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It was included in purpose by the Requiem designers - but you have to look pretty hard for it.  If you look around Helgen Keep, you can also find a copy of "A Skyrim Bestiary" which explains, in lore-friendly terms, the changes they've made to certain enemies, "The Craftsman's Manual" which, along with a perk in smithing, allows you to undertake iron, leather and steel smithing, a vial of Frostbite Spider Venom (very deadly due to Requiem's changes) and a couple of bags of gold hidden in odd corners.

I also acquired an Orcish greatsword from one of the Stormcloaks.  Which would've been great...had my character not been a thief.  And a crossbow, which was nice, because out of the gate a crossbow hits for something like 120 damage, and takes less stamina to fire than a bow.  With perks and steel bolts, the damage goes up on quite a nice curve.  I'm not sure if they have innate armour penetration though...would need to consult the documentation.  I think they do, but I'm not sure.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:01:11 am »
I laffed

Well...I should be getting my new computer in the next couple of days, so I've kinda been not playing it at all.

Markarth is especially fucked up, it may be the single most fucked up city in Skyrim.  Any city that is more corrupt than Riften, more unstable than, well, Riften and is home to both Molag Bal and Namira cultists is not exactly a place you'd want to live.  That said, a lot of the good quests there are higher level, under Requiem's rules.  Anything daedric is basically level 20+, at least for a first time player, or so I've been led to believe.  Cihdha Mine I don't know for sure about...but I would suspect a mine filled with dangerous bandits and Forsworn would be at least level 10.

On the other had, the Forsworn do go down easier than most bandits, due to their exclusively light armor.  The trick is not to let them get into melee range, as that's where they would be deadly, what with the dual-wielding.  But with Briar-Heart or Hargraven support, they'd probably push my shit in. 

I've not faced a mage in combat yet...but I've heard stories about people who went to Fellglow Keep at too low a level.  Admittedly, the Invisible Entities likely played a role in their dismemberment and utter obliteration...but I have also read about how high level destruction-focused mages can pretty much two-shot a dragon.  A Requiem buffed dragon, no less.

I have heard the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood quests are mostly pretty doable at low level, apart from the DB contract on that vampire. Not to mention you can get a daedric artifact fairly easily in the TG questline, if you ignore the fact you first have to complete Snow Veil Sanctum to do so (daedric weapon = 50% armour penetration, straight out the gate.  Useful, in a game where heavy armour makes you nearly invincible...if slow as fuck).  I mean, maybe you could let Mercer tank for you, but I have no idea how tough he is in Requiem. And if you can finish the questline, you of course get a daedric bow, which is perfect for taking down dragons.  The only problem is, of course, getting through Irknthgard...

Also, the DB are scrubs and losers with no fashion sense.  Any assassin with a lick of self-respect joins the Dawnguard, and kills disguised vampires instead.  Much more sporting...not to mention profitable.  Kinda a high level character's game, though, killing vamps.

I was considering knocking over some of the smaller bandit camps directly outside Whiterun, the Northern Watchtower, the ones camped around the north-west of the city walls and then doing some basic training with mudcrabs.  And then after that, maybe Riften then Markarth.

But with the new computer coming, I've kinda lost my desire to progress until I can get a new install going.

I'm looking at, in addition to the Frostfall/Realistic Needs/Hunterborn trilogy of possibly making Skyrim a lot more populated - both Interesting NPCs (a great mod) and Inconsequential NPCs have Requiem patches.  The latter adds a lot more, IMO, in terms of an underworld economy to Skyrim - ladies of the night, skooma dealers, more mercenaries, bodyguards for Maven Blackbriar* freelance fences and similar.  And if I'm going to roleplay as a thief, well, I need a Skyrim that reflects the less lawful side of things.  Also, I can pickpocket a lot more people then.

*and damn does that woman need them.  Like the mod author says "Maven is basically the 'Under-Jarl' of Riften. She walks around the city flaunting her stature and bullies everyone she sees. Every time I talk to her, I just want to bash her head in...With this mod, she has a personal bodyguard who follows her everywhere and intimidates anyone who is more annoyed than intimidated by her".  Given Requiem removes the essential status from most NPCs, I am fairly sure I can kill her once the TG and Civil War quests are done with.  And hell, I probably will. 

The bones of your slain foes.

Sloe berries.

A sword and shield.

Eagle feathers.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Duh Rugs
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:57:22 am »
My bet is that they wouldn't even be aware these stories existed.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Duh Rugs
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:52:13 pm »
No evidence of thinking about the children ITT

Given the choice of sharing space with Icke or sharing space with the editorial team of the Sun, Express and Mail...well, there's no proof the royal family aren't satanic shapeshifting reptiles from the lower 4th dimension, really. 

