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Skyrim:Loading Screens

These loading screens appear when a new area is loaded. A message and related 3D model are displayed that can often be of help, especially to new players. Depending on how long the game takes to load, multiple messages may be displayed. Some messages only appear under certain conditions. If a condition is satisfied, that image will appear (e.g., the character generation message will always appear during a new game). Most of the load screens with conditions therefore have a percentage chance of appearing, in order to make them more or less likely to appear under certain circumstances, but still allow some randomness. If no conditions are satisfied, one of the remaining load screens is selected at random.

This article also details loading screens for the Dawnguard and Hearthfire official add-ons. For loading screens added by Dragonborn, see this article.


Message 3D Model Image Conditions


Any map locations that have been discovered and visited can be fast traveled to, from any area outdoors. Furniture\Cart\​​CartFurnStatic01.nif  
Become friends with someone, and they may allow you to take certain items from their home. Armor\NordPlate\​Helmet_GO.nif  
If you have an enchanted weapon equipped, its current enchantment level is shown above your Stamina bar or Magicka bar. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenWarAxe.nif  
Inns are a great place to pick up rumors. The innkeeper can usually point you to local quests. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonianBarkeep.nif  
Items can be stored safely in any containers in your own home. But items kept in any other containers may not be there later when you go to retrieve them... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenThief01.nif  
Magicka is the energy used to power spells. The higher the magicka, the more spells that can be cast. Weapons\Staff04\​1stPersonStaff04.nif  
Most friends and hirelings that are following you can be ordered to interact with the world. They can unlock doors, pick up objects, go to specific locations, or attack enemies. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleNord.nif  
Most shops are open from about 8am to 8pm. If a shop is closed, wait until morning... or pick the lock and break in. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonianBarkeep.nif   In a city, 4% chance.
Once you've helped someone, they will like you. Some people may even be willing to follow you and carry out your orders. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonianBarkeep.nif  
Shrines in the city temples will heal any disease, and confer a blessing. Accepting the blessing of one shrine will remove the blessings of any others. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShrineAkatosh.nif  
Sleeping in a bed applies the Rested bonus. Sleeping in a bed you own applies the Well Rested bonus. Weapons\Orcish\​1stPersonOrcishGreatsword.nif  
Stamina is used to sprint and execute power attacks. Sprinting in Heavy Armor uses more stamina than sprinting in Light Armor or clothing. Armor\Glass\​GlassShield.nif  
Wearing heavy armor or using heavy weapons will slow you down. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenArmor.nif  
When your Magicka or Stamina bar flashes, it means you cannot perform the action you just attempted. Power attacks become regular attacks, and spells fail. Weapons\Forsworn\​1stPersonForswornStaff.nif  
You move more slowly with your weapon drawn. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricGreatSword.nif  
Leveling up grants a bonus to your choice of Health, Magicka, or Stamina. Choosing Stamina also increases your carrying capacity. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLogo.nif  
Each time you level up, you may pick a perk. You can save your perk choice for later if you don't quite meet the requirements of the perk you want. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLogo.nif  
When you get a new quest, it will not become active unless you have no other active quests. Check your journal to see which quests are active. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLogo.nif  
If you have too many quest targets, check your journal to see if you have more than one active quest. In the Miscellaneous category, you can turn each objective on or off. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLogo.nif  
After you use a Shout power, the compass outline will glow brightly. It fades from the center, indicating the time until you can Shout again. Actors\Male\​GreyBeardStatic.nif  
The longer you hold down the Powers button, the more powerful your Shout. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAdventure01.nif  
You can learn up to three words for a Shout. Each word adds to the power of the Shout. Actors\Male\​GreyBeardStatic.nif  


A greatsword swings faster than a battleaxe, and a battleaxe swings faster than a warhammer. Weapons\Orcish\​1stPersonOrcishWarhammer.nif  
Any attacks done while both sneaking and undetected will do extra damage. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif  
Any inventory item marked with a small arrow indicates it is probably more effective than what you currently have equipped. Weapons\Steel\​1stPersonSteelWarhammer.nif  
Combat difficulty can be modified at any time - even in the middle of battle - in the Gameplay section of the Settings screen. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenWarhammer.nif  
Combat-based magic only improves when used against valid opponents. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBretonMage.nif  
Dual wielding potentially doubles melee damage output... but prevents any kind of blocking. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleOrc_1.nif  
Heavy Armor absorbs more damage, but it also weighs more than Light Armor. Armor\Dragonscale\​DragonscaleCuirassGO.nif  
Potions that restore Stamina or Magicka should be used during combat, to increase the number of available spells and power attacks. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenPotions01.nif  
Swords swing faster than axes, and axes swing faster than maces. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassSword.nif  
Two-handed weapons do more damage than one-handed weapons, but don't block as effectively. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricBattleAxe.nif  
(DG) The crossbows used by the Dawnguard fire a deadly first shot. However, they are slow to reload. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenCrossbow01.nif   Completed Awakening, 2% chance.
A readied arrow will be put back into its quiver if the bow is sheathed. Weapons\Draugr\​DraugrBowSkinned.nif  
To get the maximum range and damage with a bow, hold down Attack until the bow is fully drawn. Weapons\Ebony\​EbonyBowSkinned.nif  
Attacks can be blocked with either a shield or a weapon, but shields are much more effective. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenArmor.nif  
Bashing with a shield will stagger an opponent. If timed properly, it will also interrupt a power attack. Armor\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricShield.nif  
Blocking with a shield or weapon will recoil an attack, and stagger the attacker. Armor\Elven\​ElvenShield.nif  
Successfully bashing with either a shield or weapon will always stagger an opponent. Armor\Elven\​ElvenShield.nif  
Power Attacks
Moving while holding down Attack results in a power attack. Moving in different directions creates different power attacks. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricWarhammer.nif  
A power attack against an opponent who is blocking will break through the block, without staggering the attacker. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenGreatSword.nif  
A power attack might stagger an opponent, preventing him from immediately counteracting. Weapons\Ebony\​1stPersonEbonyMace.nif  
A successful power attack will always break an opponent's block, and cause a stagger. Weapons\NordHero\​1stPersonNordHeroGreatsword.nif  
A successful power attack has a chance to stagger an opponent who is not blocking. Weapons\NordHero\​1stPersonNordHeroBattleAxe.nif  
Power attacks use Stamina. If the Stamina bar is flashing, any attempted power attack becomes a regular attack instead. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassMace.nif  


