Skyrim:Loading Screens

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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.


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 SR-load-Any map locations that have been discovered.jpg
Become friends with someone, and they may allow you to take certain items from their home. Armor\NordPlate\​Helmet_GO.nif SR-load-Become friends with someone.jpg
(CC)If you build a campsite, its location will be marked on your map, so you can fast travel to it later. Cameras\​LSCameraPanZoomInSmall.nif SR-load-If you build a campsite.jpg In Tamriel or Solstheim, 5% chance.
If you have an enchanted weapon equipped, its current enchantment level is shown above your Stamina bar or Magicka bar. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenWarAxe.nif SR-load-If you have an enchanted weapon.jpg
Inns are a great place to pick up rumors. The innkeeper can usually point you to local quests. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonianBarkeep.nif SR-load-Inns are a great place.jpg
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 SR-load-Items can be stored safely.jpg
Magicka is the energy used to power spells. The higher the magicka, the more spells that can be cast. Weapons\Staff04\​1stPersonStaff04.nif SR-load-Magicka is the energy used to power spells.jpg
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 SR-load-Most friends and hirelings.jpg
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 SR-load-Most shops are open.jpg 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 SR-load-Once you've helped someone.jpg
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 SR-load-Shrines in the city temples.jpg
Sleeping in a bed applies the Rested bonus. Sleeping in a bed you own applies the Well Rested bonus. Weapons\Orcish\​1stPersonOrcishGreatsword.nif SR-load-Sleeping in a bed.jpg
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 SR-load-Stamina is used to sprint.jpg
Wearing heavy armor or using heavy weapons will slow you down. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenArmor.nif SR-load-Wearing heavy armor.jpg
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 SR-load-When your Magicka or Stamina bar flashes.jpg
(CC)You can cook some meals over the open flames of your campfire at campsites that you build. Cameras\​LSCameraPanZoomInSmall.nif (?) In Tamriel or Solstheim, 5% chance.
You move more slowly with your weapon drawn. Weapons\Daedric\​1stPersonDaedricGreatSword.nif SR-load-You move more slowly.jpg
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 SR-load-Each time you level up.jpg
Leveling up grants a bonus to your choice of Health, Magicka, or Stamina. Choosing Stamina also increases your carrying capacity. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLogo.nif SR-load-Leveling up grants a bonus.jpg
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 SR-load-If you have too many quest targets.jpg
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 SR-load-When you get a new quest.jpg
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 SR-load-After you use a Shout power.jpg
The longer you hold down the Powers button, the more powerful your Shout. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAdventure01.nif SR-load-The longer you hold down the Powers button.jpg
You can learn up to three words for a Shout. Each word adds to the power of the Shout. Actors\Male\​GreyBeardStatic.nif SR-load-You can learn up to three words for a Shout.jpg


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


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 SR-load-A guard may stop combat.jpg 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 SR-load-An excessively high bounty.jpg
Each Hold tracks its crime separately. A wanted criminal in Whiterun might have no bounty in Solitude, and so on. Clutter\CivilWar\​CivilWarMap01.nif SR-load-Each Hold tracks its crime separately.jpg
Pick someone's pocket by activating them while sneaking. Looking at their inventory is harmless - taking anything is a crime. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif SR-load-Pick someone's pocket.jpg
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 SR-load-Serving jail time.jpg


All currently active magic effects, including diseases and armor enchantments, are shown in the Magic inventory, under "Active Effects." Armor\Glass\M\​HelmetGlassGO.nif SR-load-All currently active magic effects.jpg
A magical Ward protects the caster from offensive spells, but takes a few seconds to charge up to full power. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeRestoration.nif SR-load-A magical Ward protects the caster.jpg
A Magic Wall spell creates a barrier that hurts anything that moves through it. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeDestruction.nif SR-load-A Magic Wall spell.jpg
Cancel a charged spell by "sheathing" or lowering your hands. Weapons\Dwarven\​1stPersonDwarvenHandAxe.nif SR-load-Cancel a charged spell.jpg
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 SR-load-Cast Soul Trap on an enemy.jpg
Cloak spells surround the caster with a dangerous aura that harms anyone that gets too close. Armor\Draugr\​DraugrHelmetMale_GO.nif SR-load-Cloak spells surround the caster.jpg
(DB)Each of Solstheim's sacred stones grants a power which can be used only once. Return to the stone to reacquire the power. DLC02\Landscape\StandingStone\​DLC2StandingStoneTree.nif SR-load-Each of Solstheim's sacred stones.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim and has completed stage 200 of Cleansing the Stones.
Enemies are displayed onscreen differently than friends when you cast Detect Life or Detect Dead. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSpellTomeAlteration.nif SR-load-Enemies are displayed onscreen.jpg
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 SR-load-Fire burns for a while.jpg
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 SR-load-In addition to doing regular damage, Frost attacks.jpg
In addition to doing regular damage, Shock spells also deplete the target's Magicka. They're particularly useful against wizards. Weapons\Dwarven\​DwarvenBowSkinned.nif SR-load-In addition to doing regular damage, Shock spells.jpg
Rune spells create magical traps, but only on surfaces close to the caster. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShopsMagic01.nif SR-load-Rune spells create magical traps.jpg
Spellbooks can be purchased from the court wizard in the Jarl's palace. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenShopsMagic01.nif SR-load-Spellbooks can be purchased.jpg 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 SR-load-The charge level of a staff.jpg
The Mage Armor perks make defensive spells more effective for anyone wearing clothes instead of armor. Armor\Ebony\M\​HelmetGND.nif SR-load-The Mage Armor perks.jpg
The Magicka cost to cast a spell goes down as your skill increases and you pick relevant perks. Weapons\Steel\​1stPersonSteelMace.nif SR-load-The Magicka cost to cast a spell.jpg
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 SR-load-When casting spells.jpg
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 SR-load-When you obtain a spell book.jpg


