Character Profile – Rumarin

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I’ve long suspected life was a joke.

It’s a looooong one, and not all of you will find it funny. You might even think the joke is backwards, that the setup is funnier than the punchline – here we are, a species descended from monkeys who came from fish who started out as slime.

Hey Earl, I really hate our boss, he’s a real piece of slime.
Shut up Frank, my ancestor was slime.

Sometimes the joke is more amusing than funny. We live in a world where manufactured idols are flying private jets to the top of the charts while someone charming, likable, and genuine has to dig through trash cans to scrape the bottom – or to use another analogy, to get a seat at the big kid table.

Other times the joke is just depressing. There are scores of men born brown of skin and eye toiling in the fields right now, while the fruits of their labor are sold for more cash than they’ll earn in a lifetime. The laughter becomes a coping mechanism, a way to deal with the fact that life is bleak and unfair and there’s nothing you can or will do to change it. You’re not going to stop eating chocolate, and I’m not going to stop, and we’ll propose to each other with our blood diamonds wearing our sweatshop clothes and texting the news with our electronics crafted by the corpses of suicide jumpers. And everyone will profit save the people who deserve it.

And yet even the cynics can’t take refuge in nihilism, because the joke is life is getting better for everyone, slowly and inexorably, through the power of information and technology. Just the fact that we can spread awareness of the ills of society is a step in the right direction. The fact that a reporter can hand a cocoa bean farmer a Kit-Kat and light up their day is the best thing ever.

It’s also the worst thing ever too, because he’ll likely never taste it again. Like the slime who became a man, evolution is measured by the Byr, and the joke is you can plan for the future all you want, there’s no guarantee it will be there when you arrive. Idealism is winning a war that may never end. And that gives everyone a reason to laugh, because the reality is too painful to cry.

Of all the characters in the mod, I’d say Rumarin is one of the most self-aware. He understands that life is a joke, and that the only thing he has to cope with the horrible, depressing, unfairness of it all is to not take it so seriously. In some ways this makes him a coward, afraid to take a stand. When all you want to do is enjoy yourself and have another laugh, it can come off as indifference.

In some respects though, laughter is what we need. It’s the antidote for having to pick from a pair of toxic choices. It’s a reminder that the results will never make sense, and the only way to live with them is to realize that it’s all a joke. Laugh until it hurts, laugh because it hurts. Laugh because it’s the one thing they can never take away from us.

And so he’ll let you pick a side in the Civil War, kill the dragons, or save this world to doom the next one, and he’ll do it all with a shrug and a smile. At no point does Rumarin concern himself with the results or the numbers. His role is to support you no matter what you choose. He’s there to remind you that regardless of whether your decisions are good, bad, or sad, we’re all just slime in the end.

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3DNPC v3.06.9

This is the ninth of ten updates before the release of 3.07. With only a week left before the Nexus release, I’m not sure if the miscellaneous witch quest will make it but we’ll see.

I added another NPC in the meantime. Arelthor (Patrick Mahoney) is a character I might  use in a future Thalmor related quest after The Aldmeri Prisoner is finished. Similar to The Radiant Dark, I like introducing NPCs in passing and then having them play a part in later endeavors.

3DNPC v3.06.9 (137 MB)

New Quests
• The Aldmeri Prisoner (Beta)
A Thousand Words

New NPCs
Arelthor (Patrick Mahoney)
• Guard (Glen Michael Cooper)
• Steward (William Handford)
• Nair (William Handford)
• Client (Patric M. Whitstone)
• Baroness (Alice Bell)
Amras (Patric M. Whitstone)
Halcar (Matthew Dixon)
Ester (Alice Bell)
• Primei (Jessica Osborne)
Feldi (Ronja Monto)

Re-Recorded NPCs
Jade (Lindsey Lorraine) – 98%, a few lines double voiced or silent
Callen (Viridiane)
Gromash (Patrick Mahoney)

All Fixes and Tweaks from v3.06
• Removed erroneous AI package that caused vanilla necromancer to walk to the Winking Skeever from Falkreath
• Fixed instance where Marla was disabled if player returned to Jilkmar first
• Fixed instance where arriving on a day other than Morndas started Fenced In but left Swims-In-Wind disabled
• Altered prerequisites so Rose Without Thorns can be started without progressing in the main quest
• Minor typo and sound file fixes
• Added missing sound files and textures for The Aldmeri Prisoner quest
• Removed Town and City keywords from unreleased location to prevent Radiant Quests from pointing you there

Follower Ranking Update – The Rise and Fall of Ylgyne

Sometimes you’ll meet someone and have immediate chemistry. You like the same crap. You finish each other’s sentences. In fact, you get along so well the textbooks list your Facebook pages as an example of a covalent bond. You think Sodium Chloride is impressive? You should see Jill and Steve.

