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Argonian Race And Their Names In Skyrim The Elder Scrolls V

Updated on January 17, 2012

Argonians are one of the beast races in Skyrim. They are reptilian humanoids. These lizard-like men are covered with scales and have gills behind their ears. Gills give Argonians the ability to breathe underwater. They often use this advantage to drag their enemies under water and drown them. Argonians use their tails to propel trough water like fish or tadpoles and it often helps them to keep balance on the ground too. If you carefully observe an Argonian you might notice a lot of small features like fins, spines, little ridges and spikes. Some Argonians even have small horns. Argonian light feet is a great help when they are sneaking around and since they are natural inhabitants of the Black Marsh they're resistant to poisons and diseases.

Although both Argonians and Khajiits are beast races in Skyrim, they don't like each other much and if they lived geographically closer they most likely would be at war with each other.

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Argonian Skills And Racial Abilities

Argonian Starting Skill Bonuses:

+10 Lockpicking
+5 Alteration
+5 Light Armor
+5 Pickpocket
+5 Restoration
+5 Sneak

Argonian Starting Spells:

Flames (Sets the target on fire, doing some damage over time)
Healing (Heals the caster over time)

Argonian Racial Abilities:

Water Breathing
Argonians are 50% resistant to disease.
Histskin : Invoke the power of the Hist to recover health ten times faster for a minute.

Argonian Personality

Arhonian appearance might lead to think that they are cold blooded and don't possess personality or emotions. That of course is false. Unlike men and mer races Argonians don't use their faces to communicate their emotions, though one can easily read Argonian anger when they show their teeth and when their eyes narrow. They are usually very cautious when deciding whether to trust someone. But once an Argonian has chosen to trust, they show incredible loyalty, full devotion and would risk their lives for their friends and loved ones. Argonians strongly keep to their traditions even in Skyrim. For example, they still use Argonian Wedding Band to propose their beloved ones while Nords prefer using the Amulet of Mara.

Argonian History And Traditions

Argonians call themselves Saxhleel. The word 'Saxheel' in Jel (Argonian native language) means 'People of the Root'. Their legends tell that Argonians are descendants from the Hist trees of Black Marsh. Argonian crave paintings often depict Argonians that appear to look more like trees than reptiles or humans. It is a tradition to make young Argonian hatchlings to ingest Hist sap. Depending on how much they drink, their appearance is either more reptilian or more human like. The Argonians believe that the Hist tree gives them their souls and when an Argonian dies, the soul is returned back to the tree so other young Argonians could receive it again.
Argonians were already living in Black Marsh when Aldmer started exploring Tamriel. They mostly farm, fish and hunt and aren't much into trading with other races making them look undeveloped in the eyes of other races.
Argonians the same as Khajiit are often victims of racial prejudices. Other races perceived very differently from heroes to monster and anything in between.Argonians often had to protect their homeland from various enemies - pirates, Tiber Septim and many more. However, their swamp homeland has saved them more than once because it is a cradle of different diseases to which only Argonians are resistant to.
During the Dunmer invasion a lot of Argonians were enslaved and brought to Morrowind. But Argonians unified and ruthlessly fought back, driving Dunmer out of Morrowind.
Although the belief that Argonian soul is unified with the Hist tree normally would make them stay at their homeland, the wars and enslavement have made the Argonian race to spread around the world. They have proven themselves to be suprisingly good at assimilating to other cultures.

Argonian Healer Concept Art
Argonian Healer Concept Art

Argonian Names

Argonians receive their names in the Naming Ceremony when they are between 6 and 10 years of age. The name often describes the personality of the young Argonian. For example, a kind and caring Argonian might be called Golden-Heart. A sneaky Argonian might be called Hides-In-The-Shadows. Argonian names typically are 2 to 4 words long and describe a good trait of the Argonian character. Jel, the Argonian language sounds like grunting, squeaking and hissing. So if you want to create an Argonian name in Jel, use syllables that have rough Rs, soft letters like E, J, I and sudden stops like K, also multiple Sssss in one syllable is very common in Jel. An example of a Jel name would be Haj-Ei which means 'Hides His Eyes'.

Good luck for your Argonian soul on its adventures in Skyrim!


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      i play skyrim 

      3 years ago

      what is hides in shadows in jel

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      5 years ago

      What about ages?

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      John D Nathan 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Argonians are cooler than the Na'vi, and have existed since the first game in 1994, "Arena".

      I love me some Argonians. Maybe because the beast races are so much more interesting than the human or mer races. Often cast aside and misunderstood by others, the Argonians survive on the underbelly of the Empire. I often go against the grain with character creation, so Argonians become my wizards, diplomats, and fighters. Good times!

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      6 years ago

      For some reason Argonians remind me of the Na'vi...


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