I am shocked.

Also, just checked the BBC article:

The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled "racist" if they focused on victims' descriptions of the majority of abusers as "Asian" men.

It takes quite the imagination or lack of reading comprehension to read that as "Muslims allowed to rape children because PC brigade afraid of being called racist".

Besides, recent history has shown lots of white guys getting away with child rape too. I believe some papers have reflected on this issue.  Perhaps the problem is not racism, or some kind of mythical PC brigade, but that this country badly handles all kinds of hideous crimes against children, and frequently the authorities collude in covering up the full extent of the problem, no matter the skin colour of the perpetrators.

Ya, the police fucked up. Oops. So what. Sorry about your bad luck, I guess.

But there has been a much more subtle, harder-to-compensate-for difference in the way each network answers the fundamental question: What are the demonstrations in Ferguson all about?

On Fox, the answer to that question is very simple. Demonstrators in Ferguson are reacting angrily to a single, one-of-a-kind event: White police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. That restricted context drives the rest of their narrative.


Slate‘s Jamelle Bouie did what Fox reporters (or most individual whites) hardly ever do: ask the black community what they’re concerned about and listen to their answers.

Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you’ll hear a story about the police. … Everyone—or at least, every black person—can recall an incident. Everyone can attest to friends and relatives who have been harassed, assaulted, or worse by the police.

The right story begins here: A majority-black community feels abused by its almost entirely white police force. [2] And complaining to the white-dominated local government does no good. (As a report from Arch City Defenders spells out, the town of Ferguson gets significant revenue from assessing fines against poor people.)

If you start there, the narrative takes a completely different path. When a policeman shot Michael Brown six times on a city street in broad daylight in front of witnesses, the Ferguson community was not shocked (the way I would be if one of my white friends were gunned down by police in my majority-white town). Quite the opposite, this was the kind of incident they found all too believable, given the police behavior they see all the time.

So the reaction we’ve been seeing on the streets isn’t “OMG! How can something like this happen?”, it’s “This shit has to stop.”

But I see Malcom is now 3edgy5me, so I mostly posted that for the interest of the rest of the board.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:43:53 am »
For those naysaying EA's microtransaction system...Dragon Age Inquisition's multiplayer has been officially announced.  Everything is available without paying...but they're relying on the same random number generator system that ME3MP used.  Meaning it will probably take 900+ hours of gameplay to unlock everything to maximum level, if a similar number of classes, upgrades and weapons are made available (probably not).

They're also reducing the grind in some ways (break down useless items to create useful ones), which suggests at the very least either Bioware has more control over its MP than people originally thought, or else EA is reconsidering some of the worse aspects of their online gameplay. 

Every day I could be OK with.  But it's every second or third day, with a late shift thrown in randomly between the two somewhere.  Consistent sleep schedule ruined.

Yeah, I quit a job once because of that.  I was on the 3-11:30 PM shift, and every Saturday the boss wanted all 3 shifts in at 6 AM to do preventative maintenance.  1st shift was on their regular schedule, 3rd shift just had to stay over, 2nd shift took it in the ass.  It effectively ruined my weekend, every weekend.

My last job was notorious for that.  One guy I was working with cracked a joke at the expense of the nurse in charge of the rota, and he ended up doing Saturday overnight shifts for a month.  He has kids and this was the start of the summer holidays, so it was pretty much entirely designed to screw over his life.

I haven't fully read into that particular series of cases, but I'm making the assumption that the tabloid approved version of this story, namely "Islamic paedo rape gangs allowed to bugger YOUR CHILDREN by PC Brigade because they're afraid of being called racist" is not strictly accurate?

Every day I could be OK with.  But it's every second or third day, with a late shift thrown in randomly between the two somewhere.  Consistent sleep schedule ruined.

Well, I've been working all today, writing.

Tomorrow, I get up at 4am to be in at work for 6am for an 8 hour shift.  And the girl in Paraguay (maybe) has not had time to email me.  Bleh.  Good mood ruined.

I have a date with a gay conservative. These days I don't really mind provided he can A) talk about other things B) be willing to concede a valid point and C) not be a teabagger.

This should be interesting. Though, I tell you, I would rather spend time with a reasonable person with questionable politics than an idiot who agrees with liberal talking point but doesn't know fuck about shit.

That's a problem with hardcore leftists, IMO. They rest assured in the benevolence of their well worn views. They rest and rest and don't actually want to talk about the bad things and how their elected officials carry them out.

Buuhhhh, we're the good guys hurrrrr.

Is he Andrew Sullivan?  Are you going to retroactively abort Trig Palin on a death panel together?

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