Skyrim Scripted, Page 11

Destroying my first dragon meant I was now Thane of Whiterun Hold, so the current title list is:

  • Thane of Winterhold
  • Arch-Mage of The College of Winterhold
  • Thane of Whiterun

Since I’m now a thane of the hold I need to keep helping the populace and my next stop was Orphan Rock to retrieve nettlebane. I remember fighting these hags from the first play through and it was fine with me to stomp them down again.

skyrim orphan rock

Good school district, great views; ignore the hagraven and you’ve got a fine piece of property

Danica Pure-Spring needs the nettlebane to revitalize the tree in the center of town (the Gildergreen), so that quest is one step closer to being complete.

In my wanderings it was great to walk through Helgen again, the place where it all started. Of course now it’s a deserted waste of a town and bandits had moved in, but still my memories of my original trip to my execution remain golden.

I cleared the North Skybound Watch and in so doing popped out at South Skybound Watch! Why the previous sentence warrants an exclamation point is due to the coolness of the game taking into account the space you travel underground.

I assumed I would simply exit on the other side of the mountain but emerging at the South location was a great visual confirmation of the distance I’d traveled. Moments like this make the game seem more real and it was well done.

Still in the “making-it-feel-more-real” category was the hunter I passed while going through the narrow mountain pass close by the Skybound Watch. He was just traveling through, singing to himself and it made for a great moment of camaraderie; just two travelers passing on the road.

On the other side of the pass the foliage changed and even in the pouring rain you could feel and see it. After quickly taking a look inside the¬†Alchemist’s Shack (read the journal there but otherwise no sign of life) I passed over to the village of Ivarstead where I was finally able to rest my head at the¬†Vilemyr Inn.

Even though this is virtual traveling the sight of a warm fire and soft fur bed is always welcome.

skyrim fireplace inn

The promise of rest and food – both welcome!

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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.

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