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The guild system in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion feels unreal. You can be the leader of the Fighters Guild, a protective organization for good, and a vile, high-ranking Dark Brotherhood assassin at the same time. Two morally opposed groups, headed by the same person. For a while, Oblivion lets you have your cake and eat it too.
Oblivion’s world, Cyrodiil, receives most of the credit for making players feel like part of a living, breathing place. The bustling imperial city looked alive and welcoming, for example. For me, feeling like I belonged had little to do with the world itself and more to do with the members of the Dark Brotherhood – the only people who were like me.
When I first joined the guild of murderers, I operated out of an abandoned house near the eastern gate of Cheydinhal. I was immediately welcomed and given an assignment: Kill an old man as he sleeps. My fellow assassins weren’t like the other chatty, soft citizens of Cyrodiil. Everyone's there to do bad things, and nobody in the Dark Brotherhood pretends otherwise, even though my name was also on the door of the noble Arch-Mage’s office.
Even my guild mates’ idle conversations were genuine. They talked about past contracts and the best ways to murder people, which I was clearly interested in doing or I wouldn’t have been initiated into the Dark Brotherhood in the first place. One exception is M’raaj-Dar, a Khajiit merchant who aggressively insulted me over and over again.
As I graduated through the ranks of the Dark Brotherhood, I began taking contracts from Lucien Lachance, the Speaker of the Black Hand and the man who recruited me. He told me there was a spy in the Cheydinhal sanctuary, and that a purge was necessary. I had to kill everyone.
When it was done, I felt like I’d betrayed the only people who wanted anything to do with me. M’raaj-Dar apologized for his rude behavior only seconds before he was cut down. The orc who always spoke of his comically bad stealth skills died when I sunk a dagger into his back. Even the vampire, whose abilities I’d always been jealous of, and whose powers I’d been offered, had to die. I slipped garlic into his pocket and killed him while he was weak.
On my way out, the only other thing still moving was the skeleton guardian. I was promoted to “Silencer” and given a magical steed named Shadowmere. Walking through that empty sanctuary was a punishment that outweighed any gifts Lachance showered over me. At that moment, I knew I was only at ease when surrounded by killers.
In all of Cyrodiil, there was only one group of people as dishonest and miserable as me. Once it was too late to go back to them, I knew that misery really did love company.
This was one of the saddest moments for me in gaming. I actually reloaded an old save after I killed them the first time cuz I felt guilty but I eventually went through with it in order to get higher in the Dark Brotherhood. I wish there would have been some way to just find out who the traitor was.
As much as I love Skyrim, I feel a lot of the quests in Oblivion were better designed and written. The contracts for the Dark Bortherhood in Oblivion were more varied and had more clever ways you could approach them. The final quest for the Thief's Guild is my absolute favorite from Oblivion though. One of the best in the entire TES series.
Bethseda uses recycled trashed. Their engines are outdated and feel last generation even though the next gen systems are about to come out. Stoped buying their games after New Vegas.
i was sad to killem all too in that quest :(
Yes is surely dose and I loved the Brotherhood in Oblivion and Skyrim. Lord stealth murdering just makes me feel sooo good. Never mind the cool enchanted items you were rewarded as "perks" for your evil deeds.
Oblivion's map to me was much more visually pleasing. It featured varied landscape and design compared to the barren and nordic world of Skyrim,which was beautiful in its own right. While Oblivion had a few handy but stupid skills(acrobatics, you gain XP from falling) it was still my favorite Elder Scrolls game.
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Loved everything about the Dark Brotherhood in Oblivion. Skyrim's DB was a bit of a letdown.
The sad thing is afterwards they end up killing Lucien Lachance cause they think he's the traitor :(