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AlwaysRight12345
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3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM
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I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord
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3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.
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3/28/2015 7:51:29 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.

So you're going solely on lore?
Wylted
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3/28/2015 8:04:35 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:51:29 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.

So you're going solely on lore?

Correct
YamaVonKarma
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3/28/2015 10:19:43 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Anyone who isn't a Dark Elf is mentally retarded.
People who I've called as mafia DP1:
TUF, and YYW
Arcanas
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3/28/2015 10:23:04 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Breton. The magic resistance comes in handy, especially in the late game. The other races abilities (Water breathing, a few points of magika, ability to have animals help you in combat, etc) become fairly useless as the game goes on, or they can be replaced by simple spells/enchantments.
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3/28/2015 10:25:22 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 10:19:43 AM, YamaVonKarma wrote:
Anyone who isn't a Dark Elf is mentally retarded.

My first character was a dark elf, but then I realized that Bretons are insanely powerful. The magic resistance is huge, and if you spend a few points in alteration you can reach max magic resistance without using any enchantments on armor.
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3/28/2015 1:44:32 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Depends on what you're going for. From a pure technical standpoint, it's hard to argue with breton as the top choice, since their magic resistance is probably the most helpful racial bonus that isn't as easily replaced with other enchantments. Another top choice is Altmer, if you are playing a Mage that is. Makes the early game (which is the hardest part of the game for mages) exponentially easier having a whopping 50 extra points of magicka. The Highborn power is also ridiculously useful.

However, if you want to do a specialized character, other races have advantages as well. Dunmer is a great choice for vampire characters, to help offset the vampiric weakness to fire. Bosmer is a great choice for stealth characters, as their racial power helps keep them alive when facing powerful animals out in the wild, which is a situation that low level archers tend to struggle with. If you are a pure warrior, especially two handed or dual wield, a Redguard with adrenaline rush can demolish a small army in minutes.

If you're looking for novelty stuff, khajiit with unarmed claws is pretty entertaining. Though their racial power is pretty bad.
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3/28/2015 1:58:29 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Breton, because I couldn't stand looking at a goddamn cat kill dragons for 100 hours.
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3/28/2015 2:03:18 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.
IMO Skyrim is one big allegory. Nords are the true Aryan master race. Fvck any Thalmor High Elves who are essentially Zionists.
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3/28/2015 11:06:27 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 1:58:29 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Breton, because I couldn't stand looking at a goddamn cat kill dragons for 100 hours.

If you play 1st person, this wouldn't be an issue, lol
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3/28/2015 11:12:47 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:06:27 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 1:58:29 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Breton, because I couldn't stand looking at a goddamn cat kill dragons for 100 hours.

If you play 1st person, this wouldn't be an issue, lol

I do play 1st person! But still... just the knowledge of it being a cat freaks me out.
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3/28/2015 11:18:58 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.

The bretons (anglo-esk), imperials (roman-esk) and nords (viking-esk) are "white".

I prefer the redguards, the black human race.
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3/28/2015 11:21:26 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:12:47 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:06:27 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 1:58:29 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Breton, because I couldn't stand looking at a goddamn cat kill dragons for 100 hours.

If you play 1st person, this wouldn't be an issue, lol

I do play 1st person! But still... just the knowledge of it being a cat freaks me out.

haha fair enough. What are your thoughts on Argonians then? Just more reptile-on-reptile violence? Haven't we seen enough?!
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3/28/2015 11:22:47 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:21:26 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:12:47 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:06:27 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 1:58:29 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
Breton, because I couldn't stand looking at a goddamn cat kill dragons for 100 hours.

If you play 1st person, this wouldn't be an issue, lol

I do play 1st person! But still... just the knowledge of it being a cat freaks me out.

haha fair enough. What are your thoughts on Argonians then? Just more reptile-on-reptile violence? Haven't we seen enough?!

Eh... their voices are ridiculous.

I think this thread has revealed that I'm a racist.
#UnbanTheMadman

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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
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3/28/2015 11:22:53 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:18:58 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.

The bretons (anglo-esk), imperials (roman-esk) and nords (viking-esk) are "white".

I prefer the redguards, the black human race.