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 SR-load-Once a skill reaches.jpg Added in 1.9.
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 SR-load-Skills improve with use.jpg
The Alchemy skill determines the creation and potency of potions and poisons. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlchemyWorkbench.nif SR-load-The Alchemy skill.jpg
The Archery skill improves the use of bows and arrows. The greater the skill, the more deadly the shot. Weapons\Daedric\​DaedricBowSkinned.nif SR-load-The Archery skill.jpg
The Block skill reduces the damage and stagger from physical attacks when blocking with either a shield or weapon. Armor\Dragonscale\​DragonscaleShield.nif SR-load-The Block skill.jpg
The higher the Enchanting skill, the stronger the magic that can be bound to weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenEnchantingWorkbench.nif SR-load-The higher the Enchanting skill.jpg
The Light Armor skill allows for more effective use of Hide, Leather, Elven, and Glass armors. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleWoodElf.nif SR-load-The Light Armor skill.jpg
The Lockpicking skill is used to open locked doors and containers faster and with fewer broken lockpicks. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenThief01.nif SR-load-The Lockpicking skill.jpg
The One-Handed skill improves the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, maces and war axes. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassWarAxe.nif SR-load-The One-Handed skill.jpg
The Pickpocket skill is used to take things from an unsuspecting target's pockets... and not get caught in the process. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMoney01.nif SR-load-The Pickpocket skill.jpg
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 SR-load-The School of Alteration.jpg
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 SR-load-The School of Conjuration.jpg
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 SR-load-The School of Destruction.jpg
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 SR-load-The School of Illusion.jpg
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 SR-load-The School of Restoration.jpg
The Smithing skill is used to create weapons and armor from raw materials, or improve existing non-magical weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSmith01.nif SR-load-The Smithing skill.jpg
The Sneak skill makes it more difficult to be detected, which in turn allows for deadly stealth attacks. Weapons\Glass\​GlassBowSkinned.nif SR-load-The Sneak skill.jpg
The Speech skill is used to get better prices from merchants and persuade, intimidate, or even bribe others. Armor\Studded\Male\​helmet_GO.nif SR-load-The Speech skill.jpg
(DB)The Steel Smithing perk allows you to forge Bonemold armor. Elven Smithing allows you to forge Chitin armor. Advanced Armors allows you to forge Nordic armor and weapons. Ebony Smithing allows you to forge Stalhrim armor and weapons. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSmith01.nif SR-load-The Steel Smithing perk allows you to forge Bonemold armor.jpg
The Two-Handed skill dictates the effectiveness of greatswords, battleaxes, and warhammers. Weapons\Elven\​1stPersonElvenWarHammer.nif SR-load-The Two-Handed skill.jpg
Those trained to use Heavy Armor make more effective use of Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Ebony, and Daedric armors. Armor\Iron\​ShieldHeavy.nif SR-load-Those trained to use Heavy Armor.jpg
Alchemy labs can be used to combine ingredients into useful potions and deadly poisons. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAlchemyWorkbench.nif SR-load-Alchemy labs.jpg In a city, 16% chance.
Any poison applied to an equipped weapon will be used on the next hit. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenPotions01.nif SR-load-Any poison applied.jpg
Eat an ingredient to learn its properties and slightly raise the Alchemy skill. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenReagent01.nif SR-load-Eat an ingredient.jpg
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 SR-load-An Arcane Enchanter can be used.jpg
Arcane Enchanters are worktables used by mages to enchant weapons and armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenEnchantingWorkbench.nif SR-load-Arcane Enchanters.jpg
(DB)Frost enchantments are more potent when placed on Stalhrim weapons or armor. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStahlrim01.nif SR-load-Frost enchantments are more potent.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
Magic weapons lose power with each successful hit, but can be recharged with filled soul gems. Weapons\Glass\​1stPersonGlassGreatSword.nif SR-load-Magic weapons lose power.jpg
Soul gems with souls in them are used to create and recharge magic weapons and armor. Clutter\SoulGem\​SoulGemGrand01.nif SR-load-Soul gems with souls in them.jpg
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 SR-load-Tougher creatures have larger souls.jpg
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 SR-load-Any weapon or piece of armor.jpg
(DG)Arrows and crossbow bolts can be created at smithing forges. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSmith01.nif SR-load-Arrows and crossbow bolts can be created.jpg
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 SR-load-Look for Forges and Grindstones.jpg
Weapons can be improved at a Grindstone. Armor can be improved at a Blacksmith's Table. Armor\Elven\M\​HelmetGND.nif SR-load-Weapons can be improved.jpg
(DG)You can make Dragonbone weapons at a forge that are more deadly than daedric weapons, but weigh more. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDBWeapons01.nif SR-load-You can make Dragonbone weapons.jpg
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 SR-load-Several factors determine whether you'll remain undetected.jpg
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 SR-load-When sneaking.jpg

Racial Bonuses[edit]

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 SR-load-Argonians can breathe underwater.jpg
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 SR-load-Breton blood.jpg
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 SR-load-Dark Elf blood.jpg
High elves are born with extra Magicka. They can use Highborn to regenerate Magicka quickly, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleHighElf.nif SR-load-High elves are born with extra Magicka.jpg
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 SR-load-Imperials are natives of Cyrodiil (Voice).jpg
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 SR-load-Khajiit have deadly claws.jpg
Nords are 50% resistant to cold damage. They can use Battlecry to make their enemies flee, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleNord.nif SR-load-Nords are 50% resistant.jpg
Orcs can use Berserk to do double damage while only taking half damage, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleOrc_1.nif SR-load-Orcs can use Berserk.jpg
Redguards are 50% resistant to poison. They can use Adrenaline Rush to regenerate Stamina quickly, for a short time. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleRedguard_1.nif SR-load-Redguards are 50% resistant.jpg
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 SR-load-Wood elves are 50% Resistant.jpg

Standing Stones[edit]

