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The First Aldmeri Dominion, also known as simply the Aldmeri Dominion, is one of the major factions in the upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online.
It was a faction forged to fight against the influence of Men. It is said that the three allied races were the most intelligent, patient and rational on Tamriel. Members of the Aldmeri Dominion believed that the short-lived and young races of Men were unfit to rule, and that this role was meant by the Divines to be filled by the Aldmeri Dominion itself.
The Aldmeri Dominon stretched over the provinces of Summerset Isles, Valenwood and Elsweyr. Its capital was Elden Root, hidden deep within the forests of Valenwood. The faction was led by the Queen Ayrenn.
The Aldmeri Dominion was formed sometime between 2E430 & 2E583 by the Altmer (it can also be referred to as the ‘brainchild’ of Queen Ayrenn). They were afraid of the disaster that the young races could bring to Nirn. After the news of the Imperial City being taken over by Molag Bal worshippers had reached Summerset Isle, the Altmer reached out to their old allies, neighboring races – Bosmer and Khajiit. As they had done many times before, they swore that with the combined forces of the three races, they shall prevent the disaster that was to come.
Players begin the game in Khenarthi’s Roost.
The High Elves, or Altmer, arrived in Tamriel thousands of years ago from Old Aldmeris. They see themselves, perhaps justifiably, as the ruling race of Tamriel. They are a highly cultured people, known for their breathtaking architecture and massive libraries of histories and creative works. They tend to be isolationists, largely remaining on Summerset Isle, and only emerge when they perceive a great threat to their homeland. They are powerful mages and warriors, and the de facto leaders of the Aldmeri Dominion.
The Aldmeri Dominion has adopted as its symbol the eagle sigil of the High Elves of Summerset. For the Altmer, the high-soaring eagle represents their ancestors the Aedra, who came from the heavens and were trapped in physical form by the creation of Nirn.
The Wood Elves, or Bosmer, are mischievous, curious and nimble. Because their homeland of Valenwood is often attacked by the Colovian Imperials, Wood Elves are experts at the art of defense. They are also gifted archers, perhaps the best in all of Tamriel.
The Bosmeri symbol represents the Green Pact with Y’ffre the Forest Deity.
The population of the proud feline Khajiit has dwindled in recent years following a devastating outbreak of Knahaten Flu. They owe a great debt to Ayrenn, Queen of the High Elves, for her help in restoring order from the chaos that followed the plague. They have a wry wit and a hedonistic outlook, but they are fearsome on the field of battle. They are the strong arm of the Aldmeri Dominion.
The Khajiiti symbol depicts Nirn’s two moons—Masser and Secunda —and the Cat-folks’ claws.