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Leea Leea 15 hours ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 67

Chapter 67
2nd Era 582

Everian bowed, his mane of lush, blacker-than-black hair falling forward. "Greetings to you, Empress." he said, that crystal-like voice intoning. He righted himself, the small points of his ears poking through his hair.
"Why am I seeing you again, Everian?" I asked. "Aren't you supposed to be soaking in... well, where I put you?" I asked, just barely missing the danger of spitting out anything about the Fifth Era around Chevalier. Now was not the time to tell him. Later.
He smiled. "I have been, My Lady," he replied, "But Anu sent me back here to help you with a new quest."
I grumbled. I sensed Darien's shock at the beings before him. "Great. More quests. I can barely wait. What is it this time?"
"The Dragon Maarselok thr…




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Leea Leea 4 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 66

Chapter 66
2nd Era 582

As we were being led out by Chevalier, Darien was screaming a battle cry before I knew what was happening. Everyone drew swords as a giant figure leapt out of the shadows and knocked Grundwulf back and off his feet. "This one will regret not serving Nisaazda!" it roared, showing it was a Khajiit male of monstrous size. With supernatural speed, he picked up Darien as he was swinging into its legs and lifted him high above his head. "You shall quench this one's thirst!"
Grundwulf got to his feet and shouted, "Fus, Ro, Dah!", knocking the giant Khajiit back a few steps, but not Darien out of its grasp.
Well, now. Grundwulf knew the Thu'um. That was something. Something to ask Chevalier later, after we dealt with this newest …


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Leea Leea 7 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 65

Chapter 65
2nd Era 582

His energy stuttered at first, like he was unsure what he was doing or how he was doing it, before it strengthened and flowed into me like a stream. At its touch (and his) my aches and pain lessened as his power filled me from what I'd expended when shielding everyone from that... brick atronach. I slumped back into Talcarion's arms as he braced me from falling over. My breathing became easier because my side didn't hurt so much anymore. It was like what Darien originally planned on doing (and what Meridia had planned all along of him supposed to be doing) in the Crystal Tower to mend Dawnbreaker from Nocturnal's influence: giving his energy. But I wasn't as siphoned out as Dawnbreaker had been (plus, it had been fille…


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Leea Leea 11 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 64

Chapter 64
2nd Era 582

He stared momentarily at the Amulet before instantly bowing, taking a knee on the stone platform in front of this temple. "Your Highness," he intoned reverently, "Forgive me, my earlier trespass."
"Hey, I was going incognito." I replied, standing before this Chevalier Renald. "Nobody's supposed to know who I am unless I want them to."
He remained on the rock. I winced, imagining my own knees against both steel knee pads and solid rock. I realized I'd not forgiven him formally. Whoops. "I take no offense, Renald, but if I may ask a question?"
He raised his head. Now that I got a better look at him, I could see he either painted his eyes, or tattooed them, not a common practice amongst even the most warlike of Imperials. S…



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Leea Leea 14 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 63

Chapter 63
2nd Era 582

Tal was already awake when we came up. He made appologies for sleeping "so late" and asked forgiveness. I told him there was nothing to feel bad about, and he went outside, guarding the door.
Of course Darien made instant moves to my neck. I put up a hand to stop him. "No. Armor tends to be... well... armor like. Hard and unforgiving. If I'm going to be with you in the same bed, I don't want to be next to that stuff. No!" I began to add, feeling his thoughts. "Not that. We'll be sleeping in the same bed, not sleeping together. You should know the difference between the two." I turned around to his back and began to take his armor off.
"I can do that," he offered, turning his head over his shoulder.
"I don't mind. I'm sur…



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Leea Leea 18 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 62

Chapter 62
2nd Era 582

It was like reading a book backwards. There were murals on the walls depicting this Ja'darri and the original Dragonguard battling Laatvulon in ancient times. But since we took the "back door" in (the hole in the cavern's ceiling), the timeline was going the wrong way, though the braziers still lit when I got close and the doors opened. So we went all the way backwards from her death to how the battle began, and Nahfahlaar's refusal to empower this Mask of Alkosh, which meant Ja'darri's death because then the black Dragon couldn't be killed, only imprisoned. The Mask was still apparently used in the battle, but at low power since Nahfahlaar didn't power it up. Well, I was here to mend this. I was here to kill Laatvulon…


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Leea Leea 21 days ago
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 61

Chapter 61
2nd Era 582

I grabbed Darien and Talcarion and pulled them down into the thicket as two Dragons flew overhead. "Get down!" I hissed, watching them swoop over our heads. The branches and palms swung wildly from their wings beating the air, the gusts kicking up everyone's hair.

