Skyrim: 5 Unsettling Mysteries You May Have Missed in The Elder Scrolls 5 (Part 5) – Skyrim Secrets

Skyrim is a game with a variety of places to visit, stories to hear and quests to complete. In a world as large as the one offered by The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, there’s surely going to be a few things that don’t add up or make perfect sense. It’s these mysteries and unsolved curiosities that capture our imagination as we try to search for potential theories and explanations. So today we’ll be taking a look at five more theories you may have missed in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

    If Nelker is listed as Balgruf's brother it could be possible Balgruf's parents had a child late in life a passed away shortly after due to age or illness. So Balgruf took him in and raised him as a son until the time was right to tell him. I actually have a family member who was raised in the same scenario, so this was the first thing that came to mind.

  • James Anthony

    "I think, therefore I am." - René DescartesWhich reminds me of a joke:René Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender asks, "Hey, René, would you like a beer?" to which René replies, "I think not" and POOF!... he disappears.Going along with this reasoning, mayhaps dear Septimus gained all knowledge in the universe and no longer needed to think about anything ever again. So... POOF! =)

  • N.S. McMahon

    "What's the deal with Nirnroot?"~Jarl Seinfeld, 4E201

  • XSoulbound __

    Don't forget, Mephala is the daedric prince of lies. It's not out of the question that she would lie to Nelkir to get him to work for her.


    The most unsettling thing in skyrim for me is that 4ft tall spiders exist and spit at you and then probably eat you. I mean really think about that how creepy would that be in real life

  • Fabian Hernandez

    Septimus Signus: I don't feel so good...

  • Jonathan Davis

    Clearly, the entire purpose of nirnroot is to annoy anyone playing Elder Scrolls games. :|

  • Ballin Balgruuf

    2:24 Dammit woman, I'm the Jarl of Whiterun. Holla if you need me.

  • UnknownSoldier9865

    It's simple. Septimus Signus did not survive the Thanos snap!

  • Honest M'aiq

    Pin me like you pin your French Balgruufs

  • Dan Scott

    I thougt the old man died due to a last ditch dwarven defense measure to protect the book. That book was obviously locked away to keep the world safe from it, and it makes sense to have a form of trap located around the actual book itself for when the door is breached. Thats why Herma Mora didnt have you kill him, he knew about the dwarven defensive trap and let him trip it instead of you. I thought this because I remember turning him down to help him and he basically said "STFU I know things you dont and tell people only what I need them to know so that they do my bidding whether they want to or not, now go do my bidding mortal" and I was like damn chill Herma.

  • Tom Lees

    The theory that Septimus Signus zero-summed is a good one, but there is one hole in it that becomes apparent if we apply it to the gameplay at face value - if a person in TES zero-summed, then the fact that they zero-summed would also be zero-summed, ensuring that they never existed at all and there is absolutely no trace of them left in history. Which would suggest that said person would be erased from all memory as well. And yet, even when Septimus dies, Hermaeus Mora still references him by saying, "Septimus was a useful tool for unleashing it (the Ogmha Infinium)".One could argue that since the Daedra and Aedra are gods, they would still be omnipotent enough to retain the memory of anyone who is zero-summed, or removed from existence in another way.

  • MajorMoron

    Finds a corpse in the soulcairn with a handful of potions and wonders : why so many potions?Bro, i usually run around with at least 50 ultimate potions, even in endgame when I hardly need them. This guy was just a npc who was a bit cleverer than the others, realizing how useful potions can be to prolong ones life when venturing into the unknown... Others should follow his example

  • Alex Crnojacki

    The whole elder scrolls is a dream??? That is taken from old Slavic mythos. Where the whole world we live in is created as a dream by a sleeping god named Svarog. And when Svarog wakes up, that will be the end of the world.

  • Sanskrit MacGeee

    Nate. Ate you getting enough sleep? Are you eating? Drinking enough water? Just asking because you're pumping these videos out like they are nothing, one after another. Please make sure you're taking care of yourself. You're one of my favorite YouTubers and as much as I love the content, your health is more important.

  • Aleks Sierżant

    The theory about Septimus being zero-summed is unfortunately not true. Zero-summing isn't simply erasing something from exsistance, it's making it actually never exist, like what Talos did to jungles in Cyrodiil. Septimus, for example, wrote a book called "Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls" and you can still find the book with his signature after the quest.

