Have you ever seen a bronze statue cry? No? As long as you all pick up copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you won’t have to.

Bethesda Softworks is pulling out all the stops to promote the upcoming release of Skyrim, and apparently that no longer includes simple bursts of in-game imagery, and strategically-timed press releases. Bethesda has decided to take things to a whole new level. A whole new level labeled “creepy bronze statue legion.”

The latest post on the official Bethesda Blog includes a handful of images capturing the eerily lifelike statues the company has commissioned for promotional use in gaming stores. Each statue is of the game’s Dragonborn (aka “Dovahkiin”) protagonist, and the end result of the impressive craftsmanship is a strikingly fierce-looking metal dude.

Normally this is where I’d find something to nitpick or even some kind of existential complaint about the futility of crafting permanent statuary for a product in an industry where games are routinely forgotten only a month after they hit retail shelves, but in this case, I’m far more intrigued by the cluster formation you see in the above-embedded picture.

Taken in an unnamed warehouse, presumably somewhere in Maryland, that is one creepy still-life. It’s like the lovechild of Edward Gorey and Frank Frazetta was tasked with recreating Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army based entirely on the second-hand description of an opium-addicted Chinese vegetable farmer.

Of course, that’s before I even dare to speculate on what those statues get up to at night. I’m not going to claim that they come to life and murder people — that would be silly — but I think we can all agree that those statues totally come to life and murder people!

Source: Bethesda Blog

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