Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Valenwood?

In a new weekly feature at Tamriel Foundry, I’ll be delving through the scarce and less-seen footage that has been released by ZeniMax to showcase a single screen capture each week that depicts a new or little discussed feature of ESO. For this first week, I’ve dissected a lot of the pre-PAX media releases and grabbed a golden screen capture of….Valenwood? This forested home of the Bosmer is known for dense thickets that often prove deadly to all but the Mer who dwell within. Feast your eyes on this twisting thicket, in what might be our first glimpse of an environment from the Aldmeri Dominion province.

Our First Glimpse Of Valenwood?

Our First Glimpse Of Valenwood?

A few features of this zone are immediately apparent. The haunted forest aesthetic gives this zone a spooky vibe which exudes peril and intrigue. A platform on the central tree provides an advantageous vantage point for an archer who waits poised to strike down any intruder. Lastly, this screenshot showcases some of the incredible variety of foliage and environmental diversity which has been packed into this game.

For a closer look at this week’s screenshot, check out the full size version. So…what do you think, is this our first glimpse of Valenwood, or can you spot any evidence that this locale is not the Bosmer homeland? Are you excited by the prospects of exploring this province? What is your favorite aspect of this week’s screen capture? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to check back next Wednesday for a new ESO screenshot to discuss.

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    BroScottcho

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    Looks pretty cool, too bad it is possibly Aldmeri Dominion.  I am excited to explore this area though even if I have to wait until level 50.

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    Ravin

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    Oh I like it!  I do like forestry, but yeah it does look kind of dark and creepy and I love it.

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    Isarii

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    There is also an NPC in this picture.  Let’s play where’s Waldo!  Though it’s not that hard.

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    I see two things that make me question whether this is Valenwood. 1. There appears to be cobblestones or the remnants of cobblestones on that path. Valenwood is known its lack of roads and reliance on footpaths to connect settlements. 2. The platform the NPC is standing appears to be made of wood. The Bosmer are sworn not to harm the forrest, and while this wood may have been imported, wouldn’t a Bosmer simply stand upon boughs of a tree rather than drag lumber deep into woods and attach to a tree? Perhaps this is Blackmarsh?

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    Bammitchels

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    The npc looks like he has horns so it could be an argonian.

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    m-aIq said on April 24, 2013 :

    I see two things that make me question whether this is Valenwood. 1. There appears to be cobblestones or the remnants of cobblestones on that path. Valenwood is known its lack of roads and reliance on footpaths to connect settlements. 2. The platform the NPC is standing appears to be made of wood. The Bosmer are sworn not to harm the forrest, and while this wood may have been imported, wouldn’t a Bosmer simply stand upon boughs of a tree rather than drag lumber deep into woods and attach to a tree? Perhaps this is Blackmarsh?

    Possibly Black Marsh, from the look of what seems to be an Argonian NPC on the tree platform.  Zoom in and notice the V attached to the NPC’s helmet and the long arms, same as on the screenshot for the Argonian soldiers.

    Yet look at the flagstones of the Bosmer Tree Henge – are they similar to the cobblestones depicted in this week’s screenshot?

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    I’m pretty sure it’s not an Argonian for 2 reasons.

    1. Seeing the NPC in the context of the moving video doesn’t look like an Argonian.
    2. No tail.

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    Felyx Fidelys

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    I really hope this is Valenwood – it looks great really immersive. I’m usually underwhelmed by forest areas in MMOs; I hope ZOS is able to make this one really feel alive.

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    In my opinion, this looks a lot like what we’ve seen of the Black Marsh.

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    m-aIq said on April 24, 2013 :

    I see two things that make me question whether this is Valenwood. 1. There appears to be cobblestones or the remnants of cobblestones on that path. Valenwood is known its lack of roads and reliance on footpaths to connect settlements. 2. The platform the NPC is standing appears to be made of wood. The Bosmer are sworn not to harm the forrest, and while this wood may have been imported, wouldn’t a Bosmer simply stand upon boughs of a tree rather than drag lumber deep into woods and attach to a tree? Perhaps this is Blackmarsh?

    Doesn’t really look like cobblestone to me, and if that really is a road then whoever made it did a crappy job. Also, even though the wood elves won’t harm trees who’s to say they won’t use wood? A forest will have plenty of deadwood lying around.

     

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    Well, one thing is for certain, it will be good spot to harvest mushrooms.

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    I’m fine if it’s Valenwood, but I think it’s safe to assume that not all of Valenwood is this dreary. Considering the concept art.

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    This looks amazing, I surely hope it is indeed Valenwood.

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    I have to agree that this looks to me to be more like Black Marsh than Valenwood…I always pictured Valenwood as a large,thick oak tree filled place with huge canopies covering the forest floor below. The trees in this picture are a fair bit more…dead.

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    Ravin

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    Valenwood is a province, not a big giant tree lol.  There is a giant tree in one of the cities though, I just can’t think of the name off the top of my head.

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    Ravin

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    Sorry for the double post as we can’t edit our posts here, anyway, I misread what Reach had said, so my bad.   :P

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    Gaen

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    I think it might be Black Marsh cause of the mushrooms and stuff…

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    I can see the arguments for this being a Black Marsh zone as well, certainly! I don’t actually know the answer of course, so I’ll be curious to figure it out once we get the chance to explore this place.

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    Long time reader, 1st time commenter. Great job you guys are doing here, I really enjoy your articles.

     

    Throwin in my two cents!

    My money is on that being a picture of the jungles in Elsweyr…

    The NPC appears to be a Khajiit to me.

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    Sordak

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    Cannot see this beeing valenwood.
    The trees are not particulary large or high.
    From the concept arts we have seen of valenwood so far the trees are depicted with overly large trunks and beeing extremeley high (Grath Oaks)

    Also this Character cant be a Bosmer. Hes using a wooden structure to place himself above the tree.
    a Bosmer would 1. not use a wooden plank for that and 2. wouldnt need it.
    My guesses would be either a Khajiit in eastern valenwood but i honestly doubt it. Another thing could be a Khajiit in southern Elsweyr or around the Tenmar forest. HOWEVER that part of Elsweyr is, as far as we know, not in the game yet.
    Which leaves us with Black marsh.
    I wouldnt say id put my money on black marsh. Cause that figure there does not look like an Argonian. While i dont think that that are its ears (it kinda looks like cat ears tho) I would say the armor doesnt look like any racial armor weve seen so far. i can also not make out a tail.

    My thoughts on it. Also nice capture there i did kinda miss out on that one!

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