Out Of Office… for a while…

Seems I won’t be able to get much work done for the next few weeks.

Hmm.. I wonder why..?

 

Death of an emperor. Hail Sithis!

Killing emperor Titus Mede II was the most fun I had in ages.

Clean-cut decapitation, followed by capturing his soul and using it to power the very weapon that killed him. A fitting death for an emperor!

Putting DEATH to good use

There are plenty of dragons in Skyrim and quick traveling a few times will definitely trigger a random encounter with one of them.

Fighting dragons is never easy. The big challenge is bringing them down to the ground where terrain and thick vegetation will severely limit their mobility. But even here, they are formidable opponents.

Powerful elemental attacks, with a large area of effect, will cause serious damage all around. You will need powerful elemental resistance potions or enchanted items to survive long enough to engage a dragon in close combat.

Engaging a dragon with melee weapons is even more dangerous. A powerful bite attack can literally kill you in one hit. I’m not even sure how you can prevent this from happening, since it already happened to me several times. My best guess is you should have a very high armor rating and fortified health.

There are also named dragons. These are very powerful dragons which can be encountered in specific locations in the world. Every one of them will really put your skills to the test, since taking one of these down is a lot more difficult than defeating a regular dragon.

Best weapon in Skyrim – final version

I mentioned before that the best weapon in Skyrim is actually a player crafted weapon. But back then, I didn’t have all the skills needed to create the most powerful version of this weapon.

Since the first version was created, I leveled up quite a bit and I managed to max out the skills needed to truly craft the most powerful weapon in Skyrim. I call it DEATH, since that’s pretty much the only thing it’s good for.

And just like I said before, anyone can make such a weapon. No mods and no cheats, just the right skills, perks and materials.

Skyrim Daedric artifact #7: Skull of Corruption

While I was exploring some mountains to the North, I came across Dawnstar, a small village where people kept complaining about having some sleep disorder. And the weird part wass, they were all suffering the same nightmares. Luckily, there was one guy, a priest of Mara, who knew how to solve the problem.

So, we went together, to a nearby temple, to try and get to the bottom of the situation. Shortly after I entered the ruined temple, I got attacked by Invader Orcs. And then, that priest of Mara revealed himself as a former priest of Vaermina. But hey, I’m not judging, a man can switch gods any time he wants.

Because fighting dozens of enemies would be too easy, I had to collect a book and a potion to pass an annoying barrier. But it was totally worth it!

I entered a dream world and found myself in the middle of a conflict that happened years before. It was quite entertaining to watch a bunch of blood thirsty Orcs tearing apart some poor defenseless priests. But since I couldn’t fight myself, I got bored really fast. So I made my way towards the inner sanctum when I finished the last part of the quest.

The only thing left now, was to let the priest of…whatever god he pleases, to cast a spell and destroy the artifact causing all the trouble. But then, a little voice inside my head told me to kill the priest and claim the artifact for myself. And since I always wanted to be able to scare people even in their dreams, I went for it and killed the priest.

This is what I got out of it:

It’s a pretty cool looking staff and it has the awesome ability to absorb dreams in order to increase its damage.

Only downside is that is consumes both dreams and energy, so you’ll have to use both soul gems and to collect dreams from sleeping people.

 

A Leap of Faith from Bard’s Leap Summit

While exploring the South-West region of the map, I came across the most beautiful waterfall in Skyrim. For some reason, I absolutely love the way waterfalls look like in this game.

After staring in awe for a few minutes, I decided to do the most reasonable thing possible: get at the top and jump off it.

Here’s how that went:

Surprisingly, I survived.

And not only that, but I also had some unexpected company.

Skyrim artifact #6: Ring of Namira

While in Markarth, I heard a rumor that something was wrong in the Hall of the Dead.

It turned out something was eating the bodies of the dead. Since I haven’t met any creatures in Skyrim that do that, I immediately went to investigate.

I was hoping for something gruesome that would provide a good fight. Instead, I found a weird looking girl, who asked me to clear some undead, from a cave, somewhere. And since this was one of my favorite hobbies in Skyrim (next to chasing rabbits), I decided to help her. And of course, to loot the place clean.

