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RaderOfTheLostArk
post Mar 8 2020, 06:28 PM
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So I just finished the Rivenspire questline again, this time with Evelona, and it just occurred to me that the end of it might have major relevance to the Greymoor storyline. I don't think ZOS has said anything about that specifically, but they did say that Verandis Ravenwatch would be back.

But what really made me think about the two storylines being connected is the Lightless Remnant, that artifact at the end that Baron Wylon Montclair was using for his vampiric powers and that Verandis had to whisk away to Coldharbor. The color of the Harrowstorms that are supposed to feature heavily in Greymoor are the same color as the essence being given off by the Remnant. The Remnant was also supposed to have some region-wide catastrophic power if it wasn't taken by Verandis elsewhere. I'm guessing that, for whatever reason, the Lightless Remnant's power broke loose in Western Skyrim, and the storyline is going to prominently feature it.

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post Apr 22 2020, 12:39 AM
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So from what I'm hearing, it looks like we might not be getting Whiterun, Dawnstar, or Winterhold this year. If that's the case, that's pretty disappointing. Yes, I know, that's a lot to include, but Whiterun and Winterhold were two of my most desired major cities to see in this chapter. Whiterun for obvious reasons, but I want to see Winterhold before it all went to [censored]. I'm not sure about this particular timeframe, but in lore, Winterhold was supposed to be a bustling and highly prominent city at its height, and one of the themes of Winterhold in TESV is how it is supposed to be barely a shadow of its former glory, much like the Empire as a whole. Also, what is the College of Winterhold like when it was still widely respected? Shame that it appears we won't get to see.

I'm sure Solitude will be great, but what I'm really curious about is Morthal. Of all the cities in TESV, Morthal felt the least like one, even less than Falkreath. Obvious game limitations aside, Solitude, Markarth, Whiterun, and Windhelm still all felt like cities, with Riften and Dawnstar a bit less so. I hope ZOS knocks it out of the park with Morthal, especially considering that we are tangling with vampires in this chapter.


So, without major spoilers (which probably none of you have but just in case), what are some key things you can tell me about the upcoming zones as seen on the PTS? Like I said in the Today in Tamriel thread, I want to wait until the whole thing is done to experience it.


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post Apr 22 2020, 01:16 AM
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QUOTE(RaderOfTheLostArk @ Apr 21 2020, 07:39 PM) *

So from what I'm hearing, it looks like we might not be getting Whiterun, Dawnstar, or Winterhold this year. If that's the case, that's pretty disappointing. Yes, I know, that's a lot to include, but Whiterun and Winterhold were two of my most desired major cities to see in this chapter. Whiterun for obvious reasons, but I want to see Winterhold before it all went to [censored]. I'm not sure about this particular timeframe, but in lore, Winterhold was supposed to be a bustling and highly prominent city at its height, and one of the themes of Winterhold in TESV is how it is supposed to be barely a shadow of its former glory, much like the Empire as a whole. Also, what is the College of Winterhold like when it was still widely respected? Shame that it appears we won't get to see.

I'm sure Solitude will be great, but what I'm really curious about is Morthal. Of all the cities in TESV, Morthal felt the least like one, even less than Falkreath. Obvious game limitations aside, Solitude, Markarth, Whiterun, and Windhelm still all felt like cities, with Riften and Dawnstar a bit less so. I hope ZOS knocks it out of the park with Morthal, especially considering that we are tangling with vampires in this chapter.


So, without major spoilers (which probably none of you have but just in case), what are some key things you can tell me about the upcoming zones as seen on the PTS? Like I said in the Today in Tamriel thread, I want to wait until the whole thing is done to experience it.


I think they will give us another section of Skyrim in the last quarter of the year like they did with Elsweyr; and since they called this one "Western Skyrim;" I am guessing the DLC they drop will be "Eastern Skyrim." Since we already have Riften and Windhelm; I am pretty sure the DLC that drops in the second half of the year will contain Whiterun. I hope so, it is my absolute favorite town in Skyrim.


** Go back and listen to the Announcement on it; they said they plan to do a full year thing with Skyrim like they did with Elsweyr. That means we will probably have to do the Dungeons to get some rewards that will all be connected like they did with the Lunar Champion House.

If the reward has anything to do with that cave in Blackreach; that might explain why there was only a landing spot = maybe they plan to dole it out in 4ths like they did the Lunar Champion house.





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post Apr 22 2020, 02:56 AM
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I consider Eastmarch and the Rift to be "Eastern Skyrim", so they could have a "Central Skyrim", but I really don't believe they want to close the gaps between Alliance territories yet. Each one borders on Cyrodiil, but none of the others, and I believe they'll only fill in those parts right at the end. Since they've introduced Blackreach as part of this chapter, there's a lot more map available underground.

