The Fallout and Elder Scrolls worlds were already inextricably linked because both are developed by Bethesda Softworks. However, a new Fallout 4 easter egg reveals Fallout and Skyrim take place in the same universe.
If you allied with a certain faction in Fallout 4, you have most likely already discovered the juicy implications about Bethesda’s two biggest series being intertwined. For the rest of you, there’s a really cool Fallout 4 easter egg aboard the Prydwen, the airship commanded by the Brotherhood of Steel
At the research station where senior scribe Neriah is located, you can view a melange of different animals, vegetables and plants. Most of these things you’ve seen out in the wasteland…but not this:
An experimental plant with healing properties? What’s so cool and easter eggy about this?
The experimental plant earns a spot on the long list of Fallout 4 easter eggs because it has a striking resemblance to the “Nirnroot” of the Elder Scrolls games. The resemblance on its own isn’t especially cool as it looks as though Bethesda was just reusing an asset that’s meant to be a totally different plant in the Fallout universe. However, if you were to review the computer logs on the discovery of the experimental plant, labelled “NRT” (which could be shorthand for Nirnroot), you would find out why it belongs on the Fallout 4 easter egg list.
The computer logs reveal that like Nirnroot, the experimental plant is found “at the mouth of a river”, glows and has survived a catastrophic event. The information the log reveals is almost identical to the lore surrounding Nirnroot in the Elder Scrolls series.
Cool, right? The only downside is now the fan theory that Fallout and Elder Scrolls exist in the same worlds, which doesn’t make a lick of sense because how can the events of Elder Scrolls happen in the future? Are dragons just deathclaws with wings?
If you ask me, this Fallout 4 easter egg isn’t meant to be read into too seriously. Although, I would like to see a timeline chart that maps how all of Bethesda’s games are relate to each other just like the equally ridiculous but fun Pixar Theory.