Ysani Demers Playthrough

Ysani Demers
Playthrough Info
Game Skyrim Special Edition
Race Breton
Playthrough Dates January to May 2022
Platform Nintendo Switch
Language French
Difficulty Expert

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:

  1. Play the game in French to practice my skill with that language and also just to see what the translated experience is like!
  2. Revisit the Thieves Guild because I had huge fun with that as Merawen
  3. Even more emphasis on magic this time through
  4. 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.

Ysani’s Backstory

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.

Playthrough Posts

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.

  • In Which Ysani Quests All Over Solstheim - 04/23/2022
    In which Ysani fights the Thalmor to recover the map to the stalhrim source; finds the remaining Deathbrand armor and treasure; cleanses the Water and Beast Stones; and seeks taproots for Elynea of Tel Mithryn.
  • In Which Ysani Seeks a Black Book and a New Source of Stalhrim - 04/21/2022
    In which Ysani escorts the wizard Neloth into Nchardak, so that he can lead her to the Black Book there; and in which she lends more aid to the Skaal, and seeks their missing blacksmith only to find him in the hands of the Thalmor.
  • In Which Ysani Saves Councilor Morvayn - 04/19/2022
    In which Ysani thwarts an assassination conspiracy targeting Councilor Morvayn, and becomes a citizen of Raven Rock; kills draugr in Kolbjorn Barrow; and gains Neloth's aid in seeking further Black Books.
  • In Which Ysani Slays an Undead General and Solves a Mine Mystery - 04/17/2022
    In which Ysani cleanses the Earth Stone by Raven Rock of Miraak's taint; slays an undead general sending ash spawn after Raven Rock; and discovers the secret of what happened to Gratian Caerellius in Raven Rock Mine.
  • In Which Ysani Uncovers a Threat on Solstheim - 04/16/2022
    In which Ysani and Argis learn of ominous happenings at the Earth Stone near Raven Rock; are transported to the Temple of Miraak, and aid Frea of the Skaal in learning its secrets; seek a Word of Power at Saering's Watch, and use it to break the corruption upon the Wind Stone and the Sun Stone.


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