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Hi all,

So ever since I've heard of TESO, I've been very excited about the game. Problem is, I can't decide on a race for my main character.

My boyfriend will be playing the game as well. He started playing the ES serie with Morrowind and ever since, he's been a Dunmer at heart. He's more of the spellsword/battlemage kind, loves mixing magic and swords in gameplay.

I love almost all of the races of Tamriel, except for Orcs and Argonians to which I've never been attracted to.
In order to help me choose a race for my main character, I decided to go with the Ebonheart Pact. This way, BF and I will be playing and experiencing the game together within the same faction. Since I can't imagine myself rolling an Argonian, I have two races left to pick: Nord and Dunmer.

Now I could go with a Nord warrior archetype: I love heavy armor, two handed weapons and the Templar looks promising with AoE DPS and healing spells mixed together. I like this sort of "barbarian", front-line soldier archetype, especially when associated with Viking references.

However, my favorite archetype has always been the exact opposite: the rogue/ranger playstyle. I enjoy using stealth and long range weapons, avoiding direct confrontation as much as I can.
I'd really like to make a character like that and I assume a lot of people would say Argonian fits the best for such archetype within the Ebonheart Pact. Problem is, as I already mentionned, I really don't see myself rolling an Argonian, I'm not really interested in their look, culture and society.
So, once again, I am left with Nord and Dunmer. As my Nord better be the heavy armored warrior described above, I thought about going with a Dunmer nightblade/ranger/archer/whatever it will be called in TESO.

However, I like to stick to the lore as much as I can and I've always seen Dunmer as Mages or Spellswords. Can't imagine one as a Rogue and I would like my character to fit in the world as much as possible.
To all of you who surely have a better knowledge of the lore than I do, would a Dunmer ranger/rogue character seem wrong to you? Does this race's abilities (in lore once again, not gameplay-wise) fit the archetype I'm trying to get?

Sorry for typing so much and thanks to those of you who help me pick a main. Winking_grinning

ps: please forgive my English, I know it's not the best but I'm really trying. Smiling
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Your English is fine, welcome!

Relegating Dunmer to magic is a common mistake and misconception. In terms of lore, Dunmer are considered a remarkably balanced fighting force of warriors and magic users. They are also noted assassins as well (Morag Tong).

A Dunmer assassin character would be excellent and fully supported by lore.


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Nice, I didn't know that! Thank you for your answer, will be reading more about it tonight! Looks like I have a main then, Nord will be my alt. :)
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your English is better than most people in England. but yeah dunmer seem very versatile you could go any style with them


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as ive pointed out before. argonians dont make particulary good rogues either.
Play a dunmer. And be a terrible person for not liking argonians.
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(January 29th 2013, 09:06 AM)grimmjow Wrote: your English is better than most people in England.

Thank you, really means a lot to me, I love this language! Smiling

(January 29th 2013, 12:51 PM)Sordak Wrote: as ive pointed out before. argonians dont make particulary good rogues either.
Play a dunmer. And be a terrible person for not liking argonians.

Now I feel bad about Argonians. Damn it. Tongue_out_laughing
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Why is everyone making threads like this? Just pick the race that looks the coolest and be done with it.
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(January 29th 2013, 02:59 PM)Sunset Wrote: Why is everyone making threads like this? Just pick the race that looks the coolest and be done with it.

I see where you're coming from with this, it's just that some people like me overthink a lot of things when it comes down to lore and roleplaying. I suppose someday if will be acknowledged as a gaming disease. Winking_grinning
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(January 27th 2013, 08:47 AM)dnoisette Wrote: Hi all,

So ever since I've heard of TESO, I've been very excited about the game. Problem is, I can't decide on a race for my main character.

...

I love almost all of the races of Tamriel, except for Orcs and Argonians to which I've never been attracted to.

... I can't imagine myself rolling an Argonian, I have two races left to pick: Nord and Dunmer.

... a lot of people would say Argonian fits the best for such archetype within the Ebonheart Pact. Problem is, as I already mentionned, I really don't see myself rolling an Argonian, I'm not really interested in their look, culture and society.

Just admit defeat and roll an Argonian already. Besides, The Lusty Argonian Maid was just a fictional play; people certainly won't think you're... that kind of lizard. ;)
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I do not recommend a Dunmer if they're going to make them purple! :P


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Just be either. This is about making YOUR character the way YOU want it. If you want a nord ranger go for it, same with the dunmer.
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I'd vouch for dunmer. I'm also incredibly bias. <3

My character is actually a rogue/assassin/torturer type. Certainly, dunmer may have an affinity for magick, but it's not the only thing they can be good at. Keep in mind that you don't have to make a character based on a stereotype, or a misconception. As @Sordak stated above, the dunmer have a legal assassination guild called the Morag Tong, that is fully capable of being stealthy and rogue-like. You might want to look into the Great Houses to get a different kind of perspective. Redoran = warriors/soldiers. Hlaalu = spies/merchants. Telvanni = necromancers/isolationists (though they aren't aligned with Ebonheart Pact during the time of the Faction war).

You can make whatever kind of character. Use the lore as a guideline, for structure, but don't allow it to hinder your creativity. If you have questions, I'm sure TESOF would be happy to answer them for you.

Edit: Why do I keep responding to old threads? x_x
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Hey,

It's still nice to get other points of view, no matter how much time has passed since I started this thread!

Actually, I have to admit, I decided to give a try at rolling an Argonian in Skyrim, in order to make a fair choice between Dunmer and Argonian for my rogue archetype. Some answers from this very thread made me want to see if maybe I wasn't being too quick at discarding Argonians from the options I have for my main character. With time, I grew surprisingly attached to this race to the point where I am now at lost and unable to pick up one over the other. Tongue_out_laughing I'll definitely be checking the Great Houses once again in order to make up a background for both races and I assume the one I'll pick up in the end will be the one with the background I find the most interesting for RP purposes.

Though I'm still amazed at how much I came to like Argonian for a race, their lore and look really grew on me and now my choice is even tougher to make! Winking_grinning
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I'm glad they grew on you! It's a pleasant surprise when you become interested in something you though you wouldn't like, huh? Always good to give different things a shot! With all my favoritism for dunmer, you'd think I'd have rolled one before in an ES game. Truth is, I haven't! I always picked Nord, Khajit, or Argonian. Dunmer are actually /my/ pleasant surprise. I really like them, but I'm sure the lore for the other races is just as intriguing, if you dig enough!
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I'd pick Dunmer, but I have a lot of bias -- I adore the Elves and more or less hate Argonians. Nords tend to annoy me, but I'd still pick them over Argonians.


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