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Its exact fate is unknown, but it appears that the continent came under some kind of threat in the Merethic Era, causing the Aldmeri to leave in search of a new home. The first land to be settled by the refugees was Summerset Isle, suggesting that Aldmeris lies to the south and west of Tamriel, but the land is now lost and has assumed the status of a myth.
The powerful diviners that make up the order of Moth Priests have contended, along with other scholars, that Aldmeris never was a physical homeland, but a collection of images left over from the chaos of the Dawn Era.[OOG 1] All elven peoples shared this tapestry of racial memory and as they diverged along cultural lines, their images of Aldmeris changed as well, and the figurative heritage was sundered and lost. The utter lack of evidence of any sort on Aldmeris' location and features corroborates this, especially as it comes from a near-infallible source — the Elder Scrolls themselves.[OOG 1]
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