Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Orcish Sentries

I’m excited to bring you installment #2 of our weekly screenshot dissection. Each week I scour through the available video footage to pick the most interesting single screen capture I can find, breaking it down to provoke community discussion! This week highlights a mysterious cavern which showcases some impressive lighting, as well as a strange collection of different occupants.

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Orcish Sentries Overlook a Mysterious Cavern

OK, let’s break down this screenshot a bit and pick out a few of it’s most interesting features! At first glance the image showcases a verdant cave with four Orsimer, three shaman and one warrior, guarding a natural bridge over the chasm below. Unbeknownst to the orcs, a player approches (dressed like the Dovahkiin) sneaking up on the sentries. The ambient lighting here is very beautiful, in the frames just before this capture, you can see a beam of light originating from a crack in the cavern wall above. The combination of this natural lighting with the torches placed along the path give a really atmospheric blend of shadow and light, which it appears that the player can exploit towards stealthy advantage. Too bad you can’t push enemies off ledges causing them to fall to their deaths, that was one thing that SWtOR got right!

There’s more going on in this scene that is apparent at first glance, however. Direct your attention to the cavern below the rock bridge. Notice the shadow cast upon the rock wall at the bottom left corner. By watching this video clip at normal speed, you can see that it is a humanoid creature swinging a mining pick, but his fingers seem awkwardly long and sharp. Perhaps it could be Falmer or Goblins extracting ore from the depths of this dungeon. Also in the bottom of the cave reside the bones of some enormous ancient creature. Standing within it’s ribcage is a humanoid spellcaster, involved in some sort of arcane ritual. The blue-ish glow of light is the release of magical energy.

I leave it to you, Foundry readers, to suggest the story behind the screenshot. For a closer look, here’s the full-size version. What could be the nature of this cave? Why do the Orcs survey it’s depths, do they seek to aid the player or prevent his progress? What sort of ritual takes place within the cavern’s depths, and most importantly, is this a dungeon that you would be excited to explore in ESO? Let us know in the comments below!

 

51 responses to “Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Orcish Sentries”

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    sifushagg

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    It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see more stuff like this.

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    Umaril the Unfeathered

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    That definitely looks like an interesting area to explore.

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    Boromir WolfsBane

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    It looks great i like all these images i find them to be very unique to look at :)

    http://i.imgur.com/VSsnFY0.png

     

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    Hwrath

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    Hrm..perhaps the Orcs stumbled upon a site of power (bottom left of the screen shot) while mining and sold the knowledge to some dark cult? Perhaps if the player engages the Orcs, they will tell a story of their mine being taken over by dark forces and will reward the player handsomely, should the player help them get their mine back.

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    Boromir WolfsBane

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    I wonder where they are ( which continent ) it seems like the area is to vegetated for it to be Hammerfell and i believe it is not in any other faction territory so i think it is most likely in Daggerfall. don’t take my decision to be exact but where is this location located it would be interesting to know :)

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    BroScottcho

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    Many things going on in this screenshot and it looks great!  I am most curious about the spellcaster by the giant bones.  Is that some sort of conjuring spell?  A portal of sorts?

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    Rymguard

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    the world looks stunning. I cant wait to explore things for myself.

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    zenorc123

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    Pretty good dissection! Thanks for putting this up. I was very surprised about the one sneaking in the corner, didn’t see it up until you mentioned it in the article. Nice find!

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    tmanturbo

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    cool image i wonder what continent this is to i think i would agree with Boromir on his post it is most likely Daggerfall it would make a little more sense i guess :)

    OH sorry didn’t mean to kill you I didn’t see you there.

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    Julliarth

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    Let’s see..I can suggest something like this:

    The Orsimer, members of the Daggerfall Covenant, the most commercial alliance I may suggest, are protecting a powerful source of magic until the Breton lords can understand what it is and use it in their advantage on the war. If players of the Daggerfall Covenant approach, the Orcs may ask them for help to protect the source of this magic/artifact wherever. The players will receive rewards upon completing the quest and so on. If enemy players approach, the orcs will defend the source of this power until death. I f the players win, they may claim the power their own, and set guards of their own alliance to protect it now. The alliance that holds this place of power, let’s say receive a +20% magic recovery permanent, while they continue to secure the place. I believe this could be in any place, since it’s a cave, so it may be located within the PvP zone in Cyrodiil.

     

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    Sakej

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    Looking at the picture I was wondering if the Orsimer had their own faction in the mages guild. Three of the four orcs had staffs equipped. While the fourth had an axe. They aren’t wearing the traditional robe, I would think medium armor. So what kind of group is this? They are probably just guarding the bridge for whatever is going on down below.

    oh, and if there are abilities to knock people off cliffs. I will definately have them. Favorite thing to do in so many mmos. People should be grateful, I don’t even charge for flying lessons.

     

     

     

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    Caracala

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    Im most interested in what the thing is at the bottom of the picture, deeper into the cavern. It looks like a portal.

    I feel bad for those Orsimer, there appears to be a sneaky Nord fella sneaking up. Bah, what am I saying! The Orcs will tear him apart

     

    The textures continue to impress me though, it looks great.

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    Scry

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    The commentary video this content is from talked about a dungeon called the Spindleclutch, while the footage of this was playing. The plot was that a group of adventurers (though that’s quite a broad term and could fit a plethora of professions) went to ‘explore’ a cave. Many went mad or died while a few made it out.

    On the other hand, it could be something completely different.

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    Julliarth

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    Caracala said on May 1, 2013 :

    The textures continue to impress me though, it looks great.

    I agree. I can’t wait to start exploring.

     

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    Sparhawk

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    That’s funny, when I originally watched the intro videos by Zenimax, this scene stuck out to me.  I’m glad it made your cut.    The graphics of the game look spectacular.  I can’t wait to immerse myself in this game!

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    Rymguard

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    Is it just me or to the left of the image does it look like a ebonheart in heavy armor in the shadows ?

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    Julliarth

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    Rymguard said on May 1, 2013 :

    Is it just me or to the left of the image does it look like a ebonheart in heavy armor in the shadows ?

    If you had read the article, your comment would be different. :)

    But anyways, that poor Nord friend is going to die quickly by these orcs.

     

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    zenorc123

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    Julliarth said on May 1, 2013 :

    Rymguard said on May 1, 2013:

    Is it just me or to the left of the image does it look like a ebonheart in heavy armor in the shadows ?

    If you had read the article, your comment would be different.

    But anyways, that poor Nord friend is going to die quickly by these orcs.

    What if the Nord perfected the heavy armor skill line and the sneak line in which he can sneak while being completely protected, he could take the one away from the group and push the two off the ledge then disappears (shadow stone ;] ) and appears from behind the last orc and stab him to the heart with the weapon he’s wielding. :D

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    Khardriin

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    I sure hope we can do something like that in-game

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    Boromir WolfsBane

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    it could be that to i agree with Julliarth it is very possible it could be in Cyrodiil.

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