Races of Tamriel

All racial maximums are 18 unless noted.

Altmer.jpeg Altmer

The Altmer, or self-titled “Cultured People”, are a tall, golden-skinned race, hailing from Summerset Isle. They are also known as High Elves by the denizens of Tamriel. In the Empire, “High” is often understood to mean proud or snobbish, and as the Altmer generally personify these characteristics, the “lesser races” generally resent them. Altmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Altmer being old and a 300-year-old Altmer being very, very old. Altmer consider themselves to be the most civilized culture of Tamriel.

The Altmer are the most strongly gifted in the arcane arts of all the races. They are among the longest living and most intelligent races of Tamriel, and they often become powerful magic users due to both their magical affinity and the many years they may devote to their studies.

  • +2 Intelligence
  • +1 Dexterity
  • Highborn: any one cantrip plus
  • Resist Disease
  • Magic Weakness: take one extra point of damage per die on every elemental attack.
  • No Barbarians
Argonian.jpeg Argonian

Argonians (in their native tongue of Jel they call themselves the Saxhleel, or People of the Root) are the_reptilian natives of Black Marsh, a vast swampland province in southeastern Tamriel. The other races often prefer to refer to them as ‘lizards’ or the ‘Lizard Folk’ instead, especially when meaning to be derogative. Argonians have a lifespan similar to that of humans.

According to the First Era Scholar Brendan the Persistent “the Argonian people have, throughout Tamrielic history, been perhaps the most misunderstood, vilified, and reviled of all the sentient races. Yet, those who have taken the time to experience Argonian culture have gained a greater appreciation for this noble and beautiful people". However, it should be noted that he himself went missing in his final expedition into the deeper swamps of their homeland.

  • +2 Dexterity
  • +1 Intelligence
  • Breath Underwater
  • Fleet of Foot: Speed 35
  • Disease Immunity
  • Histskin: May recover one full hit die of hp + level, once per day.

Bosmer.jpeg Bosmer

The Bosmer are the Elven clan-folk of Valenwood, a forested province in southwestern Tamriel. In the Empire, they are often referred to as Wood Elves, but Bosmer, Boiche, or the Tree-Sap people is what they call themselves. Bosmer rejected the stiff, formal traditions of Aldmeri high culture, preferring a more romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land and its wild beauty and creatures. They are relatively nimble and quick in body compared to their more “civilized” Altmeri cousins (who often look down upon the Bosmer as unruly and naive). Bosmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Bosmer being old and a 300-year-old Bosmer being very, very old.

The best archers in all of Tamriel, the Bosmer snatch and fire arrows in one continuous motion; they are even rumored to have invented the bow. They have many natural and unique abilities, most notably, they can command simple-minded creatures.

  • +2 Dexterity
  • +1 Wisdom
  • Fleet of Foot: Speed 35
  • Beast Tongue
  • Resist Disease
  • +1 damage with bows

Breton.jpeg Breton

Bretons are the human descendants of the Aldmeri-Nedic Manmer of the Merethic Era and are now the inhabitants of the province of High Rock. They are united in culture and language, even though they are divided politically, for High Rock is a fractious region. Bretons make up the peasantry, soldiery, and magical elite of the feudal kingdoms that compete for power. Many are capable mages with innate resistance to magicka. They are known for a proficiency in abstract thinking and unique customs. Bretons appear, by and large, much like other pale-skinned humans.

They are usually slight of build and not as muscular as Nords or Redguards. Their Elvish ancestry is usually only detectable upon a closer inspection of their eyebrows, ears, or high cheekbones, though many individual Bretons appear to be more Nordic or Imperial than anything else. The great diversity in their appearance is to be expected from their politically fractured society, though their clothes, accents, customs and names are fairly uniform.

  • +2 Wisdom
  • +1 Intelligence
  • Magic Resistance: Advantage vs Spells
  • Dragon Skin: +2 AC for 4 rounds, once per day

Dunmer.jpeg Dunmer

The Dunmer, also known as Dark Elves, are the ash-skinned, typically red-eyed elven peoples of Morrowind. “Dark” is commonly understood as meaning such characteristics as “dark-skinned”, “gloomy”, “ill-favored by fate” and so on. The Dunmer and their national identity, however, embrace these various connotations with enthusiasm. In the Empire, “Dark Elf” is the common usage, but among their Aldmeri brethren they are called “Dunmer”. Their combination of powerful intellects with strong and agile physiques produce superior warriors and sorcerers. On the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for their skill with a balanced integration of the sword, the bow and destruction magic. Dunmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Dunmer being old and a 300-year-old Dunmer being very, very old. In character, they are grim, aloof, and reserved, as well as distrusting and disdainful of other races.

