I’ve seen one particular fan theory about how the universes of Fallout and the Elder Scrolls could be connected. This fan theory suggests that Fallout is set in the past while the Elder Scrolls is set in the future, after nearly all traces of the war have been lost. This theory is backed up by a Nirnroot lookalike on the deck of the Prydwyn in Fallout 4. Personally, I think this theory is ridiculous for two reasons, both of which pertain to the areas in which the story takes place. First, Fallout takes place on planet Earth whereas The Elder Scrolls is set on Nirn.
“But maybe they could have renamed the planet at some point!” you exclaim. And you’re wrong. Geographically, Nirn looks nothing like Earth, even Pangea isn’t laid out similarly to Nirn. It just isn’t feasible that Nirn and Earth are one in the same.
“Then what possible relation could the Elder Scrolls have with Fallout?”
I’m glad you asked! You’re full of great questions today!
My theory revolves around the premise that both planets, Nirn and Earth, were affected by the Great War of 2077. Now, we get to the fun explanation.
The Great War was great in that humanity managed to wipe itself out within two hours. China and the United States lobbed an ungodly amount of nukes at each other with no one knowing who shot first. However, as demonstrated by Megaton, not all missiles detonated.
With the knowledge that some nukes malfunctioned, what if one of those missiles malfunctioned and escaped Earth’s gravitational pull? Out of pure coincidence and luck, this rogue missile eventually finds its way to Nirn, detonating and creating the world of the Elder Scrolls as we know it.
Over the years, the radiation causes feline and reptilian species to mutate into Khajiit and the Argonian while some humans mutated into Orcs and giants. The residual radiation caused mutations in most wildlife and plant life, creating a lot of the creatures that roam the continent of Tamriel.
Now, there is no theory without its flaws. The biggest glaring flaw that I see in my theory is how a rocket must be traveling at 11 kilometers per second in order to reach escape velocity. On average, a modern day ICBM only reaches about 6 to 7 kilometers per second, and therefore lacking the thrust to escape Earth’s gravity.
Based on the fact that the Fallout universe diverges from our timeline at the end of World War II, it is feasible to counterargue that, since the nuclear age never ended in Fallout, the United States and China worked to make their missiles move as quickly as possible, eventually hitting that golden speed of 11 kilometers per second, fast enough for a Fallout universe ICBM to escape Earth’s gravitational pull. Another possibility is that a missile that was intended to knock out satellites missed it’s target and began its journey through space.
There are also many hazards in space, namely asteroids and other space debris that could damage the missile to the point of being useless. However, this theory is designed to have a “stars aligning” mentality, meaning that in this theory, everything would work perfectly in that the missile would sustain little-to-no damage.
Most of the noted flaws could be countered with the fact that we really don’t know everything that went on before the Great War besides the key points that are within the canon. After all, we’re talking about the same universe where deer’s mutated to have two heads (Radstags), crabs can cut you in half (Mirelurks) and aliens exist and monitor humans, maybe they had a hand in all of this?
Nonetheless, if this theory were true, it would help to explain some of the more unexplainable things in the Elder Scrolls such as the magic, the dragons and the lack of a bathroom.
Keep in mind that this is just a theory. I don’t have any concrete evidence to back it up and these kinds of things are just fun to think about. But we are talking about the Fallout universe, so who can really say for sure? I have yet to see another theory besides the nirnroot theory, which is kind of irking considering that it legitimately makes no sense whatsoever, so I wanted to throw a new idea into the ring.
Did I miss anything? Is my theory complete rubbish and if so why? I don’t know much about the science behind this theory, it was mostly my brain wandering with a bunch of “what ifs.” If I missed something or got it entirely wrong, let me know!