Book 1 Executive Summary
Our story begins with Buffy being briefly incarcerated in the Imperial Prison, and ends as she attempts to bring freedom to the city of Kvatch. I have nicknamed this book, ‘Do You Know the Way to Kvatch?’ Episodes 1-26 (Thread 1):
Buffy witnessed the death of Uriel Septim VII in the Imperial Prison. She eventually delivered the Amulet of Kings to Jauffre, who treated her rudely then told her to go fetch Martin at Kvatch. Buffy's response to this, of course, was to drop the amulet on his desk and storm out.
At one point in her travels while pursuing University recommendations, Buffy coincidentally encountered an Oblivion gate at Kvatch. Terrified, she quickly heeded the orders of Savlian Matius to leave the area. In their brief encounter however, Buffy seemed drawn to the brave Captain Matius - quite struck by his noble and selfless bravery. She was confident the Empire would resolve the situation that she considered well beyond her meager ability to influence.
Our orphan from Bravil continued to refine her confidence and skills toward adventure, purchasing her precious black mare (Superian) and even graduating from the Arcane University as a mystic archer. She also discovered that, through the mysterious hand of Azura, she was a Slayer – one of a rare group of women with powers to help kill vampires. The role of Slayer was not one that Buffy embraced. Episodes 27-56 (Thread 2):
Buffy discovered, from a black marketeer in Bravil, that sigil stones are what hold Oblivion Gates open.
In Chorrol, Buffy learned, after the fact, that the monk Jauffre had been murdered and the Amulet of Kings apparently stolen - almost immediately after Buffy had delivered it to him. This explained why the Blades had not tried to find the Emperor’s heir at Kvatch – they did not know about Martin.
Her business in Chorrol also saw Buffy plot and carry out a deserved, but nonetheless calculated assassination of a rogue mage named Earana. Although tempted by the subsequent Dark Brotherhood's seductive lure of love and family, Buffy ultimately balked at her initiation contract and concluded that her killing and taste for vengeance were not for hire. Her 'dance with darkness' led to the forging and adopting of The Buffy Doctrine. She would later amend her simple doctrine too read: If you are kind to me, I will love you dearly; if you are a threat to me or my friends, I will likely kill you.
She began to display a fascination with the quests of Daedra Lords that, at first, made sense. Azura had given Buffy a wonderful artifact, and Meridia helped her avenge a murdered guild mate. Succumbing to the lure of Daedric trinkets, Buffy then undertook several more of these quests, netting disappointment and even shame over some of her choices.
Her fascination with Daedra Lords nevertheless remained and she eventually, with the help of Acadian, realized the cause: The Oblivion Gate at Kvatch was the work of a Daedra Lord, Mehrunes Dagon. Buffy had learned that without an Emperor, the Legion was too busy holding rebellious provinces together to send forces to close a gate that seemed under control. She realized that if she didn't help, no one would. Her curious logic yielded that perhaps one of Mehrunes Dagon's colleagues could help her learn more about fighting the Daedra within the gate, and ultimately closing it.
She would later learn, via the Sisters of Gottlesfont Priory that Akatosh would not suffer Daedra in his house. This provided hope that, despite the length of the siege at Kvatch, any citizens who took refuge in Kvatch’s Chapel of Akatosh may have survived. Buffy knew that the chapel was well-stocked with food, built upon a natural spring and, like all chapels, had an altar that could fully restore and sustain the vitality of any believers.
A second brief visit to Kvatch refined that her motivation did not stem from a desire to assist the Empire or Kvatch. It became clear that the focus of her efforts was Savlian Matius himself, even as she wrestled with trying to understand her growing feelings for him. Episodes 57-84 (Thread 3):
This began with Buffy's sixteen-part miniseries called 'The Leyawiin Expedition'. In Leyawiin, Buffy completed Daedric Shrine quests for Nocturnal and Sanguine. She befriended the orc, Mazoga and the two ladies became Knights Errant of the White Stallion. Buffy learned much of courtly ways and convinced Count Leyawiin to send a soldier named Sergeant Lucilius Marcus to Kvatch to help Savlian Matius. Buffy also convinced Captain Caelia Draconis, of the Leyawiin guard, to send letters to her counterparts in each of the other cities requesting that they consider following Count Leyawiin's example of providing some assistance to Kvatch.
Dagail, of the Mages Guild, helped Acadian gain the power of speech to augment his telepathic ability.
