Weekly Screenshot – Red Mountain Arena

It’s time for number #5 in our weekly screenshot dissection series. Every week I rummage through the archives of available ESO video footage to pick the most interesting single screen capture I can find, breaking it down to provoke community discussion! This week features some images of a deadly battle arena somewhere at the foot of Red Mountain.

Red Mountain Arena

This scene depicts a lava bordered island, fenced in by two sheer rock walls. Atop the walls are banners, benches, and what appear to be viewing platforms, atop one of which three NPCs survey the scene. Skulls encircle a ring at the center of the island, and the four banners mark it as some sort of proving ground. It seems clear that some sort of battles are waged here, for blood-sport and the entertainment of onlookers. The gate at the center of the island seems like an entrance of sorts, through which challengers might enter the arena.

Speaking of onlookers, a diverse collection of NPCs seems to watch over the vacant arena. On the left cliff wall, both Altmer and Bosmer are distinguishable, as well as what might be an Argonian. Atop the left rock face, we can see  Dunmer, Khajiit, and Orc represented. What type of circumstance could bring this collection of races together? Is this screenshot potential evidence that Arena style battles could be a feature of ESO gameplay? We know the developers have said there will be “no instanced PvP” at launch, but this screenshot certainly looks like a dueling pit. Perhaps a quest chain involves some Dunmer organization which holds staged battles beneath the slopes of Red Mountain. Might the player have to battle through a series of challenges here? If so, do you hope it would be in the style of gladiators, with humanoid races fighting each other, or would you rather be pitted against groups of vile and exotic creatures or Daedra?

I’m curious to hear what the community thinks of this as a locale in ESO, for what purpose do you imagine the arena might be used? Are you eager to explore this area in game? Think this might indicate the presence of staged PvP battles, or is it more likely for a PvE quest chain? Be sure to check out the full size screenshot, and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

68 responses to “Weekly Screenshot – Red Mountain Arena”

  1. Profile Photo
    Umaril the Unfeathered

    Hero

    Total Posts: 3414

    Altmer Sorcerer

    Excellent!

    The collection of characters of different Races might imply that it could include Arena-style battles.

    For such a small space, surrounded by lava, it would be epic to battle Daedra for your own survival here.

    *Formerly known by the username ”GarlasMalatar”*

    ”What is better? To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?”Paarthurnax

    ”Shanta, ehlno.  Tyavoy balangua!” ~ Umaril the Unfeathered

    ”Welcome, Nerevar. Together we shall speak for the Law and the Land and shall drive the mongrel dogs of the Empire from Morrowind.” ~ Dagoth Ur

  2. Profile Photo
    Immolation

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 81

    Redguard Templar

    It definitely looks as if it’s part of a quest where a summoner continuously batters you with daedra, or perhaps a mini game. Another take may be if a group of players acquires some specific items, they can battle and extremely tough, but extremely rewarding boss.

  3. Profile Photo
    Grimx

    Expert

    Total Posts: 367

    Imperial Dragonknight

    It looks like an excellent dungeon

  4. Profile Photo
    Caracala

    Master

    Total Posts: 515

    Altmer

    If it is Red Mountain, then thats one more lore disparity… but that doesn’t take away from how nice looking the the screenshot is.

    We’re coming for you in every one of your quarters, Sons of Shezzar. None shall survive.

  5. Profile Photo
    Rymguard

    Expert

    Total Posts: 386

    Aldmeri Templar

    I could see some kind of “wave dungeon ” kind of thing. For example waves of enemies can flow in and your group has to hold its ground and survive, with each wave getting stronger and stronger . The lava could rise or burst every now and then.  That would be a cool idea to me .

  6. Profile Photo
    mrrambles

    Novice

    Total Posts: 11

    Breton

    It is reminiscent of the Boethiah quest in Oblivion, with the arena and the various races being represented. Since s/he is one of the Anticipations, it wouldn’t be amiss for it to be a cult center of some sort.

    By Sun, Moon, and Stars

  7. Profile Photo
    Tarkus Black

    Adept

    Total Posts: 171

    Nord Nightblade

    “rather be pitted against groups of vile and exotic creatures or Daedra” 1 on 1 battles getting progressively harder would be fun, or betting on 1v1 player duels……ah gambling addiction.

    Blood type: O negative

                                    - good to have around eh?

  8. Profile Photo
    fuctanyway

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 81

    Breton Templar

    The Emeric Covenant

    i looks to me like a temple. and the circle of stones? in the center, maybe to summon something?

    Even with your imaginary god you don’t stand a chance.

  9. Member Avatar
    Alyrion

    Scamp

    Total Posts: 4

    Redguard

    I would realy ebjoy if there is an arena like that one in Cyrodil in ESO, for some players fight and others bet on them.

