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Grits
Rowan and Lydia are walking to Solitude from Riverwood. There has been quite a lot of flower picking along the way, so it’s taking a while. Met a cute, red-headed farmer boy and encouraged him to pursue a life of adventure. Must check back later and see if he’s still alive.

Had a very satisfying dragon fight on the road, lots of jumping over rocks and sprinting while being flamed by the dragon and peppered with arrows from a nearby idiot bandit. I got to see Rowan’s dragon finishing move for the first time, it was great! Until I realized that she was still wearing her talking-to-the-cute-farmer dress, not her health-enhancing battle wear. Oops. No wonder she needed so many potions.

But the big news: we got a dog! Woo hoo!
liliandra nadiar
Chloe and Lydia are making a casual path to High Hrothgar. Bagged her third vampire master and his nest while getting some new duds for both of them.
mALX
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 19 2011, 05:40 PM) *

Rowan and Lydia are walking to Solitude from Riverwood. There has been quite a lot of flower picking along the way, so it’s taking a while. Met a cute, red-headed farmer boy and encouraged him to pursue a life of adventure. Must check back later and see if he’s still alive.

Had a very satisfying dragon fight on the road, lots of jumping over rocks and sprinting while being flamed by the dragon and peppered with arrows from a nearby idiot bandit. I got to see Rowan’s dragon finishing move for the first time, it was great! Until I realized that she was still wearing her talking-to-the-cute-farmer dress, not her health-enhancing battle wear. Oops. No wonder she needed so many potions.

But the big news: we got a dog! Woo hoo!



Which dog? I am hoping to find Meeko. (found his shack, but not him).

Maxical hasn't budged since Monday, but on Monday she swam the northern border looking for underwater treasures. She got some ingredients, but that was all. She finally decided to rest on a nice piece of flat land and found herself surrounded and attacked by some faction from a nearby fort. Somehow she survived the assault, and decided to "clear" it of any more attackers (and release their prisoners - which were not grateful for that. In fact, they were angry about it. So she left their doors open and left. Later she got two Dragon Masks and found four word walls.
Grits
Chloe looks great! I haven’t found any vampires yet.

mALX, we found Meeko!

Here's how it happened:


Thomas Kaira
My Dunmer, Relyn Drelas, has officially gone rogue. While on assignment for the Main Quest, he ended up joining the Thieves Guild, and has now taken up a much less-than-honorable streak than one might expect from someone who is also a member of the Companions. However, Relyn does try to keep his new life of thievery a secret as much as possible. Absolutely no theft in Whiterun, for instance. Unless specifically ordered to. He's been spending a bit of time here and there brushing up on his pickpocketing, finding random passersby and relieving them of some spare change here and there.

Unfortunately, his reputation in Riften has taken a bit of a bad turn, so he has decided that most of his thievery efforts will take place there. So long as he keeps his head down and nips the bud whenever he's caught, word shouldn't spread outside of The Rift. It's an interesting life for him now, juggling his duties toward the Thieves Guild with the Companions and trying his damnedest to keep both parties in the dark about his work for either side. I will be amazed if this doesn't end up blowing up in his face. wacko.gif

Also, due to the fact that the Legion is in the pockets of the Thalmor and having attempts made on his life more than once by both parties, Relyn has now taken up arms with the Stormcloak rebellion to drive the Empire out of Skyrim and teach the Thalmor a lesson in humility.

For those wondering, the Thalmor is a branch of the Aldmeri Dominion, which surfaced shortly after the Oblivion Crisis and the end of the Septim lineage. What happened between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion is revealed in the game, though, so talking about that would be a spoiler.
Jacki Dice
Melinoe has been spending some time in Riften. A very handsome Nord asked a favor of her, though it would require something illegal. She's not too concerned about breaking the law, anything for some coin at this point, but as she found out there is no marrying him, she decided that there is no rush to please him.

So she headed south to do some exploring. Bandit camps were what she had hoped for. Instead, she came across an unfriendly conjurer, some spiders, and of course, wolves. The horrid spiders started to deplete her precious potions so she headed back north to Riften when she met a Khajiit named Maiq. He had a couple of interesting things to say before taking off.

