|Game||Skyrim Special Edition|
|Playthrough Dates||October 2021 to January 2022|
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.
- In Which Delga Does General Adventuring - 01/04/2022In which Delga does some general adventuring, including banishing the Pale Lady in Frostmere Crypt, avenging a fallen Dawnguard novice, battling dragons and a dragon priest, and finding Words of Power in Rannveig's Fast and Valthume.
- In Which Delga Becomes Thane of the Reach - 01/02/2022In which Delga slays a spider and investigates a lost expedition in Nchuand-Zel; in which she becomes thane of the Reach, and gains a new housecarl; and in which she begins to explore the secrets of Frostmere Crypt.
- In Which Delga Establishes a Presence in Markarth - 01/01/2022In which Delga begins to make a name for herself in Markarth, gaining the favor of the Jarl, and buying property; and in which she begins to aid the people of the city in order to become thane of the Reach.
- In Which Delga Hunts for Crimson Nirnroot - 12/31/2021In which Delga returns to Blackreach to track down more of the elusive crimson nirnroot, which she then delivers to a grateful Avrusa Sarethi at Sarethi Farm.
- In Which Delga Hunts for Schematics and Blood Samples - 12/30/2021In which Delga goes hunting for more schematics for Sorine of the Dawnguard, and also blood samples for Septimus; in which she returns to the Forgotten Vale to explore the Paragon Portal; and in which she returns to Septimus with the samples, which does not go well for Septimus.
All of Delga’s screenshots can be found on the Delga Screenshots page.