Skyrim's IMPLICIT alignment chart of player races: evil Orcs vs noble Nords!

Table of Contents

  1. The implicit whiteness of Skyrim
  2. Global censorship
  3. The glorious chart
  4. Racial reasoning
  5. Feedback
    1. libtards> "Diversity is paramount because all races are the same!"
    2. Why aren't Orcs feminists? And other mysteries expounded.
      1. round 1
      2. round 2

The implicit whiteness of Skyrim

Here are a couple of cool alignment charts on r/Skyrim:

However, apparently nobody has ever made a racial alignment chart, in over a decade of Skyrim. Why? Probably because Skyrim is so incredibly based that no one dares. One almost suspects that Todd Howard got fed up with the niggers and decided to make a story about Nordic heroism, brutal Orcs and slutty Argonian child-traffickers.

Think I jest? Someone made a lore-based alignment chart for the Elder Scrolls series, got ratioed, and the top response was literally "That's racist".

Cat people, lizardmen, just a question a skin tone really. We're all vertebrates. Sorry, no offense to the cuttlefish. What I'm trying to say is that we are all fundamentally assholes. So if someone calls you racist, just smile and call him an asshole! That is how he identifies, and good for him. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.

Global censorship

Surprised that I couldn't find the Skyrim racial alignment chart, I searched for something similar like DnD instead. I Googled… then DuckDuckGo'd… then Dogpiled. Closest I got was a Warcraft races chart, which I never played. Nothing for classic DnD races! In fact, six months ago Wizards of the Coast got rid of racial alignment entirely because dat's rayciss.

I did find one Skyrim racial alignment article at GameRant. However the manlet author Ben Baker couldn't even pick a single category per race. Gamers owe Ben a great debt for his momentous discovery that an individual may differ from the racial average.

Ben then categorizes Nords as not-Good, which is blatant anti-white racism. Nords are obviously Good people, living in their own homeland, being kind to neighbors and kin, making picturesque villages like Riverwood, mildly discriminating against cannibal Bosmer sex tourists. There is no other race in the game that behaves more altruistically.

Perversely, Ben places half of Orcs in the Good category. What are they doing, manufacturing weapons for charity? Pro-bono beatings? Obviously Ben has lobotomized himself in the name of political correctness. Orcs good, Nords bad, because kikes say so!

Ben is the sort of snooty fellow who would move to Whiterun for the "good schools" and then insist on importing a bunch of Orcs "to improve the boring lack of diversity". Well Ben, let's skip the middleman: We'll ship you straight to Haiti!

The glorious chart

Anyway, here is Skyrim's IMPLICIT playable race alignment chart. Rather than relying on Bethesda's mediocre lore, it's derived from the canonical Requiem roleplaying rebalance, which rectifies racial distinctness. Tada:

  LAWFUL NEUTRAL CHAOTIC
GOOD Imperial Nord Bosmer
NEUTRAL Altmer Redguard Khajiit
EVIL Dunmer Breton Argonian, Orc

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Racial reasoning

Obviously the contrast between Imperial order and Nordic rebellion is central to Skyrim, as expressed through the Civil War plotline. Both races are devout worshippers of the 8.5ish divines. We define Aedra as good and Daedra as bad, roughly speaking. (inb4 Meridia)

The chaotic dimension measures criminality versus civilization. Elves tend to be more civilized, while bestial races are lawless. Bosmer are bestial elves, the exception.

Khajiit may be career caravan drug dealers moonlighting as assassins, but they are ultimately in it for themselves, and not prone to any greater evil than lycanthropy. They do not wish their trade permits revoked, and hunt down their own troublemakers, as do the more civilized Redguards.

Dunmer are evil due to their penchant for vampirism; Bretons for their attraction to Daedra and necromancy.

Argonians manage swimmingly in their primitive swamp societies, but in frigid Skyrim prejudice and resentment ferment dark temptations which the Volikhar greedily guzzle, giving them free reign of Skyrim's sewers. Argonians' nimble fingers open locks guarding the sweetest boudoirs and nurseries. (When a noble tires of Grelod the Kind's orphan snacks.)

