I said I wouldn't write any kind of diary, but I kinda just started doing it and I've decided to keep going with it. I'm not expecting anyone to actually read this, but it's there for me to look back over, so there's that.
Spoiler for Day 1 (Morndas, 18th of Last Seed):
I started the day early with an Apple Cabbage Stew with bread and some Wine as I prepared to go out on my first hunt.
Managed to hunt and kill a rabbit before the sun had fully risen, but as I was hunting a deer, I had to run back to Riverwood as I ran into a group of bandits. I wasted all 20 of my arrows in the hunt and barely escaped with my life.
Spent almost all of my money on stocking up for the next hunt and now don't have enough money to rent a room at the inn.
Found myself in the Riverwood Trader and met Lucan Valerius who has had a bit of trouble with break ins. I've offered to go look for his Golden Claw in Bleak Falls Barrow, but I've made no promises. I don't think I'll be able to fight my way through any Bandits right now.
Lucan Valerius is a life saver. I showed him the items that I had in my pack and he leapt at the chance to buy them. Sold him some Frostbite Potions, a Spell Book, a Novice Hood and some Novice Robes for 197 Gold. I can now sleep soundly knowing that I have enough money to tide me over for the next week at least.
As all of this was done before noon, I spent the rest of the day getting to know the people and surrounding areas of Riverwood. Fought a few Wolves, but nothing caused me too much trouble.
The main prize came when I was travelling on my way back to Riverwood. A deer was stood in the same spot as one of the Wolves that I had killed and after I fired an arrow in its flank and one to the head, I had bagged a prize worth bragging about. I've heard talk in the inn about people using Deer Antlers in their Potion Making, so I made sure to take those as well as the Venison.
I now have Deer Hides to go along with my Wolf Pelts. I may have to speak to the tanner and see if she would allow me to use her Tanning Rack.
Rented a room for the night at the in and had some Salmon Steak, Cabbage and Carrots and some more of the Alto Wine for dinner and paid the local bard to sing a song called 'The Age of Aggression'.
Spoiler for Day 2 (Tirdas, 19th of Last Seed):
Woke up late this morning and had a meal of Vegetable Stew, Bread and a Red Apple washed down with some of the Honningbrew Mead that the Innkeep was recommending.
I went back up the path that I travelled down after Helgen in the hope that I could find some luck in a late hunt, but it wasn't to be. Instead, I found a Mine that was guarded by a very aggressive bandit.
After killing the guard, I ventured inside Embershard Mine (As it was later called by Alvor) and I found a group of Bandits who had claimed the mines as their base. I then decided to repay the people of Riverwood for their hospitality by removing the threat that lurked just outside their city. I removed the first two Bandits by luring them into their own rockfall trap.
Moving onwards I found myself with a few minutes to spare, so I sat down and had a quick lunch of a Pheasant Breast, some carrots and some cabbage. (Oh, how that pathetic Y'ffre would despise me for that meal.) I avoided drinking anything as I was in dire need of my senses and didn't want to risk putting myself in a situation because I'd had a drop too much mead.
After my little rest, I had to pull a lever which was controlling a drawbridge, which unfortunately sent two bandits off on my trail. Luckily, my bow stayed strong here and I managed to keep the two bandits guessing where I was long enough for me to take them out. They were carrying a little bit of gold, but no arrows which was a problem as most of mine had snapped off at impact or were buried too deep in their armour. I still had a good stock of around about 40 left, but with the unknown waiting for me, I didn't know if I had anywhere near enough to last.
After I had killed the two bandits behind the Bridge, I chanced upon a window which had a Spell Tomb and some money on it, which was nice, but in my excitement I almost walked right past a Bandit standing guard over the door to the room. I won't be making that mistake again! 3 seconds later, I was running all the way back to the entrance of the mines with the guard chasing me, firing Ice off at me from his Staff. Eventually, I had to turn and fight off the Bandit, but I wasted all 10 of my spare healing potions so I could kill him. The prize might have been worth it though as I took the Staff and a key on his body along with a pouch containing 16 Gold.
