The result of a failed experiment by the Telvanni magister Varkenel, Vvardvarks were small creatures once found in the province of Morrowind, on the island of Vvardenfell. They were a magical hybrid that possessed scales, fur, and a long tongue with sharp teeth to its sides, with their diet consisting of small insects. The wizard attempted to create a kind of domesticated predator. His initial trials were aimed at using Ashlands stock to transfigure something similar to cats. Further experimentation would have increased its size and ferocity in an effort to create a novel kind of warbeast. His failure was considered one of the most successful accidents in the history of the House Telvanni. Varkenel's was given honor of expanding his experimentation to allow for a proper breeding program by the Archmagister of the House. The line of vvardvarks was expanded with additional colorations and configurations. Some Vvardvarks were even large enough to act as pack animals or riding mounts.
Despite their recorded unpleasant scent, Vvardvarks were domesticated as pets. Other uses for this chimeric creature were found, the Vvardvark's long tongue was used as fastenings due to their elastic qualities, while the Ashlanders used their hard shells for armor.
From the original experiment, several different breeds were recorded to have existed. The most common being the tan-colored breed known as the Demotic Vvardvark. Other varieties had more striking coloration; notably the Dozen-banded Vvardvark, with its vibrant tan and black striped pattern on its scales. Another variety, the Tuxedo Vvardvark, was reported to have scale patterns which resembled the plumage of the chub loon, and were theorized to have been bred to hide among the flightless avians. Mossy Vvardvarks ware yet another variant of this animal. They were known for their green, moss-like pattern on their backs. Some members of the Vvardenfell Zoological Field Commission refused to acknowledge Vvardvarks' as magically created beasts.
Vvardvarks became a part of Dunmeri mainstream culture. Felt plushies resembling vvardvarks became not uncommon sight in Morrowind. They also feature in Blessed Almalexia's Fables for Morning. Spells transforming people into vvardvarks against their will were invented, and ice sculptures depicting vvardvarks were aviable for sale.
By the late Third Era, the remaining Vvardvarks on Vvardenfell were wiped out by the Ash Blight phenomenon.
- ^ The Vvardvark Experiment — Magister Varkenel, Telvanni Mage
- ^ Loremaster's Archive - House Telvanni — Divayth Fyr
- ^ Vvardenfell Flora and Fauna — Tilenra Sildreth, Telvanni Naturalist
- ^ Vvardvark Tongue Laces item description in ESO
- ^ Crafting Motif 48: Ashlander Style — Sannemmu Khamishi, Wise Woman of the Erabenimsun Tribe
- ^ Vvardvark pet description in ESO
- ^ Dozen-Banded Vvardvark pet description in ESO
- ^ Tuxedo Vvardvark pet description in ESO
- ^ Mossy Vvardvark pet description in ESO
- ^ Felt Vvardvark item description in ESO
- ^ Blessed Almalexia's Fables for Morning
- ^ Naryu's Journal/Vvardenfell, Before — Naryu Virian
- ^ Vaelin Oren's dialogue in ESO
- ^ Vvardvark Ice Sculpture in ESO
- ^ Vvardenfell Then and Now on the official ESO website