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Fallout Character Build Events

Image result for fallout 4Given the recent success of our Skyrim Character Build events and contests, we'd like to do the same for Fallout Builds. The first step of course is gauging people's interests for these events. So whether you'd love to participate, or hate the very thought of it all we want to hear from you. Take the time to vote in our poll on the home page and share your thoughts in the accompanying thread. 

https://theskyforge.ning.com/discussion-forums/poll-fallout-character-building-event

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Character Build Showcase - Divayth Fyr

830847108?profile=RESIZE_710xHey guys, we're back again with another Character Build Showcase! This week's featured build is the man, the myth, the legend himself, Divayth Fyr by Elysium. A builds that stands out among the rest as one of the few builds in our entire archive to take players all the way to level 81 mastering just about every skill tree along the way. As always I'd like to start out with an excerpt from the author themselves to give an idea of what this build is all about. 

At his heart of hearts, Divayth Fyr is a scientist and researcher, a true ancient scholar. He doesn’t have one area of interest, but is hungry for all knowledge and answers. He relishes ancient secrets. Collect all books, books from Morrowind or strange things, but even novels or poetry can fill his shelves. From the ancient civilizations of the Dwemer and the Nords to the obscure magic of Oblivion and beyond, he wants to know everything. Think of the weird and strange magical places and things in Skyrim, from the Gildergreen to the Relics of Ahzidal. He’s a magical tourist.

Visionary. Madman. Legend. Divayth Fyr is the oldest living mortal in the history of Tamriel, at an astonishing 4000+ years of age. He has bore witness of many of Tamriel's most historic events from the rise and fall of the Tribunal to the crowning of the first Emperor. A man as accomplished as Divayth Fyr has quite literally been everywhere, done everything, and got the t-shirt while he was at it.

Elysium's rendition of this famed figure lives up to the legend, aspiring to master everything, and all that and more is reflected in both the gameplay and roleplay. Througout your playthrough you'll master a whopping twelve skill trees as you journey through Skyrim, unlocking its many mysteries, and come away with unrivaled versatility. Battlemage, sorcerer, ranger, barbarian, and everything in between. With his vast knowledge and experience Divayth Fyr can be anything and do anything the battle calls for. So, if you've been searching high and low for the ultimate character build up for just about everything the game has to offer, I cannot recommend this build enough. Elysium's intimate knowledge of the lore surrounding the prolific sorcerer and brilliant gameplay mechanics are what truly sets this build apart. 

And with that we shall wrap up this showcase. As always, don’t forget to leave a like and/or comment on the build if you enjoy it. 

Keep building friends! Because you never know which build we'll feature next, and it might just be yours!

 

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Hey guys, welcome back to another Character Build Showcase, where we  feature a Build on the Home Page. It could be any Build, from any Group on the Forge, it could even be yours. Last week, we had Pixel showcase Matt Feeney‘s The Way-Maker. This week, I decided to go with something that should give our participants some ideas for our Second Contest, Bloodlines. Our very own TexasC4’s The Spellsword Crusader, here’s a taste about it;

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“Tamriel, Dawn’s Beauty in the language of the Aldmeris.  But amongst the beauty, evil lurks in the shadows… evil you will cleansing with Divine light.”

The Spellsword Crusader focuses on an ex-Vigilant to Stendarr, whom still upholds their ways - well most of them. While also using a combination of Schools which I rarely see - Illusion and Restoration. Both two very supportive skills, which actually are implemented rather well. TexasC4, also uses the Spellsword Crusaders’ backstory and RP in many ways, one such being the reasoning for certain Illusion spells, particular weapons as well as dealing with the Divines and Daedric Princes. 

All  in all, I highly recommend the Spellsword Crusader, from its RP and Skills, to its Backstory. Don’t forget to give it a like and comment too while you’re at it. Keep tuned in for next week guys, as who knows what Build will be showcased and from where, it might even be yours! So keep on building guys!

