This is the page for my fourth Skyrim playthrough, for the character Ysani Demers, Breton mage.
I began this playthrough immediately concluding the one for Delga, on 1/25/2022, with the following goals:
- Play the game in French to practice my skill with that language and also just to see what the translated experience is like!
- Revisit the Thieves Guild because I had huge fun with that as Merawen
- Even more emphasis on magic this time through
- And back to sneaking and archery!
In terms of character concept, Ysani is the diametric opposite of Delga. She’s a slender little wisp of a thing, ideally suited for sneakiness. And as a Breton, she packed an excellent amount of magical firepower right out of the gate, which I have taken heavy advantage of throughout her run.
Ysani’s first name comes from the soulname of my character Wayfound, played during my years on the Elfquest themed MUSH Two Moons. Her last name comes from Olivier Demers, one of the two fiddle players in my favorite band, Le Vent du Nord–who are Quebecois! I figured that since Bretons are heavily French-like in Skyrim, a French surname would be very appropriate for her.
Out of all my playthroughs to date, Ysani arguably has the most traumatic backstory of the lot–and that’s saying something, given Merawen’s backstory!
Ysani’s backstory starts when she is targeted by the Thalmor in High Rock–because her father, a secret Thalmor agent, decides to have her taken into custody in order to blackmail her mother into going along with Thalmor demands. Already a budding mage, Ysani eludes capture and hurries home, only to discover her parents in pitched battle with one another. As additional Thalmor soldiers close in their home, she sees her mother screaming for her to flee, just as she kills her husband.
The last Ysani sees of her mother, she’s falling in a hail of lightning from additional mages showing up on the scene.
Ysani runs like hell and finally reaches Skyrim, only to be captured by the Imperials. And cue the start of the game.
I suspect her family also had a copy of Nightingales: Fact or Fiction? in the house, which leads Ysani to choose Skyrim as her destination–in a desperate bid to find out whether the Nightingales are real, and whether she can gain the skills necessary to fight against the Thalmor by joining the Thieves Guild and pledging herself to Nocturnal.
Here are all the posts about Ysani’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.
- Final Thoughts on Ysani’s Skyrim Run - 05/09/2022The final post for Ysani's Skyrim run, doing a roundup of my various thoughts about various aspects of it. Includes two videos, with a sweep through her stats and skills!
- In Which Ysani Defeats Alduin in Sovngarde - 05/09/2022In which Ysani oversees the peace council at High Hrothgar; slays two final dragons while searching Words of Power; gains the help of Odahviing to reach Skuldafn and Sovngarde; and slays Alduin with the aid of heroes of Sovngarde.
- In Which Ysani Takes Vorstag to the Blades and the Fight to Alduin - 05/08/2022In which Ysani slays the dragon priest in Ragnvald; recruits Vorstag for the Blades; defeats the dragon at Shearpoint with the new Blades; fights Alduin on the Throat of the World; and gets both sides of the war to agree to peace talks at High Hrothgar.
- In Which Ysani Brings Ingjard to the Blades - 05/07/2022In which Ysani and Ingjard of the Dawnguard quest through Forelhost, and defeat the dragon priest Rahgot; in which Ysani presents Ingjard as a recruit for the Blades; and in which she seeks another follower in Markarth for a quest to Ragnvald.
- In Which Ysani Obliterates Northwatch Keep and Brings Jenassa to the Blades - 05/05/2022In which Ysani rescues Thorald Gray-Mane from the Thalmor at Northwatch Keep; offers Jenassa as the first new recruit to the Blades at Sky Haven Temple; learns the secrets of Shalidor's Maze; and slays the dragon at Eldersblood Peak.
Ysani’s screenshot galleries can be found on the Ysani Demers Screenshots page.