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For other uses, see Breton (Disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Beton or Betony.

A female and male Breton in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Bretons (from the Ehlnofex "beratu," or "half")[1] are the human descendants who hail from the province of High Rock. According to the Third Pocket Guide to the Empire, they are descended from the Nedic and Aldmeri, while other sources claimed they were the mix of Atmoran and Aldmeri blood.[2][3] The Bretons are sometimes called "Manmeri" because of this.[3]

By game[]

High Rock[]

Breton card art from The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

Main article: High Rock

The Bretons' home region is in the west of Tamriel. It borders Hammerfell to the south-east and Skyrim to the east. High Rock and the Summerset Isles are the only provinces of Tamriel that do not share a land-border with Cyrodiil. This region is known for its many small villages and towns and for the many grim fortifications that dot the hills and crags around them. These castles are historically the domains of many petty kings and lords that ruled the massive patchwork of small nations that made up High Rock for much of its history.[4]


Bretons are the result of interbreeding between the Direnni Dynasty who settled in High Rock in the First Era and the local Nede population. The half-elven population was only permitted to marry humans in the region.[1] This has resulted in a race of men that have a strong affinity for magic, and some retain a haughtiness of manner that is attributed by some to their merish ancestry.[4]

History, culture, and talents[]

Breton architecture as it is seen in The Elder Scrolls Online

Bretons share similar culture and language, but are divided politically.[4] According to some accounts they are descendents of the Druids of Galen,[5] while others claim their culture has Nedic origins.[1] They became a distinct culture following the decline of the Direnni elves, which also created their fractured political structure.[3]

They are highly intelligent, willful, and have an outgoing personality. It is said that Bretons are weaned on magic, for it seems to infuse their very being. Intermingling with elven blood has given Bretons an affinity for magic, though hardiness is also part of their heritage. Breton culture operates under the feudal system, inherited from their previous Direnni overlords.[6]


The main religion in High Rock follows similar lines to that of Divines-worshipping, along with three Elven deities, Magnus, Y'ffre, and Phynaster, and Sheor, who is unique to the Bretons, although most scholars agree that he is an offshoot of the Nordic deity Shor.[7] However, their faith is often loosely held, and their religious moderation roused them to war against the Alessian Order in the First Era.[8]


Notable Bretons[]