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> Today in Cyrodiil, spoilers version, TES: 4 Oblivion character accounts & stories
macole
post Nov 18 2022, 07:34 AM
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Lena –
Ever since the Feyfolken affair Mages Guild members are required to use their personalized standard issue magic quill. Our poor abused Jandaga has lost his and now has to sign his signature long hand.

Acadian-
Bland campsite “magicwave” dinners get boring after awhile but they are much cheaper than using the Gold For Food spell.

Renee- (Hope I did floozy well.):
The Ayleid Steps official reason: The Steps were meant to connect Ayleid ruins and Ayleid Wells. You won't find many in the cities or other places that are important for us nowadays. In the Ayleid era the world must have looked very different, given the weird locations where the Steps can be seen.
We can only guess what the Ayleids used the arena for.
The stepstone that takes you to the Lost Sutch Arena functions properly; it takes you to the Lost Sutch Arena every time. You even get a map marker for it. The only stepstone inside Lost Sutch Arena is also functioning properly but it takes you to a side of a mountain so steep that the only safe way to leave it is to use the malfunctioning stepstone that you are standing on. You’re at the mercy of this steps as to where you wind up. Just so happened that this time the stone took me to a stepstone sitting at the bottom of the Niben near the Mouth of the Panther.
Since we’re using stepstones to get to the Lost Sutch Arena there is no way to know exactly where the “Lost Sutch Arena” is actually located. The Lost Sutch Arena could be buried right under the real Sutch. On the world map for every ‘Lost’ location a generic map marker is place on a spot between Nilin Cave and Nenyand Twill.
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post Nov 18 2022, 01:57 PM
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Well thank you for this detailed answer, macole. cake.gif Those steps sound pretty scary, tbh, in the sense that you never know where you're going next. Good luck, and can't wait to see where the Flooz takes them.

Hmm, I had one other question but now I forget what it was.
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post Nov 22 2022, 11:00 PM
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20221122 The Ayleid Steps, Welkynd Worries - MOO, Bounty Hunter

Nine, there are nine of them! Tall, they looked and carried themselves like Altmer but somehow different.

One approached. Claiming to be one of the True Descendants of the Ayleids she began a lengthy self serving proclamation.

I don’t remember much of my early childhood but standing there listening to this high and mighty Mer pontificate on the superiority of the Ayleid race filled me with anger. His words brought back from my early childhood. Memories of family elders singing the sad saga of how the Aldmer drove the family from our ancestral home in Sommerset, Intense anger rose up from the depths my mind flooding my mind the desire for revenge.

“Take care Jandaga,” Claire cautioned. “A mind clouded in anger is one step from being defeated.”

Then the Mer pronounced that my Ladies and I would never leave this room. The threat to my Ladies coupled with
Claire’s words was the sacred wind that drove the clouds away. A scroll of paralysis found its way to my hand.

Using the scroll I struck first. I don’t usually use this method of attack and it was fun to watch the so called “True Descendant” drift silently to the ground. Fiona pounced, making sure the paralyzed cultist never got back up.
That was fun to watch. I’ll have to increase my illusion skill so I can do it again

We’ve been in situations like before or at least I have, Claire and Fiona are not used to this kind of business. They were holding their own with their staffs and summoned creatures but I thought a little extra help wouldn’t hurt.

Angel came at my calling. Fast and thorough, she toured the facility and picked up the slack. Why stop there. Skipping around the room while dodging attacking cultist I managed to summon the Sisters of Insanity and a Markanez Dremora.

It was over in minutes. Eight cultists lay silent at our feet. The last cultist fell to the pointy end of Claire’s staff. When they weren’t fighting amongst themselves my little summoned army took care of five while Fiona and I each got one.

One did manage to get away. That could present problems later but for now we’ll settle on looting the place. Gold and welkynd stones; every cultist corpse carried a large amounts each. On a desk we found a scroll that detailed plans to destroy the empire and to resurrect the Ayleid civilization.