I headed back down to the room that the guard was defending and found a little treasure trove of things waiting for me. There was a ton of Potatoes, Tomatoes and Cabbage waiting for me, but the main prize was hidden inside a Chest. As I opened it, I saw an Iron Shield, an Iron Sword, a pouch containing 68 Gold and a Scroll that gives the caster the power to create a Fire Storm! I took the Gold and the Scroll as I was in no shape to be carrying any more weapons back to Riverwood and decided to scout a little deeper into the mines.
As I was looking around deeper in the mine, I found the heart of the Bandit's hideout, so I backed off a little and decided to fight them another day. As I was leaving, I spotted a Pickaxe leaning against a wall of Iron, so I went to work as carefully as I possibly could and after 5 hard hours of work in the mine, I managed to collect a very respectable 9 pieces of Iron Ore and I even managed to find an Amethyst and a Garnet, which just made the end of that first trip into Embershard Mine even better!
By the time I got out of the cave, the sun had already set and the stars were shining bright, so I made my way back to Riverwood with a weary smile on my face and a noticeably heavier backpack.
As always, I made my way to the Sleeping Giant Inn and paid my 10 Gold to the barmaid Delphine so I could keep my room for another night and sat down to eat my dinner of Vegetable Stew and Black-Briar Mead and speak with Alvor as Sven the Bard played my usual request, 'The Age of Aggression'.
When I was done, I said my farewells, left for my room and sat down to write todays entry into this diary. I think I'll be staying in town tomorrow so that I can sell off the items that I have acquired and plan out my attack on the remaining bandits in the mine, but for now, I sleep.
I ended my trip into the Embershard Mines with 101/305 Carry Weight, so I am really going to struggle later on in the game when I have to either leave high priced things like Warhammers etc behind or make multiple trips just to get everything. Still though, I'm having a ton of fun doing this which is great!
Keep writing shit like this. It's cool to read the thoughts of someone just starting a playthrough. Kind of reminds me of how into the game I was when I first started.
I bought that Dragonrend or some shit DLC a few months back. Haven't even started it yet. Haven't even finished the main game yet. Fuck it.
10,000th post. No better place to have it than the thread im King of.
I've absorbed all your souls along the way. Thank you for making me that more awesome
Spoiler for :
I've murdered countless Argonians along the way, followed a female Argonian today and tortured her before killing her. Used paralyze on her then would cast Rout on her. So she would be scared for her life and trying to run away but couldn't because she was paralyzed. Ended up killing her with my Fury Sword which is my go to sword for killing scum of Skyrim
Spoiler for Scum:
Still think my characters are powerful enough to take on an army of McQueens unfinished characters or LC's Arya. McQueen's army will no doubt be full of low level jobbers who i can solo with ease. Plasma Cutter and Stasis Bow would make quick work of that army of quitters. And any fight with LC will obviously be a handicap match. Nowhere to hide to when my Dremora would smell the fear dripping all over you. Britney Breton or Arya will no doubt taste my blade, of course i'll give you the option on how you want to go. Can cast mayhem on you and make you go insane till guards kill you, death by Chaos Blade or my favorite atm Death by Sun
Oh and Werebears suck was cleansing a Stone and summoned one to help with the Lurker fight. While the fight i was wondering where it was and the Werebitch was hiding behind the Stone while me and Lydia fought it. Wonder if they'll help if im fighting skeever or a chicken.
The Green Beast and the Handsome Devil of the Hidden Leaf Village
I was fighting him straight up with honor and 2 Dremora, Lydia and a Dragon I'll one shot him once i get to lvl 80 because i know i can since i have awesome potions, poisons and my archery is so op i can one shot dragons when i have the right gear.
You won't be able to sneak attack me though, detect life FTW if you do get close i would have already casted Dragonhide which makes me 80% resistant to physical attacks.
Would you prefer death by Chaos Blade or Death by Sun?