I rose up, watching the two beasts fly off into the distance. With a soft clanking, Darien rose up next to me. As he watched the Dragons as well, he asked, "I thought we were here to kick some Dragon ass? Why did we just let them fly past?"
"Finding Nahfahlaar is my primary concern right now. Everything else is secondary." I replied, closing my eyes in partial meditation. I could sense the red Dragon somewhere nearby, but I didn't have a pinpointed location. "…


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 31 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 7

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6; then read that first then come back here.



After the explosive events of the day, dusk has passed and the remaining 7 tributes are left to carry on. They are...

  • Alandriel: A sassy Psijic monk. Unlike her fellow Altmer, she doesn't have a stick firmly lodged in her bum, so she isn't as stuck up. In the arena she has proved herself, helping Estina kill off two others and earning gifts from the Princes.
  • Ferrin Spell-True: An ancient Mage-King of the Altmer. He does have a stick up his arse. His performance has been quite lacking in the arena. His only big fight was with Shaltaire and he lost, only surviving because she let him go.
  • Grok: A Dawngu…

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Leea Leea 29 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 60

Chapter 60
2nd Era 582

I wrenched myself from Verandis' grip and stalked away, trying but failing miserably to hold back my tears. I fought the urge to run again. Abnur Tharn - a last name I knew well enough; I dealt with pompous Tharns in my own day - caused all this. Released the Dragons. Made me come here. What happened with me and Darien - going through the Halls of the Highmane, him nearly getting killed in the process of protecting me there - would have never happened, but what was happening now with me and him, well, I didn't know. According to Shor, it would have happened eventually, though, so unfortunately I couldn't blame Tharn for that one. Maybe I should go back there and let him know I killed Clivia! Burnt, scorched and ash-ifie…


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 29 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 6

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5; then read that first then come back here.



We are nearing the end of the Battle Royale. 10 tributes remain standing. So far none have stood out as expert killers, with most choosing to survive rather than kill to win. A disappointing strategy in my eyes. My amusement has come mostly from my own traps killing these tributes.

What does tonight have in store for us.


Valinna the confident Stormcloak stumbles onto both Ferrin and Brynja. Perfect, our first confrontation in a while. The three are cautious, but seeing her two opponents she judges Ferrin the most dangerous. She fired on him, but the mage is agile and dodges her arrows. Brynja teams up wit…


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 28 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 5

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4; then read that first then come back here.



The day was an abject failure. We saw no fights and more important no deaths. The nights have never disappointed so far so here is hoping that we finally see some action!


Styld has received the first boon. So far he has failed in both his hunts and all he has accomplished is snuggling with an elf and drinking with an Orc. The gift must be from Sanguine.

To be a little mischeavous I left a couple Oblivion gates around the arena to tempt the mortals into trying to escape. It is always fun to see them fail miserably at that. Lieli had enough and tried to leave through one, unfortunately for her the place was well gu…



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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 27 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 4

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3; then read that first then come back here.



The last two nights have been quite interesting. Each has been filled with gifts, snuggling and blood and gore. Reminds of one of Sanguine's get togethers. He must have had a hand in the past two nights. We will have to see if the pattern continues.


While Lieli was searching around for shelter, she came across the remains of Harold - her father-in-law. That bought the girl to tears. Maybe because she cared for him, maybe because he was Dragonborn and if he died then it means she has no chance of surviving. Maybe a bit of both.

Ferrin is recovering from his fight with Shaltaire and managed to scrounge up some food to kee…



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Leea Leea 26 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 59

Chapter 59
2nd Era 582

I heard Darien get up behind me and approach. "Wow! You just spoke to one of the gods!" he cried, surprised. "I'm not so pleased he froze me in a spell while he talked to you, though."
I was cold and wet and rubbed my arms. The two gems still glowed. I know I'd said before that I didn't like the entire Amulet to glow, like it did when I was near danger, but now I would have traded much for that entire glow to come back so at least I knew it was stuff I could deal with, not... this. "That was a whole lot of nothing I wanted to hear."
"Hey, but it proved me right, didn't it? I finally am proven right about something good! That doesn't happen very often. Well, more like never, now that I think of it. I only get proven right…


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 26 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 3

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1, Day 2; then read that first then come back here.



