• Finds-The-Way Playthrough,  Skyrim

    In Which Finds-The-Way Becomes Arch-Mage, and Thane of Hjaalmarch and the Pale

    Swinging back around to my ongoing Argonian playthrough in Skyrim! Main action here: becoming Arch-Mage at the College of Winterhold, running Runoff Caverns and getting its assorted quest rewards (including the Dwarven Horse), running Laid to Rest and becoming thane in Hjaalmarch, and killing some giants and helping some Dawnstar residents to become thane in the Pale as well.

  • Harrowhark Playthrough,  Skyrim

    In Which Harrowhark Becomes a Thief–and a Vampire

    This was a huge eventful session, in which I did a great deal of things initially in an attempt to get Vilja killed off. But she kept doggedly holding her own in battle! So i finally punted to a backup plan, which resulted in the dismissal of all of Harrow’s followers–but also in her becoming infected with Sanguinare Vampiris, and fleeing her party’s company rather than risk endangering them. So now she’s run off to join the Thieves Guild in Riften…

    But her disease has run its course. And now she’s a vampire.

    This post is enormous, since a lot of things happened in it. You may want to grab a snack or a drink before you settle in with this one!

  • Faanshi Playthrough

    In Which Faanshi Joins the Bards College

    Busy session! This one was all about running Dead Men’s Respite and bringing King Olaf’s verse back to the Bard’s College, and accomplishing the first of the “go get an instrument” quests. With a side helping of starting the museum quest in Dawnstar, taking out a bandit chief at Broken Helm Hollow, and coming to the attention of Brynjolf in Riften!

  • Alarrah Playthrough

    When last we left our heroine Alarrah the Dragonborn

    Twitter thread from 5/8/2021, in which Alarrah investigates a Redguard in hiding, goes on a roadtrip to Morthal, kills quite a few bandits, and discovers a vampire problem in Morthal.

    When last we left our heroine Alarrah the Dragonborn in Skyrim:

    1. Safely back in Whiterun, discovered that BOY HOWDY do I not have enough gold yet to buy a house. Time to do some more quests!

    11:39 AM · May 8, 2021
    2. Went over to the inn to rent a room, and on the way in there, saw a Redguard woman. Remembering I’d been approached by mercenaries looking for a Redguard woman, I went “hey did you know there are mercenaries looking for a Redguard woman?” at her.

    11:40 AM · May 8, 2021
    She flipped the FUCK out about this and asked to talk to me in private. When I went after her, she drew a knife on me and demanded to know who’d sent me. I was all WHOA HEY LADY CALM DOWN don’t make me let Lydia here kill you.

    11:40 AM · May 8, 2021
    So she very, very grudgingly asked me for help, by which I mean “go get the mercenaries off her case.” So yet someone else involving me in their drama, joy oh glee. 😉

    11:41 AM · May 8, 2021
    3. However, I also have this whole “go get the Horn for the Greybeards” thing I need to do. So deciding that Redguard women had to wait, I hit the road with Lyds to try to figure out how to go get the horn.

    11:41 AM · May 8, 2021
    4. First attempt to hit the road actually had us spot ANOTHER FUCKING DRAGON so we pulled swords and started running back to Whiterun to see if we needed to get help. Dragon flew off, so we carefully and I do mean CAREFULLY got back on the road.

    11:42 AM · May 8, 2021
    5. Random encounter #1 on the road: a wandering minstrel said hi

    6. Random encounter #2: somebody having a big ol’ party time asked us to stop and enjoy mead with them, I elected not to because that had “get drunk with us so we can totally rob you” written all over it

    11:43 AM · May 8, 2021
    7. Random encounters #3, #4, and #5: Bandits in at least three different places, I think? We cleared out a couple of tower-type strongholds and also got jumped by bandits on the road. Lyds, bless her heart, ran ahead of me several times and let fly with her bow.

