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post Oct 3 2017, 03:19 AM
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I GOT HIM! I [censored] GOT HIM! DIVINES, I RAN INTO TARON DRETH! (I'll expound on it below.) AFTER ALL THIS TIME, I PUT AN END TO HIM!

Farewell Tour Day 2 (yesterday):
Cincinnatus trekked to Windhelm, visiting some of his fellow marsh-folk at the Assemblage on the docks, and then headed out to Riften. Along the way he encountered not one but TWO groups of Thalmor justiciars. Cincinnatus is always up for killing some Thalmor, and he and Serana annihilated them.

He also ran into two thieves. One was an Argonian (shame that a fellow marsh-citizen came to live such a life). The other was a Dunmer.

On his way to Riften Cincinnatus also ran across Khajiit caravan under attack from a bear, and helped the guards there to defeat the beast. After a quick chat and a bit of trade, the Khajiit wished me farewell: "May your road lead you to warm sands."

Some pictures from the day:
Running across some of Cheshire's buddies
Looks rather uncomfortable... (got a good chuckle out of that one)
'Bout to throw down with some Thalmor justiciars
Didn't go well for the Altmer supremacists
Bidding farewell to my marsh-friend Madesi
A nice sentiment (and hopefully true about real life)

Farewell Tour Day 3 (tonight):
Within 30 seconds of leaving Riften a Revered Dragon foolishly picked a fight with Cincinnatus. That dragon met his end. On the road afterwards, a THIRD thief, another fellow Argonian, made the same mistake.

HEY, DID I MENTION I FOUND TARON DRETH? BECAUSE I FOUND HIM! AND SERANA AND I [censored] WRECKED HIM AND HIS MERCENARY CREW!

That makes me very happy. I even audibly cheered (not too loudly, don't want to disturb my roommates). I did not even notice it was him at first. I just talked to one of the mercenaries to see what was happening and as soon as he said "Talk to Master Dreth" the Dunmer himself addressed me. Noticing my aetherial staff I was carrying, he was flabbergasted. He incredulously asked me how I got it. Telling him that I made it, I empasized "With help. From Katria." He knew he was screwed, and they attacked us.

Did I also mention attacking me was foolish? Because it is. Cincinnatus took great pleasure in ridding the world of that fraud. Taron Dreth is no more. AND IT FEELS GOOD.

Some photos from the day:
Looks like the last dragon Cincinnatus will ever kill
Get some!
A scenic view
At long last
Taron Dreth is no more!

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post Oct 3 2017, 07:11 PM
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What a powerfully satisfying farewell tour, culminating in taking out both a revered dragon and Talon Dreth! I very much enjoyed Katria's quest. Wish I could have kept her as a summonable companion. tongue.gif


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post Oct 5 2017, 05:08 AM
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This game really threw the book at me when it came to random events the past few play sessions. I guess it really doesn't want Cincinnatus's story to end. For example, those three thieves I met? I think I ran into two total in all my playtime with this character prior to that. I had certainly never had as many justiciars crop up in such a short span of time either. And then I finally got Taron Dreth! And then a couple more dragons, of course.

But without further ado, the final days of the story of Cincinnatus:

It looks like I may have not taken some pictures on Day 4. Whoops. Anyways, Cincinnatus made his way around the Throat of the World to Falkreath, and then headed to Markarth from there. The interesting thing of that day was coming across two Alik'r Warriors interrogating a Redguard woman (those buffoons are STILL trying to find Saadia). A troll happened to come by and made quick work of the two warriors, at which point Cincinnatus reached the troll and slew it with ease.

Day 5:
Cincinnatus left Markarth from his home there on a beautiful morning, and set out for Solitude. Along the way, he came across TWO MORE groups of justiciars (one of them may have been the day before, can't remember). Interesting thing about the second one, though, is that they had a prisoner with them, which Cincinnatus freed after he and Serana made short work of the Thalmor. I don't think I've ever had that happen to me before.

Cincinnatus also happened across a couple of farmers who apparently had just lost everything in a dragon attack. Cincinnatus spared some gold coins for them, upon which they were profusely grateful (but seriously, all you can give is 5 coins?).

Sometime before Cincinnatus and Serana reached Solitude, a courier came by and gave him a letter of inheritance. An Orc named Garakh had died. Cincinnatus had actually been right near the stronghold she was in when a Giant attacked. Another Orc was running away, so Cincinnatus came and slew the giant, but unfortunately it was too late for Garakh (to be honest, I don't remember anything about her, it has been so long).

Eventually Cincinnatus and Serana reached Solitude, where they stayed for the night.

Some photos:
Morning in Markarth
I told you I worship whoever I damn well please.
Freeing the Thalmor prisoner
A peaceful jaunt
Solitude in the distance

The Final Day:
This was it: the final stretch. In the morning, Cincinnatus and Serana set out for Morthal. Not much happened on the way there, although some necromancers picked some fights. It was still early afternoon, so they decided to make the last leg of the journey back to Whiterun that day.

Cincinnatus accidentally made a wrong turn, and was going to turn around when suddenly he realized he was nearby Labyrinthian. He decided to go there before setting back out to Whiterun. The moments he stood in those ruins one last time was particularly poignant for two reasons. He had become the Archmage of the College of Winterhold, and the memories of delving Labyrinthian's steps to retrieve the Staff of Magnus flooded back to him.