The Apprentice Stone ability doubles your Magicka and regeneration speed, but makes you twice as susceptible to spells. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSApprentice01.nif SR-load-The Apprentice Stone.jpg
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 SR-load-The Atronach Stone.jpg
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 SR-load-The Lover Stone.jpg
The Mage Stone ability lets you learn magic skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSMage01.nif SR-load-The Mage Stone.jpg
The power from the Lady's Stone lets you regenerate Health and Stamina much faster for a while. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSLady01.nif SR-load-The power from the Lady's Stone.jpg
The Ritual Stone power lets you temporarily resurrect nearby corpses to fight for you, once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSRitual01.nif SR-load-The Ritual Stone.jpg
The Serpent Stone power lets you paralyze and poison a target once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSSerpent01.nif SR-load-The Serpent Stone.jpg
The Shadow Stone power lets you become invisible once a day. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSShadow01.nif SR-load-The Shadow Stone.jpg
The Steed Stone ability lets you carry more, and not be slowed down by your armor. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSSteed01.nif SR-load-The Steed Stone.jpg
The Thief Stone ability lets you learn stealth skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSTheif01.nif SR-load-The Thief Stone.jpg
The Warrior Stone ability lets you learn combat skills more quickly. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDSWarrior01.nif SR-load-The Warrior Stone.jpg
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 SR-load-You can only have one Standing Stone.jpg


Message 3D Model Image Conditions


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


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 SR-load-Falkreath has been the site of many battles.jpg 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 SR-load-Like many of Skyrim's woodland settlements.jpg
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 SR-load-Playing upon the historical significance.jpg
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 SR-load-The Jarl of Falkreath is Siddgeir.jpg


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


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 SR-load-Morthal is said to be named.jpg 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 SR-load-Morthal's small population.jpg

Raven Rock(DB)[edit]

(DB)Although the East Empire Company originally founded Raven Rock, they turned the failing mining colony over to the dark elves at the beginning of the Fourth Era. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRavenRock01.nif SR-load-Although the East Empire Company.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Raven Rock.
(DB)Most of Raven Rock's original structures were leveled when the Red Mountain erupted in 4E 5. The Dunmer have largely rebuilt the town over the past two hundred years. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRavenRock01.nif SR-load-Most of Raven Rock's original structures.jpg
(DB)Raven Rock Mine, once one of the most abundant sources of ebony in Morrowind, was shut down in 4E 170. This lead [sic] to a mass exodus from the town, cutting the population in half. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRavenRock01.nif SR-load-Raven Rock Mine.jpg
(DB)Raven Rock, Solstheim's main settlement, is firmly under the control of House Redoran, the most powerful of the Great Houses of Morrowind. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRedoran01.nif SR-load-Raven Rock, Solstheim's main settlement.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.


Riften is home to the Black-Briar Meadery, one of the largest and most successful businesses of its kind. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBlackBriar01.nif SR-load-Riften is home to the Black-Briar Meadery.jpg 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 SR-load-The Black-Briars of Riften.jpg
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 SR-load-The canal that spans the length of Riften.jpg


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 SR-load-General Tullius commands the Imperial army.jpg 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 SR-load-I am the Queen of Solitude.jpg
Most of the shipping in Solitude is run by the Imperial-financed East Empire Company. Architecture\Solitude\​SEastEmpireSign.nif SR-load-Most of the shipping in Solitude.jpg
"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 SR-load-Pelagius III, sometimes called Pelagius the Mad.jpg
Solitude is a major shipping port and important Imperial supply line. Architecture\Solitude\​SEastEmpireSign.nif SR-load-Solitude is a major shipping port.jpg
Solitude is the center of Imperial power in Skyrim. It is also home to the famous Bards College. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenInstruments.nif SR-load-Solitude is the center of Imperial power.jpg
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 SR-load-Solitude has traditionally had strong ties.jpg
Solitude sits on a natural arch, giving its port much needed shelter from the strong winds of the Ghost Sea. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSolitudeShield.nif SR-load-Solitude sits on a natural arch.jpg


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 SR-load-Dragonsreach earned its name.jpg 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 SR-load-The Plains District of Whiterun.jpg
Whiterun's central location in Skyrim has made it a trading hub of the entire province. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMarket01.nif SR-load-Whiterun's central location.jpg
Whiterun was built up around the mead hall Jorrvaskr, home of the legendary Companions warrior guild. Armor\Wolf\​Hat_GO.nif SR-load-Whiterun was built.jpg
The large tree in Whiterun's Wind District is called the Gildergreen, and is considered sacred by worshippers of Kynareth. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWRTempleTree02.nif SR-load-The large tree in Whiterun's Wind District.jpg In Whiterun, The Blessings of Nature completed, 21% chance.


Although much of Skyrim is cold and unforgiving, Windhelm is the snowiest city in the province. Weapons\Silver\​1stPersonSilverGreatSword.nif SR-load-Although much of Skyrim is cold.jpg In Windhelm, 6% chance.
A recent string of murders has many Windhelm residents fearing for their lives... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSinister01.nif SR-load-A recent string of murders.jpg
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 SR-load-The Jarl of Windhelm.jpg
Windhelm is the oldest city in Skyrim and may be the oldest human city on the continent. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWindhelmShield.nif SR-load-Windhelm is the oldest city in Skyrim.jpg
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 SR-load-Windhelm's Snow Quarter.jpg


Once the capital of Skyrim, Winterhold has been all but abandoned in the last few hundred years. Architecture\Winterhold\​MageStatue.nif SR-load-Once the capital of Skyrim.jpg 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 SR-load-Winterhold's large population.jpg


