In our latest Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video we delve into Tsaesci.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 11, 2011.
The game's main story revolves around the player character and their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The videogame is set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, and takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.
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Just like everything they've done since morrowind, the most likely reason tsaeci ghosts and armor look humanoid in Oblivion is because Bethesduh was too lazy to make new models and armor to fit that model just for one quest.
I subscribe to the theory that the snake-like Tsaesci and the men of Akavir, whom I refer to as "the Akaviri", were two distinct races. People in both the canon and the fanbase often use the two names interchangeably which likely contributes to the confusion on the races' natures.
The Akaviri were the native men of Akavir, and were likely the origin of the Legend of the Dragonborn. The Tsaesci enslaved and assimilated the Akaviri into their own culture as a slave race and used them as a source of labor and footsoldiers. The snakefolk likely allowed the Akaviri to practice their beliefs concerning the Dragonborn as a way of smoothing over their assimilation, and probably didn't put stock into the legends themselves.
When the Tsaesci invaded Tamriel, they used the Akaviri as footsoldiers and cut their way across Skyrim before encountering Reman Cyrodiil at Pale Pass. Here, they were defeated and upon hearing his Voice, the Akaviri proclaimed him Dragonborn and swore themselves to him. The Tsaesci present were trapped, blocked off from escape and reinforcements, and had just witnessed their slave soldiers swear their loyalty to the man that had soundly defeated them. So they played along and joined the Akaviri in praising Reman, more as a means of self-preservation than anything.
The Tsaesci themselves went on the be assigned positions of power within the Empire before ultimately being killed off and/or driven back to Akavir in later centuries, while the Akaviri men left behind blended into the native human populace and ultimately disappeared from Tamriel, leaving only their artifacts and some traces of their influence in various Tamrielic cultures.
I think Tsaesci are humans because when you look at the ghost and skeleton in Oblivion, they are human. I think that when they invaded Tamriel, the native races exaggerated what they looked like to make them seem more monstrous than they really were.
I like to imagine they're like a cross between Xenomorphs from Alien or the similar creature from the Thing, especially since Kirkbride once said they reproduce with Humans through oral sex. This would explain how they can take Human shape. They're some kind of vaguely serpentine eldritch horror that can assimilate our DNA.
"Snake-men". Perhaps there are ascended variants. Similar to the variation in the Khajit/Senche. Perhaps even so far as to call them the original brand of Lamia. Like, people that are descended from the beast-men and that are originated from Akavir. I am inclined to believe that -for the most part- they probably became humanoid and likely Asiatic as the equipment and some of the physical descriptions seems to imply. Perhaps only with some small pockets of only the most devout or fierce sharing a more physically snake-like appearance...?
My idea for the argument between in game historians about the Tsaesci description. Is they probably used a mixed of enslaved humans that the Tsaesci were believed to have enslaved in Akavir. As foot soldiers. With the Tsaesci snakemen as officers. This leading some to describe the enslaved men used to assist the Tsaesci snakemen as Tsaesci as well. This could help why some armor is manlike rather Then snakelike.
elliott collom to that I’d argue. According to who? Everyone has different versions of how life evolved. The argonians are also considered beast folk by many why aren’t they diverse? It all hypothetical anyway so I’m not saying your wrong by all means you could be right. It’s just the most reasonable to me is useing confirmed facts to tie into unconfirmed. We know men lived on the continent and exist in the world. The text doesn’t exactly state wether when they were “consumed” if that was literal or metaphorical with assimilation. But considering the differences from different sources of the Tsaesci’s appearance and in regards to armor. It made more sense to me. That instead of having a race that has proven to be very aggressive to everyone else. Would not be diverse. (Such as having half-breeds like Bretons and what not.) But instead had “lesser races” be used as servants and fodder. Like they did to a type of dragon on Akavir long ago. In the end my ideas are just conjecture and could be completely wrong compared to if we ever actually see Akavir.
elliott collom It’s possible. But to me the difference between the Tsaesci would be mostly scale color and facial features. Considering most races aren’t as diverse as the Skooma-cat. I’d argue the Tang-mo would be the race most diverse like your saying though. To me the comparing a lot of the cat races is like argueing about in A redguard is just a imperial or a nord is an imperial. To me they have their own distinct culture (and apparently magic/biology.) Making then a different race even if they are all human. Which is possible for the Tsaesci to do. But considering how so many historic texts portray the Tsaesci I don’t think they are as diverse as that to work closely with other races that aren’t subordinate to them.
Wow to think they had so much to do with what we experienced in oblivion
The fighters guild and its quest and people the blades and the main quest line and even the part the blades played in Skyrim a main quest
Heres my theory. Major plot twist. these lores take place on earth. Lord of the rings is set in the future after nuclear war has plagued the land the zionist jews and other world leaders have left the earth to become gods. At the time the land was so scorched and had so much radiation mutations began to occur. Developing early primitive urukai and elves and the ability to use magic due to the adaptation of the inhabitants. and a thousand years later. They start to really build their civilization and harnessing magic. And thats when lord of the rings occur. And then 7 thousand years pass. And we have the world of Skyrim.
Sounds cool, but the Lord of the Rings clearly explains the origin of elves and orcs. Tolkien drew a lot of inspiration from the real world and Christian doctrine, but it’s also implied that the Lord of the Rings took place in the past.
The dragon brake made everyone in tamriel unable to tell what an akaviri tsaesci actually look like. The akaviri knew about this phenomenon and use it to manipulate the knowledge of their existence to the people of tamriel.
I don't buy into the idea that they are snake-men or gorgon/naga lookalike.
