The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Catch-All

Goddamn, there is just so much in this game. "Epic" doesn't begin to describe it.

I now do x30 backstab dmg with my sneaky mage. Or should i say mage assassin?

ranalin wrote:

I now do x30 backstab dmg with my sneaky mage. Or should i say mage assassin? :)

Sweet, now if you can just manage to backstab an Ancient Dragon with a weapon that does 100 dmg, you will almost kill it;-). Good luck with that.

Ok, it's just a random sidequest, but pick up The Blessings of Nature off the priestess chick in Whiterun hanging around the dying tree. It will lead you to one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in a video game.

NSMike wrote:

Ok, it's just a random sidequest, but pick up The Blessings of Nature off the priestess chick in Whiterun hanging around the dying tree. It will lead you to one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in a video game.

Yeah, I agree, that was fantastic.

Is the Collector's Edition of the game anywhere near worth it? ($150 on Amazon) What is the quality like on the Dragon and artwork book?

Bethesda weren't blowing smoke when they said the map is actually the whole world being rendered at once:

Skyrim PC tweak allows for in-game map 'street view'

Dysplastic wrote:
cheesycrouton wrote:
Falchion wrote:

Hmm...I guess as a ESDF user I'm screwed when it comes to adding things to my favorite list while in the menu. Tried all the keys and nothing works while I have F bound to Strafe Right.

It's a hack, but how about this?.... Straight-up remap the keys with autohotkey...

skyrim.ahk
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#SingleInstance force ;Only allow one instance of this script to be running

;Make ESDFG press WASDF
e::w ;press e, send w (move forward)
s::a ;press s, send a (move left)
d::s ;press d, send s (move left)
f:: d ;press f, send d (move left) <---remove the space before the "d" (used to avoid forum smiley)
g::f ;press g, send f (set favorite)

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Actually, it's a bit simpler. The "F" key for favorites is actually "Whatever your Toggle POV" button is (This is what F is bound to by default when not in a menu). So if, in the process of remapping your F button for ESDF movement, you remapped your "Toggle POV" to "ALT", you now use the "ALT" button for favorites, even though the UI still says "F".

Yes, the Skyrim UI designers were bastards.

That will break your ability to favorite. I messed with this for hours, if you remap f off favorites your pretty much hosed. u need to map e s d over through the game and move right to something like h the map f to h and another key, i choose x to f in ahk. alot of crap breaks when you start remapping, seriously follow that link i listed i haev my esdf working perfectly going on 20 hours now.

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yes, that's me on the left....one after another....

So far this Frost Dragon was the hardest one to kill.
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He froze me, then would walk up and eat me.... very effective! Grmbl.

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I hid underneath a tree when he was flying and behind the same damn tree
when he landed nearby. Yes, like a coward. But in the end....I won! Ha! lol

And now....

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It seems I am turning into a vampire....oh joy....

i just got the Wabbajack. Best "weapon" ever.

Ok, how the hell to do I get up to High Hrothgar? There's supposed to be steps, right? I can't seem to find them. The quest marker sent me to Ivarsted but I don't see any steps.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Ok, how the hell to do I get up to High Hrothgar? There's supposed to be steps, right? I can't seem to find them. The quest marker sent me to Ivarsted but I don't see any steps.

You cross a bridge near Ivarstead and just head up the mountain. Keep looking. The path isn't too hard to find.

morganatic, yes! I love learning new words, especially from games. I always try to weave them into conversation, though that one may prove troublesome. That's a word that, now knowing the definition, I imagine has been employed in countless fantasy romance novels over the years.

Also, I'd like to thank the GWJer who posted a lengthy response/answer to my frustrated alchemy question (can't find the post - probably 10-15 pages back now). *Finally* it clicked as to what was going on, and why certain things combined with certain things would guarantee potions.

That video about the giant-space-thing was perfectly timed; literally seconds after watching that I encountered my first example of it happening in-game: Giant angered at wolf.

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tuffalobuffalo wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

Ok, how the hell to do I get up to High Hrothgar? There's supposed to be steps, right? I can't seem to find them. The quest marker sent me to Ivarsted but I don't see any steps.

You cross a bridge near Ivarstead and just head up the mountain. Keep looking. The path isn't too hard to find.

I went that way but every logical path up the mountain ended in a dead end. And, there's a blood dragon over that and those bastards are apparently impervious to anything I throw at them.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

Ok, how the hell to do I get up to High Hrothgar? There's supposed to be steps, right? I can't seem to find them. The quest marker sent me to Ivarsted but I don't see any steps.

You cross a bridge near Ivarstead and just head up the mountain. Keep looking. The path isn't too hard to find.

I went that way but every logical path up the mountain ended in a dead end. And, there's a blood dragon over that and those bastards are apparently impervious to anything I throw at them.

You're not necessarily going up the mountain as you're more going around the mountain. The path is pretty clearly marked with either steps or stone altar things or markers with flags blowing in the wind. Just went up there myself a few minutes ago myself (25+ hours in, level 13.. finally decided to go visit them). Sounds like that unlucky random dragon is more your obstacle than the path itself. The worst I ran into in my journey along the path was a Frost Troll. He was the first thing I've actually seen my horse run away from instead of kicking it in the face.

