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post Sep 14 2021, 08:10 AM
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TIRDAS - 12th SUN'S DAWN:

Kaia loves her new dress and boots, which kind of surprises her and is not something she would explicitly admit to anyone except Ysolda and the girls, for whom she has also bought new clothes.

She wears it to see Viarmo at the Bards' College upon her return to Solitude with the verses that he required - (having stopped first to give Noster his helmet back and throw him a few coins) - Viarmo frets that the Burning of King Olaf festival will not be reinstated, but his confidence is bolstered by Kaia's timely and inventive intervention with the unhelpfully faded verses.
The festival goes ahead and the Kaia is made a member of the College by a very satisfied Viarmo, who hints that there's further work available should she want it - ("being the adventurous type"). She does, but not yet; she has errands to run and Whiterun beckons to the south.

The next morning she awakes and heads out of the city. Saddling Embla at the stables she sets off in the early morning sunshine, plotting a course to the south, home for a few days. After that she'll head to Windhelm and report to Endario, then maybe head south to Riften, and after that...
She smiles to herself; one step at a time, Kaia.

For the moment, she's enjoying the crisp, cool air of the peaks, the sun warming her scarred face. It won't be long till she sees her family - (her new family). Reaching behind her she pats the saddle-roll, feeling within the oiled leather the reassuring outline of the dresses she's purchased.

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post Sep 14 2021, 12:41 PM
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That would be fun to attend the Burning of King Olaf festival. In real-life here in Maryland our Renaissance Festival is going on. viking.gif Pretty sure they had fake burnings back in the day.

Do you have any mods installed for the Bard's College? I think by default there are only like two actual quests for that faction.
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post Sep 14 2021, 01:55 PM
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It was actually done a really good way I thought, there was food and drink as well, and Kaia got 2 bottles of free spiced wine and a pastry!

There was a fire pit, it was a cool celebration.


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post Sep 14 2021, 05:22 PM
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Shopping in Solitude! I thought the Bard's College was neat and was happy to see it also well done in ESO.


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post Sep 15 2021, 07:59 AM
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THE NEXT MORNING

Kaia rises early, but reluctantly, and leaving Ysolda asleep she pieces on her armor and makes her way, via the pitcher of washing-water in the corner of the bedchamber, out of Breezehome and up to Jorrvaskr. Around her are the sounds of Whiterun coming to life and she gains a thankful satisfaction from the commonplace awakening of the city, the banal conversations, the sleepy-eyed traders unpacking their stalls in the market.

At the Companions' stronghold all is as usual though, ordered and dark and grim. Kaia had decided the night before to visit with them, reasoning they may have tasks for her that would keep her closer to home for awhile.
Ysolda pointed out that even she could see many flaws in this thinking, and so could Kaia if she were honest, but it wouldn't hurt to try though, would it?

Aela, as usual, is up and active in the hall. Hailing her, she replies with her usual humorless smile and directs Kaia to Kodlak.
"The old man is asking for you. No I don't why..."
Intrigued, Kaia makes her way down to his quarters.

10 minutes later she leaves and stands for a moment staring at the wall.
Kodlak was his usual dour self and after giving Kaia a dressing-down over her and Aela's recent misadventures, he proceeded to essentially tell her how she can lift the (what he sees as a) werewolf curse.
Kaia took the blood in the Companions ceremony, after a lot of thought, but since then has used The Power only once, and was quick to push the Djinn back in the jar, not liking how she felt.
A lack of control does not sit well with the Dunmer.

Since then, with kids and a wife, she's all the more aware of the chaotically destructive potential of The Beast.
And so she found herself on a path to Glenmoril Cavern, to retrieve the head of one of the witches who live there, and do what she will with the rest.
What she found in the Cavern she would never tell, but the witches were doomed from the moment saw what lay discarded in a rotting and fly-blown pile just inside the entrance to their lair. Kaia is not a woman who is unsettled easily, but she was trembling and struggling to keep the contents of her stomach from spattering on the ground as, with an expression as stony as the granite that surrounded her, she put paid to the inhabitants of that foul den.

Standing outside afterwards, gulping in fresh, cold air and with a cooling rain pattering onto her, she resolved to push the memory of what lay in the Cavern deep inside, to join with her darker history down in a place where even Ysolda's love could not reach it and pull it into the light.

Then, without glancing back, she found Embla and set off back to Whiterun.


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post Sep 16 2021, 10:54 AM
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It was somewhere past the 2nd hour of the morning when Kaia arrived back at Breezehome.

She determined to attend Kodlin at around the 8th hour, which would give her some time to rest. Additionally, following the unsettling experience she had had in the Cavern, she felt she needed Ysolda and the girls close for a little before ploughing on with The Companions' requirements.

The girls were still up when Kaia arrived, though they were in bed. Ysolda, seated on a cushion on the floor between their beds was in the process of telling them a story, to which both girls were listening, wide-eyed and open-mouthed.

"And it was said that out in the wilds, and amongst the trees, there was a wild elf, a Bosmer; naked as a babe and tattooed like a book from head-to-toe. She was feral and filthy, with dark pools for eyes..."

Ysolda looked round as Kaia came into the girls' bedroom, she winked at her and Kaia grinned; practically everyone who'd been in Skyrim for longer than a season had heard of the "Legend of Niamh": the Wild Bosmer, who killed for sport and flesh. She lived, armed only with a bow and arrows, amongst the trees and tombs and broke into isolated homesteads at midnight to steal away naughty children.

