Gyllerah Playthrough

Screenshot of Gyllerah from the login screen of ESO. She is an Altmer with auburn hair in short braids and hazel eyes, and she is wearing the Wolfcrown of Solitude, blue and gold armor, and a greatsword on her back.
Playthrough Info
Game Elder Scrolls Online
Race High Elf
Class Templar
Playthrough Dates September 2022, in progress
Platform Steam Deck, macOS

This is the page for my first Elder Scrolls Online playthrough, for the character Gyllerah of the High Elves.

I began this playthrough in September 2022, not long after acquiring my Steam Deck. Gyllerah’s playthrough alternates between the Steam Deck and my M1 Mac, depending on what I’m feeling like playing on at any given time.

Gyllerah is also my first official High Elf alt (Luciriel in my Skyrim Together playthrough kinda doesn’t count, even though she existed first, since I’m not doing actual story or RP with her), and named after an elf character created in the backstory history for my Rebels of Adalonia series.

Gyllerah’s Backstory

What I know about Gyllerah prior to her starting in Balfiera is this:

She came from a minor diplomatic family stationed in Elsweyr, just high up enough the Altmer social ladder that she had a pretty good idea of how to function in diplomatic capacities, though she was arguably not really upper-class/noble herself. I retconned this in to help explain Gyllerah’s affinity for Khajiit, since my housemate Paul, with whom I’m frequently playing ESO, runs a Khajiit as his main.

It is possible that Gyllerah started exhibiting inborn abilities that would have guided her to joining an order of Stendarr. However, she never got the chance–because she became a victim of the Soulburst.

This rattled her memories around fairly significantly. Her memories of her childhood and adolescence are dim at best, though she managed to retain some functional skills, enough to let her defend herself when she dropped into the cells in Balfiera.

Her perceptions of the flow of time–and perhaps even her place in time–are disrupted. This is my headcanon for how I can play things entirely out of chronological order in ESO! For example, how I can run the entire Summerset plot, meet and befriend Razum’dar, and then see Raz much later on Khenarthi’s Roost and he doesn’t know me at all.

As I’ve proceeded through play, and in particular with ESO’s Main Quest, I’m using that as the headcanon to explain Gyllerah growing more stable in her place in the flow of time–since I, as a player, am trying to be more conscious of playing things closer to a canon chronological order.

Playthrough Posts

Here are all the posts about Gyllerah’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 Gyllerah Saves the Ebonheart Pact - 07/16/2024
    In which Gyllerah saves the soul of Queen Nurnhilde at Skuldafn; campaigns into the Rift to assist the Pact in fighting off the Reachmen; is forced to kill a traitor; defends Riften against zombies; and helps the forces of Jorunn Skald-King prevail at Trolhetta, saving the Ebonheart Pact.
  • In Which Gyllerah Helps Azandar Chase Frayed Fates - 06/08/2024
    In which Gyllerah defeats a Daedric Lord who'd taken over Bad Man's Hallows; and aids the arcanist Azandar al-Cybiades in tracking down his frayed fates--including one gaining self-awareness, which they must confront in the ruins of the Lost City of Ta-Totambu in the Alik'r Desert.
  • In Which Gyllerah Seeks Bosses, Dragons, and Antiquities - 05/21/2024
    In which Gyllerah quests through Murkmire and the Gold Coast; begins investigating intrigue in Fargrave; explores why bandits are harassing Orc peasants in Wrothgar; helps an Orc gain vengeance for her murdered husband; and begins to aid Sai Sahan in protecting Southern Elsweyr from dragon attacks.
  • In Which Gyllerah Meets an Arcanist and Frees a Slave - 05/18/2024
    In which Gyllerah meets the arcanist Azandar al-Cybiades and helps him investigate why he is experiencing fraying fates; also meets the time traveller Thaddeus Cosma, and helps him investigate a fate of his own; works with Leramil and Gadayn to reach the Infinite Panopticon in Apocrypha, where they discover hints of a secret about Hermaeus Mora; helps adventurers in Rulanyil's Fall evade the Worm Cult; helps Ember the sorcerer rescue a childhood friend from slavery; and saves the life of Jorunn the Skald-King in Eastmarch.
  • In Which Gyllerah is Named the Champion of Anequina - 04/19/2024
    In which Gyllerah thwarts a Veiled Heritance plot in Toothmaul Gully on Auridon; solves the mystery of a missing Khajiit daughter in Riverhold; helps save Northern Elsweyr and is named Champion of Anequina by its new queen; discovers the cause of dead Orcs in a mine in Greenshade; helps Mirri Elendis rescue her missing mother; chases Orcs out of Cradlecrush on behalf of the giants there; saves Sunhold from Maormer attack; helps a clan of Bosmer settle into a new home; and helps a skaafin in Apocrypha recover a lost secret.


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