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* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other {{Beast|Man}} Races of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].

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* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other {{Beast|Man}} Races [[BeastMan Beast Races]] of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].


* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other {{Beast |Man}}Races of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].

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* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other {{Beast |Man}}Races {{Beast|Man}} Races of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].

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* BeastMan:
** The playable races include the Argonians and Khajiit, LizardFolk and CatFolk respectively.
** Several others are known to exist in or around Tamriel, though a few have gone extinct. These include the Imga (intelligent great apes) of Valenwood, the Sload "slug-men" of Thras (one of which appears in ''Redguard''), [[ALoadOfBull Minotaurs]], [[FishPeople Dreugh]], the extinct Lilmothiit "Fox Folk" of Black Marsh, and the extinct "[[BirdPeople Bird Men]]" who were the original inhabitants of the Imperial City Isle.
** At least two, possibly three, of the known [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] races qualify. They are the Tang Mo "[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkey Folk]]", the Ka Po' Tun "Tiger Folk", and, possibly, the Tsaesci "[[SnakePeople Snake Vampires]]". (Sources heavily conflict regarding the Tsaesci, giving them something of a MultipleChoicePast depending on the storyteller. It's possible they aren't snake-like at all.)
** For more information on all of these (and more), please see [[Characters/TheElderScrollsTheBeastRaces The Beast Races]] sub-page.


* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other [[PettingZooPeople Beast Races]] of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].

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* BirdPeople: There existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other [[PettingZooPeople Beast Races]] {{Beast |Man}}Races of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].


** Frandar Hunding was a legendary Redguard/Yokudan [[TheOrder Ansei]], also known as "Sword Saints", and quite possibly the greatest MasterSwordsman in the history of Nirn. He traveled Yokuda as a Knight Errant in his youth, slaying all manner of men and monsters, while testing his skills in 90 duels. He was never once defeated, leading him to believe that he was invincible, so he retired to Mount Hattu and wrote the Book of Circles to pass along his insights. He was later called back into battle as a BadassGrandpa at age 60, leading the Ansei to victory over the much more numerous forces of Yokudan Emperor Hira. Frandar would then be one of the first Yokudans to arrive in Tamriel, and was still acting as a FrontlineGeneral at age ''90'' when he finally fell in battle to the giant goblins of Hammerfell.

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** Frandar Hunding was a legendary Redguard/Yokudan [[TheOrder Ansei]], also known as "Sword Saints", and quite possibly the greatest MasterSwordsman in the history of Nirn. He traveled Yokuda as a Knight Errant in his youth, slaying all manner of men and monsters, while testing his skills in 90 duels. He was never once defeated, leading him to believe that he was invincible, so he retired to Mount Hattu and wrote the Book of Circles to pass along his insights. He was later called back into battle as a BadassGrandpa at age 60, leading the Ansei to victory over the much more numerous forces of Yokudan Emperor Hira. Frandar would then be one of the first Yokudans to arrive in Tamriel, and was still acting as a FrontlineGeneral at age ''90'' when he finally fell in battle to the giant goblins of Hammerfell.


* BadassGrandpa:
** Frandar Hunding, the legendary Yokudan/Redguard [[TheOrder Ansei]], or "Sword Saint", who is quite possibly the greatest MasterSwordsman in the history of Nirn. After winning 90 duels against rival swordsmen, Frandar retired at age 30 and retreated to Mount Hattu, where he wrote his legendary treatise on swordsmanship, the Book of Circles. At age 60, a group of Ansei, led by his son Divad, came to him and asked him to lead them in battle against the Yokudan Emperor Hira, who was attempting to consolidate power by eliminating the Ansei. Frandar reluctantly led them to victory, but at great cost. Due to being considered "red with blood" by the citizens of Yokuda, he chose to self-exile to Tamriel, becoming one of the first Yokudans to settle there. Later, pushing ''90'', he was still acting as a FrontlineGeneral when he finally fell in battle against the giant goblins of Hammerfell.
** Lord Nerevar was (at least) in his 300s at the time of his death and was still serving as a FrontlineGeneral, having infiltrated the Dwemer Red Mountain stronghold. Granted, the races of Mer are LongLived compared to the races of Men, but not counting those who've enhanced their lifespans with magic or divine powers, that is still quite old for a Mer.
** The Greybeards, monks who live up in the Throat of the World (the highest mountain of Tamriel) who have [[OldMaster mastered]] the [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]]. To put things in perspective, most of them don't talk because if they did they'd take out half of the mountain they live in with their voices. That's how powerful their Thu'um is.
** There are a number of other examples from individual games, listed on the trope page.