Kaia pointed upstairs to their bedchamber, and made a surreptitious movement with her fingers. Ysolda nodded and went smoothly back to her story, picking up from where she had left off, her audience still rapt; deaf and blind to anything else that had passed.

Above their heads came the tramping of Kaia's tired feet on the stairs and landing as she made her way to bed.


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post Sep 16 2021, 12:01 PM
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And Niamh gets a cameo mention! tongue.gif


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post Sep 16 2021, 12:16 PM
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QUOTE(Acadian @ Sep 16 2021, 12:01 PM) *

And Niamh gets a cameo mention! tongue.gif

I just really felt like she had to make an appearance somewhere!! biggrin.gif


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post Sep 17 2021, 06:35 PM
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So as it turns out the Silverhands managed to suck it up and hit Jorrvaskr.
Kaia is a might surprised given exactly where Jorrvaskr is located but supposes that given the Jarl's outwardly neutral stance and the prevailing attitude to keeping internecine issues at arms length, that maybe it's not that surprising after all.

There is disarray in the hall, Kodlak is dead, murdered by the Silverhands and the scent of revenge is in the air as well as a will to carry out Kodlak's last wishes; to enter Sovngarde as a whole man and not a beast.


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post Sep 17 2021, 08:55 PM
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QUOTE(PhonAntiPhon @ Sep 16 2021, 06:16 AM) *

QUOTE(Acadian @ Sep 16 2021, 12:01 PM) *

And Niamh gets a cameo mention! tongue.gif

I just really felt like she had to make an appearance somewhere!! biggrin.gif

Niamh, is she your character with the fluorescent trimmed, how do describe it, armor?


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post Sep 17 2021, 11:45 PM
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QUOTE(macole @ Sep 17 2021, 08:55 PM) *

QUOTE(PhonAntiPhon @ Sep 16 2021, 06:16 AM) *

QUOTE(Acadian @ Sep 16 2021, 12:01 PM) *

And Niamh gets a cameo mention! tongue.gif

I just really felt like she had to make an appearance somewhere!! biggrin.gif

Niamh, is she your character with the fluorescent trimmed, how do describe it, armor?

That was Oblivion Niamh, who had a suit of unique Dwemer powered armor of discreet and rare design.
Skyrim Niamh was the stuff of nightmares - she wore nothing at all except tattoos, carried only a bow and arrows, and lived in the woods and caves - she ate nothing but human flesh and was utterly batshit.
Both of them were Bosmers, and both of them were aspects of a single Niamh, and neither was the stable part.


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post Sep 18 2021, 12:36 PM
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Yes, that is always nice, when different characters get blended into the same world. Hug_emoticon.gif I imagine Kaia is teaching her kids all about the legend that is Feral Niamh. indifferent.gif
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post Sep 19 2021, 09:56 AM
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QUOTE(Renee @ Sep 18 2021, 12:36 PM) *

Yes, that is always nice, when different characters get blended into the same world. Hug_emoticon.gif I imagine Kaia is teaching her kids all about the legend that is Feral Niamh. indifferent.gif

Yeah both her and Ysolda make very sure their daughters are aware of THAT particular legend, if only as it ensures the girls get to bed on time and do their chores.
I doubt they are the only parents in Skyrim to be doing that either... biggrin.gif wink.gif


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post Yesterday, 07:58 AM
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It has been a busy couple of days for Kaia.

Having spent a week or so carrying out quests for The Companions, and collecting bounty for the Jarl, primarily because these jobs kept her around Whiterun and her family, she reluctantly headed out of the city.

Windhelm to the north to report back on the East India situation. This played itself out with her being temporarily conscripted by Adelaisa Vendicci - a particularly hard-nosed commander - to assist in the termination of a mage; Haldyn, in his stronghold at Japhet's Folly, guarded by the Blood Horkers.
It didn't matter though in the end, Kaia went through them and him like a knife through butter and was back in Windhelm accepting payment in pretty short order.

She stayed that night in the Hall, having first bought all of the flower girl's produce and made sure she had a bed for the night.
In the morning she set out for Riften, with deliveries of Nirnroot for Ingun and Fire Salts for the smith. She'll spend a day or so in Riften as Ysolda has asked her to pray at the Temple. Ysolda's parents are old, and her mother is sick with the Rattles, as often happens this time of year.

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Events with the Companions and Kodlak's demise played themselves out with Kaia now The Harbinger, much to her surprise and everyone else's, particularly Aela - (That's Yay-lah to you, friend) - and Vilkas whom she had to escort to Driftshade Refuge as part of events, and who tried her patience by constantly asking her questions about her relationship with Ysolda.
Kaia kind of likes Vilkas. He's enthusiastic and loyal, and brave, but not terribly bright and still cannot grasp even after Kaia all but spelled it out for him, exactly what she and Ysolda "do". His questioning largely centers on a touchingly naïve confusion regarding "How they make babies", at which point, and after the third round of puzzled questioning, Kaia gratefully nocked an arrow and put it clean through the forehead of an unlucky denizen of the Refuge that they had now arrived at...


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post Today, 12:51 AM
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Busy Kaia!

I regretted in Skyrim that culmination of the vanilla Companions questline, without healthy doses of creative imagination, resulted in you being the 'guildmaster'. Again.


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