“Sweetie,” Fiona said as she placed her hand in mine. “Let’s go tell the shopkeeper his troubles are over.”

Other than using a teleport spell the stepstone that we arrived on was the only way out. We activated it thinking that we’d return to the stepstone near the Shezarr Stones. Nope, we were taken deep into the Blackwood Forest close to Veyond on the other side of the Niben.

Crossing the great river just south of White Stallion Lodge where an island splits the river into two narrow channels, we took the road south back to Leyawiin. We hadn’t gone very far when, taking care not to sound like I was criticizing their dress, I asked the Ladies, “Weren’t you the least bit concerned that we’d draw undue attention standing outside the shop?”

“Oh no,” Fiona answered, “They’d just say, “There’s a couple of floozies having a little frolic in the bushes with a client.””

“Besides,” Claire continued. “It’s Sundas, Ladies always wear their best on Sundas when out with her beau.”
Then with a giggle that sounded like wind chimes Claire gave me shove, sending me tumbling into the bushes, “Keep your mind on business,”

There will be no “good time” on the road to Leyawiin today. My “woo hoo” turned in “oh no” when I landed on top the infamous highway man Caligate Augussion (MOO wanted faction). Wanted dead or alive, Caligate Augussion had taken cover in the bushes as he prepared to ambush his next victim, us. Too bad for him though. He should have taken heed and run away.

Instead, with his “good time” spoiled he cloaked himself with a chameleon spell and summoned a storm atronach for me to play with. Big mistake. My two devoted wizardesss didn’t like that one bit.

The battle raged up and down the hill near Undertow Cavern. With the sun well covered by the dense fog the vampire Taahin Amanni joined forces with Caligate. The party didn’t long enough for Caligate to send out any more invitations as he and his lady vampire friend were soon on the dead side of the wanted posters. After collecting “Caligate Augussion’s Shoes” and ‘Taahin Amanni’s Outfit’ as proof we returned to Leyawiin to collect the bounty.

Asking the city watch at the gate where do we go to claim the bounty, we stood there in amazement as he seemingly from out of nowhere he produce a chest full of septims. Amazement turned to excitement as the Leyawiin officer of the Watch clinked out shinny gold coins in our pouch; 1650 for Caligate Augussion and 1800 for Taahin Amanni. Wow, drinks are on the Count! And off we went to inspect very pub in the city (nine including the Better Cities additions).

Later, ah, much later, I managed to stand-up to ask, ”Holiday coming. How about we catch the next ship to Anvil?”

“But we’re having so much fun having you to ourselves to run around with,” purred Fiona. “Can’t we do one more itsy bitsy teenie weenie dungeon?”

“Please?” pleaded Claire. “Undertow Cavern is close by and surely can’t be very big.”

“Hmmm, I am curious to know what those two wanted criminals were doing there. Maybe there’s an answer there. OK, let’ go. But first must tell what’s’ ‘is name at the shop everything’s good. Tomorrow.”

Barely making it to our Leyawiin home before crashing, we slept through the night and half the morning.

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post Nov 23 2022, 09:10 PM
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Wow, those Ayleids looked, acted and did the full pomposity act just like Altmer. Good riddance and welcome to plenty of loot.

And an unplanned bounty hunting gig that also paid off very well.

Undertow Cavern up next, is it?


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post Yesterday, 05:51 AM
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Acadian: we stuck that master race shtick right in their eye.

20221124 TAS, Welkynd Worries – I-SL, Mystery of Mir Corrup – MOO, Bounty Hunting

A restful night at our Leyawiin home disturbed only by the rising morning sun. We slept so soundly not even the violent overnight storm that flooded the city’s lower quarter (again!) woke us up.

With J’Dato the OVB Chapter House Head’s help, the four of us dried out the water that had seeped in under the door. I suggested using the fancy new spell I recently learnt, Gust of Wind, to quickly air dry everything. That didn’t go over well.

“NO!” the three yelled. “You’ll blow the whole house down.”

