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writing myself into various corners

@Zells - sepia stone - smallWhen I started this blog, I assumed I’d be writing regular story-line updates for my mains as I did the quests.  What actually happened is that I binge-played through a whole bunch of story very quickly during my downtime on the weekends, but didn’t have time to update the blog as much as I wanted during the week due to grad school.  So story-line-wise, the blog is way behind where the characters are.  That dampened my enthusiasm for writing the blog for a while, but lately I’ve been mostly farming motifs, so there’s been no real “story” for my characters, and I’m working on catching up with the threads I started.

On that note, however – couple of story issues have also been giving me trouble.  Generally speaking, TES world is well-realized and makes internal sense.  When I see things that exist solely because it’s a video game, I have to fan-wank it until I can smooth out the edges and make it fit. I saw the Dro-m’Atha mount and immediately wanted it, but I’m at a loss to explain how my reasonably-good-aligned characters are okay with riding a creature made by Namira specifically to bring corruption to the world.  (Both the Maw of Lorkhaj and the Reaper’s March zone quests directly involve fighting the Dro-m’Atha; they’re bad guys.)  Nyx wouldn’t touch anything of Namira’s with a ten-foot pole.  Zellfire is more morally flexible, but being a creature of fire she’s metaphysically opposed to Namira, as fire is traditionally what is used to cleanse corruption.

So my fan-wank was to decide the Dro-m’Atha also exist in Azura’s Twilight Realm, that there’s “overlap” of the spheres in Oblivion, and the “tame” mounts we’re all riding are Azura’s, not Namira’s.  That works fine in my head and soothes the “but whyyyyy” itch, but it’s also not canon, and as I proceed forward with Zellfire’s story, it includes more Azura and gets less canon.  I’ve been disinclined to write it here for fear the “what the hell is she on about?” quotient just gets too high, since it doesn’t exactly jibe with what’s in the game.

I didn’t intend for ‘Fire’s argument with Divayth to stretch out for weeks of real time, but I had to figure out if I wanted to resolve it in the way that I’d originally conceived, or if I wanted to change the approach and write-out Azura.  I don’t, though.  So I’m going to keep proceeding forward, and I’ll flag the non-canon bits as I can.

(“Nobody cares this much but you, Zells.”  Yeah, I’ve heard that before.)

Related note: before we lost “baby maw runs” to OneTamriel, I finished collecting all the motif pieces for the Dro-m’Atha armor and weapons, and they are awesome-looking.  Nyx is a night-themed character (“Nyx” in mythology is the Greek goddess of night) and she looks gorgeous in her Dro-m’Atha armor.  I’m looking forward to posting pictures. 🙂

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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