People are furiously arguing over this illusion from Skyrim

Image of of a dragon from Bethesda's Skyrim and a greybeard from Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Image of of a dragon from Bethesda's Skyrim and a greybeard from Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

Since the dawn of the internet people have loved to argue - about politics, religion, food, video games (Skyrim being a discussion staple) and even down to such a simple thing as a picture.

One of the most heavily debated events of the past decade, was down to whether a dress was black and blue, or white and gold. Who knew, back in early 2015, the cultural impact it would have across the globe?

Since then there have been a number of viral optical illusions including the oily legs or white paint image, the hidden wall cigar, and the six girls with five pairs of legs - and it looks like Bethesda’s Skyrim could be the next one to add to the list of people furiously arguing over an image.

The Skyrim image in question

Skyrim may be coming up to being 12 years old, but players are still discovering new secrets. Recently, someone discovered a glaring hole in the game's now iconic opening sequence involving Ulfric Stormcloak.

Reddit user PlutonicKronic has discovered some unique stonework and has gone to the internet to get other players' opinions on what the image is actually of.

An image from Skyrim showing either two Greybeards facing each other or a Dragon's head.
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This Skyrim image is causing heated discussions online

The image in question is found within the secretive High Hrothgar, the Greybeards' monastery atop Skyrim’s highest mountain peak, the aptly named Throat of the World.

Skyrim fans are split between two distinctive choices, with players arguing, some quite aggressively, between each. One side sees two Greybeards or elves facing each other, while the other side sees the top-down view of a dragon's head.

Some have even said they can see both the Greybeards or elves and the dragon head simultaneously, comparing the image to the famous Rabbit-Duck Illusion. For the uninitiated, this is a hand-drawn picture illusion from 1892, where either a rabbit or a duck can be seen, depending on the person viewing it.

One person has even said they can see two bears high-fiving - a callback to the famous Fallout: New Vegas Rorschach test from the start of the game.

An image of Two Bears Highfiving from Fallout: New Vegas
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The famous 'Two Bears Highfiving' from Fallout: New Vegas

No matter which side of the discussion you fall on, or even if you can see something completely different, it’s still an interesting scrap of in-game lore. It proves that without a shadow of a doubt, the Greybeards of High Hrothgar definitely have an illusion skill of 100.

Remember to check out more of our Skyrim content, including how its archery has had a complete overhaul and is now so much more immersive than ever before, and a World War 2 mod that brings the horrors (and guns) to the land of Skyrim.

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