The Green Beast and the Handsome Devil of the Hidden Leaf Village
Whenever I travel now I'm constantly using Detect Life so I know what's coming, I don't think you'd surprise me at all and besides once you slip up the Dremora I would have already duel cast summoned would be on you. I'd equip a sun arrow with Slow and that should be victory. If that doesn't work I can always parry you if we sword fight, your pyromancy won't work here because my Blades Armor is soooooo awesome against fire and frost.
Was losing half my life from an arch pyromancer the. When I equipped my set all of his attacks only took a sliver of my health. Hell I stood in front of a Dragons fire attack and barely noticed if it hurt me. I also regenerate health much faster with my set
Gonna finally create some dragon armor tomorrow. I'm kinda leaning on having it be destruction and something else. Destruction because I just picked up the skill today from a Black Book that makes my companions immune to my shouts and my destruction spells so I wouldn't have to worry about using chain lightning.
So do you have mystic binding now? Conjure Bow should be pretty powerful now, it is daedric arrows your using afterall.
The Green Beast and the Handsome Devil of the Hidden Leaf Village
I awoke early today with a jolt after an odd dream about Helgen. In it, instead of running from the Dragon, I stood tall and shouted at it in an odd coarse language. Instead of words though, a great power exploded from my lips and struck the dragon sending it flying backwards! I've forgotten the full phrase that I used, but there's still one word that resonates in my mind. Fus.
After a quick breakfast of Salmon Steak and Wine, I made my way to the Riverwood Trader and sold off the items that I had collected in my trip into the mine yesterday. I was a little disappointed to only get 315 Gold for my Staff, Scroll and Gems, but with my pack starting to weigh me down, I was just happy to be rid of those items.
The next stop on my trip around town was to speak with a fellow Bosmer in Faendal who, after hearing of my plan to attack the bandits in their own base, agreed to join me in my fight.
With Faendal in tow, I went off to the Blacksmith to buy some equipment from Alvor for the attack. I bought 48 Iron Arrows to fill out my quiver and somehow managed to resist spending the remaining amount of Gold in my pouch on a beautiful Iron Dagger that seemed to glow purple in the light. Alvor later called it the Iron Dagger of Soul Snares which, as he says, was Enchanted by the Court Wizard of Whiterun.
As I was trying to drag myself away from Alvor to stop the temptation of buying that Iron Dagger, I purchased a Leather Helm and some Leather Bracers to finish off my Armor. Looking back, I probably could have just made myself some Bracers and a Helm out of the leather that I had, but I didn't want to risk failing* and wasting precious material.
Spoiler for *:
*I've got a new rule for Smithing. I use random.org and generate a number between 1-20. If I get an odd number, I fail the smithing and have to discard it, (I can hold onto it for a bit so that I can discard it in some water or a distant barrel so that it doesn't just lie there forever) but if I get an even number, the smithing succeeds.
From Level 75 onwards (Including Legendary) I will succeed 100% of the time. (The chances of me reaching Level 75 in Smithing are quite slim, so I doubt I'll actually get to this point for a looooong time.)
By the time Faendal and I were done getting our equipment together, the sun had started to set and I decided it was time to restock my food supplies and decided to take Alvor up on his offered hospitality and set about making some food for the coming parts of my journey. By the time I was done cooking, it was getting late, so Faendal and I accepted Alvor's offer to stay for dinner and we all had a fantastic meal consisting of Pheasant, Venison, Salmon, Carrots, Potatoes with some Honningbrew Mead and an Apple Pie.
As we said our farewells to Alvor and his family, Faendal and I headed off to the Sleeping Giant Inn, booked two rooms for the night and discussed our plans for attack well into the night before we decided to call it a day and head off to sleep.
Spoiler for Day 4 (Turdas, 21st of Last Seed):
I dreamt of Helgen again last night.
Delphine woke me up with a shake of my shoulders after what seemed like 10 seconds of sleep and handed me a steaming bowl of Apple Cabbage Stew before walking off to wake up Faendal. As bleary eyed as I was, I walked over to my rooms wardrobe and set out all of the gear I would need for my attack on the Bandits base and went over the plan of attack in my mind again and again.
