So I was just curious how many Bombers out there are in this for the lore, seeing as 4chan and (obviously) the Official Forums contain a great many lorefiends in addition to average players. I came up with a list of twenty esoteric terms - metaphysical, divine, sorcerous, historical - to test one's judgment of the deeper lore that perhaps can't be grasped from ANY game. I have purposefully omitted most Skyrim content, as the Nightingales and Ysgramor and Potema and such will be familiar to a great many who would otherwise ignore such history. Anyone who knows ten of these knows their stuff:
Enantiomorph. The Wheel. Ehlnofex. Vehk. Zero-Sum. Dreamsleeve transmission. The Scripture of Love. Muatra. Trinimac. The Potentate. Ordinators-in-Mourning. The Prolix Tower. PSJJJ. Michael Kirkbride. Dragon Break. Baar Dau/Lie Rock. Yokuda. Cyrus. Duke Brindisi Dorom. Tsaesci.
How do you fare?
EDIT: Badly. Oh well, it's the wrong audience. Just for kicks, have a read-through of this and tell us what you think:
JUST FOR KICKS, and to satisfy anyone I mystified, here all ALL of those terms, laid out:
Enantiomorph - One of the Walking Ways to Reach Heaven by Violence. It involves emulating the original mythic struggle between Anu and Padomay, to gain power from it; Walk like them until they walk like you; Talos is Arctus is Ysmir, etc.
The Wheel - The Aurbis; the eight spokes being the Aedra, the sixteen spaces between the spokes the Daedra, and the hub at the center being Nirn. Everything.
Ehlnofex - The language of the Earth Bones, the Ehlnofey, the original mortal race of Mundus.
Vehk - Vivec, the Magic Hermaphrodite, Master of Morrowind, and Warrior-Poet of the Tribunal.
Zero-Sum - the only way to die in the Aurbis.
Dreamsleeve transmission - top-secret, quasi-long-distance communication protocol involving the Dreamsleeve, the 'recycler' of Souls.
The Scripture of Love - Sermon 35 of The Thirty-Six Lessons of Vivec.
Muatra - Vivec's "spear".
Trinimac - Auri-El's champion, who was eaten by Boethiah and transformed into Malacath; his followers became the Orsimer.
The Potentate - the Second Era Akaviri ruler of Tamriel, who masterminded the assassination of Emperor Reman Cyrodiil and ushered in the Second Era.
Ordinators-in-Mourning - the Indoril warrior-priests of Necrom, tasked with guarding that sacred city of the Tribunal.
The Prolix Tower - Another of Vehk's Walking Ways to Reach Heaven by Violence; little is known of it, aside from it involving a lot of talking.
PSJJJ - the most sacred of the Eleven Forces, which was corrupted into "Psijic" and later "Sithis". Unpronounceable.
Michael Kirkbride - the developer who wrote ALL this shit.
Dragon Break - a sundering of Time; a temporary event wherein Akatosh loses control of Time and it becomes non-linear. A small Dragon Break was what caused Alduin to be flung into the future.
Baar Dau/Lie Rock; either flung to Vivec City or the child by anal sex of Vivec and Molag Bal; it is a rock hanging above Vivec City in the form of the Ministry of Truth.
Yokuda - the original home of the Redguards, mysteriously destroyed.
Cyrus - Redguard hero, protagonist of TESA: Redguard.
Duke Brindisi Dorom - Duke of Mournhold, killed at the end of the First Era by a temper tantrum of Mehrunes Dagon that also happened to destroy Old Mournhold.
Tsaesci - the vampiric snakemen of Akavir, of whom the Potentate is their most famous individual.