A guard may stop combat if his attacker sheathes any weapons. But even if the yield is accepted, the guard will still attempt an arrest. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenSword.nif   In a city, 4% chance.
An excessively high bounty will cause a Hold's guards to attack the wanted person on sight. Weapons\Imperial\​1stpersonImperialSword.nif  
Each Hold tracks its crime separately. A wanted criminal in Whiterun might have no bounty in Solitude, and so on. Clutter\CivilWar\​CivilWarMap01.nif  
Pick someone's pocket by activating them while sneaking. Looking at their inventory is harmless - taking anything is a crime. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif  
Serving jail time causes some skills to lose their accumulated progress to the next value. The longer the sentence, the more skills that are affected. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMetalCage.nif  


A Magic Wall spell creates a barrier that hurts anything that moves through it. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeDestruction.nif  
A magical Ward protects the caster from offensive spells, but takes a few seconds to charge up to full power. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeRestoration.nif  
All currently active magic effects, including diseases and armor enchantments, are shown in the Magic inventory, under "Active Effects." Armor\Glass\M\​HelmetGlassGO.nif  
Cancel a charged spell by "sheathing" or lowering your hands. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenHandAxe.nif  
Cast Soul Trap on an enemy during combat, and his soul will be captured in one of your empty soul gems, when he dies. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleRedguard_1.nif  
Cloak spells surround the caster with a dangerous aura that harms anyone that gets too close. Armor\Draugr\​DraugrHelmetMale_GO.nif  
Enemies are displayed onscreen differently than friends when you cast Detect Life or Detect Dead. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeAlteration.nif  
Fire burns for a while after the target is hit, doing extra damage, and is useful against all types of opponents. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenStaffGem.nif  
In addition to doing regular damage, Frost attacks deplete the target's Stamina, and slow them down. Use them to prevent enemies from doing as many power attacks. Weapons\Staff02\​1stPersonStaff02.nif  
In addition to doing regular damage, Shock spells also deplete the target's Magicka. They're particularly useful against wizards. Weapons\Dwarven\​DwarvenBowSkinned.nif  
Rune spells create magical traps, but only on surfaces close to the caster. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShopsMagic01.nif  
Spellbooks can be purchased from the court wizard in the Jarl's palace. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShopsMagic01.nif   In a city, 4% chance.
The charge level of a staff is based on the corresponding skill of the mage wielding it. For example, a wizard with a high Destruction skill would get a lot of uses from a staff of Fireball. Weapons\Staff03\​1stPersonStaff03.nif  
The Mage Armor perks make defensive spells more effective for anyone wearing clothes instead of armor. Armor\Ebony\M\​HelmetGND.nif  
The Magicka cost to cast a spell goes down as your skill increases and you pick relevant perks. Weapons\Steel\​1stPersonSteelMace.nif  
When casting spells, wait for the spell to be ready before releasing the control. The spell is cast when you release. Weapons\Staff01\​1stPersonStaff01.nif  
When you obtain a spell book, you need to read it to learn the spell, which destroys the book in the process. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeIllusion.nif  


Argonians are the reptilian natives of the province of Black Marsh. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonian.nif  
Bretons are natives of High Rock. It is home to the oldest known structure in all of Tamriel, the Adamantine Tower, also known as Direnni Tower. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBretonMage.nif  
Dark elves, also known as Dunmer, are natives of Morrowind - a land many consider alien and inhospitable. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif  
At the center of the Dunmer province of Morrowind lies the Red Mountain, the largest volcano in all of Tamriel. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif  
High elves, also known as Altmer, are natives of Summerset Isle. It is an ancient land shrouded in mystery. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleHighElf.nif  
Imperials are natives of Cyrodiil, the cosmopolitan heartland of the Empire. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleImperial.nif  
Khajiit are a feline race native to Elsweyr. It is infamous for producing Moon Sugar, which can be refined into Skooma. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif  
Orcs, also known as Orsimer, are natives of Orsinium, a small mountain kingdom between Hammerfell and Skyrim. It has been sacked and rebuilt many times. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleOrc_1.nif  
Redguards are natives of Hammerfell. Its cities hug the edges of the great Alik'r Desert. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleRedguard_1.nif  
Wood Elves, also known as Bosmer, are natives of Valenwood. This jungle nation is home to giant, migratory trees that house their cities. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleWoodElf.nif  
Racial Bonuses
Argonians can breathe underwater and are 50% resistant to diseases. Their Histskin power allows them to regenerate health quickly, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonian.nif  
Breton blood grants a 50% resistance to magic. Bretons can use Dragonskin to absorb magicka from hostile spells, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBretonMage.nif  
Dark Elf blood grants 50% resistance to fire. They can use Ancestor's Wrath to cloak themselves in fire, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif  
High elves are born with extra Magicka. They can use Highborn to regenerate Magicka quickly, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleHighElf.nif  
Imperials are natives of Cyrodiil, the cosmopolitan heartland of the Empire. Once a day, they can use the Voice of the Emperor ability to calm an angry opponent for a short while. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleImperial.nif  
Khajiit have deadly claws that can be used in unarmed combat. They can use Night Eye to see better in the dark. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif  
Nords are 50% resistant to cold damage. They can use Battlecry to make their enemies flee, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleNord.nif  
Orcs can use Berserk to do double damage while only taking half damage, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleOrc_1.nif  
Redguards are 50% resistant to poison. They can use Adrenaline Rush to regenerate Stamina quickly, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleRedguard_1.nif  
Wood elves are 50% resistant to disease and poison. They can use Command Animal to make an animal their ally, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleWoodElf.nif  


