Factions

In Elder Scrolls Online you'll be able to play as one of three Factions. The three factions consist of several Races from specific regions of Tamriel. The races formed alliances to take on a fourth alliance.

Ebonheart Pact (Northern and Eastern Regions)
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Argonian Dunmer Nord

Aldmeri Dominion (South and Southwest Regions)
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Altmer Bosmer Khajiit

Daggerfall Covenant (Northwest Regions)
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Breton Orc Redguard

The fourth, non-playable alliance / faction will be the antagonist of The Elder Scrolls Online. Imperials work with the noble Tharn Family to bring Tamriel back under Imperial Rule. Weakened from constant wars in Cyrodiil, these two form a pact with Mannimarco, King of Worms, who promises to reanimated the fallen soldiers to keep fighting for control.

Unbeknownst to the Imperials and Tharn Family, Mannimarco is really working with the Daedric Prince Molag Bal to rule over Tamriel themselves.

Will there be character classes?

While Zenimax is not sharing specific character classes at this time, the company has confirmed that a class system will be in place. The team is still considering specific classes and even abilities (there are some questions about how stealth will be implemented in an MMO, for example).

In Elder Scrolls Online you'll be able to play as one of three Factions. The three factions consist of several Races from specific regions of Tamriel. The races formed alliances to take on a fourth alliance.

The MMO version of The Elder Scrolls, currently titled Elder Scrolls Online role-playing series was officially announced on May 3, 2012. Developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online will allow players to quest across the entire continent of Tamriel 1000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online is currently scheduled to be released in 2013 for Mac and PC.

Who is developing Elder Scrolls Online?

Zenimax Online Studios, a team of approximately 250 people, is developing Elder Scrolls Online, which has been in development for several years. ZeniMax was founded by Matt Firor from Mythic Entertainment, who developed Dark Age of Camelot.
What will Elder Scrolls Online look like?

It looks like this! This is the first image of Elder Scrolls Online, from Game Informer. Elder Scrolls Online will have a more colorful, less detailed appearance, somewhat akin to World of Warcraft or Everquest.

The Enemies in this image are Storm Atronachs.

Players will vie for control of the throne of the Emperor in Cyrodiil.

All of Tamriel is in unrest due to the lack of a ruler. Races from certain provinces of Tamriel form alliances to defend their provinces and expand their territory. The Imperials form their own alliance with the noble Tharn family and Mannimarco to bring Tamriel back under Imperial Rule. However, Mannimarco is secretly working with the Daedric Prince Molag Bal to rule all of Tamriel themselves.

You will play through these events as an adventurer whose soul was stolen by Molag Bal. Fight to get your Soul back and bring order back to Tamriel.

After reaching your level cap and thwarting Molag Bal's plot to take over Tamriel, the Emperor's seat is still vacant. It's time to take the Imperial City with your faction! Taking the Imperial City will not be an easy task. The entire city will be overrun with Daedra sent by Molag Bal.

Once your faction takes the city, the player that contributed the most during the entire war will become the new Emperor of Tamriel. Details on contributions have not yet been released. Becoming the Emperor is more like being at the top of an online leaderboard.

Elder Scrolls Online will take place in Tamriel, which includes the provinces of Cyrodiil (where The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was set), Skyrim (the setting of The Elder Scrolls V), and the region called Elsweyr.

Some of the provinces may not be completely available, or may appear in reduced size. Possible expansions packs may fill out missing sectors at later times.
When does Elder Scrolls Online take place?

Elder Scrolls Online will take place in the Second Era, the same period The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard. During this era, there is no ruler of Tamriel, and Cyrodiil is in the midst of constant warfare.

Note: A little over 1000 years prior to the events of Skyrim, The last of the Akaviri Potentates was murdered and "Civil wars and insurrection dissolve the Tamrielic Empire"

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