Leaked Skyrim Manual Reveals "Hirelings"

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Leaked Skyrim Manual Reveals "Hirelings"

The Elder Scrolls: Now with more sword slaves, bullying and cooking pots!

Poor Skyrim can't seem to go a week without something leaking. Recently, we've gotten an early look at both the achievement list and world map. Now, someone has photographed what appears to be the final retail manual for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Many of the pages show nothing that's going to surprise you--control schemes, leveling information, epilepsy warnings, etc.--but some sections do outline some nifty new mechanics. Don't worry, no plot or story spoilers ahead.

According to the book, Skyrim will employ a companion system, allowing players to hire NPCs called "hirelings" from local taverns to accompany them into the fray. Hirelings will be unique, each specializing in one or more of the various skills of the land to help you on your quest. Once hired, you'll be able to issue orders to your new minion, including asking them to wait, attack an enemy, perform an action, open things, and pick up items.

Because hirelings have the ability to take items from containers (defined in the manual as anything from chests to dead bodies), it seems possible that they'll also be able to help you with inventory management, which, in games like this, can quickly become a major concern for even the least materialistic of players. And yes, even the manual confirms it, the Elder Scrolls' dreaded "encumbrance" is back in full effect for those of you who just can't leave that second Daedric Claymore behind.

Any foodies out there will be pleased to see that the book has also outlined a new ability to cook (BAM!) using special "cooking pots" found in various shops around town. According to the manual, "Cooking pots allow you to prepare food items that provide various temporary effects. Each recipe requires specific culinary ingredients that can be found throughout Skyrim." Cooking is the latest of many confirmed skills available in the game, including farming, mining, woodcutting, and blacksmithing.

A new dialog option, "brawling," has also been revealed alongside persuasion, intimidation, and bribery. Not much is said beyond the name, but I think its safe to assume that if the old palm grease technique falls flat, you'll be able to punch that uppity khajiit merchant in the snout.

If someone sees you lay that cat out, or perform any other crime, they'll be able to report you to the town guards a la Oblivion (unless you kill all of the witnesses first), at which point a bounty will be placed on your head commensurate with the extent of your misdeed. Once the fuzz is onto you, you'll need to pay the fine, fight until you drop, or do your time, losing skill progress in the process.

The manual covers some more ground, such as the way Dragon Shouts will work and how to shoot a bow, but mostly things we've already been told or have seen in the official walkthrough videos. If you simply must know which button on the controller will allow you to swing your shortsword, however, you can check out the rest of the manual here and get started on your finger exercises early.

Source: Eurogamer

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Am i the only one that is curious about the last picture with the "Dumb blonde Joke"?...

Cuz i really wanted to know what it was... oh yeah the manual is pretty good i guess... generic stuff you will see in the game, but it's a nice way to know what's coming before it comes out...

Mike Kayatta:

A new dialog option, "brawling," has also been revealed alongside persuasion, intimidation, and bribery. Not much is said beyond the name, but I think its safe to assume that if the old palm grease technique falls flat, you'll be able to punch that uppity khajiit merchant in the snout.

Brawling has been confirmed to be a way to fight i na tavern without being arrested.

OT: I just want to know what the dumb blond joke was.

Mike Kayatta:

According to the book, Skyrim will employ a companion system, allowing players to either join their live friends in exchange for gifts...

What does it mean by 'live friends'? I thought Multiplayer was a massive no or am I being stupid and indeed optimistic?

Inner Pickle:

Mike Kayatta:

According to the book, Skyrim will employ a companion system, allowing players to either join their live friends in exchange for gifts...

What does it mean by 'live friends'? I thought Multiplayer was a massive no or am I being stupid and indeed optimistic?

I think it was a misinterpretation. If you actually read the page in the picture it doesn't imply "live" anywhere on it.

Fappy:

Inner Pickle:

Mike Kayatta:

According to the book, Skyrim will employ a companion system, allowing players to either join their live friends in exchange for gifts...

What does it mean by 'live friends'? I thought Multiplayer was a massive no or am I being stupid and indeed optimistic?

I think it was a misinterpretation. If you actually read the page in the picture it doesn't imply "live" anywhere on it.

It was; I cleaned it out of the article. There is no coop or multiplayer in Skyrim.

Fappy:

Inner Pickle:

Mike Kayatta:

According to the book, Skyrim will employ a companion system, allowing players to either join their live friends in exchange for gifts...

What does it mean by 'live friends'? I thought Multiplayer was a massive no or am I being stupid and indeed optimistic?

I think it was a misinterpretation. If you actually read the page in the picture it doesn't imply "live" anywhere on it.