The Alchemy skill determines the creation and potency of potions and poisons. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlchemyWorkbench.nif  
The School of Alteration focuses on the manipulation of the physical world, and is used to cast spells like Waterbreathing, Magical Armor and Magelight. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeAlteration.nif  
The Archery skill improves the use of bows and arrows. The greater the skill, the more deadly the shot. Weapons\Daedric\​DaedricBowSkinned.nif  
The Block skill reduces the damage and stagger from physical attacks when blocking with either a shield or weapon. Armor\Dragonscale\​DragonscaleShield.nif  
The School of Conjuration is used to raise the dead, summon creatures from one of the planes of Oblivion, and soul trap opponents killed in combat. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeConjuration.nif  
The School of Destruction focuses on the mastery of fire, frost and shock, and is used to cast spells like Fireball, Ice Spike, and Lightning Bolt. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeDestruction.nif  
The higher the Enchanting skill, the stronger the magic that can be bound to weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenEnchantingWorkbench.nif  
Those trained to use Heavy Armor make more effective use of Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Ebony, and Daedric armors. Armor\Iron\​ShieldHeavy.nif  
The School of Illusion focuses on the manipulation of an enemy's mind, and is used to cast spells like Fear, Charm and Invisibility. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeIllusion.nif  
The Light Armor skill allows for more effective use of Hide, Leather, Elven, and Glass armors. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleWoodElf.nif  
The Lockpicking skill is used to open locked doors and containers faster and with fewer broken lockpicks. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenThief01.nif  
The One-Handed skill improves the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, maces and war axes. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassWarAxe.nif  
The Pickpocket skill is used to take things from an unsuspecting target's pockets... and not get caught in the process. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMoney01.nif  
The School of Restoration focuses on the mastery over life forces, and is used to cast spells like Healing, Turn Undead, and Lesser Ward. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeRestoration.nif  
The Smithing skill is used to create weapons and armor from raw materials, or improve existing non-magical weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSmith01.nif  
The Sneak skill makes it more difficult to be detected, which in turn allows for deadly stealth attacks. Weapons\Glass\​GlassBowSkinned.nif  
The Speech skill is used to get better prices from merchants and persuade, intimidate, or even bribe others. Armor\Studded\Male\​helmet_GO.nif  
The Two-Handed skill dictates the effectiveness of greatswords, battleaxes, and warhammers. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenWarHammer.nif  
Skills improve with use: Weapon skills improve when you hit opponents. The Sneak skill improves when you successfully sneak. Spell skills improve when you cast spells. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricSword.nif  
Once a skill reaches 100, you can make it legendary. The skill is reset to 15, and all perks are converted to perk points. Making a skill legendary allows you to level your character almost indefinitely. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricSword.nif  
Alchemy labs can be used to combine ingredients into useful potions and deadly poisons. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlchemyWorkbench.nif   In a city, 16% chance.
Any poison applied to an equipped weapon will be used on the next hit. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenPotions01.nif  
Eat an ingredient to learn its properties and slightly raise the Alchemy skill. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenReagent01.nif  
An Arcane Enchanter can be used to learn new enchantments from weapons and armor, but any item experimented on is destroyed in the process. Armor\Daedric\​DaedricHelmetGO.nif  
Arcane Enchanters are worktables used by mages to enchant weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenEnchantingWorkbench.nif  
Magic weapons lose power with each successful hit, but can be recharged with filled soul gems. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassGreatSword.nif  
Soul gems with souls in them are used to create and recharge magic weapons and armor. Clutter\SoulGem\​SoulGemGrand01.nif  
Tougher creatures have larger souls, which need larger soul gems to hold them. Larger souls make better enchantments and recharge weapons more completely. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenTroll.nif  
Any weapon or piece of armor can be improved at a smithy, regardless of the material type or the smith's skill or perks. Smithing perks increase how much the item is improved. Weapons\Steel\​1stPersonSteelGreatSword.nif  
Look for Forges and Grindstones in the world. You can use them to make new weapons and armor, and improve what you already have. Armor\Dragonscale\​DragonscaleHelmetGO.nif  
Weapons can be improved at a Grindstone. Armor can be improved at a Blacksmith's Table. Armor\Elven\M\​HelmetGND.nif  
(DG) Arrows and crossbow bolts can be created at smithing forges. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSmith01.nif  
(DG) You can make Dragonbone weapons at a forge that are more deadly than daedric weapons, but weigh more. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDBWeapons01.nif  
When sneaking, if the eye is partially open, someone is searching for you. If it is fully open, they have found you. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif  
Several factors determine whether you'll remain undetected while sneaking, including: enemies' line of sight, the weight of worn armor, speed of movement, and the Sneak skill itself. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSTheif01.nif  

Standing Stones

You can only have one Standing Stone active at a time. If you accept the bonus from a new one, it replaces any bonuses from the previously used Stone. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSLord01.nif  
The Apprentice Stone ability doubles your Magicka and regeneration speed, but makes you twice as susceptible to spells. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSApprentice01.nif  
The Atronach Stone ability allows you to absorb some Magicka from enemies' spells and gives you extra Magicka, but it slows your Magicka regeneration. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSAtronach01.nif  
The power from the Lady's Stone lets you regenerate Health and Stamina much faster for a while. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSLady01.nif  
The Lover Stone ability lets you learn all skills a little faster, but not as much as the Thief, Warrior or Mage Stones. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSLover01.nif  
The Mage Stone ability lets you learn magic skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSMage01.nif  
The Ritual Stone power lets you temporarily resurrect nearby corpses to fight for you, once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSRitual01.nif  
The Serpent Stone power lets you paralyze and poison a target once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSSerpent01.nif  
The Shadow Stone power lets you become invisible once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSShadow01.nif  
The Steed Stone ability lets you carry more, and not be slowed down by your armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSSteed01.nif  
The Thief Stone ability lets you learn stealth skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSTheif01.nif  
The Warrior Stone ability lets you learn combat skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSWarrior01.nif  


Message 3D Model Image Conditions


Dawnstar is the capital of the Pale, known for its rich mines and harbor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDawnStarShield.nif   In Dawnstar, 6% chance.
The Tower of Dawn sits on a mountain overlooking Dawnstar. It is rumored to be cursed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDawnStarShield.nif  


Falkreath has been the site of many battles throughout history. The town's graveyard holds the remains of many Nord warriors who fell in those battles. Clutter\Ruins\​RuinsSarcophagus_Bottom01.nif   In Falkreath, 6% chance.
Like many of Skyrim's woodland settlements, Falkreath's economy is heavily reliant on the production of lumber. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenTown01.nif  
Playing upon the historical significance of their town's graveyard, the merchants of Falkreath have adopted names for their businesses that reflect themes of death and mortality. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWar01.nif  
The Jarl of Falkreath is Siddgeir. Among the youngest of the Jarls in Skyrim, Siddgeir took the place of the former Jarl, his uncle Dengeir. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFalkreathShield.nif  


