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#202 Nov 14 2011 at 7:49 PM Rating: Good
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#203 Nov 14 2011 at 8:30 PM Rating: Good
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I have an arrow in my head now. And it won't come out. D:
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#204 Nov 14 2011 at 8:58 PM Rating: Good
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I just purchased this game.... 5 hours ago (I've been playing that long?!), and I can already tell that what little social life I had left is now gone.

I'm so glad that they got rid of that awful level up bonus point system from Morrowind, I could cry.
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I have an arrow in my head now. And it won't come out. D:
If you are playing on PC, open the console input (~) and type sexchange then press Enter. Do it again to switch back. The arrows should be gone.
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I'm on PS3. Smiley: cry
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Just ran into M'aiq the Liar.

Hell f*cking yes. I love that guy.

He's been around for 200+ in game years now. Smiley: lol
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#208 Nov 14 2011 at 9:22 PM Rating: Good
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So I got the Black Star, but can't figure out how to fill it with a soul. I can fill the Black Gem that I also apparently have, but the Black Star stays empty. :(
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#209 Nov 14 2011 at 9:24 PM Rating: Good
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It should just be Soul Trap on a person, and make sure they die while Soul Trap is active, just like a regular Black Soul Gem.

Are you doing it on people? Because it can only take souls of NPCs, not animals or undead or daedra or whatnot.
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#210 Nov 14 2011 at 9:38 PM Rating: Good
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Just ran into M'aiq the Liar.

Hell f*cking yes. I love that guy.

He's been around for 200+ in game years now. Smiley: lol


I ran into him as well and I lulz'd.
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It should just be Soul Trap on a person, and make sure they die while Soul Trap is active, just like a regular Black Soul Gem.

Are you doing it on people? Because it can only take souls of NPCs, not animals or undead or daedra or whatnot.


Yes, like I said I was able to fill the black soul gem just fine. But I'm pretty sure it's different from the Black Star, because I tried using it up and it disappeared, and the Black Star didn't give me another one or anything. :(
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Just ran into M'aiq the Liar.

Hell f*cking yes. I love that guy.

He's been around for 200+ in game years now. Smiley: lol


I ran into him as well and I lulz'd.


I tried to murder him. Alas, he's essential.
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Ok, now I understand the "Smithing is OP" sentiment. Went from a 20 damage sword to a 42 damage sword, and 30 armor chest to 63 armor chest. Hells to the yes. And this isn't even dragonbone yet. Hit 85 smithing by blowing through 10,000 gold (most of which was actually spent on the glass stuff for myself and Lydia). Decided to play around some more before leveling up any further (now at level 23).

Having two companions (Lydia and my dog, Vigilence) is fun, though I've mistaken Vigilence for a wolf too many times. He tends to get angry when you stab him... Lydia works fine so far as a companion. The AI leaves something to be desired, but they both take and dish out really good damage thus far.

I kinda suck at enchanting. I'm not sure how the game determines what stats get put on an item. For example, I disenchanted an amulet with 15% frost resistance on it; when I tried to apply the enchantment to a ring, I got 3% frost resistance on it before I even selected what soul gem to use (ended up using a common one). When I took some of the perks in the enchanting tree, notably the +40% for 2/5 of the first tier, I still only got a 4% result. Could someone give me the simple explanation for why my enchantments seem so lacking? Also, is there an "easy" or cheap way to level enchanting? I get about one skill point every time I enchant an item, but it uses an item and a filled soul gem to work. That means going out and slaughtering enemies for their souls; a tedious process as a mostly non-magic character (and enchanting a weapon to have soul trap means needing to recharge it constantly).
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#214 Nov 14 2011 at 10:16 PM Rating: Good
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Digg, you monster.

Am I the only one who runs around without a companion? I'm doing just fine on my own, honestly.
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#215 Nov 14 2011 at 10:21 PM Rating: Good
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Bah, now I must go into smith for glass!
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#216 Nov 14 2011 at 10:35 PM Rating: Good
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Where would be the best place to level smithing? I've run out of mats and am only level 40. I do have lots of money though.
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I'm on PS3. Smiley: cry


I gather that this can be solved by, odd as it sounds, getting shot by more arrows. There's a limit to the amount that the engine will render, so if you get a few more shot into you, the glitched one will disappear. Hopefully none of the new ones glitch, and they fall off soon after.

