In Which the Dragonborn Learns More About How to Defeat Alduin

Since I reached level 46, it was time to proceed with the next part of moving the main questline along–and doing Alduin’s Wall! But before I did that, I took care of a bit more side quests as well, some for Riften, some for the mage college. Highlights:

  • On the way northward to get Mjoll the Lioness’s sword for her, met some bandits pretending to be soldiers
  • Recovered Mjoll’s sword Grimsever from the Dwemer ruin Mzinchaleft, where I also killed a bunch of bandits and Dwemer automatons
  • Partially cleared Fort Greenwall of bandits on the way down to Riften, but found it was a bigger dungeon than anticipated, so I’ll have to go back and clear it further later
  • Returned to Riften to give Mjoll her sword back, and to give the icewraith teeth to Marise, the vendor who wanted them
  • Stopped at Mzulft to use the convector there to charge the Warped Soul Gem
  • Went back to Deep Folk Crossing to charge the gem in both of the convectors near there
  • Killed a Frost Dragon at Dragontooth Crater while heading south for Sky Haven Temple; also killed two random Dark Brotherhood assassins, and a few Forsworn
  • Met up with Delphine and Esbern finally, and all four of us wound up having to take on a lot more Forsworn at their camp
  • Then we got into Sky Haven Temple and found Alduin’s Wall, where we learned that Alduin had previously been defeated with a Shout–but the wall didn’t say what kind
  • And now I have to go talk to the Graybeards to see if they know!
  • On the way out of the temple, got the extra-damage-against-dragons sword Dragonbane, thank you, why yes I WILL have some
  • Also, a full set of Blades armor, which is Heavy Armor so I won’t wear it but maybe it’ll look bitchin’ on Lydia?
  • Leveled up to 47 after checking back in at Whiterun for the next round of making and selling stuff; unlocked the “Investor” perk

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In Which the Dragonborn Goes to Mzulft and Volunruud

This was a short session, compared to some of my other monster sessions lately! Main points were clearing a bounty, finding cogs for Arniel at the college, and finding another Word Wall. Highlights:

  • Cleared the bounty on a dragon kill at Mount Anthor and blipped back to Winterhold to collect
  • Went back to Mzulft one more time to find the rest of the cogs I needed for Arniel’s side quest at the college
  • Fast traveled to Heljarchen again, where I got jumped by bandits, which Gregor helped me kill
  • Then hoofed it to Volunruud to follow up on another “Letter from a Friend” to find a Word Wall
  • Final fast travel to Western Watchtower resulted in another dragon and a cranky fire wizard
  • In between all of the above, did another round of smithing and alchemy and selling in Whiterun, leveled up to 44, and unlocked the “Merchant” perk that lets me sell anything to any vendor
  • Also remembered that Whiterun has two forges, I don’t have to sell all the armor and weapons to Warmaiden’s, and for that matter the Drunken Hunstman also buys weaponry
  • The guards in Whiterun are now throwing me college-related dialogue, lol
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In Which the Dragonborn Becomes Arch-Mage and Thane of Winterhold

Previously on “Alarrah the Dragonborn”, I’d gone seeking the Staff of Magnus. And in this session, I found it–and finished the main quest line for the College of Winterhold! Also became thane of Winterhold, while I was at it.

Did a lot in this session, so this is a long post. Highlights:

