The Elder Scrolls
...the greatest single-player roleplaying experience.
This is thread is dedicated to all things Elder Scrolls. This is the place to discuss about past Elder Scroll games. Feel free to post everything Elder Scrolls related. Do you have an entertaining in-game story that you would like to share? What Elder Scrolls game is your favorite? What are your favorite mods? Do you have any vista screenshots of the environments in the games? Who's your favorite NPC? Do you show mercy on your Adoring Fan? What type of race is your favorite? Do you have a favorite class? A favorite custom class perhaps? Do you have some Elder Scrolls nonsense that you would like to share (crazy screenshots, videos, and etc.)? Want to talk about the vast lore that this universe has? Drink some skooma, go crazy, and POST!
Regarding the MMO under development by Zenimax Online Studios
Yes there is a chance that there is an Elder Scrolls MMO in development; however, it is not going to be TES: V. They are going to be completely separate games. Elder Scrolls V is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios and the unannounced MMO is being developed by Zenimax Online Studios. The high possibility of it being an Elder Scrolls MMO is plausible because Interplay is already making a Fallout MMO, and elderscrollsonline.com has been registered.
The Elder Scrolls themes and videos:
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Theme, by Jeremy Soule
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Theme, by Jeremy Soule
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announcement Theme
The Imperial Guard Song
Triumphant Execution of the Adoring Fan
Adoring Fan Deaths
Dan Bull - Take Me To Oblivion (feat. Baron Samedi) [an open letter to Bethesda Softworks]
Elder Scrolls websites:
The Elder Scrolls official website
The Elder Scrolls forums
GameInformer Skyrim Hub
S K Y R I M
This section will contain screenshots, lore, gameplay, and etc.
L O R E
A special thanks to the UESP for providing this information.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer Dialogue
You should have acted.
They're already here.
The Elder Scrolls told of their return.
Their defeat was merely delay
Til the time after Oblivion opened,
When the sons of Skyrim would spill their own blood.
But no-one wanted to believe.
Believe they even existed.
And when the truth finally dawns:
It dawns in fire.
There's one they fear.
In their tongue, he's Dovahkiin: Dragon Born!
Several Lines from the tongues of the Dragons (was on the back of GameInformer cover).
The underlined lyrics are used in the Skyrim theme song.
Naal ok zin los vahriin
Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal
Ahrk fin norok paal graan
Fod nust hon zindro zaan
Dovahkiin Fah hin kogaan mu draal
Ahrk fin kel lost prodah
Do ved viing ko fin krah
Tol fod zeymah win kein meyz fundein
Alduin feyn do jun
kruziik vokun staadnau
voth aan bahlok wah diivon fin lein
...which translates as...
By his honor is sworn
To keep evil forever at bay
And the fiercest foes rout
When they hear triumph's shout
Dragonborn for your blessing we pray
And the scrolls have fortold
Of black wings in the cold
That when brothers wage war come unfurled
Alduin bane of kings
Ancient shadow unbound
With a hunger to swallow the world
Way of the Voice, The Thu'um
A long practiced spiritual form of Nordic magic, also known as the Tongues, that is based on their worship of the Wind as a personification of Kynareth. Through the use of the Voice the power of a Nord can be formed into a thu'um, or shout - which has a large variety of applications (anything from sharpening blades to a long range weapon). Master Voices (known simply as Tongues) have legendary, and often unbelievable powers, including talking to people of hundreds of miles away or teleportation. The most powerful masters must even be careful whenever they speak, as their voice can cause great destruction and they are commonly gagged.
During the Conquest of Morrowind, the Nordic war chiefs were also Tongues (Derek the Tall, Jorg Helmborg, Hoag Merkiller). They needed no typical siege weapons when attacking a city as they merely used the Voice to break down the city gate and allow their armies to storm in. The future of the Tongues was forever changed by the most powerful Tongue, Jurgen Windcaller, also better known as the Calm. Jurgen converted to a pacifist and refused to use the Voice for any martial purposes. In a confrontation with 17 other tongues he reportedly swallowed the Shouts of the 17 for three days until they lay exhausted, later to become his followers.
Today, all Tongues live secluded lives on the highest peaks of Skyrim in tough conditions and contemplation, and have only spoken to announce the destiny of the great Tiber Septim (who later created an Imperial College of the Voice in Markarth, returning the Voice to the art of warfare).
