This session was mostly all about the mage college! Moved the plot pointer there along by running Mzulft, which got me the info about the Staff of Magnus being in Labyrinthian. And as a bonus, I killed a Blood Dragon at Largashbur, where the remaining Orcs are in fact still alive!
Pretty much what this one says on the tin: hurray! I got the thaneship of the Rift! And Honeyside, and Iona as my latest housecarl.
And now we shift tone in this run from College of Winterhold to Thieves Guild. Which is a very distinct tonal and moral shift, and I have some thoughts about how Ysani is approaching this! How do you go from taking over the College of Winterhold to running off to join the Thieves Guild in Riften? And why?
Answer: because Ysani’s hellbent on fucking up the Thalmor as much as possible, and the Thieves Guild are going to help her do it. Plus, she rather likes the mages at this point and wants to keep them out of this if she can.
This was another “wander the land” session, doing what Paul tells me he calls “general adventuring”. The idea here being, wander around and see if something interesting happens!
And in this session’s wandering, I encountered what’s possibly the most delightful NPC encounter in all of Skyrim I’ve had to date!