Half an hour later, Faendal and I left the Inn and were on our way to the Embershard Mine with only the sounds of our feet padding on the path, the distant crashing of a waterfall and the wind through the trees accompanying us.
It took another 30 minutes to reach the mines where we went over the plan one last time and then we opened the door and went in.
I went in expecting the worst. I was looking for extra traps, more guards or at least a general sign that the bandits had found their dead guardsmen and locked the entire mine down looking for me, but there was none of this. Instead, we had a clear path to the heart of the entire mine and soon enough we were there.
Straight off, I could see one bandit patrolling the wooden bridges built above the underground lake, another stood beside a forge, but for all the time I spent looking, I could find no-one else, so we struck.
Looking down at the Woman by the forge, my hunter's eyes could see that she was the clear target for our first attack, so as she was tending to the forge, we struck. I fired first striking her in the back of her exposed calf muscle and as she turned around to find her attacker, Faendal and I both fired multiple arrows into her face and neck to get the kill. I hurried down to the body to retrieve any arrows that I could and found multiple arrows worth keeping, some gold, some lockpicks and an amethyst that she must have been hiding from her fellow bandits!
Moving forward, we reached the start of the wooden bridge, which was lined with multiple torches, so I had Faendal take them down or put them out to give us as much darkness as was possible in a room with very little ceiling.
After waiting for what felt like weeks, the Bandit patrolling the bridge came into the area that we had locked down and both Faendal and I fired 3 arrows into her chest and one into her neck which was enough to kill her. As we walked over to her body to collect our loot, we heard a roar to our left and a Battleaxe came crashing down right in front of my nose. Fortunately, the Bandit must have been sleeping when we took care of his friends as he was still a little sluggish and after a few slashes from Faendal's Iron Dagger and a few shots from my Bow, we dealt with the axe carrying brute and took our prize from him and the other bandit on the bridge.
As we looked around for more items, we noticed that there was still more to this mine and as we broke off for a lunch of Bread, Goats Cheese and Wine, we agreed that since we had come this far, we should continue on our way and go off deeper into the mines, but as we walked on, all we found was a hidden entrance into the Bandit's Camp which took us out onto a part of the hill a little closer to Riverwood, so we decided to head back home with smiles on our faces as we had taken out the bandits that could have caused the town problems in the future.
It was still light when we got back Riverwood, so I quickly stopped off at the Riverwood Trader to sell Lucan the items that I had managed to collect and then started to make my way back into the mine to drag out as much of the Bandit's gear as Faendal and I could carry. This town needed some armour and weapons, I needed some money and the bandits no longer needed their gear. Everyone wins!
I'm glad that I did go back into the mine as I found some extra Coin lying about, some odd Gem Fragments and a Chest containing 47 Gold and another Scroll! (This time for manipulating peoples minds to force them to attack anyone nearby) I also found a book that has proven to be an interesting read. It teaches about the basics of making Light Armor which could prove to be very useful!
Turns out that Faendal is quite the workhorse as he carried everything that wouldn't fit into my pack back with him! I might need to ask him to come with me to find Lucan Valerius' Golden Claw.
I didn't end up with much after selling all of the bandits equipments to Alvor and I had even less after I split the takings with Faendal. Still, the look on those bandits faces when I attacked them. Incredible. This is the first time I've had to butcher an entire group of people and I've got to say, it didn't feel bad at all.
We finished off our little quest by selling all the items that Alvor wouldn't buy to Lucan for 361 coins and after my split with my new Bosmer friend, I had a rather respectable fortune of 644 Gold, which is enough to buy that shiny purple blade... Which I shouldn't buy.. But I want..
I finished up the day with the Wine flowing, the Stew delicious and the Songs coming in fast.. Even as I sit down to write this entry, I can still hear Sven's lute ringing in my head, which is a little fuzzy from all the wine I've consumed.