Rumarin Doodle by Anigraham

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Fights, Friends, and Forsworn

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I got a chance to play a little Skyrim today and continue this testing adventure. For those of you who are unaware, I recently switched followers from Meresine to Daenlyn, although I plan on adding dialogue to both, as well as the super followers and Froa, who I will be picking up at some point in the near future.

This visit took us high up to Hag Rock Redoubt, currently owned by the Forsworn Corporation. The building itself is a refurbished Nord ruin, which kind of punches a hole in the argument that the Reach is their property, but okay, I can dig it, I mean the Nords are living in a Dwarven city after all.

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The Forsworn, however, are not opposed to leasing out their property to the right tenant. Unlike most Nords, this frostbite spider pays his rent on time and generally minds his own business. Sure he’s slobbering all over the place and those blood stains are going to be murder to remove, but he’s an affable fellow and good with children when he’s not eating them. He’s even joined the neighborhood watch. And when a couple of nasty adventurers show up, he doesn’t try to be a hero, he returns to his apartment and contacts the appropriate authorities.

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As for Daenlyn, one of the first things I noticed about our new Bosmer companion is that a lot of his comments are meant to be said while walking around enjoying nature. His bright, merry insouciance isn’t well suited for battle-time, which isn’t an issue when inside an interior but not ideal when fighting outdoors.

Still, the real issue is he just doesn’t have enough location and combat specific idles, which is something that will be corrected in time, provided Matt sticks around. I wrote a few general Forsworn camp lines, as well as a few lines for the locations themselves. After watching her hop on this tent, I also wrote a line for Serana where she screams and beats her chest like a gorilla, but I’m not sure I can get Laura Bailey to voice them.

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In any case, we built up a ton of sweat killing all those Forsworn, and by the time we reached the summit, Serana decided she needed a bath. The problem is she confused water with fire again, and ended up burning herself. Meanwhile, the goat she summoned took one look at her new master and decided it was best to kill himself now and save himself a world of pain.

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Frankly, after traveling with Serana for a week, I’m tempted to dive into that fire myself. But alas I don’t have half the testicles this goat has.

Rest easy, little fella. Hopefully there are no Seranas where you’re going.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is everyone’s favorite fake holiday. Not only is it a reason to make a blog post, but it’s also an excuse to get shitfaced drunk and dye everything green. Green is a color that brings a lot of good vibes. Money is green. Cannabis is green. The Hulk is green. The signal for “Go” is green. Grass is green.

Of course, they say in Ireland people were so hungry during the potato famine they were literally eating grass, the green dyeing their teeth as they collapsed from starvation. So yeah. It’s not a perfect color. Still, a net positive for green when you factor in the money and the drugs. 

You know what else is green? Many parts of Valenwood, I imagine. So in honor of that, I think this week I’ll be working on some new stuff for Daenlyn, and maybe let you meet one of his old friends.

No, not you Serana. A mentally ill vampire is more of a Halloween thing.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is everyone’s favorite fake holiday. Not only is it a reason to make a blog post, but it’s also an excuse to get shitfaced drunk and dye everything green. Green is a color that brings a lot of good vibes. Money is green. Cannabis is green. The Hulk is green. The signal for “Go” is green. Grass is green.

Of course, they say in Ireland people were so hungry during the potato famine they were literally eating grass, the green dyeing their teeth as they collapsed from starvation. So yeah. It’s not a perfect color. Still, a net positive for green when you factor in the money and the drugs. 

You know what else is green? Many parts of Valenwood, I imagine. So in honor of that, I think this week I’ll be working on some new stuff for Daenlyn, and maybe let you meet one of his old friends.

No, not you Serana. A mentally ill vampire is more of a Halloween thing.

Screenshots – Speed and Sunlight

2014-03-11_00011It was good to take Meresine to Helgen. I wrote some new dialogue, we took some photos. It was all very touristy, but worth the trip. And this is where the famed Dragonborn was nearly executed back in the 4th era. はいチーズ!

As a dragon aficionado, I’m sure Meresine was very excited to be there. Look at her. She can hardly contain herself. But really, would it hurt you to smile every now and then? Oh right, I made you this way. Sorry. As for Serana, I have no idea where she went. But I figured it was best to let her play by herself and raise butterflies while the adults were talking. Of course, letting her run around can be problematic during the day, because apparently she’s gotten it in her head that she can outrun the sun.

