Domestic Abuse in Oblivion


It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. What caused Rimalus Bruiant to go insane and slaughter one of his beloved dogs, we’ll probably never know, but it’s fortunate that his other canine and his wife were able to intervene before he murdered the rest of the loving family, albeit with a little help from our main hero.

It’s one of the more subtle video game bugs I’ve seen, but one that’s particularly poignant as it points out a side of life in Oblivion that surely exists but is never talked about. You think guys never beat their wives and dogs in medieval times? That was like a recreational activity back then.

In no way am I poking fun at real domestic abuse (which is abominable), but when it happens by accident in Oblivion, it’s worth a chuckle or two.

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