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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:

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Agacora Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I like to think my character was unjustly captured. 
Shawntheimmortal94 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They have a prison fetish 
TemeraireLoverTamara Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
hmmm and prisoner once again and again and again...
thelakotanoid1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist
why cant the hero ever have a clean slate?
HailMyself Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
What can i say. Bethesda have a Prisoner fetish.
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.
valen-the-elf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
*sigh* Its always prison
ThewarriorDraganta Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Always bro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 
Hyo38 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and nothing changed in the next game.
Attolis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice LOTR reference
applefanfic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!! SO TRUE!!I am a dummy! 
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
Isriana Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I even have Imperials imprisoning my own Imperials. How about that? :XD:
catamber123 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
The Elder scrolls-because why shall we have happiness?
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
gealic-huntress1811 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its staple for the Elder scroll games ^^


^^ 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..
thebleen12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
what is it with Bethesda and putting people in chains? XD
KGB-101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bethesda has a prison fetish. 
Isriana Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clearly. :XD:
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. 
female-thebleen12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
the elder scrolls-because happiness is a sin :D
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. 
Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
In that you even had a well paying job as an agent.
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
loki661 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What is that the same girl in each game or different girl each time.
KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really love how did you draw the Blade Guard of Septim. :aww:
neurokitten Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
grand theft horse.
Lilithmae1231 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. :XD:
Bolt187 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
And always a prisoner.
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
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pwnsage Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I'm pretty sure Online is continuing this tradition. XD
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?
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.
Synchro2323 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
and alduin doesn't show up XD 
Isriana Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would make it the shortest game ever :XD:
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
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.
aerunnallado Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Creation Kit is a powerful thing my friend 
lePoisson-Rouge Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Writer
Hehehe, wait until Elder Scrolls Online comes out...
aniwablue Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student General Artist
So true! :D
The-Diesis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

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 :o...wait your going to cut my head off?! WHY AM I A PRISONER AGAIN!?  

felix9363 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
if you use this( ) you will at least not start of as a prisioner.
WarrioressGirl19 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The perfect comment for that would be, "Well, that escalated quickly..." I've heard about Bethesda and their prison beginnings... You draw these characters so cute!
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I actually like how you're always a prisoner at the start. You go from someone bad to someone... um, bad. Again. Or you could be good, if you don't team up with the thieves or the assassins. But I just like how, ever since the very beginning of TES, you're a prisoner. It's like Bethesda's trademark.
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