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(DB)Ash Spawn began to appear on Solstheim after the massive eruptions of Red Mountain early in the Fourth Era covered the southern part of the island in ash. Their exact origins are unknown. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenAshspawn01.nif SR-load-Ash Spawn began to appear on Solstheim.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(CC)Dark Seducers are a Daedric race of warriors from the Dementia region of Sheogorath's realm, the Shivering Isles. They are rivals with the Golden Saints and compete for Sheogorath's favor. CreationClub\BGSSSE025\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDarkSeducerBattleAxe.nif SR-load-Dark Seducers are a Daedric Race.jpg
(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 SR-load-Death Hounds.jpg
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 SR-load-Few creatures match the cunning.jpg
(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 SR-load-Gargoyles are magical creatures.jpg
Giants are generally peaceful creatures, so long as potential threats keep their distance... and leave their mammoths unharmed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenGiant01.nif SR-load-Giants are generally peaceful creatures.jpg
(CC)Golden Saints are a proud race of Daedra from the Shivering Isles that serve the Daedric Prince Sheogorath. They occupy and defend Mania, the northern region of the Isles. CreationClub\BGSSSE025\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleGoldenSaintHelmet.nif SR-load-Golden Saints are a proud race.jpg
Horses and horse-drawn carriages are common means of transportation in Skyrim. Both can handle the harsh terrain with ease. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif SR-load-Horses and horse-drawn carriages.jpg
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 SR-load-In some of Skyrim's darkest recesses.jpg
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 SR-load-Little is known of the mysterious Spriggans.jpg
(DB)Lurkers are thought to be native to the murky waters of Hermaeus Mora's realm of Apocrypha. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLurker01.nif SR-load-Lurkers are thought to be native.jpg 3% chance of appearing if The Fate of the Skaal is completed and the player is in Solstheim or Apocrypha.
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 SR-load-Mammoths.jpg
Many of Skyrim's waterways are home to Slaughterfish, whose razor-sharp teeth have claimed the lives of many careless swimmers. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSlaughterFish.nif SR-load-Many of Skyrim's waterways are home to Slaughterfish.jpg
Many species of bear roam Skyrim's wilds. They are fearsome creatures, but will often avoid attacking unless provoked. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBearBrown.nif SR-load-Many species of bear roam Skyrim's wilds.jpg
Most of the dogs in Skyrim are domesticated, and serve as faithful companions to their Nord masters. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDog.nif SR-load-Most of the dogs in Skyrim.jpg
(DB)Netch are often domesticated on the Morrowind mainland. Wild netch were first sighted on Solstheim several decades ago, perhaps drawn by the familiar flora that has grown up in the southern ashlands. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenNetch01.nif SR-load-Netch are often domesticated.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
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 SR-load-No one is quite sure why the Draugr.jpg
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 SR-load-Of all the automatons left behind.jpg
(DB)One of the most dangerous Steam Animunculi is the Dwarven Ballista, which fires a bolt that can penetrate even the thickest armor. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBallista01.nif SR-load-One of the most dangerous Steam Animunculi is the Dwarven Ballista.jpg
(DB)Rieklings have little culture of their own, but scavenge what relics they can from around Solstheim and form strange attachments to what they find. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRiekling02.nif SR-load-Rieklings have little culture of their own.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)Rieklings may be small in stature, but they attack in swarms and can be fearsome in melee combat. They are even known to tame and ride boars into battle. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRiekling01.nif SR-load-Rieklings may be small in stature.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)Seekers are servants of Hermaeus Mora. They are rarely seen outside his Oblivion realm of Apocrypha. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSeeker01.nif SR-load-Seekers are servants of Hermaeus Mora.jpg 3% chance of appearing if The Temple of Miraak is completed and the player is in Solstheim or Apocrypha.
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 SR-load-Skeevers.jpg
Skyrim's Horkers are often hunted for their tusks and meat. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenHorker1.nif SR-load-Skyrim's Horkers.jpg
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 SR-load-The ancient and long-dead Dwemer.jpg
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 SR-load-The common Mudcrab.jpg
The cow is one of Skyrim's most common domestic animals. It provides the native Nords with meat, milk, and furs. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenCow.nif SR-load-The cow.jpg
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 SR-load-The Falmer are twisted.jpg
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 SR-load-The Frostbite Spider.jpg
The horses of Skyrim are hardy and strong, and make up for in endurance what they lack in speed. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif SR-load-The horses of Skyrim.jpg
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 SR-load-The Sabre Cat of Skyrim.jpg
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 SR-load-The wilds of Skyrim are teeming with deer.jpg
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 SR-load-The wolves of Skyrim.jpg
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 SR-load-Those venturing in Skyrim's deepest underground reaches.jpg
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 SR-load-What the Dwarven Sphere lacks.jpg
(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 SR-load-When a Chaurus reaches the end of its life.jpg
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 SR-load-While Hagravens can be deadly.jpg
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 SR-load-Woe to the unwary explorer.jpg
Years of living underground have rendered the Falmer blind, but their other senses have become more acute as a result. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFalmer01.nif SR-load-Years of living underground.jpg
(DG)Scholars assume that generations of living underground rendered the Falmer blind. Over time their other senses have become more acute as a result. SR-load-Scholars assume that generations.jpg
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 SR-load-And the Scrolls have foretold.jpg Started new game.
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 SR-load-In days of old, when dragons ruled the earth.jpg
Most Nords of Skyrim assumed the dragons were only a legend. Until now. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBronzeDragon.nif SR-load-Most Nords of Skyrim assumed (bronze).jpg
LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenOdahviing.nif SR-load-Most Nords of Skyrim assumed (Odahviing).jpg
Once, the dragons sought to eliminate or enslave all mortal races. If given the chance, they would surely do so again... LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenFrostDragon1.nif SR-load-Once, the dragons sought to eliminate.jpg
(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 SR-load-Revered and legendary dragons.jpg
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 SR-load-When a dragon uses a breath attack.jpg
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 SR-load-While all dragons are fearsome.jpg
(DG)The Dawnguard has armored battle trolls that they use when fighting vampires. DLC01\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArmoredTroll01.nif SR-load-The Dawnguard has armored battle trolls.jpg 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 SR-load-The Frost Troll.jpg
Trolls can be found in any region throughout Skyrim, both deep underground or wandering the wilds. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenTrollCave.nif SR-load-Trolls can be found in any region.jpg
Trolls regenerate health when wounded, but are susceptible to fire. LoadScreenArt\​LoadscreenTrollClean.nif SR-load-Trolls regenerate health.jpg


