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Mercer Frey, the leader of the Thieves' Guild, is voiced by Stephen Russell, the voice of Garrett, the infamous protagonist and master thief from the Thief series of games.
General Tullius is a gruff no-nonsense officer who is practical-minded and does deep down care about his men and Skyrim itself. A trait he shares with one of Michael Hogan's other roles as Saul Tigh in the 2004 Battlestar Galactica. Unlike Colonel Tigh however, Tullius doesn't seem to have alcohol problems. He also looks extremely similar to Captain Bailey, another one of Hogan's roles. He's found inside Castle Dour, and Hogan is known for playing dour characters.
A repentant holy man who once acted like a monster and betrayed his friends, who's voiced by Keith Szarabajka.
Complete the Companions quest line, and listen to Athis address you as the Companions' Harbinger. Sound Familiar?
Paarthurnax teaches the player one of the words of fire breath. He's also voiced by Charles Martinet.
Beam Me Up, Scotty: The famous quote from the guards actually goes "Then I took an arrow in the knee", not "to the knee" as it's often quoted.
Doing It for the Art: If you no-clip past the borders of Skyrim, you'll find you can walk all the way to Morrowind and Cyrodiil. They're not at all detailed, just height maps with generic textures and a few landmarks (like the White Gold Tower), but they're still there... even though you'll never be able to reach them without cheats or, theoretically, Game Mods.
Much of it is there for a reason: it can be seen from some point within Skyrim's actual area, without any use of no-clip or game mods, and so needs to have height maps with (generic) textures and the larger, more easily seen from far away landmarks. Other parts, however, can not be legitimely seen from any part of Skyrim, and so would not require height maps.
Or, as brought up in the article, it could be placeholders for future DLC (it's not like Bethesda hasn't put in some fairly expansive DLC before...).
Word of God confirms that its there for those instances when you can see beyond Skyrim from within the game's proper map. Though it doesn't rule out DLC. There are plenty of places inside Skyrim that do this too. If you no clip through the walls of a city, you'll see a partially detailed map of the city again to provide the detail you'd see from certain vantage points even though the city interior is a different map. Likewise, when you're within a city, the exterior of Tamriel is all detailed this way, again to provide what you'd be able to see from within city walls. There's a mod called "Open Cities" that moves some of those cities into the Tamriel map.
Fan Nickname: Brozir for Nazir. It helps that he's one of the three people who survive the attack on the Sanctuary.
Colonel Campbell takes his turn as the Nord Galmar Stone-Fist in Windhelm's Palace of Kings, and as Felldir the Old.
It feels very strange when random Dark Elf NPCs have Joshua Graham's voice, especially as he slips in and out of an accent that is completely unidentifiable.
Any time one of his characters gets angry, they immediately start channeling Kamal Re'x.
One of the daedric prince quests has you helping a Dark Elf clear out a ruin and remove an artifact that is affecting the sleep patterns of a nearby town. He is constantly referring to you as "my child" and the like (like a priest would). If that doesn't make you think of Graham, I don't know what would.
There's one part in the game where Athis says the word "Harbinger".
Hello, children! This is Nazir, reporting to you from the Dark Brotherhood's fortified sanctuary in the Skyrim hellhole!
The leader of the Thieves Guild, Mercer Frey, is voiced by none other than Garrett!
Many of the Thieves Guild-related NPCs speak with Stephen Russell's distinctive "Garrett" voice in one huge Actor Allusion. Apparently, he also teaches lockpicking, serves as the Winterhold College's resident shifty-goods-dealer and works at a meadery for a boss that he hates (the picklock teacher wears a hood that covers his right eye, leaving his pale blue left eye to gleam in the dark as a visual reference). He's also several male townspeople.
Several "curmudgeonly" NPCs, including Festus of the Dark Brotherhood and the Court Mage in Windhelm, are Disney's Pete and Tigger, Jim Cummings.
Snapper Carr and Duke show up quite a lot, particularly as Sven in Riverwood and Mikael in Whiterun.
The German dub has Dr.Cox as every human male guard.
No Export for You: The Collector's Edition was essentially this for Australia, selling out within hours of being put up for pre-order due to the incredibly small number of copies allocated to the country. As something of a compromise, Australia had it's own exclusive Limited Edition, as a free upgrade for EB Games pre-orders.
The Other Darrin: Some of Esbern's lines are spoken by another voice actor doing a Max von Sydow impression. It's not quite seamless.
Talking to Himself: Averted due to a much larger cast of voice-actors, though amusingly in the final Dark Brotherhood mission the player can opt to have the ghost of Lucien Lachance kill off the Emperor, who are both voiced by Wes Johnson.
If the file names seen in the editor for their equipment is any indication, the Stormcloaks were originally going to be called the Sons of Skyrim, with their officers being called the Sons of Talos.
It could be that they did call themselves that originally. The term "Stormcloak" started as an epithet that was adopted by the rebellion. History is full of examples of members of a cause being named after that cause's champion as an epithet only to have it be adopted by the people it was intended to insult.
If it's worth anything, Stormcloak NPC's have 'For the Sons of Skyrim!' as a battlecry. Though, that could just be referring to the people of Skyrim in general. Although, they are referred to as the Sons of Skyrim in certain quest log entries.
Wes Johnson voices both the ghost of Lucien Lachance and Emperor Titus Mede II. This is really the only case where Talking to Himself potentially occurs, since you can summon his ghost to assassinate the Emperor in the Dark Brotherhood questline.
Lynda Carter voices the Nord hero Gormlaith Golden-Hilt in Sovngarde and the Daedric Prince Azura.
Craig Sechler plays the Daedric Princes Hircine and Peryite.