Remember that Boethiah asked you to become the color of bruise. Does "CHIM-EL GHARJYG" mean High/Royal Hand of Order? Why was Trinimac left behind on Mundus when Auri-El ascended to Aetherius? * (Witnessing Shield-thane who goes blind or is maimed and thus solidifies the wave-form; blind/maimed = = final decision). SirronRocks: What, in your opinion, is your favourite bit of lore within The Elder Scrolls, and why? The Warrior is the combined version of Forager and Worker. The Seyda Neen was the flagship of a fleet that Hlaalu sent to sea at the behest of a Saint, "to see the face of Veloth". What weapons/capabilities is a Warspore usually equipped with? Fuck off, Dagon, don't ever mess with the Trees. A deeper meaning is meant, too, but not very many laymen bother with that. How do Hist-worshiping Argonians and Green-Pact-following Bosmer get along? In ones and twos, then in droves, and then their own priests and their own kings will throw down their false idols and take up the New Faith. If you’ve not seen the lower case c0da stuff, you really should; the artists on them deserve some recognition and a wider audience. Only Ken, Kurt, Todd, and I read the thing front to back in its near-last-draft form to see if its through-line was the best it could be. Why are the small female Betty Netches more powerful than the larger, male Bull netches? Would you care to offer some insight on what a more accurate aspiration for the Thalmor's realization of their goals would be, insomuch as it's even possible to write in a sufficiently concise and cryptic manner for an organization that operates on bureaucratically-saturated information overload in more or less everything they do? What the Orichalc Tower in Yokuda, and did it help sink the continent? Afterwards, it would've become a haunted forest nation, closed off by both the Dominion and the Empire. What would the function of the moons be? At its root, you might be on to a very cool idea. Think lionesses. It really boils down to being able to work within the confines of the team's current project. [UL 1] C0DA's timeline officially begins with a currently unreleased text known as "Dies Irae," said to feature a catastro… The assassins, in every case, are the Morag Tong. Quadratic. (I don't expect you to answer this one but I figured I'd ask anyway-any clues on how I, as a gamer, can understand just what the heck an Elder Scroll is?). Michael Kirkbride and TES Lore . "Or the number could be more Lorkhanic nonsense; that is, convenient for Man. And, well, an hour isn’t that long to write out proper long form answers, so I apologize in advance for being completely useless in most respects of this AMA. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls series, takes place in the province of Skyrim 200 years after the Oblivion Crisis. The Red Dome Templars were psycho-crusaders who drank the blood of Talos to get short-term martial shouting powers. No, I was actually referring to The Black Panthers and their radicalism. On the planned sequels to Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard (09/08/14). They didn't know each other. Imperials would be all "See? I just asked the creator of the two dragons in question and got the answer. Landfall and the Infernal City (01/25/11). The key feature of Daggerfall, as in all The Elder Scrolls games, is the freedom the game offers to players. Thanks for doing this AMA Mr. Kirkbride. Michael Kirkbride AMA. No, there are other ways to surpass it. OOG, I hated Summerset Isles and Elsweyr as place names, so they were changed after TESIV: Oblivion. *Of course* raga porcelain is enchanted and blessed by the Gods through the hands of its craftsman, and thus a viable (and beneficial because of its lightness) form of protection. Are all the guar dead after the Red Year? Two immortals had huge amounts of divine sex and so did all the onlookers-- priests and monsters and advocates and proletariats [sic]-- around them. It seems strange that the Hist would even need a political party to exercise control since they have control over Argonian minds. The final painting would be a 2D explosion. On writing Mankar Camoran's final speech (06/17/06). The weirdest thing-- and this is no joke-- I inexplicably pulled out the PGE Thursday night to read it. And just plain wrong to even try. What's the origin of their name? They're his family. I could hardly offer a better contradiction to this notion than that of my friend-in-exile, Severus Reva: [Text of Frontier, Conquest, and Accommodation