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The Elder Scrolls is a series of video games, developed released by Bethesda. The Elder Scrolls games take place on the fantasy world of Nirn, on the continent of Tamriel, a large landmass divided into nine provinces.

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What creatures do goblins ride in the Elder Scrolls world?

Do goblins in the Elder Scrolls world ever ride creatures as mounts? If so what creatures do they ride? If there are no instances of goblins riding creatures in the lore are there any examples of ...
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Is “The Elder Scrolls: Legends” canon?

So I understand that The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes place in 4E 175 during the Great War, but is it canon at all?
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What happened to the Telvanni?

What happened to the Telvanni family? They don't seem to appear in games set in later timeframes, and I was wondering if they are still around somewhere. Please note that I'm not referring here to ...
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Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel?

Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel? So, do / could half-race individuals exist? I know that Bretons are considered to be Men-Mer hybrids, but this is something that has possibly happened ...
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Is there any indication that Ehlnofey might be… us?

In the Mythic Era of "The Elder Scrolls" lore, Nirn was populated solely by the ancestors of the beast-races (Argonians, Khajiit, Sload, etc.) It is said that fragments of another world - Ehlnofey - ...
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Afterlife in “The Elder Scrolls”: where does everyone go when they die?

Throughout the games we learn that when they die, Nords go to Sovngarde, and the ones that are killed by the Dark Brotherhood go to the void. But I wonder, are there more versions of afterlife in The ...
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What's the average lifespan of the Mer races in The Elder Scrolls?

In the game franchise "The Elder Scrolls", I always assumed that Mer (the various Elf races) had a lifespan comparable to humans. However, in the game Skyrim there is an elderly Dark Elf farmer named ...
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Was Cyrodiil a jungle before the Third Era?

So it was established in Morrowind that Cyrodiil was a jungle before Tiber Septim changed it into plains and forests, but in The Elder Scrolls Online, Cyrodiil is plains and forests. Is this a ...
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Is Lorkhan an aedra?

In Elder Scrolls lore, is Lorkhan considered an et’ada or a creation of Sithis or Padomay, similarly to how Auri-El is the soul of Anui-El which is the soul of Anu?
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Why do the Blades serve the Dragonborn if they hate dragons?

The Blades are an organization in the Elder Scrolls games. Initially, they were dragonhunters from Akavir who came to serve the Septim emperors as bodyguards and agents. When the Septim dynasty ended ...
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Which Daedric princes were originally not Daedric princes?

In The Elder Scrolls there are a few Daedric princes who are relatively new to additions to the group and originally were not Daedric princes at all, like: Meridia, Sheogorath and Malacath. Are ...
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The Elder Scrolls: What characters became “Gods”?

In the Elder scrolls there are a few mortals who became gods. The Tribunal (Vivec, Almalexia and Sotha Sil), Champion of Cyrodiil/Hero of Kvatch, and Tiber Septim, are there any more mortals who ...
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Is magic leaving Tamriel?

Throughout the 3rd and 4th era magic has been simplified in Tamriel. Magic schools have been combined and spells lost., losing mysticism and levitation, mark and recall etc. What is the in universe ...
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Did the Nerevarine fail in their task?

The prophecy of the Nerevarine said that they would return, drive out the outlanders and return the Dumner to ancestor worship. In the end the loss of Vivec's godhood meant Vivec's city was destroyed ...
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Does Nirn orbit its sun?

Within the Elder Scrolls universe the Sun was created by Magnus fleeing creation when he realised the trickery of Lorkhan, the stars being lesser beings escaping with him. Does Nirn now orbit the Sun,...
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What was the purpose of the dragon claw door locks in Skyrim?

In Skyrim, many Draugr tombs have doors locked with a dragon claw key. For some reason the lock combination is written on the key. What was the purpose of these locked rooms? Was it.. To keep people ...
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How did Durnehviir get his name?

Durnehviir is an undead dragon met in the Soul Cairn during the events of Dawnguard. His name, according to translates roughly as "curse never dying." This is an apt name, for Durnehviir resents ...
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Were the dragon priests contemporaneous?

The Dragon Priests in Skyrim all have similar looks and powers, were they all in power at the same time or were they some form of lineage spread over hundreds of years?
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Could the Septims have helped during the dragon crisis?

If the Septim line of Emperors had not ended with Martin during the Oblivion crisis, would they have been able to kill of the dragons and absorb their souls?
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Skyrim book (possibly in-game) about a boy trained by a Khajiit to become a sneak thief

I'm looking for a book, possibly from in-game, that takes place in Skyrim. I don't have all the details, other than a boy trained by a Khajiit to become a sneak thief or something similar. I think ...
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Why did the birth-signs stop giving blessings?

Follow up to this question Is there an in universe lore reason for the removal of the blessing of the birthsign from the citizens of Tamriel? Prior to the events of Skyrim it seems anyone born ...
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Do ordinary people benefit from Standing Stones and Birth-signs in Tamriel?