There was also the Captain who needed something out of a fort. Melinoe was rather excited. Finally some non-creature action, and with someone to help out no less. However, he held the door open for her and said he'd meet her by his spit once she was done. When Melinoe asked why he wasn't coming in, he flat out said he was far too important. Typical Altmer! She thought. She slammed the door and told him to take a spear and shove it up his... well, you've got the idea.

As she stormed off a man shoved a suit of enchanted armor in her arms and demanded that she hold it for him until he comes to collect it, or he'll kill her. Melinoe took the armor, though once she gets back to Riften there's no guarantee she won't sell it. Let the man come and try to kill her. At this point she just might gut someone and skip rope with their innards...
mALX
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 19 2011, 06:34 PM) *

Chloe looks great! I haven’t found any vampires yet.

mALX, we found Meeko!

Here's how it happened:



Grits
QUOTE(mALX @ Nov 19 2011, 08:07 PM) *



Yikes. I hope not, too.

Did I mention bunnies? I saw two bunnies hopping up the road today, not scared at all.

Until the cave bear. ohmy.gif
King Coin
Well, Aravi went hunting and bagged quite a few deer. She teased a few mudcrabs in a stream until they started to actually do some damage, then killed the pests.

While out hunting she ran into an Altmer dressed in unique robes and made conversation with him. He was quite full of himself and then started talking about Talos... Aravi isn't religious so she kept quiet when he asked her opinion on such matters. He didn't like that one bit and attacked her. He must have had some goons waiting nearby because she was suddenly fighting him and two others wearing elven armor. She barely survived the fight, but is now in possession of elven armor!

Back in Whiterun she turned all the deer and wolf hides into leather armor and then sold them. She then used the money she made to enchant her Orcish sword and war ax.
SubRosa
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 19 2011, 08:35 PM) *

Did I mention bunnies? I saw two bunnies hopping up the road today, not scared at all.

You mean like this bunny? wink.gif



QUOTE(King Coin @ Nov 19 2011, 08:37 PM) *

While out hunting she ran into an Altmer dressed in unique robes and made conversation with him. He was quite full of himself and then started talking about Talos... Aravi isn't religious so she kept quiet when he asked her opinion on such matters. He didn't like that one bit and attacked her. He must have had some goons waiting nearby because she was suddenly fighting him and two others wearing elven armor. She barely survived the fight, but is now in possession of elven armor!

I think those are the Thalmor. They are high elves who kill anyone who worships Talos, or anyone they don't like. I just read about them in the wiki, wondering if whether I might use them in the TF or AF or not.
McBadgere
J'Drell has just finished clearing one Fort Hraggstad, west of Solitude. He discovered it whilst travelling down from getting himself blessed at the Steed Stone...Which seems to be the only way to up your carrying capacity by a decent amount...Snassnfrassn...Aaamywho, he was shocked to discover that having ousted the Bandits, within five minutes of going to sell his stuff, the Legion have now occupied the fort and are well and truly settled in...

"Huh?" thought J'Drell...

*Shrug* Went Robert...

Anyways, he'd just travelled back to Solitude to off load the stuff and do some more smithing...

treydog
Trey had a rather disturbing experience with the Companions in Whiterun and decided that a drinking contest with a stranger at The Bannered Mare was a good idea.

Sometime later, he found he had annoyed some folk at a temple.

He then witnessed a murder and was asked to investigate- "unofficially."

He MUST have dachshund in him- he seems to have a nose for trouble.
Grits
Meeko is gone. Rowan and Lydia tangled with two frost spiders and a troll in a marsh right before dawn. I’m hoping that Meeko just ran off, because he was nowhere near the bodies. There were arrows and fire balls flying all over the place, and the local mudcrabs got riled up at some point as well. Plus there were slaughterfish in the river. A lot could have gone wrong.

Maybe he’ll catch up. sad.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 20 2011, 01:32 PM) *

Meeko is gone. Rowan and Lydia tangled with two frost spiders and a troll in a marsh right before dawn. I’m hoping that Meeko just ran off, because he was nowhere near the bodies. There were arrows and fire balls flying all over the place, and the local mudcrabs got riled up at some point as well. Plus there were slaughterfish in the river. A lot could have gone wrong.

