Skyrim is the computer game that every gamer wanted to play all winter long. I have logged zero hours of game play but from close observation of others (read: Alejandro) I understand that you kill dragons to absorb their power so you can shout and kill other dragons.
Your motivation for massacring these creatures is that they’re terrorizing villages and killing them makes you stronger and a hero to the local towns people. Hooray groupies.
I’m never one for animal cruelty but I figured if you must kill majestic beasts to save yourself, you must.
Then I found out that these dragons can talk.
This whole time I thought it was just untamed wild beast against civilization. But the more I looked into it the wiser the dragons seemed to be. They have their own language, for one, and they are smart enough to taunt you in English as well.
The reason people enjoy playing Skyrim is that there are so many options for game play. I think one of them should be diplomatic negotiation.
In this path no one gets hurt. Instead of working on your strength and buying fancy armor, players exercise and practice their inter-species negotiation skills.
What are the Dragons demands? Why are they bent on destroying the human race? Are they bent on destroying the human race?
This is probably all a large misunderstanding.
Maybe the dragons blind rage is covering up a soft interior who is justifiably upset because you killed his sister, brother, father, mother or other kin. Perhaps the spot the townspeople decided to build a village was his favorite stomping ground when he was a kid and is sad to see it taken over by deforestation.
These dragons are probably swooping down not to attack but to find some comfort and love.
Side note: Villagers, you should really try building your houses out of fire-resistant materials. You live in dragon country, adapt to your environment people.
Skyrim players, ahem Dragonborn, I challenge you to take the future of dragon-human relations into your own hands. The game is already leading you in that direction. Despite being able to do some despicable things –– break-in and rob your local tavern, kill villagers and pick pocket your friends –– you can’t hurt the children, because the children are our future.
Let’s create a world where we all live in peace and no one has to take an arrow to the knee.
[In a survey of Skyrim players (read: Alejandro) 100% disliked the reference to the arrow joke. But 100% of me liked it.]