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Kill A Dragon, Have Same-Sex Marriage

That tiny speck is me, getting married with my partner.

I am excited for Skyrim. Having played every Elder Scrolls game since the original Arena (and never actually finishing one, despite hundreds and hundreds of hours in them), I know it will have a lot of the open-world exploration I rather love about that series. Plus, dragons. It's difficult not to love dragons when raised by a family that had all those Pocket Dragons strewn about (next to the gargoyles). Even if I am killing them to gain their power as if in some Highlander power struggle between dragonborn and actual dragons.

So, when reader Eric sent me to this forum post, which in turn leads to this Tweet by Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda, confirming that regardless of your own sex, you can marry someone of any sex, I may have giggled a little. The entire exchange was brought about by a chap named Peter (@Jadis232 on Twitter) simply asking if same-sex marriage was going to be in the game.

I am not even sure how romances are set to work in Skyrim, and considering the stiff NPC interactions of the last TES game (though Fallout 3 seemed somewhat improved in that area), I'm also not sure how well it will translate.

However, this represents one of the things I have loved about this series: being able to build my own character and narrative in my head. Which also explains why I have never finished the main plot--that's not the point of these games for me, though I have heard I really should finish Morrowind's main story. It's exploration, making up my own character and her reactions to the vampire nest into which she just stumbled, and just enjoying it.

Many thanks to Bethesda for wanting to treat this as something that just is a matter of course. As Pete Hines replied to Peter in that Tweet, "Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone."

Now to wonder if someone will make a mod to have dragons officiate over my wedding.

10 Comments

RJ said:

With the right motivation and time, you could also create an NPC husband/wife in Morrowind or Oblivion. It is good that they are including a romance functionality out of the box, though.

I appreciated Morrowind more in the way of customization. With some hard work from the Better Bodies creator (including the removal of underwear and replacement with realistic genitalia) and my own hard work, my male rogue had by his side quite a fine husband who would follow me into battle a-la Celtic style.

Kenneth said:

I wasn't expecting any sort of romance in the game, but that there will be and
that you'll be able to marry members of the same-sex is just awesome news.

VorpalBunny said:

This reminds me that I should really work more on that piece highlighting various mods that allow for same-sex romances in games that don't initially have them.

Peter said:

Haha that was my tweet! :D

Briker Ed said:

Sweet. Open-world just got more open ;) I love all the customization we had in previous Elder Scrolls games as well. Even though Oblivion kind of bored me with mindless and easy battles a bit, but LOVED Morrowind. Very excited for Skyrim. Finally I can marry a hot-blooded & bearded northern barbarian that sleeps with his axe! Or at least I hope I'll be able to :P The only thought on my mind, though, is.... Skyrim will literally eat all of my free time, I just know it! A curse and a blessing, you could say....

Limeade said:

I'm really stoked about this news, if only for the sake of equality and being allowed more choice and functionality in crafting one's own gaming experience. Looking forward to having an in-game husband that will come along with me and fight on our adventures. :D

Gaymer said:

@Peter

Great job asking the question.

His response pretty much swept across the net and is on every gaming site/Skyrim related forum atm ^_^

Cannot wait to play this game now!

Mr. Osram Brown said:

Kill a marriage, have same-sex dragons.

g_whiz said:

Don't feel bad, I've had every Elder Scrolls game since Morrowwind, have played for countless hours...and never ever come CLOSE to beating it.

Jason said:

Hmmm...I wonder what color hanky a Dovahkiin would wear in his back pocket...

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