Maybe he’ll catch up. sad.gif



GAAAAAH !!! I hope he is okay. Am I to understand our canine friends are not ... essential? URK !!!
liliandra nadiar
Chloe and Lydia are currently clearing out Meridia's temple of inky undead. Already done some work for Clavicus Vile, mostly just to get rid of Barbas who kept sniffing at Chloe's *coughs* and getting in the way of her shots.

Also, if Meeko was/is a stray, you might find him back where you first found him. I know I had one following me for a while then he just sort of... wasn't there anymore.
King Coin
QUOTE(SubRosa @ Nov 19 2011, 07:51 PM) *

I think those are the Thalmor. They are high elves who kill anyone who worships Talos, or anyone they don't like. I just read about them in the wiki, wondering if whether I might use them in the TF or AF or not.

It was. Aravi was traveling to Winterhold again and on the way she was tracked down by a hit squad and ambushed. They had orders to kill Aravi on them as well. This is going to be interesting at the college because there is a Thalmor representative there.
SubRosa
QUOTE(King Coin @ Nov 20 2011, 06:18 PM) *

It was. Aravi was traveling to Winterhold again and on the way she was tracked down by a hit squad and ambushed. They had orders to kill Aravi on them as well. This is going to be interesting at the college because there is a Thalmor representative there.

I suggest just killing that Thalmor fella right out the gate. But you might to save first... wink.gif

Oh, and if Aravi sees these guys, I suggest that she does the same! biggrin.gif
Grits
Went back to Meeko’s cabin, but no Meeko. I’m afraid he’s really gone. If Rowan finds another dog, she’s going to take him straight to somewhere safe!

mALX, there has to be a way to make him essential on the PC, but I don’t know it. I’m on a PS3. That’s also why Rowan is still on foot. She doesn’t want a dragon to eat her horse.

Last night Rowan got to meet some of the Thalmor she's been hearing about. They did not get along. I expect she'll be adding to her collection of "Kill Rowan Varrus" notes pretty soon.

Today’s mission takes us from Whiterun to Riften. The road has been quiet so far. Keep an eye on the sky, travelers!

King Coin
Aravi made it to the Winterhold College and made a point to speak directly to the Thalmor there. He didn't react to her in any special way. He's either unaware or unable to act. She'll keep an eye on him while she's there.

Since then she has traveled around a bit. She found a smith that was selling the materials she needed to improve the elven armor. It was expensive, but she bought it anyways.

After some smithing she started to some main quest related stuff that I'll not describe beyond saying it was very interesting.
mALX
I was so excited last night - thought I saw a troll while in sneak and quite a ways back - was sure it was a troll !! I hit it once with that spark spell duel casting and it flew up in the air and landed against a rock facing, slid down.

I hurried over, so excited I had killed a troll with one hit !!! - It was a wolf. ARGH !!

I now have over 100 locations discovered - North, West, and East. I'm working my way down to the South, but have to watch out I don't put that Bleak Flats Barrow on my map.

Maxical met several friends, joined the College and got a few quests to do from there. She finally got everything sold out in Whiterun (thank goodness !!!) so she can walk a little faster now.

She caught another disease, but it is cured now. She had just gotten rid of the brainrot and got some bonejoint disease (or something) right away. She had to go right back to the shrine and clear it up.

She met some interesting people on her trek. Some just wanted to talk, some gave her quests to do. One gave her fire boots and threatened her life if she did him dirty or snitched on him. Some soldiers told her to look the other way and move or she'd be next. Some very adept mages tried to kill her when she said Hi to them. URK !!! She got through that somehow.

OH! And she got two more words off walls !!! (but no more Dragon Priest Masks).


@ KC - I met that Thalmer at the College, what a butt !!

@ Grits - Oh no! I thought Bethesda would have made followers essential, including the canine ones !! If I get Meeko he is going to stay safe at his daddy's shack till I get a place that is safe for him.
King Coin
@Grits:

Has Rowan had more than one encounter with the Dark Brotherhood? Aravi's only had one attempt on her life from that group.