I want to have a dlc or something where you go on an expedition to Atmora and have it add survival elements and severe weather that will kill you if you don’t take shelter. I doubt it would be a whole game (unless it’s a spinoff) but it would be cool to see. Maybe I just think that because of the new subnautica expansion
one little issue with the vid FM, you state towards the end that the dragonborn and the blades defeated alduin for good. but that's not true. he will return again at some point. it's even stated in the epilogue.
Here's an idea about the Tsaesci: there are multiple 'breeds' of Tsaesci, much like there are multiple breeds of Khajit. Some of them are very human, and some are more like naga. That would be a logical and lore-friendly explanation for the radically different descriptions of the Tsaesci
Nagas are mythical serpent beings that originated in Hinduism. In Buddhism, they often are protectors of the Buddha and of the dharma. However, they also are worldly and temperamental creatures that spread disease and misfortune when angered. The word naga means "cobra" in Sanskrit.
What if the Tsaesci are a sort of lycanthropic species, but it hasn't been confirmed? Like humans turning into snake-men. Or another form of vampire. We do know that different vampire clans have their own special powers. What if the snake-man form is something like a vampire lord form for them???
I believe the Tsaesci are serpents who can magically host a Humanoid body. As the original Dragon killers, the serpent uses its body for mobility and to pin a dragon down, whilst a rider delivers the killing blow.
It would make sense in Akavir as the Tang Mo and Ka Po’Tun would most likely live in Mountainous, rainforest type area.
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Unbreakable Patches I know they're not from Warcraft.They're used in many other games.Though,I didn't know where they originally came from (like which mythology) so thanks for clearing that out.
It's fun to think that the Tsaesci predicted alduins return and were seeking the dragonborn in Tamriel, skyrim to be more specific, to fulfill the prophecy.
But they were way too soon and the prophecy was lost to the ages. Then a prisoner in skyrim fulfills the prophecy thousands of years later and restores the last remains of the Tseasci cultures influence in skyrim. And he couldn't have done it without the help of the blades. So even though the Tsaesci are unknown and forgotten, they still fulfilled their task.
Martijn Bakker I could be wrong friend but wasn’t it the Nords that made the murial the ones that predicted it? Regardless if they were worried about a Dragonborn line saving Tamriel why would they have killed the emperor in the invading army (at least supposedly.) instead of worshipping him upon his arrival? It’d be fun to think that there are different ideologies on what should or shouldn’t be done in the case of Dragons for the Tsaesci. However my idea is that they just had a foreign idea for Dragonborn. As one with great power. That we later attributed to ones that could absorb dragon souls. Now that I think about it though supposedly some Tsaesci “ate” some of the dragons they enslaved. I wonder if it was just another part of cannibalism or if they were trying to “absorb” its soul like dragonborns or if it’s a metaphor for absorbing its soul.
Fun fact, the Tsaesci arent *actually* snakes. They just have snakelike features such as their eyes, teeth, and skin. They are mostly bipedal humanoids though. It's possible that they used to actually be Snakes before they came to Tamriel, but when they assimilated the Men of Akavir into their empire some crossbreeding may have taken place, creating the Tsaesci that came to Tamriel.
It's also possible that they are called snakes because of their somewhat deceptive nature, as Reaman III was assassinated by one even though they were supposed to be loyal to the Emperor.
I understand that Akavir had 5 (six, if we consider dragons native to Akavir) races: Tsaesci, Ka'Po'Tun, Kamal, Tang Mo and the akaviri humans. The Dragonguard was composed of akaviri humans, actually, not Tsaesci. These humans fled from Akavir because the other races (the Tsaesci, mostly) were killing them by the thousands. After all, one should not mistook the akaviri for the Tsaesci, because they're very different. Despite this, it was a great video!
Honestly, the Blades story line is pretty boring and not worth killing Parthanax. All that happens is they ask you to recruit 3 people to form the new Blades. Then, Esbern will find where a dragon is and send you to go kill it. You can choose to have the Blades meet you there or go alone. The rest of the time, they stay at Sky Haven temple training with Delphine.
Diving deep into the old lore and extinct races and places that are either lost to time, changed drastically, or which we just haven’t yet visited in TES games makes me look forward to all the possibilities for the future of the franchise. I also immediately thought about Stargate’s Goa’uld parasitic race when I heard about these guys.
Just a question, and it is probably been answered somewhere, but wouldn’t the dragonborn in TES 5, become the new emperor..because of the dragonblood and being a dragonborn and all? Wouldn’t that give a new direction in the whole sivil war, white gold concordant, aldmeri dominion trying to take over everything etc?
Not really, mainly because of the fact that Skyrim is a wild, "every man for himself" kinda place. So when the Emperor came to Skyrim (happening within the line of Dark Brotherhood missions) he wasnt about to give his position to a man who was claimed to be the mythical Dragonborn (claimed to be so by the northmen, who at the time were dying for some form of hope). The civil war was not about to halt because of some lowly man from Skyrim's Helgen
Wait what...the snake people served rieman? As his personal guard? No...god, I hate elder scrolls lore. Ive seen so many other videos saying that the akiviri HUMANS surrendered and served him. That's fucked up man
@Hazzball Gaming 😂 right? Im working on writing a book right now (honestly the genre of book is much like that of Tamriel) and I can tell you first hand that it is far easier to write lore and keep it straight than what Bethesda is portraying with their games. Maybe its done purposefully, maybe half of the lore is false and we as fans are supposed to determine which is which
Ninjaboss is bored but it's frustrating lol. Always seeing people say different things regarding the lore. I feel as though the whole thing is just one big mess and no one knows for sure what it's all about. But I like watching videos, so I put up with it.
😂😂 chill bruh, trying to encapsulate all of the lore of Skyrim (especially when the way you're learning is through fuckin Youtube) is all but impossible. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of it all, the fact that a group of men and women out there created this wonderful work of art, the fact that we nerds have something to "nerd out" over
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