Bretons to me are interesting because their race name suggests English influence, but many of their names are French. Thus, I usually think of them as like Celts or something? Idk lol
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3/28/2015 11:23:38 PM
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I've played as a Breton mage (alteration & illusion), an Imperial thief, a High Elf mage (destruction), and a Wood Elf archer. Like Bossy said, I couldn't be a Khajit because the idea of being a cat is too dumb for me to get around. Not to mention those accents! Same with Argonian.

I usually come up with a little backstory for my character before I start the game, to help get into it and make decision-making easier. Those races I picked make the storytelling easier.
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3/28/2015 11:26:30 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:23:38 PM, Maikuru wrote:
I've played as a Breton mage (alteration & illusion), an Imperial thief, a High Elf mage (destruction), and a Wood Elf archer. Like Bossy said, I couldn't be a Khajit because the idea of being a cat is too dumb for me to get around. Not to mention those accents! Same with Argonian.

I usually come up with a little backstory for my character before I start the game, to help get into it and make decision-making easier. Those races I picked make the storytelling easier.

Khajit is pretty easy to backstory, IMO. You could be the last surviving member of a traveling caravan, with everyone else being wiped out by bandits/necromancers/whoever you want to have a grudge against on this playthrough. Or you could play a stereotypical Khajiit thief who is fleeing Cyrodiil to stay one step ahead of the law.
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3/28/2015 11:26:40 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:22:53 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:18:58 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:50:30 AM, Wylted wrote:
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:
I am ready for discussion on the best race in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I personally very much support Khajits. I rank the rest as following:
1. Khajit
2. Dark Elf
3. Argonian
4. Orc
5. High Elf
6. Redguard
7. Breton
8. Wood Elf
9. Imperial
10. Nord

Never played, but I assume Nord is closer to the white race due to the allusion to Nordics. So I am going Nord.

The bretons (anglo-esk), imperials (roman-esk) and nords (viking-esk) are "white".

I prefer the redguards, the black human race.

Bretons to me are interesting because their race name suggests English influence, but many of their names are French. Thus, I usually think of them as like Celts or something? Idk lol

You're not wrong. There are a real people named the bretons, they're the more anglo people of france. This could be the origin of the elder scrolls race. http://en.wikipedia.org...
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3/28/2015 11:27:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:26:30 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:23:38 PM, Maikuru wrote:
I've played as a Breton mage (alteration & illusion), an Imperial thief, a High Elf mage (destruction), and a Wood Elf archer. Like Bossy said, I couldn't be a Khajit because the idea of being a cat is too dumb for me to get around. Not to mention those accents! Same with Argonian.

I usually come up with a little backstory for my character before I start the game, to help get into it and make decision-making easier. Those races I picked make the storytelling easier.

Khajit is pretty easy to backstory, IMO. You could be the last surviving member of a traveling caravan, with everyone else being wiped out by bandits/necromancers/whoever you want to have a grudge against on this playthrough. Or you could play a stereotypical Khajiit thief who is fleeing Cyrodiil to stay one step ahead of the law.

But I'd be a cat.
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3/28/2015 11:29:08 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:26:40 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:22:53 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Bretons to me are interesting because their race name suggests English influence, but many of their names are French. Thus, I usually think of them as like Celts or something? Idk lol

You're not wrong. There are a real people named the bretons, they're the more anglo people of france. This could be the origin of the elder scrolls race. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Interesting! Yeah I think that must be it. Makes a lot of sense when you have characters named stuff like Francois Motierre
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3/28/2015 11:29:50 PM
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I don't like being an Orc, either. I guess I just don't want to be weird or ugly lol. I usually play third person, so, yeah.

Also, my last two play-throughs have been as women. Does anyone else ever play as females?
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3/28/2015 11:31:05 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:27:17 PM, Maikuru wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:26:30 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:23:38 PM, Maikuru wrote:
I've played as a Breton mage (alteration & illusion), an Imperial thief, a High Elf mage (destruction), and a Wood Elf archer. Like Bossy said, I couldn't be a Khajit because the idea of being a cat is too dumb for me to get around. Not to mention those accents! Same with Argonian.

I usually come up with a little backstory for my character before I start the game, to help get into it and make decision-making easier. Those races I picked make the storytelling easier.

Khajit is pretty easy to backstory, IMO. You could be the last surviving member of a traveling caravan, with everyone else being wiped out by bandits/necromancers/whoever you want to have a grudge against on this playthrough. Or you could play a stereotypical Khajiit thief who is fleeing Cyrodiil to stay one step ahead of the law.

But I'd be a cat.

