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Faction Leaders

The three faction leaders in Elder Scrolls Online: Queen Ayrenn of the Aldmeri Dominion, King Emeric of the Daggerfall Covenant, and Jorunn the Skald King of the Ebonheart Pact.

 

Lil’ Daedra

Cute little Daedra gifs c:

 


Sheogorath

 


Vaernima

 


Azura

 


Mehrunes Dagon

 


Peryite

 


Hermaeus Mora

Postcards

Graphic postcards for Tamrielic locations, created as composition and color practice.



Netch in Doomed Love

Another take on this piece, this time without a happy ending.

Atmora

A quick environment sketch
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Left-Hand Elf

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Family Tree

Of Mer
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Map of Yokuda

A map of the continent of Yokuda, made from Google Maps images.

Click to enlarge, it’s big.

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Snippets

I was digging through stuff and found this. Posting it here so that I don’t loose it again. It is an attempt to retcon the Korthingi, who were supposedly a tribe of silver-skinned men living in Black Marsh.

Although folk tales of silver-skinned Kothringi had been prevalent since the late 1st era, the modern notion arises primarily out of an archeological discovery in 2E865 by Augustus Plongian, who has since been discredited and largely forgotten. Plongian had been excavating Ìitsha, a Kothri village just north of modern-day Soulrest, when he discovered a mass grave, remarkably preserved in the bog. Like all mummies, the bodies were a dark gray color. The high mineral content of the slick, watery ground gave the bodies a glister. Plongian used this as ‘evidence’ of the Kothringi being silver-skinned in an attempt to preserve the near-mythical significance he had attributed to the tribe. His books, which are now rightly seen as fiction rather than science, painted the Kothringi as a peaceful and educated people, obsessed with astronomy and theology, who brought civilization to the previously savage marsh.

The source of the original myths which fueled Plongian’s obsessions have proven harder to track down. Excavations around the Topal Bay have uncovered a remarkable number of silver artifacts attributed to the Kothri, and they are known to be one of the first makers of scale mail (likely inspired by their Argonian neighbors). Of particular interest are the intricate silver masks found in upper class burials – contemporary accounts describe Kothringi nobility as clad in head-to-toe in fine cloth, with only their face showing. It could be that the silver of the mask or the scale armor was mistaken for skin by the historians.

“Silver” could also simply be a mistranslation of the Mesonedic (c. 1E 800-1500) iisirbró, which was used to describe the luster of the moon and carried a distinctive connotation of holiness. Since many Kothringi embraced the Alessian Doctrines, it could be that their whole race was called moon-like and holy in praise.

 

And something else on nudity in Cyrodiil. I like this one less, but not in the way of “it sucks,” rather “I’ve got to write something else as an alternate perspective to this.”

Like much of Heartland culture, the Cyrodil taboo against nudity stems from their enslavement at the hands of the Ayleid. The original Nedic tribes of the Niben wore very little or nothing at all, going clad in feathers, precious stones, or simply-worked cloths. The Ayleids, who wore opulent layers of cloth, metal, and feather, saw the nakedness of the Nedes are proof of their degeneracy and animal nature. The elves kept them naked, providing only a cloth to tie about the loins. The discrepancy between the dress of the oppressed and the oppressor was not lost on the slaves, and, reinforced by Ayleid indoctrination, the Nedes came to see their naked flesh as highly undesirable. It is not surprising that the early rulers of Cyrod wore their weight in silks, seeking to prove (in the language of their oppressors) that they were worthy to rule.

With the rise of the extremist Alessian Order, the opulent dress of the Aleshanic kings was outlawed, and nudity became a deeper shame than ever before. Whereas it was a mark of barbarity in the days of the first Empire, the Alessians established it as a major moral transgress. To them it represented physical temptation and limitation, and was therefore to be denied. It was no longer a social faux pas – it had been elevated to the newly created rank of sin. Paradoxically, nudity due to poverty was held as holy in some circles, provided that the beggar-saint could not be perceived as sexual. There are also anecdotes of orgies being held at the palaces of high-ranking cult officials, though it is impossible to ascertain whether these were took place (suggesting a major rift between preached and practiced philosophy) or whether the tales were made up to discredit the cult.

A series of groups glorifying the naked form arose alongside the Alessian Order, perhaps as a rebellion against their tyrannical regime or merely as a natural progression (or regression) back to tribal roots. The most famous of these were the Dibellites, who took to dressing in translucent silks if they dressed at all. Their swirling tattoos and the soft jingle of their bells (fastened at ankle, ear, and neck so as to highlight their nakedness) made them symbols of sexuality in Cyrod and beyond. Most other groups did not go as far – bared chests gained popularity, as did higher hems and lower waist lines.

The true end of prudishness came after the downfall of the Dominion. The weakened economy forced people to cut back on the purchase of cloth, and this, combined with the fall of the morality laws, led to people wearing less clothing. Movements calling for a return to true Cyrodiilic culture (as opposed to the elven-inspired First Empire or the heretical Alessians) brought about a return of tribal clothing – or at least a more modern, modest version thereof. Naked multitudes bathing in the Rumare became a common sight, as did nobles “dressed” in gold paint and jewelry. By the time of Reman, Cyrodiil had shed its prudish past.

Social nudity remained accepted and commonplace in the east throughout the late first and early second eras. The standard of dress slowly homogenized with the frigid north and Colovian estates, leading to less revealing garments. The Empire also had the effect of uniting previously isolated nations, and effectively combining indigenous costumes into a more acceptable, nationalist style, largely devoid of the barred flesh so characteristic of heartland natives. At the same time, full public nudity fell out of disfavor, perhaps due to the increased influence from the elven states. At present, it is uncommon to see bared breasts or thighs in the empire, and public nudity is restricted to the destitute (who have no choice) or the wealthy (who make a sort of ritual of public baths).