For the past several months I have been trying to find a particular kind of ESO resource online, and I have finally come to the conclusion that it doesn’t exist.
Clearly, then, I need to make it, and just as clearly, what I want to do needs to be a video resource and not done in this blog. But I know nothing about YouTube video creation, and I have a ton of questions. I’m doing research (there’s an Inception sort of feel to asking YT to give me vids of how to do YT vids), but I’d love to talk to someone who has done it. So if you know anything about the software & hardware needed, send me a message in game so I can pick your brain.
I got the Hunding’s Palatial Hall house back in March, and chose it partly because I had a very clear vision of how the spaces would be “used” by the characters, and how I wanted them to look. But a number of things I wanted weren’t available when housing first came out. For example, I really wanted the wall in the front room covered with monster heads mounted on plaques – I used to make those in mods and then install them in the player home after that character defeated that boss. About 2 months after I wished for them, mounted trophy heads were introduced with the Morrowind patch. ❤ And they are spectacular, just what I’d imagined.
Now, after five months of learning patterns, gathering mats, trading with other players, running dungeons, and spending literally millions of gold, my “Hunding’s Oasis” home is almost exactly like I pictured it when I first walked in. I’m super pleased. I could do with twice as many item slots as I have, but within this limit, it’s good. New patterns and objects will continue to be released, and I’m sure I’ll still replace some items; I’m at 600/600, no adding anything else without subtracting. But I’m as “done” with the Oasis as I ever will be. And I love it.
So now that some of the items have been swapped out for what I really wanted, and the trophies have been added, it’s time for an update on the pictures. I’m going to post the new pics here, after the cut, but I’m also going to go back to the original posts and replace/update those images and descriptions. Links to the original posts will be at the bottom of this post.
For the last few months I’ve been working on getting my dps game up to the next level. Or, to be honest, any level at all. I originally made all my skill choices for RP reasons – Zellfire has been a fire mage for twenty years; she’s part fire atronach, she uses fire. I was a little disappointed that the mage skill lines include a shock-based line (Storm Calling) but no fire-based skills.
In the solo games, the choice of element was purely aesthetic, but what I’ve found in ESO is that Zellfire just isn’t effective using only fire-based Inferno Staff skills – the Storm Calling line has serious advantages, and not using it really hamstrung me in terms of end-game performance. The first time I tested my dps numbers against a training dummy, I was under 6K. Which did get me through solo/PvE content, but in end-game… sucks. I couldn’t pull my weight in group-play, and that was not acceptable.
It took me quite a while to fix the build, because in addition to farming gear, I also had to put Storm Calling on my bar and raise it first – when I started this merry up-my-game adventure, my Storm Calling skill was 3, even though ‘Fire was at the CP cap. I had literally never used it and couldn’t even buy most of the spells. I had to raise the skill line, level the spells themselves, learn how to use them, respec her skill points, her CP, and completely change her gear…
Finally got the build to a point where I felt like I might be approaching “competent”. So I installed the combat metrix add-on and went out to farm dolmens and see where my numbers were. Most of my dolmen-boss fights ended up in the 17-28K range, which actually is mostly-sort-of-competent, go me.
But also – this happened, and I’m still giggling about it:
Screenshot or it didn’t happen, right? Totally a freak moment, but for a little over a second there, I was a serious badass. 🙂
In real terms, I’m still not quite where I could be / want to be, but after studying the numbers, I’m pretty sure I know what needs to be adjusted. I need to farm Burning SpellWeave gear (because I’m not letting go of fire damage without a fight, dammit), so I’ve spent some time this week watching YouTube vids of City of Ash runs. There were several “solo run” vids, and those players were running various kinds of combat-stats add-ons, so I could see their numbers. Their dps was better than mine, but not by a huge margin. I decided to try it myself and see how it went.
This is ‘Fire, standing over the body of the final boss in City of Ash. I totally did it, my first solo run through a group dungeon. I burned through about 20 soul gems on the Warden mini-boss, but Razor Master Erthas went down the first attempt. Don’t know if you can see the HP, but I was down to 5.6% when he fell. I was also on fire and was so excited I didn’t realize it. All the mobs were down, so it didn’t really matter, but by the time I figured out I was still taking damage and jumped into the water, I was at .2%.
