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What do the different symbols on the map represent?

I can never figure out what the white dashes or ticks on the skyrim compass means, Is it an important NPC? I checked the page with all of the compass things today and I didn't see a white tick.

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I feel like I know what your talking about, but I can't quite remember. It's been months since I've played Skyrim. Do you maybe have a picture? –  smoth190 Aug 14 '12 at 4:39
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I might be wrong but I'm actually getting the feeling the OP isn't talking about the compass symbols or the arrows. Are you talking about the single | ' ' ' ' | ' ' ' ' | ' ' ' ' | dashes? If so they don't really mean anything - they are just a reference so you can determine how far from a particular point you're facing. –  Peter Aug 14 '12 at 13:03
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`that's actually what I'm talking about, so they don't mean anything? –  user30835 Aug 14 '12 at 17:20
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If you are referring to white arrows (the most common mark on on the compass), they are quest markers. They depend on which is your current mission and indicates places and/or people important to the quest. For more details, take a lot in this relation: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Map_Symbols_(Skyrim)

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oh ok, so they are points of interest in regards to an activated quest? –  user30835 Aug 14 '12 at 17:18
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