Three Elder Scrolls games feature this time travel book. A strange Elder Scrolls phenomenon seems to be at play in this innocent-looking text.
There is a storybook that players can find in Skyrim who seems to have traveled back in time to the age of Morrowwind. Although it may seem, at first glance, that this could be explained by the copying in Skyrim Being just an ancient book, the tome is unique in ways that might not be obvious to most players: its contents don’t seem to make sense for having been written before the events of Morrowwind.
Many books appear in more than one old scrolls Game; however, they are usually old copies of previously seen books. For example, the history books written by Carlovac Townway relating the events of the year 2920 in 27 volumes appear in Morrowwind, Oversightand Skyrim. However, the content of these old scrolls lore books appropriate to the time they were supposed to have been written (the last year of the First Era), and their first appearance in Morrowwindwhich takes place in the Third Time, which therefore does not raise any questions.
What makes this book so odd is its content coupled with its appearance in all three games. The book refers to events that had not yet taken place at the time of Morrowwind, something smart fans noted. So is it possible that this innocent-looking history book has stood the test of time?
The Mysterious Time Travel Book of Skyrim & Morrowind
The history book in question is The Dragon Break Re-examined by Fal Droon, and this book appears in three old scrolls Games: Skyrim, Oversightand Morrowwind. The book talks about the concept of a Dragon Break and discusses another book, Tamrielica Encyclopedia, and how he could have gotten the dates wrong when writing about the Alessians. Overall, his book is a rather dry read, masking what makes it most interesting.
As The Dragon Break Re-examined appears for the first time in Morrowwindit is not unreasonable to assume that it was written before the events of this game. However, the book refers to the “end of the third era”, and as Morrowwind takes place in the Third Age, there is no way an author writing at the time could have known how long the Age would last. The author goes on to mention the fall of the old scrolls’ Septim Dynasty, which performs during the events of Oversightthe game appearing between Morrowwind and Skyrim.
These anomalies support the theory that the book itself was affected by its very subject: a Dragon Break. A Dragon Break is named after Akatosh, the dragon god of time in the old scrolls universe. A Dragon Break is a temporal phenomenon where timelines split, resulting in branching alternate realities. The Dragon Break then corrects itself and reconnects all the different branches to the main timeline, and in doing so, makes all the possibilities and conclusions of these parallel realities the truth, however contradictory.
In Oversight, The Dragon Break Re-examined is on the second floor of Dovyn Aren’s house in the Elven Gardens area of the Imperial City. Players can find the book on a shelf on a table opposite and to the right of the bed. During this time, the Skyrim copies of The Dragon Break Re-examined are located in High Hrothgar in the living room as well as on the bedside table of Esbern’s bedroom in the Ratway Warrens of Riften. The Dragon Break Re-examined can be found in Morrowwind in the Dumner fortress of Andasreth on the upper level, the Velothi tower of Arvs-Drelen in the city of Gnisis, and in the house of Seryne Relas, which is part of the Telvanni fortress of Tel Branora.
Given the contradictory nature of its content, it seems that The Dragon Break Re-examined was written in an alternative old scrolls timeline or even in the future. It’s ironic that a book denying the existence of Dragon Breaks could be affected by this. However, the appearance of the book in Skyrim, Oversightand Morrowwind seems to defy both logic and time, making it one of the more unusual books for lore fans to hunt down.
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