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College of Winterhold[edit]

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 SR-load-Most of Winterhold was lost.jpg 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 SR-load-Once a source of pride for the people of Winterhold.jpg
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 SR-load-The College of Winterhold is an independent organization.jpg
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 SR-load-While the mages of the College of Winterhold.jpg
Those interested in learning more about magic may consider joining the College of Winterhold. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWinterholdShield.nif SR-load-Those interested in learning more about magic.jpg


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 SR-load-Among the Companions' most treasured artifacts.jpg 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. SR-load-Nobody knows who built the Skyforge.jpg
The Circle is a small group of the most trusted and accomplished warriors from among the ranks of the Companions. SR-load-The Circle is a small group.jpg
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 SR-load-The Companions trace their legacy.jpg
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 SR-load-Kodlak Whitemane is the Harbinger of the Companions.jpg In Whiterun, have not yet found all the fragments of Wuuthrad in Purity of Revenge, 9% chance.
Tamriel's Fighters Guild has no presence in Skyrim. Instead, warriors seeking adventure and kinship may join the Companions, in Whiterun. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWhiterunShield.nif SR-load-Tamriel's Fighters Guild has no presence in Skyrim.jpg

Dark Brotherhood[edit]

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 SR-load-A Dark Brotherhood assassin practices.jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, 51% chance.
Astrid is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, and her word is law. Weapons\BladeofWoe\​1stPersonBladeofWoe.nif SR-load-Astrid is the leader.jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary, Astrid is not yet dead, 51% chance.
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 SR-load-It is said that rumors.jpg In Dawnstar Sanctuary, Hail Sithis! completed, 51% chance.
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 SR-load-It is said that the only way to join the Dark Brotherhood.jpg
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 SR-load-Mortals often represent Sithis.jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Astrid is not yet dead, 51% chance.
So long as there is a Listener to hear the Night Mother's voice, the Dark Brotherhood will endure... LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenNMCoffin01.nif SR-load-So long as there is a Listener.jpg In Dawnstar Sanctuary, 51% chance.
"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 SR-load-Sweet Mother, sweet Mother.jpg
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 SR-load-The Dark Brotherhood was once bound.jpg In or near Falkreath 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 SR-load-The Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Dawnstar.jpg In Dawnstar 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 SR-load-The Sanctuary in Skyrim's Pine Forest.jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary, 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 SR-load-The Dark Brotherhood was once greatly feared.jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Astrid is not yet dead, 51% chance.
Those wishing to contact the Dark Brotherhood for an assassination must perform the Black Sacrament, an ancient and taboo ritual. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenNMCoffin01.nif SR-load-Those wishing to contact the Dark Brotherhood (open).jpg In or near Falkreath Sanctuary or in Dawnstar Sanctuary, Whispers in the Dark completed, 51% chance.
Clutter\NightMother\​NMCoffin01.nif SR-load-Those wishing to contact the Dark Brotherhood (closed).jpg

Thieves Guild[edit]

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 SR-load-Riften has earned quite a sinister reputation (bust).jpg In Riften, 6% chance, Blindsighted completed.
Armor\StormCloaks\​shield.nif SR-load-Riften has earned quite a sinister reputation (shield).jpg
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 SR-load-The Thieves Guild has a strong presence.jpg


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By Era[edit]

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 SR-load-In 3E 389 Emperor Uriel VII.jpg
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 SR-load-Pelagius III, also known as Pelagius the Mad.jpg
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 SR-load-Tiber Septim brought peace.jpg
(CC)The Ayleids were a race of powerful Elves, whose culture was rich with magic and mystery. They were the first to establish an empire in Tamriel, but have not been seen since the First Era. Their ancient ruins dot the landscape of Cyrodiil. CreationClub\BGSSSE067\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAyleids.nif (?) Will not appear (see Bugs).
The Fourth Era began 200 years ago when Martin Septim sacrificed himself to save the world from the Oblivion Crisis. Weapons\Iron\​1stPersonWarHammer.nif SR-load-The Fourth Era began 200 years ago.jpg
(CC)The Oblivion Crisis was a war with the Daedra at the end of the Third Era. Aided by the Mythic Dawn, the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon opened many Oblivion Gates throughout Tamriel, and nearly caused its destruction. The war was ultimately won by Martin Septim and the Hero of Kvatch. CreationClub\BGSSSE067\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenOblivionGate.nif (?) Will not appear (see Bugs).
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 SR-load-The War of the Red Diamond.jpg

Skyrim's History[edit]

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 SR-load-Legend holds that the highest ranking Dragon Priests.jpg
"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 SR-load-Maw unleashing razor snow.jpg
Nord belief holds that the honored dead live forever in Sovngarde. Architecture\Sovengarde\​SovngardeStatue01.nif SR-load-Nord belief holds.jpg
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 SR-load-Skyrim legend tells of a hero.jpg
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 SR-load-The Greybeards of High Hrothgar.jpg
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 SR-load-The most famous hero of Skyrim.jpg

Skyrim's Geography[edit]

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 SR-load-Each of the nine Holds.jpg
Skyrim is home to the Nords, a fierce, hardy people that value honor and prowess in battle. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStatueYsgramor.nif SR-load-Skyrim is home to the Nords.jpg
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 SR-load-The highest mountain in all of Tamriel.jpg
There are nine Holds in Skyrim: Eastmarch, Falkreath, Haafingar, Hjaalmarch, the Pale, the Reach, the Rift, Whiterun, and Winterhold. Clutter\CivilWar\​CivilWarMap01.nif SR-load-There are nine Holds in Skyrim.jpg
When the High King dies, the Jarls of Skyrim convene a Moot to elect a new High King. Architecture\WhiteRun\WRClutter\​WRThrone01Static.nif SR-load-When the High King dies.jpg


