Weekly Screenshot – Ship Graveyard

Well met, Foundry fans! It’s time to gather the party and venture forth into the wilderness of The Elder Scrolls Online. Each week I dig sift through the assortment of ESO footage in search of golden nuggets, images that reveal something insightful or interesting about the game. This week, I’ve got an environmental screen-cap of a makeshift fort that has been constructed on top of the bones of wrecked ships.

Ship Graveyard

Digging a bit deeper into this screenshot reveals a few interesting things about the setting. This obviously depicts a shore, given the numerous wrecked seafaring vessels. Moreover, the rugged mountains behind the wrecked ships suggest a rocky shoal that has spelled the demise of countless vessels. The abundant palm trees on the bottom of the picture suggest perhaps a more tropical climate in southern Tamriel. It’s possible that this is a southern shore of Elsweyr, a province where palm trees are known to be plentiful as evidenced by other ESO screenshots. Interestingly, the wreckage has been transformed into a makeshift fortress of sorts. A series of rope bridges connects the fragmented pieces of ships, and lights in the ship windows imply that these vessels are still actively inhabited.

There are a number of NPCs patrolling the tops of the boats, they are difficult to make out with certainty, but their stature and apparent skin tone suggests they may be Dunmer. The look and feel of this environment suggests to me this may be a pirate cove or a bandit hideout. I have trouble imagining a group of upstanding citizens living in this camp, not to mention the alleged Dunmer presence in what could be the heart of Aldmeri Dominion territory.

What features of this scene jump out at you as the most interesting aspects of this ESO environment? Are you excited to climb all over this ship graveyard and (potentially) fight the band of ruffians that dwell inside? What story would you make up to explain this fairly bizarre camp arrangement? Where do you think this might be in Tamriel, and who do you think lives in these wrecked vessels? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

65 responses to “Weekly Screenshot – Ship Graveyard”

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    Aurelius

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    Great pic :-)

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    Rudrias

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    /drool

    If nothing else, this game sure is pretty.

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    Foldon

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    What a wreck !

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    Folklore

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    How the heck did the ship in the top right corner end up like THAT with its mast and rigging intact?

     

    Anyways, if we run with the assumption that those are dunmer and they are in AD-land, perhaps this is an AD story area where a dunmer fleet has recently smashed themselves on the shore and need to be exterminated to prevent such nautical stupidity from rubbing of on the locals.

    (Or you could talk to them, learning they are non-combat traders caught in a storm. Then you could decide to lend aid.)
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    playerdestroyer

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    Where the hell are the NPC’s?

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    TundraBehemoth

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    @playerdestroyer the npc’s are on the building in the bottom left-hand corner of the screenshot. I can see two. look at the full size image and zoom in. that’s what i had to do to make them out.

    i’m betting this is a pirate fortress. from what I can make out they look like they could be dunmer (given the grey tones) but it really is hard to tell. I think the one on the right has a battleaxe and the one on the left looks like s/he has a quiver on their back. This makes me believe these wrecks aren’t mere merchant mishaps. or if they are, who else but pirates would salvage the ships as building materials. if these aren’t buccaneers of sorts perhaps they are a naval attachment of another alliance forced to salvage building materials they could in foreign lands to survive. I don’t believe this is the case though, because the amount of time required to assemble a fortress like this makes this project seem like it’s been around for a while. perhaps the pirates (or sailors) loved the sea so much they set up a town where they could feel like they never set foot on land at all.

    needless to say i’m really stoked to explore this, whether it be with a weapon in my hand or sheathed at my side. personally I would want to side with anyone who built such a cool fortress. i’d love it as a quest hub or friendly npc area.

    *EDIT* also @atropos the screenshot of the week link from the homepage brings me to last week’s coldharbour SSotW. don’t know if that’s everyone’s experience. cheers! :)

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    LooHaa

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    A interesting place/setting and I do think it might be Elsweyr or Valenwood. Maybe it is a coastal fortress built by the Khajiit or a bandit encampment.

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    Thank you ;)

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    Rudrias

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    playerdestroyer said on September 12, 2013 :

    Where the hell are the NPC’s?

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    Setsunax

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    Really awesome screenshot. I don’t know it Elsweyr is the only continent with palm trees but if it is, well then this is Elsweyr x3 I hope it is because i will be playing as a khajiit. It’s just so stupid that most of Elsweyr won’t be playable on launch. Oh and btw, if you click on the link or the picture on the home page it takes you to the cold harbour screenshot. Just saying, might wanna fix that

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    Ravin

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    Dovahkitteh!!!  :D

    It’s gotta be somewhere near Elswyr, just doesn’t make sense there’d be Dunmer around, though I suppose it won’t be unusual seeing enemy NPC’s in other faction areas.

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    Wulfgrim

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    If they are Dunmer on those ships, then it would make sense that they would be pirates. The Dunmer are not averse to the idea of piracy. All I really know is: I wanna raid it!..And possibly burn it down…

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    Galahad

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    Yet another reason to be excited about ESO. Awesome screen!

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    Nazathul

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    Man this game looks soo good

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    Ravin

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    It looks good because it’s going to BE good.  :D

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    Rudrias

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    Yeah, that has never made sense to me. Judging an MMO on graphics alone is silly. It’s the content that matters. Having a pretty game is just icing to me.

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    DangorNightshade

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    Looks great as usual, I could imagine this somewhere on the cost Elsweyr, they do look Dunmer but they could still be Altmer or even Bosmer with dark war paint of some description, to get the look of a Dunmer to get the Elves in the Aldmeri Dominion to stir against them making the war more favorable with the Citizens of the AD

    Also the people who are still complaining about the sub fee compare the graphics to all the other MMO’s already out/coming to ESO and you will see that ESO graphics outranks all other MMO’s ESO looks (semi) Realistic and the others look cartoony so its definitely going to be worth the sub

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    Nazathul

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    I think that the sub fee is warranted for a game of this size. And I agree Oz icing on cake, looks great and set in Elder Scrolls universe. My job performance is gonna suffer for first few months. :)

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    Gederic

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    It’s looking great! Not sure where its at, Elyswer? Maybe

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