According to Redguard religious belief, striking the dead carries with it a terrible curse and is considered an act of dishonor. Because of this, fighting back against Ra-Netu and other forms of necromancy is difficult for the people of Hammerfell. The Ansei Wards provide protection over the dead of Alik'r; as long as their bodies are consecrated in the name of Tu'whacca, they cannot be raised by even the most powerful necromancy. As a result, most Ra-Netu are raised using unconsecrated corpses, such as those lost at sea or bodies taken from forgotten graveyards.
Rats are rodents common to all of Tamriel. They can be found both in city sewers and the wilderness, and are known to carry a variety of diseases. They also can vary in size greatly. Rats are often kept by goblins for food. Pack rats can be trained to carry or drag items. Skeevers are similar large rodents found commonly in Skyrim.
- Variations: Giant Rat, Azra Rat, Assault Rat, Bog Rat, Umbric Rat, Telvanni Sewer Rat, Game Rat, Cave Rat, Sewer Rat
Ravens are black carrion-eating birds. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Nocturnal. Some witches can take the form of an enormous raven. Ravens feature in a few Tamrielic fables, where they are depicted as being clever.
- See also: Crow
Rays are creatures that live within the snowy provincial borders between Skyrim, Hammerfell, and High Rock. They resemble aquatic rays, but fly through the air instead of swimming. When attacking or defending themselves they will use the barbs at the end of their tails, with which they lunge at their target, akin to a spear thrust.
There are three known varieties; Cavern Stingers, Shadowrays, and Snowrays. Cavern Stingers, which have gray-blue skin and dark spots, are the weakest. The Shadowray variant has a brown coloration and gloomy physical appearance. However, the Shadowray also has the ability to blind their opponents, which is unique among the Ray subtypes. The strongest of the known varieties is the Snowray, the most vibrant variant with bright green skin adorned with orange spots. A substance known as Snowray Powder can be harvested from their bodies, which is considered a valuable alchemical ingredient.
The Reaper of the Soul Guard is the shadowy figure of an executioner with burning red eyes. It can be summoned in the Soul Cairn once three Reaper gem fragments are placed on an altar within its lair. Those fortunate enough to survive an encounter with the Reaper may find that it has a Daedra's heart in its chest. As such, the Reaper may be a creature of Daedric origin as opposed to a mere specter.
Reef Vipers, also known as Sea Adders, both terms which seem to be used interchangeably, are large, toothy, hostile ambush predators. They are an invasive species of serpent brought over by the Maormer and can be found from the beaches to the mountains of Summerset. The Maormer breed them to be obedient as well as bigger, smarter, and nastier than their wild counterpart. Lesser Sea Adder seems to refer to Reef Vipers of smaller sizes. Their anatomy is similar to that of the sep adder.
Reefborn creatures, also referred to as Coraldrift (or Coral Drift) creatures are artificial coral beasts that imitate the appearance of Tamrielic land animals. They can be found on the isles of the Abecean Sea. Among the known reefborn creatures are those that resemble bears, senche, haj mota, horses, guars, wolves, and possibly even dwarven spiders.
The Rhinoceros (or Rhino) is a mythical two-horned beast. Said to be more legendary than the Unicorn, they are believed to be imaginary. Some Argonians grow their horns to resemble those of the rhinoceros, and some enchanted fur armor is named after it.
Rieklings are a race of blue-skinned ice Goblins, related to the other Goblin-ken. The most common Rieklings are small in stature and found on Solstheim, but larger Rieklings were once present on mainland Skyrim in the Second Era. They are aggressive, and can be dangerous in groups. Despite being considered little more than beasts by the local Nords, Rieklings are naturally cunning. Rieklings speak the goblin language, and can be conversed with by expert linguists. Some speak Cyrodilic, although they rarely say anything intelligible. Apart from this, they seemingly have little culture of their own. They scavenge what few relics they can find from the other races, and form strange attachments to these treasures.
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Riekr are a race of magically gifted white-skinned ice Goblins from the province of Wrothgar, and are related to other Goblin-ken. The Riekr are social creatures, and each goblin is expected to be able to pull their own weight within their tribe, and those who can't are not treated kindly.
