Natives of the cosmopolitan province of Cyrodiil, the Imperials are some of the most well-educated, wealthy and well-spoken of the races in Tamriel. Imperials are also known for their discipline and training of their citizen armies. Because of this, the Imperials have dominated Tamriel for more than 2,000 years.
Biology and culture[edit | edit source]
Imperials can be differentiated from Bretons and Nords by their fair to swarthy skin, as opposed to the typically fairer complexion of Bretons and Nords. The Imperial skin tone is not as dark as that of the Redguards, however. Imperials also have slightly sharper faces than other races of men. In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, if they are not part of the Imperial Legion, they typically serve as diplomats, traders, stewards, and craftsmen — which is well-suited, since Imperials are renowned for their diplomatic skills and cosmopolitan ideology.
The phrase "Imperial Race" is a bit of a misnomer. The people of Cyrodiil are divided into two ethno-cultural groups: Nibeneans and Colovians. Both descend from the native Nedic and Cyro-Nordic peoples that were enslaved by the Ayleids, but diverged a bit after consecutive invasions and interactions with other races. Colovian Imperials in Western Cyrodiil are more Nordic, sharing similar beliefs such as a heavy martial and seafaring tradition. Nibeneans have an Akaviri and, to a lesser degree, elven heritage. They have a greater appreciation for magic, art, commerce, and spirituality, in spite of being staunchly loyal to Alessian traditions. Both groups reflect the Empire's culture — a hybrid of Nordic, Aldmeri, and Akaviri culture.
Character creation[edit | edit source]
Skill bonuses[edit | edit source]
- +10 Restoration (25)
- +5 Block (20)
- +5 Destruction (20)
- +5 Enchanting (20)
- +5 Heavy Armor (20)
- +5 One-Handed (20)
Starting spells[edit | edit source]
The starting spells in Skyrim are more important than they were in previous games, as the only way to learn additional spells is to find spell tomes or buy them from merchants or court mages. The Flames spell, which produces a continuous stream of fire when cast, is a starting spell for all races, as is Healing.
Special abilities[edit | edit source]
- Voice of the Emperor: Calms nearby humanoids for 60 seconds.
- Imperial Luck: Anywhere gold coins might be found, Imperials always seem to find a few more.
Popular usage[edit | edit source]
Due to their broad skill set, Imperials are ideal for custom classes. Their versatility leaves them highly customizable and efficient at cross-classes, such as battlemages and crusaders. In particular, they excel when playing as a paladin/templar due to their high base restoration skill and bonuses in heavy armor and one-handed. Their Voice of the Emperor ability allows them to calm a humanoid target, giving them the opportunity to retreat and recover. This time can be used to prepare for when the spell eventually wears off and the hostilities resume. Those skilled in the Sneak skill can take advantage of pacified targets in order to stealthily attack and kill their foes. They also find more gold coins than any other race, making them efficient thieves.
Naming conventions[edit | edit source]
Imperial characters often have Latin names. Examples include, Sorex Vinius, Tullius, Camilla Valerius, Cicero, etc., keeping with the overall Roman characteristics. However, starting with Skyrim, some Imperial names start to sound more Italian than Latin such as Viola Giordano, Severio Pelagia, Marcurio or Vittoria Vici, reflecting the change in language over time.
Notable Imperials[edit | edit source]
- Adrianne Avenicci – Blacksmith and owner of Warmaiden's in Whiterun, daughter of Proventus and half Nord
- General Tullius – Skyrim's military governor
- Cicero – Keeper of the Night Mother, part of the Dark Brotherhood
- Ria – Newest member of the Companions
- Titus Mede II – Emperor of Tamriel
- Commander Maro – Leader of the Penitus Oculatus in Skyrim
- Gaius Maro – Member of the Penitus Oculatus, son of Commander Maro
- Proventus Avenicci – Steward of Jarl Balgruuf in Dragonsreach
- Commander Caius – Commander of the Whiterun Guards
- Vittoria Vici – Cousin of Titus Mede II, highly ranked in the East Empire Company
- Vex – Master Lockpicking trainer, and a senior member of the Thieves Guild
- Dexion EvicusDG – Moth Priest
- Marcurio – Mage hireling found in Riften
- Sergius Turrianus – Enchanter at the College of Winterhold
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Imperials' tendency to be influenced by other cultures, including the Nords and Mer, is reminiscent of Romans deriving aspects of their culture from those they conquered.
- Imperials may also draw inspiration from the later Roman Empire, most notably seen in their history and architecture.
- Despite Imperials' greatest weapons being their silver tongues in the lore, they do not start out with a Speech skill bonus.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
|Races in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|Humans||Breton • Imperial • Nord • Redguard|
|Mer||Altmer • Bosmer • Dunmer • Orsimer|
|Beast||Argonian • Khajiit|