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Journey to Coldharbour – New Elder Scrolls Online Trailer
Bethesda has released a new trailer for its upcoming MMO game, The Elder Scrolls Online. Titled Journey to Coldharbour, the trailer supplies the back story on one of the Daedric lords that are trying to destroy Tamriel named Molag Bal. The trailer opens with a dark, gloomy, and just down right evil-looking place, narrated by “Lore Master,” Lawrence Schick, and lead writer, Wynne McLaughlin. Set to be one of your primary enemies in ESO, Schick mentions that Molag Bal is the Daedric prince of schemes (though previous titles have described him as the prince of corruption, even awarding him the title, “The King of Rape”) with his eyes set on enslaving “mortal souls.”
No war machine would be complete without a home base though, and Molag Bal has decided to set up shop in Coldharbour, the dark and horrific place that is showcased in the trailer. Coldharbour is a realm in Oblivion controlled completely by Molag Bal but he doesn’t plan on stopping there. Using “Anchors,” or specialized Daedric machines, Molag Bal is planning to join Coldharbour and the world of Tamriel but, you guessed it, it’s up to you to stop him. According to McLaughlin, you as the player actually have a very early encounter with Bal where he “takes your soul.” From there, later quests will have you adventuring into the Oblivion realm of Coldharbour in search of it.
The tour of Coldharbour, which entails a majority of the trailer, shows just how beautiful the environment is, in a gritty, deadly kind of way. You probably won’t have any luck finding a color other than black or dark blue, but it’s exactly what you would expect to see in an Oblivion realm. If there’s one thing to take away from the trailer, it should be how expansive the ESO universe will be. Players will journey into the planes of Oblivion in addition to the already confirmed lands of Tamriel. Looks like you’ll have a lot of exploring to do.
There is no set release date for the Elder Scrolls Online, but this trailer just adds to the excitement already building for it. If you haven’t yet, you can sign up for the Elder Scrolls Online Beta here.