Yep, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion actually plays in front of Skyrim. Actually. A poor boy with an empty eye still tigers through his cell in the imperial prison in Cyrodiil, and so secretly rewrites the history of Skyrim and Oblivion.
To do something 600 years in prison with an oblivion character? Not much of what it looks like; because he has neither aged nor died over the years, no – only his empty look indicates that he has spent too long in a dirty, dripping place full of rats. Or like Twitter users UESP (Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page) it describes:
“My hobby: acidify in the prison in Oblivion until the third era is 1000 years long and until my skills are completely atrophied.“
Well, that’s sad. And terrible, a little bit. But aside from the torture of an Oblivion character, this fox player simply rewritten the story with the waiting function in Oblivion. How? Let’s get one A look at the history books of The Elder Scrolls throw, dear TES historian: Oblivion takes place at the end of the third era, in 433. Skyrim now begins in the fourth era, about 200 years after the Oblivion crisis.
But what if the Oblivion crisis never came to an end? What if the real hero of Oblivion had just stayed in prison all these many years? Not only would the Third Era last for up to a thousand years, the notorious Oblivion gates could have spread all over Tamriel – to the home country of the North, which had to struggle with completely different problems 200 years later. Dragons, about. Or horses glitching over peaks.
It’s all a lie!
In order to digest this shock, it could help to take a look at the archives of the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page: Here you can find all sorts of information about canonical history, which was gathered from all parts of the TES with attention to detail. Wonderful.