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    At the estate: Painting, dance/ballet, classical music, riding, hosting parties, croquet, afternoon tea with Vicar and supporting the local villages.

    In Skyrim: Questing, killing/torturing bandits (and anyone I choose), beneficiary to the homeless/orphans and temples, bear hunting, collecting artefacts and self improvement.

    Preferred vices and treats:

    Double distilled quality Skooma - arranged Khajiit import.
    7”x34 Lancero cigars - medium blend, imported.
    Triple A+ quality Beluga Caviar.
    Cabernet Sauvignon (by the case Lol).
    Dom Perignon vintage.
    Winter Black truffles.
    Dark Chocolate - anything expensive, but 70%.
    Bedtime Cocoa.

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  1. Hmmm, I echo the comments re: Hearthfire homes. I do build Lakeview because it is a canon method to produce bulk ingredients for potion making and thus coin…which is difficult to come by early on, if you have to rely on bandit kills for income huh! Secondly….The inconvenience of having to fund the build is an advantage to anyone who wants their game progress to feel earned. By the same rationale as you must painstakingly build your skills….so too your home. This is my issue with mod homes which simply spawn in complete with luxury fittings…it leaves nothing to aspire to. Even worse for my challenge based game play ethos…most mod homes come with far more advantages than you could expect in the vanilla game. This means your capability to survive the rigours of Skyrim might have depended to some extent upon the freebie extras that spawned in with your added player home….rather than say being how good you are as a player. I will say a simplistic Quaker type easy place to obtain is the abandoned worker residence at Mixwater Mill in Eastmarch Hold. You get a bed, chest, chair and clutter…a good early starter ‘home’ or rather, squat ! That is canon, and not over done. It would benefit from the ability to get the fire going and some simple lighting. Really…by rights…one should also pay the mill owner woman (who’s name escapes me) a modest rent hmmm! Its only draw back is outside, at low levels (on Legendary ‘natch) you are practically surrounded by lethal wildlife and bad people…so caution is the watchword there! Where am I going with this…um’….Oh yes! What I would like is the ability to make more Hearthfire homes, but with far better customisability and more locations. Time for tea! A.
  2. Uncus sweetie….Please do tell us you have not abandoned poor Uncus’ story…I shall be most disappointed and sad. I really want to see him escape the island! Hope this brief missive finds you well… A.x
  3. I should like to chime in here. Firstly, I am on XB1S….so no computery stuff, however I rather share Bambacha’s concern with all this AE CC content loading in. I am in two minds as to whether AE is a good idea or not. On the one hand, it IS Bethesda’s world and CC stuff is endorsed/created by Bethesda…making it canon. So you do not have the full TES experience without ALL the CC stuff. On the other hand imo many of the ‘additions’ are poorly conceived from a lore stand point and are a clear cash grab rather than a deep and meaningful upgrade to the game world. Bethesda have the technical right to make any changes they see fit…our purchase price merely confers the right to play with their toy. However, as my old friend and sage Paarthurnax wisely says “Just because one can do a thing does not mean one should”. A.
  4. Shamefully I must admit defeat in my Black Diamond Challenge. This one prohibits levelling up at all, and is Dead is Dead on Legendary. Level one gives you low health, poor magic resistance, poor equipment and few ways to significantly improve anything…..In theory your foes are also stuck at their lowest levels too…but several of them are well above your capability, not counting bears, sabrecats and ice wolves, a few of which do exist even at player level one. Anyhow, I tried and tried, but the odds are so stacked, even my best care and guile were no match. I did get to release Esbern, but those Forsworn at Karthspire camp were too much no matter how many attempts I made (and Delphine with Esbern did most of the work). So <big sigh> there comes a point where one has to be pragmatic. Later I may revisit the rule set and see if there is some revision I can make that tips the balance without making the challenge unworthy. For now….I am going to put my neck into a different noose and attempt my super hard metal series top challenge….Plutonium. Should take about a year if I don’t get my likeness killed A.
  5. It got me again! Esbern standing at the wall…Delphine waiting back down the corridor. I even Fus Ro Dah ‘d Delphine all the way to her regular spot at the wall…but she remained dumb as a rick. What fixed it this time was going outside to the upper temple buildings…then back inside to Esbern whereupon he resumed his script.
  6. Fascinating! So many curious instances answered here. As for the Cultists…it never occurred to me to see what would happen if I left the note alone…ha! Well now I know! Thanks guys A.
  7. Hello sweetie. Hmmm, well White Elk Woman will need to be a custom skinned npc follower I think. So you might be looking for some generous help from an accomplished mod author, unless it is within your capability of course. Best of luck with that, I do hope it works out as envisaged. As for myself, well, still surviving my Black Diamond Challenge (as provided here under ‘Adella’s Survival Challenges’). I had to practice the Thalmor Embassy run through a few times before committing to the video’ed, Dead is Dead, run. One slip there would have meant a restart back in Helgen with Ralof some 50+ hours back. Quite the butt pucker’er 😂. On the plus side I gained an Elven mace…significant because at level one you can’t make better than iron gear. So next, when I have a swell of bravado, I shall be attempting to liberate Esbern from the Ratway. I can not sustain more than two hits from Thalmor or more than a few seconds of their magical attacks and summons. However, I can shout and shoot…and run…and hide. I hope that will be enough….It will have to be. I must learn to add my YT video links here…All my recordings are carefully produced to be completely SFW <cough>. I think you and others might find them entertaining hmmm. Future aspiration: I have yet to embark upon my absolutely huge and insane ‘Plutonium Challenge’ which will be satisfying fun. Essentially, as with all my toughest trials it is Dead is Dead with no healing, magic or followers..BUT..in this one you have to survive ALL 9 major full quest-lines, obtain ALL 13 Dragonpriest masks, ALL Daedric Prince artefacts and a forged Aetherium item. Without a single death of your character…THAT in my view deserves the title of ultimate Skyrim combat survivor huh! Well, I wrote rather more than intended. I do get carried away..Lol. We really must keep in touch more hmmm! Warmest regards A.
