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Illustration of a typical Khajiit male
Elsweyr, the land of the Khajiit

Khajiit are cat-like people who come from Elsweyr, known for high intelligence and agility.[1] These traits make them very good thieves and acrobats, but Khajiit are also fearsome warriors. However, they are rarely known to be mages.[2] Khajiit mostly stay on land, but piracy and Skooma trade does draw some to work as sailors.[3]

Khajiit anatomy differs greatly from both men and elves, not only because of their fur, tail, and sometimes toe-walking stance, but also their digestive system and metabolism.[4] Khajiit, Argonians, and Imga are the so-called "beast races" of Tamriel because of these large differences.[1] Khajiit have a lifespan similar to that of humans.[5] There are no well-documented cases of cross-breeding between Khajiit and other races, though there are rumors of such a thing.[4][6] The foreign appearance and behavior of Khajiit make them common targets of racial discrimination.[7][8]


Even before the first Men or Mer set foot on Tamriel, the Khajiit were already native to the continent.[9][10] However, the origin of the cat-folk on Tamriel remains debated. Legend speaks of the Khajiit to have originated from an intelligent feline race or being their cousins.[11][12][13] This belief could be supported by the interpretation of the encounter with four and two legged cat demons by Topal the Pilot to be ancient Khajiit, just as Tamriel was still being explored the first time by Aldmer.[14][1]

Other theories speak of them being descendants of Aldmeri settlers, proved by the visual similarity of Ohmes and Ohmes-raht to Men and Mer, especially Bosmer.[UOL 1][15][16] The Khajiiti creation myth suggests the Bosmer and Khajiit to have common ancestors; Azurah having taken the forest people that were torn between the shape of beast and man and given them the many shapes of the Khajiit. But with Y'ffre telling Nirni of Azurah's doings and shaping the remaining forest people into the Bosmer, this link was cut.[17]

The following history and culture of the Khajiit is very closely connected to their homeland.

→ See main article: History of Elsweyr


The Mane, while the unofficial head-of-state, is no more a "breed" of Khajiit than any other is; they are simply unique. Khajiit tradition holds that only one Mane may be alive at any one time since the Mane is one entity reborn in different bodies with the passage of time. The veracity of this is unknown, but there has been no recorded instance of multiple Manes contending for power.[15] The Khajiit are divided by two disparate ways of life: the civilized jungles and river basins of southern Elsweyr, which have ancient mercantile traditions, a stable agrarian aristocracy based on the exportation of saltrice and Moon Sugar, and a thriving artistic culture, which contrasts greatly with the nomadic tribe or pride-centric Khajiit of the dry northern wastes and grasslands, where aggressive and territorial raiders occasionally unite under a single chieftain.[18][19] It is widely held that the greatest force among the Khajiit are the Clan Mothers. It is they, ultimately, who control both the harvest and refining of Moon Sugar, and thus they who are seen as the most influential.

An elaborate Khajiit Moon Sugar Pipe

The Khajiit often refer to Moon Sugar as "crystallized moonlight", trapped by the glimmering waters of the Topal Sea and washed to the sugarcane groves of the Tenmar Forest by the tides, under the guidance of Hermorah. The Khajiit believe that by consuming it, they are consuming a small portion of the eternal souls of the moon gods, Jone and Jode. It drives them into fits of ecstasy and abandon, purportedly leaving the streets of Elsweyr's major cities strewn with catmen shivering in the grip of sugar-fits. Despite the extremely addictive nature of the sugar, it is an integral part of Khajiit life and the chief export of Elsweyr, where it is smuggled out in both raw and refined forms.[15][20] It helps support a thriving black market; it is said one can purchase practically anything among the Khajiit. Khajiit of the desert tribes are often buried with only a small cairn of stones, so their bodies can be easily used by Necromancers.[1][21]

This love of Moon Sugar has given them a "sweet tooth"; candies, cakes, puddings, and sugar-meats are the staples of the Khajiit diet, each generously enriched with Moon Sugar.[15] This relationship between religion and cultural practice goes deeper than appearances suggest.[15] According to legend, the Khajiit and their deities are bound up in the Lunar Lattice, no less than the famed Liminal Barriers, the tendency of Mundus to remain discrete from the Sea of Oblivion and the force that keeps the Daedra out of Nirn.[15] In this way, the Khajiit, Moon Sugar, Lorkhan's Moons, Lorkhan's Heart, and White Gold Tower are all related, as all play a part in shaping the fundamental structure of the mortal plane.[15][22]

Moon-Singers are known as keepers of the lore and storytellers of ancient tales and legends. Similar to the Bosmeri Spinners, they are well respected among the Khajiit and are primarily found in Elsweyr. Knowledge of some ancient tales, such as the tale of Khunzar-ri and the demons, are split across several Moon-Singers in order to maintain its secrets.[23][24]

Over the years, Khajiit frequently have had to deal with the worry of being kidnapped and sold into slavery, especially in Morrowind, so they have to take self-defense seriously.[25][26][27][28][29] While the majority of Khajiit prefer to use their razor-sharp and retractable claws as weapons in numerous forms of Khajiiti martial arts like Goutfang, Whispering Fang and Rawlith Khaj, many have mastered the use of the sabre, scimitar, dagger, and longbow. Their chosen mastery is often reflected in male Khajiit names, through which they display their status in life with the prefix; though care is always taken, for the use of two titles is perceived as the result of either great pride or ignorance. While widely speculated, it is unknown whether the Khajiit are in any way related to the Po' Tun (currently Ka Po' Tun) cat people of Akavir or the Lilmothiit, a vulpine beast race which once inhabited Black Marsh.[30][31]

