In Which Merawen Rescues a Future Sybil and Hunts Yet More Vampires

I had not planned to visit the Temple of Dibella during this run, or to do their Heart of Dibella quest, but events conspired otherwise! Because one of the side quests for the Dawnguard pointed me at one of the temple priestesses as a lead on finding a vampire–and I couldn’t get at her without doing the Heart of Dibella quest. But it was a new thing, so that was fun!

Also, there was more vampire hunting. And severe chastising of bandits who attacked me at Lakeview.

And, sadly, the loss of the blacksmith Ghorza in Markarth, killed by the Traveler NPC vampire. RIP Ghorza! 😢

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In Which the Dragonborn Joins the College of Winterhold

Two overall goals to last night’s game:

  1. Finding the Forgemaster’s Fingers and bringing them to the orc stronghold who asked for them
  2. Going to Winterhold to join the mage college there

Main highlights as follows:

  • Went down to Lakeview to check on the place
  • Discovered I’ve triggered another game bug—the one with your follower getting a new default hunting bow created in their inventory every time you dismiss them and re-engage them later, WTF
  • Went to Dragontooth Crater to find the Forgemaster’s Fingers, and killed a Blood Dragon there; found another word of the Ice Form Shout
  • Did not fight with the Thalmor squad I saw also attacking the dragon, despite being sorely tempted
  • Did totally fight with the Forsworn I ran into
  • Encountered a tree with a dead elf and interesting loot very near the Shrine to Peryite—did not go to the Shrine itself as that’s a Daedra I don’t want to engage with right now
  • Killed a second Blood Dragon on the way down to the orcs
  • Delivered the Forgemaster’s Fingers to the orc stronghold and got the chief’s blessing to be Blood-Kin of the Orcs
  • Headed back to Whiterun to drop off loot
  • Then went to Winterhold to join the mage college; on the way, saw and fought my first horkers (which I hadn’t realized are essentially sea lions!)
  • Oh hey Winterhold has female guards?
  • Got permission to enter the college as a new applicant, at which point I sent Lydia home as I figured she’d be bored stiff
  • Did the “Under Saarthal” quest which I needed to get access to that third fragment of the Gauldur amulet
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