I haven't confirmed this, though.

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I found blacksmiths would have a large stock of items that you buy- so when I leveled smithing, I warped around to all of the cities, bought up 200+ iron ingots/ores, then just went to town making iron daggers. I didn't even realize that iron gave the same xp as glass or orc gear.

Enchanting- there's really no easy way to level it up. I enchanted my sword with soul trap using a grand soul gem and maxed the charges- this gives me a weapon that will never run out when combined with either Azura's Star or that soul trap perk. From there, I buy/pick up every empty soul gem I can find and hope to eventually find enough to reach lv100. Fortunately, even at 50+, I still get a level every two items I enchant.

As far as enchanting results- just ignore the "base" value. Actually, I would enchant items by first going item > gem > enchantment. This way, you limit your enchantments to item type and when you pick the enchantment, you'll see what the actual result will be. Also, having a grand soul makes a huge difference. I enchanted a ring with Magic Regen+%. Base value was 5% or something, picked a grand soul, and bumped it up to 24%.
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I found the perfect place to level up Restoration magic if you need it. At High Hrothgar, in the courtyard, there is a set of stairs that leads farther up the mountain. You can't go up that way in the beginning of the game, it's blocked by a damaging weather effect. If you stand just in range of the weather you'll take steady damage, then just spam Fast Healing until you're out of Magicka. Stand back, regen Magicka, rinse, repeat.

I've found that it's the hardest skill for me to level that I really want to have. With my build I try to avoid taking damage, so I don't get a lot of chances to heal myself. It's a bit boring and grindy, but it's going to get the job done.
#220 Nov 15 2011 at 12:20 AM Rating: Good
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Ok. College of Winterhold complete, 2 Dragon Priests dead and their masks taken, >20 Dragon Bones and Scales collected, and my new headpiece screws up my "no armor" Transmutation perk, but +100% magicka regen is just too hard to pass up.

I think I'll do Thieves' Guild next.
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#221 Nov 15 2011 at 12:41 AM Rating: Decent
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#222 Nov 15 2011 at 12:52 AM Rating: Good
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A frost dragon decided to attack the College in Winterhold. Savos and about 7 flame atronachs made very quick work of it.
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A frost dragon decided to attack the College in Winterhold. Savos and about 7 flame atronachs made very quick work of it.


I've had 4 separate attacks there. One of which was in the middle of a particularly climactic part of the College storyline. Smiley: disappointed
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Ok. College of Winterhold complete, 2 Dragon Priests dead and their masks taken, >20 Dragon Bones and Scales collected, and my new headpiece screws up my "no armor" Transmutation perk, but +100% magicka regen is just too hard to pass up.

I think I'll do Thieves' Guild next.


That's pretty much the reason I was working on Restoration magic. 25% Magicka regen at levels 30 and 60 is sexy. That, and 250 HP autoheal when under 10% HP is pretty nice too, but I haven't gotten up to level 90 yet.
#225 Nov 15 2011 at 3:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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Digg, you monster.

Am I the only one who runs around without a companion? I'm doing just fine on my own, honestly.


I run around solo too.

NPCs get in the way when I'm trying to snipe without aggro. :D
#226 Nov 15 2011 at 6:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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Lydia is a sexy beast and her aggressive behavior is turning me on. Especially when you want to trade with her.

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I like Lydia but I wish I could change her AI settings. I want to smack her upside the head and tell if she sees a stream of fire coming from my hands, do not stand between me and the target! She complicates fights so much for my caster character. That and my best spells are AOE so I can't even use them when she and/or the horse is around. Friendly fire is a real problem in this game.

I remember in oblivion, jumping often while traveling. Whirlwind Sprint is the new jump but occasionally guards yell at me about using it.
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I like Lydia but I wish I could change her AI settings. I want to smack her upside the head and tell if she sees a stream of fire coming from my hands, do not stand between me and the target! She complicates fights so much for my caster character. That and my best spells are AOE so I can't even use them when she and/or the horse is around. Friendly fire is a real problem in this game.

I remember in oblivion, jumping often while traveling. Whirlwind Sprint is the new jump but occasionally guards yell at me about using it.

Agreed; even as melee it sucks, as often the enemies move and companions follow... right into the path of my swing. One potential fix is to give her a bow (or unequip her weapons; she had a default bow), and she'll stay at range. Of course, if she draws aggro you're in trouble again, but that might make it a bit easier.

