Well, we've a long day ahead of us DragonBjorn so let's get started.
Oh boy, the thief man was actuall a backstabbing traitor. Welp, didn't see that one coming. Actually, I'll admit, I didn't but I can't say it was much of a surprise. Oh well.
So now for some reason I've got to sneak into a museum about dwarves and steal some research so I can read the language of the poo elves so that I can find the man who backstabbed me so I can remove the curse on the theives' guild so they can stop being unlucky and actually steal things.
Nope. Not convoluted at all.
I've spent a lot of time in the guild hall and I've noticed one thing. I'm the only thief who's, y'know, stealing anything. "Oh me, oh my, won't someone rid us of this terrible curse of unluck" them will cry. Perhaps you'd have more fortune if you actually got off of your arses and tried to get some money of your own, rather than relying on me to fund your entire organising by paying the sneak trainer thousands of coins.
I'm sorry, that might hurt but these things need saying.
I decided to enter the museum and do this properly. Stick to character. I would sneak in, not be seen by anyone and would do the whole thing without killing a single man.
This didn't go well.
After like 20 autosave loads and being stabbed, shot, burned, gassed (that's a new one!) and beaten, I finally find a gathering of guards who were actually guarding their section quite well. There was an innocent little lever to one side. Well, it couldn't do that much harm, surely. It must open a door or someth-
Mother of God.
OH GOD, I'M SO SORRY, I'VE RUINED EVERYTHING
I'll pay for the damages! I've got money, we can work something out! But why would you even leave a lever in a room that turns on the balefire gouts and activates the deadly propellor traps without, I don't know, disarming the mechanism? This is a museum! People are going to walk around here to learn about an ancient and rich culture. They are going to bring their children and elderly parents to have an enriching and wholesome day out!
Dead people are very unlikely to visit the gift shop
God DAMN, I must be the only person in all of Tamriel who actually knows how to run a business. Maybe I'll start my own museum. The DragonBjorn Experience. It'll involve walking across a perilous walkway while battering rams with "FUS RO DAH" smack into people and knock them off the edge into a pit of spikes and scorpions.
Since children are invulnerable, I suppose that'll just be an orphan factory. Hmm...
Luckily, the guy decided to keep all his research on a two-colour CRT computer monitor. I refuse to believe that he etched all his reseach into that thing as opposed to writing it all in a book, because that reeks of batshit insanity.
It's another funny dog!
So yeah, I apparently took a rubbing of the research (I was interested for a while there, I thought DragonBjorn was going to prove to be literate but no such luck. Whenever he does a "numbers job", I like to think he's just scribbling crayon pictures of flowers and rabbits in the ledgers. The rabbits are on fire). That scribbling noise was enough to alert like 20 guards. I still don't know how I got out of that one alive. Some guy read the rubbing but by this point, I'd forgotten why I needed to read the Falmer stuff and had lost interest in the whole affair.
I got to know Karliah a little better. She seems friendly but that sure if a face that only a mother could love. She looks like if Richard O'Brian made sweet love to a drow.
Why Vex, you're looking rather... sassy today, if I may say so. Perhaps you and me could get together later on, we could share a nice bottle of wine, a little soft music and when you're good and drunk, you can train me in stealth for HOURS.
Sound good, baby? No? Let me ask again once I've got my speechcraft amulet on.
You will note here that in Mercer's house there is a cabinet named "suspicious cabinet". I really hope that he got this from IKEA and that "suspicious" is one of those funny Swedish words like how all their bookcases are called Billy for some reason. Maybe suspicious means "finely crafted and affordable".
I looked at this cabinet. There was nothing at all suspicious about it or its placement. I think DragonBjorn has x-ray vision now. Must stop accidentally eating all my alchemy ingredients, they're having a lasting effect.
Ah, noble Chillrend. Named, as all fantasy weapons are, by choosing fancy words for what they do and hoping that they sound all mysterious and cool and stuff.
In related news, Stephanie will soon be renamed to Darkstab Soulsuck.