The other reason took him back to when he was young. Cincinnatus remembered the stories family had told him: that the Eternal Champion was an ancestor of his and had braved its corridors to retrieve a piece to the Staff of Chaos in his quest to defeat Jagar Tharn back in the Third Era. Cincinnatus wasn't sure if he completely believed the stories, although part of him did (in my headcanon, ESO and all of the main games' Heroes are part of the same lineage). [And stupidly, I did not take pictures while I was at Labyrinthian].

After those moments of reflection, it was finally time to go home. Besides a regular dragon deciding to drop in and a few bandits once again foolishly choosing to battle Cincinnatus, nothing special happened. When he made it back to Whiterun in the evening, he made a stop at Warmaiden's. As a highly proficient smith, he bought some ebony ingots and turned them into daggers for presents for his two daughters Sissel and Sofie.

Cincinnatus then walked through the front door of Breezehome, much to the joy of his family. He went to go play outside with the kids for a bit, and when they went back inside he gave his kids the daggers. Cincinnatus wants them prepared in the cruel world that Nirn could be, giving daggers to them in the past and teaching them how to fight.

Cincinnatus then put the kids to bed, and confirmed to his lady Lydia that his days of adventuring were over, much to her relief. As much as he loved the thrill of it, he felt bad that he did not retire sooner for his family. But he also felt he had duties to attend to before he called it quits.

Cincinnatus and Lydia also welcomed Serana if she wanted to stay. If she wanted to leave, she would be welcome back with open arms down the road. With the vampirism long gone, she could live without that burden.

Some photos from the final day:
Last time in Morthal
Whiterun and Snow-Throat in the distance
My last time through Whiterun's doors with Cincinnatus
Home at last
Present for Sissel
Present for Sofie
Tucking the kids into bed
M'lady Lydia

And so ends the story of Cincinnatus. It is a bittersweet feeling, writing the final chapter of my first TES character. He is also the first one I actually retired. I will fill out the official post in the Retired Characters Thread tomorrow.

I'm thinking I will put an end to the story of my Champion of Cyrodiil next. I don't really have anything left that I want him to do.

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post Oct 5 2017, 08:29 PM
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Yes, a bittersweet ending and he hangs up his sword. He certainly has a wonderful family though as he retires into a well-earned rest. happy.gif


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post Oct 6 2017, 02:07 AM
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QUOTE(Acadian @ Oct 5 2017, 03:29 PM) *

Yes, a bittersweet ending and he hangs up his sword. He certainly has a wonderful family though as he retires into a well-earned rest. happy.gif


Thanks, Acadian. Glad you liked it.


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post Oct 6 2017, 08:14 PM
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Cinncinatus looks like a real badass! emot-ninja1.gif I love those dragon shots, nice job. And fighting Thalmor is always an adrenaline rush.

I know what you mean about not shouting as you're playing, RoLtA, lest your roomies get nervous. My daughter and her friends think I'm such a kooky mom sometimes because I do the same thing, without your better self-restraint!

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post Oct 6 2017, 09:07 PM
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QUOTE(Renee @ Oct 6 2017, 03:14 PM) *

Cinncinatus looks like a real badass! emot-ninja1.gif I love those dragon shots, nice job. And fighting Thalmor is always an adrenaline rush.

I know what you mean about not shouting as you're playing, RoLtA, lest your roomies get nervous. My daughter and her friends think I'm such a kooky mom sometimes because I do the same thing, without your better self-restraint!


Haha, I don't always restrain myself. I can actually get frustrated pretty easily sometimes. Although depending on the situation I can be more calm.


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I noticed, while reading through the readme for Live Another Life, that one of the options was to start as one of the Vigilants of Stendarr. So although, I'm using Skyrim Unbound for my LE game, I thought I'd give that a try. My new character has the magic and mace setup, and will be walking the roads, looking for Daedra, vampires, witches etc. as well as entering their known haunts.

My first problem has been finding enough torches. Gotta have a torch when walking at night. But you can't buy torches anywhere (can't sell them, either), and I haven't found a good re-spawning supply. That may need a mini-mod.

And later, I'll have to figure out who'd make a proper follower, as they always go around in pairs. Housecarls won't give up their steel armour for a mage robe, and there's similar issues with trying to persuade a mage to use a mace. This may need a custom Vigilant companion. Beware of full-blown mod developing.

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post Yesterday, 03:30 PM
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QUOTE(ghastley @ Oct 16 2017, 09:36 AM) *

My first problem has been finding enough torches. Gotta have a torch when walking at night. But you can't buy torches anywhere (can't sell them, either), and I haven't found a good re-spawning supply. That may need a mini-mod.

Yes, I came upon the torch issue with Bjorn Tubewyyld, my Thieves Guild guy who used no magic (therefore, no Candlelight spell). In his case, all he had to do was bully various travellers into giving him their loot (Be a Highwayman mod), but that's not gonna work for a VoS.

One option is to go into some caves. I know Embershard has a bunch of torches hanging from its walls, for instance. These can be removed and used. And maybe your Vigilant goes into such caves to 'cleanse' the place of heathens.

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