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Hah, I suspected as much!

So yeah, I looked up Zevran's voice actor (since I couldn't remember offhand) from Dragon Age, and sure enough he's listed on Skyrim for "additional voices." I suspected this, because I swear I recognized his voice and more or less the same accent, on one of the apprentices (the khajit one) in the College of Mages.

Huh, and Gideon Emery is also listed as "additional voices," though I haven't picked him out yet. Not too surprising, since he seems to have a damn scary range. I only recognized him as Fenris because he used a voice like the Balthier voice.

As to the game itself... I find I'm enjoying now the way guards are starting to say different things as they pass, depending on what I've done, what I'm skilled in, and so on. I have some hailing me as a companion, some talking about, well, different outcomes of quests that I've "helped along," some calling out to me as "summoner" and asking me to conjure them up a warm bed, some saying they wish I'd enchant their sword, since it can barely cut butter (or something), some even calling me "Bard" though I haven't gotten very far along in their quests/etc. yet...

I also desperately need more bookshelf space! Er, in the game, I mean. So my character is kinda like myself come to think about it. -_- I wonder if you can own more than one house... that would be nice, especially if you can get different crafting stations in each one. Although come to think of it it might just be easier to stick to Whiterun and run around a bit to use the crafting stations they have there, even if they're not all in my house.

So if y'all aren't tired of talking about the game yet, I'm curious.... what do you all have as your shortcuts/favorites? You know, on your D-pad thingy. I have the simple "Flames" spell and Soul Siphon set to left and right, and my other favorites are all spells. Healing, Fast Healing, and Healing Hands, Conjure Flame Atronach and Conjure Familiar, Ice Spike, Shock. Oh, and Candlelight. Maybe some others that I'm forgetting. I'm thinking of losing Conjure Familiar and Healing, since I almost exclusively use the Flame Atronach and Fast Healing now.

Anyone else also been having fun with enchanting? I've got three swords I made (well, enchanted) myself that I carry around and use - Elven Flame (an elven sword with a flame enchantment, which took over after Silver Flame, the silver sword, got too weak), Skyfrost (a Skyforge Steel sword which I enchanted with a frost enchantment), and Souldrinker (I think? I haven't been using it as much, so I'm not sure of its name now!) which has en enchantment that basically acts as Soul Siphon, if the enemy dies within 5 seconds of being hit with it.

I've also got a Feather Ring and Feather Boots that increase carrying capacity, and a couple other rings I switch out for other occasions (slight frost resistance, like 3%, and something like 40% Magica Regen boost.) And other generic enchantments on all my armor, which is pretty much Elven at this point...

Man, I really need to get my Smithing up so that I can start making better equipment to enchant...


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Nov. 16th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Huh, and Gideon Emery is also listed as "additional voices," though I haven't picked him out yet. Not too surprising, since he seems to have a damn scary range. I only recognized him as Fenris because he used a voice like the Balthier voice.

Oh! I see. That suddenly makes things click together.
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Nov. 16th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Re: Candlelight... not that I know of. Then gain, I mostly only use it in dungeons when I want to get a closer look at some shelves or something that's in shadow, and I don't tend to sneak.

Enchantment: I swear, we're all channeling Sandal in this game. And yeah, when you have all the thingies selected for enchanting (the item, the enchantment, the gem), press "Y" and it takes you to a screen to name the shiny newly-enchanted object.

And my armor isn't Fine. :( I didn't think to try to improve it before enchanting it. And improving already-enchanted stuff requires a smithing perk, which I am not yet high enough to purchase.

(Also, I've gotten a LITTLE bit of the "your silver tongue won't work on me!" guff from the guards, but not too much. I'd love to improve my speech more, but I just haven't had that much opportunity. *sigh*
Nov. 17th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Smithing: It trains itself!

Seriously. Go hunting, bag a few deer. Turn the pelts into leather. Turn the leather into boots. Turn the boots into better boots. Sell the boots.

Potential shortcut: Kill someone, take their boots. Turn the boots into better boots. Sell the boots. Hell, don't just sell the boots, buy leather with the money you made - train Smithing AND Speech!

Sell *nothing* without smithing it up.
Go mining, mine for ore, smelt the ore onsite (there's always a smelter near a mine!), improve something. Have nothing to improve? Make something, then improve it.