And sorry to hear that your dog might be gone. sad.gif

@mALX:

That guy is pleasant compared to the other ones you meet.
mALX
QUOTE(King Coin @ Nov 21 2011, 09:59 AM) *

@Grits:

Has Rowan had more than one encounter with the Dark Brotherhood? Aravi's only had one attempt on her life from that group.

And sorry to hear that your dog might be gone. sad.gif

@mALX:

That guy is pleasant compared to the other ones you meet.



So far everyone has been very nice to Maxical there - Even the Orc in the Library !! That Thalmer guy was actually okay to her too, but couldn't help himself from showing his disdain for her and arrogance at the same time - it was the way he said things that came across like he was a real jerk, lol.
Grits
QUOTE(King Coin @ Nov 21 2011, 09:59 AM) *

Has Rowan had more than one encounter with the Dark Brotherhood? Aravi's only had one attempt on her life from that group.

I want to say five? She has the notes at home in Whiterun, I'll count them the next time she's there. They started very early in her game, that's why I thought it could be the Bosmer she ticked off in Riverwood. I guess that's not it, though. One attack was in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm. A black Khajiit in black armor. Sort of a Pink Panther moment.

Now she is also being stalked by a different group, so she has two stacks of hate mail. She's putting all of her perks into one-handed, and she just switched back to light armor to save stamina. Bring it!!


She just met an important MQ guy. He is awesome. She's really embraced her role in events. All of those shopping lists given by marriage prospects are just going to have to wait!
mALX
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 21 2011, 11:46 AM) *

All of those shopping lists given by marriage prospects are just going to have to wait!



URK !!!
King Coin
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 21 2011, 10:46 AM) *

I want to say five? She has the notes at home in Whiterun, I'll count them the next time she's there. They started very early in her game, that's why I thought it could be the Bosmer she ticked off in Riverwood. I guess that's not it, though. One attack was in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm. A black Khajiit in black armor. Sort of a Pink Panther moment.

Now she is also being stalked by a different group, so she has two stacks of hate mail. She's putting all of her perks into one-handed, and she just switched back to light armor to save stamina. Bring it!!

Aravi's gone quite a while without seeing any more assassins so I wonder what's up with that. If she ever finds the Brotherhood, she's clearing them out!
liliandra nadiar
Chloe has been named Blood-Kin by the orcs in the west after a nasty encounter getting a new Word from a tower full of undead with a dragon priest to cap things off. It's made her a bit wary on going to the next word she's been given a heads up on from her annoymous 'friend'.

Also started another character under a few challenges, Redguard warrior named Chance the Unlucky on a 'no magic' game. She gotten to Whiterun without any noticible difficulty, though she's been out of health potions since the start of the last floor of Bleak Burrow.
mALX
Maxical has discovered 133 locations and has 8 words for the shouts when she start getting the dragon souls. Some of them even have two words !! (one of those is the Ethereal, the other is the "detect life" one). She still only has two dragon masks though.
McBadgere
Wulff Olfsson is crossing Skyrim in search of these Words of Power...He's no idea what they're for as yet, but he does so like a pretty light... biggrin.gif ...

Plus he's upping his levels like a...Wossname...Level 32?...Urgh...And I've not done anything like a "big" quest yet... mellow.gif ...
mALX
QUOTE(McBadgere @ Nov 22 2011, 12:07 AM) *

Wulff Olfsson is crossing Skyrim in search of these Words of Power...He's no idea what they're for as yet, but he does so like a pretty light... biggrin.gif ...

Plus he's upping his levels like a...Wossname...Level 32?...Urgh...And I've not done anything like a "big" quest yet... mellow.gif ...



The first time I heard the music it scared me to death. Then that light started glowing - Maxical shot a lightning bolt at it and ran like a banshee. Happened to see a Youtube vid later where someone was getting a word, real head-smack moment, lol. She went back and got that word before the cave could reset, lol.
Jacki Dice
Melinoe has officially joined the Thieves Guild! This was her reaction to seeing a few of the guild members. Unfortunately none are able to marry. Just as well. That bad-boy/girl thing needs to be nipped in the bud.

