"Help Me Create My Character" Thread

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    Rial

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    Six (estimated) months until release and already threads are popping up of people asking others to make descisions for them. To avoid filling the forums with countless threads, let’s collect them all in here.

    Keep in mind that this thread isn’t intended to help you write a background story or similar for your roleplay character. It’s sole purpose is to help people unsure which race or class they should play or still looking for a suitable name.

    As for those who are considering to ask for help in here: Don’t just post a cpouple of words. Tell us what you like to play in other MMORPGs or single-player RPGs. Tell us whether you prefer to play tank or heal, melee or ranged, axe-wielding barbarians or royal mages. The more we know, the better we can help.

     

    Class

    Most skill lines in the game will be available to every class. In fact, the classes differ only by three individual skill lines. You can play every class the way you want, be it spellcaster, tank or sneaky backstabber. Be assured that every race will be compatible with every class.

    Dragonknight: The warrior archetype. If you prefer melee combat mixed with fire and earth magic, this might be your class.

    Templar: The cleric archetype. Attacks enemies with holy magic in melee as well as from afar and has access to a wide array of healing skills.

    Sorcerer: The mage archetype. Summons Daedric creatures to fight for him and calls down lightning.

    Nightblade: The rogue archetype. Details on this class have yet to be released.

     

    Race

    There are nine playable races, three for each of the alliances. If you’ve got friends who are going to play ESO, you might want to talk to them and agree on an alliance first before you decide on a race. Be assured that every race will be compatible with every class.

    There will be racial boni and abilities, but we don’t know any details just yet.

    Daggerfall Covenant

    The Breton High King Emeric of Cumberland has won the allegiance of the Redguards by marriage, as well as the orcs by promising them Orsinium as an independatn province. He plans to restore mankind as the rulers of Tamriel.

    Bretons: The Bretons are the well-known medieval European people the likes of which you see in many other fantasy worlds (huge stone castles, noble lords, knightly orders etc.). Their ancestors were slaves to the elves, and their ancestry provides them with a natural affinity to magic.

    Redguards: The Redguards are a warrior people originally hailing from the continent of Yokuda, which they accidentally sunk with atom-splitting sword techniques. Their society is caught in constant conflict between the Crowns, descendants of the old Yokudan rulers, and the more Tamrielic influenced Forebears.

    Orcs: Once elves and followers of the elven warrior god Trinimac, they changed when Trinimac was transformed into the Daedric Prince Malacath. They value personal strength and honor above all else. The Bretons and Redguards have always violently made sure they never develop past a primitive tribal society. Orcs make for ferocious but disciplined warriors and the best smiths in Tamriel.

     

    Ebonheart Pact

    An uneasy alliance. The Nord and Dunmer have always been fighting each other and the Argonians are valued slaves to the Dunmeri people. Neccessity has made allies of them, for they recognise the threat posed by Molag Bal.

    Dunmer: Governed by three living gods, the Tribunal, the Dunmer have grown from religious fugitives into a thriving society of mages, merchants and warriors. While they practice slavery and dislike other races, the Dunmer are not inherently evil like many other Dark Elves from other fantasy worlds.

    Argonians: A tribal people, naturally immune to many poisons and deseases due to their dangerous homeland. They worship sentient trees called Hist, who bio-engineer the Argonians to suit there every need. Argonians excel at guerillia warfare and no one ever managed to conquer their homelands. Not even a Daedric army.

    Nord: A hardy people from the icy lands of Skyrim. When not hitting someone over the head with a big axe, they can be found in mead halls, drunkenly singing of legends long past and mighty deeds yet to come. Glory-seeking and boisterous, they make for excellent warriors.

     

    Aldermi Dominion

    Not trusting mankind to rule Tamriel well, the Altmer have rallied their Bosmeri cousins and won the allegiance of the Khajiit by coming to their aid when the Knahaten flu ravaged their lands.

    Khajiit: Khajiit can be anything from cats over Bosmer with tails to tall cat-men, depending on what moon they were born under. They are lying and deceptive by nature, as well as hedonistic and wayward. While not the official ruler, their spiritual leader – the Mane – is deeply respected by all Khajiit. While they can make for strong warriors, don’t trust them to stand their ground when the danger is great.

