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A Skyrim player has murdered every last nord, elf and beast in the game

A woman stands in a field of bodies on a grey road
(Image credit: Bethesda)

How do you say you're finished with a game? Do you park your character somewhere nice before logging off for good? Or do you follow Skyrim player Jaeinskyrim's lead by murdering every living thing in the fantasy realm until there's nothing left but a chill breeze?

Almost every living thing, at least. We'll get to that.

As spotted by PCGamesN, redditor Jaeinskyrim this week achieved their dream of removing Skyrim of life. The player systematically cut down NPCs from every village, town, city and outpost, as well as any wandering deer or wolf pack. All in all, they slaughtered 2,201 humanoid NPCs and 2,400 creatures, a total tally of 4,601 kills.

Of course, Skyrim doesn't just let you empty a country off the jump. Mods (Jae cites Kill Em All & Death Awaits Us All) let you circumvent 'essential' NPCs, but generic characters like guards and bandits may respawn after a few in-game days. 

There was, however, one named foe Jae couldn't kill. Having cut down the Greybeards before learning clear skies, they couldn't make it to Paarthurnax at the top of the world. While cheats would let them make the trip, Jae ultimately decided against it.

"Paarthurnax deserved better than that. He lives. However, He does leave me alone."

Judging from their reddit history (which appear to be written in-character as the player's, err, wife?), the process seems to have taken a month to complete. In more wholesome Elder Scrolls news, you can now mod in Skyrim gran Shirley Curry as a companion, ahead of her official cameo in The Elder Scrolls 6.

A one-time dog sledder, pancake flipper, alien wrangler and indie darling, Nat now scours the internet looking for the hottest PC gaming news. Destined to become Scotland's first Battlemech pilot.