A Complete Guide to Factions in Elder Scrolls Online

There are three sides to every story.

A part of what makes MMOs so appealing is the deep and diverse lore. A world does not feel real without having a diverse set of people and groups that seize power. ESO was able to utilize the already rich lore from The Edler Scrolls universe in their character creation, giving players a substantial assortment of factions to choose from before starting their journey. Here is everything you need to know about factions in Elder Scrolls Online.

Everything to know about Factions in ESO

Elder Scrolls Online has ten playable races, which have separated into three factions currently at war with each other.

What are Factions in Elder Scrolls Online?

There are three groups of people in the world of Tamriel. Each of them is attempting to secure power, achieve goals, and bring their vision of Tamriel to fruition. These are the factions in Elder Scrolls Online. Within each faction exist three races, and in choosing your race you are also choosing your faction. Your selected faction will have an effect on your overall story, so make sure to choose wisely!

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All of the Factions in Elder Scrolls Online

Daggerfall Covenant

Factions in Elder Scrolls Online - Daggerfall Covenant

The Daggerfall Covenant was formed by The Merchant King of Wayrest, Emeric, with the goal of bringing an end to poverty and suffering. The previously warring races of the Breton, Redguards, and Orcs, begrudgingly agreed to unite together and provide the necessary leadership and plan needed for the Empire to survive. The Daggerfall Covenant stretches over the provinces of High Rock, Hammerfell, the city-state of Orsinium, and the Colovian Highlands in Cyrodiil.

Aldmeri Dominion

Factions in Elder Scrolls Online - Aldmeri Dominion
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Founded by the Altmer, The Aldmeri Dominion believes that the younger and less sophisticated races have ruled over Tamriel for far too long. They reached out to their two neighboring races—the Khajiit and the Bosmer in order to form an alliance determined to right the course of history. The Aldmeri Dominion stretches over the provinces of the Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr.

Ebonheart Pact

Factions in Elder Scrolls Online - Ebonheart Pact
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The Ebonheart Pact built their alliance on the idea of sovereignty for their people and lands. The Nords, Argonians, and Dunmer became unlikely allies when they all agreed that the Empire should leave their homeland. Even though their alliance is politically fragile, they boast the strongest military in all of Tamriel. The Ebonheart Pact stretches over the provinces of Skyrim, Morrowind, and Black Marsh.

So there you have it, that is everything you need to know about Factions in Elder Scrolls Online. Throughout the game, you will learn tons more about each of the factions and their motivations, regardless of which faction you choose from the get-go.

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Mason Moses
Mason Moses

My name is Mason! I am a 3D Artist and Writer that has been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a controller. I am naturally drawn to games with a strong narrative but can find just as much joy in the gameplay. You can find me either playing some popular MMOs or engaged in whatever story-driven titles pique my interest.

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