Skyrim player makes heartbreaking revelation about Aela

An Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim player makes a heartbreaking discovery while adventuring with Aela the Huntress in the game’s open world.

A player from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim made a heartbreaking discovery while inside the massive open-world game alongside his potential follower, Aela the Huntress. Aela, for the uninitiated, is a character that players meet during the fellowship questline. Along with Lydia, Aela is one of the most popular followers in Skyrim. And just like Lydia, Aela can die permanently if players aren’t careful enough.

Skyrim gives players the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want while exploring, allowing most characters encountered to be killed. Essential NPCs in Skyrim are the exception to the rule, as the game doesn’t allow players to kill characters that are crucial to completing important quests. Aela is an important NPC in Skyrim before players complete the companion quest, but she loses her immortality once the questline is complete.


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Skyrim Gamer and Reddit user HotelMikeLima found this out the hard way when they accidentally killed Aela with a shot from her own bow. While Aela can be killed after completing the companion questline, she can still only be permanently killed by the player character, making the situation even more tragic. While one could simply reload an old save to get Aela back, the Reddit user said that this is an RPG, so being able to erase one’s mistakes would ruin the immersion.

The post asked for recommendations on who could replace Aela, with Lydia offered as a suggestion. Unfortunately, Lydia is already dead in it Skyrim Player’s save, so it’s not an option for an Aela replacement. Lydia and Skyrim Followers generally have a bad habit of disappearing, so it could be argued that it’s better to definitely know their follower’s fate than for them to disappear one day and never show up again.

Characters like Aela the Huntress can be married Skyrim, giving players the opportunity not only to marry them, but also to build a house and start a family with them. It is unclear if this would have been in the future of this particular Aela, as her life was tragically cut short by the Dragonborn’s stray arrow.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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