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monsieur-whatshisface asked:

Favorite a Elder Scrolls race?

Dunmer, definitely. 

I’ve always had a thing for dark elves since I was really young and was playing Everquest 1 on dial up with my PS2 (yes I know I’m an old man). Then when I got into Morrowind, I found out that Dunmer were a thing and immediately latched onto them for every single ES game I play.

If I’m not a Dunmer then you can expect I’m playing as Khajit or Argonian. I’ve never played as a Breton, Altmer, Imperial, Nord, Bosmer, Orc, Redguard, or any other I might’ve missed here.

My main is always a Dunmer, and my alts are always Khajit or Argonian.

I am very boring like that. 

Zodiac Signs as Elder Scrolls Races

Yes, I am aware of the main 10 races, but I added 2 other races that have not been showcased my Bethesda (some in latest form or in original form) before but are in the Lore. I’m such a lore nerd…

Aries: Orsimer due to their aggression. They are a fierce tribal people. Once they are ticked off, an orc berserker will be the scariest thing you see in a battle zone, like a ram running straight towards you, but with a warhammer…

Remember the Code of Malacath!

Taurus: Nords (Human) due to their stubbornness. Also their love for a good hardy meal with a couple of meads or cups of wine. Strongest human race with raw stamina. Medium-tall height, muscular builds. Boast that they are not affected by cold weather. Kinda racist towards everyone.

Remember, their steel is the best!

Gemini: Khajiit (Cat Folk) due to their double sided lives. One moment charming and charismatic selling you something, then, stealing your coin purse. They are great communicators. Unpredictable and wild, able to stalk and rip you open with claws. Have a thing for sweets and drugs. Steer clear of local food! Don’t steal their sweetroll! xD Or their moonsugar/skooma! Moonsugar is a hallucinogenic substance coming from their province which is an ingredient for Skooma. Skooma is a drug in a bottle like LSD and cocaine put together with the after effect of marijuana, and only they can make the drug.  

Did you know? Their breed of Khajiit (appearance) is determined by the moons, Maser and Secunda, not from their parents.

Cancer: Snow Elves (aka Falmer, translated would be The Betrayed Ones) due to being passive and “needing to be nurtured, or be the nurturer” Although, even being assumed to be the prettiest race of elves with pale white skin and beautiful hair, none were documented except their last Prince. They were betrayed by the Dwemer, when they where seeking shelter from the Nords. Being poisoned, they became blind ugly creatures with the next 2 millennia while being slaves.

Now they are nothing but monsters.

Leo: High Elves (aka Altmer) due to having a self-centered mindset to have their race of elves beat the human races and thinking very highly of themselves. Able to cast the best magic around. Wanting to dominate the whole continent of Tamriel and believing that their religion is the best. Golden skinned, usually blond hair, tallest in height, thin ish frames. Most properly civilized race.

Did you know? The common language the races use to communicate with one another is Altmer, kind of like English in real life.

Virgo: Imperials (Human) due to having a logical diplomatic mindset, are analytical, observant, and wanting to establish a perfect unification of all races under one dynasty. Yet they are viewed as cold and interfering by some other races. Will do anything to get what they want. Normal human characteristics and appearances. Civilized society that most don’t like.

Did you know? In game, Imperial race find more money, earn more, and are the best at trade and commerce.

Libra: Bretons (aka Manmer) due to their diplomatic nature, are good negotiators and diplomats. Still elegant and beautiful as elves, and just as good warriors as humans but with magic. Balancing both of their bloods. xD They have bickering nobility, and have a taste for beautiful, refined, and expensive things. Have the sharp beautiful features of elves, with some even sporting a set of elf ears. Prefer to settle down with a debate than over blades. Civilized society in a mess.

Did you know they make the best spellswords? Also they are half human and half elves from Nordic and Ayeilid Elves lineage.

Scorpio: Tsaesci (an Akaviri race) due to being mysterious, frightening, and seductive in nature. They have upper half of their bodies of a human and lower half of a serpent, said to be tall and beautiful if not frighteningly beautiful. They kill by sword or eating/sucking blood from their opponents. Are vampires in nature. 

