Thalmor Soldiers are male and female Altmer members of the Thalmor, usually adorned in full Elven armor and Elven weapons. For spells, Thalmor Soldiers use Bound Sword and Flames. They are found in a duo or trio, often accompanied by a Thalmor Wizard or a Thalmor Justiciar.
Weapons and armor worn by Thalmor Soldiers varies depending on their and the Dragonborn's level.
- Higher levels (36+)
- Glass Armor or Elven Armor
- Steel, Elven or Glass weapons
Just like their gear, Thalmor Soldiers' spells are level dependent.
- Higher levels (level 36+)
Thalmor soldiers are first encountered as guards at the Thalmor Embassy. They appear in the subsequent rooms during the Dragonborn's search for information on the return of the dragons. If the Dragonborn does not sneak or use Illusion magic, they will attack them on sight. The perk "Kindred Mage" is not needed for Fear or Pacify to work on them.
Thalmor can be encountered on the road transporting prisoners for worshiping Talos. Supporting the worship of Talos, or assisting the prisoner will cause the Thalmor soldiers to attack.
A group of Thalmor may also attack the Dragonborn with a note, saying that it is important to kill the Dragonborn and not to underestimate them.
"Welcome to the Thalmor Embassy. Your invitation, please."
- Here you go. (Show invitation) "Thank you, sir. Go right in."
- Is there a problem? "Of course not. Purely a formality. Now, I need to see your invitation."
- Just a minute. I think I left it on the cart. "Of course. Just bring it to me when you find it."
Thalmor Soldier: "Did you see those robes march in this morning? Who're they with? More of the Emmisary's treaty enforcers?"
Thalmor Soldier 2: "No. They're high mages, just in from Alinor. I guess Herself is finally getting worried about all the dragon attacks."
Thalmor Soldier: "Ah, good. I've been wondering how we were supposed to defend this place from a dragon"
Thalmor Soldier 2: "If a dragon does show up, maybe we'll get lucky and it will eat the mages first. Might give us enough time to kill it."
Thalmor Soldier: "Ha. I'd like to see those arrogant bastards taken down a notch. Always looking down their noses at us lowly footsloggers."
Thalmor Soldier 2: "Well, we'd better get back to our rounds."
Etienne: "Stop. Please. I don't know anything else. Don't you think I'd have told you already?"
Thalmor guard: "Silence. You know the rules. Do not speak unless spoken to. Master Rulindil will ask the questions."
Rulindil: "Let's begin again."
Etienne: "No...for pity's sake...I've already told you everything..."
Rulindil: "You know the rules."
Etienne: "[guard hits him] Nooooo!!!"
Rulindil: "Start at the beginning, as usual. If you persist in this stubbornness I'll have..."
Etienne: "No, wait! I was... just catching my breath... why wouldn't I tell you again? I don't even know anything... There's an old man... he lives in Riften. He could be this Esbern you're looking for, but I don't know. He's old and seemed kind of crazy. That's all I know."
Rulindil: "And his name is...?"
Etienne: "I don't know his name. Like I've already told you a hundred- [guard hits him] Ahhh!"
Rulindil: "You know the rules. Just answer the questions. And where is this nameless old man?"
Etienne: "Like I said, I don't know. I've seen him down in the Ratway. Maybe he lives down there, but I don't know for sure."
Rulindil: "That will be all for now. I must say I continue to be disappointed in your lack of cooperation. I hope next time you will do better."
Etienne: "What else do you want from me? I've told you everything. Listen, If you let me go I can take you to Riften, show you where- [guard hits him again] Ghaaa!!!"
Thalmor guard: "Silence, prisoner!"
Razelan: "Now then. Here's my invitation. I don't have a poisoned dagger strapped to my thigh, et cetera, et cetera."
Thalmor Soldier: "I'm just doing my duty, sir. Everything's in order. Welcome back, sir."
Razelan: "Yes, yes. Now to find myself a drink."
- "Guests are advised to remain inside the Embassy."
- "The Thalmor Embassy welcomes you."
- "Please proceed into the Embassy."