I can still say I cleared the end boss without dying, though. 🙂
I need a full set of BSW gear. I need practice in the dungeons with groups so I know where to stand and when to run and where to run and which enemy to attack and how to better coordinate with the tanks and healers. But I’m getting there.
Before I wrap this up, I have to say: I ❤ my Grothdarr set. The first time it proc’d and the lava pool erupted around ‘Fire’s feet, I was so happy and caught up in how cool it was I quit paying attention to the fight and got ‘Fire killed. Poor Zellfire, she tries so hard, but her player has the attention span of a squir – oh, look, something shiny!
Happy Friday, everyone, and happy hunting!
In every character house I’ve mod’d, there has always been a miniature Centurion sitting on a shelf or display somewhere, about a one-foot scale, if it’s sitting on a bookshelf.
Now there’s a one-foot scale Centurion sitting on MY real-life bookshelf. I am way too old to be this deeply happy about a toy, but here we are. 🙂
In ESO’s Alchemy system, plants you harvest can be mixed with waters (“solvents”) to create potions. The kind of water determines the level of the potion: “Natural Water” makes lvl 3 pots, and the highest level of water for CP pots is called “Lorkhan’s Tears”.
A while back someone in guild chat asked: “Who is this Lorkhan dude, and why is he crying?” My first response was “The answer to that question is the plot of Morrowind” because for me all roads lead back to Morrowind. But there’s a longer, better answer, deeply rooted in Elder Scrolls mythology, and I’ve had requests for lore posts, so we’ll start here. Turns out Zellur’ra is a bit of a bard, and she’s going to tell us a story of Lorkhan.
Caveat: “A” story of Lorkhan, because each of the races has their own mythology and interpretation of cosmic events, and there is much contradiction in the lore. Lorkhan’s myths are particularly confusing to follow through in-game books, b/c depending on the race’s perspective, some see him as a savior/creator deity, yet some see him as an evil figure, the cause of mortality itself, and therefore, the instigator of all mortal suffering. To deepen the confusion, each race calls him by a different name – to the Khajiit he is Lorkhaj, (as in “the Maw of”), but the Nords call him Shor. Zellur’ra is Khajiit, but this is not the Khajiit myth; this version most closely follows the Imperial tale, though the Imperials call him Shezzar.
And now that I’ve thoroughly confused everyone, Zellur’ra can take over… Read more…
I walked around Vivec City last night, literally crying the whole time. It’s so beautiful, and it is crazy how much it feels like home. I said something in zone chat about my eyes leaking, and immediately chat was filled with people saying they were crying, too. I wanted to collectively hug everyone, including (especially) the devs.
I have nothing coherent to say, sorry. By the time the patch finished DLing it was pretty late, and I spent very little time on Vvardenfell. I wrapped up a couple of things with the character I want to take to Morrowind, started the starter quest, but then teleported to Vivec City instead of Sayda Neen because I wanted to see it more than I wanted to do the quest. Promptly began crying, and wandered around the city just looking at things way past the time I should have gone to bed. Never did even finish the starter quest.
It’s true. It’s real. It’s Morrowind. I can’t even.
I used to always get turned around and lost in the cantons because the layouts are identical. I got lost last night and had to pull up the map to figure out how to get out, and even that made me happy in a perverse way. “Aww, I’m lost in the cantons! It’s just like old times! I really am in Vivec City!” Absolutely. Ridiculous. This post could have been “omg omg omg <sniffle>” 200 times. So… I guess this is the “restrained” version. You’re welcome?
Actual Content next time – I’m going to start doing posts about TES lore, and I have one almost ready about Lorkhan, which was super fun to put together. In the meantime, may all your lootz be legendary. 🙂
Zells note – This will be the last post of the house tour for Hunding’s Oasis. This is an especially challenging area to screencap because I deliberately placed the pieces so not everything can be seen at the same time – I wanted to give the sense that there was always something cool right around the corner to pull people along. Also, I wanted to make good use of the huge space, so many the pieces are large, and often require a long shot to be seen properly. Really, the best way to see the area is to port in – if you’ve read this far, consider yourself invited, it’s my primary residence. 🙂
Thanks for everyone who has read and commented on this indulgent series of posts! (In game, I mean, but fyi, you are allowed to comment on the posts themselves. 🙂 ) I will now turn things over to your tour guide, Zellur’ra, except for the picture captions. Read more…