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Conversations We Didn't Have in Skyrim 
6th-Feb-2012 09:00 pm
katarina, doom
So, if you've played Skyrim or read some of the reviews, you'll be well aware that the game's approach to dialogue and character development can be a bit...impressionistic? Haphazard? While initially this marred the game's immersiveness for me, as time goes on, I've found it's just encouraged my brain to fill in the gaps.

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It's a Loredas night like every other Loredas night since I've come to Skyrim, which means that I'm standing back-to-back with my shield-brother, Farkas, down in the depths of some long-dead hero's tomb where we've come looking for some mythical artifact, facing down a ridiculous horde of undead. Like everything else that's happened since I was nearly beheaded thanks to a bureaucratic error on the part of the Imperium, I haven't questioned it much. But as I yank my sword out of the guts of what must be the hundredth draugr of the night and kick its dessicated body down the stairs, I wonder how this became my life.

"Farkas?"

"Yes?"

"How come every weekend, we end up grave-robbing and brawling with undead?" Another draugr comes lurching at me out of the darkness, beating its sword against its shield and slobbering. Of course, my bound sword chooses this moment to wink out of existence, leaving me cursing and brandishing a fistful of nothing. Farkas swings round and knocks the thing back with a blow from his two-handed sword, and I resummon my conjured blade just in time to parry the return stroke from its war axe.

When that foe is safely despatched, Farkas answers. "In case you hadn't noticed there's not a lot of nightlife around Whiterun."

From the other end of the room, I hear the sounds of stone sarcophagi sliding open and the barking grunts of draugr as they scent prey. There's plenty of night life around here.

"Couldn't we just go down to The Bannered Mare and start a brawl or something?" I smack the next draugr I see with a flame spell, and he lights up like a torch, clearly illuminating three more behind him. Joy.

Farkas laughs. "No one there will fight with me anymore. And if they have any sense, they won't fight with you either."

The draugr charge, and we brace ourselves to meet them. There are worse ways to spend a Loredas night, I guess.
Comments 
7th-Feb-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Sounds a bit Steven Brust-ish (that's meant to be a compliment) and I want to read the rest of it!
7th-Feb-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
To have any writing of mine compared to Steven Brust is high praise indeed! Thank you!

I'm sure there will be more, though it may get a bit silly. (Sillier?)
7th-Feb-2012 06:51 am (UTC)
"Borgakh, I've been thinking."

"You do too much of that. It's not healthy in an orc."

I paused for a few seconds to reflect on upbringing, fate, and the benefits of growing up outside of a walled palisade.

"Ulfric thinks he can become High King by shouting the old one to death. Why couldn't I do the same thing and take his seat?"

Borgakh's usual sneer twisted into a grin. "I take it back! That's a thought Malacath would approve of. But let's try it in Markarth instead--- the beds are more comfortable there."
7th-Feb-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been wondering when/if that particular penny is going to drop for Ulfric.

"So, as the Dragonborn, your Shout is more powerful than mine."

"Most likely."

"And as the Dragonborn, you may actually be the legitimate heir to the Imperial Throne."

"That is the way I understand the legends."

"And if you became both High Queen and Empress, that would neatly resolve this civil war by uniting both sources of legitimate authority in a single personage."

"This is true."

"The moment I become High King, my lifespan is measured in *heartbeats*, isn't it?"

"'Fraid so."
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