    Bosmer: Bound by the Green Pact to protect the plants of their homeland Valenwood, the Bosmer are staunch carnivores and almost cruel warriors. They do not use Valenwood’s wood to build houses, nor do they consume it’s fruits. Cannibalism is an important and ever-present part of their culture. Thanks to the labyrinthine forests they live in, Bosmer are nimble climbers and excellent archers.

    Altmer: The most pure, closest to their Aldmeri ancestors, elven race of Tamriel and never tired of letting you know. Their minds are very structured and they are almost obsessed with numbers. No other race wields magic as well as they do.

     

    Names

    Names in ESO can only contain letters, spaces, hyphens and apostrophes. Currently, last names are optional.

    If you want your name to fit into the Elder Scrolls world, check out the names used in past Elder Scrolls games here: http://uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Names

    Keep in mind that by the time of Daggerfall and Arena, lore wasn’t really fleshed out and the names in those games aren#t the best to base yours on.

    Bretons: French or old British names.

    Redguard: Arabian or African names.

    Orcs: The surname usually consists of gro-<father’s name> for men and gra-<mother’s name> for women.

    Dunmer: Mind the difference between common Dunmeri names and Ashlander names. Ashlanders are the nomadic tribes who reject the Tribunal.

    Argonians: A describing name, either in thier native tongue Jel or hyphenated English (or whatever your language is)

    Nord: Usually a nordic first name, followed by a clan name or title. The Scandinavian -son and -dottir endings are very rare.

    Khajiit: A name preceded by a title. See the UESP article for more information.

    Bosmer: The usual gaelic-oriented elven names. Bosmer usually don’t have surnames.

    Altmer: The usual elven names. Experts claim that Altmeri names are in fact complex serial numbers. Altmer usually don’t have surnames.

     

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    krystak14

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    OK, I need some opinions on last names for my main character which is a Nord. I know that you don’t know what my personal opinion is but tbh I don’t either, I just want to know what your opinion is.

    Originally he was called Tahliih Elsrah and I had this name planned since ESO was first announced. Recently I started thinking that it doesn’t sound like a nordic name. It was only 2 days ago when I changed his name completely. So I changed it to Ysgraheim which I am happy with, I don’t want to change the first name. But the 2nd name was Torbornsen. Then it was just Torborn, then it was Jurgensen and then Torbarik. It was then Harariksen and then just Hararik. And now it is Ulrark.

    Which do you prefer?

    Torbornsen, Torborn, Jurgensen, Torbarik, Harariksen, Hararik or Ulrark.

    I should mention that his middle name is Torbald.

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    Dojah

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    I like Ulrark

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    krystak14

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    yeah im pulling towards Ulrark

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    Vlaars

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    Ulrark is great! Also thanks @Rial for creating this thread, it will be used a lot.

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    Reinhard McKinky

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    Maybe advice on which factions to pick would be an idea. As we’ve had threads on “my guild is divided,” or “my friends want to go *faction* but I want to go *other faction.*”

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    Vlaars

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    Reinhard-McKinky said on June 1, 2013 :

    Maybe advice on which factions to pick would be an idea. As we’ve had threads on “my guild is divided,” or “my friends want to go *faction* but I want to go *other faction.*”

    Well i have no idea which faction to choose so i guess that would be a good idea. Hopefully it eont turn into another AVA rivalries thread tho

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    Sordak

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    yes indeed a good rundown.

    One thing id add to the Dunmer names is that Dunmer always put the last name in front of their first name to honor their house.
    of course this is not relevant in ESO but it is a nice bit of info for dunmeri naming.

    Also note the Altmer purity is largeley subjective. Dunmer have made simmilar claims in the past.
    The truth is, what the Altmer are cultivating is a fineley constructed image their race upholds. It is a gloryfication of the Aldmer past. How close they actually are, culturally and ideologically to the ancient Aldmer is questionable.
    It should also be said at this point that they do not only distrust the humans to rule. In their opinion the Human mindset has lead to the greatest desaster imaginable: the creation of the world.
    The Elven hate for the humans is not just racism. Its a deep ideological hatred that goes back untill the war of the Ehlnofey. The ancestors of men (the wandering ehlnofey) had sidet with lorkahn and its creation of the world, while the Ehlnofey that wildly opposed and lamented lorkahn tricking the et’ada into creating mundus became the ancestors of the Altmer.

