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Why Marriage In Skyrim Is A Good Return On Investment

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers a number of choices throughout the course of its experience, including the opportunity to get married to one of the game's NPCs. Players may be drawn to this possibility if they have an affinity for a particular character or desire some company in one of Skyrim's purchasable homes. From a certain perspective, though, marriages in Skyrim can also be viewed as a very profitable investment.

The process of getting married in Skyrim can be completed in just a few steps. After discussing marriage with a man named Maramal in Riften's Temple of Mara, players initiate a quest called "The Bonds of Matrimony" and can buy an Amulet of Mara for 200 Septims. While the amulet is equipped, certain NPCs will express their romantic interest in the Dragonborn, feelings that the Dragonborn can return or refute. Upon agreeing to marry someone, returning to the Temple of Mara the next day and attending the ensuing ceremony will complete the quest. While this Skyrim quest's brevity may feel underwhelming, players will quickly see their 200 gold investment pay off.

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Among the many benefits accrued from marriage in Skyrim, players can obtain money from their spouse. Every 24 in-game hours, the Dragonborn can collect a share of 100 Septims from their spouse's job earnings. Within just two days, they will be reimbursed for their purchase of the Amulet of Mara, with every subsequent day being a net gain. Players need not worry about forgetting to visit their homes each day to collect; the 100 gold per day revenue will accumulate indefinitely, so players can accept the sum whenever they choose. While not much money at first, this service will eventually yield quite a profit.

Additionally, the Dragonborn's spouse will open a store after marriage, giving players the opportunity to make even more money. No matter which NPC the Dragonborn marries, he or she will become a shopkeeper to whom players can sell the unneeded items they find throughout Skyrim. Even if the Dragonborn takes all of their spouse's available gold by selling items, it will not interfere with the daily allowance, making the shop yet another outlet to easily profit from.

Marriage in Skyrim is often described by its citizens as being a union of mutual love, so exploiting it with profit in mind may feel a bit unethical. Still, in a game where players can reanimate the dead by using conjuration magic, cut down civilians with a fraternity of cold-blooded assassins, and assist vampires by blotting out the sun, marrying for extra money is far from the worst choice the Dragonborn can make.

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