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This is a thread to discuss the Argonians 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 I have made any mistakes please tell me.

Official info made by the devs of Teso: The Argonians are possessed of a cool intellect, and are well-versed in the magical arts, stealth, and the use of blades. They are also guerilla warfare experts, long accustomed to defending their borders from invaders. They often serve as the scouts and skirmishers for the forces of the Pact.

The Argonians are the reptilian natives of the province of Black marsh. They often call themselves Saxhleel in their native tounge Jel, it means "the people of the root". Wich illuminates the belief that the Argonians came from the roots of the Hist trees. Though there are no known origin of the Argonians.

History: Of all the provinces none are so unexplored and undocumented as Black marsh, and yet there live a Race there, the Argonians.

The Argonians are one of the original inhabitants of Tamriel, there was atleast a race that was like the Argonians when the Aldmer came to the shores of Tamriel, thanks to a describing of Black marsh made by the Aldmer, with has in it that there existed "human Lizards" there.

What happened in the first era and further back in Black marsh or Argonia are largely unknown. Ther Argonians who left Black Marsh didnt speak of it much.

But later in the history other races settled there aswell like the human tribes of Kothringi, Orma, Yespest, Horwalli, and tribes of mer, the Barsaebic Ayleids and the Cantemiric Velothi. You hear of few conflicts between them until the second era.

In the first era however pirates began using Argonia as a base to attack rich merchant groups in eastern Cyrodiil, wich made the Alessian empire to launch an assault on them, the Campaign took them Deep into Argonia were they encountered Heavy resistance by the natives. Wich made the Imperials Quick to leave after the pirates had been eliminated.

The Argonians were independant of the the Empire until their defeat in the battle of Argonia in 1E 2811. Though they only controlled its borders and coast.

During the Interregnum of the Second Era, in 2E 560 a flu broke out who killed all non-reptilians in Black Marsh.

No army has ever conqured Black marsh, not even Tiber Septim, because he only conquered its borders and to settlement along the coast.

The Dunmer has enslaved other races for long, but no race have had so much enslaved people by the Dunmer as the Argonians, entire tribes were dragged away to Morrowind to be used as labor. Thanks to a slave rebellion in Morrowind, it escalated into a full war, in the end the Dunmer won and took new land from the Argonians.

In the Oblivion Crisis, the Hist warned the Argonians, and when the Daedric armies came, they met a prepared Argonian army, the Daedra even had to Close many of their own gates to prevent the Argonians from emerging on them.

And in the fourth Era, the Argonians now stronger than ever, and the Dunmer very weak thanks to the loss of their living gods for example, had still not forgot what the Dunmer had done to them, wich led to that they invaded Morrowind. The Dunmer were killed by thousands, the Argonians was stopped by an army of house Redoran but the damage was already done, Mournhold and many other cities had been sacked and destroyed.

No army has ever conquered all of Black marsh, and I suspect that none ever will.

Biology

Of all the ten races the Argonians stand out most, they are the only race who has scales and bone pikes on their body, they are pretty intelligent wich mages them pretty good mages. The Argonians also have like the Khajiit, a tail. They can Breathe under water and swim fast. They are also the only of the ten Races who are hatched instead of borned. They are also noted for their stealth skills.

Personality

They are Enigmatic and intelligent, they are very distrusting towards outsiders, but they are very loyal will fight to the Death for someone that they have named friend.

Society

Their society is largely tribal, they have no real monarchy, but here is some tribes: Agacephs, Archeins, (the Archerins are pretty special since they sold loads of their own kind as slaves and made a fortune on it.) Paatru, Sarpa, Nagas (they are probably the largest of the Argonians, mostly around seven feet tall, they are described as more "snake-like" than the rest of the Argonians.)

Religion/culture

The Argonian Pantheon is pretty unknown, but there are known that they revere Sithis, for example any Argonian hatched under the sign of shadow are given to the Dark Brotherhood for service, the Argonians who gets trained are after that called "Shadowscales".

The Argonians holds a Deep respect for the Hist, the Hist are a ancient and sentinent race of trees actually. The Hist along with the Ehlnofey were a Group of Et'ada who decided not to abandon Mundus but work in it instead to keep it viable.

The Argonians have a very deep Connection with the Hist, they Believe that the Hists have given the their souls, and when they die, their souls are returned to the Hist to be reincarnated as a new Argonian. TheHist can communicate with the Argonians when they have ingested Hist sap, Hist sap gives an Argonian increased physical abillites, but when ingested by other races it gives violently hallucinations.
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As I said no other race has so Little documented of them like the Argonians, but they have the by far the most complex lore of the Ten races, so if I have missed something tell me :P


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Great article! I'm glad you did the Argonians this time, they're a very interesting race :D


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(July 3rd 2013, 12:03 PM)Zirik Wrote: Great article! I'm glad you did the Argonians this time, they're a very interesting race :D

They were the most annoying to research on, I have not read so much about them Before like I have with the other races, and they have such a complex and wierd lore, I thought the Hist was easier to understand, and they are a race of ancient intelligent trees :P


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(July 3rd 2013, 12:08 PM)Archmage Alator Wrote:
(July 3rd 2013, 12:03 PM)Zirik Wrote: Great article! I'm glad you did the Argonians this time, they're a very interesting race :D

They were the most annoying to research on, I have not read so much about them Before like I have with the other races, and they have such a complex and wierd lore, I thought the Hist was easier to understand, and they are a race of ancient intelligent trees :P

It must have been :P there's not that much clear info on them. You have to look through various sites and then put what you know from each all together for it to make sense.


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(July 3rd 2013, 12:15 PM)Zirik Wrote:
(July 3rd 2013, 12:08 PM)Archmage Alator Wrote:
(July 3rd 2013, 12:03 PM)Zirik Wrote: Great article! I'm glad you did the Argonians this time, they're a very interesting race :D

They were the most annoying to research on, I have not read so much about them Before like I have with the other races, and they have such a complex and wierd lore, I thought the Hist was easier to understand, and they are a race of ancient intelligent trees :P

It must have been :P there's not that much clear info on them. You have to look through various sites and then put what you know from each all together for it to make sense.

Thats what I did, but it still were very wierd lol...


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Argonians are considered one of the primitive races to Tamriel,just like the Khajiit. If I remember it corretcly.


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That's what some believed, but that theory was thrown away when the outsiders found habitants that have lived there longer than the argonians but not as long as other races like, for example, the khajiit. Well it was something like that.


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(July 4th 2013, 07:13 AM)Ulfgar the Fearless Wrote: Argonians are considered one of the primitive races to Tamriel,just like the Khajiit. If I remember it corretcly.

Yes I have written it in the article, from what I know the Argonians and Khajiit lived there Before the elves came to Tamriel....


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Great article man, although Argonians and Khajiits are considered beast races they are very intelligent and excellent fighters and have one of the most unique lore!


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(July 6th 2013, 04:18 AM)Corvo The Shadow Wrote: Great article man, although Argonians and Khajiits are considered beast races they are very intelligent and excellent fighters and have one of the most unique lore!

Yes they are awsome :) the Argonians even destroyed the invading forces from Oblivion in Black Marsh lol


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