Every game has a set of characters that everyone seem to love…
But what about the hidden gems? Skyrim has a lot of them, and they are not too hard to find. I do love the ‘main’ characters you meet on your journey through Skyrim as the Dragonborn, but i get the biggest joy from finding a character i usually would not look twice at. Elf characters have never been my thing in Elder Scrolls games, in contrast to Dragon Age, but I have learned to love them throughout the years.
I have invested thousand of hours into the game through these five years, and there is still a lot of things i haven’t done, quests i have missed out on and characters i still have not met yet. Just recently I met my current favorite follower, Aranea Ienith, who is protecting the Shrine of Azura close to Winterhold. I do not read any Wikis when i play a game unless I’m absolutely stuck so I was not aware that she could be a follower. Usually when i have finished the quest to fetch Azura’s Star, I just run off to complete my next objective, but on this one fateful day i accidentally clicked on her and saw that i could ask her to follow me.
I do not regret the decision to make her my follower as she is a powerful destruction mage. Most of the time when we encounter low leveled bandits and wolves, i don’t even have time to ready my spells before she has blasted them off with her own attacks. You might think that this is a bad thing but it is extremely hilarious to just see a body being rocketed off by an ice spike. It is currently not possible to marry this character in the game, but you can recruit her to join the Blades, if you’re in their faction.
Another character that i absolutely adore, and that people don’t seem to talk much about is Karliah. Karliah is an agent of Nocturnal, a Nightingale that used to be affiliated with the Thieves Guild in Riften. She is the granddaughter of Queen Barenziah herself, and the Dragonborns first encounter with her is not exactly pleasant. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say it involved poisoned arrows and a sword to the chest by Mercer Frey.
Karliah becomes a temporary follower in the Thieves Guild questline and i really, really wish it was possible to recruit her as a follower after you finished the quests too. I don’t know how many times I have visited the Nightingale Hall in hopes of her dialogue changing and letting me bring her along. I know that i could probably download mods to fix that, but after Bethesda decided to disable your achievements when you install mods, I’m not as interested in using them.
And last but not least, we have Brelyna Maryon. Brelyna is a student at the College of Winterhold, and you get introduced to her right away in the Hall of Elements where the first class with Tolfdir is held when you join the college. Brelyna is both a marriage candidate (yay!) and a possible follower and she is an avid user of spells. Even if you give her proper weapons, she won’t use them until she runs out of magicka. When you first meet her, she is on the offense about her heritage and her connection to Winterhold. She is rather rude to the Dragonborn but she quickly apologizes and returns to her normal, slightly shy self. I really adore her personality and she is definitely my favorite marriage candidate out of the bunch.
So there, that was my short list of my favorite, underrated characters that i never see enough people talk about. Do you have any favorites that you don’t seem to share with others? Even from other game universes?