Dragonborn talk:Easter Eggs

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Editors, you are welcome to propose anything as an Easter Egg or reference, or comment regarding the current page, but first consider that a reference cannot be generic (unspecific), such as giant animals.

References to the gameplay and world of past Elder Scrolls games, such as the randomly encountered falling mage, belong on the Historical References page.

Other discussions may deal with your proposal or concern, so please check the other suggestions before posting.
Archive 1: Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Archive 2: Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Possible Inheritance reference?[edit]

In the Skaal village, there is a smith named Baldor Iron-Shaper. Baldor was a recurring character and the son of the smith Horst throughout the Inheritance Cycle series of books. Possible Reference? 23:51, 10 January 2014 (GMT)

Just a coincidence, in my opinion. Beyond their shared profession and name (which is Norwegian), I see no other connection.--Rook (talk) 00:10, 11 January 2014 (GMT)
The name is definitively not Norwegian, neither ancient nor modern. —MortenOSlash (talk) 09:06, 11 January 2014 (GMT)
Seems like a weak connection, Baldor the smith vs. Baldor the son of a smith. Not enough for me to say it's a reference. --Xyzzy Talk 15:12, 11 January 2014 (GMT)
IN answer to Morten, the name "Baldor" is the Old English equivalent of the Old Norse name "Baldr" (which is, of course, the famous God of mythology). As for the original point, it seems odd that the developers would use a non-standard spelling of "Baldor" without purpose. Probably nothing conclusive, but it seems as strong a link as the supposed reference to "The King in Yellow" (which is nothing BUT name). — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 03:08 on 1 July 2014 (GMT)


Don't know if a quest name is even important enough, but the quest "Paid in Full" could be a reference to the renowned Eric B. & Rakim song of the same name. -- 12:18, 17 May 2014 (GMT)

No, the name alone is not enough in most cases. There would need to be some apparent link such as the quest events resembling the songs lines. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 13:39, 17 May 2014 (GMT)

The Mudcrab Merchant[edit]

Discussion moved to Dragonborn_talk:Elder Scrolls Historical References

The Ebony Warrior[edit]

When you talk to him, he'll talk about how he has nothing to do and no challenges left to face, except you. Do you think this could be a reference to the levelling curve in the TES series, where higher-level players have little left to do? Vicano (talk) 16:59, 17 August 2014 (GMT)

Eh, I doubt it. I don't see any solid connection. Boredom can happen in almost any game once you get to a certain point. •WoahBro►talk 17:25, 17 August 2014 (GMT)
Yeah, I don't think so. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 02:37, 18 August 2014 (GMT)

Doctor Who Reference?[edit]

Could the Darkness trap, from The Sallow Regent and Filament and Filagree, where the darkness damages you, be a reference to the Vashta Nerada from Doctor Who? The Vashta Nerada inhabited a planet sized library and manifested as shadows that killed people in the episodes "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead". Apocrypha, of course, is a realm that is a huge library and the shadows there can kill you in those black books. 03:24, 17 September 2014 (GMT)

No, the Vashta Nerada was a race of sentient beings that inhabited the shadows. The darkness here is simply darkness, there is no sense that it is sentient, or that it can move around, or has any 'desire' to kill/survive, or anything else that resembles the Vashta Nerada beyond being in a library. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 10:14, 17 September 2014 (GMT)
Yeah, there's really nothing to suggest that there was an intentional reference. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 21:37, 17 September 2014 (GMT)

Romeo and Juliet[edit]

This easter egg can be found in the quest known as "The Final Descent". In one of the corridors after opening the door with the Bloodskal Blade, you can find the dead bodies of a young male and female lying among a wall of tombs. The male is an Imperial and the female is a High Elf. The woman is partially laying on the male, appearing to have died after him, possibly by suicide. Given the two races' considerable conflict, this could possibly be a subtle reference to the work of William Shakespeare. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 21:29 on 25 May 2015 (GMT)

Too much of a stretch in my opinion. -- SarthesArai Talk 15:17, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
They're just victims of the bandits. —Legoless (talk) 16:02, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
I don't see any solid connections here. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 22:38, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Giant Nirnroots[edit]

On one of the small islands surrounding Solstheim there are unnaturally large nirnroots, do you think this passes as an easter egg? EDIT: If you need help finding it, it's north of Frossel. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 11:03 on 7 November 2015

It has already been discussed (quite a lot), and finally rejected. -- SarthesArai Talk 13:00, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
And even if it wasn't rejected, this wouldn't be an Easter egg. The island is just a notable location where large nirnroots grow. DRAGON GUARD(TALK) 14:36, 7 November 2015 (UTC)

Canadian Seal Slaughter[edit]

Is it possible that the Horker Island is reference to infamous Canadian "tradition"? [1] There is even unique weapon Horksbane, which deals additional damage to Horkers. (The Seals are often clubbed) Only difference that i see is that on Horker Island the animals won this time. -- 19:48, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

It is not special for Canada, and the infamy is cultural relativistic, and as such politically loaded and in some cases heavily culturally biased. Seals have been hunted by humans from the dawn of time, or at least since humans reached seal inhabited shores, for food and for clothing.
Before guns people used what they had, and even the first guns were not always easily available for common hunters. (Even in modern times guns are still not in all cases the least painful way of killing some animals under given circumstances.) The amount of blood on snow is anyway the same with guns as with clubs. To be edible the meat should ideally be emptied of blood as soon as possible after killing the animal.
The societies of Tamriel do in many ways have much in common with preindustrial real life societies, where hunting is necessary to survive. As such, seal hunting is no Easter Egg, only a natural parallel to real life pre-industrial survival in arctic, boreal, and even some temperate and sub-tropic coastal environments. —MortenOSlash (talk) 19:07, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
I agree, there's nothing to indicate this is a nod to seal clubbing. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 20:50, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

Hermaeous Mora[edit]

In the game "Legacy of Kain:Soul Reaver 1&2" the entity under the water that revives Raziel has the same appearance and speech patterns as does Hermaeous Mora. The difference between them is that in Soul Reaver he is solid while in Skyrim he is a void being. 01:50, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

I'm going to guess, more likely, both took inspiration from The Cthulhu Mythos, instead. Additionally, Herma Mora also dates back to Daggerfall, which came out in 1996, before Soul Reaver (by three years). While his design has sort of evolved, the basic shape is more or less consistent. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 02:01, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

At the Summit of Apocrypha = At the Mountains of Madness[edit]

Since it's clearly obvious Hermaeus Mora and his realm of Oblivion are based on Lovecraft's works, would it be safe to add a note explaining that the quest and achievement are in reference to another of Lovecraft's works, At The Mountains of Madness? --Rezalon (talk) 01:25, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

Moved from here. Also, supporting this as The Sallow Regent is a similar reference and already included. Echo (talk) 02:58, 28 June 2017 (UTC)