 

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Bloodlines - A Skyrim Character Building Contest

 

3508204447?profile=RESIZE_710xWelcome one and all the The SkyForge's second ever Skyrim Character Building contest! The previous contest was a massive success which brought in some of the best Skyrim builds to ever grace this community, and we aim to repeat that success with our latest contest. 

So come on in and enjoy a friendly competition among friends and compete for a chance to win fabulous prizes, but only if you prove you're the best of the best. For more details on the contest please click the link below. There you can sign up for the contest. Best of luck to all those who compete!

https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/tes-character-building/character-build-events/bloodlines-a-skyrim-character-building-contest

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The Tel Mora Independent Press Vol. 2, Issue 1

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Volume 2, Issue 1 of The Tel Mora Independent Press is now available for viewing and/or download. In this exciting new issue we take a look at.... 

Forces in Conflict

Is disagreement possible without devolving into tribal ideological conflicts?

Trinimac as Tall Papa?

Banu Hanimasaishi makes a compelling argument for considering Trinimac as Ruptga

Mythopoetic Enchantments

Discussing the mythopoetic techniques used to create Tamriel's most famous artifacts

Interview with the Hist

Talking to plants, or talking to unfathomable roots that reach beyond time and space?

.... And so much more. And also featured in this issue is a short story submission by our very own Kendrix Trixie! Follow the link below or click the image to be taken to the article page!

https://tinyurl.com/y25yhsmq

 

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Character Build Showcase - The Way-Maker

3504514806?profile=RESIZE_710xHail, adventurers! Welcome to another of our weekly Character Build Showcase posts, where we at the Skyforge draw some attention to a build that has gone far more unnoticed than it deserves. Last week we re-publicized The Prodigal Son, the amazing Fallout character build by The Long Chapper (a.k.a. Lissette). Thanks to Curse for writing up that showcase! Last time I wrote a showcase, we covered a necromacy build, so I decided I'd go in a different direction this time around and draw some attention to a build with a healing, life-giving archetype. The Way-Maker by Matt Feeney fit the bill perfectly. An absolute classic originating on the Tamriel Vault, Matt rebooted the build and posted it here on the Forge. The build comes with some awesome lore steeped in Redguard religious tradition:

Have you heard the Story of the Way-Maker? I thought not, few have. They say that when the End Times begins, the great and all-powerful HoonDing shall arise once again. Arise to carry the star children into the next Cycle. The HoonDing has always lead us forward; crown, rebel, or sword, he has always been there. But the next avatar, he shall truly accept his role. He will not stand as Crown, Sword, or Rebel, he shall stand as all. He will be the Thrice-Bled Guide. A Crown, for his faith will be unshakable. A Sword, for he will pierce through all that stand in the way of Morwha's children. And a Rebel, for in his quest he will shake the pillars that bind this world and defy the heathen gods. Now break the shackles, my child, lest your hand be severed when you are freed...

Matt has put together a build with an interesting format. The Way-Maker comes with some of the most interesting and rewarding progression I've ever seen in a build. He begins his quest as a simple acolyte of the HoonDing, named The Wanderer. In this basic form, the Way-Maker relies on clever battlefield maneuvering and hiding behind/buffing any follower that has accompanied him on his journey. As he steps more into his role as HoonDing's Chosen, the Way-Maker becomes The High Priest, a form in which he has unlocked many arcane secrets. He uses many ancient staves to give him the upper hand in battle, and most importantly, uses the Voice of HoonDing to call his enemies to his side. Finally, as the Way-Maker truly becomes the Avatar of HoonDing, he can call upon the power of his God and truly become unstoppable in the form of The HoonDing

Matt's build features incredible gameplay mechanics at every stage, and the progression from Wanderer to Avatar is a truly motivating and rewarding experience. If any of this even remotely piques your interest, I highly recommend you click the link above and check out the work that Matt has put into this build.

Well? What are you still reading this post for? Get over there to that epic build and be sure to leave behind a like and a comment. 

As usual, you'll see another highlighted build here on the front page of the Forge next week. Definitely keep an eye out, because that build could even be one of your own. There's a countless archive of incredible builds on here, and we want to see that grow. So, my dear adventurers, continue the great work on character builds. Glory awaits those who seek it!

