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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Drop Dead Dragon

Tootling along to my noble quest, when a Dragon appears and ruins my jest. It circles overhead through wind and storm, Though I'm ready with my bow, and fireball warm. When I notice, with start, a ...
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Can you remarry if your spouse is dead?

Title sums it up: can you remarry if your spouse is dead?
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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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Where is the earliest place to sleep?

I want my character to sleep ASAP from the start of the game. Where is the earliest place I can do that? Let's say it's in Riverwood. Is there or is it possible for a borrowable bed to spawn, like at ...
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What is the point of cooking food?

The amount of health restored is quite low compared to the hassle of getting the ingredients. Is cooking tied in any way to a skill so the health benefits become better later on? Finally, is it ...
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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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How can I identify to which quest line a specific quest belongs

My Journal is Full of Quests, And I would like to know if their is a way to determine if a quest belongs to the Main Quest line, or to one of the factions instead of the other questions Basically: ...
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What are the full lyrics to the song from the Skyrim trailer?

What are the full lyrics to the song from the Skyrim trailer? The song from 1:07 onward (when the character shouts) is sung in Skyrim's draconic language, and a ...
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How can I extend the view distances further?

OK, I'm lucky enough to have the game run smoothly enough for my tastes on the Ultra settings - so with all the game-provided settings set to maximum. Most of the time it looks brilliant. However, ...
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Who is the stealthiest follower?

Playing a stealth thief, I find that followers (specifically Lydia) are not useful on missions. She just keep getting us detected, so I'm forced to tell her to wait before starting a mission, which ...
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How can I tell what diseases I have?

Related: Why do people look at me sometimes and make remarks that I should sleep, or that I look ill? So I contract a disease, and people are telling me I look sick, but I don't know what disease I ...
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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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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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Why do villagers think my healing spell is a fire spell?

I'll be walking around the towns and cities of Skyrim, when all of a sudden, I'm told my guards and passerby that I should take care with those flames. Except I don't actually have any fire casting ...
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Is there a use for every item in Skyrim?

Can every item in Skyrim be used for something? I find a lot of objects like ruined books, embalming tools, etc. that I haven't found a use for yet.
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How do I find my frame rate (in FPS) in Skyrim?

Really this goes for any game, but for my current needs, how do I measure my Frames per Second in Skyrim? If possible I would like to avoid installing any additional software.
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Does equipping a torch actually make picking a lock easier?

According to this answer there is a book somewhere that says equipping a torch will heat the lock to make it easier to pick. Is this true? And how much easier does it actually make picking the lock?
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Playing Skyrim regret-free

What's amazing about these open world games is the freedom I have as a player. If I don't want to follow the main story line for a while, and just explore, I can do that, and the game won't break. ...
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Why are assassins coming after me?

I recently started a new game as a mage type character. As far as I can tell I haven't done anything wrong yet, haven't stolen anything, etc. In fact, the only quests I've done so far were the ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to remove stolen status from stolen items?

I'm a bit of a magpie in Elder Scrolls games and have a habit of wandering off with almost everything which isn't nailed down. Partly, this is to generate income, but I'm also filling out my ...
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Skyrim Bows: Light or Heavy One?

I am playing a stealth archer character and I started to check on the weapons weights which led me to start wondering about how the weight of a bow matters. Overview of the Drawing Process Draw ...
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Is it possible to skip the new game introduction cinematic?

I don't want to watch the prisoner cart ride to the execution: is it possible to skip this? If so, how? Can I replace the intro movie file by some empty video?
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Why should I use a bound sword?

I am playing my first character in Skyrim and I decided that I want to focus on conjuration. Up to now I used swords for close combat situations and transitioning into a bound sword seems to be a good ...
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Can I change my character's race/name after the start?

I was asked what my race was, and I chose...but then I managed to exit without setting a name, gender...anything else. So now I'm a dude called "Prisoner". I'd hate to play the whole game with such ...
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What is meant by “when the moon is out” in the Silent Moons Enchant?

The "Silent Moons Enchant" Enchantment states that it effect happens "when the moon is out", but what exactly does this mean? To be specific: Does it matter where you're located? (inside / outside) ...
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My housecarls won't stay dressed!

So, I was interested in seeing if I could get Iona to wear some more common clothes around the house. I pretty much just leave her there most of the time anyway, so there's no point in her being ...
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Is there any way of improving claw attacks by Khajiits?

