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Elder Scrolls Online Faction Profile: Aldmeri Dominion

During the second era, in a time before any previous Elder Scrolls game, the world of Tamriel descended into a four-way war. In an attempt to conquer the continent, the Imperials – natives to the province of Cyrodiil – made a deal with the Daedric prince Molag Bal. At the beginning of Elder Scrolls Online, players join one of three factions that not only oppose the Imperials and Molag Bal’s undead army, but will also battle one another for the imperial throne. Elder Scrolls Online features three different alliances. Three different philosophies. Three different ways to approach the game. Which will you choose? Today we take a deeper look at the Aldmeri Dominion, represented by the Eagle on the ouroboros.

Zenimax Online’s Take:
“The name says it all. The Aldmeri Dominion wants to dominate the world. They plan on taking over the world. Submit or die,” explains game director Matt Firor. “The Aldmeri Dominion is like, ‘we’re going to kill everyone that isn’t us. You people are going to help us or else.’”


Valenwood is located in the southwestern region of the Tamriel. Home to the Wood Elves, Valenwood is covered by wide swaths of uninhabited forest. Swamplands and tropical rain forests dominate Valenwood’s coasts, but the nation’s most unique features are a few of its cities which are housed in giant, migratory trees. Valenwood’s capitol Falinesti, actually used to migrate south in the winter, but the tree containing the city has recently stopped walking.

Summerset Isles are a group of islands located southwest of Tamriel. Not much is known about the geography of the Summerset Isles, since it hasn’t been featured in many Elder Scrolls titles, but it is largely inhabited by the Altmer (High Elves.)

Situated on the southern end of Tamriel, Elsweyr is homeland to the various breeds of the cat-like Khajiit. Fertile jungles and rainforests occupy the region's southern end, but much of the rest of the nation is covered in dry plains and harsh badlands. In the south, upper class plantation owners grow the hallucinogenic plant Moon Sugar, which is often processed into the narcotic Skooma.

The Altmer are a race of High Elf that inhabit the Summerset Isles. Slender with a pale golden hue, the Altmer are among the tallest of all races. They are not as physically capable as humans, and their height makes them less agile, but they are possibly the most intelligent and magically proficient species on Tamriel. Their magical skill also makes them susceptible to magical attacks. However, they are highly resistant to disease.



The Bosmer are also known as the Wood Elves, and as that name implies, they are a people of the forest. Unlike their cousins, the Altmer, these elves prefer a simple lifestyle living in harmony with nature and exploring the beauty of the land. Both agile and quick, the Bosmer are excellent thieves and archers.




Khajiit are a cat-like race known for their natural agility and stealth. This race is not very adept at manipulating magical forces, but their agility and keen intelligence make them fierce warriors. Mobile bands of Khajiit often travel across Tamriel selling wares or distributing skooma. Oddly enough, Khajiit often refer to themselves in the third person.



If you missed it, check out our profile on the Daggerfall Covenant, and come back Friday when we take a look at the uneasy alliance of the Ebonheart Pact. Check out our Elder Scrolls Online Hub for even more ESO related content.

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  • put this on the Mac and PC.... man i wish its for both
  • Am I the only one who wants to see Dwemer and Snow Elves in an Elder Scrolls game?
  • You forgot something. High Elves are cocky and annoying.

  • I'm actually becoming less interested in this the more I hear. I just don't think the atmosphere of the game is going to be the same at all, and seeing new lands loses its allure when I start to think "but this might not be how Bethesda would present this land".

    And whatever the tech limits are, it's still disappointing that real time combat won't be a part of this.

    And I think it would be a better idea to have made a genuine Elder Scrolls game, and then figured out a way to have other players show up in the world. Sort of like Journey, maybe. Instead of this down-the-middle compromise that I don't think is going to make anyone happy.

    But I'm going to try to be open minded about this, because I haven't seen it in action yet.

  • hahaha I like the Oblivion pictures for the races, brings back memeories :D

  • does anyone think this game looks a little bit to cartoonyish
  • man, *** the dominion.

  • This looks amazing! If I had my own PC and got this game, I would probably choose the Khajiit race for their infamy of selling their produce, moon sugar, on the black market, and their overall merchantile persona.

  • The best, because it has Khajiit. Wood Elves are cool too. High Elves, well they're the gnomes of this game; the bastards nobody likes. :)
  • hooray for the Kahjiit

  • hooray for the Kahjiit

  • I wish I had a computer that could run modern PC games, this looks like the first MMO I would actually be interested in.

  • interesting...

  • I love playing as High Elves, but hate the aldmeri dominion. I'm a rebel.

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  • wood elves are awesome

  • im either going to be a khajit or a high elf for the magic, so altimeri dominion FTW. I think this team gave the ideas from the second altimeri dominion to the first altimeri dominion. keep in mind this is the first altimeri dominion before the second dominion were the arrogant Thalmor took over and turned into the one we find in skyrim.

    I hope they dont mess up this game

  • i like the khajiit

  • Khajiit are my second favorite race. Argonians are first.