Excerpt: Welcome Respite (Re-blogged)

I had a lot of fun writing the TESO fan-fiction for the 2016 NaNoWriMo and posted some of the excerpts on the official gaming forums.

This is one of my personal favourites.

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Eyrie Of An Aries

*** Author’s Note: This is the first of some new excerpts of my fan-fiction, which was written during the NaNoWriMo challenge for 2016. I’m still debating on whether or not to participate in this year’s challenge, but I’ll be certain to let you know if I do!

© GDH 2016

Thunder rumbles overhead. This third storm in a fortnight heralds the changing of the seasons here in the tropical southwest of the continent. Steady rain falls and patters on the canvas tops of the merchant wagons at the trading post, the roofs of the various businesses and residences surrounding the merchant’s circle, and the carved stone top of the local transitus shrine.

Water runs down the curved stone pathway near the gated wall separating this province from the adjoining one; the extra security has been a necessity since the onset of the war. This pathway leads up the hill to…

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My Top 5 Posts – Personal Faves (Re-blogged)

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I wanted to spotlight my own personal favourites when it comes to posts of mine that I’ve published to date. I seem to have been wasting my time when it came to re-blogging others, so it’s time to re-focus on myself and my writings, and get back to that shameless self-promotion!

First off, one of my side-hobbies is gaming. I enjoy one online game in particular; those who have been reading me from the beginning, or who know me personally, are aware that it is the phenomenon known as The Elder Scrolls Online. Some people, who have never played a video game of any sort, might think that I am an obsessive gamer. Those who actually play, however, consider me a ‘noob’ because I don’t spend every free second that I have on the game. It’s all about perspective, which many people appear to lack! At any rate, TESO…

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New Year’s Eve: Party Preparations

In-game and in real life (IRL), plans for the evening festivities are in full swing! Enjoy these screen-shots and a bit of music to start the countdown. 11 hours remain in 2017 at the time of this post, in my corner of the world.

Here’s looking forward to the new year, as well as the new title for this blog. Cheers, everyone!

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A little self-immolation to stay warm during the cold ride

A blazing orb matches the essence of Sepultur’a Stone-Fire

Admiring the latest addition to the newest abode

Looks magnificent and terrible – an excellent combination

A prayer-scroll graces the observation tower

Paying homage to the mighty “Father of the Orcs”

Relaxing indoors with a drink

Time to cook up the feast – the guild-members will be hungry

For the strange ones called “vee-gins,” a nutritious bland paste will be served

Awaiting the arrival of honoured guests – let the drunken debauchery begin!

Sunday Screen-Shots

This evening wouldn’t be complete without some recent screen-shots, along with a bit of music. If you’re freezing your buns off across the USA then these five tunes should get you feeling warm in no time at all.

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5 On Friday: Musical Favourites

The new year arrives 10 days from today.

I have updated, edited, and streamlined my ‘About’ page and ‘Comment Policy.’ This blog page will still be titled ‘sepultura13,’ but the tags of ‘Random Ramblings’ and ‘Myriad Musings’ appear to be overused and worn out. The new header for this blog will be revealed in the new year.

For this “5 on Friday” post I offer the songs which used to grace my ‘About’ page. There is one minor song change but I think that it will go unnoticed. Nobody really read the page to begin with. C’est la vie.

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Solstice Blessings (Re-blogged)

Solstice blessings from me to you. Blessed be.

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’tis the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. The shortest day; the longest night. The cycle of the seasons continues on. Slowly, the days will start lengthening once again.

Blessed Solstice and Joyous Yuletide! I selected these songs and in-game screen-shots for your listening, and viewing, pleasure.

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New Moon on Monday Music

The new moon phase rarely occurs on a Monday, from what I’ve observed. Today is one such day. The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on Thursday, 21 December, which also marks the Winter Solstice here in the Northern hemisphere. The current Mercury retrograde transit will return direct on Friday, so I think some related music is in order.

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New Life Festival Screen-Shots: 1st Post 2017! (Re-blogged)

This in-game festival has returned, with new items and rewards to earn. I’ll take some screen-shots and post them when the event is over. Here’s a re-blog of images taken from last year.

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Well, here we are…1 January of 2017! I say “1st Post 2017,” because it is my first original post typed with my own fingers, not a re-blog of someone else’s post. I’m going to be doing some gaming and live-streaming the footage if the program decides to cooperate. In the meantime, please enjoy these in-game screen-shots that I took while taking part in the New Life Festival. I’m enjoying the fun, seasonal things that are being added to the game – they’re very entertaining. I’m also looking forward to checking out the player housing on the Public Test Server in a week or so! I usually don’t do ‘spoilers,’ but I really want to see what’s in store.

Talk at you all later!