The Daedra Malacath is the only god who can somewhat keep the Orcs in line. The Imperial legions liberally apply floggings and executions, then dump the surviving veterans in Skyrim. There the Orcs amuse themselves with banditry and less-organized forms of violence — further straining relations between Nords and Empire.

Occasionally a local Thief's Guild or tavern employs an Orc enforcer, with payment primarily in alcohol. This is always hard on the furniture and whores, and often results in a lethal leadership challenge. Thus enforcers are kept drunk and unarmed. When his bounty reaches a certain level, he is politely offered a (possibly nonexistent) job for a sizable raise in another city.

Older orcesses can calm down enough to work as city blacksmiths, since Orcs do not suffer a female forgemaster.

Note that I judged these alignments primarily by game mechanics, not lore. I doubt it is possible to make a definitive lore-based alignment chart, and would like to see critics do so before arguing that my chart contradicts lore.

Feedback

libtards> "Diversity is paramount because all races are the same!"

Galean
5 points

Any racial alignment is a big no-no for the left, the idea that different cultures combine with biology would be very different in terms of morals and societal structure is impossible for them to accept.

Everyone is exactly the same but diversity is both skin deep and the most important thing about a person.

Why aren't Orcs feminists? And other mysteries expounded.

round 1

ailurus
2 points

Note that I judged these alignments primarily by game mechanics, not lore.

So why do you say Khajiit are slightly mischevious self-interested traders who just want to get by while Argonians are stealing babies to feed them to vampires? Why (even though they have virtually the same starting skills) do you put Nords at Neutral Good without comment while you spend several paragraphs classifying Orcs as mentally retarted, sexist chaotic evil drunkards? And that's without even getting into things like you claiming Dunmer have a penchant for vampirism, and your blanket statement that Elves are more civilized and the Beast Races are lawless. All of those things are - on a mechanical level - profoundly absurd.

Sure, it's a single player game so classify the races and play them however you like in your own playthroughs. But taking your own biases and then claiming that "oh, gameplay mechanics support this!" when it doesn't is just bad form.

Finally, someone mounts a substantive challenge.

Khajiit and Argonians are both obviously Thief races in Requiem. From there, one observes the sociological conditions of the characters in-game: location, quests, wealth, etc. This is what I mean by "game mechanics": info useful for gameplay, not irrelevant book lore. From that, I infer what is really going on.

Khajiit are wealthy caravaneers dealing drugs and death under the table. The caravan masters won't risk getting banned.

Argonians are impoverished, resentful, exploited, excluded dockworkers. Their ghetto in Windhelm is adjacent to Volikhar island. Obviously the vampires would recruit thralls from this convenient amphibious population. Argonians have little to live for and nothing to lose. They are poorly organized and thus susceptible to vampiric infiltration. Mostly the Argonians steal from each other, because they are residentially isolated from the Nords. However, some of them are willing to literally betray humanity for a crust of bread.

Argonian Alteration drain spells are similar to vampiric spells, and their Restoration spells help Volikhar maintain control over lesser vampires. In sum, they make excellent thralls, converting to lycanthropy to enhance Unarmed damage, along with Alteration's Telekinetic Muscles.

Nords and Orcs are similar in that they are both heavy warriors. However, their ethos drastically differs. Orcs follow Daedra Malacath's way of strength, berserker raging to hit extremely hard. Nords follow the way of Aedras Talos and Akatosh, reviving their ancestral art of dragon shouts. Eventually the Orc wields the Ebony Blade and Ebony Mail of evil Daedras Boethiah and Mephala.

Thus there is a vast difference between the chaotic evil Orc black knight and the neutral good Nord white knight. (The Imperial is the lawful good paladin.)

I see that you are lobotomized by political correctness. Otherwise you would understand that a Orcish culture based on strength does not permit chiefs to grow old or allow women, who have drastically less upper body strength, to hold coveted male positions of authority.

Argonians are quite primitive and possibly oviparous, thus making excellent candidates for a matriarchy. Lack of paternal investment would explain their destitute state.

Anyway, I have sufficiently demolished your objection.

round 2

  1. he wrote

    ailurus2 points16 minutes ago

    I think I have sufficiently demolished your opinion; there is no need to address your every intuitive failure.

