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BOSMER (Wood Elf)

The Bosmer are the Elven clan-folk of Valenwood, a forested province in southwestern Tamriel. In the Empire, they are often referred to as Wood Elves, but Bosmer, Boiche, or the Tree-Sap people is what they call themselves. Bosmer rejected the stiff, formal traditions of Aldmeri high culture, preferring a more romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land and its wild beauty and creatures. They are relatively nimble and quick in body compared to their more "civilized" Altmeri cousins (who often look down upon the Bosmer as unruly and naive). Their agility makes them well-suited as scouts and thieves. However, they are also a quick-witted folk, and many pursue successful careers in scholarly pursuits or trading. Bosmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Bosmer being old and a 300-year-old Bosmer being very, very old. Though they are considered less influential than some of their Elven brethren, the Bosmer are also relatively prone to producing offspring. As a result, they outnumber all other mer on Tamriel.


The best archers in all of Tamriel, the Bosmer snatch and fire arrows in one continuous motion; they are even rumored to have invented the bow. They have many natural and unique abilities; notably, they can command simple-minded creatures and have a nearly chameleon-like ability to hide in forested areas. Many in the forests of Valenwood follow the tenets of the Green Pact. These "Green Pact Bosmer" are religiously carnivorous and cannibalistic, and do not harm the vegetation of Valenwood, though they are not averse to using wooden or plant-derived products created by others.


The Bosmer are one of the smallest races in Tamriel and are born with skin colors ranging from light brown to pale tan to light green. Biologically, the Bosmer are cousins of the Dunmer, or Dark Elves, and the Altmer, or High Elves. The Wood Elves lineage is less noble than that of the Altmer, but they have adapted well to Tamriel. After the Ayleids fled mainland Cyrodiil, they joined the Bosmer in seclusion, eventually being totally assimilated by the Bosmer. This probably significantly affected biology of modern day Bosmer.


BOSMER TRAITS                                                          

Your Bosmer character has a variety of natural abilities common with all other Bosmer.

    Attribute Score Increase. Your Agility score increases by 2, and your Willpower score increases by 1.

    Age. Like the Altmer, Bosmer mature the same way as humans do, but they can live up to 300 years or more.

    Alignment. Wood elves love their freedom from the more structured societies, but they also come from a history of strict tradition. Bosmer are neutral good more often than not, but those who ignore the pact might favor the gentler aspects of chaos.

    Size. Bosmer are smaller and more delicate than other races, they are rarely over 5 and a half feet in height. Your size is Medium.

    Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.

    Beast Tongue. You know the spell Speak with Animals and can cast it once with this trait. You regain the ability to cast it again when you finish a long rest.

    Bosmer Blood. Your Bosmer ancestry grants you advantage on saving throws against being poisoned or diseased, and you are resistant to poison damage.

    Bosmer Combat Training. You are proficient in the Acrobatics skill and with Marksman weapons.

    Y'ffre's Gift. You know one cantrip of your choice from the warden spell list. You also know the animal friendship spell and can cast it once with this trait. You regain the ability to cast it again when you finish a long rest. Willpower is your spellcasting attribute for these spells.

    Languages. You can speak, read, and write Tamrielic and Bosmeri.

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