A native uprising in Markarth was put down 20 years ago. The survivors are known as the Forsworn. Weapons\Forsworn\​1stPersonForswornAxe.nif   In Markarth, 6% chance.
"Blood and silver are what flows through Markarth...." -- popular saying LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMarkarthShield.nif  
Markarth is built on the foundations of an ancient dwarven city. Dungeons\Dwemer\Clutter\​DweCenturionBust01.nif  
"Nothing changes in the city of stone...." -- Amanda Alleia, A Sellsword's Guide to Markarth LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMoney01.nif  
The Nords first conquered Markarth from the native people of the Reach thousands of years ago. Weapons\Forsworn\​1stPersonForswornSword.nif  
The poor in Markarth live in the Warrens, and are almost exclusively natives of the Reach. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenBattleAxe.nif  


Morthal is said to be named after the great Nord hero Morihaus, though none alive today are sure of the connection. Armor\Imperial\​ImperialShield.nif   In Morthal, 6% chance.
Morthal's small population and relatively remote location have kept it distant from most major conflicts in recent years. Weapons\NordHero\​1stPersonNordHeroWarAxe.nif  


Riften is home to the Black-Briar Meadery, one of the largest and most successful businesses of its kind. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBlackBriar01.nif   In Riften, 6% chance.
The Black-Briars of Riften are one of the most influential and well-connected clans in Skyrim. Weapons\Iron\​1stPersonLongSword.nif  
The canal that spans the length of Riften was once a major thoroughfare for merchants and fishermen, but it now sits neglected and stagnant. Armor\StormCloaks\​shield.nif  


General Tullius commands the Imperial army from the stone-walled Castle Dour, while Solitude's Jarl, Elisif, resides in the Blue Palace. Armor\Imperial\​HelmetFullFaceGND.nif   In Solitude, 6% chance.
"I am the Queen of Solitude, daughter of the Emperor! Summon the daedra! I'll trade the soul of every last subject of mine for a little comfort." -- Queen Potema, 3E 97 Clutter\Potema\​PotemasSkull.nif  
Most of the shipping in Solitude is run by the Imperial-financed East Empire Company. Architecture\Solitude\​SEastEmpireSign.nif  
"Pelagius III, sometimes called Pelagius the Mad, was proclaimed Emperor in the 145th year of the Third Era." -- Stronach k'Thojj III, Brief History of the Empire vol. II Weapons\Iron\​1stPersonIronBattleAxe.nif  
Solitude is a major shipping port and important Imperial supply line. Architecture\Solitude\​SEastEmpireSign.nif  
Solitude is the center of Imperial power in Skyrim. It is also home to the famous Bards College. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenInstruments.nif  
Solitude has traditionally had strong ties to the Empire, and many of the city's Jarls were connected to the Septim bloodline. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSolitudeShield.nif  
Solitude sits on a natural arch, giving its port much needed shelter from the strong winds of the Ghost Sea. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSolitudeShield.nif  


Dragonsreach earned its name when the ancient Nord hero Olaf One-Eye imprisoned his foe, the great dragon Numinex, within the palace. Clutter\DeadAnimals\​DragonBonesSkull01.nif   In Whiterun, 6% chance.
The Plains District of Whiterun is home to the city's shops and market, while the Wind District is mostly residential. The Jarl's palace, Dragonsreach, dominates the Cloud District. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWhiterunShield.nif  
Whiterun was built up around the mead hall Jorrvaskr, home of the legendary Companions warrior guild. Armor\Wolf\​Hat_GO.nif  
Whiterun's central location in Skyrim has made it a trading hub of the entire province. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMarket01.nif  
The large tree in Whiterun's Wind District is called the Gildergreen, and is considered sacred by worshippers of Kynareth. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWRTempleTree02.nif   In Whiterun, The Blessings of Nature completed, 21% chance.


A recent string of murders has many Windhelm residents fearing for their lives... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSinister01.nif   In Windhelm, 6% chance.
Although much of Skyrim is cold and unforgiving, Windhelm is the snowiest city in the province. Weapons\Silver\​1stPersonSilverGreatSword.nif  
The Jarl of Windhelm, Ulfric Stormcloak, claims to be the High King of Skyrim, and is leading the rebellion against the Empire. Armor\StormCloaks\​HelmetGO.nif  
Windhelm is the oldest city in Skyrim and may be the oldest human city on the continent. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWindhelmShield.nif  
Windhelm's Snow Quarter has been renamed the "Gray Quarter," in reference to the dark elves who have made that district their home. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif  


Once the capital of Skyrim, Winterhold has been all but abandoned in the last few hundred years. Architecture\Winterhold\​MageStatue.nif   In Winterhold, 6% chance.
Winterhold's large population of dark elves was driven out by Nords convinced they were involved in evil magic. Weapons\NordHero\​NordHeroBow.nif  


