Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Once A Prisoner... by Isriana Once A Prisoner... by Isriana
...Always A Prisoner.

My first thoughts when starting Skyrim: "All right, I'm riding on a carriage... so far so good... These fellas don't look too happy, though... Wait - yes, my hands are bound. Aaand we are prisoners to be executed. What are the odds?" :D
The beginning of the game was made of pure awesome, though - kneeling on the executioner's block was pretty intense. So far I have loved every minute of this game. Graphics are even more amazing than I expected and the world is wonderfully full of all sorts of surprises. I can't wait to continue further! :excited:

For more The Elder Scrolls fan art take a look at here!
Add a Comment:
 
:iconnurseboobies:
NurseBoobies Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
That is funny because it's true! XD I mean, come on. It seems EVERY ES game starts with you as a prisoner of some kind XD
Reply
:iconzanarnaryon:
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As a jedi you is sent to Tython, and that is beautiful
Reply
:iconagacora:
Agacora Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I like to think my character was unjustly captured. 
Reply
:iconshawntheimmortal94:
Shawntheimmortal94 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They have a prison fetish 
Reply
:icondemon242:
Demon242 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
That and/or a bondage fetish. They really need a new way of letting you into their worlds. The only reason I kept the shackles in Oblivion was because I modded them to fit with my character, making it so they served as both shields and gauntlets for hand-to-hand fighting. 
Reply
:iconshawntheimmortal94:
Shawntheimmortal94 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Eh it's a tradition if we don't start at a prison  we wouldn't know the game we're playing is elder scrolls besides ever since oblivion I think they're prison system isn't so good so it's not a problem to get out...that and the high chance of a dragon starting a prison riot so...progress? I mean at least in Skyrim our heads are almost cut off so Skyrim had us at near death unlike oblivion that had us in a cell with a secret room to escape(I want to meet the person who organizes the prisoners and punch him in the face)Also how else would we start an elder scrolls game? After so many years of starting in a prison where can we start? A doctors office like fallout new Vegas? Uh a cave? Maybe we crawl out of a grave?
Reply
:icondemon242:
Demon242 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
True enough. Although, I don't think you can argue that we as the player, or at the very least our character, has no real investment in the world's we're put into. Skyrim kind of drove that in for me with the whole Imperial vs. Stormcloak thing. Yeah, the Imperials just tried to cut off my head, so I may want a bit of revenge for that, but Ulfric and many of the Nords in Windhelm, and a good number in Skyrim altogether, don't seem to like non-Nords. Even with the main quest line, it's great that I'm the prophesied Mary-Sue, but why should I or my character care what happens to Skyrim? Why was I caught crossing the border of Skyrim? Was I coming in? Was I trying to get out? I got no backstory, no personality; no reason to give a damn. 

Bethesda is great at making immense worlds full of interesting characters and stories, but kind of fails in that RPG personal investment aspect; which, considering what Skyrim is, comes across as a pretty big hole and a big fail. 

That being said, though, I love Skyrim and everything in it. I'm just a bit disappointed I need to use fanfics or create my own in order to find a reason why I should care what happens in their worlds. 
Reply
:iconshawntheimmortal94:
Shawntheimmortal94 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I feel the same way,I mean really we are just in the middle of a shit storm that just keeps getting worse and we're just blank slates but there are moments of us actually being characters,like some missions have branching paths which tell others what kind of person you are and there is dialog that have some backstory about you but you have to choose like the mission where you're arrested in the reach for murder but really it's to keep you quiet then you're asked what was it like killing for the first time and it has branching answers from enjoying murder to being disgusted by it but had no choice another one is when you're asked about your family and it has different answers that makes a story,it's reaching but I'd like to say that the game wants us to build our own backstory and really we aren't perfect I mean we kill for money what's so mary-sue about that? Also being arrested was out of paranoia because of the war,I mean that happens in real life,ever since 9/11 happened so many people were paranoid of Muslims hell back then when Pearl Harbor happened or maybe it was before it happened Japanese citizens of the U.s were put in camps out of paranoia,war does that to people,also your personality is based on how you answer people,I mean some answers make people react differently also on the war maybe it's just me but I chose the stormcloaks because the thalmor was taking people's right to religion away and that's not right,just believing in talks gets you arrested or killed in the reach according to the thalmor in the one in the jarls place and many others say the same thing,yes I'm reacIhing but that's what I see when I play these games,I mean it's all about choice and the kind of person you are to make them,yes 
Reply
:icontemerairelovertamara:
TemeraireLoverTamara Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
hmmm and prisoner once again and again and again...
Reply
:iconthelakotanoid1:
thelakotanoid1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist
why cant the hero ever have a clean slate?
Reply
:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
What can i say. Bethesda have a Prisoner fetish.
Reply
:iconlordofgilneas:
LordofGilneas Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well in daggerfall you weren't a convict. But then again, you were thrown off a ship by a magical storm so uhhh... Not any nicer.
Reply
:iconvalen-the-elf:
valen-the-elf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
*sigh* Its always prison
Reply
:iconthewarriordraganta:
ThewarriorDraganta Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Always bro.
Reply
:iconputyagunson:
PutYaGunsOn Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2014
You also start in a dungeon cell in Arena...except you already have a weapon on you.