  • Banzarro

    chim and zero sum don't have anything to do with "place in the universe" if you realise that you are a figment of someones imagination and accept the fact that you don't exist you stop existing, if you have the strength of self to scream 'I am' into a universe telling you that 'you are not' you get chim, that's why chim is described as an inherently selfish thing, you have to be self serving enough that you are capable of ignoring the fact that you are nothing, furthermore Zero Sum isn't simply being erased, it's being selectively and RETROACTIVELY erased, your physical self no longer and never existed, but anything you did or made is still present, the best analogy would be cutting a person out of a painting, you can easily tell that someone was there, but you can't ever know who they were


    Probably because Nelkir was adopted.

  • Lewis Wotherspoon

    I think Mephala lied to him because she is the deadra of lies

  • Mhadra

    Neither women are there... Because he killed both of them with the Ebony Blade! Dun dun duuuun

  • Matthew Sly

    This is like the TWENTITH time I've commented this........ butttttttt: PLEASE SHOW US YOUR LOAD ORDER!! Your game looks so DANG AMAZING!!!

  • Lake Fish

    Alternative to 0-summing: He got to see wherever the Dwemer are, but they had a defense system for anyone trying to come through - so they actually disintegrated Septimus, so he couldn't join them or tell anyone else. Or he DID join, and the "burning to ash" was some kind of teleportation.

  • TheNN

    I do disagree on one part. You are correct that yes, Daedric Princes cannot normally interact with the world. However, that is also the point of their artifacts. they can act THROUGH them. For example, during the Dragonborn DLC, when you bring a Black Book to the Skaal Elder, Hermeaus Mora IMPALES him with tentacles, and it seems as if he is indeed acting directly through it.So it could just very well be that ole Herma Mora simply disposed of Septimus once he was no longer useful.

  • The Next Hokage

    There is nothing more unsettling than knowing there are still 5 more things we didn't know about Skyrim.

  • Andrew Chapman

    Never occurred to me that the dwarven lockbox is a non-euclidian space. That makes me even more impressed by the dwemer. Neat.

  • Trisepta

    3:39 After reading 'Letter from Maven' on the table in The Bannered Mare, I always thought that the skeleton was supposed to be Christophe Bartlet.

  • David Cheney

    What if Septimus died when he made his blood mix with the other elves to trick the lock box into thinking he was a Dwemer was pulled into where the Dwemer went to?He tricked not only the box, but also whatever pulled the Dwemer out of Nirn and when he opened the box set off a beacon for that force?Just spit balling an idea, but maybe.

  • Tom Lees

    In regards to Septimus Signus' death, I believe there is some TES lore which mentions something about mortals needing to be worthy enough to be in possession of a Daedric artefact. So, it could be that Septimus simply wasn't worthy enough to read the Ogmha Infinium, thus the artefact itself destroyed him. Hence why the Dragonborn is able to pick it up and read it.If this idea of worthiness surrounding Daedric artefacts wasn't enforced, then Septimus could have potentially just picked up the book and read it for himself with no consequences. However, given the context we are given in the quest, Hermaues Mora isn't interested in Septimus anymore, so it could be that he just killed the man so the Dragonborn could take the book after all the work he/she did.

  • Nick Stacy

    Intro after running out of adjectives: "Skyrim is a.... fat..."

  • Outlaw Hazz

    You can always say skyrim is big in every language

  • Chowder soup

    i have a question Nate how big is skyrim?

  • MaximalElder26

    I always assumed that what happened with Septimus was that Hermius had used his power to extend Septimus's life so he could open the box. Basically stopped his body from aging. We don't know how long Septimus had been there. Could have been years. Could have been centuries. Once the box was open and he read the book Hermius lifted his influence from Septimus and his body rapidly aged tell he became a pile of dust.

  • Alfonso Corona H

    So then... septimus realized he is in a videogame...then his body died but his data trascended and now he is one with everything yet, he is nothing.

  • B0RD3R M4N

    What if the Wood Elf with the Axe chased down the female with the Dagger for her Treasure map. He murdered her to death but the female with the Dagger managed to land a few blows on the male. The Male tried to get help for his wounds, leaving behind the map but succumbed shortly thereafter.

  • Wand Maker

    Septimus's death was a reference to Indiana Jones and the crystal skull when the Russian lady gets all the knowledge and dies. The line said is also similar

  • darkblade190

    So, concubines and mistresses were pretty common place historically, especially for rulers/men of power until relatively recently. Or the mother could've died shortly before the kid was conceived, and he wouldn't be old enough to know differently. Weren't Nirnroots introduced in Oblivion as a nonrespawning resource? If so, the sound was probably just the devs making them more noticeable, and kept in Skyrim for continuity. Perhaps the skeleton in the soul cairn was a worshiper of the undead dragon (forget his name) seeing as he's got a dragon priest dagger. The potions and scrolls might've been offerings.