I do really like that companions usually don't die. From my experience it either takes me dealing the finish blow, or a continuous attack (like a magic spell or dragon breath) for them to snuff it. Otherwise they just kneel down and catch their breath for a bit.

Anyone know, if you give them potions, if they'd use them? I'd assume now, but that might be worth it.
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#229 Nov 15 2011 at 7:47 AM Rating: Good
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I never figured out how to manually have a companion equip stuff. There didn't seem to be that option in their inventory menu. I've been running without a companion ever since Lydia died, and frankly I haven't missed them at all. I'm working on smithing so I can make better armor and then I shouldn't need a tank at all.
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I never figured out how to manually have a companion equip stuff. There didn't seem to be that option in their inventory menu. I've been running without a companion ever since Lydia died, and frankly I haven't missed them at all. I'm working on smithing so I can make better armor and then I shouldn't need a tank at all.

You just give them the item to hold. If it's better than what they have (or their default), they equip it automatically. Lydia's equipment is all steel, for example; you'd need to give her something higher than that if you want her to equip it.
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Anyone know, if you give them potions, if they'd use them? I'd assume now, but that might be worth it.

I've read that you can. And you cast heal others on her.

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#232 Nov 15 2011 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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I just realized my problem with filling the Black Star. I hadn't been casting Soul Trap on enemies, I had been casting it before engaging as if it were a buff on me. That was silly of me Smiley: lol.
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Spell casting is fun in this game. Much more fun than melee combat, in my opinion (haven't really tried archery, so can't comment on that).

Ice Spike holds a special place in my heart. And the heart of my enemies, if you know what I mean. Smiley: sly
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#234 Nov 15 2011 at 9:43 AM Rating: Good
I usually leave Lydia home these days. I don't want to have to reload a tough fight I won after I realize she is not just stuck on terrain somewhere.

Was pretty funny the first time, I'm looting the corpses of my fallen enemies and WAITAMINUTE, did I just loot Lydia? Damnit.

I ended up leaving my companions at home in Fallout most of the time too. I liked how in New Vegas you could just leave them all hanging out like the cast of a reality TV show at your Vegas penthouse.
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#235 Nov 15 2011 at 9:54 AM Rating: Good
I leave Lydia sitting home all the time. You'd think with all her free time the b***h would have dinner ready. Of course not. Typical woman (jk). I think I'll put her to work on the streets and then check my stats to see how many diseases I contract.

On a serious note, I just started the Companion quest line and did the one with Farkas. Wow, what a long, fun quest. Then I get back to wrap it up and the npc's waiting for me in the back was icing on the cake. Made me feel like me and ol' Farkas did something grand.

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At least in Fallout, you had VATS. In Oblivion and probably Skyrim, I end up smacking my companions too much. Martin in Oblivion has tried to kill me sooo many times simply because he got in my way. So as a melee character who can take a few hits, I don't even bother with a companion. I'd be more open to using my housecarl if companions could not die permanently or get angry for taking hits.

Also also, every bit of damage my companion deals/takes means less chance of skill ups for me!
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Spell casting is fun in this game. Much more fun than melee combat, in my opinion (haven't really tried archery, so can't comment on that).

Ice Spike holds a special place in my heart. And the heart of my enemies, if you know what I mean. Smiley: sly
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Where else would you aim it? Smiley: dubious
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[...]Also also, every bit of damage my companion deals/takes means less chance of skill ups for me!


This. Unless, of course, I'm fighting things I can one-shot... =X


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On a serious note, I just started the Companion quest line and did the one with Farkas. Wow, what a long, fun quest. Then I get back to wrap it up and the npc's waiting for me in the back was icing on the cake. Made me feel like me and ol' Farkas did something grand.

I agree, I really liked that quest. I also like that (as far as I can tell), mandatory quest companions can't die. Farkas and Barbas kept getting owned when I had them with me, but they always just sat down; I never seen saw a health bar on them.

The one good thing about Vigilence (my dog) is that if he dies, I know there's another (Meeko) that I can get. I'm not overly attached to the barking fleabag... although he did solo a bear for me once Smiley: grin
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Where else would you aim it? Smiley: dubious


The head, for things that don't have groins (like those nasty centipede things...).
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The head, for things that don't have groins (like those nasty centipede things...).


Wh-What? CENTIPEDE THINGS?

