Lore:Multiraciality

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Jagar Tharn, who has been described as a "mongrel elf" and is known to have Imperial ancestry

Many different mortal and immortal races inhabit the realms of the Aurbis. The mortals of Tamriel can typically be categorized into one of these racial groups. However, multiracial people do exist and can exhibit the traits of two or more races. They are sometimes described as hybrids,[UOL 1] or derogatorily as half-breeds[1][2][3] and mongrels.[4][5]

One view on multiracial reproduction is set out in Notes on Racial Phylogeny, a text published by the Imperial University's Council of Healers. Generally, the offspring of such a union will bear the racial traits of the mother, though some traces of the father's race may also be present.[6] Some take an absolute stance on this view, stating that all children inherit their mother's race.[7] Others have stated that if a pair of different human races have children, that offspring will bear features of both races, instead of only the maternal side.[UOL 2] Children born to the same parents may be of different races.[8][9] For more information on racial compatibility, see the article on sex.

Akaviri-Tamrielic[edit]

Elf × Elf[edit]

Altmer-Bosmer[edit]

Altmer-Dunmer[edit]

Altmer-Falmer[edit]

  • Athellor, an Altmer, believed he had Snow Elven ancestry. He theorized that the Snow Elves gradually faded away by interbreeding with the other elven races.[20]

Altmer-Maormer[edit]

  • Relationships between Altmer and Maormer were largely frowned upon by both races at the time of the Interregnum.[21] An Altmer woman in Greenshade believed that her father could have been a Maormer.[22]

Ayleid-Bosmer[edit]

  • Ayleid refugees fleeing from the Alessian Order were known to intermingle with the Bosmer. According to the "Theorem of Disheritage", the Valenwood Ayleids eventually became unable to breed among themselves and could only produce offspring by mating with the local Bosmer.[23][24]

Bosmer-Dunmer[edit]

  • The Oreyn family is an Elven bloodline that consists of both Bosmer and Dunmer.

Dwarf-Orc[edit]

  • The Dwemer king Dumac was known by names such as "Dumac Dwarf-Orc" and "Dumalacath",[25][26] but it is never specified if these were literal references to him being part-Orcish or merely figurative or derogatory titles.

Human × Human[edit]

Breton-Nord[edit]

  • A Nord known as Sapphire had a Breton father.[27][28]
  • Evette San, a Nord, had a Breton father.[29][30]
  • Virkmund, a Nord, inherited his race from his father, despite his mother being a Breton.[31][32]
  • The Nord King Odar the Brave and the Breton Queen Ysabel of Camlorn had three children, Jofarr, Melora, and Tobin.[33]

Breton-Redguard[edit]

  • Angelie Blakeley was a Redguard woman whose father Grantham was a Breton.[34]
  • Conversely, Julienne and Clinton Lylvieve were two Bretons whose mother Michel was a Breton and whose father Azzada was a Redguard.[35]
  • The Breton King Gothryd and the Redguard Queen Aubk-i had four known children together.[36]

Cyro-Breton[edit]

In the early First Era, Breton warbands were hired by Alessia to assist in her slave revolt in exchange for rich land and trade. After their victory in 1E 243, these warriors were quick to assimilate with the Nibenese of eastern Cyrodiil.[37]

Cyro-Nord[edit]

Cyro-Nords are a mix between an Imperial (or "Cyrodil") and a Nord. The Colovians are one of the two main Imperial culture groups in Cyrodiil. They are the descendants of Cyro-Nords that settled western Cyrodiill.[39][UOL 5] The language of Middle Cyro-Norst was active around the time of Alessia, who called herself by the Cyro-Nordic word that came to mean "Empress" in Tamrielic.[UOL 6]

Imperial-Redguard[edit]

  • Aeliah Renmus was half-Imperial and half-Redguard, displaying traits from both. She possessed lighter skin than most Redguards.[52]

Half-Giant[edit]

Half-Giants are the descendants of normal sized humans and Giants or Sea Giants.[53] For more information on Half-Giants, see the main article.

  • Sinmur was a Half-Giant from the Merethic Era.[54] He possessed the same towering height of ordinary Giants[55] and was referred to as such by his adversaries.[56][57]
  • The legendary Companion Lyris Titanborn is one of the most well known Half-Giants, despite only having Giant ancestry unlike true Half-Giants. Her father, Gjalder, was also a Nord with Giant ancestry.[58][59][60]

Nord-Reachman[edit]

Nord-Redguard[edit]

  • Kayd, a Redguard, had a Nord father and Redguard mother.[62][63]
  • Rustleif, a male Nord, and Seren, a female Redguard, were expecting their first child.[64]

Manmer[edit]

