History ShoutOut / TheElderScrollsVSkyrim

27th Apr '17 9:06:36 PM Jagar
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** The Falmer are also suspiciously similar to the blind subterranean race in the horror film Film/TheDescent
23rd Nov '16 9:13:04 PM LadyNorbert
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* A very subtle one: In Farkas's bedroom in Jorrvaskr is a lute, which he presumably knows how to play. In Markarth, the Dragonborn can encounter Yngvar the Singer, an accomplished bard. Both characters (among others) are voiced by Michael "Popeye" Vogelsang, the guitarist and lead singer of the somewhat obscure band Your Favorite Train Wreck.

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* A very subtle one: In Farkas's bedroom in Jorrvaskr is a lute, which he presumably knows how to play. In Markarth, the Dragonborn can encounter Yngvar the Singer, an accomplished bard. Both characters (among others) are voiced by Michael "Popeye" Vogelsang, the guitarist and lead singer of the somewhat obscure band Your Favorite Train Wreck.
23rd Nov '16 9:11:51 PM LadyNorbert
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* Sweetrolls are almost impossible to not encounter in Skyrim. Of all things, why would a Bethesda Softworks title, particularly an ''Elder Scrolls'' title, have [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Sweetrolls as a food that heals 5 HP]]? Also, some guards when met with eye contact ask "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?".

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* Sweetrolls are almost impossible to not encounter in Skyrim. Of all things, why would a Bethesda Softworks title, particularly an ''Elder Scrolls'' title, have [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Sweetrolls sweetrolls as a food that heals 5 HP]]? Also, some guards guards, when met with eye contact ask contact, ask, "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?".sweetroll?"



* A stealthy one: a loading screen with the Falmer states "They have but one desire - to destroy the surface world, and any who dwell above". So, in other words, [[{{Fallout3}} they have but one desire,]] [[TheInkSpots and it is to set the world on fire.]]
** The Falmer are also similar to the Morlocks from ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', being the descendants of a working-class group which live underground (and have pale skin as a result), and are presumably cannibalistic since you can find the alchemy ingredient human flesh on them with relative frequency. When you meet an uncorrupted Falmer in ''Dawnguard'', he bears a striking resemblance to the so-called "Uber-Morlock" from the 2002 film adaptation.

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* A stealthy one: a loading screen with the Falmer states states, "They have but one desire - to destroy the surface world, and any who dwell above". above." So, in other words, [[{{Fallout3}} they have but one desire,]] [[TheInkSpots and it is to set the world on fire.]]
** The Falmer are also similar to the Morlocks from ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', being the descendants of a working-class group which live underground (and have pale skin as a result), and are presumably cannibalistic cannibalistic, since you can find the alchemy ingredient human flesh on them with relative frequency. When you meet an uncorrupted Falmer in ''Dawnguard'', he bears a striking resemblance to the so-called "Uber-Morlock" from the 2002 film adaptation.



** In Ivarstead, an irate Nordic woman is named Temba Wide-Arms, making for a gag name alluding to the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Tamarian]] phrase "Temba, his arms wide".

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** In Ivarstead, an irate Nordic woman is named Temba Wide-Arms, making for a gag name alluding to the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Tamarian]] phrase "Temba, his arms wide".wide."



** The book "Great Harbingers" details several prominent past Harbingers of The Companions. The first non-Nord to assume the illustrious title was a Redguard named "Cirroc the Lofty". Cirroc Lofton, an African-American actor, portrayed Jake Sisko (who, ironically, was not a martially apt character such as a Harbinger like Cirroc the Lofty would be) in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* Athis, when asked why he joined the Companions, replies with "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Fortune and glory, friend. Fortune and glory.]]"

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** The book "Great Harbingers" ''Great Harbingers'' details several prominent past Harbingers of The Companions. The first non-Nord to assume the illustrious title was a Redguard named "Cirroc the Lofty". Lofty." Cirroc Lofton, an African-American actor, portrayed Jake Sisko (who, ironically, was not a martially apt character such as a Harbinger like Cirroc the Lofty would be) in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* Athis, when asked why he joined the Companions, replies with replies, "[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Fortune and glory, friend. Fortune and glory.]]"



* In the highest point in the game world, one can find a one of a kind [[{{Pun}} Notched]] [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Pickaxe]]. It's well-known that Todd Howard and Notch are close friends and fans of each other's work.