She did a pickpocketing favor for Delvin. The target was a little too stuck up for Melinoe's taste so she didn't just swipe was was requested, she took everything that was of any value. Then there was a job from Vex called a sweep job where she's supposed to loot a house of a few valuable things. During this she found a book called The Legend of Red Eagle. Supposedly its a sword buried in a dungeon somewhere. Melinoe kinda skimmed so later she'll have to read it over a little better.
mALX
Maxical has 152 locations discovered, and three dragon masks now - plus two more shout words !! One of them gave all three shouts at once, the other gave a third shout for one I had two of.
liliandra nadiar
I think that's all of the dragon priests in the game then. Or at least I'm not found/heard of any more then three masks.

Chloe has bagged her 8th dragon and is working her way down the western Reach hunting a few more Words before looking heading back to Riverwood to talk to a certain barmaid about some elves.

Chance, in the meantime, has proven her name yet again by becoming a werewolf. She and Aela are clearing out a band of Silver Hand as part of a not-very-enthusiastic welcoming party. All the while, wondering what else is going to go wrong in her life. More dragons? Ghosts? Vampires? *sigh*
Thomas Kaira
Today, Derelas of Skyrim (yup, he really did make it) was given a task by Danica in Whiterun to help restore Gildergreen: recover a special weapon called Nettlebane from Orphan Rock. There was just one complication: Hagravens.

Orphan Rock was just east of Helgen on the western slopes of the Throat of the World (as part of my RP, I can only enter my map immediately after I speak to a quest-giver NPC, making it into a sort of "get directions" function). After killing off a few hostile lesser Witches, the Hagraven entered the fray, and she was literally fire and brimstone about the death of her followers. It took a lot of shooting to bring her down, but eventually Dere and his housecarl Lydia managed it. They found Nettlebane on the Hagraven's corpse.

After staying the night in the nearby camp, it is now time to move on. Dere will eventually bring Nettlebane to Danica, but first... a visit to the Greybeards.
Grits
I started a new character in the Dead Is Dead thread over on the *cough* other forum. He’s a Khajiit warrior, sword and shield, archery for backup. Here’s another picture of my TV: J'Shanji


(Includes a discussion of Bleak Falls Barrow.)

liliandra nadiar
QUOTE(Grits @ Nov 23 2011, 11:26 AM) *

“Where the fetch are we?” Faendal said.


Ah, the second most heard line on Nirn. (Right after 'What's your Birthsign') All the best tales start with that questions.
Grits
I made a bunch of food for tomorrow, then I let J’Shanji back out of the box. I’m getting to know some of his quirks. He won’t wear anything with fur, for example. And he eats his fish raw.



J’Shanji spent some time in Riverwood after the barrow adventure. Lucan Valerius was pleased to have his special item returned. So was his sister, Camilla. A little too pleased for J’Shanji. I mean, Faendal was standing right there.

“Here’s a little something to show you my gratitude,” she said, stroking J’Shanji’s arm fur. “Don’t be a stranger, now.” She handed over a selection of foul Nord brews.

“J’Shanji doesn’t drink,” Faendal told her. “You should have gotten him some moon sugar.”

And perhaps grown a tail, thought J’Shanji. He tried not to purr.

The Bosmer and the Imperial tramp headed off for the evening. J’Shanji sold Camilla’s gifts back to her brother.

“This one has a stone tablet for sale,” said J’Shanji.

“You should take that up to Dragonsreach and show it to the court wizard,” Lucan told him. “Then you can tell the Jarl about the dragon. If it comes here, we’ll be defenseless. We need him to send some Whiterun guards.”

“Khajitt are not welcome inside the city,” said J’Shanji. His angry tail lashed the sales counter.

Lucan took a step back. “Tell the guards you have a message for the Jarl. Riverwood sends for aid. And, uh, you should probably try not to show so many teeth.”

Lucan’s advice was sound. J’Shanji left Faendal with his beloved Camilla and made the trip to Whiterun. Events took over. Before he knew it, he was wiping dragon blood from his sword.