  8. Caught up with the saga. Sadly there was little more than the point I last got to, and I was so looking forward to seeing Uncus’ progress. I do hope we shall see more Uncus adventure soon hmmm! Adella
  9. Oh yes! I had this once too. Pretty sure what precipitated mine was rushing up the steps and going through the loading screen door to the wall chamber, while Esbern was still marvelling at the Akaviri reliefs on the corridor wall. I got to the wall and when the Blades caught up they just stood there, in fact iirc Delphine wouldn’t get to her correct spot. Esbern stood beside the fire dish to the left of the Wall, didn’t light it or do anything else! Had to reload and replay a section.
  10. My next tall order is to survive the Thalmor Embassy mission. With the Lord Stone, Agent of Mara and a necklace my magic resistance tops out at 50%. Thankfully we are talking Level One adversaries, but even so, mages are a real problem since they can deplete one’s health multiple times in short order. Hiding, sneaking and poisons will be my approach to this…plus a fall back of ‘Fus Roh Dah’ if necessary! My Black Diamond Rule Set dictates only the given shouts may be used…but I am considering widening that scope to include ALL shouts, since this Challenge is so…well, challenging . Particularly since even grounded, Alduin on the mountain top can flame you down as you retreat…Only “Become Ethereal” can save one from such a roasting. However, balance must be maintained and this Challenge is afterall meant to be the toughest of my ‘Gemstone Series’. I shall hold fire on allowing all shouts until I see how well we cope with the Forsworn at Karthspire Camp. Hateful savages! Only Falmer fill me with more dread and loathing. Having said all that, this level one play is the most satisfying and thrilling I have done, and as my skills rise, plus the addition of a few enhancing trinkets, the basic bandit types become much easier to kill and less deadly. By illustration, I can now single shot a wolf in sneak or two shot a bandit which initially took six arrows! But with armour of only AR140 and a light armour skill around 20, a Restless Draugr or bandit chief can still kill me in two hits as can a bear (there are a few, even at level 1). It is fun and pucker inducing in equal measures Well, must press on, bandits won’t kill themselves (usually)! A.
  11. How sweet of you. A fullest content playthough is not my….endeavour poppet. It would be nice to have as a ‘to do’ list option hmmm! Currently we are still attempting to complete my “Black Diamond” survival play challenge, which (simplified) is doing a few quest lines with never levelling up (i.e. remaining level 1 throughout). Includes additional difficulties such as no horses or followers, plus of course the usual handicaps of no healing potions or magic use. Oh and Dead is Dead with doubled enemies…naturally. So far, this has proved extremely difficult to manage…in fact my hardest challenge to date, but I have now succeeded in ending Sahloknir at Kynesgrove. I do still periodically check Nexus dm to see if you have left anything for me (or my inept host). I am predominantly using archery, sometimes with sneak, but I think you would find some of my standing free aim long shots now to be most interesting! I am recording it all continuously (that’s as close as I can get to a complete live stream playthrough), but if my likeness dies, it gets deleted and re-started. Should I get to the end…it will all be loaded to YT. Anyhow…So lovely to hear from you sweetie. Don’t be a stranger hmmm! A.
  12. Fascinating….Yes, it would be nice to know the technical solution to achieve a ‘fullest content’ run through. I am very much a sister of the DBH, but even if you despise them, you miss out on so much if you simply do the destroy version. I would never want to skip Season Unending. Watching those big kids throw toys at each other across grampy Arngeir’s table is priceless…Plus Elenwen, fabulously haughty and of course she already took the hairbrush to Ulfric before the events we see…woof! Then Rikke…so pumped she can barely keep her sword arm down…brilliant. The only sour taste is the sheer number of back and forth trips required up those infernal steps. I could go on, but yes a fullest content play order would be a marvellous idea! Adella
  13. I do not wish to point fingers….but the only mod I recently added was ‘craftable Woodaxes’ because it promised the option of continuous chopping. However, it has since failed after giving me the ‘book’ to control the settings only once…the book no longer shows up in inventory, plus, although it automatically does five successive chops without the book, they are only one Firewood each…therefore totalling just five pieces, which is even worse than vanilla’s 3 chops x 2 pieces per go. I may just have to dump the mod….Or use it to light my fire Adella
  14. Ooooh right well this issue might be affecting my game too (XB1S player). I have set my timescale (via a Cheatroom option) to 13 and have played this way for a long time (several years) with no symptoms….until recently. Now to be clear, I have added…and taken, a few mods in my LO….so….. Well, anyway, what has started happening is sometimes…upon a fresh save load in, a black border begins creeping across from the left…its edge is uneven, not a straight vertical line. I can still move, but if the creeping death overtakes me the entire screen ends up black…even though features like white action text to open a (blacked out) door still show up. Entering the door will load a pristine interior….but going back outside will be into the blackness again. If I run….in the visible bit of screen, before the blackness gets me…I can leave it behind. But then…Turning around the view is normal and the creeping death has gone. I thought it was GPU chip failure…like being cooked, but if that were the case it wouldn’t load a normal interior…the black death would be everywhere, right? So….being associated with the loaded cell makes most sense. But why now? I am guessing a mod is at the root of it….especially since I have also recently had a few animation failures with wood chopping, not getting off a chair, not completing the pipe smoking ani and sometimes being stuck on a spot after dialogue (turning and camera are fine, but I can’t walk!). Thoughts? (Other than stop monkeying with my LO Lol)
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