Faanshi Playthrough

Playthrough Info
Game Skyrim
Race Khajiit
Playthrough Dates May 2022, in progress
Platform Nintendo Switch
Language English
Difficulty Master

This is the page for my fifth Skyrim playthrough, for the character Faanshi of the Khajiit.

I began this playthrough immediately concluding the one for Ysani Demers, on 5/9/2022, with the following goals:

  1. More Thieves Guild, stereotypical that might be for a Khajiit
  2. Spellsword action, with intentions for both sneaking and archery

Faanshi’s name comes from the heroine of my books Valor of the Healer, Vengeance of the Hunter, and Victory of the Hawk, who was in turn named after one of my characters on AetherMUSH.

Both prior characters of this name were innocent-natured, supremely powerful healers. I expect to maintain at least a bit of that with this character.

Faanshi’s Backstory

Faanshi was previously working for the Thalmor, as an informant. But she had a love interest who was starting to speak out against the idea that the Thalmor had been responsible for bringing back the moons, and since the Void Nights were a huge deal in Elsweyr, the Thalmor did not hesitate to proclaim “RAR HERESY” and target her loved one for death.

He had to go into hiding to escape Thalmor arrest, and they demanded of her that she rat him out. Faanshi refused.

She and her love interest had to escape Elsweyr in a trading cavern–but unfortunately, once that caravan reached Skyrim, it was overrun by bandits. In the ensuing melee, Faanshi’s love interest as well as the rest of the traders were killed. Faanshi managed to critically wound the bandit that killed her beloved, just as the Imperial detachment showed up to put an end to the fight on both sides. While the wounded bandit played dead to avoid capture, all the remaining survivors, including Faanshi, were arrested. Which is how she wound up in Helgen about to be executed!

That wounded bandit survived long enough for their kin to sic the Dark Brotherhood on Faanshi as well. (Which is why, in her first six sessions, she had both an encounter with the Dark Brotherhood and a Thalmor execution squad!)

As a result, this means Faanshi is nursing a snarling hatred towards both the Thalmor and bandits. Which will influence my play choices with her.

I also see her love interest as having borne a coincidental resemblance to M’aiq the Liar–which screws with Faanshi every time she sees him, as she’s not sure whether she’s hallucinating M’aiq or not. And I’m not even seeing her as a skooma addict! So she’s probably having some PTSD, and a side helping of wondering if she’s been touched by the Skooma Cat, Sheggorath himself.

Playthrough Posts

Here are all the posts about Faanshi’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 Faanshi Fights Pirates and Thalmor - 11/23/2022
    In which Faanshi begins investigating Kolbjorn Barrow; fights pirates at Haknir's Shoal; and fights Thalmor to rescue the kidnapped Baldor, the smith of the Skaal village.
  • In Which Faanshi Finds the Black Book of Nchardak - 11/12/2022
    In which Faanshi seeks out the wizard Neloth at Tel Mithryn, and clears Miraak's taint from the Sun Stone while there; in which she, Neloth, and Serana gain access to the Black Book at Nchardak; and in which Hermaeus Mora demands the secrets of the Skaal.
  • In Which Faanshi Discovers Miraak’s Hold on Solstheim - 10/19/2022
    In which Faanshi sees Miraak with her own eyes in Apocrypha; receives the urging of the Skaal shaman to save their people; slays a dragon and learns the Shout necessary to clear the Wind Stone; and clears that Stone, along with the Earth Stone in Raven Rock.
  • In Which Faanshi Ventures to Kolbjorn Barrow and Miraak’s Temple - 10/02/2022
    In which Faanshi discovers a artifact hunter in need of investment at Kolbjorn Barrow; and in which she pursues the rumors of MIraak by seeking out his temple in the center of the island of Solstheim.
  • Gaming surprise of the week No. 1: Anniversary Edition on the Switch - 10/01/2022
    Surprise! Nintendo released the Skyrim Anniversary Edition to the Switch! This is what I know about it so far, and what it'll mean for Faanshi's playthrough as I get closer to finishing her up.


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