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PostSubject: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySat Oct 30, 2010 6:54 pm

Wow! I've been reading up on M'aiq The Liar, the Khajiit from Oblivion that you will bump into from time to time, and it seems that everything he says is a reference to what fans requested or complained about in Oblivion/Morrowind.

For those too lazy to click on a link here it is:
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M'aiq's phrases were included to make fun of the things that forum members complained about on the official forums, and as partial rebuttals to those comments. Below are the phrases that he says in game, along with their likely meanings.

"M'aiq knows much, tells some. M'aiq knows many things others do not."

This is what he says as a greeting when you enter conversation with him.

"M'aiq longs for a Colovian Fur Helm. Practical, yet stylish. M'aiq is very sad he does not have one."

A reference to the Colovian Fur Helm that M'aiq wore in Morrowind, and the first piece of armor found by many players in that game (on Tarhiel's corpse). Logically, a Colovian helm should have been available in Oblivion, as the entirety of Colovia is accessible to the player. Furthermore, the Colovian Fur Helm is not part of a full set of Colovian Fur Armor; there is no such thing - perhaps a sign of why it was left out of Oblivion.

"M'aiq wishes he had a stick made out of fishies to give to you. Sadly, he does not."

This is a reference to the Fishy Stick fad on the official forums.

"M'aiq believes the children are our future. But he doesn't want them ruining all of our fun."

A reference to discussion on the forums during development about whether children should be included in Oblivion. One group wanted children to be in to add realism; the other group argued that if children were added then the player would be allowed to kill them and the game would be denounced as a child murder simulator. A counter to this would be to make the children invincible, but the opposition countered this saying that doing that would ruin any initial realism.

"M'aiq thinks his people are beautiful. The Argonian people are beautiful as well. They look better than ever before."

An answer to complaints that the beast races looked better in Morrowind, and to people who do not like the "beast races."

"Some people wish to throw their weapons. That seems foolish to M'aiq. If you hold your weapon, you only need one."

Referring to the lack of throwing knives, darts, and stars in Oblivion.

"Some people want special bows that take too long to load and need special arrows called bolts. M'aiq thinks they are idiots."

Reference to a heated discussion in the forums that occurred when one of the developers confirmed that neither crossbows nor throwing weapons would be included in the game.

"Feet are for walking. Hands are for hitting. Or shaking. Or waving. Sometimes for clapping."

A reference to various complaints about limits on the range of uses for limbs available to the average adventurer, including the inability to kick.

"M'aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk."

A reference to the discussion about Oblivion being a multiplayer game, and limits on NPC assistance. Multiplayer is one of M'aiq's recurring topics (another anti-multiplayer easter egg might be the Adoring Fan; all he does is get in the way and talk).

"People always enjoy a good fable. M'aiq has yet to find one, though. Perhaps one day."

Perhaps a reference to how the game Fable was perceived to stack up poorly to its legendary hype. During development, Oblivion was often compared to Fable.

"So much easier to get around these days. Not like the old days. Too much walking. Of course, nothing stops M'aiq from walking when he wants."

M'aiq dismisses complaints over the new Fast Travel system which replaced the myriad transit systems found throughout Morrowind.

"M'aiq is glad he has a compass. Makes it easy to find things. Much better than wandering around like a fool."

Referring to the Quest Compass objections.

"Why would one want to swing a staff? A mace hurts more. Or a sword. Can't shoot a fireball from a sword, though."

Since staves were a blunt weapon in Morrowind some folks didn't like it when they discovered that they would only be used as "spell launchers" and not melee weapons anymore. This also applies in reverse, where melee weapons could only have 'on strike' enchantments, rather than 'on cast', or even 'constant effect'.

"I do not wish to fight on horseback. It is a good way to ruin a perfectly good horse... which is, to say, a perfectly good dinner."

Before the release of Oblivion, the news that mounted combat would not be possible created considerable controversy in the forums, culminating in a petition asking Bethesda to reconsider which included 500+ signatures. Even so, mounted combat was not included in the game. "A perfectly good dinner" is a reference to one of M'aiq's lines from Morrowind, where he states that he likes horses "especially with good cream sauce", which is itself a reference to fan complaints about the lack of horses in Morrowind.

"Levitation is for fools. Why would we want to levitate? Once you are up high, there is nowhere to go but down."

Yet another feature Morrowind had that Oblivion does not is levitation; jumping height was restricted as well. Oblivion's major cities are in separate cells from the world, and the appropriate content (either the inside of cities, or the wilderness outside) is not loaded if you enter a new cell without using the door. An earlier variation of this concept is found in the Morrowind expansion Tribunal, where clipping and a message inform you that jumping over the walls is restricted (although the Mournhold wilderness is not found past the walls in that game).

