Altmer (High Elf) - Description, Racial Bonuses and Penalties

Altmer are a race of elves. Some people also call them High Elves. So if somebody talks about High Elves in ESO he means Altmer.

They belong to The Aldmeri Dominion so if you chose Altmer your allies will be the Bosmer and Khajiit. The home of the Altmer is the Summerset Isles.

Altmer are probably the tallest among other races. They have prominently pointed ears like other elves and almond-shaped eyes. They are smaller built than humans and don't have very strong bodies. But, their physical disadvantages are compensated by intelligence and magical abilities. This makes Altmer outstanding magical users and probably the best mages of Tamriel.

Racial bonuses and penalties

Destruction Talent - Increases experience gain with the Destruction Staff skill line by 15%.
Spellcharge - Increases Magicka Recovery while in combat by (3/6/9)%.
Gift of Magnus - Increase maximum Magicka by 4/7/10%
Elemental Talent – Increases damage with Cold, Fire, or Shock effects by (2/4/6)%.

History of Altmer

The Altmer came to Tamriel from the island of Aldmeris. Nobody knows exactly why they had to leave their original home, but it is rumoured that they were faced with some kind of threat, and had to search for new territories. Finally, they found Summerset Isle and decided to stay. The island was already inhabited and they had to fight with the Sload of Thras and other creatures to take the territory under full control.

Relations between different Elven tribes were frayed, so a lot of them left Summerset Isle in order to find different areas to live. They say this migration lead to the great diversification of the Elven races. It is known that Bosmer, Orsimer, Chimer and Ayleids are close relatives of the Aldmeri race. Dwemer and Falmer history is unknown but we believe that these races are also related to Altmer. It is difficult to believe that so many races have the same ancestors but it is true. The difference in their appearance and culture can be explained by differences in their worship of deities.

The Altmer of Summerset were separated from the main continent and this isolation helped them to escape many problems. Regardless of their isolated position, their life was not peaceful. They had their own enemies and suffered from invasions by the Sload and Maormer. The Altmer had to create a union with the Bosmer and Khajiit to protect their lands from invaders. This union was called the Aldmeri Dominion.

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  1. Ryan Smith 29 march 2014, 20:25 # 0
    So, did the Altmer race lose a skill for additional total magicka since Beta. I don't see it listed on this page but I remember they had it in Beta. Did the retail version nerf this race?
    1. Ambuaz 30 march 2014, 04:58 # 0
      Thanks for this notification. It was an error with database filter. Altmer didn't lose the talent.

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