Art and Architecture[edit]

Various Khajiit architectural styles

The Khajiit's age-old culture is evident in their ancient stone architecture.[32] Much of their ancient architecture, including some of their great monuments, have fallen into disrepair.[33] Newer Khajiit architecture has since emerged, featuring stilted houses and pointed roofs. Both new and old architectural styles are often blended together within Khajiiti cities.[32]

The oppressive climate of Elsweyr makes it impractical to wear heavy clothing and armor. The typical bipedal Khajiit dresses in an ample shawl of brightly-colored cloth, known as a budi, for defense against the harsh rays of the sun. This shirt is tightly fastened in braids down the right side, to prevent any part of the torso fur from being seen, as the exposure of such in public is deemed both offensive and unsightly.[15] Khajiit martial efficiency is a priority in Khajiiti culture, and armor and weapons are built for their naturally lithe frames and dexterity. The lightest of armor is quilted or padded with cloth around the midriff and vital areas.[34] Medium-weight armor is exquisitely fashioned from loose-fitting leather, and the heaviest armor is leather overlaid with lacquered and highly-burnished metal plates. As Khajiit dislike restraint, only under the most harrowing of conditions will they don full battle armor. Khajiit are flamboyant in their fashion choices, and as a result, their light armor is often mistaken for flamboyant clothing.[34] Furthermore, most Khajiit bedeck themselves with jewelry, trinkets, and occasionally even herbs such as Nightshade.[35] Their tattoos often have a deep cultural and religious significance, as they signify their race, tribe, and the gods of their worship.[15]

The Khajiit of Anequina and Pellitine developed visually distinct styles of armor and weapons. Anequina Khajiit base their equipment off of the fashion of Darloc Brae. Although iconography of the moons is consistent within Khajiit equipment, Anequina styled armor in comparison delves heavily into lunar imagery. Every piece of Anequina styled armor typically features their image to show reverence. The Khajiit of Pellitine design their armor to intimidate, such as their helmets being shaped to look like snarling cat-demons. Regardless of region, Khajiiti weapons are designed to be lightweight, and boots and gloves are designed to have claws uncovered. To the Khajiiti people, exposed claws are necessary for dexterous hand movements, and to ensure that they can never truly be disarmed.[36][37]

Khajiiti Clans[edit]

The following is a list of Khajiit clans whose names are known. Other clans exist, but have not been named and are not included in the list. For Khajiit vampire clans, see the list here.

  • The Baandari Pedlars (or simply the Baandari) are a clan of nomadic Khajiiti merchants that travel all over Tamriel, going as far as the northern regions of the Iliac Bay and the Western Reach, or the elven territories of Valenwood and the Summerset Isles. Despite the animosity they experience from the other races, they are inclusive when it comes to recruiting non Khajiit into their ranks.[38] They live by a code of conduct known as the "Baandari Code," which states that loose items are rightfully salvageble, the peddlers must indulge clients in prophecies they want to believe in, and guarantee them of a product's utmost value and versitility. The Baandari Clan live by this lifestyle and with no other alternative as it is set in stone.[39] They considered themselves the "wandering litter" of Baan Dar, the Bandit God of southern Tamriel. They adopt the god's will, as seen in their name.[40][41]
  • The Duneguard Outwalkers, formally known as the Dakarn Clan, were Khajiit brigands that waged war with the Vinedusk Rangers of Valenwood, across the provincial border in Reaper's March. They were active in the late years of the Second Empire. Remnants of this clan became known by its current name, the Duneguard Outwalkers.[42]


The language of the Khajiit is Ta'agra. Although many natives of Elsweyr can speak Tamrielic, it is not uncommon for Khajiit to interject Ta'agra words or phrases into their sentences. Khajiit notably tend to have a speech pattern that consists of talking in the third person when speaking in Tamrielic.[43]


The art of Claw-Dances (known as the Rain-of-Sand fighting styles by the other races of Tamriel) refers to the Khajiiti martial arts, which plays a major yet ascetic part in the race's history and philosophy. They are considered synonymous with the unarmored form of defense, or the lack of any armor. There are many different disciplines that can generally be taught in the Temple of Two-Moons Dance, but they are known to be studied in their own monasteries, commonly known throughout the province of Elsweyr as the adeptoriums.

While most see it as a form of combat, it is meant to be lyrical meditation, much different than the other races' forms of meditation, which are quiet and lack motion. The claw-dances comes from the nervous energy that was excreting from the monks at the time and their focus on raw physicality. Considering their predatorial instinct and the movement of their claws, it became a distinct form of martial art that led to claw-strikes and wide leaps.


