Large wooly beasts that are generally non-hostile unless provoked, generally found being herded across the tundra of Skyrim by giants. They are hunted for their meat and tusks. The giants produce mammoth cheese for food. Powdered mammoth tusk can be used in alchemy, but only the giants know how to grind the incredibly hard tusks down into powder, making the ingredient rare.
Mantikoras are creatures artificially created by the Scaled Court. They combine the traits of numerous predators, the primary ones being scorpions and a specially bred wamasu. Additionally, captured Men and Mer were also utilized. Mantikoras are large, powerful, and exceptionally intelligent - and that makes them extremely dangerous.
The Medusa is a creature with the upper body of a woman and the lower torso of a snake. It writhes along using its hands and body to wind its way through its lair. Medusa are very strong and intelligent, and armed with a fearsome weapon. Their gaze has the ability to paralyze an opponent. The aquatic lamia is physically similar to the medusa.
The Meridian Purified are beings, such as mortals, beasts, and Daedra, that have been lustrated for purification by the Daedric Prince Meridia. For mortals, this usually involves being stripped of their will and bestowed with the gift of immortality for the purpose of serving her for all eternity. The Purified are imbued with a golden radiance within their bodies that cause their eyes and veins to emit a glow. Beings who join the ranks of the Meridian Purified include those who willingly pledge themselves to Meridia's service, as well the unwilling, such as those who defy her.
Minnows are small fish that can be found in saltwater across Tamriel. They are used as bait to catch larger fish.
Minotaurs, also called man-bulls or bull-men, are a species of beastfolk with the body of a man and the head of a bull. During the First Era, they were said to have symbolized the Alessian Empire, but in later eras became more commonly perceived as savage monsters by the people of Tamriel.
They have thick grey or sometimes brown skin and large curved horns. Some Minotaurs clothe themselves in a simple loincloth and shawl or wear nose-rings. Others wear intricate leather armor, and some prefer to be completely naked. They are most commonly found in the Colovian Highlands, Great Forest and the Gold Coast regions of Cyrodiil, as well as The Scar of Elsweyr.
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Large tree-like creatures that can be found across Murkmire. According to Argonian folklore, they have been existed as long as the Argonians themselves. Some believe them to be the "wrath of Murkmire", while others believe the Hist sends them to teach lessons.
They consist mainly of plant substance, they sometimes incorporate other materials into their shape, including mud, stone, vines, and even pieces of ancient architecture. They have some small resemblance to certain aspects of lurchers and similar creatures found in other parts of Tamriel, but in all other respects they appear totally unique creatures.
Every miregaunt has a large cavity in its mid-section, Sometimes an encountered miregaunt's cavity is empty. Other times a random piece of stone or other detritus fills the empty space. In rare cases, something valuable rests within the miregaunt, such as a precious stone, an ancient relic, or even a living creature. The local Argonians believe that these valuable objects have been taken into the miregaunt to purposely protect or imprison them.
Mistmen are floating, ghostly undead found within the Soul Cairn. Mistmen have the ability to cast elemental destruction magic, though they will resort to punching should they run out of magicka.
These are a species of bright-green frogs found in the coastal marshes of Murmkire near Lilmoth. As they have no natural predators they are known to be docile and playful creatures. The Moss-Foot Croaker is prized for its' croaks and is used in the creation of the vossa-satl, an Argonian musical instrument.
Mountain lions are rapid and vicious predators that roam the wilderness of Cyrodiil.
The Mudcrab (or Mud Crab) is a common crustacean capable of camouflaging itself as a small rock. They can be found along every shore and waterway of Tamriel, and are also a common sight underground. They are not typically aggressive unless cornered or provoked. However, if a mudcrab ever gets a taste of meat it becomes a hunter, and may be a threat to livestock. Mudcrabs are usually not dangerous unless they swarm, as they rely solely on their pincers and burrowing abilities in combat. Some mudcrabs can grow to enormous sizes, and rare albino variants are known to exist. Large specimens sometimes cannibalize smaller mudcrabs. Although they are inquisitive by nature and can be kept as pets, most citizens of Tamriel regard mudcrabs as disgusting vermin. Many different varieties of mudcrab exist; two known species are the Nibenay Mudcrab and the Rufous Mudcrab. Mudcrabs are prized for their sweet crab meat and legs, and their chitin is sometimes used in alchemy. There have been cases where mudcrabs have shown humanoid levels of intelligence and the ability to speak, and they were rumored to be in control of the Imperial mining operation at Caldera.
A more powerful form of undead which requires silver or better weapons to be harmed. Many adventurers have been stricken with horrible diseases after being injured by a mummy.