It's still possible they'll expand to Whiterun and the Pale, and leave a narrow gap, like the one between Anequina and Pelletine. After all, the Throat of the World is a decent barrier between the holds. Further north, it's harder to guess. Since Winterhold won't fall into the sea for a long time, that could remain a independent buffer. Maybe the Mages Guild keeps it neutral?



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post Apr 22 2020, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE(mALX @ Apr 21 2020, 08:16 PM) *

I think they will give us another section of Skyrim in the last quarter of the year like they did with Elsweyr; and since they called this one "Western Skyrim;" I am guessing the DLC they drop will be "Eastern Skyrim." Since we already have Riften and Windhelm; I am pretty sure the DLC that drops in the second half of the year will contain Whiterun. I hope so, it is my absolute favorite town in Skyrim.


** Go back and listen to the Announcement on it; they said they plan to do a full year thing with Skyrim like they did with Elsweyr. That means we will probably have to do the Dungeons to get some rewards that will all be connected like they did with the Lunar Champion House.

If the reward has anything to do with that cave in Blackreach; that might explain why there was only a landing spot = maybe they plan to dole it out in 4ths like they did the Lunar Champion house.


Right, but from what I hear (I'm not sure if it is a rumor, speculation, or actually confirmed by ZOS), the 2nd zone of the year is going to the Reach, which means it will have Markarth. Eastern Skyrim is probably considered to be The Rift and Eastmarch since they are already there. Seems like we won't be getting "Central" Skyrim, which is a shame. The map is already a bit wonky with Windhelm being too far north and Winterhold being pushed too far west.

QUOTE(ghastley @ Apr 21 2020, 09:56 PM) *

I consider Eastmarch and the Rift to be "Eastern Skyrim", so they could have a "Central Skyrim", but I really don't believe they want to close the gaps between Alliance territories yet. Each one borders on Cyrodiil, but none of the others, and I believe they'll only fill in those parts right at the end. Since they've introduced Blackreach as part of this chapter, there's a lot more map available underground.

It's still possible they'll expand to Whiterun and the Pale, and leave a narrow gap, like the one between Anequina and Pelletine. After all, the Throat of the World is a decent barrier between the holds. Further north, it's harder to guess. Since Winterhold won't fall into the sea for a long time, that could remain a independent buffer. Maybe the Mages Guild keeps it neutral?


These buffer zones are getting a bit bothersome to me. I get what you mean about that and why ZOS would do that, but it still cuts out some really cool stuff by making tiny strips of key missing landscape. I agree that Snow-Throat/Throat of the World is a sensible barrier, though I wonder how exactly they would make it off-limits. I was trying to find how exactly they blocked off Red Mountain but couldn't quite figure it out.

But I hope they at least give us Whiterun and Helgen. I guess that is still a possibility but I doubt we are going ever going to see Dawnstar and Winterhold. If we ever get those two, I'd wager it would be a zone similar in size and content to Murkmire and Southern Elsweyr.

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post Apr 23 2020, 02:03 PM
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Okay, a note on the house in Blackreach: it does not seem to be incomplete in the sense the Lunar Champion one was - there were no spots suggestive of additional rooms. What IS missing is the front portico/stairs leading up to the front door - that whole area has weird textures like something is missing there. You can get into the house if you drop a plank/ramp up to the front door, it's how I got in. I also got it fully furnished so I could see the furnishings: it's . . . interesting.

As for Western Skyrim, it pretty much covers the area around Solitude and Morthal, and the whole zone looks like it was lifted out of TESV. That means Morthal is still the little swamp village it is in 4E; with one major difference: that burned out house in TESV isn't in ESO. Unfortunately, that house is "chained", which means you can't get in. I would have liked to have seen what that house was like before it was burned down. So as you wander around the area, you will find it very familiar. Just remember the Thalmor Embassy doesn't exist, nor does the Penis Eye HQ in Dragonbridge.

mALX, we already have Eastern Skyrim - that's Eastmarch and The Rift. What we will be missing when the next chapter drops will be central Skyrim. I'm already disappointed that Falkreath is a dungeon, not a zone I can properly explore. I'm hoping that they do the central portion (Whitereach/Dawnstar/Winterhold) as the Q4 DLC, but we will have to wait and see.

As I mentioned in another post elsewhere, Proudspire Manor is the same house it is in TESV, to the best of my memory. I did get it furnished also, more to see what those furnishings look like. Already I like them better than the standard Nord furnishings from the base game - mostly because of better textures and finer detail. They're also less blocky. I suspect it's more an indication of how far technology has progressed since ESO Beta first dropped - the base game furnishings are based off of what was already in the game world. Starting with Morrowind I think the furnishings have improved because these designs were new to the game.

