Lets play: Skyrim part 1 – Introduction

I’ve been watching a lot of Twitch TV and one game in particular actually. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Now the one thing more fun than watching people play Skyrim is to actually play Skyrim yourself. So I’ve been thinking about creating a character, what background, how to play it, etc etc. When it comes to TES games, I really like to roleplay the crap out of it.

So I’ve been thinking about playing through the game in a different way, a path I normally do not take. I always (for some reason) end up as a sneaky ninja bastard who kills things with a bow. Lets face it, the bow combined with sneak attacks are pretty damn powerfull in Skyrim. Magic & heavy armor based characters I’ve always avoided.

This time around, I’m going out of my comfort zone. And I’m starting by choosing a race I’ve never picked before: The Argonian.

Alien enough for you?

From the uesp:

” Argonians are the little-understood reptilian denizens of Black Marsh. Years of defending their borders have made the Argonians experts in guerrilla warfare, and their natural abilities make them equally at home in water and on land. They have developed natural immunities to the diseases and poisons that have doomed many would-be explorers and conquerors of the region. Their seemingly expressionless faces belie a calm intelligence, and many Argonians are well-versed in the magical arts. Others rely on stealth or steel to survive, and their natural agility makes them adept at either. They are, in general, a reserved people … ”

” … Like all the odder-looking races, the Argonians experience quite a bit of prejudice and hostility, even from people not trying to enslave them. ”

” … Argonians worship (or at least, deeply respect) the Hist. The Argonians apparently believe that the Hist have given them their souls and that when they die, their souls are returned to the Hist to be reincarnated as a new Argonian. They feel a connection to the Hist when in Black Marsh, but this diminishes with distance.”

Great stuff to base a RP character on.

So, onwards then.

A useful tool is skyrimcalculator.com . There are some things I like to try. Create / roleplay a hybrid character a la Darth Bane. Outcast from his homelands, drifting about, slowly growing in hate and the craving for power. I imagine this character as either a Heavy Armor wearing unstoppable brute that uses one-handed weapons and Destruction magic in his off-hand. Runes and Fire stuff to enhance his strong melee capabilities.

Or it could go the other way, a robe wearing Illusion magic using devious bastard, who thrills in the pain and suffering of his opponents. Using Alchemy and poisons to grind his foes down.

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Here I used a Frenzy spell on this ignorant criminal. In his Frenzy, he pulled the lever, and by doing so he signed his own death warrant. The trap pierced him down with a thousand arrows.

Here I used a Frenzy spell on this ignorant criminal. In his Frenzy, he pulled the lever, and by doing so he signed his own death warrant. The trap pierced him down with a thousand arrows.

Same here, Illusion magic on one of these was enough to start a brutal and fast slaughter.

Same here, Illusion magic on one of these was enough to start a brutal and fast slaughter.

Anyway, there’s still plenty of time to decide about the path of this character. I haven’t spent and skillpoints yet etc. Just wanted to get my feet wet.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

Is keeping me quite busy at the moment. The game together with three expansions so far are immense in size. The number of quests, characters and places you encounter are just insane, it actually is very overwhelming at times. There is so much to do, that on several occasions I just don’t know where to go first. Add to that the very different ways you can build your character during the game, well it is just crazy.

I’m going to start a fresh character, and try to roleplay my way through the game this time. Often there are so many references to distant lore-related things I just don’t have a clue about. I played all of the Elder Scrolls games there are, but never really deep into the background and history of things. I admit it usually was for wielding awesome looking weaponary and slashing monsters etc.

The character will be a sneaky ninja killer / thief, with a huge focus on Alchemy, Archery and Daggers. For many reasons, I am totally not into magic-combat. Mostly because I suck at it, but I also feel that sort of combat lacks connection of some sort. The character will be a male Khajiit who makes his way to the cold lands of Skyrim in search for fortune and fame. Mostly fortune, because thieves don’t really fancy all that fame-jazz.
During his travels to Skyrim, he is captured and thrown into a chaotic rollercoaster of screwups, and for reasons still unknown, he somehow gets mixed up in a civil war between the Empire and the Nords.

Honestly, he doesn’t care one bit of fur about the Empire or these so called rebels (Stormcloaks). He doesn’t care why they are fighting, he doesn’t care why they are killing each other. But all that changes when he is sentenced to death at Helgen Keep. He didn’t do anything wrong at that time. Okay he is a thief and all that, but surely that could not be the reason for his death sentence? So why? Because of these Stormcloaks?

Well, to make it short, he got out and escaped in one piece, but he had a dragon to thank for it. Yes, you read that correct, a dragon. This huge thing suddenly swept in and pretty much killed every living thing at the keep. He escaped together with Hadvar, a soldier from the keep, who out of gratitude led him to the nearest town called Riverwood. There he met with Alvor, the local smith, who asked if he would inform the Jarl of Whiterun of the dragon attack on Helgen Keep, and for protection of Riverwood.

It was pretty obvious these people had little experience dealing with a Khajiit. Imperial scum had no problems taking off his head for no reason, and now he was supposed to inform the Jarl of Whiterun? Nono … the Jarl and his soldiers would find out for themselves about the dragon sooner or later. He survived the dragon attack on Helgen Keep once, no need to challenge luck once more. And to be honest, he had different plans for Skyrim anyway. Plenty of rich people here, plenty of fortune to seek. All mine he said, all mine.