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Fallout Build Showcase - The Prodigal Son

3171330055?profile=RESIZE_710xHey guys, I thought maybe we could do something different for this week's Character Build Showcases and feature a Fallout build. From now on we're going to try featuring a Fallout build perhaps once or twice a month. As is always the case with these showcases we present a build that exemplifies the best content this community has to offer and feature it prominently on the homepage. But with that out of the way let's dig into this week's build. The honor of being our first Fallout Build Showcase goes to The Prodigal Son by The Long Chapper aka Lissette! As is tradition at this point we'll start this showcase off with an excerpt from the author herself:  

"If you think about the plot of Blade Runner and Fallout 4, you can't help but notice the parallels between the story of Roy Batty, Blader Runner's main "antagonist" and the Sole Survivor. The questions of their humanity, their survival skills, their confrontations with Tyrell and Father. It was very cool to me, and I had been toying with a Roy Batty build even before the Cyperpunk 2287 Event rolled out. More so than Deckard, Batty's experience in Blade Runner is a journey to spiritual empathy, full of symbolism. He becomes, depending on your interpretation of the film, more human than the actual humans. How does this translate to Fallout 4's world? Well, in a build that unlocks Batty's "Limitless Potential" by focusing on unarmed and energy weapons; using VATS, chems, and perks to recreate the strength, agility, and endurance of the Nexus 6 replicant, and giving him a thoughtful quest arc that expands upon his story in Blade Runner and places it in the context of the Fallout 4 universe."

The parallels between Blade Runner and Fallout 4 are unmistakable and Lissette has done an absolutely brilliant job of weaving elements of the movie into her build - so brilliant infact that you may even begin to question your own character's humanity. Are you truly real? Who can be sure when your last memories are of narrowly escaping nuclear annihilation?

Much like Roy Batty, the main antagonist of the film and chief inspiration for the build, there are two sides to the Prodigal Son. On one hand he is the exceptionally articulate top of the line synth, and in times of peace his supreme intelligence is displayed. But its when the situation has turned violent or when he doesn't get what he wants that the Prodigal Son is at his most dangerous, lashing out with an unforgiving rage and the unyielding strength of a machine. 

So much praise goes to Lissette for taking a much loved film and flawlessly integrating its best elements into the game. The Prodigal Son offers players a deep, multi-stage roleplay experience which will leave them questioning what it means to be human and what it means to be free. But if you're more interested in gameplay you can rest easy because this build does not dissapoint. Fighting as the Prodigal Son will leave you feeling very much like a synth. Through VATS and chems the superior strength agility and reflexes of a machine-man are simulated. 'Nerd Rage', a perk which boosts damage, speed, and recovery when critically injured is emblematic of the deep-seated rage dwelling within Roy Batty just waiting to be unleashed whenever he finds himself backed into a corner. 

And with that we shall wrap up this showcase. As always, don’t forget to leave a like and/or comment on the build if you enjoy it. 

Keep building friends! Because you never know which build we'll feature next, and it might just be yours!

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Skywind Gameplay Stream

Hey everyone, Lee here. For those wondering, this years Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The TESRenewal will be revealing some *brand new* Skywind gameplay footage today on Friday 23rd of August at 2:15pm (CEST) - live. You've heard that correctly. Live streamed from Gamescom. For those who are there in person, head over at Hall 10.1, booth E70 and drop by and say hello for me!

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For those wondering what Skywind is, click on the image above

You can watch it streamed online with Gamestar at the following links. I have also heard of rumours of a possible interview - who knows?

Note: Due to it being streamed from Cologne, it will be in German to my knowledge. Also, I believe the gameplay/stream will be uploaded a few hours after the official stream.