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Sepultura’s Screen-Shots: Sundas, 17th Hearthfire (Re-blogged)

My shopping is done so it is time for some gaming. Enjoy this re-blog of some screen-shots, and check out my Twitch channel to watch some of the in-game action – if the higher-than-normal weekend population doesn’t cause major crashes, that is!

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It’s been some time since I posted screen-shots of my in-game action, and there is quite a bit to catch up on! Enjoy the scenery, won’t you?

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A rapturous explosion of sun-worship

Wabbajack…

Wabbajack…

WABBAJACK!!!

Trajectory of a trebuchet: hit the wall which has the health bar!

Ballistae and a battering ram at the door of a keep – ’tis all about the penetration.

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The Doctor has taken up the scroll…

…run, you clever boy!

The TARDIS has been crowned Empress!

Time for some much-needed, well-earned rest and relaxation.

Admiring a newly acquired statue…

Sepultur’a greets her consort.

Wine and music in the private courtyard…

Titanborn sings and plays a soft serenade for his lady love.

The empress, resplendent in her regalia!

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Five For Friday (On A Saturday): More Of The Elder Scrolls Online!

It is time for another gaming-related post, as this month marks the 2-year anniversary of a major expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online. The land of the Orcs, Wrothgar, was opened for exploration on 2 November, 2015. The anniversary event is currently ongoing in-game, offering bonus experience points, rare weapons and armour sets, and much more!

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this game, here is a bit of information about it:

“From Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Studios comes the next chapter in The Elder Scrolls Saga; The Quest to save Tamriel begins spring 2014” ―The Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay Trailer

The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and commonly abbreviated as ESO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was announced in May 2012 and was released for PC and Mac on April 4th, 2014.[1] It is the eighth game in The Elder Scrolls series. On June 9th, 2015, the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developed by the team at ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The Elder Scrolls Online features a Buy-to-Play model similar to previous Elder Scrolls titles, where one purchases the game for a flat fee and can play it for free afterwards, but there is also an optional membership program, ESO Plus, which grants bonuses such as increased XP gain and free access to all DLC Packs. The game has an in-game cash shop, the Crown Store, where things such as vanity items and cosmetic mounts are sold for a premium currency called Crowns, but nothing that gives players a significant advantage over another will be sold.

Buying the Imperial Edition gives players the option to play as an Imperial, craft Imperial gear, convert existing gear into the Imperial style, gives an Imperial horse with standard stats, a mudcrab vanity pet and the Pledge of Mara, which allows players to marry.

With no further preamble, I offer up my five favourite expansions / DLCs which have been added to the game since the original launching!

Wrothgar / Orsinium: As I mentioned above, this expansion launched on 2 November 2015 and allowed players to explore a large portion of the homeland of the Orcs. Two large dungeons provide challenges for the solo or grouped explorer, and the Maelstrom Arena is the only solo delve which gives one the opportunity to earn a unique, in-game costume and title. I have yet to complete the Arena, and plan on live-streaming my next attempt at it! “Flawless Conquerer” is a worthy title to bear, no?

Thieves Guild: Launched on 7 March 2016, this expansion opens up a peninsula south of the great desert and allows a player to assist in a storyline involving – well, thievery! A new skill line was also introduced, as well as new motifs for crafting new styles of armour and weapons. There is an unofficial side quest which, if you complete it, grants you a unique usable memento and a nifty in-game costume. Show your friends (and foes) that you are a master thief, and that they should watch their pockets closely when you are around…not that it will help, LOL!

Dark Brotherhood: This expansion went live on 31 May 2016, and allowed players to experience one of the best storylines from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The assassinations and escapes were always a lot of fun during the single-player experience; now, you can experience the pleasures, pitfalls, and general dark intrigue of a tight-knit sanctuary which is being targeted by unknown forces. Who is assassinating the assassins? A limited-edition manor can also be found here – it might be offered up again on the anniversary of this expansion.

Morrowind / Vvardenfell: This expansion brings back the homeland of the Dark Elves, first explored by many in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It was launched on 22 May of this year, providing another full land to explore and many fun things to earn and acquire. The addition of player housing to ESO also offered up three abodes; two of standard availability, and one limited-edition “wizard’s tower,” which are in styles and designs unique to the land. The main storyline here has you assisting one of the legendary “living gods” and saving him – and the land – from certain annihilation.

Clockwork City: This is the newest expansion, and one that is a lot of fun! Released on 17 September of this year, this Steampunk-styled land adds more places to explore, storylines to complete, and motifs for crafting which make one look like a cybernetic automatron. The house offered here is quite the bragging-piece, and the collectibles you can earn mark your character as quite the clever and intrepid explorer!

New screen-shots will be posted soon; for now, enjoy these three gaming trailers which show the game in detail. The following footage accurately depicts the in-game action, as they aren’t just the cinematic trailers! Enjoy…

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