Not okay Bethesda, not okay.

And to the melee players here, how are you handling dragons? It's such a PITA to try and shoot them down...
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Wh-What? CENTIPEDE THINGS?

Not okay Bethesda, not okay.

I thought the same thing!! I am not going to be happy to find those; the spiders are scary enough...

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I find that, as long as you're out in the open, they circle and land and fight you. It's happened that way with the two I encountered so far, at least.
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Wh-What? CENTIPEDE THINGS?

Not okay Bethesda, not okay.

I thought the same thing!! I am not going to be happy to find those; the spiders are scary enough...


Ugh, despite being melee, I use my Flames spell on Spiders to do as much damage as I can before I have to get close and see those disgusting pincers...

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I find that, as long as you're out in the open, they circle and land and fight you. It's happened that way with the two I encountered so far, at least.


I haven't had one land yet. Then again, I've only had dragons taunt me so far (fly low, screaming) without actually doing anything. I just want their souls, dammit.
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On a serious note, I just started the Companion quest line and did the one with Farkas. Wow, what a long, fun quest. Then I get back to wrap it up and the npc's waiting for me in the back was icing on the cake. Made me feel like me and ol' Farkas did something grand.


I thought the Companions story line in general was excellent. I just finished it last night. Now I can sleep restfully (and get the buff) again. It was fun being a werewolf in some ways but I rarely remembered to use it and the transform was so slow that I was dead if I tried to do it in combat without pre-loading it.

And Digg you have to piss off the dragons you encounter randomly sometimes. Plink them with your bow even if its not skilled. I mostly fight with SnB but I keep a bow handly for ranged moments like kiting a mammoth or making sure a dragon knows I want to fight him.

If there is high ground you can go to it and sometimes that seems to make them land faster. I have had to chase down a couple dragons that decided to go BBQ a pack of wolves for example. Just try and stick with them and when they land it's stabby time.
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The head, for things that don't have groins (like those nasty centipede things...).


Wh-What? CENTIPEDE THINGS?

Not okay Bethesda, not okay.


They're called Chauruses, and they are a complete pain in the ass.

Remember Clannfears from Oblivion? Kinda like that. They're tough, they hit like a f*cking truck, their bite leaves a poison on you, and they are extremely annoying. The larger ones, called Chaurus Reapers, are slightly smaller than a horse. On my mage character, they can sometimes oneshot me. At level 23.

Whenever I see one, I take no mercy and blast it with every single thing I've got.

On the plus side, they are an excellent thing to raise as a zombie.
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That brings me to my next question--what weapon type are people using?

I'm doing one-handed, but can't decide. On the one hand, armor ignore on maces sounds great. But I think I want to use swords, just because I like them more aesthetically. But the whole crit thing is kinda meh to me.
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Magic for me. Fireball spam works wonders on just about anything, and if I'm against a particularly powerful spellcaster, I'll break out my Staff of Magnus.
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I'm guessing from your posts that you are playing a Pure Mage, Drown?
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#250 Nov 15 2011 at 11:32 AM Rating: Good
I use swords for the same reason you said, I think they look cool. You don't really have to min/max hard enough to go with an ugly weapon just to get by, at least not on default difficulty. The skyforged sword lasted me a long time after I improved it with smithing. I just finally replaced it recently with an exquisite hand crafted Orc sword.

I put one point in the crit but the bottom of the one hand tree looked more practical. Plus I am now up to sheild bashes in block line and its like dual wielding using my spiked Orc shield (which can stagger then on power bash) and sword. Plus I picked up the passive 50% elemental resistance on sheild talent which is really handy.

I'm really looking forward to the Sprinting shield up knockdown. Smiley: nod
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When I had to fight those spiders in the beginning, before I found out you could zoom out to third person view, and even better, shoot stuff dead before it comes near, I looked away and spammed those mouse buttons until the guy I was following (Ralof? Rolaf?) told me to move on.

Another thing is, I'm having a hard time figuring out what quests to do when. I seem to be skipping stuff, or doing it wrong, because I'm not high enough level to be taking on dragons and giants and stuff, but the quests lead me to them.

For instance, the first dragon you kill, to unlock your Shouts, took forever and a few deaths because of my low level and lack of spells and perks. I got the distinct feeling that I had skipped something somewhere, but the game is so nonlinear that I have no idea where to go.
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