Letters From Tamriel

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Greetings, and welcome to Letters From Tamriel!

The categories (see the menu in the right column) are grouped primarily by individual character, and the posts for each character proceed sequentially from the oldest date forward.  You can begin by jumping into the blog feed, but I would recommend going to the posts tagged “<Name> – backstory” to read about a particular character’s premise and background; the individual letters will make more sense that way.  If you’re interested in Issa, for example, the post tagged “Issa – background” will give you her starting concept.  Another approach is to use the “Character Cast” category to hop to a collection of “background” posts for all characters.

The remaining, non-character categories (“About This Site”, “ESO news & info”, etc.) are from me as a player, not speaking in character voice.  Those posts do not need to be read in any particular order.

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Zelliah d’Argent

d'Argent profile picScreen name: Zelliah d’Argent
aka: d’Argent
Sorcerer, Daggerfall Covenant
Crafter alt – Provisioning

Some version of a d’Argent has been my bank alt since Ultima Online.  If they get played at all, d’Argents are usually some form of moon priestess.  (“Argent” is a French word that can refer to both silver and money.)  In ESO, Zelliah wields a Khaji’it destruction staff and dresses in light grays and blues, but that’s the extent of her moon theme here.

D’Argent’s Provisioning skill is the first skill in ESO that I’ve capped out.  A couple of weeks ago I took her out and leveled her up until I had enough skill points to buy all the crafting skills she will ever need, unless/until new skills are added.  She is now permanently retired from combat, has been stripped of all adventuring gear, and spends her time cooking and holding inventory.

Zelliah d’Argent will not be writing home to anyone, but I am looking forward to writing her diary entries. 🙂

Vashta Neradae

Vashta profile picScreen name: Vashta Neradae
aka: Vashta
Nightblade, Ebonheart Pact
Crafter alt – Alchemy

We are the Darkness.  We are infinite.  We were here before you came, and we will be here long after you are gone and your monuments turned to dust.  When only your screams remain, we will rejoice. 

The Elder Scrolls world tends to be a place of heroes who make good decisions.  As the games have evolved and developed the richness and nuance they have now – and the audience has matured – the devs put more options into the game world that increased the viability of “evil” characters.  Oblivion had more options than Morrowind, but Skyrim was the first of the line to allow for the role-playing of a character who could make truly evil choices, like consuming the flesh of a friend, or killing followers as a sacrifice.  Skyrim also, finally, truly depicted the Dark Brotherhood as the pit of crazy, homicidal cultists they are.

I’m not a huge fan of playing dark characters – in general I’d rather be the good guy.  But I do like role-playing, and I always want to see all the options available.  Vashta is my dark character – an assassin, Daedra worshipper, and the one who always takes the dialog option that leads to pain.  She’s a running experiment in the morality bounds of TES games.

What I’ve found in the ESO world is that there’s not a lot of room for her.  The main story quests are explicitly about diminishing Molag Bal’s influence on the world and stopping him from claiming Nirn/Mundus… but that’s hard to play with Vashta, because she’s actively rooting for a Daedric win.  I liked the mechanics of playing a Nightblade, but had to retire Vashta, because she just wasn’t the right Nightblade for the ESO world.  When the Dark Brotherhood DLC is launched, Vashta will (probably) be the one I run through that content; she’ll be happy to be back in the embrace of the Night Mother and Sithis.  Until then, she is crafting poisons to increase her skill.  (And then vendoring them, because right now they’re worthless in ESO – you can make them, but you can’t currently use them.)

Yes, incidentally, that IS a Doctor Who reference; I’m a fangirl.  When I built the character, I found that Vashta Nerada, Vashta Neradah, Vashta Neradu, and many other versions were already taken on the server; I’m not the only geek who had the idea, which tickles me.  It gave me the idea to have Vashta always speak as a plural entity and not in the singular.  Vashta’s theme is insectoid (the purple and green in her armor is meant to invoke the colors of a beetle shell) and she thinks of herself as a swarm.  It works well with the Daedric aspect as well as the original Doctor Who context.

Issa Ice-Mane

Isa at the forge - smallScreen name: Isa Ice-Mane
aka: Issa*
DragonKnight, Ebonheart Pact
Crafter alt – Blacksmithing

Issa left Skyrim due to an ugly family dispute about land inheritance, and how lives in Ebonheart where she tries not to get involved in politics and concentrates on her craft.

