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Best race appropriate mounts and why

Itacira
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So, lore-wise, what type(s) of mounts would you feel fit specific races, and why ?

(ex : Khajit/Senche, Nord/Elk, Kagouti/Guar/Dunmer, etc)

And if I'm to be honest, lorewise, which mount would you feel best fits an Orc ?
Edited by Itacira on June 30, 2018 4:50PM
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    "Sure. Some folks here think horses are for riding. Then again, some of us are Orcs. Snak gra-Bura, she prefers eating stew to riding horses." - Brielus Gawey, Imperial City Stable Hand, 3e433
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    "Sure. Some folks here think horses are for riding. Then again, some of us are Orcs. Snak gra-Bura, she prefers eating stew to riding horses." - Brielus Gawey, Imperial City Stable Hand, 3e433

    :p Which is why I'm wondering if there's another kind of mount associated with orcs, because every time my orc gets on her horse I feel like she's playing with her food
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    Itacira wrote: »
    "Sure. Some folks here think horses are for riding. Then again, some of us are Orcs. Snak gra-Bura, she prefers eating stew to riding horses." - Brielus Gawey, Imperial City Stable Hand, 3e433

    :p Which is why I'm wondering if there's another kind of mount associated with orcs, because every time my orc gets on her horse I feel like she's playing with her food

    I kinda suspect the Bear or Wolf mounts, of what's currently available anyway. Probably any predator would appeal, so even the Senche and Kagouti are legitimate considerations. If we could add a new one, my first suspect would be the Echatere. We know they can be ridden (while drunk), so it's possible the Orcs would use them that way under other circumstances.
    Edited by starkerealm on June 30, 2018 4:56PM
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  • eso_nya
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    Torugs lorefriendly snowbear.
  • huschdeguddzje
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    Honestly most races would probably right some variation of a horse, imperial steed for well Imperials, yokudan chargers for the redguards etc.
  • Korah_Eaglecry
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    For me its


    Horses - Humans, Altmer, Dunmer, Orcs.
    Bears - Orcs
    Direwolves - Orcs, Bosmer
    Guar - Dunmer, Argonians
    Kagouti - Dunmer, Argonians
    Camels - Humans
    Elk - Altmer, Bosmer
    Senche - Khajiit, Bosmer

    I hate that they decided to make humans the race that domesticated mounted wolves. And I have my own headcanon that horses were originally domesticated by Altmer (Aldmer) and humans simply inherited the tradition.
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  • ArchMikem
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    It's not just what Animal fits best with each Race, but what Animal is native to the same region that Race inhabits. The Horse, therein, is native to large swathes of Tamriel from Cyrodiil to Hammerfell, High Rock and Worthgar. Hell there's even a Horse in the July Crown Showcase that's native to Pellitine in Elsweyr.

    But yes cultural symbolism is just as important as which one is more easily on hand. When it comes to the Khajiit, their Mounts are literally family members who were born into large Senche, and serve as either Warriors or Mounts for their Bipedal Siblings.

    Any of the Races of Men would use Horses. Even the Elves would use them as well, though perhaps some fancy variant native to Summerset.

    The Orcs, too, would ride robust Horses from the Wrothgarian Mountains, cause the Echatere aren't built like that, they're more pack animals and livestock.
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    Guars and khagouti do fit argonians quite well, seeing as they're native to Shadowfen as well as Morrowind.
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    Guars and khagouti do fit argonians quite well, seeing as they're native to Shadowfen as well as Morrowind.

    I personally like Kagouti for Dunmer more. But thats just a personal thing where one of my characters, being an ex-slaver, rode the things into Argonian villages to scare everyone during raids.
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    eso_nya wrote: »
    Torugs lorefriendly snowbear.
    This. King Torug's faithful companion Coldwind, who was HIGHLY revered. There is definitely precedent for Orcs utilizing bears as mounts, and it makes a lot of sense to me.

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  • HappyLittleTree
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    I really would like have to have a giant ram
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  • Jazdia
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    My Khajiit rides a camel. I think I’ve been influenced by the Hew’s Bane loading screen.

    Not sure why, but something I always thought worked well. Probably because she spends a lot of time there in what I consider Thieves Guild HQ. Being a Master Thief it’s her primary hangout.

