The Ice Tribes (also known as Glacier Tribes) are blue-skinned, tribal humanoids known to be encountered in northern, frozen regions of Tamriel. Their physiques appear quite muscular and some can be seen with two blue spike formations upon their shoulders. They are known to make allies with creatures like trolls, snowrays, and the fearsome Gehenoth. They are also capable of negotiations and making deals with men.
In 3E 397, Ice Tribes inhabited Glacier Crawl in High Rock at the time when the Soul of Conflict ventured through it. The Hero defeated the Ice Tribes there, using the keys they carried to unlock access to the frozen-over airship that crashed into the glacier long ago. There, the Hero slew the Ice Tribes' Glacier Chieftain and retrieved the Star Tooth.
Circa 3E 427,[UOL 1] the Ice Tribes inhabiting the areas outside of Dawnstar had raided the settlement. One of Vinticae's four champions had secretly set the Ice Tribes upon the town. Not knowing which of his champions was the traitor, he banished them all. Vinticae sent for the Hero of Dawnstar, and with the help of the oracle/healer Eustacia, the Hero interrogated the champions. Once the Hero exposed the true traitor, the Ice Tribes and their allies began their final assault upon Dawnstar. Despite the city's outer defenses, sheer numbers allowed some invaders to get past the walls. With the aid of the three loyal champions and the power of Starfrost, the Hero slayed the Ice Tribes, concluding the battle with the defeat of the Gehenoth Thriceborn.
Beyond Dawnstar, the Ice Tribes had their own locations called the Ice Tribe Haven and Ice Council. The Ice Tribes give themselves ranks like Scout, Warrior, Bowman, Raider, Captain, and Chieftain. Their ranks are always preceded by another word, including Ice, Hungry, Winter, Snow, Blizzard, Dawn, Elemental, Elite, Glacier, and Thriceborn. They are known to wield pole weapons, axes, daggers, and bows. They can be seen using armors of cloth and metal, shields, and jewelry.
- The Ice Tribes in Shadowkey were never explicitly called "Ice Tribes". However, due to the similarities in appearance, locale, and tribal militancy, as well as both Shadowkey and Dawnstar being Travels games and the shared "Ice Scout" variant, it is almost certain that they are indeed Ice Tribes.
- Given the mystery and obscurity surrounding the Ice Tribes, many fan theories have attempted to connect them to a different species such as the Falmer, Rieklings, Riekr, or Sea Giants. However, there has been no confirmation of any one of these theories.
- ESO's Arctic Rime skin could be a reference to the Ice Tribes.
- Dawnstar promotional text
- Varieties of Ice Tribes in Dawnstar
- Varieties of Ice Tribes in Shadowkey
- Appearance of Glacier Crawl in Shadowkey
- Events and Message Boxes throughout the quest in Dawnstar
- Eustacia's Dialogue in Dawnstar
- Events of Shadowkey
- The appearance of Ice Tribe Haven and Ice Council in Dawnstar
- Ice Tribe Dagger in Dawnstar
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.