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This page is specifically for references to the rest of the series. For clarification, this does not include things like common items found in multiple games, or the occasional reappearing character. Instead, only clear references to other events, issues, or game mechanics, which were featured in a previous entry of the series, should be included.

References to events in the history of The Elder Scrolls are documented separately at Easter Eggs.

If you think you have found an undocumented reference, please post your idea on this article's talk page before adding it to this article.

Arena and DaggerfallEdit

  • In the quest Long Lost Lore, Sheogorath says that the tasks he has in mind are "Nothing so difficult as, say, reassembling the Staff of Chaos or rebuilding the Numidium", which were the main quests of Arena and Daggerfall respectively. Interestingly, the Staff of Chaos was in one piece until Jagar Tharn split it in 3E 389 and Numidium was intact until Tiber Septim activated it in 2E 896. Since Elder Scrolls Online takes place in 2E 582, Sheogorath is alluding to them being split apart in the future.
  • In the quest Wearing the Veil, you have to answer two riddles. One of the possible riddles appeared in both Arena and Oblivion: Two bodies have I, two joined into one, The more I stand still the faster I run.
  • During its development, the Thieves Guild questline was to take place on the island of Cybiades rather than Hew's Bane and include the location of Cosh Hall. In Daggerfall, the island was somewhat of an oddity, as only one location could be found there: a Human Stronghold called "Ruins of Cosh Hall". In ESO, the character Cosh plays an important role in the guild questline, and although the location of the DLC was changed his name was not.
  • The names of the Battlegrounds teams are a direct reference to early designs for TES: Arena. Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, the Firedrakes hailed from Torval, the Stormlords from Narsis, and the Pit Daemons from Helstrom. The name of the Blackcaster Mages Guild is also a reference to these old gladiator names, being named after the Blackcasters from Elinhir.
  • The Daggerfall Covenant's lion crest symbol could be a reference to the yellow lion crest that can found on some metal doors and few wall d├ęcor within the ancient ruined fort Stonekeep located in Hammerfell in Arena. For the lion crests pose are close identical and that Queen Blubamka of Rihad referred the ruined fortress as ancient, one can speculate the group of knights that once lived there could have been part of the Daggerfall Covenant.




  • The book I was Summoned by a Mortal contains many references to the behavior of summoned Dremora in Skyrim, including their habit of rushing into fights and some of their battle quotes.
  • The book Guard Duty makes reference to the well known line of guard dialogue in Skyrim "I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee...", which became a hit meme soon after Skyrim's release.
  • After completing the quest The Coral Heart, Holgunn will congratulate you with "Then Ebonheart is saved! We are once again in your debt. Maybe we'll make you the new Thane of Whiterun. After all, they'll take anyone!" This is a reference to the relative ease by which you could become the thane of Whiterun in Skyrim, requiring the completion of only two quests.
  • Satuhaz, one of the bankers in Elden Root, sometimes says: "Satuhaz wagers, if one were to bring a pack of armored trolls to break into our vault, our trolls would be the victors in that scenario. Why, you might ask? This one has the answer: Our trolls are vampires." This is a reference to the Dawnguard, an order of vampire hunters known to use armored trolls in battle.
  • The quest A Night to Forget is seemingly a nod to the Skyrim quest A Night To Remember. Aside from the similar names, both involve retrieving items to piece together the events of a drunken night out.
  • During the quest Snow and Flame, Scout Snowhunter takes you to Skuldafn through a secret tunnel. This may be a nod to the dragon Odahviing, whose name means "Snow-Hunter-Wing" in the Dragon Language, and who takes you to Skuldafn during the quest The World-Eater's Eyrie in Skyrim.
  • The merchant Nagaddu in Elden Root may joke, "Some call this junk. This one? This one also call this junk, resell it at deep discount." This is a reference to a commonly-heard line of merchant dialogue in Skyrim: "Some may call this junk. Me? I call them treasures."
  • If Ennia is spoken to, one of her greetings is: "Let me guess. You're looking for someplace to buy sweetrolls." This is a reference to the guards in Skyrim, who sometimes say, "Let me guess... someone stole your sweetroll.", making Ennia's dialogue a continuation of the gag.
  • In Khunzar-ri and the Demon: Part One it starts with one of the Khunzar-ri's exploits "After Khunzar-ri defeated the giant Drol by consuming four-hundred-and-one moon-sugar pies, he met a demon." This seems to be a nod to healing mid-battle by consuming food, which is typically stereotyped as a ridiculous amount of cheese wheels.
  • The launcher blurb during pet's debut read "New Inventory Pet - Let the Explorer's Pack Donkey help carry your burdens" is a reference to Lydia's famous line "I am sworn to carry your burdens." when trading items to store.
  • Gulfa Red-Beard is a Nord woman who is searching for a potion to help her grow a beard. This may be a reference to a bug in Skyrim where female draugr could sometimes possess a beard.



See AlsoEdit

  • M'aiq the Liar, the recurring character whose comments are references to events and features of the game (both new and removed), jokes, and Easter Eggs.