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Breton Race And Their Names In Skyrim The Elder Scrolls V

Updated on January 17, 2012

Bretons are descendants of Aldmer (ancient elves) and Nede (ancient humans). Most of their blood is human not elvish though. Nords call Bretons 'Manmeri' because of their ancestors. Their Aldmer ancestry makes them very advanced in magical arts. The Breton knowledge in arcane allows them not only to weave powerful spells but also make them more resistant to destructive magical energies. Bretons are intelligent, great thinkers, passionate and poetic, maybe a bit eccentric too. They have an outgoing personality. Most of Bretons are relatively short and have pale skin. They are usually slim and not as muscular as Orcs, for example. Their Elven anchestry is visible when one observes their eyebrows, ears and high cheekbones.

Breton Race In Skyrim. Click to view full size.
Breton Race In Skyrim. Click to view full size.

Breton Skills And Racial Abilities

Breton Starting Skill Bonuses:

+10 Conjuration
+5 Alchemy
+5 Alteration
+5 Illusion
+5 Restoration
+5 Speech

Breton Starting Spells:

Flames (Sets the target on fire, doing some damage over time)
Healing (Heals the caster over time)
Conjure Familiar (Breton only. Summons a creature for 60 seconds)

Breton Racial Abilities:

Dragonskin : Absorb 50% of magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds.
Bretons are 25% resistant to all magic.

Breton History

When Aldmeri came to the High Rock in the First Era, they met the local Nedes there. Aldmeri took over the region by destroying almost all human settlements and enslaving the race. As a result of mer impregnating the human female captives a new race - Manmer was born. Some Imperial history materials tell that Aldmeri were experimenting by trying to create a superior race that would possess best qualities of both men and mer but it's believed to be just an Imperial propaganda. Manmer was considered to be a lower class in Aldmer social hierarchy. The Aldmeri often had to defend High Rock from Nords of Skyrim and Orcs and in the end they were driven out of there. Manmeri meanwhile were interbreeding with other human races such as Nords and Imperials creating the race we know now as Bretons. Bretons still have their mer blood but its power is not as strong as the one of Manmeri. By the end of First Era, High Rock become the land of Breton. Tiber Septim did manage to conquer it as a part of the plan to unite all Tamriel but Bretons in general supported Imperial rule. A lot of Emperors in the Third Era had the Breton heritage or were Bretons themselves. Their relations with Nords however are quite unfriendly. Some hostile Bretons have formed a clan named 'Forsworn' which fights for the territory between High Rock and Skyrim borders such as Markarth city for example.

Breton Society

The Breton society is feudal and depends on agriculture. The Aldmeri ancestor traditions make their social structures hierarchical. Nobility and their servants live in large fortified castles while most of the people are middle class farmers. There are also some homeless Bretons wandering on streets which are the lowest of all classes. Wealthy upper middle class people have a chance to become noblemen by completing special quests and tasks. A lot of young Bretons dream to become famous and they often travel even outside High Rock in search for prosperity and glory. Because of their natural magical abilities quite some Bretons are court wizards in various other human kingdoms. Their friendliness and intellectual abilities have helped some Bretons to become respected traders, philosophers, theologists and artists. Most of Bretons worship the Eight or Nine Divines while some honor the ancient Elven gods.

Breton Names

Breton names are Celtic, old French or old English sounding.

Some female Breton names: Anya, Babette, Roxanne, Sabine, Ursanne.
Some male Breton names: Alix, Gregory, Louis, Manis, Verick.

In Daggerfall all Breton last names were made out of one of the given prefixes and one of the given suffixes.

Prefixes: Ash-, Bucking-, Copper-, Gaer-, Green-, Hawk-, Hearth-, King-, Master-, Moor-, Wick-, Wood-, Yeom-.

Suffixes: -croft, -field, -ford, -ham, -hart, -house, -ing, -sley, -sly, -smith, -ston, -ton, and -wing.

Some examples would be Ashton, Greenford, Hawkston, Kingsly, Wickfield.

Other Breton last names: Farr, Geles, Lothaire, Rielle, Tilwald.


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      GirlLovesGore 5 years ago

      I'm a man...

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      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      Thank you so much for your comment. I feel happy that it helped you. And I love gore too. ^^

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      GirlLovesGore 5 years ago

      Yay! First comment! Anyway, my next characacter will be a breton and this really helped me fill in some blanks with her history, motivations, religion, etc. Thanx for that