A monomythic society, the Khajiit are led in their beliefs by mysterious figures known as "Clan Mothers", whose duty it is to disseminate the cultural myths among their kind, and who maintain autonomy from the Mane and the disparate tribal leaders.[17] On the origin of their species, the Khajiit believe that life originated with two litter-mates, Ahnurr and Fadomai, who gave birth to the first cat, Alkosh.[17] To Alkosh was given the guardianship of time, and whose birth prompted Ahnurr and Fadomai to bring forth further life into the world, thus they created Khenarthi, guardian of the winds; Magrus, guardian of the sun; Mara, guardian of love; and S'rendarr, guardian of mercy.[17] In time, Ahnurr and Fadomai wished to share the happiness they felt in life with further children, and so, Fadomai gave birth to Hermorah of the tides, Hircine of hunger, Merrunz of destruction, Mafala of the Clan Mothers, Sangiin of blood and life, Sheggorath of insanity, and many others.[17]

Ahnurr decided to stop having children since further offspring would dilute their happiness. However, Fadomai was persuaded by Khenarthi - who had grown lonely in the realm of the winds - to give birth to further children, and this she did, bringing forth Nirni, the majestic sands and lush forests, and Azurah, the dusk and dawn, as well as the Moons and their Motions. It was at the time of her birthing that Fadomai was caught by Ahnurr who, angered at her trickery and disobedience, struck her. She, fearing for her life and children, fled with them to the Great Darkness and hid, giving birth to her final child, Lorkhaj. Having been born amidst the Great Darkness, the Khajiit believe that Lorkhaj's heart was filled with such, and thus was the Great Darkness made aware of itself and then known as Namiira.[17]

Amidst the darkness, surrounded by her children, Fadomai realized her death was near and set the moons, Jone and Jode, in the skies to guide her children and protect them from Ahnurr's wrath. She gave Nirni her "greatest gift", proclaiming that she would give birth to as many children as Fadomai had. Nirni was pleased because Azurah, with whom she routinely squabbled, had been left with nothing. Protected by the Lunar Lattice, the children of Fadomai left, save for Azurah. Into the silence and void their absence caused, Azurah approached her mother and was then given her gifts in the form of three secrets. She was told to take one of Nirni's children and change them, making them the fastest, cleverest, and most beautiful of creatures, naming them the Khajiit; second, that they must be fashioned as the best climbers, to climb upon the winds of Khenarthi's breath and set Masser and Secunda aright, lest they fail; lastly, that the Khajiit must be the best deceivers, able to hide their true nature from others. Then Fadomai died, and Azurah left to join her kin.[17]

Nirni approached Lorkhaj, whom she asked to create for her children a dwelling; he did so, and yet the Great Darkness in his heart forced him to deceive his siblings so that they were trapped in the new place with Nirni. Some managed to escape death and become the stars, and those who remained punished Lorkhaj by tearing out his heart and hiding it deep within Nirni, so that he would be with her whom he had done the most harm. Thus among the new world of Lorkhaj's creation, Nirni came to give birth to her children, who were many, but wept bitter tears for her favorite—the forest people—who did not know their proper shape. It was at this time that Azurah came forth and comforted her, taking some of the forest people and placing them in the deserts and forests, where she fashioned them in many forms, one for each purpose they might need, and having done so, named them the Khajiit, teaching them the secrets entrusted to her, and binding them to the Lunar Lattice.[17]

In speaking the secrets, the first was heard by Y'ffer, who told Nirni of Azurah's deed. Nirni, in retribution for her changed, and now lost, children made the deserts hot and sands biting, and filled the forests with water and poison. To separate her beloved children from those of Azurah, she allowed Y'ffer to change those who remained so that they would always be of the mer, and never beasts, and named them Bosmer. From that moment forth, the two were eternally separated and, as with their makers, were bound in animosity one with the other. In this fashion, the Khajiit explain not only their origins but their bond with the moons and conflict with the Bosmer.[17]

Contradictions to this explanation of Khajiiti origin have been raised by Imperial scholars, who purport that the Khajiit are descendants of a race of great cats of the desert regions of Nirn, backing their claim with the fragmented letters of Topal the Pilot - the earliest known Aldmeri adventurer, after whom the Topal Sea is named - which reference both quad- and bipedal cats:

"The cat demons of four legs and two ran the river's

Length, always keeping the boat in their
Green-eyed sight, hissing, and spitting, and

Roaring with rage." [1]

However, even this obscure evidence may yet be debated, as Pelinal Whitestrake, leader of the Elven Pogrom, slew many thousands of the Khajiit, during the same era, under the mistaken impression that they were "another strain of Aldmeri" so closely did they resemble such. There are other such reports, and they raise the possibility that the Khajiit, in general, may actually have elven ancestry.[1]

Khajiiti Pantheon[edit]

The Khajiiti pantheon encompasses a myriad of gods, both temporal and otherwise, a fraction of which are detailed below. Of the dark spirits, or Dro-m'Athra, who are represented by the inverse phases of the moons and are associated with the gods Lorkhaj and Namiira, the Khajiit rarely speak.