follows], "The Aedra aren't supposed to be able to change, but perhaps there is a loophole" (10/03/03). GuyMeetsWall: Mr. Kirkbride, first off I want to thank you for doing this. Ken was responsible for the MQ in MW, so that's part of it. (02/14/15). The novel focuses on the end of the world, and rather than this resulting in the next Aurbic kalpa, the kalpic cycle also comes to an end.The setting for the novel is a science-fantasy evolution of the moon Masser, to which inhabitants of Nirn fled after an apocalyptic event called the Landfall. He doesn't question the world's weirdness, as that notion would never occur to him. I was drunk, so I cannot describe the courier, but I can verify that it is, indeed, from the Fifth Era (!) Regarding CHIM being pronounced Kim, like a girl's name (10/27/07). The Second Empire of Reman had its genesis in the first era, too, some 2000 years after the War of Succession, and it was far more significant than the tyranny of the early Nords. Ruma gave birth to herself, and her father was the father. Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:53 pm. So then I went, Hmm, all future stories told about Cyrus need to be careful not to use him solely for that utility, or risk him becoming a gimmick. For these examples, let's remove any mythical forces associated with the Underworld, nature, Oblivion, the Moons, Magnus, etc. For lack of a better verb. He would inter them in the proper Velothi fashion. However it is worth noting sites such as UESP DO accept his writings, and have one of the best TES Wikis due to it, and he has helped the company on lore after his resignition, so to say his work is jus fanon, would be false in my opinion, maybe make a CT on it. In fact, he said those words during the dragon-[censored] fight and you only remembered them later, a comforting memory that the Jills mended back into your timeline. It has made The Elder Scrolls into perhaps my favourite universe, and influenced the way I look at lore. The stilted and/or plain sound of The Left-Handed Elves or The Left-Handers strikes me as far for Yokudan. Many post-apocalypse manifestations of the HoonDing have individualized (like Diagna), and Ebonarm may be one (or many) of these. What caused the Wanderers and Old Ehlnofey to split? I've noticed that a lot of your work has sci-fi undertones in it. Undated. Half a province surrenders to the Thalmor. Sup n’wahs, First, let me pimp some TES-related projects I’m working on, because this is my very special hour and I am filthy with power. Morrowind is the former, Selbeth, and nowhere near the latter. Banned. Seems to be the best answer when you remember the idea of Lorkhan being the rhythm due to the Doom Drum and what not. (09/23/14). I know you've done a lot of unpaid creative work set in the Elder Scrolls universe (C0DA being an imminent example), but what other universes do you like to play in? This page was last modified on 10 September 2020, at 17:49. — The Song-Never-Sung-at-Twilight. Which is a long way of saying: panther-love. But something started to bug me about that name— oh shit, it was a place in the tabletop rpg, Earthdawn! The Amaranth deserves its own topic, really. Just wanna say because I never think I did, the whole "it was all just a dream" avenue is completely missing the point. Oct 26, 2017 1,240 . My internet was down earlier when this was active, but he may still answer a few questions later. Yneslea In … His presence fortifies the Wheel of the Convention, and binds our souls to this plane. Can you shed some light on the Fruit of Green-Sap? The Amaranth is a state that lies beyond all existence and the means to create a brand new universe; it was designed to present the natural "end-point" of the Elder Scrolls mythology. "We're coming for you in every one of your quarters, Sons of Talos. They come back to 'fix' the future. Consider your lucid dreams, if you've been lucky enough to have ever had one. Say, something like the someone called the Dovakhiin happening to show up..."born under uncertain stars to uncertain parents." guy231: When and where was Aka-tusk worshipped? Saved by Katie Wallace. But don't quote me...I didn't write this in-character. Any culture that reveres or lives around trees and that had enough knowledge to know that the Hist were crazy Trees? Upon which Tower did the Selectives dance for the Middle Dawn. Not the "power"-- the cherishing. That CAN'T be right" and "This period in history doesn't make logistical sense and/or is just too muddled