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The Thalmor's Embassy in Skyrim

The Thalmor is the combined government of the third Aldmeri Dominion, and according to Ondolemar represents an alliance between Altmer and Bosmer regents. A militarist regime founded on beliefs of racial supremacy, the Thalmor seek to advance their power and influence across Tamriel with the specific intent of establishing the racial superiority of Mer over Man, "one century at a time". In Skyrim, they maintain an embassy in the mountains overlooking Solitude, are in control of Northwatch Keep (used as a covert detainment center for their political prisoners), and have an unused building set aside for them by the Empire within Solitude's city walls. Thalmor Justiciars can be found traveling the roads, sometimes with a Nord prisoner in tow, and engaging any Stormcloaks they see in combat. While not immediately hostile to you, conversing with them will reveal their antagonistic nature and choosing certain dialogue options (particularly on the topic of Talos worship) can turn them hostile toward you. Thalmor death squads may also track you down in the wilds, proclaiming "Behold the future! Behold the Thalmor!" as they attack.

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[edit] Overview

Prior to present-day Skyrim, the Aldmeri Dominion and the Empire waged a devastating conflict known as the Great War. The Dominion sacked the Imperial City and held it under military occupation for two years before the Empire was able to mount a counter-attack and reclaim the city proper. With the Empire greatly weakened after these campaigns, a peace treaty known as the White-Gold Concordat was negotiated. The White-Gold Concordat outlawed Talos worship, disbanded the Blades, and forced the Empire to cede much of southern Hammerfell to the Aldmeri Dominion. The Thalmor thereafter set up various embassies across the Imperial provinces, such as the one in Skyrim, from which their Justiciars and other agents keep the local provincial governments under control and enforce the terms of the White-Gold Concordat.

According to Ondolemar, the Thalmor were the "Victors of the Great War" and the only reason the Empire still exists is because they "allow it to exist".

[edit] Members

Elenwen, the head of the Thalmor in Skyrim
Name Location Description
Ancano College of Winterhold Thalmor advisor to the Arch-Mage.
AncarionDB Northshore Landing Leader of the Thalmor on Solstheim.
Elenwen Thalmor Embassy First Emissary to Skyrim.
Estormo Labyrinthian Thalmor agent, second to Ancano.
Gissur Thalmor Embassy Undercover Thalmor agent sent to track you down.
J'datharr Outside Windhelm Stables Thalmor assassin sent to kill Malborn.
Agent Lorcalin Shrine of Talos at White River Gorge Thalmor agent sent to kill Talos worshippers.
Ondolemar Understone Keep Commander of the Justiciars assigned to Markarth.
Northwatch Guard Northwatch Keep Guards the front gate from possible trespassers.
Northwatch Interrogator Northwatch Keep Justiciar in charge of interrogations at Northwatch Keep.
Rulindil Thalmor Embassy Third Emissary to Skyrim. In charge of interrogations.
Shavari Riften Thalmor assassin sent to kill you.
Tsavani Thalmor Embassy Thalmor Embassy's cook.
Captain Valmir Forelhost An undercover Thalmor agent.
Agent Sanyon Southwest of the Guardian Stones (map) Dead Thalmor agent near a Talos shrine.

[edit] Generic Thalmor Members

Name Class Location
Northwatch Archer Thalmor Archer Northwatch Keep
Northwatch Guard Thalmor Warrior Northwatch Keep
Northwatch Mage Thalmor Wizard Northwatch Keep
Thalmor Archer Thalmor Archer Skyrim
Thalmor Soldier Thalmor Warrior Skyrim
Thalmor Wizard Thalmor Wizard Skyrim

Thalmor come in three different types, with names based on their location. The type you encounter does not depend on your level, the only differences being in their armor, weapons, health, and magic. The boss in any encounters will always be a Wizard. Though the lore states that the Thalmor are a union between Altmer and Bosmer, all Thalmor NPCs seen in Skyrim are Altmer.

[edit] Justiciars

Justiciars are the official enforcers of the terms of the White-Gold Concordat, specifically enforcing the ban on the worship of Talos. They can be randomly encountered wandering the countryside accompanied by Thalmor Warriors. You have the option of talking to them and discussing various topics. Telling them that you worship Talos, support freedom of religious belief, or lingering too long near one will provoke them into attacking you. They can either be Warriors or Wizards, and will be equipped as such.

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[edit] Thalmor Archers

Thalmor Archers use elven or glass bows and arrows and wear light elven or glass armor depending on your level. They carry a leveled dagger (steel, elven, or glass) and a random selection of gems, food, drink, and gold.

