For the fifth year running, Planet Elder Scrolls hosted my annual mischief. Thanks, APY and everyone at PES! I’m also pleased that – for once – nobody fell for this one!
We were saddened to note that Bethesda’s Lead Character Animator has been injured in an accident at work today. We wish her the speediest of recoveries. Planet Elder Scrolls has the full story:
Bethesda’s character animator, Christiane Meister, was admitted to hospital today with a first degree burn to the ankle and lacerations to the forearm. The injuries were sustained while gathering motion capture clips for the forthcoming game, Skyrim.A spokesperson for Bethesda confirmed that, while shaken, the animator is recovering well and is expected to return to work by the middle of next week. “There’s unlikely to be any permanent scarring, though her clothes were a little singed. It was a terrible shock.”
The accident occurred when one of the Norwegian Blue dragons, on loan from Washington’s National Zoo, broke free from its tether and rushed towards the artist and the camera operator. Her colleague was unharmed in the incident, and the dragon was quickly returned to its pen.
Eric Gardener of the National Zoo explained: “Often when an animal attacks, it is immediately destroyed. However, there are only two known breeding colonies of dragons – one in the Galapagos Isles and another in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan, China. Due to the rarity of these creatures, it was considered appropriate simply to avoid further contact with human beings.”
The Norwegian Blue dragon – one of the world’s few flying varieties – is extinct in the wild and is the third-most endangered species on the IUCN Red List after the Pinta Island Tortoise (of which only one remains) and the Barbary Lion, which has not bred in the wild since 1922.
“We have been thrilled and privileged to have access to these incredible creatures,” said Bethesda’s Nick Breckon. “Most of the animation for the game is already complete, and these were just ‘pick-up shots’ for the game’s closing cutscene. I think we have all the footage we need, and look forward to seeing Christiane’s work with these amazing animals as soon as she returns to the office.”