(DB)Skaal Village, near the eastern coast of Solstheim, is home to an ancient offshoot tribe of Nords known as the Skaal. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSkaal01.nif SR-load-Skaal Village, near the eastern coast.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)Solstheim was part of Skyrim until the High King gave it to Morrowind in 4E 16 to serve as a refuge for the Dunmer after the events of the Red Year. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAdventure02.nif SR-load-Solstheim was part of Skyrim.jpg Player is in Solstheim and has completed stage 100 of the Dragonborn initialization questor 4% chance of appearing under any conditions.[verification needed — Conditions may be buggy—needs in-game verification.]
(DB)Strange flora native to Morrowind have sprouted up in the ash that blankets the southern reaches of Solstheim. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenLocalGoods01.nif SR-load-Strange flora native to Morrowind.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)The ancient Nords of Solstheim sealed their tombs with Stalhrim, a form of enchanted ice as hard as stone. The Skaal are the only ones who know the secret of crafting armor and weapons out of Stalhrim. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenStahlrim01.nif SR-load-The ancient Nords of Solstheim.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)The ashfall from Red Mountain has driven much of Solstheim's native wildlife into the northern half of the island. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBurntWoods01.nif SR-load-The ashfall from Red Mountain.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)Thirsk Mead Hall was founded by Hrothmund, who originally left the Skaal in order to live the lifestyle of ancient Nord warriors in the wilderness. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenThirsk01.nif SR-load-Thirsk Mead Hall was founded by Hrothmund.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(DB)The island of Solstheim is located to the north-east of Skyrim. The "Northern Maiden" out of Windhelm is known to occasionally take passengers back and forth. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAdventure02.nif SR-load-The island of Solstheim.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Tamriel.

The Present (4E 201)[edit]

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 SR-load-Agents of the high elven Aldmeri Dominion.jpg
Many of Skyrim's Nords harbor a bittertment 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 SR-load-Many of Skyrim's Nords harbor a bitter resentment.jpg
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 SR-load-Only by signing the peace treaty.jpg
Skyrim is engaged in a bloody civil conflict between the rebel Stormcloaks and soldiers of the Imperial Legion. Armor\NordPlate\​Cuirass_GO.nif SR-load-Skyrim is engaged in a bloody civil conflict.jpg
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 SR-load-Skyrim is in turmoil.jpg
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 SR-load-The High King of Skyrim.jpg


Argonians are the reptilian natives of the province of Black Marsh. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonian.nif SR-load-Argonians are the reptilian natives.jpg
At the center of the Dunmer province of Morrowind lies the Red Mountain, the largest volcano in all of Tamriel. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif SR-load-At the center of the Dunmer province.jpg
(DB)Bonemold armor is a type of Dunmer armor crafted out of bone and resins. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenBonemold01.nif SR-load-Bonemold armor is a type of Dunmer armor.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
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 SR-load-Bretons are natives of High Rock.jpg
Dark elves, also known as Dunmer, are natives of Morrowind - a land many consider alien and inhospitable. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif SR-load-Dark elves, also known as Dunmer.jpg
High elves, also known as Altmer, are natives of Summerset Isle. It is an ancient land shrouded in mystery. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleHighElf.nif SR-load-High elves, also known as Altmer.jpg
Imperials are natives of Cyrodiil, the cosmopolitan heartland of the Empire. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleImperial.nif SR-load-Imperials are natives of Cyrodiil.jpg
Khajiit are a feline race native to Elsweyr. It is infamous for producing Moon Sugar, which can be refined into Skooma. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenKhajiitThief.nif SR-load-Khajiit are a feline race.jpg
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 SR-load-Orcs, also known as Orsimer.jpg
Redguards are natives of Hammerfell. Its cities hug the edges of the great Alik'r Desert. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleRedguard_1.nif SR-load-Redguards are natives of Hammerfell.jpg
(DB)Some tales tell of ancient Nord heroes whose Voices were powerful enough to tame and ride dragons. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDragonRiding01.nif SR-load-Some tales tell of ancient Nord heroes.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player has completed The Temple of Miraak.
(DB)The Dunmer of Morrowind construct chitin armor out of the shells of native insects layered with resinous glues. DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenChitin01.nif SR-load-The Dunmer of Morrowind construct chitin.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
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 SR-load-Wood Elves, also known as Bosmer.jpg

Daedric Princes[edit]

(DB)Apocrypha is the realm of Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of Fate and Knowledge. Many who come here seeking forbidden knowledge remain forever. DLC02\Dungeons\Apocrypha\Clutter\​ApoHMShrine01.nif SR-load-Apocrypha is the realm of Hermaeus Mora.jpg 6% chance of appearing and the player is in Solstheim or Apocrypha and Hermaeus Mora intro scene has played.GetVMQuestVariable(DLC2BookDungeonController, ::bHMIntroScenePlayed_var) == 1
Azura is the daedric prince of dusk and dawn, and one of the few not considered to be inherently evil. Clutter\Statues\​ShrineOfAzura01.nif SR-load-Azura is the daedric prince of dusk and dawn.jpg
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 SR-load-Boethiah is the daedric prince of deceit.jpg
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 SR-load-Clavicus Vile is the daedric prince of power.jpg
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 SR-load-Daedric princes are god-like beings.jpg
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 SR-load-Hermaeus Mora is the daedric prince of fate.jpg
Malacath is the daedric prince of curses and the spurned. Many orcs worship him as their god-king. Clutter\Statues\​MalacathStatue01.nif SR-load-Malacath is the daedric prince of curses.jpg
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 SR-load-Mehrunes Dagon is the daedric prince of destruction.jpg
Mephala is the daedric prince of lies, secrets and plots... and thoroughly enjoys meddling in the affairs of mortals. Weapons\EbonyBlade\​1stPersonEbonyBlade.nif SR-load-Mephala is the daedric prince of lies.jpg
Meridia despises undead in any form, and is one of the few daedric princes not considered to be wholly evil. Clutter\Statues\​StatueofMeridia01.nif SR-load-Meridia despises undead in any form.jpg
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 SR-load-Namira is the daedric prince of darkness and revulsion.jpg
Nocturnal is the daedric mistress of stealth and shadow, and a patron to thieves. Clothes\Nocturnal\​Statue.nif SR-load-Nocturnal is the daedric mistress of stealth and shadow.jpg
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 SR-load-Peryite is the daedric prince of tasks.jpg
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 SR-load-Sanguine is the daedric prince of hedonism.jpg
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 SR-load-Sheogorath is the daedric prince of madness.jpg
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 SR-load-The daedric prince Hircine.jpg
Vaermina is the daedric prince of dreams, nightmares and evil omens. Clutter\Statues\​StatueVaermina.nif SR-load-Vaermina is the daedric prince of dreams.jpg

