Altmer are not well-liked these days, even when they have grown on the same dirt and the same food and the same water as all other men or orcs of a nation. Illmion is a native of High Rock with great skill at getting things done, administering labor and watching the bottom line.
With his finger on the pulse of many projects, it’s clear that hiring him away from his previous duties for a project like this means results are expected. But why would such a sharp up-and-comer from the courts and tradehouses of High Rock agree to go into the wilderness?
To get things done, one imagines.