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 Rescues a Moth Priest - 07/25/2022
    In which Faanshi recruits Sorine Jurard and Gunnar to the Dawnguard; tracks down the Moth Priest Dexion Evicus, and rescues him from vampires; and goes with Serana to recover a crossbow schematic from Bilegulch Mine.
  • In Which Faanshi Joins the Dawnguard - 07/23/2022
    In which Faanshi brings crimson nirnroot to Avrusa Sarethi; receives a disquieting offer from the Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora; slays an Ancient Dragon at the mage college; joins the Dawnguard; frees Serana from her prison at Dimhollow Crypt; and returns Serana to her home at Castle Volkihar.
  • In Which Faanshi Finds Crimson Nirnroot and an Elder Scroll - 07/20/2022
    In which Faanshi searches the width and breadth of Blackreach for crimson nirnroot; battles several Falmer, Falmer servants, chaurus, and the dragon Vulthuryol; and finds the Elder Scroll hidden in the Tower of Mzark.
  • In Which Faanshi Goes to Alftand - 07/18/2022
    In which Faanshi slays a dragon at Dragontooth Crater, then begins questing through Alftand in search of an Elder Scroll.
  • In Which Faanshi Become Thane of Haafingar - 07/17/2022
    In which Faanshi defeats the ghost of Potema the Wolf Queen in the catacombs under Solitude; and in which she becomes thane of Haafingar by decree of Elisif.


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