10 Interesting Facts About Skyrim!

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is considered one of the best video games ever released, gaining critical acclaim just after its publication, and selling seven million copies to retailers in its first week. Probably it is best known for the memes that surround it, particularly the one with the arrow to the knee. Besides these particularities, Skyrim still has many more to offer in terms of weird or unusual facts.

  1. Not actually the Full Monty situation here, but some of the couriers might surprise you with their clothing, or more correctly, the lack of it. Wearing only a piece of cloth to cover their most intimate parts, it’s a good thing that they have a nice pair of leather boots to keep them warm in the long cold winters. Besides the fact that meeting such a character might strike you as odd, you have to admit it’s also kind of funny to receive news from a half nude bearded guy.
  2. Even though there are multiple theories concerning the origin of this infamous line, “Took An Arrow In The Knee” Todd Howard, Bethesda’s chief game developer, revealed in a Kotaku article that it was written by Emil Pagliarulo. The senior game designer just wanted to make the NPCs seem more real, and thus created a discourse to make them so. As we know, viral content simply appears. It is not made with a clear intention to become a hit, and the “took an arrow in the knee” meme certainly is the perfect example to showcase just that.
  3. It seems “Game Of Thrones,” creators thought it would be a good idea to have a related game to go hand in hand with the series. Skyrim’s developing team received a proposal to make the game in a manner that was tailored to the show’s style, and they were very close to accepting it. But because they felt continuing their legacy investing in the already created lore was more important, they decided they would follow their heart and create Skyrim instead.
  4. As pointed out by many fans and official sites dedicated to Skyrim lore, the dragons featured in the game are actually wyverns. The difference between a dragon and a wyvern is that the first one has four legs and two wings, while the latter has only two legs. Maybe this is not such a big difference since they look almost exactly the same, but for those who want to stay true to their mythical creature in-depth knowledge, it’s a detail worth mentioning.
  5. In 1996, Bethesda created the largest map for the Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall, which expands over 62,394 square miles! Skyrim’s map is 4,000 times smaller. However, this map is also the most detailed map they have ever created. Therefore, this feature, we think, is way more important than the actual physical dimensions. The fact that the players can explore an extremely well-built world without getting bored is the most essential feature found in a video game.
  6. Ulfr The Blind is an NPC that is found sitting at a table all by his lonesome with a book in front of him. Nothing extraordinary until now, right? Well, you have to know that the book’s pages are all blank. Not even in Braille or something a blind person could read. The fact that the designers decided it would be a good idea to prop a sightless person with an unusable tome can only make us wonder why this happened, and what kind of feelings we should have towards it.
  7. Jim Cummings is known for interpreting the sweetest, honey voice of Winnie the Pooh, but also for the swirly and nervous tonalities emitted by the Tasmanian Devil. In addition to these, he also happens to be on the cast of Skyrim, making the voices of several older characters you can find throughout the game.
  8. The strident voice of Mario is recorded by Charles Martinet, the same actor that gives life to the mighty dragon Paarthurnax. The difference in tonality between the two is so striking, we can’t even imagine how the performer managed to alter his voice so much. Out of all the weird facts, we found out about Skyrim, this one is possibly one of the most peculiar.
  9. The greatness of Skyrim soundtracked is a fact impossible to ignore. The tune sounds so heroic as if it had been sung by a brave and victorious army. In fact, it really was recorded by quite an impressive number of artists, more precisely, thirty people. And moreover, it was overlaid three times. The result is an extremely rich and complex sound that transforms Skyrim’s theme song into one of the most easily recognizable in gaming history.
  10. Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer was born on 11/11/11, the exact day Skyrim was released, so the developers thought the best baby shower gift would be an unlimited supply of games! For life! Lucky boy! We have to admit that this present is pretty much the best one we’ve heard in a long time. This happening seems to be just the beginning of a nice routine done by Bethesda since in 2015 they granted a Fallout 4 free copy to a fan who collected thousands of bottle caps.