After experiencing difficulties with a stuck loading screen in Skyrim, I had to force my PS3 to shut down. Thankfully my saved file wasn't completely screwed up in the process.

But after I loaded my save game, I travelled to Whiterun to get some ingredients from Arcadia. Once I interacted with her, I was shocked to hear her say "Maybe a hardy Nord like you doesn't need a cure-all, hmm? What about an invisibility potion?" This isn't right. I am a Breton. I really hope this doesn't have anything to do with corruption in my save file.

I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this issue. I don't want to be confused for a Nord throughout the rest of my Skyrim gaming experience.

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    More likely slip ups like these are indications that either the NPC or your character has dementia.
    – Xantec
    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:55
  • Probably just an oversight in the programming. I am sure there's a RaceType property associated to your character and it probably looks like RaceType.Breton in the code. Most code in the game probably goes like "Maybe a hardy " + RaceType + " like you", but Arcadia probably has a bug that somehow defaults RaceType to Nord instead of actually checking your actual RaceType. Aug 12, 2012 at 1:44

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She says that to everyone, including my High Elf.

One interpretation is that she didn't call you a Nord, she called you hardy like a Nord. Bretons can be quite literal.

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    My character has also been called a he when she's a she. Not with Arcadia though, just other random NPCs. Perhaps it is an oversight by Bethesda? Nov 23, 2011 at 11:59
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    @IttyBrittyGirlGamer Or perhaps you should trim that beard more often...
    – Artless
    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:55
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    @Artless I don't believe dwarf is a race in Skyrim... :P Nov 23, 2011 at 13:24
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    @IttyBrittyGirlGamer it is a race, you just can't play as them.
    – Bravo840
    Nov 23, 2011 at 15:56
  • @Bravo840 My bad :-/. Nov 23, 2011 at 16:15

This is a glitch since Arcadia doesn't have a dialogue for other races. This has nothing to do with corrupted save files really. You can fix this by downloading the Skyrim Unofficial Patch.

Arcadia will never call you a Nord if your race isn't a Nord

Download here

  • @TrentHawkins I'll edit this.
    – Jim Jones
    Dec 25, 2015 at 18:37

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