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* BeastMan:
** The [[MassiveRaceSelection playable races]] include the Argonians and Khajiit, LizardFolk and CatFolk respectively. To note:
*** The Argonians are native to the swamps of Black Marsh (which they call Argonia), where they worship [[WiseTree sentient]] and [[TimeAbyss ancient]] trees known as the Hist. The Argonians face perhaps the most FantasticRacism out of any race in Tamriel, owing in large part to the ReptilesAreAbhorrent beliefs of the other races, as well as their [[BlueAndOrangeMorality strange beliefs and practices]] which cause them to come across as {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s to non-Argonians. (For example, [[LanguageEqualsThought their language]], "Jel", has no past or future tense verbs. Thus they tend to "live in the now" much more than any other race.)
*** The Khajiit are native to the deserts of Elsweyr. There are 17 known sub-breeds of Khajiit, with the sub-breed determined by the [[AlienSky phases of the moons]] under which the Khajiit was born. The appearance of the sub-breeds can vary wildly, ranging from house-cats through various humanoid forms to quadrupeds large enough to be ridden as [[BeastOfBattle Beasts Of Battle]]. Culturally, the Khajiit (with their cross-continent [[ProudMerchantRace merchant caravans]], propensity for stealth, and being the frequent victims of FantasticRacism) [[CultureChopSuey draw heavily from the Roma]]. Their [[LanguageEqualsThought language]], Ta'agra, has no word for "rules", which can obviously lead to issues in the lands of other cultures where the Khajiit's actions may be interpreted as "theft." Finally, as a race, the Khajiit are highly susceptible to [[FantasticDrug Moon Sugar]] addiction. (As well as its more potent derivative, Skooma.)
** Several other "Beast Races" are known to exist in or around Tamriel, though a few have gone extinct. These include the Imga (intelligent great apes) of Valenwood, the Sload "slug-men" of Thras (one of which appears in the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsAdventuresRedguard Redguard]]'' spin-off game), [[ALoadOfBull Minotaurs]], [[FishPeople Dreugh]], the extinct Lilmothiit "Fox Folk" of Black Marsh, and the extinct "[[BirdPeople Bird Men]]" who were the original inhabitants of the Imperial City Isle. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] and [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent other Werebeasts]] are also prevalent.
** At least two, possibly three, of the known [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] races qualify. They are the Tang Mo "[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkey Folk]]", the Ka Po' Tun "Tiger Folk", and, possibly, the Tsaesci "[[SnakePeople Snake Vampires]]". (Sources heavily conflict regarding the Tsaesci, giving them something of a MultipleChoicePast depending on the storyteller. It's possible they aren't snake-like at all.)
** For more information on all of these (and more), please see [[Characters/TheElderScrollsTheBeastRaces The Beast Races]] sub-page.


** A few other contenders for the series as a whole are some of the Daedric Princes, particularly Mehrunes Dagon (the only villain to be the out and out BigBad of multiple games) and Molag Bal (though directly playing a small role in most games, heís the originator of many of Nirnís greatest evils). Dagonís time as BigBad seems to be over as of the Oblivion Crisis, while [[VideoGame/Skyrim]] might be setting up Hermeaus Mora as a new BigBad.

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** A few other contenders for the series as a whole are some of the Daedric Princes, particularly Mehrunes Dagon (the only villain to be the out and out BigBad of multiple games) and Molag Bal (though directly playing a small role in most games, heís the originator of many of Nirnís greatest evils). Dagonís time as BigBad seems to be over as of the Oblivion Crisis, while [[VideoGame/Skyrim]] ''Skyrim'' might be setting up Hermeaus Mora as a new BigBad.

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** A few other contenders for the series as a whole are some of the Daedric Princes, particularly Mehrunes Dagon (the only villain to be the out and out BigBad of multiple games) and Molag Bal (though directly playing a small role in most games, heís the originator of many of Nirnís greatest evils). Dagonís time as BigBad seems to be over as of the Oblivion Crisis, while [[VideoGame/Skyrim]] might be setting up Hermeaus Mora as a new BigBad.


* BadassBureaucrat: Ocato of Firsthold, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] who served as the [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] of the Elder Council and [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] under Emperor Uriel Septim VII. His talents for running the government earned him those positions, and later, the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] of the Empire once there were no more Septim heirs. His other position as Imperial Battlemage, along with his actions during Mehrunes Dagon's attack on the Imperial City, show just how capable he was in combat. After being named Potentate, this made him a BadassInCharge, and he was such a threat that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] to force the Septim Empire into [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status.