Akha (The First Cat / Pathfinder / One Unmourned)
In the earliest days, when Ahnurr and Fadomai were still in love, he explored the heavens and his trails became the Many Paths. He was Ahnurr's Favored Son, and his father told him to find a love like Ahnurr found with Fadomai. Akha mated with the Winged Serpent of the East, the Dune Queen of the West, and the Mother Mammoth of the North. He then went to the South and never returned. Instead, Alkosh appeared speaking warnings of the things Akha had made along the Many Paths. Since then, Alkosh and his faithful watch over the many children of Akha, for they are both terrible and kind.[44]

Alkosh (Dragon King of Cats / God of Time)
A cultural hero, and one of the earliest gods among the Khajiit culture, his worship was co-opted during the establishment of the Riddle'Thar, although worship of Alkosh as a deity continues to flourish among Elsweyr's desert-blasted regions. Most commonly depicted as a fearsome dragon with feline features, the Khajiit typically describe Alkosh as "a real big cat". He repelled an early Aldmeri pogrom of Pelinal Whitestrake, leaving a time wound in its place. The Khajiiti built the temple of Sunspire where the time wound lay to honor him, and believe that without his divine intervention, Pelinal would have wiped them out.[45][46] Khajiit believe that Alkosh is their dragon-father who gave them their strength. Some interpret that link as them being both cat and Dragon.[47]

Alkhan (The Scaled Prince / Firstborn of Akha)
He can devour the souls of those he kills to grow to an immense size. The songs tell us Alkhan was slain by Lorkhaj and his companions, but as an immortal Son of Akha he will return from the Many Paths in time. He is the enemy of Alkosh, Khenarthi, and Lorkhaj, and ever hungers for his crown.[44]

Azurah (Mother of All Khajiit / Goddess of Dusk and Dawn / Queen of the Night Sky / Favored Daughter of Fadomai)
The Khajiit name for Azura. She is the Sister to Nirni, the plane, and goddess upon which the Khajiiti dwell, Azurah is the goddess to whom the Khajiit attribute both their current form and the mysterious tie between them and the Lunar Lattice. She makes few appearances among Khajiiti myth apart from that of their origin.[45] In some art, she is represented as a Khajiit with oversized eyes and star-like pupils.[48] In others, she depicted with three faces—of a Khajiit, a Mer, and a Human woman. She is considered an ancestor spirit and a teacher of the old ways.[49]

Baan Dar (The Pariah)
Regarded more as a manifestation than a formal god, Baan Dar is the personification of Khajiiti cleverness and the wit engendered of long-suffering on their part.[45] He is commonly attributed with that genius which lends itself to the creation of last-minute plans to foil the machinations of the Khajiit's foes, man or mer.[45]

Boethra (The Warrior of the East and West)
The Khajiit name for Boethiah, little is known of her worship. Khajiit describe her as having a sharp tongue,[50] and is considered an ancestor spirit and a teacher of the old ways.[49]

Hermorah (The Watcher, Spirit of the Tides)
Little is known about his worship, though he is comparable to Hermaeus Mora. To the Khajiit, he represents the Tides.[17]

Hircine (The Hungry Cat, The Hunter, Spirit of Pursuit and Purposeful Change)
He is the god of hunting and skin-changing, revered for his fierceness and cunning.[16] To gain his favor, the Khajiit partake in a hunt and offer their game in hopes that he will reward them by strengthening their claws and sharpening their senses.[40]

Khenarthi (Goddess of the Winds / Gatherer of Waters / Elder Spirit of the Heavens)
Little is known of the worship of Khenarthi, whom the Khajiit hold to be the Goddess of the Winds, whose breath sustains her kin, Jode and Jone, on their path through the sky. She is also credited with aiding the Khajiit with swiftness.[45] When "true cats" die, Khenarthi flies their souls to the Sands Behind the Stars.[51] She is usually represented as a great hawk, and is popular among sailors and farmers.[52] When worshiped in her agricultural aspect, she is known as the Gatherer of Waters.[53]

Jode (Big Moon God)
One aspect of the Lunar Lattice, Jode is revered uniquely by each sub-species of Khajiit, as regards their aspect at the time of the Khajiit's birth.[45]

Jone (Little Moon God)
One aspect of the Lunar Lattice,[45] Jone is revered uniquely by each sub-species of Khajiit, as regards their aspect at the time of the Khajiit's birth.

Lorkhaj (The Moon Beast / Moon Prince / Fadomai's Favored Son / The White Lion / Dark Moon / Ghost Moon)
Held between admiration and contempt for his great deceit and cunning, Lorkhaj is easily identifiable with the tales of Lorkhan, and among the Khajiit is credited with the creation of the mortal plane.[45]

Mafala (Clan Mother of Dark Secrets / The Teaching Mother / Elder Spirit / Keeper of the Ancient Secrets of Fadomai)
The Khajiit name for Mephala. While she is known to be the recorder of hidden guilt and eternal shame, Mafala is also considered an ancestor spirit and a teacher of the old ways.[49] However, her worship fell out of favor after the event known as the "Sinner Suicides".[54]

Magrus (Cat's Eye, Sun God, Third Eye of Azurah)
The Khajiit name for Magnus. Known to them as the god of the sun and sorcery, although Khajiit magicians revere Azurah more.[16]

Mara (The Mother Cat / Goddess of Love)
The Goddess of Love, to Mara is attributed all the passion of the Khajiit. Nothing is known of her worship among the Khajiiti.[45]

Merid-Nunda (False Spirit of Greed / The Orphaned Glimmer)
She is the daughter of Magrus, who loved only himself and his own creations. Magrus did not take a mate but instead forged children of the aether. Merid-Nunda is a cold spirit, born of light without love. She is intellect without wisdom, knowledge without purpose. She is the consort of demons, and some songs blame her for orchestrating the death of mighty Lorkhaj. When Merid-Nunda dared assault the Lattice, Azurah struck her down before the Varliance Gate and dragged her away from it. She then cast Merid-Nunda into the Void and bound her there with mirrors. The nomads say she has since escaped.[55]

Merrunz / Mehrunnez[56] / Dagon[55] (Ja'Khajiit / Fire-Cat / Demon Cat)
Also known by his Imperial name Mehrunes Dagon, Merrunz is an eternally-young god of cat-like form; thus, as a kitten, do the Khajiit explain his natural tendency to rend and destroy the world around him.