We have reached the second night and things have slowly picked up steam. We have not seen any murders just yet but I have hope. Last night Enpireth and Estina fough each other so I'm hoping we see another fight that this time ends in blood.


Once more we begin with the Princes giving out gifts. Valinna and Brynja receive fresh food, Alandriel obtained some health potions, and Estina got some water. Quite benign gifts if you ask me, but important nonetheless as we saw with the troll.


Ah our first encounter. Here's hoping that we see some bloodshed. Lieli and Nyasia encounter each other. Nyasia is still searching for Helian, whi…



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Daeds IV Daeds IV 25 December 2021
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Age of Heroes - Recap

SEE ALSO:

Age of Heroes - Information Kiosk: https://tes-sandbox.fandom.com/wiki/User_blog:DB_Baxter/Age_of_Heroes_-_Information_Kiosk

Age of Heroes - True Colors (Prologue): https://tes-sandbox.fandom.com/wiki/User_blog:DB_Baxter/The_Age_of_Heroes_-_True_Colors

The Story So Far…

The Heroes Guild formally opened its operations in the year 4E 211. The heroes embarked across Skyrim in their first year of operation. After destroying a cult of werewolves, solving a vampire conundrum, and possibly starting a new religion in Whiterun, the guild was tipped off to a prophecy by the ghost of a former Dark Brotherhood assassin named Cicero. From there, they made their way down to Markarth to find a redguard named Hasib, who was revealed to be Nazir in h…

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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 22 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 2

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blogs: The Beginning, Day 1; then read that first then come back here.



The sun has gone down and now we will see how the remaining 22 tributes will handle their first night in the Battle Realm. They may be tired, but they must not relax since the night is just as dangerous as the day. The night also brings boons, as the Princes will reward those that have pleased them.


Weylas has attracted the attention of one of the Princes. His hunting of other tributes must have pleased Hircine. Magic scrolls are very useful in the Battle Realm, where normal magic is difficult to cast as magicka does not recover normally like mortals are used to.

Ferrin having nightmares is fitting. In his realm he had trapped a powe…



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Leea Leea 22 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 58

Chapter 58
2nd Era 582

Verandis was quiet for a while after I'd told of my latest mad scheme which I'd done before he came. The day was beginning to heat up and I smelled even worse. I kept my distance as much as I could from everyone else, but Darien always managed to stay close, no matter what I did. Fennorian sure as hell noticed. "You bound him to you?" he finally ventured, like it truly was an insane idea. Like I didn't know that, already.
Darien answered for me, though I didn't ask him to. "It was the only way. Meridia had been planning on turning me inside out and using me up. And that was the 'reward' for the service I'd faithfully rendered? Now I know why she'd also been called the 'Lady of Egotism'! Some free will she turned out to…


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 20 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Day 1

NOTE: If you have not read the previous blog, The Beginning, then read that first then come back here.



The chaos of the morning has passed and now the tributes must get a lay of the land. Some of them have already claimed weapons or supplies and have a head start, the rest will need to forage if they wish to survive the night.


Several of them are already exploring. Valinna is just investigating aimlessly, while Sul clearly has a plan. Getting to high ground is a smart plan, but it might leave him out in the open. Enpireth has already discovered a source of water, an invaluable resource for the coming days.

Yusuf is feeling Sheogorath's influence already, questioning his sanity. One minute he was travelling with his Alik'r warriors and the nex…



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Leea Leea 19 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 57

Chapter 57
2nd Era 582

The reaction to the key to Darien's life to mine was instant. I dropped to my knees with a loud gasp as I felt his energies swirl with mine in my body. I dimly heard the clank as Darien also collapsed to his knees, his voice grunting in shock. I went to my hands as I began to tremble too hard to keep upright. Power. He had incredible power as Meridia's child, her vessel of power, now changing and forming itself around me and my own store of energy. It burnt under my skin, in my blood, through my muscles and even in my bones like liquid fire. I fought to keep the scream from the overwhelming sensation from coming out of my throat, but it was a losing battle in the first place. I fell to the earth in a violently shaking …


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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 18 December 2021
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SBR: Season 5 - Beginning


Welcome back everyone to the Battle Realm.

We once more gather to witness the exciting, the surprising, the bloody, Battle Royale! 24 contestants have been summoned from many parallel realms to struggle for their survival and for our amusement. They have days of starvation, dehidration, disease, murder, death, more death. They will need not only skills, but also plenty of luck to make it to the very end. Only one will leave this realm alive!

