#51 Posted by DrFrob -
#52 Posted by Lord_Tic_Tac -
#53 Posted by afrodude77 -
We are the Lin Kuei, more stealthy than the night, more deadly than the dawn!
#54 Posted by DrFrob -
Inside, one of the monks approaches me and introduces himself as Master
Arngeir. Soon, the Greybeards have taught me another word to make my shout
more powerful, as I clearly see when it scatters all the pots behind the
ghosts they summon for "target practice". Then we adjourn to the courtyard
outside, and I learn a new effect I can create with the Voice. Finally, I get
a chance to ask my burning question:
"So, I know that any form of magic has its dangers if it's improperly or
carelessly used. What are the dangers of the Thu'um, and how do I avoid
"Ah, a wise question, but not one easily answered. Perhaps it would be best
for me not to go into details regarding the dangers. But as for avoiding them
-- that is why we insist that knowledge should be tempered by experience. Let
me take an analogy, and ask your friend here how she learned to use the
"I started with a blunt wooden practice blade," replies Uthgerd. "At first, I
made a lot of mistakes with it that would have injured or even killed me if
I'd been using a real sword. But once I got used to the way it swings, I was
ready to start using a metal blade without the risk of cutting off my own
"Precisely," says Arngeir. "It is much the same with the Voice. In your
case, as Dragonborn, the knowledge you absorb from slain dragons will come
with much of the wisdom needed to properly use it. The rest will come from
practice. For instance, if you wish to continue with your training in the
Voice, you should go to Ustengrav in the marshes east of Morthal and retrieve
the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller. We've been hearing echoes of power coming from
that place as of late."
"I don't think that would be such a good idea," I object. "Isn't Hjaalmarch
in Imperial territory? I'm sure by now the Imperials must be looking for me,
after I escaped from their executioner. It was a misunderstanding... long
story... but I've never known Imperial guards to be forgiving of escapees."
"You may not have a choice in the matter. The Dragonblood is a gift of
Akatosh and Kynareth to mortals, given in times of great need. For you to
have received this gift at this precise moment in history, when the dragons
are returning, cannot be a coincidence. You must follow your destiny, and I
am confident it will carry you through any purely temporal matters."
"Squeezle," I mutter to Uthgerd. "So now it's sneak around soldiers who will
want to kill me if they catch me, or else defy the gods? Maybe there's
something to this River of Fate after all. All right," I continue to Arngeir.
"I can't say I'm happy about it, but it looks like you're probably right."
On the way back down the mountainside, we run past the frost troll once more.
It's late afternoon as we leave the snowstorms behind and return to
Ivarstead. I go back to the alchemy table to experiment with the snowberries
I picked on the way, and appropriately enough they allow me to make a potion
to resist cold. After we eat dinner at the inn and pay for another night, I
start looking at my map with Uthgerd.
#55 Posted by DrFrob -
"So, how are we going to get to Ustengrav?" I wonder.
"I'd say the first step is to return to Whiterun. That shouldn't be too hard
if we just follow the signs."
"From what I remember, the sign outside Ivarstead points to the southwest.
According to this map, that would mean it's directing us to this path that
would take us through Falkreath Hold. I'd rather put off entering Imperial
territory as long as possible."
"Well then, why not just retrace the path we took to get here?"
"That would be fine, as long as we don't get lost. But what if we went to
Riften instead, and then took a coach from there? That way there should be no
chance of getting lost, or having the signs direct us into the lion's den."
"It looks like that distance is somewhat shorter, too. OK, so once we reach
Whiterun, what then?"
"It looks like there are roads that will take us near Morthal. Then we could
bypass the city and go straight north to Ustengrav."
Uthgerd shakes her head. "If you want to avoid soldiers, then it would be a
bad idea to take the roads. Besides, it looks like the road to Morthal goes
through a pass, and they'll be sure to be watching that closely. I'd say we
go straight north from Whiterun into The Pale. Then, we cut west through this
pass here into Hjaalmarch and turn north."
"All right, sounds good to me." With our travel plans settled, we go to
4th of Heartfire
Soon after we depart for Riften, we hear the howling of wolves, but never see
them. Then, after a couple turns, we stumble right into a wolf standing on
the road. To my surprise, though, it doesn't attack, so we leave it alone and
keep going. We have several more encounters like that; and once, we hear the
flap of wings above us, and look up to see a dragon. We take cover in a stand
of trees near the road, and fortunately the dragon passes by without seeing
us. Other than that, our trip to Riften is uneventful.
Once we reach the gates, however, it's a different story. First, the guards
at the south gate tell me it's closed and direct me to the north gate. I
backtrack to a bridge over the lake that I saw a ways back, but this turns out
to lead to a locked gate. So I'm forced to return to the south gate and pick
my way around the east side of the city with no trail to follow. Then, at the
north gate, one of the soldiers asks me for a "visitor's tax".
"All right, but I'm going to need a receipt. Just in case any questions come
up later, you know..."
The soldier looks nervous at the idea of putting anything in writing, and lets
me through the gate. Having called the bluff, I enter the city. Just inside,
I hear a couple people talking about the Thieves' Guild, and a man leaning on
a post warns me to keep my nose out of the Black-Briars' business. Obviously
this place is a cesspool of criminal activity and corruption. Then, at the
central plaza, a man accosts me.
#56 Posted by DrFrob -
"Never done an honest day's work for all that coin you're carrying, eh, lass?"
"I *beg* your *pardon*? What are you accusing me of?"
"Let's just say, you have the septims, but you didn't earn one of them
honestly. I can tell."
"I'll have you know that merchants provide a necessary service, and there's
nothing dishonest about it. Can you imagine if you had to go directly to the
farms that grow your food to buy it, or travel all the way to Elsweyr for..."
"That's not what I meant, and we both know it. Listen, wealth is my business,
and if you'd like a taste, I think I might be able to find some things for you
to do that would benefit both of us."
"If it involves anything 'dishonest,' you might as well forget it. Now, if
you'll excuse me, I have some 'honest' business to attend to."
"I can take a hint, lass. If you want some coin, come find me."
Yeah, that's never going to happen. I spend the rest of the day selling all
the stuff I've gathered, and then talking with the more honest citizens and
finding out what I can do for them to make some money -- mostly it's things
they need me to find for them. I also take some time to learn some of the
enchantments from the items I've found. From the enchanted bows, I learn the
slightly different trigger that imparts a spell to an arrow as it leaves the
bow, and allows the arrow to release the spell on impact. By the time I've
done all that, it's past time to get something to eat and turn in.
#57 Posted by DrFrob -
#58 Posted by Goku61394 -
What is Zapdos? Please don't spoil the game for me cuz I never completed the main quest." halofan9912
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