No idea how Daggerfall starts.
Reply
:icon924twinblade924:
924twinblade924 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
The answer to that question? Because bethesda decided they couldn't do any better than the past few games. Honestly they should work out a childhood story or prequel to the "Becoming of the chosen" or something like in Fallout 3.
Reply
:iconmulunia:
Mulunia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I agree! It would be interesting to live peacefully in Tamriel, even if only for a little while.
Reply
:icon924twinblade924:
Indeed. Unfortunately i've already seen the next title for the elder scrolls and the continent it is in. Black Marsh, TES: 6 Argonia. A swampy hell hole full of lizard men.
Reply
:iconmulunia:
Mulunia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Wow, really? Mudkip Neuro Suprised 
Omigosh, I can't wait! I've always wanted to explore Black Marsh! Mudkip Neuro Happy 
Reply
:iconhyo38:
Hyo38 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and nothing changed in the next game.
Reply
:iconattolis:
Attolis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice LOTR reference
Reply
:iconapplefanfic:
applefanfic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!! SO TRUE!!I am a dummy! 
Reply
:iconbittermagic:
BitterMagic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Why is it that the Imperials are always the ones imprisoning us before we start off on our grand adventure though? That's what I always wonder. Are they trying to make us kind of hate or hate the Imperials? x'D
Imperial Ship to Morrowind, Imperial prison, and captured by Imperials with an intent to behead you. 8'B
Reply
:iconisriana:
Isriana Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I even have Imperials imprisoning my own Imperials. How about that? :XD:
Reply
:iconcatamber123:
catamber123 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
The Elder scrolls-because why shall we have happiness?
Reply
:iconsolasfell:
SolasFell Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol even in the start of Arena elder scroll 2..... or was it 1 it okay but i couldn't find the first town 囧
Reply
:icongealic-huntress1811:
gealic-huntress1811 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its staple for the Elder scroll games ^^

SPOILER FOR ES ONLINE!!

^^ u wake up in a prison cell in a plane of oblivion.. ^^ yep! can even see it in the background of the character creation (hehe love being a beta tester who can now post online bout it to help bring more people in to play at its april 4th release)

so yeah..all 5 (now 6 including ESO) Elder Scroll games of Bethesda start as a prisoner..
Reply
:iconthebleen12:
thebleen12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
what is it with Bethesda and putting people in chains? XD
Reply
:iconkgb-101:
KGB-101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bethesda has a prison fetish. 
Reply
:iconisriana:
Isriana Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clearly. :XD:
Reply
:icon4theonewithoutaname:
4TheOneWithoutAName Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Leading up to Skyrim's release, there was an interview with Todd, on Gameinformer I think. Anyway, what I remember he said that they have you start as a prisoner so that your character was black slate, and you can make up how your character got into that mess in the first place. 
Reply
:iconfemale-thebleen12:
female-thebleen12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
the elder scrolls-because happiness is a sin :D
Reply
:iconrambleramshackle:
RambleRamshackle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Haha, yes, Bethesda seems to love the prisoner thing. Daggerfall was the only game that didn't follow the trend. 
Reply
:iconherokiller12344:
Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
In that you even had a well paying job as an agent.
Reply
:iconkastepisara:
Kastepisara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Also, at the beginning of Arena you're in an imperial dungeon where you're left to die. I haven't played Daggerfall so I don't know anything about it but weeeellll... :'D
Reply
:iconloki661:
loki661 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What is that the same girl in each game or different girl each time.
Reply
:iconkuznyadragonofbaa:
KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really love how did you draw the Blade Guard of Septim. :aww:
Reply
:iconneurokitten:
neurokitten Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
grand theft horse.
Reply
:iconlilithmae1231:
Lilithmae1231 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. :XD:
Reply
:iconbolt187:
Bolt187 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
And always a prisoner.
Reply
:iconvee-kay:
vee-kay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there's a moralistic and ambitious view to Bethesda's intention behind forcing the player character to start out as a prisoner.

A prisoner (as depicted in the Elder Scrolls) is probably the lowest criminal scumbag, a riffraff that can be be found in Tamriel. His/her crime does not matter, his/her background and past life is of no consequence, he/she is just nameless fodder for the hangman's axe or noose. A non-decrepit lowlife, whose life is utterly inconsequential in the grand scheme (Aedric, Deadric, Imperial, Stormcloak, etc. -- take your pick) of things.

Yet, as the old Bob Dylan quote goes: A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

This nobody, this hapless-prisoner-without-a-name, suddenly gets his/her freedom (as you start the game). And what does s/he do? S/he goes on to become the Savior of the Empire, a famous Champion, a revered Knight (or as in the case of Skyrim -- the (in)famous Dragonborn), on whose tender shoulders lies the destiny of an entire world.

It all boils down to one word.... hope.

The player character starts out as a prisoner without hope, and by the time s/he is done with the main quest (and major quests of any DLCs), he/she will have become the hope of Tamriel itself!

And that is why we play the Elder Scrolls, for we all want to be something bigger than just ordinary mortals, don't we? :thumbsup: revamp
Reply
:icongeminice:
Geminice Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
:iconyouwinplz:
Reply
:iconpwnsage:
pwnsage Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I'm pretty sure Online is continuing this tradition. XD
Reply
:iconsephiroth8745:
Sephiroth8745 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I always did ask myself...why a prisoner? why can't the game start without being a prisoner?
Reply
:iconbookzforever81:
Bookzforever81 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently Bethesda are doing the same prisoner routine for Elder Scrolls: Online when it comes out.
Reply
:iconsynchro2323:
Synchro2323 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
and alduin doesn't show up XD 
Reply
:iconisriana:
Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would make it the shortest game ever :XD:
Reply
:iconsynchro2323:
Synchro2323 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
i did it once on my computer using mods and other things and a common knowledge of game creation to do it and yes it was the shortest game ever
Reply
:iconskianous:
Skianous Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, you can really get your head cut off ? I thought the headsman's death was a scripted event, like Lokir dying even if no arrow touches him.
Reply
:iconaerunnallado:
aerunnallado Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Creation Kit is a powerful thing my friend 
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
November 19, 2011
Image Size
1.6 MB
Resolution
1024×2891
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
56,878 (46 today)
Favourites
906 (who?)
Comments
227
×