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Mini Post: What I Want to See in the Next Elder Scrolls

February 28, 2015

Now you may or may not have noticed last month’s previous poll asking where you’d like to see TES6 take place, and a good majority of you said “Elsweyr!” which is exactly what I want, basically the polar opposite of Skyrim. Lush jungles & deserts, exotic creatures, Khajiit everwhere (I love the Khajiit), tons of Skooma and Moon Sugar…ahh, the life. THAT’S what I’m hoping for, anyway. But I won’t be disappointed if it’s somewhere like Valenwood, or Black Marsh for that matter. A new Elder Scrolls game is a new Elder Scrolls game. And I can’t wait for whatever Bethesda cranks out. Of course, seeing how Fallout is overdue for a new installment, I’m pretty sure that’s coming out first, and I’m not complaining. Sometimes you just wanna pick up a sniper rifle and wander the wasteland.

Anyway, here’s a small list of things I’d like to see in the vanilla version of Elder Scrolls VI (though I realize most of this could be added into Skyrim via modding, but hey).

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A Crazy Little Thing Called Love

February 14, 2012

From the one quest in Oblivion I didn’t do…but I thought it was appropriate for this post.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, and I’m bored, I figure’d I’d talk a bit about love in some Bethesda games, and the interesting points about them. Yes, there is love there, not the love of killing, or stealing, no, I mean actual person-loves-another-person (or themselves) kind of love.

Minor Spoilers for Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas.

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Thievery & You

February 11, 2012

Cheese, cheese, cheese. I love cheese. Cheese for me and none for you!

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a button masher. I get impatient to get quests to move on quickly if I’m caught up in the middle of the action. Which, sometimes, equals accidental thievery.

For example, I’ll walk into a store, any store really, doesn’t matter if it’s Skyrim or Oblivion. The storekeeper greets me with a hello (or an insult, depending on who it is exactly), and asks what I’d like today. I run up to his table and press “A”.

Cup has been added to your inventory.

“GUARDS!! THIEF!!” He screams bloody murder.

Wait, what?!

You are over-encumbered.

“I’M SORRY!!” I scream, throwing the cup across the room and a few extra cheap items that I didn’t know I had or needed in hopes of forgiveness. “IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!!”



And all the items I meant to steal get taken away from me as well. ALL BECAUSE I ACCIDENTALLY  GRABBED A CUP, WHICH, BY THE WAY, I GAVE BACK AS SOON AS I REALIZED.

Of course, that obviously isn’t good enough and you either pay the court a fine or rot in jail.


Also…I wasn’t aware it was customary for shop owners to leave their gold lying around everywhere. I mean, really?! And that’s like the EASIEST shit to take, because gold is gold and guards can’t tell the difference between your gold and your recently “acquired” gold.

(Also, is it safe if you store your stolen stash on your follower? Do they take it off of him/her as well when you get arrested…?)

So, yeah.

And I’m not just talking about The Elder Scrolls series either, this shit happens in other Bethesda games, too (does it happen in Morrowind also? I’ve never played it, help me out here!). Fallout 3 and New Vegas…

In the wasteland, you steal shit, you get your head blown off. That’s it, no questions asked. There are no guards, at least, none that I can remember in Fallout 3, except maybe Rivet City (had to look up the name, it’s been a long time since I’ve played, heh), and in New Vegas, on the strip…and even then, they just blow your head off. So either way, you end up with your brains splattered against the wall.


When I do want to steal, I find the stores in Skyrim to be absolutely pathetic. I break in, and find there’s hardly anything really WORTH taking and bringing all the way back to Riften to sell to the fence. At least, in Whiterun it’s been like that…I’ll have to try other places later.

Oblivion was nice for stealing…well, the jewelry store was, anyway. 😀

Plus, it always helps having Detect Life when you’re a thief, so you know if someone’s coming and if you’re about to get busted or not. (Or, alternatively, in Skyrim, just do the ol’ “bucket on the head” thing. Usually works, unless they have a magic force field around there head that sends it flying…what? It did happen… Just make sure not to accidentlly take the bucket instead of carrying it.)

Also fuck those guard dogs in Imperial City.

