Another part of the courtyard is better lit. A long flight of stairs leads to a building in the back. J’Zhirr sees a dead Falmer lying at the foot of the stairs, likely killed by whatever is in that building. It is a bit worrying for the Falmers can hold their own against the Dwemers’ creations. Meaning that what is in that building is stronger than the usual machines scurrying around. Looks like a tough fight is waiting for J’Zhirr.
J’Zhirr follows a tunnel dug out by the Falmers. It leads to a courtyard. With fountains, long benches and soft, blue lights, the courtyard is probably a beautiful place back in the days when the Dwemers were still around. The fountains still work, the light still glow and benches are still available for sitting on. But now, parts of the courtyard have collapsed into a pile of rubble and the Falmers have built their chaurus chitin tents in the area.
Some Falmers still remember how to cast spells. One Falmer casts Bound Sword when it detects J’Zhirr’s presence. Did J’Zhirr mention that Falmers have exceptionally good hearing?
Even though J’Zhirr knows that Bound Sword is a novice-level Conjuration spell, it is still impressive, merely for the fact that this one does not know how to do it.
According to the legends, the Falmers were once the graceful Snow Elves. After losing a war with the Nords many, many years ago, the Snow Elves sought shelter with the Dwemers. The Dwemers tricked the Snow Elves in eating a poisonous mushroom, which blinded and disfigured them, turning the Snow Elves into the hideous Falmers of today. The Dwemers then enslaved the blinded Falmers.
After the Dwemers disappeared, the Falmers are now free from their masters. However centuries of living underground had changed them, such that they bear little resemblance to the proud race they once were. Even though the Falmers are blind, they are capable fighters as they have heighten senses of hearing and smell.