Online:Elder Scrolls Historical References

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This page is specifically for references to the rest of the series. For clarification, this does not include things like common items found in multiple games, or the occasional reappearing character. Instead, only clear references to other events, issues, or game mechanics, which were featured in a previous entry of the series, should be included.

References to events in the history of The Elder Scrolls are documented separately at Easter Eggs.

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Arena and Daggerfall

  • In the quest Long Lost Lore, Sheogorath says that the tasks he has in mind are "Nothing so difficult as, say, reassembling the Staff of Chaos or rebuilding the Numidium", which were the main quests of Arena and Daggerfall respectively. Interestingly, the Staff of Chaos was in one piece until Jagar Tharn split it in 3E 389 and Numidium was intact until Tiber Septim activated it in 2E 896. Since Elder Scrolls Online takes place in 2E 582, Sheogorath is alluding to them being split apart in the future.
  • In the quest Wearing the Veil, you have to answer two riddles. One of the possible riddles appeared in both Arena and Oblivion: Two bodies have I, two joined into one, The more I stand still the faster I run.

Morrowind

  • The quest The Naked Nord will have you assisting an unfortunate Nord who was stripped and robbed by a witch. Several quests with a similar plot appeared in Morrowind.
  • At the docks of Davon's Watch is a ship named The Rusty Argonian Blade, a reference to the pulp romance book The Lusty Argonian Maid, which has appeared in every game since Morrowind.

Oblivion

  • Darvell Litte is a citizen of Chorrol who is viewed as eccentric by the other townsfolk. Much to his wife's aggravation, Darvell claims that he can "smell" the magicka emanating from the fissure that runs through town and regrets not becoming a mage. Despite his wife's ridicule, it's clear that Darvell does have some natural competence for magic, as a descendant of his named Alberic Litte is a member of the Chorrol Mages Guild in Oblivion.
  • Lisien Motierre is a citizen of Chorrol who can be found in the ruins of the town's chapel. When approached, he will angrily announce that not even the gods can chase the Motierres from Chorrol. This is an ironic statement, considering Francois Motierre's elaborate scheme to escape the city in Oblivion.
  • Domitius Doran in Chorrol will make the claim that "500 years from now, there'll still be Dorans in Chorrol". The Doran family appears in Oblivion.
  • After committing a crime, if a guard catches you and they start a conversation with you, they may say "Stop right there criminal scum!". This is exactly what a guard may say if they catch you and enable dialogue with you in Oblivion.

Skyrim

  • The book I was Summoned by a Mortal contains many references to the behavior of summoned Dremora in Skyrim, including their habit of rushing into fights and some of their battle quotes.
  • The book Guard Duty makes reference to the well known line of guard dialogue in Skyrim "I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee...", which became a hit meme soon after Skyrim's release.
  • After completing the quest The Coral Heart, Holgunn will congratulate you with "Then Ebonheart is saved! We are once again in your debt. Maybe we'll make you the new Thane of Whiterun. After all, they'll take anyone!" This is a reference to the relative ease by which you could become the thane of Whiterun in Skyrim, requiring the completion of only two quests.
  • Satuhaz, one of the bankers in Elden Root, sometimes says: "Satuhaz wagers, if one were to bring a pack of armored trolls to break into our vault, our trolls would be the victors in that scenario. Why, you might ask? This one has the answer: Our trolls are vampires." This is a reference to the Dawnguard, an order of vampire hunters known to use armored trolls in battle.
  • The quest A Night to Forget is seemingly a nod to the Skyrim quest A Night To Remember. Aside from the similar names, both involve retrieving items to piece together the events of a drunken night out.
  • During the quest Snow and Flame, Scout Snowhunter takes you to Skuldafn through a secret tunnel. This may be a nod to the dragon Odahviing, whose name means "Snow-Hunter-Wing" in the Dragon Language, and who takes you to Skuldafn during the quest The World-Eater's Eyrie in Skyrim.
  • The merchant Nagaddu in Elden Root may joke, "Some call this junk. This one? This one also call this junk, resell it at deep discount." This is a reference to a commonly-heard line of merchant dialogue in Skyrim: "Some people call this junk. Me? I call it treasure."

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See Also

  • M'aiq the Liar, the recurring character whose comments are references to events and features of the game (both new and removed), jokes, and Easter Eggs.
  • Easter Eggs