I play a game called Skyrim, in the game you are the dragonborn, the chosen one, only you can defeat alduin the world eater and save all of tamriel!
Sorry if that made no sense to any of you but there are many in this world who hold the name of Dovahkiin proudly, so much so they get various tattoos from the games universe!
And what do we dovahkiin do after we defeated the big bad? Why we go on walks! Skyrim is a stunning place full of trees, waterways, towering glaciers and marshlands and more importantly, hidden treasures! Namely shrines of one of the nine, Talos..
Now Talos.. also known as Tiber Septem, wasn’t technically a god, if you believe what the Thalmor say, but to all who inhabit Skyrim, he is very much a god or one of the Nine Divines and himself dragonborn.
The Talos Shrine Massacre – Just off from where you first start in Helgin, before you reach the Guardian Stones there is a path off on your left, follow that and you will stumble upon a horrible scene, The worship of Talos is forbidden and the Thalmor aren’t to kind to any who they find worshiping at the shrines.. its not the best place to find at the start of the game but it may change your view on how you plan the civil war to end.
White River Valley – Northeast of Whiterun and part of a side quest from Elisif the Fair, this shrine is hidden away in a cavern, You are asked by Elisif to deliver her husbands horn to this location as an offering to the gods, and as I said before Talos worship is prohibited in Skyrim, you are asked to be discreet in delivering it, there you will find one very angry Thalmor looking for worshiper blood.. nothing a dragonborn cant handle!
Weynon Stones – You will find this one just southeast of Fort Dunstad, nothing really remarkable about this location, there are no quests leading to it and its pretty much out in the open to find if you fancy a bit of rambling in the snow.
Talos by the Lake – Of all the Talos shrine locations this one has to be my favorite, its situated next a small lake near Gallows Rock, I walked right past it when I tried to find it, its hidden away and unless you put the way-finder in the correct spot, you will probably not even realize its there.
Whiterun – The one we all see, the one we all hear Hemskir shouting and preaching at from dawn until dusk, many find his yelling irritating and tend to murder him when they first encounter him, but hes not doing anyone any harm, just sharing information of Talos.
Riften – If you are like me and are a skilled thief, in the game obviously, you will see this shrine of Talos more often than anything else, its just on the secret exit of the thieves guild and actually handy if you haven’t found immunity to whatever is lurking down in the ratways.
Sea of Ghosts – This is my second favorite location in the game, in the north coast of Skyrim is the Sea of Ghosts, underwater shipwrecks and plenty of treasure lurk here, I love walking this shore and its collection of in game secrets.. Don’t forget to drink a water breathing potion and dive into the depths of Pilgrims Trench for more hidden treasure!
Temple of Talos – This one is hidden away in a temple in Winterhold, it is an actual church with the shrine in it compared to all the others scattered around the land, you’ll find a solo priest inside keeping watch over the temple.
Temple of Talos Markarth – In Markarth directly underneath the Temple of Dibella you’ll find this lonely shrine, hidden away to protect those who secretly still wish to worship Talos while the Thalmor hunt for them, this area is part of a quest after you witness a murder in the market place shortly after you arrive in the city.
Froki’s Peak – Froki’s peak is found just up the mountain from Froki’s Shack, a small hut which you meet a man who can give you Kyne’s Token if you complete his sacred trials, there is also a dragon around this area so expect an epic battle if you tempt to reach it.
Ilas-Tei’s Last Stand – Northeast of Ysgramor’s Tomb (any Companion will know this location) you’ll find a unfortunate site, a dead mage surrounded by scrolls of calm and a skeever.. something tells me his spells didn’t go to plan.
Winterhold Glaciers – This is one of those odd places that you cant help wonder why and how it even got here, overlooking the Sea of Ghosts and covered in ice, this is east of the tomb Saarthal where you have a Mage’s Guide quest and north of Alftand.. be careful you don’t slip on the ice!
Bloated Man’s Grotto – Be wary of the bears and the spriggons, this one place is a tough little area for any unskilled in the art of sneak, you’ll find at the base of the shrine Bolar’s Oathblade which is itself a unique weapon.
Overlooking Windhelm – Looking over the city of the kings, looming and glaring at Ulfric Stormcloak is one of the few shrines that are visible without having to do a great deal of hunting. This was the first Talos photos I decided to take and it inspired me to get out my map and go on a hunt for the rest.
And that’s it, I know this isn’t exactly in keeping with what I write on my blog, but I thought it would be something fun to do, and I really enjoyed walking around the world of Skyrim snapping the forbidden god Talos and honestly, I normally choose the Imperial story line when it comes to the civil war, but doing this and learning more about Talos himself has made me choose Stormcloak..
I promise you that next post is mummy and baby related.
Until next time