“You should return to Dragonsreach and speak to the Jarl,” said the uptight Dunmer boss lady.

Jarl Balgruuf the Greater showered J’Shanji with gifts and the gratitude of his people. He had plans for J’Shanji that sounded like more work for his feet than for his sword arm. J’Shanji walked out while he was talking.

A big Nord woman stopped him at the door. J’Shanji prepared for a fight.

She spoke of honor, Thanes, and carling his house. These Nords are nuttier than a love-struck Bosmer, thought J’Shanji. He decided it was time to get the hell out of Whiterun.

Jacki Dice
I love how you wrote that out smile.gif

Melinoe will update her adventure tonight, as she isn't quite done for the day. smile.gif
mALX
@ Liliandra - there are def more masks, Maxical is on a mission to find them all, lol.

@ Grits - GAAAAH !!! I almost gave Maxical those long ears too, I love them !!! Love the mini-story !!

BTW, Maxical ran into a drug dealer skulking in the roads outside a small village - she bought some Moon sugar from him, lol. Hasn't tried it yet, though.

Grits
Somehow Rowan pissed off one of those drug dealers, and she ended up looting Moon Sugar from his corpse. He was unarmed, no armor, and tough! Respect the jaguar folk.

Good luck to Dere on his climb! I love to hear 7,000 steps stories.

I hope Melinoe had a good first day in the guild. It's hard to tell if the prison guards are hot, they all wear those masks. tongue.gif
liliandra nadiar
Chance is, at the moment, beating her steel helmet encased head on a rock reminding herself to keep her mouth shut next time. After having made a note of a canoe on an island near the Silver Hand base, she went to check it out after being dismissed by Aela from Gallows Rock. On the island, she found a smugglers den. Easy enough right? Only it appeared the smuggler's last trip was a pair of vampires.

Chance will be keeping an eye on the sky while she heads back to Whiterun.
mALX
QUOTE(liliandra nadiar @ Nov 23 2011, 08:58 PM) *

Chance is, at the moment, beating her steel helmet encased head on a rock reminding herself to keep her mouth shut next time. After having made a note of a canoe on an island near the Silver Hand base, she went to check it out after being dismissed by Aela from Gallows Rock. On the island, she found a smugglers den. Easy enough right? Only it appeared the smuggler's last trip was a pair of vampires.

Chance will be keeping an eye on the sky while she heads back to Whiterun.



Maxical found that island trap door last night too! She thought like Chance did, that it would be a smugglers hideout...but that scary music when she entered made her think twice about attempting it. Now I'm glad she got the H out of there !!
liliandra nadiar
Further up river, Chance found a small ruined house with a dead Nord under one of three felled trees that hit the place, it left her thinking that while she may be Chance the Unlucky, she was still alive while Lucky Lorenz... wasn't

Though the abandoned ruin across the river brought that into question as the old prison was populated with, you guessed it, ghosts.

It was a very stressed and twitchy Redguard that walked into the Bannered Mare for a drink or 6. Fortunately Sam, a new face in the tavern, offered to buy if she would have a friendly drinking contest with him. Sounds like a good way to relax and unwind. Nothing could go wrong with that.
mALX
Finding Lucky Lorenz was lucky for Maxical - she had caught another disease and he had a shrine in his cabin. It took forever to get to it, had to climb up the hill behind the shack and walk the fallen tree down, lol. She's cured for now, lol.
Captain Hammer
Today, Ragnall found his past catching up to him.

A few days ago, Ragnall had politely informed a distinguished group of elves met on the road that he considered himself successor and heir to Talos, and as such, gave sacrifice at the altars of his predecessor. These elves, members of the Thalmor, disagreed with Ragnall's religious beliefs and acted accordingly.

Ragnall subsequently demonstrated his superior "debate" skills, which had been honed against numerous dragons utilizing quite powerful rhetorical techniques to bolster their debate voices. Ragnall came away with some good armor and loot, making the incident profitable enough to justify a practice of repeating this process.

Today however, Ragnall discovered that some of these higher-ups in the Thalmor hierarchy didn't like him too much, and now the elves on the road that happen to have prisoners will attack Ragnall on sight.