I did wonder. Couldn't find source from the pictures shown, so I thought I'd bring it up. (I could be missing it, my eyes aren't what they used to be). Ah, well. After the Dark Souls co-op fiasco I'm left rather craving a co-op dungeon crawler for consoles. Changes nothing however, it can still shup up and take my money.

These hirelings, I hope most of them are naked females with tantos and Dragon shouts of their own that give pleasurable results!

Mike Kayatta:

Fappy:

Inner Pickle:

What does it mean by 'live friends'? I thought Multiplayer was a massive no or am I being stupid and indeed optimistic?

I think it was a misinterpretation. If you actually read the page in the picture it doesn't imply "live" anywhere on it.

It was; I cleaned it out of the article. There is no coop or multiplayer in Skyrim.

We have enough of that multiplayer nonsense in ME3 now D:

(Secretly hoping the co-op is actually good)

TitanAtlas:
Am i the only one that is curious about the last picture with the "Dumb blonde Joke"?...

That's exactly what I thought. I reckon anyone with enough patience can probably find the comic strip online and put you out of your misery! (not that you're in misery...)

Is this deliberate leaking or is this someone going to get into a load of trouble?

I remember what happened to an intern who leaked the line up to a major festival once. She never got hired by any other company in the industry. It was like total black list

ViciousTide:
These hirelings, I hope most of them are naked females with tantos and Dragon shouts of their own that give pleasurable results!

Likely a mod for that...

I read something somewhere that confirmed companions already, though I'm wondering whether they are more conventional mercs or actual characters like in Fallout 3 or New Vegas.

Ragsnstitches:

ViciousTide:
These hirelings, I hope most of them are naked females with tantos and Dragon shouts of their own that give pleasurable results!

Likely a mod for that...

I read something somewhere that confirmed companions already, though I'm wondering whether they are more conventional mercs or actual characters like in Fallout 3 or New Vegas.

Companions have indeed already been confirmed. Not only can you hire them to fight, you can marry them and move in with them as well.

Mike Kayatta:

Ragsnstitches:

ViciousTide:
These hirelings, I hope most of them are naked females with tantos and Dragon shouts of their own that give pleasurable results!

Likely a mod for that...

I read something somewhere that confirmed companions already, though I'm wondering whether they are more conventional mercs or actual characters like in Fallout 3 or New Vegas.

Companions have indeed already been confirmed. Not only can you hire them to fight, you can marry them and move in with them as well.

And indeed, somewhere, someone (or someones, this is the internet) are planning their Khajiit-Argonian-Orc homosexual 3-way marriage.

I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

EDIT: (My main concern is with the Diablo depiction of hirings where you "acquire" their services for their whole life for a sum far less than they amount of loot you expect them to harvest for you. If they were free men surely they would just get the loot themselves... that's why I think they are slaves.

Truly, hirelings should be either far more limited (only carry shit) or cost car more or work on an agreement of loot sharing not flat price/rate.

Mike Kayatta:
Cooking is the latest of many confirmed skills available in the game, including farming, mining, woodcutting, and blacksmithing.

Cooking isn't a skill (in the game), but goes under the alchemy skill, neither is mining, farming, or woodcutting, only blacksmithing is a skill, which is just called smithing. Woodcutting and farming, are only jobs, not that you probably can't get materials for yourself by performing them.

EDIT: Anyways, these are things you can still do, they just don't level up and have skill trees.

Treblaine:

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

Except you're just hiring a mercenary, not exactly slavery when you pay them in order for them to come with you of their own volition.. Kind of the opposite actually.

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

*facepalm*

Way to jump the gun. Didn't you read the article? You're hiring people from places like taverns, not buying slaves. If anything, a more appropriate term would be "mercenaries."

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

Did someone watch a certain program with Stephen Fry yesterday?

OT: I need to catch up on Skyrim, now that I finally own a platform that I can play it on!

Kimarous:

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

*facepalm*

Way to jump the gun. Didn't you read the article? You're hiring people from places like taverns, not buying slaves. If anything, a more appropriate term would be "mercenaries."

I don't know, if they're anything like Diablo hirelings: those are slaves, man.

Seriously, the amount you pay them for the amount of shit you put them through, it's clear the money went to their owner and you have some power over them to be their master.

I don't know if it was intentional or not. But that's the way it came across

See following someone into HELL ITSELF and they don't get a cut of your loot? I mean was that part of the agreement for the small sum of money they were "hired" for? So the deal has been altered, will it be altered any further?

As a mercenary/patsy mechanic it failed, because no mercenary would work for such measly sums compare to the amount of gold and loot they have to carry. Really it should have been a partnership with agreement to share conquests OR do the other way and have an actual slave and leave the moral decision with the player on what is the right thing to do.

