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Imperial Lore

Imperials can be differentiated from Bretons and Nords by their darker skin, as opposed to the lighterr complexion of Bretons and Nords. However, Imperial skin is not as dark as that of Redguards. In Skyrim, if they are not part of the Imperial Legion, they serve as diplomats, traders, stewards, or craftsmen – which is well-suited, since Imperials are known for their diplomatic skills.

The phrase "Imperial Race" is a misconception. The people of Cyrodiil are divided into two different ethno-cultural groups: Nibeneans and Colovians. Both descend from the native Nedic and Cyro-Nordic peoples that were enslaved by the Ayleids, but diverged a bit after consecutive invasions and interactions with other races. Colovian Imperials in Western Cyrodiil have more Nordic features. Nibeneans have an Akaviri and, to a lesser degree, elven heritage. Both groups reflect the Empire's culture — a hybrid of Nordic, Aldmeri, and Akaviri culture.

Imperial characters often have Latin names. Examples include Tullius, Camilla Valerius, Cicero, etc., keeping with the overall Romanish characteristics. However, starting with Skyrim, some Imperial names start to sound more Italian than Latin such as Viola Giordano, Marcurio or Vittoria Vici. It reflects the change in Tamriel over time

General Tullius
General Tullius, the Imperial commander of the Imperial Leigon

as well as the military governer of Skyrim