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The [[Lore:Bosmer|Bosmer]] are the Elven clan-folk of [[Lore:Valenwood|Valenwood]], a forested province in southwestern [[Lore:Tamriel|Tamriel]].{{ref|name=POT|{{Cite Book|Provinces of Tamriel}}}} In the [[Lore:Empire|Empire]], they are often referred to as '''Wood Elves''', but Bosmer,{{ref|name=PGE1P|{{Cite Book|PGE|1|Prologue}}}} '''Boiche''',{{ref|name=TWE|{{Cite Book|The Wild Elves}}}} or '''the Tree-Sap people''' is what they call themselves.{{ref|name=Morrowind|Events of [[MW:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} Bosmer rejected the stiff, formal traditions of [[Lore:Aldmer|Aldmer]]i high culture, preferring a more romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land and its wild beauty and creatures. They are relatively nimble and quick in body compared to their more "civilized" [[Lore:Altmer|Altmer]]i cousins (who often look down upon the Bosmer as unruly and naive). Their agility makes them well-suited as scouts and thieves.{{ref|name=VAS|{{Cite Book|Valenwood: A Study}}}} However, they are also a quick-witted folk, and many pursue successful careers in scholarly pursuits or trading.{{ref|name=ASGTN|{{Cite Book|A Scholar's Guide to Nymphs}}}}{{ref|name=ADIF1|{{Cite Book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 1}}}}{{ref|name=TBG|{{Cite Book|The Buying Game}}}} Bosmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Bosmer being old and a 300-year-old Bosmer being very, very old.{{ref|[ Ask Us Anything Variety Pack 4]}} Though they are considered less influential than some of their Elven brethren, the Bosmer are also relatively prone to producing offspring. As a result, they outnumber all other [[Lore:Mer|Mer]] on Tamriel.{{ref|name=RM3TWE|{{Cite Book|Crafting Motifs 3: The Wood Elves}}}}
[[File:LoreLO-Great Ape Sketchrace-Imga.jpg|thumb|right|A sketch of an Imga, the Great Apes of Valenwood]]
The elves of Valenwood have always stood ready to defend themselves against aggression, and have done so on many occasions.{{ref|name=MUT|{{Cite Book|Mixed Unit Tactics}}}} They often rely on their forest-coupling skills to make use of guerrilla tactics. The title of their most famous poem, the Meh Ayleidion, means "The One Thousand Benefits of Hiding".{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}} However, the Bosmer seem to be the most pacifistic of all the modern races on Tamriel, as they have never instigated war with other nations (leading some more militant cultures to criticize them as cowards),{{ref|name=FWOB|{{Cite Book|Fav'te's War Of Betony}}}} though they have been accused of needlessly escalating [[Lore:Five Year War|some conflicts]]. They have never found a tried and true ally in any other Tamrielic nation. Mistrust has been engendered by the ritual cannibalism they practice, and it's often difficult for them to adjust their lifestyles to the expectations of other races and cultures. Nevertheless, the Bosmer are heavily dependent on good relations and trade with other races, as the Green Pact forces them to import the timber needed to make their homes, arrows, and other wooden instruments.{{ref|name=POT}}{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}}{{ref|name=ADIF2|{{Cite Book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 2}}}} Their own resources for trade include hides, river pearls, and finger-bone charms made from the [[Lore:Magic|Magic]]ally-charged hands of their dead wizards. When they are at odds with Colovia or other trading allies, they are said to rely on piracy or banditry to get what they need.{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}} They have attempted to accommodate other races in Valenwood throughout history, though many remained wary of outlander encroachments into their home.{{ref|name=OBRTTD|{{Cite Book|One Bosmer's Response to the Dominion|ns_base=Online}}}} To this day, they have little more than foot paths connecting their tiny settlements in Valenwood's sparsely populated forests.{{ref|name=POT}}{{ref|name=FTJOAHES|{{Cite Book|From the journal of Aretille, High Elven scholar}}}} Some primitive Bosmer practice cannibalism upon their enemies.{{ref|name=CP|{{Cite Book|Corpse Preparation}}}} Some Bosmer have been known to file their teeth to sharp points.{{ref|[[Online:Contraband C|Contraband]] in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} It is also common among the Bosmer to wear decorative antlers on their foreheads, although rarely, individuals with real, magically-grown antlers can also be encountered.{{ref|name=ESOAoCH|The contraband item [[Online:Contraband A#Assortment of Cosmetic Horns|Assortment of Cosmetic Horns]] in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}{{ref|name=PHatHMC|[[Online:Prince Hew and the Haj Mota Chariot|Prince Hew and the Haj Mota Chariot]]}}{{ref|name=LEoERPZI|[[General:Loremaster's Episode of ESO-RP ZOS Interview|Loremaster's Episode of ESO-RP ZOS Interview]]}}