Motif.png Racial Motifs 1: The High Elves

Gem Needed Adamantite
Level required to learn MetalworkingTailoring or Woodworking level -
Sets in this Style Syrabane's GripAlmalexia's MercyApprentice GarbSavior's Hide, and Ward of Cyrodiil

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



Where to find High Elf Motifs

This Motif can be acquired by looting Desks, Dressers, Backpacks, Trunks, Nightstands & Wardrobes in any zone.



Heavy Armor


Altmer Helm Iron.png Altmer Pauldrons Iron.png Altmer Cuirass Iron.png Altmer Girdle Iron.png Altmer Gauntlets Iron.png Altmer Greaves Iron.png Altmer Sabatons Iron.png


Altmer Helm Steel.png Altmer Pauldrons Steel.png Altmer Cuirass Steel.png Altmer Girdle Steel.png Altmer Gauntlets Steel.png Altmer Greaves Steel.png Altmer Sabatons Steel.png


Altmer Helm Orichalcum.png Altmer Pauldrons Orichalcum.png Altmer Cuirass Orichalcum.png Altmer Girdle Orichalcum.png Altmer Gauntlets Orichalcum.png Altmer Greaves Orichalcum.png Altmer Sabatons Orichalcum.png


Altmer Helm Dwarven.png Altmer Pauldrons Dwarven.png Altmer Cuirass Dwarven.png Altmer Girdle Dwarven.png Altmer Gauntlets Dwarven.png Altmer Greaves Dwarven.png Altmer Sabatons Dwarven.png


Medium Armor


Altmer Helmet Rawhide.png Altmer Arm Cops Rawhide.png Altmer Jack Rawhide.png Altmer Belt Rawhide.png Altmer Bracers Rawhide.png Altmer Guards Rawhide.png Altmer Boots Rawhide.png


Altmer Helmet Hide.png Altmer Arm Cops Hide.png Altmer Jack Hide.png Altmer Belt Hide.png Altmer Bracers Hide.png Altmer Guards Hide.png Altmer Boots Hide.png


Altmer Helmet Leather.png Altmer Arm Cops Leather.png Altmer Jack Leather.png Altmer Belt Leather.png Altmer Bracers Leather.png Altmer Guards Leather.png Altmer Boots Leather.png

Thick Leather

Altmer Helmet Thick Leather.png Altmer Arm Cops Thick Leather.png Altmer Jack Thick Leather.png Altmer Belt Thick Leather.png Altmer Bracers Thick Leather.png Altmer Guards Thick Leather.png Altmer Boots Thick Leather.png


Light Armor


Altmer Hat Jute.png Altmer Epaulets Jute.png Altmer Robe Jute.png Altmer Jerkin Jute.png Altmer Sash Jute.png Altmer Gloves Jute.png Altmer Breeches Jute.png Altmer Shoes Jute.png


Altmer Hat Flax.png Altmer Epaulets Flax.png Altmer Robe Flax.png Altmer Jerkin Flax.png Altmer Sash Flax.png Altmer Gloves Flax.png Altmer Breeches Flax.png Altmer Shoes Flax.png


Altmer Hat Cotton.png Altmer Epaulets Cotton.png Altmer Robe Cotton.png Altmer Jerkin Cotton.png Altmer Sash Cotton.png Altmer Gloves Cotton.png Altmer Breeches Cotton.png Altmer Shoes Cotton.png


Altmer Hat Spidersilk.png Altmer Epaulets Spidersilk.png Altmer Robe Spidersilk.png Altmer Jerkin Spidersilk.png Altmer Sash Spidersilk.png Altmer Gloves Spidersilk.png Altmer Breeches Spidersilk.png Altmer Shoes Spidersilk.png


Weapons and Shield


Altmer Sword Iron.png Altmer Axe Iron.png Altmer Mace Iron.png Altmer Dagger Iron.png Altmer Greatsword Iron.png Altmer Battle Axe Iron.png Altmer Maul Iron.png Altmer Shield Maple.png Altmer Bow Maple.png Altmer Staff Maple.png


Altmer Sword Steel.png Altmer Axe Steel.png Altmer Mace Steel.png Altmer Dagger Steel.png Altmer Greatsword Steel.png Altmer Battle Axe Steel.png Altmer Maul Steel.png Altmer Shield Oak.png Altmer Bow Oak.png Altmer Staff Oak.png


Altmer Sword Orichalcum.png Altmer Axe Orichalcum.png Altmer Mace Orichalcum.png Altmer Dagger Orichalcum.png Altmer Greatsword Orichalcum.png Altmer Battle Axe Orichalcum.png Altmer Maul Orichalcum.png Altmer Shield Beech.png Altmer Bow Beech.png Altmer Staff Beech.png


Altmer Sword Dwarven.png Altmer Axe Dwarven.png Altmer Mace Dwarven.png Altmer Dagger Dwarven.png Altmer Greatsword Dwarven.png Altmer Battle Axe Dwarven.png Altmer Maul Dwarven.png Altmer Shield Hickory.png Altmer Bow Hickory.png Altmer Staff Hickory.png


Altmer Style Gallery




Crafting Motifs 1: The High Elves


(Dr. Lupus was Imperial Ethnographer for Potentate Savirien-Chorak from 2E 418 to 431)

This series will provide a survey-level overview of the symbolic and stylistic hallmarks that distinguish the major cultures of Tamriel in their arts and crafts. Our focus will be on the portable durable goods of the various races, that is, their clothing, ornamentation, arms, and armor, as these reliably reflect personal cultural expressions. When completed, this series will support the curricula of the introductory ethnographic courses at the Arcane University.

We begin with the High Elves, the reclusive Altmer of the Summerset Isles, because the argument can be made (and often is, by Elves) that civilization in Tamriel was brought here by the Aldmeri of Old Ehlnofey. Insofar as the Elves of Summerset consciously strive to maintain the heritage of their Merethic ancestors, their traditions are certainly closer to those of pre-First Era society than any other.

This is not to say that, in the thousands of years since the arrival of the first Aldmeri, the culture of the High Elves has not deviated and ramified in many ways, because it has. It is simply that, by viewing modern Altmeri culture with the eye of a historian, we can perceive the outlines of its origins.

In this initial effort I have benefited from the advice of the celebrated Morian Zenas, Professor of Transliminal Studies here at Arcane University. Professor Zenas is the only member of our faculty who has visited the Summerset Isles, specifically Artaeum, with a brief stop in transit at Dusk.

I was a bit intimidated when I first visited Professor Zenas in his house in the Cathedral District, but I found him a charming old gentleman, undeserving of his reputation for peevishness. Morian (for so he asked me to address him) bade me stay for dinner, which was served by his laconic Argonian apprentice, Seif-ij Hidja.

As Morian explained, the High Elves strive for a simple elegance in their designs, in which flowing lines reflect graceful forms from the natural world. More-or-less abstract birds, flowers, and sea shells are common motifs, rendered in rich but muted colors. Armor will be tooled or embossed to represent scales or feathers, and even heavy cuirasses and helmets may sport stylized wings or beaks.

Metallic items are often accented with a translucent greenish material called "glass." This is a sort of jade-like obsidian that Elven smiths have learned to work by secretive processes known only to the Altmer. Though rigid enough to take a superb edge when cool, glass can be made malleable enough to assume almost any form, and the High Elves use it extensively on ornamental arms and armor.

After dinner, over snifters of Cyrodilic Brandy, Morian asked me all sorts of questions about my motifs project, and about myself. It was really very flattering. I must find an excuse to talk with him again.





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