  • Finished the run through Mzulft to get the Staff of Magnus, and boy howdy was that Synod researcher not happy with me
  • Got another vision from the Psijic Order who told me to haul ass back to the college and report to the Arch-Mage
  • Got jumped by an Elder Dragon as soon as I fast traveled back to the college, and finally killed it with Daedric and ebony arrows after it landed on the roof of the Hall of Countenance
  • Grabbed the bones and tried to report to the Arch-Mage, only to discover that shocker, Ancano took over the Eye and blocked everybody else from entering the Hall of Elements
  • Tried to help the Arch-Mage and Mirabelle break through the magical barrier, but things went splody, oops
  • Also discovered that oh shit, the Arch-Mage was dead
  • Dropped off my dragon bits from that Elder Dragon in my room in the Hall of Attainment, then ran down to Winterhold with Faralda and Arniel to take out a flock of magical anomalies before they could hurt anybody in the college
  • Ran back to report to Mirabelle, and told her I needed to go to Labyrinthian to find the Staff of Magnus; she gave me the Arch-Mage’s amulet, as well as the Torc of Labyrinthian
  • Went to Labyrinthian, and witnessed a bunch of ghosts from a prior party from the college who’d clearly all died in the place–except for a younger Savos Aren, the Arch-Mage
  • Also killed a skeletal dragon, a bunch of regular draugr and skeletons, and ghostly draugr and spectral hounds, because apparently regular draugr weren’t extra enough for this place
  • Killed a couple of enthralled wizards and then the dragon priest they were powering, Morokei, which got me his mask as well as the staff
  • Got jumped by another Thalmor on my way out, and had no time for Estormo’s bullshit, so I had to take him out too
  • Fast traveled back to Winterhold, and found three of the mages out on the bridge because they’d had to fall back–and found out Mirabelle was also dead, yikes
  • Took down the barrier with the Staff, and went charging in with the others at my back; went hand to hand with Ancano for several rounds before finally realizing derp, I had to hit the Eye with the Staff, which finally shut it down enough that Ancano could be taken out
  • Got Quaranir to show up along with a couple of compatriots from his Order, declare me Arch-Mage, and bamf off with the Eye
  • Got Tolfdir to confirm me as Arch-Mage, and give me the quarters and the robe, go me
  • Once things settled down, did a little more training with a couple of the teachers, and also told J’zargo his scrolls totally exploded
  • Grabbed my dragon bits from my old room, then made a bunch of potions in the Arch-Mage’s quarters until I figured out how to make a potion of Fortify Carry Weight, which let me fast travel back to Whiterun
  • Did a round of smithing and selling, and then took a bunch of materials to Heljarchen Hall, where I built a new wing, because I wanted me an armory
  • Returned to Mzulft because I found out I could get the third Aetherium Shard there, so got that taken care of
  • Returned to Winterhold and this time actually found the proper way in on foot; on the way, met a madwoman who totally wanted me to hit her with the Wabbajack (which I hadn’t realized I was carrying?)
  • At Winterhold, stopped by to see the Jarl, and got him to send me on a quest to find the lost Helm of Winterhold, which was at a cave I’d already cleared before, but I cleared it out again
  • Also made a point of buying things from Birna in the general goods store, and selling things to her to get the inventory down, but mostly just to get her some more coin
  • Also settled the debt owed to the innkeeper by a resident who was drinking them dry
  • Sold some ore to the nearby mine
  • Discovered I’d actually already pre-fulfilled the “help the people of Winterhold” requirement for becoming thane, because of doing the Azura’s Star quest and quests at the college
  • But hey, now I’m thane!
  • Got Arniel’s side quest at the college triggered, will follow up more on this

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In Which the Dragonborn Seeks the Staff of Magnus

Last night’s session was pretty much focused on more of the plotline for the College of Winterhold. Highlights:

  • Finished up remaining buying and selling business in Whiterun
  • Checked in with Urag to give him back the books he wanted
  • Reported back to Brelyna to tell her her spell wore off alright
  • Headed down into the Midden underneath the college and tested a scroll of J’zargo’s while I was down there
  • Also found two other interesting things besides the Augur of Dunlain
  • Questioned the Augur for more info about what was going on and was advised to tell the Arch-Mage they needed to find the Staff of Magnus
  • The Arch-Mage, unsurprisingly, decided that “they” actually meant “me”
  • Talked to Mirabelle about the staff, and got a side quest from Tolfdir to look for his missing alembic
  • Headed off to Mzulft to look for the Staff
  • Made it partway through Mzulft, killed a bunch of Falmer and Dwemer automata, and found a bunch of dead Synod researchers
  • Also found a live Synod researcher who helped me move the plot along

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