Feature: Top 5 NPCs from The Elder Scrolls Series

The Elder Scrolls games are colossal, that’s a fact. The last three titles each boast hundreds of unique locations to visit and hundreds more side quests to get stuck into. Yes, these really are more than just games, for many, they are a way of life. Yet for all of the individuals that you meet throughout each game, there are certain individuals that really stand out from the crowd. Join us as we take a look back at our Top 5 NPCs.

We’ll be looking back at characters from the Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. This may contain some spoilers for Oblivion, you have been warned.

5. Adoring Fan

Every great hero needs that die hard fan and Adoring Fan (as the name suggests) is just that. He can be found in The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and serves as a reward for becoming the Grand Champion in the Imperial City Arena.

In honesty, he’s not much use as a companion, mainly due to the fact that he runs whenever he gets the slightest whiff of a battle & usually ends up running into more trouble in the process. Having said that, he will follow you to the ends of the Earth (or into Oblivion) and always has a kind word to say.

I’m still waiting for Bethesda to release some Armour DLC and some sort of PCP equivalent to increase his battle prowess. One day…

Adoring Fan - Oblivion Elder Scrolls IV

4. Cicero

Slightly unhinged but a snappy dresser none the less. Cicero is a member of the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim and holds the age-honored title of Keeper of the Night Mother (a corpse of a woman blessed by Sithis). This basically means he has to ensure that the Night Mother’s coffin is kept clean and “tend” to her needs.

Necrophilia jokes aside, Cicero is very dedicated to his work and the Dark Brotherhood. Plus he’s pretty tough, for a Jester, making him a fairly decent companion in battle. Not only that, but he may also treat you to the occasional bad joke or a jolly dance if you’re really lucky.

Cicero - Skyrim Elder Scolls V

3. M’aiq the Liar

Perhaps the most interesting member of the Khajiit race, M’aiq is a reoccurring character appearing in Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. He can be found randomly wandering the world, sometimes on a hunt for calipers, other times just rambling to himself about a variety of topics including nudity, Werewolves and uses for feet.

He is generally telling porky pies but will insist that the wisdom that he shares is mostly “verified by actual facts”. Although, as his name suggests, he’s generally not one to be trusted for advice.

He’s an interesting little Easter Egg and I enjoy hunting him down when I get a new Elder Scrolls game. Hopefully one day he’ll have some quests attached to him. Perhaps a DLC even…M’aiq’s Mystery or something like that.

M'aiq the Liar - Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind

2. Martin Septim

A key character in Oblivion, Martin is the bastard-born son Emperor Uriel Septim VII. He is completely unaware or his regal lineage and living the life of a Priest in Kvatch, until the Emperor’s assassination when it is discovered that Martin is heir to the Septim throne.

A pretty complex character, with a bit of a dark past worshiping the Daedric Lord Sanguine, I think Martin was one of the best things about Oblivion. He also had some excellent voice acting from Sean Bean. Oh and of course he can turn into a giant Dragon, a surefire way to boost your street-cred on the streets of Bruma.

Martin Septim - Oblivion Elder Scrolls IV

1. Sheogorath, Prince of Madness

Lord of the Shivering Isles, the Mad House, Asylums and featured in Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. I like to think of him as a sort of neurotic Sean Connery. You can never quite tell what mood you will find him in, and much like his kingdom, he has two very different sides to his personality.

He often appears to mortals as a well dressed elderly gentleman with a cane. This is mainly a tool that he uses to lead unsuspecting folk down the path to insanity or The Golden Road as he calls it.

He delights in toying with the lives of mortals and those that enter his realm rarely come back with a sound mind. He also carries a special staff called Wabbajack which holds the power to transform any creature thing into another creature at random. Great for turning those pesky Trolls in Rabbits for an easy victory, but there’s always a chance that you may turn them into a Deadroth or something equally horrible to kill.

All in all Sheogorath is a smashing chap, you just have to fine his good side and stay on it.

Sheogorath - Skyrim, Oblivion, Morrowind, Elder Scrolls

So that’s our Top 5 NPCs from The Elder Scrolls Series, we hope you enjoyed it. Who are your favourite characters from the series. Better still, who do you really hate? We may include your suggestions in a future post and credit you so let us know.

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