Elessir Playthrough

Playthrough Info
Game Skyrim Anniversary Edition
Race Dunmer
Playthrough Dates Started 7/19/2023
Platform PC, Steam Deck
Language English
Difficulty Adept

This is the page for my tenth Skyrim playthrough, for the Dunmer character Elessir.

Elessir’s playthrough is born out of my attempt to reassess my mods situation after the disastrous attempt to recover Harrowhark’s playthrough. I’m running him concurrently with Finds-The-Way and Kendis.

This marks my first time playing a male character in Skyrim, as well, since I finally got High Poly Heads, KS Hairdos, and RaceMenu working, all of which allowed me to make a male character that didn’t look terrible! And, playing a male character is one of the few things I haven’t tried in the game yet.

This character is named after Elessir a’Natharion, Unseelie mage and singer, who’s one of the major characters in my books Faerie Blood and Bone Walker.

Goals for this run:

  1. Cover some of the same ground I wasn’t able to do with Harrow’s run before it imploded, which means:
    • Running Lucien as a follower
    • Running the Thieves Guild for Good Guys mod (though this time I’ll be trying a newer version)
    • Running the Dark Brotherhood for Good Guys mod
    • Running Beyond Skyrim: Bruma
  2. Like his namesake, Elessir needs to be a gifted mage, so I’ll be emphasizing using Destruction magic in his combat and will try to get his Illusion up, too.
  3. Elessir’s namesake is also a skilled musician (and a notoriously snarky Elvis impersonator, LOL), so he will definitely be running the Bards College.

Elessir’s Backstory

Since the Elder Scrolls franchise doesn’t really have an analogue of the Seelie and Unseelie Court mythos, I can only borrow some of the core ideas from Elessir’s background in my books. Current rough idea is that he’s an exile from a House in Morrowind, fleeing for his life after he failed in an attempt to overthrow his House’s Grandmaster. Who very likely also sicced the Morag Tong on him.

Playthrough Posts

Here are all the posts about Elessir’s playthrough! These are dynamically updated, so a new post should appear here when it goes up. They’re listed in descending date order, so the newest posts should always appear first. Also, note the pagination controls after the first five posts. You can page through to see the older ones.

  • In Which Elessir Becomes Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold - 09/16/2023
    In which Elessir retrieves and returns instruments for the Bards College; discovers what slew a family in Frostflow Lighthouse, and another family at Goldenhills Plantation; quests into Mzulft in search of Synod researchers and the Staff of Magnus; retrieves the Staff from Labyrinthian, and slays the dragon priest Morokei; and saves the College of Winterhold by putting a stop to the plans of Ancano of the Thalmor.
  • In Which Elessir Saves Dawnstar and Finds a Lost Drum - 09/10/2023
    In which Elessir works with a priest of Mara to save Dawnstar from a plague of nightmares; and recovers Rjorn's drum from Halldir's Cairn in Falkreath.
  • In Which Elessir Recovers Stolen Books and Saves a Bard Festival - 09/07/2023
    In which Elessir recovers stolen books from Fellglow Keep; slays a dragon and dragon priest at Shearpoint; visits the Augur of Dunlain and learns he needs to seek the Staff of Magnus; recovers King Olaf's Verse from Dead Men's Respite; saves the Burning of King Olaf Festival; and slays a bandit chief at Fort Fellhammer.
  • In Which Elessir Saves the Gildergreen and Joins the College of Winterhold - 08/25/2023
    In which Elessir slays a dragon at Autumnwatch Tower; discovers new armor after slaying a giant at the Sleeping Tree Camp; buys Tundra Homestead; acquires Nettlebane for Danica Pure-Spring, but does _not_ use it to get sap from the Eldergeam, and instead gets a sapling to help replace the Gildergreen; joins the College of Winterhold; and discovers a mysterious orb in the depths of Saarthal.
  • In Which Elessir Defeats the Wolf Queen, and the Dragon Sahloknir - 08/18/2023
    In which Elessir retrieves a helmet from Rimerock Burrow; interrupts a necromantic ritual at Wolfskull Cave; defeats the dragon Sahloknir at Kynesgrove; defeats the undead Potema in her catacombs; and takes her husband's hunting horn to a Shrine of Talos at the request of Elisif.


Elessir’s screenshot galleries can be found on the Elessir Screenshots page.