Skyrim places its players in a curious position by giving them the freedom to do anything and everything possible. This makes for a wonderfully immersive gaming experience at its best, but it’s also strangely hollow at times. Although the narrative hails you as the hero that fate has chosen to change the course of history, much of what you do in Skyrim has very little lasting effect on the world around you.
Questlines are often completed and villains defeated without much notice from most passers-by, except for an occasional comment from a guard or townsperson. Other questlines that may have seemed related are typically left untouched by your actions. This is a weird feeling.
Completing the game’s central storyline, which involves ridding the world of the urgent threat of the dragons, does not actually change the world or quests in a dramatic way. Dragons still fly around and attack you on sight. It can often seem a bit like you are an enormously powerful hero that no one is paying any attention to, despite your best efforts.