The Redoran Ronin
(WIP, currently doing a playthrough and wanted to post my thoughts as I go)
"The Natural World is a great teacher, and I am its student. I have learned the art of warfare from the fierce sands of the great Alik'r. I have cultivated my mind in the deep swamplands of the Black Marsh. And now the divine’s have sent my soul to be forged in the icy crucible of Skyrim’s Snow-capped peaks. I can hear destiny's call, and I will answer."
Race: Dark Elf
Standing Stone: Atronach
Stat Spread: 0:1:1
Major Skills: One-handed, Light Armor,
Minor Skills: Alchemy, Smithing, Sneak
Motivation: To achieve harmony of Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Faction Allegiances: Companions, College of Winterhold, Bards College, Raven Rock, Dawnguard, Imperial Legion.
Mastery of Body
Questlines: Civil War (Legion), Companions (Cured lycanthropy)
Both the Civil war and Companions questlines are low-priority, but pure warrior aligned characters shine here. Both feature almost entirely Human enemies to fight, and we get to witness all the fabulous dual-wield kill cams at every-turn.
Mastery of Spirit
Questlines: Main Quest (for Greybeard’s training, and meditation with Paarthurnax), Side-quests from the Temples of the Divine’s: Book of Love, The Blessings of Nature.
Mastery of Mind
Questlines: College of Winterhold, Bard’s College.
One of my favorite side-characters in fantasy is Master Elodin, from the Name of the Wind. If you’ve read this book, you’ll remember the enigmatic “master namer” and his strange antics and pedagogy. This cryptic professor was respected for his unique and specific skills, but never fit in with the rest of the faculty. We imagine a non-mage dragonborn can fill a similar role for the college of winterhold as the school's only master alchemist, and master of the voice. Both of which are forms of magic. We know from Mirabelles opening dialogue that the archmage doesn’t run the affairs of the college, so the role of master wizard falls in the capable hands of Tolfdir. As Archmage, you come and go as you please, occasionally bringing apprentices along for in-field experience. Perhaps Savos Aren was the school's alchemist, that would make sense considering how much of his quarters are devoted to the alchemy garden as the centerpiece.
His primary weapons will be two un-enchanted blades swords. However, he can and should collect the unique katana's of the world as a small side-quest. Bolar's Oathblade, Dragonbane, Harkon's Sword, and Goldbrand.
The Gauldur Amulet is the most important piece. Three parts, one for body, one for mind, and one for spirit. Gauldur judges his soul in perfect balance and grants him the amulet.
Redoran Watchman's Helmet. The only piece of creation club content needed, but it is essential to the aesthetic!
Fur Armor. The waist-armor variant that still includes the shoulder shawl. This is done to showcase the gauldur amulet (like the loading screen orc), but we still want the cape to tie-in the
Leather boots//Hide Bracers. These both feature similar metalic studs to bind the leather, and they look great together. Fortunately, you can check around vendors for enchanted variants. Even base stats for health and stamina on both make a big difference.
Ring - Whatever you feel is lacking. Fortify one-handed is best in slot, but I used a ring of health for the entire playthrough. Dual-wield attacks are plenty strong once you reach lvl 70 in one-handed.
- Ash Barrier: Fortify Magicka Potion+Ironflesh+Bones of Earth. The Redoran Ronin uses his knowledge of Alchemy to create a defensive layer of hardened ash around him. By using an alteration spell that requires a fortify magicka potion first, it's easier to roleplay it as power gained from Alchemy rather than Alteration.
- Wrath of the Redoran: Dragon Aspect, Ancestor’s Wrath, Elemental Fury
This is my first new build after playing Elden Ring… and dual Katana’s while wearing the Ronin’s Set is a hard thing to let go of… The aesthetic of Yura’s ridiculous hat has a strange appeal.
This is the first of a few planned “alternate universe” builds. It’s a reimagined version of “The Redoran Swordmaster” from our youtube channel.
Creation Club content is used only for the Redoran Watchman’s Hat from “Ghosts of the Tribunal.” It’s really only used for the wide-brimmed, alien-looking hat aesthetic, but you could always just use something like the Morag Tong helmet if you don’t have any CC.