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An Abomination

Abominations are mechanomagical lifeforms that were created by the former Clockwork Apostle, Mecinar, and are a perversion of Sotha Sil's goal of creating the perfect lifeform. Early variants consisted of individuals modified against their will that were melded with steel and sorcery similar to Fabricants, but are a step further and are merged with beasts. The creations led Sotha Sil to exile Mecinar out of the Clockwork City.

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An Addax

Addaxes are herbivorous mammals similar to Antelopes. They posses tall, curved horns and can be found in Southern Elsweyr.

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Air Atronach[edit]

Air Atronach

Air Atronachs are a type of Elemental Daedra that supposedly possess the combined power of a flame, frost and storm atronach. The Serpent used them in his army in Craglorn, and caused the creation of the powerful "Air Monarch". They are known to be in service to Mehrunes Dagon. The Maormer have been known to summon unique variations of the atronach.

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Akulakhan from below, as seen in Morrowind

Akulakhan, also called the Second Numidium, is the name of the machine god built by Dagoth Ur under Red Mountain. Using the divine influence of the Heart of Lorkhan to power Akulakhan, he planned to use it to drive all outlanders out of Morrowind, cast down the Tribunal, spread Corprus, and eventually take over all Tamriel. Dagoth Ur also planned to establish a theocracy based on the worship of Akulakhan with his Ash Vampire brothers serving as the god priests of Akulakhan. But, in 3E 427, the Nerevarine arrived in Vvardenfell, recovered Kagrenac's Tools—the Dwemer artifacts Wraithguard, Sunder, and Keening—and led an assault against Dagoth Ur's stronghold. Using the power of the tools, the Nerevarine was able to destroy the tonal enchantments on the Heart, killing Dagoth Ur and destroying Akulakhan.

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Alinor Ringtail[edit]

An Alinor Ringtail

Alinor Ringtails are small, harmless mammals that can be found all over Artaeum and Summerset Isle. They have cheek pouches which can be used to store and transport small objects, such as food.[1] They do not appear to be related to the similarly named Rustbite Ringtails.

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An alit

Alits are tailless, bipedal omnivorous reptiles that can be found in Morrowind, Black Marsh, and Elsweyr. They can also be found in Valenwood, though they are not native to the region. Animal enthusiasts from Valenwood used to import the creatures. A good deal of them escaped captivity, and now alits roam the southwestern forests. They are related to guar, kagouti, and wormmouth.

Built like the kagouti, the Alit has a large head and protruding jaw, and when running on its short, stumpy legs, it looks like a big toothy mouth with feet. They are solitary creatures, and prefer easy prey such as sheep. Like guar, they supplement their nutrition by rooting. They attack by biting and can jump deceptively high. Alits are known to carry ataxia. Alits have tough skin and chewy meat.

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An Ammonite Shell

Ammonites (also known as Eltheric Ammonites) are an extinct aquatic mollusk once native to the Eltheric Ocean and known only for the beautiful shells they left behind. Although the true origin of these shells is unknown, the consensus among naturalists is that ammonites predate even the oldest of Merethic Era ruins.

Ammonites are most commonly harvested for use by mages and druids due to the fact that they contain stores of raw magicka. The capacity varies depending on the shell, with some only holding trace amounts of magicka and others holding nearly as much as a lesser-grade soul gem. However, ammonites cannot be recharged and suffer from arcane decay, losing potency within a month of being harvested. Nevertheless, they are an important source of magicka for magic users on High Isle, and they are an important trade good for the Systres archipelago. Untapped ammonites can sometimes be identified by the faint, shimmering glow they emit. Depleted shells become dull and do not glow or shine.

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Ancestor Ghost[edit]

An ancestor ghost

Ancestor Ghosts are the spirits of deceased Dunmer, Ancestor Ghosts commonly defend the tombs of clan and kin, but may also be summoned and controlled by sorcerers. Ancestor Ghosts are aggressive, but not very dangerous to the prepared adventurer. These ghosts can curse those who attack them, and are immune to disease, poison, frost damage and mundane weapons.

Powerful Ancestor Ghosts are referred to as Ancestor Guardians.