  • The most famous example of multiraciality are the Bretons of High Rock. Historically known as Manmer, the Nedic population of High Rock was forced to interbreed with the Altmer of Clan Direnni. Over many generations, this resulted in a distinct race of magically-inclined human. For more information on the racial history of Bretons, see the main article.
  • Although sometimes categorized as Bretons, the Reachmen are usually believed to be a distinct race of people. Primarily of human descent, the Reachmen are often described as a mongrel breed, even for Bretons. Their lineage is said to include nearly every race imaginable.[39] For more information on the racial history of Reachmen, see the main article.
  • According to the Altmeri account The Heart of the World, Bosmer were said to take mannish wives.[65]
  • Giraud Scraeg was half-Breton on his mother's side and half-Reachman on his father's side.[66]
  • Conversely, Gargrell Sorick was half-Breton on his father's side and half-Reachman on his mother's side.[67]
  • The Anchorite was a Reachman[68] born to a Breton mother[69] and Reachman father.[70]
  • The Dumonte Breton family was known for its considerable familial connection with the Altmeri Clan Direnni.[71]

Ayleid-Nede[edit]

  • During the early Alessian Doctrines, the Nede Nunex Faleria had three children with an unnamed female Ayleid. Their offspring was described as "Elven children". When their son fathered a child with an unnamed female Imperial, the result was a child with enough elven features for the Falerias to be executed by the Empire.[72]

Breton-Dunmer[edit]

Chimer-Nord[edit]

  • Mith was a half Chimer-half Nord Companion, being born to a Chimer mother and Nordic father, taking on mostly the elven appearance of his mother although he did have his father's red hair.[74]

Dunmer-Redguard[edit]

  • Rahim al-Elinhir, a male Redguard, and Davilia Beleth, a female Dunmer, had two known children. Their son, Galiel Beleth, inherited his mother's race,[8] while their daughter, Fadiya, inherited her father's.[9]
  • Maramal, a male Redguard, and Dinya Balu, a female Dunmer, were expecting their first child.[75]

Half-Orc[edit]

  • The Gray Prince was a half-Orc and half-Imperial. His skin was a paler green compared to other Orcs, and it was believed that his fighting prowess may have been an inherited trait from his vampiric father.[76]
  • Prince Adrien of Evermore was a Breton who was rumored to have sired a half-Orc bastard.[77]

Beastfolk × Other[edit]

Altmer-Argonian[edit]

Imperial-Ogre[edit]

  • Jirolin Doran was an Imperial who believed himself to have Ogre ancestry.[79][UOL 7]

Orcoblin[edit]

  • There have been mentions of extinct "orcoblins",[80] which are presumably some cross between an Orc and a Goblin.

Hybrid Races[edit]

The following races have been described as "half-breed" or "hybrid" races, either literally or metaphorically:

  • Harpies, being an all-female race, are said to reproduce by kidnapping human males. They are also said to be "deranged half-breed" creatures, but it is unclear how literal this is due to their cursed origins.[1][81]
  • Minotaurs are a bull-like betmer, and it is said the demigod Morihaus rise to the race through his dalliances with the Nedic Slave-Queen Alessia and the birth of her son, Belharza the Man-Bull. This origin would paint them as a cross between Nedes and a demigod in bull form.[82]
  • Proto-Bretons or "Half-Elves" were the first Bretons from the early First Era and were more elven in appearance than their modern counterparts.[39][4]
  • Maormer have been theorized to be the result of interbreeding between Aldmer and the indigenous bestial tribes of Pyandonea.[83] The tall, bestial and hunchbacked Maormer Leviathans are described as "the spawn of some unholy and sorcerous coupling of Sea Elf and Sea Serpent".[84]
  • Xivkyn were "bred" by Molag Bal to be his personal guard, made as a hybrid race from both Xivilai and Dremora.[85]

Other[edit]

