Ancient Elf Style is a craftable armor and weapon style in Elder Scrolls Online. .

Motif.png Crafting Motifs 18: Ancient Elf

Gem Needed Palladium
Location Guild Stores, Desks, Dressers, Backpacks, Trunks, Nightstands & Wardrobes (In Cadwell's gold area for your faction)
Level required to learn MetalworkingTailoring or Woodworking level 8
Sets in this Style Healer's Habit and Robes of Onslaught


Heavy Armor

Helm Ancient Elf.png Pauldrons Ancient Elf.png Cuirass Ancient Elf.png Girdle Ancient Elf.png Gauntlets Ancient Elf.png Greaves Ancient Elf.png Sabatons Ancient Elf.png


Medium Armor

Helmet Ancient Elf.png Arm Cops Ancient Elf.png Jack Ancient Elf.png Belt Ancient Elf.png Bracers Ancient Elf.png Guards Ancient Elf.png Boots Ancient Elf.png


Light Armor

Hat Ancient Elf.png Epaulets Ancient Elf.png Robe Ancient Elf.png Ancient Elf Jerkin.png Sash Ancient Elf.png Gloves Ancient Elf.png Breeches Ancient Elf.png Shoes Ancient Elf.png


Weapons and Shield

Sword Ancient Elf.png Axe Ancient Elf.png Mace Ancient Elf.png Dagger Ancient Elf.png Greatsword Ancient Elf.png Battle Axe Ancient Elf.png Maul Ancient Elf.png Shield Ancient Elf.png


Ancient Elf Style Gallery




Crafting Motifs 11: Ancient Elves Book


The master—I mean the Professor, Morian Zenas—is gone. So is Lady Alfidia, though I always addressed her as Doctor Lupus. So, for that matter, is the Telvanni, but he, at least, will not be missed—nasty mer, always making caustic comments about "the scaleskin help" whenever the Professor wasn't around.

No, I am glad the Telvanni is gone. But the others … well.

I will stay on here as long as I may, keeping the Professor's town house in order, organizing his notes and his reagents, dusting his beloved books. I still hope for his return. For now, the University has him listed as "On Sabbatical," and sends his stipend to me so I can maintain his residence and arcane workshop.

It was while in the study, straightening the Professor's desk, that I came across a stack of notes in Lady Alfidia's elegant handwriting, unfinished studies of clothing, arms, and armor in several cultural styles. The river flows slowly these days, so I have decided to organize these style notes in a fashion that (I hope) approximates how the lady doctor would have done so herself.

Though notes about the styles of the leading Elven societies of current-day Tamriel have already been compiled, there is more to say, as the mer, who revere their ancestors and ancestry, have a special regard for the history of Aldmeri culture. The Merethic Era, when Elves first conquered and colonized Tamriel, they regard as a golden age to be emulated. As a result the clothing and armor of that period never really goes out of style, and many Elves still affect the styles and manners of the ancient Aldmeri. It is not at all unusual, even on continental Tamriel, to encounter a High Elf or Dark Elf dressed like an ancient Ayleid or Chimer. The Elves call this practice "draping Ehlnofic," but the rest of us just call it "Ancient Elven" and leave it at that.

(I will add here to the absent lady's notes that I myself, though having lived in the Imperial capital for many long years, have never seen a Wood Elf sporting this Ancient Elven style. But the Bosmer, like we Argonians, seem to prefer to live in the Aurbic Now, showing relatively little regard for the ways of former ages.)

Ancient Elven is different from Elven styles favored by modern artisans of Summerset and Morrowind in that it is somewhat more organic, and yet at the same time more abstract. Flowing floral motifs are common, usually tapering to a sharp point or end, as in the sharp-peaked arches so familiar to the inhabitants of Cyrodiil from our ubiquitous Ayleid ruins. Circles, semi-circles, and arcs abound, often containing the organic tapering tendrils, much as the Aedra (whom the Elves claim as ancestors) were constrained by the creation of the Mundus.

(What? What's that? …It is as if I heard my lady whisper in my ear, "How pretentious, Seif-ij!")




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