Tribes have been observed to eat boar meat, vomit it back into bowls, then trade the bowls with fellow tribesmen and eat each other's vomit. They are also observed to bathe in filth and sometimes eat their young, with some suggesting that these behaviors maintain their social structure. The Riekr have a unique initiation system for those who show magical capabilities where they are exiled and have to buy their way back. The mage must then wait a certain period before they are allowed to buy their way back into the tribe with a food offering such as a freshly slain deer, bear, or echatere. Once the mage buys their way back into the tribe, they quickly rise in status to become a revered member of the tribe, gaining influence with the chief.
Riekr chiefs own objects that indicate their position of power in the tribe. The Riekr known as King-Chief Edu stole and used an ancient scepter created by the Orgak Orc clan, as a symbol of his power. Another Riekr chief who was notably a spellcaster had a totem as his symbol of power. With enough training, Riekr are capable of speaking Tamrielic. Some Riekr are tamed and raised to be servants, doing tasks such as setting tables.
River droops are torpid bottom-dwellers the size of a large dog. They possess venomous spines that induce sleep plagued by nightmares. River droops are lazy, easy to catch, difficult to handle, and inedible. Arrows fashioned from their dense ribs or spine can dull a foe's senses.
Roaches are small insects. They are considered unsavory to have in a tavern and are known to scatter in light. They are one of the creatures assossiated with Namira. Sandroaches are a desert-dwelling species that can be found in Craglorn and northern Elsweyr. Though they can be found in certain caves and ruins throughout Tamriel as well. Cockroaches are a species that can be found in Blackreach.
Rootworms are strange worms native to Black Marsh that are commonly referred to as the "Underground Express", because of their ability to swallow travelers whole and carry them with the current. The digestive systems of rootworms are apparently quite slow, and travelers "could live in a rootworm's belly for months".
The Ruby Hopper is a rare species of Frog found in Murkmire. They are bright red in color and enjoy sunning themselves, however they are also very quick and are easily startled. Argonian vossa-satl makers use these frogs for their pleasing croaking sounds.
Ruinachs are a race of four-armed Daedra that serve as Mehrunes Dagon's elite marauders, and have come to refer to themselves as the Sword, Voice,[UOL 1] and the Fifth Hand of Mehrunes Dagon. They are fanatical followers of their lord, and believe themselves an extension of his will. Indeed, as the physical manifestation of Dagon's fiery malevolence, they share their lord's destructive tendencies. And although they are unintelligent, they make up for it in brutish strength.
Rustbite Ringtails are small, red-furred mammals that can be kept as pets. They are commonly perceived as adorable. They do not appear to be related to the similarly named Alinor Ringtails.
- Notes on the Order Skeevera
- Khajiit exclamations in Arena
- A Child's Tamriel Bestiary — Shane gro-Orath (Clever, no? Ha, ha!)
- Ettiene of Glenmoril Wyrd's appearance in Bloodmoon
- Crow and Raven: Three Short Fables
- The Reaper's appearance, abilities, drops and method of summoning in Skyrim
- Justiciar Farowel's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
- Justiciar Tanorian's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
- Eveli Sharp-Arrow's dialogue during A Mysterious Event in ESO: Blackwood
- Lizard Rhinoceros hairstyle description in ESO
- The Greaves of the Rhino in Oblivion
- The Source of the Bone — Selalleth
- Barkeep Xvij's dialogue
- Ardanir's dialogue
- On the Nature of Reachmen — Arthenice Belloq
- Appearance of Sandroaches in Craglorn and Northern Elsweyr in ESO
- Tindoria's List of Needed Supplies states that they are roaches
- Brodran's dialogue during The Perils of Art
- The Argonian Account — Waughin Jarth
- Nesh-Deeka's dialogue in Online:DLC#Murkmire
- The Sounds of Home quest
- Blackwood Preview—The Mighty Ruinachs – The Elder Scrolls Online official website
- Loremaster's Archive - Mehrunes Dagon & Daedra in the Second Era — Lyranth
Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.