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The Hidden Secrets of "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"

Updated on July 15, 2017

Welcome to Skyrim

Welcome to Skyrim, a land full of danger and adventure.
Welcome to Skyrim, a land full of danger and adventure. | Source

What Hidden Secrets Await Within the Borders of "Skyrim'"?

Bethesda game studios' epic adventure of "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" not only includes a massive universe full of adventure and hours of role playing entertainment, the game has numerous hidden secrets and Easter Eggs just waiting for gaming fanatics to discover as well!

Historical references, quotes from Hollywood blockbuster movies, and secret video game references all define the hidden gems that await in "Skyrim". Why wouldn't they hide a little extra in this massive universe? Let's take a quick look at some of the secrets that you may discover!

"Minecraft" and the Notched Pickaxe in Skyrim?!

What exactly does "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" and "Minecraft" have in common? Apparently, the two fan-favorite games have more than one thing in common after all---Bethesda game studios. The creator of the "Elder Scrolls" series, Bethesda, is also partners with "Mojang" game studios and Notch, the creator of the hit game "Minecraft".

After speaking to the elder dragon, Paarthurnax, you can find the Notched Pickaxe, sticking out of a vein of Ebony Ore in a small cave opening at the peak of the mountains known as "The Throat of the World". You can use this beloved tool to dig up various types of ore around "Skyrim" and also use it as a formidable weapon of battle.

Going Retro in "Skyrim" with Pac-Man

"Pac-Man" (legendary killer of ghosts), makes his appearance in one of the many areas to be explored in "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim". It cannot be ignored, the similarity between the two and whether or not some cheese and garlic are just randomly placed in this fashion, the Easter Egg is undeniable.

If you travel to Endon's House, in the city of Markarth, head to the back of the house and look for a bookshelf with some items on it. The bottom shelf has a scene from "Pac-Man" arranged with a wedge of cheese, some garlic cloves and some glow dust. You just cannot deny this Easter Egg or keep from laughing when you see it!

Bethesda's Tribute to Swedish Metal

If you happen to find Nystrom's Journal in the "Darkness Returns" mission, you can rest assured you may have missed this Easter Egg! Nystrom's Journal tells a tale of two brothers, Nystrom and Anders, who are trying to infiltrate a certain dungeon. These two brothers are actually named after Anders Nystrom, front-man and lead guitarist for the metal band Katatonia! They also quote several lyrics from the bands single, "Ghost of the Sun." With hundreds of readable books and journals in this open world, who knows what other references you may find?

Katatonia- "Ghost of the Sun"

The movie poster for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" created by Drew Struzan.
The movie poster for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" created by Drew Struzan. | Source

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Mara?

What motivates you the most in "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"? Is it the adventure, or possibly the gold? Maybe the ladies tickle your fancy the best? According to Athis, of The Companions Guild, its all about fortune and glory.

Go and talk with Athis and ask him what motivated him to join The Companions Guild. Quoting that famous line by Harrison Ford, in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", Athis will answer "fortune and glory, friend, fortune and glory."

Something funny about that movie "Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom", is the controversy surrounding the amount of blood and violence displayed in the movie. That controversy is partially responsible for the creation of the movie rating PG-13! The 1980's were a strange time when people blamed violence, crime, and drug use on anything they could, including television, movies, heavy metal and rap music, and even the legendary 8-bit video game!

Fortune, or Glory Kid? Fortune, or Glory?

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