What Is Skyrim?
The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series and takes place, and is named after, the snowy province of Skyrim, homeland of the Nords. Following the tradition set by Skyrim’s predecessors, the game starts out with the main character being a prisoner, in the opening sequence the character is literally at the executioner’s block when a dragon attacks the city, allowing the player to escape and the game to begin.
Skyrim is set in an open world allowing the player to travel by foot, horse or fast travel to any place that they have previously discovered. Skyrim features non-linear gameplay where players can choose and complete quest in any order they wish. The gameplay, events and quests in Skyrim are generated through a mixture of scripted events and the Radiant AI system. This new feature, the Radiant AI system, triggers unique events and dialogue to create an original gameplay experience for each character based on their actions, race and their attributes.
A lot of changes have been made to the gameplay in Skyrim, when compared to its predecessor, Oblivion. Weapons and armor can no longer deteriorate and doesn’t need to be repaired, players can either wield a two-handed weapon, different weapons in each hand, a weapon in one and a shield in the other, a spell in one and a weapon in the other, or dual cast a spell to make it more powerful. The leveling system was totally redesigned, removing the attribute feature which was present in previous titles and replacing it with a perk system that allows a perk to be chosen within a skill tree when leveling up, which resembles the perk system of Bethesda’s Fallout series.
Skyrim is set 200 years after the events in Oblivion, in the 200 years that passed the Bosmer and Altmer formed the Aldmeri Dominion and invaded the Empire at Cyrodiil triggering “The Great War.” Eventually causing a treaty to be signed between the Aldemri Dominion and the Empire to end the war, the treaty had one condition; the Empire had to ban the worship of one of the nine divines, Talos. Following these events, Ulfric Stormcloak formed a rebellion against the Empire and took the life of the High King of Skyrim in a duel, this caused the Empire to send the Imperial Legion to Skyrim, causing a civil war. The player can choose which side to aid in the civil war but it’s not the main storyline in Skyrim.
The main storyline is centered around the mysterious return of the dragons and the Thalmor’s, shadowy influence in these events. When the player slays its first dragon it is discovered that they’re Dragonborn, born with a gift to understand and speak Draconian, the dragons’ language, which results in a powerful shout or a “thu’um”. The player can discover and unlock twenty-three shouts consisting of three words each, through discovering “word-walls” — ancient carvings, and absorbing dragon souls by slaying them.