls of the Tower are the graves of the early Aldmeri settlers. The Crystal Tower was a huge Tower in Summerset Isles, and the centre of magical Learning Before the mages Guild was founded. It was destroyed during the Oblivion Crisis.

Religion/gods

Auri-El
(King of the Aldmer) Auri-El is the elven Akatosh. He is the chief of most Aldmeri Pantheons, he agreed to take his part in the creation of the mortal plane, that act which forever sundered the Elves from the spirit worlds of eternity. To make up for it, Auri-El led the Aldmer against the armies of Lorkhan in mythic times, and succeded with defeating him.

Trinimac
Strong god of the early Aldmer. He was a warrior spirit of the original Elves. When the Chimer left the Summerset Isles he tried to stop it, but
Boethiah, the mastermind behind it. Defeated him after a great battle and "devoured" him, turning him into Malacath.

Magnus
(Magus) The god of sorcery. Magnus withdrew from the creation of the world at the last second, but it cost him dearly. The most that is left of him are controlled by mortals as magic. He is sometimes called the Architect, because he made the schematics and diagrams that was needed to create Nirn.

Syrabane
(Warlock's God) An Aldmeri god-ancestor of magic.

Y'ffre
(God of the Forest) Y'ffre transformed himself into the first of the Ehlnofey, or 'Earth Bones'. After these laws of nature were established.

Mara
(Goddess of Love) She is one of the eight divines. In mythic times She is a fertility goddess. In Skyrim, Mara is a handmaiden of Kyne, the goddess of storm. In the Empire, she is Mother-Goddess. Depending on the religion, she is either married to Akatosh or Lorkhan.


Stendarr
(God of Mercy) He is of the Eight Divines, Stendarr has evolved from his Nordic origins into a deity of compassion or, sometimes, righteous rule. In the early Altmeri legends, Stendarr is the apologist of Men.

Lorkhan
(The Missing God) He convinced the Original Spirits to create the mortal plane. To the High Elves, he is the most unholy of all higher powers, as he forever broke their connection to the spirit plane. In the legends, he is almost always an enemy of the Aldmer. Auri-El (Akatosh) and the rest of the gods, defeated him and ripped out his heart at the Direnni Tower, the Auri-El shoot his heart away with his bow, into the sea, eventually becoming Red Mountain in Morrowind on the Island of Vvardenfell.

Phynaster Hero-god of the Summerset Isles, who taught the Altmer how to naturally live another hundred years by using a shorter walking stride.

(this is still W.I.P, will flesh it out more later during the week... due to headache and tiredness)
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Really good, as always Alator! So glad you do these, I learn so much more about the races.


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(June 5th 2013, 10:06 AM)Miasmador Wrote: Really good, as always Alator! So glad you do these, I learn so much more about the races.

Im glad it helps :D


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(June 5th 2013, 09:26 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: Many Aldmer however left the Summerset Isles for the mainland, the Aldmer who went to be free on the mainland became the elven races of history: Chimer, Bosmer, Ayleid,Falmer. The ones who stayed behind became the Altmer.

I'm confused here; when did the Dwemer separate then?
Dwemer come from Altmer or Aldmer?
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(June 5th 2013, 10:57 AM)Asmoden Wrote:
(June 5th 2013, 09:26 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: Many Aldmer however left the Summerset Isles for the mainland, the Aldmer who went to be free on the mainland became the elven races of history: Chimer, Bosmer, Ayleid,Falmer. The ones who stayed behind became the Altmer.

I'm confused here; when did the Dwemer separate then?
Dwemer come from Altmer or Aldmer?

No the Dwemer was already in Morrowind when the Chimer (Aldmer who left for Morrowind and became the Dunmer...) came there. The Dwemer are not decended from the Aldmer, but an elven race on their own. Its very possible that the Dwemer race was older than the Aldmer.


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(June 5th 2013, 11:02 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: No the Dwemer was already in Morrowind when the Chimer (Aldmer who left for Morrowind and became the Dunmer...) came there. The Dwemer are not decended from the Aldmer, but an elven race on their own. Its very possible that the Dwemer race was older than the Aldmer.

I'm sorry to doubt you but the "dwemer come from nowere" sound strange to me.
I've researched the dwemer lore litterally everywhere but coulden't find any mention about their origins.
For sure we are talking about mer so they must be elves and this leave only two options Aldmer or Altmer origins depending on when they did separate from the original mer family.
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(June 5th 2013, 11:24 AM)Asmoden Wrote:
(June 5th 2013, 11:02 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: No the Dwemer was already in Morrowind when the Chimer (Aldmer who left for Morrowind and became the Dunmer...) came there. The Dwemer are not decended from the Aldmer, but an elven race on their own. Its very possible that the Dwemer race was older than the Aldmer.

I'm sorry to doubt you but the "dwemer come from nowere" sound strange to me.
I've researched the dwemer lore litterally everywhere but coulden't find any mention about their origins.
For sure we are talking about mer so they must be elves and this leave only two options Aldmer or Altmer origins depending on when they did separate from the original mer family.

Their origin is unknown, what i know. They are however not decended from the Aldmer, in the same way the other races were. And the Altmer as the other races of mer (not dwemer tough) is decended from the Aldmer. They maybe were Aldmers who left for Tamriel when they elves lived on Aldmeris though.....


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(June 5th 2013, 11:27 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: Their origin is unknown, what i know. They are however not decended from the Aldmer, in the same way the other races were. And the Altmer as the other races of mer (not dwemer tough) is decended from the Aldmer. They maybe were Aldmers who left for Tamriel when they elves lived on Aldmeris though.....

The lore mention clearly and multiple times "the aldmer were the First civilized race to set foot on Tamriel".
Only khajiit and Argonians (best races) were present on the continent at that time but being "uncivilized" they posed little threat to the aldmer.

