Can you truly find King Arthur in Skyrim?
One of the things that I’ve always enjoyed about Skyrim is the open-world concept. Sure, I like to complete quests and story lines, but there’s something exciting about going “off script” and exploring the mountains and forests of Skyrim on my own. As I hoof it from one end of the map to the other, I discover new caves and ruins to explore, as well as some of the clever Easter eggs placed by the game’s designers.
King Arthur In Skyrim
Two of my favorite Easter eggs are based on the legend of King Arthur. You see, I’ve always enjoyed tales of Camelot, and T.H. White’s The Once and Future King was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. In fact, I like just about anything connected to the Arthurian legend (most recently BBC’s Merlin), and when I heard that you could find King Arthur in Skyrim I was naturally excited.
As it turns out, you can’t actually find King Arthur alive and well as one of the many NPCs in Skyrim — that is unless you download the King Arthur – Follower mod by Myth0is. When seeking King Arthur in Skyrim, what you really find are two key references to the famous story, both centered around Arthur’s sword Excalibur.
The Lady Of The Lake
The first Easter egg paying homage to King Arthur in Skyrim has to do with the Lady of the Lake, the mythical character who offers Arthur Excalibur. If you travel just outside Bleakwind Basin, a giant encampment west of Whiterun, you can find a skeletal hand rising from a pool of water clutching a sword (I’ve marked the exact location in the map below). Alas, the offered sword doesn’t have any magical properties, but nothing stops you from claiming the blade and enchanting it on your own. Do so and you can name the blade Excalibur.
The Sword In The Stone
The second Easter egg centering around King Arthur in Skyrim can be found in Rebel’s Cairn, a cave on top of a bluff northwest of Rorikstead (location marked on the map below). Right outside the cave entrance is an arranged pile of rocks with a sword thrust into the uppermost stone. Again, this is a blatant reference to the Arthurian sword in the stone legend. If you climb to the top of the rocks and pull the sword free, will you be Skyrim’s once and future king? I’ll let you discover that on your own…