Back to Skyrim…

I did break into that alchemy dealer in Whiterun a few days ago, and snuck around as a cat burglar, stealthy as can be, raided all the ingredients (making potions from stolen items doesn’t make the potion counted as stolen, yay!) and potions I could carry. And then, as I’m about to grab some ice wraith teeth and a potion of minor healing I hear…

“We sell all kinds of alchemy ingredients and agents!”

Spinning around as quick as I can, I scanned the floor for any movement. Nothing. Then I realized the crazy bitch was talking to herself on the second floor. So I continued to steal, all the while listening to her brag about her shop full of items.

Not anymore, sister, not anymore!

Also, sorry if I stole a goddamn cheese wheel, Ulfric. The sweetroll wasn’t considered stolen, so I thought the cheese was okay, too. I guess you just really like your cheese, huh? Regardless, I’m not paying a fine, nor going to jail, because I have about 40 other stolen cheese wheels (among other things), and I don’t want to put the effort to get them back from you guys. See ya!!

“Let me guess…someone stole your sweetroll.”

Nah, nope. I do the sweetrolling stealing around here, baby.


Image Credit: Unknown source.

By the way, I suck at pickpocketing. Stupid keys for stupid doors that need the stupid key. Stupid… (grumbles)

Next Post: Glutton for Punishment


An Introduction

January 30, 2012

Hello, and welcome to Monahven, or, as the citizens of Skyrim call it, The Throat of the World; a blog dedicated to my thoughts, experiences and rants of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

But, I suppose I should introduce myself first.

My name is Ren. I first started playing Bethesda games about a year ago. I’m still relatively new to their catalog.

I started first with borrowing Fallout 3 for the XBOX 360 after hearing my boyfriend tell me about it. I got into it right away, the expansive dialogue choices and story kept me enticed though the 65 hours I put into it. It was the kind of game, while not only was fun (who doesn’t like shooting super mutants in the face…?), but it had a large area to explore and discover, which kept me occupied long after the main questline was finished. I found myself playing more and more, wanting to find out what happened next, where your father actually disappeared, what other sorts of bizarre irradiated creatures I would find next. I finished the game at level 17 with good karma, and a satisfied smirk on my face. I immediately reloaded an earlier save and went to do more exploring.

Shortly after I decided to play Fallout: New Vegas for the PC (after hearing how bugged it was, I figure it would be easier to obtain patches on the PC rather than a console without XBOX Live). Unfortunately, I almost gave up playing it, as at first it lagged horribly on my PC and was almost unplayable (not due to specs, but a known issue with a missing .dll file). Fortunately, I bought a laptop that summer and decided to try giving it a go again. I put another 50 hours into it, a good portion of that was spent trying to get out of the Sierra Madre casino in the DLC Dead Money. I haven’t completed the game yet, and don’t think I will for awhile. There just seems like a lot of things to do.

I also borrowed Oblivion in the Spring of ’11 after asking to for weeks. I finally got it and was rather excited to try it. Unfortunately, it was plagued by frame rate issues and long loading times on my 360, so I stopped playing shortly after. In October, I picked it up again, in anticipation of Skyrim. This time I cleared the system cache and the loading was tolerable, and I went and put in 61 hours in it. But more about my thoughts on Oblivion in another post.

I got Skyrim for Christmas, and after a few hiccups with the 360, began playing it feverishly. What I had looked forward to the most was the dragon fights and the possibility of becoming a werewolf. To this day exactly, I have put in 121 hours into it and I’ve almost completed the main quest. The game is absolutely stunning, and MASSIVE. Yes, there were a few bugs here and there, but they were relatively minor (i.e., low-res textures even WITHOUT installing to the hard drive), occasional frame-rate drops in Riften, and a certain spinning dragon. Other than that, I hadn’t found any issue, but my save file is dangerously climbing to about 14 MB now. Hopefully, I can put many more hours into it without any huge glitches or slowdowns.

And that’s basically it. My experiences with Bethesda games. I’m not a Bethesda fangirl by any means, but I certainly enjoy their games, and thus, with Skyrim being so huge and everyone’s experiences being so diverse, I thought I would use this blog to share mine.

Besides, I like ranting.

Next Post: Oblivion – My First Elder Scrolls Experience.