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ALTMER (High Elf)


The Altmer, or self-titled "Cultured People", are a tall, golden-skinned race, hailing from Summerset Isle. They are also known as High Elves by the denizens of Tamriel. In the Empire, "High" is often understood to mean proud or snobbish, and as the Altmer generally personify these characteristics, the "lesser races" generally resent them. Altmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Altmer being old and a 300-year-old Altmer being very, very old. Altmer consider themselves to be the most civilized culture of Tamriel; the common tongue of the continent is based on Altmer speech and writing, and most of the Empire's arts, crafts, laws, and sciences are derived from Altmer traditions.

    The Altmer are the most strongly gifted in the arcane arts of all the races. They are among the longest living and intelligent races of Tamriel, and they often become powerful magic users due to both their magical affinity and the many years they may devote to their studies.

    Their skin maintains a very pale golden hue, not quite the pale white of the northern human races such as Nords or Imperials, but far lighter than the Bosmer. They are slender, with prominently pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes.

On average, Altmer are of smaller build than humans, and thus generally not as strong. Their tall stature also makes them less agile than their Bosmeri cousins. However, Altmer are among the most intelligent and magically-inclined races on Nirn, surpassing even the Bretons in magical aptitude.


ALTMER TRAITS                                                          

Your Altmer character has a variety of natural abilities, the result of thousands of years of elven refinement.

    Attribute Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and Willpower scores increase by 1.

    Age. The average Altmer can live for over 400 years, although they are known to be able to live for thousands of years. It is rumored that some Altmer on the Summerset Isles who are over 4000 years old. They reach puberty at 18 years old and are considered an adult at 30. They mature similar to humans, but their advanced age means that they are still considered young until the age of 60.

    Alignment. Altmer set themselves on a higher standard and tend to be lawful neutral. They are very orderly and follow the traditions of their ancestors, while having a less generous attitude towards other races.

    Size. High Elves are the tallest of the races of Tamriel, sometimes as tall as 7 feet, but they have slender, thin builds. Your size is Medium.

    Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

    Altmer Blood. You have advantage on saving throws to resist diseases.

    Highborn. You have an innate well of magicka within you. You have 2 magicka points that you can use to cast spells.      Additionally, you know one cantrip and one 1st level spell from the mage spell list.

    You gain an additional magicka point when you reach 3rd level (3), 6th level (4), and 10th level (5). Additionally, when you reach 3rd level, you learn a 2nd level spell of your choice from the mage spell list.

    Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for these spells, you must expend magicka to cast them, and you can only cast them at their base level. You regain all expended magicka when you finish a long rest.

    Studious Nature. You gain proficiency with two skills of your choice from arcana, history, nature, or religion.

    Tool Proficiency. You gain proficiency with one artisan's tools of your choice from alchemist's supplies, calligrapher's supplies, or the jeweler's tools.

    Languages. You can speak, read, and write Tamrielic and two other standard languages of your choice.

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