    Nope, you just keep showing your complete ignorance of the game, and your own biases

    First, Castle Volikhar is nowhere near Windhelm. Here's a handy map if you need it. In fact, the castle is in the northwest corner of the map. Yes, there is a ferryman in Windhelm that can take you near it but there are also ferrymen in Dawnstar and Solitude that can do so. And Argonians - with their high racial resistance to disease - are in fact the least likely race to contract Sanguinare Vampiris. In fact, I don't believe we encounter a single named Argonian vampire in the game, and Skyrim's code for randomly generating vampires does not even allow for Argonian vampires, and the chance of a random Arognian thrall is much lower than any mer or man race since thralls are drawn from the bandit leveled lists, most of which exclude Argonians.

    Plus, what do you mean by Alteration drain spells? The general drain spells were removed in Skyrim, but in Morrowind and Oblivion were both under Destruction, not Alteration. And the one remaining offensive drain spell in Skyrim - vampiric drain - is under Destruction.

    Oh, and why do you focus so much on just Windhelm, when more Argonians live in Riften than Windhelm?

    There is literally nothing in game to support your premise that Argonians are kidnapping babies for the vampires. It is entirely your own invention.

    (Oh, and if you want to talk about betraying humanity for a crust of bread, Khajiit easily fit that too based on quests, as seen by the multiple occasions throughout the game where Khajiit NPCs turn out to be assassins working for the Thalmor).

    Not even going to bother wasting my time on why you are insisting that Orcs are evil while Nords are good, given your complete lack of any in-game rationale for it, and the fact that you continue to show you know nothing beyond the most surface level aspects of the game. If, for example, you want to pick a race which would preferentially seek out the Ebony Blade and Mail it would be a Dunmer, not an Orc, since Dunmer worship Boethiah and Mephala while Orcs would hate Boethiah because of what happened to Malakath.

    TL;DR - play the games before trying to classify things about it.

  2. my reply

    First, Castle Volikhar is nowhere near Windhelm.

    My mistake, thanks. Still, Solitude is the last place the Volikhar would want to infiltrate; it's full of Imperial paladins. Winterhold is also inadvisable due to pyromancers and Restoration mages. Dawnstar is an option, but haunted by Vaermina, who may be territorial with other Daedra. Vampires haunt Morthal, but it is provincial. That leaves Windhelm, with its conveniently underutilized Argonian population and casual murder of streetwalkers. The streets flow with blood, and the orphanage is packed!

    And Argonians - with their high racial resistance to disease - are in fact the least likely race to contract Sanguinare Vampiris.

    Thus making them good thralls for fighting lesser vampires, and candidates for eventually receiving Volikhar's true blood. Also good for feeding on without propagating. I don't argue Argonians are common vampires.

    Alteration Absorb spells are similar to Destruction's Vampiric Drain.

    more Argonians live in Riften than Windhelm?

    Alternate Start mod: "I am an Argonian dockworker in Windhelm." (Only for Argonians.)

    Windhelm has many more mentions of Argonians than Riften.

    Indeed: I alone have detected that islander Volikhar use Argonians as their infiltration vector, due to my keen appreciation of opportunistic reptilian psychology, particularly that of a Thief without racial offensive skill bonuses.

    Vampire nobles play a long game. One might suspect the Volikhar of fomenting the civil war to weaken Solitude, and engineering the decline of Winterhold.

    (Oh, and if you want to talk about betraying humanity for a crust of bread, Khajiit easily fit that too based on quests, as seen by the multiple occasions throughout the game where Khajiit NPCs turn out to be assassins working for the Thalmor).

    Assassins are paid well in gold, not bread. However a hungry Argonian would probably trade a vampiric feeding for a few fish; he can just regenerate.

    If, for example, you want to pick a race which would preferentially seek out the Ebony Blade and Mail it would be a Dunmer, not an Orc, since Dunmer worship Boethiah and Mephala while Orcs would hate Boethiah because of what happened to Malakath.

    Mechanically, the Orc uses those artifacts. Both require murders, and he doesn't mind Requiem's excommunication. Ebony Mail's Muffle opens the Thief's Guild and Dark Brotherhood. Tertiary Sneak suits his warbow archery.

    The nature of my project to identify Skyrim's mechanical racial archetypes eludes you; I describe it here.

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