P.S. The Skywind Stream starts around -3:19:00

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Character Build Showcase: The Black Dragon

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14275539?profile=RESIZE_710xHello and welcome back to another weekly build showcase! In these showcase’s we take a build that is a stellar example of what the site has to offer and feature it prominently on the homepage for a week. You never know when it might be your own in the spotlight! Last week we had JustJam’s terrifyingly amazing Rotting Beast, an Argonian who is adept at making all things associated with poison and disease work in beautiful synergy to make for a real powerhouse of debilitations. This week we are taking to the shadows with Avispon’s Black Dragon, based off of ESO's Lyra Viria. With some serious skills in subterfuge and plenty of enticing ways to approach combat The Black Dragon promises for both an awesome and diverse playthrough. The build also boasts one of the most impressive and natural story arcs I’ve seen in a while. Here is a snippet of what you can expect from the build….

 WHO IS LYRA VIRIA?

Lyra is the main antagonist in the Elder Scrolls Online Dark Brotherhood storyline. Without spoiling the entire story, she at one point served the Dark Brotherhood as a Silencer, and later betrayed the Family as the Black Dragon—the First Sword and right hand of a corrupt priest of Akatosh. Eventually she abandoned Akatosh as well, and when if the player defeats her, her soul is hauled off to the Void. For reference she appears in two in-game journals, her own (The Black Dragon’s Journal) and that of her erstwhile Brother, Green-Venom-Tongue (Venom’s Sanctuary Marginalia) 

The chaos of the 4th Era threatens Sithis and Akatosh, and their influence on Mundus, as much as it does Skyrim’s people. This playthrough assumes that these gods strike desperate bargains with Lyra, who was once a powerful avatar for both of them. She accepts their quests, but her former experiences have left her wary of trusting blindly in gods or their proxies. She seeks redemption but also freedom and independence from Sithis, Akatosh and the shackles of any Tamrielic religion. 

Is she up to fulfilling their tasks? Will she succumb to the same weaknesses that once led her astray, or will she find a new resolve and achieve true freedom?

GAMEPLAY:

Lyra's mastery of her various skills, combined with the power of her enchantments, opens up new avenues for combat. She is more capable in each discipline, and also learns to combine those disciplines in creative ways. I forced myself back into stealth mode every so often to keep things diverse, but eventually Lyra had no need for the shadows and could tussle with anyone and anything in the game.

COMBAT MOVES:

Dawnbreaker of Smiting: Regular Attack, Forward Power Attack, Sideways Power Attack, Varied Attacks.

All one-handed perks come together in this deadly maneuver. Lyra's regular attack boosts subsequent power attack damage (Cross Cut), her forward power attack sets the enemy bleeding (Falling Sword), her sideways power attack knocks the enemy back (Windswept), and if they are not already dead, their low health and bleed state will cause her next attacks to do massive damage (Falling Sword). Takes a bit of practice. Use of the actual Dawnbreaker sword against the undead is optional, but extremely satisfying.

Forward Momentum: Survival Instinct & Tempting Fate Perks, Dodged Power Attack, Slow Time (one word).

This is a cousin of the beloved Quick Reflexes / Slow Time glitch. By dodging a power attack while activating Slow Time, you will be 30% faster while everyone else slows down. You are channeling Akatosh's time mastery to create a wide speed differential between you and your enemies for a short window of opportunity.

Ritual of Retribution: Warrior’s Flame Perk, Related Perks.

As noted above. You merely need to be present and this "move" will occur on its own. With all of the restoration perks listed, Lyra will randomly (and with fair frequency) become nearly unstoppable for 10-second chunks of time, while sapping her enemies’ strength and straight up roasting the undead.

Eye of the Storm: Shadowbond, 3x Lightning Rune, Any Ranged Attack.

Lyra combines the stealth of Sithis with the power of Akatosh with this attack. Shadowbond turns you and an enemy invisible, and when you break that invisibility you swap places with that enemy. Cast three runes from stealth at your feet, then cast Shadowbond, then break stealth however you wish. You will appear where your enemy was, and he or she will appear on top of your runes and, as they say, will get rekt. Combined with Demolition Job, few enemies can survive this. Fortunately for game balance, this move is a pain to set up, so you won’t be tempted to use it that often.  