Said to have assimilated the Akaviri race of humans, or so people think…

Sagittarius: Wood Elves (aka Bosmer) due to being excellent archers and loving to wander around. Agile, small frame, shortest in height, the swiftest runners through forests. Strict carnivores, friendly but have a darker side. Will eat you if they kill you in battle…

They are cannibals due to their Green Pact with their gods and their nature/vegetation.

Capricorn: Dark Elves (aka Dunmer, originally Chimer) due to being cool under fire. Do slavery, run an assassin cult called Morag Tong, and do various dark magic. Are gifted in Destruction magic especially fire. Arrogant, feel so supreme, independent, detached from the world, and cold. Grey skin, red eyes, medium height and build.

They do however, as a culture value loyalty and family. (I know Capricorn is earth, but I couldn’t find a better race and thought it would make sense to use one of the ten main races.)

Aquarius: Redguards (Human) due to being extremely energetic. Dark skinned, agile, muscular, and athletic build. Most best natural warrior from the start, all know hand to hand martial arts combat. Has army in both land and water. Make great mercenaries and sellswords. Open to many things, and ideas, want to see what everyone and the world has to offer. Rebels, like to do tattoos, piercings, and war paints.

Did you know? Their architecture is the most ornate on Tamriel that you will ever get, that is if you have the money.

Pisces: Argonians (aka Saxhleel) due to their secretive sensitive side that they hide under their thick scaly skin, and are great swimmers.(Fish? Kinda stereotypical I know.) Like their homeland, they are impenetrable and mysterious. Reptile like in appearance, fish and amphibian qualities. Reserved, and hard to know/trust people. Yet, when they claim a friend, they are extremely loyal.

Did you know? Argonians rely on their Hist tree sap at birth so the little hatch-ling undergoes a drug trip referred to as a “spiritual journey to obtain their soul” on their Naming Day.

Night Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison (Review)

Night Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison (Review)

Title: Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7)

Author: Thea Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Publish Date:  September 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

 

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own…

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sentinel-wraith asked:

Haurspis, thee questions. First, do you think it is possible that the Precursors themselves are divided into opposing factions, or do you think their will is pretty much monolithic as trans-sentient beings? Secondly, do you think it is possible that the Flood may be part of a greater Xanatos Gambit forcing the galaxy (Humans, Covenant, Forerunner) into political unity rather than just mere absorption? Finally, do you think any of the pre-Precursor elder races the Librarian suggested might exist?

1) I do. There are still Precursors out there who have yet to be accounted for following the end of the Forerunner-Precursor war. The fact that they sought vastly different survival strategies says rather a lot to me - and the Flood was not their intended outcome either, it was brought about by ten million years rendering the regenerative dust defective. If the Precursors themselves saw the Flood, I think they would be reviled because it’s literally the antithesis of what their vision of the Mantle was all about - even the Timeless One had different overall goals as part of the Flood compared to the Great Gravemind.

Additionally, it is somewhat implied in Cryptum that Bornstellar hears Precursors in the Domain - a topic I’ve discussed in this post.

2) The Timeless One says this in Primordium:

“It is the way of those who seek out the truth of the Mantle. Humans will rise again in arrogance and defiance. The Flood will return when they are ripe -and bring them unity.“

The meaning of unity here definitely seems to have multiple meanings, since the Flood is the one thing that could make the other races set aside their differences and work together. Indeed, in my Ragnarok post, I discussed a particular scene in Halo: Legends - Origins which appears to seriously foreshadow this happening.

3) I do not. The Precursors are 100 billion years old, predating the universe itself - something which Librarian only learns as the Halos are fired, thus changing everything she thought she knew. The Precursors have existed in many thousands, possibly millions, of forms across time and space - sometimes they’ve been transsentient entities who can hop across galaxies, sometimes they’ve been locked to a single world. And now they’re hideous space zombies… The one universal constant is that the Precursors survive and endure in some form or other, so I don’t think that there were any races preceding them.

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Kashmir-Physical Graffiti (1975). This song is just wonderful, I love Robert’s voice so much.


“ Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh.

Oh, I been flying… mama, there aint no denyin
Ive been flying, aint no denyin, no denyin

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where Ive been.

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My shangri-la beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin through Kashmir

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
Ohh.

