An illustration of an Imga from the Pocket Guide to the Empire.

The Imga, also known as Great Apes, are a race of ape-like beastfolk native to the province of Valenwood.[1] The Imga, along with the other beastfolk of Valenwood, are believed to have prospered in the area before Aldmeri intervention.[2]

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The Imga commonly view Altmer as their superiors and view their society with high esteem. Imga are known to try to emulate their Altmer masters by wearing capes, duelling with swords and attempting to speak with dialect that presents perfect enunciation and courtly manners despite their heavy and baritone voices. Some Imga who desperately want to imitate their overlords are known to shave their bodies and powder their skin white to appear more like the Altmer. In doing this, they often accidentally cut themselves in the process.[1] However, the prophet Marukh was an Imga who did not share the beliefs of his fellow Great Apes; in fact, Marukh apparently despised all Mer.[3]

In 2E 582, all Imga disappeared from Valenwood. According to the author Cirantille, the Imga had "gone to visit Falinesti" in order to wait out the Planemeld and Alliance War.[4] The city of Falinesti had also disappeared some years prior to 2E 582,[5] and it is unknown when the city or the race returned to the province. Imga refer to each other with gentry affiliated titles such as Baron, Duke, or Earl when addressing members of the Thalmor, despite not having any actual holdings of their own. Instead, Imga are normally known to take up refuge in old human trading posts of the Reman Empire that have long since been abandoned. Despite their use of old human trading posts as shelter, Imga seem to normally believe that humans are lesser beings than themselves and, in order to show this, pretend that humans smell bad when in their presence by holding a perfumed corner of their capes to their noses.[1] Whether or not Imga still hold these anti-human beliefs is unknown, but some more recent sources seem to show them working with humans without any issues.[6]

Imga are known to be naturally dexterous and can quickly climb through trees with relative ease.[6][7] For this reason, colonies of Imga are known to annually harvest Kollopi from the precarious Graht-oak, a well-known Valenwood delicacy.[6] Imga are considered by some to be idiotic and baboonish, often noted to grin everywhere they go.[8] It is currently unknown how the reproductive system of the Imga works.[9] There is a species of small monkey-like creatures known as Imgakin, though it is unknown if they bare any relation to the Imga.[5]

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