Vaniver wrote:Challenging leaders by single combat is not that odd a thing, whereas worshiping Daedra is kind of unambiguously troublesome.
As far as I'm aware, the only evidence that the Forsworn worship Daedra is a Nord telling you so, and he didn't seem to be that informed. And besides, the Daedra, with some exceptions aren't really evil. Yeah, worshipping Malog Bal or Mehrunes Dagon would be a turn-off, but Azura, Hermaeus Mora, and Meridia seem pretty okay, for example. The Eight Divine helped Pelinal Whitestrake kill off almost an entire race (and some more, because he didn't bother to check if some people were Khajiit or Ayelid), so they aren't exactly cool.
Really, the only difference between the Aedra worshipped by Aldmeris, Imperials, and Nords; and the Daedra worshipped by Dunmer, Ayelids, and the occasional cultist, are that the Daedra didn't fall for/rejected Lorkhan's deception/argument to create Nirn. They tend to be bigger dicks and interfere more, but I'd wager that's more from the fact that the Aedra gave up large parts of their power in creation. The Aedra don't seem to have the nasty habit of claiming souls, I guess, but the Daedra mostly grab their followers, so it's individual choice.
Box Boy wrote:So is murdering the head honcho of a major country, creating a power vacuum everyone wants to fill and then starting a civil war, as a result causing the deaths of who knows how many innocent people
The civil war could be attributed to Imperial interference, though, as Ufric probably would have been named High King shortly after pulling a stunt like that in pre-Imperial days.
Hard to view the Empire as interfering in Skyrim when the modern empire basically originated in Skyrim. Going back further, Skyrim seems to have been part of the Empire since at least some point in the First Empire. They seem to be even willing subjects of Reman Cyrodiil in the Second Empire, up until the collapse of the Akaviri Potentate.
Damn you Bethesda. I spent pretty much all night not even playing any of your games, but reading about them. The lore is crazy detailed, with just the right amount of ambiguity. If you haven't read the 2290 series, go collect them. (They are also in Morrowind and Skyrim, or online at The Imperial Library.) They're essentially a historical novel about the end of the First Era. I only wish they were full length actual novels.