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* In the highest point in the game world, one can find a one of a kind [[{{Pun}} Notched]] [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Pickaxe]]. It's well-known well known that Todd Howard and Notch are close friends and fans of each other's work.



* During peace negotiations in "Season Unending", siding with the Empire or Stormcloaks might prompt Ulfric or Tulius to deliver this gem:
-->"[[Series/JudgeJudy Don't hand me a mug of sheep's piss and tell me it's mead/colovian brandy]]."

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* During peace negotiations in "Season Unending", Unending," siding with the Empire or Stormcloaks might prompt Ulfric or Tulius to deliver this gem:
-->"[[Series/JudgeJudy Don't hand me a mug of sheep's piss and tell me it's mead/colovian mead/Colovian brandy]]."



*** Jarl Balgruuf is basically Theoden's {{Expy}}, with his brother Hrongar being a different version of Eomer.
*** The whole city of Whiterun is definitely based on the Rohirric town of Edoras: Its silhouette when looking from the path to Riverwood resembles Edoras' first shot in the movie ''The Two Towers'', its symbol shows a horse's head on the top half, and the Whiterun Guards wear a yellow uniform, when one of Rohan's colors was that same gold (if a little bit darker). The clincher is that Edoras is described in passing as having a stream which rises from in front of the door of Meduseld and flows through the whole town to exit by the gate: it's such a minor detail, the fact that Whiterun has the same thing must be intentional.

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*** Jarl Balgruuf is basically Theoden's Théoden's {{Expy}}, with his brother Hrongar being a different version of Eomer.
*** The whole city of Whiterun is definitely based on the Rohirric town of Edoras: Edoras. Its silhouette when looking from the path to Riverwood resembles Edoras' first shot in the movie ''The Two Towers'', its symbol shows a horse's head on the top half, and the Whiterun Guards wear a yellow uniform, when one of Rohan's colors was that same gold (if a little bit darker). The clincher is that Edoras is described in passing as having a stream which rises from in front of the door of Meduseld and flows through the whole town to exit by the gate: it's such a minor detail, the fact that Whiterun has the same thing must be intentional.



*** In Angarvunde, the treasure that Madresi Dran was searching for consists of a broken sword hilt, a skeletal hand, and a gold ring -- almost certainly a reference to Sauron's first defeat.

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*** In Angarvunde, Angarvund, the treasure that Madresi Dran was searching for seeking consists of a broken sword hilt, a skeletal hand, and a gold ring -- almost certainly a reference to Sauron's first defeat.


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* A very subtle one: In Farkas's bedroom in Jorrvaskr is a lute, which he presumably knows how to play. In Markarth, the Dragonborn can encounter Yngvar the Singer, an accomplished bard. Both characters (among others) are voiced by Michael "Popeye" Vogelsang, the guitarist and lead singer of the somewhat obscure band Your Favorite Train Wreck.
13th Nov '16 1:18:43 PM LadyNorbert
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* Although it came out after ''Skyrim'', the Creator/JossWhedon and Drew Goddard film ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has been known about for years beforehand, due to a troubled development schedule (filmed in two dimensions, converted into 3D because we did the time warp back to the [=80s=] somehow, and then MGM went bankrupt, leading to the film being shelved for a while). In Skyrim, you can find a book called The Cabin In The Woods. Appropriately, the film itself is made out of shout outs.
* Occasionally in Bandit hideouts, it's possible to find [[Myth/WilliamTell a corpse riddled with arrows, with an apple balanced on his head]].
* Sweetrolls are almost impossible to not encounter in Skyrim. Of all things, why would a Bethesda Softworks title, particularly an ''Elder Scrolls'' title have [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Sweetrolls as a food that heals 5 HP]]? Also, some guards when met with eye contact ask "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?".
** Sweet rolls have been a RunningGag ever since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', where the scene acted out in ''Fallout 3's'' [=CharGen=] dungeon is only merely postulated in [=CharGen=] (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' too).

