In Which Delga Battles a Dragon and Bandits, and Seeks Azura’s Star

This is a double session post, covering play done on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th! Doubling up because Friday’s was a short session, and I was too busy on Saturday trying to plow through my gigantic email backlog to do a Skyrim post. So y’all are getting both sessions in this combined post!

Major highlights: running the Volunruud dungeon to get the Shout word there; beginning the quest to get Azura’s Star; and killing a dragon with Farkas. In theory.

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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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In Which the Dragonborn Acquires Azura’s Star

Yesterday’s Skyrim run actually covered multiple playing sessions, because I played a lot in the afternoon, and then late into the evening as well. The overall goal: getting Azura’s Star. Highlights include:

  • Headed to the Shrine of Azura just to check it out
  • Met her one remaining follower, Aranea Ienith, who was totally not surprised to see me and who told me to go talk to a mage in Winterhold about recovering Azura’s lost Star
  • Found the mage in Winterhold, who told me where to find the Star
  • Went to Ilinalta’s Deep to get the Star back
  • Took the Star back to the shrine, only to learn that it needed cleansing
  • At Azura’s behest, went into the Star to clear it out

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In Which the Dragonborn Follows Up on that Wolf Queen Problem

Highlights of last night’s Skyrim run:

  • Taking another crack at Mount Anthor and finding out about the “source of power” there
  • Getting a direct request from Elisif the Fair to take her slain husband’s war-horn to a shrine of Talos
  • Returning to Solitude to report in on that–only to learn from Falk Firebeard that oh shit Potema’s spirit is still active and loose in the Solitude Catacombs

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In Which the Dragonborn Discovers Serious Weirdness in the Blue Palace

The main highlight of this Skyrim run was doing the quest called “The Mind of Madness”, which involves you investigating what’s really going on with the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace in Solitude. Other than that, I tried to follow up on a couple other quests, but those didn’t go so well!

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