Then there’s people in life you’re never going to get along with. No matter how hard you try to work with them there’s always gonna be this space, and in front of that space there’s a moat and a wall with crocodiles and gargoyles. It’s weird, it’s tense, and it’s awkward and it’ll never be anything but.

All this is to say it appears Ylgyne‘s foray into the top ten was short lived. He was ranked as high as #3 but IDONOTLIKEUSERNAMES dropped a #38 spot on him, and that’s an absolute anchor on your composite score. Like I said, with some people, you just never hit it off.

To rank the followers, login to your account and follow the instructions here.

Fan Art – Daenlyn and Avishi by Mouse

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Finally. I finally finished this picture. I posted a WIP of this on the 25th of June. It’s now the 25th of July. Good GOD I am seriously out of practice when it comes to completing digital illustrations in a timely manner. I’ve been working on this so long it was driving me crazing. I was actually starting to resent these two characters and I was talking about them behind their backs. “Look at them. The furtive glances. The sexual tension. Makes me sick. HEY! Just bone each other already!” Except that will never happen, because I don’t draw porn for free. Sorry, sweethearts.

This image is huge. Just putting out a warning for those with slow connections.

It’s Daenlyn Oakhollow again. This time however relaxing in the shade of a wooded glen with my Redguard Dragonborn, Avishi. She has fallen for his devilish charms, developing feelings of love for him. Their relationship is blooming rather nicely. She’ll probably take him as a lover first, rather then marrying him out right. Mostly because she’s to much of a whimp to propose, and also she has a sneaking suspicion he’s hiding things. She was extremely upset when she learned he willingly gambled his friend Mithril away. She values friendship so you can imagine the overwhelming disappointment, and the desire to kick his nuts in, lasted for quite awhile. Don’t worry, though. Things are on the up and up between them. Now it’s just a matter of finding a tank who won’t be offended by the sight of two adults making love in a tree. *ponders*

I had a lot of trouble drawing Avishi. I wanted her to have certain special facial features, and to be honest, I’ve never drawn anyone with Indian ethnicity before. It was a very educational and entertaining experience! What wasn’t entertaining was drawing her armor. I currently have her in Demon Hunter Armor by Jojjo and what you see in this image is the simplified version of a highly detailed armor mod. I probably took more time working on Avishi then I did the rest of the image. I have no one to blame, but myself. I put her in the armor, after all.

Daenlyn was easy, though. I had drawn him in his armor before so recreating it was a breeze. I altered his facial features a tiny bit, his previous incarnation didn’t feel “Skyrim Elven” enough to me. If that makes any sense at all. xD

Even though I complained I still had a lot of fun working on this piece. I streamed coloring this image a few times over on Ustream. I only ever use this account for art, and they don’t really save past broadcasts which is unfortunate. Anyone who is interested in watching can follow along and chat me up if they want the next time I stream some art. I also listened to a lot of Dave Matthews Band during the creation of this image. Their music tends to put me into a fay mood, filling me with wonderful romantic feelings. Very inspirational work.

Gaming T-Shirts

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Wandering around Comic-Con International, I found myself at one of the many T-Shirt stands, and several sort of geeky gaming ones jumped out at me.  Yeah, literally, jumped out. (*Cough* “Skyrim”…)

For all those who delight in jokes, webcomics, horror mini’s and other parody material spawned by the ubiquitous comment.  But hey, it IS pretty stale:

GeekGameShirtSkyrimArrow2What do you get when you cross Hello Kitty with Dragonborn in Iron armor?  Oh look, it even has the arrow in the knee… *facepalm*

GeekGameShirtSkyrimFus2To those who don’t like NPCs being essential… tough!!

EssentialI’m sure we’ve all had one like this…  Anyone know what (if any) game landmass this is?