WRAPPING THINGS UP

If a hardy resourceful Nightblade is up your alley, look no further, you’ve found one of the best! Avispon has done a very awesome job with this character – particularly for their first foray into character building, so pop on over and give The Black Dragon a like and a read, and be sure to tell Avispon your thoughts. And so, we come to the end, thank you for checking out this week’s build showcase and keep an eye open next week because your build could be up next!

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History of the TES Fandom

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Our new friend Amarithius of the Tel Mora Independent Press would like your help answering a few questions regarding your history within the TES fandom. He'll be writing an editorial piece for their monthly article and would like to gather as many different perspectives as possible. Your first experiences with TES games and your experiences interracting with TES fans and communities are just a few of the questions he'd like your help answering. If you'd like to share your experience please follow the link below. 

https://theskyforge.ning.com/discussion-forums/skyforge-i-need-you-for-a-history-of-the-tes-fandom

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Hey guys, welcome back to another Character Build Showcase, where we prominently feature a Build on the Home Page. It could be any Build, even yours. In last week's post, we had my own Lazareth the Risen, a Necromancer who for reasons unknown works to the main goal of all Necromancers - Lichdom - with a major focus on roleplay and personal objectives. This week, we decicded to feature a build, who perverts the natural order and focuses on the decaying energies of it. The Rotting Beast by JustJam! Here's a quick taste from the Build to give you an idea what it's all about.

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"She came to me that night as I lay rotting in the swamps, the hackwings circling above. Her words were the maggots eating away dead flesh from my wounds, the pus forming to fight my infection. She spoke the truths I was too afraid to see.

Perhaps there was a time when the Hist was good for us. A time before our race were used as common slaves. A time before we were taken from our own homes, growing old knowing nothing but chains and punishments. The Hist did nothing but watch. It’s only act? To protect itself from Oblivion, from the invading force. I see through it- we are no freer than under the Dunmer."

The Rotting Beast is truly devastating character, focusing on having summons and debilitating poisons - but not from the Alchemy tree. Using Ordinator as well as Wintersun - as a cherry on top - JustJam uses several Perks from Light Armor, Restoration and Conjuration as well as passives granted from Wintersun. All centered around decaying poisons and massive DoT in a short time. Some of the perks used (to give you an idea) are:

Hissing Dragon - You may choose a damage type (fire, frost, shock, poison, disease or sun). Unarmed attacks unleash a shockwave that deals the chosen damage type to all targets in front of you. Requires two free hands. Does not activate while sneaking.
   -From the Light Armor tree in Ordinator (The Rotting Beast chooses Poison obviously)

Plague Doctor - Radiate a zone of pestilent death that reduces the poison and disease resistance of enemies approaching within 40 feet by 50% for 30 seconds.
   -From the Restoration skill tree in Ordinator

A Plague Upon Thee - If a reanimated undead is destroyed within 20 seconds, the attacker is stricken with a Daedric disease that deals 40 damage per second for 20 seconds. Those who have this perk are immune.
   -From the Conjuration tree in Ordinator

From those still wondering - synergy is the name of the game - and JustJam does it beautifully. If this entices you at all, even to read JustJam's Build, we highly recommend it - and it's JustJam's first Build as well. Don't forget to leave a comment and a like on the Rotting Beast as well.

We'll continue these Showcases next week, and who knows who's build will be showcased next. It could just as well be yours featured on the Home Page of the Sky Forge! So keep on building guys!

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The Tel Mora Independent Press

3416575912?profile=RESIZE_710xRecently I've had the pleasure of speaking with the fine folks behind the Tel Mora Independent Press, a collaborative monthly article featuring in depth lore analysis, fan fiction, and even poetry. I could ramble on all day about the wonderful work these guys are doing but I think they can explain things a lot better than I can:

"The Tel Mora Independent Press is a collaborative work of like-minded individuals who have a passion for The Elder Scrolls lore while engaging in creative works that examine literary, psychological, religious, philosophical, and societal ideas. We don’t believe TES is just a game series; we believe it is much more than that. We specialize in narratives, prose, poetry, articles, and serial stories that investigate what TES lore can be.

We operate under the notion that reality within the TES universe is subjective and to be determined by the individual, rather than by an objective set of blurry and contradictory half-truths. Lore is what you make it."