Mercenaries are one job, entities, or they are paid a steady rate of something so valuable they couldn't just find on their conquest with you... also they are free to leave any time they please, like when they want to spend some of their money in a Brothel.

Why can you only use shields on your left hand:

When i saw the two hand wield option thingamabob I was hoping that I could finally have a left handed character in a game again, the last time I remember having an option to play as a lefty was the first Unreal Tournament

Treblaine:

Kimarous:

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

*facepalm*

Way to jump the gun. Didn't you read the article? You're hiring people from places like taverns, not buying slaves. If anything, a more appropriate term would be "mercenaries."

I don't know, if they're anything like Diablo hirelings: those are slaves, man.

Seriously, the amount you pay them for the amount of shit you put them through, it's clear the money went to their owner and you have some power over them to be their master.

I don't know if it was intentional or not. But that's the way it came across

See following someone into HELL ITSELF and they don't get a cut of your loot? I mean was that part of the agreement for the small sum of money they were "hired" for? So the deal has been altered, will it be altered any further?

As a mercenary/patsy mechanic it failed, because no mercenary would work for such measly sums compare to the amount of gold and loot they have to carry. Really it should have been a partnership with agreement to share conquests OR do the other way and have an actual slave and leave the moral decision with the player on what is the right thing to do.

Mercenaries are one job, entities, or they are paid a steady rate of something so valuable they couldn't just find on their conquest with you... also they are free to leave any time they please, like when they want to spend some of their money in a Brothel.

Well, see, that would work perfectly fine, if this was a merc sim. However, this is at heart a pretty damn casual RPG and people don't want to deal with that, so we just assume the mercs are content with whatever job they're doing.

The only time it becomes slavery is when you stop paying /THEM/. If you're paying someone else, then fine, slavery, but if you're paying them and they're willing to put up with the shit you put them through, which they are considering the game, then its not slavery.

Treblaine:

Kimarous:

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

*facepalm*

Way to jump the gun. Didn't you read the article? You're hiring people from places like taverns, not buying slaves. If anything, a more appropriate term would be "mercenaries."

I don't know, if they're anything like Diablo hirelings: those are slaves, man.

Seriously, the amount you pay them for the amount of shit you put them through, it's clear the money went to their owner and you have some power over them to be their master.

I don't know if it was intentional or not. But that's the way it came across

See following someone into HELL ITSELF and they don't get a cut of your loot? I mean was that part of the agreement for the small sum of money they were "hired" for? So the deal has been altered, will it be altered any further?

As a mercenary/patsy mechanic it failed, because no mercenary would work for such measly sums compare to the amount of gold and loot they have to carry. Really it should have been a partnership with agreement to share conquests OR do the other way and have an actual slave and leave the moral decision with the player on what is the right thing to do.

Mercenaries are one job, entities, or they are paid a steady rate of something so valuable they couldn't just find on their conquest with you... also they are free to leave any time they please, like when they want to spend some of their money in a Brothel.

I'm really having difficulty deciding whether or not you're trolling. Are you honestly, A) comparing the use of a terrible name for in-game mercenaries to a real life attempt of promoting human slavery, and B) arguing that for the amount of fake money these fake people are fake paid (which no one evens knows yet, by the way) for the fake work they do for fake you is somehow socially unjust on a cosmic scale?

The Diabolical Biz:

Treblaine:
I don't know if you'd call be mean or bleeding-heart but:

If you are going to have slaves in your game, then actually call them slaves!

I won't stand for any of these "hireling" euphemisms. The worst crimes in history have been dressed up with such euphemisms, they are far deadlier than swear words like the N-word. Euphemisms like "The Final Solution".

Risky as fuck, but if you played it right and used hirelings as a commentary on the evils of slavery then I think that just might work.

Did someone watch a certain program with Stephen Fry yesterday?

OT: I need to catch up on Skyrim, now that I finally own a platform that I can play it on!

Yes. And worse than that, I subscribe to his twitter feed (for shame!).

Now all of a sudden I want to make a Swords and Sorcery (or Guns and Geiger-counter) style RPG where slaves are a major element of the economy, say a Fallout type universe they are controlled by a collar that shocks them for compliance and I can detonate as an extreme measure.

Now that is a moral choice, you can free your slave but will he kill you? Or can you earn his trust again? Is it possible you could form an equal partnership? Or would it be better to continue to be a brutal bastard and make your slave utterly loyal even emotionally dependant on you?

I'd like it to be like Bioshock's moral choice of infanticide/rescue for ADAM... only a bit more variable in the outcomes.

