QUOTE(McBadgere @ Mar 19 2012, 02:15 AM)
Oooh!!...Excellent Journal-ism from you both!!...Loved them...
Me too. I'm reading every word. I'm actually a little jealous becuase I simply don't have the time to make a long, detailed story, so the best I can do is write up my usual shallow additions.
Maybe someday my grandkids can read all about these adventures, and someday...Crystal Beth
is currently in Whiterun. She got a letter from the Jarl of Solitude (her favorite town), apparently the Jarl needs her back to take care of some sort of business, but on the way, she's performing a few sidequests...as a campaign to raise money so that when she shows up in Solitude, she's going to have lots to spend.
Beth isn't necessarily materialistic, but she's a high elf who's easily wowed by technology, magic, and a few pretty gems here and there.
While living in Cyrodiil (before going to skyrim and winding up on that awful execution cart), she visited several Ayleid ruins, just for the Oblivion of it. She loved
these mysteriously quiet subterrenean places...some small, some as large as the Imperial City itself, but she had to admit, she wanted something more. What woud these ruins have been like when they actually were
packed with treasures? Some of the monsters (the undead, the goblins) were still there, but where was all the treasure?
These ruins had all been picked clean of course, picked clean by at least a dozen famous and infamous folk 200 years earlier. Renee Gade II, Lady Saga, and The Grey Wizard being just 3 examples here. As a wannabe adventurer, Crystal Beth desired more, hence her journey into Skyrim, where a simple Nordic fighter by the name of Thor a'Zaene had made an important discovery in the Year 200 of the 4th era: Cyrodiil's du;ngeons may be looted, but Skyrim's were still flush with treasure!
Thor was a simple fighter, apparently. He could wield a blade, was somewhat adept at crafting his own weapons and armor, but knew nothing of magic. Still, he was able to plunder several Nordic barrows, and the rumor was he did, in fact, find plenty of treasures. But why no magic? Beth wondered. Who would be foolish
enough to attempt some dungeon-diving without magical aids?
Had Thor come to his doom?. The rumors said he had been last seen heading off from Markath to deal with some Forsworn, not long before Beth made her way into Skyrim. Nobody had seen Thor since. Foolish! Who wields only a blade and a sheild while seeking treasure? Beth thought to herself.
Beth learned about Thor while she was still living in the Imperial City. She coudnt' remember who told her about Thor, but once she heard the rumors, she decided she'd like to get up to Skyrim, just to see if they were true. Why not?
She couldn't help thinking about the Ayleid ruins, though, and as Beth sat in her hotel room eating some apple pie brought to her from that Redguard woman named Saadia, she had to admit she missed those places.
Built by elves more powerful and advanced than she, Beth's love of magics and magic items began as she stalked into a few ruins such as Ceyatatar. After years and even centuries, the Ayleid's lights still glowed. Their traps still worked. And their mysterious invisible spirits still hummed and chimed here and there. Would Skyrim hold similar places? Underground cities as beautiful as the Ayleids had built? Beth hoped so.
But so far, an Ayleid ruin Beth had not been able to find. Plenty of dusty Nordic barrows, plenty of dark caves, but nothing so splendid as the Ayleids could have created. Beth doesn't mind, though...at least the rumors (so far) have proved to be true. Skyrim is full
of places to loot!
...just a few months ago, Beth was just an aspiring adveturing elf with no gold to her name, now look at her!
As she sat in Whiterun's Banner'd Mare, Beth contemplated the goals she had just accomplished. Her latest mission had been to take down the bandits of Redoran's Retreat, but she's on a campaign to raise money, so she took care of Silent Moon Camp and Halted Stream as well. She's got another horse (her 3rd) and has made a profit of just over 2 thousand gold after selling various special items, potions, and such! She's not sure where she's going to put all this money.
Since she's thinking Solitide willl become her second home, Beth has decided she's going to need some place in that town where she can at least stash all her loot, since she doesnt' have time to go all the way back to her room at The College...
Beth is looking forward to returning to Solitude. There's only one place where she can't really go right now, and that's Windhelm. She somehow wound up getting a bounty while attempting to defend the stables area from a giant tiger. The tiger followed Beth to Windhelm, somehow, killed at least 3 horses (one of them was Beth's!) the stable hand, and a couple other NPC's as well.
Beth doesn't know exactly how she got a bounty, but right after the tiger was finally felled, Windhelm's guards started giving her compassion! She needed a horse so she could get to the Wreck of Winter War, and since her horse died, she decided she could kill 2 birds with one stone by stealing one of Windhelm's finest! This made the guards even madder, of course.
ahhh, but Solitude. High up on a naturally-formed rock, Beth looked forward to Solitude, where the court addresses her like a lady, and treats her with respect. Well, more respect than usual, anyways.