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* BadassBureaucrat: Ocato of Firsthold, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] who served as the [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] of the Elder Council and [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] under Emperor Uriel Septim VII. His talents for running the government earned him those positions, and later, the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] of the Empire once there were no more Septim heirs. His other position as Imperial Battlemage, along with his actions during Mehrunes Dagon's attack on the Imperial City, show just how capable he was in combat. After being named Potentate, this made him a BadassInCharge, badass in charge, and he was such a threat that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] to force the Septim Empire into [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status.

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* BottledHeroicResolve: Throughout the series, Fortify Health potions function in this way. The very best ones can add hundreds of health in an instant...but that extra health will only last for the potion's duration. If you have less health remaining when it wears off than what the potion added, you'll drop dead on the spot. As such, their best use is to give you time to fire off a healing spell or enchantment.


* BeautifulSlaveGirl: St. Alessia, the "Slave Queen", was one. She was born a slave to the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]] and was said to be quite attractive. Likely destined for a life as a [[SexSlave Sex]] and/or BreedingSlave, she would instead escape and, after praying to the Aedra for aid, would lead Cyrodiil's enslaved humans in a successful SlaveRevolt to overthrow the Ayleids, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founding the first Empire of Men]] in Cyrodiil afterward.

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* BeautifulSlaveGirl: St. Alessia, the "Slave Queen", was one. She was born a slave to the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleids]] and was said to be quite attractive. Likely destined for a life as a [[SexSlave Sex]] and/or BreedingSlave, she would instead escape and, after praying to the Aedra for aid, would lead Cyrodiil's enslaved humans in a successful SlaveRevolt [[SlaveLiberation slave revolt]] to overthrow the Ayleids, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founding the first Empire of Men]] in Cyrodiil afterward.


** In ''Redguard'', the hero is Cyrus, a simple [[MasterSwordsman Redguard]] pirate/swordsman. Despite this, during the course of the game, he slays a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], defeats a Sload {{Necromancer}}, and matches wits with a Daedric Prince. Later games and stories indicate that Cyrus was [[GodInHumanForm an incarnation]] of [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the]] [=HoonDing=], the Redguard "[[OddJobGods Make Way]]" god who manifests whenever the Redguard people need a place to live. If true, Cyrus is a divinely EmpoweredBadassNormal instead.



* BalefulPolymorph:
** Wabbajack, an artifact staff associated with Sheogorath, forces the target to transform. This being the staff of the [[MadGod God Of Madness]], the change is, of course, completely random. You could turn a bandit into a sheep... or a lesser Daedric monster. It's more for fun than anything else.
** In ''Redguard'', the main character Cyrus is transformed into a Scamp for a portion of the game.

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* BalefulPolymorph:
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BalefulPolymorph: Wabbajack, an artifact staff associated with Sheogorath, forces the target to transform. This being the staff of the [[MadGod God Of Madness]], the change is, of course, completely random. You could turn a bandit into a sheep... or a lesser Daedric monster. It's more for fun than anything else.
** In ''Redguard'', the main character Cyrus is transformed into a Scamp for a portion of the game.
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** The removal of levitation magic after ''Morrowind'' is explained as the Empire outlawing levitation magic for... reasons.

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* BizarreAlienReproduction:
** The LizardFolk Argonians are easily the most "alien" out of the playable races, being [[ColdBloodedWhatever cold-blooded reptiles]] who are the only playable race which didn't descend from the [[{{Precursors}} Ehlnofey]].[[note]]The [[CatFolk Khajiit]] may also have not descended from the Ehlnofey, but there is conflicting lore on the subject.[[/note]] The Argonians are an oviparous (egg-laying) sapient species, with the females also possessing NonMammalMammaries. According to some ([[UnreliableNarrator potentially dubious]]) sources, the Argonians are also sequential hermaphrodites, meaning they can [[GenderBender switch genders]]. The time spent as either male or female is called a "life-phase".
** The Sload "slug men" are another very alien race native to the Thras archipelago to the southwest of Tamriel. Born into broods of aquatic, amorphous grubs whose parents "[[ParentalAbandonment care little]]" for them (and even actively kill them in order to produce the alchemical ingredient "Sload Soap"), those who survive grow into "squishy" adolescents likened to octopi. Further, adult Sload are believed to be hermaphrodites who absorb their sexual organs by the time they are capable of surviving on land.

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