Harrowhark Playthrough

Playthrough Info
Game Skyrim Anniversary Edition
Race Imperial
Playthrough Dates Started 11/19/2022, in progress
Platform PC, Steam Deck
Language English
Difficulty Adept

This is the page for my seventh Skyrim playthrough, for the character Harrowhark, renegade Imperial, necromancer, and future vampire and assassin.

I began this playthrough on 11/19/2022, and it will alternate between my Win11 VM on my M1 MacBook Pro, and my Steam Deck. This is also my first Skyrim playthrough to use a full set of mods (as opposed to just the USSEP, which is what I had with Shenner).

A writeup of all the mods I’m using in this playthrough can be found here.

As with Shenner’s playthrough, this one is using the Anniversary Edition.

Harrowhark breaks my personal character naming scheme of “characters who appear in books I’ve written, whether or not those books are released”. Instead, she is named after Harrowhark Nonagesimus in Tamsyn Muir’s splendid Locked Tomb series. And as with that character in those books, I will frequently be referring to this character as Harrow for short.

Harrowhark’s Backstory

This is kind of the part where I regret forgetting to install Alternate Start – Live Another Life before starting Harrow’s playthrough, because starting her off as a vampire out of the gate would have been an excellent excuse for her to be arrested and sent to Helgen.

I decided instead that she’ll have fought off a rape attempt. And that she killed the guy–only, in blind fury, raised him. Just so that she could stab him again.

And she got caught doing that. Given that necromancy is extremely frowned upon in most of Tamriel, that is what got her sent to Helgen for execution.

She is carrying a massive grudge about this, because she is under no circumstances sorry that she killed the guy, or that she raised him. Because he absolutely deserved being stabbed twice.

This is likely to drive her into joining the Dark Brotherhood, not to mention learning more about how to control her necromancy. And it will probably also make her willing to accept being a vampire once it happens to her.

Playthrough Posts

Here are all the posts about Harrowhark’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 Harrowhark is Revealed as Dragonborn - 11/25/2022
    In which Harrowhark finds the Dragonstone in Bleak Falls Barrow; returns it to Whiterun; slays the dragon Mirmulnir at the Western Watchtower; and is made thane of Whiterun, with Lydia as her appointed housecarl.
  • In Which Harrowhark Escapes Execution and Dragonfire - 11/23/2022
    In which Harrowhark, an Imperial arrested by her own people, escapes execution at Helgen only by virtue of a surprise dragon attack; escapes Helgen with the help of a Stormcloak; warns Whiterun of the dragon danger; and goes to Bleak Falls Barrow at the request of Whiterun's wizard.
  • Mods for Harrowhark’s Playthrough - 11/23/2022
    A writeup of my chosen mods for Harrowhark's playthrough in Skyrim!


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