The Wood Elves are the various barbarian Elven clanfolk of the Western Valenwood forests. In the Empire they are collectively referred to as Wood Elves but Bosmer or Tree Sap People is what they call themselves. Tree Sap suggests the wild vitality and youthful energy of the Wood Elves in contrast with their more dour cousins the Altmer and Dunmer. Bosmer reject the stiff formal tradition of Aldmeri high culture preferring a romantic simple existence in harmony with the land its wild beauty and wild creatures. These country cousins of the High Elves and Dark Elves are nimble and quick in body and wit and because of their curious natures and natural agility Wood Elves are especially suitable as scouts agents and thieves. Their ability to command a simple creature is well known.
The Green Pact
The Bosmer allegedly made the Pact with Y'ffre the Forest Deity. The Bosmer are religiously carnivorous and cannibalistic as a result of the Green Pact a central portion of the Bosmer faith. The Green Pact is never explicitly shown but in its simplest form it sets these rules down: Bosmer may only consume meat-ba
The Green Pact has also heavily impacted Bosmeri cuisine combat and weaponry. They have developed methods of fermenting meat and milk to develop powerful alcoholic beverages and weapons such as bows are often made of treated and shaped bones. Most notable about Bosmeri combat is their stipulation that a combatant must consume an enemy's corpse within a short time after killing them. This has led to changes in approaches to combat such as fasting and planning family feasts following a battle. They also cannot smoke anything of a vegetable nature. Bone pipes are common however and are filled with caterpillars or tree grubs.
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One story exists in the lore that explains how the Bosmer became created or came to be: The Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi. It goes as follows in sc
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The Bosmer province of Valenwood was claimed as a wasteland province of the Second Empire and its geography is partially described in several Imperial surveys. The Bosmer live in many different towns however due to the Green Pact have built none of them themselves. The Wood Elves permitted a few roads to be built by the Second Empire but neglect their maintenance as the Bosmer do not need roads to move easily through the thickest forest; these roads would be now overgrown were it not for the High Elves of the Thalmor who have repaired and widened them for rapid passage of their arms to and from the coast.
The First Era was founded after King Eplear a Bosmer and founder of the Camoran Dynasty began his rule. Soon after this founding the Bosmeri began to change to suit the environments of the forest in which they lived. In return for the patronage of Y'ffre the Forest God (either one of the old ancestor spirits or an aspect of the true pantheon) they swore never to kill injure or eat any of the vegetation of the new home which became known as the Green Pact. The Bosmeri unity should be considered an important military feat in itself as Eplear managed to unify the disparate groups into a unified group. In 1E 340 the Camoran Dynasty formed a trade pact with the human slave rebels of the Alessian Order. This they then were forced to undo in 1E 369 with one of the Great Hunts killing king Borgas of Skyrim who was planning on declaring war on the Bosmer. Valenwood was able to maintain its independence for the majority of the First Era. It was only in 1E 2714 after unrelenting warfare from the Cyrodiils and Colovia combined coupled with the devastating effects of the Thrassian Plague that finally brought the Camoran Dynasty into the Reman Empire. Reman then ensured that Valenwood would not be a threat to the Second Empire by raising the cities of Falinesti Silvenar Haven Archen Eldenroot and Woodhearth from local trading posts to full-fledged powers in their own right. Falinesti is today considered the capital of the Bosmer and it is not currently known what it was prior to this.
After the fall of the Second Empire in 2E 430 the Camorans tried to unify themselves once more under the one banner however they had drifted too far apart culturally. They then began to war with one another the Khajiit to the east and the Colovians to the north. As they were disunified they offered no resistance to the encroachments made by the Maomer of Pyandonea.
