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 Helps the Blades and Meets a Dragon - 06/30/2022
    In which Faanshi rescues Esbern from the Ratway; slays an Ancient Dragon by her own house; finds Alduin's Wall with the Blades in Sky Haven Temple; and seeks the aid of the loremaster of the College of Winterhold in finding an Elder Scroll.
  • In Which Faanshi Becomes Guildmaster and Raids the Thalmor Embassy - 06/27/2022
    In which Faanshi commits thievery in Solitude and Windhelm; plants contraband for Erikur, and recovers a necklace and destroys a rival guild for Torsten Cruel-Sea; becomes Guildmaster; witnesses dragons making VERY poor choices; and raids the Thalmor Embassy to steal intel on what they know of the dragons.
  • In Which Faanshi Goes on a Crime Spree - 06/23/2022
    In which Faanshi commits acts of thievery to restore the reputation of the Guild in Whiterun and Markarth, forging a prison registry for Olfrid Battle-Born, and recovering a stolen silver mold for Endon.
  • In Which Faanshi Slays Mercer Frey and Returns the Skeleton Key - 06/21/2022
    In which Faanshi and her fellow Nightingales confront and slay Mercer Frey in Irkngthand; in which Faanshi runs more jobs for the Guild; and in which she returns the Skeleton Key to the Twilight Sepulcher.
  • In Which Faanshi Becomes a Nightingale - 06/19/2022
    In which Faanshi retrieves an amulet fragment in Folgunthur; retrieves the third aetherium shard from Mzulft; brings proof of Mercer's treachery to the Thieves Guild; infiltrates Mercer's house for intel; and becomes a Nightingale to prepare for facing Mercer in combat.


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