- The green-skinned mer of Tamriel, Orcs are often praised for their crafted heavy armors, outstanding service in the Imperial Legion, and highly upheld code of honor. That is, when they are even praised at all.
The Orsimer, commonly known as Orcs, are an intelligent, barbarian people from the mountainous regions of western Tamriel, though they are centrally located in Orsinium, the city of Orcs, and are common in other great cities throughout Tamriel including the walking city of Bosmer kings, Falinesti.
- Orsimer (Arena)
- Orsimer (Daggerfall)
- Orsimer (Morrowind)
- Orsimer (Oblivion)
- Orsimer (Skyrim)
- Orsimer (Online)
In the middle of the Merethic Era, the Orsimer and their leader Trinimac tried to halt the movement of Prophet Velothi and the Dunmer. The Daedric Prince, Boethiah, ate Trinimac, corrupting his body and spirit and he emerged as Daedric Prince Malacath. All of the Orsimer people were also changed into what they are now known as, the Orcs.
The Orcs have a strong, yet scarcely mentioned, tie with the Elven Empire, mainly due to their mutual sense of equality amongst varying sexes. The Orsimer also have relatively strong historical ties with the Bretons of High Rock. The reasons for this are unclear, yet the possible relationship may have originated because the races are both outcasts in the land of Skyrim.
Biology and personalityThey are, in fact, elves, or mer, hence the name Orsimer. They are known to be exceptional warriors, although their culture is sometimes thought of as overly bestial. Despite their barbaric, tribal nature, there is much to admire in their fierce tribal loyalties and generous equality of rank and respect among the sexes.Their impressive warrior qualities stem from their sets of heavy Orcish armors and racial ability to go into a berserk rage, inflicting major damage while caring little for defense.
Traditionally, all Orsimer mothers would teach their child how to smith from a young age. If an Orc chieftain has a second wife, she is called the "Forge-wife", in honor of this.
Orsimer are the tallest race in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, standing on equal ground with the Altmer at a scale of 1.10.
Relations with other races
The translation of Orsimer is "Pariah Folk", as they are considered the social outcasts of the Tamrielic races. Due to this many other Tamrielic cultures have scorned the Orcs, and treated them as no more than callous brutes. Their only reedeming quality in the eyes of the public over the past few eras has been their venerable combat skills when serving in the Imperial Legion.
In Skyrim, many Orcs live in groups in Strongholds. The Dragonborn may enter, but cannot have conversation with the Orcs inside. Once you near an Orc Stronghold, a guard will tell you to stay away. You are allowed to enter the stronghold, but the Orcs dislike it. Thus making conversation impossible until you complete the quest the guard gives you. This quest varies per Stronghold. When the Dragonborn is an Orc, He/she will be accepted and may enter and make conversation without any quest. Every Orc Stronghold has a mine and blacksmith tools, which are usable without doing the guards quest.
|Humans||Atmoran • Breton • Imperial • Keptu • Kothringi • Nede • Nord • Orma • Redguard|
|Mer||Aldmer • Altmer • Ayleid • Bosmer • Chimer • Dunmer • Dwemer • Lefthanded Elf • Maormer • Orsimer • Snow Elf|
|Beast||Argonian • Imga • Khajiit • Lilmothiit • Sload|
|Akaviri||Ka Po' Tun • Kamal • Tang Mo • Tsaesci • Dragon|
|Et'Ada||Aedra • Daedra|
|Other||Atronach • Giant • Goblin|