When Im on, when Im on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when Im down…
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well Im down, so down
Ooh, my baby, ooooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there. let me take you there “


Did You Know ? Robert Plant wrote the lyrics in 1973 while driving through the Sahara Desert on the way to the National Festival of folklore in Morocco. Kashmir is in Southern Asia; he was nowhere near it. In Mojo magazine, September 2010, Plant explained: “‘Kashmir’ came from a trip Jimmy and me made down the Moroccan Atlantic coast, from Agadir down to Sidi Ifni. We were just the same as the other hippies really.”

Led Zeppelin | Kashmir

Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream, I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been, to sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen, they talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed… Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear, but not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear… Oh, baby, I been flying, mama, there ain’t no denying… All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground, and my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land, trying to find, trying to find where I been… Oh, pilot the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream, heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream, my Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again, sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin’ through Kashmir…

Week ending 2015-05-17

Bang: The Dice Game continues to have a similar feel to the original card game but quicker and less complicated as far as play is concerned. The fact I haven’t come to any conclusions about best player count probably means it’s better balanced than many games are, I’d be willing to play with just four players, right up to the full count of eight. The only problem at the higher counts would be elimination of players early.

Divinare was probably one of the best game purchases made by a friend. 30 minute play time and simple rules but quite a bit of thought possible when you try and figure out what other players are doing.

Fearsome Floors I haven’t done as well in as I feel I should, usually getting surprised in some way by what one of the others have arranged for the monster to do. It’s not difficult for me to work out where the monster is going, but I don’t see how it will change with others actions.

Jamaica is unfortunately very luck dependant when it comes to combat and one of the players has now had a couple of games where he lost pretty much all the fights he’s been involved in. He didn’t have the worst score I’ve seen, some players have gone negative.

King of Tokyo is not a game I play well, usually getting eliminated first or second after not getting to heal enough, once I’ve been hit for a bit while in Tokyo.

Dominion doesn’t get played all that often anymore, anywhere that I’m aware of with one exception. One of the guys in my Wednesday night group has most of the expansions and still plays it very often. I got to play this week with the base set, and found myself well outclassed by one of the others.

Egizia is more involved than I tend to think, usually I’ll fail to pay enough attention to food or stone production. This week I managed to lose to one of the new players and was barely ahead of the other.

Race for the Galaxy is a game I’d have a copy of if I didn’t know of at least three copies I could access easily, as well as having an AI version on my computers and online play. Getting others into the game is somewhat involved though, there’s a lot of icons on the cards and they explain almost everything in the game. There’s a good chance that I’d be able to play any copy of the game, regardless of the language it was in, simply by making use of the icons.


The Elder Scrolls V: Oblivion has now nearly surpassed FTL as the most played game in my Steam library. It likely will by Wednesday. The amount of time I’ve spent playing a few other games will stay ahead for a long time to come, StarCraft and Heroes of Might and Magic III come to mind immediately and there was probably a few others before I left my childhood home as well. I am fairly confident no other game has been played as much in so short a time though.

PIONEERS

COME, my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready;
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes?  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 O you youths, western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you, western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied, over there beyond the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden, and the lesson,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 All the past we leave behind;
We debouch upon a newer, mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing, as we go, the unknown ways,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we, and piercing deep the mines within;
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental blood intervein’d;
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the Northern,  Pioneers! O pioneers!

 O resistless, restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult—I am rapt with love for all,  Pioneers! O pioneers!

 Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress, (bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang’d and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon’d mistress,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
See, my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear, we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions, frowning there behind us urging,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 On and on, the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly fill’d,
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill’d,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 All the pulses of the world,
Falling in, they beat for us, with the western movement beat;
Holding single or together, steady moving, to the front, all for us,  Pioneers! O pioneers!


 Life’s involv’d and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores, amid the shadows, with the apparitions pressing,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Lo! the darting bowling orb!
Lo! the brother orbs around! all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait behind,
We to-day’s procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 O you daughters of the west!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Minstrels latent on the prairies! 
(Shrouded bards of other lands! you may sleep—you have done your work;)
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Not for delectations sweet;
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious;
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock’d and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged, nodding on our way? 
Yet a passing hour I yield you, in your tracks to pause oblivious,  Pioneers! O pioneers!
 
 Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the day-break call—hark! how loud and clear I hear it wind;
Swift! to the head of the army!—swift! spring to your places,  Pioneers! O pioneers.


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“Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed”