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 Investigates Serpent’s Trail and Alftand - 02/07/2024
    In which Elessir seeks several Dwemer schematics for Sorine of the Dawnguard, including at the Serpent's Trail smuggler lair that leads into Cyrodiil; quests down into Alftand; and reaches Blackreach in his search for the Elder Scroll.
  • In Which Elessir Explores the Soul Cairn - 01/26/2024
    In which Elessir recovers another schematic for Sorine of the Dawnguard; rescues the priest Florentius from Ruunvald; sneaks into Castle Volkihar with Serana; quests through the Soul Cairn to recover another Elder Scroll from Serana's mother; and fights the dragon Durnehviir.
  • In Which Elessir Rescues a Vampire and a Moth Priest - 12/19/2023
    In which Elessir investigates Dimhollow Crypt and frees the vampire Serana; escorts her home to Castle Volkihar; acquires Iron Plate armor after killing the Thalmor who'd claimed it; recruits Sorine and Gunmar for the Dawnguard; begins acquiring schematics for Sorine; and rescues the Moth Priest Dexion Evicus.
  • In Which Elessir Opens an Oblivion Gate and Joins the Dawnguard - 11/30/2023
    In which Elessir vanquishes a Mythic Dawn cult, but with unexpected results; acquires the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal, and the sword Bloodthirst; commits some light thievery for the Thieves Guild; and goes to Dayspring Canyon to join the Dawnguard.
  • In Which Elessir Acquires Mehrunes’ Razor and Quests Through Rielle - 11/29/2023
    In which Elessir reforges the Gauldur amulet; acquires Mehrunes' Razor; slays a dangerous fugitive and acquires his Elven Hunter armor; slays the Forsworn renegade Crowstooth and acquires dragonplate armor; slays a dragon at Arcwind Point; and quests into the ruins at Rielle in search of what's driving the Mythic Dawn cult to investigate the place.


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