Molagh (Elder Spirit of Domination and Supreme Law)
One of the twelve Demon Kings. This demon was the first to assault the Lattice with intent, alongside Dagon and Merid-Nunda. Boethra and Molagh fought to a standstill before the Lattice, but it was Azurah who shackled the Demon King with secrets only she knows. He will test you, and you will overcome him with the might of Boethra, the Will Against Rule.[55]

Namiira (The Great Darkness / The Eldest Spirit / The Void)
The Khajiit name for Namira, Namiira is the Great Darkness found within Lorkhaj's heart and the void from which he was born. It is said that the Khajiit entrust the souls of the dead to Namiira.[57] She is associated with the dro-m'Athra.

Nirni (The Green Mother / Spirit of Harmony)
Though her spirit has diminished, Nirni can still be felt in the warm sands, dense jungles, and all places where mortals have not disturbed the earth. The Khajiit are her secret defenders, for her spirit seeds life on the Mortal Plane. This was Lorkhaj's gift to Nirni. Because she always tried to compete with Azurah for Fadomai's favor, she is sometimes called the Jealous Sister. Despite this, it is said she was the only spirit more beautiful than Azurah.[58]

Noctra (The Shadow Thief / Daughter of Twilight)
Born from the black blood of Lorkhaj at the steps of the Void Gate. In the songs, Boethra battled this spirit until it knew it was not Namiira. When this was done, Noctra was brought before Azurah to be judged. Azurah showed mercy and allowed Noctra to live, so long as she served Azurah and the ja-Kha'jay. But Noctra is rebellious by nature, so she stole one of Azurah's keys and fled back into the Void. It is written that Azurah sent the true spirit of Lorkhaj to find her, and ever since Noctra has aided the Khajiit when called. Tribes may whisper to Noctra for silence, shade, and luck. Do not summon her to perform vile deeds, for this will bring the Dark with her.[59]

A demon that followed Boethra back through the Many Paths. It spoke in curses of affliction and knew no other words. Lorkhaj, Khenarthi, and Boethra battled the demon in the ancient songs, but Orkha could only be banished and would not die. Khajiit understand that Orkha and others of his ilk serve as tests along the Path, and nothing more.[55]

Rajhin (The Footpad / The Silent Walker)
The thief-god of the Khajiiti, legend holds that Rajhin grew up in the Black Kiergo section of Senchal. In life, Rajhin was the most infamous burglar in Elsweyr's history, said to have stolen a tattoo from the neck of the Empress Kintyra as she slept.[45][60] He is accredited with using the Ring of Khajiiti in his thievery, making the ring famous. After his death, Rajhin was inculcated among the Khajiit gods, to serve as an example to them of cleverness and adroit ability. His blessing is most often asked for before undertaking activities of a less-than-lawful nature.

Riddle'Thar (Two-Moons Dance / The Sugar God)
The cosmic order deity of the Khajiit, the Riddle'Thar was revealed to the citizens of Elsweyr by the prophet Rid-Thar-ri'Datta. The Riddle'Thar is more a set of guidelines than a single entity, although it has been known that some of his avatars appear as humble messengers of the gods to those in need.[45]

Sangiin (Blood Cat / Blood God of the Second Litter)
Little is known of Sangiin, though he is comparable to the Sanguine. He is the god of Death and Secret Murder, and his worship is hidden from Magrus.[16] He is revered by some vampires, who perform blood sacrifices for him through hemo helots.[61]

S'rendarr (The Runt / God of Mercy)
Nothing is known of S'rendarr, save that the Khajiit revere him as the God of Mercy. Due to the similarities in the names S'rendaar and Stendarr, which may have been caused by Khajiiti mispronunciation, S'rendarr may be the Khajiiti form of the Imperial Stendarr supported by the fact that both deities are gods of mercy.

Sheggorath (Skooma Cat / Mind God)
The God of Madness, Sheggorath is easily identifiable with the Imperial Sheogorath, the negative effects of Skooma and Moon Sugar being attributed to his presence among the Khajiit.[45]

Varmiina (Queen of Nightmares / The Lost Daughter)
This spirit was not of any litter but was born from Fadomai's fear of losing her children. Azurah killed this dark spirit in the Underworld, and now Varmiina only haunts Khajiit when they dream. Know she will test you and make you want to turn from the Path in fear, but she cannot truly harm the ja-Kha'jay in dreams.[59]

Y'ffer (The Elden Shaper)
One of the Bastard Sons of Ahnurr. Unlike his father, he was wise and kind. He convinced Nirni to be his mate by creating the first flower, and they had many children. Y'ffer was corrupted by the Great Darkness sometime after the death of Lorkhaj. Consumed by chaos, Y'ffer struck Nirni, killing her. Azurah, Khenarthi, and Hircine destroyed him in vengeance and made a cairn for Nirni out of his bones. Some woodland folk say they can still hear his voice, but the Khajiit no longer speak of him.[58]