    I’m guessing humans would be the other primary riders of the camel?
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    Ahah, yes, good point : the Hew's Bane loading screen has made camel-riding Khajit canon. As for humans : Redguards, definitely, but while some camels can actually endure pretty cold weathers, I don't think the Nords would care much for it.
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  • Jazdia
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    Itacira wrote: »
    Ahah, yes, good point : the Hew's Bane loading screen has made camel-riding Khajit canon. As for humans : Redguards, definitely, but while some camels can actually endure pretty cold weathers, I don't think the Nords would care much for it.

    Totally agree and I was thinking of Redguards primarily.

    Though further thought suggests that camels might not do so well in Reaper’s March, so maybe Khajiit are 2 mount owners? Senche for greener areas and the camel for the drier more sandy ones.
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    Guars and khagouti do fit argonians quite well, seeing as they're native to Shadowfen as well as Morrowind.

    I personally like Kagouti for Dunmer more. But thats just a personal thing where one of my characters, being an ex-slaver, rode the things into Argonian villages to scare everyone during raids.

    Why “ex-slaver?” Come on, you know you want to practice our ancestral right :wink:

    If you tie some Argonians to a cart, they can pull you along just fine. Not exactly a ‘mount,’ but it gets the job done.
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  • MrGraves
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    Jazdia wrote: »
    Itacira wrote: »
    Ahah, yes, good point : the Hew's Bane loading screen has made camel-riding Khajit canon. As for humans : Redguards, definitely, but while some camels can actually endure pretty cold weathers, I don't think the Nords would care much for it.

    Totally agree and I was thinking of Redguards primarily.

    Though further thought suggests that camels might not do so well in Reaper’s March, so maybe Khajiit are 2 mount owners? Senche for greener areas and the camel for the drier more sandy ones.

    There are 2 camels standing around in Rawl'kha in Reapers March if I recall correctly.
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    Chaos2088 wrote: »
    All should have a dragon!

    No, please no.
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  • Kotusha
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    Dont ruin my dreams of an echatere mount man. There has to be someone who rides echatere. Just because we dont see one in game doesnt mean it is impossible. I believe
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    I hate that they decided to make humans the race that domesticated mounted wolves.
    I think it makes sense for reachmen, since they mostly worship Hircine and wolf is one of his aspects.
  • jamgrs
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    Well, we're talking about regions and culture, and here are my 5 cents.
    Coldwind was already mentioned previously. And considering the weather of Wrothgar and amount of bears in the wild it's only logical for orcs to domesticate and use bears as mounts.
    Nords ride bears, too. Or used to ride. At least there was a bear mount in Storm Atronach crates, and its description was:
    "According to Nord legend, in his wars against the Snow Elves the mighty Ysgramor the Harbinger rode a Storm Atronach Bear conjured for him by his personal Clever Man."
    Well, tecnically it is a legend and the bear was magical, but you know... there aren't a lot of magical bears lore-wise and what kind of nord doesn't want to be a little bit like Ysgramor?
    Edited by jamgrs on July 25, 2018 10:54AM
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    Elk - Altmer, Bosmer
    You can't race a creature with a 2 meter wide wingspan on their head through a forest. Well at least not without breaking their neck, and possibly your own. Elks and deers with large antlers are not forest creatures, they always live on the plains or on the forest edge, using the trees at the edge for cover and camouflage. Seeing a bosmer on one of them always makes me laugh, I don't think they really thought that through. The obvious creature to race through a forest on are the senches, however I think the canonical mount for a bosmer would really be a tree branch. :D

    Altmers look great on the elk though, cause LotR:
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    Playable races and their mounts (at least from my point of view lol)
    Breton-horse, Redguard-camel, Orc-bear, Nord-hm tough one i guess horse again, Dunmer-kagouti and not guar because they are mostly pack animals not for riding, Argonian-maybe um wamasu? lol, Altmer-horse, Khajit-tiger, panther, lion etc. any big cat no brainer here, Bosmer-i guess wolf is most realistic horse is for eating like for Orcs heh, Imperial-horse duh.
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    Maormer-sea snakes um no brainer i guess lol, Goblin-durzog, Giant-mammoth duh.
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  • Korah_Eaglecry
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    Guars and khagouti do fit argonians quite well, seeing as they're native to Shadowfen as well as Morrowind.

    I personally like Kagouti for Dunmer more. But thats just a personal thing where one of my characters, being an ex-slaver, rode the things into Argonian villages to scare everyone during raids.

