In Which Merawen Explores North of Windstad and South of Riften

Another low-key session as I continue to look for remaining things I can do before I finish out the main plot. Main action of this run was going to High Gate Ruins for the quest called A Scroll for Anska, but I also got in some exploration along the northeastern coast of the Sea of Ghosts, and found some spots I hadn’t found before!

And I reset my Smithing, and did a boatload of creation of things and purchasing of training to work on building it back up.

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In Which Merawen Finds the White Phial, and Thieves Her Way Through Riften and Markarth

This session was all about the thievery, but with a side helping of doing the first part of the White Phial quest. I’ve finally done all the necessary side jobs in Markarth to trigger that city’s special Thieves Guild quest!

And I found a second item of the dragonscale armor set. \0/

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In Which Merawen Gains Solitude for the Guild and Saves Esbern from the Thalmor

This session’s primary highlights were opening up Solitude for the Thieves Guild, after running the Dainty Sload plot—and then saving Esbern from the Thalmor, as I finally returned to the main plot and moved that along some more. I’m about to hit level 46, so it’s a good time to go get Dragonbane at Alduin’s Wall!

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In Which Merawen Buys Proudspire Manor and Becomes Thane of Haafingar

The main achievements of this session were buying Proudspire Manor and becoming thane of Haafingar–and at the same time, finishing up the necessary number of side jobs in Whiterun to trigger the special reputation job for the Thieves Guild there.

And, a large side helping of other minor quests, including getting a new Shout word, helping out Arniel at the mage college some more, taking out another Dragon Priest, and killing not one, not two, but three different dragons.

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In Which Merawen Defeats the Wolf Queen for Solitude

This session was pretty much entirely driven by wanting to whittle down the side quests, for the Guild and otherwise–and also by realizing that holy crap, I have about 25,000 gold, that’s enough to buy Proudspire, maybe I should go get Elisif to make me her thane?

So I did the plot to defeat Potema the Wolf Queen and keep her from being resurrected. Also moved the Forbidden Legends quest along, and did a whole bunch of thievery and other side quests as well.

Also, pro tip: try to avoid reading scrolls that will set you and nearby enemies on fire, if you don’t also want to set your housecarl on fire and piss her off. JUST SAYING.

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In Which Merawen Discovers Way More Guild Backstory Than She Expected

This session was pretty much all about Thieves Guild activity, with a small side helping of College of Winterhold, and a couple other minor favor quests. Of the Guild activity, I did no fewer than six, count ‘em, six thievery jobs, but I also moved the main Guild plot along and reached a significant milestone in that.

Details as always behind the fold!

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In Which Merawen Joins the Bard’s College, Gets Azura’s Star, and Becomes Thane of Winterhold

This was another one of those sessions where I was all over the map. Just about everything I did in this run was stuff I’d already done as Alarrah but which I enjoyed, so I wanted to do again–plus, the skill bonuses were important and I wanted to rack those up. I moved the mage college plot along a little further, ran the entire bard college plot, got Azura’s Star, and became thane of Winterhold. And oh yes, I also finally fully furnished Breezehome.

I did however also do a few new things, including trying out housecarl Rayya as a follower, running the Yngvild dungeon, and doing a thievery job in Windhelm that required me to break into the house of Brunwulf Free-Winter.

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