The Divines[edit]

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 SR-load-Akatosh is the god of time.jpg
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 SR-load-Arkay is the god of burials and funeral rites.jpg
Dibella is the goddess of beauty. She has a temple in Markarth that is devoted to women. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineDibella.nif SR-load-Dibella is the goddess of beauty.jpg
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 SR-load-Julianos is the god of wisdom and logic.jpg
Kynareth is the goddess of the air, wind and sky. She has a temple in Whiterun. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineKynareth.nif SR-load-Kynareth is the goddess of the air.jpg
Mara is the goddess of love and compassion. She has a temple in Riften. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineMara.nif SR-load-Mara is the goddess of love and compassion (shrine).jpg
Clutter\Statues\​StatueMara01.nif SR-load-Mara is the goddess of love and compassion (statue).jpg
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 SR-load-Stendarr is the god of righteous rule.jpg
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 SR-load-Talos is the hero-god of mankind.jpg
Zenithar is the god of work and commerce. He has a shrine in the Temple of the Divines in Solitude. Clutter\Shrines\​ShrineZenithar.nif SR-load-Zenithar is the god of work and commerce.jpg

The Blades[edit]

Although they later became the dedicated protectors of the Emperor of Tamriel, the Blades began their existence as renowned dragonslayers. Armor\Blades\​HelmetBladesGO.nif SR-load-Although they later became the dedicated protectors.jpg
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. SR-load-The Blades have long since disbanded.jpg

The Dwemer[edit]

"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 SR-load-But our brethren, the Dwemer.jpg
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 SR-load-Dwarven ruins are dangerous to explore.jpg
Many Steam Animunculi remain active, making the exploration of dwarven ruins a dangerous prospect. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSteam.nif SR-load-Many Steam Animunculi remain active.jpg In Avanchnzel, Alftand, the Ruins of Bthalft, Bthardamz, Irkngthand, Kagrenzel, Nchuand-Zel, or Raldbthar, 16% chance.
The dwarves of Tamriel disappeared millennia ago and are presumed extinct. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenSphere.nif SR-load-The dwarves of Tamriel.jpg
The dwarves were actually a race of elves known as the Dwemer, which roughly translates to "deep elves." LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenDwarvenSpider.nif SR-load-The dwarves were actually a race of elves.jpg


(DB)Hawala faaaakara. Baaaa rakhee kaloo. Pooja kan faroo kee jaa. Goora! Goora! Goora! --Riekling Godspeak Song DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenRiekling02.nif SR-load-Hawala faaaakara.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.
(CC)"Know that battle is a blessing. Know that death is an eventuality. Know that you are dust in the eyes of Boethiah." -- Boethiah's Glory CreationClub\BGSSSE005\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenGoldbrand.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 SR-load-Out of this time also rose.jpg
"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 SR-load-Questing heroes of all stripes.jpg
"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 SR-load-Skyrim, also known as the Old Kingdom.jpg
"The best techniques are passed on by the survivors." -- Gaiden Shinji, 1E 490 Armor\Steel\​Shield.nif SR-load-The best techniques.jpg
(DB)"...the people of Solstheim, the heirs of the Guardian, must remain wary, lest the dark influence of Herma-Mora, or even the Traitor himself, return someday." --excerpt from "The Guardian and the Traitor" DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMiraak01.nif SR-load-the people of Solstheim, the heirs of the Guardian.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim and has started The Temple of Miraak.
"Tradition has it that the Nords [sic] came to Tamriel from the continent of Atmora in ancient days." -- Unknown, Pocket Guide to the Empire Clutter\ElderScroll\​1stPersonElderScrollFurled.nif SR-load-Tradition has it that the Nords.jpg
(DB)"Untithed to any thane or hold, and self-governed, with free worship, with no compensation to Skyrim or the Empire except as writ in the Armistice of old wheresoever those might still apply, and henceforth let no Man or Mer say that the Sons and Daughters of Kyne are without mercy or honor." -Skyrim's Offer of Solstheim to Morrowind, 4E 16 DLC02\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenAdventure02.nif SR-load-Untithed to any thane or hold.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim.


