Skyrim Scripted, Page 6

Middas, 3:45pm, 3rd of Heartfire, 4E 201

Making my way back to the college with the news of where the Staff of Magnus is located I came across Anga’s Mill. Nothing noteworthy (although quests may be revealed here later) but I mention it because it’s something I enjoy about the game – the NPC’s going about their daily lives while I take care of mine.

Because there were only three of four residents of this location there was much more evidence of their lives going on, more than when I was in Riverwood.

But enough of the simple life – there are crazy things happening up at the college and I have to get back.

Once I made it back terrible news was waiting to greet me – the Arch-Mage is dead and Ancano warded himself off in the main chamber. With the fate of the college and perhaps the known world hanging in the balance, I head off for Labyrinthian to recover the famed Staff of Magnus.

On my way there I stop at Whiterun and spend the night at the Bannered Mare. It’s fun to start to feel familiar with certain places, and also to see them from (literally) different angles and I continue to travel the world.

On my way up the mountain I came across Hamvir’s Rest, a small graveyard to the northwest of Whiterun. Someone – I’m guessing Hamvir himself – popped out of the main sarcophagus and scared the crap out of me. He was easily defeated but I hope he wasn’t part of a quest that I’ll now miss out on later.

The ruin of Labyrinthian was fantastic; it’s a great example of how the designers “hide” huge areas just around the corner so it seems like it’s revealed every time you come back to it. It was a huge area and I knew underground would be just as large.

Labyrinthian

Expansive Yet Hidden

In the center of the ruins there was a Wooden Mask, but I’m not quite sure what it’s for. I have yet to put it on so we’ll see.

I entered Labyrinthian and was greeted by the Force ghosts of Savos Aren and his fellows students; they were discussing going further into the ruin. It seems like a bad idea, but they pushed ahead.

This was a cool concept well executed – the ghosts telling the story of what happened, how you see Savos pushing everyone else along to their eventual destruction (and his remorse at doing so), etc. It was well done.

The skeletal dragon in the huge chamber you come across was impressive and a fun battle. According to UESP this is the only skeletal dragon you come across, so I’m glad to have found and fought it.

Down in the ruin I learned my second dragon shout in the ancient language. Nice.

The battle with Morokei was crazy, with two of the lost student still trapped in this thrall. Believe me, even with the “God cheat” on I felt like I wasn’t sure if I was going to beat him.

But beat him I did, and with the staff and his mask secured it’s back to the college to confront Ancano.

Morokei_Mask

The Mask of Morokei

Before I made it there one of Ancano’s lackeys, Estormo, came out of nowhere to fight me in the ruin. After that huge battle with the dragon priest he was more of an annoyance, but I dealt with him nonetheless.

 

 

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The First SWAT at it

Our oldest played her first game of Halo online multiplayer earlier this month (2/3/18) almost by accident – Currerbell was away from the screen and the game was starting, so someone else had to take over!

Halo 5 SWAT

One Stop Shot

There may be many more games in her future, but for now she’s taken her first step into the online arena.

 

Cardboard LAN 2017

October 26-28th of last year was our annual Cardboard LAN and not only was this the longest I was ever able to spend with the guys but it had the most variety in terms of what we played and did.

Board games, video games (including the NES Classic Edition), Mystery Science Theater 3000, real-life escape rooms, etc. This long weekend had it all!

The above is just a taste of the goodness we had that long weekend

And speaking of taste we had amazing brats as well.

 

 

 

 

Skyrim Scripted, Page 5

Tirdas, 9:33am, 2nd of Heartfire, 4E 201

Drama at the College of Winterhold continues – Mirabelle gives me the heads up on the Synod, a group of magic-users looking to expand their influence throughout the Empire.

Speaking with her you get the impression that the college just wants to be left alone, but it keeps getting drawn into the world outside. Such is the life of those who have the ability to cosmically change the universe with their will (insert wistful sigh).

Eye of Magnus

“We just want to quietly study magic, but crazy things keep happening.”

Ancano is always in the Hall of Elements just waiting for … something. It’s unnerving.

In a way it’s very much like college – I had trouble finding my way around and got lost several times trying to find my room (first floor in the Hall of Attainment).

Headed back to the Frozen Hearth and saw Continue reading →

Skyrim Scripted, Page 4

Fredas, 7:27pm, 29th of Last Seed, 4E 201

My persuasive speech craft is coming in handy as I was able to help Onmund get his family’s amulet back without a side quest, just asking Enthir nicely.

A random thief (I’ve met a few now) was also persuaded that since it didn’t look like I had any money to move on. These fools don’t stand a chance against the silver tongue!

I’ve also run into two random Mercenaries, and with more sweet talk I was able to get the locations they were headed to added to my map.

I explored the ruined fort Fellglow Keep in order to get the books we need to understand what’s going on with the Eye of Magnus; I even let the wayward wizard Orthorn – who stole the books in the first place – live.

His plan didn’t work out as well as he had hoped and was being held captive for “experimentation.” I let him out, but not as a helper – so he left as fast as he could.

Down in the dungeons I met the nicest Vampire Fledgling you could ever meet – she was trapped in a cage for target practice by magic-users, but what I approached her she spoke just like someone in town and not the “hello meat” line you normally get from vampires. I wish her well.

