Weekly Screenshot – Spriggan Matron

Good evening, Foundry faithful! I’m back with another screenshot of the week, in the series where I trawl the depths of ESO footage trying to land the big one; the most interesting screen capture I can find that illustrates some aspect of The Elder Scrolls Online. This week, we’ve got an adventurer who has come face to face with a formidable Spriggan Matron. These sylvan spirits of vengeance are often found in ruins where nature has reasserted it’s hold over the land.

Spriggan Matron

One of my favorite aspects of this screenshot is the model of the Spriggan itself. The folks from ZOS have said a number of times that they were able to re-use certain models from Skyrim, while re-texturing them to be appropriate for ESO. I suspect this is one of the examples where the NPC has been adapted directly from the Skyrim character model. The poses the Spriggan adopts are really dynamic and dangerous looking. I also love the leafy particle effect which swirls around the forest spirit. I also like the detailed metal of our hero’s sword, it is clearly heavily worn from use, and likely not made of advanced materials. It’s clear that the hard work ZeniMax have been putting into developing high-resolution textures for weapons in first-person view have been progressing well. The pink-ish magical effect which surrounds the weapon is unfamiliar. What type of magical proc do you think this greatsword has based on the color of it’s enchantment?

It’s also interesting to note the background, you would normally expect Spriggans to inhabit outdoor areas, but this seems to be a cave-like ruin which has become overgrown. The archway behind the creature has a slight Ayleid resemblance, and the evident age of these ruins supports that it could be of that era. If you look to the right of the creature, you can also see a peculiar phosphorescent plant that seems to be growing among the moss here. I’m suspect locations like this one may prove to be valuable sources of crafting materials in ESO.

What is your favorite part of this week’s screenshot? How do you think these ruins came to be overgrown and inhabited by dangerous Spriggans? Think the texture on the two-handed sword looks good, or too beaten up? What kind of enchantment do you think the weapon possesses? As always, leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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    SkyrimQueen74

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    this is perf :)

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    Ziz

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    thats looks awesome! i want to kill it.

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    “The pink-ish magical effect which surrounds the weapon is unfamiliar. What type of magical proc do you think this greatsword has based on the color of it’s enchantment?”

     

    My guess is a sort of life drain/ life steal.

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    Setsunax

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    Maybe the textures on the sword is that way because it’s been used a lot and the durabillity is low. In a game called Vindictus/maginobi: heroes if your sword or armor had low durabillity it could become rusty or it would look like the sword in the picture. If you went to repair the armor or weapon it would look normal and shiny again. Maybe this is the same for eso? I don’t know, but it’d be awesome.

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    It’s clear that the hard work ZeniMax have been putting into developing high-resolution textures for weapons in first-person view have been progressing well. The pink-ish magical effect which surrounds the weapon is unfamiliar. What type of magical proc do you think this greatsword has based on the color of it’s enchantment

     

    it is this style of commitment that keeps me coming back for more. @Atropos great work my friend!

    honestly based on Skyrim buffs I think it is a Rage buff they are using.

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    Kaan Ulfbrandr

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    Great work! I suspect that is Ayleid architecture, it would make sense for it to be overgrown if it is that old. Perhaps we will even see Ayleids in ESO, condiering they are now the Wild Elves.

    It does seem like the screenshot is taken from inside a cavern, but we’ve seen a lot of vegetation in pictures of dungeons, so I don’t think Spriggans will look too much out of place. It looks like quite a large cavern….

    I don’t know why, but I always get Spriggans and Fire Atronach’s confused! Same swirly shapes it think.

    I think the pinkish hue on the blade is light, the whole area seems to have that tint. Though it could be a fire enchant……

    The idea of a life drawing enchant on this sword actually seems quite likely, hearkening back to the spell available to vampires in the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim.

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    Marsh-Shadow

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    I love that ZOS has modeled the spriggons after the ones in Skyrim.

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    IceFireWarden

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    @Atropos Another job well done.

    The textures look pretty amazing, if you ask me. And while it’s probably been already confirmed, it’s nice to see a Dwemer sword in action. I like how the blade looks weathered, as if the adventurer just picked it up off the floor and decided to whack some people with it.

    The enchantment does seem like drain life spell, due to its pink color. Or maybe it has another effect.

    The Spriggan looks amazing as well, and seems to be guarding the ruin. A quest, perhaps?

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    I agree with you @Atropos

    I love the model of the Spriggan, and the texture of the sword. Like you had mentioned it does make me think the sword is possibly a low level/quality weapon thus why it looks so beat up and old. Maybe its enchant is ‘Fear’? Maybe something new we haven’t seen before? Regardless, everything about this screenshot brings all that ESO excitement rushing back. I really cannot wait to get my hands on this game!

    As always, thanks for the great article!

     

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    This looks great, a little cartoony around the “feet” but hey, what are you gonna do.

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    In Morrowind doesn’t Alteration magic have a purple glow when cast?

     

    If you look in the background it appears there are some pillars that are broken. Although it might be within a cave it could also be outside at night in the abandoned ruins of a building. Underneath her right thumb there appears to be a torch on a poll which would lead to it being in a cave of sorts.

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    the sword looks awesome. i agree that its probably a low level item, but it would be cool if using your weapons made them visually degrade as well as physically.

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    Yhea this looks like Ayleid architecture. That springan has the roots stuck on the ground, Maybe its gonna be a “turret”-like springan

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    Pretty sexy. In a Bosmer sort of way.

    swift hand for a clean cut.

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    About the sword’s glow: It’s likely that it’s a weap enchant of some sort, but my first thought when facing spriggans is of that nasty drain spell they cast.  What if it’s a debuff and that pink glow covers the whole character?

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    Zaydok

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    Pink enchant = +1dmg to female Spriggans… duh! LOL ;)

    The texture on the sword is just plain awesome if you ask me. I do too hope it is related to current durability, and lower end swords. It would be great to see it get damaged over time as a visual queue as to its current condition.

    As much as it could be in a cavern, it could also be just outside the entry to an old ruin of some sort. Perhaps there is just a hollow shell with a remaining wall that has been overtaken by the forest. Or maybe the Spriggans presence is part of the reason for the overgrowth. Spreadin demz forest spirit STDs.

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    CamRonGlen

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    The pink hue on the blade makes me want to say, maybe, a life drain enchantment. Or maybe just a sapping proc. I love the texture of the sword, is there any word on durability? Maybe the texture of the items changes from the durability of the item. That would be cool.

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    CamRonGlen

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    Folklore said on September 19, 2013 :

    About the sword’s glow: It’s likely that it’s a weap enchant of some sort, but my first thought when facing spriggans is of that nasty drain spell they cast. What if it’s a debuff and that pink glow covers the whole character?

    I hadn’t thought of this, I agree it could just be a debuff not a weapon enchant.

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    I’ve seen spriggan in caves in skyrim, I think the texture of the sword makes it look dies cast almost so it’s like a batch produce, I think the pinkish colour could be a new enchant? I reckon it’s a lurv enchant, and they are in the cave to give the matron a lurv thrusting

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    My  most favorite place in the whole of Skyrim is an old ruined keep outside of Falkreath, it’s inhabited by a spriggan matron.  So this I just love. Thanks for putting it up.

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