So instead of huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf we used a common low level heat spell that a novice house maid would use to iron clothing. A little slow but it worked well enough. A few minutes of effort and all was dry. Now with the house emergency properly taken care of we wished J’Dato, the Khajiit monk well and left.

Before leaving Leyawiin for Undertow Cavern we made a couple stops. First on our list was Best Goods and Guaranties. Gundalas was greatly relieved to hear that the cultist that had been pressuring him had been taken care of. He promised to spread the word of our good deed far and wide.

Southern Books was next on our list. What better place to find information on Mir Corrup then a book store, just need to find the right book. Bugak gro-Bol was his usual jovial self as he eye-balled us while we browsed the selves.

“By the gods, buy the book!” he bellowed at us when in his opinion, our browsing took too long.

Bugak was right though, browsing was taking too long. Asking Burgak if he had any reference material on Mir Corrup got a positive response. He did have a book that mentioned Mir Corrup. "Dance in the Fire”, a story set 5 years after the war between, as he called them, the runts and cats. It wasn’t much more than a couple of lines but it was something.

“That’s about 40-years ago”, I thought as I plunked down the coin to buy the book. Surprisingly, the purchase improved Bugak’s attitude, somewhat. He actually started opening up by telling us about his troubles with other Orcs.

“They come in here just to sneer at me,” Bugak bellowed. “Ooh, Bugak got a book store. Ooh, Bugak’s a sissy scroll-scriber. It makes me sick!”

Knowing how Orcs are when agitated, we offered up a weak excuse and got of there as quick as we could before things started flying around the store. With that out of the way we left Leyawiin heading to Undertow Cavern. It’s been a long time since we last visited Undertow, wonder if anything has changed?

Using the thick mist as cover, Fiona and Claire took the flanks and I the center as we climbed the fern covered hill to Undertow Cavern. Finding no resistance on the approach we entered the cavern. Prepared for anything we were still startled when Sinia Mossbrook (MOO Mythic Dawn Faction) was standing at the doorway when we entered.

Sinia may have been as shocked as we were but she reacted quickly by conjuring bound daedric armor and mace. With her speed enhanced Sinia was a maniac on the dance floor.

At least she was until Claire summoned a Lizardman skeleton from the toxic swamps of Black Marsh. Its wicked sword was nothing compared to its poisonous bite that can instantly paralyze or severely slow depending the victim’s willpower. The shock of seeing that hideous thing momentarily stunned everyone.

Everyone except Claire, that is. Claire grabbed her staff and gave Sinia a blast, while her skeleton chomped away on the daedric clad Bosmer.

Sinia recovered quickly from the sight of the Lizardman skeleton and fought on but she had been slowed. Now vulnerable to our group attack Sinia Mossbrook didn’t stand much longer. When it was done we took Sinia Mossbrook’s Greaves as proof of her demise.

Something is wrong here,” I commented after we had gone a little ways into the cavern. “The place is covered in slimy luminescent snus moss. The stuff spreads like kudzu.”

Fiona was explaining how an intense magika field could cause excessive growth like this, when a black arrow clanged off my cuirass. On cue, three Khajiit bandits charged from out of a dark corner. Still on heightened arousal after the match with Sinia Mossbrook, my Ladies turned their attention to the Khajiit. With that dreaded “Black Friday Shopping” look in their eyes, my hot blooded Ladies met the woefully overmatched Khajiiti in the center of the small cavern room.

Another black arrow shaft broke on my cuirass. Turning, I caught a glimpse of a dark figure fleeing down a passageway. A black bow bandit, I gave chase. Catching up to him at the end of a tunnel, I ran him through as he was trying to open a wooden door to Undertow Cavern Hold-Your-Breath.

Ooh, I didn’t know he was a she until I began looting the body. In my moment of distraction, he caught me. Heavily chameleon cloaked Palivan Mossvale (MOO Wanted Faction) struck from behind.