Once the place was clean, as a reward, she invited me to dinner. I gladly accepted.

Silly me! I should have asked what’s on the menu, first.

Good news, I’m not on the menu. Bad news, another living human is.

At this point, I’m starting to get a feeling that a Daedra is involved. So, I decided to do as I’m told and see what happens.

A small trip and a fat bribe later, we had ourselves a greedy priest on the menu. The feast was ready to begin.

Skyrim artifact #5: Wabbajack

I started the “The Mind of Madness” quest by talking to a guy in Solitude. He wanted me to convince his master to return from his vacation. Apparently, his master was taking a vacation inside the Pelagius Wing, a locked part of Solitude’s Blue Palace.

The Pelagius Wing was the worse place ever for a vacation. It was full of dust and cobwebs and trashed furniture. It was a dump!

This had me wondering about what kind of person would even consider this a potential vacation place. There must be something horribly wrong with such a person.

Just as I was thinking about getting the heck out of there before my asthma kicks in, I was teleported to another dimension.

Turns out the Daedra Sheogorath was taking a vacation inside the mind of a dead emperor of Skyrim: emperor Pelagius Septim III. And now I was stuck in there, with him.

But, Sheogorath was a pretty hilarious guy. He was a combination between an insane jester and that Two-Face guy from Batman. He gave me the creeps!

In order to get out of the mind of Pelagius the Mad, I had to complete a few puzzles and riddles. And since I no longer had any equipment, Sheogorath gave me the Wabbajack: a weird looking staff to shoot things with.

After a bit of running around and shooting at every potential danger (trees, bushes, butterflies,… a goat), I finally managed to awaken the mind of the dead king.

Skyrim artifacts #3 and #4: Masque of Clavicus Vile and the Ring of Hircine

I followed my new talking dog companion to Haemar’s Shame, a cave South of High Hrothgar, where the shrine of Clavicus Vile was located.

Since this was a Daedra’s quest, I was ready for anything. So, I equiped my best armor, I maxed my elemental resistances and then I stormed the cave, with great confidence in my abilities.

I was immediately  surrounded by several Master Vampires and I was dead in less than a second. Apparently, life drain spells are not affected by armor rating and elemental resistances. Now, I know!

After loading the autosave, I disposed of the vampires silently, one by one and went to have a chat with Clavicus Vile.

Ghost deer, talking dogs and headless horsemen. Skyrim at its finest.

While in Falkreath, a small village in the South, I spoke to a guy locked in a prison. He fed me a very emotional story about him being cursed, not being able to control himself and killing an innocent little girl. So, like any decent hero, I agree to help him out.

He then sticks a cursed ring on my finger, gets out of jail on his own and then takes off. The bastard tricked me!

Now, I’m stuck trying to hunt down a damn deer who won’t stop running. I chased that damn deer halfway around the map.

About 1 goddam hour later, I saw the bloody thing in the distance, on a small island, in the middle of a lake. And pissed off as I was, I threw about a dozen fireballs at it, until it finally decided to be a good sport and DIE.

But the deer then decided it shouldn’t let me get off this easily and it turned into a ghost. Just to have me go back and kill the guy I initially talked to. Fine, I’ll do it!

Just as I turn around to go after that guy, a dog comes out of the water and starts talking to me. I’m serious!

The dog’s name was Barbas and he apparently wanted me to reunite him with his master, Clavicus Vile, who was a Daedra. Oh, and in case I forgot to mention, chasing that deer for over 1 hour, was also part of a Daedra’s quest, Hircine’s “Ill Met By Moonlight” quest. So yeah, this wasn’t going to end well.

So, now I get out of that lake and start heading down the road, followed by my new talking dog companion.

And if you think this was weird enough, a horseman passes me by.

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But he was nice enough not to say anything (or maybe he couldn’t, because he had no head) and just rode off, minding his own business.

But for some reason, I have a feeling I haven’t seen the last of him.