Aldmeris, also known as Old Ehlnofey, is a possible continent on Nirn. Very little is known of the alleged Elven homeland, and it is often considered to be merely a myth. Its location, environment, politics, religion, and even its current existence are matters of conjecture. Translations from the tapestries and texts in the Crystal Tower of the Isle of Summerset have yielded only the barest sketches of a beautiful, but very strange, land. Depictions of Aldmeris are devoid of any representations of life aside from the Aldmer themselves. It appears always as an endless city, built upon itself over and over again, until nothing from nature remains. The highest towers are reserved for interring the dead, a tradition continued on by the Crystal Tower itself. It is believed that the Aldmer may have evacuated Aldmeris to escape destruction and sailed to Tamriel.
Few records exist of events relating to Aldmeris. One account tells of the Aldmer Foresailor High Lord Torinaan, who left the shores of his home Aldmeris in order to escape and unspecified crisis described as "doom oblivious" and landed in Auridon, swearing an oath to lay claim to the new-found area and never depart from it. Another fleet of Aldmer settled on the continent south of Tamriel, known as Pyandonea, though this land was said to have been "low, marshy, and insect-infested" as compared to Summerset. The Aldmer who settled Summerset became known as the Altmer, and those that settled Pyandonea became the Maormer. It is unknown if any people remained on Aldmeris after the Aldmeri colonization of foreign lands.
What has happened in Aldmeris since the elves who settled in Tamriel left is perhaps the oldest of all mysteries. For countless centuries, adventurers have sought Lost Aldmeris, only to return disappointed, if they return at all. Some say that Aldmeris was sunk into the sea by the angry gods of the Aldmer. Others claim that the elven homeland has left Mundus and will only return when the races of Mer are united as one. Legends say that there are still elves inhabiting the area, not wishing to leave.
Out of game explanationEdit
An alternate theory is presented by a work of Michael Kirkbride, in which the Moth Priests state that Aldmeris never existed as an actual homeland, but was a collection of "memories" left over from the Mythic Age. The priests go on to say that all mortal life actually began on Tamriel.[OOG 1]
- The legend of Aldmeris is similar to the legend of Atlantis, in that it is a lost land, spawned nations from its explorers, it was thrown down into the sea, and that it can never be found, no matter how many attempts are made to locate it.
- Aldmeris appears to have been inspired by the Undying Lands of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Undying Lands were the ancient home of the Elves, and was once part of the world, but due to mortals trying to set foot on the land, it was hidden away and made unreachable, save for Elves who chose to go across the sea for them.
|Nirn||Tamriel • Akavir • Yokuda • Pyandonea • Atmora • Thras • Lyg • Aldmeris|