To date the Tel Mora Independent press spans 12 issues and dozens upon dozens of lore articles and fan fiction stories. For the writers and lore fiends out there I cannot recommend enough that you check this place out. Follow these links below to view their archive and join their discord. 

http://www.telmoraindependent.net/

https://discord.gg/nfnUrHA

 

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Character Build Showcase - Lazareth the Risen

3400919484?profile=RESIZE_710xHail, adventurers! In case you missed it last week, we've got the Character Build Showcase series back up and running. In last week's post we highlighted an amazing build that focused on hunting down mages with a fiery passion while avoiding any use of the foul arcane arts. This week we're featuring a character that is precisely the sort of mage that Shadon's Mage Hunter would have liked to snuff out. Lazareth the Risen by Lee Fiskillis Carpenter! Here's a quick excerpt from the build to give you an idea of what its all about. 

Many Necromancers believe that achieving the state of Lichdom is the ultimate goal of Necromancy. Very few Necromancers have succeeded in becoming a Lich. Ascending to Lichdom is an extremely risky endeavour, and it is unique in some ways to each Necromancer who attempts it. There is only one known path which is somewhat well-known but most of the details are well hidden.

Lazareth is a truly dastardly character, with a major focus on impressive roleplaying and personal objectives. Not only is he himself an accomplished Necromancer, but he is capable of hunting down and destroying any other necromancers who might seek to oppose him with brutal efficiency. He makes effective use out of both the Ritual and Atronach Stones, allowing him to both raise his own armies of undead and counter those of his dangerous contemporaries. 

This build features not only cool gameplay mechanics, but very deep multi-stage style of roleplaying reminiscent of something like the Alchemist's Apotheosis from BlackBlood. Lazareth begins his journey as any other necromancer (albiet a skilled one) and embarks on a quest that leads him down the dark road toward Lichdom. From there, you can enjoy god-like gameplay featuring insanely strong Thralls, armies of undead, and icey magick colder than the hands of Death himself. 

If any of this interests you, please click the link above and give it a read. Although it is a bit of a long one, its worth every second of your time that you can spare. With everything from trickery of Daedric Princes to betraying loyal followers and raising armies of undead, this is the ultimate necromancer playthrough for anyone who has been looking to get into that archetype while also getting a fresh experience.

This is a terribly underrated build, so please don't forget to leave a like and a comment if you do get the time to drop by. 

We'll be continuing this series of highlights next week, and who knows? YOUR build might be featured here on the front page! We've got such a creative community here with a lot to offer, so keep building adventurers! Glory awaits!

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Attention All Minecraft Builders!!

The Skyforge is having its first non-Skyrim event, taking place in Minecraft. Any players with Java on PC or Mac can participate in a large-scale community re-creation and re-imagination of Whiterun from Skyrim! Please check it out and see if you are interested. 

https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/misc-gaming-corner/forum/community-minecraft-building-project-whiterun-reforged

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Character Build Showcase - The Mage Hunter

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Hey guys, after a long hiatus we're back again with more Character Build Showcases! For those of you not familiar each week we'll be prominently featuring a build on the home page. It could be any build. It could even be your build! But for now lets get down to business. This week's feature build has been the talk of the town in our Discord channel and its the Mage Hunter by Shadon! As is tradition at this point we'll start this showcase off with an excerpt from the author himself.  

"This is my first-ever build that I've posted anywhere, so I wanted to keep things simple. Like, really simple. So simple in fact, that things got back to complicated. I had noticed that the majority of witchhunter builds ended up using a ton of magic to fight magic, in a become-the-thing-you-hate-most sort of way, and while I'm a sucker for irony, I wanted to try out something I had never done before: a no-magic build. The Mage Hunter is thoroughly disgusted by magic, and will avoid it whenever possible, including spells, enchanted gear, and potions. This highly-aggressive approach against magic brought with it a few problems, which I had to delve into an often-neglected aspect of the game to overcome "

The Mage Hunter isnt your typical witch hunter. Whereas most witch hunters use magick to fight magick the Mage Hunter casts aside any and all magickal spells and augmentations, and comes at his spell slinging foes with martial prowess more formidable than any spell they can throw at him. 

