10 Most Engaging Skyrim NPCs

These characters stay in your mind long after you put the controller down.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was first released over 10 years ago and is still played by a large number of people. Most video games are lucky to have a lifespan of a couple of years, but Skyrim easily surpassed that thanks to the vast open world and multitude of different adventures to choose from.

There are practically endless amounts of choices that players can make in Skyrim, and each of them lead to varying outcomes. This ensures that every playthrough feels fresh and new, and it's why some gamers still play the The Elder Scrolls V over a decade after its release. The plethora of different exploits players can go on are great, but the character interactions are what make Skyrim worth remembering.

Thousands of characters can be found across the province of Skyrim, but only a handful of them are able to make a lasting impression on gamers. The following 10 non-player characters have carved their spot into video game legend as some of the most compelling and engaging characters to ever be created.

Captivating people's imaginations and providing them with entertainment is what gaming is all about, and these NPCs give Skyrim a tremendous advantage in that endeavour.

10. Sheogorath

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Daedric Prince of Madness has appeared in multiple Elder Scrolls titles, but the encounter players have with him in Skyrim is particularly strange. The Dragonborn comes across Sheogorath after entering a room in the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace, located in Solitude. What follows is both entertaining and irritating.

When the player first meets Sheogorath, he is seen talking to Pelagius III at a banquet table (inside of Pelagius III's mind, no less). Everything that comes out of the Daedra's mouth is utter nonsense and often quite laughable. It's certainly the most unhinged encounter within the entire game, and can leave players with their jaws dropped in disbelief at how absolutely insane Sheogorath is.

Gamers would be forgiven for thinking they had slipped into a bad dream, or a good one, depending on how much an individual enjoys interacting with a shouting, erratic, oddly dressed immortal being. One thing is for sure: despite having a limited interaction with the player, Sheogorath makes an unforgettable impression.

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