Khajiit in many shapes and sizes

The morphology of Khajiit is determined at their date of birth,[62] intrinsically tied to the phases of Jone and Jode, the Lunar Lattice.[63] After birth, Khajiit look very similar and smaller than human newborns. Within weeks after, their individual morphology becomes more clear, and their growth is faster than that of humans.[UOL 1] The lifespan of Khajiit is around the same as men.[5]

Once a Khajiit's shape was determined on birth, it will stay for the rest of their life. It is not to be compared to shape shifting, as Lycanthrophy. Such is considered heretical to the Lunar Lattice,[63] but possible.[64]


Khajiit tapestry showing some of the furstocks

There are seventeen distinct "furstocks", different variations of Khajiit,[63][UOL 2] although the Imperial Geographical Society has previously claimed that there are more than twenty.[15] Furstocks with the suffix of -raht are generally bigger than their non -raht counterparts.[UOL 3] Common to all Khajiit is their weakness for sweets, especially Skooma.[65] Within Khajitti society, all forms are granted respect regardless of size or shape, but outside of Elsweyr, less humanoid Khajiit such as Alfiq and Senche-raht face more discrimination than their bipedal counterparts.[66] Different furstocks can engage in romantic pairings, though some can prove to be more physically challenging than others.[UOL 3]

The following list shows all Khajiiti furstocks and their moon-phase.[UOL 1] Note how some sources partially speak of different moon-phases for the same breeds.


The Alfiq are a diminutive form of magically gifted Khajiit[UOL 4] resembling typical housecats.[15][67] Their resemblance to common housecats has led many to treat them as such, whether by downplaying their intelligence, cooing at them or attempting to cuddle them.[38][68] While it is rumored among outsiders that Alfiq are mute,[UOL 1] they are in fact capable of speech. The misconception that Alfiq are incapable of speech may derive from the scholarly reduction of Alfiq to the status of housecats, or from a disinclination of Alfiq to talk in the presence of outsiders.[38] Due to the disrespect that Alfiq get as a result of their form, they rarely travel outside Elsweyr.[38] All these factors resulted in Alfiq resenting being labeled as housecats, which they consider patronizing and irritating.[69] The grave lack of knowledge outsiders have of them does allow Alfiq to pose as housecats in order to serve as information gatherers.[69] Alfiq wear clothing, but as they are unable to naturally put it on themselves, they either have others do it for them, or they use magic to clothe themselves.[UOL 4] Sheggorath has been seen in the form of an Alfiq.[70]


Nothing is known of the Alfiq-raht except that they are probably bigger than the Alfiq.[UOL 3]


Cathay are slightly larger and stronger than Suthay-raht, but the most obvious difference is that they have plantigrade legs.[UOL 5][71][72]


Khajiit of this furstock were nicknamed as "jaguar-men" by the Imperial Geographical Society.[15] Despite this, they can have a wide range of patterns that don't resemble jaguars.[65] They are said to be more agile than a werewolf.[73] They possess phallic barbs.[74][UOL 6]


Dagi are a less common form of the khajiit, living in the southern marshes and jungle regions of Elsweyr, as well as the Tenmar Forest.[UOL 1] Physically, they have facial features that are comparable to that of lynxes and are short in stature, making them among the smallest of the furstocks.[75] Due to their light weight, they have been reported as being able to dwell in higher branches of trees that cannot hold a Bosmer. Due to their inclination to climb trees, they are compared to monkeys, though this is considered insulting.[75] However, some folklore claims that a mummified Dagi paw can grant wishes at a price,[76] mirroring the stories of Monkey paws among the Bosmer.[77] According to possibly unreliable reports from the Bosmer, Dagi are suspected to be skilled spellcasters.[78]


Similar to Dagi, Dagi-raht's facial features typically resemble that of lynxes, but some variations exist.[79] They also prefer to live among the trees rather than on the ground,[80] and are reported to live in the Tenmar Forest. Due to their stature and light frame, they are able to dwell in the higher jungle branches that can not hold a Bosmer's weight.[78] Additionally, they are suspected to have more talent with magic than outsider stereotypes would suggest, though this is a generality and levels of talent vary between individuals, much like with other races.[80] [78]


They are described as man-like[78], or man-faced[15], and visually like Bosmer, though sometimes shorter. To avoid being mistaken as such, many Ohmes tattoo or paint their faces to resemble a feline-aspect.[UOL 1][11] The Imperial Geographical Society previously claimed them to be the most common kind of khajiit to be encountered outside of Elsweyr, usually as adventurers or diplomats[15], though they are in fact seen far less often than other furstocks of Khajiit.


Like Ohmes, they can easily be mistaken as elves or men.[1][78] Just as men, they also walk on their heels. In contrast to men and mer, the body of an Ohmes-raht is covered by light fur, and they do have a tail.[UOL 1] As Ohmes, they also paint their faces to resemble a feline-aspect.[12]


Pahmar are a giant bipedal furstock that are similar to their bigger counterparts, the Pahmar-raht, and resemble Senche-Tigers.[UOL 1] [81]


The Pahmar-raht are a giant bipedal furstock. Due to them being the strongest of furstocks, they are usually deployed as bodyguards and warriors.[82] Like the Pahmar furstock, they resemble Senche-Tigers,[83] but Pahmar-raht differ in that they are larger and more dangerous.[UOL 1] They have plantigrade legs and are very tall.


