I installed the Morrowind Graphics Overhaul mod collection a few days ago, and I've been completely enthralled ever since. In 2005, Morrowind was my first RPG when I heard people excited about some game called Oblivion coming out soon and decided to see what the fuss was about.
Morrowind is a game with a unique atmosphere. You're dumped into the world with no idea why you've been released from prison. The locals hate you and call you an Outlander. They worships their ancestors. They ride around on building-sized, disemboweled insects. It rains all the time, the wildlife is diseased, and When you finally reach your contact from the Imperial Blades, he tells you to f**k off and gain a few skills before embarking on your real mission. At least the Fighter's Guild seems eager to take anyone who'll sign up...
It's a game that, at least starting out, doesn't seem like your typical power fantasy.
I've been playing a Dark Elf scout focusing on Marksman, Long Blade, Alteration, and a mix of armor types. Also dabbling in Speechcraft and Mercantile, though they don't help me level up.
While traipsing to the Caldera Ebony Mine on a mission for the Fighter's Guild, I encountered a nude Nord named Hlormar who had been enchanted and robbed by what he claimed was a witch. He wasn't sure where her camp was, but thought it might be northwest. We stumbled around the area, fighting off cliff racers, rats, and alits. Hlormar acquitted himself well considering he had no clothing or weapons with which to fight. Eventually we stumbled across a woman named Pemenie who offered me the Boots of Blinding Speed if I would take her to Gnaar Mok.
We eventually got to Gnaar Mok after evading some breeding bull netches and guars. I received the boots from Pemenie, but while chatting up the locals I learned there was a bounty on her head. When I confronted her about it, she drew her axe. Hlormar nudily punched her repeatedly in the back while I stabbed her repeatedly.
After wandering aimlessly a bit more looking for Hlormar's witch, we found her to the northeast of where I found him, rather than where he said. Her name was Sosia, and she helpfully explained that Hlormar had gotten a bit fresh with her while escorting her to Ald'Ruhn. She offered to return his things in three days' time. He was unhappy with this arrangement. Annoyed with the long trip out of my way, and irked that he been less than honorable with the woman he was charged to protect, I sided with Sosia, causing Hlormar to turn on me.
He didn't last long, though his naked skin was remarkable resilient against my silver longsword. I'm now on my way back to the Caldera Mining Company. Perhaps people will be more sensible there.