"It is good the people wear clothing. M'aiq wears clothing. Who would want to see M'aiq naked? Sick, sick people. Very sad."

A debate was armed in the forums about if nudity should be in the game or not like it was in Daggerfall -- and in fact, a minor media storm ensued when it was discovered that females in Oblivion can go around bare-chested with a special mod. M'aiq also commented about this in Morrowind. It may also refer to the appearance of naked Khajiit in Morrowind.

"I don't know why one would want to destroy a building. It takes time to make it. Much time."

A reference to the fact that Oblivion features no destructible environments. M'aiq points out the fact that it would be incredibly time consuming for the game developers to make buildings destructible. It is also reasonable to assume that destructible environments would have a negative impact on performance.

"I have seen dragons. Perhaps you will see a dragon. I won't say where I saw one. Perhaps I did not."

Dragons are idolized at the forums and everyone hoped they would make regular appearances in Oblivion, but they did not. The Avatar of Akatosh counts as a single sighting, but M'aiq prefers not to spoil your game. Of course, M'aiq may say this before the Avatar appears. Dragons exist in Elder Scrolls lore, but rarely make appearances in games.

"Werewolves? Where? Wolves? Men that are wolves? Many wolves. Everywhere. Many men. That is enough for M'aiq."

Another widely expected feature was were-creatures since werewolves made a stellar appearance in Morrowind's expansion "Bloodmoon". Because of development time related issues they did not include them in Oblivion, and they have not made an appearance in the expansion packs either.
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:M%27aiq_the_Liar

I found this so awesome, especially the fishy stick thing Razz
I wish more games had stuff like this XD
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySat Oct 30, 2010 7:39 pm

DOOD LIEK UR TITL3 CONTRADICKTS ITZELF
WDF?
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySat Oct 30, 2010 8:15 pm

Teckno wrote:
DOOD LIEK UR TITL3 CONTRADICKTS ITZELF
WDF?

LULZ I WER JUZT TINKIN DA SAME TING
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 2:32 am

oh wait!!
heres a new one about m'iaq..

"m'iaq is sad because theres another world who is better and has way better fighting and stuff,he hates this world and doesnt want to be a cat thingy"

m'iaq reference to dragon age origins..and why is it better than oblivion..
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 2:34 am

Oh, I remember the Fishy Stick fad. I joined that forum in January of 2008 and I still don't have a fishy stick.

But yeah, I noticed that awhile back. BGS is cool like that.
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 6:59 am

NobleSix wrote:
oh wait!!
heres a new one about m'iaq..

"m'iaq is sad because theres another world who is better and has way better fighting and stuff,he hates this world and doesnt want to be a cat thingy"

m'iaq reference to dragon age origins..and why is it better than oblivion..
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it's M'aiq
And how is something Dragon Age lacks and Oblivion boasts any disadvantage for Oblivion?
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 2:43 pm

NobleSix wrote:
oh wait!!
heres a new one about m'iaq..

"m'iaq is sad because theres another world who is better and has way better fighting and stuff,he hates this world and doesnt want to be a cat thingy"

m'iaq reference to dragon age origins..and why is it better than oblivion..
Razz

Do you have to bring up Dragon Age in EVERY Oblivion thread?
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 4:34 pm

TheJubJub5721 wrote:
NobleSix wrote:
oh wait!!
heres a new one about m'iaq..

"m'iaq is sad because theres another world who is better and has way better fighting and stuff,he hates this world and doesnt want to be a cat thingy"

m'iaq reference to dragon age origins..and why is it better than oblivion..
Razz

Do you have to bring up Dragon Age in EVERY Oblivion thread?

not really..
just to troll bait DW mostly
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptySun Oct 31, 2010 7:21 pm

TheJubJub5721 wrote:
NobleSix wrote:
oh wait!!
heres a new one about m'iaq..

"m'iaq is sad because theres another world who is better and has way better fighting and stuff,he hates this world and doesnt want to be a cat thingy"

m'iaq reference to dragon age origins..and why is it better than oblivion..
Razz

Do you have to bring up Dragon Age in EVERY Oblivion thread?


It's because everyone's got bored of Dragon Age so there are no posts left of it on the republic, and Oblivion is still going strong sooo that's why he makes Dragon Age posts on all Oblivion topics Razz
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptyFri Nov 05, 2010 12:44 pm

M'aiq is funny... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth   M'aiq The Liar Tells The Truth EmptyFri Nov 05, 2010 12:56 pm

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M'aiq is funny... Razz

I know! What a legend Razz
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