One of the larger plots I’ve gone through so far in Windhelm is the “Blood on the Ice” quest, where a serial killer is loose and terrorizing the town.
The quest was well set up and I started it almost immediately upon entering the town, so it was a great way to get more familiar with the location and meet people.
It’s neat how murder investigations just bring people together, right?
While I made some mistakes during the investigation I did think something was off about Calixto Corrium, and when it turned out he was the mastermind all the pieces fell into place. I wasn’t able to stop him from taking one last victim and for that I was sorry; but the mystery is solved and the city (relatively) safe.
Secret room, tragic origin story – “Blood on the Ice” had it all
There were a lot of cool twists and turns to the mystery – the secret room in Hjerim, trying to see what part (if any) Jorleif that Wuunferth played, etc.
But there are more things going on in fair Windhelm then the body count rising! The docks have revealed the way to face Miraak, the false dragonborn, and I’m excited to take that ship … but not yet.
Also on the docks I’ve stumbled onto feuding “dock clans” (for a lack of a better word – they’re two rival companies), Suvaris Atherona – perfectly nice dark elf who I met when I first entered the city turns and out to be skimming of the top – and finally Scouts-Many-Marshes, who I was able to help receive a more fair wage at his job.
The final notes here include an unusual gem that I found in the upstairs of the palace and a courier was waiting around Candlehearth Hall for a while that gave me a “letter from a friend.” Who is it from, and will I ever find said “friend”?
A bounty on a nearby giant is what sent me there, but the city of Windhelm has much more to offer. This was my first time walking up to the imposing gate and taking the in sights, and the city looks amazing.
Home of your Friendly Stormcloak Rebellion
I love the architecture, the windows, etc. The whole place has a Viking-vibe that I appreciate and it was great to be in another fully-developed city besides Whiterun.
Don’t get me wrong, Whiterun is great – but variety is always welcome.
A new city means new people, and the Continue reading →
What had originally started as an ambient quest to get Roggi Knot-Beard’s family shield back ended up pulling me into a much larger quest that ended up being more epic then I ever saw coming.
One of the (many) things I enjoy about Skyrim is how the questing unfolds; some of them you know they’re going to be epic in scope, others seems like a drop in the bucket of the world and yet they pull you in deeper then you ever saw coming. The Ansilvund quest is the latter.
Two tragic love stories – Fjori and Holgeir and Lu’ah Al-Skaven and Saeel – are woven together in the depths of Ansilvund and I was surprised at the depth this story offered.
Lu’ah using her power to raise Fjori and Holgeir as her pawns to attack me, wanting to extract vengeance on the Imperial Empire for the death of her husband Saeel (after losing him to the senseless war), then the two attacking ghosts being at peace after it was all over and thanking me; it’s these surprises and extra narrative layers that make this game so special.
The interior space of was great to explore as well, having Lu’ah’s draugr mine what they could, the one follower just sitting there supervising. Ah, the life of an evil lackey.
“When I signed up for this, sitting in poison while making Draugr dig holes is not where I thought I’d end up”
The most comical moment was when after all this – all this story and adventure I didn’t expect – Roggi Knot-Beard just said, “thanks for the shield.” I guess he can’t be blamed, that’s all he cared about.
My travels next take me the capital of the Eastmarch hold. Stay tuned!
There was a journal by the side of a fallen adventurer right next to the Mzulft ruins, and it points me to the next step in the Lost to the Ages quest.
At this point I’m not sure if I was deliberately trying to start that quest, but I know I’ll pick it up when my travels take me to the right spot.
Those travels have currently landed me in Kynesgrove where my first task was helping Iddra the barkeep out with Roggi Knot-Beard’s too-high tab.
I listened to the troubles of Ganna and Gemma Uriel, but it seems there’s little I can do to help the Imperial sisters as they try to carve out a living in the town. Continue reading →
Last Wednesday (6/20/18) and friend and I watched Solo: A Star Wars Story. Conversation and food followed, a great night all around.
Space. Western. Action.
This wasn’t a movie that I felt needed made, but leaving the theater I found that I was not only glad they did it but I wanted more – so mission accomplished.
Series 4 of Endeavour furthers the adventures of “young Morse” at the venerable Oxford constabulary, our hero finally getting his promotion.
Detective Thursday continues to be the more relatable of the two policemen, but Morse needs to remain an enigma for decades more so the show’s job is not to give us all the answers. Or at least all the answers that make sense.
Finished the fourth series on April 11, 2018
We viewed this semi-recently as a family; the kids liked it more than I did although I’m not sure why I didn’t like it as much.
Still Big Hero 6 was fun and had heart, especially when dealing with the loss of a loved one. It didn’t provide all the answers, but acknowledged the loss and the grief that accompanies it and that was well done.
I’m not sure what first drew me to this series but I was glad I took the time – interesting enough plots that this felt fresh in 2018.
Fresh from an entertainment standpoint, maybe not a societal one. I enjoyed it.
Finished the first season on April 8, 2018
Heard good things about this one and it did not disappoint; picked up some actual doughnuts to have right before we played so no matter how things went it was going to be …
… wait for it …
I never would have watched the series if not for her, and now it’s one of my favorites.
And don’t forget the movie!
We watched through the series again and finished on March 15th; I had seen most of the episodes but not all and it was great to revisit.