A fantasy action RPG from 2011 by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fifth game from the main line of the "Elder Scrolls" series.

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Why can I sometimes take half of a shops items while the oher half is considered stealing?

I notice that sometimes in certain shops, houses, etc. that a large portion of the owner's items are available to just 'take', while other items remain marked as 'stealing'. I'm just a little ...
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What is an effective way to level smithing?

Leveling smithing to 100 seems like a difficult task. Is it more effective to craft cheap things such as iron daggers, or to craft expensive items such as Elven weapons?
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Dual casting spells

When I dual cast a spell (casting with same spell in both hands): How much magika will be consumed/needed to cast the spell (just the double of a normal one?) How is the spell affected? (How much ...
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What is the purpose of this unreachable lever?

I love to roam the world, looking for adventures. This led me, among many other places, to Ironbind Barrow - good place with good treasure and it gave me a good laugh (see below) but that's not the ...
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Maurice Jondrelle is an idiot who's going to get us both killed

I already have Maurice Jondrelle following me. I'm avoiding spoilers, so I didn't know he was batshit crazy and attacks every enemy on-sight. Since I'm stuck with him, and since I'm a sneak archer who ...
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My wife tried to kill me! What did I do wrong?

I got married and during the ceremony it felt like my wife just kinda walked out in the middle of the whole deal right after saying "I do". I talked to my (RL) dad and he told me that she walks home ...
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How do I know what type of soul a creature has?

I have a grand soul gem I'm trying to fill, but I don't know what creatures have grand souls. I don't want to waste the gem with a less-than-grand soul. How can I tell what type of soul an enemy has? ...
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Is it possible to sell stolen items?

I recently discovered the average shopkeeper is unwilling to buy stolen goods (how they know they are stolen, I do not know). Is there anyway for me to sell stolen items, without making use of the ...
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Can I refund a perk point?

While leveling in Skyrim I put a perk in a tree, but now I feel like it is wasted, since I've found blowing things up with spells is much more fun than stabbing things with a giant sword. Is there ...
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How do I cannibalize people?

The BBFC has confirmed the existence of cannibalism in Skyrim. I'm curious as to how this aspect fits into the game: Is it quest related like in Fallout 3? Where does the quest originate? What are ...
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How many steps are there actually on the path to High Hrothgar

The title says it all. It is mentioned several times that there are 7000 steps on the path to High Hrothgar. Are there actually 7000 steps or are the NPCs exaggerating?
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Does the sex of main character influence the game?

Does choosing a male or female character influence the gameplay or the story in some way?
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How do I use poisons?

I am concentrating in alchemy in order to use poisons with my attacks. I have made several bottles, but I am unsure how to use them. I am a bit worried about 'using' them in my inventory in case my ...
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Can I buy a horse for my follower?

Can I buy a horse for my follower? I have my own horse, but I feel sorry for Lydia, and she lags behind me quite a bit.
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How do I prevent followers from blocking doorways?

I feel great affection for Lydia. She has been a stalwart companion almost from the beginning. Fighting at my side, watching my back, and even sharing my burdens. And she has done it all with no ...
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Are there any advantages to using two daggers, as opposed to a dagger and sword?

I am using two daggers at the moment, however swords are significantly higher in damage. I can still get my 15x damage modifier on backstabs if I use my dagger. Is the attack speed significantly ...
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How do you recharge an enchanted item?

I enchanted my Elvish bow to do frost damage. However it only had 14 charges and has since run out. Is there a way for me to recharge it? or is that bow kinda done for me now?
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How do you kill children?

If you've been playing a decent amount of Skyrim, you may have noticed that children are annoying. Really annoying. However, while trying to bash one of the little snots into the ground to teach him ...
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How do I deal with a runaway bride?

I killed my first wife once I found out there is a mercenary you can marry who gives you up to 300 gold a day (in Whiterun). The only requirement, of course, being that I had to hire her first. So I ...
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How do I kill a giant?

I've seen and heard a lot of references to how powerful the giants are in Skyrim (e.g. Penny Arcade), so my challenge as soon as I get the game is to go and kill one. I'm sure that if I maxed out my ...
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Where is the first available house in Skyrim?

As I grabbed everything that wasn't nailed down so far and as I don't want to throw away any ingredients I could use later I though it would be time to look for a house to store all my stuff. My ...
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How do you smelt ore?

I've gathered metal ore from a mine, but the forge only uses iron bars to create items. I can't seem to find an option to convert my ore into bars; do I need a special kind of forge, or I am missing ...
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Found the Space Core in Skyrim, what can I do with it?

Valve and Bethesda have made all my dreams come true by putting the Space Core into Skyrim. ...
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What is this strange “Do Not Delete” object? And does it have a use?

Arcadia, the alchemist in Solitude sold me this: Is this an actual item or a bug?
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Is there a way to bind items to the number keys in Skyrim?

I'm less than impressed with the favorites menu for quick swapping spells in the middle of a fight. Is there anyway I can bind them to the number pad on the keyboard?
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In Skyrim, can you play past the game's final quest?