This time we only have two teams because we are testing the mortals "sexes" against one another. The Princes have been interested in seeing which one is stronger.

Between you and me, it was all Boethiah's idea. They can't really decide which one to be so they wanted to test them to see which is strongest.…


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Leea Leea 15 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 56

Chapter 56
2nd Era 582

I surprised myself. I told my tale in all its unbelievable glory in just... 6 hours! From the late afternoon and up until about 11 o'clock, by my calculation. Of course, this re-telling took longer because the version I told Vanus Galerion when I first met him in Windhelm a little over two weeks ago was a "spare" version with not as much detail as the one I told Darien right now. A "bare bones" one, if you could call it that. What made me telling it in its more full version easier was that Darien never interrupted me, or asked questions: he just listened. Fennorian had come back from his inspecting the rooms upstairs, and he'd sat by my side on the bench, the warmth of him emanating from his clothes close to me. Sai Sa…


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Leea Leea 12 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 55

Chapter 55
2nd Era 582

After we'd gotten Darien into his armor again and I pulled him off the ground (man, he was heavy), I asked why he'd just ran up and... cleaved Ra'khajin in half.
"You didn't notice? He was reaching for another one of those damn throwing knives in his belt." he replied, leaning on a big boulder near the gigantic hourglass. "I used the last of my strength to stop him. One more moment and you would have been a goner."
"Man, I didn't know that. I guess I'll have to keep my eyes on people's hands from now on. Thanks."
He winked, smiling. "Thanks for mentioning it. I was starting to think you'd forgotten my act of bravery in the middle of being mad at me."
I turned my head to him, my eyebrows arched. "I'm still a little annoyed…




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Leea Leea 8 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 54

Chapter 54
2nd Era 582

A new test, one to see how quickly I could move, apparently. I'd tried to call out to Fennorian for assistance with the plaque I'd seen on the way into this new test, but he was out of range, like being too far from a cell tower back in my old world, and I couldn't reach him. That made the fear I'd been fighting since the last test - where we had a hard time hearing each other - spring up with new life and I could not keep it down. And Darien. Something was wrong with him. I knew not what, but it was making him far too subdued for my liking. He walked just fine and looked okay, but... there was this new subdued nature I was not feeling alright with. Two big things to worry over.
"I think it has something to do with tho…


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Leea Leea 5 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 53

Chapter 53
2nd Era 582

It was dark, but not the darkness as I was used to it. Not darkness in the deep shadow of trees shielding against the bright summer sun, not darkness created by lighting a candle in a dark room and watching the sharp-edged black shadows waver around from furniture and whatnot, not the darkness of a cave system deep below the earth where the only sounds are your breathing and the shuffling of giant Frostbite Spiders ahead, not the darkness of an unlit room in the dead of night when clouds blanket the light from the moons and stars beyond the window, and not even the particular "brand" of Darkness as I saw in the Nighthollow keep and around the Dark Heart, or even the Darkness within the Crystal Tower when it was being t…


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Leea Leea 1 December 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 52

Chapter 52
2nd Era 582

It looked like a grand entrance, but at the same time, I felt something waiting for me inside. Not "waiting" in the sense of "come on in, we've got cookies and tea" but rather... tests, of some sort. Tests to gauge how "worthy" I was for this Mask of Alkosh. Not only "tests" of wit and intelligence, but things to fight, too.
"Damn it all to hell," I muttered under my breath. "Tests. This place is chock full of them."
"How can you tell that?" Darien asked, standing off to my left, his hands on his hips. Dawnbreaker glowed brightly at... whatever I felt as part of those "tests" inside this place, even though I hadn't even stepped in the doorway. "You're not even inside."
"No, I'm not. But I can feel it. A ton of tests to g…



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Harold Burned-Mane Harold Burned-Mane 30 November 2021
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Sandbox Battle Royale: Season 5


For years the plagues of Peryite have kept us locked away. Our favorite pastime of forcing mortals to fight one another has too long been neglected. No longer, today the Battle Realm reopens!