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After leaving Helgen, Serana did eventually pop up from behind a mountain. You’ll notice she’s fully airborne, but as to why, I have no idea. She’s completely insane and wears a cape, so I guess she doesn’t need a reason. In any case, after finding the sun to be much faster than anticipated, Serana decides the only way to save her precious skin is to wear a mask. No, I’m kidding, Serana would never do something so sensible. Nope, she decides she just needs to train harder, and continues circling Helgen while the rest of us sit on our hands. Of course, the real problem is that after multiple laps it eventually worked.

As you can see, by the time she reaches us Serana manages to eclipse the speed of light, technically outrunning the sun as per her original plan. Which of course, makes the rest of us look mighty foolish for criticizing it in the first place. 

This really isn’t going to help our case the next time she tells us that the Helgen attack was an inside job. No Serana, that’s stupid. You’re stupid. Hmph, says the guy who thought I couldn’t outrun the sun. Now who’s laughing.

As always, the lesson here is that Serana is loopy.

2014-03-12_00008On the way back to Falkreath, we spotted this noble whose pet horse was engaged in poopy time. You can tell this horse is very courteous, because it made sure to saunter over to the bushes before proceeding to defecate. The road stays clean, the grass gets fertilized, it’s a win-win.

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If only the horse’s master showed similar etiquette. Upon arriving at Falkreath, the noble repeatedly tried to enter the inn without even bothering to dismount, as if to say I AM RICH I CAN DO ANYTHING, WATCH ME PEASANTS AS I RIDE INTO THIS INN ON HORSEBACK. However, his garish boasts backfired when his horse refused to enter the establishment, telling its master neiiiiiiiiiigh or something to that effect.

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After staring at the door for about an hour, eventually the noble gave up and decided to Serana his way out of existence.

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I suppose when you’re that wealthy you can afford to double park your horse and let the city tow it to the glue factory. Still, the fact that this is the second person to now eclipse the speed of light in a single day is troubling. And unlike Serana, this guy didn’t even have to build up any momentum.

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As for Serana herself, she spent most of her time in Falkreath staring at this riveting section of plywood. Yes Serana, that’s a wall. They make it out of trees. Gods you’re weird.

2014-03-13_00013After leaving Falkreath and doing some minor tweaks to Jerulith and Melea, I decided to pick up Daenlyn Oakhollow on the way to Halfmoon Mill. On the way, we helped Valdr bury his friends – well, we would’ve if Serana hadn’t turned them into ash piles. Good job, Serana. For the love Talos.

Anyhow, the team dispatched the uppity Altmer and freed Daenlyn to take on our adventure. Upon dismissing Meresine, she immediately summoned her horse – as in all by itself, the thing galloped on over to her like some advanced pet trick – which was kind of badass. I didn’t know she could do that.  In these instances, I don’t question Skyrim, I just go with it. In any case, it’s time to get Daenlyn some new clothes, and more importantly, new lines. See you next…I wanna say…week? Who knows.

Speed and Sunlight

2014-03-11_00011It was good to take Meresine to Helgen. I wrote some new dialogue, we took some photos. It was all very touristy, but worth the trip. And this is where the famed Dragonborn was nearly executed back in the 4th era. はいチーズ!

As a dragon aficionado, I’m sure Meresine was very excited to be there. Look at her. She can hardly contain herself. But really, would it hurt you to smile every now and then? Oh right, I made you this way. Sorry. As for Serana, I have no idea where she went. But I figured it was best to let her play by herself and raise butterflies while the adults were talking. Of course, letting her run around can be problematic during the day, because apparently she’s gotten it in her head that she can outrun the sun.

SERANA

After leaving Helgen, Serana did eventually pop up from behind a mountain. You’ll notice she’s fully airborne, but as to why, I have no idea. She’s completely insane and wears a cape, so I guess she doesn’t need a reason. In any case, after finding the sun to be much faster than anticipated, Serana decides the only way to save her precious skin is to wear a mask. No, I’m kidding, Serana would never do something so sensible. Nope, she decides she just needs to train harder, and continues circling Helgen while the rest of us sit on our hands. Of course, the real problem is that after multiple laps it eventually worked.

As you can see, by the time she reaches us Serana manages to eclipse the speed of light, technically outrunning the sun as per her original plan. Which of course, makes the rest of us look mighty foolish for criticizing it in the first place. 

