Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim — What doesn’t make sense (Part 1)
I’m a big fan of fantasy worlds and RPG’s. I really spent (to be honest, wasted) a lot of time to play Elder Scrolls games and my most favorite one is Skyrim. Maybe because this one has much better graphics, much more quests and a great main quest-line inspired by Scandinavian legends and mythology.
But there are a few things which don’t make sense to me. Most of them are actually related to the continent of Tamriel and not Skyrim only, but as they appeared in the Skyrim game, I count them as plot-holes or meaningless things in the Skyrim.
During the quest Diplomatic Immunity (in main quest-line), Delphine (in charge for the Blades, a group of dragon slayers) sends you to their embassy to find some secret documents. When you ask Delphine about them, she says they’re elven supremacists (mostly high elves) who wanted their independence in some provinces of the empire and started the great war. This makes sense. Shortly after this, she tells you story about White-Gold Concordat which is a treaty between the empire and the Thalmor. She says they just wanted prohibiting of Talos (one of the divines worshiped by Nords). It really doesn’t make sense to me, specially when I realized the empire accepted that and Talos worship is forbidden in the Skyrim.
When you kill a dragon near the capital hold of Whiterun, one of the guards tells you that you are Dragonborn. It means you have the blood of a Dovah (Dragon, in Dragon Language) and you can absorb dragon souls.
In your way to return to the Jarl of Whiterun, you find that someone calls you with a great shout. The Jarl tells you that “The Graybeards summoned you”. After that, you have to go to a palace called High Hrothgar, where is the headquarter of the Graybeards’ prophecy.
These guys call themselves People of the way of the voice. And their duty is to help the Dragonborn to learn shouts and use the voice in a right way. It does make sense to me. Even if you are the best person in doing something by heart, you may need some training. They will train you and give you a shout (they actually give you the Unrelenting Force shout and Clear Skies, but they actually help you learn the first shout completely).
But there’s one big thing about them which doesn’t make sense to me. When you meet Paarthurnax , a dragon who’s the master of Graybeards, he simply says “You need an elder scroll to defeat Alduin” (Alduin is the world-eater, the dragon attacks Helgen at the beginning of the game).
When you return to Angerier, the graybeard master (and the one who actually talks in mortal’s language) and ask him for and elder scrolls he answers :
These types of blasphemy is common among the mages of Winterhold
And it doesn’t make sense to me at all! Paarthurnax is actually worshiped by the graybeards, and they call his words “blasphemy” ? There are to considerations to make :
- First, developers wanted to take you to the College of Winterhold and they had to put some dialogues like that.
- Second, as most of mages in the college are elves, they hate the place and call them blasphemers.
But it still doesn’t make sense to me, as they claim Paarthurnax is their master and leader and they actually worship him.
Dwemer, Falmer, Dwarven Ruins
In the main quest-line, you’ll be sent to somewhere called Blackreach to find a tower and recover the elder scroll. You also visit a few other dwarven ruins in other quest-lines (as well as college or island of Solstheim). What you will find are :
- A series of technologies which are even inaccessible for us in real world. Like robotic workers or guardians who can detect enemies very quickly.
- A very hostile type of creatures, making creepy sounds and have their own type of civilization.
- A lot of half-built machines working with steam power.
- A lot of working machines, working with steam power and soul gems.
So, why I listed them here? it’s simple. You can’t see any single one from the Dwemer. Dwemer or Dwarves, considered to be elvish people who didn’t worship any gods of Tamriel and they preferred to stay to science and technology instead. It doesn’t make sense to me. Why people with those high amount of knowledge and technology, disappeared from the surface of the earth?
There’s one theory. When you meet a white-skinned elf in quest-line for Dawnguard DLC, he tells you that he’s a Snow Elf. Snow elves are other group of elvish people lived with the Dwemer. But they actually don’t exist anymore! Developers had a better excuse for this. When you ask that snow elf who he is, he introduces himself and you will ask :
Snow elf? you mean you are a Falmer?
But he answers : “No, the falmer are the traitors”. And there is a theory that snow elves let the dwemer do a series of experiments on them and they mutated and became the creatures we know as Falmer today. The mutants are hostile creatures living in primary camps and kill everyone else. And this was the sad ending of the Dwemer!
And what about the Falmer? Snow elves just went extinct with their mutant and hostile cousins and a few of them living in the continent of Tamriel (and you need Dawnguard DLC to see two of them), but Falmer live freely everywhere. In both Skyrim and Morrowind(Solstheim) and probably everywhere else in Tamriel. This makes sense that most of these creatures lived in camps for thousands of years and developed their own type of social structure, but there is one thing really doesn’t make sense to me.
When you go to a falmer tint, you will find chests. There are Falmer artifacts there, like staffs, swords, bows, arrows, helmets and armor. There are a lot of Dwemer tools and machines which can help them build what they need. There are also a lot of Elven armors and weapons left by the Dwemer, which also could be used by the falmer. But what doesn’t make here is the gold they store in the chests.
The gold coins are septims, and I don’t think the Falmer were those civilized and nice snow elves after Tiber-Septim became the emperor. So, I personally don’t think they did any tradings with other people. There’s only one reason for this! I think they just steal the gold and things from their victims.
By the way, I like to just leave my theory here. I think some of the falmer still can’t talk in language of other people and do tradings with other people of the continent and provide what other people of their kind need. Because if you look closely, you will find there’s no agriculture in the Dwarven Ruins (except for Blackreach).
Although the Elder Scrolls series are very attractive and each game has a great story, they have a lot of holes and questionable movements and content. I actually wanted to list everything in a single article but it gets long enough for now. In future, I’ll cover more of these holes and questionable contents :)