Spectacular Fan Art XXVI: Bedyn and Ione (Commission)

I commissioned one of my favorite artists, memai, to draw this picture of Bedyn Sigeweald (Elspeth’s father) and Ione Varros. This image is from when they were younger, serving as Blade agents during the Great War. Without giving away too many details and spoilers, I will say that Bedyn/Ione are one of my favorite pairings and their relationship, during the Great War, was both passionate and complicated. Ione will be featured later in the story and details of their past will be revealed. I love these two and if I had more time, I would go back and write their entire story out in full. As always, Memai did an incredible job, in particular on their armor. I mean, just look at them!

In other news, part two of my last chapter is coming along. It’s finished, just not very polished. I hope to have it up this week.  Continue reading

Book Two: Chapter 25, Part One: Everyone is Ready to Arrive

(Author’s Note: This chapter picks up from here.)

Arkay says: Honor the earth, its creatures, and the spirits, living and dead. Guard and tend the bounties of the mortal world, and do not profane the spirits of the dead.

~ The Ten Commands of the Nine Divines

“I said no.”

Xeri rubbed the back of her neck. She wasn’t used to this. In Cyrodiil, when Xeri Tharys demanded something, it was hers. But here in Castle Dour, she had no clout, no connections. All she had was a made up story and a strong admonishment from Nerussa forbidding any physical altercations. On this last point she conceded—reluctantly. Initially, Nerussa was meant to contact Jarl Elisif’s court but the number of Thalmor seen wandering in the city put Xeri in the castle in her stead. Continue reading

Summary of the Plot to this Point

So, the new chapter is fairly long (and the fight scene is still a little dodgy) so I’m going to post it in two parts. And since it’s been such a long time since I’ve updated the story, I’m going to post a summary of all the important parts up to this point. The summary is under the cut. It should go without saying that for anyone not caught up, it’s full of spoilers. Continue reading

So it’s Work in Progress…Sunday?

Apparently. I’ll admit I was more than a little disappointed to hear that there are no firm plans yet for a new Elder Scrolls game. But there was, of course, a silver lining. I don’t blame people for being ambivalent or downright disappointed that all we have to look forward to in this franchise is a shinier Skyrim. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the prospect of being able to play with mods. And, I feel like Todd Howard just gave me an extension on my writing deadline, which I’ll admit has been immensely motivating. In the last couple of weeks I’ve worked out a bunch of plot holes. I can’t seem to stop falling into the trap of writing more exciting and inspiring things ahead of myself. In the spirit of this, and as a continued promise that I will update this story some day, I offer you a brief snipped of something to come. Please note that is rough and the finished product may not reflect the work here.

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