You'd make a fine rug, though
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3/28/2015 11:31:57 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:29:08 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:26:40 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:22:53 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Bretons to me are interesting because their race name suggests English influence, but many of their names are French. Thus, I usually think of them as like Celts or something? Idk lol

You're not wrong. There are a real people named the bretons, they're the more anglo people of france. This could be the origin of the elder scrolls race. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Interesting! Yeah I think that must be it. Makes a lot of sense when you have characters named stuff like Francois Motierre

This is my favorite cultural parallel chart. http://i.imgur.com...
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3/28/2015 11:35:35 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:29:50 PM, Maikuru wrote:
I don't like being an Orc, either. I guess I just don't want to be weird or ugly lol. I usually play third person, so, yeah.
I have never played an Orc, even though I play 1st person. Mainly because I find melee somewhat more boring than stealth archery or full mage, and I'm not too married to playing stereotypes but an Orc wizard or archer just feels too wrong.
Also, my last two play-throughs have been as women. Does anyone else ever play as females?
I will play one every now and then. My current character is actually a female High Elf, specializes in Conjuration/Illusion/Alteration and goes armorless. I had a hard time making her look good because the lighting isn't that great in the initial character creation scene, but I fixed her up at the plastic surgeon in the Ragged Flagon. Now she's a stunner, lol.
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3/28/2015 11:37:56 PM
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At 3/28/2015 11:31:57 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:29:08 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:26:40 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
At 3/28/2015 11:22:53 PM, ford_prefect wrote:
Bretons to me are interesting because their race name suggests English influence, but many of their names are French. Thus, I usually think of them as like Celts or something? Idk lol

You're not wrong. There are a real people named the bretons, they're the more anglo people of france. This could be the origin of the elder scrolls race. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Interesting! Yeah I think that must be it. Makes a lot of sense when you have characters named stuff like Francois Motierre

This is my favorite cultural parallel chart. http://i.imgur.com...

Yeah, I agree with almost all of them. The last 3 seem like they could be stretches, but it's also possible that they are great fits, and I just don't know those cultures as well as the rest.
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3/28/2015 11:40:16 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 7:48:43 AM, AlwaysRight12345 wrote:


My rankings

1) Redguard, Orc
2) Dark Elf, Nord
3) High Elf, Imperial, Bretons
4) Wood Elf
5) Khajit, Argonian
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3/29/2015 2:08:03 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/28/2015 11:29:50 PM, Maikuru wrote:
I don't like being an Orc, either. I guess I just don't want to be weird or ugly lol. I usually play third person, so, yeah.
As an Orc, I take offence to this.
Also, my last two play-throughs have been as women. Does anyone else ever play as females?

Almost always. It's probably because I want to fall in love with myself by creating and embodying the perfect example of what I find attractive. Plus some of the dialogue choices are usually interesting.

That sounds incredibly vain typed out, lol.
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3/29/2015 2:11:46 AM
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I don't really like Skyrim, funnily enough... I put about 150 hours into it in one playthrough and ever touched it again. I started a new game in the last few weeks but I just find it boring now.

I think it's because the story is really not very in-depth. With something like Mass Effect, your actions have impacts - in Skyrim, not really. Skyrim reminds me much too much of the fetch quests from World of Warcraft - minimally justified excuses to make you do a bunch of menial tasks for a small reward.

Of course, there are some really great bits (like Winterhold, the Brotherhood, Thieves' Guild, and a lot of the main storyline), but the game is just so massive that they get drowned out by the sheer amount of fluff and padding.
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3/29/2015 6:41:06 AM
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At 3/29/2015 2:11:46 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
I don't really like Skyrim, funnily enough... I put about 150 hours into it in one playthrough and ever touched it again. I started a new game in the last few weeks but I just find it boring now.

I think it's because the story is really not very in-depth. With something like Mass Effect, your actions have impacts - in Skyrim, not really. Skyrim reminds me much too much of the fetch quests from World of Warcraft - minimally justified excuses to make you do a bunch of menial tasks for a small reward.

Of course, there are some really great bits (like Winterhold, the Brotherhood, Thieves' Guild, and a lot of the main storyline), but the game is just so massive that they get drowned out by the sheer amount of fluff and padding.

You're missing the whole point of an RPG. You don't HAVE to do everything, you do what seems most appealing to you. For you, that's the heavily structured quest lines that you just mentioned.