    Another interresting part about the Altmer is that they are not religious in the same sense as the Humans are.
    They do too revere the 8 divines. But not in the same way as the Humans do.
    Humans ofthen revere the divines as gods and creator entities. The Altmer however have a deeply rooted ancestor cult. However far less direct than the Dunmer.
    In fact the Altmer cite those very Aedric entities known as”gods” to mankind as their ancestors. And they are right. Indeed in some way, the Divines are their ancestors, or more to the point the earthbones. Not only of them however, but also to mankind.
    Thus the Altmer have obsessed with tracing back their lineage untill the twisted times of the dawn, ofthen these lists are displayed on huge banners that reach miles long. Ofthen on ships too.

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    Karoneth

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    I know the feeling about selecting a name, sometimes that can be the most difficult part of making a character!

    To help with names, this link I am going to post is for Dungeons & Dragons pen and paper character names, but it should provide a good base for a name which can then be modified by the excellent comments above in regards to racial naming conventions.

    http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20010208b

    I hope this helps those who don’t know where to begin with their character’s name.

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    krystak14

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    Well i have no idea which faction to choose

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    whats your fav race?

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    krystak14

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    @vlaars. Whats your favourite race?

     

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    Rial said on May 31, 2013 :

    No other race wields magic as well as they do.

    Source?

    sharpen your blades and fasten your breast plates cause this war is gana get bloody.

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    Umaril the Unfeathered

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    surgeonDC said on June 1, 2013 :

    Rial said on May 31, 2013:

    No other race wields magic as well as they do.

    Source?

    I believe he means that they have the greatest potential for magic (There’s always room for embellishment).  The Altmer take pride in their magical affinity, but it is to be sure that all Races in TESO will have an equal chance at being great Mages, if your character so chooses.

    Otherwise, take a look at various pages on the UESP having to do with the Altmer (or just that in past TES games, Altmer tend to have starting skill bonuses in all Magic-related Skills, including bonuses to Intelligence/Willpower & base Magicka).  This will most likely not be the case in TESO.

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    Rial

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    @surgeonDC I just wanted to say they are naturally gifted with magic and vary my sentences a bit in the process.

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    surgeonDC

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    @Rial I see… makes sense i suppose

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    NordJitsu

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    krystak14 said on May 31, 2013 :

    OK, I need some opinions on last names for my main character which is a Nord. I know that you don’t know what my personal opinion is but tbh I don’t either, I just want to know what your opinion is.

    Originally he was called Tahliih Elsrah and I had this name planned since ESO was first announced. Recently I started thinking that it doesn’t sound like a nordic name. It was only 2 days ago when I changed his name completely. So I changed it to Ysgraheim which I am happy with, I don’t want to change the first name. But the 2nd name was Torbornsen. Then it was just Torborn, then it was Jurgensen and then Torbarik. It was then Harariksen and then just Hararik. And now it is Ulrark.

    Which do you prefer?

    Torbornsen, Torborn, Jurgensen, Torbarik, Harariksen, Hararik orUlrark.

    I should mention that his middle name is Torbald.

    Nord names, like Nordic names in real life, are usually descriptive of the person.

    Hjalti Early-Beard for example.

    Follow this link and go down to surnames: http://uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Nord_Names

    Stong-Arm, Trollsbane, the Wicked, Halfhand…stuff like that.

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    krystak14

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    I got my name idea off of uespwiki like you said, NordJitsu.

    I took 3 names off there and mixed them together for the first name, I got Ysgraheim which I love.

    For the last name I didn’t want a title style name, I wanted an actual family name and I saw Ulrarksen. I didn’t like the ‘sen’ on the end so I took it off and got Ulrark. Therefor his name his Ysgraheim Ulrark – im sure you figured this out :D

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    jerichob10

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    Hey guys looking for a good name for my bosmer character that i am going to be using in eso. I know what i am going to run with it but I am just not sure what i should name it yet. Any ideas?

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    krystak14

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    jerichob10 said on June 1, 2013 :

    Hey guys looking for a good name for my bosmer character that i am going to be using in eso. I know what i am going to run with it but I am just not sure what i should name it yet. Any ideas?

    Bosmer names are usually something like Karoman or Aradriel. The last names are usually something to do with plants and are made up of two parts, for example – Ivydale.

    This may help – http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Bosmer_Names

     

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    Rial said on May 31, 2013 :

    Neccessity has made allies of them, for they recognise the thread posed by Molag Bal.

    Threat posed or thread posted? :)

     

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