The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn is the third official add-on for the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim.
The plot involves traveling to the island of Solstheim and the return of a mysterious former Dragon Priest called Miraak, one-time ruler of the island. Unlike the ancient Dragon Priests of Skyrim, he’s purportedly the first individual to be gifted with the dragon blood, much like the Dragonborn, and possesses the ability to absorb Dragon souls.
The main questline also features traveling to Apocrypha, realm of Hermaeus Mora, Daedric Prince of forbidden knowlege. Here the Dragonborn must recover the mysterious Black Books in order to learn new powers and stop Miraak.
In addition, the add-on features a plethora of new quests, characters, dragon shouts, armor, weaponry and the ability to tame and ride Dragons.
The main questline consists of 7 quests that take place across Solstheim and beyond. 28 side quests are available along with many more miscellaneous quests.
Over 90 new characters are introduced in the add-on.
Over 90 new locations are included throughout Solstheim, including Hermaeus Mora’s plane of Oblivion, Apocrypha.
Several familiar creatures returning from The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon, along with new creatures, including the Serpentine Dragon, Ash Spawns, Seekers and Lurkers.
A plethora of Dragon shouts, abilities, powers, scrolls and spells are introduced. Including one shout that grants the ability to ride dragons.
Over 30 weapons, including two brand new craftable weapon sets: Stalhrim and Nordic.
Four brand new craftable armor sets are introduced in the add-on: Bonemold, Chitin, Stalhrim and Nordic. In addition, several unique pieces and sets in both light and heavy variants.
11 new alchemy ingredients, over 70 new books and many more pieces of jewelry, clothing, crafting supplies and unique items.
A full list of all unique items, including armor, weapons, clothing and jewelry.
A preview trailer was released by Bethesda on 5th November 2012 that showed various aspects of the add-on.
He was once one of them, the Dragon Priest.
He ruled here in their name, ruled over Solstheim.
But he did not serve the Dragons, he devoured them.
And like them, he seeks to return.
You didn’t think that you were the only one?
He was the first.
The trailer begins by showing a ship approaching an island later revealed to be Solstheim. Banners can be seen bearing the crest of House Redoran while the buildings in the background are distinctly Dunmer in origin. This is followed by some imagery relating to Dragon Priests, such as the Dragon Priest Shrine. Next the narrator is revealed as an elderly Nordic man sitting outside a Skaal village.
A few scenes of Solstheim are shown next, including its unique landscape, the Telvanni Tower and a mysterious cave inhabited by Netchs. A Dunmer settlement displaying Redoran architecture and a Nordic tomb decorated with Dragon skeletons, are also shown.
Next an amphitheatre-type structure is shown followed by a smaller structure and upright pillar emitting a green glow. The Dragonborn is then shown reading a book, after which a tentacle ensnares him. The next shot reveals a large citadel-type building with twisted columns as pages of books flutter in the wind.
The Dragonborn is then shown inside the Telvanni Tower, using some type of levitation device to ascend into a laboratory of sorts, littered with Dwemer scraps. This is followed by a shot of two new armor types, one of which appears to be made of bone with a semi-translucent layer on top.
The trailer then shows the Dragonborn climbing on to the back of a new breed of Dragon whilst in the citadel realm, followed by various scenes of combat pitting the Dragonborn against a variety of creatures, including spear wielding Rieklings, some of whom are riding Tusked Bristleback war mounts. Several new types of armor and weapons are shown again. Finally the Dragonborn is seen riding a roaring Dragon with High Hrothgar in the background.
The trailer concludes with a shot of three Dragon souls being absorbed by the unnamed former Dragon Priest, who is purportedly the first Dragonborn.