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Wamasu (ESO)

The Wamasu (also called Wamasus[1] and colloquially, Swamp Dragons)[2] are large reptilian beasts that hail from the province of Black Marsh, though they also inhabit Craglorn and the Telvanni Peninsula. They are known for their lightning powers and tough exterior. Their existence was once largely shrouded in myth to anyone other than the Argonians.[1]

The wamasu provide bountiful resources that are considered valuable across Tamriel, precisely their sturdy hide and their luminescent organs, which can be used in making a variety of goods, such as tarps and lanterns.[3][4][5] Argonian wamasu handlers utilized prods insulated with hist sap to guard against electrical discharges.[6]

Wamasu bones are black and are said to carry electricity, which remains for several years and gives out a tingly feeling.[7] They lay eggs that emit lightning as the embryo fertilizes and grows. The eggs are ready to hatch once the lightning is gone.[UOL 1] Adult male wamasu are known to cannibalize juveniles.[8][9]

Unsavory organizations have been known to procure these creatures or their eggs and keep them within dungeons.[10] The Scaled Court used these creatures to create the Mantikora.[11] Native tribes of Black Marsh such as the Dead-Water Tribe and the lizard-folk of Mazzatun have weapons and armor inspired by the wamasu.[12][13]

Perhaps the most famous wamasu is the legendary beast of Shadowfen, the Haynekhtnamet.[1] References to this beast date back several hundred years prior to 2E 582. The locals would provide offerings, believing that it would cease the seasonal flooding.[14]

Chimeras are creatures with the heads of a gryphon, lion, and wamasu.[15]


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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.

  1. ^ Wamasu concept art for ESO