Ok, so an aweosme thing just happened. A while back, I was attacked by a Boethiah cultist, and when I looted him I found a book

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The book pointed me to the location of a Boethiah cult. I went there, and the chief cultist told me that if I wanted to prove myself I needed to trick someone into following me up to the altar, then murder them. My character's a pretty tolerant guy, but secret murder cults? Not cool. So, I declined the offer and killed every single cultist (and that was a damn hard fight, those buggers were tough).

I kill the last cultist, then my vision goes all funny and the cultist's corpse stands back up, now possessed by Boethiah him/herself. He tells me I got his attention, then offers me the same quest the cultist lady gave me. I'm still not taking part in any stupid murder ritual, but I thought it was pretty damn cool that they had this whole alternate quest branch in place that involved a Daedric prince possessing the body of a dead follower.

Well played, Bethesda.

I consider myself pretty versed in Elder Scroll's lore, but what do the High Elves have against Talos Worship?

So here is thing that happened in my game that I found cool but in a frustrating manner.

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I was exploring the area west of the watchtower near Whiterun when I spotted what looked to me to be ruins of a castle framed up against the night sky. I was actually looking for ruins for a quest so I figured that might be it.

Lydia and I crept nearer and that's when I spot figures standing on the battlements and some seemed to have bows. So I froze and waited for them to turn away or patrol but they never did. Long minutes pass till I realize that they are actually training dummies. Having a chuckle at myself I then drew nearer and found a cage hanging from the wall with a fresh corpse in it. Taking a jump I get close enough to activate the search and I discover it's a bandit just hanging out. Feeling confident that the bandit was hung out and the dummies put up as a deterrent while guards retreated to Whiterun in case of Dragons, I then boldly walk through the open gate.

Even when people bursted out of the shadows I didn't think anything was amiss till I took a spark blast to the chest. Spinning around for cover, I find Lydia already in deadly combat with a bandit outlaw swinging a two handed axe at her head. We were standing in the middle of an elaborate bandit camp; we were surrounded.

We manage to survive by running around the courtyard while trading blows, spells and arrows but finally cleared them. Tending to our wounds I find two doors leading inside, one to a prison. Clutching my bow tightly, we then spent the next few hours clearing the hallways and rooms of bandits. Finally it came down to the deepest part of the prison, where a bare chested bandit was hard at work standing over table with a strange misshaped mess on it. Plunging an arrow into his back from down the hall, the area was finally cleared an the mess identified as a long dead troll.

Spending the night in the now empty barracks, we try to carry as much as we can back to town with the plan to come back the next night to pick clean from our foes the spoils of war. However when we came back, we found the area now occupied by the metal gleaming Imperial troops. I was shocked but not as much as when, without a word of thanks for liberating the way for them, they proceed to berate me for trespassing and drove me from the area.

So basically my question is, is dynamically occupying forces really a thing? Will I see various areas change hands between various factions? I'm guessing the main two with a third being the bandits.

Question for magic users: Do you burn through your magicka super quickly, and what do you do when it's gone? Do you just keep a stockpile of potions with you all the time? Even with regen items and reduced-cost perks, I burn through my magicka quickly on a tough enemy, and it seems like it takes forever to fill back up. I started leveling archery so I had an alternative, but I'd like to sustain myself with mostly magic combat if possible.

Falchion wrote:

So basically my question is, is dynamically occupying forces really a thing? Will I see various areas change hands between various factions? I'm guessing the main two with a third being the bandits.

Well, if you side with either the Stormcloaks or Imperials and pursue that questline you'll see a lot of towns and forts change hands. Other than that, I think if you "clear" an area it will be reoccupied after a while. Most forts/towers I find are occupied by bandits, unless you're in the Reach and then they're usually full of Forsworn instead.

I've been learning even more of the history. Turns out the Nord stance on being the so-hard-done-by lords of Sky Rim barely goes back a generation. They every so recently beat the crap out of the previous Foresworn king and stole the land. So if I understand the history right now, the stormcloaks are skyrim usurpers who are prickling at the imperial laws, etc. I was sort of more on the stormcloak side when I thought they had more of a heritage claim.

I wonder if it's odd that I've spent actual daylight grownup time pondering the political/historical/cultural situation in Tamriel.

Dyni wrote:

Question for magic users: Do you burn through your magicka super quickly, and what do you do when it's gone? Do you just keep a stockpile of potions with you all the time? Even with regen items and reduced-cost perks, I burn through my magicka quickly on a tough enemy, and it seems like it takes forever to fill back up. I started leveling archery so I had an alternative, but I'd like to sustain myself with mostly magic combat if possible.

Yes. I've put all my points into magicka and I did the Mage's Guild which gives you some of the best gear, so in total I have at least 250% mana regen but the better spells cost more to use. There's a spell you can get which converts health to mana but it's hard to use it if anyone's shooting you because you risk getting 1-shotted.

