Lord Kilbar’s Differing Gender Presentation in Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall

Lord Kilbar has a female-presenting sprite in the in-game environment.

However, in his dialogue screen displays him with a male-presenting portrait and the game refers to the character with he/him pronouns.

Some fans have speculated that the sprite was “incorrectly” matched to the dialogue portrait, and the character seems to serve no real purpose in the progression of the story though he can be found in a few different places. It is unclear then if the feminine appearance of the sprite is intentionally gender non-conforming or a mistake.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996): Jaciel Morgen and Deyanira Katrece

An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire (1997): Pun/joke about the Khajiiti Navy; NPC same-sex spouses; Lord Killbar

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002): Vivec; Uncle Crassius Curio; Argonians; Daedric Prince Boethiah; Mephala; Molag Bal; Buoyant Armigers

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006): Ahzirr Trajijazaeri; Viranus Dolton and Eduard Hodge; Dumag Gro-Bonk; Pelinal; City-Swimmer

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011): same-sex relationship options

The Elder Scrolls Online (2014): Bameli the Pure; Hadrill Diina; Jakarn; Arlie Edrald, Frederick and Dulkhi; Make-Many-Waves and Sendrasa Llarys; Goveled Herendas; Captain Linwen and Faenir; Hartmin and Mirllir; Snaehild; Sind and Tand; Davilia Ralas; Captain Rana and Sargeant; Seyne; Erirus Cine and Therich Roielle; Little Leaf

Citations:

  1. Lady Nerevar. LGBTQ in the Elder Scrolls (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ladynerevar.tumblr.com/post/92855271360/lgbtq-in-the-elder-scrolls
  2. Daggerfall: Lord Kilbar (n.d.). The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages. Retrieved from http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Daggerfall:Lord_Kilbar
  3. Daggerfall: Notes on Lord Kilbar (n.d.). The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages. Retrieved from http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Daggerfall_talk:Lord_Kilbar
  4. Lotta Korpela. What’s up with Lord Kilbar?. (1998, May 16). The Imperial Library. Retrieved from http://www.imperial-library.info/sites/~crodo/unsolved/df/people.html#9