As always, my bretheren, I - the Overseer - am at the behest of the Daedric Princes administering this event, this contest of survival of the fittest. If Peryite's plagues have rotted your brain, then check our records of past events. If this is the first Battle Royale you are witnessing then let me explain. We are gathered here to amuse ourselves at the expense of the mortals, the denisines of Mundus. Our Princes have so generously granted me the ability to pluck mortals form their realm in any time or space and bring them here: the Battle Realm. A realm…


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Leea Leea 28 November 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 51

Chapter 51
2nd Era 582

Dead Khajiit were everywhere, in all states of... death. I lost my sense of sight, after a while. Not physically, mind you, but I simply didn't see all the death around me after seeing so much of it heading in. My senses blocked it out, I guess.

As we searched in vain for someone left alive, I heard Fennorian call for me. "Over here! A priest is still alive!"
Running over, I could see he was badly wounded. Fenn was already healing him, but he needed more. I placed my fingertip on the amethyst, who represented Stendarr, the God of Mercy. His magic flowed through me and into the wounded Khajiit. His eyes grew wide. "This one has many thanks. But who are you? Are you a part of the Dragonguard? That one over your shoulder, …


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Leea Leea 21 November 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 50

Chapter 50
2nd Era 582

We stumbled into a grand chamber, almost covered in that green stone like pebbles pressed into the ground, as a large black Dragon savagely tore into the neck of a sitting red one. "NO!" I yelled, causing loose soil to rain down from the ceiling. "Stop!"
The large black Dragon head glanced over at me. "Hmm. A Dovahkiin? Here? Ahh. Yes. My father has sent you, to try to stop me. Me and my master. Nid. You will not. Regardless of the gift my father has bestowed upon you, you are still joor, and will fall to help the New Moon rise." He turned to what I now saw was a male Khajiit off to the side, wrapped in shadow. The dead red Dragon (who I assumed was Yahgrondu) lay beneath him, sprawled upon the ground. Interestingly, I…


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Leea Leea 14 November 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 49

Chapter 49
2nd Era 582

Vahlokzin landed before me and opened his mouth, handing me the Horn (it was a little wet in places with Dragon spit... blegh). The red Dragon landed behind him, before crawling up to me. All Dragons had two rear legs, but no front ones; their wings had what was known as a "dewclaw" (which was how they made their script on Word Walls), and they folded their wings when they landed on the ground so that they could use them in the form of front legs. However, their "walk" on the ground was slow and very much like a shuffle: you could easily "outrun" a Dragon when it was grounded than if he pursued you from the air. The red Dragon (which was a match in mass and size for that of Vahlokzin) stared at me. "Vahlokzin has stole…


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Leea Leea 7 November 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 48

Chapter 48
2nd Era 582

What... Where were we? "Where is this?" I asked, not sure where we'd been transported to. The Crystal Tower was saved and a little girl brought back to her family, and after that... where did we go?
"I can tell you, there's no tavern here. I thought you told me you'd treat me to drinks in a tavern?" Darien complained, arms folded over his chest. It wasn't a "true" complaint; I could hear it in his voice.
"This... this place isn't Rivenspire, but... do you smell that? Smells like, I don't know, heat, I guess." Fennorian tried to say, to explain what he felt.
I sniffed the air. Smelled like... it was familiar, somehow. I scanned the horizon; it was unlike any place I'd ever been, and I'd been in a lot of places. It was kin…



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Leea Leea 31 October 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 47

Chapter 47
2nd Era 582

I used my wings - courtesy of the form I currently was in - to propel me faster up the steps, to where (finally!) the summit of the Crystal Tower was. A quick glance all around showed purple blackness everywhere, and... a different realm than what I knew Summerset to look like. A nightmare realm of skeleton trees and looking very much like your typical dead wasteland, but all in purple, black, and infinite shadows. This... this must be Evergloam, Nocturnal's realm in Oblivion. She was close to finishing, but... where was she?
"Mortal fools! You try to stop me? Even Anu's Champion has no power here!" I heard a voice call out, and glanced around. Holy hell!

Nocturnal was... huge. She was equal in height to the Tower we were…



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Leea Leea 24 October 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 46

Chapter 46
2nd Era 582

There was a mausoleum, museum, and library in this place, according to Darien. "I haven't gone inside, of course, but I was told a little of what it would be like before I was dropped here all by myself." he'd remarked. Of course I'd heard that there were levels of the Crystal Tower dedicated to burying the dead of Summerset Isle, but it seemed weird to me to have bodies on different levels and libraries or museums next to them. Then again, there were museums at home (my original one... not to speak of back home, my home here) that had dead or coffins in them, so who was I to talk? Everything was dark, though; an unnatural, purple darkness that had Nocturnal's mark all over it. The Dark Heart had azure blue-greenish li…