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* Although it came out after ''Skyrim'', the Creator/JossWhedon and Drew Goddard film ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' has been known about for years beforehand, due to a troubled development schedule (filmed in two dimensions, converted into 3D because we did the time warp back to the [=80s=] somehow, and then MGM went bankrupt, leading to the film being shelved for a while). In Skyrim, ''Skyrim,'' you can find a book called The ''The Cabin In The Woods. Woods.'' Appropriately, the film itself is made out of shout outs.
* Occasionally in Bandit bandit hideouts, it's possible to find [[Myth/WilliamTell a corpse riddled with arrows, with an apple balanced on his head]].
* Sweetrolls are almost impossible to not encounter in Skyrim. Of all things, why would a Bethesda Softworks title, particularly an ''Elder Scrolls'' title title, have [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Sweetrolls as a food that heals 5 HP]]? Also, some guards when met with eye contact ask "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?".
** Sweet rolls Sweetrolls have been a RunningGag ever since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', where the scene acted out in ''Fallout 3's'' [=CharGen=] dungeon is only merely postulated in [=CharGen=] (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' too).



** The book "Great Harbingers" details several prominent past Harbingers of The Companions. The first non-Nord to assume the illustrious title was a Redguard named "Cirroc the Lofty". Cirroc Lofton, an African-American actor, portrayed Jake Sisko (who, ironically, was not a martially apt character such as a Harbinger like Cirroc the Lofty would be) in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

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** The book "Great Harbingers" details several prominent past Harbingers of The Companions. The first non-Nord to assume the illustrious title was a Redguard named "Cirroc the Lofty". Cirroc Lofton, an African-American actor, portrayed Jake Sisko (who, ironically, was not a martially apt character such as a Harbinger like Cirroc the Lofty would be) in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.



* The writers of the official strategy guide clearly had a lot of fun thinking up quest sub-headers. "[[Series/HogansHeroes Hadvar's Heroes]]", "The Windhelm Scream", "ThisMeansWar", "A ShaggyDogStory", and more.

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* The writers of the official strategy guide clearly had a lot of fun thinking up quest sub-headers. "[[Series/HogansHeroes Hadvar's Heroes]]", "The "[[WilhelmScream The Windhelm Scream", Scream]]", "ThisMeansWar", "A ShaggyDogStory", and more.



* One of the loading screens has a [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Nord wearing blue war paint and hefting a claymore.]]
** There's even a preset for male Nords that looks like Creator/MelGibson as William Wallace.

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* One of the loading screens has a [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Nord wearing blue war paint and hefting a claymore.]]
**
]] There's even a preset for male Nords that looks like Creator/MelGibson as William Wallace.



** "I find your [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolfish grin]]...disturbing."

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** "I find your [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolfish grin]]... disturbing."



** Ask Tolfdir about the Augur of Dunlain during the College of Winterhold questline, and he'll reply "Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time," ''a la'' Ben Kenobi.

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** Ask Tolfdir about the Augur of Dunlain during the College of Winterhold questline, and he'll reply reply, "Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time," ''a la'' Ben Kenobi.



* A 10 year old looking vampire named Babette? [[Film/InterviewWithAVampire That sounds familiar somehow...]]

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* A 10 year old looking centuries-old vampire named Babette? who looks like she's about ten? [[Film/InterviewWithAVampire That sounds familiar somehow...]]



* When asking Farkas [[spoiler: if everyone in the Companions is a werewolf]], he'll say, "Not everyone. But all the Circle are. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's a secret to everybody]]".

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* When asking Farkas [[spoiler: if everyone in the Companions is a werewolf]], he'll say, "Not everyone. But all the Circle are. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's a secret to everybody]]".everybody.]]"



*** The whole city of Whiterun is definitely based on the Rohirric town of Edoras: Its silhouette when looking from the path to Riverwood resembles Edoras' first shot in the movie ''The Two Towers'', its symbol shows a horse's head on the top half, and the Whiterun Guards wear a yellow uniform, when one of Rohan's colors was that same gold (if a little bit darker). The clincher is that Edoras is described in passing as having a stream which rises from in front of the door of Meduseld and flows through the whole town to exit by the gate: it's such a minor detail the fact Whiterun has the same thing must be intentional.

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*** The whole city of Whiterun is definitely based on the Rohirric town of Edoras: Its silhouette when looking from the path to Riverwood resembles Edoras' first shot in the movie ''The Two Towers'', its symbol shows a horse's head on the top half, and the Whiterun Guards wear a yellow uniform, when one of Rohan's colors was that same gold (if a little bit darker). The clincher is that Edoras is described in passing as having a stream which rises from in front of the door of Meduseld and flows through the whole town to exit by the gate: it's such a minor detail detail, the fact that Whiterun has the same thing must be intentional.



