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Lena Wolf
post Jun 14 2022, 06:44 PM
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QUOTE(macole @ Jun 14 2022, 05:27 PM) *

QUOTE(Renee @ Jun 14 2022, 07:57 AM) *

Wow, look how clean Nagasei is. blink.gif The specular shine (whatever it's called) seems enhanced. Wait, where are they? Is this Elsweyr? ... That's what the outdoor pic looks like, desert.

That's' the dirty snow that I have tried to brighten. It still looks bad under certain atmospheric conitions. I would not recommend using Oblion Reloaded. It does some things good and a lot of changes I don't like.

Ok, I thought it was just me... But when I look at the many screenshots from so many people using Oblivion Reloaded and praising it as the pinnacle of Oblivion graphics... when I look at them, I invariably conclude that there's something wrong with my perception because I actually prefer vanilla...

The problem with many graphical overhauls is that the individual textures don't play nicely together. You can see it in the screenshots. Shadows that are too stark in strange places. Straight lines where none exist in vanilla. Sharp texture transitions. And that just ruins everything for me. I think it is very difficult to make a successful graphics overhaul because not only do you need to edit every texture, but you also need to test all the different combinations of textures and see how they play out.

And this is assuming you've got the hardware that can actually display those advanced graphics. My old PC could not, for example, and I got zebra striped snow instead of gradual texture transitions that were meant to appear. Having spent days and days trying to get the textures as they were intended by the creators, having lost the sky, the water, the land and almost all of my patience, I finally concluded that my hardware couldn't do it. No more graphics overhauls for me, thanks. I still haven't had the heart to try it again on the new computer with better hardware.


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Renee
post Jun 16 2022, 02:17 PM
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Sure, I get what you're saying there, Miss Wolf.

I never delved into changing graphics much myself because just going from consoles to PC was enough of an "upgrade" for me. smile.gif Just going from 30 frames per second to 60 potential fps still makes my jaw drop.

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Thanks but it took more than just me to get here. I would like to share the cake with everyone who have left their comments. cake.gif Thank you all, I hope you heave enjoyed the adventure.


Thank you.

EDIT: Today I copy/pasted ALL of my old stories to my new computer! ... Well, all the old stories in this Spoilers thread. They were all originally on my old computer (whose hard drive fried a few months ago) all organized neatly into folders as .txt files, and so it's been my goal to get them all over to my new one as well.

Anyway, it's DONE! Took about 6 hours to manually copy each one, and paste it over.

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post Jun 27 2022, 06:12 AM
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20220626 Drive Rock

It was necessary to spend some time repairing critical equipment before making the treacherous trek from Mafreseli to the campsite below. One false step on the precarious icy slope and it’s a long drop to valley below.

So this is dive Rock,” I said.

Sliding close Kaleah whispered, “Kind of takes your breath away, if you know what I mean.”

“Nature shows her beauty for all to see,” Elenya said as she peered over the edge.

Caught up in the rapture of the natural beauty of the valley below, Pym stepped precariously close to the precipice.

What is it about this place that affects them so?

Fearing for my Ladies' safety, I tossed little Pym over my shoulder, grabbed Elenya by the hand, and dragged them both back to the tent away from the edge of Drive Rock. Depositing the two in the tent I went back for Kaleah. She didn’t respond when I called her, I grabbed her by the tail and pulled her back to the tent. That took some doing, Kaleah can be quite the immovable force when she wants to be.

With my Ladies cooling down in the tent I sat down by the fire and began reading a book I found next to the campfire. Agnar the Unwavering, writes how he, the of Chieftain of Thirsk, and his advisor/wife, the beautiful Svenja Snow-Song, have tracked a fearsome monster known as the Uderfrykte Matron to Dive Rock. A few days after pitching camp Agnar and Svenja spotted the Horror of Dive Rock. In deep snow Agnar and Svenja trudged down the mountain side to give the creature its due.

Like a blowing blizzard the beast wavered and shimmered in the cold. Agnar described it as the feral form of winter itself!

Their frost enchanted and mundane steel weapons were completely useless. Svenja was killed instantly, consumed by the beast nearly whole in just one bite! Agnar fled back to the safety of the campfire to jot down the last few lines of his journal. Then with that done Agnar cinched tightly the belt of his pants, took up his axe and with grim determination returned to what he knew would be his final battle.

Agnar’s final written words were, “I take comfort in knowing I will soon rejoin my beautiful bride in the gilded halls of Sovngarde.”

A dreadful blood curdling scream broke the silence. Instantly my Ladies and I gathered our weapons and raced down the mountain in the direction of the scream. We saw the Nord fall to a frozen swirling mist. What kind of beast is this? It’s like a cloud of frost come to life.

Whatever it is it was no match for out flame enchanted weapons. Slowed down by Kaleah’s fiery arrows the Horror of Dive Rock (the green and silver cloud near the big rock in the picture) was unable evade the Light of Dawn. One slash and Light of Dawn’s fiery blade opened Uderfrykte Matron from left shoulder to right hip nearly cutting it in two. As it fell to the ground body parts of what we could only assume to be that of Svenja spilled out on the snow.

