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  • Thedoucheinthenorth

    In my travels, I have completed Skyrim to the extent were I am happy with everything, bar one thing.

    Earlier in the game, I decided to Destroy the Dark Brotherhood, as I didn't really like the guys. However, this proved a bit of a mistake; there was something I wanted from the questline which I want now which I did not know of at the time.

    The Fur-Trimmed Cloak. It is worn by Thane Bryling, and the only way to get it off her that I know of is to kill her. Unfortunately, she is marked as essential until Bound Until Death, part of the DB questline. Since I 'destroyed' the questline, she is somehow still marked as essential.

    Basically, my question is does 'destroying' a questline render the participants permanantly essential?

    This is where the co…

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  • Thedoucheinthenorth

    On a blog, this topic came up. Many people blame the Nords for repression of the Reachmen, but this isn't wholly true; the Empire has reined in Reachmen culture too, and repressed them, forcing them onto cheap Labour.

    But that is not the point. The point is are the Reachmen/Forsworn to blame for their negative reputation, or are they simply fighting for freedom by deplorable means?

    First, let's make a distinction:


    First of all, Reachmen and Forsworn are not interchangeable. Not any more, anyway. They were in the First Era though, when the Reach was assimilated into Skyrim, and later, the Empire. Reachmen seem somewhat repressed in Fourth-Era Markath. Many are forced to work cheap in the mines, and many others just assimilate with Forsworn. Man…


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  • Thedoucheinthenorth

    I did write a blog not so long ago which provoked an interesting debate on this issue, and it got me thinking. I personally like the combat in Skyrim, but I haven't played many open-world games and almost no other medieval based open-worlds. It does look slightly silly when your pummeling a mage or whoever with massive swings of a steel warhammer, but the killcam things when you smash in their skull are satisfying.


    Either way, this does not seem to be the heart of the issue. When we speak of combat, we speak of damage, velocity, fluidity, enemies, upgrading combat skills, physical/projecticle (i.e. using weaponry) and indeed magical. Do the swords swing fast enough? Are the axes sharp enough to shave with? Do the maces cause enough damage t…


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  • Thedoucheinthenorth

    This should be my last blog on the civil war, as I have not got Dragonborn yet and am taking a brief break from Halo 4.

    Let us leave logistics and practicality out of it..

    We can include supposed Corruption and Jingoism on the side of the Empire and Stormcloaks respectively, but I'd prefer it if these weren't the centrepieces of arguments.

    Who has the better moral stance, the better cause, the Empire or the Stormcloak rebellion?

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  • Thedoucheinthenorth

    Winterhold's past is quite fascinating. There's enough information to from an intelligent debate in the subject and not too much for the mystery novelty to die, like in my eyes, the Dwemer have.

    We all know the city was destroyed x years ago and that the College was blamed. But would a city be more useful to a player than a mystery? At present no one has made an effort to rebuild Winterhold, but I think it should happen asap.

    Wouldn't a city-sized Winterhold disproportion the game, though? It would shatter the balance of Skyrim's territories and give the Stormcloaks an advantage in the lore (not that I would have a problem with that). The game designers would also have to talk more about the Argonian-Dunmer conflict to justify the presence o…

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