Skyrim Book Club

An audio archive of the literature and lore in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Month: July 2016 (Page 1 of 3)

Night of Tears

Night of Tears

Night of Tears
by Dranor Seleth
An inquiry into the cause of the Night of Tears

The Atmorans were among the first organized human settlers on Tamriel and had been emigrating from Atmora for many years prior. They called the land Mereth, in recognition of the vast number of Mer that lived there, and befriended the local Snow Elves. They built the great city of Saarthal, the first major Atmoran settlement in Skyrim as well as the first city of Men in the continent of Tamriel. One night, an invading force of Snow Elves descended upon Saarthal and slaughtered the inhabitants. The city itself was burned to the ground. These events became known as the Night of Tears. This tome seeks to understand both the causes and consequences of this event.

Reading by Joe Liljedahl (@jsl70).

Joe is one of the co-hosts of Character Crusade’s Skyrim Roleplay Podcast. This is an excellent show that focuses on Skyrim’s potential for emergent storytelling. The show can be found at the Character Crusade website, on their Youtube channel, and subscribed to on iTunes.

 

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Biography of Barenziah, Volume Three

Biography of Barenziah Vol 1

Biography of Barenziah Volume Three
by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume Three

This final volume of Barenziah’s chronology tells of her installation as Queen of Mournhold, her various marriages, and most thrillingly her central role in foiling the Nightingale and recovering the Staff of Chaos.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Biography of Barenziah, Volume Two

Biography of Barenziah Vol 1

Biography of Barenziah Volume Two
by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume Two

This second volume of the clearly fair and balanced history of Barenziah details her falling out with the young stable boy and her return to the lands of the Empire. Her bonds with the Imperial family grow as she is trained to rule over Mournhold once she comes of age.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume One

Biography of Barenziah Vol 1

Biography of Queen Barenziah
Volume One
by Stern Gamboge, Imperial Scribe
A factual biography of Queen Barenziah, Volume 1

One should always be suspicious of books that assert their factual nature in the title. Especially those written by the victors. Enough to say that these volumes serve as an excellent chronology of the major events of Barenziah’s life. In this first volume, we learn of her capture by the Empire, the course of her youth, and her eventual escape.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Skorm Snow-Strider’s Journal

Skorm Snow Strider's Journal

Skorm Snow-Strider’s Journal
by Skorm Snow-Strider
The journal of a First Era Nordic commander and his encounter with the Dragon Cult

Skorm Snow-Strider was commander of a legion of Lord Harald’s soldiers in 1E 139. Around this time he was leading a campaign in the region near Lake Honrich, to drive the Snow Elves north to the main host of his forces. During his campaign, he inadvertently discovered a hidden stronghold of Dragon Cultists in the secluded monastery of Forelhost high in the Jerall Mountains. Deciding it was too big a threat to ignore, his men attempted a preemptive strike to deal with the cult quickly, but it failed and a siege ensued for several weeks.

This journal is strange in that it lists its dates as being in the first era (1E) despite having been written in that era. Further adding to the mystery of this item is that it is written on paper that would be several thousand years old by the time the Dragonborn reads it.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Final Lesson

Final Lesson

Final Lesson
by Aegrothius Goth
Two apprentices are separated

Every story has a moral Dovahkiin, and this one is no different. There is a balance to be struck between exploration and experimentation, and the maintaining of tradition. This may be useful to a being of prophecy such as yourself.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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The Five Songs of King Wulfharth

The Five Songs of King Wulfharth

The Five Songs of King Wulfharth
A summary of five epic songs of King Wulfharth, plus an apocryphal song of the Tribunal, Dagoth-Ur, and Indoril Nerevar

Wulfharth, also known as Ysmir and Dragon of the North, was an ancient king of Skyrim. He is the subject of several Nordic myths and legends, where he has become known as The Underking. He is said to have died more than three times. The first time was while saving the lives of his people but he was resurrected by Shor as his champion. After being killed at the Battle of Red Mountain, he returned back to life as the Underking. He worked in the shadows in the days of Tiber Septim to exact his vengeance against his old enemies and died for the last time, successfully trying to save the world of the powers of the Numidium during the events of the Warp in the West in the Third Era.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Journal of Mirtil Angoth

Journal of Mirtil Angoth

Journal of Mirtil Angoth
by Mirtil Angoth
Translated from Falmer Text by Calcelmo of Markarth

Following his unearthing of Faire Agrwen’s diary, Calcelmo presents another translation of a journal penned by a Snow Elf refugee. While these people were destined to become the degenerated creatures known as the Falmer, perhaps the next time you meet one Dragonborn, you will think of the struggle of this young one and look upon them even a little more kindly.

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It can also be found in its untranslated form as Unknown Book, Vol. II

  • Use the Paragon Platform to reach the Forgotten Vale Overlook. Once there, turn right and follow the river down past two broken pillars until multiple broken pillars are seen on the right-hand side. Behind the tree there are some weapons, a skeleton, a chest and Unknown Book Vol. II.
  • Alternatively, reach the balcony of the Inner Sanctum and, usingBecome Ethereal, jump off the balcony onto the Forgotten Vale Overlook.

Before the Ages of Man

Before the Ages of Man

Before the Ages of Man
by Aicantar of Shimerene
Chronicles the major events of the Dawn and Merethic Eras

While Skyrim is clearly dominated by human culture, this province, and indeed all Tamriel, has a history that reaches back to a time long before the Nords took up residence here. Now, as we all know, history is written by the victor. Those that have an interest in the deceit and misdirection central to Illusion magic may find this particular version of history most instructive.

Reading by Steve (@thedicenerd)

 

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Enchanter’s Primer

Enchanter's Primer

Enchanter’s Primer
by Sergius Turrianus
A guide for novices in enchanting issued by the College of Winterhold

It won’t be long before you discover that mundane weapons and armor just aren’t going to cut it in Skyrim, friend Dragonborn. Enter Sergius and this introductory guide to the skill of Enchanting. This pocket primer will start you on the road to creating mighty magical items, and a careful reading will surely increase your skill.

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