Weekly Screenshot – Bosmer Vale

It’s time, once again, to explore the unknown with another weekly screenshot dissection. Each week I meander through the archives of ESO video footage to illuminate a single interesting screen capture that demonstrates some facet of ESO gameplay. This week, we have a lush vale, shrouded in mist and fog, that a troupe of armed Bosmer zealously guard against intruders.

Bosmer Vale

I find this screenshot intriguing for a number of reasons. To put this scene in context, I can say that this screenshot was taken from a short video sequence in which a party of adventurers from the Ebonheart Pact are advancing through this swampy environment. I suspect we are witnessing a scene from one of ESO‘s many group dungeons. The two protagonists that are visible in this frame are a medium-armor wearing Argonian, dual wielding daggers, and a slightly more heavily armored Nord with a two-handed battleaxe. The heroes are confronted by a band of Bosmer, which look intent on repelling the interlopers from their forest domain.

In the background, a giant spider is preoccupied with a large dark mound of some sort and is uninterested in the impending battle, at least for now. From the sheer size of this spider and the dramatic openness of the clearing it inhabits, I would hazard to guess that this is a boss encounter. The scenario poses an interesting question about the locale of this screenshot. The swamp-like environment suggests either Blackmarsh or the alleged mangrove swamps of coastal Valenwood. Both locations seem plausible, as the players hail from the Ebonheart Pact, this could certainly be a Blackmarsh location in which the heroes are repelling an invading clan of Bosmer who have sought refuge within the swamp. Alternatively, this could be in the Bosmeri province of Valenwood, with the Ebonheart players on the offensive.

It is interesting to observe that several of the Bosmer wield what appear to be spears, a popular weapon type which will not be wield-able by players at the launch of ESO. It is interesting to see evidence that spears may be in the game, however, leaving the door open to their possible inclusion as a post-launch weapon line. What do you think about this week’s screenshot? Agree that this is probably a 4-man dungeon? Do you think this setting is within the swamps of Blackmarsh, or Valenwood, or perhaps some other area which I have not considered? Would you be excited if spears were added as a usable weapon type down the road? What types of mechanics would be interesting to see in the boss fight with the giant spider? Check out the full screenshot for a closer look, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.



88 responses to “Weekly Screenshot – Bosmer Vale”

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    Imperial Templar

    The Wayrest Warriors

    YES to spears! put them in its about damn time!

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    Breton Templar

    The Noore

    good picture

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    Va Khaj Dar

    I really like the enviroment of the place! :)

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    That Axe + That tree’s cancerous zit = more swamp juice…

    Color selection for this shot on the board is perfect, the teal & emerald green looks unique.Im also fan at the fact it didn’t take them 10+ years to make *cough* Diablo 3.

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    Redguard Nightblade

    Nice screen, as always.

    This is from a video, and if you look very closely to the man on the left in the distance you can see he is holding a bow.

    That giant spider in the background must be the “boss” fight for this area.

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    Breton Nightblade

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    I think this is actually Black Marsh due picture’s…. swampiness? Though I love to believe there are swamps in Valenwood, though I would expect that Valenwood would be more like a jungle.

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    Those dont look like spears at all. Look closer, to me they’re two handed swords.

    EDIT: Yep, the pommel and cross-guard are there

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    Altmer Sorcerer

    I really enjoy these screenshot dissections, @Atropos . It gives me a weekly desktop to add to the twice-hourly rotation of desktop wallpapers. A hearty thanks for helping the lazy be lazy!

    It does look like you hit this spot-on. That definite has all the signs of an upcoming boss encounter. I can’t wait to see this place myself.

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    Imperial Nightblade

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    Caracala said on July 25, 2013 :

    Those dont look like spears at all. Look closer, to me they’re two handed swords.

    EDIT: Yep, the pommel and cross-guard are there

    Hate to burst people’s bubbles here but definitely agree with @Caracala – these Bosmer look like they’re armed with bows or 2-handed swords.

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    Argonian Templar

    If they do have spears that would be awesome! You could have phalanxes in fort battles Or what not!




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    Breton Nightblade

    I personally like the sight of these cliffs; I’ve always been one for setting up ambushes, or even watching out for them.

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    Altmer Templar

    Entropy Rising


    Atropos said on May 29, 2013 :

    Every week I meander through


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    Aldmeri Templar

    The spears look like two handed swords to me. They just have a long handle ( like most two handed weapons have) .

    Its still a great looking screenshot.

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    Dunmer Nightblade

    Very kewl  screenshot

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    Breton Nightblade

    Good choice. I look forward to looting the spider boss ;)


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    Breton Sorcerer


    Ya they look like two handed swords to me. If they put spears in later on I could see it as part of the two hander skill line.

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    Imperial Templar

    Benwyn said on July 25, 2013 :

    YES to spears! put them in its about damn time!


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    Breton Templar

    Knights of the Eight

    It would be interesting to see a skill line for pole arms, especially for the spears we have been begging for…

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    Lord Volanaro


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    Altmer Sorcerer

    It looks like Valenwood and to me they seem to be caring bows.

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    Argonian Templar


    I hope they add spears to ESO.

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