Senche are often confused with their tiger-sized, catlike, and lesser sentient cousins, Senche-Cats.[15][65][84] This is due to Khajiit also using the term Senche to describe them.[UOL 2][UOL 7] The Senche furstock is said to be similar to Pahmar-raht in size. They are very large, standing about as tall as an Altmer or having a shoulder height of a Horse. Some say their weight is comparable to that of twenty Altmer, which may be a bit of exaggeration. Their forelimbs are thick and their rear limbs one and a half times as long, giving them an apelike appearance. They have tawny fur, ribboned with stripes the color of dried blood.[3] Some may use them as steeds if the Senche permits them to.[15][UOL 1]


Nicknamed "battlecats", the Senche-raht are larger and slower than the Senche. They possess a shorter body-span and straighter legs. The average Senche-raht stands as tall as two Altmer and can weigh as much or more than fifty. However, these measurements may be exaggerated.[63] Nonetheless, they are the largest of all Khajiit furstocks.[UOL 2] Due to their appearance, Senche-rahts are often mistaken for beasts outside of Elsweyr and may be attacked on sight.[66] Senche-rahts are intelligent beings with great memory,[85] are capable of speech,[86] and can cast spells.[87] Although like the Senche, they can function as mounts and beasts of burden and war, they dislike being lowered to a beastly status. They prefer to be seen as equals and dislike when their riders are labeled as owners and handlers.[85]


They are similar to the Suthay-raht, save that they are of lesser stature.[UOL 1] Like Suthay-raht, they are evidently bipedal and have digitigrade legs.[88]


The Suthay-raht are sometimes, incomprehensibly for Khajiit themselves, nicknamed "ja'khajiit".[UOL 1] They are similar in height and build to the races of man. They are completely covered in fur of different colours and patterns and have a tail. Claws are present on hands and feet, and their heads appear very cat-like.[89] Suthay-raht are known to be good jumpers, agile, sneaky and having a bold spirit. This makes them good adventurers, traders and suitable for slaves. They are however not as good warriors as Cathay-raht.[90] Suthay-raht are able to purr and hiss.[91] They also have slight phallic barbs.[UOL 6] The Suthay-raht furstock was the most common in Morrowind[65][UOL 1], specifically on Vvardenfell, towards the end of the Third Era.[90]


Little is known of the Tojay, except that they live in the southern marshes and jungle regions of Elsweyr, as well as the Tenmar Forest.[UOL 1]


Little is known of the Tojay-raht, except that they evidently are bipedal and have digitigrade legs.[92]


The Mane is a unique kind of Khajiit. Khajiit tradition holds that only one Mane can be alive at one time and, more specifically, believe that there is actually only one Mane who is reborn again and again in different bodies. There has been no recorded incident of more than one Mane contending for power, although whether due to the truth in the Khajiit belief or whether the ruling Mane takes care of any potential rivals is unknown. Manes can only be born under the eclipse, a rare alignment of Masser and Secunda. According to legend, a third moon appears during this time.[93] Cubs born under the eclipse who are not destined to rule as the Mane are given to the Pride of Alkosh, where they serve Alkosh and are trained to protect Elsweyr.[94]

In older days the Khajiit would shave off their manes in deference to the Mane, braiding them into locks which the Mane would incorporate into its own mane. As the population grew, however, this became impractical, although the Khajiit still remove their manes and the current Mane still wears the hair of its tribe and Warrior Guard which includes several hundred in number. The Mane is so weighted down by the hair that movement is difficult without aid and they often travel the countryside by means of a palanquin.[citation needed]



  • Arena features Ohmes as the playable Khajiit furstock.[UOL 6]
  • Morrowind features Suthay-raht as the playable Khajiit furstock.[65]
  • ESO features Cathay as the playable Khajiit furstock,[UOL 3] although they were previously stated to be Suthay-raht.[97]