Fortunately, Ragnall is still the only true master of debate in the dragon school, and his training has prepared him for times like this...
Grits
I'm glad that Ragnall is out there taking down those Thalmor. Rowan still has to slink on by when she meets them.



Here's an update from J'Shanji:


J’Shanji leaned against the fence in the morning sun, waiting for Faendal to come out of his house. He hoped to convince the Bosmer to join him on a bandit hunt. It wasn’t difficult.

On the way there Faendal told the tale of his evening with Camilla. J’Shanji had been right about her. Well, she sounded more flexible than he had imagined. And a lot less concerned about hygiene.

“Perhaps in our travels, Faendal will find a woman who possesses some dignity and self-respect,” J’Shanji said.

Faendal gave him a look. “This one isn’t interested in that kind of woman.”

The keep was visible from a good distance. Two towers joined by a bridge over the swiftly flowing river. That meant the road was also visible from the keep. J’Shanji and Faendal crouched down for some tactical planning.

J’Shanji decided they would cross the river and take the western tower first. He expected that the bandit leader would be in the most fortified location, and this way they wouldn’t have to cross the narrow bridge while under fire. A quick swim and a careful climb up the rocks put them into position. J’Shanji’s arrows sent the first bandit falling to his death in the river. He hoped that he wouldn’t need to retrieve anything from the body. J’Shanji hugged the cliff wall, waiting for his next shot. (Though how they missed a black cat against a gray cliff in the sunlight is beyond me.)

A commotion arose on the far side of the river. The bandits in the tower were shooting at someone on the ground. A hapless traveler? J’Shanji turned to consult with Faendal.

The Bosmer wasn’t there. J’Shanji had one second of confusion before he heard Faendal’s distant battle cry. The crazy elf had swum back over the river and engaged the bandits.

Dammit! J’Shanji plunged back into the river, angling downstream toward the fight. He quickly realized that the current was strong because of the WATERFALL. On the other side, Faendal scorched the air with his curses. J’Shanji was too busy fighting bandits to be impressed.

When his last enemy fell, J’Shanji looked up to find Faendal on the bridge, trading arrows with the bandits on the opposite cliff. That looked like a bad idea. J’Shanji raced up the tower to get an angle on Faendal’s opponents. He took one down with arrows, but then he couldn’t see Faendal anymore. There was a small body washed up against the shore on the opposite side of the river. It occurred to J’Shanji that Faendal could have crossed the bridge and been shot on the cliff by J’Shanji himself. Crap.

J’Shanji couldn’t get a shot at the last bandit, and she headed for the tower on that side. He decided to race her so that they would fight in the tower. While J’Shanji was charging across the bridge we realized that somehow Faendal was now behind him. Yay, he’s not dead, but that complicates things.

Did I mention that I got stuck with the crappy controller? That is significant because when J’Shanji hit the door with Faendal at his heels and the bandit queen stepped out and pushed J’Shanji off the bridge onto this tiny little ledge, the controller stuck and I was on my feet trying to get him back on the bridge through my own sheer body motion. I’m recovering from a disc injury, so this is not good. Then when J’Shanji got back onto the bridge, Faendal and the bandit queen bashed him off onto the ledge again, and the controller stuck AGAIN! This time he got back on behind the bandit. He and Faendal took her down in a shower of red.

Cue quest update. Whew.

McBadgere
Wulff is at some Bastion just outside Falkreath...Vampires and word walls a-go-go!!...
liliandra nadiar
Chance had a nice nervous breakdown. The simple game somehow ended with her halfway across Skyrim in Marketh, the fact she had apparently been fondling the icon of Diebella wasn't too promising either. Her trip back home, hangover surprisingly faint, saw a dragon attack her barely outside the town.

She doesn't even want to start thinking about the goat. And she apparently either proposed or was proposed too a stranger. She still hasn't found her drinking buddy Sam yet.
Jacki Dice
Melinoe had an interesting day.

She took on her first unofficial guild jobs. Just stealing something from a shop in Solitude. Along the way she saw a group of elves slaughter a man out of nowhere! Upon closer inspection, she found the poor man was a Stormcloak soldier and the elves were the Thalmor.

