|An Oblivion Gate. Sauron would be proud.|
The Planes of Oblivion are a sight to behold; it is truly a hellish atmosphere. The sky is blood red, and filled with gray and black clouds which are fitting for a world that seems to be constantly burning. You'll encounter pools of lava, as well as seemingly endless oceans of lava (so much for taking a nice cool swim).
|The equivalent of a five-star hotel in Oblivion.|
As you can probably guess, with an atmosphere like this you aren't going to see vast expanses of green foliage. In fact, during your visits to these locations you'll see bare rocky cliffs and plains. The only plants that seem to grow here are some skeletal-looking shrubs, along with some sickly vines that almost look to be dead. Some of these plants appear to be sentient, and just as evil as their surroundings; they will snap at you if you get within striking distance.
|Probably should keep your distance from these.|
The few varieties of Daedra and Dremora enemies that have escaped through the Oblivion gates into Tamriel are obviously abundant in their home-realm of Oblivion. As if dealing with sentient plants and armor-melting lava weren't enough, you'll need to battle plenty of large monstrosities during your visits, such as the dreaded half-human, half-spider Daedra.
|And you thought Zelda's Skulltulas were a problem.|
There's just no escaping them, unless you've cooked up some really good invisibility potions. You'll need to ascend the interiors of gigantic towers filled with these horrors if you hope to escape back to the land of Tamriel. At the top of a certain tower in each area of Oblivion, there is a Sigil Stone that you must steal, which will close the portal and teleport you back to your home-world.
As an added bonus, on your way up these towers you'll be able to grab some loot from large sacks of flesh hanging from the roof, as well as large heart-shaped (closer to a human heart than a Valentine's Day heart) containers called The Punished. I don't think we even want to know the details of the "punishment."
|Go ahead, just reach right in and grab the gold.|
Sounds like a pleasant place to take a vacation doesn't it? That wraps up our quick look at the Elder Scrolls version of Hell. It's scorching, it's dangerous, and it is most definitely disgusting. Did you guys play The Elder Scrolls IV? If so, what did you think of these journeys into Oblivion?