There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there about the Elder Scrolls games, published by Bethesda. I have picked out a few of my favorites to display here, some are mind boggling and others just sound straight up plausible.
1. The stories take place in the future, not in the medieval times.
The game does take place on another planet and we dont know what date it is on earth. (assuming that nirn is in another galaxy and isnt in a completely different dimension) If this theory is true then you could add people from the future and it would be canon.
This theory both makes sense, and doesn’t at the same time. I found this comment in a thread discussing a few points, one of them being the lack of firearms. Some say that the magic they have is enough, while others say that since the magic in Skyrim is “dumbed down” compared to the one being practiced in Cyrodiil. There are a lot of factors to consider, one being that maybe Skyrim, and Tamriel in general, isn’t the ideal place to forage any components needed to create gunpowder, and two, that they just don’t need guns. However about the whole future aspect, it is possible, but just not very likely, in my opinion, unless the world took a step back technology wise.
2. The disappearance of the Dwemer.
For this one there are three “accepted theories”.
– They sent themselves into a plane of Oblivion.
– They were transported to a plane of Oblivion by Azura, held captive and possibly killed.
– They just ceased to exist.
All of these just rub me the wrong way. With the Snow elves, we know they evolved into the Falmer after a long time of being underground, but with the Dwemer, the disappearance seem to be so abrupt! Honestly, if it is true that they disappeared into Oblivion, i would be slightly disappointed and glad to know at the same time. There is so much that could have happened that it is not easy to try to figure it out unless Bethesda decides to address it.
3. Sheogorath is the Hero of Kvatch?
Some fans are speculating that Sheogorath might in fact be the Hero of Kvatch from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is further built on by Sheogorath naming the Hero the new Sheogorath in the events of the Shivering Isles expansion, and also this paragraph from the Sheogorath Wikipedia page.
Sheogorath’s dialogue in Skyrim may suggest that he is the Hero of Kvatch; that character became Sheogorath in the events of the The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles. This is referenced twice by Sheogorath, first with his mention of having been at the Oblivion crisis “for that whole sordid affair” and also with his mention of his position being passed down from him to himself every few thousand years. However, it is also possible that, being an insane Daedric Prince, he was able to watch the events and literally passes the title of Madgod from himself to himself.
It’s a bit out there, but as all other theories, it is plausible!
4. Skyrims bug jars will trigger the apocalypse
There was not a lot written about this one, but i will include the original text just so you can see how insane it is.
Dragons, demons, alternate dimensions…there’s a lot threatening the lives of the people living in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. However, the biggest threat could potentially come from some bug jars adorned with runes. There have been many different explanations as to the purpose of these mysterious jars, but the most popular theory is that the jars are part of a massive ritual meant to bring on the Elder Scrolls apocalypse. This one is a little too complicated to explain without writing an essay, but it involves dragon slaying, transmutation circles, and mass murder.
I have definitely thought about theories myself over the years, but none of those are worth mentioning at all!
What are your favorite fan theories about games? Are they too good to be true? Too insane? Let me know in the comments below!