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Fan Art – Zora by Dunmur and Rumarin by Mythological Mayhem

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Here is some fan art via the Tumblr site made by Auriel’s Beau.  The first is from Brittany aka Dunmur aka someone full of awesome. It’s a simple sketch of Zora with the burn and the eyes colored in.

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Here’s some doodles by MythologicalMayhem, requested by randombosmer. I’ve found Rumarin is the most popular NPC on Tumblr, although the rankings have Anum-La as the most liked overall because reasons.

The artists, man, those are my heroes. They are the candles in the darkness, keeping the night at bay.

Lost in Glory

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I was browsing homepages and websites of our beloved voice actors today and stumbled over this gem somewhere (yes, that squirrel drinking coffee is an actual resemblance of my mind, or its overall status) and I felt obligated to share it with you.

So have fun reading and support the author if you see fit.

One of the characters has an uncanny resemblance to our beloved Zora, just mentioning it in case you need some motivation ;)

(If you mind me posting stuff like this here or even like it: leave a comment or keep it to yourself, just the way you like it best :-P )

Lore Friendly – In Soviet Russia, Arstotska Glories You

I think I want to release a podcast every Wednesday to at least to give this blog a semblance of a schedule. Then again, it will depend on whether there’s enough content, but we got a lot of shows in the works so it shouldn’t be too difficult, including a news podcast with Will Handford (Skjel, Korrilan) and Ronja Monto.

In this episode, it’s just me and Alice Bell talking about…we’ll say history? However, it does go off on tangents like GoT and Alice’s fervent hate of ocean loving adolescents. In fact, the only Beach she wants to see these Boys on is a deserted island. And for that matter, why they are called boys? They are clearly full grown beach men. If they lie about their age, who knows what else they’re hiding. We can’t be sure if they’ve even seen a beach.  By the way, these are all the stupid jokes that came to me hours after we recorded.

Anyways, this podcast is a show about history or something, I don’t know. In this episode we review the pseudo-Soviet Russia border game, Papers Please. Next month we’ll probably cover something like Valiant Hearts or some other non-fiction game like Quantum of Solace.

Edit: Click for the downloadable version here

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3DNPC v3.06.8

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This is the eighth of ten updates before the release of 3.07 where we move The Aldmeri Prisoner to Beta and do some more prep work for the next quest.

I also removed some keywords that were attached to an unreleased cell, which may possibly conceivably perhaps could theoretically in some cases have led to the location being flagged for Radiant Quests. Maybe. And if so, you could be asked to pickpocket or rough up an NPC that is not even released yet.

3DNPC v3.06.8 (132 MB)

New Quests
• The Aldmeri Prisoner (Beta)
A Thousand Words

New NPCs
• Guard (Glen Michael Cooper)
• Steward (William Handford)
• Nair (William Handford)
• Client (Patric M. Whitstone)
• Baroness (Alice Bell)
Amras (Patric M. Whitstone)
Halcar (Matthew Dixon)
Ester (Alice Bell)
• Primei (Jessica Osborne)
Feldi (Ronja Monto)

Re-Recorded NPCs
Jade (Lindsey Lorraine) – 98%, a few lines double voiced or silent
Callen (Viridiane)
Gromash (Patrick Mahoney)

All Fixes and Tweaks from v3.06
• Removed erroneous AI package that caused vanilla necromancer to walk to the Winking Skeever from Falkreath
• Fixed instance where Marla was disabled if player returned to Jilkmar first
• Fixed instance where arriving on a day other than Morndas started Fenced In but left Swims-In-Wind disabled
• Altered prerequisites so Rose Without Thorns can be started without progressing in the main quest
• Minor typo and sound file fixes
• Added missing sound files and textures for The Aldmeri Prisoner quest
• Removed Town and City keywords from unreleased location to prevent Radiant Quests from pointing you there

Warrior’s Life (Harp Version) by Anna Castiglioni

Here’s a harp cover of Giramor’s Warrior’s Life song, composed and performed by Anna Castiglioni. I decided to remove the requirement that Amalee listen to a previous version of the song before she learns it, because there are just way too many bards and seriously EFF that.

You do still have to finish her quest. I also noticed while testing this that one of her hellos – the nirnroot one – was set to repeat 24/7, so I’m switching it to “SayOnce.” Anna’s also pretty good with recording, so I decided to give Amalee a dozen more hellos to be added sometime in the future. If you notice any other lines from other NPCs that need the “SayOnce” treatment, let me know.

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