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Concept art from Morrowind of an Ashlander

The Ashlanders, also called the Velothi after the prophet Veloth, are Dark Elf nomads that traditionally hail from Morrowind's wilderness. In the Merethic Era, Ashlanders and other Dunmer were very much alike and on equal footing, but since the days of the First Council and rise of the Great Houses, they have steadily been forced into the poorest and most hostile lands. They travel along with their herds, camping wherever is suitable. Additional resources gained by hunting the local wildlife are used to manufacture huts, armors, clothing and general household items. Ashlander culture is the remains of the ancestor-worshipping tribal culture which the "civilized" Dunmer left behind.

Unlike the settled Dunmer of the Great Houses, they do not acknowledge the power of the Tribunal; rather, they believe the Tribunal betrayed Lord Nerevar at the Battle of Red Mountain, and that they are kept alive by magical means not unlike necromancy. The Ashlanders are very xenophobic, shunning all outlanders, and are known to be aggressive towards foreigners in their lands. However, if an outlander performs a good deed for an Ashlander clan, he may be named Clanfriend, and thus be adopted into the tribe.

The Ashlanders of Vvardenfell are divided into four clans: the Ahemmusa tribe of the Azura's Coast region, the Erabenimsun tribe of the Molag Amur region, the Urshilaku tribe of the Ashlands and West Gash regions (strong believers in the Nerevarine Cult), and the Zainab tribe of the Grazelands region. They are often at odds with each other. Each clan is traditionally led by an Ashkhan, whereas the spiritual leadership lies with the Wise Woman. The secrets of the Wise Women are passed from one generation onto the other. Several prophecies, in the form of verses such as the Stranger, have survived throughout the years. Many others are believed to have been distorted or lost, but, as rumor will have it, the Dissident Priests may have recorded them and thus preserved them for posterity. The Wise Women of the Ashlander clans interpret dreams as prophecies, another major difference with the Tribunal Temple. All Ashlanders in a tribe, young and small, are born into the Ancestor cult of their clan; the Nerevarine Cult is a different, small cult with the Ashlander tradition.

If an Ashlander commits a crime against another member of a clan, he will be cast out of the clan. These outcasts have small camps in isolated areas; they often either become laborers in the mines or resort to banditry. Ashlanders in general are very proud, and they do not like to admit to things that shame them, especially the men; it is suspected that these tendencies may have contributed to their reputation among other Dunmer for being untrustworthy liars. Their internal culture is very polite, but they hate foreigners and have been known to be aggressive towards them (even though one of their own forgotten prophecies claimed the Nerevarine would be a foreigner).

Ashlanders think it shameful to attack unarmed persons, but they will kill without hesitation an armed person who offends them or their clan laws. Those who do not know their customs risk offending them just by speaking. Challenges for sport can be declined without shame, but not challenges for honor. Honor challenges come from perceived offenses or arise from customary formal challenges of status or ritual. Ashlanders may challenge a stranger who enters a yurt without invitation; customs differ with different tribes, but polite visitors who leave when requested may be forgiven. Gift-giving is particularly important in their culture. Among Ashlanders, a gift is a token of courtesy among strangers, and affection among friends. A thoughtful gift signals the giver is cautious, considerate, and aware of the receiver's wants and needs.

For more information, see the Lore article.

Ashlander RanksEdit

Unlike other factions it is not possible to advance in this one in the original game. After the Meet Sul-Matuul stage of the Main Quest you will be made a Clanfriend of the Ashlanders, and during The Path of the Incarnate you are named Hearthfriend. You can never advance from that point.

Rank Required Attributes Required Skills
0. Clanfriend Agility 30 Endurance 30
1. Hearthfriend Agility 40 Endurance 30 One skill at 30 and two at 20
2. Brother Agility 45 Endurance 35 One skill at 40 and two at 20
3. Initiate Agility 50 Endurance 40 One skill at 50 and two at 25
4. Clanholder Agility 55 Endurance 45 One skill at 60 and two at 25
5. Guide Agility 60 Endurance 50 One skill at 70 and two at 30
6. Champion Agility 65 Endurance 55 One skill at 80 and two at 30
7. Gulakhan Agility 70 Endurance 60 One skill at 90 and two at 35
8. Farseer Agility 75 Endurance 65 One skill at 100 and two at 35
9. Ashkhan Agility 80 Endurance 70 One skill at 110 and two at 35


This list includes only Ashlanders found outside the four main Ashlander camps. For more information, see:

Character Name Gender Race Class Ranking Location Comments
Zallay Subaddamael   Dark Elf Scout 3 Initiate Aharasaplit Camp, Zallay's Yurt
Assantus Hansar   Dark Elf Barbarian 0 Clanfriend Ghostgate
Tunipy Shamirbasour   Dark Elf Wise Woman 3 Initiate Ghostgate
Emul-Ran   Dark Elf Hunter 3 Initiate Grazelands Region
Kashtes Ilabael   Dark Elf Hunter 3 Initiate Grazelands Region
Sakin Sanammasour   Dark Elf Commoner 0 Clanfriend Suran, Suran Tradehouse
Borwen   Wood Elf Scout 1 Hearthfriend Tel Mora, The Covenant Trainer
Esar-Don Dunsamsi   Dark Elf Scout 0 Clanfriend Tel Vos Trainer
Hairan Mannanalit   Dark Elf Scout 1 Hearthfriend Vos, Varo Tradehouse Trainer
Assallit Assunbahanammu   Dark Elf Miner 2 Brother Yanemus Mine
Tubilalk Mirathrernenum   Dark Elf Miner 0 Clanfriend Yanemus Mine
Yan-Ahhe Darirnaddunumm   Dark Elf Miner 2 Brother Yanemus Mine