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"Look, there's gotta be a better way to learn this, than becoming a fucking cannibal'!'' [BOOM]
The Last Dragonborn (on eating ingredients to level up your Alchemy skill)

The Senile Scribbles is a web series developed by Foolhardy, based on the 2011 video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The series serves to lampshade and question several elements about the game, from lore to gameplay to NPC behavior. It can be found here.


The Senile Scribbles provides examples of:

  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Last Dragonborn learns this the hard way when he easily rips the head off an Ancient Dragon, only for a Legendary Dragon to arrive and eat him.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Implied with one of the enchants the Dragonborn got on his sword. Whenever he swings it, it makes a sound that pretty blatantly is a woman during intercourse. And it ends with a dog's bark.
    Dragonborn: I mean, I don't even wanna know.
  • Black Comedy: It's heavily implied J'zargo has FIV. The courier's response to this? Saying he has three more letters for him.
  • Blatant Lies: Miraak isn't very convincing when he tries to boast that he could have easily killed Alduin if he wanted to. When pointed out that his temple was burned down by lesser dragons while Vahlok handed his ass to him, he tries to say he left a cigar burning on the nightstand.
    • The enchanter tries to excuse his blatant racism. The Dragonborn is not buying it.
  • Brick Joke: The Imperial and Stormcloak recruiters in the first episode reappear in the finale, and neither side has made any progress, lampshading the fact that It's Up to You.
  • Brutal Honesty
    • When the Last Dragonborn sells off some junk, Belethor asks if he has anything else of value. When pushed, the Last Dragonborn admits he was trying be nice and that Belethor can't afford anything else.
    • Once again when a pushy merchant tries to sell a set of Stahlrim armor, countering all of the Last Dragonborn's points by mentioning that Stahlrim is as tough as Dragonbone armor and even lighter, that Serana is wearing a superior set of Daedric armor, and that Dragonbone weapons are the heaviest class. The Last Dragonborn finally shuts him up when he admits the real reason he doesn't want Stalhrim armor is because it looks ridiculous.
      Last Dragonborn: Look, bottom line is I look like a dragonslaying badass, and you look like the fucking lead skater in Alduin on Ice.
  • Call-Back: A guard is trying to open a gate, and complains that if they were just going to put the combination on a claw key, why have a puzzle at all? Later, one of the bosses complain that he knew it was a bad idea to set it up like that.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Harkon apparently never considered the fact that blocking out the sun will cause plantlife to die out, followed by animals, then people, then eventually vampires. He also neglects the fact that, unlike Cyrodiilic vampires, Skyrim vampires aren't even harmed by the sun, only weakened by it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Last Dragonborn gets arrested early on for picking a flower, not even realizing he accidentally stole it.
  • Dump Stat: The loading screen for the Lockpicking skill considers investing perk points in the tree branch even lower than wiping your ass with said perk points.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Last Dragonborn is far from a saint, but even he's disgusted by cannibalism.
    • Played for laughs with one of the dragons. He may be a man-eating monster, bent on enslaving all living things, but there is no excuse for poor manners.
  • The Faceless: The Last Dragonborn's face is always obscured by whatever helmet he's wearing. Even he doesn't know what his face looks like, saying he's not vain and doesn't spend all day in front of the mirror.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The map to one of the Dragon Priest dungeons has several sight gags, such as a room shaped like a fetus. To list them all here would take a while.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Discussed in one of the loading screens, which points out that Eorlund Gray-Mane's steel is far from "legendary".
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Throughout the series, the Last Dragonborn constantly murders anyone who even mildly pisses him off. He's also hilariously nonchalant about it.
  • Infant Immortality: Lampshaded by one of the loading screens, saying all players have tried to kill the kids at some point.
  • Not So Above It All: The Last Dragonborn mostly serves as the Only Sane Man, but he still has his moments, such as walking painfully slowly to Adrianne's shop due to being overencumbered and making her wait on him.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Miraak, due to the rainbow aura of his Dragon Aspect shout and his sword resembling a lurker's junk.
  • No-Sell: The Last Dragonborn's heavily enchanted Dragon Bone armor causes an Ancient Dragon's fire breath to only take off a tiny sliver of his health. It does squat against a Legendary Dragon, though.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • The Last Dragonborn himself, who frequently points out several issues that no one else seems to bat an eyelash at.
    • Serana takes this role in episodes 9 and 10 when the Last Dragonborn keeps trying to convince her to marry him.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: Thanks to a sloppy (and racist) enchanter.
    Last Dragonborn: Well, I was gonna say that these enchants you've tought me are fucking garbage! You've got my armor glowing all colors of the rainbow!
  • Reality Ensues
    • The Dawnguard has started training armored trolls to fight vampires. Problem is, like all beasts, old trolls are too wild to train, so the Dawnguard can only train baby trolls.
      Last Dragonborn: And seeing as this is a relatively new operation...
      Gunmar: We only have untrained babies.
    • Also, turns out blocking out the sun would cause all plantlife to die, creating a domino effect that would exinquish all life on the planet, leaving the vampires to starve.
  • Running Gag: The Last Dragonborn causing thunder whenever he raises his voice.
  • Skewed Priorities: Apparently the perfect time to ask Harkon for his blessing to marry his daughter is right before fighting him to the death.
  • The Stoner: One of the Dragon Priests mentions using the Fortify Alchemy enchantment on his mask to "mix some bomb-ass herbs".
  • Take Your Time: The Last Dragonborn totally forgets that he's supposed to kill Alduin, and has to be reminded by Isran before he can join the Dawnguard.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: The Last Dragonborn dies twice in series, first by being knocked into orbit by a giant, and later by being eaten by a dragon. He's perfectly fine the next scene both times.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Last Dragonborn gets stronger throughout the series, as evidenced by him wearing progressively better armor and his level increasing in the loading screens. We even see this in action as he easily mops the floor with a giant who knocked him into the stratosphere earlier.
    The Last Dragonborn: (Decked out in full Dragonbone armor) Yeah, you remember me, don't you? You owe me a toe. (Rips the giant's toe off)
  • Troll: The two Dark Brotherhood initiates in the Dawnstar Sanctuary, pretending to be the voice of the Black Door.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Last Dragonborn casually murders several city guards who get in his way, is implied to have joined the Dark Brotherhood (seeing as he knows the password to the Dawnstar Sanctuary), murders Paarthurnax (although he regretted it and later went back in time to talk himself out of it), and in the finale, decides to take over Skyrim for himself.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Isran is very upset when the Last Dragonborn tries to join the Dawnguard before taking care of the Dragon Crisis.
  • The Worf Effect: The Last Dragonborn levels up to 78 after easily ripping the head off of an Ancient Dragon, only to have a Legendary Dragon appear and eat him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: A poor guard is trying to open a claw gate, but keeps getting the wrong combination. Obviously, the one on the key couldn't be it. They wouldn't make it that easy.


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