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"You're right," you say. "I see no other solution than to leave you here, and hope that Dovahkiin never again climbs this mountain to find you. Goodbye, Alduin."

"No!" the dragon calls. "You cannot leave me this way! I am Alduin! You will release me!"

His cries fall on deaf ears. You've no sympathy for the monstrous creature. You may be required to save his life, but that doesn't mean he isn't a mean-spirited muncher of innocents at his core.

Two weeks later, the apocalypse you spent so long trying prevent happens anyway. Did Dovahkiin find Alduin and slay him? Did someone else? You suppose that even a simple guard could have killed the mighty dragon in such a helpless state. Whatever the reason for the beast's death, it's now too late for you to fix your mistake. The realm's fate, and your own, follow Alduin's.

THE END

Mike Kayatta is a contributing news writer for The Escapist and the author of John Gone. Paul Goodman is a loyal editorial assistant at The Escapist. Together, they fight crime.

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