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Leea Leea 17 October 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 45

Chapter 45
2nd Era 582

I found Verandis in his study, using the same quill pen I'd meditated so deeply on what seemed like ages ago. He glanced up from some papers. Noticed the expression on my (and Fennorian's) face. "What happened?"
"I've had a another vision." I replied, sitting down in the chair opposite his desk. Fenn lingered near the door.
He straightened. His face was serious. "What... what was in it?" he asked, laying down the quill.
"Nothing about the Grey Host." I assured him, sitting back in the chair. "It was set in Summerset. Nocturnal is trying to corrupt the Crystal Tower. I have to go and save it."
His face paled, eyes going wide. "Do you think this is connected to--"
"Padomay's bid for Towers? I highly doubt it could be anythin…





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Leea Leea 10 October 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 44

Chapter 44
2nd Era 582

We all just stood there for a few moments in the stillness of the cavern before I ventured, "What'd you do with that crossbow bolt, Fennorian?" It was like nothing I'd seen. It acted more like... I don't know... Auriel's Bow in power (burning undead enemies, for starters) than a simple crossbow.
"I... I don't know. You were in danger, so I did the only thing that came to mind." he faltered, his amethyst eyes picking up the stray light from the sunbeam far overhead. "I don't know exactly what I did... it just came to me. In a jolt, I knew what to do."
That meant... Arkay did something to the bolt he had loaded. Blessed it or something. Interesting... I hugged him tight, and he responded equally. "Thank you, my love. You sa…


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Leea Leea 3 October 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 43

Chapter 43
2nd Era 582

"Perhaps he doesn't arouse the most... tender of feelings, but you can't help but admire his resolve," Verandis murmured, giving me a small, sarcastic smile.
We were waiting and watching the former King of Worms, Mannimarco, place runes and sigils while he chanted mantras as he paced the lip of the Pit of Sorrows, in this Unhallowed Grave. He was supposed to summon this evil creature known as "Tzirzhalir" so we could kill it permanently, but mostly what he was doing was annoying and insulting people. And trying in vain to seduce me. He had as much sublety as a hammer, and even if I had been a tiny bit interested? The "Hammer Technique" would have put me off. "Don't even remind me." I grunted, as I watched the man in questio…


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Leea Leea 26 September 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 42

Chapter 42
2nd Era 582

We were in front of a cave entrance, with red rock cliff faces all around it. A large brazier stood in front, lit and flames within lapping the edges. A stern-looking Redguard woman approached, hand on the hilt of her sword, before her eyes grew wide in amazement. "Fennorian?" she asked, surprised, apparently knowing him.
"Shelaria? It's good to see you again. I hope your wounds healed well." he replied, smiling a little.
Wait... he had been here, I was told. Apparently, they had gotten to know each other while he had been here. I wondered "how well" they knew each other...
"Not that kind," he assured me, with a mental smile. "I found her gravely wounded outside of the cavern and healed her. It took quite some convincing th…



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Leea Leea 19 September 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 41

Chapter 41
2nd Era 582

"Who are you?" Verandis asked, awed by the hovering ball of crystal blue light. Everyone's eyes were riveted on it, except for Cicero, who currently hummed a tune to himself and danced to it.
The light seemed to turn to him. "I am Magnus. I was formerly the God of Magic, but I gave up those duties to my brother, Julianos, long ago. I am now the God of Architecture, and in ages long since past, I have created the constructs known as The Towers, to protect Creation from its Adversary and His Children. I have come here today to create one in this place, as was meant to be thousands of years ago."
"How... do we create a Tower?" Fennorian asked, his first question since we'd gone on this new adventure. I was glad it was a "g…


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Leea Leea 12 September 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 40

Chapter 40
2nd Era 582

Fennorian actually had had a bed. "I thought I might need it someday," he smilingly explained as he flipped back the covers. "When I came here, I asked for a bed. Gwendis teased me about it, but I'm glad I kept it around."