  10. Profile Photo
    Ravin

    Grandmaster

    Total Posts: 1249

    Altmer Templar

    At first glance it does appear to be some kind of place for battling, whether it is or not remains to be seen but yes Red Mountain is definitely a place I want to explore as it is an important part in Dunmer history.

    Death is a guarantee;  Life is not.

  11. Member Avatar
    mistabang

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 94

    Argonian Nightblade

    Does anyone know what the Symbol on the Banners represent?

    ”Hail, Marshfriend.”

  12. Profile Photo
    fuctanyway

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 81

    Breton Templar

    The Emeric Covenant

    what i am wondering is what are those little floating blue and yellow “clouds” floating over the heads of some of the NPCs on the left hand side.  they look kind of like what you would see above merchants in other mmo’s.  i though t ESO wasn’t going to do anything like that. i am curious about the symbol on the banners too. i can’t locate it anywhere.

    Even with your imaginary god you don’t stand a chance.

  13. Profile Photo
    Bromjunaar

    Master

    Total Posts: 622

    Nord Dragonknight

    Blood Of The North

    Maybe the arena isn’t instanced? Might just have an arena with a 2 minute timer that people take turns jumping into so that people can bet on the matches and such. Also might be in one of the planes of Oblivion.

  14. Profile Photo
    Isarii

    Moderator

    Total Posts: 3930

    Breton Templar

    fuctanyway said on May 22, 2013 :

    what i am wondering is what are those little floating blue and yellow “clouds” floating over the heads of some of the NPCs on the left hand side. they look kind of like what you would see above merchants in other mmo’s. i though t ESO wasn’t going to do anything like that. i am curious about the symbol on the banners too. i can’t locate it anywhere.

    Magic staffs sheathed on their backs.

     

  15. Profile Photo
    fuctanyway

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 81

    Breton Templar

    The Emeric Covenant

    Isarii said on May 22, 2013 :

    fuctanyway said on May 22, 2013:

    what i am wondering is what are those little floating blue and yellow “clouds” floating over the heads of some of the NPCs on the left hand side. they look kind of like what you would see above merchants in other mmo’s. i though t ESO wasn’t going to do anything like that. i am curious about the symbol on the banners too. i can’t locate it anywhere.

    Magic staffs sheathed on their backs.

    i see it now. thanx

    Even with your imaginary god you don’t stand a chance.

  16. Profile Photo
    Cheesydoodle

    Master

    Total Posts: 598

    Altmer Nightblade

    @Atropos Behind the characters on the left cliff face you can see some glowing orbs. I presume they are not light sources because you can pick out flames throughout the picture quite easily. If you have a look these orbs seem to have a core to them which is radiating light; also each one seems to be on the top left of each character above their shoulder, if you were to have a staff this would be the way it would fit on your back. Are the different coloured orbs representing different forms of staff which do a different form of damage i.e. blue = lightning. What do you think?

     

    In relation to the whole theme of the screenshot, the dark elves worship the deadra so is it possible that this forms part of the story where the player aligns them self with another deadra to gain help in taking Molag Bal down? This would only really fit in with the dark elf or the EP so why the other races would be there is a mystery. Could it just be a crucible/Colosseum mini game?

    Regardless of Race. Regardless of Religion. Regardless of Politics.

    I will fight for the right to live, for gold in my hand and the good of the world.

    Tantum religio putuit suadere.

    Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by superstition.

  17. Profile Photo
    Pugmilamber

    Journeyman

    Total Posts: 78

    Altmer

    Looks really interesting I get more and more excited about this game as I see more

  18. Profile Photo
    maso

    Expert

    Total Posts: 289

    Khajiit Nightblade

    Elderblade

    Geez, do you have any idea how hot it’s gotta be down there? The heat would fry you in seconds, and you wouldn’t be able to breath from all the fumes. Ever try holding your hand over a candle flame? Imagine that multiplied to the scale of a volcano. Yeah, not pretty. I’m also curious to how those cloth banners about 10 feet above an open lava pit can just stay there indefinitely without slowly incinerating. It irks me to see this in modern games these days. Still, guess all that matters in the end is how cool it looks, and it does look pretty sweet.

  19. Profile Photo
    Ravin

    Grandmaster

    Total Posts: 1249

    Altmer Templar

    Dunmer would be pretty resistant to the heat from the Lava though.  Khajiit on the other hand….

    Death is a guarantee;  Life is not.

  20. Profile Photo
    LooHaa

    Adept

    Total Posts: 137

    Dunmer Sorcerer

    Ooh! Questions and speculations developing. But yeah might be some quest, what could bring so many races to one place? Maybe some sort of Daedric prince quest? Or just greedy people who come to place their bets on some gladiators.. So an arena questline, like the one in Oblivion perhaps? Only time will tell

    Respect creates friendships, Loyalty binds them. Hlaevi Family motto. 

Comment On: “Weekly Screenshot – Red Mountain Arena”

You are not currently logged in. You must log in before commenting.