*** In Angarvunde, the treasure that Medresi Dran was searching for consists of a broken sword hilt, a skeletal hand, and a gold ring -- almost certainly a reference to Sauron's first defeat.

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*** In Angarvunde, the treasure that Medresi Madresi Dran was searching for consists of a broken sword hilt, a skeletal hand, and a gold ring -- almost certainly a reference to Sauron's first defeat.



** Also at the College, J'zargo asks you to test a spell for him. It makes the targets explode violently. When you return you can mention this by saying "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Were they supposed to explode? Because they exploded.]]"

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** Also at the College, J'zargo asks you to test a spell for him. It makes the targets explode violently. When you return return, you can mention this by saying "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} Were they supposed to explode? Because they exploded.]]"



* English students may recognize [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} High Hrothgar]]. Although it's technically not limited to Skyrim (introduced with ''Redguard'' back in 1998).

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* English students may recognize [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} High Hrothgar]]. Although However, it's technically not limited to Skyrim (introduced ''Skyrim''; it was introduced with ''Redguard'' back in 1998).1998.



* The story of Olaf One-Eye and Dragonsreach is reminiscent of a Polish folk tale about the founding of Krakow, which states that the first king of Poland took the throne when he slew a dragon and built his castle around its lair, from which the city of Krakow was built out from.

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* The story of Olaf One-Eye and Dragonsreach is reminiscent of a Polish folk tale about the founding of Krakow, which states that the first king of Poland took the throne when he slew a dragon and built his castle around its lair, out from which the city of Krakow was built out from.built.



* After fighting Frostbite Spiders under Helgen, Hadvar will sometimes comment "What next, [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Giant Snakes?]]"

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* After fighting Frostbite Spiders under Helgen, Hadvar will sometimes comment comment, "What next, [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Giant Snakes?]]"



** Serana shares several traits with Selene and Sonja. The names and looks are similar; also, all of them have a strained father-daughter-relationship.

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** Serana shares several traits with Selene and Sonja. The names and looks are similar; also, all of them they each have a strained father-daughter-relationship.relationship with their fathers.



* Although the context of the game makes it make sense, longtime Elder Scrolls fans that are also creepypasta fans might get a fright if the first time they hear "Watch the skies, traveler" is at night, thanks to the famous "Jvk1166z.esp" creepypasta. It's unlikely Bethesda hasn't heard of it themselves.

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* Although the context of the game makes it make sense, longtime Elder Scrolls ''Elder Scrolls'' fans that who are also creepypasta fans might get a fright if the first time they hear "Watch the skies, traveler" is at night, thanks to the famous "Jvk1166z.esp" "[=Jvk1166z.esp=]" creepypasta. It's unlikely Bethesda hasn't heard of it themselves.
31st Oct '16 7:51:08 AM adz_fh
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*** Jarl Balgruuf is basically Theoden's {{Expy}}, with his brother Hrongar being a different version of Eomer.
28th Oct '16 1:29:14 AM StrangeBro
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** Ask Tolfdir about the Augur of Dunlain during the College of Winterhold questline, and he'll reply "Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time," ''a la'' Ben Kenobi.
27th Sep '16 12:20:07 PM Galle
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** The legendary king of the Reach known as Red Eagle is also a fairly obvious {{Expy}} of Arthur.
27th Sep '16 12:14:33 PM Galle
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** The quest "Forbidden Legend" has you reforging an ancient amulet that was broken into three fragments - named Courage, Wisdom, and Power.
18th Aug '16 7:40:57 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''Dragonborn'', there's a set of elemental powers. The Water one is called ''Waters of Life''. "Waters of Life" is part of a recurring quote and motif in Bethesda's ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.

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* In ''Dragonborn'', there's a set of elemental powers. The Water one is called ''Waters of Life''. "Waters of Life" is part of a recurring quote and motif in Bethesda's ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.3}}'', which is due to [[Literature/TheBible Revelations 21:6]][[labelnote: The verse?]]I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life, freely.[[/labelnote]] being ''the'' major theme of the game's main quest.
29th Jul '16 4:06:16 PM Emperor_Oshron
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** The Falmer are also similar to the Morlocks from ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', being the descendants of a working-class group which live underground (and have pale skin as a result), and are presumably cannibalistic since you can find the alchemy ingredient human flesh on them with relative frequency. When you meet an uncorrupted Falmer in ''Dawnguard'', he bears a striking resemblance to the so-called "Uber-Morlock" from the 2002 film adaptation.
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