In the various games in the Elder Scrolls series, our hero is granted abilities and sometimes weaknesses based on either what star sign they are born under, or what standing stone they choose. What ...
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Do vampires in Nirn need to sleep?

Do vampires in the Elder Scrolls universe need to sleep? The closest information I could find was this dialog from the game Skyrim, spoken by Lord Harkon: With the world in shadow, we would never ...
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Can a soul-trapped body be reanimated without giving it a new soul?

In the game Skyrim, it’s possible to reanimate almost any dead body, including bodies that have been soul-trapped. From a lore perspective, this doesn’t make sense to me: if you trap a target’s soul, ...
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Can any soul gems hold a dragon soul?

In the Dawnguard questline, Serana offers to do a partial soul trap on the Dragonborn. But being a dragonborn, he/she has the soul of a dragon. Can a dragon soul be fully contained in a soul gem? ...
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Can quadrupedal Khajiit give birth to bipedal offspring?

According to the phases of the moon, Khajiit eventually grow into humanoids (e.g. Cathay, Ohmes) or quadrupedals that are indistinguishable from housecats as is the case of the Alfiq, or tigers like ...
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Can dragons in TES take on humanoid form?

Dragons in the elder scrolls have many fabulous powers thanks to them knowing and speaking the words of power. What I'm not sure about though is, if they have a power that dragons in other fantasy ...
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Why are Silt Striders more expensive than Guild Guides, even between the same cities?

The teleportation by the Mages Guild is instantaneous, always the same price regardless of distance or bargaining ability, and available to non-guild members. How would the Silt Striders get any ...
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What Happened to the Dwemer?

In TES: Skyrim, there are numerous Dwemer ruins located in various parts of the region, but the Dwemer themselves are mysteriously absent. What happened to them? I seem to remember reading or ...
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What did Paarthurnax do when Alduin returned?

Paarthurnax is the leader of the greybeards who lives on top of the Throat of the World. He tells the Dragonborn he specifically stays there because it is where Alduin was defeated in the First Age, ...
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What did Nerevar promise Dagoth Ur?

In Morrowind, Dagoth Ur repeatedly mentions a promise that Nerevar made to him when they were both mortal. I've read multiple lore wiki articles and in-game books about Dagoth Ur, Nerevar, the ...
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Why don't The Daedric princes just take over Tamriel?

Throughout all the elder scrolls games I've played, The daedric princes seem to have A LOT of power - In oblivion, sheogorath could summon burning wolves from the sky, Clavicus vile could grant wishes ...
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How does magic work in The Elder Scrolls?

Often, it seems as though magic is cast by force of will, but in past games there was a spell called "Silence" that temporarily prevented the casting of magic. However, also in past games, it was ...
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What are the marriage customs in Tamriel?

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the player has the option to participate in hetero- or homosexual marriage with any of the other playable races, with no judgment from other NPCs. I can't help but ...
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Why were numerous Daedra able to enter Nirn even after the Dragonfires were re-lit?

According to Oblivion lore, the dragonfires protect Nirn from invasion from the Planes of Oblivion. From The Amulet of Kings: The high and haughty Ayleids relied on their patrons, the treacherous ...
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Why are the Argonians and Dunmer such bitter rivals?

In the Elder Scrolls series, every race is, at one point, at war or conflict with another for various reasons; eventually, the conflict may be resolved and the two races can live together in peace. ...
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What happened to the Mage's/Fighter's Guilds

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the Mage's in the Collage of Winterhold when asked about Necromancy being despised by the Nords says something like Those Arcanic views vanished along with ...
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How much of an asset is Ulfric Stormcloack?

In Skyrim you have the choice of siding with the Imperials or the Stormcloaks. Now, obviously the Thalmor has made the Empire it's puppet after the White-Gold Concordat however after infiltrating the ...
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Why do thieves wear unique and highly recognizable Thieves Guild armor?

Members of the Thieves Guild wear identifiable and unique guild armor in Skyrim. If you wear any set of Thieves Guild armor, guards will say: "I know Thieves Guild armor when I see it. You're not ...
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TES: Skyrim Elder Scrolls and the Greybeards

On the wiki, it is mentioned that the Greybeards consider the very existence of the Elder Scrolls to be a blasphemy. Why is this?
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How are users of the Thu'um that aren't Dragonborn explained?

I've been playing The Elder Scrolls series for quite some time, and something occured to me the other day. According to TES V: Skyrim, Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak killed the King of Skyrim with a Shout. ...
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Is there any link between the Heroes of the Elder Scrolls games?

In the Elder Scrolls saga, you play as a different character in each game. In Arena, you play as a minor member of the Imperial Court who was imprisoned during the Imperial Battlemage's power grab. In ...
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What is the importance of the number nine?

In the base game (without DLCs): There are nine holds in Skyrim. There are nine Dragon Priests. There are nine Divines (if you count Talos). There are nine Shadowmarks. There are nine types of ...
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What are the Elder Scrolls?

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a new game from Bethesda with a lot of history. I've heard a lot about the Elder Scrolls predicting various things. But my question is, what are the Elder Scrolls and how ...