Every game, I build a tank at some point, and then remember I don’t really like to play tanks.  Also, I wasn’t happy with the theme of the character – the DK special abilities have a fire-and-earth basis to them, and I wasn’t happy with the aesthetic not matching up.  Now I only run Issa out when I need to gather skill points to improve her crafting.  Soon I’ll be done with that, and she’ll be permanently benched.

*It’s supposed to be spelled with two ss’s and is pronounced “Iss-uh”, not “Ice-uh”, as it would be with one s.  I somehow didn’t notice the mistake until I’d invested more time in her than I was willing to delete over a missing letter, particularly since she’s not a main.

Zellusia Nyxian Cosades

Nyx log in - mid distance2Screen name: Zellusia Nyxian Cosades
aka: Nyx, Nyxi
Nightblade, Daggerfall Covenant
no crafting skills
Main – PvP emphasis

Nyx is the daughter of Valus Cosades, an illegitimate son of a (former) Imperial noble house, and his Redguard lover, Zaria.  No proper male heir was in place for House Cosades, and Valus was going to be legitimized… instead, disaster struck.  A scandal involving the Emperor’s family was about to be made public; to save royal face, House Cosades volunteered to be scapegoats.  As a result, the House was publically stripped of title, rank, and properties, and all living members were exiled.  The royal inner circle, however, knew the truth and covertly protected the Cosades, who remain devoutly loyal to the Empire.

Valus and Zaria fled to Hammerfell, where Zaria’s family took them in, and that’s where Nyx was (mostly) raised.  Technically, she is Imperial, but she has enough of her mother’s coloring to blend into a Redguard crowd, and her parents have ensured that she is a child of both cultures.  Nyx dislikes her full name, which is mostly the product of her mother’s wistfulness over the noble life they all lost.  “Zellusia Nyxian” sounded like an Imperial noblewoman’s name, to Zaria.  To Nyx it sounds silly and fussy, and she won’t answer to it.

For all of Nyx’s life, her family has travelled back and forth over the Hammerfell border, moving semi-covertly, often smuggling various illicit goods in and out of Cyrodil.  She has grown up in taverns, caravans, outlaw refuges, and docks, and is equally at home sneaking down a city street or crossing sand dunes.  She is, despite her skills and ferocity in battle, genuinely a kind and compassionate person, especially to those in need.

Nyx is also passionately devoted to the Empire, and when the war broke out, she left Hammerfell and said goodbye to her family for an extended period.  Her goal is nothing short of Imperial reclamation of the White-Gold Tower.  Most of her letters home will be sent to her little sister.

Zellfire of House Fyr

Fire log in close up - cropped to bustScreen name: Zellfire of House Fyr
aka: ‘Fire, Seraphiira Fyr
Sorcerer, Aldmeri Dominion
Tailor, Enchanter
Main – PvE / solo emphasis
“Altmer” (see notes)

Seraphiira “Zellfire” Fyr was one of Divayth Fyr’s first successful clones, though that fact is not general knowledge.

‘Fire appears to be Altmer rather than Dunmer, but it’s more technically true to say she’s Chimer; Divayth mined his latent Chimer DNA when he created her, trying to get past the effects of the curse Azura leveled on the Dunmer.  (Divayth himself is older than the curse.  He was born Chimer and was changed.)  Divayth also mixed in some DNA from fire atronachs he summoned, so she’s part fire elemental as well.  When building ‘Fire in various games over the years, I have always tried to find some aesthetic that conveys the atronach aspect of her physical make-up — ESO’s golden facial “tattoos” work well for this; I imagine them as a fine, firey shimmer that plays over her skin rather than a static tattoo.  And I chose the left shoulder burn marks instead of a body tattoo, because “careful” isn’t really her best thing, she set herself on fire more than once when training.  She’s undoubtedly set Divayth on fire, too, but he prefers we not discuss that.

Growing up in Tel Fyr and its islands, ‘Fire is (somewhat paradoxically) most at home near the sea and on boats.  She’s traveled with pirates and has a soft spot for them, although that doesn’t stop her from killing them in droves if she’s got a good reason.  Or is bored.  Or wants their treasure.  She also likes to fish.  She is passionate, but not particularly empathetic, and only goes out of her way to help if she’s paid to or there’s political benefit.

Divayth sent ‘Fire out to build her skills, gather resources for his research, and develop political connections he could exploit at a later time.  She is enjoying her mission.  I anticipate her letters being primarily sent as reports to Divayth.

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