During your very first playthrough how did you first end up in Markarth? - Results (104 votes)
32.69% (34 votes)
Took a carriage
22.12% (23 votes)
Met Sam, got drunk and woke up in the Temple of Dibella
45.19% (47 votes)
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My first time was by meeting Sam. I was playing a rogue/thief character so naturally I went to Riften early to join the Thieves Guild. I was focusing most of my exploration on the eastern side of Skyrim. I hadn't gone much further west than Whiterun and hadn't visited Solitude, Morthal, Falkreath or Markarth.
I met Sam in the Riften tavern. Without knowing what would happen I agreed to the drinking contest. Next thing I knew I had blacked out and woke up in a strange temple where a priestess was accusing me of fondling the statues... I'll never forget the feeling when I first emerged from the Temple. I thought I was still in Riften or someplace nearby. Instead I found myself in completely unfamiliar surroundings. I quickly consulted my map and realized I had jumped from one end of the world map to the other. I wasn't ready for this yet so I reloaded a previous save and later went to Markarth on foot.
I love how unpredictable this game can be.
Walked, I didn't know about carriages back then. I wasn't going there for any quest purpose, just wondering the wilds and came across Markarth.
Pretty much exactly what you did TC, only I didn't reload a previous save, I completed the mission
My first time was because of Sam.
Until then, I stuck primarily to Whiterun and Winterhold just slowly exploring them and selling loot to buy more spells at the college. I went into the Frozen Hearth to continue Azura's mission and when Sam said something about a staff I thought It'd help my mage out and the rest is history.
"Okay, look. We both said a lot of things your going to regret but I think we can put our differences behind use. For science. You monster.
Walked, I didn't know about carriages back then.
"You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway." - Walt Disney
Veezara posted...Walked, I didn't know about carriages back then.
Indeed. Me as well.
Same as TC but for me it got a bit stranger.
I was drunk in real life at the time so it took me a while to get my bearings. I kind of wandered around Markarth and ended up getting sucked into The Taste of Death quest. I got to the end without really thinking about the consequences of my actions and before I knew it well... most of you guys know how that quest ends. I finally realized what was going on and was pretty horrified.
Pretty messed up, my first trip to Markarth. <3 Skyrim.
Also Sam. I had mainly explored the area around Whiterun and then went to Ivarstead. That's where I came across Sam. When I left the Temple to find myself in completely unfamiliar surroundings I felt a bit over-whelmed. Not only did I not no any of the city but I didn't know where the entrance to the city was either.
I ended up finding my way out and taking a carriage back to Whiterun.
I met Sam in the Winking Skeever. I had the main quest tagged, but was just wandering around Skyrim exploring and doing whatever quests I ran into. When I left the temple I knew I was nowhere I'd been before but it was night and I got that feeling when you are leaning back in a chair and catch yourself just before you fall as I abruptly came upon the edge of the tower.
I explored my first dwemer ruin, got my first daedric artifact and saw my first unprovoked murder. I knew I liked Markarth.
The architecture is pretty cool too.