Floored, I yelled out. A couple more strikes hit me as I struggled to get on my feet. Dazed and confused, it was hard to tell from which direction the strikes were coming from. Somehow, I managed to deflect his attacks as I slowly regained my senses. I was nearly ready to mount a counter attack when help arrived.

Speed of lightening, roar of thunder, fighting all who rob and plunder, though we are in danger, we never despair cause we know that when there's danger help is on the way! (A mash-up of two Saturday morning classics. Know what they are?)

The witch and the wizardess swept over Palivan like a tsunami leaving his battered body in their wake. Within seconds they were standing in front of the door to Hold-Your-Breath calmly inspecting their nail polish, as if nothing had happened. Deciding not to open a door with a warning sign of Hold-Your-Breath hung on it, we collect0ed Palivan Mossvale’s Dagger and left.

Nearing the cavern exit my two Ladies insisted that I see what they had found while fighting the Khajii bandits.
Eagerly they dragged me to a small overgrown room. There amidst the moss and ferns sat an Ayleid stepstone.

It appeared to be broken, who knows where you’d end up if you activated it. Collecting the bounty we had worked so hard for seemed to be the more prudent choice. Maybe next time.

Back in Leyawiin we claimed a bounty of 5650 for the two wanted criminals. Turning to Clire and Fiona I asked them what they wanted to do with their share of the gold? We all know the answer to that.

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post Yesterday, 03:39 PM
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I was about to scoff at the "we are true Ayleids" bit. But the guy who walks up to them does look sort of different from typical Altmers. redwizardsmile.gif

Ha ha, Jandaga paralyzes the dude! Some superior race this guy is! ... Great battle pictures, macole.

Wow this floozie won't give it a rest! She's as addicted to dungeoneering as ...well... I am sometimes. whistling.gif

Now they're in the bookstore. "Buy a goddamn book!" rollinglaugh.gif

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Speed of lightening, roar of thunder, fighting all who rob and plunder, though we are in danger, we never despair cause we know that when there's danger help is on the way! (A mash-up of two Saturday morning classics. Know what they are?)


Hmm, I'm guessing Mighty Mouse and something from the D.C. or Marvel Comics era. Really I have no idea. We were mostly into WB (Bugs Bunny, etc.) Josie & Pussycats, Magic Schoolbus, etc. So... no idea. I was a child of '70s and early '80s Saturday cartoons though, so maybe you're talking of something before my time.

They're inspecting their fingernails. wub.gif Wow, so Snu's and Ayleid steps play nice with each other. Snu's even puts some slight overgrowth on top of the step.



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Wow, what an adventure, all without breaking a nail. I see your sorceresses belong to the "Naked Witch" cult - they claim that not just armour but also clothing interrupt magic flow... rolleyes.gif Best not argue with them.

Ok, I know where the lyrics are from, through the power of googlination. biggrin.gif But I won't tell because magic is cheating. wink.gif


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post Yesterday, 09:02 PM
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‘The war between the runts and the cats.’ laugh.gif

Wow, Undertow Cavern is gorgeous! Must be the Snus effects. And a real potpourri of foes inside, offering varying degrees of challenge for the Jandaga, Twinkle and the Ladies. Bounty collection time. Hope they remembered to turn in that black bow to the Count.


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post Today, 05:25 AM
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Renee: Might Mouse is the second half, good for a piece of cake. I thought the other one the first part of the lyrics, would have been easier. It’s newer and there was a movie about 10-years ago.

Lena Wolf: The Daggerfall witches are good examples of that thinking. With her long flowing red hair Fiona, I like to think Fiona is a member of the Tamarilyn Coven. Hard to tell though since the witches if nothing else they wear a hood.
Claire being a wizardess skilled in enchanting adheres to the tenet:
Law of Enchanting #9. Strength of enchantment rises exponentially as the area of the item being enchanted decreases. Therefore assuming the material and enchantment level used are constant, an enchanted chainmail bikini will provide considerably more protection than a set of full plate when enchanted with the same spell.

Acadian: Uh oh, that Black Bow has caused a bit of disquiet with the penny pinching bailies.

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