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Skyrim DLC "Dragonborn" to feature mounted dragons, Morrowind armour, Solstheim

Bethesdafans uncover details in Skyrim update file

We're all about updates on OXM today, apparently. You've probably tasted the chunky goodness of Minecraft Xbox 360 update 1.8.2 by now, and you may have sampled the sleek wonderment of the new Xbox 360 dashboard, too. Now, ready your bodies for the ultimate trial (cue music), the final assault on the verdant expanses of your recreational hours - Skyrim's "Dragonborn" DLC.

The usual enterprising Skyrim PC players have uncovered the usual array of telltale filenames ("DLC2", "Dragonborn") in Skyrim's most recent update, hinting at a DLC pack which allows players to mount dragons. Just imagine - 300 tonnes of rampaging, ice-breathing salamander between your thighs. Might want to wear two pairs of underpants.

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As if that wasn't enough, there's also evidence that Dragonborn will take us back to Morrowind, setting for Elder Scrolls III and the former home of the Dunmer. There were whisperings to this effect last year - Lake Solstheim and Vvardenfell are modelled just off the existing Skyrim world map.

Quest markers for Solstheim, Telvanni, Castle Karstaag, Raven Rock and Miraak Temple have been discovered, alongside entries for what appear to be four new armour varieties - Bonemold, Chitin, Nordic and Stalhrim. Finally, there are files for the aforesaid dragon-riding animations. Looks like you'll be casting spells from dragon-back, too. Squee.

Bethesda parent Zenimax trademarked "Dragonborn" for use in reference to downloadable games software earlier this year. Where there's smoke, there's dragonfire.

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