Skyrim player shares nightmarish face bug which their ruined little brother’s playthrough

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An image of Skyrim's most nightmarish faction's hideout.

When they’re not creating hilariously broken potions, being hunted down by couriers, or testing out spells on chickens, Skyrim players sometimes just want to have a normal wander through Tamriel without anything weird happening.

After all, sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and roleplay as a simple and serious Dragonborn, fighting baddies, doing quests and occasionally stealing some pocket change.

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Sadly, there are still a few pesky bugs and glitches left in the game after all these years which can do a bit of a number on your immersion, as one player on Reddit’s sibling has found out in rather spectacular fashion.

Have you ever ended up unable to sleep after witnessing a particularly terrifying Skyrim bug?

The thread concerning this poor player’s plight on the Skyrim subreddit began with a post from their sibling, user ____Artorias, who shared an image of a character enduring a bit of a nasty facial glitch while trying to escape Helgen, captioning it: “My little brother’s Skyrim character got bugged, I have no idea what happened…”

Their fellow players were pretty taken aback by whatever the character had morphed into, with user Salohkin11 declaring: “kill it with fire”, Muted-South4737 adding: “salt the ashes” and Henrijs85 asking: “Did he say Beetlejuice three times?”

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Thankfully, some were able to hold it together long enough to try and diagnose what had gone wrong, with user sansplayer suggesting: “it looks like an Argonian with Nord skin” and Rizenstrom saying: “(It’s) probably (due to) console commands. It's been a while since I played on PC but I think doing (the) showracemenu (command) before doing setrace can lead to funky stuff like this.”

Others shared slightly less scientific takes on what that creature looked like, with user Pine0wlple_x44 declaring: “Your brother is a Giant’s Club” and HappyGaymerBro implying that it bore a resemblance to everyone’s favourite Star Wars character, Jar Jar Binks.

Meanwhile, user blankk6 mused that experiencing such a strange occurrence so early in the playthrough might be a good thing, saying: “That's a fine tutorial for him. Now he'll understand that Skyrim is a buggy and scary place.”

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