Skyrim Scripted, Page 8

So after trekking across (what felt like) a third of Skyrim I had the Staff of Magnus and was able to break through Ancano’s spells and rid the college of his presence. Quaranir and other members of the Psijic Order appeared and took the Eye “somewhere,” so the world is safe for now … at least from that threat.

Eye of Magnus light show

The Eye of Magnus Light Show

The end game of this quest was well done, with the Eye of Magnus going crazy and adding the drama needed to the fight. I originally had a long-fought battle with the elf but Phinis Gestor somehow wandered into the battle and was caught in the crossfire.

This meant that when the fighting was over he would still attack me anytime he saw me, and we can’t have that – so I restarted the battle and ended taking out Ancano with a single shot. Not bad.

And now I’m the Arch-Mage! New robes, new digs and the front parking space. I like the idea of me being the president of a small academic institution since I won’t be staying there very much or running day-to-day operations (or fundraising!). Sadly Mirabelle is gone so Tolfdir is now second in command and I’ll trust everything to him.

So now that the college is safe I can press on to other adventures, but this quest did have a grand feel to it. With all the character and places involved if this quest would have been the main game it would have worked well.

With the College back to “normal” I thought it best to focus on the town of Winterhold more, so I went in search of the Helm of Winterhold per Jarl Korir’s request. It was located at the wreckage of Hela’s Folly and to get there I traveled the upper coast and ice drifts.

It had an almost other-worldly feel to it and I enjoyed the journey; the northern lights were spectacular and with the epic landscape of Skyrim only enhanced the sense of wonder the skies projected.

While wandering I came across several stories of note:

  • There was a small camp with a note “For Shelly” – very poignant
  • I came across two vampires who attacked me out of nowhere, and then I found there original victim a little further up. She was avenged
  • A skeleton at the top of ice float with a red flap waving in the wind and a copy of “The Knights of the Nine” at his or her feet. What’s the story there I wonder?

I made it to Hela’s Folly but it turned out the Helm of Winterhold was in the chest (square wood chest not beating heart chest) of Deekus. In order to get the helm I had to steal it from said chest, and when I did he called me a thief but didn’t pursue me. This is the first thing I’ve stolen in the game.

On the way to deliver the helm I came across Ilas-Tei, one of the missing apprentices (which I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for UESP) near a Shrine of Talos. Whatever happened to her it was unfortunate.

When I returned the helm the Jarl was pleased – he said I could become a thane of Winterhold if I helped the local residents, and since I had already done so through other quests it happened automatically.

Jarl's house Winterhold

Come closer my son, for you are now a Thane of Winterhold!

So I’m the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold and Thane of Winterhold. Score.

Completed Quests:

  • The Staff of Magnus
  • The Eye of Magnus
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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!

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