Weekly Screenshot – Coldharbour Village

Whats up Foundry fans, it’s time to break it down for another screenshot dissection. (Almost) every week I crack open the vault of ESO footage and unearth a single screen capture that I believe demonstrates something interesting about The Elder Scrolls Online. This time around, it’s a scene straight from the suburbs of Coldharbour, the plane of Molag Bal.

Coldharbour Village

I think this scene is interesting, because in most of the previous footage of Coldharbour, the locales we have seen look climactic. The environments seem like dungeons, or boss arenas, or other areas where main plot events might unfold. This screenshot, in comparison shows a ruined village; indicating that not only is Coldharbour filled with gargantuan stone architecture, temples, shrines, and vaults, but also the enslaved souls have their own ghettos that dot the landscape. We have often seen these “enslaved” wearing rags with their heads hanging in despair in several videos. I wonder if they will be hostile to the player, or vacant of reaction.

Several enslaved congregate around a crystalline well which likely serves some arcane purpose. Most of the houses are ruined, whether by age, war, or elements it is difficult to tell. The large building in the background looks almost inhabitable, with a working door and an intact roof. In the background rises what appears to be a gigantic mountain citadel, it’s huge rocks encircled with metal buttresses and spires. I think ZeniMax’ use of blue lighting and eerie fog does a good job of capturing the ethereal and haunting nature of this Daedric plane.

What do you all think about this scene, does anything jump out at you? Could Coldharbour offer us more opportunity to explore the plane than simply bite-sized plot encounters? Even in TES4: Oblivion, the game that allowed players the most contact with other Daedric planes, we were limited to small areas at a time. What if ZeniMax surprised us all by including an entire continent of Coldharbour in the release of ESO? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    Galahad

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    Wow! This is amazing!

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    DangorNightshade

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    Looks great as always

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    JuMPMan347

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    I think the “enslaved” as you call them will be vacant. They won’t see a reason to care about you, since you are one of them. Their souls were stolen by Molag Bal, just like yours. Just my opinion. I’m sure there will be hostile creatures in Coldharbour.

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    JuMPMan347 said on August 28, 2013 :

    I think the “enslaved” as you call them will be vacant. They won’t see a reason to care about you, since you are one of them. Their souls were stolen by Molag Bal, just like yours. Just my opinion. I’m sure there will be hostile creatures in Coldharbour.

    This is what I would expect too… I think they will behave like hollow husks, almost oblivious to the presence of mortals.

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    Rudrias

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    I love it. Breathes life into the stories I’ve read in the lore. Excellent to finally see them realized! I have noticed that in all of the Coldharbour images, the NPCs seem to be standing still in that “zombie” like stance. Wonder what kind of activities Coldharbour denizens participate in. ;)

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    arcane5235

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    Could it be that possibly coldharbour is an alternate world where the landscape mirrors that of Tamriel exactly, only it’s a nightmarish version?? Hmmmm…..

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    glak

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    *shivers* looks like something that freezes from the inside.

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    DizzieDee

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    “What if ZeniMax surprised us all by including an entire continent of Coldharbour in the release of ESO?”

    That would be nice. It would also be nice if they did something similar for other Daedric Princes in the form of new content rather than just a quest or two. Talk about hours of game play and quality (hopefully) content.

     

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    SkyrimQueen74

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    I love it!! im so excited to play the main Quest line of ESO. I find this realm so mysterious and I cant wait to explore it!!

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    Neithrys the Skylamp

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    Doesn´t look so nightmarish to me. I´ve seen worse places.

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    Huub

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    The area looks like a central gathering area. Unless the whole Coldharbour area is phased as a single player experience, I’d expect this place to be a quest hub, even if it would be just to get some orders from your slavers.

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    LooHaa

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    I wonder what city this represents? I seem to recall a piece of lore telling that Molags plane of oblivion is an exact replica of Tamriel with the exception that it is ruined and destroyed. Anyway the blue does give it a eerie atmosphere. Thank you.

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    IceFireWarden

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    Seems pretty swell. Kind of reminds me of a Nord, Imperial, or Breton village. I wonder if there will be ‘souless’ variants of the creatures on Mundus that we will be able to fight.

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    Micanis

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    I wonder if this was a village pulled into Coldharbour by one of the dark anchors. It almost looks like an anchor in the background.

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    I can dig it.

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    SkyrimQueen74

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    I really hope there will be some quests for the people with no souls!!!

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    Marsh-Shadow

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    Coldharbour looks pretty good.

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    LooHaa said on August 28, 2013 :

    I wonder what city this represents? I seem to recall a piece of lore telling that Molags plane of oblivion is an exact replica of Tamriel with the exception that it is ruined and destroyed. Anyway the blue does give it a eerie atmosphere. Thank you.

    Quite right.

    From Doors of Oblivion:

    This was Coldharbour, where Molag Bal was Prince. It appeared to Zenas as if it were a future Nirn, under the King of Rape, desolate and barren, filled with suffering. I could hear Morian Zenas weep at the images he saw, and shiver at the sight of the Imperial Palace, spattered with blood and excrement.

    And from 2920, Rain’s Hand:

    Sotha Sil proceeded as quickly as he could through the blackened halls of the palace, half-submerged in brackish water. All around him, nasty gelatinous creatures scurried into the reeds, bursts of white fire lit up the upper arches of the hall before disappearing, and smells assaulted him, rancid death one moment, sweet flowered perfume the next. Several times he had visited the Daedra princes in their Oblivion, but every time, something different awaited him.

    He knew his purpose, and refused to be distracted.

    So, the city might actually be an echo of the Imperial City.  Or it could be any number of other cities.  However, I bet you we’ll be entering the tarnished Imperial Palace, where Molag Bal himself sits upon a throne of something horrible (probably slaves or souls).  The image could easily be one of the nameless hamlets that dot the landscape.  The architecture certainly looks similar enough to Cyrodiilic architecture.  But it could also be Breton.

     

    To me, Coldharbour isn’t meant to be nightmarish in the sense that it’s terrifying.  It’s meant to be completely soulless, empty, horrifying because of its absence of vitality and haunting familiarity.  Within, you might see someone whose face you recognize, but they don’t see you.  They just slowly shuffle around, perhaps guided by the echo of their former life.  They’ll visit the baker, where they’ll stare listlessly at whatever lies there (I can only imagine bread filled with maggots and made of ash) until some dead sense pushes them on to the apothecary, which may or may not actually exist.

    That’s what I’m hoping anyway.  I want those people to be lifeless, pitiable, and deeply unsettling in how easily you could see yourself becoming one.

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    HypeRNT

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    ive seen a guy doing quests here on a leaked vid:) its pretty nice

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    Galatas

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    I think it would be very amazing to see an entire continent for the story but also for the exploration!

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