Player/NPC interactions have been improved in Elder Scrolls Skyrim! Conversations between the player and NPCs will not freeze the rest of Elder Scrolls Skyrim, and the NPCs will continue their activities while occasionally glancing at the player. For more gameplay information see our Gameplay page!
Radiant Story in Elder Scrolls Skyrim
A new system called Radiant Story has been developed for quests in Elder Scrolls Skyrim; NPCs react to the player’s actions in new ways, such as fighting over possession of an item dropped by the player or attempting to return it.
The shop of a killed NPC may be inherited by another NPC in Elder Scrolls Skyrim, who may then offer the items/quests of the first but may not have the same disposition toward the player. The player may also marry an NPC (of either gender), and if they own a house in Elder Scrolls Skyrim, their spouse will live in it with them. The player’s actions also directly affect side quest creation in Elder Scrolls Skyrim, as well as altering parts of quests. One’s playing style also affects which quests are available, with some quests only being offered to those specializing in certain skills.
Dialogue options are also available with hostile NPCs in Elder Scrolls Skyrim. NPCs will now be visibly performing the tasks suited to their roles (i.e. a cook will be cooking) unlike previous games where they just stood still. The faces of NPCs have been extensively overhauled and will show distinct differences between races and more varied emotional expressions.
Voice Acting in Elder Scrolls Skyrim
NPCs in Elder Scrolls Skyrim are voiced by a cast of more than 70 actors, which include:
Christopher Plummer playing Arngeir, a powerful Greybeard elder.
Max Von Sydow playing Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding.
Joan Allen as Delphine, one of the last remaining members of the Blades.
Lynda Carter returning as a Nord hero named Gormlaith Golden-Hilt.
Michael Hogan as Imperial General Tullius.
Vladimir Kulich as Nordic Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak.
Claudia Christian as Tullius’s chief lieutenant.
Elder Scrolls Skyrim also features Legate Rikke, Diane Louise Salinger, Renee Victor and George Coe.