Lore talk:Wild Hunt
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A Dance in Fire
A Dance in Fire is listed as fiction. Should it be used as a reference for a game historical event? You know it is funny pointing out a fictional work of fiction. We are looping here somewhere... --Brf 15:03, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
- A year later, and I want to bring up the same complaint. I don't think that it's categorically inappropriate to cite to a work of in-game fiction- some works of historical fiction, like the 2920 series, can be credible sources for the broad strokes, but I don't think either of the Scotti series count. Works of fiction like this could potentially be cited as evidence of cultural quirks or something, but these are not meant to convey "game historical events". I wouldn't give weight to any facts stated in A Dance if Fire that are not corroborated by some other source. Minor EditsThreats•Evidence 22:39, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
- Well, we have several things to consider here. Generally, the problem of what is fiction. From what I gather, our list of fictive books was taken long ago from the list at the Imperial Library, and expanded later on. I don't see any particular patterns or reasons why certain books are fiction, and some books make me believe the creation of the list was quite arbitrary. For an example, the book Realizations of Acrobacy is placed under fiction (both lists), even though it contains actual individuals who existed.
- Specifically, in the case of Decumus Scotti this interview explains his nature. To quote: "Decumus Scotti is a real person, but I changed his name for obvious reasons." The author also continues with: "But my books aren't history books. They're meant to be entertaining." Now, while this isn't an in-game source it does explain the developers' (or at least Ted Peterson's) view on this. Another quote also sets the view on in-game books: "I could not say with certainty what the precise words of a conversation between the Duke of Morrowind and his mistress Turala, for example, but I know who she was, who he was, and where the conversation led... I would not consider that 'fiction,' because I believe that they are true, if not exact."
- To conclude, sources of TES lore are scant as they are. I'm don't think limiting them any further would be very beneficial to this wiki. -- kertaw48 09:57, 29 June 2012 (UTC)