Fos Roh Dah


You have woken up on the back of a horse drawn carriage, you are one of four people shackled. A man sitting across from you has his mouth gagged with fabric, while it seems dire, he appears to be quite stoic considering your possible fates.

Not long after an unbelievable escape you find yourself left by your self, with limited supplies, clothing and protection. You know there is a town not too far away called Riverwood – as good a place to start. A local blacksmith helps you get your bearings, shares with you some information on the political turmoil facing the country you are in and suggests you visit Whiterun.

As you approach the front gate, you are challenged by a guard before you enter.

Once you have answered his questions you make your way through the wooden gates and are confronted by a town that will ultimately become one of your main homes in life in Skyrim.

If you have made it this far, you are obviously a legend that has invested hundreds of hours in one of the earth’s greatest video games ever. You will have spent a lot of time talking with the local blacksmith. You may have gone in and talked with the guards aswell. You may have headed up the street to buy and sell potions. And without a doubt you have stored a whole heap of stuff in your home, ‘The Breezehome’. 

I bet you could close your eyes and imagine walking through the streets of Whiterun, recall where the barrells are placed, how the rooms are laid out, the location of the stairs in your home, your bed, your arcane enchanter etc. And if you have spent as many hours in the game as I think you have, you can recall the layouts of Hjerim (Windhelm), Proudspire Manor (Solitude), Honeyside (Riften) and all the others.


Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher. He served as consul in 63 BC and was considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.

One of the things that made him successful, was his ability to recall a lot of information while presenting to the Roman Senate. In his speeches his had the ability to recall population numbers, projects, issues, names and dates of all matters he was to discuss. He did all of this without notes, without tablets or lists to read from.

The technique he used has many names, such as the:

Regardless of the name, these simple mnemonic devices have similar principles, are easy to learn and have been working for over 2000 years.

Let’s use Cicero’s home office as an example. If he was to face the doorway into his office, on the left he would see a statue. On the right a plant. There would have been 6 pillars holding up the roof, 3 on the left and 3 on the right. At the back a very wide window. Slightly back from there, a table. 


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