Naturally, this never happens, mainly because a game has to happen, though it seems there is occasionally some justice served in Tamriel as one hungry player on Reddit recently found out.
Have you ever had a cannibalistic Skyrim playthrough go wrong?
Their misfortune is the topic of a recent thread in the Skyrim subreddit, which began with a post from the player in question, user ZHIKIX, who shared a clip of their cannibalistic character attempting to chow down on a slain bandit, only to end up keeling over themselves, captioning it: “This man was so rancid that when I took a bite I died.”
Some of their fellow players immediately began to present amusing theories as to why this strange event had occurred, with user BanjoKrat musing: “Come on man. Always read the sell-by date first.”, leading ZHIKIX to jokingly reply: “I did and it said it was good for another five days.”
Thankfully, user Sostratus was able to actually get to the bottom of the extraordinary eating event, citing a bug in the game which can cause players at low health to die if they consume two corpses in quick succession due to a quirk in the way the active effects of cannibalism are applied.
It seems as though not many players are aware of this obscure little tidbit, with user VillainNotHeroes saying: “Wow, I didn't know that. I half hoped that the more bodies I ate, the effect would have stacked…” and S1eepyZ adding: “I did a couple quick googles but nobody has made a mod [to fix] it, from what I saw.”
While that specific mod might not exist yet, if you’re after one that makes cannibalism a little more bourgeois, modder Ebonief’s ‘Gourmet Cannibalism’ might be worth adding to your mod menu.