A new mod for Bethesda’s groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was created to include the infamous Game of Thrones Starbucks cup. Because of course that’s what Skyrim modders are best at.
Granted, the details of the mod and its creation are objectively a thing of beauty. The detailed cup has been added to the Throne Room in Solitude as well as Dragonsreach Keep. Of all the keeps in Skyrim, Solitude has perhaps the grandest of them all with the Blue Palace ruled by Jarl Elisith (who can become Queen depending on which faction of the Cuvil War the player joins). Dragonsreach Keep, on the other hand, has far better meme potential.
Naturally, Kotaku were the first on this story:
Skyrim player DarkMaster06 didn’t waste a second pretending that their request on the Skyrim Mods subreddit was anything more than an elaborate “troll” mod. But they asked for it all the same: “This is my request,” they wrote. “Based on the Game of Thrones series, we should add a Starbucks cup to Dragonsreach.”
A couple weeks ago, as part of its race to an unsatisfying conclusion that could’ve been good if the showrunners had taken their dang time, Game of Thrones left a cardboard coffee cup in a shot that made it into the show. It became a meme faster than you can say, “Yeah, I know I said I was gonna cut back on coffee before, but I’m really gonna do it this time.” HBO has since removed the shot of the cup from the episode, but its spirit lives on.
Within three hours of the Skyrim Mods request post going up yesterday, two modders—Sphered and Johnrose81—came through. They whipped up their fresh brews in eerily similar amounts of time, but each of them took an intriguingly different approach to the subtle art of crafting a throwaway meme mod.
Sphered decided on a no-nonsense approach to this admirable brand of nonsense. Their “Mysterious Coffee Cup” mod adds a detailed Starbucks coffee cup to the throne room in the city of Solitude as well as, per the request, Dragonsreach keep.
Personally though, I’d have put the cup in Windhelm or Winterhold, because Ulfric Stormcloak seems the most Game of Thrones-esque of all of Skyrim’s characters. Winterhold is, of course, the closest Skyrim has to a “north.” And it is always winter there.