As Buffy prepared to leave Leyawiin, she and Acadian pondered the wisdom of their course. Trying to learn how to defeat Mehrunes Dagon's Oblivion Gate at Kvatch by consulting other Daedra Lords had yielded no answers. They agreed to seek the advice of the only Daedra Lord who had helped Buffy at all - Azura.
After visiting and obtaining the advice of Azura, Buffy made her way to the Daedra Lord Peryite. There she discovered that her paladin, Acadian, was actually an ancient Nordic dragonrider who perished centuries ago along with his ice dragon, Phantom. Fellow dragon Peryite was intrigued enough to offer Buffy the opportunity to learn what she sought - how to survive Oblivion and fight Daedra. And fight she did, emerging from Peryite's plane as a Daedra Slayer.
Buffy than asked the Arcane University to provide assistance to Kvatch. After investigating a matter at Wellspring Grove for Raminus Polus, Buffy earned a promise that her request would be taken to the Council of Mages. Raminus told her it would likely be two weeks before the Council would convene and that he would send word to Buffy's guild chapter in Bravil when he had a decision for her.Episodes 85-122 (Thread 4):
This thread consisted entirely of a massive storyline called ‘The Tournament of Archers’. Buffy spent nine days in Bravil as she awaited word from the Council of Mages as to whether they would approve assistance for Kvatch. She used the time to catch up with old friends, make new ones, solve a mystery, right a wrong and compete in the annual tournament to decide the champion archer of Cyrodiil. Buffy’s new friend Alawen (the Ranger of Anvil) won the tournament. Buffy placed second. Our bowgirl’s mentor and seven time tournament champion, Daenlin, came in third. Episodes 123-End (176) (Thread 5)
Buffy returned from the tournament to the Arcane University and obtained some aid for her quest to free Kvatch. She was also reassigned from the Bravil to Kvatch chapter of the Mages Guild. While in the Imperial City, she encountered Baurus and shared what she knew about both Martin and Kvatch. Because Jauffre had been assassinated before he could task the Blades, word of a surviving Septim was news to Baurus. He indicated he would urge the Blades to send a team to Kvatch to investigate.
Buffy returned to Kvatch in Episode 133. She quickly learned that her ongoing efforts had significantly bolstered the city’s defense. Savlian's forces had grown to include additional soldiers from other cities, mages from Buffy's guild and ultimately would include a pair of Blades and even Sir Mazoga and her new consort, Sir Agronak gro-Malog. Buffy realized the reason she was in Kvatch was because her heart was drawn to Savlian Matius. Her intent was to see his long vigil ended, and she was willing to put her fragile life on the line for his cause.
Once settling in with her new branch of the Mages Guild, Buffy shared what she had learned of Daedra, the Deadlands and Oblivion Gates with Savlian Matius. The two agreed to tackle Kvatch’s gate together after some training. They headed south and cleared a fort of conjurers, forging their ability to work and fight as a team. Love then fully blossomed, as they took a day of respite on the Valenwood bank of the Strid River.
After returning to Kvatch, the couple did indeed close that cursed Oblivion Gate. Following another day of preparations, Savlian led his army (with Buffy among the ranks of his archers and mages) into the city. Upon finding and freeing survivors in the chapel a small meeting was held: Savlian, Buffy, Baurus and Martin. Buffy was able to detect the blood of a dragon within the priest and confirm his status as rightful heir – fulfilling the role that Uriel envisioned for her. When the meeting was interrupted by Sirs Mazoga and Agronak, Martin was stunned. It became clear he had experienced visions of the mighty orcs and that they were destined to become his Champions – after Kvatch was freed.
Savlian then led his army against the well-entrenched foes who held the castle. Buffy and Savlian found and freed the Countess of Kvatch who had been frozen into preservation within the castle’s gold storage vault by Kvatch’s court mage at the beginning of the Daedra invasion. Savlian’s army was victorious, but paid a high price. Nearly half his army – including himself – perished in the assault. Buffy not only lost the love of her life, but suffered severe wounds requiring extensive healing in the chapel after the battle.
Once released from the chapel, Buffy found that reconstruction of Kvatch was already underway. The broken bowgirl valiantly tried to put her life back together, but struggled with the constant reminders of Savlian she encountered.
Ultimately, she decided that she needed to leave Kvatch. The final episode of Book 1 found Buffy, Acadian and Superian camped on the southern bank of the Strid River – the same meadow where love had fully blossomed. There, under the stars, she finally said farewell to her hero. Thus ended Book 1.This post has been edited by Acadian: Aug 4 2012, 02:57 PM