The Elder Scrolls Online Second Faction
The second of the three playable factions in The Elder Scrolls Online has now been revealed: The Aldmeri Dominion consisting of the Altmer, the Bosmer and the Khajiit. And quite rightly, as the name suggests, this faction is a tad more hardcore than the democratic Daggerfall Covenant we looked at last time.
Game Director Matt Firor of Zenimax Online Studios says: “The name says it all. The Aldmeri Dominion wants to dominate the world. They plan on taking over the world. Submit or die. The Aldmeri Dominion is like, ‘we’re going to kill everyone that isn’t us. You people are going to help us or else.’”
Let’s look at the races:
First off, the Altmer. These tall, golden-skinned High Elves inhabit the Summerset Isles. With their high intelligence they are the most talented when it comes to magic. Even more so than the Bretons from the Daggerfall Covenant. But their skills with magic have also rendered them vulnerable towards it – something they make up for with a high resilience to disease.
The Bosmer are the Wood Elves, and unlike their Altmer cousins, they are quick, agile and stay close to nature, thus living in the forests of Valenwood where they have honed their skills in archery. They also make for excellent thieves.
And last, but not least, the Khajiit of Elsweyr, the cat-like race that wanders all over Tamriel, selling wares, distributing skooma or working as hired blades. Not very good with magic, this race excels with natural agility, stealth and intelligence, making them fierce warriors.
That the elves, especially the Altmer, have paired up with the Khajiit in this alliance seems surprising, but at closer inspection almost logical. Despite their differences they may not be so far from each other in their goals. The Khajiit have never previously seemed much of a threat, selling their wares outside of cities in groups of three or four, which might have lead people to underestimate them. But in combination with the Altmer and the Bosmer they have formed an alliance that looks like it’s going to be the big, bad guys of The Elder Scrolls Online.
Read more about the three races, new areas and more here and tune in as we reveal the third, and last, faction of The Elder Scrolls Online on Saturday.