The ancient Nords were known to summon their own form of Ancestor Ghosts, bound spirits that resemble undead draugr.[2]

Ancestor Lizard[edit]

An Ancestor Lizard

Ancestor Lizards (or Useful Lizards) are tree-dwelling swamp lizards native to the Black Marsh. Scholars believe that Argonians were uplifted from these lizards.[3] The Argonian allegory known as the Parable of Becoming states that the Hist found the humanoid forms of Men and Mer useful, and molded the form of the swamp's lizards after them to create Argonians.[4] This theory appears to be an accurate account; in 4E 48, the Argonian Mere-Glim received a vision while on Umbriel of life as a lizard, before the root and the taste of Hist Sap came and transformed both his body and mind.[5]

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Ancestor Moth[edit]

An ancestor moth

The Ancestor Moth is a rare indigenous gypsy-moth of Cyrodiil, and the Ancestor Glades of Tamriel, said to be kept alive by the loving spirits of the dearly-deceased, and grant wisdom and knowledge to those they come upon. The Ancestor Moth is sacred to the Imperials of Cyrodiil, specifically, the Cyro-Nords of the Nibenay. The Nibenese are known to use the ancestor silk of the gypsy-moth to craft exotic cloth, and export to others across the provinces. The singing and hymnal vocals of the ancestors are collected into a special silk-gathering ceremony, which is the ancestor silk. In the Nibenay, this silk harvest is a sacred tradition that dates back to their early history. But to the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, they are one of the same. The cult harvest the silk and undergo a magical ritual to enchant the fabric. Some believe their silk shawls hold memories of the dead.

Ancestor moths are also used by Moth Priests in the Ritual of the Ancestor Moth in order to read an Elder Scroll. The moths maintain a connection to the ancient magic that allows the Moth Priest to decipher them. Moths emanate a soft harmonious trilling that when amplified taps into a form of primal augur. This allows the moths themselves to become a conduit for deciphering the scrolls. By having the moths close to the Moth Priest, they can utilize the conduit and share the moth's augury.

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Ancient Deathpriest[edit]

An Ancient Deathpriest

Ancient Deathpriests are shadowy undead liches that can be summoned via powerful conjuration magic. They possess a purple shadowy aura and red glowing eyes. Upon one's defeat, they "split" into three tortured shades.

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Ants on a tree stump

Ants are insects that can be found in the undergrowth of many provinces. Spear-ants are a species that lives in Murkmire.[6] Wood ants, which also live in Black Marsh, feast on wood.[7] Bog ants are a third species, also from Black Marsh.

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Antelopes are a cousin of the deer and a common prey animal. They live in the grasslands of Elsweyr and Valenwood, and can also be found on the Gold Coast. They are hunted for their meat.[8]

Argonian Behemoth[edit]

A behemoth

Argonian Behemoths, also known as Xal-Krona,[9] are powerful hulking Argonians, specially created by the Hist.[10] They have powerful melee attacks and can also spew poisonous sludge.

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Ascended Sleeper[edit]

An ascended sleeper

The Ascended Sleepers are distorted, half-mer, half-beast creatures transformed through the connection forged by Dagoth Ur to the power of the Heart of Lorkhan into powerful magical beings. Ascended Sleepers are highly intelligent, aggressive, and dangerous. The Ascended Sleeper is the form assumed during one of the final stages of the progression of Corprus. They can afflict their opponents with a variety of deadly Blight diseases as well as damaging frost and fire attacks.

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Ash Ghoul[edit]

An ash ghoul

The Ash Ghoul is a distorted, half-mer, half-beast creature transformed through the connection forged by Dagoth Ur to the power of the Heart of Lorkhan into a powerful magical being. Ash Ghouls are highly intelligent, aggressive, and dangerous. The Ash Ghoul is one of the forms taken by a being during the progression of Corprus. They can cast a variety of minor spells, including spell reflection.

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Ash Guardian[edit]

An ash guardian

Ash Guardians are golems resembling Storm Atronachs, created by the Telvanni of Solstheim during their study of the Ash Spawn. They can be summoned from the ash, but will attack indiscriminately unless controlled with a Heart Stone.

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Ash Hopper[edit]

An ash hopper

Ash Hoppers are moderate sized insect creatures found in Vvardenfell, southern Solstheim and the Systres Archipelago. The Amber Ash Hopper species is native to the upper Ashlands and the slopes of Red Mountain and can be taken in as low maintenance pets. The Deep-Moss Ash Hopper species is native to the fungal-forested uplands and the coastal marshes of southern Vvardenfell. They are the mascot bugs of the Buoyant Armigers due to their admiration of their green carapaces.

The Ash Hoppers of Solstheim differ in size and have a head shape which is somewhat like Scrib. They are hostile to travelers unlike their more docile Vvardenfell counterparts and they can carry droops. Their meat and jelly is used in cooking and alchemy, and their chitin can be used in creating traditional Dunmer armor types. Their shells can also be made into lava-resistant overshoes.

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Ash Slave[edit]

An ash slave

The Ash Slave is a humanoid creature transformed through the connection forged by Dagoth Ur to the power of the Heart of Lorkhan. These creatures are aggressive and dangerous. An Ash Slave is a being in one stage of Corprus' progression. They can cast a variety of minor spells including spell reflection.