Message 3D Model Image Conditions
Many species of bear roam Skyrim's wilds. They are fearsome creatures, but will often avoid attacking unless provoked. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBearBrown.nif  
Those venturing in Skyrim's deepest underground reaches should be wary of the Chaurus, a giant insect that spits poison and bites with its razor-sharp mandibles. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenChurus.nif  
(DG) When a Chaurus reaches the end of its life, its body undergoes a dramatic transformation. After days of death-like stillness, the Chaurus Hunter bursts free from the husk of the Chaurus. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenCharHunter01.nif  
The cow is one of Skyrim's most common domestic animals. It provides the native Nords with meat, milk, and furs. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenCow.nif  
(DG) Death Hounds are used as guardians by vampires. How they came to be is unknown, but their bite is as cold as the grave. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDeathHound01.nif  
The wilds of Skyrim are teeming with deer. They are docile creatures, but serve as food for much of the province's more savage beasts. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDeer.nif  
Most of the dogs in Skyrim are domesticated, and serve as faithful companions to their Nord masters. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDog.nif  
Woe to the unwary explorer who delves deep into the burial crypts of the ancient Nords, and disturbs the Draugr that dwell within. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDraugrFemale.nif  
No one is quite sure why the Draugr walk the halls of Skyrim's burial crypts, but some believe they once served the dragons ages ago... and have been cursed with undeath for their treachery. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenMaleDraugr.nif  
Of all the automatons left behind by the ancient Dwemer, the Dwarven Centurions are among the most technologically impressive... and deadly. They guard Dwemer ruins as if their masters still walked the halls. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSteam.nif  
What the Dwarven Sphere lacks in strength it makes up for in speed and mobility, as it patrols the halls of the Dwemer ruins it still protects. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSphere.nif  
The ancient and long-dead Dwemer built many devices and automatons that continue to function even today, thanks to their advanced magic and technology. The Dwarven Spider is one such construct. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenSpider.nif  
The Falmer are twisted, evil creatures that dwell in Skyrim's deepest reaches. They have but one desire - to destroy the surface world, and any who dwell above. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFalmer02.nif  
Years of living underground have rendered the Falmer blind, but their other senses have become more acute as a result. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFalmer01.nif   Dawnguard not installed
(DG) Scholars assume that generations of living underground rendered the Falmer blind. Over time their other senses have become more acute as a result. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFalmer01.nif  
The Frostbite Spider is one of Skyrim's most fearsome and loathed native creatures. It will attack anyone relentlessly with both poison and fangs, and is as deadly as the affliction for which it was named. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFrostbiteSpider.nif  
(DG) Gargoyles are magical creatures that can form a stony skin when stationary, making it easy to mistake them for a statue. Their claws are able to absorb health from their victims. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\LoadScreenGargoyle01.nif  
Giants are generally peaceful creatures, so long as potential threats keep their distance... and leave their mammoths unharmed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenGiant01.nif  
Few creatures match the cunning, depravity and repulsiveness of the Hagravens. A terrible conjoining of woman and bird, they will take through savagery what they cannot win through guile. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHagraven02.nif  
While Hagravens can be deadly with their claws in close combat, they can prove equally challenging at a distance, when casting Destruction spells. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHagraven01.nif  
Skyrim's Horkers are often hunted for their tusks and meat. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenHorker1.nif  
The horses of Skyrim are hardy and strong, and make up for in endurance what they lack in speed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif  
Horses and horse-drawn carriages are common means of transportation in Skyrim. Both can handle the harsh terrain with ease. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif  
Mammoths are a common sight in the tundra of Skyrim, and are often herded by the Giants that also call that region home. They are generally peaceful creatures, unless provoked. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMammoth.nif  
The common Mudcrab can be found by the northern shoreline or along the banks of any lakes or rivers. When not moving, it is easy to mistake for a rock, and uses this natural camouflage to ambush unwary prey. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMudcrab.nif  
The Sabre Cat of Skyrim is a giant, ferocious predator, and will often ambush travelers who stray too far from the roads, and into the wilds. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSabreCat.nif  
Skeevers are large, rat-like creatures that make their nests in caves, sewers, and underground warrens. While easy to kill, they can be a challenge in groups, and carry debilitating diseases. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSkeever.nif  
In some of Skyrim's darkest recesses, where the living fear to tread, the bones of the dead still walk. These Skeletons feel no pain or remorse... and deserve no mercy. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenSkeleton.nif  
Many of Skyrim's waterways are home to Slaughterfish, whose razor-sharp teeth have claimed the lives of many careless swimmers. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSlaughterFish.nif  
Little is known of the mysterious Spriggans, save that they revere Skyrim's forested regions, and will defend these regions with their lives. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenSpriggan.nif  
The wolves of Skyrim are feral, savage beasts, and hunt in packs to take down any prey available... be it animal or man. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWolves.nif  
And the Scrolls have foretold, of black wings in the cold, That when brothers wage war come unfurled! Alduin, Bane of Kings, ancient shadow unbound, With a hunger to swallow the world! -- Song of the Dragonborn LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlduinWall.nif  
In days of old, when dragons ruled the earth, there lived mortal men who worshipped the beasts as gods. These Dragon Priests are long since dead... but something has awoken them from their ancient slumber. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDragonPriest.nif  
Most Nords of Skyrim assumed the dragons were only a legend. Until now. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBronzeDragon.nif  
Once, the dragons sought to eliminate or enslave all mortal races. If given the chance, they would surely do so again... LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenFrostDragon1.nif  
When a dragon uses a breath attack like fire or frost, it is speaking in an ancient and powerful language. A battle between two dragons is actually a deadly verbal debate. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenFrostDragon1.nif  
While all dragons are fearsome, some are more powerful than others. Brown and green-skinned dragons are generally weaker than their white or bronze-skinned cousins. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenSwampDragon1.nif  
(DG) Revered and legendary dragons are more deadly than ancient dragons. They use a shout that can drain health, magicka and stamina from its victims. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLegDragon01.nif  
(DG) The Dawnguard has armored battle trolls that they use when fighting vampires. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArmoredTroll01.nif   Completed Bloodline, 3% chance.
The Frost Troll is the most fearsome of its kind found in Skyrim, and is at home in the province's most frozen regions. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenTroll.nif  
Trolls can be found in any region throughout Skyrim, both deep underground or wandering the wilds. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenTrollCave.nif  
Trolls regenerate health when wounded, but are susceptible to fire. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenTrollClean.nif  


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College of Winterhold

Those interested in learning more about magic may consider joining the College of Winterhold. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWinterholdShield.nif  
Most of Winterhold was lost to the sea in the Great Collapse of 4E 122, but the College was left mysteriously unharmed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWinterholdShield.nif   In Winterhold or College of Winterhold, 16% chance.
Once a source of pride for the people of Winterhold, the College is now shunned and feared. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBretonMage.nif  
The College of Winterhold is an independent organization, and thus was not affected by the dissolution of the Mages Guild at the beginning of the Fourth Era. Architecture\Winterhold\​WinterholdSymbol01.nif  
While the mages of the College of Winterhold gladly share knowledge amongst themselves, they do not offer most services to the rest of Skyrim. Architecture\Winterhold\​MageStatue.nif  


Tamriel's Fighters Guild has no presence in Skyrim. Instead, warriors seeking adventure and kinship may join the Companions, in Whiterun. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWhiterunShield.nif  
Among the Companions' most treasured artifacts are the fragments of Wuuthrad, the axe that Ysgramor himself wielded when leading the Five Hundred. Weapons\AxeofYsgramor\​1stPersonAxeofYsgramor.nif   In Whiterun, 9% chance.
Nobody knows who built the Skyforge, where the Companions' weapons are made. Its discovery led to the building of Jorrvaskr and the Companions as we know them today.  
The Circle is a small group of the most trusted and accomplished warriors from among the ranks of the Companions.  
The Companions trace their legacy back to the original Five Hundred Companions of Ysgramor, who led the first humans to Skyrim and eventually settled all of Tamriel. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStatueYsgramor.nif  
Kodlak Whitemane is the Harbinger of the Companions. He does not give orders, but his word is highly respected both inside Jorrvaskr and through all the nine Holds. Armor\Wolf\​Hat_GO.nif   In Whiterun, have not yet found all the fragments of Wuuthrad in Purity of Revenge, 9% chance.