    Why “ex-slaver?” Come on, you know you want to practice our ancestral right :wink:

    If you tie some Argonians to a cart, they can pull you along just fine. Not exactly a ‘mount,’ but it gets the job done.

    The back story for the character is that he was a pretty big slaver, then the Akaviri Invasion occurred, the Ebonheart Pact was formed and in the aftermath of all of that he went broke. Lost a lot of clients due to so many argonians being freed/enslaving them becoming illegal. Basically the market for slaves crashed and he wasnt able to recover in time to get in on the emerging Breton/Khajiit market.
    Elk - Altmer, Bosmer
    You can't race a creature with a 2 meter wide wingspan on their head through a forest. Well at least not without breaking their neck, and possibly your own. Elks and deers with large antlers are not forest creatures, they always live on the plains or on the forest edge, using the trees at the edge for cover and camouflage. Seeing a bosmer on one of them always makes me laugh, I don't think they really thought that through. The obvious creature to race through a forest on are the senches, however I think the canonical mount for a bosmer would really be a tree branch. :D

    Altmers look great on the elk though, cause LotR:
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    Who said anything about racing through the forest on an elk?
    Edited by Korah_Eaglecry on August 4, 2018 1:09AM
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  • Itacira
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    @Strychnos Awesome reply, thank you for the work.

    My orc maining self is sad, though, that orcs don't seem to have their own original mount. I guess they're too busy eating them x)
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  • soulfourger
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    Elk - Altmer, Bosmer
    You can't race a creature with a 2 meter wide wingspan on their head through a forest. Well at least not without breaking their neck, and possibly your own. Elks and deers with large antlers are not forest creatures, they always live on the plains or on the forest edge, using the trees at the edge for cover and camouflage. Seeing a bosmer on one of them always makes me laugh, I don't think they really thought that through. The obvious creature to race through a forest on are the senches, however I think the canonical mount for a bosmer would really be a tree branch. :D

    Altmers look great on the elk though, cause LotR:
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    Dawnwood Indrik:
    These magical creatures have a special relationship to Y'ffre the nature god, and seem to draw strength from the very bones of the earth beneath their hooves. It's a privilege for a mortal rider to be borne by such an enchanted beast.


    Indrik aren’t exactly “deer” or “elk”, but closely related. And these deer-like Dawnwood Indrik hold a special bond with the central God of the Bosmer pantheon, Y’ffre himself. I think it’s in alignment with lore for Bosmer to ride on creatures bonded to their most important deity.

    Better Indrik and even the Indrik’s relatives, Deer and Elk, than Senche who are only important to Bosmer when they go hungry. Or need supplies.

    Tamed senche-cats are used for a variety of purposes by the Khajiit; be they mounts, hunting companions, or guards for temples. The Bosmer have a much different relationship with the senche. The wood elves hunt senche-cats for their meat and pelts,[3] as well as their bones, which the Wood Elves are convinced contain almost magical properties when crafted into arrows.
    Edited by soulfourger on December 22, 2019 8:02PM
  • myskyrim26
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    Khajiit: Senche-Raht
    Nord: horse, bear, elk
    Orc: echatere the best, bear - second best
    Imperial, Breton, Altmer: horse
    Redguard: camel, horse
    Dunmer, Argonian: guar
    Bosmer: not sure... Maybe some jungle cat...
    Reachmen: wolf
  • Nord_Raseri
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    As far as nords go, ancestral and historical-wise, bears/wolves/sabre cats/maybe some elk. As for bears - These fiercely noble Snow Bears are said to have been brought from the legendary continent of Atmora by mighty Ysgramor himself, who deemed them the only worthy avatars of the ancient Nord Bear totem, and - The bear was also one of the ancient animal tokens, associated later with the Nord god Tsun, so the Frostbane Bear has historically been one of the most prestigious mounts a tradition-loving Nord could ride.(Too bad the riding animation on bears makes you 'twerk'). The hisory of Nords with bears also extends to wolves(The other major animal in their totems. As for Sabre Cats, it seems Nords started domesticating them after coming to Skyrim from Atmora. As for domesticating elk, the reachmen and Nords are in dispute over who did it first( at least for the Great Elk- according to ESO)
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  • Aztrias
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    Guars for every race!
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