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Ash Spawn[edit]

Ash spawn

Ash Spawn are creatures that roam the Ashlands of southern Solstheim. They began to appear on the island after the massive eruptions of Red Mountain early in 4E 5 and onward covered the southern part of the island in ash. Their spawning from the ash is caused by heart stones, which contain some trace of the Heart of Lorkhan's power and give life to the bones of Solstheim’s dead found buried in the wastes, infused with the ash of Red Mountain. They are immune to poison and highly resistant to fire, but have no particular weaknesses.

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Ash Vampire[edit]

An ash vampire

Ash Vampires also known as Heartwights are very powerful creatures created by the connection forged by Dagoth Ur to the power of Heart of Lorkhan. Ash vampires are classified as being a powerful form of undead in Morrowind. Considered to be distinct from actual "vampires" themselves. The terms "Ash Vampire", and Blood "Vampire" are used to distinguish between the two kinds of vampires.

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Ash Zombie[edit]

An Ash Zombie

Ash Zombies are humanoids transformed through the connection forged by Dagoth Ur to the power of the Heart of Lorkhan. Like the other ash creatures, Ash Zombies were once Dunmer who have been transformed by Dagoth Ur (or through his power in the Fourth Era). As part of this process, the victim's upper face is hollowed out. Erden Relvel’s zombies had their lips ritualistically stitched into smiles. They are hostile and will attack on sight, although they can be calmed using spells. When spoken to, however, they can only repeat a few agonized phrases.

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Assassin Beetle[edit]

An assassin beetle

Assassin Beetles, once known to the Yokudans as Samara Scarabs, are large, hostile arthropods found throughout Tamriel. They usually appear in warm climates, such as the Alik'r Desert. Their shells are dark or red in color, and they have the ability to cloak themselves in shadow to strike their prey from behind.

Assassin Beetles were originally native to Yokuda, likely the island of Samara. These ancestral Samara Scarabs only grew to the size of a loaf of bread, and were a popular family pet known for playing with children. After Yokuda's destruction in the First Era, Samara Scarabs were brought to Tamriel with the Redguards. However, once on Tamriel they began to continue growing to monstrous sizes as they matured, forcing the early Redguards to drive the beetles from their homes and into the wild, where they flourished and became baneful. To the Redguards, this transformation represented a lesson from the gods; they believe the Samara Scarabs were smitten by the Hunger of Sep, to teach even the youngest child a valuable lesson about the dangers of their new home on Tamriel.

Assassin Beetles can be found across Hammerfell and the islands of the Abecean. Some have even migrated through Valenwood and into the Colovian Lowlands of Cyrodiil.

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An Auroran

Aurorans are an idealized humanoid race of Daedra in the service of Meridia. Their armor usually appears golden in tone, but since they come from the Colored Rooms, Aurorans can be of any hue. These beings have magical control over color and hue, and are capable of manipulating certain spectra of light into working on their behalf. Warm colors are the easiest for them to manipulate. They are formidable foes that wield shock-based magic, and are resistant to both magic and lightning. They wield powerful axes infused with lightning, and may combine in phalanx formations to channel light and deter trespassers. The Dremora of Coldharbour view them as exhibiting pretensions beyond their worth, and are believed to lack a comprehensible hierarchy.

When an Auroran knight manifests on Tamriel, they can summon Daedric warhorses from the Colored Rooms. These horses are composed of pure light, and like the Aurorans, they exist in various hues. These mounts occasionally persist in the mortal plane if their knight is banished. Aurorans choose their allegiances very carefully, and usually only elect to fight beneath other servants of Meridia. In the presence of Dark Orbs, Aurorans are blessed by Meridia with uncanny vigor, being healed, resurrected, and even prevented from being banished to the Void as long as they remain in close proximity of the orbs. Orbs that emit light in certain hues can control Aurorans of the respective color. Mortals who revere Meridia often honor her by adopting an armor style inspired by that of the Aurorans, crafted with the use of Auroran dust.

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Ayleid Guardian[edit]

Two Ayleid Guardians

Ayleid Guardians are animated statues that wield Ayleid armor and weapons. They can be found guarding Ayleid ruins, and can defend them by sword or riddle.

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  1. ^ Alinor Ringtail pet description in ESO
  2. ^ Ancestor Ghosts in the Staves Creation for Skyrim
  3. ^ Helstrom Ancestor Lizard in ESO
  4. ^ Loremaster's Archive: Murkmire Q&A Part 2Jee-Lar
  5. ^ Lord of Souls
  6. ^ Xukas's dialogue after deciding Hostia's fate during Missing in Murkmire in ESO: Murkmire
  7. ^ Keshu: The Black Fin Goes to War, Part 1Peek-Ereel, Friend and Confidant to Keshu the Black Fin
  8. ^ Antelope information and locations in The Elder Scrolls Online
  9. ^ Dust-On-Scales's Dialogue during Of Stone and Steam
  10. ^ Kishi's Dialogue during Death Among the Dead-Water