Lore:Green Pact

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But Y'ffre took the Ooze and ordered it. First, she told of the Green, the forest and all the plant life in it. She gave the Green the power to shape itself as it willed, for it was her first tale. The Elves were Y'ffre's second tale. As Y'ffre spun the story, the Elves took the form they have today. Y'ffre gave them the power to tell stories, but warned them against trying to shape themselves or the Green. Shifting and the destruction of the forest were forbidden. Instead, Y'ffre commended the Wood Elves to the Green, so that they might ask the Green to provide them with shelter and a safe passage, and as long as they respected the Green, it would obey.The Ooze: A Fable

The Green Pact, also known as the Treaty of Frond and Leaf,[1] is a strict code upheld by many of the Bosmer of Valenwood.[2] It is said to have guided their existence since the beginning of the "great story". Its rules are clear. Do not harm the forests of Valenwood. Do not eat anything made from plant life. Eat only meat. When enemies are conquered, their meat must be eaten, not left to rot. Do not kill wastefully. Do not take on the shape of beasts.[3]

Green Pact Bosmer are said to attack any who would harm the forest in which they live, which they call the Green.[4] However, they usually don't mind other races cutting trees down (most notably in the case of Vinedusk Rangers and Wood Orcs in their respective territories), and are known to buy wood from them.[5][6][7] The cannibalistic "Meat Mandate" of the Pact sets them apart religiously from other cultures. The requirement to eat fallen enemies before three days pass is perhaps the most shocking part of the Pact to outsiders.[2][8] Though many Bosmer still try to respect the Green Pact, the practice of eating dead enemies diminished by the Second Era, and is typically only practiced in the most remote villages.[8] The family members of the warrior who slaughtered the enemy may help him with his meal.[2][8] Bosmer who honor this facet of the Green Pact typically attempt to prepare themselves before large battles by fasting.[2]

The Bosmer allegedly made the Green Pact with Y'ffre in return for Y'ffre's patronage and protection.[9] As a result, they use bone, animal, and insect products widely; imported wood is used when necessary.[2][9] Rather than drinking conventional liquor made from grain or fruit, the Bosmer consume jagga (fermented pig's milk) and rotmeth.[10] Rotmeth is made from fermented meat seasoned with thunderbug organs, takes years to brew, and is considered a precious ritual beverage that symbolizes "the muscle of the boar, the power of the forest, the strength of the Bosmer people". No wedding can take place without it.[11] Y'ffre is believed to have first blessed them with their form, thus their appearance is sacred, so although Bosmer may take the shape of beasts, the Pact normally bans this practice.[3] However, the Wild Hunt is considered a result of the Green Pact: in return for their patronage to Y'ffre, the Bosmer may perform a ritual in dire times that transforms the participants into a horde of wild, shape-shifting beasts, which go on to lay waste to the enemies of the Bosmer.[12]

The Green Pact made the felling of Valenwood trees by anyone, foreign or native, a crime against the Bosmeri religion.[13] There are almost no cities or towns built by the Bosmer themselves. Rather, the Bosmer's relationship with the Pact grants them magical forest-shaping abilities to grow their settlements. The exact process is unclear, but reports claim that it's often a highly ritualized affair which consists of slow, rhythmic chanting for several days. Much like the Meat Mandate, fasting is possibly involved prior to and during the process.[14][15] Bosmer also believe Y'ffre has blessed them with the limited ability to ask the Green to shape itself to their needs to help them live within the restrictions of the Pact.[3]

The tenets of the Pact have led to many tensions with allies and others who have disrespected their beliefs. More than once, the Bosmer have gone to war to protect the Green.[3] While many "civilized" Bosmer don't adhere as closely to the Green Pact as their tribal brethren, they nevertheless often seem to be staunch advocates for respecting its tenets.[16] Green Pact Bosmer are fanatical in their devotion to the Pact. They have been known to let loved ones die of illness even as the alchemical ingredients which could save them grow nearby.[17] Nevertheless, these forest-dwellers are not savages: they have been described as a highly intelligent, curious, and rational people with rich cultural traditions vested in the forest and in their spiritual leaders, the Spinners of Y'ffre.[4] The Spinners are charged with enforcing the Green Pact, and are said to hold the real power in Valenwood.[18] Accounts suggest they have great influence on the people, and that their sermons touch upon more than just spiritual matters.[19] Every springtime, Green Pact Bosmer gather at the Den of the Eldest for a festival in which they drink, tell stories, and pay homage to the Eldest, an ancient strangler.[20]

Placating the Green is an vital part of life in Valenwood, as the forests will often turn against the residents when the Pact is broken or the Valenwood is otherwise harmed. In order to attone and stop the Green's assault, the clan responsible for that area of land must hold a trial and the party found guilty of violating the Green Pact must be sacrificed to the Green itself, regardless of how limited their involvement was or even whether they were a Bosmer.[21]

The Green Pact Bosmer are known as fierce warriors, but are also known for the hospitality they exhibit to outsiders who respect their ways. Their stories speak of the Ooze, a purgatorial state reserved for Bosmer who violate the Pact (who are called Apostates),[5] as well as the harsh punishments the Green unleashes on those who would harm it.[4][22]



  • Due to their diet, Green Pact Bosmer are supposedly prone to flatulence, which they refer to as "feeding the fire".[23] Some Bosmer, however, assert that these claims are inaccurate and offensive.[24]
  • Once every generation, Bosmer celebrate the Handfasting, the wedding of the Silvenar and the Green Lady which is viewed as a renewal of their divine pact.[25][26]
  • A sect of Bosmer known to the others as the "Oathbreakers" refused to agree to the Green Pact in ancient times. They were subdued and buried in Ouze.[27]

See Also[edit]



  1. ^ Arboreal ArchitectureCirantille
  2. ^ a b c d e Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri DominionImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  3. ^ a b c d The Green Pact and the Dominion
  4. ^ a b c Green Pact Bosmer: ObservationsDinycthus Precis
  5. ^ a b Why We Farm
  6. ^ Loading screen from Roots of Silvenar in ESO
  7. ^ Events of ESO
  8. ^ a b c War Customs of the Tribal BosmerMistral Aurelian Teriscor
  9. ^ a b Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: ValenwoodImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  10. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ValenwoodFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  11. ^ Galithor's dialogue in ESO
  12. ^ Valenwood: A StudyArchivist Endaranande
  13. ^ Mixed Unit TacticsCodus Callonus
  14. ^ Woodhearth: A Pocket Guide
  15. ^ Pact Magic Examined
  16. ^ Marbruk Builder's Log
  17. ^ Gathiel's DiaryGathiel
  18. ^ The Wood Elves of Valenwood
  19. ^ From the journal of MunamurMunamor
  20. ^ The Eldest: A Pilgrim's Tale
  21. ^ Treethane Rolon's dialogue in ESO
  22. ^ The Ooze: A Fable
  23. ^ Wood Elf Etiquette: An Imperial PerspectiveKerandas Calvus, in the year 2723
  24. ^ Note about "Wood Elf Etiquette"Iirond
  25. ^ Diplomacy during the Handfasting
  26. ^ An Unusual AllianceAicantar of Shimmerene, Sapiarch of Indoctrination
  27. ^ Oathbreakers of Ouze

Note: The following references are deemed to be unofficial sources. They are referenced to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ Answers from ZeniMax regarding Elder Scrolls Online.