Delga Playthrough

Playthrough Info
Game Skyrim Special Edition
Race Orc
Playthrough Dates October 2021 to January 2022
Platform Nintendo Switch
Language English
Difficulty Adept

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:

  1. Join the Companions
  2. 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.

Delga’s Backstory

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.

Playthrough Posts

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 Slays Lord Harkon and Kills a Thalmor Assassin - 12/29/2021
    In which Delga and the Dawnguard storm Castle Volkihar and destroy Lord Harkon, as well as the rest of the vampires he commands; and in which Delga slays a Thalmor assassin tracking Malborn, the Bosmer who helped her infiltrate the Thalmor Embassy.
  • In Which Delga Acquires Auriel’s Bow - 12/28/2021
    In which Delga learns the location of Auriel's Bow in Ancestor Glade, and then ventures into Forgotten Vale with Serana to retrieve it--requiring them to kill Arch-Curate Vyrthur.
  • In Which Delga Explores the Soul Cairn - 12/26/2021
    In which Delga and Serana venture into the abandoned parts of Castle Volkihar in search of clues about where Serana's mother Valerica is; and in which they explore the Soul Cairn, find Valerica, and recover Valerica's Elder Scroll.
  • In Which Delga Retrieves the Elder Scroll from Mzark - 12/24/2021
    In which Delga retrieves the Elder Scroll from the Tower of Mzark; in which her steward and fellow Companion Ria is slain by bandits; and in which Delga returns the Runed Lexicon to Septimus, only to confront Hermaeus Mora for the first time.
  • In Which Delga Rescues Priests and Hunts for Elder Scrolls - 12/23/2021
    In which Delga rescues Dexion Evicus from Forebears' Holdout, and Florentius Baenius from Ruunvald; and in which she begins the search for one of the two Elder Scrolls the Dawnguard needs.


All of Delga’s screenshots can be found on the Delga Screenshots page.