Dunmer distrust and are treated distrustfully by other races. They are often proud, clannish, ruthless, and cruel, from an outsider’s point of view, but greatly value loyalty and family. Young female Dunmer have a reputation for promiscuity in some circles. Despite their powerful skills and strengths, the Dunmer’s vengeful nature, age-old conflicts, betrayals, and ill-reputation prevent them from gaining more influence. Those born in their homeland of Morrowind before its devastation were known to be considerably less friendly than those who grew up in the Imperial tradition.

  • +2 Dexterity
  • +1 Intelligence or Strength
  • Fire Resistance
  • Ancestral Wrath: once per day. In response to being damaged, enemy takes 3d10 fire damage.
  • +1 damage/die to all elemental spells
  • Unnatural Speed: +5 Movement

Imperial.jpeg Imperial

Also known as Cyrodiils, Cyrodilics, Cyro-Nordics and Imperial Cyrods, the well-educated and well-spoken Imperials are the natives of the civilized, cosmopolitan province of Cyrodiil. Imperials are also known for the discipline and training of their citizen armies, and their respect for the rule of law. Though physically less imposing than the other races, the Imperials have proved to be shrewd diplomats and traders, and these traits, along with their remarkable skill and training as light infantry, have enabled them to subdue all the other nations and races and erect the monument to peace and prosperity that comprises the Glorious Empire. Their hegemony has waxed and waned throughout the eras, and most historians refer to three distinct Empires, the ends of which each mark a new epoch in Tamrielic history.

  • +2 Charisma
  • +1 Intelligence
  • Voice of the Emperor : Advantage on all Social Checks
  • Star of the West: Nose for treasure, bonus to find loot (location and kind)

Khajiit.jpeg Khajiit

Khajiit are cat-like people who come from Elsweyr, known for high intelligence and agility. These traits make them very good thieves and acrobats, but Khajiit are also fearsome warriors. However, they are rarely known to be mages. Khajiit mostly stay on land, but piracy and skooma trade does draw some to work as sailors.

Khajiit have a lifespan similar to that of humans. There are no well-documented cases of cross-breeding between Khajiit and other races, though there are rumors of such a thing. The foreign appearance and behavior of Khajiit make them common targets of racism.

  • +2 Dexterity
  • +1 Charisma
  • Claws: Unarmed attacks do 1d4 damage.
  • Night-eye: Khajiit can see in the dark.
  • Fleet of Foot: Speed 35
  • Proficiency in Stealth

Nord.jpeg Nord

The Nords are the children of the sky, a race of tall and fair-haired humans from Skyrim who are known for their incredible resistance to cold and magical frost. They are fierce, strong and enthusiastic warriors, and many become renowned warriors, soldiers and mercenaries all over Tamriel. Eager to augment their martial skills beyond the traditional methods of Skyrim, they excel in all manner of warfare, and are known as a militant people by their neighbors. Nords are also natural seamen, and have benefited from nautical trade since their first migrations from Atmora. They captain and crew many merchant fleets, and may be found all along the coasts of Tamriel.

  • +2 Strength
  • +1 Constitution
  • Cold Resistance
  • Woad: +2 AC for 2 rounds, once per day
  • Battle Cry: May force morale check once per day.
  • +1 damage with two handed swords / axes

Orc.jpeg Orc

Orcs, also called Orsimer or “Pariah Folk” in ancient times, are sophisticated, beastlike people of the Wrothgarian Mountains, Dragontail Mountains, and Orsinium (literally translated as “Orc-Town”). They are noted for their unshakable courage in war and their unflinching endurance of hardships. In the past, Orcs have been widely feared and hated by the other nations and races of Tamriel, and were often considered to be goblin-ken. However, they have slowly won acceptance in the Empire, in particular for their distinguished service in the Emperor’s Legions. Orc armorers are prized for their craftsmanship, and Orc warriors in heavy armor are among the finest front-line troops in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their berserker rage. Orcs have a lifespan similar to that of humans.

Most Imperial citizens regard the Orc society as rough and cruel. The Orcs of the Iliac Bay region have developed their own language, known as Orcish, and have often had their own kingdom, Orsinium.

  • +2 Constitution
  • +1 Strength
  • Relentless: Once per day, when an orc is reduced to zero hit points, he falls to one hit point instead.
  • Savage: +5 damage to all melee criticals
  • Proficiency in Heavy Armor

Redguard.jpeg Redguard

Redguards are the most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel. The dark-skinned, wiry-haired people of Hammerfell seem born to battle, though their pride and fierce independence of spirit makes them more suitable as scouts or skirmishers, or as free-ranging heroes and adventurers, than as rank-and-file soldiers. In addition to their cultural affinities for many armor styles and weapons (particularly swords), Redguards are also physically blessed with hardy constitutions, resistance to poison, and quickness of foot. Redguards do not share the same blood as the other human races, and they have no known connection with the ancestral Nordic homeland of Atmora.

  • +2 Constitution
  • +1 Strength
  • Adrenalin Rush: make an extra attack, move, or saving throw, once per day.
  • Resist Poison
  • +1 damage with one handed weapons.

Races of Tamriel

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