The Elder Scrolls Series

Year: 1994

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Developer: Bethesda Softworks

Country: US

Genre: Action role-playing

Platform: PC

The Elder Scrolls, an action role-playing fantasy video game series, was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The series includes the games Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, each of which has multiple expansions. In 2014 Elder Scrolls Online was released, which continues the series in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The Elder Scrolls primarily takes place on the fictional continent of Tamriel, in the world of Nirn, with a melting pot of Medieval, Roman, Nordic, ancient Japanese history informing the settings’ cultural environment. The games are dramatic in tone and epic in scope with recurring grand struggles between essentially heroic human, elf, dwarf, and bestial races against evil, supernatural forces. The game is known for a highly detailed lore and even readable in-game books further explaining the universe’s complex history.

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 NavyNPC same-sex spousesLord Killbar

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

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011): Bjornolfr and Hrodulf, Same-sex Relationship Options

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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 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

See also QRM’s entry for this game.


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