This is truly awesome work. I love this style of painting you do. True craftsmanship. Love House Hlaalu!!! This is totally lore-glorification!!! These could be storybook pictures for Dunmer children to learn about they great houses and celebrate them. this truly invokes passionate nationalism for House Hlaalu!!
Wow, cool. Even though I'm playing Skyrim, I feel like this could this house could be included in my character's family background since they're for getting rid of slavery which means that not all dark elves were bad. Anywaho, awesome work.
Remarkable as ever! Love the complementary colour-scheme and how the mountain-ranges guide the viewer's gaze. I just wish you would do the other two of the Great Houses - Indoril and Dres - too. Though they _are_ under represented in "TES III - Morrowind" they give quite a challenge for interpretation.
Ah, that's alright. I bet you're a pretty busy guy.
I was thinking I might be able to help, in regards to your comment above me about Indoril and Dres: House Indoril would be easier between the two of them, since they were more fully fleshed out in the lore. Basically, Indoril is like Redoran, but very religiously devote. If Redoran could be said to be about Honor, Strength, and Duty, Indoril could be described by: Piety, Tradition, and Devotion. Think of Redoran as Samurai/Knights, and Indoril as Templars/Paladins. Basically, traditional religious zealots.
House Dres is a bit more tricky to nail down; not much is given about them. But they could perhaps be described by: Loyalty, Ancient Dunmer Tradition, and Rural lifestyle. They were concentrated in the south, as plantation owners absolutely dependent on slavery for labor, and though they were loyal to the Tribunal, they had tremendous respect for even older Dunmer (or even Chimer) tradition, like ancestor veneration, daedra worship, etc. There seems to me to be an implied mistrust of the other Houses by the Dres, as if they had strayed too far from tradition. They were also the ones primarily responsible for the constant border skirmishes and raids across the southern border into Black Marsh.
And then, of course, there's House Dagoth. Most mysterious, since all we really know about them is what we see of Dagoth Ur. We also know that they were highly respected (enough to be entrusted with Kagrenac's tools) and that they were "brave warriors and powerful enchanters." Considering, as well, that they were more aligned with the Dwarves, and that they dabbled in the arcane (while not being magic-centric, like the Telvanni), one can infer that they may have been the more enlightened or progressive of the other houses, probably much less tradition-bound, and a great deal more secular. I imagine them to be a cross between Telvanni and Redoran, but less strict than Redoran, and more ethical then Telvanni, with maybe a bit of Dwemeri forward-thinking; their House symbol being an insect shows how unconventional they must have been. You could also read the 'Poison Song' book series in the game, for more reference to them.
Wow! You described it perfectly. Thank you for saving me a lot of research on House Dagoth. I have read about House Dres and House Indoril but your describing them with "Loyalty, Ancient Dunmer Tradition, and Rural lifestyle" and "Piety, Tradition, and Devotion" summs it up better than I would have managed in a hundred years.
Haha Thanks! Morrowind is by far my favorite game, The Elder Scrolls is my favorite series, and I'm a major lorehound: I read every book I came across in Morrowind as soon as I got it, and I also remember the first time I played Oblivion, once I got out of the sewers, I headed straight for the book store in the Imperial City (First Edition) and read every book there. I love lore!
I love the Lore, too! But I am more of the "I read random pages in the wiki and loose one or two hours with cross-references" - persuasion, so sometimes my knowledge is pretty good and sometimes nonexistent at all. And although I read books in-game I often wait with it a long time - "A Dance in Fire" and "The Argonian Account" have been in the games since forever and I managed to read them only this year! It's shameful.