When I made it to the location of the three books needed “The Caller” let me take them with the idea that I would never return. Since I just destroyed all her work and wiped out her followers I was surprised she was so accommodating –  but I’ll take it. I may need to go back and check on her later …

Fellglow Keep interior

Nothing to see here! Please move along!

I made it back to the College of Winterhold with the books and spoke with the Augur of Dunlain. I thought he was going to be malevolent but in the end just a floating orb of energy with things to say and advice to give. The voice work was well done.

Apparently Ancano had been down to see him before but the Augur didn’t like the looks of him.

Tolfdir survived! I thought for sure when I left him with the Eye of Magnus he’d be done for, but he made it through.

A member of the Psijic Order appeared again to encourage me to stay the course and find someway to take care of the Eye; well done presentation.

(Quick side note – I’ve found two of the unusual gems so far, one being in the Arch-Mage’s quarters and the other in Fellglow Keep.)

Completed Quests:

  • Good Intentions
  • Hitting the Books
  • Onmund’s Request

Skyrim Scripted, Page 3

Finally made it to Winterhold! It’s been an interesting road to get to the city and I’m glad to see it.

Azura’s Shrine was a familiar sign on the mountaintop as I entered the city limits, and the first thing I noticed were the destroyed buildings, almost hollowed out. What had happened here?

I was hoping to get at least a hint from the locals and I got more than that; in fact both the physical and political goings-on at Winterhold were fascinating.

The Great Collapse changed everything for the city – and Jarl Korir is still bitter about it. To be fair most of the city was destroyed in a cataclysmic event that may or may not have been caused by magic users housed at the college in town which did survive said cataclysmic event, so hard feelings (or at least mistrust) are understandable.

Jarl Korir at rest

Still bitter

Not everyone believes the College of Winterhold is to blame, but it’s the general mood.

The college itself has not disappointed as a worthwhile destination; it has all the pettiness of Morse’s Oxford and the mystery of Potter’s Hogwarts.

More on the college later – I’m still making my way through the town!

The aptly named Frozen Hearth Inn is now a place I can lay my head for free, after getting Continue reading →

Skyrim Scripted, Page 2

Middas, 4:40pm, 20th of Last Seed,  4E 201

Rather then stick close to Whiterun as I did in my previous travels I decided to head to the northernmost city in Skyrim – Winterhold, home of the famed College of Winterhold.

City of Winterhold

Heading northward

Most NPCs have encouraged me not to get mixed up in the world of magic, but I believe furthering my education in the arcane arts will benefit (dare I say, save … ?) the world in the long run.

This is a path I’ve never traveled before so it was exciting heading further and further into new territory – I met Continue reading →

Skyrim Scripted, Page 1

Sundas, 5:00pm, 17th of the Last Seed

Down the road to Helgen town with my fellow prisoners, the surroundings slowly coming into focus as the sounds of the trees and the wheels on the road tell us that we’re on our way to face Imperial justice.

I’ve been through this sequence before but still enjoyed it, especially the ignoring of the dragon’s roar at the execution. A stray arrow, a loud peasant – those can be ignored by a group of Imperial soldiers without much fear.

But a thundering cry from an inhuman beast? Move along, nothing to worry about.

Dragon Attack Helgen

Remember that sound? That was me

I followed Ralof down to Helgen Keep and once all was clear made my way to Riverwood; this was a path I’d been down before and it felt good to see the old place again.

Passing the Standing Stones I met Continue reading →

Intro to Skyrim Scripted!

As we head into a new year I’ve become a part of a new world – on the planet of Nirn in the continent of Tamriel the providence of Skyrim resides, and now I reside in it as well.

I suppose “returned to a new world” would technically be the correct phrase in this case. I started The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before but in each game I could never get past the overwhelming feeling of being overwhelmed; not being able to game for extended amounts of time I would jump in and out when I could with other games also pressing in for my time – you know the feeling.

But I’m heading back! Why you ask? Two main reasons:

  1. The world and game are worth it; since I last put down Skyrim about two years ago I still think of the game and want to be a part of it
  2. I want to follow through on an idea I had previously – to journal my adventures and therefore be able to jump back in when I could without losing the feeling of being a part of the world

True you have the quest text to help you out and give you a snapshot of where you’re at, but for me it’s always been a little sparse. Those words don’t capture my experience in Skyrim, only my goals.

Skyrim Map

A World of Adventure! And sweet rolls!

So with along with armor, smelting skills and Continue reading →

Batman Arkham Knight – Coda

Batman: Arkham Knight. I feel like I don’t need to say anything more – I’ve been building up to this game through the previous games in the Arkham series, comics, the prequel novel, a movie; all this leading to the Dark Knight’s greatest challenge.

batman arkham knight city shot

The Dark Knight on a dark night

My goal in this post is not to cover my (many) thoughts on the game or series as a whole, but to establish the timeline:

  • July 30th – completed the main story
  • August 12 – complete (minus all the Riddler trophies) the Knightfall Protocol
  • August 19 – completed Batgirl, Catwoman and Harley Quinn DLC
  • August 20 – completed Nightwing and Robin DLC thus completing the game

I still have to get my thoughts collected on a few other pieces of related media (Batman Arkham Knight: Genesis, Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate, etc.) but I’ve worn the cowl for a considerable length of time and I can tell you it’s been worth the weight – a great overall experience and one I would recommend to any gamer.