It takes *two* Perks in Smithing to let you improve magical stuff. Just two! (and a Smithing of 60, but THERE ARE DEER OUT THERE THOSE ARE SMITHING ON THE HOOF, LITERALLY)
Nov. 16th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you can own more than one house


My shortcuts are set to dual Thunderbolt, dual Glass Daggers, dual Fast Healing, Soul Siphon Ebony Longbow, and Dragonbane/Ebony Shield.
Nov. 16th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
You seem to enjoy dualing!
Nov. 16th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
There are some perks that ... um ... make it advisable to do so.

Those dual daggers let me one-shot giants in many circumstances.
Nov. 17th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
I use arrows for that.

This is extra-good because I can do it from waaaaaaaaaay over here, so if the giant has friends I can one-shot them too before they find me.
Nov. 17th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
I have found no combination of bow+mod+enchant+arrow that can one-shot giants, even with the 3X Sneak perk. I would certainly do that instead if I could.
Nov. 17th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm using: Ebony Bow (Flawless), Elven Arrows, 100 Archery Skill, all Archery perks, three different items of +20-35% Archery damage, and Sneak 100.

I was one-shotting giants before I got all this, but now I do it every time.
Nov. 18th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Also: I have just tested.

Daedric Bow Of +25 Fire and +25 Frost, Legendary.
100 Archery, all Perks.
100 Sneak, 3x Archery Damage perk.
Equipment of +160% Bow Damage.
Elven Arrows.

One-shots Giants on the highest difficulty.
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Nov. 17th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
On the keyboard, you hit "F" in your item list to favorite, and "Q" to pause and bring up your favorites list.

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Nov. 17th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Honestly? Dunno. Never hotkeyed one.
Nov. 17th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm reliably informed that while the favourites list is open, you can use 1-0 to assign favourites to a hotkey. I haven't done it yet.
Nov. 18th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
FWIW: Yes, open Favourites, then select an item and tap 1-0 to hotkey that item to the number.
Nov. 16th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Sheesh you got a house? Man I've only barely played enough to buy a horse. (lvl 5 here.)

The shortcuts/favorites thing is bothering me. I'm using a 360 controller on the PC version, but I can't get it to assign to the d-pad. Instead it just pauses the game and scrolls through a list of favorites. Sucks.

I mostly need quick access to Healing spell and then to re-equipping my left-handed axe. I'm using dual ancient war axes, one of which has some kind of enchant that sets things on fire when I hit them.

I kind of wish I hadn't started off with / accidentally got a bunch of damage spells. I want to sort of role play a little and stay in character this run as a blades only guy. But healing does come in handy.

I read a thing on reddit that said if you go by carriage from the starting town you can get to this salvage site/ruins and find a lot of bent scrap metal (not scrap metal, bent scrap metal) which smelts into valuable ingots. I'm probably gonna do that to raise money since hunting is unpleasant.
Nov. 17th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
You will run across many dungeons with dwemer bent scrap metal, struts, and pieces in them. Warning: It is very heavy, though does produce multiple ingots per piece.
Nov. 17th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
what do you all have as your shortcuts/favorites?

My favourites are:
* Ebony Bow
* Healing Spell
* Aura-sight Shout
* Life-drain Deadly Shout
* Force Shove Into Next Week Shout (I use this on bunnies!)
* Fire Shout
* Fire-Blasty Spell
* Cold-Blasty Spell
Nov. 17th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Obviously I need to go out shout-hunting more. I've mostly been doing, y'know, questy type stuff so far, especially factionish stuff.

I think the shouts I have right now are:

Time-slowy shout
Force-of-1000-Mjollnir's shout (yeah, I've got it to level 3 as i suspect from your description you do too)
Whirlwind "oh shit oh shit they're after me" sprint shout
I am the animals' FRIEND shout
Firey hot breathiness shout

I think other than the "Use the Force" shout, the only one I have another point in is the Whirlwind Sprint one.

Edit: Oh yeah, also have the ethereal body shout.

Edited at 2011-11-17 10:00 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I've got two words of Ethereal Body, and one each of Whirlwind Sprint, Fire Breath, and Frost Breath, too, I just don't hotkey them. I don't have time-slow or Animal Friend.

Seriously, screaming bunnies to death is the best thing.
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