  • James Parker

    Another small detail you may have missed:You know how when you enter castle volkihar for the first time there are a bunch of vampires feeding on corpses? Well they aren't corpses. They're still alive, and will moan if you talk to them. That's right they have to lay there while being slowly eaten alive. Isn't Skyrim wonderful?

  • Tom Williams Productions

    Lydia is probably the mother hence why Balgruff dumps her off on the DB at the earliest possibility

  • Salavast1

    I think Septimus' death has to do with why the Dwemer disappeared. After all, they were experimenting with the Heart of Lorkan, and one day they vanished. As explained in a video about achieving "Chime", a Godhood-like state, through the Heart of Lorkan, there are two results. One is achieving "Chime", and the second is being Zero-Summed; being completely erased from the time, having never existed in the first place. (Paradox theory is irrelevant to my current point.) Septimus' last words, about seeing another world, could very well be where the Dwemer went, or something of the sort. Since he used the blood from every still living elf to obtain "Dwemer Blood", which he injects into himself, the forces that took the Dwemer away also claimed him.

  • Maniacally Sinister

    If you go to the path near The Throat of The World (preferably near the first troll in the area where you need to use the Clear Skies shout) and use the Aura Whisper shout (the one that allows you to detect life from a distance) you'll find a body hidden within the mountainside, either buried or maybe just a glitch, but the shout is supposed to detect life, so this body that's hiding in the ground is still registered as alive.

  • Diablo Pale

    Someone may have commented this already, in which case, credit where credit is due, but for those interested in the Oghma Infinium's lore, it was in fact written by Xarxes - the scribe of Auri-El (I believe he also drafted the plans for Mundus, though I could be very wrong there), who was granted the knowledge by Hermaeus Mora. The book was leant to Mehrunes Dagon when Dagon needed to teach his puppet Mankar Camoran how to access and shape a plane of Oblivion (opening the Oblivion gates and creating the isle of Paradise in TES IV). Hence, Dagon's book is titled the Mysterium Xarxes.

  • Eolhin Forest

    To my thinking, Balgruf's children are not that hard to explain... He has a first wife, she dies in childbirth leaving him with an infant son. He marries again very soon after, to provide a mother to his infant son. (Who has no memory of his birth-mother.) He has two more children with his second wife. Then something happens to her. Skyrim is a dangerous place. She could have fallen victim to any number of perfectly normal hazards, or Balgruf's family could be cursed, by a blade whispering in the dark, and planting dark thought that lead to dark deeds. Either way, someone remarrying while a child is too young to remember it is not at all uncommon.

  • Krisztian Geiger

    4:11I just guessing.. is that the infamous Dyatlov Pass Incident as easter egg?

  • Gamble Rambles

    Actually It could make sense that the Ogma infium is like the elder scrolls and only a dragon born with a strong mind can survive seeing such intense knowledge this dose make some lore friendly sense right?

  • Tom

    The red color in nirnroot Is due to an inability to produce chlorophyll from light for photosynthesis

  • Hunmen

    Fake news about the skeleton under the bridge

  • Ben Ishmael

    Balgruf must be the father of all Skyrim children, since they all look alike. Balgruf in a Tupac voice"I get around."

  • These pretzels Suck ass

    Ok what if, and hear me out here, Nelkir’s mother is none other than Mephala herself, I’m not implying that Nelkir is a Demi-god but what I am saying is that it doesn’t seem crazy that Mephala could have appeared to Balgruf as an attractive woman in order to, you know make a baby that could very well be devoted to you in order mess with Whiterun in typical Daedra fashion. Just a thought though.

  • darkgriefer !

    A hint for the Balgruuf theory is, that, in the german, his name is Jarl Balgruuf der Ältere, translated to Jarl Balgruuf the older. That could be his title, because of his super jung brother. But remember thats just a theory...

  • Joe Boe

    That skeleton under Dragonreach is one of Maven Black-Briar's victims. You can find a note in the inn, called Letter From Maven. You can also find another letter in Maven's home called Letter From Christophe. Christophe Bartlet is the skeleton under Dragonreach. If you read both of the letters it seemed like they had a disagreement. The "Letter From Christophe" also notes that he was at the Bannered Mare waiting for Maven to speak to him. She did, but it was not what he was expecting.

  • Køltira Memeweaver

    Do the Möth Priests love lamps?

  • Rachel Rogers

    If they're brothers then it could have been a case of eldest child raising youngest sibling. Balgruf doesn't have to have had an affair if he's not the father.

