This is the page for my third Skyrim playthrough, for the character Delga of the Orsimer.
I began this playthrough immediately concluding the one for Merawen, with the intention of making Delga my character to accomplish two things I didn’t do with either Merawen or Alarrah:
- Join the Companions
- Fight the Imperial side of the war
In terms of game mechanics, Delga was intended to be a tank, specializing in Heavy Armor and Two-Handed weapons. I also envisioned her as an absolute cinnamon roll who just wanted to help everybody, which was my justification for doing every single side favor quest I could get my hands on. 😀
Those of you familiar with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will understand what I mean when I say that in terms of personality archetype, I was very much inspired by Scorpia!
Like Merawen and Alarrah, Delga is named for a character in my writing–but a story which isn’t actually published yet.
An Orc character was an interesting one to think about in terms of Skyrim’s culture. There are four known Orc strongholds in the game, all of whom treat the player character like a stranger even if you’re playing an Orc. Plus, the start of the game always treats you like you’re coming in from outside of Skyrim. (Unless you’re playing the appropriate mods that let you have alternative starting choices!)
Therefore, I had to assume that Delga was from an Orc stronghold from somewhere outside of Skyrim. I also decided that she was not content with the idea of being married off as a wife to a stronghold chieftain. Which, given that I was imagining Delga as a cinnamon roll type, strongly suggests that the chieftain she was promised to was not a worthy chieftain, to the degree that Delga felt it was better for her to flee rather than to submit to being his wife.
That said, I think she was probably always a little regretful about running off like that, and probably pissing off her family. Which did inform her choices in trying to visit all of the Orc strongholds in Skyrim and help them when she could. She also tried to uphold the Code of Malacath, even though she was an Orc woman living outside her people’s normal culture. But she eventually came to some peace with it, given the whole Dragonborn thing! I suspect that she eventually got to the point of accepting that Malacath had made her what she was, and that she could never have stepped up to save the world from Alduin if she’d stayed in the stronghold where she was born.
Here are all the posts about Delga’s playthrough! They’re listed in descending date order, so the newest posts appear first. Also, note the pagination controls after the first five posts. You can page through to see the older ones.
You can also browse all of Delga’s posts via her playthrough category link.
- Final Thoughts on Delga’s Skyrim Run - 01/26/2022The final post for Delga's Skyrim run, doing a roundup of my various thoughts about various aspects of it. Includes two videos, with a sweep through her stats and skills!
- In Which Delga Slays Alduin the World-Eater - 01/26/2022In which Delga faces Alduin on the Throat of the World; in which she leads the capture and interrogation of the dragon Odahviing at Dragonsreach; and in which, with Odahviing's help, she flies to Skuldafn to hunt and slay Alduin in Sovngarde.
- In Which Delga Defeats the First Dragonborn - 01/25/2022In which Delga confronts and defeats Miraak at the Summit of Apocrypha, and saves the island of Solstheim; and in which she returns to the Skyrim mainland with her housecarl Iona.
- In Which Delga Discovers Riekling Worship and Slays a Frost Giant Ghost - 01/24/2022In which Delga ventures through the caves of Frossel and finds rieklings there worshipping a strange idol; and in which she slays the ghost of the frost giant Karstaag.
- In Which Delga Gains a Handy New Dremora Ally - 01/23/2022In which Delga quests through Benkongerike, Bristleback Cave, and Glacial Cave; and in which she learns how to summon a Dremora Merchant from another of Hermaeus Mora's Black Books.
All of Delga’s screenshots can be found on the Delga Screenshots page.