The perk overhaul Ordinator features a number of defensive perks that mitigate or even nullify enemy magick. All of which are accessible to and make sense for a character who refuses to use magick of any kind. The Mage Hunter takes advantage of all of these perks and is a deadly adversary to any mage. In lieu of potions to heal the Mage Hunter uses the often neglected cooking system to craft health and stamina restoring meals. 

Much props goes to Shadon for creating such a fun and interesting build on his first attempt. The Mage Hunter presents both a fun, unique challenge and a clever new take on a classic Elder Scrolls archetype. If you haven't checked it out already click the link above to check out the Mage Hunter. 

As always, don’t forget to leave a like and/or comment on the build if you enjoy it.

Next week, it might just be YOUR build that gets featured so keep building friends!

 

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3386487705?profile=RESIZE_710xWelcome one and all to our newest event Stories of Skyrim! This is a unique cross over event between our Skyrim Character Building and Story Corner group where you'll be teamed up with a partner to craft both a short story and a build for an original character of your creation. 

Whether you like making character builds or writing stories theres something in this event for everyone.

Follow the link below to learn more details about this event and sign up to join!

https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/the-story-corner/featured-works/cross-group-character-build-event-stories-of-skyrim

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We Have Our Winners!

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After much deliberation we have finally determined the winners for The Sky Forge's first ever character building contest. The grand winner coming in at 1st place is The Sea Ghost by The Long Chapper

The Long Chapper, also known as Lissette, amazed the contest judges with her stunning build presentation and masteful incorporation of little known lore elements into her build. The end result is a haunting marauder who seeks souls rather than material plunder, set to send chills down your spine. Take a look at what the judges had to say:

"The build demonstrates a very acute and meticulous understanding and implementation of lore, with the in-world text as a foundation. You did a great job bringing it to life with your character. This is a book I hadn’t read before, and you sparked my interest."

"Holy crap, dude. That backstory piece at the top. It immediately drew me in and it amazes me how you took a relatively not well known piece of lore and expanded it into a full build and story. This bit of lore perfectly connected with the other aspects of the build."

"The build has excellent roleplaying aspects. The roleplaying seamlessly connects with the lore and gameplay. You know everything about the character that you need to know from reading and no recommended quest feels out of place. Great job!"

Just reading the build makes it abundantly clear that Lissettee put nothing less than her best effort forward, and the amount of research and testing that went into this build shows just how much pride Lissette takes in her creative work. The Sea Ghost is a definite must play for anyone seeking a deep and involved roleplay heavy character with some really neat gameplay to boot. I for one will certainly be giving this build a try soon!

 

 

Nipping right at the heels of The Sea Ghost and coming in at 2nd place is The Sea of Ghost Siren by Kendrix Trixie. Among the contest's numerous impressive entries it was the Sea of Ghosts Siren along with the Sea Ghost that stood out the most. Kendrix is well known for her attention grabbing writing and her latest venture, a long dead argonian lost at sea and hell bent on revenge, is no different. Take a look at what the judges had to say: 

"Amazing interpretation of real-world mythology. Lore fits neatly into TES lore and accomplishes everything it needs to. Informs the reader how the character would act whilst allowing interpretations of that background. Story is well crafted and shines with polish and thought."

"Build clearly presents a complex and authentic character with rules and motivations that feel consistent and appropriate. Some minor hand waving to make the different elements combine, but overall it’s pretty effective and interesting to me."

Kendrix has done a wonderul job of integrating elements of Argonian lore and real world siren myths into her build. In a contest where one would expect no shortage of scimitar waving rabble rousers, Kendrix went a completely different direction. A vengeful undead marauder driven to seek vengeance against those who enslaved and doomed her to die at sea is a far departure from what I expected, but a very welcome surprise nontheless. 

The gameplay is as unique and involved as the roleplay and lore, possessing quite a lot of different poison, bleed and disease aspects that compliment each other well. Perfect for exacting the revenge the Hist demands in the most gruesome ways possible. If you're looking to sow some chaos in the name of the Hist then I think you've found the right build!

