Earlier this week, Bethesda Softworks released its Elder Scrolls Anthology, a collection of all of the games in the Elder Scrolls series released to date, from Arena to Skyrim, downloadable content included. We here at Pop Modern are outspoken fans of these games, especially Oblivion and Skyrim, so we thought it fitting to dedicate our latest collaborative article to the series as a whole. Of course, we’re not going to talk about the games themselves, as that would be far too orthodox and on-the-nose for our taste. Instead, we’re going to throw out some random, “Scrolls”-related pop culture recommendations faster than you can shout “FUS-ROH-DAH!”
Super-Skrull: Here at Pop Modern, we sometimes pretend that we are hard of hearing. Keeping that in mind, today I am recommending the comic Fantastic Four #18, a Marvel comic which introduced the Super-Skrull. This series introduces the leader of the Skrulls, the mortal nemesis of the Human Torch. As such, he has the attributes of the Fantastic Four. His natural appearance is somewhat bizarre, with a flaming arm, a rocky arm, a stretching leg, and an invisible leg. How this benefits him is slightly confusing, but as a character he is still menacing in his own way, capable of shape-shifting, pyrokenesis, invisibility, stretchiness, and strength greater than that of any of the individual Fantastic Four members, in addition to controlling a vast Skrull army. A menacing character, he is one of the most fun villains in the Marvel Multiverse, and a good initial read to get into the Fantastic Four.
This is the character’s page on the Marvel Wiki: http://marvel.wikia.com/Kl%27rt_(Earth-616)
And here’s an Ookla the Mok song to tell you everything you need to know about the Super-Skrull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk_tu2MwZDw
Kronos Quartet: In true Take Our Word fashion, I’ve gone with a recommendation that sports the weakest of tangential connections to the topic at hand. You see, I was in my high school’s orchestra, so when I hear “scroll” I think of the curly part at the end of a viola, violin, or cello’s fingerboard. That’s what it’s called after all, the scroll. Anyway, at first I was going to dismiss this instinct, but then the Kronos Quartet came to mind. For those who don’t know, the quartet is a highly-respected, venerable group of string musicians who have been performing together for forty years. Their music is at once expressive, adventurous, and beautiful. The reason I decided to suggest checking out their music for today’s article is that their decidedly epic (a word I use sparingly) sound is perfect ambient music for setting out on a fantastical Elder Scrolls quest. Not that the games don’t already have great soundtracks, but personally when I play video games I usually listen to my own music, and the music of the Kronos Quartet is really the only stuff suitable to kill dragons to.
Here’s a link to the group’s official website: http://www.kronosquartet.org/
You may be familiar with their performance on the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack. If not, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpL7YqtD28o
Clearly, if the entire Elder Scrolls Anthology isn’t entertainment enough for you, there are plenty of other “Scrolls”-related options out there. But hey, if you think we missed anything you can do some scrolling of your own, down to the comments section. Feel free to let us know what you would have added to this list. Beyond that, you can go ahead and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/PopModernBlog for links and articles that we find amusing. You can also stay right here and scroll through this week’s Round-Up, where we’ve put together an Elder Scrolls anthology of our own. It’s a series of Elder Scrolls-related YouTube videos to get you in that questing mood.
Elder Scrolls Lore Series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Od2lbw9N4&list=PL7pGJQV-jlzCPBUy9uAXQUXZ4UBaDLKS5&index=1
“The Good, The Bad, and the Dovahkiin”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F84oQejFvss
Morrowind Speedrun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_fFApDyki4
Oblivion Bug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDnnxI_9sPA
Skyrim Trick Shots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJDmxtRPoGk
Theme Song Medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adlIBRAy6uM&feature=youtu.be
“Things to Do in: Skyrim“: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWl-IHKsKdE