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Skyrim Conspiracy Theory: Insects Point Toward Armageddon

by Phil Kollar on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

We've talked endlessly about how amazingly massive the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is, but do you need more evidence? Alright. Skyrim is so big that it has its own crackpot, end-of-days conspiracy theorists!

This whole hunt started innocently enough when a Reddit user noticed that the various insect-carrying jars that you can pick up in Skyrim have runes carved into their lids. In a series of investigations that my mind can barely comprehend, runes were translated, other hints were dug up, and the lore of Elder Scrolls was scoured, eventually leading one fan to create this map:

AHA! It all makes sense now, right? No? As best I can understand, the runes point toward five towns that form a pentagram that itself points the way to a ritual that could wipe humans off the face of the planet. I don't completely follow the thread of logic behind this insanity, but feel free to read the thread on Reddit and try to for yourself.

The craziest part of all? Bethesda is just brilliant/insane enough that I could totally buy that they hid this incredibly obscure stuff in here assuming that the equally brilliant/insane fans would dig it up.

[Thanks to @AfflictedFox for the tip]