and unlovely in description". What do you think about mixing fantasy and sci-fi? Most Human (Imperial) cultures regard the Daedra as separate from the Gods of the Eight Divines, true. While visiting the demons of the Haight last night, I was handed the document that follows. It was difficult to do that. Children of liberty without end, and then the music lives forever as a pirate radio tuned against the rules of Heaven and the vulgarities of Hell. He never said) and we were good. But I promise my choice had nothing to do with Yellow Peril, it had to do with co-opting "coolness of color" without thinking about it intelligently and compassionately. Fun! The Ragebear. Bonelord concept art by Michael Kirkbride (Morrowind). It was literal: Vivec's damn head took off and flew away; it had stuff to do, yo. Children of liberty without end, and then the music lives forever as a pirate radio tuned against the rules of Heaven and the vulgarities of Hell. We can name him THAT too. They are arthropods. (09/05/14), Why was Summerset Isles and other provinces renamed? This is what separates TES from other games. I did and do mean Aedra, and therefore extract my question back into the timeframe we should have in mind. Ken made up the word. Made me swear not to change it in the final book. I've talked to people on this site in regards to beliefs that state 'what is written is law' and 'each is to take what they want', and in every case the reasons behind them are imaginatively wonderful and well thought out, but as one of the more celebrated 'Dreamers', where do you stand? If you're gonna be a hater, either here or at the AMA, just don't waste anyone's time. That said: Is there anything you wish you could've gone back and changed in Morrowind? The Oral History of Vivec’s Name (05/14/20). Well MK thanks for doing this. Hardest of the hardcore. That said, there *is* an attempt at wordplay, consistency, and clues in the lore, so my brother above is right when he says Tosh-Raka is "Dragon Dragon." Michael Kirkbride is a former writer and designer for Bethesda Softworks. On the idea of Dragons being more a state of allegiance than a biological definition (07/24/14). I want to ask you a bit of a more mundane question. Oh and you kick ass, specifically for doing this and just in general. What is your opinion on the Jone/Jode perspective of the moons, as opposed to the perspective that Masser and Secunda are Lorkhan's corpse? What's up with the Blue Star itself? Legends say that he is (they are) just another manifestation of the HoonDing, the Make Way God. To transcend it? Elven cultures, however, do not distinguish between "Gods" and "Very Strong Ancestors". And begins to dream in the same way. The mariners on this voyage would send back for the rest of their House when they had found whatever this "face" was. Porcelain armor has exactly the exoticness that seems appropriate to the stone-worshipping people of the Hammerfell. Players are also free to stray from the main quest at any time and can choose not to do it at all, and instead explore around or join factions. Librarian Comment: This text was originally posted on the official Bethesda forums on September 12th, 2005. Is Lyg a former Kalpa's name for Tamriel? The former jumps through the hole in the latter's mouth and its head pops out the other end; then the whole symbiote stands up. It seems to have something to do with love (and especially self-love), but I don't really see that in Azura. We'll see. From the [Giants] we learned wind, and in wind we learned vacuum, and in vacuum we found the Not Talk of Ooghama, shield-wife of the Debris, [who had] written everything on her that will ever be and we took all the spaces between the words and talked that way in secret. More than risky, it's asking for trouble when one considers Our Father Who Art in Oxford. To do so would be antithetical to their very existence. That said, the God Time (whose very name is contradictory) before it cannot accurately be measured by mortal perception. As Alduin in Skyrim is far below a Daedric Prince, this has led many people to question the validness of Alduin … I may say lots of things, but Lord Indoril Nerevar the Hortator was my beloved from the get go during my tenure as MW's Art Director. And some folks— cough, Todd, cough— thought this was probably needlessly complicated but Kurt and Ken were like yeah but Morrowind is kinda like that already so who cares. It's the flowering of a statehood where the images you give birth to in your