Skyrim's Lydia Goes Insane, Slaughters Everyone

A player encountered a very strange situation in Skyrim where a follower, Lydia, seemed to go insane and slaughtered everyone in Dragonsreach. In Skyrim, Lydia is generally seen as a trustworthy sidekick, but this shows that she’s also easily betrayed.

Companions in Skyrim are one of the most important elements of Bethesda’s role-playing games. Adventure wouldn’t be quite the same without followers narrating and commenting on every possible situation. Lydia is the first person most players encounter as a reward for becoming Lord of Whiterun. Because of this, she’s arguably the most iconic follower in gaming over the years, and her stoic personality has become something of a meme since the release of Skyrim.

Torbiel1234’s Reddit post shows Lydia in Dragonsreach, oddly enough, fighting a child. There are already two dead NPCs on the floor, including the body of the unwanted character Nazeem of Skyrim. Players in the thread joked about the odd situation, with one player claiming she carried “too much of your burden,” citing her famous catchphrase. Others have explained this – Lydia can be extra careless when aiming, especially when using items like staffs, which can lead to carnage like this.

According to players, their only real solution to this problem was to kill Lydia. Skyrim players have shared many memorable Lydia’s deaths over the years, but this one will prove to be one of the more tragic, as it appears to be the result of a glitch. One user suggested that they could actually cast a calming spell on her, though that seemed too late to help here.

Many players will wish Bethesda had chosen to expand the follower system in The Elder Scrolls 6. Going on an adventure with a companion is one of the most fascinating parts of an RPG, and Bethesda games are no exception. Whereas Skyrim focused on a quantitative approach to followers, allowing players to bring many different companions with them, Fallout 4 and the upcoming Starfield took a less-is-more approach, focusing on the depth of each follower. Each approach has its own merits and benefits, and while every player has their own opinions and thoughts on The Elder Scrolls 6 fans, it will be a while before Bethesda is ready to reveal any details about the upcoming game.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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