Following the story of a single character through multiple games is always something I wanted to do, especially a game series as connected as The Elder Scrolls. That’s why when I saw The Elder Scrolls: Summer Bundle for only $20 for Steam’s Autumn Sale, I knew I had to make it up.
I never played Morrowind before. My first Elder Scrolls game was Oblivion, and I don’t remember ever finishing that game either. Come to think of it; I don’t think I finished Skyrim too. These games were fun for me to launch and swing my sword at things until they died, but it wasn’t until I started reading the Elder Scrolls lore outside the games that I really started to enjoy the worlds.
I took my first-time through each game for granted. That’s why I thought to myself, “I’m going to create a character in Morrowind, finish the game, get them through Oblivion, then finish their story in Skyrim as we eagerly await The Elder Scrolls VI.”
The graphics for The Elder Scrolls Morrowind were definitely dated, and the only Imperial character face model that had that looked like it wasn’t an alien looked like Sinbad.
When I proceeded, I didn’t know there would be so many different jobs I could play. I don’t remember doing this in Skyrim. I think there was a bit of it in Oblivion, but I could be wrong. In Skyrim, we just picked up a weapon and became whatever we wanted to be.
I thought to myself, “Hey, Bard sounds cool,” and picked it up, not knowing what I’d be getting myself into. Would I travel the lands killing enemies with a stringed instrument? Would I whack them above the head with a flute? The possibilities in my headcanon were endless.
After enjoying the two seconds of voice acting they had, I had to go through and read stuff. I mean, I dabbled in Dungeons and Dragons a bit, so I knew these older roleplaying games would have me read to flesh out a story. Honestly, I was excited. This would be my first time playing an older roleplaying game like this.
I opened my journal and was told to go to the town of Balmora. None of these names sounded familiar to me, but that’s okay because that meant this was a whole new world for me to explore. I stepped out on my first adventure when I heard someone screaming. I looked around frantically with my dagger thinking I was being attacked immediately.
That’s when a man fell out of the sky after apparently failing to perfect a new magic spell that could make him perfect leaping great distances. Okay? Well, at least he had stuff for me on his corpse.
That’s when I encountered it:
This rat from hell started to attack me. I thought, “it’s just a rat, how hard could this be?”
It ended up being one of the most difficult boss battles of my life. I was stabbing and slashing at the rat and not hitting it once. Maybe it’s because I had such a low dagger skill? Even in Oblivion and Skyrim, you’d still connect if you swung, but you wouldn’t do as much damage. I was frantically clicking away trying to kill this rate for about fifteen minutes. I’m not sure if it was a bug or it was really high level.
After losing half my life. The rat was dead, and I was awarded rat meat. That’s when I looked up and saw three more rats coming my way.
…and that’s the story of why the story for this Elder Scrolls journal will fast forward to Oblivion.