Skyrim: A New Life

Se’rith next went into the Arcaneum too see what she could find on dragons. It was made perfectly clear that dragons and dragon lore played a massive role in the history of Skyrim. She read several legends about Olaf and of why the palace of the Jarl of Whiterun is called Dragonsreach. She spent a couple of hours over a tome called ‘The Dragonborn’. It detailed the history of the Tiber Septims and how St Alessia sealed a pact in blood with Akatosh thus mingling dragon and human blood. These ‘Dragonborn’ are said top be infused with some of the powers of dragons. A second book she had picked up looking for information on dragons called ‘Lost Legends’ did provide a nugget of information on the incidents at Saarthal.

It detailed the legend of Gauldur, an archmage of immense power that acted as advisor to King Harald and the Jarls of Skyrim during the 1st Era. Jealous of his influence and power someone had him murdered. The suspects ranged from one of his three sons to the King himself. As it was no one was ever accused but feeling persecuted his sons fled which led to chase by the King’s men. One of his sons is said to have perished near Solitude, in a place known in antiquity as Folgonthur. Gauldur himself was buried in some location with wards. Some sources said that those accused of murder and betrayal were buried with parts of the keys to these wards. This rang a bell in Se’rith’s mind and she dug into her satchel to look for the note found on the revenant. Jyrik was named betrayer and murderer and the amulet he wore was still in her pack. Should she find herself in or around Solitude she should inquire about this Folgonthur. Urag’s burly voice interrupted her reading as he towered over her inquiring if she’d got those books from Orthorn yet. She replied that she hadn’t and the orc seemed to look down at her mumbling something about elves and not being surprised.

Irked at his attitude she went back to her quarters. Once she had calmed down she realised the orc was in the right. Sat opposite her room, in her own chambers, she saw Brelyna. She went up to her and greeted her warmly.The   Telvanni retorted in kind and invited her to sit and share some wine and bread. Se’rith told her of her recent journey to Whiterun, but left out the bit of the dragons! She also told her about her visit to the Shrine of Azura and what Aranea had told her. Then she came to the crux of it, Saarthal. she told Brelyna everything she knew including the bit about Orthorn. She then posed the question. The journey would be long and she was in no doubt that these conjurers Orthorn had shacked up with would not be welcoming to College members, but Se’rith would ask Brelyna for her aid. The other Dunmer did not hesitate to accept claiming that leaving the College would do her well in gaining experience. They both agreed to leave at first light on the morrow taking the road through The Pale and approaching Whiterun from the North. Resupply there and then break East to search for Orthorn.

Two resilient Dunmer leave the College of Winterhold on a quest of utmost importance

OT-I have a mod called Specialized Followers by Kevin Kidder that greatly enhances followers in the game. Highly recommended!

War in the Pacific Admiral’s Edition. Game vs Herb

The Solomons Campaign, Chapter 14: Munda

By the evening of June 13th all Japanese opposition in Munda had been eradicated and the runway had almost been repaired. 24 hours earlier the place had been awash with thunder and fire as no less than 5 on Japan’s main battleline pounded the soldiers on Munda. The actual battle had started a few days ago with both the Pennsylvania and the South Dakota claiming 3 light cruisers that had tried to disrupt the landings. Despite the loss of the old carrier Long Island, Nimitz was relatively pleased with the news. Especially when USAAF and USMC planes flying from Rossell Island and Lunga kept the skies clear, other than the Betties that did the Long Island. Losses were light and the Army’s 27th Regiment was ashore with three tank battalions for support.

The second day of the battle saw the second wave hit the beaches and, in a master class of amphibious landing deposited all support units that included the 14th Marine Defence Battalion and two artillery regiments before the arrival of Japanese carrier planes. Yet further to the south 5 transports of the first wave were savaged by a pack of enemy submarines. The brave merchant mariners had done their job in the teeth of the enemy only to robbed of life by submarines so close to home. The first aerial attacks were easily defeated and nearly 40 enemy planes were reported shot down. But these were just a first wave to exhaust our CAP. Catalina’s and PBY’s, who’d been savaged in an attack over enemy carriers, landed on Lunga at midday with reports that the sea to the north of Green and Island and Shortlands was a grey mass of Japanese shipping. Indeed Japan had brought the mass of the Combined Fleet to bear, amid a carpet of submarines as 25 subs were moving against them. Against it Nimitz had the CVE Sangamon! Orders to depart Munda were given but landings were to continue. The Arizona and her battle group were sent north from Guadalcanal to add their AA batteries to the defence.

Providence however smiled on the USN. As morning turned to afternoon a very heavy weather front came in from the West. According to Japanese sources some of their carriers could not launch their planes and this may have averted a major disaster. The weather however also affected our CAP. Thunderbolts and Corsairs were grounded at Lunga while Lightnings got lost in the weather. The only fighters to meet the IJN crews were the Hellcats of the Sangamon and a battered flight of Marine F4F-4’s from Rossell. As it was they did a sterling job of engaging the enemy fighters who suffered heavier losses than we did. Yet numbers told and 6 ships were sunk by the enemy carrier bombers, the heaviest a destroyer escort. The Arizona, whose guns blazed until they glowed from the effort, took 8 bombs from Vals and Judys but it stood proudly at sundown to escort the now fleeing transports south.

Day three dawned bright and by 8:15 50 Thunderbolts and 16 Corsairs were flying LRCAP over Munda and several task forces. Today however it was time for revenge. USMC Dauntless bombers and USAAF A-24’s and B-25’s were shocked to receive news that Japanese cruisers were within range and without top cover. Though the battlewagons that had hit Lunga were long gone three enemy light cruisers and one destroyer would not get home. Plane after plane dove and swooped down on the Japanese ships as bomb after bomb tore into their structures. As the sun settled over the horizon oily plumes marked the resting place of sunk Japanese ships. The days action were complete when VMF-214 reported its arrival at Munda. The only sour note on Nimitz’s desk was the report from the skipper of the SS Gurnard that had attacked and missed an Akagi class carrier with a spread of 6 torpedoes. Though the loss of the transports and one submarine were hard to take, Japan was six cruisers down while America had hundreds of transports waiting to join the fight.