Well, this is nice. He left out a bowl of gems for me. True, fruit is more conventional in a home but it's a lovely alternative. Funny though, looking at a bowl of rigid, geometric shapes picked out in bold, near-primary colours doesn't make me think "bountiful wealth" so much as "1st year 3D modelling coursework". I'm surprised he didn't have a jewelled teapot, too.
Damn Karliah, you're... kind of freaky, huh. Maybe you should just go somewhere for a while. Get some supplies or something. I'll be in touch, love.
So Karliah was all like "you need to become a nightingale" and I was all like "well I'm already an imperial soldier, an assassin, a summoner, a magician, a blacksmith, an enchanter, a thief and probably a couple other things, so why not? I don't even know what you're talking about, anyway, so I might as well do it if it makes you happy".
Because that's all DragonBjorn really wants. He wants everyone to be happy. I trust that this fundamental part of his personality has been coming across in these blogs, otherwise it'd seem more like he was a bloodthirsty pirate.
Karliah made me wear a special outfit that kind of turned me into one of those weaver guys from Loom.
Look, don't ask, just look it up. Trust me. You'll be glad you did.
They thought I needed more plot. I decided to explain that I didn't but realised too late that DragonBjorn can only talk in a ratio of roughly 1:30 lines of dialogue where the person I'm talking to gets about 30 lines to my one. It's like trying to talk to a horse racing commentator.
I decided to see if the torches could set me on fire. Turns out that they couldn't. This, sadly, did not cause Kaliah to question whether I was the right choice to serve her God or whatever.
Here I am with my buddy, Brynjolf, which is Nordic for "he of few vowels". I don't know why nightingale armour makes your eyes light up. There's something wrong with that.
Oh look, it's Nocturnal, god of... blue lights?
From what I've heard of her, she seems like th god of "dicking people around when they're trying to undertake difficult and dangerous work" so I'm not sure why people even worship her in the first place. It seems like a celestial protection racket if you ask me (which, since this is my blog, I'm making you ask me. Blogging's great).
So we all have to stand here while Karliah makes us listen to HER god and undertake HER rituals. Don't you hate it when people force their religion on you like this? I mean, she's all like "hey, would you like a lot more power and loot? Maybe you should come along to our guild hall sometime" and I'm all "sure, that sounds great! What a good friend!". Next thing you know, you're sat in a rented hall somewhere in the bad part of town, holding hands and singing songs while the man in the front of the room tells you how with a small, regular donation, he can help your spirit transcend the spirit veil and become one with the grand cosmos.
Look, lady, I've already got a religion. I'm happy with it. I'll respect your beliefs but I'd ask that you do the same and respect mine as I think Hephaistos is pretty strict about pantheistic worship.
I'm sorry, I don't make the rules. I just carry out his divine will by beheading things. Alright, I convert people but I try not to make it a hard sell. Just a few words, if they don't want to accept my system of belief then that's absolutely fine.
This was a weird place. Someone quite deliberately built an ornate cage on the side of a mountain. Inside is a lever. I suspect that the purpose of the lever is to open the cage. It's like building a box with a lock which contains its own key, I don't understand how they even got out of the cage in the first place without, say, tying a rope to the level and tugging it from the outside.
I think what this is is a clearly over-engineered attempt to put a door on a dungeon. You know what would have worked a little better? A locked door.
I found this place. I don't know what it was, it was like a big stone chair. I didn't have much time to admire it before a dragon came and ate my head, but it looked quite impressive so I thought I'd take a picture of it.
Oh, now this is more my style. Ostentatious, imposing, more grandiose than an entire fleet of elves riding through their town on the backs of jewel-encrusted snow leopards. When all this mess with the dragons is dealt with, I am going to clear this place out and rename it "Stabhold Keep". I'll keep the gold in the east wing and the wenches in the west.
I entered and had a little poke around. I found a ball on the ground. Odd little thing, but I thought it was a chest so I gave it a nudge.
Ah, my mistake. It was Optimus Prime's bratty little cousin. Well, to the void with you, young man, I don't have time for your interruptions.
SWEET JESUS, THE SPIDERS HAVE UNIFIED
One fireball. That's all it would have taken. I'd kill so many things that I'd reach destruction level 100 in a single blow. But no, the engine won't support that so I have to let them live. Damn, damn, DAMN.
