|Conjure Familiar||Summons a Familiar for 60 secs.|
|Dragonskin||Absorb 50% of magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds.|
|Magic Resistance||Breton blood grants a 25% resistance to magic.|
What happens when an ancient race of magically adept elves decides to fool around with humans in a bit of a sexy eugenics experiment? Bretons, apparently. These elf-blooded mongrels aren't suffering for their mixed heritage, however, as it affords them an unusual affinity for - and resistance to - magic.
First, all Bretons are able to use some magic, namely their ability to cast the Conjure Familiar spell once per day, which summons a pathetically weak ghost critter to fight for you. It's the least of their abilities, however. Their Dragonskin ability is poorly worded, and has a 50% chance to negate all damage from an incoming spell and reward you with the Magicka cost of that spell. It's a nice boost in a pinch, and it's calculated before Magic Resistance, meaning it's an extra chance to shrug off nasty spells.
Speaking of Magic Resistance, however, their best ability is a brute +25% resistance to magic. There are many ways to increase you magic resistance in Skyrim - mostly by wearing enchanted armor or with potions - but having a brute 25% resistance is something that'll be a constant defensive boon to you, and it'll make it that much easier to hit the cap of 85% Magic Resistance. Why does this rate so highly compared to, say, the Argonian's water breathing or Histskin? Because it doesn't have a duration and magic damage is something you'll be encountering frequently throughout the game. It's good stuff, and arguably makes Bretons the go-to race for a power-gamer.