I don't use potions much except for harder encounters though. If I run out of juice I use the shouts to buy time to regenerate some.

i38warhawk wrote:

I consider myself pretty versed in Elder Scroll's lore, but what do the High Elves have against Talos Worship?

[Edit: replacing my rambling answer with the one I knew I'd seen upthread]

tanstaafl wrote:
Montalban wrote:

Regarding the civil war and Talos - Another thing to keep in mind: There is a very real and demonstrable relationship between worship of a certain god and that god's level of power in the Elder Scrolls universe. Losing worshipers is a big deal for a god, not just for the worshipers.

And given that Talos was Tiber Septimus, the first Cryodill Emperor, there is probably a reason that the group that was until recently at war with the Empire might like to see what was basically their founder lose power...

Dyni wrote:

Question for magic users: Do you burn through your magicka super quickly, and what do you do when it's gone? Do you just keep a stockpile of potions with you all the time? Even with regen items and reduced-cost perks, I burn through my magicka quickly on a tough enemy, and it seems like it takes forever to fill back up. I started leveling archery so I had an alternative, but I'd like to sustain myself with mostly magic combat if possible.

I do keep a large stock of potions at all times. Also relying a great deal on flame atronachs and lydia as meatshields. That gives me some breathing room to regenerate magicka, but if all that fails (not too often) I don't have any alternative but potions. I wish it was a little bit easier to swap between spells, to perhaps take advantage of the more subtle illusion or alteration schools of magic. Right now I have summon flame atronach and a ad hoc destruction spell assigned on my D-pad left-right favorites, no room for fury or ward. Destruction spells are straightforward but definitely big mana sinks.

47 hours in and still encountering cool unique things - picked up a couple of random quests from lore books, was led through a haunted dungeon by a ghost who wanted me to find his body and avenge his death. Fought a really cool boss fight against a teleporting, self-duplicating enemy that shouted back at me (who I stumbled onto by accident) and discovered a couple of "red dead" style treasure maps to as yet unexplored loot.

oh, and I just found a shout that lets me...

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shout TIME ITSELF into submission.

frickin' love this game.

i38warhawk wrote:

I consider myself pretty versed in Elder Scroll's lore, but what do the High Elves have against Talos Worship?

short answer : the elves don't like the fact that there's a former human getting all up in their pantheon.

Apologies for the question, but my quick scan of previous posts didn't find the answer.

So me and Lydia were off for a nice nature walk, to the Eldergreen Sanctuary. And we were almost there, when this cheeky dragon, who had obviously been put in a holding pattern by ATC, decided he was going to land anyway, for a snack. Lydia peppered him with arrows and I chopped him up, absorbing soul in the process.

At this point I decided to join the Companions, doing the mission which ends with me acquiring the fire shouty thing. But I can't activate it because I am told that I have no souls. So do I have to go to the dwarves (not been there yet, tried the shortcut but some troll decided he'd rather batter me than let me pass) ?

Also, on a not-quite-as-important note, is there a general summary screen listing my titles etc ? I got the general stats thing on the start menu, but if someone is going to make me a Thane I'd like to see it in writing.

Also also - is there anywhere I can get a more detailed description of quests, particularly the misc ones which just appear as one liners in my quest summary ?

My lvl 9 Redguard thanks you in advance.

You have to visit the Greybeards before you can learn other shouts (or the full version of the force-push one you start with).

They're Nords though - not Dwarves.

You have to hit "R" (on PC) to power up a shout before you can physically click on it - that confused me for a bit a well.

not sure about the stats, but I think the quest journal is all you get description-wise.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

You have to visit the Greybeards before you can learn other shouts (or the full version of the force-push one you start with).

I could have sworn I had the fire one active before visiting the Greybeards, but I might be wrong.

Dyni wrote:

Question for magic users: Do you burn through your magicka super quickly, and what do you do when it's gone? Do you just keep a stockpile of potions with you all the time? Even with regen items and reduced-cost perks, I burn through my magicka quickly on a tough enemy, and it seems like it takes forever to fill back up. I started leveling archery so I had an alternative, but I'd like to sustain myself with mostly magic combat if possible.

I have really good mana regen as kyrieee said, but the other thing I do is go ethereal and /dance (you can not actually /dance).

Dyni wrote:

Question for magic users: Do you burn through your magicka super quickly, and what do you do when it's gone? Do you just keep a stockpile of potions with you all the time? Even with regen items and reduced-cost perks, I burn through my magicka quickly on a tough enemy, and it seems like it takes forever to fill back up. I started leveling archery so I had an alternative, but I'd like to sustain myself with mostly magic combat if possible.

I hit them with my shield while I wait for my mana to regen, that never gets old

It does seem that the mana regen effects stack. I think I am sitting at 250% to mana regen now. Helmet and robes are both 100% and an extra 50% from the restoration line. I had to stop using the Atronach Stone because it was breaking my summon spells, but that took away the regen penalty to.