Found it!!!
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Mer
You were right sorry for doubting youTired
"They are believed to be the only race of mer on Tamriel that did not descend from the original Aldmeri inhabitants, but instead branched off from the Aldmer before their arrival and immigrated to Tamriel independently."
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(June 5th 2013, 11:41 AM)Asmoden Wrote:
(June 5th 2013, 11:27 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: Their origin is unknown, what i know. They are however not decended from the Aldmer, in the same way the other races were. And the Altmer as the other races of mer (not dwemer tough) is decended from the Aldmer. They maybe were Aldmers who left for Tamriel when they elves lived on Aldmeris though.....

The lore mention clearly and multiple times "the aldmer were the First civilized race to set foot on Tamriel".
Only khajiit and Argonians (best races) were present on the continent at that time but being "uncivilized" they posed little threat to the aldmer.

Found it!!!
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Mer
You were right sorry for doubting youTired
"They are believed to be the only race of mer on Tamriel that did not descend from the original Aldmeri inhabitants, but instead branched off from the Aldmer before their arrival and immigrated to Tamriel independently."

Its ok I dont mind having lore dicussions :D


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You didn´t come up with the world destruction master plan... I have to give in, not much lore about that...

well, it´s mostly about the "Towers". The same towers which are connected to CHIM. http://www.tesof.com/topic-lost-treasure...ower--4480 view this. All towers manipulate the "world" energies. As far as I know, Whitegold Tower was on, till ist mechanism was destroyed, Chrystal Tower is probably and the Direnni Tower (?) in High Rock is. There must have been a Tower in Morrowind, precisly on Vvardenfel, in which Vivec gained CHIM. The Altmer, however, now want to conquer a tower/enough towers, find out how they work and restart the Aleyds/Dwemer machine, or build a new one, to undo the act of creation resulting in disableing the physical laws and throwing the world back to the pre-existencial chaos, known as Era of the Dawn. Also there´s occult lore about mass teleportation, space faring and imperial colony on masser. Don´t forget about Canon Lore saying their houses are looking like glass and insect wings! Damn Zenimax, undoing this... "Practically architecture"... pah!


Who controls the Septim crown?
Who keeps the Allesian Heresy down?
We do, we do

Who knocked Yokuda off the maps?
Who keeps the Dwemer under wraps?
We do, we do

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(June 6th 2013, 04:47 AM)Idriar Wrote: You didn´t come up with the world destruction master plan... I have to give in, not much lore about that...

well, it´s mostly about the "Towers". The same towers which are connected to CHIM. http://www.tesof.com/topic-lost-treasure...ower--4480 view this. All towers manipulate the "world" energies. As far as I know, Whitegold Tower was on, till ist mechanism was destroyed, Chrystal Tower is probably and the Direnni Tower (?) in High Rock is. There must have been a Tower in Morrowind, precisly on Vvardenfel, in which Vivec gained CHIM. The Altmer, however, now want to conquer a tower/enough towers, find out how they work and restart the Aleyds/Dwemer machine, or build a new one, to undo the act of creation resulting in disableing the physical laws and throwing the world back to the pre-existencial chaos, known as Era of the Dawn. Also there´s occult lore about mass teleportation, space faring and imperial colony on masser. Don´t forget about Canon Lore saying their houses are looking like glass and insect wings! Damn Zenimax, undoing this... "Practically architecture"... pah!

I said i´ll flesh it out later ;)
But i will not cover the master plan since someone already did and its not much lore about the plan....
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(June 5th 2013, 09:26 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: The Altmer are obsessed with purity, and put 9/10 of their newborns to Death because of impurity. And to breed outside the pure line is a horrible crime to them.

This is probably not true. The only source of which I know that actually says this is Pocket Guide to the Empire: 1st Edition, which is probably Imperial propaganda.


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(June 6th 2013, 01:36 PM)Octagonapus97 Wrote:
(June 5th 2013, 09:26 AM)Archmage Alator Wrote: The Altmer are obsessed with purity, and put 9/10 of their newborns to Death because of impurity. And to breed outside the pure line is a horrible crime to them.

This is probably not true. The only source of which I know that actually says this is Pocket Guide to the Empire: 1st Edition, which is probably Imperial propaganda.

Nah, the percentage is questionable, but it happens. The reason it´s written in the first pocket guide, and not in the third, is simply due to Oblivions generic fantasy setting. Infanticidal High Elves wouldn´t have fitted in and that lore part was omitted. And later on, the second Dominion and the Thalmor are in charge, controlling most of the "media". So that you won´t find sources for infanticide anymore... it isn´t because of it´s just old imperial propaganda... it´s because of new Thalmor censorship.

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And while we are at this topic... Altmer all look the same, due to flesh molden faces, resembling the optimal Aldmeri face, following the Aldmeri standard. That´s just Loremites production, but it should be mentioned, anyway ;)

You´re doing it right, @Archmage Alator !
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Who keeps the Allesian Heresy down?
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Who knocked Yokuda off the maps?
Who keeps the Dwemer under wraps?
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Well, I wouldn't be surprised if some extremist nobles practiced it, especially under 4E Thalmor rule (possibly being mandated by them). However, as I said, PGE1 is the only source that mentions it.

BTW, I don't think all High Elves look the same.


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(June 6th 2013, 03:25 PM)Octagonapus97 Wrote: Well, I wouldn't be surprised if some extremist nobles practiced it, especially under 4E Thalmor rule (possibly being mandated by them). However, as I said, PGE1 is the only source that mentions it.

BTW, I don't think all High Elves look the same.

They may not look exaclty like but they are the race that looks most like eachother....


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