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PostSubject: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:11 am

Like the Dunmer, the Bosmer have strict traditions and religious practices. Besides the classical Elven Ancestor Worship, the most famous is commonly known as the Green Pact.

It all started when Y'ffre, the forest deity spied upon Azura and Fadonai and heard Fadonai's secrets. {See Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi} Y'ffre made the creatures of the forest into Elves {which he named Bosmer} instead of them remaining a beast race like the Khajiit and Argonians. The Bosmer made the Green Pact with Y'ffre for protection and patronage. {See Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood}

Basically, the Green Pact means that:
- You cannot use any wood or plant matter from Valenwood as construction material OR for personal betterment
- Logging of trees in Valenwood by anyone is very illegal. Yet other cultures can use branches to perform woodworking, or the crafting of bows and arrows. {confirmation needed}
-The Green Pact also includes another interesting little tidbit the Meat Mandate

Because of the Green Pact the Bosmer have learned to make extraordinary bows out of bone, as well as pipes, and alcoholic beverages made from fermented milk. {A Dance in Fire, Chapter One} Strangely they drink ale. {The Dreadful Theft of the Sun's Dusk Ale} If they must, Bosmer will import wood and other materials from other provinces. While they could learn to use stone, Wood Elves seem to have too short of an attention span to have the foresight to properly use stonework. Bosmers are strictly carnivores as well. {see The Aldmeri Dominion}

Which brings me to the Meat Mandate. It's really just the outline of a Bosmer's diet, due to the Green Pact. To explain it best, I decided to quote from The Aldmeri Dominion.

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They are exclusively and religiously carnivorous. They cannot, or will not, eat anything that is plant-based. They eat game, beastfolk, each other, or meats imported from other regions. This part of the Green Pact is known as the Meat Mandate, and, among its other rules, it requires that a fallen enemy must be eaten completely before three days pass. The family members of the warrior that slew the enemy may help him with his meal.

So now we know about the charming truth of a Bosmer's diet. Meat and ale. It seems, {to quote A Dance in Fire} that "These Bosmeri would rather eat each other than touch the fruit of the vine or the field."

Another odd ability Bosmer have is the ability to shapeshift. Quoting The Aldmeri Dominion,

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They [Bosmer] can resort to animal shapes if they need to, or water.


The Bosmer believe that every monster has come from their strongest and most terrible transformation, which is called the Wild Hunt. Only the Shamans of Valenwood know how to perform this technique. It is also because of the Green Pact that Bosmeri can live among other beasts, {such as Centaurs, Orcs, and Imga} and easily gain the companionship of animals in the wild.

Curiously, I have found nothing on the use of the Green Pact in the other provinces of the Empire. To wrap this up though, I have a cautionary thought for you all. The next time you see the Adoring Fan, Glarthir, or even Fargoth - just think of the things they may have done, or eaten.

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PostSubject: Re: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:49 am

I am a little surprised you did not speak of the Wild Hunt. There were two documented cases of the event.

1E 369 - "A Wild Hunt was invoked in order to kill King Borgas who was a supporter of the Alessian Order and thus against Valenwood. As a result of his death via the Hunt, Skyrim was plunged in a civil war that lasted for more than 50 years."

3E397 - A Wild Hunt was invoked in retaliation to a Khajiiti attack on the Bosmer hamlet of Vindisi by its inhabitants during a truce in the Five Year War.


For more information on the Wild Hunt check out:
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Wild_Hunt
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:A_Dance_in_Fire,_Chapter_4
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Varieties_of_Faith...
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Pocket_Guide_to_the_Empire,_1st_Edition/Aldmeri_Dominion
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:A_History_of_Daggerfall
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Pocket_Guide_to_the_Empire,_3rd_Edition/Valenwood

http://www.imperial-library.info/search/node/wild%20hunt
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:34 am

Interesting! I had no idea! I shall look more into this and various other Bosmer lore.
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:30 am

Nightblade, I did mention it, but I intended the vast majority of the topic to be about the Green Pact and the Meat Mandate.

And thankies DyingEmber! ^^

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PostSubject: Re: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:47 am

O_O oh my bad. Well, now there are links now.
+1 for teaching me about the of green pact
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PostSubject: Re: The Green Pact and the Meat Mandate   Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:49 pm

w00t! ^_^ But yeah, now every time I look at the Adoring Fan... That grin on his face just says something to me now that it didn't before..

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