Argonians or Saxhleel in Jel, their native tongue (meaning "People of the Root) are an anthropomorphic reptilian race that hails from Black Marsh. Years of defending their borders have made the Argonians experts in guerrilla warfare and due to their environment they have developed a strong resistance to poison and disease. This made them valuable slaves to the Dunmer.
Argonians are a reserved people, slow to trust and hard to know, yet they are fiercely loyal to those they call friends. There facial expressions are so subtle that they appear almost expressionless, with the exception of anger which others can easily be recognized through squinted eyes and exposed teeth. They have been known to exude a sharp, faintly sulfurous odor when agitated and this has led to the misguided belief that Argonians lack emotion and personality. Very old Argonians can be distinguished by their paler, even translucent, scales.
Argonians' genders are sometimes referred to as life-phases, implying they may be able to change gender. Argonian appearance ranges from reptilian to almost human; this is caused by the Hist sap they ingest as hatchlings which ceremonially takes place on their Naming Day.