Skyrim: Kills every single NPC and creature, now the game is a wasteland

Skyrim: Kills every single NPC and creature, now the game is a wasteland


After 10 years of life and countless hours of play devoted to exploration and more, there are now several experiments and mods that have been created in Skyrim. That the fifth main chapter of The Elder Scrolls fantasy saga is one of the most successful iterations of the brand is little to say, but that even today fans always manage to find something new to do in few would have predicted.

We have seen plenty of experiments, but what an enthusiast did has thrown Skyrim into the most deadly silence, making every single game setting desolate to say the least. The user known on Reddit as 'Jaeinskyrim' has decided to kill every single NPC and creature present in the fifth chapter of The Elder Scrolls, making the game a real desert and lifeless wasteland.

2201 NPCs and people of various kinds along with over 2400 creatures all executed by this enthusiast who stated in a subreddit dedicated to Skyrim: “it's all over, I'm only in Skyrim”. The player's post was also accompanied by a series of images depicting the main cities of the game completely deserted, cemeteries where no virtual beings have been spared by this insatiable fan.

It is finished. 2201 people / NPCs, plus over 2400 more various creatures. All gone. I am alone in Skyrim. from skyrim

As another Reddit user nicely points out, it would now make sense to be able to call the entire game region 'Solitude', just like one of the most iconic cities in Skyrim, which obviously has been deprived of every single organism of virtual life by the work of this player. A feat that aroused a lot of curiosity the one carried out by ‘jaeinskyrimiì, above all because it allows us to see some glimpses of the Bethesda title from a new perspective.

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A Skyrim fan has killed every single NPC and creature so now everywhere’s Solitude

While Skyrim might not boast the dense, raucous crowds of other big RPG games like The Witcher 3, there are still a lot of (virtual) folk who call Tamriel’s frostiest region home. One Skyrim fan in particular should know, as they’ve decided to dispatch each and every NPC and creature in the land – and it turns out the job meant multiple thousands of kills.

“It is finished,” says Skyrim fan Jaeinskyrim on the open-world game’s subreddit. “2,201 people/NPCs, plus over 2,400 more various creatures. All gone. I am alone in Skyrim.” The post is accompanied with a bundle of images showing the devastation they’ve caused to Tamriel’s populace. Winterhold, Dawnstar, Morthal, Solitude, and even Castle Volkihar – nowhere and no one has been spared the player’s ruthless rampage. Commenter Brando3141 jokes that “the whole region can now be called Solitude”, which – as the original poster notes – is a good one.

It’s difficult to judge, though, whether every single Skyrim NPC has indeed been successfully dispatched, as it’s difficult finding a number to put on that total. While there are many unique, named characters wandering its cities and byways which are easy to tally, there are also a bunch of randomly generated ‘generic’ folks, like soldiers and hunters, which will respawn after a time if killed.

But, who are we to question Jaeinskyrim’s impressive feat? With more than 4.6k people and creatures seen to, it’s certainly hard to imagine there’s a single soul left in the vast land, as their images reflect:

It’s not the first time we’ve seen such, er, determined crowd control, either – several years ago, Redditor SachielMF posted an image of the work their Geralt made of Novigrad’s townsfolk. Gulp.

If you’d like to make some changes to Tamriel, albeit in a slightly less, er, final manner, be sure to take a look at our rundown of the best Skyrim mods for some inspiration. You can also read our reflections on what we reckon it might be like if Microsoft made Skyrim free with Windows at that link.