Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to spend the night in a coffin with a thousand-year-old corpse. That's just one of the truly twisted quests in Elder Scrolls, one of the biggest and most popular role-playing franchises of all time. First introduced in 1994 with the release of The Elder Scrolls: Arena, the series has since seen a number of bestselling titles hit store shelves including Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. Each of these games contain huge open worlds with hundreds of characters and insane quests -some more questionable than others.
The foremost concern for Bethesda has always been the freedom allotted to the player. Whether a gamer's interests align with guilds that focus specifically on dark magic and assassinations, or cults and groups that worship evil gods, the options are always there. This lack-of-restrictions approach provides plenty of opportunities for gruesome or horrifying quests.
The Heart of Dibella quest in Skyrim involves having to find a new prophet for the Cult of Dibella. The cult worships the goddess in a temple and are essentially a sex cult focused on the more physical aspects of love and lovemaking. The only problem is that their prophet, known as the Sybil, has to be a young girl.
While the parents of the chosen child seem perfectly willing to hand her over to the temple, the player is still effectively forcing this youngster into a sex cult whether she likes it or not. Will you intervene?
The Taste of Death is a quest from Skyrim where players are approached by a woman (Eola) within the crypts of one of the main cities. After explaining how she worships a Daedric Lord known as Namira, Eola will confess to having eaten the flesh from the dead bodies in the crypt. The cannibal will then ask you to seek out and murder several enemies in the area.
Once this is completed the player has to convince a priest to attend the initiation feast, where the option presents itself to kill the innocent man and devour him. Well? How hungry are you?
The Daedric Princes in the Elder Scrolls are known to be sadistic at times. House of Horrors, a horrific quest in Skyrim, just serves as further evidence for this point. After being trapped in a house with another explorer, the Daedric Prince Molag Bol forces the player to eliminate his fellow captive.
Once the opponent is murdered, the Daedra commands that a particular priest be brought to the house. The dirty work isn't quite over though, as the player is forced to imprison the poor innocent man and sadistically beat and torture him until he agrees to worship Molag Bol. After this admission, gamers are free to bash in the priest's skull.
Every game in the Elder Scrolls franchise seems to have some element of cannibalism present. In The Elder Scrolls Online it comes in the form of a quest called Questionable Contract. A mage has been hired by a village to clear a forest so they can expand their beehives. However, since they don't trust magic users, they hold his wife hostage. If he fails to complete his job, he will be forced to eat his wife as punishment. All of these for some bees.