This page is for the thoroughly documented saga of my very first playthrough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Even though this is a ten-year-old game, I finally played it for the first time in spring of 2021 when I got a Nintendo Switch.
And, being me, I decided to document my playthrough in depth. This turned out to amuse a lot of folks who follow me on social media as well as on my annathepiper.org blog and its Dreamwidth mirror. More than one person decided to play Skyrim again because of my reminding them of the fun they’d had before. And at least one person also started playing it on the Switch for the first time! This page is dedicated to all of you!
Note that a lot of my initial sessions with Alarrah started as being documented on Twitter and Facebook first–before I got detailed enough with them that I shifted over to posting blog posts on WordPress instead, because that was easier for me to write up.
As Alarrah was a Bosmer, I decided that her backstory for how she wound up in Skyrim was fairly straightforward: she fled Valenwood to escape Thalmor persecution. When I got to the point of running the Dawnguard plot, I decided as well that Alarrah never knew her parents and grew up alone.
Here are all of Alarrah’s playthrough posts! These are listed in descending chronological order. Note the pagination controls; you can use those to page through to subsequent posts.
Also, several of the initial posts here are actually links off to Twitter threads, which I created backdated WordPress posts for here. This was for organizational purposes, so I could apply location and other tags to those threads! And also to make it easier to list of Alarrah’s playthrough the same way I’ve done other playthroughs since.
You can also browse Alarrah’s posts via her playthrough category link.
- Final Thoughts on Alarrah’s Skyrim Run - 07/31/2021In which the Dragonborn's player does her final post about playing Alarrah in Skyrim, goes into some final thoughts on the whole experience, and provides some screenshots of Alarrah's stats for the stat nerds.
- In Which the Dragonborn Defeats Miraak - 07/31/2021In which the Dragonborn defeats Miraak and then clears Kolbjorn Barrow; in which she makes a few final visits on Solstheim; and in which she then finally returns to Whiterun.
- In Which the Dragonborn Slays a Ghost Frost Giant - 07/30/2021In which the Dragonborn gains another boon from the Black Books; in which she clears yet more draugr from Kolbjorn Barrow, and finds more artifacts therein; and in which she slays a powerful spectral frost giant.
- In Which the Dragonborn Witnesses the Sacrifice of Storn Crag-Strider - 07/29/2021In which the Dragonborn gains an unusual new companion from the Kagrumez Dwemer ruin; in which she must clear more draugr from the increasingly dangerous Kolbjorn Barrow; and in which she must witness the sacrifice of Storn Crag-Strider, shaman of the Skaal village, to win what she needs to defeat Miraak.
- In Which the Dragonborn Tours the Ruins of Solstheim - 07/28/2021In which the Dragonborn visits Kolbjorn Barrow, Fahlbtharz, and Benkongerike; and in which she fights a bunch of rieklings, acquires another word of the Cyclone Shout, and locates another Black Book.
Alarrah’s screenshot album can be found on the Alarrah Screenshots page.
Additionally, prior to when I started documenting Alarrah’s run in WordPress, I had several tweets of hers with screenshots, as below:
- One more round of Skyrim shots, featuring Alarrah! - 05/22/2021Brief Twitter thread from 5/22/2021, featuring a few Alarrah screenshots.
- Two more awesome auroras near Riften! - 05/22/2021Tweet from 5/22/2021, in which I gush more over auroras near Riften!
- More of Skyrim Being Pretty - 05/22/2021Tweet from 5/22/2021, in which I gush about auroras near Riften!
- And now, time for some screen caps off the Switch! - 05/22/2021Twitter thread from 5/22/2021, in which I share some screencaps off the Switch for both Skyrim and Animal Crossing.
- Skyrim Action Shots! - 05/16/2021Brief Twitter thread from 5/16/2021, in which I share some action screenshots of Alarrah killing a dragon at the Western Watchtower near Whiterun.