The majority of human outposts built during the time of the Second Empire have been abandoned during the Interregnum and have been reclaimed instead by "beastfolk" such as Centaurs Orcs and Imga - that share the forests with the Bosmer tribes. Humans in general have learned not to intrude in the forests of Valenwood. While they once depended entirely on the annual Stridmeet caravans of the Colovian West the Wood Elves now rely entirely on the sea power of the Aldmeri Dominion for whatever they require from the outside world (As of 864 Second Era) 
For a brief period of time the Colovian armies used Bosmer Archers such as in the War of Rihad in 2E 862 however they were highly undisciplined and prone to desertion to be of significant use. They are quite adept at sneaking and one of their most famous poems the Meh Ayledion literally means The One Thousand Benefits of Hiding.  They are recorded as having been involved in the War of the Red Diamond alongst with the provinces of Hammerfell Summerset Isle Elseweyr Black Marsh and Skyrim  and although it is not explicitely mentioned which side they fought on it is likely that they went to the aid of Emperor Cephorus Septim I. However the war itself left Valenwood unscathed.
Valenwood also became part of the Aldmeri Dominion a coalition of the Altmer and Bosmer that was considered to be the most stable empire in Tamriel and they ruled until the armies of Tiber Septim wiped them out.
After conquering Valenwood Tiber Septim wisely decided to let the Bosmeri retain some symbols of its independence so as to limit dissension. Thus they allowed the creation of local chiefs and the Camoran Kings to remain
Also known as Haymon Camoran Camoran Kaltos Hart-King and Camoran Hart-King the Camoran Usurper began his deadly attacks on Valenwood in 3E 249. Two years later in 3E 251 the Camoran Usurper had conquered all of Valenwood and began his fateful march northwards before eventually getting defeated at the Battle of Firewaves by Baron Othrok of Dwynnen in 3E 267.
- Main article: Five Year War The Five Year War lasting as it did from 3E 395 until its conclusion in 3E 399 was a serious conflict between Elsweyr and Valenwood. More details are available on the main article of this War.
- Main article: War of the Blue Divide
- The War of the Blue Divide was a war between the Altmer of Summerset Isles and those of the Bosmer of Valenwood. More details are available on the main page.
At the close of the Third Era (as at 3E 432 anyway) significant changes were occurring in Valenwood. The Wild Hunt had been sighted again for the first time in "over 500 years". The "Walking City" of Falinesti has taken root for the first time in recorded history and there is a new Bosmer prophet the Precursor preaching that the old Forest God Y'ffre is returning with new gifts for his favored people. Whether these are isolated events or signs of some great change coming to Valenwood remains to be seen.
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The main religion in the forests of Valenwood is that of the Forest Gods and Ancestor Worship. According to legend the Bosmer witnessed the death of Yffre the first of the Ehlnofey to die. In his passing his spiritual energies formed an Earthbone a natural law to limit certain aspects of the world. Yffre's Earthbone placed a limit on the ability of a being to change its form and nature as previously they could change them at will. However the Bosmer having witnessed the formation of the Earthbone learned how to manipulate it to avoid its restrictions. The most notable of their uses of this ability is the Wild Hunt a ritual known only to the shaman of Valenwood. This is act is reserved to protect Valenwood from invading forces the ritual permanently transforms all participants into mindless blood-thirsty monsters who will then consume all of their enemies and then themselves. The Bosmer have noted that all monsters in the world were born from previous Wild Hunts. And is also inacted at the end of each era as a ritualistic practice within Valenwood.
|Humans||Breton • Imperial • Kothringi • Nede • Nord • Orma • Redguard|
|Mer||Aldmer • Altmer • Ayleid • Bosmer • Chimer • Dunmer • Dwemer • Falmer • Left-Handed Elves • Maormer • Orsimer|
|Beast||Argonian • Imga • Khajiit • Lilmothiit • Sload|
|Akaviri||Dragons • Ka Po' Tun • Kamal • Tang Mo • Tsaesci|
|Et'ada||Aedra • Daedra|
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- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Pocket Guide to the Empire First Edition: Aldmeri Dominion
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Brief History of the Empire v 2
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Refugees
- ↑ Brief History of the Empire v 3
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire Third Edition: Eras
- ↑ The Fall of the Usurper
- ↑ Pocket Guide to the Empire Third Edition: High Rock