Skyrim’s amazing realm comes to life through chance encounters. Seeing a robber, a wandering bard, or a giant dragon show up every five minutes certainly adds a sense of uniqueness to your experience of the environment. While the Headless Horseman is one of the game’s more intriguing and mysterious characters, his decapitation is never fully explained.
What Revealed By Justin Schram?
Meanwhile, a group of Skyrim’s developers recently got together (thanks, PCGamesN) to talk about their game’s best features and production tricks that players might not be familiar with. As a level designer for Skyrim and Fallout 4 Justin Schram revealed, the Headless Horseman’s fate is far more terrible than any of us could have anticipated.
It turns out that Bethesda had to go imaginative to make the Headless Horseman genuinely headless. Joel Burgess, a fellow developer, has discovered a way to render a player character headless without killing them. This was accomplished by issuing a script command upon the NPC’s spawn that caused their head to explode. Since it would be evident to the player if the character were generated in plain view, they were hidden behind walls and corners instead. Likely, you’re already able to deduce the connection to the legend of the Headless Horseman.
With this script, Schram implemented a horseman, gave him a ghostly appearance, blew off his head upon spawning, and directed him to a single location in all of Skyrim (Hamvir’s Rest).
That’s why it’s probably best to be understanding the next time you run upon the Headless Horseman on your travels. His head will have blown off mere seconds before you saw him, and it will continue to blow off in every play after that. Ugh, that hurts.
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