Bethesda games, sadly, have been going downhill with respect to playing past the ending quest: In Oblivion, you could play past the game's ending and even got a special piece of armor from it. In ...
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Is it possible to maximize all the skills and gain all the perks?

In one playthrough, will it be possible for me to get every single perk and max all my skills?
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What's the benefit of initiating followers into the Blades?

Once you've discovered Sky Haven Temple, Delphine Jend tells you that if you'd like to expand the ranks of the Blades, you can bring followers to her, and she'll administer the oath and induct them ...
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Do different merchants pay more for items depending on their type?

For example I found a staff with a value of 2000+. Would it be worth it look for a merchant that sells magic-related stuff as opposed to dumping it on the next general store guy I find?
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Where can you acquire massive amounts of Soul Gems?

I would like to buy lots and lots of Soul Gems. Petties etc. It's to train Enchanting. I can't find a reliable source that constantly has a good supply. (Aside from Collette at the Mages College, ...
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Who's telling the truth? Saadia or Kematu?

In the quest: "In my Time of Need" Saadia claims: "I am a noble of House Suda in Hammerfell." "The Alik'r are assassins in the employ of the Aldmeri Dominion." Kematu claims: Saadia is known ...
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Do gemstones have a purpose in Skyrim?

Do gemstones such as emeralds, amethysts etc have any purpose in Skyrim other than being sold for gold?
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Do console commands affect Steam achievements?

I've painted myself into a corner and am forced to choose between abandoning a couple hours' progress or cheating my way out of it. Unfortunately, I can't find hard data on if/how the use of console ...
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How to clean dust and spider webs in my house?

I bought Breezehome and am very happy with it: it is a nice and cozy house with everything I need. However, I couldn't miss noticing dust spots and spider webs in several places. In dungeons it's ...
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Why has my wife in Skyrim stopped cooking food for me?

My wife won't make me dinner. Of course, everyone knows that it is poor form to hand or sell your lady's food back to her, but I haven't sold her food back to her However, I have sold her food to a ...
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Dude, Where's My Horse?

So, my faithful steeds have had a history of, well, draconic incidents recently, and so, when leaving Solace, to head out in search of the Steed Stone recently, it occurred to me that procuring a new ...
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How am I supposed to kill the frost troll?

So I've run into two frost trolls so far. The first one I took advantage of bad pathing which I feel bad about because it ruined the game immersion. The second one I used a full unrelenting shout ...
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How to play a mage in Skyrim?

I am not a guru in these kind of games and I'm trying to play as a Mage. At level 6 I have an imperial guard buddy that helps and I kill most things easily enough with fire or firebolt. Some things ...
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If I'm a member of one guild, am I prevented from joining any of the other guilds?

If I join the Companions, will that keep me from joining the Thieves Guild? Or the Dark Brotherhood?
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Is Skyrim's story related to the previous Elder Scrolls games?

I am curious about the connection of the world/story/characters of Skyrim and older Elder Scrolls games. I don't want a full description, just the important stuff, with some links.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a werewolf?

Before I decide whether or not I would like to become a werewolf, I'd like to know what I'll have to deal with. Whether this means being stronger, or having an appetite for human flesh, what are the ...
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How can I move and place items properly?

In Skyrim, is there a more convenient way to place items around instead of holding e, and trying to fidget them in the right direction? Say I have a book, and I want align it on top of the desk like ...
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How do I reverse a permanent health buff?

So I've been playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360 and loving it (it's my first Elder Scrolls game). A while back I noticed that my maximum health was 119 points higher than it should have been. After ...
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Are Wards actually useful?

Is there any point to using these spells? They drain so much magicka it hard for me to believe there is an actual use for them. If there is a use can someone please tell me how and what combination of ...
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How do I get rid of my bounty?

I accidentally killed a noble, now every guard wants to kill me. Is there any way I can get rid of the bounty?
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Where did the “arrow in the knee” joke start?

I've heard the "arrow in the knee" joke pop up in a few discussions around here and elsewhere, mostly related to Skyrim. I'm aware that this is probably in reference to a generic quote said by many ...
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I found a headless horseman! Now what?

As I was wandering around the mountains near Rorikstead, I happened upon this interesting character: Yup, it's a headless horsemen. He rides pretty fast but I managed to catch up with him. I tried ...
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How do I determine my current bounty?

In Oblivion, one of the stats was your current bounty, which was a great way to double-check to make sure you weren't caught when stealing, etc. But Skyrim doesn't seem to have this. I've found one ...
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Are there any time-sensitive events in Skyrim?

Are there any time-sensitive events in Skyrim, whose occurrence is based on how many in-game days have passed? Or, to phrase it another way, are there any disadvantages to waiting out time ...
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How to murder efficiently as an assassin?

My character is a archer/sneak type of guy but I'm having a hard time playing the game. I can kill regular NPCs easily with sneak attack but as soon as I run into a more bad ass type of enemy I'm ...