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I have every right to be at this negotiation. I need to ensure that nothing is agreed to here that violates the terms of the White-Gold Concordat
~ Elenwen during Season Unending

Elenwen is the Altmer first emissary of the Thalmor Embassy in Skyrim. She is the secondary antagonist of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

She was voiced by Jean Gilpin.


The Great War

Thirty years before the events of the game there was the Great War between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion before The White-Gold Concordat was signed. Elenwen was an interrogator during this war and was assigned to interrogate by torturing Stormcloak Leader Ulfric Stormcloak. After Elenwen was able to break Ulfric and get the information of his value (Such of him being the heir of the Jarl of Eastmarch) she needed the Thalmor decided to break Ulfric even further by making Ulfric believe that the information he spilled led to the Aldmeri Dominion being able to capture the Imperial City despite the fact that the city was already captured.

Post-Great War Pre Skyrim

After Ulfric escaped and at the end of the Great War when the White-Gold Concordat was signed by Titus Mede II. The information Elenwen and her Thalmor colleagues got from interrogating Ulfric was used by the Thalmor to (indirectly) take advantage of Ulfric and his decisions, an example given was the Markath Incident where Ulfric demanded the terms of the White-Gold Concordat be abolished and Talos worship be openly allowed in the city of Markath in exchange of liberating Markath and its hold from the Forsworn, the Aldmeri Dominion did not tolerate such dissidence and demanded the Empire to not only arrest Ulfric but to also demand the Empire to outright enforce the terms of the White-Gold Concordat by cooperating with their justiciars. This would eventually lead to the Skyrim Civil War between the Stormcloak rebels (Who believes in a independent Skyrim, believing that they can fight their own wars against the Dominion and demand the free worship of Talos) and the Imperial Legion (Who believes Skyrim is a province of the Empire and must remain a part of it.) which the Thalmor would similarly like the Markath Incident take advantage of indirectly as the civil war could weaken the Empire's power. However this does not necessarily mean that the Thalmor wants any of the two said factions to win the civil war as stated in their documents that both Stormcloak victory or a Imperial victory is to be avoided, as the Thalmor are enemies of the Stormcloaks (albeit for different reasons than the Empires).

Execution at Helgen

She was present during the prisoner's execution in Helgen and managed to flee the city after Alduin attacked with General Tullius.

Skirmish at the Thalmor Embassy

The Dragonborn was listed by Delphine in the list of guests of a party on the Thalmor Embassy, so he could steal some information about the return of the dragons and confirm if the Thalmor were behind the return of the dragons. While Elenwen was at the party, the Dragonborn slipped away from the party and killed loads of Thalmor Agents in his/her way to Elenwen's Quarters. The Dragonborn then killed Rulindil and Gissur, two Thalmor agents who were interrogating a thief called Etienne Rarnis who possibly knew information about the dragons. The Dragonborn managed to interrogate the thief (pretending to be a Thalmor) and learned that the Thalmor weren't involved, but where as puzzled as the Dragonborn and Delphine.

Pursuit in the Ratways

Furious because of the attack on her embassy and the Dragonborn learning Thalmor secrets, she sent an assassin named Shavari to kill the Dragonborn and Esbern (an ancient friend of Delphine) in the Ratways underneath Riften. The Dragonborn managed to kill Shavari and other Thalmor Assassins.

War Negotiations

During the negotiations of Skyrim's civil war, the Dragonborn may choose to allow her to stay or force her to leave.


After the negotiations, the Dragonborn may murder her while she is going back to the embassy, but it is completely optional. Even if she wasn't killed, there is a very high chance that her corpse may be found in the wilds. The reason for her death in the wilds is because on the way to the embassy, there are countless enemies and random encounters (bandits, wolves, bears, Sabre cats, orc hunters, Stormcloaks, et cetera) and she will probably die because of them. There is a very low chance that she will be encountered in random encounters with necromancers as a dead thrall, which will attack the Dragonborn on sight. Resuming, she can be killed in ANY way after the negotiations. In rare cases, she will make to the embassy and can be found on her quarters where she can be killed.


If Elenwen dies, she drops the following items.

  • Thalmor Robes.
  • Thalmor Gloves.
  • Thalmor Boots.
  • Leveled dagger.
  • Random amount of Gold.
  • Other random items.

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