Of course the Thalmor didn't take kindly to her snooping and drew their weapons immediately. Melinoe huffed. These couldn't be experienced Thalmor. They had been taken down quickly by a mere thief! She quickly took everything of value from their corpses. The Stormcloak, she left alone.

Melinoe entered Solitude just in time for an execution. She didn't watch. As half the town was there, it should have been the perfect time to do her job. I say "should have" as she didn't count on the shopkeep's son watching over the place while she was trying to steal.

"Can't a man have any privacy?" He demanded.

So Melinoe left, trying to remember to come back after his bedtime.

As she walked the streets a man (he seemed to be missing his eyes!) approached, begging for help finding his master. He was having tea with a friend at the Blue Palace. Then an Altmer woman came and started insulting her clothes. Well, technically armor, but still. She told Melinoe that if she would be willing to put on one of her (fugly) dresses and ask the Jarl what she thinks, she'll get a reward and keep the (very fugly) dress. Yes, Melinoe would like nothing more than to ask a grieving widow what she thinks about her outfit.

Speaking of grieving, there was the little girl who was the niece of the man executed. She wanted her mother to go back to Temple again. How could Melinoe refuse to help?

After doing all that, Melinoe decided to take her leave. Though she had this odd feeling she forgot to do something. It wasn't until she got to Windhelm that she realized that she never did her Thieves Guild job!

treydog
Trey's nose for trouble seems to be growing.

He FINALLY decided that having Lydia come along would be a GOOD THING ™ and so invited her to accompany him to Markarth- where there was some unfinished business....

Some snooping, a fist-fight, and two Forsworn attacks later- he found himself in prison. AGAIN!

Guest-starring in the role of "New Meat," Trey learned what a "shiv" is- why it is good to have one, that just because someone helps you break out of prison DOES NOT make them a friend- AND that Markarth is probably no longer on the list of places to visit.

He and Lydia got back to Breezehome in Whiterun (apparently named for the gaps in the walls and around the doors).

Trey decided bed was a wonderful idea and explained to Lydia that- No- he really did not need "help" with that. Perhaps he should not have been so abrupt...

Trey slowly awoke in an abandoned shack and was addressed by someone claiming that he had done something of questionable legality. That aspect did not upset his kidnapper though- she felt he OWED her a death. SHE felt he should murder one of three other captives- and wanted TREY to decide which one.

Trey considered for about 2 seconds- kill a stranger, with a 2 in 3 chance of getting it wrong? OR kill the noble seamstress who dragged me out of my bed? "Well- she DID say I could not leave until I gave her a death.... So- here ya go, sweetheart!"

Glass arrows are SO satisfying- as is the "little gift" Trey got from his friend Sam...

Trey freed the prisoners and stumbled out into the pre-dawn darkness. A look at the stars and landmarks showed he was bloody well nearly in Solitude!

Blast and drat! Nothing for it but to hoof back to Whiterun.

On the way, Trey found a barrow. He has rather a "thing" about undead. Mostly, he feels that they should be ALL THE WAY dead. Just as he entered the first chamber, Lydia nearly got herself pin-cushioned with arrows stepping on his heels.

"Where in OBLIVION did YOU come from? Never mind- time for that later."

Many draugr and several traps later- ("When I tell you to 'wait there' I MEAN 'WAIT THERE AND DO NOT STEP ON ANTYHING'!")- he has found an intriguing journal and an ivory claw. More barrow delving in the future- plus another mysterious claw to go with the golden one.
McBadgere
Today, Wulff Olfsson found himself in a most bizzare place...The Bard's College...Why? He had no idea until he found himself face to face with yet another glowing word...It's like some force is only sending him to places where all these words are... biggrin.gif ...Still, he's now very rich and still going about doing stuff...Like...Helping to write a poem...Big chap...Full Legendary Ebony armour...Two Ebony Swords...Shield...War axe...Settles down with the headmaster of the college to finish off a poem...Of course... huh.gif ...

However, in RL Robert shudders to think about all the dragons he's going to need to kill to charge all of these words... biggrin.gif ...
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