Dark Brotherhood

It is said that the only way to join the Dark Brotherhood is to be contacted directly, and the shadowy group of assassins is very selective in its recruiting... Clutter\DBhood\​DBDoor01.nif  
"Sweet Mother, sweet Mother, send your child unto me, for the sins of the unworthy must be baptized in blood and fear." -- chant from the Dark Brotherhood's Black Sacrament LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSinister01.nif  
The Dark Brotherhood was once bound by a set of rules called the Five Tenets, but they have long since been abandoned. Clutter\DBhood\​DBTenets01.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary, 51% chance.
The Sanctuary in Skyrim's Pine Forest is the Dark Brotherhood's last remaining refuge in all of Tamriel. Clutter\DBhood\​DBDoor01.nif  
Astrid is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, and her word is law. Weapons\BladeofWoe\​1stPersonBladeofWoe.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary, Astrid is not yet dead, 51% chance.
Mortals often represent Sithis as a skeletal being, to signify His relationship to death. In truth, the Dread Lord is formless, and infinite as the Void. Clutter\DBhood\​DBStainglass01.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Astrid is not yet dead, 51% chance.
The Dark Brotherhood was once greatly feared and respected, but the organization is now but a shadow of its former self. Clutter\DBhood\​DBDoor01.nif  
A Dark Brotherhood assassin practices the art of murder, and must be willing to pay for that crime... with gold, a jail sentence, or even more bloodshed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, 51% chance.
Those wishing to contact the Dark Brotherhood for an assassination must perform the Black Sacrament, an ancient and taboo ritual. Clutter\NightMother\​NMCoffin01.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Whispers in the Dark incomplete, 51% chance.
LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenNMCoffin01.nif   In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Whispers in the Dark completed, 51% chance.
So long as there is a Listener to hear the Night Mother's voice, the Dark Brotherhood will endure...   In Dawnstar Sanctuary, 51% chance.
The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Dawnstar is now an ancient ruin, its ominous Black Door feared and avoided by the city's residents. Clutter\DBhood\​DBDoor01.nif  
It is said that rumors of the Dark Brotherhood's demise may have been premature, as members of the shadowy organization have been sighted near Dawnstar... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif   In Dawnstar Sanctuary, Hail Sithis! completed, 51% chance.

Thieves Guild

The Thieves Guild has a strong presence in the city of Riften, and has been known to recruit those gifted in the art of stealth. Armor\StormCloaks\​shield.nif  
Riften has earned quite a sinister reputation, mainly due to the Thieves Guild's presence in the sewers beneath the streets. Clutter\GrayFox\​GrayFox.nif   In Riften, 6% chance, Blindsighted completed.


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By Era

Tiber Septim brought peace to Tamriel in 2E 896, by conquering all of the known world. Thus began the Third Era. Armor\Orcish\​OrcishShield.nif  
The War of the Red Diamond began in 3E 121 when Uriel III captured the throne with his mother, Queen Potema. It ended in 3E 127 with their defeat at the Siege of Solitude. Armor\Iron\​ShieldHeavy.nif  
Pelagius III, also known as Pelagius the Mad, was Jarl of Solitude before ascending to the throne of the Emperor in 3E 145. Armor\Steel\​HelmetSteelGO.nif  
In 3E 389 Emperor Uriel VII was imprisoned by his Imperial Battlemage, Jagar Tharn, who then impersonated him for years. Weapons\MQDragonPriest\​MQ_DragonPriestStaff.nif  
The Fourth Era began 200 years ago when Martin Septim sacrificed himself to save the world from the Oblivion Crisis. Weapons\Iron\​1stPersonWarHammer.nif  

Skyrim's History

Legend holds that the highest ranking Dragon Priests were granted magical masks - strange artifacts that defy the laws of time, and grant their wearers powerful enchantments. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaskAltar01.nif  
"Maw unleashing razor snow, Of dragons from the blue brought down, Births the walking winter's woe, The High King in his Jagged Crown." -- Ancient Nord Verse Armor\BoneCrown\​BoneCrownGO.nif  
Nord belief holds that the honored dead live forever in Sovngarde. Architecture\Sovengarde\​SovngardeStatue01.nif  
Skyrim legend tells of a hero known as the Dragonborn, a warrior with the body of a mortal and soul of a dragon, whose destiny it is to destroy the evil dragon Alduin. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlduinWall.nif  
The Greybeards of High Hrothgar follow the teachings of Jurgen Windcaller, who believed the power of the Voice was a means of attaining enlightenment. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWCTomb01.nif  
The most famous hero of Skyrim is Tiber Septim, who conquered all of Tamriel and founded the Septim dynasty of emperors. Weapons\Iron\​1stPersonIronClaymore.nif  

Skyrim's Geography

The highest mountain in all of Tamriel is Skyrim's Throat of the World. The reclusive Greybeards live near the top, in the ancient monastery of High Hrothgar. Actors\Male\​GreyBeardStatic.nif  
There are nine Holds in Skyrim: Eastmarch, Falkreath, Haafingar, Hjaalmarch, the Pale, the Reach, the Rift, Whiterun, and Winterhold. Clutter\CivilWar\​CivilWarMap01.nif  
Each of the nine Holds is governed by a Jarl. The Jarls are largely independent, but they swear fealty to Skyrim's High King. Armor\BoneCrown\​BoneCrownGO.nif  
When the High King dies, the Jarls of Skyrim convene a Moot to elect a new High King. Architecture\WhiteRun\WRClutter\​WRThrone01Static.nif  
Skyrim is home to the Nords, a fierce, hardy people that value honor and prowess in battle. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStatueYsgramor.nif  

The Present (4E 201)