See Also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the SouthImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  2. ^ J'zargo's dialogue in Skyrim
  3. ^ a b The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  4. ^ a b Notes on Racial Phylogenythe Council of Healers, Imperial University
  5. ^ a b Ask Us Anything: Variety Pack 4
  6. ^ The Real Barenziah, Part IVPlitinius Mero
  7. ^ Guide to LeyawiinAlessia Ottus
  8. ^ The Buying GameAdabael Timsar-Dadisun
  9. ^ Race Description of Khajiit in TES Travels: Shadowkey
  10. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: All the Eras of Man, A Comprehensive History of our HistoryImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  11. ^ a b Race Description of Khajiit in TES:Arena
  12. ^ a b Race Description of Khajiit in TES II: Daggerfall
  13. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: ElsweyrFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  14. ^ Father Of The NibenFlorin Jaliil
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr ConfederacyImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  16. ^ a b c d Varieties of Faith: The KhajiitBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  18. ^ Cherim's Heart of AnequinaLivillus Perus, Professor at the Imperial University
  19. ^ Provinces of Tamriel
  20. ^ Confessions of a Skooma-EaterTilse Sendas
  21. ^ Corpse Preparation v I
  22. ^ Before the Ages of ManAicantar of Shimerene
  23. ^ Euraxia's Personal JournalEuraxia Tharn
  24. ^ Mizbina's dialogue in ESO: Dragonhold
  25. ^ The Marksmanship LessonAlla Llaleth
  26. ^ The Eastern Provinces
  27. ^ Brown Book of 3E 426
  28. ^ Realizations of AcrobacyMaster Rhunen Zebavi
  29. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: MorrowindImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  30. ^ Mysterious Akavir
  31. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The War with the Trees: Argonia and the Black MarshImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  32. ^ a b Discover Elsweyr & the Khajiit that Live There on the official ESO website
  33. ^ The March ExploredFenlil the Wayfarer
  34. ^ a b Khajiiti Arms and Armor
  35. ^ Special Flora of TamrielHardin the Herbalist
  36. ^ Crafting Motif 73: Anequina StyleCaptain Nala-do, Northern Elsweyr Defense Force
  37. ^ Crafting Motif 74: Pellitine StyleCashia Khrasaat-Plume, Envoy of the Mane, Torval
  38. ^ a b c d Non Khajiit Baandari Peddlers appearances in ESO: Dark Brotherhood Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ESORari" defined multiple times with different content
  39. ^ Code of the Baandari PedlarsSemsirr-dar of the Road
  40. ^ a b Nisuzi's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  41. ^ Varieties of Faith: The KhajiitBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  42. ^ A Looter's Paradisethe Silver-Haired Shadow
  43. ^ Zhasim's dialogue in ESO: Orsinium
  44. ^ a b The Wandering SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  45. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  46. ^ Moon-Bishop Azin-jo's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  47. ^ Crafting Motif 75: Sunspire StyleAzin-jo, Esteemed Bishop of Sunspire
  48. ^ Description of Golden Azurah Icon
  49. ^ a b c Shando-ri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  50. ^ Mazza-Mirri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  51. ^ Litter-Mates of DarknessMoon-Bishop Hunal
  52. ^ Khenarthi's Roost Loading screen in ESO
  53. ^ Mane-of-Many-Rivers description
  54. ^ Abode of Ignominy's Loading screen in ESO
  55. ^ a b c d The Adversarial SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  56. ^ Champion of Mehrunnez
  57. ^ Persistence of Daedric VenerationLady Cinnabar of Taneth
  58. ^ a b The Worldly SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  59. ^ a b The Dark SpiritsAmun-dro, the Silent Priest
  60. ^ Famed Artifacts of TamrielYagrum Bagarn
  61. ^ The Sanguine Successor quest
  62. ^ a b The Moon Cats and their Dance
  63. ^ a b c d Moon Bishop Hunal Answers Your QuestionsMoon Bishop Hunal
  64. ^ Nusana as encountered in ESO
  65. ^ a b c d e Race Description of Khajiit in TES III: Morrowind
  66. ^ a b Munili's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  67. ^ Housecat pet description in The Elder Scrolls Online
  68. ^ Nirahni's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  69. ^ a b Mojzin's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  70. ^ Skooma Cat's appearance in ESO: Elsweyr
  71. ^ Visual appearance in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  72. ^ Visual appearance in The Elder Scrolls: Online
  73. ^ A Dance in FireWaughin Jarth
  74. ^ The Real Barenziah, Part IIIPlitinius Mero
  75. ^ a b Samari's appearance in ESO: Elsweyr
  76. ^ Mummified Dagi Paw item description.
  77. ^ Mummified Monkey Paw item description.
  78. ^ a b c d e Mixed Unit TacticsCodus Callonus
  79. ^ Dagi-raht furstock appearance in ESO: Elsweyr
  80. ^ a b Raiffi's appearance in ESO: Elsweyr
  81. ^ Appearance of Bahzahar the Bull
  82. ^ Dialogue of Sharjo
  83. ^ Pahmar-raht furstock appearance
  84. ^ Tesusah's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  85. ^ a b Senche-rahts: Not Just MountsSaharrzag Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Senche-rahtsNotJustMounts" defined multiple times with different content
  86. ^ Pajmina's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  87. ^ Thannar the Graveprowler's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  88. ^ Suthay statue contained within the Moon Bishop’s Sanctuary Furnishing Pack sold in the Crown Store in ESO: Elsweyr
  89. ^ Visual appearance in TES III: Morowind
  90. ^ a b Random dialogue on topic Khajiit in TES III: Morrowind
  91. ^ Voiced khajiit lines in TES III: Morrowind
  92. ^ Tojay-raht statue sold by Lathahim in ESO: Elsweyr
  93. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition
  94. ^ The Pride of AlkoshClan Mother Hizuni
  95. ^ Shazah's dialogue in ESO
  96. ^ Envoy Cashia's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  97. ^ Ask Us Anything: Aldmeri Dominion (Part 1)

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Interview With Three BooksellersDouglas Goodall, Todd Howard and Ken Rolston
  2. ^ a b c Forum posts of Lawrence Schick
  3. ^ a b c d Welcome to the Elsweyr & Update 22 AUA
  4. ^ a b Leamon Tuttle on Alfiq Clothing-Bethesda Twitch Stream
  5. ^ Forum posts of GT Noonan
  6. ^ a b c d Forum posts of Douglas Goodall
  7. ^ AMA With The ESO Writing Team

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