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A female and male Altmer in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Altmer, also known as High Elves and Salache[1]/Saliache,[OOG 1] are a race of elves that inhabit parts of the Summerset Isles. They are one of the ten default playable races, primarily known for their enhanced magical abilities. As a race, the Altmer strive to maintain the appearance of their ancestor race, the Aldmer, primarily through highly selective traditions surrounding marriage and reproduction.

By gameEdit

Summerset IslesEdit

High Elf avatar 2 (Legends)

Altmer card art from The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

Main article: Summerset Isles

The Summerset Isles (also Sumurset Isle and, rarely, Summurset Isle) are two islands located southwest of Tamriel, west of Valenwood, from which the Aldmer spread onto the Tamriel mainland.[2] - The province is home to the Altmer. The islands have at times been part of the Tamrielic Empire, but at various times in Tamriel's history they have served as the capital of the Aldmeri Dominion, a confederacy of merish nations led by the Altmer.[2][3] Even though the Isles reside in the Abecean Sea, they are still considered a part of Tamriel.

PhysiologyEdit

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Examples of the different Altmer in Skyrim.

The Altmer are among the tallest of the humanoid races; taller than humans and even the other mer races. Their skin maintains a very pale golden hue, not quite the pale white of the northern human races such as Nords or Imperials, but far lighter than the Bosmer. They are slender, with prominently pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes.

On average, Altmer are of smaller build than humans, and thus generally not as strong. Their tall stature also makes them less agile than their Bosmeri cousins. However, Altmer are among the most intelligent and magically-inclined races on Nirn, surpassing even the Bretons in magical aptitude.

CultureEdit

The Altmer are one of the oldest races on Tamriel, one of the earliest descendants of the original mer race of Aldmer, who claimed direct descent from the Aedra.[4] As a race, they are extremely proud of their Aldmeri heritage and make a concerted effort to maintain their genetic lineage.[5] Their name translates from the Aldmeri language as High Ones, a name which is interpreted to mean "tall," "proud" or "snobbish."[6][7] For their part, the Altmer argue that they are the first true culture on Tamriel, thanks to their descent from the Aldmer.[2]

Summerset

The Summerset Isle, motherland of the Altmer.

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Altmer architecture as seen in The Elder Scrolls Online

The Altmer primarily live in the province of Summerset Isle, a large island off the southwest coast of Tamriel, which is southwest of Valenwood. According to their histories, their Aldmeri ancestors arrived on Summerset Isle due to mysterious reasons from the continent of Aldmeris.[2] From here, splinter groups of Aldmer spread throughout Tamriel, but the Altmer remained on the Isles, acting as the nominal head of the empire of Altmeri nations on Tamriel.[2] For most of the Merethic Era, the other races of elves on Tamriel acknowledged the Altmeri king as their own ruler, a practice which persisted until the founding of the Camoran Dynasty in Valenwood and the independence of the Ayleids in Cyrodiil from Summerset.[2][8][9]

The Altmer have a very precise culture. From their customs to their buildings, or their appearance to their table manners.[10] These exacting standards are enforced by law, and craftsmer have been prosecuted by the state for producing substandard work.[11] This is also extended to the perfection of their race, and there have been at least rumours, and potentially actual practice, of infanticide of the majority of Altmeri infants in order to maintain standards of racial purity. Potentially in order to maintain this, Altmeri governments have at times restricted other races from visiting the Summerset Isles.[12] Even during times of relative openness, the Altmer have treated other races with open disdain.[13][14]

ReligionEdit

Main article: Altmeri Pantheon

Altmeri religion is based on worship of a group of Aedra who helped to create Mundus, a practice distilled from more generalised ancestor worship.[2] The Psijic Order was founded in reaction against this trend, continuing to venerate all Et'ada, Aedra and Daedra alike, as powerful ancestor spirits, which they claim to be a continuation of the religion of Aldmeris.[2][15][16] With the exception of the Psijics, the Altmer consider the worship of Daedra to be heretical.[17]

Mara Stained Glass

Mara, one of several deities worshiped by the Altmer.

The Altmeri pantheon venerates eight key deities, led by Auri-El, who many scholars equate with Akatosh.[18] However, others consider Akatosh a distinct deity within the Altmeri pantheon.[19] Auri-El was considered to have led the armies of the Old Ehlnofey against Lorkhan and the Wandering Ehlnofey in the Ehlnofey War in the Dawn Era.[4] The remaining deities of the pantheon are a mixture of ascended Aldmer who did good things for the race, or those et'ada who acted as Auri-El's assistants and lieutenants in the Dawn Era.[20] The most notable exception to this is Magnus, who the Altmer view as the god of sorcery, who fled Mundus during its creation, rather than take part in it fully.[20]

Although they do not worship him, the Altmer do acknowledge the divinity of Lorkhan. The Altmer cast Lorkhan as a treacherous, shifty character who tricked the Aedra into carrying out his plan for creation. As the elves believe themselves to be direct descendants from Auri-El, they blame Lorkhan for the loss of their divinity.[4]

Altmer namesEdit

High elf names usually consist of 5–8 characters without any spaces, dashes or symbols. Also, the Altmer do not have surnames, but they will very rarely have a clan name. Note that these rules are not mandatory or strict, but rather a base for creating an Altmer's name.

Common prefixes Common fixes Common suffixes Common consonants Generated examples
an/ar- -ca/co- -il/el/iel L Calyaamo
car/cal- -oo/aa- -mo/o D Kivamiel
er/ear- -quar/qor- -we/wy/wen/e/en/an Y Naeqorwe
f- -ion/on -or/ore/ar/are N Odycano
I- -cano M Sicrodion
K- -in/yn/yon Q Rucovimo
l- -ir T Maldolir
m- -th (female) C
n- -a (female) V
o- -i.e. (female) R
r/ru-
s-
t-
v-

Notable AltmerEdit

As they are the longest lived, and eldest, of the mortal races, many key historical and modern political figures are Altmer. These are some of the more notable or well-known Altmer in Tamriel:

AppearancesEdit

References

Notice: The following are out-of-game references. They are not found in any in-game books, but can still be considered part of The Elder Scrolls lore and are included for completeness.
  1. Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel

Start a Discussion Discussions about Altmer

  • Thalmor and Dunmer

    5 messages
    • Well lets look at their history: A group of Altmer leave the isles led by the prophet Veloth. They end up as the daedra worshipping Chimer....
    • They would because the brother of king helseth in morrowind is a queen in the summerset isles and even has half altmer children so yea it...
  • Elven views on the bretons.

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    • High Elves consider inbreeding a must as pure blood is a large part of their society
    • It's no doubt in my mind that any magically-minded or open-minded Elf could see some kinship with Bretons, viewing them...