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 Destroys the Summerset Shadows - 07/13/2024
    In which Elessir destroys the Summerset Shadows at Uttering Hills Cave, to put an end to their encroaching on the Thieves Guild; teaches a woman in Markarth to fish; slays the dragon Nahagliiv at Rorikstead; and slays the Forsworn camped at Serpent's Bluff Redoubt by the order of the Jarl of the Reach.
  • In Which Elessir Slays Mudcrabs and Commits Thievery - 07/07/2024
    In which Elessir deals with an infestation of frenzied mudcrabs in Dawnstar; commits further thievery for the Thieves Guild; and slays a monster horker near Windhelm.
  • In Which Elessir Defeats Lord Harkon - 07/04/2024
    In which Elessir slays Lord Harkon at Castle Volkihar, with the help of Serana and the Dawnguard; retrieves Valerica from the Soul Cairn; joins a fishing contest in Morthal, only to discover it's not what it seems; thwarts a conspiracy of the Forsworn in Markarth; commits further acts of thievery for the Thieves Guild; and masters the school of Illusion at the College of Winterhold.
  • In Which Elessir Acquires Auriel’s Bow - 03/01/2024
    In which Elessir quests into the Forgotten Vale in search of Auriel's Bow, and obtains it after confronting and slaying Arch-Curate Vyrthur.
  • In Which Elessir Recovers a Third Elder Scroll and Confronts Alduin - 02/29/2024
    In which Elessir recovers the Elder Scroll from Mzark in Blackreach; encounters Hermaeus Mora at Septimus Signus' outpost; confronts Alduin on the Throat of the World; and quests into Ancestor Glade to find the location of Auriel's Bow.


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