Agents of the high elven Aldmeri Dominion are known as Thalmor. They maintain an embassy in Skyrim, and have been known to secretly capture and imprison any Nords who question their doctrines or beliefs. Clothes\Thalmor\​ThalmorBootsGO.nif  
Many of Skyrim's Nords harbor a bitter resentment of all elvenkind, who they've battled with throughout history. The Great War may be over, but its horrors are still fresh in the minds of the conflict's survivors... Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenBattleAxe.nif  
Only by signing the peace treaty known as the White-Gold Concordat was the Empire able to survive the onslaught of the high elven Aldmeri Dominion, and thus end the Great War. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenMace.nif  
Skyrim is engaged in a bloody civil conflict between the rebel Stormcloaks and soldiers of the Imperial Legion. Armor\NordPlate\​Cuirass_GO.nif  
Skyrim is in turmoil because the Stormcloaks believe their Nord way of life is at risk, while the Imperials believe Skyrim is a part of the Empire, and must follow its laws and customs. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWindhelmShield.nif  
The High King of Skyrim, Torygg, was recently killed by Ulfric Stormcloak, who used the ancient power of the Thu'um to nearly shout Torygg to pieces. Actors\Male\​GreyBeardStatic.nif  

Daedric Princes

Daedric princes are god-like beings that inhabit the plane of Oblivion. Most are considered evil, forcing their worshippers to build their shrines far from civilized places. Clutter\Statues\​MalacathStatue01.nif  
Azura is the daedric prince of dusk and dawn, and one of the few not considered to be inherently evil. Clutter\Statues\​ShrineOfAzura01.nif  
Boethiah is the daedric prince of deceit, conspiracy, and secret plots of murder. Many dark elves consider him to be their god-ancestor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSBoethiah01.nif  
Clavicus Vile is the daedric prince of power. He is fond of enticing mortals with tempting pacts... which they later come to regret. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenClavicusVileMask.nif  
Hermaeus Mora is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory. In his rare dealings with mortals, he often chooses to appear as a grotesque mass of tentacles. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRunedStand01.nif  
The daedric prince Hircine is also known as the Huntsman of the Princes, and the Father of Manbeasts. He can call upon the Wild Hunt to punish those who defy him. Clutter\Statues\​ShrineofHircine.nif  
Malacath is the daedric prince of curses and the spurned. Many orcs worship him as their god-king. Clutter\Statues\​MalacathStatue01.nif  
Mehrunes Dagon is the daedric prince of destruction, revolution and ambition. He caused the Oblivion Crisis when he attempted to enter Tamriel in his true, and terrible, form. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMRaltar01.nif  
Mephala is the daedric prince of lies, secrets and plots... and thoroughly enjoys meddling in the affairs of mortals. Weapons\EbonyBlade\​1stPersonEbonyBlade.nif  
Meridia despises undead in any form, and is one of the few daedric princes not considered to be wholly evil. Clutter\Statues\​StatueofMeridia01.nif  
Namira is the daedric prince of darkness and revulsion, and is frequently associated with disease, spiders, insects, slugs and other repulsive creatures. Clutter\Statues\​StatueNamira.nif  
Nocturnal is the daedric mistress of stealth and shadow, and a patron to thieves. Clothes\Nocturnal\​Statue.nif  
Peryite is the daedric prince of tasks, order and pestilence. He is considered one of the weakest of the princes, despite being depicted as a dragon. Armor\Spellbreaker\​Spellbreaker.nif  
Sanguine is the daedric prince of hedonism, debauchery and dark indulgences. He is more likely than most princes to take an interest in mortal affairs. Weapons\SanguineRose\​SanguineRose.nif  
Sheogorath is the daedric prince of madness. He is utterly unpredictable, and may hinder or help any mortal unlucky enough to cross his path. Weapons\Wabbajack\​Wabbajack.nif  
Vaermina is the daedric prince of dreams, nightmares and evil omens. Clutter\Statues\​StatueVaermina.nif  

The Divines

Akatosh is the god of time and the chief deity of the Nine Divines. He is depicted as a dragon, and chose that form to battle Mehrunes Dagon in the Oblivion Crisis. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShrineAkatosh.nif  
Arkay is the god of burials and funeral rites. His priests root out undead and necromancy wherever it may be found. Every Skyrim city has a Hall of the Dead dedicated to him. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineArkay.nif  
Dibella is the goddess of beauty. She has a temple in Markarth that is devoted to women. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineDibella.nif  
Julianos is the god of wisdom and logic. Usually associated with magic, he is often revered by wizards. He has a shrine in the Temple of the Divines in Solitude. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineJulianos.nif  
Kynareth is the goddess of the air, wind and sky. She has a temple in Whiterun. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineKynareth.nif  
Mara is the goddess of love and compassion. She has a temple in Riften. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineMara.nif  
Stendarr is the god of righteous rule by might and merciful forbearance. He has a shrine in the Temple of the Divines in Solitude. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineStendarr.nif  
Talos is the hero-god of mankind. His worship is currently banned by the Empire, but that hasn't stopped the Nords of Skyrim from revering him. Clutter\Statues\​StatueTalos01.nif  
Zenithar is the god of work and commerce. He has a shrine in the Temple of the Divines in Solitude. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineZenithar.nif  

The Blades

Although they later became the dedicated protectors of the Emperor of Tamriel, the Blades began their existence as renowned dragonslayers. Armor\Blades\​HelmetBladesGO.nif  
The Blades have long since disbanded, and the organization's few remaining members have gone into hiding. The Emperor is now protected by a special security force - the Penitus Oculatus.  