He'd worn looser clothes than his original outfit. It consisted of linen pants in light tan, with a soft cotton, cream colored, short-sleeved shirt that looked extremely like a t-shirt to me. There was tiny embroidery in brown around the hems of both garments of open diamond shapes. My own was a floor-length nightgown that didn't look like one, being sapphire blue cotton with a ruched waist and wrists, and embroidered along the neck and hemlines with black, stylized flowers. It allowed me to walk arou…


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Leea Leea 5 September 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 39

Chapter 39
2nd Era 582

We were at what was called a "wayshrine", which was used to travel long distances in this time. There sure weren't any in my time, and I wondered if I could analyze their magic so I could make "fast travel technology" in my Era. Lyris had used the shrine to head back to Windhelm, after we'd all said our goodbyes. "The heat of battle is the fire that forges the strongest blades," I'd told her, an old Nord proverb I'd heard once. "Few people would ever match your blade, in that case." She'd responded by laughing in that booming voice and agreeing, but saying, "You may say you aren't a Nord, but your heart beats like one. It'll carry you far into the future with honor and valor." and with a wink and that giant battleaxe, …


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Leea Leea 29 August 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 38

Chapter 38
2nd Era 582

I woke in a bed. It smelled of really old vampires. I opened my eyes and was greeted to the sight of vaulted ceilings high overhead. Ones that looked like... Nighthollow Keep? Greyhome? I took a deep breath and let it out. Someone by me in the bed stirred, and I glanced over, expecting the worst.

Verandis sat there, at the edge of the bed, partially facing me. His eyes and face bloomed with pure joy to see me awake and (apparently) well. "You're awake!" he exclaimed. "I almost thought we'd lost you..." he trailed off, his voice wavering a little.
I grunted, my throat feeling parched. Aside from a little stiffness all over, I felt fine. The well of Light was refilled, as was everything else. "I need to stop waking in a f…


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Leea Leea 22 August 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming Chapter 37

Chapter 37
2nd Era 582

They were... talking to someone. Not each other.

We all entered cautiously and quietly, but they turned at our entrance, anyway. Belain, Rada al-Saran, and a flesh version of Idrisin stood under the Dark Heart. There was a luminescence above the Heart itself, where the orrery would be; this, I knew, was Anu, radiating down from the orrery and into the stone ceiling, preventing His brother from reaching up into the Dwemer mechanism itself. The Dark Heart appeared exactly as it had in a couple of my visions: a Dwarven Metal casing surrounding something very large and spherical. It glowed with a lurid, azure green glow, and blacker than black tendrils floated around it, coming from beneath the casing, like a halo of dark ten…


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Leea Leea 15 August 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 36

Chapter 36
2nd Era 582

"Well, that was a horrid fate he suffered," Adusa remarked, tail a little fluffy, "Riddles and the horror of Darkness. And what would be 'spinning brass worlds'?" she asked, to no one in particular.
"An orrery?" Fennorian and I said at the same time. We both glanced at each other with some amusement before I continued. "I've been in a few in the rest of Skyrim. The Dwarves lived underground, and they had quite a few orreries to chart the heavens they almost never saw. All of them had things made of Dwarven metal that revolved around a central aparatus. But... what could al-Saran want with an orrery? How does that fit into what he wants from the Dark Heart?"
Verandis shook his head. "I guess we'll know when we get there." …


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Leea Leea 8 August 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 35

Chapter 35
2nd Era 582

Blackreach. I knew the blue glow when I saw it. I knew the mushrooms when I saw them. I wondered how big Blackreach actually was, and how many caverns there were of it under Skyrim.

Fennorian had taken me all the way down here, following Adusa and Verandis as they apparently followed where this Belain and Rada had been beforehand. A sort of energy pathway, like I had when I rescued the Count from Coldharbour, only this was through walls and solid rock to enter this portion of Blackreach. Fennorian reformed near Adusa and Verandis, who stood on a balcony. I was gently dropped next to him. "I'm glad that worked. Last time I didn't take you through a wall." he said, in my mind. He smiled tentatively.
Telepathy? I asked mysel…


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Leea Leea 1 August 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 34

Chapter 34
2nd Era 582

Our hands were yanked from each other, by the force of the "explosion" in the memory walk. Since my other hand was held by Fennorian, I was saved from being totally flung off the bed, but Verandis wasn't so lucky: he flew off the side of the bed where he'd sat and impacted against the wall with a surprised, pained grunt. There were surprised cries and shouts from Gwendis and Adusa, who rushed to pick up the Count from the place he'd slid to, on the floor. Fenn helped me back up onto the bed, his eyes super wide.
"Empress!" Cicero was crying. "Empress!" He rushed over, helping Fennorian to get me up onto the bed. I was sort of limp with shock.
My reality fell on me like another bucket of cold water. I was livid. "Dammit!…


