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Guar (or guars) are large bipedal reptilians native to Morrowind and Black Marsh. They are the primary domesticated herd animal of these provinces, and are not usually aggressive. Characterized by their endurance and low intelligence, guar are used mostly as pack animals and beasts of burden, although certain breeds are used as mounts. Although usually associated with the Dunmer, guar have a special relationship with Argonians and the Dunmer traditionally employ Saxhleel slaves as guar-herds and handlers. A young guar is called a calf.

The guar is related to the alit, kagouti, and wormmouth, and some scholars argue that the guar is a distant cousin of the Argonian.[1] Argonian historians have speculated that guar were originally native to Black Marsh, and were introduced to Morrowind by Dunmer slavers.[2] However, other sources claim that Morrowind's unique fauna developed in geographic isolation from the rest of Tamriel.[UOL 1]

Despite the name, bantam guar are actually a member of the scuttler family, more closely related to cliff racers than guar. Domesticated guar are regularly seen outside their native lands, and have been imported into Cyrodiil as beasts of burden for hundreds of years.[3] Guar are often raised or hunted for their hide, milk, and meat.

Breeds[edit]

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Guar come in many different breeds, listed below:

  • Albino Guar — Albino Guar, also called White Guar,[4] are a rare type of guar. They often feature in Ashlander prophecies, and bezoars taken from their stomachs can be used in rituals.[5]
  • Banded Guar Charger — The Banded Guar Charger is a breed of striped guar used as a war mount. They are related to the feral tiger guar.[1]
  • Common Vvardenfell Guar — The Common Vvardenfell Guar is the most common breed of guar. Despite the name, the breed is not limited to the island of Vvardenfell.
  • Albino Guar — Albino Guar, also called White Guar,[6] are a rare type of guar. They often feature in Ashlander prophecies, and bezoars taken from their stomachs can be used in rituals.[7]
  • Frostbane Guar — Frostbane Guar is a strange breed of guar found in Skyrim. It has a shaggy white coat, adorned with symbolic hair-knots and hide strips meant to protect it from the frigid climate. The practice of adorning mounts with these dangling "Frostbane talismans" is an Atmoran tradition dating back to Ysgramor's arrival in Skyrim. The ancient Nords worshipped totem animals as gods, and Frostbane talismans continue to be used into modern times. Since the guar is native to warmer climates, the existence of Frostbane Guar suggest that these wards do in fact protect against the cold.
  • Green Narsis Guar — The Common Vvardenfell Guar is the most common breed of guar. Despite the name, the breed is not limited to the island of Vvardenfell.
  • Hist Guar — Albino Guar, also called White Guar,[8] are a rare type of guar. They often feature in Ashlander prophecies, and bezoars taken from their stomachs can be used in rituals.[9]
  • Banded Guar Charger — The Banded Guar Charger is a breed of striped guar used as a war mount. They are related to the feral tiger guar.[1]
  • Common Vvardenfell Guar — The Common Vvardenfell Guar is the most common breed of guar. Despite the name, the breed is not limited to the island of Vvardenfell.

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Gallery[edit]

A Giant gallery with all the above guar images

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Notes[edit]

  • Some Dwarven vamidiums were constructed in the shape of a guar.
  • Conjurers are able to compel Atronachs to adopt the form of a guar.
  • The Hist have shaped the native lizards of Black Marsh to create Guar-Lizards for use as steeds by the Argonians.

See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Morrowind and ESO articles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Esqoo of Dhalmora Answers Your QuestionsEsqoo of Dhalmora
  2. ^ Loremaster's Archive: Murkmire Q&A — Jee-Lar
  3. ^ Morrowind Fauna, Part OneHolia Asellio
  4. ^ Dreams of a White Guar
  5. ^ Drothan's JournalFrathen Drothan
  6. ^ Dreams of a White Guar
  7. ^ Drothan's JournalFrathen Drothan
  8. ^ Dreams of a White Guar
  9. ^ Drothan's JournalFrathen Drothan

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ Skeleton Man's Interview with Denizens of Tamriel