I have not done any of the quests on the PTS - I'd much rather wait and do them when they go live. The main reason I went on the PTS was to check out the new houses. I already have the inn room (which is about the same size as the Sugar Bowl) and Proudspire Manor on my "next-to-buy" list. Proudspire is a 300/600 slot house, and it looks like it will be an easy one to decorate and make it look full, much like Velothi Reverie or Twin Arches.

Remember, the PTS is for us to try it out and report any bugs. And believe me, the Blackreach manor will be fixed in the next PTS patch or two. biggrin.gif


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post Apr 23 2020, 03:20 PM
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QUOTE(haute ecole rider @ Apr 23 2020, 09:03 AM) *

Okay, a note on the house in Blackreach: it does not seem to be incomplete in the sense the Lunar Champion one was - there were no spots suggestive of additional rooms. What IS missing is the front portico/stairs leading up to the front door - that whole area has weird textures like something is missing there. You can get into the house if you drop a plank/ramp up to the front door, it's how I got in. I also got it fully furnished so I could see the furnishings: it's . . . interesting.

As for Western Skyrim, it pretty much covers the area around Solitude and Morthal, and the whole zone looks like it was lifted out of TESV. That means Morthal is still the little swamp village it is in 4E; with one major difference: that burned out house in TESV isn't in ESO. Unfortunately, that house is "chained", which means you can't get in. I would have liked to have seen what that house was like before it was burned down. So as you wander around the area, you will find it very familiar. Just remember the Thalmor Embassy doesn't exist, nor does the Penis Eye HQ in Dragonbridge.

mALX, we already have Eastern Skyrim - that's Eastmarch and The Rift. What we will be missing when the next chapter drops will be central Skyrim. I'm already disappointed that Falkreath is a dungeon, not a zone I can properly explore. I'm hoping that they do the central portion (Whitereach/Dawnstar/Winterhold) as the Q4 DLC, but we will have to wait and see.

As I mentioned in another post elsewhere, Proudspire Manor is the same house it is in TESV, to the best of my memory. I did get it furnished also, more to see what those furnishings look like. Already I like them better than the standard Nord furnishings from the base game - mostly because of better textures and finer detail. They're also less blocky. I suspect it's more an indication of how far technology has progressed since ESO Beta first dropped - the base game furnishings are based off of what was already in the game world. Starting with Morrowind I think the furnishings have improved because these designs were new to the game.

I have not done any of the quests on the PTS - I'd much rather wait and do them when they go live. The main reason I went on the PTS was to check out the new houses. I already have the inn room (which is about the same size as the Sugar Bowl) and Proudspire Manor on my "next-to-buy" list. Proudspire is a 300/600 slot house, and it looks like it will be an easy one to decorate and make it look full, much like Velothi Reverie or Twin Arches.

Remember, the PTS is for us to try it out and report any bugs. And believe me, the Blackreach manor will be fixed in the next PTS patch or two. biggrin.gif


Yes, I def reported the missing access to the interior and weird textures in a bug report; and also reported that entryway table with no collision in Proudspire too.

They accidentally did that with the Grand Psijic Villa once on the PTS too; I think someone accidentally deleted something they shouldn't have. I'll have to go back and try that plank trick; I never did see the interior except through invisible walls. What I saw so far didn't inspire me to want to buy; but the free room and Proudspire Manor = Oh yeah!!!

What I liked most about the new furniture was the handles on the drawers and cupboards; for once they made them look functional! (also the less blurry textures). I LOVE the horse trough with water in it; that is something I've been begging for a long time. Also really love the one breakfast plate (not the overdone one, the regular one).

Yeah, I usually use the PTS for strictly checking out houses and locations of crafting sets and skyshards. I don't do quests on there either; it is hard enough to find time to do them on the Live, lol.





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post May 28 2020, 09:01 PM
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I completed Western Skyrim's main questline yesterday. I won't talk about spoilers until most or everyone here plays through it. All I will say is that High King Svargrim became one of my personal most HATED characters in the entire game.

The overall questline I thought was solid, though. Luckily they didn't make the werewolves and vampires terribly generic. Not super special by any means, but there is a bit more depth to them here at least than they typically get in media. But I really get annoyed by some of the question choices they give for your character like you're a complete dunce and didn't already learn about something, but this is hardly the first time it has happened in this game. I'll put a couple examples here in spoilers:



Also, for the Eight's sakes, why does it take so damn long for harrowstorms to spawn? Twice now I have spent 15-20 minutes at one waiting for it to spawn and there was time beforehand that it wasn't up and I could see it. Doesn't help that the wayshrines tend to be far away from them.


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