Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Sea Serpent

I apologize for the slight delay in this week’s screenshot dissection, but it’s time to continue forward in our quest for some of the coolest ESO screencaps around. Each week I peruse the catalogue of released ESO video footage to grab the most interesting single screen capture I can find, breaking it down to provoke community discussion! This week’s installment showcases a new still from the E3 footage, of a giant serpent rising from the water to join an ongoing attack against a beleaguered ship.

A giant serpent rises from the water

This scene depicts a shipwreck in-progress, with a large vessel aflame and clearly under heavy attack. In the foreground, a massive serpent-like beast rises from the water. The water itself is fairly calm, but a storm has shrouded the entire scene in dense fog. The sea must be relatively deep in order to give berth to a ship of that size, and no land is in sight (at least from this angle). The weather effects look pretty convincing, and are a great example of the range of environments which ZeniMax’ engine can produce. The combination of a day/night cycle with randomized weather evolution has the opportunity to create some really intense scenarios. Imagine assaulting a castle in Cyrodiil at night during a thunderstorm, where visibility is at a bare minimum.

Back to the screenshot at hand, we can immediately notice the fire which is burning on the deck (and crew) of the ship. The source of these flames is unclear, however. Could the serpent itself be capable of generating some kind of combustible spit or breath? Or is it more likely that the ship is simultaneously under attack from some other source? If you look closely, there is a soldier partially obscured by the bow of the ship on the right who has been set ablaze. His arm looks like he is pointing towards something, but given his current situation, it’s more likely he is simply flailing wildly. The ship itself appears to be a military vessel, since it has several ballistas to fend off enemy ships, although it could be a wealthy merchant vessel equipped to repel pirates. At first glance, the ship looks like it could easily belong to the Daggerfall navy judging by the overall design, however close examination reveals what appears to be a Khajiit at the helm.

To check out this week’s screenshot in it’s full resolution, click here! If you had to invent the story behind this screenshot, what do you think is happening? What role do you envision ships playing in ESO? Are you excited at the possibility of being involved in a naval combat sequence? Is the serpent alone in attacking the ship, or do you think there are likely other assailants? Let us know in the comments below!

86 responses to “Weekly Screenshot Dissection – Sea Serpent”

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    Yevon

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    Breton Nightblade

    I would think that ships may the primary means of transportation from your original faction area to the 50+/++ areas your enemy factions.

    Great job as always, thank you for taking the time to put this up.

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    ThomasKingfield

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    That’s pretty cool. The serpent looks epic and this could mean potential for sea warfare considering the burning ship and that it looks like it has a weapon on it. Can’t wait to see this in the full release.

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    Elloa

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    Ooh great you have choosen that screenshot! It was one of the scene that captured my attention.

    It’s not something we see so much in MMO: the Giant Sea monster.  We have great aquatic combat in GW2,  some epic scene in Vash’jir in WOW,  and apparently ArcheAge will have a Kraken… But other than those few examples, it’s not a theme that we see often. Certainly due to the technical difficulties.

    However, what most epic moment than being the passanger of a boat, and to be suddendly attacked, in the middle of a storm by a giant Seamonster?

     

    This screenshot is very atmospheric. I love the color, the weather and the scene. I hope it’s a monster we can fight, and not just a event we wll be spectating.

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    LooHaa

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    The Ballistas seem to have a Eagle figure at the tip which is the emblem of the AD. As for the scenarion i think this could be some kind of semi-boss battle? I wonder what quest line it is a part of? Do the other factions also have a quest(s) on board ships fighting maybe pirates? In any case very intriguing screenshot.

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    Angrydwarf99

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    does this mean the ability to captain a ship?

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    Atropos

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    Elloa said on July 5, 2013 :

    It’s not something we see so much in MMO: the Giant Sea monster.  We have great aquatic combat in GW2,  some epic scene in Vash’jir in WOW,  and apparently ArcheAge will have a Kraken… But other than those few examples, it’s not a theme that we see often. Certainly due to the technical difficulties.

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    Erlexx

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    Deathwing was a tentacle monster out of lava…lol

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    Scry

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    Bosmer Nightblade

    You can also see the ballista (or what ever those may be) has the face of an eagle.

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    Caracala

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    I noticed the mouth of the Ballistas are in the shape if an eagle. Perhaps this is a Dominion boat?

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    ReddWolf

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    Definitely an AD ship. Taking into account what looks like a Khajiit at the front, the heads on the Ballistas themselves look to be eagles. Which, ofcourse, represents the eagles of AD. They could however be dragon heads, and the person at the helm a Nord or Argonian, but IMO the similarities are closer to that of an eagle.

    If they were AD, I’d imagine perhaps a rather successful merchant taking goods either to or from the Summerset Isles.

    However, if the ship is of EP descent, perhaps the ship is coming into the Inner Sea near Vvardenfell from Skyrim, which would explain the surrounding area. Perhaps another wealthy merchant or tradesman to afford those Ballistas.

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    zanthorn

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    I am of the thinking that this ship is not in such dire straits as was indicated. The crew member at the bow of the ship seams to be readying a harpoon and /or spear, as the sea serpent seams to be “smelling” the air, with its tongue out.

    Maybe, caused by the skeleton on top of the barrel that is also ablaze, the fires themselves could be cauldrons to help light the night sky, for fighting the sea serpent. If you zoom in on the left hand ballista, one can make out a form behind it, maybe readying a shot. Also the crew look to be argonian, and not panicked.

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    Letus

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    Hmm .. is the figure at the bow on fire ?? or preparing to cast a monstrous fireball at the serpent ?

    The sails seem to be in pretty good shape despite being furled, perhaps those fires are some kind of cauldron for lighting ballista bolts with ? or for pouring over the side somehow .. admittedly it does look more like burning deck, but the complete lack of damage to sails and rigging make me wonder.

    I suspect that the serpent has eaten well though, only 2 or 3 crew (visible anyway) seems pretty small for a ship this size.

    I also wonder if those are eagles on the ballista, or dragons ? The figure at the wheel seems, to me, to be more reptilian than feline.

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    ThomasKingfield

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    This is going to be awesome if it means naval warfare. Think about it boarding ships, launching cannons, stealing treasure. This can be an awesome thing. DC raids Vvandererfel and stuff like that.

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    ThomasKingfield

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    I zoomed in on the picture and it definitely looks like those trebuchets or whatever they are, definitely seem to be dragons so its probably an ebonheart pact.

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    Angrydwarf99

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    they sure are showing a lot of monsters that blow dragons out of the water (no pun intended) the enemies in this game are gonna kick so much ass

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    Boromir WolfsBane

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    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming ha ha ha :) i can’t wait to be on a vessel of that size it will be spectacular i especially can’t wait to fight the serpent great job yet again Atropos!!! :)

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    ThomasKingfield

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    Speaking of swimming it would be awesome to board a ship in the way the dark brotherhood did it on the Katariah.

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    Bamcis

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    Two things that stand out to me are the rope ladders beside each ballista. And in the top left on the rigging and mast you can see a light source, could be the sail is on fire just outside of screen shot.

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    Bamcis

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    Also the architecture above the door behind the ballista on the right appears to be AD to me.

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    KiLLa NiNja 27

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    cool looking pictures.

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