Message 3D Model Image Conditions
(CC)Anyone who wants to become more skilled at fishing may seek out the guidance of experienced fishermen who work at the Riften Fishery. CreationClub\BGSSSE001\Clutter\​FishingGear_Cluster01.nif SR-load-Anyone who wants to become more skilled at fishing.jpg
(CC)Different types of fish can be caught in temperate lakes and streams, in the rain, in freezing waters, and deep within flooded caverns and mines. CreationClub\BGSSSE001\Clutter\​FishingGear_Cluster01.nif SR-load-Different types of fish.jpg
(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 SR-load-Friends of the Jarls.jpg In Falkreath, Hjaalmarch or the Pale, have not bought land in any of those, 6% chance.
(HF)If you would like to adopt an orphan from the Orphanage, speak to Constance Michel. _BYOH\LoadsScreens\​LoadScreenAdoptionGirl01.nif SR-load-If you would like to adopt.jpg Constance Michel is not dead, completed Innocence Lost, adopted less than 2 children, 2% chance.
(DB)Reading one of Hermaeus Mora's Black Books may transport you into his realm. Read it again to escape. DLC02\Clutter\​DLC2BlackBook01.nif SR-load-Reading one of Hermaeus Mora's Black Books.jpg 6% chance of appearing if the player is in Solstheim and Hermaeus Mora intro scene has played.GetVMQuestVariable(DLC2BookDungeonController, ::bHMIntroScenePlayed_var) == 1
(CC)Ripples on the surface when your line hits the water means that fish are nearby. CreationClub\BGSSSE001\Clutter\​FishingGear_Cluster01.nif SR-load-Ripples on the surface when your line hits the water means that fish are nearby.jpg
(CC)The artifact Goldbrand is a golden katana that holds the power of the daedric prince Boethiah. It is said to have been forged by ancient dragons of the North. CreationClub\BGSSSE005\LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenGoldbrand.nif (?)
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 SR-load-The artifact Volendrung.jpg 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 SR-load-The great statue of Irkngthand.jpg 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 SR-load-The Labyrinth.jpg Revealing the Unseen at Stage 60 or higher, The Staff of Magnus at Stage 200 or lower, 6% chance.
(DB)The master wizards of House Telvanni traditionally grow their homes from fungal spores, using secret methods known only to themselves. DLC02\Architecture\TelvanniTower\​DLC2TelvanniGourdHouseExt02.nif SR-load-The master wizards of House Telvanni traditionally grow.jpg Appears if player is in Tel Mithryn and has not met Neloth thereor 6% chance of appearing under any other conditions.[verification needed — Conditions may be buggy—needs in-game verification.]
Trading caravans sometimes pass through the ruins of Labyrinthian, but usually prefer safer, longer routes. Dungeons\Nordic\Clutter\​NorSculptureHead01.nif SR-load-Trading caravans sometimes pass.jpg Revealing the Unseen at Stage 60 or higher, The Staff of Magnus at Stage 200 or lower, 6% chance.
(CC)Uncommon and rare fish can be caught more easily at dawn and dusk. CreationClub\BGSSSE001\Clutter\​FishingGear_Cluster01.nif SR-load-Uncommon and rare fish can be caught more easily at dawn and dusk.jpg
(CC)Use specialized rods to catch the rarest fish. CreationClub\BGSSSE001\Clutter\​FishingGear_Cluster01.nif SR-load-Use specialized rods to catch the rarest fish.jpg
(HF)You can adopt up to two children, if you own a home with room for them to stay in. _BYOH\LoadsScreens\​LoadScreenAdoptionBoy01.nif SR-load-You can adopt up to two children.jpg 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 SR-load-You can find, make, or buy a variety of gifts.jpg Adopted a child, 2% chance.
(Fall of the Space Core, Vol 1)Space is the thing you see above Tamriel when you're walking around outside with your head tilted back. Cameras\​LSCameraPanZoomInSmall.nif SR-load-Space is the thing you see above Tamriel.jpg
(Fall of the Space Core, Vol 1)Space Spheres, also known as the Spheriphem, are natives of space, and will cajole adventurers to help them return to that comforting void. Cameras\​LSCameraPanZoomInSmall.nif SR-load-Space Spheres.jpg


Message 3D Model Image Conditions
(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 SR-load-As a Vampire Lord.jpg Completed Bloodline, 2% 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 SR-load-As a vampire, people may comment.jpg Player is a vampire, 2% chance.
(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 SR-load-A vampire that is using his Vampire's Seduction.jpg Player is a vampire, 3% 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 SR-load-Each day spent as a vampire.jpg Player is a vampire, 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 SR-load-There are always human cattle.jpg Completed Bloodline, 3% 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 SR-load-The Vampire Lord uses melee attacks.jpg 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 SR-load-Vampire Lord perks.jpg Completed Bloodline, 2% 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 SR-load-Vampire Lords start with a powerful Drain Life.jpg Completed Bloodline, 2% chance.


Message 3D Model Image Conditions
(DG)As a werewolf, the inventory button will bring up the werewolf perk tree. Perks are earned by eating corpses. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenWerewolf.nif SR-load-As a werewolf.jpg 2% chance of appearing if the player is able to become a werewolf.
There are those who believe that when night descends upon Skyrim, werewolves descend upon the unwary... SR-load-There are those who believe that when night descends.jpg 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. SR-load-Those with the blood of a werewolf.jpg
(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. SR-load-Werewolf perks are earned.jpg 2% chance of appearing if the player is able to become a werewolf.

Skyrim VR[edit]

Message 3D Model Image Conditions
When using the Motion Controllers, swing your weapon to attack, or hold your weapon horizontally to block. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleNord.nif (?)
When using Motion Controllers, swing your weapon to attack. Hold right attack/block while swinging to power attack. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleOrc_1.nif (?)
When using Motion Controllers, hold your weapon horizontally to block with it. Armor\Imperial\ImperialShield.nif (?)
When using the Motion Controllers, to fire a bow bring the arrow up to the bow, then press and hold Right Attack/Block to nock the arrow. Draw the bow back and release Right Attack/Block. Pess [sic] Ready Weapon to cancel. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleWoodElf.nif (?)
Motion sickness may be alleviated by changing the FOV filter settings in the VR settings menu. LoadScreenArt\LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif (?)
When using the Motion Controllers, choose between teleport and direct movement modes in the VR settings menu. LoadScreenArt\LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif (?)
Press and hold Right Attack/Block while swinging your weapon to power attack. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenFemaleImperial.nif (?)
Hold Sneak/Jump to start sneaking. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenArgonian.nif (?)
When using the Motion Controllers, press Teleport/Activate to teleport or move in the direction you are pointing. LoadScreenArt\LoadScreenHorseMulti.nif (?)
When using the Motion Controllers, press Turn Left or Turn Right to rotate left or right. LoadScreenArt\​LoadScreenMaleDarkElf.nif (?)


  • 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.
  • The two load screens added by The Cause are set to display once the global variable ccBGSSSE067_ShowLoadScreens is set to 1, but nowhere is it changed from its default value of 0. ?
  • You might get loading screens even when you don't fulfill the criteria for seeing them (such as Thieves Guild screens when you're not even part of the Thieves Guild). ?