Svenja, the beauty that Agnar described was hardly recognized. Handling Svenja’s corpse with great care my Ladies reverently laid the couple together on the frozen slope. Taking the portable shrine we gathered together to beseech the goddess to grant safe passage for that the doomed couple in the afterlife.

Wonder of wonders! The mountain shook, Agnar’s left hand sought out to touch Svenja’s right hand as their heads turn to gaze into each other’s eyes.

Elenya went wild with excitement. “The goddess, she, she… she woke the mountain! He’s taken the couple under his protection. Oh, he’s prepared a resting place for Agnar and Svenja.”

“Was it Nir or maybe the lost deity Luminai that woke the mountain fae?”

“Can’t tell,” Kaleah said. “Something moved them and it was neither Daedra nor Aedra. That I can tell.”

A deep hole suitable for a burial opened up on the rocky mountain slope. There in the site the mountain prepared for us we gently laid Agnar and Svenya to rest. With the internment complete, the mountain sealed itself up leaving no trace of the gravesite. Only the corpse of the Uderfrykte Matron remained to tell the tale of Agnar and Svenja.

"The spirit of the mountain has returned to its slumber," Elenya sadly announced. "I was hoping we could talk to it for awhile."

We paid our last respects and headed south by southwest down the mountain to the green valley below.

I'm going up the country
Baby, don't you wanna go?
I'm going to some place
Where I've never been before
I'm going, I'm going
Where the water tastes like wine

We can jump in the water
Stay drunk all the time.


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post Jun 27 2022, 12:55 PM
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Ah man, so that is Dive Rock? Never been there, with any of mine. And there is an Ayleid ruin up there too???? ohmy.gif Ah man, my breath is taken.

Too bad the Adoring Fan is not part of Jandaga's group. whistling.gif

Do you ever get afraid of heights, macole? Even in videogames, I used to get afraid, especially while playing Tomb Raider. But over the years playing ES games, walking right to the edge doesn't bother me as much (meanwhile, it barely bothers most of my characters).

Whoa, that's crazy. So the graves that opened closed themselves up? indifferent.gif

South by southwest, huh? cool.gif I never been to Austin. Always wanted to go.

Today's set of verses sounds like Creedence, though it can't be them. As usual it's ringing a bell though.

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post Jun 27 2022, 01:28 PM
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I am confused about the location of Mafreseli (I haven't looked into that mod yet). You said previously that it interfered with HESU Skyrim Temple, but that is no where near Dive Rock. HESU Skyrim Temple is to the West of the Temple of Ancestor Moths, unless you have a different version from mine?

Pretty impressive magic with that tomb opening and closing and stuff. Which mod is this? biggrin.gif


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post Jun 27 2022, 01:49 PM
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QUOTE(Lena Wolf @ Jun 27 2022, 08:28 AM) *

Which mod is this? biggrin.gif


I know, right? rollinglaugh.gif

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post Jun 27 2022, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE(Renee @ Jun 27 2022, 07:55 AM) *


Today's set of verses sounds like Creedence, though it can't be them. As usual it's ringing a bell though.


Canned Heat?


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post Jun 27 2022, 08:24 PM
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QUOTE(ghastley @ Jun 27 2022, 11:15 AM) *

QUOTE(Renee @ Jun 27 2022, 07:55 AM) *


Today's set of verses sounds like Creedence, though it can't be them. As usual it's ringing a bell though.


Canned Heat?


YESS!!!!!!! cake.gif
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post Jun 27 2022, 08:58 PM
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What a neat story at Dive Rock! Nicely done. Time to head for warm sands or at least someplace with no snow!


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post Jun 27 2022, 11:02 PM
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Breakdown;

Canned Heat, the hippie’s anthem, is correct!

The supposed Ayleid ruin which isn’t so ruined is from the mod Mafreseli.

Once I’m on top, looking out over the landscape, heights don’t bother me much. Now bees and wasps buzzing around will send me into an uncontrollable panic. (Sat on a yellow jacket nest when about 8 or 9.)

Previously I had said that I was afraid Mafreseli would interfere with HESU Skyrim Temple. Not knowing exactly where things are, I made an error when reading the hex grid map. Wonder how HESU Dive Rock would work?

Other than a texture change for the Uderfrykte Matron there are no mods included here, just my imagination running wild. The funeral service and burial at the end is just me role playing my aelf character. Faerie is his chosen language in Daggerfall, you know.

The Uderfrykte Matron texture didn’t quite do it for me. I was looking for something more unique and a heck of a lot more fearsome than a giant troll for the Matron. Maybe next time.

Yes, it is time to head somewhere warm. We’re leaving for Orlando, Florida via Atlanta. Be back in a couple weeks, hopefully. Uunless I find magic gourd named Xanth, then who knows.


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