A male Thalmor archer preparing to fire
Player
Level
GenderBaseID Raw Health Raw Magicka Spells
1 Female&F 00072884
Male&M 0002b127
127 56 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Highborn
12 Female&F 00072aa8
Male&M 00072af6
249 72 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Highborn
20 Female&F 0007d963
Male&M 0007d964
371 88 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Highborn
28 Female&F 0007d968
Male&M 0007d969
493 104 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Highborn
36 Female&F 0007d96d
Male&M 0007d970
565 120 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Highborn

[edit] Thalmor Warriors

Thalmor Warriors use leveled one-handed weapons, made of steel, elven, or glass, and wear leveled armor, made of either elven or glass, depending on your level. They can hold just a weapon, a weapon and shield, or dual-wield two weapons. They carry a leveled dagger (steel, elven, or glass) and a random selection of gems, food, drink, and gold.

A Thalmor soldier preparing to fight
Player
Level
GenderBaseID Raw Health Raw Magicka Spells
1 Female&F 00072883,000f960b
Male&M 0002b126, 000f960a
127 56 Fast Healing, Flames, Highborn
12 Female&F 000f95f2, 0007297a, 000f960e
Male&M 000f95f1, 00072aa6, 000f960d
249 72 Fast Healing, Flames, Highborn
20 Female&F 0007d961, 000f95f4, 000f9610
Male&M 0007d962, 000f95f3, 000f960f
371 88 Fast Healing, Flames, Highborn, Lesser Ward, Turn Lesser Undead
28 Female&F 0007d967, 000f95f6, 000f9612
Male&M 0007d96e, 000f95f5, 000f9611
493 104 Bound Sword, Fast Healing, Flames, Highborn, Lesser Ward, Turn Lesser Undead
36 Female&F 0007d96c, 000f95f8, 000f9614
Male&M 0007d96f, 000f95f7, 000f9613
565 120 Bound Sword, Close Wounds, Fast Healing, Flames, Highborn, Lesser Ward, Turn Lesser Undead

[edit] Thalmor Wizards

Thalmor Wizards are the main spell-casters of the Thalmor armies, and are generally harder to kill, even though they only wear robes. They carry a leveled dagger (steel, elven, or glass) and a random selection of gems, soul gems, ingredients, potions, and gold.

A female Wizard preparing to attack
A male Wizard preparing to attack
Player
Level
GenderBaseID Raw Health Raw Magicka Spells
1 Female&F 00072885
Male&M0002b125
127 118 Flames, Frostbite, Healing, Highborn, Lesser Ward, Oakflesh, Sparks
12 Female&F 00072886
Male&M000728ae
249 166 Conjure Flame Atronach, Fast Healing, Firebolt, Highborn, Lesser Ward, Lightning Bolt, Oakflesh
20 Female&F 0007d95f
Male&M0007d960
371 239 Banish Daedra, Chain Lightning, Conjure Frost Atronach, Fast Healing, Fireball, Highborn, Lightning Bolt, Oakflesh, Steadfast Ward
28 Female&F 0007d965
Male&M0007d966
493 312 Chain Lightning, Conjure Storm Atronach, Fast Healing, Highborn, Incinerate, Steadfast Ward, Stoneflesh, Thunderbolt, Turn Lesser Undead
36 Female&F 0007d96a
Male&M0007d96b
565 385 Banish Daedra, Chain Lightning, Close Wounds, Conjure Storm Atronach, Expel Daedra, Fast Healing, Highborn, Incinerate, Steadfast Ward, Stoneflesh, Thunderbolt, Turn Undead
44 Female&F 0007d971
Male&M0007d972
637 458 Banish Daedra, Chain Lightning, Close Wounds, Conjure Storm Atronach, Expel Daedra, Fast Healing, Highborn, Incinerate, Ironflesh, Steadfast Ward, Thunderbolt, Turn Undead

[edit] Thalmor Equipment

Name (ID) Type Notes
Hooded Thalmor Robes
(0010c698)
Clothing Worn by Wizards
Thalmor Boots
(00065bac)
Clothing Worn by Wizards
Thalmor Gloves
(00065bb3)
Clothing Worn by Wizards
Thalmor Robes
(00065bbf)
Clothing Worn by Wizards

[edit] Leveled Equipment

All generic Thalmor have weapons that are leveled, being made of one of steel, elven, or glass; the only exceptions are the archers' bows, as there are no steel Bows. The archer and warrior classes wear leveled armor from one of light elven, elven, gilded elven, or glass; the only exceptions are the warrior's shields which are either elven or glass and are leveled separately.

[edit] Related Quests

Major quests revealing important lore about the Thalmor include:

[edit] Other Thalmor Quests

Quests and favors that merely involve the Thalmor or going into Thalmor controlled areas include:

[edit] Notes

  • Elenwen is present at the execution in Helgen when Alduin attacks during the first main quest, Unbound.
  • According to dialogue from Delphine and Legate Fasendil, the Thalmor even carry out acts of ethnic cleansing on some segments of their own Bosmer and Altmer populations, which are never heard about elsewhere in Tamriel. The reasons for this are unclear, but Fasendil's comments suggest this is related to the quelling of dissident uprisings.

[edit] See Also

[edit] Related Lore

The following is a list of lore that reveals various aspects of the Thalmor's culture and history:


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