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A Beginner’s Adventure in Vvardenfell – Part 1

Hi guys! Please excuse the formatting, I’m on mobile. I just wanted to have some fun documenting my experiences as an almost first-time player of Morrowind. This is my first REAL time playing the game, beyond wandering around Seyda Neen and not much else in the past. I’m playing the GOTY edition on Xbox 360 simply because that’s what I own, and my computer would explode if I tried to run it on there.

As is sort of a tradition every time I start a new TES game, my character is a female Khajiit. This time around, my Nerevarine is named Tsaava, with a custom class that is largely focused on being sneaky. Majors skills are Short Blade, Security, Sneak, Light Armor, and Restoration. Minor Skills are Marksman, Destruction, Speechcraft, Mercantile, and Athletics.

I’ll very quickly summarize my time in Seyda Neen: Stole everything from Fargoth, helped Vodinus Nuccius leave Morrowind, and walked to Balmora. In Balmora, I talked to the Ripped Moon Sugar Man himself, Caius Cosades. Joined the Blades, then immediately went off to find more interesting things to do, as is my usual in TES games, oops. Ran into Sugar-Lips Habasi, joined the Thieves Guild. Now this, this is where I started running into trouble.

Habasi’s first job wasn’t too bad – simply steal a diamond from Nalcarya. It was honestly easier than expected, considering the Hlaalu guard in her house scared the crap out of me when I walked in. But then she asked me to get the key to Nerano Manor. Now, this didn’t seem too difficult a task, I figured I could try pickpocketing it off someone and go on my merry way. Well, as a measly level 1, this proved to be too difficult. I figured my next best bet is to kill the servant, Sovor Trandel.

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Unfortunately for me, Sovor enjoys hanging with lots of Camonna Tong members at the Council Club, and they certainly won’t appreciate my attempts to murder someone in front of them. And it was so difficult to even get to the fight! I didn’t want to get arrested, meaning I needed to taunt him into attacking me. Which took SO much longer than I’d like, considering my taunt attempts kept failing. But I finally got him to attack, everyone ran at me, and I hightailed it out to the street, hoping the guards would help. Well… turns out this is not like Oblivion. I’m not sure if NPCs just can’t follow you through doors or what, but they certainly didn’t come after me. So, with a deep breath, I walked back into the club and… was promptly murdered.

I realized pretty much immediately that this wasn’t gonna work, and I’d come back once I’ve built up some skills. More time to adventure! The silt strider was close by, so I decided to catch a ride to Suran, which I knew almost nothing about. However, upon arriving, I did see a building with a name I recognized from the internet: Desele’s House of Earthly Delights. I didn’t know what it was, but it was familiar so I walked in. Oh!! It’s a strip club! Not what I expected, but okay, I guess. (I saw the red lantern outside later…) Inside, I met a fellow by the name of Daric Bielle, who I immediately disliked. If there’s one thing I enjoy doing in this game, it’s freeing slaves. And I certainly wasn’t going to help this guy track down a missing slave, but I did want more information.

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After dealing with that jerk, I wandered over to the Suran Slave Market, even more disgusted with the fact that Argonians and Khajiit were chained up behind locked doors. I was absolutely certain that I was going to find a way to get them out. After talking with the slave trader, Dranas Saratham, I realized that the missing slave is actually going by a different name, and was even hired by Bielle to “find” the fled Argonian. Very clever, very clever. But! I was not going to leave without freeing these slaves. And that leads to where I am currently, punching this man in the face, hoping I can steal his key.

My original plan was to actually kill him, but he kept healing! Eventually my sword broke, I ran out of arrows, and had to resort to my fists, which I have absolutely not trained in. He has no weapons, so he’s just punching me too. And nothing is happening! I have no idea how to resolve this without loading an old save, oops. Should I just keep punching him in the hope of actually doing something? I guess we’ll see.

But if anyone actually read this, thank you! I know it’s not the most interesting, but I like keeping track of my experience. And if anyone has advice, I’d appreciate it!

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