According to the Examiner, one of the key features of the recently discovered Skyrim expansion Hearthfire will be the ability to buy a plot of land, and construct a home. These homes start as simple cottages, but can expand to a multi-leveled home complete with numerous rooms, alchemy and enchantment tables, and an armory.
Also leaked was a description of the upcoming expansion:
Hearthfire™, the next official game-add on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, has arrived. For the first time in the Elder Scrolls universe, purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, trophy room, and more! With Hearthfire, the possibilities of what you can build are endless.”
Aside from home-building being a feature, Hearthfire’s story may focus on necromancy and spiritual possession. The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages describes Hearth Fire as the name of a month in the Tamriel calender. Upon first glance this is of little importance, however, one of the holidays is Tales and Tallows which occurs the 3rd of the month.
From the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages:
No other holiday divides the people of Tamriel like the 3rd of Hearth Fire. A few of the oldest, more superstitious men and women do not speak all day long for fear that the evil spirits of the dead will enter their bodies. Most citizens enjoy the holiday, calling it Tales and Tallows, but even the most lighthearted avoid dark streets, for everyone knows the dead do walk tonight. Only the Mages Guild completely thrives on this day. In celebration of the oldest magical science, necromancy, all magical items are half price today.”
In regards to the home building features, I am happy that they’re adding this feature, but since this already exists in the form of mods, I hope they have much more planned. As for Tales and Tallows, with Halloween steadily approaching it would be a perfect time to have a quest-line focused on necromancy.
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