 

 

Coming in at 3rd place is the Cutthroat by Lee Fiskilis Carpenter . I'd be remiss if I didn't note how tight the race for 3rd place was. 3rd place was was a very close call with at least 4 builds of exceptionally high quality vying for the spot, each no more than 2 points apart. But coming out on top was the Cutthroat, beating out the Dead Tide by NomadDash by just a fraction of a point!

As the first build submitted for the contest the Cutthroat set a very high bar and made for a tough contender to beat. Lee's build took the quintissential pirate and married it to the worst things everyone expects out of Khajiits - the theivery, the piracy, and skull-duggery and turned into this awesome pirate cat.   

Here's what the judge's had to say:

"While the concept isn’t super unique, it's still compelling and executed very well"

"The build does a very good job integrating a fringe lore faction in a believable and creative manner"

"I really like the use of mods. It feels mild, but also fits the build and the explanations of perks and how they fit the character."

The Cutthroat cleverly combines the unique pickpocket, one-handed, and stealth perks found in the Ordinator perk overhaul mod to create an underhanded duelist who sets his enemies up to fail well before the sabers start clashing. Lee's done a brilliant job creating a fun, fast paced build that rewards quick reaction, decisive strikes, and skillful sabotague. You couldn't ask for a build that feels more like a pirate than the Cutthroat!

 

And there you have it folks, the winners of the Pirates of Tamriel Character Building Contest. Take a moment to say congrats to the winners and let them know what you think of their builds. If you missed the chance to take part in this contest dont sweat it, we have many more contests planned for the future! 

Check out our contest thread to read the full break down of the judge's decisions and scores for the contest. 

 https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/tes-character-building/character-build-events/pirates-of-tamriel-a-skyrim-character-building-contest

 

 

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New Changes to Fallout Character Building


72cf81b8-5702-488b-9d44-fe8e3148c43c-3568-000003b861fa1a15.jpg?w=1400&profile=RESIZE_180x180I'll be the first to admit that we have been neglecting the Fallout side of The Sky Forge, and we'd like to change that. If you head on over to the Fallout Character Building Group you'll notice two new additions. I've added both a Fallout Build Archive and WIP Character Build section. The two sections function just like their Skyrim Character Build counter parts. 

For those not in the know, the WIP section allows you to post your unfinished Fallout builds where others may see them and offer their thoughts and criticism. Its a great place to gather feedback on your next Fallout build or simply a place to store your unfinished builds as you work out the details.

The Fallout Archive features a compendium of tags meant to aid in quickly navigating The Sky Forge's growing collection of Fallout builds. Adding your builds to the archive is as simple as typing into the tag section of your build discussion the archive tags that best represent your character build .

Be sure to stay tuned to as we have many more awesome things planned for the Fallout CB group!

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May the Best Pirate Win!

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We've finally arrived at the judging portion of this contest. Ten contestants have submitted builds, and over the course of the next week and a half our panel of judges shall decide which build will reign supreme. 

The builds will be scored in 4 separate categories: Gameplay, Presentation, Lore, Roleplay. Each build will also be awarded bonus points based on number of likes up to 10. For more details on the judge's rubric be sure to check out the contest thread linked below and feel free to ask questions. 

The judges will post their decisions to that aformentioned thread on the 4th of July. Bountiful rewards await the contestants behind the top 3 builds. While we await the judges' decisions be sure to root for your favorite build. For those who missed out don't be dismayed. We have plenty of contests and challenges planned for the near future. 

https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/tes-character-building/character-build-events/pirates-of-tamriel-a-skyrim-character-building-contest

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Welcome everyone to our first ever character building contest! Here you can emjoy a friendly competition among friends and win fabulous prizes, but only if you prove you're the best of the best. For more details on the contest please click the link below. There you can sign up for the contest. Best of luck to all those who compete!

https://theskyforge.ning.com/groups/tes-character-building/character-build-events/pirates-of-tamriel-a-skyrim-character-building-contest

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