Bethesda is known for two particularly good RPG's: Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Both games have a lot in common, including a first-person gameplay style and the massive, open worlds available to the player. However, eagle-eyed gamers have spotted a small, but potentially significant Easter egg in the newly released Fallout 4...
As you can see above, Fallout 4 has a certain 'experimental plant' Skyrim players will recognize as 'Nirnroot,' a healing plant found in Tamriel. In Fallout 4, you can find the plant on Prydwen, a Brotherhood of Steel airship, where a scribe is researching the plant.
Fallout refers to the plant as 'Glowroot,' however the notes made by the scribe refer to it in shorthand as 'NRT.' That, and both plants are described as growing near water. This seems like fairly conclusive evidence that there is a touch of Elder Scrolls within Fallout.
But what does this mean? Probably nothing -- just a little Bethesda treat. But what if the presence of Nirnroot in Fallout hints at a shared universe? The games share a number of colossal differences, but could this mean that the Elder Scrolls world could be post-apocalyptic?
If so, this means that Fallout could be the history of Elder Scrolls, which at very least prompts a few interesting thoughts, such as whether the Argonian's and the Khajiit are the result of some serious disaster. Moreover, could Elsweyr, the homeland of the Khajiit, be some kind of barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland?
Okay... so probably not. For one thing Tamriel is located on the planet Nirn, which has two moons, Secunda and Masser. Fallout is located on Earth, and last I checked we only have the one moon. So unless there is a serious disaster implied by Fallout, it's likely that the presence of Nirnroot is simply an Easter egg for fans to discover.
Still, speculation about the reasons behind Easter eggs does prompt some interesting theories! It's unlikely we'll be seeing a crossover between Skyrim and Fallout, but do you think they could possibly share a universe?
Check out the official trailer for Fallout 4 below.