This really isn’t going to help our case the next time she tells us that the Helgen attack was an inside job. No Serana, that’s stupid. You’re stupid. Hmph, says the guy who thought I couldn’t outrun the sun. Now who’s laughing.

As always, the lesson here is that Serana is loopy.

2014-03-12_00008On the way back to Falkreath, we spotted this noble whose pet horse was engaged in poopy time. You can tell this horse is very courteous, because it made sure to saunter over to the bushes before proceeding to defecate. The road stays clean, the grass gets fertilized, it’s a win-win.

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If only the horse’s master showed similar etiquette. Upon arriving at Falkreath, the noble repeatedly tried to enter the inn without even bothering to dismount, as if to say I AM RICH I CAN DO ANYTHING, WATCH ME PEASANTS AS I RIDE INTO THIS INN ON HORSEBACK. However, his garish boasts backfired when his horse refused to enter the establishment, telling its master neiiiiiiiiiigh or something to that effect.

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After staring at the door for about an hour, eventually the noble gave up and decided to Serana his way out of existence.

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I suppose when you’re that wealthy you can afford to double park your horse and let the city tow it to the glue factory. Still, the fact that this is the second person to now eclipse the speed of light in a single day is troubling. And unlike Serana, this guy didn’t even have to build up any momentum.

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As for Serana herself, she spent most of her time in Falkreath staring at this riveting section of plywood. Yes Serana, that’s a wall. They make it out of trees. Gods you’re weird.

2014-03-13_00013After leaving Falkreath and doing some minor tweaks to Jerulith and Melea, I decided to pick up Daenlyn Oakhollow on the way to Halfmoon Mill. On the way, we helped Valdr bury his friends – well, we would’ve if Serana hadn’t turned them into ash piles. Good job, Serana. For the love Talos.

Anyhow, the team dispatched the uppity Altmer and freed Daenlyn to take on our adventure. Upon dismissing Meresine, she immediately summoned her horse – as in all by itself, the thing galloped on over to her like some advanced pet trick – which was kind of badass. I didn’t know she could do that.  In these instances, I don’t question Skyrim, I just go with it. In any case, it’s time to get Daenlyn some new clothes, and more importantly, new lines. See you next…I wanna say…week? Who knows.

Screenshots – Bones, Beauties and Blacksmiths

2014-03-04_00001Here’s another set of screenshots I took over the last few weeks. Originally I thought we could turn this into a running segment, as in Screenshot Saturday, but then I realized I really don’t play enough Skyrim to justify a weekly collection of screenies. Modding Skyrim, sure, but playing it, just haven’t had the time. Also today is Tuesday.

This first shot is a nice little action photo. Too bad about the text – I’d photoshop it out if I wasn’t so lazy. As I mentioned previously, I’ve been staying in Riften for most of my recent playthrough – just there for the fishing I guess – and picked up Skjel on my way to test the new quest. While I’ve heard people say he’s a poor fighter, he was casting Frost Atronachs and smashing heads at level 25, so he seemed pretty badass to me.

2014-02-27_00011I wasn’t sure if Yushari’s flower carrying mechanism was working properly, but lately I’ve seen her pottering around Riften with her wares in hand. Serana, meanwhile, is also hard at work in her career as a professional creeper. Soon.

2014-03-10_00002Here’s Balimund wearing his brand new bread-based kneeguard. He bakes them over his fire salt forge and then lets them sit out in the sun until they get so stale they can stop a spear. Some mistakenly believe that bread goes stale due to a loss of moisture, but it’s actually due to starch retrogradation, which is science talk for magic.

In any case, Balimund proves you don’t have to be a master smith to make capable armor, just grab some bread and some glue and you’re ready to face a Draugr horde. Just pray the Draugr don’t own bread knives, because then you’re completely fucked.

2014-03-07_00004I moved Alphena from outside the Retching Netch to a little box just outside the docks, allowing her to theoretically accompany you from the moment you step on dry land. I say theoretically because again this mod will never happen.

2014-02-08_00013Sometimes Serana will get really creative with her sandboxing. This is her getting into an Indian Step to set up for a classic “B-Boy Flare” maneuver popularized by the legendary Rocksteady…what? A horse and carriage bug? Nonsense. Serana is a street legend and also incredibly insane.

2014-02-06_00004Well, that’s it for another episode of 3DNPC screenshots. Somehow Meresine and I managed to get another picture posing with a corpse before Serana could fondle it, but perhaps she was too busy working on her windmills.