TESting Wrap-up: Snakes on a Calendar

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It was a tough week here on TESting Your Knowledge. First, the Elder Scrolls trivia we posed to you last Friday:

When the sun rises near one of the constellations, it is that constellation’s season. Each constellation has a season of approximately one month. There are twelve months, and thirteen constellations. Which month does the serpent belong too?

As many of you wisely detected, this was one of those nasty trick questions. In fact, the serpent belongs to no month; according to The Imperial Library, “The Serpent has no season, for it moves about in the heavens, usually threatening one of the other Constellations.”

Our big winner this week was Katy Grove of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A signed copy of Greg Keyes’ “The Infernal City” to her, and a thanks to those that entered. Check back on Friday for the next chance to play.

TESting Your Knowledge Volume 8: Snake?! Snaaaaake!

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This week’s Elder Scrolls trivia question is one of stellar proportions. Do you have what it takes to decipher the constellation-based nomenclature of the Tamriel calendar? Then venture forth into our quizzical dungeon:

When the sun rises near one of the constellations, it is that constellation’s season. Each constellation has a season of approximately one month. There are twelve months, and thirteen constellations. Which month does the serpent belong too?

Think you know the answer? You could win a copy of “The Infernal City” by Greg Keyes. Click through to find out how to enter.

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Shezarr Played Guitar

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Last week’s Elder Scrolls trivia question took a turn for the divine, with our friends at the Imperial Library asking:

Long before Talos, the people of Cyrodiil worshipped a different Ninth Divine. What was his name?

Well, I’ll tell you: Shezarr, from Shezarr and the Divines, was the original Ninth Divine. Now you know. More useful knowledge: “Shezarr and the Divines” makes a great Rock Band group name.

Reijo Niemi of Turku, Finland was our big winner this week. He’ll take home a copy of Greg Keyes’ “The Infernal City,” as well as “TESting Your Knowledge: The Home Game.”*

Thanks to everyone that wrote in with their answers — nearly all of you had this one. Check back later this week for the next quiz, which promises to be a real humdinger.

*May not exist

TESting Your Knowledge Volume 7: Divine Investigation

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Good old Tiber Septim is again the subject of this week’s TESting Your Knowledge trivia question. That guy just never gives up the spotlight.

The question is a bit of a curve-ball, though. Rather than studying the lines of princes and kings, you’ll have to brush up on your Elder Scrolls theology to win a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ “The Infernal City.” Have at it:

In the long history of Cyrodiil, the Imperials have had many forms of religious expression. In one form or another, the Eight Divines have always been present. In the current age, there are Nine Divines; the Ninth — Talos, or Tiber Septim — was originally not a member of this pantheon. Long before Talos, the people of Cyrodiil worshipped a different Ninth Divine. What was his name?

As always, the instructions on where to send your answer — as well as the exciting contest rules — are copied below. Good luck!

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And the answer is…

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This week’s TESting Your Knowledge turned into an interesting affair. To recap, this is the Elder Scrolls trivia question we asked last Friday:

In the Septim dynasty, at what point was the direct line of succession from Tiber Septim broken?

The words “direct line” proved important, as many answers flowed in citing later Septims as the breaking point. In fact, the direct line of Tiber Septim was severed early on, according to our friends at The Imperial Library:

In 3E 41 Emperor Pelagius I was assassinated with no living children. Tiber Septim’s niece (his brother Agnorith’s daughter) Kintyra was next in line to the throne.

Amongst the entrants that had it right, Kiran Valluru of Brampton, Ontario was the lucky winner, walking away with a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ “The Infernal City.” We’ll be back with another question later this week.

TESting Your Knowledge Volume 6: Broken Septim

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Think you know everything there is to know about the Septim dynasty? This week’s Elder Scrolls trivia question was made for you:

In the Septim dynasty, at what point was the direct line of succession from Tiber Septim broken?

As always, a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City” is up for grabs.

Instructions on where to send your answer, as well as the all-important contest rules, are copied below. Good luck!

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TESting Your Knowledge Volume 5: Lack of Akavir

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Elder Scrolls fans, it’s time to put your thinking caps back on. Today’s TESting Your Knowledge trivia question deals with Akavir, the scrappy sister continent to Tamriel:

Who was the last Akavirian to rule Tamriel in the Second Era?

As always, a copy of Greg Keyes’ Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City” will go to one lucky winner with the correct answer.

Instructions on where to send your answer, as well as the all-important contest rules, are copied below. Good luck!

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And the answer is…

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For the fourth TESting Your Knowledge trivia question, we asked you to name a god — any god — that appeared in The Elder Scrolls: Redguard. And after labeling last week’s question “too easy,” the vast majority of this week’s entrants came up with “Clavicus Vile” — a respectable, but ultimately incorrect answer. As it turns out, Clavicus is in fact a Daedric Prince, rather than an Aedric god.

Forum moderator and Imperial Library contributor Attrebus provides us with an explanation of the correct answer:

Hunding (The Redguard call him Hoonding) appears in TES Adventures: Reguard, not as a person, but as a symbol. When trying to bring Prince A’tor back to life, something appears to go wrong with the ritual, and his soul ends up in the sword instead. According to Tamriel Gods: Yokuda/Redguard:

“In this last incarnation, the HoonDing was said to have been either a sword or a crown, or both.”

A Prince in a sword certainly meets that criteria.

Only three contestants came up with HoonDing, and Daniel Rossi of Dallas, Texas was the lucky winner among them, earning himself a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City.” Congrats to Dan, and thanks to everyone for participating. The next question will hit tomorrow, so study up.

TESting your knowledge Volume 4: Name That God

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Bethesda’s pirate-themed action adventure The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard is the subject of today’s TESting trivia question. Once again, a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City” will serve as the booty. Here comes the pitch:

Name a god that appears in The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard.

Instructions on where to send your answer, as well as the all-important contest rules, are copied below. Good luck!

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And the answer is…

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The TESting Your Knowledge trivia series continued last Friday, as the following question was put to Elder Scrolls fans:

Mehrunes Dagon was defeated by Martin in the end of Oblivion Crisis. Dagon was also defeated in Mournhold back in the First Era. Who did defeat the Daedra Prince?

A few thought this question beneath you, but there was a slight trick to it: the Immortal God-Kings Almalexia (pictured above) and Lord Sotha Sil both took out Mehrunes with a little tag-team action. The encounter is recalled in the 2920 entry of the Imperial Library. Here’s a snippet:

[Mehrunes Dagon's] attention was arrested by a needle-thin shaft of light piercing through his black and red shadowed sky. He followed it to its source, two figures, a man and a woman standing on the hill above town. The man in the white robe he recognized immediately as Sotha Sil, the sorcerer who had talked all the Princes of Oblivion into that meaningless truce.

“If you’ve come for the Duke of Mournhold, he isn’t here,” laughed Mehrunes Dagon. “But you might find pieces of him the next time it rains.”

Mehrunes was a bit of a jerk.

Jules van Laar of Voerendaal, Netherlands is our big winner this round. He’ll receive a signed copy of Greg Keyes’ Elder Scrolls novel “The Infernal City” for his trouble.

Thanks to everyone that participated. We’ll have another question up later in the week.