BE3: What We’re Likely To See

BE3 is less than a week away and the folks at ZeniMax have been hinting that it will bring big reveals for The Elder Scrolls Online universe for weeks now. So what is ZOS likely to reveal at the big event? We believe we already have their headline with our exposé on Vvardenfell a few weeks back. We should also be getting some concrete information on player housing and the long-awaited “barbershop”, but what else does the future hold for ESO? What other lands and realms might we adventure to next?  What else might we learn from the BE3 showcase?

To answer these questions and more, let’s take a look at what ZOS has already shown us and what breadcrumbs they have left for us to follow in already released content.

 

The Revealed Zones


We don’t have to guess for at least a few zones as Zenimax has already released teaser video for three forthcoming areas. Although we don’t know when these may finally be released, we can be pretty sure they are coming at some point.

 

Murkmire

The first zone we’ve seen glimpses of that has yet to reach the live servers is Murkmire. It is also the zone we have the most information on. It was first previewed way back at QuakeCon 2014 – see 1h 15m 19s here – and has most likely been put on the back burner.

I say that because it was introduced as ESO’s second Adventure Zone. We are all aware of the ghost town Craglorn has become and Rich Lambert as recently as PAX East 2016 said that there are plans for Craglorn to help give it some life. I would expect them to find ways to make Adventure Zones work better before implementing a second. It also wouldn’t surprise me if we see Murkmire reworked into a single-player zone because of the demographics of the current player base.

In any event, the QuakeCon 2014 video linked above has some great information about what one can expect from the zone. Here is some of the concept art from that presentation:

Murkmire Concept Art

 

Clockwork City

Sotha Sil’s lost city is also coming to ESO. This was first previewed during a special ESO Live episode (18m 05s) on January 21, 2015 when it was announced that the game was going Buy-to-Play (B2P). No other information on the zone has been released, but Seht’s Balcony within Maelstrom Arena does use some assets from the forthcoming Clockwork City DLC.

 

Mephala’s Realm

This zone was also first previewed during the B2P ESO Live show at 19m 02s. We don’t know what this zone entails but Mephala certainly enjoys meddling in mortal affairs for her own amusement so it’s sure to be good.

Great we have some possible zones but what is the release schedule for such things? To answer this question and to see where else we may be heading, let’s look to the “bread crumbs” the developers have left for us in the released game.

 

Big Hints Revealed


Okay, so this isn’t so much a bread crumb as much as an entire loaf across the head. At the end of Orsinium’s main quest the Prophet once again reveals himself with the following warning:

A great war is coming. A war between the forces of Oblivion. The Daedric Princes are choosing sides. The great deceiver, the sewer of discord, and the patron of darkness plot a great deception. Be ready. Watch for signs. The war shall begin when the gates of Sotha Sil’s lost city are re-opened. So the scrolls portend. So it shall be.

ESO-Map-Daedric-RealmsThanks to a great assist from official forum user Tyr we are able to decipher the text. As previously mentioned, Sotha Sil’s lost city is the Clockwork City. The re-opening of this city being the opening salvo in the war would certainly lead us to believe that Clockwork City should be first up on the release schedule.

But what else does the warning reveal? To determine this, a trip to The Imperial Library is in order. Three Daedric Princes have already thrown their hats into the ring. The “great deceiver” would allude to Boethiah whose sphere, The Book of Daedra tells us, is deceit and conspiracy. The “sewer of discord” implies Mephala who, we learned above, loves to interfere with mortals for her own amusement. Lastly the “patron of darkness” clearly refers to Nocturnal, who is known as the Night Mistress.

As mentioned earlier, Mephala’s Realm has already been previewed. Are we to visit three additional realms of Oblivion in the great war to come? Only time will tell. Reddit user takahashia16 once pointed out that ZOS has left room on the world map to give each of the 16 Daedric Princes (taking into account that Sheogorath and Jyggalag are currently one in the same) their own realm to explore, so we might just get that chance.

 

What We Know Is Still To Come


With the release of the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood in the rear view mirror, let’s end this article by taking a look at what else we know ZOS is cooking up for 2016 and beyond and what else they may cover at BE3. Stay tuned everyone.

12 responses to “BE3: What We’re Likely To See”

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    TyrOdinson

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    Hey hey,

    Great post and thanks for the mention.

    Best Regards,

    official forum poster TYR

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    Aeula

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    Considering how frequently Vvardenfell is mentioned in the Dark Brotherhood DLC I reckon we’ll be seeing Morrowind next. Maybe with the clockwork city as a trial?

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    TyrOdinson said on June 6, 2016 :

    Hey hey,

    Great post and thanks for the mention.

    Best Regards,

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    Thanks for the legwork on that – unbeknownst to you. Lol

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    Atropos

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    Excellent post as always @Dominoid73, and nice job with the detective work @TyrOdinson. The future looks pretty exciting for content!

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    I can’t wait for BE3 and all the beautiful things there will be shown there!

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    CasNation

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    Hmm. I had assumed the “sewer of discord” was an allusion to Peryite, given his domain is disease and filth, etc. Mephala makes sense too I guess, especially given the context of Mephalas Realm. That, and Peryite never does shit. Pun intended.

    EDIT: Aaaaaand nevermind. I just realized that “sewer” is meant to mean “one who sews” not “a place where one throws refuse.” Don’t worry guys, Peryite is still useless.

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    Atropos

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    @CasNation, I’m not sure if this was a typo on ZOS’ part or not, but the correct verb is “sow”, not “sew”. Mephala should be referred to as a “sower of discord”. You are correct that “sewer of discord” would imply a place where one throws refuse.

    Unless, of course, they are trying to reference the “weaver” nature of Mephala in which case I suppose she could be “sewing discord” (like fabric), although in this case using “weaver” would be much less ambiguous.

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    Atropos said on June 6, 2016 :

    @CasNation, I’m not sure if this was a typo on ZOS’ part or not, but the correct verb is “sow”, not “sew”. Mephalashould be referred to as a “sower of discord”. You are correct that “sewer of discord” would imply a place where one throws refuse.

    Unless, of course, they are trying to reference the “weaver” nature of Mephala in which case I suppose she could be “sewing discord” (like fabric), although in this case using “weaver” would be much less ambiguous.

    I assume they were trying to reference her weaving. But then again, both “sower of discord” and “weaver of discord” are less ambiguous than “sewer,” even if it is technically the correct usage.

    Either that or Peryite is running back-up for Mephala and some writer at ZOS is really into double meanings.

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    Isarii

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    @CasNation – I remember having a “lol wut” moment when I read that quest text in game, so you’re not alone on that one, haha.

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    Although I’ve grown tired of ESO and play rarely (‘Single player game with friends’ / anti-social design; wasn’t ever really enough ‘mmo’ for me tbh); I’m still really happy to see an increase in new zones that appeal to nostalgia / and a greater amount of thought going into their development.

    Hopefully its all well received (and a good step forward for those still playing) when the information actually becomes available :)

    I know quite a few people who will definitely be rushing in for ‘Morrowind memories’ if that should appear soon. Really was an awesome game back then.

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    timidobserver

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    I am hoping for a wow cataclysm like event that moves the story of the ESO universe forward.

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    This is just me theorizing, but I’m pretty sure the “patron of darkness” is Namira, not Nocturnal. They both have darkness in their sphere of influence, but Namira is a much more evil, scheme loving daedric Lord. Just my thoughts.

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