A dwarven centurion master. You'd think, with a name like that, that he'd last more than 20 seconds in a fight but apparently the chief construction material of the dwarves was balsa wood because not only was he brittle, he was flammable too. I don't think that's how metal works.
And now the poo elves have unified, too. I think they've rallied around a single leader or embraced communism or something. This is like a poo elf CITY. The smell must have been amazing.
Oh, there's Mercer. Well, he's apparently found the magic key that lets him unlock all his physical and mental potential, so this should be a tough fight against a god-like being of near infinite power.
Aaand he's dead.
I took the key and hoped it would allow me to unlock every perk in the game at once. It did not. This is because Karliah is a liar or because Nocturnal lied to Karliah and she believed it. The latter seems more plausible because Nocturnal is kind of a douche.
And it's not even a lockpick. I mean look at it. It's clearly somebody's jewelled hat pin. Nobody who's trying to break into a house would create something that bright and gaudy. It'd be like making a pair of night vision goggles that play the Inspector Gadget theme tune at a high volume whenever you have them turned on.
'kay, now a dog is talking to me. Just keep on listening to those voices, DragonBjorn, because nothing's going to go wrong if we stick to that particular plan. I mean, last time you gave in to the temptation of obeying your schizophrenia, we ended up in the sky, thousands of miles up. I'm not saying you should stop doing what you love, I just think that it's time to maybe seek some... professional help. There are people you can speak to about this kind of thing, you know, caring and understanding people. Maybe we could-
Nope. Just following a dog then. That's fine too. Just remember what we talked about, okay?
I suppose that now we have a funny talking animal, we can go ahead and create an animated series, start appealing to that child demographic that we've been missing out on. That's prime marketing real estate right there. DragonBjorn lunchboxes, backpacks, cartoons and plush toys which FUS RO DAH when you pull the string in the back.
Praise be to Hephaistos, another convert! Knelt in prayer as I delivered our good lord's blessing, I could not wish for a more devout soul! I would like to commend you on this uninhibited and powerfully expressive act of worship!
Sanguinare Vampiris. Now I'm no doctor, but that doesn't sound like a good thing. I mean, DragonBjorn has been feeling a little sick lately in the mornings, but I figured that could be pregnancy or something because once you're been a horse, anything is probably possible. So sanguine roughly means of a blood-red hue and...
I've caught a vampiric shade of vivid red?
Well, I took a potion and everything was alright. Seems Buffy the Vampire Slayer never realised that a course of medication and some bed rest was all it would have taken to make Angel actually stop his brooding and get on with the whole business of sleeping with her instead of crying in his bedroom about his conflicting feelings for her.
Or am I confusing him with Edward Cullen?
Vampires can be cured is what I'm saying. Innoculations could work wonders out here.
To end another busy day, I went to the pilgrim's path in the nightingale sanctuary to prove my worth to Nocturnal so that I could... do... something. I don't know what I needed to go there for, I thought I was already a nightingale. Well, whatever, it's not a big deal. Kill some ghosts, defuse some traps, sneak a bit. At least they didn't have any dwarven mechs. I converted some ghosts to Hephaistos because you can cut the heads off of ghosts somehow.
I really don't know how that works.
OH GOD WHAT
What in the nine hells have I unleashed THIS time?! This one looks pretty serious! I mean I think it looks angry too, but all these outer-planes beasts look kind of angry anyway so I can't really judge it on first impressions and it seems to be willling to parley, but I get the feeling that if I piss this one off, it'll just devour me with birds.
Best tread carefully. It's offering us power and in return, we need to drink deep from some water source or something.
Oh look, Karliah is here. Funny, she couldn't tell me what the pilgrim's path would throw at me but here she is, right at the end of it after she had no idea what we would find here.
Well, there's a dent in our relationship. Freaky lying cow.
Thought for the day:
I know that DragonBjorn is schizophrenic but it occurs that as the man who controls him, I might actually be one of his many personalities and, thankfully, quite a dominant one. Though if he does get the help he so sorely needs, I may cease to exist.
'kay DragonBjorn, we have a new life goal. We need to kill every licensed therapist in all of Skyrim.