  • Jagar Tharn of Nibenese House Tharn has an unclear mixed background, with one source stating that Jagar was born in southern Valenwood to a Bosmer mother and that his racial traits are a result of interracial relationships between elves, specifically Altmer and Dunmer.[86]
  • Umaril the Unfeathered was born to an Ayleid mother. As for his father, Umaril claimed divine parentage; his father was supposedly a god of the prior kalpa's World-River.[87] With this half-mortal half-divine parentage, Umaril was known as an Ada and referred to as a half-Elf.[88]
  • There is a dubious tale that claims the Lamias of Craglorn are descended from Frederic Croyens (a man of unspecified race) and his Lamia wife.[89]
  • There have been several jokes about the idea of mortals reproducing with Dragons.[90][91] However, Dragons are thought to be incapable of reproduction.[92]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daggerfall User's Guide
  2. ^ Orcs: The Vermin Among UsAbsolon Sorick
  3. ^ Legacy of the BretonsStefan Mornard
  4. ^ a b The Bretons: Mongrels or Paragons?Phrastus of Elinhir
  5. ^ The Real Barenziah, Part IXAnonymous
  6. ^ Notes on Racial Phylogenythe Council of Healers, Imperial University
  7. ^ Generic dialogue regarding Humanoid Races in Morrowind
  8. ^ a b Appearance of Galiel Beleth in Castles
  9. ^ a b Appearance of Fadiya in Castles
  10. ^ The Tonenaka Shrine — Magnate Feina-Darak
  11. ^ Magnate Feina-Darak's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  12. ^ Sellonus's Journal Vol. 1 — Sellonus
  13. ^ 2920, The Last Year of the First EraCarlovac Townway
  14. ^ Ardent Flame: Draconic or Endemic?Gabrielle Benele
  15. ^ Meet the Character - Chevalier RenaldAbnur Tharn
  16. ^ Chevalier Renald's dialogue in ESO: Scalebreaker
  17. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  18. ^ Mankar Camoran card in Legends
  19. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Blessed Isle: Alinor and the SummersetsImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  20. ^ Athellor's dialogue in Morrowind: Bloodmoon
  21. ^ Castire's dialogue
  22. ^ Blue
  23. ^ Ayleid Survivals in ValenwoodCuinur of Cloudrest, 4th Tier Scholar of Tamrielic Minutiae
  24. ^ Green Lady Fertility Fetish item description in ESO
  25. ^ 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 36Vivec
  26. ^ The Tale of Dro'ZiraSonia Vette
  27. ^ Appearance of Sapphire in Skyrim
  28. ^ Glover's LetterGlover Mallory
  29. ^ Appearance of Evette San in Skyrim
  30. ^ Appearance of Octieve San in Skyrim
  31. ^ Thonnir's dialogue in Skyrim
  32. ^ Appearance of Laelette the Vampire in Skyrim
  33. ^ Introduction sequence of Castles
  34. ^ Angelie's dialogue in Oblivion
  35. ^ Lylvieve family in Skyrim
  36. ^ The Warp in the WestUlvius Tero
  37. ^ The Legendary Sancre TorMatera Chapel
  38. ^ Lord Bacaro Volorus in ESO: High Isle
  39. ^ a b c Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: High RockImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  40. ^ Tobias' biography on Redguard's official website
  41. ^ Cyrus' dialogue in Redguard
  42. ^ Legate Rikke card in Legends: Heroes of Skyrim
  43. ^ Legate Rikke's dialogue in Skyrim
  44. ^ General Tullius' dialogue in Skyrim
  45. ^ Mathies' dialogue in Skyrim
  46. ^ Appearance of Minette Vinius in Skyrim
  47. ^ Appearance of Corpulus Vinius in Skyrim
  48. ^ Appearance of Sorex Vinius in Skyrim
  49. ^ Appearance of Faida in Skyrim
  50. ^ Appearance of Emperor Uriel Septim in Oblivion
  51. ^ The Fall of the UsurperPalaux Illthre
  52. ^ Aeliah Renmus's dialogue in ESO: Dragonhold
  53. ^ Appearance of Half-Giants in ESO
  54. ^ Skald Svari's dialogue in ESO
  55. ^ Appearance of Sinmur in ESO
  56. ^ Ysgramor's dialogue in ESO
  57. ^ Vigrod Wraithbane's dialogue in ESO
  58. ^ Gjalder's dialogue in ESO
  59. ^ Captain Murthin's dialogue in ESO: Greymoor
  60. ^ Meet the Character - Lyris TitanbornIrnskar, Prince of Windhelm
  61. ^ Ulfsild in ESO
  62. ^ Appearance of Kayd in Skyrim
  63. ^ Appearance of Beirand in Skyrim
  64. ^ Rustleif's dialogue in Skyrim
  65. ^ The Monomyth
  66. ^ Giraud Scraeg's dialogue in ESO
  67. ^ Agents and Reagents: The Bounty of Mundus — David S. J. Hodgson
  68. ^ Appearance of The Anchorite in ESO: The Deadlands
  69. ^ Appearance of Sister Celdina in ESO: The Deadlands
  70. ^ Appearance of Emperor Moricar in ESO: The Deadlands
  71. ^ Augustine Viliane Answers Your Questions — Sibyl Augustine Viliane
  72. ^ The Lost Fort Faleria
  73. ^ a b Brief History of the Empire v 2Stronach k'Thojj III
  74. ^ King Edward, Part IV — Anonymous
  75. ^ Maramal's dialogue in Skyrim
  76. ^ Origin of the Gray Prince quest in Oblivion
  77. ^ A Royal EmbarrassmentAemilianus Falto, "A Concerned Citizen"
  78. ^ Fall of Vitharn
  79. ^ A wall hanging in Oblivion
  80. ^ Jester dialogue in Arena
  81. ^ GhraewajTidasus
  82. ^ On MinotaursNonus Caprenius, Temporarily Unaffiliated Scholar of Imperial Antiquities
  83. ^ Ayleid Cities of Valenwood — the Esteemed Historian Homfrey at the University of Gwylim, 2E 455
  84. ^ The Scaled ElvesMarin Laroix
  85. ^ On the XivkynPelagius Habor, Council Daedrologist-in-Residence
  86. ^ The Real Barenziah, v 5 — Anonymous
  87. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 7
  88. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 3
  89. ^ Lamias of CraglornTheoderic Peron
  90. ^ Alchemy's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  91. ^ Hadvar's dialogue in Skyrim
  92. ^ There Be DragonsTorhal Bjorik

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.