If you’re a hardcore Elder Scrolls fiend then Game Informer’s encrypted covert art reveal for the series’ upcoming fifth installment, Skyrim, is something you’ll probably want to take note of. The cryptic message was just waiting to be cracked by readers, but I’m not sure anyone figured it’d be within mere hours of its arrival on store shelves.
That being said, GI was kind of enough to provide us with a translation key of sorts that helped break the enigmatic code, and it seems that the fanatics over at Reddit took full advantage of it. As a result, we can now present to you the translation in its entirety:
DOVAHKIIN DOVAHKIIN / NAAL OK ZIN LOS VAHRIIN / WAH DEIN VOKUL MAHFAERAAK AHST VAAL / AHRK FIN NOROK PAAL GRAAN / FOD NUST HON ZINDRO ZIN / DOVAHKIIN FAH HIN KOGAAN MU DRAAL /
AHRK FIN KEL LOST PRODAH / DO VED VIING KO FIN KRAH / TOL FOD ZEYMAH WIN KEIN MEYZ FUNDEIN / ALDUIN FEYN DO JUN / KRUZIIK VOKUN STAADNAU / VOTH AAN BAHLOK WAH DIIVON FIN LEIN
So what exactly does all that nonsense mean? Well, it means this:
DRAGONBORN DRAGONBORN / BY HIS HONOR IS SWORN / TO KEEP EVIL FOREVER AT BAY / AND THE FIERCEST ROUT / WHEN THEY HEAR TRIUMPH’S HONOR / DRAGONBORN FOR YOUR BLESSING WE PRAY
AND THE SCROLLS HAVE FORTOLD / OF BLACK WINGS IN THE COLD / THAT WHEN BROTHERS WAGE WAR COME UNFURLED / ALDUIN BANE OF KINGS / ANCIENT SHADOW UNBOUND / WITH A HUNGERY TO SWALLOW THE WORLD
Cue the dramatic music! Dun, dun, dun.