Talos, Tiber Septim, the Dragonborn
Heir to the Seat of Sundered Kings, Talos is the most important hero-god of Mankind. He conquered all of Tamriel and ushered in the Third Era (and the Third Empire). Also called Ysmir, 'Dragon of the North'. One of the Nine Divines, the major gods of Tamriel. Less prominent sects, such as the Talos Cult have been inspired by his apotheosis.
Akatosh, Dragon God of Time
Akatosh (Auri-El to the Aldmer and Alduin to the Nords) is the chief deity of the Nine Divines (the prescribed religious cults of Cyrodiil and its provinces), and one of two deities found in every Tamrielic religion (the other is Lorkhan), save only the Dunmeri religion of the Tribunal of self-made gods. His avatar is a dragon. He is generally considered to be the first of the Gods to form in the Beginning Place; after his establishment, other spirits found the process of being easier and the various pantheons of the world emerged. He is the ultimate God of the Cyrodiilic Empire, where he embodies the qualities of endurance, invincibility, and everlasting legitimacy. He is the patron of The Akatosh Chantry, the religious order devoted to the worship and glorification of Akatosh.
Most traces of Akatosh disappeared from ancient Chimer legends during their so-called 'exodus', primarily due to that god's association and esteem with the Altmeri. However, several aspects of Akatosh which seem important to the mortal races, namely immortality, historicity, and genealogy, have conveniently resurfaced in Almalexia, the most popular of Morrowind's divine Tribunal; as a mother-figure, she also embodies the idea of being a progenitor (albeit a female rather than male one). So one could say that, at least, the qualities of Akatosh are not entirely neglected among the Dunmer, even if his name is.
Akatosh was involved in the forging of the Covenant with the new Empire of humanity, and his blood was mystically joined with Alessia and her heirs. The Amulet of Kings was the primary token of this patronage, and it allowed the new Empire of Cyrodiil to benefit from the stabilizing influence of White Gold Tower, maintaining the barrier between Mundus and the Planes of Oblivion. When that barrier was threatened during the Oblivion Crisis, Martin Septim was able to summon Akatosh's spirit and transform himself into the avatar of Akatosh, which appeared in the shape of a giant dragon made of fire. This avatar dragon defeated Mehrunes Dagon, reestablishing order in Tamriel. The avatar transformed into a statue, now located inside the ruined Temple of the One.
Akatosh created Auriel's Shield and Auriel's Bow.
Alduin, Nordic World Eater
Alduin is the Nordic variation of Akatosh, and only superficially resembles his counterpart in the Eight Divines. For example, Alduin's sobriquet, 'the world eater', comes from myths that depict him as the horrible, ravaging firestorm that destroyed the last world to begin this one. Nords therefore see the god of time as both creator and harbinger of the apocalypse. He is not the chief of the Nordic pantheon (in fact, that pantheon has no chief; see Shor) but its wellspring, albeit a grim and frightening one.
From the Skyrim Lore Compendium Thread, special thanks to Lady Nerevar.
Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st edition - I've linked the Skyrim section, but Cyrodiil and the rest of the guide is well worth reading. Its heavily bias pro-Skyrim and pro-Empire, but it gives us some of the best insights into Skyrim culture and history.
Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd edition - more recent, with info about history and Skyrim events at the end of the 3rd era.
Children of the Sky - general information on Nord culture and good info on Thu'um.
Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation - describes some early Nordic history.
Five Songs of King Wulfharth- Summaries of Nordic legends, more mythological than historical. Valuable for their interpretation of important Tamrielic events. The Acrturian Heresy is its sequel, and also worth a read.
Sovngarde - the Nordic view of the afterlife.
Races of Tamriel: Nord - contains descriptions of Nords from various games, pictures of them, and a comprehensive list of their gods.
The following links were written by Michael Kirkbride, a contractor for Bethesda, and have not appeared in game.
Seven Fights of the Aldudagga - a series of Nordic legends. Great for mythology and Nordic culture, particularly the nature of Alduin.
On the Nords' Lack of a Creation Myth - an interview with a Nord about their mythology. Again, a good cultural indicator.
Shor, Son of Shor - a theoretical creation [hi]story.
C O N C E P T - A R T
S C R E E N S H O T S
G A M E P L A Y
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Edited by Kairosius, 25 February 2011 - 01:02 AM.