The Dwemer

"But our brethren, the Dwemer, scorned the Daedra, and mocked our foolish rituals, and preferred instead their gods of Reason and Logic." -- Vivec Dungeons\Dwemer\Clutter\​DweCenturionBust01.nif  
Dwarven ruins are dangerous to explore because of devious traps and hazardous machinery, to say nothing of the denizens that may dwell within... Dungeons\Dwemer\Clutter\​DweCenturionBust01.nif  
Many Steam Animunculi remain active, making the exploration of dwarven ruins a dangerous prospect. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSteam.nif   In Avanchnzel, Alftand, the Ruins of Bthalft, Bthardamz, Irkngthand, Kagrenzel, Nchuand-Zel, or Raldbthar, 16% chance.
The dwarves were actually a race of elves known as the Dwemer, which roughly translates to "deep elves." LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenSpider.nif  
The dwarves of Tamriel disappeared millennia ago and are presumed extinct. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSphere.nif  


"Out of this time also rose one of the most legendary of all Tamrielic figures, Ysgramor, from whom all Nordic kings to this day are descended." -- Unknown, Pocket Guide to the Empire LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStatueYsgramor.nif  
"Questing heroes of all stripes seek after the fabled Daedric artifacts for their potent combat and magical benefits." -- Haderus of Gottlesfont, from Modern Heretics Weapons\RuefulAxe\​1stPersonRuefulAxe.nif  
"Skyrim, also known as the Old Kingdom or the Fatherland, was the first region of Tamriel settled by humans... " -- Unknown, Provinces of Tamriel LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBookSkyrim.nif  
"The best techniques are passed on by the survivors." -- Gaiden Shinji, 1E 490 Armor\Steel\​Shield.nif  
"Tradition has it that the Nords came to Tamriel from the continent of Atmora in ancient days." -- Unknown, Pocket Guide to the Empire Clutter\ElderScroll\​1stPersonElderScrollFurled.nif  


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And the Scrolls have foretold, of black wings in the cold, That when brothers wage war come unfurled! Alduin, Bane of Kings, ancient shadow unbound, With a hunger to swallow the world! -- Song of the Dragonborn LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlduinWall.nif   Started new game.
The artifact Volendrung, also known as the Hammer of Might, was forged by the ancient Dwemer in an age long since forgotten. Weapons\Volendrung\​1stPersonVolendrung.nif   The Cursed Tribe completed or failed, 6% chance.
The great statue of Irkngthand is the only known visual representation of a Snow Elf, before centuries of subterranean slavery twisted the race into the vile Falmer. Clutter\Statues\​StatueFalmer.nif   Blindsighted incomplete, 6% chance.
The Labyrinth for which Labyrinthian is known was built by Archmage Shalidor in the First Era, though the ruins themselves are much older. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaskAltar01.nif   Revealing the Unseen at Stage 60 or higher, The Staff of Magnus at Stage 200 or lower, 6% chance.
Trading caravans sometimes pass through the ruins of Labyrinthian, but usually prefer safer, longer routes. Dungeons\Nordic\Clutter\​NorSculptureHead01.nif  
Space Spheres, also known as the Spheriphem, are natives of space, and will cajole adventurers to help them return to that comforting void. Mods\​ModSpaceSphereINV.nif   Fall of the Space Core, Vol 1 is installed.
Space is the thing you see above Tamriel when you're walking around outside with your head tilted back. Mods\​ModSpaceSphereINV.nif  
(HF) If you would like to adopt an orphan from the Orphanage, speak to Constance Michel. _BYOH\LoadsScreens\​LoadScreenAdoptionGirl01.nif   Constance Michel is not dead, completed Innocence Lost, adopted less than 2 children, 2% chance.
(HF) You can adopt up to two children, if you own a home with room for them to stay in. _BYOH\LoadsScreens\​LoadScreenAdoptionBoy01.nif   Adopted less than 2 children, 2% chance.
(HF) You can find, make, or buy a variety of gifts for your children, including toys, clothing, and sweets. _BYOH\LoadsScreens\​LoadScreenAdoptionGirl01.nif   Adopted a child, 2% chance.
(HF) Friends of the Jarls in Falkreath, Hjaalmarch and the Pale may buy land in those holds and build their own home on it. _BYOH\Furniture\​DraftingTable01.nif   In Falkreath, Hjaalmarch or the Pale, have not bought land in any of those, 6% chance.


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(DG) A vampire that is using his Vampire's Seduction power can feed on any person that is not in combat, even if they are awake. Feeding reduces sun damage, but also reduces your vampiric powers. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampire.nif   Player is a vampire, 3% chance.
(DG) As a vampire, people may comment on your unusual appearance, but they don't ever attack you or shun you like they do the werewolf. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSinister01.nif   Player is a vampire, 2% chance.
(DG) As a Vampire Lord, the inventory button will bring up the Vampire Lord perk tree. Perks are earned by killing enemies with the Drain Life spell, or with the bite attack in melee mode. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampireLord01.nif   Completed Bloodline, 2% chance.
(DG) Each day spent as a vampire without feeding increases your powers. Sunlight reduces, or even eliminates your ability to regenerate health, magicka or stamina. Feed on a sleeping victim, or someone under your seduction spell to reduce sun damage. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampire.nif   Player is a vampire, 2% chance.
(DG) The Vampire Lord uses melee attacks when he is walking and magic attacks when he is floating. Use the sneak button to switch from one to the other. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampireLord01.nif   Completed Bloodline, 2% chance.
(DG) There are always human cattle in Castle Volkihar that any vampire can feed on. Feeding reduces sun damage, but also weakens your vampiric powers. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampire.nif   Completed Bloodline, 3% chance.
(DG) Vampire Lords start with a powerful Drain Life spell in their right hand, a Reanimate Corpse spell in their left hand. The power button transforms him into a cloud of bats that reforms in the distance. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampireLord01.nif   Completed Bloodline, 2% chance.
(DG) Vampire Lord perks are earned by killing enemies with the Drain Life spell, or with the bite attack in melee mode. Each perk takes more feedings to earn than the previous one. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenVampireLord01.nif   Completed Bloodline, 2% chance.


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There are those who believe that when night descends upon Skyrim, werewolves descend upon the unwary... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWerewolf.nif   4% (9% prior to 1.9) chance of appearing if the player is able to become a werewolf.
Those with the blood of a werewolf can never gain resting bonuses from sleeping.  
(DG) As a werewolf, the inventory button will bring up the werewolf perk tree. Perks are earned by eating corpses.   2% chance of appearing if the player is able to become a werewolf.
(DG) Werewolf perks are earned by eating fresh corpses. Nothing is gained by eating the bodies of the undead. Each perk takes more feedings to earn than the previous one.  


  • The two Labyrinthian load screens will display randomly for the remainder of the game once triggered, rather than only during the relevant quests, as seems to have been intended.
  • The New Game and Blindsighted load screens will do the same and also display randomly for the remainder of the game once triggered, instead of only during the relevant quests or times.