The Dunmer, also known as Dark Elves, are the ash-skinned, typically red-eyed elven peoples of Morrowind.[nb 1] "Dark" is commonly understood as meaning such characteristics as "dark-skinned", "gloomy", "ill-favored by fate" and so on. The Dunmer and their national identity, however, embrace these various connotations with enthusiasm. In the Empire, "Dark Elf" is the common usage, but among their Aldmeri brethren they are called "Dunmer". Their combination of powerful intellects with strong and agile physiques produce superior warriors and sorcerers. On the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for their skill with a balanced integration of the sword, the bow and destruction magic. Dunmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Dunmer being old and a 300-year-old Dunmer being very, very old. In character, they are grim, aloof, and reserved, as well as distrusting and disdainful of other races.
Dunmer distrust and are treated distrustfully by other races. They are often proud, clannish, ruthless, and cruel, from an outsider's point of view, but greatly value loyalty and family. Young female Dunmer have a reputation for promiscuity in some circles. Despite their powerful skills and strengths, the Dunmer's vengeful nature, age-old conflicts, betrayals, and ill-reputation prevent them from gaining more influence. Those born in their homeland of Morrowind before its devastation were known to be considerably less friendly than those who grew up in the Imperial tradition.
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Also known as "Dunmer" in their homeland of Morrowind, dark elves are noted for their stealth and magic skills. They are naturally resistant to fire and can call upon their Ancestor's Wrath to surround themselves in fire.
- Resist Fire ability (FormID
000aa021): Your Dunmer blood gives you 50% resistance to fire, constant
- Ancestor's Wrath greater power (FormID
000e40d4): For 60 seconds, opponents that get too close take 8 points per second of fire damage, once per day
- Height: 1
- Dunmer start with the spell Sparks
The Dunmer's skill bonuses tend to emphasize the use of magic and stealth, making the Dunmer an excellent choice for either an assassin, nightblade, battlemage or spellsword. Their Alteration bonus gives you more of an option of using robes as opposed to light armor which could prove useful if you want to be a pure mage, and the destruction bonus gives a magical offensive advantage at the beginning of the game.
Their innate resistance to fire gives them a slight advantage over most dragons, as well as other mages who focus on Fire spells. Their fire resistance can also prove useful for a vampire character seeing as the initial bonuses received by being a vampire enhance sneak and illusion, two skills which the Dunmer are already gifted in. The Ancestor's Wrath ability is useful if your character gets overwhelmed by enemies, as few enemies have a resistance to fire in Skyrim.
The main concentrations of Dunmer in Skyrim are in the Gray Quarter in Windhelm, and throughout Riften, working in the local meadery, the fishery, or as merchants. The settlement of Raven RockDB in Solstheim is home almost exclusively to Dunmer after the East Empire Company abandoned it, as is the smaller settlement of Tel Mithryn on the southeastern shore of Solstheim.