I wish I could recieve leaked information along with my Sunday Comics...

The fact that there was a leak is slightly less astounding than the news that there is a manual. I thought those had gone the way of the dodo. We're expected to read a book to play a computer game? Bizarre.

dogstile:

Well, see, that would work perfectly fine, if this was a merc sim. However, this is at heart a pretty damn casual RPG and people don't want to deal with that, so we just assume the mercs are content with whatever job they're doing.

The only time it becomes slavery is when you stop paying /THEM/. If you're paying someone else, then fine, slavery, but if you're paying them and they're willing to put up with the shit you put them through, which they are considering the game, then its not slavery.

I hate to nit-pick, but it just seem like the money goes straight to their former owner. But I suppose as long as technically the money is going straight to the individual "Hireling" then they are "free" though they do show remarkable loyalty following you anywhere far "above their pay grade".

Mike Kayatta:

I'm really having difficulty deciding whether or not you're trolling. Are you honestly, A) comparing the use of a terrible name for in-game mercenaries to a real life attempt of promoting human slavery, and B) arguing that for the amount of fake money these fake people are fake paid (which no one evens knows yet, by the way) for the fake work they do for fake you is somehow socially unjust on a cosmic scale?

I want to make this absolutely clear, I have active on this site for over 3 years, with over 6 thousand posts: I am not in the trolling game.

Though that's not to say I am no fool, I may have jumped the gun a but, but Hirelings really do remind me of slaves and I can't help but remember reading a variation of Robinson Crusoe as a kid thinking this guy was pretty cool surviving on this desert island. Then when a black guy was stranded on the island with him, did me make a friend to stave off madness? No, he made the black man his slave/servant and named him after the day of the week he found him.

That hit me hard as a kid. And I never really understood it, why he would do that. HOW he could do that. I know he's a fictional character but then again slavery was so common back then. I guess I never had White Guilt, more White Confusion. I am genuinely intrigued to get inside the mind of the slaver, what is their thought process what leads to it. They're obviously wrong, I'm not looking for excuses, I'm looking for a motive. We've done as much to look into other atrocities of history like the Holocaust, I want to explore what can lead to someone committing the ultimate crime against freedom.

And hirelings, they just intrigue me as a concept. Because for the first time you are getting a look, just a hint of, that mindset that has been all but extinct for 150 years.

And I suppose you wouldn't like it, being accused of being a slaver. And I'll concede that, Hirelings don't seem to quite fit the profile (though the fact that they use that odd neologism, for what purpose) but it's and interesting thought. In what ways ARE they like a slave?

Treblaine:

dogstile:

Well, see, that would work perfectly fine, if this was a merc sim. However, this is at heart a pretty damn casual RPG and people don't want to deal with that, so we just assume the mercs are content with whatever job they're doing.

The only time it becomes slavery is when you stop paying /THEM/. If you're paying someone else, then fine, slavery, but if you're paying them and they're willing to put up with the shit you put them through, which they are considering the game, then its not slavery.

I hate to nit-pick, but it just seem like the money goes straight to their former owner. But I suppose as long as technically the money is going straight to the individual "Hireling" then they are "free" though they do show remarkable loyalty following you anywhere far "above their pay grade".

I consider loyalty a game limitation myself. Nothing more, Shogun had a decent attempt at it and loyalty was still borked.

EmzOLV:

TitanAtlas:
Am i the only one that is curious about the last picture with the "Dumb blonde Joke"?...

That's exactly what I thought. I reckon anyone with enough patience can probably find the comic strip online and put you out of your misery! (not that you're in misery...)

Is this deliberate leaking or is this someone going to get into a load of trouble?

I remember what happened to an intern who leaked the line up to a major festival once. She never got hired by any other company in the industry. It was like total black list

Oh sarcasm, how i love you :D

So usefull to use many combinations of words just to call someone stupid withouth them ever realising... And you're marvellous in using it ;)

OMG: And yes, even the manual confirms it, the Elder Scrolls' dreaded "encumbrance" is back in full effect for those of you who just can't leave that second Daedric Claymore behind.

Again? Now I have to buy pc version so that I can use god mode to get back to town with my full backpack.

I might NEED that claymore at somepoint.

OMG it's RISEN!!! I mean GOTHIC!!!!!!

Cooking, huh? That sounds intense

No need to cook. I just want to steal sweet rolls from children.

Yeah, "leaked".
Poor Skyrim indeed.
With all this free PR, they won't have enough stock to supply everyone who wants a physical copy!
I'm sure they're suffering.

Well that's all well and good but do the hirelings have any personalities?

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