|Playthrough Dates||May 2022, in progress|
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:
- More Thieves Guild, stereotypical that might be for a Khajiit
- Spellsword action, with intentions for both sneaking and archery
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 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.
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 Becomes Mora’s Champion and Adopts a Daughter - 08/05/2022In which Faanshi adopts the flower girl Sofie from Windhelm; acquires the knowledge of the Oghma Infinium; and prepares to seek Auriel's Bow in the Forgotten Vale.
- In Which Faanshi Finds the Location of Auriel’s Bow and a Lot of Schematics - 08/03/2022In which Faanshi learns the location of Auriel's Bow when she and Serana venture into Ancestor Glade; and in which Faanshi recovers several valuable schematics for Sorine of the Dawnguard.
- In Which Faanshi Rescues a Priest of Arkay - 08/01/2022In which Faanshi recovers another schematic for Sorine Jurard; rescues the priest Florentius from Ruunvald; and learns that Dexion Evicus has gone blind, which will require a backup plan to read the Elder Scrolls she and Serana have acquired.
- In Which Faanshi Escapes the Soul Cairn - 07/30/2022In which Faanshi locates Serana's mother Valerica in the Soul Cairn; defeats and wins the respect of the dragon Durnehviir; and returns to Fort Dawnguard to bring word of the acquired Elder Scrolls and the first of Sorine's requested schematics.
- In Which Faanshi Quests Through Castle Volkihar and the Soul Cairn - 07/28/2022In which Faanshi infiltrates Castle Volkihar to help Serana find her mother Valerica's lab; and in which they venture into the Soul Cairn to seek Valerica herself.
Faanshi’s screenshot galleries can be found on the Faanshi Screenshots page.