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Maormer Lore: Knowing A Maormer

  • Member
    July 13, 2013


    It is my pleasure to welcome you to the first article in my new series documenting the Maormer within Elder Scrolls Lore.

    The question we all asked... 

    So, what actually is a Maormer? Well supposedly, they, as with all Elves, are descendants of the Aldmer which inhabited Aldmeris before they came to Tamriel and split off into their many forms. The original belief is that Maormer were outcasts from Summerset Isle/Alinor. However since transcriptions of Crystal Tower Tapestries we have a different view on how it is likely that Maormer came to be.


    The tapestries depict that it is more likely that back when the Aldmer lived back in Aldmeris, their immortal king called Orgnum was a wealthy businessman who used his money to start an uprising in Aldmeris.

    The powerful leaders however banished him and his followers to Pyandonea using a great mist which became a barrier. They never bothered Aldmeris again.

    From this, it can be devised that Maormer may be the last civilisation on Nirn that is aware of Aldmeris' general bearing and possibly location.




    Orgnum himself is a Maormer, but he is in fact said to be immortal. Whether this is true or not is unknown, but several things are known and speculated about him.

    What we know:

    • Every attack launched by the Maormer onto Summerset Isle has been lead by Orgnum himself.
    • He was a wealthy businessman in Aldmeris who was banished with his followers.
    • He was involved with the War Of The Isle, in which he met with Queen Potema in Solitude before attempting to launch an attack on  Tamriel. He told Potema that if they took over, he would make her Empress. They were unsuccessful.
    • He owned/owns a Magical Coffer Box which spurted out more and more money every day. It is believed the Coffer dissapeared before the War Of The Isle.
    • When he was pushed back onto Pyandonea by the Psijic Order at the end of the War Of The Isle, he dissapeared and has not been seen since.

    What is speculated:

    • His translator is fluent in all languages of Nirn.
    • He is in fact an incarnation of a Redguard God called Satakal.
    • He rides Sea Serpents.



    Maormer are known to have famously see through skin and regular elvish pointed ears. They have a regular range of hair colours from Blonde-Red-Brown-Black-Grey and heavily decorated themselves with jewellery.

    Eyes are supposed to be purely white, however the modded oblivion pack shown above does not include this point. Skin supposedly feels like rubber and jelly to touch, and shares many qualities with both of these items. Their skin can involuntarily blend into a background, much like the Forest-Coupling skills that the Bosmer possess, as Bosmer occasionally involuntarily blend into Valenwood trees.


    It is little known what type of skills Maormer possess, however Orgnum was renowned to be an incredible Wizard of sorts. It is believed they would share similar traits with modern day Altmer due to their heritage.


    Until now, Maormer have never appeared in an Elder Scrolls Game, but they will be a non-playable race in The Elder Scrolls Online!

    Thank you for reading my lore article on Maormer, I hope you learnt something about these mysterious people.

  • July 16, 2013

    Hello Zoidberg!  This will be a nice addition to the lore group, and we will connect it to our table of contents when that is complete.  In keeping with other articles in the group, I would love to see you reference your sources, in case other students of lore want to read the originals.  A reference would simply be in parentheses with the name of your source, hopefully linked to the original.

    I was not aware of their forthcoming appearance in ESO, so thank you for sharing that with us!

  • Member
    July 16, 2013

    No problem! When I found out the Maormer were going to be in ESO, I thought they deserved a bit of backstory, and il do a few sources as soon as possible.

  • July 16, 2013

    That is wonderful, thanks!  Your presentation is nicely done, too, so thanks again for sharing all of this and taking the initiative to post an article and not be intimidated by the lore, though it is natural for many to feel that way as I did when I first began delving into the depths!  

  • Member
    July 16, 2013

    Some Elder Scrolls lore can be difficult to understand, but when given a wiki, the imperial library, another wiki & this site, not to mention some in game details, you can get along quite well.

  • MTK
    July 22, 2013

    This article is well written and contains good, accurate information, although there's a couple of things that seem inaccurate or not from any official lore (i.e. in-game books, dialogue, the PGE, ex-Bethesda lore writer, etc).

    For instance, the article states that it's speculated King Orgnum "is fluent in all languages of Nirn", when in fact it was his translator who was fluent in the languages of four continents. (Source: The Wolf Queen, Book Four).

    Also, the legend of how King Orgnum was separated from Aldmeris is as much speculation as it is that he's the God Satakal. Neither have been confirmed yet.

    As for their appearance, it's not known what hair color they have, or if they decorate themselves with jewelry. I'm guessing that comes from the Oblivion mod, which also neglects that the Maormer have entirely colorless skin (i.e. not green).

    Other than those lore nitpicks, it's a good article.

  • Member
    July 22, 2013

    Edited and fixed. Thanks.

    As for the mod, its the best I could find. Really, the others were shocking.

  • January 29, 2014

    Very nice article, I would like to point out however, that in the skills section, it isn't mentioned that the Maormer are known as Sea Elves and are skilled sailors. During the faction wars they used their knowledge of the sea to raid ships and hold the sailors hostage, primarily focusing on the Dominion soldiers. Still a great article though, and a topic not many people know about.

  • October 26, 2014

    We get a good look at the Maormer in ESO and I hope we see more of them in the future.