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?"
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!
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No idea how Daggerfall starts.
Imperial Ship to Morrowind, Imperial prison, and captured by Imperials with an intent to behead you. 8'B
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^^ 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..
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?
when i started up...for the first time
Morrowind- What in the blazes is that! they look like big bead bugs! Oh dirty water...
Oblivion- What did you just call me?!...oopes I was kinda supposed to protect that guy in the robes wasn't I?
Skyrim- Waited so long for this, breath taking...Oh handsome nord, wait! prince like figure ...wait your going to cut my head off?! WHY AM I A PRISONER AGAIN!?