    11:44 AM · May 8, 2021
    She’s a better shot than me. I’m jealous. 😉

    Also, fucking bandits, here we are minding our own business as we travel the road, and these assholes have to pop out and attack us. And then fall all over the nice mountain flowers I’m TRYING TO HARVEST HERE, sheesh

    11:46 AM · May 8, 2021
    8. Lyds also killed random critters coming at me at least three times before I even realized they were there, WAY TO GO LYDS, I owe you a raise, remind me of that when we actually get more money

    11:47 AM · May 8, 2021
    9. Successfully caught some butterflies and harvested a boatload of mountain flowers, yes Lydia I AM GOING TO HARVEST ALL OF THEM, just watch my back okay?

    11:47 AM · May 8, 2021
    10. The road was long and winding but did eventually get us going in the right direction, which was to say, Morthal; the general terrain got colder and snowier

    11:48 AM · May 8, 2021
    11. Made it to Rorikstead. If there was drama there I eluded it, because Lyds and I stayed there only long enough to find the inn, crash, and then get back on the road the next morning

    11:49 AM · May 8, 2021
    12. I actually managed to shoot an elk, go me WAIT WAIT HOLD ON WHY IS MY ELK SLIDING DOWN THE SNOWY ROAD come back here elk I need your hide!

    11:49 AM · May 8, 2021
    13. Started heading east, which is where I wanted to be going to begin with, and on that new branch of road found a fort. Went “hey is this Morthal OH SHIT NO THAT’S SKELETONS and people are shooting at us goddammit Lydia back the fuck off and let’s get out of here!”

    11:50 AM · May 8, 2021
    Location identifier popped up as Fort Snowhawk. Suspect this is a place I will need to worry about later.

    11:51 AM · May 8, 2021
    14. FINALLY made it into Morthal. Stopped in to pay respects to the Jarl and oh hey this place has a woman for a Jarl, awesome.

    11:51 AM · May 8, 2021
    And there’s a woman running a thaumaturgist’s hut, who was perfectly happy to train me up some in alchemy and let me experiment with potions on her lab table. Sold her a bunch of potions as well and promised I’d bring her a copy of this book she wants if I find one

    11:52 AM · May 8, 2021
    15. Found the inn; also found a burned down house that the Jarl asked me to check out because everybody in town’s freaked out about the suspicious circumstances under which the place burned down

    11:53 AM · May 8, 2021
    16. Also walked RIGHT PAST something Paul made me back up and get, which was glowing and making noises and which Paul said was Nirnroot. Apparently this is important. 😉

    11:53 AM · May 8, 2021
    17. Checked out the burned down house and found the ghost of a little girl standing RIGHT THERE IN THE CORNER, geez, none of the people in this town could bring themselves to come in here and speak to this poor little spirit?

    11:54 AM · May 8, 2021
    Tried to get her to tell me what happened but she asked me to find her after dark

    18. So Lyds and I hung out waiting for dark and then went hunting around, what’s this west of the house OH SHIT VAMPIRE? And a child-sized coffin WHY THIS ISN’T THE SLIGHTEST BIT SUSPICIOUS

    11:54 AM · May 8, 2021
    19. Dude from the town came running to investigate the commotion and he went AUGH, as the vampire turned out to be his missing wife, who he’d been told had run off to join the Stormcloaks.

    11:55 AM · May 8, 2021
    And by ‘told’ I mean “told by the woman who’s apparently the new lover of the dude whose house burned down’, and that is also NOT THE SLIGHTEST BIT SUSPICIOUS, apparently I’m going to have to go check out this woman’s house

    11:55 AM · May 8, 2021
    20. In summary, not only more drama I’ve gotten pulled into, but drama involving vampires. OH GOODY. Lyds, let’s try to make sure we don’t die, mmkay?

    11:56 AM · May 8, 2021


    1. This post was written on 3/16/2022, but backdated to the time of the tweet thread for organizational purposes.
    2. Post updated on 12/27/2022 to reconstruct the Twitter thread in the post body, and remove all links to Twitter.