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Leea Leea 25 July 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 33

Chapter 33
2nd Era 582

There was a sense of foreboding, like a thick, roiling vapor encroaching me. Or a heavy blanket draped over myself, where it would make it hard for me to escape. Through this blackness, I saw eyes watching me; white, burning eyes that spoke of incredible age and power. They gazed at me with some distain before more and more eyes... hundreds, perhaps thousands of them, joined the first: red, orange and piercing bluish green, these orbs full of reverence as hollow voices intoned, "Mother, guide us on our path. Mother, birth us into a new night. Mother, Our Mother, wed Our Father and give your blessings to the world." A heartbeat filled the air, deep, and pulsing with power. Unspeakably dark and evil hands reached for me, …


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Leea Leea 18 July 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 32

Chapter 32
2nd Era 582

Verandis' voice was quiet, but relieved. "You blessed her. Do you think it will work? Will she be taken from Bal's grasp?"
I turned to him. "I don't know. But it was a blessing that she didn't really deserve. I gave it anyway, because I figured that was what you might want for an old, but terribly misguided friend."
There was much pleasure in his gaze. "Thank you. Perhaps, if she is cleansed from Molag Bal, she will find the peace I so desired for all of us."
I shrugged, and Gwendis asked, in her usual way, "What was that she said about you being 'The Mother'? The 'he' is gonna corrupt your kids, maybe? That can't be good."
Verandis admonished her. "Gwendis! What a terrible thing to say!"
Fennorian was equally upset. "How …





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Leea Leea 11 July 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 31

Chapter 31
2nd Era 582

Verandis was shocked. "Then why wait all this time? Rada's had centuries upon centuries to enact this. He even had... my failed research. There must be a reason he waited this long."
I walked out of this Tzinghalis' laboratory and down the hall. "I don't know. But I think it has to do with Anu." I replied, searching for this "throne room" where I'd find a memory-version of the man who spoke to me in Greymoor.
"How so?"
"His brother wants to destroy the remnant of the 12 worlds of Creation he shattered eons ago. Do you know the Anuad?"
"I'm familiar with it, yes," he replied, as I walked past various vampires and werecreatures (most in unchanged forms) who gave me (as Memory Verandis) a host of bigoted, "Mortals are our playt…




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Leea Leea 4 July 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 30

Chapter 30
2nd Era 582

Jorunn the Skald-King was just as imposing as I'd been told he was. He filled the room, but it wasn't his body that did that, it was his presence. I had been informed before I'd been sent back in time that he liked to sing (hence the name "Skald King"), and something told me not to ask "What songs do you know?" because then I would be here for longer than I wanted.

Thankfully, this "meet-and-greet" didn't last that long, as both rulers (Princess Svana and Jorunn) had things to get back to, which I was grateful. However, the Eastern High King definitely noted the Amulet hanging from my neck because his eyes snagged on it. He had a long, pretty questioning look on his face for a while after that. But since he didn't say a…


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Leea Leea 27 June 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 29

Chapter 29
2nd Era 582

I woke up in a bed. Someone was standing over me, but my vision was a little blurry. I blinked a couple more times, and that person was revealed as Count Verandis. He was casting a spell over me, and I recognized a Restoration spell when I saw one... or felt it, as in this case.
"Rats." I mumbled, shading my eyes from the sunlight coming in through the windows. It wasn't red, which was a good thing. "It wasn't just a bad dream."
He stopped. "Me, or something else?"
I kept my hand up to shade my eyes, but my muscles groaned at me and complained the longer I held my arm up. Someone pulled the curtains, darkening the room, so I let my hand drop. "No, no. Of course not. Not you. Just... running all the way down to Blackreach…



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Leea Leea 20 June 2021
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The Outsider Chronicles: The Claiming: Chapter 28

Chapter 28
2nd Era 582

The front door was guarded, of course, so I had to deal with the (rather large and able) guardians there before I had the satisfaction of busting down their door. Fennorian helped, as two bolts whistled past me and thunked into (and through) the guards who ducked my fire bolts. I could have used explosive fire balls, but I wanted to avoid collateral damage, which would have been an injured vampire. Misfired crossbow bolts were one thing, a missing arm or leg from a fire ball blast was another. I screamed at the huge barred and locked doors: "Fus, Ro, Dah!" and they blew inward and off their hinges (along with some of the outer wall) with the force of the blast. Fenn's eyes were big as we entered the castle.

Surprisingly…


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