Monday, December 12, 2011


Welcome to Traversing Tamriel, a blog dedicated towards my trial of playing through the three recent Elder Scrolls games: Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim.

I'm going to be using the same character throughout all three games, as if the protagonist were the same. The timeline between Morrowind and Oblivion is no problem, as there are only six years or so between the two games. Between Oblivion and Skyrim there are about two hundred years, but the events of Morrowind allow that to be hand-waved, assuming a very cautious and lucky post-Oblivion life.

I got the idea from the CRPG Addict's blog, while waiting for him to return from his holiday hiatus, though my inspiration directly stems from The Journal of Arvil Bren, a massive first-person Morrowind playthrough that was unfortunately abandoned with no explanation. I like the first-person style and the ton of additional backstory the author provided.

As for myself, I'm really not sure what style I'm going to use. I'd like to try a first person perspective as well. It was suggested that I play as an Orc, but the Morrowind mod I'm using for faces has terrible Orc faces, so I'm still not decided on that. My original idea was to play as an Imperial, since they would have more of a reason to actually be in all three games' situations, but this is the Elder Scrolls, where anything goes. I've definitely decided on playing as a Healer though.

Update: I wound up creating a custom Scout-like class in place of a Healer after I abandoned my effort to play a Redguard pacifist Healer.

Within the next couple of days I'm going to be testing out screenshots and tweaking the blog's layout, while I settle on a character idea.