I'm playing as a Khajiit and I'm trying to figure out if there is any way of improving my claw attacks or my unarmed combat. If there isn't, there should be a certain point in the game where a weapon ...
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Skyrim: Why does Astrid say “Well Done” when killed

This time, instead of killing the Khajit again, I decided to take out Astrid instead. And now her last words- "Well Done!" have made me paranoid and insomniac. Did I played in her hands by killing ...
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Draugr Wight Lord disarmed me, can't find my weapon

So I was fighting the Draugr Wight Lord at Silverdrift Lair, and he used the Disarm shout on me and made me drop my Elven Bow. I didn't notice at the time because I switched to a sword right after ...
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If I want to focus on magic, can I ignore weapons entirely?

I usually like playing mages, but in Skyrim you can choose to diversify between any number of combinations of weapons or spells. Is it a good idea to go all-out with just investing in magicka without ...
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Does being mounted on a horse make fast traveling faster?

Is there any difference between: Fast travel with no horse. Fast travel with a horse you are not currently on. Fast travel with a horse you are mounted on. By difference, I mean in-game time that ...
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How to kill a dragon in Skyrim?

Anyone got any tips on how to beat down a Dragon solo? I've managed to get it down to 3/4 health, but keep running out of potions and getting owned. I tend to whittle it down with bow from cover, ...
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So my wife was killed, now what?

Long story short I married Lydia, she died in battle, and I resurrected her through console commands. Now speaking with her doesn't have the usual spouse dialogue, I also am not able to get normal ...
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Can I secretly kill every guard in a town?

Is it possible to kill all of the guards in a town? Ideally, I'd like to do this secretly so the entire town doesn't see my deeds and put a bounty on my head. Edit: I was questing in Markarth and ...
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Which purchasable houses have access to alchemy / enchanting / smithy / cooking?

I bought the house in Whiterun, only to find out that it doesn't have the option to buy an Enchanting table (though it does have alchemy and access to a full smithy next door). If I'm going to buy ...
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Are there any benefits to marriage?

So now that I have an Amulet of Mara, apparently I can choose to marry certain NPCs. But I'm wondering, are there any tangible upsides to marriage that'd make wooing that special someone worth it, ...
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Is it possible to disarm or remotely trigger Runes?

So, part of being an effective thief is being able to disarm or circumvent various automated defense mechanisms. Y'know, traps. Tripwires are easy, and the kind that are wired up to doors aren't much ...
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How many skill points does it take to level up?

It doesn't seem to be consistent how many skills I must level up in order to gain a character level. It also doesn't seem to be a whole number, since I currently have about 2 pixels of bar left to get ...
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Do guards ever take any action against you for shouting in cities?

Do the guards just keep asking you to stop, or do they eventually charge you a fine or something?
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What are linen wraps used for?

I have loads of linen wrap items. Are they useful? I thought they might be used in making weapons or something. If they aren't useful, I'll just dump them all...
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Besides perks, what other permanent abilities can I get?

In another question, it was mentioned there were other permanent abilities besides perks. What are they, and where can they be found?
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Why are my followers trying to murder me?

Esbern and Delphine keep attacking me, regardless of where I go or what I do, and I don't know how to get them to stop. I didn't attack them and was just doing quests with them and do not know what ...
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Is there a “Nirnroot” quest?

Now that the game is released, this is a follow-up question to this question. I wandered around and have found a lot of Nirnroots (they're pretty hard to miss) and they also don't seem to respawn. ...
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Transferring Skyrim saved games from one machine to another

Is there a way of easily transferring a saved game from one machine to another? PC to PC XBox to XBox PS3 to PS3 Cross platform transfers
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How can I teach new spells to a follower?

More than once, I've seen it mentioned that followers can be taught new spells by commanding them to interact with a spellbook. I've tried teaching a few spells to ol' Lydders, but she simply picks ...
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Can followers be used to keep stolen items from “the law”?

In Skyrim is your follower able to carry stolen items for you? If so, will they still be carrying the stolen items if you pay a bounty or go to jail?
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The Aspect of Peryite came out of nowhere and insisted on talking with my character.. forever - How do I stop him?

I experienced a gameplay-killing and savegame persistent bug, where the 'Aspect of Peryite' initiates a conversation and will initiate again after finishing or if you tabbed out of it. My last ...