Extended Reading: Other Notable Creatures of Tamriel

In writing our episode about the races of Tamriel, there were certain things that I left out in the interest of keeping the episode from running too long. This post has been a long time coming, that was our fifth episode, but here it is nonetheless.

There are some creatures (sentient or non-sentient) that the lore doesn’t really explain much: like the Centaurs of Valenwood, Goblins, Imps, Minotaurs, Ogres, Silt Striders, Trolls, and many more. The thing is, this doesn’t bother me very much because most of these creatures are just fodder for my swords and spells. It seems strange to me that there’s no larger context for the existence of the Silt Strider, since they seem to be relatively important to the commerce of Morrowind, but I can let that go.

There are other creatures which do have a little context, and I’d like to take some time to go over them now. First up: Giants. The Giants have a shared ancestor with both Men and Mer, the Ehlnofey. They developed their own language (Giantish) and their own rudimentary culture during a period of isolation from the Nords and other Elves. The Giants are usually passive, unless provoked, and are herders of the Mammoths. If they feel they, or their charges, are threatened they will attack with extreme strength. Often, Nord farmers can be found bringing sacrificial cows to Giant Camps, presumably to keep the Giants from attacking their farms for food. I am not sure however, due to their passive nature, whether or not they would stoop to this level. It’s believed that the “Dwarves” (Dwemer) got their name from time spent living in relatively close quarters with the Giants, and the Giants took to calling them dwarves because of their size. This is unconfirmed.

The Hagravens, and their origins, are a bit of a mystery. The Glenmoril Witches, a coven that had influence across Tamriel, were known hagravens. It is possible that they were once just witches but, through a pact made with Hircine (the Daedric Prince of the Hunt), were able to transform themselves into the hagravens. They also have been known to fully polymorph into large-sized raves and take wing. Nowadays they are often found in league with the Forsworn, who revere them for their great and terrible power.

The last species I want to discuss is the Dreugh, who appear in Daggerfall, Morrowind and Oblivion. They are primarily a water-bound squid-like creature, although for a brief period in their life cycle they walk dry ground. You can encounter them in both habitats in Oblivion and Morrowind. The Dreugh undergo what is called karvinasim, which involves walking on land for a year during their adolescence. At the end of that year they return to the water and meff, which involves consuming all of the skin, tissue, and organs required to live on land. They then vomit it out into small balls which are called grom. Gross.

If there is a creature or species that I left out, let me know. I’ll find out all I can about it and post it here. This could be an ongoing series about all the lifeforms of Tamriel. Like… BBC Planet Nirn.


Episode Nine: DRAGONS!

We finally get around to talking about dragons. I’ve gotten many suggestions to focus on this topic for an episode, but I didn’t want to come out and spoil everything in Skyrim for people who have not yet played it (the main quest, at least).

Now, some time has passed and I’ve figured out a way to talk about the history of dragons without providing too many spoilers for the future of dragons. There are some spoilers, however, for people who haven’t played the main quest, but I provide copious warnings so you should see them coming.

Organizational Changes

I just wanted to let everybody know about some changes I’ve just made. I’ve separated the episodes into seasons, each supposed to be ten episodes long. I am currently working on the ninth episode, which means (after this upcoming one) the next episode will be the final episode of the first season. This means that when you mouse over the Episode Archives menu, it will open up into nested menus for each season.

There are a number of reasons I wanted to do this, but suffice it to say that it just makes navigating the menus a little easier. Thanks! New episode coming soon!

Unstoppable Forces, Immovable Objects, and Unpronounceable Names

Our eighth episode centers on the Psijic Order of Artaeum, in the Summerset Isles. This Psijics were (and are) the oldest monastic group in all Tamriel, dating back to the very beginning of the First Era. The Psijics would give birth to some of the most outspoken minds and philosophers in Tamrielic history, including Sotha Sil the Magus and Vanus Galerion, creator and first Archmage of the Mages Guild.

You meet a Psijic monk during the College of Winterhold quest arc. Pictured here is an artist’s rendition of the characteristic robes of members of the Order. This excellent drawing was done by fantastic deviantArtist theMinttu. There’s much more where this drawing came from if you visit his site.

Extended Reading: Aedra and Daedra

There are conflicting accounts of the creation of Mundus and, as such, it is difficult to give a definitive story as to where these beings (the Aedra and the Daedra) come from. Put in it’s most general terms, the Aedra were the spirits that took part in the creating of Mundus. The Aedra are, obviously, capable of creation, where it is widely believed that the Daedra are only capable of changing what has already been created. The Aedra spent most of their energy in the act of creation and are left greatly weakened. Being the spirits who actively participated in the making, the fate of the Aedra is forever bound to the fate of the world. This is why the Aedra are known to be capable of dying (see Lorkhan), where the Daedra can only be banished back to their own realm.

There are no shortage of good books on Oblivion and the study of the Aedra and the Daedra to be found in-game. I want to take a second to list them here, so that you can read them if you get a chance. If you’re into Elder Scrolls lore (which I assume is what brought you here), there is no better way to get information than the primary source: in-game books. This is not a definitive list, either. Feel free to comment if you know of other books you feel are worth mentioning.

Episode Seven is Here!

Our seventh episode has arrived and it is all about the Daedric Princes! There are sixteen (give or take one or two) in total, all of which I go over (however briefly) in this episode. This is a listener requested topic, so I hope you enjoy it! Please, continue to send me requests if there is a specific topic you would like to learn about. Here is definitive proof that I will listen! Enjoy.

Episode Six, and Other Changes

Our sixth episode is here! We spend some time examining the different empires that have ruled Tamriel throughout history, including the Alessian Empire, the Reman Dynasty, and ending with an investigation into the different stories of Tiber Septim and the forging of the Third Empire. Thanks again for listening!

I’ve switched the hosting of the archived episodes to a new server, so the widget used to playback audio of the podcasts here on the blog is slightly different. Everything should still be up and running fine, but if you encounter any errors please let me know.