dream-- stolen (?) RUGH! Edit: to Lorus, that's his bonewalker version, lost to the annals of most Tribune histories. Was awesome idea. I had a plan for a TEA game set in Elsweyr. What does the name Buoyant Armiger mean? If it did, by the way, the Dwemer would just refuse to believe it anyhow. You said that it took a week, but how much of that week was spent writing and doing other stuff? And that would quickly make me boorish and prone to cliched Angry Youngster Angst. He is Michael Kirkbride, if you understand what I mean. I'd like to thank you for doing this, especially considering the flooding hell your inbox must be experiencing and my own part in that. (01/25/15). Kurt had relocated to Colorado at the time (he moved back to Beth some time later) and didn’t like the name change, slight as it was. The line changed from something like "a hoplite who Pelinal often shared a tent with at night" to "a hoplite who Pelinal loved well". In fact, they were created by Vivec to hunt Dreughs during a time-lost campaign against the Altmer of the sea. None of my in-game books were ever edited with the exception of a few lines in The Song of Pelinal (one removing Morihaus' erection, another stating that Pelinal was homosexual). So please, read if you can help me. Whether or not it contributed to the sinking of the land isn't for me to say, but the Yoku and the Left-Handed Elves certainly did fight a lot, so you can be sure the Tower had a part to play in their wargames. Crowds gather at this holy site. "A recent archaelogical [sic] study [of Direnni Tower], using the latest techniques of divination and sorcery, has pushed the Tower's construction date back to around ME2500, making it by far the oldest known structure in Tamriel. Ex. turned into "hold up the train, wait, ALL of these disparate cultures worship the same gods? Editing the 36 Lessons of Vivec (06/03/08). sacrilege! Where was Yagrum during the events of Red Mountain? As some people know I'm not really a fan of the United Colors of Beneton approach to Tamrielicreation, which smacks of white guilt and offensery rather than some holistic form of beautiful inclusion. Two hours later, a throng of headless corpses are found, strewn diamond-pattern in a courtyard. Furthermore, the human eras do not conveniently begin and end with a single empire each time. C0DA's background is introduced in the text Loveletter From the Fifth Era, The True Purpose of Tamriel, which brings some insight into a few aspects of C0DA's lore, most importantly the concept of the "Amaranth." I can't help but feel this is being misconstrued from some weird amalgamation of people reading that little blurb you posted in-character a long time ago that everyone quotes about "unbinding the Dragon and erasing the upstart Talos from the mythic" right after reading Nu-Mantia Intercept and how the Towers are fortifications of mortal existence, a subject that never seemed like it was being written with the intention of portraying a bunch of Altmer fundies as the villains. Accident? The UESPWiki – Your source for The Elder Scrolls since 1995 What does a Warspore look like? It was about how Michael Kirkbride (one of the writers and designers working on Morrowind) wrote a series of in-game books called The 36 Lessons of Vivic. There are different versions of that story. This page collects all comments with responses from Michael Kirkbride in chronological order, cutting each thread off at the last reply by him.. Posted by u/MKirkbride:. There is one step beyond CHIM, but you're right in that it is not godhood. Followup: how do you know? "Is there only one way to transcend the Aurbis?" Remember that the ‘first era’ is a Human demarcation of time. That was a copy of copy of a copy of one of three giant cylinders (the real Elder Scrolls). It also bears reminding here that no one asked for a PGE during Redguard's pre-dev cycle. The Dwemer are special in their views. Don't forget that gods can be shaped by the mythopoeic forces of the mantlers-- so Tosh Raka could be an Akaviri avatar of Akatosh with a grudge against his mirror-brother in Cyrodiil. The suns shine overhead, each uttering his name in their way. 5. I don't mean in a sense like Star Wars which is fantasy set in a sci-fi-ish setting, but more like a more sci-fi take on fantasy. Orichalc the name comes from Plato's description of Atlantis, the Most Famousest of Sinking Continents. The idea that the raga are afraid of magic is just wrong. 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