Okay, I know Skyrim‘s been out since 2011, but EVERY time I play I still find something I’ve never seen before. Here are five of my favorite sneaky Todd Howard treats!
5) The Headless Horseman
The Headless Horseman is a ghost who wanders around Skyrim on a ghost horse. He spawns anywhere in the world, doesn’t do anything, and can’t be harmed. He’s not even connected to any quests. HOWEVER! There’s a song in Skyrim that talks about Ragnar the Red, a man whose “ugly red head rolled around on the floor” and many people believe he could be the Headless Horseman. Regardless, he’s pretty cool to see.
4) The Ebony Warrior
Those of you who have been playing Skyrim since 2011 will know this one, but for the rest of you, let me tell you about the Ebony Warrior. When you hit level 80, you’ll be approached by a Redguard warrior covered in ebony armor. He explains how he’s defeated every type of enemy and quest and now, he just wants to die. And he wants you to kill him. Good luck!
3) Minecraft Reference – The Notched Pickaxe
Get it?? A NOTCH pickaxe! Like Notch the Minecraft guy?! I think it’s fun.
2) The Chill
As you probably know, when you break the law in Skyrim, one of the options is to give up and go to jail. All the jails are unique is their own way, but there’s one I hadn’t seen until looking it up. In Winterhold under the college, there’s an ice cavern guarded by Frost Atronachs called THE CHILL. It serves as the jail for anyone who breaks the law in Winterhold. Good luck escaping!
1) The Horker Destroyer
This is my absolute favorite secret in Skyrim. You know how annoying those big walrus/horkers are? WELL, up in the northeast of Skyrim there’s a little island that is covered in horkers. On that island, there’s a dead body and on that dead body, there’s the most incredible weapon in the game.
HORKSBANE! The mace that does an extra 20 damage only to horkers. You can also find a journal on the same island describing how the mace was created.
What those monsters did brought out the coward in Bjord. All it did to me was raise a fire in my chest, a hate in my gut so strong I can almost feel it coursing into the mace in my hand. I told Bjord to run, to tell the others never to come here. I stayed to write out this warning to anyone unlucky enough to land on this rock.
Now that I’ve done that duty, there’s only one thing left. I’m going to kill as many of those things as I can. I’m even going to try for the big one.
Maybe I’ll do it. Maybe I’ll kill every one of them. Maybe you’ve found this rock abandoned and safe. I doubt it…
– Saden’s Journal
Pretty dark, Skyrim.