  • ZorroDood

    Do people still mention Septimus, after he desintegrates? If yes, then he didn't zero-sum.

  • Icecreamassassin

    The septimus one is interesting because in the CK it refers to all elements of that scenario as "ascend" (animation) and "disappear" or "vanish" never "disintegrate" even though there are spell effects that do that, so clearly something otherworldly occurs to him that is not centered around his destruction. The ash pile however to me indicates he was physically destroyed but not Zero Summed. With Zero Summing you simply cease to exist and the pile remaining behind is evidence that he did exist, but I think that is simply so you can loot anything you missed from him, so it's a mechanical work around and if he did Zero Sum, I think that they don't think people would read that much into it.

  • Anomalous

    The dragonborn achieves chem whe he presses "~"

  • Jeremy Landon

    Or maybe the jarl has been happily married twice and both his spouses died shortly after giving birth (the first wife after her second child and the second wife after her first.) Then the jarl wanted to make sure his kids didn't treat each other differently. Then mephala wanted to cause a divide among the siblings and let them know about it?

  • Ninetails Kurama

    I know who killed Septimus SignusThanos

  • Josh Hearn

    Use the word THICC to describe How large Skyrim is for the next video!!!!

  • Nathaniel Goritski

    Hermaeus said he killed him because he outgrew his usefulness

  • Kyle Pollard

    I believe the book killed him in the end. The Dragon Scrolls affect people who read them greatly, so why can't a book ff immense knowledge do the same? I mean, the English translation of it is " Knowledge to Infinity". It takes the Moth Priests years to prepare for reading the Elder Scrolls, so maybe someone weak or unprepared who starts reading the Oghma Infinium can literally die from trying to read the book's secrets, or maybe he was "unworthy" of reading it and paid the price.

  • ツPawky

    After reading Oghma Infinium drop it immediately and pick it back up.You'll be able to keep the book.

  • Benjamin Sedlacek

    Well, the second one about the treasure hunters is easy: they got greedy or argued and mortally wounded each other.

  • Drogone

    All three children have dark brown hair, a rare trait in nords. The only woman I can think of with dark hair in whiterun is Arcadia. Though I always thought she had a thing for Farengar, your reward for her quest (after she tells you she's working in a love potion) being the closest potions she has on hand:An invisibility potion (sneaking)A stamina potion (sex) and A fortify illusion potion (courage)Although I kinda thought Balgruuf was sleeping with everybody,Irileth acts like an overprotective husbandProventis and him fight like an old coupleNazeem "stuffs himself" there to the apparent exclusion of his wifeWhy not Arcadia too?Guys reeeeaaally into the whole "taking care of his people" thing


    Maybe Nelkir was speaking metaphorically, saying that he doesn't like his mother or that he likes Mephala more than his own mother.

  • saba agniashvili

    OOOOH OOOHUSE the word "Gargantuan"For the next video, that will spice it up

  • Lupine Soldier

    I'm not sure if you've used the word 'hulatious' yet. (I'm not sure if that's even a word)Other words you can use:BroadMassively hugeHumungously huge/largeLargely humungous

  • NoiselessSorrow

    What mods do you use ? ur skyrim looks amazing

  • Tucker Cobble

    i am absolutely certain the Hist is the newer form/remnant of an Et'Ada, any chance you could cover this theory? (i can't be the only one to have this theory)

  • C Dizzle

    So, Jarl Balgruufs youngest son Nelkir(who's name can be argued is Redguard sounding) has a different mom than the older 2 kids. JB likes to sneak over to the Bannered Mare at night, where Saadia , the only Redguard resident, has been hiding. The Whiterun guards literally refuse the Redguard soldiers entry to the city, yet Saadia is allowed to remain. Kematu, the man chasing her, stated that Saadia has been known to provide "favors" to get what she wants from men. Finally, even if you kill Kematu and save Saadia, she provides the seemingly dumbest reason to remain in the city even though, logically, that's where the Alikr now know to look for her. What on Nirn could keep a wanted woman in one spot at the risk of her own life if not the ability watch her child grow up and to receive updates on him? And lucky for her, the father is the most powerful man in the Reach. Rather than have her child grow up with no stability, always afraid and on the run, she allowed him to grow up in the lap of luxury with a father who clearly loves and cares for him and quite possibly her as well. Just a thought.

  • Tyler Van Cleve

    Maybe Septimus was supposed to have died, but Hermaus Mora gave him extended life or something. As soon as His usefulness was exhausted, Mora simply just stop keeping him from death, and Septimus died. definitely not a perfect theory, as I really am kind of uneducated in the lore of Daedra, but idk.

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